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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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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. Additional...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 opportuni...

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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....

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The How and Why of Prayer: Recap part 1

Prayer is something we all need help with. Whether we just want to get started praying, or need to believe God that he hears and responds to our prayers, or anything else related to prayer, there’s much growth to be had. Fortunately, Jesus gets it. His disciples ask him in Luke 11:1-13 to teach them to pray, and Jesus gets right to work. He gives a model prayer that ...

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Don’t Let Your Life Speak Louder than God’s Word

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As we see our lives play out, we spend much of our time trying to make sense of what we watch unfold. But wouldn’t you agree that your perspective on the interpretation of your life is limited? Despite our limited understanding, we still tend to poorly interpret our circumstances and come to believe that God is not good or that somehow God is not for us. What’s...

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Learning to Rejoice in the Gospel

What do you find yourself rejoicing in these days? A good dinner? A nice glass of wine? Perhaps a beautiful sunset, waves crashing on the beach, a glorious view of Lake Tahoe, or a baby being born. What are the sorts of things that make your heart full of joy, full of awe or inspiration? Those are things you rejoice in. We all rejoice in things; I would even argue we rejo...

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