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Tweet and Text Me Your Questions!

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 Posted in OC, Pastor's corner, questions, sermons, worldview | 1 Comment »

Tonight, at our Orange County Bible study, I will continue speaking on the Ten Commandments with the second part of my message, “Absolute Truth.” It’s all part of our new series Worldview.

We will also be doing a question-and-answer session after the message, so people can tweet or text me their questions. Levi Lusko, the pastor of Fresh Life Church in Montana, will join me on stage for this session.

I won’t be able to answer all your questions, but I will get to as many of them as I can.

We’ll also capture it on video and post it at harvest.org.

Please do not send these questions to this blog or my Facebook page. If you want to send in a question, you can do one of the following:

Tweet your question to my Twitter account here.
Send it via text message to (949) 464-7340.
Leave your question on voicemail at that number.
E-mail your question to oc@harvest.org.

Text and Tweet Me Your Questions!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons, worldview | 1 Comment »

This Thursday, I will continue speaking on the Ten Commandments with the second part of my message, “Absolute Truth.” It’s all part of our new series Worldview.

We will also be doing a question-and-answer session after the message, so people can tweet or text me their questions. Levi Lusko will be joining me on stage for this session.

I won’t be able to answer all your questions, but I will get to as many of them as I can.

We’ll also capture it on video and post it at harvest.org.

Please do not send these questions to this blog or my Facebook page. If you want to send in a question, you can do one of the following:

  • Tweet your question to my Twitter account here.
  • Send it via text message to (949) 464-7340.
  • Leave your question on voicemail at that number.
  • E-mail your question to oc@harvest.org.

iFaith?

Monday, February 8th, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons, worldview | 2 Comments »

America has never been more spiritual, yet so immoral at the same time.

A 2009 poll found that Americans are more interested in “faith and spirituality” than they are in Christianity. One expert said, “Americans increasingly want to shape their own faith experience,” what he calls “concoct[ing] a uniquely personal brand of faith.”

“What they’ve done is they have put together a whole series of beliefs and a series of religious practices and a series of relationships and connections—all of that that makes sense to them and helps them to feel good about themselves,” he said.

iFaith

Why not? In the age of the iPod, iPhone, iMac, and now the iPad, we have “iFaith” and “iGod.”

With iFaith and iGod, you control the home screen. You can write your own programs or apps. You can customize it to your own liking.

You can leave the parts you like, such as love, forgiveness, and heaven. You can take out the parts you don’t like, such as hell, judgment, and righteousness—just highlight them, and hit the “delete” key.

Moral Relativism

We, as a nation, no longer accept certain truths that our Founding Fathers held. Instead, what we have instead is moral relativism.

What is moral relativism? It is the belief that there are no absolutes. In other words, there is no right or wrong.

Now, to some, this may sound fine in theory, but if you play it out, it is madness!

If you were to go out in the middle of the night and remove all the traffic lights, all the lane markers, and all the signs, you would have chaos.

And for many, that is what their life is: chaos. They have no moral compass to guide them. There is no set of absolutes, just their opinions.

If there is a God in moral relativism, it is a God of our own making. What you really have is people “making God into their own image.”

As it’s been said, “God made us in His own image and we returned the favor.” Instead of us becoming like God, we want God to become like us.

It’s time to get back the other way around again.

A Christian Worldview

Saturday, February 6th, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons, worldview | 5 Comments »

This Sunday at Harvest, I am beginning a new series of messages I am calling Worldview: Learning to Think and Live Biblically.

Why is a Christian worldview important? Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer said, “As Christians, we are not to only to know the right worldview, the worldview that that tells us the Truth of what is, but consciously, to act upon that worldview so as to influence society in all its parts and facets across the whole spectrum of life, as much as can to the extent of our individual and collective ability.”

What kind of worldview do you have?

We all have a worldview, or way in which we view life. It is formed by our culture, our upbringing, our education. It is formed by the books we read, and the media we take in.

So, the question is not whether you have a worldview, but what kind do you have?

It is important to remember that a worldview is comprehensive. It affects every area of life, from morality to money; from politics to art.

But what specifically would a Christian worldview be?

A Christian worldview defined

In his book, Think Biblically!, John MacArthur writes:

(A Christian worldview) is based on two major presuppositions. The first will be the eternal existence of the personal, transcendent, Triune, Creator God. Second, the God of Scripture has revealed His character, purposes, and will in the infallible and inerrant pages of His special revelation, the Bible, which is superior to any other source of revelation or human reason alone.

To sum it all up, a Christian worldview is the belief that there is a living God and He has revealed Himself in Scripture.

So what kind of worldview do you have? Join me this Sunday at Harvest as I start this series with a look at the foundation for our beliefs as Christians that’s based on the Ten Commandments. The title of this Sunday’s message is “Absolute Truth.”

Our services will be at 7:45 .M., 9:45 A.M., and 11:45 A.M. It will also be webcast live at Harvest.org.

New time for our live service on KWVE

If you listen to our Sunday morning service live on KWVE (107.9 FM) here on in Southern California, please be advised that we are on now at a new time, starting this Sunday.

You can hear our first service, in its entirety, starting at 8:00 A.M. on KWVE.

Tweet and Text Me Your Questions!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 Posted in questions, sermons, video, worldview | 1 Comment »

I am speaking tonight at our Orange County Bible study, starting a new series called Worldview. I will begin this series with a look at the Ten Commandments and a message titled “Absolute Truth.”

Immediately following the study, I am going to answer questions once again from those of you who text or tweet me between 7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., Pacific Time. I won’t be able to answer all your questions, but I will get to as many of them as I can.

We’ll also capture it on video and post it this weekend at harvest.org.

Please do not send these questions to this blog or my Facebook page. If you want to send in a question, you can do one of the following:

  • Tweet your question to my Twitter account here.
  • Send it via text message to (949) 464-7340.
  • Leave your question on voicemail at that number.
  • E-mail your question to oc@harvest.org.

We did this question-and-answer format recently, and I was joined by my friend Don McClure. To see that, click here.

It’s Our 36th Wedding Anniversary Today!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 Posted in sermons | 31 Comments »

It was 36 years ago today that Catherine Martin walked down the aisle and became my wife.

I thank God for her every day, and give thanks to God for 36 years of marriage!

Absolute Truth: This Sunday at Harvest

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 Posted in sermons, worldview | 3 Comments »

In 2009, a Barna poll revealed that Americans are more interested in faith and spirituality than they are in Christianity.

Barna said that Americans increasingly want to shape their own faith experience, in his words, “concoct[ing] a uniquely personal brand of faith.”

“What they’ve done is they have put together a whole series of beliefs and a series of religious practices and a series of relationships and connections–all of that that makes sense to them and helps them to feel good about themselves,” Barna said.

The result of a faith of our own making and and a God made in our very own image

My question is, will this faith we have created at whim and this god we have imagined be able to save us in the final days?

The answer, of course, is no. God is who He says He is, not who simply want Him to be.

Thinking and living biblically

This Sunday at Harvest, we are beginning a new teaching series.

We have just completed our 35-message series that I called Essentials: What Every Christian Needs to Know. We have looked at God, His attributes, and His character. We have looked at Jesus Christ, His deity, and His humanity. We examined the unseen world of angels, demons, and the devil.

We have looked at heaven, hell, and end times events. We have looked at topics like salvation, faith, the Bible, and much more.

This is the foundation that we build our lives on as Christians.

Now, we come to the follow-up series to Essentials, which I am calling Worldview: Thinking and Living Biblically.

Do you have a Christian worldview?

Not every believer necessarily has a true biblical worldview. Do you?

Find out what a Christian worldview is, and how to have one this Sunday morning at Harvest.

Our services are at 7:45 A.M., 9:45 A.M., and 11:45 A.M. This message will also be webcast live at harvest.org.

This and that

You can check out my weekend colemn at WorldNetDaily here.

Here is a link to my weekend devotional.

Giving Ourselves to God

Friday, January 29th, 2010 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons | 4 Comments »

The Bible tells us that, in light of all that God has done for us, we should then present ourselves to Him. If we will do this, then we will know His will for our lives.

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:1-2:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

What does that mean, to present our bodies? It means that you give your whole self to Christ, and Christ alone.

1. We need to present our minds.

Fill your mind with the Word of God, not the junk and twisted worldview of our culture.

A recent survey revealed that America’s children and teenagers are now spending an average of more than 7 1/2 hours a day involved in electronic media (TV, video games, listening to music, surfing the Web, texting, and e-mailing).

We all need to think more about godly things! As Paul wrote to the Philippian church, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).

2. We need to present our tongues.

This refers to how we use our words, what we say to others.

We do great harm and great good with our words. One world can elevate, or devastate. The Bible tells us, “So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire” (James 3:5).

We need to T.H.I.N.K. before we speak (for more on this, check out my post here).

3. We need to present our hands and feet too!

Among the seven things listed in Proverbs 16 that the Lord hates are “hands that kill the innocent . . . feet that race to do wrong.” (Proverbs 16:7-8).

How much more glorious is it to have our hands and feet take the gospel to a lost and dying world! Romans 10:15 says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

I urge you to present your body to Him today and every day!

T.H.I.N.K.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons | 12 Comments »

Tonight in Orange County, I will speak on knowing the will of God. One of the things I will mention is the importance of thinking about what we say before we say it.

A helpful acronym that you can use when wondering if you should spread a certain piece of information is T.H.I.N.K. Ask yourself the following questions:

T – Is it true? In other words, this thing that you have heard about someone else, is this accurate information? Or is it just gossip or something someone heard about someone else.

Have you ever had anyone tell a lie about you? How did that make you feel?

How about someone gossiping about you? The very word “gossip” just hisses. Gosssssssip! Remember, Satan is the Father of lies.

We are far too ready to pass on information before verifying if it is true or not.

H-Is it Helpful? Will sharing this information be helpful to the other person?

I- Is it Inspiring? That is clear enough.

N- Is it Necessary? Do we really need to spread this information?

K– Is it Kind? Pretty clear there.

You might say, “Greg, if I applied that T.H.I.N.K. acronym to what I said about others, I would hardly speak at all!” Ah! Perhaps that’s not such a bad idea?

The Jesus Tablet?

Monday, January 25th, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons | 8 Comments »

You probably have heard that Apple is supposedly going to announce a new tablet computer this week. I am interested to see what the specs are, and what it can do.

I really am a fan of technology, and without question Apple builds fantastic, groundbreaking products. In fact, this post was typed on an Apple laptop.

However . . .

The Messiah machine?

This new tablet has been hailed by some as “The Jesus Tablet,” and others are calling it “The Messiah Machine.” One article asked breathlessly, “Can Apple’s Jesus Tablet deliver a miracle?”

Whaaa . . . ? Did I miss something here? Is this new device from Apple going to somehow deliver eternal life or the forgiveness of sins?

I am being a bit facetious here, but I think some of these techheads need to seriously get a life, preferably an eternal one.

This reminds me of the the depression some were experiencing after viewing the new film Avatar, because they could not personally experience the imaginary CGI world of Pandora. I wrote a blog about that.

Taking the Lord’s name in vain

The Bible reminds us to not take the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7) This doesn’t just mean using profanity with God’s name, but also using His Holy name in a frivolous, insincere way.

Sometimes people will sell certain things to the Christian market with a token mention of Jesus or the Bible, in hopes that we will eat it up, be it movies, products, or whatever. That is using God’s name in vain, and He does not take kindly to it.

So, Jesus tablets and Messiah machines just will not do.

There is another commandment that warns against having other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3). That is Commandment No. 1 in God’s Top 10.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that people who are excited about a new laptop, tablet computer, or phone are necessarily idolaters (though they could be). I am simply saying that we need to keep our priorities clear here.

Having another god speaks of anything or anyone that takes the place of the true God in their life.

In 1948, General Omar Bradley observed, “We are technological giants and moral midgets. We have discovered the mystery of the atom, but we have forgotten the Sermon on the Mount.”

Let’s love the Lord and use technology, not love technology and use the Lord.