New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. As people make plans to quit a bad habit, lose weight or stabilize their budget, Crossroads churches in Killeen and Belton, are eliminating food — at least on a limited basis — from their diet to build a stronger more intimate relationship with God.

A fast is something many people experience if a physician instructs them to for the purpose of a medical procedure or test. However, a spiritual fast can help break bad habits permanently and regain an equilibrium in a person’s life.

A biblical fast involves removing food or a food item from your life and replacing that hunger with the word of God or time with God, officials said.

The food that you choose to remove is between you and God and can be anything from removing sweets to taking away all food and only drinking liquids, said the Rev. Matt Thrasher, of Salado. He is the head pastor of both the Belton and Killeen Crossroads churches, and is currently fasting all foods and only drinking broths, juice and water.

The corporate fast with Crossroads Church lasts for 21 days, or as the Lord directs, Thrasher said.

“There is not a magic number — Daniel did the 21-day fast — 21 is our number for Crossroads,” Thrasher said.

Crossroads in Killeen began the corporate fast after the Crossroads in Belton took it over in 2011.

The church underwent a major renovation that was completed in September, and is hoping for new creations from God during this fast.

In the past, because of the fast, they have seen marriages put back together, a person’s hearing healed, addictions have been broken and financial miracles experienced, church officials said.

Thrasher’s father, Harry Thrasher, mainly pastors the Killeen campus and is the one who began the corporate fast more than 10 years ago when he was the head pastor.

A personal experience

Thrasher said not to be legalistic with fasting, meaning putting a definition or standard on how a person should fast. Instead, it is a personal experience between the individual and God.

If you have a medical condition, it is best to consult your physician and your pastor for tips on maintaining nutrition if eliminating all food from your diet.

“It is actually healthy to do for some people. It is a detox and I know I have felt better in the past, my color improved and I had more energy,” Thrasher said.

Crossroads Church is at 3102 S. Fort Hood St. in Killeen, and has services on Sundays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 254-526-2042 or email at

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