Weekly Reflections For Lent Season

Why We Fast?

The Daniel Fast is a plant-based partial fast. It is based on the Prophet Daniel when he was under the rule of Babylonian kings for their personal service. Daniel recorded three occasions of fasting, though he likely fasted many more times since he was a man of God.  Daniel 10: 2 – 3, is where we find the model for the 21-day Daniel Fast, In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks.  I ate no [a]pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. From this passage, guidelines have developed over the years, primarily by Christians who use this as a form of fasting. The Daniel Fast has grown in popularity over the last several years as it has been championed by many.

Fasting Guidelines

Foods to INCLUDE in your diet during the Daniel Fast:

  • All FRUIT. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned. The kind of fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon, and the list goes on. If you are using dried fruits, make sure they do not have added sugar.
  • All VEGETABLES. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, and zucchini. Veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy. Be sure to get the version that does not contain egg or cheese.
  • All WHOLE GRAINS including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
  • All NUTS AND SEEDS, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter without added sugars.
  • All LEGUMES. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
  • All QUALITY OILS including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
  • BEVERAGES including spring water, distilled water, and other pure waters. Fruit and vegetable juices including all-natural juices are acceptable.
  • SWEETNERS acceptable under this fast include 100% cane sugar, raw sugar, honey, corn syrups, molasses, pure maple syrup, and cane juice.
  • OTHER ACCEPTABLE ITEMS include tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs, and spices.

Foods to AVOID on the Daniel Fast:

  • All MEAT AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish. Fish (not fried) is allowed Friday at sundown through Sunday at sundown.
  • All DAIRY PRODUCTS including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
  • All REFINED AND PROCESSED food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
  • All DEEP-FRIED foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, and corn chips.
  • All SOLID FATS including shortening, margarine, lard, and foods high in fat.
  • BEVERAGES including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.


Remember, READ THE LABELS when purchasing packaged, canned, or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free! All Vegan foods are not Fast-friendly and/or acceptable.

Week One: Stronger Families

General Scripture:  Ephesians 5:21—6:1-4

  • February 14/ Husbands — Ephesians 5:25-29; Colossians 3:19
  • February 15/ Wives — Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 3:18
  • February 16/ Fathers — Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21
  • February 17/ Mothers — Ephesians 6:2-3; Colossians 3:21


  • February 19/ Children — Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:21
  • February 20/ Church Members — 1 Corinthians 12:11-21

Week Two: Leadership

General Scripture:  Hebrews 13:7, 17, 18

  • February 21/ Pastors — 1 Timothy 3:1-7
  • February 22/ Ministers — 1 Peter 4:11
  • February 23/ Deacons — 1 Timothy 3:8-10, 12-13
  • February 24/ Deaconesses — 1 Timothy 3:11; Romans 16:1-2


  • February 26/ Lead Servants — Romans 12:8
  • February 27/ Government Officials — Romans 13:1-7

Week Three: Depending on the Holy Spirit

General Scripture:  John 14-16

  • February 28/ To Fill Us — Ephesians 5:18
  • February 29/ To Comfort and Help Us — John 14:16-17
  • March 1/ To Abide and Guide Us — John 14:14
  • March 2/ To Teach and Lead Us — John 14:16


  • March 4/ To Bring to Remembrance Whatever We Need — John 14:26
  • March 5/ Intercede for Us — Romans 8:26

Week Four: Stewardship

General Scripture:  1 Corinthians 9:1-15

  • March 6/ Personal Finances — Acts 4:32-37
  • March 7/ Personal Investments — Matthew 25:14-30
  • March 8/ Church Finances — 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
  • March 9/ Church Land Acquisitions — Numbers 13:30; 14:6-10


  • March 11/ Employees/Local Businesses — Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1;

Ecclesiastes 9:10

  • March 12/ Economy — Romans 13:7

Week Five: Evangelizing our Local Community

General Scriptures: Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:4-8

  • March 13/ Peace (Violence) — Romans 12:18; 1 Timothy 2:2
  • March 14/ Education — Habakkuk 2:14
  • March 15/ Employment — Matthew 20:1-16
  • March 16/ Unemployment — 2 Thessalonians 3:10; Ephesians 4:28


  • March 18/ Local Officials — 1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • March 19/ Impact of the Gospel — 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:3-7

Week Six: Our Holistic Well Being

General Scripture:  Romans 12:1-21

  • March 20/ Spiritually — Ephesians 4:17-24
  • March 21/ Emotionally — Ephesians 4:25-32
  • March 22/ Mentally — Romans 12:2
  • March 23/ Physically — 3 John; Romans 12:1


  • March 25/ Educationally — 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:15
  • March 26/ Financially — 2 Corinthians 9:6-9

Week Seven: Our Church Family

General Scripture:  Hebrews 10:25

  • March 27/ Members — 1 Corinthians 12:24-31
  • March 28/ Fellowship — Acts 2:42-47

March 29/ Unity — Ephesians 4:11-16

Most Important Item to Add to Your Diet During the Antioch Fast: Vegetables


Welcome to Antioch's Recipe Section, below you will find some of our most popular recipes. To Access all of our recipes, please click the recipes download button under each section.​

Black Beans Hummus

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Vegan Lasagna

Black Beans Hummus

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Chipotle Cauliflower Nachos

Baked Chickpea Flour Frittata / Vegan Frittata

Vegan Pancakes

Carrot Bacon

Vegetable Breakfast Hash

Silken Tofu Scramble