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August 25, 2019
“Harvest” part one

Text; Jeremiah 8:20
 20 “The harvest is past,
The summer is ended,
And we are not saved!”

Introduction – Over the next four weeks we will look at different parts of harvest.
Today we will look at how preparation and maintenance is required to assure
Harvest results. 
 As foundational scripture let us look at
 Proverbs 10:5
 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame

 Proverbs 20:4
4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter;
He will beg during harvest and have nothing.

Both of these verses tell us there is work evolved before harvest.
 Let us look at the parable of the sower and learn together;

I. The Seed
A.Matthew 13:19a 
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

 Matthew 4:23
 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

B.The Word of the Kingdom!!! 

II. The Four Types of Soil
A.The Wayside  

Matthew 13:15
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’

Matthew 13:19a
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

Hears … and does not comprehend”
B.The Stoney Places
Matthew 13:20 – 21
20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

Hears … and receives with Joy, but allows it to die. (stones)

C.Among the Thorns
Matthew 13:22
22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

Hears ….. and receives removes stones, but over time allows weeds to destroy plants. ( Good preparation bad maintenance) 

D. Good Ground
Matthew 13: 23
23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Hears … receives, prepares, maintains, Bears!!! Fruit for Harvest!!!!

Conclusion – How is our maintenance today???


Harvest
October 6, 2019

“Harvest” part two
Text
 Jeremiah 8:20
20 “The harvest is past,
The summer is ended,
And we are not saved!”

Introduction – Last week we began our look at the importance of harvest. Preparation and maintenance is so vital in seeing the Gospel come to fruit in one’s life.
 When it comes to physical harvest here how things have
 fared in the U.S. corn crop;
1950 – 38 bushel per acre
1960 – 54
1970 – 72
1980 – 91
1990 – 119
2000 – 137
2010 – 153

Spiritual harvest. Take China for example;
1980 – 3 million Christians 
2018 – 100 million Christians, 97 million increase
2029 China will become the most Christian population in the World!!!!! 

Let us look at the importance of understanding harvest;

1. Our Harvest of The Fruit of the Spirit Grows in Our Life’s
A.Galatians 5:22 – 23
 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

B.Matthew 13:23 
23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

  C. Matthew 7:19
 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

II. The Harvest Allows Ministry Support
A.Leviticus 23:10 
10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.

B.Luke 6:38
 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

  C. As we give properly to God’s work our harvest becomes more useful.


III. The Harvest Allows Giving to the Needy 
A.Leviticus 19:9
 9 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.

  B. Leviticus 23:22
 22 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God.’ ”

C. Deuteronomy 24:19
 19 “When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Conclusion – God help us be better people of harvest!

Harvest
part two
October 13, 2019
The Harvest 
The Joy of Harvest
Text – Isaiah 9:3
3 You have multiplied the nation
And increased its joy;
They rejoice before You
According to the joy of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

 Luke 15:7
 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.


Introduction – We have looked at harvest, preparation, maintenance, fruit,
Giving, kindness all parts of harvest. Today we are looking at the Joy of Harvest.

Luke Chapter 15 gives three examples of the joy of harvest. Sheep, coins and a son.

We are going to focus on the lost son.

I. The Son’s Response
  Luke 15: 11 – 12 
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.

II. The Son’s Rebellion
  Luke 15: 13 – 14
 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.

III. The Son’s Return
  Luke 15: 17 – 19
 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’

IV. The Son’s Reunion
  Luke 15: 20
   20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.

V. The Son’s Repentance
  Luke 15: 21
 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.

VI. The Father’s Rejoicing
  Luke 15: 22 – 24
 22 “But the father said to his servants ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

Conclusion - There is no greater Joy than harvest!!!


The Joy of Harvest
October 27, 2019
Embracing God’s Faithful Mercy

Text Lamentation 3: 22 – 26 
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.

Introduction – “We must learn to stop focusing on life’s miseries and embrace God’s personal Mercies “(quote) Matthew Henry

Let us learn from this great passage from The Word;
1.God’s Ever Present Mercy  
Lamentation 3: 22
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.

2.God’s Always Punctual Mercy
  Lamentations 3:23
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

3.God’s Beautiful Personal Mercy 
 Lamentations 3: 24
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

4.God’s Comforting Patience with Mercy 
 Lamentations 3:25 – 26
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.

Conclusion – God is so waiting to make His Expectation our Personal Experience!!!


Embracing God's Faithful Mercy
November 3, 2019
“The Foundation for Thankful Living”

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18
16 Rejoice always,
 17 pray without ceasing,
 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Introduction – How come so many people are ungrateful today?
 Did it just happen?
I don’t know all the answers but I have come to believe there is a lack of teaching on how we can become truly thankful people:

I. We Exercise Praise 
A.1 Thessalonians 5: 16
16 Rejoice always,

B.Focus on the blessings and mercies of God!

C. Romans 12:12  
 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

 1 Peter 1:6
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been [a]grieved by various trials,

D. “Always”


II. We Experience Prayer
A.1 Thessalonians 5:17
 17 pray without ceasing,

B.Just as praise becomes a vital part of our life so does prayer!!!

C. Jeremiah 29:12 
 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

 Luke 6:27 – 28  
27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

 Matthew 6:6
 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.


  III. Embrace Living in Thankfulness
A.1 Thessalonians 5:18
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

B.There is always a reason to be thankful

C.2 Corinthians 4:15  
15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

 Psalm 9:1  
9 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

D. Is it possible to be thankful without praise and prayer?


Conclusion – Are we committing the sin of being ungrateful and stopping true blessing in our Life?

The Foundation for Thankful Living
November 10, 2019