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Pastor Brandon's Blog

My greatest desire is to shepherd you to love Jesus more with each passing day. There may be something from a sermon I'd like to expand on, a thought I think our community would benefit from, or a resource you may find helpful in your walk with Christ. This is the place for that.

How to Find Peace Today (Guest Post!)

How are you doing today? Are you feeling stressed? If you are, then you are in good company: we are all there. As believers, the question is not whether or not we are stressed. It is not wrong to be stressed: even the Apostle Paul was stressed! We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:8–10) The question is: what are you doing with it? In our first live-streamed sermon following the stay-at-home orders, I preached a message on Philippians 4 and how to deal with stress and anxiety. You can watch it here. That following week Jordan Grant (you know Jordan: he plays guitar and sings on the worship team) gave a great testimony about how the application of the Word of God brought him from stress and anxiety to peace. I asked him to write a blog post about it. He did. And here it is for you. Find encouragement in what God is doing in the lives

By |March 31st, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

Why you must listen to your pastor

Your pastor's sermons are the most important messages to listen to right now. His voice is the most important voice for you to hear right now. Before the COVID-19 crisis, you had access to more preaching and teaching than you knew what to do with. Many of you have podcasting habits that fill your mind and heart with excellent teaching from pastors all around the world. And there is nothing wrong with that. Now that every church is live-streaming not only have your options for podcasting been exponentially increased, but your options for Sunday morning worship have opened up now. 3 weeks ago, you had one choice: go to church, listen to your pastor, go home and process. But now? Now you can switch churches in the middle of the service! Now you can tune-in to Passion City Church for the worship, and head over to Grace Road for the sermon! Or maybe you will catch 3 different services in a week. By the end of this lockdown, you are going to be a church and worship connoisseur. Maybe you can start a church-review blog...that'd be SUPER helpful. But here is where the problem with this lies. God has placed

By |March 26th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

Resources for your COVID-Stricken Soul

"Do you know why all of the brightest people are from the Northeast?" "No, Dad. Why?" "Because it snows all of the time. And it's dark. We can't go to the beach. We can't climb mountains. All we can do is sit inside and read. That's why." 🤔 Good point. However, I think my West Coast wife would beg to differ. The logic is there though, right? It's all about redeeming the time. This is the logic behind the Apostle Paul's command to the Ephesians, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." And here we all are. The Coronavirus has spread fast and far, forcing men, women, and children across the globe to hide in their homes like a snow-bound Yale PhD student from an enemy unseen, hoping and praying the impact will be minimal. And while it seems like we are being stretched thin with all of these new roles we have (raise your hand if you were trained to be a school teacher! or an IT expert! or an introvert!), we must fight to care for what is most important. There

Family Chat :: November 26, 2017

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

By |November 29th, 2017|Tags: , |

A Prayer for Lunch Time

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

By |November 8th, 2017|

Wednesday Fastday :: 7 People in 7 Days

(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

By |October 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

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