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Where is the harvest? Who is the harvest?

I am looking for a little help from my friends.  I have been camped out in Matthew 8-9 for many days.  This morning I read the very familiar words of Christ, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few". (9:37)

In your opinion, where is the “harvest” today?  Who is the harvest today?  Jesus sent his disciples to a very specific group, if you were called as a laborer, where would you go and to whom? 

Thank you!

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Sometimes you just need a good dose of the classics.  I recently listened with great intensity as I heard the classic sermon, "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" by Jonathan Edwards, originally given in 1741.  The recording that I listened to was either made in the 50's or made to sound like it was recorded 50 years ago.  The scratchy sounds reminded me of listening to a well loved LP.  The voice of the orator heralded the poignant words of the sermon notes as if Edwards himself had risen from the grave to preach this masterpiece to a much needed audience.  The result of the old-time sound made it easy to believe that I was sitting in church listening to Jonathan Edwards preach this hell-fire and damnation sermon.  It was said when this sermon was first preached, the congregation began clutching the pews in fear that the ground would open up and swallow the wretched sinners.    

The other classic that I have been enjoying is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.  Instead …

Where is God in disasters? (part 2)

The last few nights sleep has eluded me.  The mysteries of God can be deeply profound and more than mortal man can comprehend (Isaiah 55:8-11).  However, it doesn’t stop us from trying to make sense of the profundities of life.  Over the next few issues I want to examine God's providence, His sovereignty and the profound impact of His sovereignty on the direction of our lives (i.e. God's will).  Part 1 and 2 will be reprints of an article by John Piper that addresses God's sovereignty in natural disasters.  Parts 3 and following I want to answer some very specific questions that many might be asking in lieu of disasters abroad or in our own lives.

Here's part 2:

Tsunami, Sovereignty, and Mercy
By John Piper
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“The waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me. . . This God—his way is perfect” (2 Samuel 22:5, 31).

After the loss of his ten children owing to a “natural disaster” (Job 1:19), Job…

Where is God in disasters? (part 1)

The last few nights sleep has eluded me.  The mysteries of God can be deeply profound and more than mortal man can comprehend (Isaiah 55:8-11).  However, it doesn’t stop us from trying to make sense of the profundities of life.  Over the next few issues I want to examine God's providence, His sovereignty and the profound impact of His sovereignty on the direction of our lives (i.e. God's will).  Part 1 and 2 will be reprints of an article by John Piper that addresses God's sovereignty in natural disasters.  Parts 3 and following I want to answer some very specific questions that many might be asking in lieu of disasters abroad or in our own lives.

Here's part 1:


Whence and Why the Earthquake in Turkey?
By John Piper August 18, 1999
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"Weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15). When love has wept and worked, it must have some answers. Not all the answers, but some. No earthquakes in the Bible are attributed to Satan. M…

To the Clouds: Faith is Gazing at the Heart of God (part 3)

What motivates you?  You are who you are because...?  Before you read another sentence, take a moment to answer that question (I’ll wait).  Do you have an answer?  I have all the time in the world if you aren’t ready.  Ready?  Great, let’s begin.

When it comes to things that motivate us, our answers are probably as diverse as we are.  However, I suspect that money, family, love and God are high on most lists.  The writer of Hebrews excites our Christian faith as we are reminded of the great Heroes of Faith in chapter 11.  He wants to motivate us to be the next Abraham, Moses and Enoch.  They seem larger than life yet the goal of finishing strong seems to be within our grasp.  Read with me the next two verses that follow that great chapter on faith.   

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder [author] …