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Harvest America Testimonies

Here are a few samples of the hundreds of testimonies our ministry received from the Harvest America event at AT&T Stadium. If you have a story to share, please add it to the comments.

We hope each of you will rejoice with us over the amazing work God did, is doing, and will do as a result of Harvest America!

Harvest America Webcast
My three children listened to the entire stream of Harvest America. At the end when Pastor Greg made the invitation to those watching, my eldest son, Mark, stood up. Then my other children, Aaron and Alaina, also stood and said they wanted to accept Christ. They have always gone to church, but never publicly accepted the Lord. Thank you, Pastor Greg. As a parent, this is the most wonderful day of my life and theirs. —Monica

AT&T Stadium

After Pastor Greg finished his message, a large number of people started to leave, exiting the east doors. I was feeling sad that so many people were leaving. Very soon thereafter, I noticed a young couple leaving with three young children and a baby strapped to the mother’s abdomen by a sling. Then suddenly they moved to the side, just as Pastor Greg was starting the prayer of salvation. The mother and the three children dropped to their knees in a semi-circle around the father. He wrapped his arms around the whole family and they prayed the prayer of salvation together with Pastor Greg. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was so beautiful! I had tears in my eyes as they rose and walked outside and left. God showed me that we may try to quantitate the success of an event by numbers, but we don’t really know what is going on in the Spirit for eternal things. The Holy Spirit blessed me with a beautiful picture in my memory that will last a lifetime. —ML

I have always believed in God, but have always been distant in showing it. My wife and kids were always more interactive and more involved with our Lord. For years I had gone to church because of my wife. I have tried to be part of the church for my wife and tried to teach my children about God because of my wife. For some reason this past Sunday (March 6, 2016) I decided to attend Harvest America with my wife and kids (usually I would opt out and stay home), but this day was different and I decided to drive down to AT&T Stadium. To my surprise I was shocked to see the amount of people there and as the night progressed with the music, I started to get more in touch with the music and atmosphere at this point. Pastor Greg made his way to the podium. This was a turning point—not sure if it was 20 years building up, my family, Pastor Greg’s powerful message, but as he was completing his sermon and offered for me to come down and accept Jesus as my Savior, I made a straight line to the field and never felt so sure about my decision. That night started something that I should have started more than 30 years ago. I just wanted to say thanks to my family and Pastor Greg for that special night and the impact for the rest of my life. I am proud to say I was part of the 6,000 plus to make that decision. —Mike

Thank you for your assiduous efforts over the past 2+ years in planning, preparing, and mobilizing the church for Harvest America. I don’t need to tell you what a success the event was. In our church I pray that we will see the seeds of revival grow. I long for our people to pursue their friends, neighbors, and family for the gospel of Christ. I pray that participating in Harvest America will help our membership continue to reach out to the lost.
 

No doubt you have heard countless stories of lives changed. One that is most impactful to me involves a woman in our church who served as an usher the night of the event. This woman moved here recently from California. It seems that she is running from a number of difficulties in her past. “Coincidentally,” she moved in next door to a couple who is a member of our church. This couple immediately introduced themselves and invited her to church. It became clear very early on that she was not a follower of Jesus. This couple continued to invite her to church every Sunday and spend time with her periodically during the week. This woman continued to respond positively, attending church every Sunday, enjoying the company of this couple and newfound friends in our church.
 

When Harvest America promotion began she volunteered to serve as an usher. The couple also served in this capacity and brought this woman with them to serve at the event. This woman listened to the presentation of the gospel and fulfilled her ushering duties. On the drive home she lamented that she was not able to come down and “pray that prayer.” There in the car, on the drive home, this couple had the privilege of leading this woman to Christ!
 

Thank you for your efforts. I pray that there will be significant ripples of gospel activity in the weeks and months ahead stemming from Harvest America. We are eager to follow up with people in our area and pray God will use us to help new and recommitted believers grow in the Lord.
 

Thank you for coming to our area, encouraging the body of Christ, and preaching the gospel to a world who needs to know Him. —DY

Church Host in Rochester

I am the pastor of Revolution Church in Rochester, New Hampshire. When I was a teenager I would listen to Pastor Greg on the radio. That really helped me connect with the gospel and who Jesus is. Pastor Greg’s practical style helped shape my preaching. Now 25 years later I have my own children. Our church hosted the Harvest America live stream from AT&T Stadium on March 6. I sat in the front row and my daughter left her friends and came and sat with me in the front. When Pastor Greg was finished she looked at me with moist eyes and said, “He is a really good teacher; he explains things so good. I really get it now; I understand it. She had a made a decision for Jesus as many kids do who grow up in church, but when Greg shared the gospel, she heard it and understood it for herself, and Jesus became real to her. It is awesome for me because it was Pastor Greg that helped me connect with Jesus and has had an impact on my life and ministry, and now his ministry has reached the second generation of my family. Thank you for doing these events. Thank you for using your gift. Thanks for still being a delivery boy who can clearly deliver the Good News! —CM

3:20 Harvest America Prayer Campaign!

We have a prayer campaign called 3:20—it’s based on Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.” We are asking people to set their smart phones to an alarm that goes off at 3:20 P.M. each day as a reminder to pray for Harvest America!

If you would like to receive daily e-mails with specific Harvest America requests to pray at 3:20, go to pray.harvestamerica.com. Our social media will also be posting daily Harvest America prayer requests.

Share Your Ideas for Keeping Christ in Christmas

We would love to hear any ideas you and your family have for keeping the focus on Jesus during what is (for many) the busiest time of the year! The calendar for November and December can fill up fast with special times and extra demands, and even the best intentions to make this season all about the birth of the Savior are met with challenges.

If you have any ideas or tips from past experience that have helped you and your family keep and celebrate the One who is the reason for the season, please leave them in the comments below.

We look forward to hearing from you and if you would like to receive our free Ready for Christmas resource, click here and enter the coupon code READY.
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One Dead, and One Wounded

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade.
Since that decision, 55 million babies have been aborted.
This is a national tragedy.

When it comes to many of the hot-button topics of the day, you can usually find good people on both sides of the issue. But when it comes to the topic of abortion, or killing a pre-born baby, there can be no debate. The fact is, the Bible is very clear about when human life begins: It begins at conception.

Listen to David’s prayer as he spoke about being in the womb before birth: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book” (Psalm 139:13–16).

These verses show that God had a distinct plan for each of us, before we were born. In Jeremiah 1:5, He declares: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”

Each child, no matter what the circumstances of his or her conception, is created by God and should be given the chance to live. God doesn’t say, “I waited until you were born to have a plan for you, because you really weren’t human yet, but only a mass of tissue.”

Max Lucado put it this way: “You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth by the Master Craftsman.”

I myself was conceived out of wedlock, and how thankful I am that my mother chose to carry me to term. God has a plan for my life! And God has a plan for every baby, regardless of the circumstances surrounding its conception. In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as an “illegitimate child.”

Despite these truths, abortions are commonplace in our culture today. As stated, since the passing of Roe v. Wade in the early ‘70s, 55 million babies have been aborted in our country. An abortion occurs every 15 seconds in America, and has grown into a 500-million-dollars-a-year industry.

Abortion is not the answer to the stress surrounding an unplanned pregnancy. It leaves “one dead and one wounded” in its wake. If you have conceived a child and it’s at all possible, marry the father and raise the child. If you can’t do that, raise the child as a single mom. And if you can’t do either of these, carry the child to term and put the baby up for adoption.

When Does Life Begin?

Recently Pastor Greg interviewed Randy Alcorn, author and founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word.

Here’s their conversation about the recent Planned Parenthood scandal and what the Bible has to say about when life begins.

Essentials for Sharing the Gospel

Whether you are called to share the gospel in a stadium, in your workplace, or sitting at a table with a friend, there are essentials in sharing the gospel. We want you to be equipped and know God will bring the increase as you trust Him in sharing the plan of salvation.

Here are some essentials to help guide and encourage you in sharing the Good News!

Essentials for Sharing the Gospel

  1. Be loving. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
  2. Be knowledgeable. “Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).
  3. Be confident.If you act like you don’t believe what you’re saying, then they won’t believe it either. “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).
  4. Be prayerful. Don’t try to do it on your own. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  5. Be gentle. Be tactful. “Let your gentleness be known to all men” (Philippians 4:5).
  6. Be compassionate. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8).
  7. Be a listener. “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19).
  8. Be simple. Don’t complicate the message. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
  9. Be focused. Keep the main thing the main thing. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
  10. Be glorifying. We must give the glory where it is due. “I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images” (Isaiah 42:8).

We would love to hear how you shared your faith with someone and the results. Comment below to share your story with us.

Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7. Make plans to be part of this important opportunity to pray for our nation.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Its foundation represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people.

Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances—organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county courthouses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.

If your local church is not hosting this event and you want to know of the nearest location to participate, please go to nationaldayofprayer.org.

“True prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but taking hold of His willingness.” —Greg Laurie