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The Southern California Harvest begins tonight!

August 14th, 2009 Posted in Harvest Crusades, Pastor's corner, sermons

Tonight at Angel Stadium, we celebrate 20 years of stadium evangelism.

We have continued to call these events Harvest Crusades, as opposed to festivals or concerts, because we are continuing a tradition of what I call “proclamation evangelism.” This tradition goes back to D. L. Moody, Billy Sunday, and, of course, the man who coined the term “crusade” for these events, Billy Graham.

Harvest Crusades are events that are designed to present the message of the gospel to the nonbeliever, and then give them an opportunty to respond.

I cannot emphasize enough that this is an event for Christians to just go and “be blessed,” but also to bless others with the Good News. So pray now about someone who you can bring in person or send a link to watch this event live over the next three nights.

Our lineup for tonight

Dennis Agajanian played at our first Harvest Crusades event 20 years ago at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, and he’ll be here tonight, sharing his unique blend of bluegrass and country music.

You have probably never heard anyone play a guitar faster than Dennis Agajanian! He has been awarded Musician of the Year, as well as Entertainer of the Year many times by the Christian Country Music Association.

The Katinas, a group of brothers from American Samoa, will lead us in energetic praise and worship.

Finally, we have Third Day. This band has set the Christian music charts ablaze for years and continues to impact people with their dynamic blend of rock and clear lyrics that point people to Christ. We have been blessed to have them at a number of other Harvest Crusades events over the last few years, but this is their first time with us here in Anaheim.

The bubble that bursts

The title of tonight’s message is “The Bubble That Bursts.” It’s the story of a man who was a world-class intellectual, builder, and hedonist. He also penned the phrase, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

His name was Solomon and he was the King of Israel. He tried to find fulfillment in all the world offers, but came up empty. His own words were, “It was empty, futile, like a ‘bubble that bursts.'”

I will focus on the fact that still there is “nothing new under the sun.” Despite our advances in technology, so many are bored and empty. Use of antidepressants is at an all-time high.

People are searching for meaning to their lives, just Solomon as did, and God has the answers we seek in life through a relationship with Him.

10 Responses to “The Southern California Harvest begins tonight!”

  1. Danny says:

    Pastor Greg, awesome event last night, & we’ll see you again tonight to see the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit put it all into motion and change lives. “To God Be the Glory.” Also, may God continue comforting you & your family.

  2. janel says:

    Watched your crusade on the internet tonight (fri)and was so blessed. I was in awe at the sea of people making decisions for Christ. It is very moving to see eternity being shaped right before your eyes. It was wonderful to hear you address prodigals because I have two children who are and you made me realize they are to be addressed as well as the lost.

    I hope to see you next year when you come to Chicago. We really need you in the east.

    Blessings from Michigan.

  3. GEORGE GONZALEZ says:

    PASTOR GREG I WENT TO THE HARVEST CRUSADE LAST YEAR FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. I HEARD ABOUT YOUR SON ON THE NEWS AND I FELT LIKE I KNEW HIM I LIVE IN WEST COVINA. THEN WHEN I STOOD IN ANAHEIM STADIUM I COULD FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY GHOST VERY STRONG. PASTOR I KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH YOU, “IT’S HARD SOMETIMES” KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND LOOK UP BECAUSE YOUR SON MY BROTHER IS LOOKING DOWN ON US. WE WILL SEE YOU ON SUNDAY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

  4. Anonymous says:

    As the world will be remembering Woodstock>s 40th anniversary this weekend. I will be praying that God will impact your 20th anniversary crusade in So Cal, Pastor Greg!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am going to the crusade for the first time. I have in the past years watched on the Internet. I am praying for you and the crusade to reach many in these last days.
    God Reigns Forever!

  6. Lisa Ferschweiler says:

    My family and I went last year for the first time as a family (with the kiddos at 9,7, and 2.5 years).
    We will be watching via the Internet this year!
    I have been praying for you and the Harvest Crusades all week.
    Also have been praying for you and your family for healing and love for your family, God’s peace and strength, and the continuing grief of losing your son a year ago. Through all of this, may God continue to receive the Glory.
    Went to one of the first Harvest Crusades years ago, and was an usher for one several years ago!
    God Bless you, you’re in my prayers!!
    Lisa:)

  7. Ginny Titus says:

    I sooooo miss this! Here on the East Coast – Southwestern VA. I will be watching online. What a true blessing having been there and witnessed the folks who have changed their lives. I wish I was there in person..but am here in spirit. May God put His hand on THIS!!!! true calling.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Greg,

    I was very moved and impressed by your faith at last year’s crusade. I remember one of your opening comments was, “People ask me if I’m mad at God. I tell them, how can I be mad at a God who holds my son safely in His arms?”

    I’ll watch this year’s crusade online and pray for God to move in people’s hearts and bring many people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I will also pray for you because I know you will have another challenge. God’s grace will carry you just like last year!

    Larry Seiber
    Oak Ridge, TN

  9. Rick Katzfey says:

    We are praying for you and the crusade in Arkansas! So when are you coming back to FBC, Springdale? I will talk to pastor Floyd in your favor! :)

    Rick Katzfey
    Springdale, Arkansas

  10. Lulu Guerra says:

    Pastor Greg we look forward to this every year,My husband and I attended the very first Harvest and continued to attend every year for about 15 years, my husband volunteered as a counselor in the crusades, we enjoyed always being there in person, we even took our kids to see Psalty one year, where my son gave his life to Jesus, eight years ago we moved to texas to start a church plant, now we get to enjoy watching and hearing the crusade on the internet. May the Lord continue to open the doors to continue to reach out to those who don’t know HIM. Many Blessings to you all who work so hard serving HIM. Jesus IS ALIVE

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