The Chance of a Lifetime

There is an old tendency in human beings to think we can worm our way out of the consequences of our actions.  If you’ve ever tried to finesse a police officer out of a traffic ticket, you know.  This tendency starts very early in life. 

At dinner one night one of our children was being very squirrelly—clearly headed for trouble.  We issued a warning: “Settle down or there will be serious consequences.”  Then there was a spill—of Exxon Valdez proportions.  Just as we were about to administer the consequences, the child, with a gleam in the eyes, pulled a dollar out of a pocket and said, “Maybe Mr. Washington can change your mind!”

There is One before whom we will all stand, every one of us.  This One is loving and holy and gracious and just, and he intends for us to understand that we really will give an account of our lives.  We will not be able to finesse our way around his throne.  Mr. Washington will not change his mind.

To reinforce this truth, Jesus tells a story of Three servants in Matt. 25:14-30.  And I find 3 things that run through this story that teach us important truths about our Father. Read More

A Different Message for a Different Time?

I recently ran into a good Christian friend and before long we were engaged in an interesting conversation.  The thought that the message that is ministered today can’t be the same as what people like Paul ministered.  At first I thought he was talking about the style in which I agreed….But as he and I spoke, he made it plain that he was talking about the message.  I have to tell you with no hesitation, “that I don’t agree!”  

I believe the gospel that should be ministered by us today is the same message people like Paul, Peter, James and John committed their lives to minister.  It was Paul who solemnly warned the church not to tamper with the gospel in any way; He said, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed Galatians 1:6-8.”  Read More

A Church with Concern for ONE Another!

In the church that Christ is building, people are involved in one another’s lives.  The Church is not a theater where people go to watch what happens.  People are not supposed to come in, sit down, walk out, and have no other involvement with the fellowship.  We are not supposed to encourage anonymity and un-involvement.  Instead, we’re commanded to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another”  (Heb. 10: 24-25).

“ONE ANOTHER” is a repeated thought in the New Testament instruction to the Church.   For Example: Read More


I don’t know how many of you are reading these blogs, but here is a thought God gave me this week.  I hope you take the time to read it and let it encourage you. 

The promise of “I will build my church” was meant to encourage the disciples.  They were walking along the dusty roads of Caesarea, north of Jerusalem.  They were essentially in exile.  The Jewish, religious and political leaders had targeted Jesus and were determined to have Him Killed.  The people were looking for a political, military, and economic Messiah to deliver them, but Jesus had already disappointed those hopes.  The multitudes that once followed Him, had turned away AS SOON AS HIS TEACHING CHALLENGED THEM (John 6:66).  Sounds alot like today.

But really who could blame the disciples (those in the church today)  if they were discouraged?  Read More

Welcome to the World!

Just a few short days ago, Tim & Carissa brought into the world an amazing healthy and strong baby boy. His name is Eli and as you can tell, he is incredibly cute! He was born on September 25 at 12:26am. He weighed in at 7lbs 9oz and is already 21 inches tall!

When Charlie & I visited Tim, Carissa & Eli at the hospital, they were gleaming with the instant new found love.  After all the ooh’s and aah’s and gooh’s and gaah’s, they have quite the lovely family that trusts in the Lord and we know Eli is being raised in the ultimate way and admonition of the Lord.

Congratulations Tim & Carissa. Welcome to the world and to Harvest Church, Eli!

Pastors Charlie & Djuana

How can a young man (boy) keep his way pure? By living according to your Word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. Psalm 119:9

Moutains you weren’t made to climb:

I recently heard someone say, “God’s delight is received upon surrender, not awarded upon conquest.” 

What a great thought.  I want to share along that line some thoughts from my journal.  Things that over the years books, people, and the Lord have inspired in me. 

There are certain mountains only God can climb.  It’s not that we aren’t welcome to try.  It’s that we aren’t able to climb them.

If the word Savior is in your job description, it’s because you put it thereOur role is to help the world, not save it.  Mount Messiah is one mountain you weren’t made to climb.  Nor is mount Self-Sufficient.  We aren’t able to run the world, nor are we able to sustain it.  Some people think they can.  They are self-made.  They don’t bow thier knees, they just role up their sleeves and put in another 12 hour day… which may be enough when it comes to making a living or building a business.  But when we face our own grave or our own guilt, our power will not do the trick. Read More

Salt -n- Light

Good Tuesday Everyone:

Let me begin, by saying, Happy Birthday to my Wonderful wife Djuana who turns 29 once again this week.  And to my only Daughter, who turns an amazing 5 this week.  I love you both very much, and don’t care who knows it….

As we wrapped up our fall conference this week I couldn’t help but think about all the things that were mentioned.  But one that sticks out more than them all is the idea that all of us are ambassadors for the lord.

Its an amazing thought that, though we have many issues, failures, problems, insecurities, and sinful days, God still chooses us to be his representation on this planet.  We are not his mouth piece, we are his mouth; we are his hands, his feet, his arms, and every part has a part to play. Read More


I just wanted to take some time to send an encouragement to you from some of the things we’ve been studying. I know not all of you were able to make it over the past few weeks. But I believe what we have been studying on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s, will help us live the life God desires us to live.

Last night I woke up and the Lord began to share with me again the idea of “BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.’ So I got up and began to re-read my notes from that message. God seem to encourage me that with the purity of motive and the single undivided loyalty to him, that I would begin to see Him in every part of my life.

As I read through the notes, I recalled, that pure in heart simply meant, “to have a heart without mixed motives or divided loyalties.” But what really encouraged me, was the thought that a pure heart is NOT SINLESS PERFECTION. God understands we sin, God knows we fall short of His glory, God knows that until this flesh puts on immortality, we will struggle with it. Read More


Happy Thursday everyone:

I just felt like I should take time and reiterate the key thoughts from the message last night. I know not all of you were able to make it. But I believe this is one of those important truths that will cause us live life on a higher level. I believe that God has given us so much in our lives by his grace and love, and yet sometimes we forget to acknowledge his grace and love when we sin or blow it.

Last night we read the scripture, Matt: 5:4 that says, Blessed are those that MOURN…..the idea is that God’s approval and favor is upon those that grieve over their sin and separation from God. Now I know that we as Christians should be joyful and excited about our life with Christ, but when we sin, we should be broken about it. Read More