Children’s Choir Musical Presented at River Campus

Children’s Choir Musical Presented at River Campus:  Our Rock Solid Children’s Choir did a fabulous job with their Christmas Musical presentation at our Leeds River Campus tonight!

Children's Choir Musical Presented at River Campus:  Our Rock Solid Children's Choir did a fabulous job with their Christmas Musical presentation.

Children’s Choir Musical Presented at River Campus

For more information about the Eden Westside Rock Solid Children’s Choir, please contact LeighAnne Jones, Children’s Ministry Director at 205.338.7711.

#RockSolidChildrensChoir

Hope for the Holidays with Susie McClanahan GRIEFSHARE Small Group December 3, 2017 - 5:00 PM - Refreshments to be served. If you’ve lost a spouse, child

Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays with Susie McClanahan
GRIEFSHARE Small Group Event
December 3, 2017 – 5:00 PM
Refreshments will be served.

Hope for the Holidays

If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Holidays are especially painful. Susie McClanahan will be the guest speaker for this Griefshare small group event with helpful information on how to have more hope for the holidays.

Hope for the Holidays with Susie McClanahan GRIEFSHARE Small Group December 3, 2017 - 5:00 PM - Refreshments to be served. If you’ve lost a spouse, child

Also, you will have an opportunity to sign up for the weekly Griefshare Small Group led by Teresa Carden and “The Hands That Embrace” Ministry (headed by Jeanne Martin).

Hope for the Holidays

Location:
Eden Westside Baptist Church
Eden Campus Building A – Room A201
223 Wolf Creek Road North
Pell City, Alabama 35125

For more information, please call 205.338.7711 or visit website at www.EdenWestside.org.

The Daniel Fast for the Body, Soul and Spirit | Eden Westside Baptist Church

The Daniel Fast

The Daniel Fast for the Body, Soul and Spirit

The Bible teaches us that we are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. The Daniel Fast affects all three parts of us as we enter into a period of time for focused prayer and fasting.

The Body

Certainly our bodies are affected as our diet is changed, for some in very dramatic ways, during the Daniel Fast. Many men and women experience detoxing from caffeine, chemicals and sugar. The symptoms are most often headaches, leg cramps, fatigue and malaise.

Most people lose weight during the Daniel Fast. And many report healings from diabetes, allergies, arthritis and cancer.

The Soul

Frequently referred to as “the flesh” in the Bible, the soul is also greatly impacted during the Daniel Fast. The soul is the seat of our emotions, intellect, personality and will. It is in the “soulish realm” where we experience cravings, frustration, anger . . . and even happiness.

During the Daniel Fast, your soul may very well rebel against the dramatic change in your diet. Experiencing and winning this battle over the flesh is often one of the most powerful lessons of the Daniel Fast.

The Spirit

Our spirit is that born-again part of us that surrenders to God and then abides with the Father and the Son. Our spirit is filled with the Holy Spirit when we yield to Him. During the Daniel Fast, we want to put our spirit in charge of the other two parts of us. When our flesh is acting out with a craving, we take control of it with our spirit (just as a parent takes control of a rebellious child).

The Daniel Fast teaches us to deny our “selves” and instead put our spirit in control over our flesh. As you plan your meals and eat your food, keep in mind that the definition of a fast is to deny food for a spiritual purpose.

The Daniel Fast for the Body, Soul and Spirit | Eden Westside Baptist Church

One of the most powerful lessons I ever learned took place when I was trying to gain greater understanding about our make up: we are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. I wanted to know more of how that relates to my Christian life. It was a simple little exercise, but the revelation was amazing and has given me so much understanding!

The understanding I gained has also helped me so much during the Daniel Fast and when dealing with emotions and circumstances. I encourage you to take a few minutes to draw a little picture. Hopefully you too will gain much insight about yourself and our relation to the Spirit.

Step One:

Get a sheet of paper and on the top half, draw three side-by-side stick figures. Under each of stick figures, name them as Spirit, Soul and Body. Now on the top of the paper, write your name. Take a couple minutes and think about this being a “portrait of YOU!” As simple as this is, this little drawing shows you as a spirit, a soul and a body.

Step Two:

It is your spirit that is born-again when you accept Christ as your Savior. It’s often referred to as the “inner man” or “the new creation.” Under the “spirit” figure, write the character qualities of the spirit. You can look up Galatians 5:16-22 and see the nine fruits of the spirit. List them under your “spirit figure.”

Step Three:

The “soul” is also referred to as “the flesh.” It is where our will, emotions and intellect reside. This is the part of us that we surrender to God to be transformed into the ways of Christ. Under the “soul” label, make a list of what comes out of the soul (i.e. anger, pride, jealousy, etc.).

Step Four:

The “body” is like a puppet and subject to what the “spirit” or the “soul” causes it to do. The Word says that our body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit.” Yet, too often we don’t treat our bodies in this esteemed state. Our soul-man feeds it foods that are not good for it or we bring destruction to it.

During the Daniel Fast, we are putting our spirit in charge over our soul and our body. When our soul cries out, “I want that cup of coffee!” or, “I want that hamburger!” out spirit tells our soul to, “Sit down and behave. I am in charge. You can’t have everything you want.” This authority from our spirit can also take place when resentment, fear or jealousy try to take command in us. Again, we say choose the way of faith. We walk in the spirit as He is in the Spirit. Instead of resentment, we choose forgiveness. Instead of fear, we choose trust in God. Instead of jealousy, we choose thanksgiving. Instead of darkness, we choose His marvelous Light. Instead of death, we choose life.

Study this simple “portrait.” Let it minister to you and bring truth to your spirit. And allow it to give you understanding as you continue through this period of prayer and fasting.

How do I Prepare for the Daniel Fast?

You will experience a more successful fast if you spend some time preparing for your time of focused prayer and fasting.

Quiet Time:

If you don’t already have an established daily quiet time with the Lord, then this is an excellent opportunity to do so.

Starting your day with the God is a habit that will support your faith and growing intimacy with the Lord. During your Daniel Fast, be sure to set a daily time to come before the Lord, to study His Word and His ways.

Prepare Your Body:

It’s a wise move to prepare your body for the fast by easing off sugar, caffeine and chemicals before your first day of fasting. Otherwise, you may experience physical detox symptoms of headaches, cramping and fatigue. Start to drink at least 1/2 gallon of filtered water each day.

How do I conclude a Daniel Fast?

Just as you prepared to start your Daniel Fast, you will want to plan for the conclusion of your fast.

Changing the way you eat: If you have been on an extended fast of 10 or more days, your physical body has enjoyed healthy and easily digestible foods. Most people realize increased energy and better health during their fast.

Reintroduce caffeine, sugar, dairy products, deep fried foods and meat slowly to keep your body from rebelling and bring you discomfort. Small portions are better and adding no more than one type of food each day will give your body a chance to get used to the change.

Keep the gems of the fast: Most likely, you have gained many powerful lessons about your health and spiritual life. Carry these positive changes into your everyday life. If you have created a habit of meeting with the Lord each morning, then continue that practice.

If you have gained understanding about healthy eating habits or broken addictions to specific foods, then continue with those good practices.

Let the lessons you learned during your Daniel Fast continue to bring more health to your body, soul and spirit all year long.

What if I Have Health Issues?

Fasting should never bring harm to the body. And if you have concerns, be sure to consult your health professional before going on the Daniel Fast or making any major dietary change.

The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat! So health professionals will support this eating plan, but might suggest a few modifications if you have health issues that need special attention. For example, pregnant and nursing mothers might get instructions to add fish, chicken and cheese into the Daniel Fast, but otherwise stay the course. Diabetics may need to add more carbohydrates or include chicken and fish. Also, those who are especially active either through sports, bodybuilding or vocation may need to slightly alter the eating plan.

View The Daniel Fast Quick Start Guide

View The Daniel Fast Event

Download the Daniel Fast Prayer Guide

Eden Westside News

Here are a few announcements to take note of what’s happening around the Eden Westside Baptist Church campuses:

Daniel Fast 2018

2018 will be a year of Harvest and New Beginnings at Eden Westside Baptist Church. What better way for our congregation to prepare and celebrate than to start the year fasting and praying.

We invite you to join us in a 21 day Daniel Fast starting January 1st. More information to come.

Special Friends Night

Join us next Sunday Night, December 3rd at 6pm as our Special Friends bless us with a night of worship. We will be taking up a special offering for a new bus for our Special Friends

Power of Prayer

Come join us on Thursday Mornings at 8:00am
In the Sanctuary at the Eden Campus for prayer (Everyone Welcome)

Brian Free & Assurance

Pell City CEPA Building on Dec. 1 @ 7pm
For Discounted Ticket prices please contact Church Office

Children’s Choir

Our Rock Solid Children’s Choir will be singing at the Shops of Grand River on December 2nd at 11:00am. Be sure to come out
and support this great group of young worshipers.

MIC / Membership Information Class

Held on the 1st Wednesday every month at the Eden Campus and the
3rd Wednesday every month at the River Campus from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Deacons on Call:  11/27– 12/3

Perry Poe 405-4659 / Johnny Thompson 566-1631

Check our website often for news, updates and events and please LIKE US on Facebook! For more information about any of these events, please feel free to call the church office at 205.338.7711.

Eden Westside News

Here are a few announcements to take note of what’s happening around the Eden Westside Baptist Church campuses:

Power of Prayer

Come join us on Thursday Mornings at 8:00am
In the Sanctuary at the Eden Campus for prayer (Everyone Welcome)

Lamplighters Meeting

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Fellowship Hall @ Eden Campus

Children’s Outreach

We have many unchurched families from the Fall Festival to visit so please
join us as we reach out and minister to our community. TODAY, November 12th @ 2pmTuesday November 14th @ 6:30pm for more information, contact Mrs. LeighAnne Jones at 205.338.7711 Ext. 242.

Give Your Testimony in 3-Minutes

F.A.I.T.H. Riders – Eden Westside Baptist Church, invites you to join us on
Thursday 11/16/2017, 5:30-6:30 P.M. in the Student Worship Center in Building D as
Dr. J Marcus Merritt leads us with the 3-Minute Testimony Training.

MEN’S NIGHT OUT

Thursday, November 16 @ 6:31pm ($5.00)
Fellowship Hall @ Eden Campus

Angel Tree

Applications are now available in the Care Ministry Office Bldg. C
Deadline for applications is Nov. 15th

Come & Go Lord’s Supper

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd
At the Eden Campus:  10:00 – 11:30 am, 1:00 – 2:30 pm or 6:00 – 7:30pm
At the River Campus: 6:00 – 7:30pm only

MIC / Membership Information Class

Held on the 1st Wednesday every month at the Eden Campus and the
3rd Wednesday every month at the River Campus from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Deacons on Call:  11/13– 11/19

Don Morris 515-4065 / Mark Perry 699-2240

Check our website often for news, updates and events and please LIKE US on Facebook! For more information about any of these events, please feel free to call the church office at 205.338.7711.

Fall Back this Sunday, November 5, 2017 and remember to turn your clocks back. Daylight Savings Time ends for 2017 this Sunday!

Fall Back this Sunday

Fall Back this Sunday, November 5, 2017 and remember to turn your clocks back. Daylight Savings Time ends for 2017 this Sunday!

Fall Back this Sunday, November 5, 2017 and remember to turn your clocks back.  Daylight Savings Time ends for 2017 this Sunday!

Join us for Life Discovery at 9:15 AM and Sunday morning Worship at 11:00 AM (Both Campuses) and 8:15 AM at our Eden Campus.  See you then!

Painkillers: Insecurity How are you dealing with pain Eden Westside Baptist Church Pell City Alabama and Leeds River Campus

Painkillers: Insecurity

Painkillers:  Insecurity – You aren’t good enough. You never do anything right. You’ll never be enough for anybody … The internal dialogue of someone struggling with insecurity is constant, negative, and defeating. You may even look fine on the outside — smiling and talking and laughing — but on the inside, your thoughts constantly turn to how worthless you are. How everyone hates you. How you’re such a loser.

The insecure person feels like a failure, no matter how many successes they have in life. They believe they’re inferior, no matter how smart or good-looking or talented or kindhearted they are. Insecurity also almost always leads to developing unhealthy relationships. After all, if you don’t have a healthy relationship with yourself, it’s impossible to have a healthy relationship with another person.

Painkillers:  Insecurity  How are you dealing with pain Eden Westside Baptist Church Pell City Alabama and Leeds River Campus

But where does this insecurity come from? In almost all cases, insecurity is a direct result of pain. Sometimes, it’s pain from an unhappy childhood. Overly critical parents and emotionally-abusive spouses are a common cause of insecurity. Insecurity can also come from failure or rejection. Other times, insecurity stems from some trauma, like losing a loved one.

Wherever the pain came from, the result tends to be much the same. The past hurt leads to insecurity, which in turn, leads to isolation, loneliness, social anxiety, negative thoughts about yourself, and the tendency to constantly need approval from other people.

Today’s world offers abundant reasons for pain and feelings of insecurity. Too fat or skinny? You get shamed. Too smart or not smart enough? People line up to criticize you. We have a society that criticizes and hurts people for being too rich, too poor, too nice, too strong, too religious, too into sports, not macho enough for sports … whatever you happen to be, there’s somebody out there ready to attack and criticize you.

Painkillers:  Insecurity

Once insecurity sets in, it becomes almost impossible to live a healthy, normal lifestyle. You begin avoiding other people, because you’re afraid of more criticism and rejection. It’s easy to get sucked into bad relationships, because abusive people like to feed off of the insecurity and anxieties of their mates. Many people who fall into the insecurity trap may even try to kill the pain of their isolation and loneliness with drugs and alcohol. It’s a vicious cycle.

But letting go of your insecurities isn’t so easy. Even if you are able to see the damage your insecurity is causing in your life, you can’t just flip a switch and make it go away. After all, that insecurity serves as a barrier between you and your pain. As long as you can hide in your feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, you don’t have to face the hurt of rejection, failure, social anxiety, or whatever else is causing you pain.

What if I told you that there’s a way to heal from your insecurities, without having a head-on collision with your heartache and pain? Philippians 4 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God doesn’t want us to hurt and worry. He doesn’t want us to face our pain alone. The peace that He gives doesn’t even make sense in our natural world, but He is both able and willing to give that peace to you freely and without judgment.

Would you like to learn more about how to let go of unhealthy ways we deal with pain, like isolation, intoxication, idolatry, inappropriate relationships, and others? Eden Westside Baptist Church is offering a special series called Painkillers, discussing all the damaging ways we try to cover our pain and how to get out of these dangerous traps. Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 11 a.m. at our main campus in Eden, or at 11 a.m. at our River Campus, next to the Shops at Grand River. Or, you can watch us online at www.EdenWestside.org/Painkillers.