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Helping people know and follow Jesus this Halloween

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Halloween provides an amazing opportunity each year to build friendships with those in your neighborhood. How are you leveraging the opportunity this year?...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 21

This morning we finish day 21 on Super Bowl Sunday. In America, this event draws millions of viewers, millions of dollars in advertising, and functions like a holiday with all the festivities. Take some time this morning to set your heart on God by praising him as you read Psalm 103. Take time to read it now in its entirety. Then reflect on the following verses. "Bless...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 20

What is most valuable to you? What would you give everything to get? Read Proverbs 2 on this second day of February. Notice the one long appeal as from a father to his child to seek wisdom. "My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for ins...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 19

It has been said, "Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air...but only for one second without hope." The theme of hope runs throughout the New Testament. In the letter to the Hebrews, the author builds a case for the hope that we have in Jesus. In a beautifuly rich passage he blends images and allusions to ...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 18

No other work of literature compares to the Bible. It is comprised of 66 books written over a span of about 1500 years by approximately 40 human authors. These books are a combination of historical books, law, poetry, wisdom literature, prophecy, gospels, narrative history, and epistles (letters). Despite these wide differences, the Bible tells a unified story of the natu...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 17

Yesterday's post highlighted the amazing statement of Jesus regarding him leaving:"It is to your advantage that I go away," he said, "for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you" (John 16:7). Jesus also made this hard to fathom claim:"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and ...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 16

We are a people helping people know and follow Jesus. How do we follow Jesus? I don't see him any more than you do. I don't audibly hear him providing instruction on our direction. Wouldn't it have been nice to have the same benefit of the first disciples who walked and talked with Jesus? How incredible that must have been! Despite that, as Jesus prepared to leave them, h...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 15

At Harvest, one of our distinctives is that we chose to take the hill and to take it together. We are dedicated to the mission of helping people know and follow Jesus. We are also dedicated to doing that together. What do you think is more important, the mission or the team? If it took you a moment to wrestle with your answer, that's good! They are both matter. People matt...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 14

This morning, take time to worship the Lord! There's something powerful about gathering together with other Christians to sing and worship and learn from God's word. It only fuels the time of worship together when you come having prepared your heart in worship already. Psalm 100 is a short song of praise that will help you set focus on God's greatness. "Shout for joy to ...

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21 Days of Prayer, Day 13

Read and pray through Psalm 16. God alone is the source of every good thing in life. It is easy in our modern lives to embrace a materialistic view of our daily lives, forgetting that God is the source of life and our provision. Verses 5-6 express trust and contentment in God's provision. Take time to express gratitude to God for his loving and wise provision in your life...

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