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Exciting Stuff Ahead

I'm looking forward to a few things in the coming weeks...


  • Super Bowl Sunday ~ We're having a huge Super Bowl Party in the fellowship hall this Sunday night. Bring your favorite snacks and team decorations and let's spend the evening together.
  • Our Harvest Valentines Dinner for couples and singles is February the 13th and it will be a BLAST! We're making it a costume party this year and it's gonna be so much fun seeing how everyone dresses that night. Cost is $!0 and includes dinner and dessert.  
  • New Beginnings, our drug and alcohol recovery group, is having a Reunion BBQ on February 19th in the fellowship hall. I'm really looking forward to seeing some old familiar faces and hearing some inspiring testimonies of how God has turned lives around. 
  • Men's Retreat is February 20-22 in Bodega Bay with guest speaker Cliff Donoho. I'm really anticipating our best retreat ever. We have almost 25 men signed up already. 
  Get involved! 

Cheeseburger Evangelism ~ I'm Lovin' It

Mcdonalds1 I received a phone call tonight after Bible study from one our men at Harvest. He invited me to go pass out cheeseburgers and gospels to the homeless this Saturday. I'll be passing out gospels from The Pocket Testament League while we pass out McDonald's cheeseburgers.


This phone call really made my day! It's great to see folks at Harvest thinking of ways to express the love of Christ to our community. 

Failure

In order to accomplish anything we must be willing to risk failure. In order to win, we must risk losing. To hit the mark we must risk missing the mark. In order to love we must risk being rejected. If we play it safe then we are not really playing at all. In order to be undefeated we must either be the 1972 Miami Dolphins or just not attempt anything.


Just some thoughts running through my mind tonight...

One More Reason To Keep Pressing On


Frank and Joan, originally uploaded by CalPastor.

This post and photo is for my brother in Christ, Sean.

This is a picture from August 3, 2002 taken at our third storefront location. Brother and Sister, Frank Sargent and Joan Ayson were always smiling happy faces at Harvest. Joan has since went home to be with the Lord but we know that there will be a great reunion day.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 "And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.


A Simple Acknowledgement


A Simple Acknowledgement, originally uploaded by CalPastor.

Psalms 100:3 "Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture"

I pass this lovely barn on my way to the church every morning. Today, I decided to make the short hike along the highway and take a few photographs. I really thought the sheep would greet me warmly but they were actually rather timid.

During my devotions today I read about sheep. Psalms 100:3 was my favorite verse from my readings. The simple instruction to just acknowledge that the Lord is God can make such a huge impact on our lives. If we can stop trying to shepherd ourselves and let the Lord be our shepherd, we will begin to experience peace like never before.

I pray that you have a wonderful weekend! Hope to see a bunch of you in church this Sunday as we continue our journey through the book of Joshua.


Pray For The President, Pray For Our Nation

I opened my browser this morning to find the following headline...


Steps taken this week to revitalize our ailing economy... freeze salaries of White House staff and then begin funding groups that encourage abortion abroad. 

We'll have to wait and see how the nation's economy does over the next four years but it appears that her soul is in trouble. 

Matthew 16:26 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?"

Moses Is Dead

This past Sunday I spoke from Joshua 1:1-9 and the phrase that keeps running through my mind is "Moses my servant is dead". Moses was God's man! He was Israel's leader. He was honored and continues to be honored but the reality that God wanted Joshua too understand was that as great as Moses was, he was gone and now Joshua needed to step up and take responsibility for leading Israel.


I think we all need a little nudge from God reminding us to step up and take responsibility. We will reach various points in our lives where we will need to stop depending on others to lead the way and become leaders ourselves. This is true for young adults, for married couples, for new parents, for new pastors, etc. We cannot expect those who have lead in the past to continue leading us throughout our lives. We may still honor them, but sooner or later we must step into 'Joshua's' shoes.

Just a thought...

The Return of Lance Armstrong (and me)

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As a cyclist, I am of course following the return of Lance Armstrong to the sport. I'm following him on Twitter lately and he updates often. Here's a couple interesting tweets from yesterday at the Tour Down Under...











lancearmstrong Stage 1 done. Hotter than donut grease here (over 100). Aside from that legs the felt good. 
lancearmstrong Tidbit - we got up to 102 kms/hr today on a fast downhill. That's 63 mph. You don't want to hit the pavement @ that speed! 

If Lance can get back on the bike so can I. I have signed up to ride in the Lance Armstrong Foundation's LiveStrong 100 mile ride in San Jose this summer. This is a ride organized to raise money for cancer research. A 100 mile ride is one of my personal goals for 2009 so this ride will be helpful to cancer research and to my own personal fitness goals.

Check out my Livestrong Challenge Page and please consider helping me raise $1000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

President Bush's Farewell Address

Bush "As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe." President George W. Bush

I watched President Bush give his farewell address and the simple statement "I never did" jumped out at me. I'm so glad the he never did! I think President Bush's greatest accomplishment was keeping America safe during his presidency. 

I'd love to shake the President's hand and just say "Thank you" for all that he has done to keep America safe.

While we have experienced the benefit of a president determined to watch for America, we also have a God that never sleeps or slumbers.

Psalms 121:4 tells us that God never sleeps..."Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." God is always watching over us. There is never a moment that God is not looking after us!