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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 October 27, 2008

Wow! That is the appropriate exclamation to describe Sunday worship at Harvest. One of the greeters stopped me, in the narthex prior to service, and said that there was an electirc feeling in the air inside the church. Was she ever right! From the time of preparatory prayer, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a typical worship service.

The Beyond the Veil dance ministry, and the worship team set the atmosphere of worship from the beginning. We noticed again, a good number of first-time and returning visitors.

The word preached by Pastor Doris was phenomenal. She told us that “The System Works”, using James 1:1-6 as her text. We learned how ridiculous it is to attempt to live this life with Christ according to our own wisdom and system, when God’s system is proven. His system calls us to have joy in the midst of trying times, know that trials work towards our maturity, and that our faith must be without doubt. We ended by “walking” in faith, and at the altar in a corporate prayer for increased faith. Wow! As one young woman came forward during the invitation extended, the praise to God was enormous.

If you haven’t joined us for a Sunday worship service at Harvest Christian Fellowship yet, and are in the area, I invite and encourage you to do so. You won’t be disappointed. How was worship in your house of worship Sunday morning?

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AIDS Walk Delaware 2008

Posted by Meredith Griffin on October 7, 2008

Several members of Harvest Christian Fellowship participated in AIDS Walk Delaware on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Although the event was shortened by rain, those who participated represented the our Lord well. Thanks to all who walked. Enjoy the pictures.

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Harvest Night at the Movies

Posted by Meredith Griffin on September 8, 2008

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The Married Couples ministry is inviting everyone to join them at the movies on Friday, September 26, 2008. We will be viewing the movie Fireproof, a film by the creators of Facing the Giants (Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia). Come out and join us for a night of fun at the movies.

The following Friday evening, the married couples will get together to discuss the movie. As a certain football player would say, “get your popcorn ready.”

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Independence Day

Posted by Meredith Griffin on July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July! Today is the day that this country, the United States of America, celebrates the signing of its Declaration of Independence. This document declared this nation’s freedom and independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. On this day, we view fireworks, eat way too much, visit with family and friends, and remember the blessings of our liberty as citizens of the United States of America.

I want to encourage all of you to use this day to remember our more significant declaration of independence and freedom; namely, our freedom from sin and death. Galatians 5:1 says,

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

With all that we will do today to celebrate our independence as a nation, let’s not forget that we should daily celebrate the freedom that was bought for us on Calvary’s cross. Enjoy the holiday and stay blessed.

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Let’s use a little wisdom

Posted by dlpgriffin on July 2, 2008

Today, I read Proverbs chapter 1 with my son and we discussed what happens to us when we decide to use wisdom.  He talked to me from his nine year old perspective,  regarding what happens when we refuse to listen to wisdom. In Proverbs 1:22 we see the words,  “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?”

I am sure you would agree, that if we merely use wisdom in simple situations we would not find ourselves in such complex problems.  Wisdom is asking us how long are we going to be simple minded?  How long are we going to allow our curiousity to guide us when wisdom is screaming for us to turn back?  How long are we going to reach for people, places and things that tingle our fleshly desires?  If we could just use a little bit of wisdom we would all get where we are supposed to be a tad bit faster.  Wouldn’t you agree?

My son is learning about wisdom this month.  As he learns, I find myself wanting to learn all over again.  I hope these lessons will also bless you as he and I walk through the chapters.

Let me know your thoughts!

 Pastor Doris

The Holy Bible : English standard version.2001 (Pr 1:22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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