Nov 10, 2019
Fasting and Praying
As we continue in the sixth week of 40 Days of Prayer, we look at another element of praying that often goes missing -- fasting. Prayer and fasting go together in the Bible and yet we have lost this art when it comes to intentionally to give up something so we can focus on God's grace to us. Sometimes, we go without breakfast, but usually that is because we are late to our next appointment and so we skip it. When was the last time you've fasted? Pastor Jim has some good insight for us -- and a challenge to fast this Friday at lunch.
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  • Nov 10, 2019Fasting and Praying
    Nov 10, 2019
    Fasting and Praying
    As we continue in the sixth week of 40 Days of Prayer, we look at another element of praying that often goes missing -- fasting. Prayer and fasting go together in the Bible and yet we have lost this art when it comes to intentionally to give up something so we can focus on God's grace to us. Sometimes, we go without breakfast, but usually that is because we are late to our next appointment and so we skip it. When was the last time you've fasted? Pastor Jim has some good insight for us -- and a challenge to fast this Friday at lunch.
  • Oct 27, 2019The Biggest Obstacle to Prayer
    Oct 27, 2019
    The Biggest Obstacle to Prayer
    What is the biggest obstacle to your prayer life? Busyness, forgetfulness, skepticism, feeling inadequate, uncertain? As we continue through 40 Days of Prayer, we look through the Lord's Prayer for guidance to this question. We find at the end of the passage found in Matthew 6:14-15, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."  The biggest obstacle in our prayer life according to Jesus -- is unforgiveness. Unforgiveness hinders our prayer life. We have been forgiven by God and therefore, since we are forgiven, we ought to forgive others. Is there someone that needs to hear you say, "I'm sorry?" Do you need to hear an apology?
  • Oct 20, 2019Playing God’s Will
    Oct 20, 2019
    Playing God’s Will
    We believe that prayer changes things. As we continue in the 40 Days of Prayer, our desire is to raise the level of spiritual expectation in our lives and the lives of the church. Perhaps we pray because we think we will change the mind of God to have a favorable outcome for ourselves. However, we are not changing God's will. We may not even be praying to change things. Ultimately prayer changes us.
  • Oct 13, 2019Who Cares?
    Oct 13, 2019
    Who Cares?
    In life, we need simple reminders that people care. Beyond that, we need to be reminded that God cares -- He cares for us very deeply. He even tells us to cast all our concerns, anxieties, fear and dreams -- all of it -- on Him. He cares about the little and big things in our lives. The question is, do we trust, the God of the Universe, really cares for us?
  • Oct 6, 2019What Do You Expect?
    Oct 6, 2019
    What Do You Expect?
    We start journeying 40 days of praying. Why 40 days? We believe it takes 40 days to make something a habit and praying is a habit worth forming as we grow spiritually. So we began, Week One looking at how our expectations determine our experience. In life, two people can experience the same thing and have two very different reactions. One might be pleasantly surprised, while the other is surprisingly disappointed. Our prayers often have that type of reactions -- surprised or disappointed. However, Pastor Jim challenge of what do we expect when we pray might be surprising. Instead of coming with needs and wants -- what if we come to God with "immeasurably more." What if we raised our level of spiritual expectation!
  • Sep 29, 2019Gospel Preached to the Poor
    Sep 29, 2019
    Gospel Preached to the Poor
    We set aside one Sunday during the year to move in the direction of freedom -- we join thousands of other churches to proclaim freedom for the lost, broken, poor, enslaved and needy. We call it Freedom Sunday. This year we focused on raising funds for Impact Middle East -- those refugees who were affected by ISIS and the need for schooling, housing, and healing. Pastor Jim talks about the impact Jesus made in the world by taking care of the poor and widows. This was the hallmark of Jesus' ministry. This, too, should be our mark on the world -- to care for the poor and broken around us.
  • Sep 22, 2019Everyone With A Gift
    Sep 22, 2019
    Everyone With A Gift
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    We all have been given a gifts that have gone unused. Perhaps a Christmas or birthday gift from grandma that you have tucked away in the closet. Never to be seen from again. It's the same thing that God has given us -- talents, gifts, unique abilities to carry on for the church (the people, not the building). However, a large percentage of people think, "I have nothing to offer." Wrong! We need everyone to play a part. So what are you doing with your gifts that God gave you!
  • Sep 8, 2019Harvest Chapel UNITED
    Sep 8, 2019
    Harvest Chapel UNITED
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    We took our location on the road at Fredonia High School Auditorium for a special joint service between the 9:30 and 11:00 services. Together, we united on mission for Christ and learned how we (the people) are church. Enjoy the entire service including the bagpipes!
  • Sep 1, 2019Remembering Jesus
    Sep 1, 2019
    Remembering Jesus
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    Have you ever wondered why we eat small pieces of bread and drink a sip of juice in some church services? You are not alone. Communion from an outsider perspective...it's weird. Yet, there is a lot packed into this tradition that has gone all the way back to Jesus. (Re)understand the tradition of Communion and how to remember Jesus.
  • Aug 25, 2019Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
    Aug 25, 2019
    Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
    As we conclude our summer sermon series, The Ten Commandments, we finish up with the tenth word from God: coveting. Coveting is not merely an appreciation of something from a distance, but rather an uncontrolled, inordinate, selfish desire to crave something you do not have. Pastor Jim gives both silly and serious examples in his message to us.