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Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.
Biblical fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength—strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven (Matt. 6)
We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer.
Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing.
Helpful Fasting Tips:
- Make a fasting calendar. Determine what each day and week will look like for the 21 Days (Mon. Jan 12 – Sun. Feb 1)
- Make sure you are medically able to fast before attempting it.
- Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with the items you need. Being unprepared to fast sets you up to give into temptation.
- Choose well when selecting products, stick to raw foods as much as you can, limit artificial ingredients, and keep tempting foods out of the kitchen.
- Make it a priority to attend church during your 21 day fast. Being around other believers will encourage you to keep on going when fasting gets difficult.
- Mix your prayer time with Scripture reading and singing or devotional reading.
- If you mess up, don’t get discouraged. Just get right back on track and keep going. God’s mercies “are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). He wants you to finish and He will give you the grace and strength to do it.
GUIDELINES FOR A DANIEL FAST
Foods We May Eat
Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley
Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon
Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts
Foods to Avoid
Meat, White Rice, Fried Foods, Caffeine, Carbonated Beverages, Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives, Refined Sugar, Sugar Substitutes, White Flour and All Products Using: Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products
On Sunday, December 28th, we had a FANTASTIC turnout of baptism candidates for all three services.
The candidates ranged from young to old, with different testimonies and reasons for making a commitment to God. We thank all who came to be baptized, and all who came to support them! Check out these photos of the event. Take a look below, and follow the directions below the slideshow if you want to download any!
Official Statement from the office of Reverend Adam Durso, Executive Pastor, Christ Tabernacle:
Saturday, two New York City Police Officers were fatally shot and killed while on duty. As a church we come together to grieve the loss of Officer Wenjian Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos of the 84th Precinct.
As most of you may know by now, one of the officers, Ralph Ramos was a long-standing member of 14 years at Christ Tabernacle. When he was not working, he was highly involved in our church. He served as an usher, was part of our marriage ministry and life group ministry. He and his family are well loved throughout the congregation.
Ralph was definitely a family man. He always talked about his kids and how well they were doing athletically and academically. He loved his family and his church.
He had an infectious and disarming smile. Our motto at Christ Tabernacle is "No Place Like Home" and Ralph was one of the faithful ushers who made Christ Tabernacle feel like home! When his team was scheduled to serve, we never worried about whether Ralph would be there with his team to help. He was a humble man and was willing to help at any capacity; helping people to their seats, moms with their baby carriages or the elderly in and out of our elevator.
He leaves behind his wife, Maritza and two sons –Justin and Jayden - plus a host of family and friends. This is a tragic loss for us as a church but we are committed to Maritza, Jaden and Justin to give them what Ralph gave us week in and week out.
On the night of the attacks, our pastors, life group members and Police Officers from this church stood together in solidarity at the hospital.
On behalf of our Senior pastor, Michael Durso, we are continuing to pray for for the LIU and RAMOS family. We are also praying for the NYPD, the mayor’s office and the 8.4 million people who call NYC home.
Schedule of Services for Officer Ramos
Friday, December 26th from 2pm-7pm, Viewing.
Friday, December 26th at 7pm, Memorial Service.
Saturday, December 27th at 10am, Commital Service.