Archive for February 16th, 2008

Fasting Thought Of The Day

In Luke 4 we read: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.”

“…He was hungry” – That’s an obvious side-effect of this fasting thing! Even for Jesus. There’s no way around it. An empty stomach is one thing, but an empty heart is quite another. We need to learn the art of filling the heart, and satisfying the spirit. Jesus was first tempted to turn a stone into a loaf of bread. Satan appealed to His physical need, but Jesus said something profound: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

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Food and other stuff of this world regularly spoils our hunger for what we really, really want: The Bread of life. Think about this menu to help your hunger:

  1. “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” – John 6:35
  2. “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” – Job 23:12
  3. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” – John 4:34

To help your hunger, help yourself to a good dose of the Bread of Life!  Do you have any to meditate on today?

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I Became A Christian And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Authentic Spiritual Passion – Vince Antonucci hits it out of the park with this book!   This has quickly become one of my all-time favorite books.   While words like “authentic”, “spiritual”, and  “passion” (might as well throw “relevant” into the mix as well) antonucci_book_2.jpgare some of todays biggest Christian buzzwords this book doesn’t come off as a cheap attempt to capitalize on the flavor of the month.

The major themes throughout the book are finding out how to abide in His love and living a life that abounds in His love.  I know that there are a lot of people that have either grown up in church or become a Christian only to find that the experience was less than fulfilling. Vince uses a lot of funny stories to remind us that God cares about people, and that following Jesus will lead us to an adventure.

If you are ready for the life Jesus really promised, not the one on the sidelines watching others live, (or want to know what that life is really like) then this book will be a joy. As a pastor I appreciated Vince’s honesty more then anything, this is not another “Hey look at me” book.

Grab this one wherever you can find it (I got mine at the Bible Bookstore in Concord, NH) and you will enjoy the read and be challenged to “live the Jesus life”.