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Missing the Point

Monday, November 30th, 2009 Posted in holidays, video | 2 Comments »

Here’s a new video for Christmas. Don’t forget the reason for the season.

Franklin Graham, Tenth Avenue North at Harvest today and tonight!

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons | 2 Comments »

This morning at Harvest, I am speaking on the topic “Don’t Lose Jesus at Christmas.” I will be joined by special musical guest Tenth Avenue North.

Service times are 7:45 A.M., 9:45 A.M., and 11:45 A.M. The 9:45 A.M. service is also broadcast live on that radio at KWVE (107.9 FM).

Tonight

We have a very special guest speaker tonight at 6:00 P.M.–Franklin Graham. Franklin will give an evangelistic message, so this will be a great time to invite and bring someone who does not yet know the Lord. Tenth Avenue North will perform tonight also.

All of these services will be webcast live at Harvest.org.

We meet tonight in OC!

Saturday, November 28th, 2009 Posted in OC, sermons | 1 Comment »

I will bring a special message, titled, “Don’t Lose Jesus at Christmas!” There will also be special music from Tenth Avenue North.

It all starts at 6:00 P.M. We meet at 2777 McGaw Avenue in Irvine. Look for the huge cross in the parking lot.

See you there!

This Weekend at Harvest-

Friday, November 27th, 2009 Posted in holidays, Pastor's corner, sermons | No Comments »

It’s official now: Christmas is coming!

I wanted to let you know that I will be giving a special message titled “Don’t Lose Jesus at Christmas!” this Saturday in Orange County. I will be joined in music by Christian band Tenth Avenue North.

This special night was put together because we did not have our normal Thursday night study this week, as it was Thanksgiving.

Our Saturday service begins at 6:00 P.M. I hope to see you there.

Franklin Graham at Harvest

I will be giving this same message this Sunday morning at Harvest, and Tenth Avenue North will also join me there.

This Sunday night, we will be having a very special guest speaker: my friend Franklin Graham. It will be an evening with an evangelistic emphasis, so I hope you might bring a friend who does not yet know the Lord.

Once again, Tenth Avenue North will be our special music guest.

And, of course, it will all be webcast at harvest.org.

The Fred Jordan Mission

We had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving day at the Fred Jordan Mission on L.A.’s Skid Row. Thousands of people were in attendance and I was able to preach the gospel. I spoke twice and the second service was also done in Spanish through an interpreter.

This year, I gave an invitation and we saw many come to Christ.

The weather was just perfect, with temperatures in the high 70s. I met some very interesting people that day–from the unknown to the quite famous who turn out for these days–and I was able to share Christ with them as well.

We brought a group of young people from our Church called the SWAT (Students with a Testimony) team to help in follow-up counseling. My friend Dennis Agajanian did special music, backed up by Hanz Ives and Billy Batstone from our worship team.

It was a blessed day. Thanks for your prayers.

Don’t forget!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

We are not having our Bible study in OC tonight! Instead, we are meeting this coming Saturday in Orange County. The address, as always, is 2777 McGaw Avenue in Irvine.

Our starting time this Saturday will be 6:00 P.M., instead of our normal 7:00 P.M. start time.

We will have wonderful praise and worship, along with a special musical guest, Tenth Avenue North. My message will be titled “Don’t Lose Jesus at Christmas!”

I hope to see you there.

What We Can Learn from Biscuits

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, holidays, Pastor's corner | 7 Comments »

(Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 2)

Thanksgiving is getting close!

This year, I will be up at the Fred Jordan Mission on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, speaking at an event they have been holding there for years. I will be joined by my friend Dennis Agajanian, who will share his music.

Remember us in prayer!

Thanksgiving with my grandparents

For a number of years, I lived with my grandparents, whom I called Mama Stella and Daddy Charles.

My grandmother was an amazing cook. She never reheated anything, and I don’t think she had ever seen a TV dinner (if she had, she wouldn’t be interested in one). She made everything from scratch, including the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted.

But the crowning achievement of my grandmother’s cooking was her biscuits. Once you started eating them, you couldn’t stop. Watching my grandmother make them, it appeared to be such a simple process. But no one could quite make it all work like her.

The ingredients were simple: vegetable oil, self-rising flour, and, of course, some buttermilk. None of those ingredients was appealing to me on its own. But she would blend it all together and then put it into a very hot oven.

And when she took those biscuits out, the results were good. Really good.

In the same way, God will take the events of our lives, the good things and the so-called bad things, and put them in the oven of adversity. When it is all done—sometimes much later—we will realize that it is good. What may seem bad today actually may be good tomorrow.

We need to trust God

To give thanks, we must recognize that God is in control of all of the circumstances in our lives. We must realize that God loves us and is always looking out for our eternal benefit, even if what we are presently going through is difficult.

We must remember that God is wiser than we are. He is always dealing with us for our eternal good. But sometimes, what is good for us eternally is not easy for us temporarily. God will make that decision and work in our lives.

There is so much to give thanks for. Have you been thanking God? Don’t wait until Thanksgiving Day. For the Christian, every day should be Thanksgiving.

Why Should I Give Thanks to God?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 Posted in Parables, video | 1 Comment »

Here’s a new video that we shot at the Cove in North Carolina.

Give Thanks . . . In Everything

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 Posted in encouragement, holidays, Pastor's corner | 1 Comment »

(Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 1)

Sometimes, worship and thanksgiving can be a sacrifice. That may be because we are down or depressed, or things aren’t going all that well for us. Maybe hardship or tragedy has struck our lives in some way and we don’t want to thank God.

Yet, the Bible urges us to give thanks to the Lord.

Psalm 106:1 says, “Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” We are told in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” And Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

We are not told to give thanks to the Lord because we feel good. We are to give thanks to the Lord because He is good.

As we approach God to ask for new blessings, we should never forget to say thanks for the blessings already given. We should be just as quick in returning thanks as we are in requesting help.

But many times, we aren’t. We are quick to ask for help, but we are slow in giving thanks.

Sometimes, giving thanks can be difficult, because we feel like we have been dealt a bad hand in life or things have happened to us that we don’t understand. But here is something we need to remember: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

This verse doesn’t say to give thanks in some things, or in what you think are good things. It says to give thanks in everything.

Now, it is easy for me to give thanks when something wonderful happens to me. When something bad happens, however, I think, “I won’t give thanks for that.”

But I don’t know that we ever will fully know what was good or bad in our lives until much later. I would even suggest that what you think is a bad thing today may turn out to be a good thing tomorrow or down the road. And what you have thought of as a good thing may, in time, turn out to be a bad thing.

I believe that when you look back years from now, you will be able to say that the Lord knew what He was doing.

2012

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons | 6 Comments »

I just saw the movie 2012 at the movie theater.

First, a quick review. Though not destined to be a classic, 2012 was entertaining at times and had some pretty amazing CGI special effects. It was pretty easy to predict who would survive to the end, but it had its moments.

Now, onto the premise. The movie was based on the Mayan calendar’s supposed prediction that the world would end by the year 2012, and the movie depicts this scenario playing out.

“Repent, the end is near!”

One can’t help but think of the end times scenario that the Bible has predicted and wonder why a film has not been made that is based on the prophecies in the pages of Book of Revelation and other Scripture passages that are being fulfilled before our very eyes.

One funny line in the film came when things were starting to unravel, and someone said, “Those guys with the ‘Repent, the end is near’ signs on the street corners were right all along!” Indeed.

Spoiler alert! At the end of the film, the survivors board massive arks that take them to the new world that has emerged after the scenes of destruction.

A more reliable source

Instead of worrying about the supposed musings about the end of the world from the Mayan calendar, we should all be paying careful attention to the inspired predictions of the Hebrew prophets.

No, they do not predict a date, but they–directed by God and spoken of by Jesus Himself–speak of ‘times and seasons” that I believe we are living in now. Indeed, the Bible speaks of a new world that is coming, but under the care and direction of its Creator and without the curse of sin.

As you may know, I have been teaching a five-part series on last days events, and we are coming to the “grand finale” this Sunday at Harvest. The title of the message is “Heaven on Earth.”

We will look at “heaven and earth becoming one.” God is not going to abandon this planet. He is going to restore it. And this prediction will be fulfilled exactly as He said.

This and that

You may also want to check out my weekend column at WorldNetDaily, which can be found here.

You can also read my special weekend long-form devotional found here.

A Conversation about Pain and Grief with Steven Curtis Chapman

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, video | 26 Comments »

Video: From “An Evening of Hope”