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Update on Pastor Chuck Smith

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 Posted in OC, sermons | 121 Comments »

You may have heard that Pastor Chuck Smith has lung cancer. Chuck is going in to the hospital for a biopsy today and a series of tests. He is planning on having surgery the following week. Let’s be praying that God will give him peace in the middle of this storm and wisdom to the doctors and all those involved.

Amazingly, Chuck is planning to host his radio program, Pastor’s Perspective, on KWVE this Wednesday, then speak at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa on Wednesday night.

He also plans on being with us at Harvest Orange County this coming Thursday night where I will do an in-depth interview with him so you can better get to know the “man behind the message.”

Let us pray for this man of God.

I will be interviewing Chuck Smith this Thursday, January 5 at Harvest OC!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012 Posted in OC | 34 Comments »

Rarely does a man affect an entire generation. But I know a man who has done that and more. His name is Chuck Smith.

Chuck’s primary focus

Chuck’s laser beam-like focus has always been on Bible exposition.

His teaching and leadership produced a generation of men who went around the world starting churches (I am in those ranks myself). You could arguably make a case for contemporary Christian music and worship starting at the church he has pastored since the late sixties, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.

Very few people know his whole story and it is indeed an amazing one.

It will be my privilege to interview Chuck Smith this coming Thursday, Jan 5 at Harvest Orange County.

I have a unique vantage point in that I have had the privilege of knowing Chuck personally for forty years. We have had many adventures together and I want you to better know the man behind the message.

Chuck recently found out he has lung cancer.

This interview was previously scheduled for mid-January, but Pastor Chuck just found out that he has lung cancer. He is going to have tests done this week and surgery the following week, so Chuck graciously agreed to reschedule it for this week.

The service will start at 7:00 P.M. (Pacific) and will be webcast live at www.harvest.org.

We need to hold up this man of God in prayer and ask the Lord to give wisdom and guidance to the medical team that will be attending to him.

I’m speaking tonight at Harvest/Orange County!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 Posted in OC, sermons, worldview | No Comments »

Tonight in Orange County, I want to talk about the foundation of your life.

Every one of us builds our life on something, some set of beliefs, some value system.

The question is: will it sustain you through life, and eternity?

Some of the things I will say may seem controversial.

For instance, did you know it is possible to pray, believe in miracles, live a good life, keep the ten commandments, and go to church, and not necessarily be a Christian? Now, if you are a Christian, you should do all those things. But doing them in and of themselves does not necessarily mean you are a believer.

This will be the final message in our Worldview series, so I hope you can come.

For more info, go to:

www.harvest.org/oc/

We Had An Amazing Weekend At The Southern California Harvest

Monday, August 9th, 2010 Posted in Harvest Crusades, OC, Pastor's corner | 9 Comments »

What can I say, but “Wow!” What a weekend at Angel Stadium!

Last night was epic with Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, and Dr. James Dobson. The stadium was packed out with 48,000 people packed, and thousands were even turned away. We called it “An Evening of Hope” and I interviewed Steven and Dr. Dobson on the “whys” of suffering in life.

This was not only a night for evangelism, but for believers as well. There are so many hurting Christians who are facing tragedy, and I have already heard from many of them, telling me that what they heard last night brought great comfort.

Incredible response to the gospel

When the invitation to follow Christ was given last night, 4,224 people responded! That brings us to a total of 118,000 attendance, with 11,045 making commitments to follow Jesus Christ this weekend!

Largest web audience ever!

Our audience on the Web was much larger than normal, as well. Last year, 74,000 viewed our live webcasts. This year, we had 290,000 watching online!

And don’t forget that many more will see the archived webcasts during the weeks and months to come.

This year’s event was also broadcast live on KFSH (95.9 FM) locally in Southern California, reaching thousands more.

Whew!

Coming to your TV too!

We will also broadcast the entire Southern California Harvest internationally on TBN soon. I’ll let you know the airdates as soon as I find out.

So, God bless you all, and thanks for your prayers. This was an amazing Harvest weekend!

And if you didn’t get a chance to see any of the webcasts, you can watch it all in HD here.

The Southern California Harvest Begins Tonight!

Friday, August 6th, 2010 Posted in Harvest Crusades, OC, questions, sermons | 16 Comments »

Tonight is the first night of the 21st Southern California Harvest and I am really looking forward to it!

Sometimes, people ask me if I ever get tired of doing these events. The answer is no! I love to proclaim the gospel and see people come to the Lord.

Tonight, I will be joined at Angel Stadium by the Katinas, Crystal Lewis, and the David Crowder Band. It all starts at 7:00 P.M.

Who is Jesus?

I will be speaking on the topic of who Jesus really was, and why He came to this earth in the first place.

To this day, Jesus Christ is the most controversial figure who has ever lived. He is loved, adored, worshiped, and followed by some. He is hated, despised, and rejected by others. He is disregarded and ignored by most.

So, who exactly is Jesus Christ?

Watch or listen live

You can come and join us live, or watch the live webcast here. You can also hear it on the radio live locally on KFSH (95.9 FM).

Text me!

I will be sending text updates throughout the Harvest Crusade weekend.
Get prayer requests, event information, results, and more.
Text “Greg” at 55678 now to start.
Theses are free texts from Harvest, but your individual text plan charges apply.

I’ll Be Speaking In Orange County Tonight On Sharing Your Faith

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 Posted in OC, Pastor's corner, sermons | 1 Comment »

Did you know that only 1 in 20 Christians have ever shared the gospel message, and that only 1 in 10 think they should? That means only 10 percent of Christians are engaged in personal evangelism.

And if there are 50 million true Christians in the U.S, then only about five million of them are sharing Christ, and most of them ineffectively. I believe that can change, starting with you . . . and me.

Tonight in Orange County, I will complete my Crossover series on sharing your faith with a message that will deal primarily with actually leading a person to Jesus Christ.

Live on the radio

I will be live on the radio tomorrow, from 6:00 A.M.-9:00 A.M., on KFSH (95.9 FM) in Southern California. You can call in with questions, if you like.

If you are outside Southern California, you can click here to listen on the Internet.

Ask Me A Question And Perhaps Hear The Answer This Friday!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 Posted in OC, Pastor's corner | No Comments »

I will be interviewed live this Friday on KFSH (95.9 FM in Southern California) from 6:00 A.M.-9:00 A.M. Pacific Time, and I’ll be answering questions on the air!

You can post a question for me here.

Tonight in O.C., I’ll Be Answering Difficult Questions Non-Believers Ask!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 Posted in OC, questions, sermons | 2 Comments »

Guess what? The Southern California Harvest is only 15 days away!

So, to prepare you, as you seek to invite friends and family to Angel Stadium, I will speak tonight on the topic of “Answering Difficult Questions That Non-Believers Ask.”

We have all heard the questions before:

  • “How do you know the Bible is the Word of God?”
  • “How could a God of love send someone to hell?”
  • “Why does God allow suffering?”

The list goes on . . . We will deal with these questions and more in my message from the Crossover series.

To find out more about where it is, click here.

Tonight, I Am Speaking in Orange County on Sharing Your Faith

Thursday, July 8th, 2010 Posted in encouragement, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons | 1 Comment »

Tonight, in Orange County, I will be speaking on why we should tell others about Jesus Christ.

We need to “crossover” with the message of the gospel to our culture today.

There is a huge cultural divide today, where people know less and less about Jesus Christ. Most young  adults today don’t pray, don’t worship, and don’t read the Bible. In a survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% said that they’re ”really more spiritual than religious.”

iGod?

We live in a time in which people are “customizing God” like apps for their phone. They borrow a little Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and a bunch of New Age mantras, and create their own little “iGod.” And the predominant mindset of people like this is they often see Christians as narrow-minded, argumentative, condemning, holier-than-thou jerks.

Sadly, sometimes this mindset is accurate. Why is that?

Because many times, we just don’t know how to crossover.

Far too often,we are unnecessarily offensive, hopelessly lame, and generally inept at communicating with people about our faith. We are more known for what we are against, rather than what we are for. We are better at “burning bridges” than building them.

The bottom line is that many of us are just no good at evangelism. The whole idea of talking to a friend about our faith intimidates us, because we fear that they may no longer want to be our friend if we share the gospel message with them. And the idea of going to a stranger with the gospel frightens us because we are afraid we will not have all the answers, or we fear that they may laugh in our face.

In this new four-part series, which I’ve titled Crossover: Because Everyone Needs To Know God, I will share how you can effectively reach your friends with the gospel message.

Why share the gospel?

Tonight’s message in Orange County is titled, “Why Share the Gospel?”

This Sunday at Harvest, I will give the second part of this series, “The What and How of Evangelism.”

For more info on the Orange County Bible study, click here.

I Am Starting a New Teaching Series this Sunday!

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 Posted in Harvest Crusades, OC, questions, sermons | 6 Comments »

Crossover is the name of my new series that I am starting this Sunday at Harvest in Riverside and this Thursday at Harvest in Orange County.

In this new series, leading up to the 21st Southern California Harvest, August 6-8, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, I’ll share tools with you found in the pages of Scripture that will enable you, if you choose to use them wisely, to help respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading to lead others to Christ.

This Sunday, we are going to talk about “The Why, Who, When, and How of Evangelism.”

Dinesh D’Souza

In our next message, we will deal with the what of sharing our faith.

In the third week, we will have one of the leading apologists today, Dinesh D’Souza, as our special guest in the pulpit. Dinesh has debated atheists, from Richard Dawkins to Christopher Hitchens, on major university campuses around the country.

Hard questions answered

We will deal with questions like:

  • “How can you be sure there is a God?”
  • “How could a God of love allow tragedy?”
  • “How do you know the Bible is true?”
  • “What about evolution?”
  • And much more.

Why share our faith?

My final message in the series will deal with the how of bringing others to Christ.

But this Sunday, we will talk about the why of evangelism. Why is it important to share our faith?

We will also have special music from the outstanding Christian band Leeland at all four services.