Anniversary celebrations bring perspective and expectation. Perspective of what’s God has done and expectation about what another year of walking with the Lord will produce in our hearts, in our church, and in our community. Our third anniversary has once again prompted both. People have asked me, “three years ago, is this where you expected to be?” And it’s diffic...Keep Reading
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My vision for Biblical Worship at Harvest is to encourage, develop, and raise up true worshippers who worship the Triune God in spirit and truth within all aspects of life; that we might be a people who grow in our understanding of God and respond by making much of Him with our lives not just music....
Rob Maxey was a friend to as many people as he could meet. He was tireless in his service in God's Kingdom, relentless in his pursuit of teenagers for the sake of Jesus, and abounding in hope and joy and love that came from a heart captivated by the good news that Jesus forgives sinners and changes lives for eternity. He is and will be deeply missed. ...
I believe there is so much that God has in store for us, but were I to sum up all that the Lord has impressed upon my heart for this upcoming year of ministry, I could summarize the focus in two words: All in! This is our theme for the year. If we’re to be the type of church that I believe God is calling us to be, it’s going to start with each and every person committi...Keep Reading
How could I encapsulate the top 3 lessons learned in the past 3 years at Harvest? Answer: I can’t. So, I’m ditching the idea of “top” 3 lessons, and instead want to put forward the following 3 lessons that we’ve learned at Harvest. There have just been too many lessons to count, some more significant than others. But for your consideration…...Keep Reading
Being an Oakland Fireman was an exciting, fun, and rewarding job. Seriously my friends, it was. I miss it so bad that it hurts. I have done everything in my power to get back to the job I love, but unfortunately the injury I sustained won’t let me. It’s taken me a while to accept it, but I know that God has me right where he wants me....Keep Reading
As I reflect back on 3 years of ministry at Harvest, my heart is overwhelmed with thankfulness. Were I to speak of every form of thankfulness that has welled up in my heart, I would likely never stop writing. So in light of three years of ministry, I wanted to speak of my thankfulness in 3 ways......Keep Reading
I love serving people. Seriously, the pure joy, happiness and even excitement I get out of serving people is "my Disneyland"! It's a physical feeling of love, and I LOVE feeling it! Have I always felt this way about serving people? Well, kind of but as I grow in Christ my interpretation of why I have always felt this way has become clearer. Back in 1993 I started my career...Keep Reading
As we close out another fiscal year and look forward to another year of ministry, I stand amazed at all that God has accomplished through this church in just a few short years. I have always been convinced that if we go after the things on God's heart, God will take care of the things on our heart. And look what he has done: the ministries that have been built, the staff t...Keep Reading
When you really read the words of Jesus, he said some outright difficult, even offensive things. Allow me to provide a few examples. "But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mk 10:43-45). "D...Keep Reading
Spring cleaning. Some love it, most hate it. It's about cleaning out your gutters or taking out the lint from that gray accordion looking thing behind the dryer. Love it or hate it, you know you need to do it. But, there is more than one type of spring cleaning you should consider this year. Have you ever thought about Spiritual Spring Cleaning? It's the check-the-heart a...Keep Reading
"God will never give you more than you can handle." Have you ever heard that before? Sounds Christian enough... but is it even in the Bible? Truth is, the passage this phrase is based off of has nothing to do with storms or difficulties; it's actually talking about temptation. When the storms come, our comfort isn't "God will never give you more than you can handle." It...Keep Reading