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4 Reasons Why Fasting Might Not Be Helping You Get Closer To God

4 Reasons Why Fasting Might Not Be Helping You Get Closer To God

Fasting is a spiritual discipline often overlooked. I don’t hear much about traditional fasting in church, though I have heard things like, “I’m going on a social media fast,” or “I’m going on a sugar fast.” And there’s nothing wrong with those. But the ancient practice of depriving oneself of food for extended periods of time, though gaining traction in the fitness world, is losing its place in the standard American Christian faith. But fasting can teach us how to get closer to God on several different levels.

How to Encourage a Sick Friend

How to Encourage a Sick Friend

You’ve enjoyed so many quality times together, and now your best friend texts to cancel lunch because she is sick. Really sick. What do you do with the unexpected free time? Turn your disappointment over the missed meeting into a thoughtful act of service for her.

The Struggle to "Make Time" for God Ends Now

The Struggle to "Make Time" for God Ends Now

It used to bedevil me. Sally Jean would post a photo of her steaming coffee and heavily annotated Bible at the same time every morning, and each post would incrementally dismantle my confidence in my own faith.  My mornings didn’t look like that- at least not all the time. So the guilt gnawed at my conscience…