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Happily Married?

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

With the wedding of Prince William and now Princess Kate complete, we wish them the very best.

It sounds like something out of a fairytale; doesn’t it? A prince of England meets a “commoner” and marries her and she becomes a princess.

How does the rest of that story usually go? Oh yeah. . . “And they lived happily ever after.”

But is that even possible in this day and age?

 

Is a happy marriage an oxymoron?

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.”

With divorce so rampant, we wonder, can you have a happy and lasting marriage in this day and age?

The answer is YES! And this weekend at Harvest Riverside and Orange County, I will tell you how!

My topic is “What Jesus Taught about Marriage and Divorce.”

 

Special music too!

 

We will be joined by Britt Nicole.

Britt is a very talented young girl whose songs are getting a lot of airplay these days. One of her songs that I really like is “Walk on the Water.” She will perform that and others in all of our weekend services at Harvest.

For more information, go to www.harvest.org.

Check out this video from “The Elephant Room.”

Friday, April 29th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 4 Comments »

Recently, I was in Chicago for something called “The Elephant Room,” an amazing leaders’ event put together by my friend, James MacDonald.
Here is a clip where I have a discussion about predestination and calling people to Christ with Mark Driscoll.
There are two video clips:
#1 Evangelism and the Elect
#2 Gun Collectors, Not Soldiers
Let me know what you think:
http://jamesmacdonald.com/blog/

The Sounds of Silence

Friday, April 29th, 2011 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

I can think of so many times when I should have kept silent, but I just had to speak.

On more than one occasion I have said something, and the moment it left my lips, I thought, “Why did I just say that?”

And I have found myself instantly wishing I could have those words back. Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to say the perfect thing, but instead, you ended up saying the lamest thing possible?

Peter on the Mount

It reminds me of when Peter, along with James and John, witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus. What an awesome privilege these three men had been given! Their eyes were the only ones who got to see Jesus’ face and clothes suddenly becoming shining like the sun. And then they had the privilege of having a front row seat as Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus about His upcoming trials. Even as this conversation was taking place, however, Peter blurted out, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here…” (Mark 9:5). Mark includes this interesting commentary: “He did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid” (verse 6).

Who is that guy?

But Peter wasn’t quite finished. He said, “Let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (verse 5).

I wonder if Moses turned to Jesus and asked, “Who is that guy?”

“Oh, that’s Rock. Never mind.”

How easily thoughts can jump into our minds, and we just say them without thinking. But how much better it is to think about it a moment and ask ourselves, Is this the right thing to say? Would this be an appropriate statement to make? Would this glorify the Lord?

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

If we applied that filter to our conversations—“Will this comment build this person up? Will these words benefit this person?”—imagine what a difference there would be in the content of our words.

A good verse to keep in mind is “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:…A time to keep silence, and a time to speak “(Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).

Tonight at Harvest Orange County

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

The Church

The only organization Jesus ever started. We as believers are all part of it too.

But why is it that the church of the first century turned their world upside down while it seems like the church of the 21st century is being turned upside down by the world?

I will give the answer to that question tonight at Harvest Orange County from my new series, Upside-Down Living.

This is based on the book of Acts.

I will also be joined by special musical guest Dennis Agajanian.

This will be webcast live. It all starts at 7:00 pm, PST.

For more info, go to oc.harvest.org.

Check out the new Harvest Crusade video!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 Posted in Harvest Crusades | 2 Comments »

Here is the new video for our upcoming Crusades in Anaheim and L.A.
It was directed by the very talented Dwight Thomson Jr.

For more information, go to http://www.harvest.org/crusades/

Big Dreams? Be Faithful.

Monday, April 25th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 12 Comments »

Do you have big dreams to accomplish something great for God?

I have some advice for you-

Be faithful in the little things and God will give you more to do.

When David was called by God to be king, he was out watching sheep, just being faithful. The day David killed Goliath, he didn’t wake up that morning and hear God say, “David, today you are going to the valley of Elah. There will be a giant Philistine named Goliath, and you will kill him with a stone.” No, at his dad’s request, David was taking some cheese sandwiches to his brothers out on the front line…just being faithful on an errand for his dad.


Gideon, Elisha, Moses, Daniel, and Mary

What was Gideon doing when God called him? He was hiding from his enemies. He was terrified. But God saw his potential, and the next thing Gideon knew, he was leading troops into battle.

And what was Elisha doing when Elijah called him to carry on the work? He was out plowing in the field. Moses was watching a bunch of sheep in the desert when God called him to deliver the Israelites. Then there was Daniel, who was so faithful to the Lord that his enemies couldn’t find one thing wrong with him. They had to make up lies about him so that he would be sentenced to death. And how about that teenage girl named Mary living in Nazareth who had a visit from one of God’s most powerful angels, with a message about a Child, who would be called the Son of the Most High?

Just be Faithful.

My point is this: They were faithfully doing what God had set before them. They weren’t running around, looking for big, important things to accomplish. They didn’t have public relations consultants or agents. They were simply doing the little things, waiting on God.

Sometimes, we have great ideas of what God will do. But we have to wait on Him. What are your dreams right now? Maybe you want to do something for God, but you think it will never happen. Then again…maybe it will. Maybe it even will surpass your wildest dreams. Just be faithful to do what God has set before you right now.

Your future is safe in His hands.

Easter Services at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

Easter, So What?

Easter is finally here. The day when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It really is an indisputable fact that the Jesus did come out of that tomb. But a question comes to mind in light of all of this – so what?

Don’t misunderstand what I am saying. I don’t want to imply this event is not of the greatest significance. I am wondering, “So what does this mean to me?”

What effect does the resurrection of Jesus have on me today, living in the 21st Century?

Answer – It affects you in more ways then you could ever imagine. So that will be my message title this year for Easter at Harvest, “Easter, So What?”

Service Times
We have many service times for you to worship with us. For you early birds that want to celebrate at sunrise, we have our 5:30 am first service at Riverside at the crack of dawn. These services will happen through the day, culminating with our 5:00 pm service in Riverside. So, we will effectively go from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm in Riverside.

Here are the service times:

Harvest Riverside
5:30 am Sunrise Service
7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 am and 5:00 pm

All of these are at Harvest Christian Fellowship, 6115 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, California. For more info, you can call (951) 687-6902

Satellite sites in Riverside

We have two satellite sites in Riverside, where we will have Easter services. They are Eastvale and Orangecrest.

Service times are 9:30 and 11:30 am

Harvest Orange County


We will have two services in the newly opened Harvest Orange County as well.

Our service times there are 9:30 and 11:30 am.

These services are at 2727 Campus Drive, Irvine, California.

For more info, you can call (951) 687-6902, or click here. You can also find out more and watch the live webcast at www.harvest.org.

Today at Harvest Riverside

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

Today, at 12:00 noon, we will have a special Good Friday service at Harvest Riverside.

I want to talk about the last words of Jesus Christ from the cross.

Our service will go from 12:00-1:00 pm and, in addition to the message, we will also have a communion service.

Jesus gave seven statements in all, as he hung dying on that cross–each one significant. In fact, even the order of the statements is important.

A Final Meal

For every person there will come a last meal, a last breath, and of course a last statement. In many ways, what we say in the end is a real insight into what we were in life–what we stood for, indeed lived for. Generally, we die as we had lived.

I read about a man who had been very successful in the restaurant business. He established many restaurants around the U.S. When his life was almost over, he was on his deathbed with family gathered nearby. As he gave his last whisper, he said, “Slice the ham thin!”

Too bad you can only live so long.

Sometimes people know they are giving their last words. Nathan Hale, American patriot, was to be hanged for spying on the British for the U.S. His last words were, “”I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Then there were the last words of U.S.tenor Richard Versalle, who was singing one night in the Metropolitan Opera. Versalle had climbed a ladder for his scene and sang the words, “Too bad you can only live so long.” He immediately had a heart attack and died.

Those were his last words: “Too bad you can only live so long.”

One day we will give our last words too.

One day, you and I will give our last words. Let’s make sure they reflect a life lived for God.

The service will be webcast live a www.harvest.org.

Tonight at Harvest Orange County

Thursday, April 21st, 2011 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

Tonight, at the newly opened Harvest Orange County, I want to talk about the last words of Jesus Christ from the cross.

Our service will start at 7:00 pm and, in addition to the message, we will also have a communion service.

Jesus gave seven statements in all as He hung dying on that cross, each one significant. In fact, even the order of the statements is important.


A Final Meal

For every person there will come a last meal, a last breath, and of course a last statement.

In many ways, what we say in the end is a real insight into what we were in life–what we stood for, indeed lived for. Generally, we die as we had lived.

I read about a man who had been very successful in the restaurant business. He established many  restaurants around the US. When his life was almost over, he was on his deathbed with family gathered nearby. As he gave his last whisper, he said “Slice the ham thin!”

Too bad you can only live so long.

Sometimes people know they are giving their last words. Nathan Hale, American patriot, was to be hanged for spying on the British for the U.S. His last words were, “”I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Then there were the last words of U.S. tenor Richard Versalle, who was singing one night in the Metropolitan Opera. Versalle had climbed a ladder for his scene and sang the words, “Too bad you can only live so long.” He immediately had a heart attack and died.

Those were his last words: “Too bad you can only live so long.”

One day we will give our last words too.

One day you and I will give our last words. Let’s make sure they reflect a life lived for God.


For more information on Harvest Orange County, go to church.harvest.org.

Click the Orange County link.

Personal Gethsemanes

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 3 Comments »

Prior to the cross, Jesus went to a garden called Gethsemane. There, as He faced the horrors of what was to come on the cross, He prayed, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.”

What was that cup that Jesus was recoiling from? I believe it was the cup of God’s wrath, which He would drink for all of us. The judgment of God that should have come upon me instead came on Him.

He then prayed, “Not My will, but Yours be done.”

Personal Gethsemanes

We will all face our own “Gethsemanes” in life. By that I mean, a time…

* When perhaps life is not making any sense.
* When your problems seem too great to bear.
* When you are seemingly overwhelmed.
* When you feel like you just can’t go on another day.

There is a point where we have to say something that is very important to God. And that is the same thing Jesus said: “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Much is said about the cross (and rightly so), but keep in mind, here in the Garden of Gethsemane we see the decision that took Him to the cross was agonizingly made!

It all happened in a garden.

It is interesting that sin began in a garden. And the commitment to bear that sin was also in a garden.

In Eden, Adam sinned. In Gethsemane, Jesus conquered.

In Eden, Adam hid himself. In Gethsemane, our Lord boldly presented Himself.

In Eden, the sword was drawn. In Gethsemane, it was sheathed.

Jesus did this all for us.