John Piper on Fasting

My assumption so far has been that good things can do great damage. Oxen and fields and marriage can keep you out of the Kingdom of heaven. 

Which is why Jesus says, 

No one of you can be my disciple who does not bid farewell to all of his own possessions (Luke 14:33). 

Anything can stand in the way of true discipleship – not just evil, and not just food, but anything. 

Nor should it be surprising that the greatest competitors for our devotion and affection for God would be some of his most precious gifts.

 Be inspired!


This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship!


In Matthew 17:14-20, we find the story of a boy possessed with a demon, and the failure of the disciples to set him free. This same story is covered extensively in Mark’s account of Jesus’ life (Mark 9:14-29). It is also noteworthy that in the original manuscripts the word ‘fasting’ was not present in both accounts. 

So when Jesus was asked by the Pharisees, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’, he responded: 

‘… The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast… ‘ (Matthew 9:14-17).

Then in Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus said: ‘When you fast…’

To this end dear friends, we will be exploring Fasting

During the course of my lecture we will draw from Old and New Testament case studies, with a view to highlight the relevance of this spiritual discipline in our Christian walk today.

So join in!


Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA 

(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)


Healingsprings fellowship: Prayer Headlines for 2015

Theme: Our year of indescribable joy and God’s glory. (1 Peter 1:8-9)

Join us in prayers:
2 Kings 4:1-7 (part A)
– pray for discovery of your hidden talents (the widow had a jar of oil in her house)
– pray that you will take advantage of every available opportunities to use your talents and gifts (the prophet told her to get vessels)
– pray for the grace, will, and courage to overcome limitations (the prophet told her not to gather a few vessels)
– pray for the grace to be obedient (she did as the prophet instructed her)
– pray for an enterprising mind (she was told by the prophet to sell the oil, pay her debts, and live on the rest)

2 Kings 4:8-37 (part B)
– pray for opportunities to use your resources for good causes, and to the benefit of humanity.