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The 3 Things we can give to God in 2012.

Friday, December 30th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 5 Comments »

As we enter into a new year,here is something to remember-

When it’s all said and done, we have three things we can offer God: our treasure, our talent, and our time. Each of these is given to us by God, and each of them should be given back in generous portions.

First, there is our treasure.

I urge you to commit yourself to give faithfully and generously to the Lord in this coming year. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21 nkjv). Whenever we put our money into something, we develop a vested interest in it.

It makes sense to us that we would place our treasures where our hearts are. If we love reading books, or being entertained, or the latest technology, we spend our treasure on those things. And if our heart’s desires change, that changes where we put our treasure.

But it works the other way too: Where we put our treasures, our heart will follow.

Do you want your heart to be in the things of God? Then put your treasures in the things of God! Develop a vested interest in God’s kingdom.

The second thing we can give to God is our talent.

God has gifted each believer in different ways. Everyone has something to offer for the work of the kingdom.

Romans 12 says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us different work to do” (nlt).

Finally, there is our time.

Let’s say that one day your phone rang and it was the president of the bank that you use. He told you that an anonymous donor who loved you very much had decided to deposit 86,400 pennies into your bank account each and every morning.

At first, maybe that didn’t seem like a lot. But then you figured out that it was $864 a day. At seven days a week and 52 weeks a year, those pennies add up to almost $315,000 each year!

But the bank president added one thing: “The anonymous giver said you must spend all of the money on the day you receive it! No balance will be carried over to the next day. Each evening the bank must cancel whatever sum you failed to use! Remember, what you don’t spend is lost.”

That may sound like fantasy, but here’s the reality: Every morning, Someone who loves you very much deposits into your “bank of time” 86,400 seconds, which represent 1,440 minutes, which of course equals 24 hours each and every day.

God gives you that much to use each day. Nothing is ever carried over on credit to the next day. There is no such thing as a 27-hour day.

It’s called time, and you can’t escape it. Time is ticking away right now. The Bible tells us to “redeem the time”—to make sacred and wise use of every opportunity.

Offer God your treasure, your talent, and your time. Live this year as if it were your last…because it could be.

Make those minutes count!

Tonight at Harvest Orange County: Levi Lusko!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

Join us TONIGHT at Harvest Orange County for worship and Bible study!
My friend Levi Lusko will be bringing the message.
Levi is a dynamic young communicator of God’s Word!
It will also be webcast live at
www.harvest.org

Check out this really important year end video!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 Posted in video | No Comments »

The last few days of the year are a critical time, as we seek to finish the year in the black financially—with all of our ministry expenses from this year met. Your year-end gift, no matter the size, will help to meet this last challenge of 2011. To learn more, watch this year-end video.

You can support Harvest Ministries here.

Tonight at Harvest OC – Phil Wickham!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

Amazing night at Harvest Riverside last night with Phil Wickham.
He did a fantastic job! (What a voice!)
I shared a message about the name of Jesus and we saw a very large response of those that wanted to commit their lives to Him. And guess what?
We are doing it again TONIGHT at Harvest Orange County at 7:00 pm.
For more info, go to www.harvest.org

Check this out!

Monday, December 19th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 3 Comments »

Red: The Color of Christmas

Why is Red the color of Christmas?
Watch this short film that I recently shot in NYC for the answer.
Pass it on to a friend too!

Click here to watch!

This Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

Saturday, December 17th, 2011 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

You’ve heard of the Grinch who tried to steal Christmas?
We all know about Ebeneezer Scrooge’s cruelty at Christmas.
But have you heard the story about the man who tried to STOP CHRISTMAS?
His story, unlike these others, is true and has a lot to say to us today.
It’s found in Matthew chapter 2.
So join us at Harvest Riverside and Orange County for our services.
Also, we will be having special music by CRYSTAL LEWIS!
For info, go to www.harvest.org

Red: The Color of Christmas

Friday, December 16th, 2011 Posted in holidays, video | 8 Comments »

Why is red the color of Christmas?
In this special video shot in New York City, I share from a number of biblical vignettes about some of the significance of this color—and what it should mean to us during this important holiday season.

Tonight at Harvest Orange County

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

The outstanding Harvest Worship band will perform their production, “Magnify,” featuring your favorite Christmas songs and many new compositions.

We will also debut a short film we recently shot in NYC called “Red: The Color of Christmas”

In this film, I talk about the real meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It all starts at 7:00 PM, PST. It will also be webcast LIVE at www.harvest.org.

“Shop till you drop”?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

There is a lot of pressure on right now to “shop till you drop” for Christmas.

But let’s remember, the real message of this season is not “Let it snow!” or “Let us shop!” but rather “Let us worship!”

Christmas cannot deliver on its promise, but Christ can.

Here is what we need in this holiday season:

Not presents, but His presence.

Not merriment, but the Messiah.

Not “Good will,” but God.

The message of the incarnation is “God is with us.”

Anything or anyone short of this will disappoint. But God never will.

This Weekend at Harvest Riverside and Orange County.

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

Are you feeling lonely this Christmas season?
Then you need to hear my message this Sunday at Harvest: “Immanuel: God Is with Us.”
We will also have special music from THE KATINAS!
For more info and service times, go to www.harvest.org.