21 Day Fast

21 Day Fast

We will begin this year by fasting for 21 days. Together we will pray, seek God, give Him our first and best at the beginning of the year, and He will honor that sacrifice and BLESS our 2018! Are you sensing God has more for your life? Take this first step and believe for more of Him in every area of your life. Join us as we start this fast on Monday, January 8th, and discover the rewards of putting God first!

 - Pastor Steve and Jackie Vaggalis


FASTING AND YOUR HEALTH

We recommend you consult your physician prior to beginning any type of fast. If you are poor in health or have concerns about your physical ability to fast, we especially urge you to consult a physician before beginning your fast. There are different types of fasts recommended on the following pages. Your doctor can provide advice on how you can participate on this First Fruits Fast in a way that is healthy for you.

HOW TO BEGIN
Start with a clear goal. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

PREPARING SPIRITUALLY
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).

DECIDING WHAT TO FAST
The type of fasting you choose is up to you. You could go on a full fast, in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats, and the only liquid he drank was water. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

DECIDING HOW LONG
You may fast as long as you like. Most can easily fast from one to three days, but you may feel the grace to go longer, even as much as 21 to 40 days. Use wisdom and pray for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.

WHAT TO EXPECT
When you fast, your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort, such as headaches and irritability, during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. Naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you are able throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible, and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s face.

HOW TO END
Don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks. 

TYPES OF FASTS
There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

FULL FAST
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

THE DANIEL FAST
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. 

3-DAY FAST
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

PARTIAL FAST
A partial fast is from 6AM to 3PM. You can select from three types of fasting — a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES FOR FASTING:
Matthew 6:16-18; Luke 18:9-14;  Matthew 9:14-15

RELATION TO PRAYER AND READING OF THE WORD:
1 Samuel 1:6-8; 17-18; Nehemiah 1:4; Daniel 9:3, 20; Joel 2:12; Luke 2:37; Acts 10:30, 13:2

CORPORATE FASTING:
1 Samuel 7:5-6; Ezra 8:21-23; Nehemiah 9:1-3; Joel 2:15-16; Jonah 3:5-10;  Acts 27:33-37

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him, to which God responds with a blessing. (Isaiah 58; Jeremiah 14:12; I Corinthians 8:8)  May God greatly bless you as you fast!

FASTING BASICS
According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian:  give, pray and fast.

Biblical fasting takes a great deal of discipline and strength — strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in heaven, says Matthew 6.

When you give God your first through fasting, prayer and giving at the beginning of the year, you set the course for the entire year.

WHY SHOULD I FAST?
Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe, that as we pray, seek God and give Him our best at the beginning of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year! (Matthew 6:33)

Parents Night Out

Parents Night Out

Parent’s Night Out is a chance for you to have a night out, while supporting a great cause! Our Emerge Students will be taking a life-changing trip to the Dominican Republic and they need your help! Register today and drop your kids off at the Destin Campus on Friday, January 19 at 5:30PM.

Small Group Expo

Small Group Expo

Small Groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together.  Sharing life through community is part of our design so come and find the perfect group for you at our spring Small Group Expo. Each campus will be hosting an Expo the last two weekends in January. Don't miss it!

Week of Prayer

Week of Prayer

Join us in the sanctuary of each campus from 7AM-8AM on January 22-26 (Monday- Friday) for a time of prayer.

Baptism

Baptism

Water baptisms are scheduled for Sunday, January 28 at 6PM during our Night of Worship. If you would like to be baptized, check the appropriate box on the Connect Card or register below and you will be contacted. 

Night of Worship

Night of Worship

We are setting a night for us to come together as a church body and actively pursue God’s presence on January 28, at 6PM. This evening will be an exciting time of worship and ministry, as we draw near to God and He draws near to us. If you desire to experience God in a deep and fresh way, then we invite you to join us! Childcare is provided for children 6 weeks - 5 years old. Please register your child/children below. 

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat

Ladies, mark your calendar for February 1-3, 2018 for our annual Women of Destiny Ladies’ Retreat with special guest Jeanne Mayo. Jeanne has served in youth and pastoral ministry for over four decades. Most of those years she senior pastored alongside her husband, Sam Mayo, until he had a serious stroke and was diagnosed with dementia. Jeanne found great honor to be his devoted caregiver until he went to be with his King in August 2017. They have raised two adult sons who are in full time ministry and enjoy two grandsons, who are the light of their life. Jeanne is on staff at Victory World Church and finds joy in raising up and mentoring pastors around the world. The retreat is for ladies 18 & up; fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.


GOOD NEWS!

We have officially reached our maximum capacity! Yet, better news, we are working on details to increase this capacity. In order for you to not miss this opportunity, we have created a waiting list. Please keep in mind, this is NOT a guaranteed spot, we are simply working on trying to expand our current accommodations. Therefore, if you wish to be placed on our waiting list please click the link below. Again, this is not guaranteed and opportunities will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Motion Experience

Motion Experience

Laguna Beach Retreat Center (map)

Save the date! Registration is open for Motion Experience (MX18) our premier student weekend retreat at the Laguna Beach Retreat Center. Students depart for Panama City Beach on Friday, February 9 and return Sunday, February 11. This event is open to students in grades 6th-12th at all campuses. Registration is $125 until January 31, then the price increases to $150. Reserve your spot today!

WOD Spring Event

WOD Spring Event

Ladies, mark your calendar for Friday, May 4, 2018 with special guest Kristy Cambron. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons and has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmasters Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10.

Doors will open at 5:30PM, so make sure you get here early for some shopping and mingling! Worship and message will begin at 7PM. This event is FREE and open to the public and a love offering will be received. So invite your girlfriends and join us for an amazing night!

Childcare will be provided, but space is limited and registration will be required. Registration opens March 2nd and will close on April 27th or as the classrooms reach full capacity.  

WOD Fall Event

WOD Fall Event

Ladies, mark your calendar for Friday, September 14, 2018 with special guest Holly Wagner. Holly is an author, international speaker, and the co-pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles, where she has served with her husband for more than 30 years. She is also the founder of GodChicks--an organization devoted to encouraging and equipping women around the globe.

Doors will open at 5:30PM, so make sure you get here early for some shopping, mingling! Worship will begin at 7PM. This event is FREE and open to the public. This event is FREE and open to the public and a love offering will be received. So invite your girlfriends and join us for an amazing night!

Childcare will be provided, but space is limited and registration will be required.