I'm getting ready to kick of the new year, but before I do, here are a few thoughts about what's to come in 2014!
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It's one of the most joyous times of the year, Christmas. And one of the ways we ready ourselves for the long awaited Christmas morn is by celebrating the night before with the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.
I would like to invite you to join us this Christmas Eve, as we rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ!
On Tuesday, December 24th, Harvest Church will celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ with a family friendly, candlelight service. With a mix of Christmas music, video, and an inspiring message from God's Word, we will welcome the King of kings.
Harvest Church meets at VFW Post 764, at the corner of E. McMurray and Valleybrook Rds in McMurray, PA. Our celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Our time together will be a simple, come-as-you-are gathering, prepared with the family in mind. Have little ones? No worries! We welcome their excitement. In fact, we will have a special sweet, treat and activity for your children.
Harvest Church is a young church with a desire to be a church that the community calls home. Simply put, our desire is to REACH all people with the Good News message of Jesus Christ, to TEACH them to become fully DEVOTED followers of Jesus Christ, and to HONOR God as they SERVE others. God has called us to an epic adventure, and we hope that you will come and join us.
Don't miss Christmas Eve at Harvest Church! Tuesday, December 24th, 6:00 p.m. VFW Post 764, 460 Valleybrook Rd., McMurray!
Please visit our website at, www.HarvestChurchToday.org!
Do you love where you serve? I'm not talking about the church you serve, I'd hope that you do love the church that you find yourself working in. No I'm talking about the community that you have been called to serve.
We moved back into Canonsburg, in September of 2012. Over the last year, we have been working to reconnect with the community. Our kids are embedded. They are involved in the schools, sports, and friendships that have formed over the last 14 months. We have started getting to know our neighbors, teachers, and coaches. And we, that is my wife and I, are finding that being in this community is an experience that we ca't imagine not having.
We moved here to take the lead of a church plant. Our goal, to be an Acts 2 church. Simple.
But that's what we hoped for, to a church that embodied the character traits of the church we see in the early chapter of the Book of Acts. For the last year, we have spent the bulk of our energies focused on starting the church. You know, getting all our ducks in a row. Figuring out who we were and how things would look. We wanted our "T's" crossed and our "I's" dotted. And much discussion was had, talking out the issues and difficulties that come with starting something new. It was and continues to be a learning experience.
As I look at 2014, I wonder what the new year will hold for the church. You see, I live in Canonsburg. My kids go to school in Canonsburg. And Canonsburg is where I find my heart leading me to love people. Canonsburg is a richly diverse community. To look at the population you will find those who live down in the heart of town, those who live on the outskirts, and those who continue to live the country life on farms.
The financial diversity is here as well. Within a short walk you will pass those struggling to provide for their family, those who do well enough to keep a little extra in the savings account, and those who enjoy certain luxuries and freedoms. it really is a unique and wonderful community.
And it's this community that I want to reach. It's this community, and all of it's rich diversity that I believe God has called me to serve. And I love it. Perhaps not fully at first. But in the last 6 months, I have felt like God was giving me a real desire and passion for this community. As I think about the church and the future, I believe the future of the church is found in the people of Canonsburg.
One of the things that made the church in Acts unique was that it was focused on proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the neighbors within the community. It was a ministry of love to their neighbors; those who lived next door, door the street and around the corner.
I want to reach the people of Canonsburg for the glory of God alone. I want to see my neighbors come to know of God's love for them, His gift of grace, and the life we were meant to live through Jesus Christ. I want to see the church become a place of hope and healing, faith and forgiveness, love and compassion. I want to see people worship their Creator. Not just on Sunday's while sitting in the chair of a building, but to live their lives to bring glory and honor to God in obedience. I want to see people who hear the Gospel of Jesus, receive His love and forgiveness, and become disciples of His word, growing in faith and spiritual maturity.
I want to watch as my neighbors discover their God-given gifts, then turn around and use them to serve those around them. I want those new family members to become ambassadors of the King. Men and women, students and children who speak truth in love. Who make it their purpose to share God's love with others. I want to see a church be raised up with the desire to see the whole community impacted as we become the hands and feet of Jesus. I want to see a generation move forward into the world to change the world for the glory of Christ.
You see, I have a heart for the people of Canonsburg. And as I begin a new year of ministry, my prayer is that God will open the doors of Canonsburg. I'm looking for a building in town that could service as both a place of worship and a place to serve. I pray for the financial resources to provide for the ministry and work we seek to accomplish. And I am praying for the hearts of the men and the women and the teens and the children of Canonsburg to be open to the hearing of God's message.
2014 will be an exciting year. What will God do? What will happen to Harvest Church? What will happen to the community of Canonsburg? I can't wait to see!
By now, many of us have heard about the ridiculous suspension of Phil Robertson, from one of the top ranked, most watched TV shows, Duck Dynasty. Phil was suspended after his personal opinion to a question asked in an interview with GQ magazine.
For as many have heard, almost as many have posted comments, blogged, tweeted, and shared their opinions and thoughts in support of the Robertson's. And while I too have thought about sharing some thoughts about Phil's comments and the reaction from the opposing voices, I have decided instead to make a simple statement of support for the Robertson family and to share a link to a post by Matt Walsh, that I found to hilariously clever, insightful, and thought provoking.
Along with the link to Matt's article, I am also attaching a link to the official statement from the Robertson family.
So here it is. I agree with and support the belief's of Phil Robertson. Scripture is Scripture. It is clear in matters of sin; all sin. And whether we like it or not, it is what it is. No one likes to be called out for the sin in our lives. But that's what the Bible does. It shares with us the amazing love of God, while teaching us what sin is and how we should lives of grace, love, and holiness. And until we recognize that it is our sin that separates us for God, we will never fully know the fullness of our Creator's love. Phil shared his opinion in response to a question in an interview. Unfortunately, his opinion, and personally held belief's, are not the same as those who continue to live life according to their own wants and desires. Phil has become the latest target of an agenda that only has space on their soapbox of tolerance and acceptance for those who share their beliefs.
Way to go Phil! You could have given a safe, yuppy answer, but instead, you stood boldly on the foundations of your faith and spoke Truth. Too bad not everyone is ready to hear the Truth.
Here is the post from Matt Walsh…
The Robertson's Response to the A&E Suspension of Phil, from the Duck Dynasty website.
I'm sure we will hear more about this in the days and weeks to come. But having read the two posts I attached above, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
What do you think about Matt's blog post?
What do you think about the Robertson's response? Let me know by leaving a comment on this page!
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