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This Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 6 Comments »

What is heaven like?
What will we see there?
What will we do there?
These are questions we all ask and I will deal with them and much more in my message this Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County from our Revelation series, Revelation: The Next Dimension.
The title for my message will be “What Heaven Is Like.”
I am also going to talk quite a bit about that event believers look forward to called the Rapture.
What is the Rapture, exactly? Why is there a Rapture? Who will be taken and who will be left at the Rapture?
All of this will be covered in this message, “What Heaven Is Like,” from Revelation chapter 4.
To find service times or to watch this all LIVE online go to
www.harvest.org

What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know

Friday, June 29th, 2012 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

Have you seen our new TV program yet?
It is seen around the world on multiple Christian networks including TBN, the Church Channel, and the NRB network.
This week my topic is “What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know, Part 4.”
If you would like to watch it on demand RIGHT NOW, just click this link.
Also, you can do me a big favor if you would pass this info on to a friend!

http://www.harvest.org/tv/?utm_source=harvest.org&utm_campaign=tv&utm_medium=banner

I am speaking tonight at Harvest Orange County.

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

Tonight I begin a brand new series that I am calling “The Greatest Stories Ever Told.”
It’s like looking at the Bible from 30,000 feet–a flyover if you will.
We will look at those “mountain peaks” of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.
Stories like:
Adam and Eve
Cain and Abel
Abraham and Isaac
The amazing adventures of Joseph
Noah and his ark
The list goes on, but you get the idea.
Tonight, in our first message in this series we will look at our first parents in the Garden and find out why and how they fell into temptation and how we can avoid it, in my message “Never Try to Catch a Falling Knife.”
(You will have to listen to the message to understand that curious title.)
It all happens tonight at Harvest Orange County at 7:00 PM, Pacific.
It will also be webcast LIVE at www.harvest.org.

The Latest on Harvest America

Monday, June 25th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 5 Comments »

We just broke 1000 for churches and sites participating in Harvest America!
Check out this article written by the director of Harvest Crusades, John Collins, about “1000 Points of Light.”
http://harvestamerica.com/blog.html?p=445

Are You a Lukewarm Person?

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 Posted in sermons | 5 Comments »

Have you ever eaten something that turned your stomach?

This is exactly how Jesus feels about lukewarm people.

Jesus uses this phrase in Revelation  3 when He says to the church of Laodicea, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.” So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15).

Some churches make the Lord weep; others make Him angry. The Laodicean Church made him sick.

For Us Today

Keep in mind that these words are for believers today. So the question is, are you spiritually hot, cold, or lukewarm?

Don’t answer that too quickly, because the lukewarm person is often the last to know.

Why is lukewarmness such an issue? G. Campbell Morgan wrote “There is more hope for the man outside the church in all his coldness than for the man within the church who is near enough its warmth to appreciate it and far enough from its burning heat to be useless to God and man. There is a greater chance for the nonbeliever who has NOT heard the gospel than the man who has become an evangelized nonbeliever.”

This Weekend at Harvest

Let’s make sure that we are not lukewarm spiritually.

Join me this Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County for my final message on the seven churches of Revelation: “Jesus’ Message for Last-Days Believers, Part 2.”

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

I have a challenge for you to meet by this weekend!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

As you know, Harvest America is coming fast!
We presently have 962 churches on board.
Question: Is YOUR church participating?
If not, ask your pastor TODAY.
Let’s break 1000 by this weekend.
Who is going to ask their pastor? Or what pastors who are not involved will commit?

http://harvestamerica.com/find-a-location.html

A Brand New Song for You, Complete with Lyrics

Monday, June 18th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 10 Comments »

Check out this new lyric video for “Hope for America.”

A Father’s Day Message for You

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

Our Father who art in heaven.

Many of us approach Father’s Day with mixed emotions. Some people have hands-on fathers who are available and interested in their lives; others have somewhat distant, disinterested fathers; while others still were abandoned by their fathers altogether. And some have fathers who have died.

But one thing we all have in common, no matter what kind of dad we have or have had, is that we have a Father in heaven. And regardless of how your father on earth has treated you, you have a Father in heaven who has always been there and always will be there for you.

The Bible says that God is a “father of the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5 NKJV). And David wrote, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10). We have a heavenly Father, and the way that we communicate with him is through prayer.

The greatest prayer that was ever prayed is often called the Lord’s Prayer, where Jesus taught us to pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9–13)

To address God as “Father” was a revolutionary thought to the Jewish mind. The Hebrews feared God and attached such sacredness to His name, they would not even utter it. In the Old Testament, God is referred to as “Father” fewer than seven times. And when He is, it is either indirectly or rather remotely. In fact, when Jesus referred to God as his father, he was accused of blasphemy.

One of the reasons he was crucified was because he spoke of this special relationship he had with his father. And now, because of his death and resurrection, we can have that relationship, too. After rising from the dead, he said to Mary Magdalene, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God” (John 20:17).

As you were growing up, if your father was disengaged, disinterested and passive, you might think of God that way: disconnected, oblivious to what is going on in your life, not really caring. Then again, if your father was an involved, nurturing and affirming dad, you might apply those same qualities to your perception of God.

But we need to view God not the way we view an earthly dad; we need to view God as He is presented in Scripture.

Not only does the Bible tells us to address him as Father, but we are to do so in an intimate way. The apostle Paul wrote, “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15 NLT).

The word Abba speaks of intimacy, like calling your father “Daddy” or “Papa.” The idea is that of an affectionate relationship. My grandchildren call me “Papa.” My granddaughter, Lucy, when she was just starting to talk, would lift her hands up and say, “Uppy, Papa!” when she wanted to be picked up or get out of her highchair. (How can you resist that?)

If you want an accurate snapshot of God, a proper portrait of the Father, just look at the story Jesus told about the prodigal son (see Luke 15). The story isn’t all about the son, however; it is also about the loving father. And who is more qualified to talk about a loving father than Jesus?

In this story, Jesus presents him as an engaged, loving, affectionate father who loves his sons. The father has two sons, the youngest of whom demanded his portion of the estate before the father has died. This son went off to a distant land and lived like a fool – as a prodigal – blowing his money, consorting with prostitutes, literally ending up in a pig pen, and finally coming to his senses and returning home. Back at home we see a father who longed for his son’s return and ran to throw his arms around him, kissing him over and over again.

The conclusion of the story from a modern paraphrase goes this way:

The son started his speech: “Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.

But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, “Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here – given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!” And they began to have a wonderful time. (Luke 15:20–24 The Message)

That is your Heavenly Father. Although he is our God, there is intimacy, there is relationship, there is closeness, and there is affection.

If you want to know what kind of Father we have in heaven, just look at Jesus. Because Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has also seen the Father” (John 14:9 NKJV). He also said, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father …” (John 8:19).

Just look at Jesus with the little children in his arms, blessing them. Just look at Jesus with tears streaming down his face at the grave of his friend, Lazarus. Just look at Jesus, washing his disciples’ feet in the Upper Room. That is what your Father in heaven is like.

This was taken from my weekend column from Worldnetdaily.

The Great OMISSION?

Friday, June 15th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

We all know that Jesus has told us to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations”

We call this the Great Commission.
Here is my question:

Has the Great Commission become the Great Omission?
How many of us are really doing it?
In the original language, this statement of Jesus to His followers is a command not a suggestion.

But what does it mean exactly to “Go and make disciples”?

Definition.

The full concept of “going into all the world and making disciples” is to share our faith, to seek to lead people to Christ, and then to the best of our ability help them mature spiritually.

Then we are to go and repeat the process again, and again, and again.

Sort of the like the directions on some clothes: Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

In our case it’s Preach, Disciple, Repeat.

Colossians 1:28 says, “We proclaim Christ! We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about Him. This we do that we may bring every man to his full maturity in Christ.”

So, let’s get on with it!
If you want to see what we are doing to reach our country this summer, go to

www.harvestamerica.com.

Tonight at Harvest Orange County

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

I will be talking tonight about what I believe is an essential building block to being a growing Christian.
That is. . . .Sharing your faith.
To maintain input without output is hazardous to our spiritual growth and progress.
So join me for this final message in our series “What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know.”
It will happen at Harvest Orange County at 7:00 PM, Pacific.
It will also be webcast LIVE at www.harvest.org
P.S. - Here is the story of a young man deep in drug addiction changed by Jesus.
(Read story at end of this devo)

http://www.harvest.org/devotional/daily-devotions/home.html