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Hey One Church Family, With the kickoff of 2019 we’re given abundant opportunities from the Lord. Whether you’re looking forward to a fresh start, excited to see plans continue unfolding, or hoping for breakthrough in a specific area of your life, fasting is a powerful spiritual discipline observed all throughout Scripture.

If you’re not familiar with fasting, don’t worry-we’ve broken it down for you in detail on the OneChurch app -> Events -> Fast. In a nutshell, fasting is designed for believers to give something up, creating more dependancy on the C.ord.

In Scripture, we typically see believers fast food or different kinds of foods, but we don’t want to limit you. Maybe you’ll feel led to give up TV/movies, or you realize that social media takes up a lot of your time. The point is voluntarily sacrificing something(s) and pursuing more of God instead. (Visit the OneChurch app For more info on types of Fasts)

The Bible often mentions people fasting individually (Matthew 6:16-18), however, there are times in Scripture when a corporate fast is called. Acts records: “While they were worshiping the Lord and Fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart For me Barnabas and Saul For the work to which I have called them.” So after they had Fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off” (13:2-3).

We’ve experienced the faithful hand of a good God orchestrate massive miracles in our church over the past few years-expanding us to S campuses and hundreds of powerhouse believers all throughout the valley (that’s you!) that we get to call family!

With that said, we believe the Lord is leading us to fast corporately as one big church family-and just like fasting led Paul and Barnabas to change the course of history, we anticipate a supernatural move of God to unlock potential, broaden horizons, and increase our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

Are you in?

 Daily Prayer Time

Personally, I’m praying for:

Corporately, we’re praying for: Modesto Campus

  • Pray that the body of Christ would be equipped and people would step into effective ministry & leadership. (Eph. 4:11-13)
  • Pray for the Kids & Youth to discover the potential God has given them and lead the charge for the next generation.

Daily Bible Reading 

Psalm 61: 3 & 5
Psalm 92:11
Romans 15:13

Often in life we feel tired. Physically tired, spiritually tired, emotionally tired. We have so many things pulling at our time and making us tired. Our daily task lists just seem to get longer and longer with less and less time for rest. Do you ever ask yourself, ‘How can I fulfill tne purpose God has for me when I feel like I have no more to give?” The answer is simple. God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible is very clear though, in that if we are to bear fruit we must stay connected to the vine. He will prune us to bear fruit and cut off what is not bearing fruit for His purpose. God does have a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us. We must remain in Him to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. If we put God first and stay connected to Him, He will give us the strength and power to do the tasks He has set before us.

 Daily Prayer Time

Personally, I’m praying for:

Corporately, we’re praying for: St. John’s Campus

  • Pray for expanded reach outside our walls and into our community in a greater way, with an emphasis on reaching kids.
  • Pray that the pastors, leaders, volunteers, and the entire church family as a whole would flnd encouragement and strength in the Lord through a season of heaTth challenges and loss.

Daily Bible Reading 

Psalm 51:2
Romans 8:5
Romans 6:11

It seems for many believers a major disconnect occurs between the heart and mind. That being said, a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit is greatly connected to our conscious awareness of His indwelling. John’s gospel states clearly the sending of the Holy Spirit, ‘the Comforter,’ for encounter not only with us but to dwell (live His life) in us. We must be aware of His presence more than our sin. Jesus having become sin for us dealt the death blow to sin’s hold on us. Now the removal of the residue of sin’s power is no less than Christ’s promise to us. There are many word pictures or descriptions of the Holy Spirit; one is water. Notice the request from Psalm 51 is for ‘another’ to wash, cleanse, and purify us. The very work of the Spirit invokes the idea of cleansing or purifying by literally being the ‘Living Water’ owing in power from within. Afso, Ephesians speaks of Christ and His oride “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.” The living water and living word are ever present to do their work; we simply must say “yes” to His will
and way in us and through us!

 Daily Prayer Time

Personally, I’m praying for:

Corporately, we’re praying for: Riverbank Campus

  • Pray that Riverbank would experience the powerful move of God in supernatural signs and wonders
  • Pray for the transformation of unbelievers into authentic followers of Christ & to continue reaching the unreached
    in the area

Daily Bible Reading 

John 5:6-9

Do you ever get tired of praying the same prayer over and over? Maybe you’ve been asking the Lord for healing or breakthrough for quite some time now, and xou feel emotionally exhausted and spiritually defeated. Some days you ask, ‘What’s the point? Why keep praying? Why keep hoping?” You know God is more than able to heal you, but He hasnt-at least not yet. The invalid we see in John 5:2-9 probably wondered the same things. He had spent most of his life being unable to walk or move on his own. So he spent his time waiting, hoping, praying that the waters of the pool would be stirred and he could be the fast one in. He was hoping for breakthrough. But he waited a long time without being able to claim the miracle as his own. We all have areas in our lives where we feel that same defeat. The struggle we’ve been begging God for years has remain unresolved. Waiting can be painful. But the gooa news is that Jesus always shows up! The invalid waited 38 years but the truth is that Jesus knew his story and met him at just the right moment. Jesus knows your story, too. Whether you’re waiting for healing in your body, xour mind, your relationships, your-finances, or something else- you’re not alone. Christ is with you. He isn’t ignoring your prayers, and at just the right moment He will reveal what He’s been doing behind the scenes on your benalf. At just the right moment you will experience breakthrough.

Wednesday, January 16
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST

2361  Scenic Dr.
Modesto, CA 95355

Join us January 16th, we’re doing an ALL Church Worship Night between ALL 5 campuses! We’d love to have you join us 6:30 PM – 8:00PM at the Modesto Campus. It’s going to be encouraged, refreshed, and energized in God’s Spirit! Please make plans to attend!

P.S. Childcare will be provided for 2 and under.

See you there!

 Daily Prayer Time

Personally, I’m praying for:

Corporately, we’re praying for: Ripon Campus

  • – Pray for God’s favor on the two parcels of property next to our new building for future church advancement
    – Pray that God would strengthen and equip new believers so that they would grow into strong leaders and future world charngers.

Daily Bible Reading 

2 Corinthians 4:14 The resurrection of Christ brings hope. The late Emil Brunner once said, “What oxygen is for the lungs, such is hope for the meaning of human life.” As the human organism is dependent on a supply of oxygen, so humanity is dependent on its supply of hope. Yet today hopelessness ancf despair are everywhere. Peter, who himself was given to despair during the episode of Calvary, writes in a triumphant note, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again into a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

There is hope that mistakes and sins can be forgiven. There is hope that we can have joy, peace, assurance, and security in the midst of the despair of this age. There is hope that Christ is coming soon-this is what is called in Scripture the blessed hope.” There is hope that there will come some day a new heaven and a new earth, and that the Kingdom of God will reign and triumph. And there is hope in your situation, regardless of what it looks 1ike on the surface. Our hope is not in our own ability, or in our goodness, or in our physical strength. Our hope is instilled in us by the resurrection of Christ, who brings dead things to life.

 Daily Prayer Time

Personally, I’m praying for:

Corporately, we’re praying for: Turlock Campus

  • Pray for us to be a church of the community, and that God would open doors for us to be present and powerful in our city.
  • Pray for the direction God is leading us in 2019, for provision and wisdom upon His church.

Daily Bible Reading 

John 13:13
1 Samuel 15:22
John 7:17

He (the Spirit) will never lead you contrary to the Word of God. The Lord will never speak to people in a manner that is contrary to His Word. God never directs us to do anything contrary to His Word. The prophet Samuel once said, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” (1 Sam. 15:22). Jesus teaches us in the book of John that those who desire to know the will of God will discover it by obeying what God has commanded them (John 7:17).

If you find yourself up a blind alley, not knowing which way to turn, if you are willing to do His will, He will reveal Himself. He conceals His will only from those who, before they consent to do His bidding, seek to know what He is going to say. Be an obedient Christian. Remember that “where God guides, He provides. Where He leads, He supplies all needs!”

 Daily Prayer Time

Personally, I’m praying for:

Corporately, we’re praying for: Kingdom Builders

  • Pray for God’s provision for every single one of the missionaries and organizations that we support all over the globe doing Kingdom work Pray for their inf1uence to be accelerated, their area of reach to be enlarged, and their ministry of the Gospel to be advanced.

Daily Bible Reading 

Luke 12:22-34
2 Corinthians 4

Anxiety and the things of this world often consume our lives. This world tells us to constantly focus on ourselves: how we feel, what we need, what makes us happy. Yet the Scriptures constantly remind us that it is not about us. We don’t need to worry because our power comes from God. We matter because we are children of God, and our focus should not be on ourselves, but on our creator.

What does Paul mean when he tells us to fix our eyes on what is unseen, not what is seen? As we wrap up this incredible week of fasting, reflect on how the Lord has spoken to you personally, and how He’s moving within you internally. Think of some ways you can turn around and be a blessing to someone else. Consider the Lord can use you to encourage, uplift, and oring hope to those around you. Use the talents and giftings God has graciously lavished on you to continue to build into His kingdom.