Faith Commitment to World Missions
Each year at Harvest Church, we celebrate what we call Faith Commitment Sunday. This is a day when individuals and families make a 12 months commitment to support a Harvest Partner (missionary) with a specific amount of money each month. The monthly check is written to Harvest Church and the money is sent to the Harvest Partner's account. This assists the Harvest Partner with day to day living expenses, ie, food, housing, salary, clothing, health insurance, etc. Their needs are the same as ours even though they may live in a foreign country. Often, their living expenses are higher than those of living in the USA. My family supports six different Harvest Partners each month. The money we give to assist them is not our tithes. We support our Harvest Partners with free-will offerings - money that is above and beyond the amount of our tithes. We are grateful to partner with men and women who have heard the call of God to GO to foreign countries and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. On Sunday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), Teresa and I will make a commitment to be partners with these special men and women of God. Tell me how you support World Missions.

Pentecost 2013
Whether you are a Pentecostal or not, think on these things. Pentecost was a prominent festival in the ancient Jewish calendar. In the Christian calendar, it is a time to celebrate the descent of the Holy Ghost upon early believers as described in the New Testament. The Bible teaches in the Book of Acts that “when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Unfortunately, some Christians have allowed the subject of Pentecost to be divisive. However, contrary to what happened at the Tower of Babel, Pentecost brought people together. Christians may differ in their understanding of some things. But, all believers can unite regarding the promise and the power of Pentecost. First, think about the promise regarding Pentecost. In the Book of Joel, God said, “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh…” and He declared that subsequent generations would prophesy, the old would dream and the young would see visions. Also, John the Baptist proclaimed that the One, Whose shoes he was unworthy to carry, would baptize with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Additionally, Jesus instructed his followers to tarry for the promise of the Father and they would be endued with power from heaven. Furthermore, Simon Peter told a crowd the promise was for them, their children, and generations to come. Now, consider the power associated with Pentecost. This power is the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, Jesus told his disciples they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them and they would be His witnesses throughout the world. The power of the Holy Spirit enables believers to accomplish the assignment given them by the Lord Jesus. Through this mighty power, early Christians produced miracles of healing. They raised the dead, cast out evil spirits, and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ. Join in this simple prayer: Dear God, fill us with your Holy Spirit so we will share Your message with others and lead them to salvation through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, in Whose name we pray. Amen.