Taking Christ Home With You

Frank_and_lisaI had the great privilege of leading Frank and Lisa to Christ on Tuesday night. Frank and Lisa started attending Harvest a few months ago after being invited by their friends Robert and Vicki. We really got to know this couple well in our Sunday Night Couple's Class. It's very exciting to see a young family come to church and take Christ home with them.

And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house..." (Luke 19:9 ESV)

I think all three of us were walking on air as we left my office last night. God is doing some wonderful things at Harvest, it's nice to be able to be a part of His work.

Alex Gives His Heart To Christ

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One of the most exciting things that happened on Team Shelby Sunday at Harvest was that Shelby's brother, Alex, went to the alter with his dad and accepted Jesus as his personal savior.

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
(Luke 15:4-7 ESV)

"My Heart Is 160,000 Times Bigger"

These were the words of a wonderful six year old boy, Christian Cox, who called the pastor's house at 10:00 p.m. on saturday night. Kathy asked him if he had prayed and asked Jesus into his heart. He answered, "I sang and asked Jesus into my heart". He went on to tell Kathy that he knew Jesus was there because his heart just felt bigger.

I Love Being A Pastor!

"Just Come Into My Heart"

1465409502_2f3e582d601Shelby sent me a wonderful letter after our Vacation Bible School this year...

Dear Pastor Mike,

Thank you for the great vacation bible school. I learned a lot about Moses, Jeremiah, Joseph and Joshua. I like being there, playing and making things. But we're really there because of Jesus and God. So I was thinking last night after the story we should end it with a prayer. And we did our usual thing: "Now you lay me down to sleep. I pray dear Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake I pray dear Lord my soul to take. In Jesus name. Amen.

And I said "Dear Lord just come into our hearts. And be with us." This letter is to show that I really enjoyed vacation bible school and how proud I was to be there. From the fun to the closing ceremonies. I love being around other kids. I just wanted you to know that you're a great pastor. And I'll keep praying. But I know that God is already in my heart and He just keeps knocking every time I go to church. It just reminds me of how blessed I am to have you guys and a great family and friends I have. Whenever I'm sad, I pray to God, I say, "just come into my heart" and He promises me, God always keeps his promises and He does.

Thank You,

Shelby Corey

It is letters like this that make me love being a pastor! I have to confess that our VBS was pulled off by a ton of great volunteers! They deserve a huge high-five for all that occurred at Harvest that week.

Good To Go!

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I am still excited about all that God is doing here at Harvest! Just a couple weeks ago Jim Lessley brought his dad to church. This was not an easy task for several reasons. One, It's NFL Season. Two, his dad is 80+ years old. Three, our facilities are not really wheelchair friendly.

Jim could have gave in to the temptation to stay home and watch the 49ers with his dad, but said the Holy Spirit made it clear that he needed to bring his dad to church. Jim obeyed, and his 80+ year old dad gave his life to Christ that morning! Do you know how rare it is for seniors to give their lives to Christ? God performed a miracle that morning!

Jim and his dad were in church together again today for "Team Shelby" Sunday. I just loved this photo and thought I would share it with you all! Jim and his dad are both "Good to go" now! That is what it's all about! That's why we do what we do!