We have reached a significant milestone this week. Over 500 churches and homes have signed on to host a Harvest America event!
But we are not even close to being done. The next few months are all about getting the word out about Harvest America.
Harvest America Sticker Sightings
Since my last update, many have ordered Harvest America stickers to help spread the word. It is not too late to get yours and starting spreading the message all over town. Join the team!
Harvest America Ambassador
The role of a Harvest Ambassador is simple: get the word out to churches in your community.
Support Harvest America Financially
In appreciation for your gift to Harvest America, I would like to send you my new resource Four Keys to Effectively Share Your Faith, along with an evangelism pack with gospel tracts and a web guide to Harvest America. Get your evangelism pack today.
For more information, go to www.harvestamerica.com.
This weekend at Harvest we will continue our new series Revelation: The Next Dimension.
We are looking at the words of Jesus to the seven churches.
This should be of great interest to us as Christians because, in effect, we are seeing what Jesus thinks of the church. And every church is made up of individual members, like you and me.
This Sunday, we will look at Christ’s words of encouragement to the church of Smyrna. This was a church that was being persecuted greatly and the people in it were suffering as a result.
Does that describe your situation right now?
Could you use some encouraging words from Christ?
Then join us for our services at Harvest Riverside or Orange County live, or watch it all online at www.harvest.org.
We have recently launched our brand new TV show, and it is most likely showing in your area.
My topic this week is “Hope for America, Part 2.”
To find out more about where you can see it, or to watch on demand, go to greglaurie.tv.
Why is it that some people grow faster spiritually than others?
Why is it that some people make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ and then fall away, while others make a commitment that lasts a lifetime?
Some will even say, “I tried Christianity, and it didn’t work for me!”
Tonight at Harvest Orange County, I will teach a new series that I am calling What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know.
You can join us live or watch the live webcast at 7:00 PM, Pacific at www.harvest.org.
Here’s a video we shot recently for our Virtue for Women website:
P.S.: Be sure to watch all the way through so you don’t miss the outtakes!
Get the full recipe at the Virtue site: http://www.harvest.org/virtue/recipes.html?p=7242
Every now and then I like to check the Location Map at harvestamerica.com to see what’s happening. It’s exciting to see how new locations are springing up all over the nation each and every week, and especially exciting to see churches represented from various denominations. When I click on those pinpoints on the map, I see church names that include labels like Baptist, Methodist, Calvary Chapel, and more—I even noticed one that was completely in Spanish.
An event like Harvest America reminds us that, regardless of our denominational handles, we are one church. Listen, if you have put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and received His forgiveness for your sins, you’re part of the church, and we are all members of the same body—the Body of Christ. We might have minor differences, but we have a lot more in common—the most significant of which is adoption by our Heavenly Father into the same family.
So we are one church, and any congregation is welcome to participate in Harvest America. This event is from the church, for the church, to build up the church. By that, I mean the objective of this event is not to grow the “Harvest” brand, or to build up any particular denomination, or to pursue any agenda other than the simple proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our objective is to spiritually build up the local church in any given community. We would be delighted to hear that your local congregation grew numerically as a result of this outreach, but it’s not the numbers that are important—it is the individual lives of those who hear and respond to the gospel.
So get the word out. Get your pastor involved. Pray. Take a step of faith and host Harvest America in your home, church, or community. Together, let’s build up the church of Jesus Christ until the day of His return.
Send an e-vite to your pastor or church leaders to let them know what Harvest America is all about.
This Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County we continue in our new series, “Revelation: The Next Dimension.” We are going to be looking at what Jesus thinks of the church.
When you stop and consider the fact that those of us who are believers are part of the church, we are really seeing what Jesus thinks of us!
The church we will start with is the Church of Ephesus (Revelation 2).
Jesus said that they were “leaving their first love.” What does that mean, to “leave one’s first love”?
We will talk about that and much more on Sunday.
You can join us live or watch online at
Make sure you watch Part 1 of my message “Hope for America” on our brand new TV program.
There is no question about it; America needs a revival.
But what exactly is a revival and is there anything we as Christians do to bring it about?
Go to this website for showings of our program in your area, or you can watch it on demand right now.
Have you found personal contentment?
In our culture today, the conventional wisdom is that we will find contentment from something different than what we have now: a bigger home, a nicer car, higher salary, or even a new spouse.
That’s because, as the old saying goes “The grass always looks greener on the other side.”
But real contentment is not a state of account but a state of heart.
A Japanese proverbs says, ”Even if you sleep in a 1000 mat room, you can only sleep on one mat.”
Paul the Apostle found what we might describe as the ‘secret’ of contentment.
In the book of Philippians he wrote “For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11).
Have you found that secret? Would you like to know more?
Then join us tonight either in person or online for our final message in the book of Philippians.
It all starts at 7:00 PM at Harvest Orange County.
To find out more, go to www.harvest.org
Far too often though we fear the wrong things in life—things like dental work, tax audits, or public speaking—and we don’t fear what’s most important. We don’t fear God!
The Bible tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).
To “fear God” does not mean that you cower in terror before Him. It has been properly defined as “a wholesome dread of displeasing Him.” If I have sinned, it is not the fear of what He will do to me, but rather what I have done to Him.
The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear Him, you fear nothing else—whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.
David said, “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Only the person who can say, “The Lord is the strength of my life,” can then say, “Of whom shall I be afraid?”