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Solemn Assembly and Call to Fast Begins New Year

This is a Joel 2 call to fast and pray for America during this time of division, turmoil, and runaway sinfulness.  To escape judgment and gain the favor of the Lord, we need humility, purity, and unity-- in that order.  We need a change of heart in the Heartland.  Therefore, we will fast (as the Lord leads you) for 40 days to end on Valentine's Day, February 14.  Befitting the Valentine's Day theme, we need an explosion of 1 Corinthians 13 love in America to counter the spirit of hatred and violence.

We cannot continue to pray, preach, worship, serve, study, and disciple as we have done.  To do so will get us the same results we have now.  We need extraordinary prayer and a season of seeking-- even crying out-- to the Lord.  Business as usual is not sufficient.

We are in desperate times, and these times call for desperate measures.  The results of elections, while important, will not save America.  Only a God-revived Church can save America.  Only you, revived, can save America!  Only you, loving the unlovable will change America!

We will use Joel 2:12-17 as our inspiration and guide for a solemn assembly on January 5 to initiate the fast.
We have strayed and we need to return to the Lord.
Joel 2:12  “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

We need to repent, not just feel guilty or sorrow for our sin.  We need a heart change in the Heartland.
Joel 2:13   and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster.

God, in his mercy, may lessen the judgment that is due our nation.
Joel 2:14   Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
    and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a drink offering
    for the Lord your God?

One expression of our repentance is to gather and engage corporately.
Joel 2:15-16 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
    consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
     gather the people.
Consecrate the congregation;
    assemble the elders;
gather the children,
    even nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
    and the bride her chamber.

We need to give God permission to break our hearts for our personal and corporate sin.
Joel 2:17 Between the vestibule and the altar
    let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep
and say, “Spare your people, O Lord,
    and make not your heritage a reproach,
    a byword among the nations.[a]
Why should they say among the peoples,
    ‘Where is their God?’”

The evening will include a showing of the brief Billy Graham Evangelistic Association film Flying Blind.  This powerful video is a call to the American church to repent and get right before God.

For more information, contact David Epps at 785-221-2788 or worship.warrior@hotmail.com.