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2017 The Year of First-Fruits and Fasts

Disclaimer: This blog posts discusses Biblical fasting.  Before conducting any kind of fast, you should consult your doctor. 

For the month of January, I participated in a local church's 21 days of prayer and fasting.  Actually, I participated in home congregation and another's.  Each one overlapped slightly and differed in execution, but both were extremely beneficial in setting my focus for 2017.

If you know me personally, you know that I am a recovering compulsive over-eater.  Food is both my delight and my millstone.  It's necessary for living, but when I worship it (and believe me, I've done my fair share of worshiping it), it becomes an hindrance to being able to hear God and sense His leading in my life.  For me, the way to remove that hindrance is to fast.  During this month of prayer and fasting, God revealed to me what He purposes for me to focus on this year...First Fruits.

Pastor Chris Hodges from Church of the Highlands presented a sermon that ca…

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