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Harvest America Press Update…

Join us again for a LIVE feed of HARVEST AMERICA this Sunday September 9th, 2012. To watch log onto harvestamerica.com or harvest.org – spread the word and bring revival!

The following is a message from Greg Laurie and Harvest Christian Fellowship of Riverside;
“Here is the official press release for Harvest America-

MORE THAN 300,000 PARTICIPATE IN HARVEST AMERICA

Live Event Spans the Country Via 2,400 Locations

RIVERSIDE, Calif., September 7, 2012–In an unprecedented event, 306,000 Americans¬–200, 000 in 2,400 host locations across the country and 37,000 in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, plus another 69,000 online participation–joined together on August 26 to hear one man deliver a life-changing message. In churches, coffee shops, school auditoriums, movie theaters and even homes, hundreds of thousands simultaneously heard MercyMe and Jeremy Camp and southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie at the inaugural Harvest America.

With the help of online streaming and satellite broadcast, Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades ministry brought Harvest America, a free one night event, to people in their hometowns.

“As far as we can determine, it was one of the largest single-day presentations of the gospel in U.S. history,” said John Collins, executive director of Harvest Crusades.

Harvest America, the second night of the annual Anaheim Harvest Crusade, not only offered an opportunity for hundreds of thousands to connect simultaneously, it also gave those at host sites an easy and convenient way to connect with local church leaders and their community.

For Laurie and the Harvest team, the most important part of the event was the more than 15,000 people who responded to the Gospel invitation, both live in Anaheim and at host locations.

Harvest America has shown that there is a new style for mass evangelism in the 21st century: hosting and producing an event in one location, then replicating and broadcasting it live to host sites across the U.S.”

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Create In Me A Clean Heart…

Matthew 23:25-26 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.”

Some people try so hard to look so clean and perfect on the outside; trying to play the part and put on a show for the whole world to see that ‘they’ are pious. Putting in that ‘extra effort’ which results in them being seen as upright and holy in the sight of man. But God reveals all, and all comes out in the wash when He establishes it to be so. Yet on the inside their souls are full of sin; greed, self indulgence, pride, self ambitions, etc… failing to realize that their hypocrisy has ended in their bones rotting as they slowly drift into a path of becoming white washed tombs.
But all are warned, and given a way of escape from this destructive path. By truly cleansing and purifying our inner being, so too will our outer being become so. When we truly set our hearts on God and His word, He will cleanse us of all iniquity as we take the first steps of putting on our new man. He then walks with us on that journey of sanctification until our days end, and forevermore. We are then seen as perfect, because God sees the Christ in us rather than the sin in us.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me, Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me…˝

This is my prayer; that I may not be a hypocrite, and that I may not put to shame or mock the word of God by becoming an actor or pretender. But that You may protect me from this vain and vile way of life. And may You create and form and mold a clean heart and spirit within me, erasing all iniquity and defilement. Help me to live a life of righteousness that will glorify You in Your sight and not in the sight of man. I so desperately need your mercies and grace Lord. And may you help me be made holy and pure for the rest of my days, for they are fleeting away like a vapor
– Amen


Mercy not Scrifice – Hosea 6:6

“…For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings…” – ESV / Commentary


Pride of Hearts – Obadiah 1:3

“….The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, “Who can bring me down to the ground?” …” – ESV / Commentary


Walking in God’s Name – Micah 4:5

“…All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever…” – ESV / Commentary


Itching Ears – 2 Timothy 4:3

“…For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear…” – ESV / Commentary


True Worship – Romans 12:1

“…Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is true worship…” – ESV / Commentary


Equal Rights – Galations 3:28

“…There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus…” – ESV / Commentary


The Way of Love

I have been thing a lot lately about Love… not just any type of Love but biblical, righteous, and true Love. I sat and thought and wrote down what I personally thought this true Love was. Come to find out, after reading 1 Corinthians 13, I was wrong in my way of thinking. So I sat down for two hours and picked apart 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. I read many versions that helped me along the way such as; KJV, ESV, The Message, and AMP versions, which you can click on and read too! Well the following is what I came up with, the M. Standard Version per-say…

“…The Way of Love…”

Love is charity, affection that combines good will with brotherly love. Love suffers long with understanding by patiently bearing the offenses and injuries of others, enduring with faith through misfortune and trouble, and by being slow to physical, or verbal, anger and punishment. Love is having a mild and gentle spirit about you that is considerate of the feelings of others and only wishes to be helpful, encouraging, and uplifting. Love does not have bitterness or resentment towards a person because they possess abilities, looks, or success that it may earnestly desire to obtain, nor does Love wish or desire to be zealously sought after in this way. Love does not want, crave, or demand self-display, self-exhalation, or to be placed on a pedestal, nor does Love boast or brag of it’s own life or future in order to gain kinship. Love does not carry itself in an arrogant, lofty, or proud manner and does not condescend upon others. Love does not conduct, act, or speak in an unattractive way causing its appearance, character, or reputation to be tarnished and stained; by being rude, unfair, perverse, unflattering, inappropriate, crude, inept, dis-credible, or ungodly. Love is not self-ambitious, self-gaining, or self-satisfying through devotion to its own interests, benefits, and welfare; but rather seeks to improve and advance the character and abilities of others. Love is not easily provoked, irritated, or antagonized by their environment or by the actions and speech of others, nor does it despise these things; but instead is quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger – always going to the Lord in prayer first. Love does not think or plot wicked, revengeful, or destructive concepts, nor does it count, number, or compute the injuries or troubles enacted upon it. Love does not praise or condone unrighteousness of the heart or of life,  nor does it overlook deeds that violate the laws of justice. However, Love delights in and respects the purity of Truth and things appertaining to God and the duties of men; according to the moral and ethical standards set forth to follow which are found in the Word of God. Love bears, conceals, and protects all things through silence concerning the faults and errors of others which, if let out and told, would threaten the life and/or livelihood of that person. Love has full trust, commitment, and confidence in all things that abide in and are of God and His Word. Love hopes for all things, including people, by waiting and believing for salvation in the fullness of joy and confidence. Love endures all things, good and bad, by remaining steadfast in its faith and drawing near to God, not by fleeing or receding when trials and hardships come face-to-face. Love never falls away, falls down, or perishes… Love never fails.
That’s it, and it’s something I will be praying for to come to fruition in my life. I need to show Love like this and I know that I do not show it all the time, but I want to…

Thanks for reading and I hope you were as convicted and blessed as I was when I dove deep into this short passage for understanding and wisdom.

God Bless!


More testing for Puffiness In Your Marriage

Here is the second half of the study; Getting The Puffiness Out of Your Marriage. Swim The Deep blog ministries really hits home as they present to you more tests to prove your puffiness and scriptures for guidance to get out of that stuffy air and into a right relationship with your spouse and God….

The Deep End

Last time we looked at some tests to see if you are vaunting yourself or puffing yourself up in your marriage.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

I Corinthians 13:4 (emphasis added)

Here is the second half of the ten tests:

Test Six: Do you insist on your spouse taking your side in every outside conflict?

Sometimes even the most prideful people will self-deprecatingly point out that they are not always right. But this is aiming too low. Being the “least sinful” person among a race of sinful people is like being the valedictorian of summer school.

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When I admit that I am “not always right,” but I still insist that my wife side with me unquestioningly in every conflict, I am guilty of using God’s daughter to help “puff myself up.”

Then went king David in, and…

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