The following articles are related to the topic of FASTING

Anointing with Oil – James 5:14

In the book of James, the inspired writer exhorts: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up" (Jas. 5:14, 15). ... read more »

The Growing Trend of Performance Worship

Acceptable worship is a God-centered phenomenon. It involves not only an attitude, but also a submission to certain prescribed acts. Through worship, Christian people, grateful for divine redemption, pour out their souls in adoration to deity. When men, in their worship, seek to direct attention to themselves, instead of God, they seriously err. This is a truth that some learn ... read more »

The Christian and the Workplace

More and more, it appears, Americans are finding that materialism isn't what it's cracked up to be. Without some sort of spiritual flavor, there is a void in life-an aching of the soul that longs for a greater satisfaction. In 1999, Business Week's lead essay was "Religion in the Workplace-The growing presence of spirituality in Corporate America" (November 1). This ... read more »

Take Two of These and Don’t Call Me in the Morning

Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.?), a Greek physician who is known as the "father of medicine," formulated an oath which was the doctor's ethical guideline for many centuries. A portion of that oath pledged: I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel. Many physicians of today's world have little regard for the moral maxims of ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Corban”?

"In Mark 7:11-12 Christ condemns the Pharisees for rejecting the commandment of God by their tradition. What specifically were the Pharisees teaching in these two verses? What is Corban?" In order to understand the situation under consideration, the entire context must be viewed. It reads as follows. And there are gathered together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the ... read more »

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

It's "bottoms up" for believers in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. At least, that's what Peter Winkle, the former "reverend" and restauranteur, is hoping. He applied for a liquor license on December 11, 2002, planning to mix the Bible and Budweiser into some kind of spiritual concoction for the shy-of-church. "The focus," said Winkle, "is on getting the message out....If that ... read more »

Christian Priorities

One of the most demanding and frequently ignored admonitions from Jesus Christ is found in his renowned Sermon on the Mount: "You are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things [basic needs] will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). This is one of the most challenging, and yet neglected, mandates of Christ-even ... read more »

Three Views of Self

In one of his compositions, poet John Donne had this phrase: "No man is an island." Whatever the expression meant to him, it contains a general truth. None of us lives an isolated existence. While we see ourselves in a certain light, others may view us quite differently. Our Creator assesses us with absolute accuracy! How We See Ourselves One's ... read more »

The Preacher’s Private Life: Study Habits

Wendell Winkler (1931-2005) was one of the most accomplished preachers in the body of Christ in recent years. He was involved in the training of ministers of the gospel, and he proclaimed God's truth from coast to coast. His talents were in great demand. His organizational skills and powerful presentations made him a wonderful mentor to many brethren who aspire ... read more »

Jesus Christ: Church Inspector

In preparation for those grand visions which would constitute the book of Revelation, the apostle John was confronted by the risen Christ on the island of Patmos. Jesus was said to be "in the midst" of the seven golden lampstands that represented seven congregations of the Lord's body in Asia (Rev. 1:13, 20). Later, Christ was characterized as "he who ... read more »