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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Nov 29, 2021

Theologian, author and pastor Dallas Willard makes this thought provoking statement:
"It is left unexplained how it is possible that one can rely on Christ for the next life without doing so for this one, trust him for one's eternal destiny without trusting him for 'the things that related to Christian life.'  Is this really possible?  Surely it is not!  Not within one life." ~ Dallas Willard

All Christians trust Jesus to carry them into eternity.  Why don't we trust him when it comes to living our everyday lives?  The Gospels are full of teachings, instructions and examples from Jesus himself on how to live life to the full.  A couple prime examples would be the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting.  For the typical Christian prayer is something done before meals, at church or when life feels like it's falling apart.  Fasting?  Fasting is viewed as ancient, archaic, and really having no relevance to the life of the Christian in the modern world. 

Here's the problem with that line of thinking: Jesus instructs us to pray and to fast.  So we circle back to Dallas Willard's statement.  How can we trust Jesus with out eternity but not our everyday lives?

In this sermon we are going to continue to "unfurl the sails" of our lives by studying what Jesus and Scripture teaches us about fasting.  You will be surprised how this ancient spiritual discipline has a very real application to our everyday rhythm of following Jesus.   Do you want to learn more?  Make sure and join us this Sunday as we continue with part three of Less of Me ~ More of Him.