Thanksgiving: a time when family comes together to celebrate, reflect, and perhaps even resolve some family business. If your family is anything like mine, your Thanksgiving night concluded with a gang of 12 people, including your 80-year-old Great Uncle, walking 1/2 a mile to settle a bet that your 60-year-old father ("flu-ridden," as he would add) could not kick a 20 yard field goal on his first try. That's just a Capuano thing? I always thought my family was odd... Oh, for the record: he missed. It took him 3 tries. Regardless. Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and celebrate God's endless and bountiful blessings in our lives. My family is a source of Thanksgiving for me in my prayers constantly. My Harvest family is a very close second source of Thanksgiving. God has been doing a lot at Harvest, and there are 3 very important things I brought up in a Family Chat on Sunday. Something to celebrate, something to reflect on, and something to resolve. Take 15 minutes and give it a listen if you missed it. Have a great week, and I cannot wait to see you on Sunday. Photo by Wesley
I was reading from Reaching the Unreached by Peyton Jones this morning. You've heard me talking about this book a lot, and I highly suggest you get it right now. As he was reflecting on Matthew 9:38, he asked a question that rattled in my soul: do you have compassion for the lost? Do you know how they feel? Or what they feel? Do you remember what it was like to be lost and feel that way? Christians take great comfort in Psalm 23 because Psalm 23 reminds Christians again and again that they indeed are not lost: we indeed are not lost. Jones makes a brilliant move in Reaching the Unreached. He takes Psalm 23 and inverts each line to reflect the thoughts and feelings of the unreached. As you fast on our 3rd Wednesday Fastday, reflect on these words taken from his book. Ask God to give you the compassion that He feels for the lost, and the compassion that He felt for you when He decided to make you his own. When you look at your co-workers after you come back from lunch, picture them thinking these thoughts, and let that motivate you to share the hope
(From now until November 18 we are focusing in as a church on evangelism, both local and global. Every day we are in the Word together using this guide: 28 Days of Acts. On November 18 we will gather as a church to pray for the lost as well as asking the Lord to empower us and embolden us to reach them. Click here to put it on your calendar. And every Wednesday until November 18 is a Fast Day. Today is the first one, and here are some thoughts to get your started). Acts 9:17-21 “So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’ And all who heard
(From now until November 18 we are focusing in as a church on evangelism, both local and global. Every day we are in the Word together using this guide: 28 Days of Acts. On November 18 we will gather as a church to pray for the lost as well as asking the Lord to empower us and embolden us to reach them. Click here to put it on your calendar. And every Wednesday until November 18 is a Fast Day. Today is the first one, and here are some thoughts to get your started). THE WORLD IS ON FIRE The world seems to be on fire, doesn’t it? “Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist” “Three die as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland and Britain” “It's Time To Accept That North Korea Is A Nuclear State” “The Tweet That Pushed Chip Gaines to Quit 'Fixer Upper’” (Noooooooo!) And those are just the top few headlines on my Google Spotlight. What is the answer to the pain of all of these things? If you are reading this blog, then I know what you are thinking: "It’s Jesus. Duh!" Wrong. Well, kinda wrong. Here’s my answer: Compassion. Courage. Boldness. Action. HELP ME UNDERSTAND
Tomorrow after the sermon, Shannon and I will be answering your questions live once again. We do not claim to be experts, however we both know how helpful insight from a seasoned couple can be. Our goal is to bring greater light on how God’s Word applies to your every day marriage. Get a head start on your questions and email them to QandA@harvestroc.org. Your questions will be anonymous. We look forward to serving you in this way. We will also be answering questions following our upcoming sermons on marriage and parenting. You are loved!
Has this series on marriage stirred up more questions than answers for you? Good! Tomorrow after the sermon, Shannon and I will be answering your questions live. We do not claim to be experts, however we both know how helpful insight from a seasoned couple can be. Our goal is to bring greater light on how God's Word applies to your every day marriage. Get a head start on your questions and email them to QandA@harvestroc.org. Your questions will be anonymous. We look forward to serving you in this way. We will also be answering questions following our upcoming sermons on marriage and parenting. You are loved!
There’s a comedian named Mike Birbiglia. He is a terrific story teller. He has a bit wherein he is telling a story. At the moment that everything can go wrong he says, “What I should have said…was nothing.” And then he tells us how he did exactly the opposite. Thinking back on “How to Become a Man Worth Following, Part 1” from last week, I feel somewhat like that. Although, if I were to say it my way, it would be “What I should have said…was the Gospel.” But instead, I said nothing. Confused? Let me clarify. CHANGED BY THE GOSPEL Men, you took some heavy shots on Sunday. My goal is never to bully but to push you towards godliness. Let me be clear: there is nothing I am apologizing for. If you walked away from Sunday convicted, saying to yourself, “I am not a man worth following,” praise God. However, if you walked away thinking, “Check! I’m good on all fronts!” Then you’ve got more you need to work on than you realize. The humble think they need the most work, and the proud think they need little work at all.“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself
MAKING WORSHIPERS AT HOME We finished up our All For You series this past weekend! If you missed it, I encourage you to keep up on the conversation God is having with us through His Word by catching up here: We talked for a while about making worshipers in our homes, and Dads: I put you under the gun a bit there (for which I do not apologize), but I also realize I may not have given you the strategies that you may find helpful in your desire to cultivate a culture of worship in your home. To that end, I pray this equips you, both mothers and fathers, those doing it together and those doing it alone. Here are 5 tips to successful family worship in your home PRAY If you are anything like us, you have experienced those moments where you say to yourself, “why in the world am I doing this?…These kids don’t care…This is a useless exercise…” At least I hope I am not alone in this! Listen: Jesus’ greatest desire for your home is the same as yours, namely to have a house full of worshipers. But if you go at it on your