Empty is Full (The Upside-Down Kingdom #2)

 

We regularly make decisions based on what we value. For example, fasting has become a new hot trend recently. Many people are now fasting for various health benefits. Biblical fasting has proven to be a lot more than a health trend, however.

In Matthew, Jesus extols the spiritual benefits of fasting. He also shows that prayer and fasting are linked. When you fast – or give up something that is important to you for a period of time – you should replace that with prayer and with seeking God.

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Down is Up (The Upside-Down Kingdom #1)

 

Loretta Lynn, in her album titled Hymns, performed a song called Everybody wants to go to Heaven. Loretta was right – everyone wants to go to heaven but we don’t want to die to get there. This means many people try to find their slice of heaven here on earth as they struggle against death.

Jesus tells us that the way we connect with heaven is to pray. In other words, the way to get up to heaven is to get down on our knees in prayer. In other words, the way up is down. In today’s sermon, Pastor Erin kicks off Riverwood’s newest series: The Upside-Down Kingdom. Listen/Watch to learn how Jesus instructs us on how to pray.

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