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Ramadan Mubarak, Day 8: Is this what God requires?

How God wants fasting to be less about food and more about compassion for others

  • 22 May 2018
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by Rev. Michael Medeiros

Fasting was practiced throughout the Ancient Near East long before it was included in the Hebrew Bible or the Qur'an as rites performed individually or corporately.
  This is important to note because there were many different reasons why people abstained from food for a period, and many of these occurrences were as religious activities. Our focus today centers on what God expects when we fast. 

Ramadan Mubarak, Day 7: Angels and Man

On Muhammad's first revelation experience with the angel Gabriel

  • 22 May 2018
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by Jim Walker

Ramadan is the Islamic commemoration of Muhammad’s first revelation in 610 A.D. This was the beginning of his prophetic career. While he was praying a spiritual being appeared to him and gave the first five verses of Sura 96. Later, Muhammad came to believe that this being was the angel Gabriel. 
In celebration of Ramadan, Muslims perform a number of religious activities including fasting from sun-up to sun-down, acting kindly towards others, and praying. It is a time of good will amongst Muslims and a time to remember Allah’s and Muhammad’s commands.

Ramadan Mubarak, Day 6: Sincerity in Fasting

On taking good intentions and making them larger than God Himself

  • 21 May 2018
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by Adam Jones

I enjoy fasting. I mean, I enjoy it and I hate it. For someone who loves food, fasting becomes a major disruption to my rhythms and routines.  Even now, as I write this, I am watching the clock; waiting for it to strike noon so I can eat my lunch. Fasting is my way of breaking those habits. However, one thing I am learning is that God is not as impressed with the act of fasting as I am. It’s not that He doesn’t care. It’s just that He knows how quickly my piety can lead to self-righteousness. I, like many others, end up suffering from the same affliction that man has been battling since very early in our existence: taking good intentions and making them larger than God Himself. 

Ramadan Mubarak, Day 5: More Than a Scapegoat

The origin of "scapegoat" and how it is not good enough

  • 20 May 2018
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by Sarah Davis

In the Jewish faith, fasting can be done for a variety of reasons. You can fast when you mourn that someone died. You can fast to help you in your prayer, so you can experience God without distractions.
 You can also fast as a sign for repentance, to show God that you have done wrong, that you want to turn back to Him, and to ask for His forgiveness. This last kind is what I want to write about.

Ramadan Mubarak, Day 4: Holy and Awesome

How fasting should drive me to the realization of God's holy awesomeness

  • 19 May 2018
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by Aaron Hamel

Muslims wash before prayer (wudoo), but none of them have ever said they would die if they did not do it. Yet the God of the Bible is so awesome and holy (set apart) that even the Jewish priests of the ancient Tawrat needed a way to become holy themselves if they were to enter into God’s presence. As I thought about it more I realized that this is why I fast as well. You see, God’s standard is perfection because He is completely awesome and perfectly holy. How then can I possibly be in an obedient relationship with this holy, awesome God? Well, I need every reminder about getting to God, including fasting. God alone is so big that He is in a category by Himself: holy Awesome! Let's reflect on this...

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