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Living For Jesus = Living For Joy

The men’s Bible Study I lead on Thursday mornings has been going through the book of John ever since we started about 9 months ago. It has been a very fruitful time together, with everything you can expect from a good men’s Bible Study in the morning… coffee, scones or cinnamon rolls, open Bibles, some banter and meandering, and a sincere desire to understand the Wor...

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The Joy of Seeing People Grow in Small Groups

I love my small group. And I’m not just saying that because I’m the pastor and I’m supposed to say that. Sure, I have the weeks where I barely get everything together in time to have small group in the first place. But within minutes of group starting, I’m overwhelmed. Not by the stress of another activity on the schedule but by the sheer blessing of redemptive rel...

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What Makes Harvest Small Groups Different?

In the early church, it used to be a lot simpler. You’d meet in the temple courts for corporate worship and house to house for small groups (Acts 2:46). Two ministries done with excellence that fueled their mission-minded emphasis as they scattered into their spheres of influence to proclaim the excellencies of him who called them out of darkness and into his marvelo...

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Is Baptism About You… Or About Jesus?

At Harvest, we LOVE baptism. It’s a big celebration for our church family to see what God has been doing in people’s lives. Thus far, baptism celebrations are a mix of new Christians proclaiming their faith in Jesus but also folks who have been Christians for perhaps many years, but never really understood why it mattered so much that they get baptized. At our ...

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What Does an Associate Pastor Do?

“What do you do?” This question was posed to me by a teenager at Harvest last week. I had hired 2 students to help me move some things from my house to the dump in Lincoln, and while we were driving one of them asked me what my job was. When I told him I worked full time at Harvest as the Associate Pastor, he looked a little confused and then asked (politely), ...

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Top 5 reasons you need to participate in All-Church Prayer

1. Get out of your comfort zone Prayer can be an awkward practice for many. Some think you have to be super spiritual to pray out loud. Others think you have to pray in King James language for God to listen. Others prefer a really quiet, somber voice. The truth is, God just wants you. All of you, with your regular voice, your normal day to day realities, and your heart to...

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SALT Summer Camp Recap

By Brad Dawson, SALT Co-Leader Last week many of our Jr High/High school students embarked on Harvest Summer Camp “Uncommon15”. It was an unbelievable experience for all who went. 8 churches and a total of 300 Students/Leaders made the trip . There were ridiculous games, great food, ear shattering music, and everything else a student could want from camp. From...

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How should we respond to the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage?

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the ...

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Harvest Bible Chapel Directional Update

HBC desires to be the church that God wants us to be, so much so that we took the mission of the church straight from Jesus – the ultimate form of righteous plagiarism! We exist to glorify God by making disciples. To be faithful to this mission, our goal is to become both bigger and smaller. That means… We’re going to continue to grow, because we always...

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Believing the Love of God for You

“God loves you” is a statement many of us have heard many times, whether in church or in books. The love of God has at certain times in my life following Christ made a profound impact on me… but at different times it has also meant very little to me. I’m reading a book called Communion with God by a Puritan Pastor named John Owen, who lived in the ...

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