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Archive for November, 2008

Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 30, 2008

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Thanksgiving Sunday at Harvest Christian Fellowship. That means lots of friends, family, and praise. Here are a few highlights of this morning service, for those of you who missed it.

  • Our drama ministry (yet to be named) debuted this morning with a skit showing ways that our faith can influence others during this time of economic crisis. Well done to the entire team, and our “actors”. We all look forward to seeing how God will use this ministry to spread the gospel.
  • I got to speak to at least one of our college freshman, home for break! Its always exciting to hear what is going on in the lives of these young adults as they study and live out the gospel on campuses across the nation. I pray that all of our college students press strong to the end of the semester, running all the way through the tape. We look forward to seeing you at Winter break.
  • Preparations are now in full swing for the church’s 2nd anniversary! The team met with Pastor Doris after service this morning, and the excitement is growing. Spread the word to all that you know, to come join us in January. More details to follow.
  • Bro. Duane Dillard was pumped this morning, as he led us in praise and worship. We got to see yet another glimpse into the future of our growing worship ministry. Can’t wait for what lies ahead.
  • The Men’s Fellowship leaders finalized plans to have the men of Harvest hit the neighborhoods in our area with invitations to our Sunday services. Don’t want to spoil it, but I believe the men should expect a call or correspondence this week. Take some time out, and support what the men are going to be doing.
  • Beginning this Wednesday, and every Wednesday in December, we will be having a prayer service in lieu of Bible Study. Come out with friends and family, as we spend time in prayer to our Lord for the balance of the year.
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Make This Season About Giving To Others

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 24, 2008

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We will be extending a special invitation to the people who join us for worship at Harvest this Sunday. We will be inviting them to do something that sets this giving season apart from your typical season of giving, by giving a gift that will truly keep on giving. We will make available to every person who attends this Sunday a copy of the 2008 World Vision Gift Catalog.

World Vision distributes a Gift Catalog annually, that allows charitable individuals to give gifts internationally that will keep on giving. What kinds of gifts, you ask? Well, how about 5 ducks for $30. Why would you want to give ducks? Because ducks produce eggs, which can be an essential source of dietary protein. Curious to hear more? Well, how about 1 goat and 2 chickens for $100. With this gift you are not only providing egg-producing chickens, but milk-producing goats.

The catalog offers gifts to fit any budget, with gifts ranging from $10 to over $2,000. The gifts range from seeds, to livestock, wells, to homes. What an opportunity to teach our children, or remind ourselves of,  the real meaning of this season.

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So Much To Be Thankful For

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 24, 2008

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Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. 1 Chronicles 16:8-9

Later this week, families and friends will gather in communities all over this country to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. For many this will begin a time of reflection and thanksgiving that will last through the end of the year. There will be some, who because of the economy or other circumstances of life, will find it difficult to articulate anything for which they are thankful. Speaking to both groups, I want to list just a few of the things that I find myself thanking God for right now.

  • Salvation – I thank God for the grace He showed toward me, in sending His only begotten son to die for the forgiveness of my sins.
  • Family – I thank God for my immediate and extended family. There love and care for me has been my strength and joy in both high and low points this year. I am thankful for my wife and my children. I am thankful that their love for me is without condition. I am thankful for the times that we have been able to spend with each other, in our daily routines and away (as few as these times may have been this year).
  • Provision – Although it would be easy for me to articulate what I am missing, or what I don’t have, I choose to thank God for what he has ensured that I do have. I thank Him for ensuring that I have a home, food, and health. I thank Him that He has provided enough that I have been able to share some with others.
  • Harvest Christian Fellowship – I am thankful that God has given me a place, the caliber of Harvest, in which to serve as Senior Pastor. I am grateful for the smiles that greet each person who enters our presence on Sunday mornings. I am thankful for the willingness of the people to serve whoever, wherever, and whenever service is needed. I am thankful for the feeling of belonging that each person strives to ensure that every other person feels inside our fellowship. I am thankful for the way God has moved in the last year to bring us to the New Hope campus, merge our ministries, and give us a relationship with The Wesleyan Church. I am thankful for the excitement that I still see in the eyes of the people when we discuss or mention going into the community to serve and be in relationship with people.
  • Hope for the future – I am thankful that in Jesus Christ, I always have hope for the future. Regardless of where or how I may view my life now, I know that my God makes all things work together for the good. I know that my worst day without Jesus is infinitely better than any day without Him.

I hope and pray that each of you reading this has a blessed time with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. I pray that you take some time out on that day to reflect on the things you have to be thankful for. I believe that you may be pleasantly surprised at how numerous they are. Stay blessed.

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Thank You Harvest!

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 22, 2008

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I want to thank every member of Harvest Christian Fellowship who participated in this year’s Basket brigade of Delaware effort. I want to thank every member who donated canned food. I want to thank every member who got up early on a Saturday morning and gave your time. I want to thank every member who, regardless of how you may have been feeling physically, made an effort to help. I want to thank every member who, in spite of a busy schedule, sacrificed whatever time you could. I want to thank every member who endured the cold and chaos in an effort to serve. Whatever you were able to do for this effort, however great or small, I want to thank you. Thank you for being the manifest expression of Jesus Christ in the world. I truly believe that I am blessed to serve alongside the greatest group people in the kingdom of God. Service isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. You deserve an ovation.

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ The the righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’   Matthew 25:34-40 NASB

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 9, 2008

Praise the Lord for another Sunday at Harvest! It was a great blessing for everyone to see Sis. Lauren return to worship service this morning. She is truly a living miracle, after such a bad car accident. What a way to inspire worship and praise for “this” day that the Lord has made.

We continued our ‘Be Encouraged’ series with a message touting the attributes of ‘A Conqueror’s Attitude’. What a reponse! The sermon ended with many at the altar, and everyone in the sanctuary standing as practical illustrations of what our response should be to the negative whispers of accusation of condemnation that may come our way. Practice the way you intend to play the game!

Can’t wait until next week, to see what the Lord has in store for us in worship of Him. Stay tuned. Don’t forget to do the reading in Genesis for Bible Study on Wednesday. Thanks to Bro. Ibn for standing in this past week. The reports are that he did a great job. I had no doubt.

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Sunday Sentiments

Posted by Meredith Griffin on November 3, 2008

The Lord truly moved during our worship today. First, we broke through what had been an attendance threshhold for us. Praise the Lord! During prayer with the praise team prior to service, we asked the Lord to free them to worship Him without apprehension. Did the Lord ever answer that prayer! These dedicated men and women led us into worship in a way that we haven’t experienced for some time. Their freedom in worship, freed and led us all into the presence of the Lord. Glory!

We were again visited by men and women from a local retirement community. It was great to see these senior saints rise from their wheelchairs with one purpose in mind, to worship and praise the Lord. It was an inspiration to all of those who were younger and more able-bodied. What a testimony to the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. At one point, I realized how blessed we were to have a church that saw every age group well represented, from newborns to seniors. We are truly a church alive.

The message today came from 2 Chronicles 20:1-23, and was titled “How to Handle Overwhelming Odds.” From the life of Jehoshaphat, the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem, we learned:

  1. Don’t let fear lead us in the wrong direction.
  2. Turn to seek the Lord.
  3. Rehearse the Lord’s deeds.
  4. Trust in the power of the Lord.
  5. Watch God work.

The Lord capped our time together by having another family join our fellowship today, and blessing our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. What a super day in Christ. Visitors, both first-time and returning are abundant week after week. All we, as a fellowship, care to do is continue to follow the call of Jesus Christ. Stay blessed. How was your worship experience today?

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