So. . .  you may have already heard, but the staff and Northgate’s board of directors are getting ready for a five-day fast in early March. I’ll be inviting all of us to do a three-week fast in April, leading up to Easter. What's that? I can already smell the fear. Don’t worry. It’s optional.  Fasting, when coupled with prayer, serves as a powerful vehicle to draw God’s people closer to God. Fasting is a God-designed discipline that will allow all of us at Northgate to enter into a focused time of preparation for the future, seeking God and his direction for the next several months.

These first six months at Northgate have been so exciting and fruitful. God has accomplished so much, building a very large (600-800 people on a Sunday), productive church (just check out our website--we're busy!). I can’t wait to see where God leads us next.

Fasting, by the way, doesn’t mean “starving yourself to death.” For example, a “Daniel-fast” (which is what I’ll be recommending) is similar to a “vegan” diet with some other restrictions. Yep, that’s right. . . the guy who likes to eat chocolate-covered bacon is going to fast. Ah. . .  I’m already missing meat.

Check out this clip from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”