I will be speaking in preparation for that TONIGHT at Calvary Chapel
If you live in or are close to that area, please come and join the Harvest Worship Band and myself.
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Peter’s denial of Jesus did not happen over a period of seconds or minutes, but over a period of hours. An hour passed from the time the first person said, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean,” to the time Peter denied his Lord for the second time. He had ample opportunity to hightail it out of there, but for some reason he hung around.
His story reminds me that no person is safe from temptation except the one who flees from it. Peter, having been warned by Jesus Himself, should have avoided any place where he could fall. He definitely should have steered clear of all roosters! The Lord had said that before the rooster crowed, he would deny Jesus three times. I would have asked, “Are there any roosters here? Because if there are, I’m leaving.” (Matthew 26:69-75)
What’s dragging you down?
But seriously, if someone like Simon Peter could fall, then surely we can, too. First Corinthians 15:33 tells us, “Bad company corrupts good character.” Peter hung around people who were dragging him down spiritually.Are you in a similar situation? Have you entered into relationships where people are dragging you down? Maybe it’s a romance. Maybe it’s a close friendship. Are you finding yourself compromising your principles to fit in, or so that you don’t offend anyone? Perhaps you need to reconsider your friendships. Perhaps you need to make some immediate changes. And even if you have made some mistakes, there is still time to commit yourself to the Lord. That time is now. Don’t wait for the roosters to crow.
Today my friend Skip Heitzig will be speaking at all morning services at Harvest Riverside and Orange County.
I also want to remind you that the L.A. Harvest at Dodger stadium is only 13 days away!
As you know, the crusade is the evening before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
I will address the “Why” question in my message.
Why is their suffering and tragedy?
This will also be a night where we will call our country back to faith in Jesus Christ.
We have a stellar lineup of music: The Katinas, Kirk Franklin, Jeremy Camp, and America’s worship leader, Chris Tomlin!
For more info about this crusade go to la.harvest.org.
The Saturday night youth event from the SoCal Harvest will be seen globally TODAY on the Trinity Broadcast Network.
This program will feature music by Phil Wickham, Lincoln Brewster, and RED.
My message title is “Let God Change Your Life”
It will be on at 2:00 pm Pacific for two hours.
The gospel in a nutshell is that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day. That is the cornerstone of our faith. So when you share the gospel, remind those to whom you speak that Jesus died for them. He shed His blood for them.
Paul was Brilliant.
Paul the apostle was a brilliant person, known for his majestic and commanding letters. He had a phenomenal grasp of various cultures and languages. If anyone could have intellectually convinced a person of the validity of some proposition, it was Paul. Yet listen to what he said about preaching the gospel: “Dear brothers and sisters, when I first came to you I didn’t use lofty words and brilliant ideas to tell you God’s message. For I decided to concentrate only on Jesus Christ and his death on the cross” (1 Corinthians 2:1).
We can actually hinder the message of the gospel by complicating it. Remember that it is the simple, powerful, yet profound message of the cross of Christ that has the power to change lives. It changed your life and mine, didn’t it?
Here is a simple thing to remember when presenting the Gospel.
Keep It Simple,Stupid!
Workers laid the foundation for one of Italy’s most famous structures in 1173, a tower designed to stand next to a cathedral. During construction, however, they discovered the soil was softer than previously thought, and the tower began to sink.
Today, the top of that tower is nearly thirteen feet off center. People come from around the world to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and scientists travel to Pisa yearly to measure its slow descent. They calculate that, at its current rate of decline and without taking any countermeasures, it will one day collapse.
A Good Foundation
Nothing is more important in construction work than making sure you have the foundation right. If you don’t get that correct, then nothing else will matter. It may be more fun to decide what color to paint the rooms and how you will decorate the finished structure, but without a proper foundation, nothing else you do will last long enough to make any difference.
Build it right.
Smart and successful Christians build their lives on the right foundation. Scripture makes it clear that the only foundation possible for a sound spiritual life is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). And where you do you learn about Jesus? In the Word of God. The Word is Truth and it will never lead you astray. If you are building your life on the right foundation, which is Jesus Christ, then you’re also regularly getting itno the Word. Only that foundation will stand the test of time.
Don’t become The Leaning Tower of You.
Build your life on the foundation of Jesus Christ, as you learn of Him in Scripture, and stand straight and tall as the years pass.
Please be praying for this bold step of faith on the part of Harvest ministries as we go to the Dodger Stadium on 9/10/11.
To find out more about how to pray and what to pray for, check out this website: prayLA.harvest.org
You can watch the Friday night of the SoCal Harvest featuring the David Crowder Band,Kutless and Crystal Lewis as well as a message I did called
“Follow Me!” on the Trinity Broadcast network Worldwide TODAY
at 2:00 pm,PST or watch it online.
Here is a mind-blowing stat:
Over the weekend, online viewers connected with the Anaheim Harvest
webcast a total of 1,303,332 times.
We had viewers from all 50 states and from 63 countries around the world!
That is far and away the largest response EVER from online viewers.
It is almost triple what we had last year.
Over three nights, we had a combined attendance of 115,000!
Best of all, we saw 11,905 people respond to the invitation to follow Jesus Christ!
Plus we had another 250,000 watch online, and that number will only grow as people view the archive of the event at http://anaheim.harvest.org.
Don’t forget, we have another special one night event to go at Dodger stadium in L.A. The date will be 9/10/11.
So, let’s be praying for that.
To God be the glory!