Fall “Fast” Forward (August 14-Sept 3)

Written by gregdenham on July 25th, 2013

“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, and despise our persons; but they are helpless against our prayers.” (J. Sidlow Baxter)


Often in the Bible, God’s people fasted immediately before a major victory, miracle, or answer to prayer. It prepared them for a blessing! Jesus fasted. In fact, Jesus expected His followers to fast, and He said that God rewards fasting.

However, fasting is not commanded by God, it is totally voluntary!

What is fasting?

Fasting, according to the Bible, means to voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for a specific time and purpose accompanied with prayer. As we begin set our face toward the Fall, we’re inviting you to join us in what we’re calling the “Fall Fast Forward” (August 14-Sept 3).

We encourage you to pray in accordance with our Core Values (see below), paying special attention to Core Value #3 which is that “We Draw From The Source of Resurrection Power (There is no “individual growth,” nor ultimately “church growth,” without being in-dwelt and receptive to God’s Spirit (Eph. 5:18; Acts 1:8; John 16:17; I Cor 12:7; Zec 4:6; Romans 8:11). In short, we believe in “The Spirit of God, Working Through the Word of God, Growing the People of God, To be the hands and feet of, The Son of God!”

You can fast and pray in a variety of ways (before beginning any fast, be sure to consult your physician).

#1 There is the “Full Fast” – which is drink only.

#2 There is the “Daniel Fast” – which is: no meat, no sweets, no bread (only water, juice and vegetables).

#3 There is the “Partial Fast” – from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm (or from sunrise to sundown) – which can be a “Full Fast”, “Daniel Fast” or where you give up at least one type of food.

The type of fast that you choose, the length of the fast, and whether or not you choose to fast at all, is entirely up to you.

Onward in 2013 confident in God’s unfailing love and provision!

The Lord is AWE-SOME!


Our Core Values at Calvary Auburn are beliefs that will guide (or inspire) our actions, focus our energies and act as an anchor point for all our plans. These values should be understood and shared by every member of the church so that we might fulfill the vision the Lord has for our church.

(1) We Are Christ-Centered.
We exist to know Jesus and make Him known! (John 14:6, Philippians 3:8; 10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Peter 3:18; Acts 26:18; Matthew 9:35-38)

(2) We Stand On Biblical Authority.
God has spoken to us through the Bible and we recognize it as the final authority for our lives. We are committed to the explanation of Scripture, the application of Scripture and giving invitation to Christ! (2 Tim 3:16-17; John 17:17; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Ephesians 4:12-16; John 8:31-32)

(3) We Draw From The Source of Resurrection Power.
There is no “individual growth,” nor ultimately “church growth,” without being in-dwelt and receptive to God’s Spirit! (Eph. 5:18; Acts 1:8; John 16:17; I Cor 12:7; Zec 4:6; Romans 8:11)

(4) We Are Committed To The Church.
Jesus is the hope of the world and while He is not on earth in bodily form, He does have a body that He works through, it is the church which begins at the local level in a local church the heartbeat of God. The church family will accomplish infinitely more together than apart. (Matt. 16:18 ; Matt 5:13-16; I Cor 12:12; 21; Eph 4:16; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-21)

(5) We Are A Community.
Accountability, belonging, care, and spiritual growth happen best with relationally-connected believers. The church is like coals in a hot barbecue pit. If a coal is isolated, it grows cold, but when together with other coals, it burns hotter! (Acts 2:42-26; Hebrews 10:25; John 13:34-35; I Thess 5:11; Phil 2:4)

(6) We Are Vibrant In Faith.
We are intentional in our thinking with an accurate view of the “bigness of God” and will not insult Him with small thinking and parked lives. (2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 11:6; Matt 8:8; Matt 17:20; Matt 14:31; I Cor 16:13)

(7) We Are Contributors Not Consumers.
It is an honor to sacrifice for Christ and His church. We give up things we love for things we love even more. Every Christian is essential to the success of the ministry in impacting this generation. (1 Cor. 12:12; Luke 9:23; Phil 2:29-30; Eph. 4:16)

(8) We Are Genuine In Worship.
Genuine worship is a response to the grace and greatness of God. We abhor “song leading” in public worship gatherings and instead choose to give our heart and voice while joining with others in expressing love, thankfulness and faith in God. (Eph 5:19-20; Mark 14:26; Hebrews 13:15; John 4:23-24; Psalm 59:16)

(9) We Will Be Legacy Makers.
Your life is a part of something bigger than yourself and will impact generations to come directly or indirectly. Whether your life started well or not, the good news is God’s grace is sufficient for you to finish well and be a Legacy Maker. (2 Timothy 1:7; 2 Tim 4:7; Galatians 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 4:1; Acts 20:24; Phil 3:13-14; Heb 12:15)

(10) We Love Each Other.
The church is the most diverse family on planet earth. There will be differences among Christians. However, we will not tear each other apart! We commit to “unity in our diversity.” We will be responsible “local Christians” and “global Christians.” In the essentials, unity. In the non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love! (Jn 13:35; 1Cor 1:10-13; Rom 16:17; 1 Jn 4:7-8; I Peter 4:8; I Thess. 3:12)

(11) We Oversee What Is Not Ours.
We are stewards over the time, talents and treasure that God has given us. We believe that God can multiply what we give Him. (Eph 5:16; Mark 6:41; Mal 3:10; 1 Cor 4:1-2)

(12) We Are Men Of “The Vision!” (Isaiah 6:1-6)
Male leadership is essential and requires a vision of who God is. This results in being humbled and touched by God’s incredible grace that transforms lives and leads to the cry,  “Here I am Lord send me!” (Isaiah 6:1; 5; Rev 1:17-18; Rev 5:11-13; John 20:28; Acts 1:9-11)

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jim Mc Farland says:

    Thoughts on Core Value #10 We Love Each Other!

    1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

    Biblical agape love is the love of choice, the love of serving with humility, the highest kind of love, the noblest kind of devotion, the love of the will (intentional, a conscious choice) and not motivated by superficial appearance, emotional attraction, or sentimental relationship. Agape is not based on pleasant emotions or good feelings that might result from a physical attraction or a familial bond. Agape chooses as an act of self-sacrifice to serve the recipient.

    From all of the descriptions of agape love, it is clear that true agape love is a sure mark of salvation.

    Agape love is volitional! = choosing –the act of exercising the will, = the ability to choose- the ability to make a conscious choice or decision

    Phileo love is emotional!

    In 1 Corinthians one aspect of love is that it…
    bears all things (1Co 13:7)
    Although the verb is not the same as used by Peter, the verb bears in 1 Corinthians 13:7 conveys a similar dynamic of Biblical love. The Greek verb bears is stego which is derived from stege (a thatch or roof or covering of a building) and conveys the idea of covering closely, of protecting by covering and of concealing by covering. Note that the core meaning stego denotes an activity or state which blocks entry from without or exit from within.

    Love is that beautiful virtue that throws a cloak of silence over what is displeasing in another person. From this meaning one derives the picture of covering things with the cloak of love.
    Where love abounds in a fellowship of Christians, many small offenses, and even some large ones, are readily overlooked and forgotten. But where love is lacking, every word is viewed with suspicion, every action is liable to misunderstanding, and conflicts about – to Satan’s perverse delight.

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