May 4, 2022
by Steve Sanchez

Why We Fast

What is a fast? It’s abstaining from food for a limited period of time to seek God. It’s a denial of self for the purposes of intense spiritual activity.

A fast is not eating fast food.

4 Types of Biblical Fasts

The Normal Fast: Fasting from all food like Jesus did for 40 days and forty nights. (Matthew 4:2)

The Partial Fast: This is when you eat or abstain from eating certain things like when Daniel refused to eat the king’s food, but only vegetables. (Daniel 1:12) (Some people may want to fast from going on the computer or anything else that may hinder time with God.)

The Absolute Fast: This is when you eat and drink nothing like Ezra did when he mourned over the unfaithfulness of his people. (Ezra 10:6)

The Supernatural Fast: When Moses went to get the two stone tablets, he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights and ate no bread and drank no water.” (Deuteronomy 9:9)

Biblical fasts could be 1 day, 3 days, 7,14, 21 days, or 40 days. (Judges 20:26; Acts 9:9; 1 Samuel 31:13; Acts 27:33, Daniel 10:3-13, Matthew 4:1-11)

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May 3, 2022
by Steve Sanchez

What is Your Spiritual Gift?

Here’s everything you need to know in under half an hour, including definitions and the answer to the question as to whether the MIRACULOUS GIFTS and SPEAKING IN TONGUES are for today. You may be surprised at my conclusion. Or, maybe not. Click here to watch the 30 minute video.

If you want to simply read the descriptions of the spiritual gifts then continue reading. You will also find 4 ways that you can identify your gifting that was not included in the sermon.

There are four chapters where spiritual gifts are mentioned, and they describe the things that the Holy Spirit empowers his people to do. I always remember the chapters this way: “12, 12, 4, 4.” They are found in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4 and 1 Peter 4.

The Gifts of Romans 12: 6-8

(Special thanks to the website “Got Questions” for help with these definitions.)

Prophecy: The Greek word translated “prophecy” means “a speaking forth.” To prophesy is to declare the divine will, to interpret the purposes of God, or to make known in any way the truth of God that is designed to influence people.

Evangelicals disagree as to whether this gift is limited to the founding era of the Christian church or whether it is currently operative in the church now. Continue Reading

April 22, 2022
by Steve Sanchez

Lord of Earth Day

I’M NOT AGAINST PRESERVING THE EARTH. I’m against worshiping it.

When Pope Francis and other activists treat the world like a sentient being, then I have a problem. “We see these natural tragedies, which are the Earth’s response to our maltreatment,” said the pope. “We have sinned against the Earth, against our neighbor and, in the end, against the creator.”

Before he was President, Joe Biden, at a fundraiser, declared, “COVID…is a wake up call to action to climate change overall and to climate justice.”

No. The earth has no feelings, we cannot sin against it, it does not think about the things we do, doesn’t mete out retribution nor create wake-up calls.

It’s a planet.

Still, we all have a responsibility to be good stewards of what God has given us. Continue Reading