Words Matter.

During the days of the early church, thousands lost their lives because they would not say two words: Kaiser Kurios, which means “Caesar is Lord.” That’s because they understood that words matter. You may remember the story of Rachel Scott. She was one of the 13 people who were killed at Columbine High School. Rachel, 17, was a strong Christian and very involved in her youth group. On April 20, 1999, armed students began shooting people on Rachel’s high school . . . read more ›

Between Two Worlds

I have noticed that many times, the previews for a film are better than the film itself. All of the best bits are in the preview. But people don’t go to the movie theater to see a preview; they go to see the movie. In many ways, life on earth is like the preview, and the film is like eternity. The big event is the afterlife, because eternity is eternal, needless to say. It has been said that eternity to . . . read more ›

This Weekend at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

When we think of Christmas and passages pertaining to it, Revelation does not come to mind. We love the well known Christmas passages, like: “Unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6). “Thou Bethlehem, though you be little among the thousands of Judah…” (Micah 5:2). “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). But what could the book of Revelation possibly have . . . read more ›

And now, a word from President Abraham Lincoln about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is now here, and from this point on, we will eat, drink, and breathe Christmas. I don’t mean that we will be reflecting on the Christ’s birth, but we will be experiencing that commercial extravaganza, Christmas! Commercial culture has pretty much hijacked every holiday. Christmas, instead of being about the birth of Jesus, is instead about Santa, Frosty, presents, and shopping till you drop. Easter, instead of being about the resurrection of Jesus, is about bunnies, eggs, and Spring . . . read more ›