Join the F.E.A.S.T


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Last night while filtering through Facebook messages, I came across an invitation to a F.E.A.S.T from Allan Martin. Allan is co-founder of the GODencounters movement currently sweeping across the young adult sector of the church. Together with eight other contributors (like Matthew Gamble, Zane Yi, Carolyn Macomber and Chris Bullock), Allan authors the Ignition young adult ministry blog.

In the spirit of Jeff Boyd’s post on Lent, the following is adapted from Carolyn Macomber’s blog entry at Ignition (with permission). Carolyn has been a teacher and youth and young adult pastor. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Andrews University:

Are you hungry for God? Do you desire to be satiated by His presence and His love? Then I invite you to come join the F.E.A.S.T. From February 17 to April 3 (resting on Sabbaths) we will be feasting together around God’s bountiful table (this blog site). Here is a sampling of the menu.

F=Fast. A fast usually refers to abstaining from food, but we will be using it to abstain from different things. Fasting tends to reveal the things that control us. It can also be a means of worshipping. As you fast from the item listed for the particular day – notice how often it enters your mind or crops into your day. This may be an area that you need to bring before the Lord for help.

{1 Samuel 7 – Read how Samuel and the people of Israel fasted and put away the things that were keeping them from God and how God came and miraculously helped them.}

E=Encourage. A type of encouragement will be suggested each day. This will be something you can easily do. Be creative. You can call someone up, write a note, share with a family member, neighbor, or coworker.

{My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. 1 John 4:7; Message Bible}

A=Admit. Confession is vital to knowing God’s power. You will be asked that day if the item listed is an area that you need His work in. You can then bring the area to God in prayer – You won’t want to pass this section by.

{If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. 1 John 1:8; Message Bible}

S=Scripture. To know God you must read His love letter to you. A short passage of scripture will be given each day to read.

{Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Colossians 3:16, NLT}

T=Trust or Thankfulness. Each day something to trust or thank God for will be listed. Build your trust in God. Know that He is All-Powerful and has your best in mind. Also, thank Him for His goodness.

{Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord. Psalms 40:4; NLT. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Psalms 107:21; NIV} I’m looking forward to FEASTING together.

For more information, check out the Ignition blog: http://ignitionblog.wordpress.com/


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/2173