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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 day one, li...

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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 want lost people to ...

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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 mid 17th Century. In chapt...

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Tough Texts and Deep Truth, part 2: Noah and Baptism

Read Part 1 As if 1 Peter 3:19 wasn't difficult enough to understand, Peter then follows with a somewhat confusing illustration of Noah and the flood. So why does Peter use Noah to make his point? Noah was actually a great example to use because he was a popular figure in Asia Minor. In fact, Roman emperors even had his face minted on some of their coins. Additionally, th...

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Tough Texts and Deep Truth, part 1: Spirits and Proclamation

Martin Luther called 1 Peter 3:18-22 "a strange text and certainly a more obscure passage than any other passage in the NT." Scholars have counted over 180 different interpretations to these verses. So the question is when tough texts come, how are we to approach them properly? When tough texts call for deep study and careful intention to even the most minute details, it ...

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Gentle and Respectful Apologetics

1 Peter 3:15 says, "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." This verse is the hub for almost every conversation I've ever heard on the subject of apologetics, or in other words, defending the Christian faith. The context...

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Why Are We Doing a Ministry Fair?

A few months ago, the idea was brought up to do a "ministry fair" for our church. After some discussion, we settled on late April as a great date to let people know about the ministries we have at Harvest and how people can get involved. The reasons for putting on a ministry fair are simple: 1. Harvest is growing. 2. Because we're growing, our opportunities for involveme...

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The How and Why of Prayer, Recap part 2

After Jesus gives us the how of prayer by giving a model, or template, on mature prayer to aim for, he turns his attention to some of the "why" of prayer. To be sure, no single passage, book, or sermon says all there is to say about prayer, so I won't pretend that this says it all. But it would help us if we press in to what Jesus presses upon our hearts. Why should we pra...

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