This Weekend at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

When we think of Christmas and passages pertaining to it, Revelation does not come to mind. We love the well known Christmas passages, like: “Unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6). “Thou Bethlehem, though you be little among the thousands of Judah…” (Micah 5:2). “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). But what could the book of Revelation possibly have . . . read more ›

And now, a word from President Abraham Lincoln about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is now here, and from this point on, we will eat, drink, and breathe Christmas. I don’t mean that we will be reflecting on the Christ’s birth, but we will be experiencing that commercial extravaganza, Christmas! Commercial culture has pretty much hijacked every holiday. Christmas, instead of being about the birth of Jesus, is instead about Santa, Frosty, presents, and shopping till you drop. Easter, instead of being about the resurrection of Jesus, is about bunnies, eggs, and Spring . . . read more ›

Does America Need Israel More Than Israel Needs America?

As you know, there is serious conflict in the Middle East again. Hamas, an organization that supports terrorism, has been bombing Israel repeatedly. Missiles have landed in Tel Aviv and even Jerusalem, setting off air-raid sirens. 745 rockets have been fired at Israel since Wednesday! Altogether, some 1500 rockets have been fired at Israel in 2012. As President Obama correctly pointed out, Israel has “every right” to defend itself against missile attacks by militants inside Gaza. It should be noted . . . read more ›

Some Thankgsgiving Thoughts for you.

I really like Thanksgiving, because there is not a lot of pressure to go out and buy things. You have to get food, of course. But apart from that, Thanksgiving is not about shopping. It is more about getting together with family and friends and doing what most people love to do, which is eat. A traditional Thanksgiving meal at our home includes turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes made fresh by my wife, gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes with a . . . read more ›

Church Growth: When Communers Become Consumers

Once I had a friend — I’ll call him Bill — who worked out everyday at the gym. When we got together, he liked to flex his bicep and say, “Greg, feel this!” Bill’s muscles were rock hard. Then one day I heard terrible news. Bill had died of a heart attack. Even though he appeared robust and powerful, his heart was diseased. Inwardly, as it turned out, Bill was a weakling. I keep Bill in mind when I think . . . read more ›