Teach Us to Be More Than a Dusty Bible

It is sad that the only thing that keeps dust from collecting on your digital Bible or your paper Bible is when it is used on Sunday mornings at church.

Lord, give us a desire to read and study Your Word. Give me a desire to read Your Word. Speak to me O’ God.

Father God, thank You for not giving up on us when we fail You. Your love never fails! You never give up on us. Your love never runs out on us.

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Encouragement For Today

Lord, help me to stand strong. Help me to live a life that is a witness for You, both publicly and privately. Help me to stand on Your Word and proclaim it. Help me to remember how much You love me. You have plans to prosper me–plans that are for good and not disaster. When I am down, You pick me up. When I am weak, You are my strength. When I am afraid, You are my comfort. When there is nowhere else to turn, You are right there waiting for me.

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” -Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

If you are feeling down, alone, afraid, like you have no hope, just remember that God loves you and that He care deeply for you. He desires for you to give your hurts, disapointments, insecurity, hoplessness, fright, etc. to Him. He will take it all away and give you peace and assurance.

God is MIGHTY TO SAVE!

-AMEN

Harvest Church comes together with [email protected]

Praying for Harvest Church today as they have a joint service out at Amhurst in Albemarle. Harvest on Hwy 52 and [email protected] will be worshipping together as one body under a big tent that has been rented. Church is not a word that describes a building; Church is an action of going out to be Jesus and show Jesus to those around us, those in our nation, and to those in every nation!

Harvest Church has been holding Tuesday night services at [email protected] at 6:30pm since July 12th. Amhurst is where God has specifically called us to. We are bound and determined to fulfill the will of God there and to show that community that God loves them as much as He loves us. Read more about the Tuesday night services here.

For those that are not familiar with Amhurst, Amhurst is an area in Albemarle, NC that is known for drugs and violence. Harvest Church believes that Jesus Christ is bigger than that! We believe that God can change that community to be known as a place where people love the Lord. God is a Healer, Restorer, Provider, and Savior!

Two Harvest Church congregations to worship together

Harvest Church, located at 24238 U.S. 52 S., Albemarle, holds special services in the Amhurst area of Albemarle.

According to Pastor Bill Baldwin, Harvest Church is making an effort to plant an outreach church in Amhurst.

Baldwin, members of the church band, other members of Harvest Church and members of the Amhurst community gather on Tuesday evenings at a ball field to share a message, praise music, prayers and refreshments.

“It’s been a real good thing,” Baldwin said.

Harvest Church plans to purchase land in the area for a permanent church building in the future.

This Sunday, Harvest Church’s Sunday morning crowd and Tuesday evening crowd are coming together for a special service.

“We’re putting both of our congregations together this Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.,” Baldwin said.

“It’s going to be a good day. We’re going to worship together.”

Both Harvest Church groups will gather on the ball field near Bell Avenue in the Amhurst area.

“We’ve rented a tent,” Baldwin said.

“I’ve never done a tent meeting in my life, so this is going to be interesting.”

The special service will include worship time, praise music led by Harvest Church’s band and a picnic afterward.

For more information, contact Harvest Church at (704)986-0505 or visit its website at www.discoverharvest.org.

 

By Marina Richardson, Staff Writer
CNHI | Friday, September 2, 2011 | source

Pray for Harvest Church as we are lead by God into the mission field that He has called us to. This opportunity is not for us (Harvest Church) to gain any glory; the glory belongs to the One that deserves ALL honor and All glory. To God be the glory forever and ever, AMEN!

For more information on Harvest Church or [email protected] you can contact the church by email ([email protected]) or by phone at 704.986.0505.

God bless!

Harvest Church – Reach Kids Camp 2011

Harvest Church hosted there first anual kids camp this month.  The camp took place August 11-13. At this camp, the kids were involved in devotions, putt-putt, skating, swimming, worshipping, praying, and listening to biblical teachings.

Satan tried so hard to prevent this event from taking plan, but God had great plans for this camp and was determined to make things happen! That is how great and mighty our God is!

8.11.11 - Group praying

The kids actively prayed for God to do great works. They believed with faith that God heard their cries and that He would answer their prayers!

8.11.11 - Worship: Going after the Lord in song

The kids sang songs like “Deep Cries Out”, “Praises”, “You Are Good”, and “How He Loves” as they worshipped the Lord. It was a joy to see young kids sing, lift up their hands, and dance before the Lord. God is raising up a generation of unashamed worshippers!

8.11.11 - Jordan, Andria, and Jodi dancing
8.11.11 - Jordan, Andria, and Jodi dancing

On Thursday and Friday night, the kids observed a dance synced to music.

8.11.11 - Leaders praying over the kids

The leaders had a chance to pray over the kids. It was a great time with the Lord! Not only did the leaders pray for the kids, but the kids prayed for other kids and the leaders.

In addition to all of this, the leaders made the kids a 20 ft. long banana split. And, on Friday night they had a camp fire and had a lock-in.

20 ft. long banana split
Group photo

What I Have Been Up To

This semester has been full of design projects, homework, quizzes, and tests. Trying to manage a work/school/life balance is not an easy task, but God has been with me every step of the way though (He always is).

I have been able to have some free time to relax and spend time with my wonderful wife.  I also was able to find time to go to see Soul Surfer; a movie about Bethany Hamilton and her inspiring story.

Easter is coming up this weekend! I cannot wait… Easter is the most important holiday we celebrate because it is about our Savior Jesus Christ and the atonement that He paid for our sins so that through Him we can have eternal life and not suffer the death that we deserve. Come join us on Easter Sunday at Harvest Church in Albemarle. Check out the Facebook event page. Easter is a great time to reflect on God’s grace and mercy and to spend time with family!

Also there are two other big events that I am looking forward to: April 30th, I will be helping out at the Kerri D Efird Memorial Scholarship Bike Run. And on May 7th is Stella Day at the Locust Town Center.

Have a blessed Easter!

Forgiveness Is Where the Healing Begins

The Grace Card is an amazing movie that proves that forgiveness is where the healing truly begins.  Go see this movie, and it will teach you a lot about the situations that we face in life!

I promise to pray for you every day, ask your forgiveness, grant you the same, and be your friend always.


TheGraceCardmovie.com

The Skinny on Prayer

How do you pray?

Many times we treat praying to God like a little kid plays with a toy.  A kid will play with a certain toy for a while and then lay it down until they feel like playing with it again or they have time to play with it. We may just pray in the morning during our quite time, or pray before we eat a meal, or pray before we go to sleep. Many people only pray on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday nights at church. The Bible tells us that we are to “pray without ceasing/stopping” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is one of the most important and powerful tools that a Christian has been given. Prayer is a direct connection to the creator of the universe! While Jesus was here on earth, He prayed continually to Our Father in heaven. Prayer is how we defeat the enemy! We need to be prayer warriors. Pray in confidence and know that God is able. Trust His timing! God will truly bless those that pray continually.

In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus directs they way that we are to pray:

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

The video below, by The Skit Guys, illustrates how we can use the prayer model that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6 to communicate will God every moment of every day.

Prayer is our way to communicate with God, but as Christians we often treat prayer as something to be checked off a list and we miss the part where we are building our relationship with the Creator of the universe.

Also, read “God Chisel Me