Fasting for United Methodists

UMC.org has a short article on what the UMC says about fasting. I’m not sure that fasting for spiritual reasons is practiced much among United Methodist laity. I’m not sure it is practiced much among the clergy either. Here is a section from UMC.org:

Fasting has been a part of Methodism from it’s early beginnings. John Wesley considered fasting an important part of a Christian’s life and he personally fasted weekly. To Wesley, fasting was an important way to express sorrow for sin and penitence for overindulgence in eating and drinking. He believed it allowed more time for prayer and was more meaningful if combined with giving to the poor. Wesley did advise caution against extreme fasting and against fasting for those in fragile health.

via What does The United Methodist Church say about fasting? – UMC.org.

If your health permits I do recommend fasting for a few reasons: 1) It is biblical, 2) it is part of a Wesleyan tradition, 3) it is part of our Christian tradition, and 4) it teaches us to say no to our desires. I’m sure I could come up with a few more reasons.

Wesley practiced fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. Later in life he just fasted on Fridays. Whatever day you choose, make sure to keep in mind that the fast is “unto the Lord.” Fasting is not some merit badge. If we fast for any other reason than to seek God then our fast is misguided.

For most of us, food is readily available. Fasting can be a powerful practice within a culture that focuses on the fulfillment (even immediate fulfillment) of desires, nutritional or otherwise. 

I am Praying 4 You » The software

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. I haven’t been online much lately, but hopefully other things are slowing down and I will have more time to post.

I wanted to take this time to post a couple of web tools I found the past few days. One is software that allows you to share prayer concerns with others who also are running the software. Their web page explains it pretty well and you can find it at: I am Praying 4 You » The software.

Also, I found a site called prayer feeder. It is another way to allow you to share prayer concerns and also pray for others. PrayerFeeder is pretty cool because it allows you to set up prayer ‘boxes’ and prayer groups. You can find it at: Prayerfeeder. I’m on there as dmullens.

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Americans keep buying up second homes

In ministry you find yourself doing various activities such as driving, reading, talking with people, visiting in hospitals, going to meetings and hopefully finding time to think and pray.

Of course, one of the things to think and pray about is poverty. It is a real issue. It is a sad issue.

The county I live in is one of the lowest for per cap income for our state. It is a problem. I know others for who the issue of poverty is a subject of prayer, thought and action.

So, I was really glad to read this article from MSNBC.

Americans keep buying up second homes – Real Estate – MSNBC.com