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September 2019

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Psalm 147:3 - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

One of the things I have learned in ministry is that all of us have a past and all of us have wounds.  Just because you are a Christian does not mean that you have been completely healed from the hurts inflicted by others or the self–inflicted wounds made by our sins or poor choices.

Far too often in Christianity we only deal with the spiritual issues in our lives like salvation, baptism and walking in the Spirit and we fail to address the emotional side of things. As a matter of fact, in many Christian circles talking about our emotions is portrayed as unspiritual and even un-scriptural.  This is not true, Jesus came to heal, restore and renew the complete person, spirit, soul and body.  Jesus came to set us free from sin, but He also came to make us whole and complete in every way.  Psalm 107:20 - He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions.

The Church is not just a place to learn and it is not just a spiritual family, it is also a Holy Spirit Hospital. We are a place of healing. Many people come from broken homes; people have been wounded by parental abuse, neglect and even because of abandonment by a mother and father. Some through divorce and some parents never stepped up and were a part of the children they helped create.

Some people were bullied in school or suffered from sickness, extreme poverty or even remarkable hardships.

Others carry the shame of addiction or the results of a party lifestyle. Some have experienced rejection time and again from family, friends and even strangers.

When I worked as a foster parent at Real Life Children’s Ranch one of the things I learned from these abused, neglected and troubled children is that salvation doesn’t wash away all the pain and rejection. If it is not healed, we watched as these children have carried their woundedness into adulthood. They have developed habits and ways of dealing with their hurts, but they are not healthy, whole and free. The truth is, all of us, in one way or another, have carried some of our hurts well into adulthood.

All of us have emotions. They are a part of the intricate way in which God made us. Emotions are not a bad thing; they are necessary, and they can be healthy. We must learn to manage our emotions, or our emotions will manage us. One of the goals of every believer should be emotional stability.  We are not called to be emotion-less, that is just as unhealthy. A Christian is to live by wisdom not by our gut, our instincts or ruled by our emotions.

Proverbs 3:21-26 - My son, let them not depart from your eyes—Keep sound wisdom and discretion; So, they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
The truth is that some people feel things more deeply than others and some are freer with expressing their feelings than others. We must not confuse personality with woundedness. Some people never cry, and some are just weepers. Some people feel strongly about things and will intently express it, others do not know how to control their anger.

Feelings are God’s idea.  Someone once said to me – “if I could not feel, life would be so much better”.  I understand that but think of all the good and enjoyment you would be missed.  Feelings help us to function; they help us to love, enjoy, to be aware, to care, to be sensitive.

Hurt is designed to keep you away from the blessing of God for your life. Hurt keeps you where you are when you were hurt and keeps you from moving forward.  The truth is many who were abused or wounded in their childhood stay at the age they were wounded at unless they are healed emotionally and grow in maturity.  Precious brother and sister, you are loved by a God who desires to heal the deepest wounds that people and that life have inflicted on you. Even if you did things by your own poor choices, we have a God who restores and forgives. This month I am expecting God to do a powerful work in all our lives. Healing, completeness and new life patterns that bring peace through wisdom are ours in Jesus’ Name.

Thank you for joining in our month of Prayer. Prayer is the engine of our church. It is through prayer that lives will be changed, and miracles will abound. 

You are Loved. Pastor Marvin & Dawn

August 2019

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 ‘Whatever’ is a very interesting word.  It means no matter what, in any case, and it is such a broad term that covers so much ground that we use it to describe what it is --- Whatever the case may be.

Whatever can be said sarcastically – Whatever It can be said dismissively – Whatever you say. --- Ok, whatever.  You find that, when it comes to serving God, many people want to define things down to the letter.  At heart all people are legalists.  We want God to spell everything out to the letter of the law.  It is important to understand that our relationship with God is more than a legal contract, it is relationship. Relationships do deal with specifics, but it is more about the Spirit than it is about just the details.

For instance, when Paul is explaining sin to the Galatians, he uses the phrase “And the like”.

Galatians 5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

‘And the like’ or ‘whatever is like these things’ - The Amplified says – “and other things like these.”

I want to submit to you today that Christians live in the realm of “whatever”.   When we give our life to Jesus and accept Him as our Savior, we surrender all of our ‘evers’ to Him.  Wherever you want me to go, whatever you want me to do, however you choose to work in my life, whoever you choose to bring into my life, it all belongs to You forever and ever.  We have no problem giving Him our forevers because He holds eternity in His hands.

Whatever is a place of Sub-mission.  His mission takes precedence over any mission or plans we might have.  We lay down our rights and lift our hands in surrender to all that He desires, not in divine resignation but our hands raised in surrender as an act of praise for His goodness, faithfulness and ways that are far above our own.

The beginning of every miracle starts with a ‘whatever’.

John 2:5 - His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.

 Whatever starts with getting Jesus involved in what we need.

The Bible tells us that we do not have what we need because we do not ask.  Matthew 7:7 - “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

‘Whatever’ realizes that there are many things that we cannot do or accomplish, but nothing is impossible with God.  ‘Whatever’ gets Jesus involved.  ‘Whatever’ is a place of obedience – Consistently throughout the Bible, miracles happen when people do what Jesus told them to do.  There are some people that Jesus simply laid His hands on and prayed for.  Some had to take up their mats and walk.  The lepers were told to go and show themselves to the priest.  The blind man was told to go wash the mud off his eyes in a certain pool.  It was only after they obeyed that the miracles took place.  The water was turned into wine after the servants filled the pots with water and then took it to the master of the ceremony to taste.  Whatever He tells you to do, do it – this is faith.  Faith that is not followed by obedience is not faith, because faith without works is dead.  Those Christians who truly live a life of ‘whatever’ live a life of obedience because they trust God.  Because they obey, they see God do amazing things.

The greatest prayer ever prayed was by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – “Father not My will but Yours be done”.

Our ‘whatever’ prayers will always bear fruit.  When you are praying in the will of God there is a confidence about the results you will see. ‘However Lord’, ‘whenever Lord’, ‘whatever Lord’, your Kingdom come, Your will be done in me and on the earth.  Get this - whatever we ask for in the will and purposes of God will be done.  Many people say that when we pray, we will have whatever we ask for.  This is not true. Before we ask for ‘whatever’ we need to allow our sub-mission to His whatever to narrow our whatever.  In prayer, ‘whatever’ is never a free for all.  It is a narrowed focus limited to the will of God.  When that happens in our life, get ready for a pretty amazing ‘whatever’!

 I am excited to see what God is going to do with our ‘whatevers’.

As summer comes to an end and as we get back to the normal flow of work and school, I am believing that we will see great miracles as we live for God.Know that you are loved. Pastor Marvin and Dawn

June 2019

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Joshua 24:15… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

In the entryway of our house we kept a picture on the wall called “In our Home” or “House Rules”.  My wife put it there strategically to keep a reminder as we were coming and going of what we were always about as a family.  We taught these to our children and built our family on them.

Basic things are always easy to forget. Life gets busy and things get in the way, but there are somethings that must be settled in life. They are foundational and fundamental principles.

I always tell people that marriage and family are a full contact sport.  Like all sports, it doesn’t matter how talented a player you are, if you do not know and stick to the fundamentals you will lose every time.

Homes are where real life takes place. It is where you live and learn, heal and grow, succeed and fail, where you learn to love and lose in safety. 

No matter how clean you keep your home, life is beautiful and messy. A home isn’t a show piece it gets lived in. A home is not a museum it is a laboratory, it is a classroom, it is a playground and a hospital.  It is where people love and fight, and learn about relationships from brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, moms and dads and where true friends feel like part of the family.

One of the things that was not on the list was that we had made the same decision about our house that Joshua made about his-

“As for Me and My House we Will Serve the Lord.”

Our house is God’s house. We live and serve Jesus - that is not a rule, it is our way of life. In our home we love God, live for God and desire to please God.  God was and is always front and center.  Church wasn’t the family profession. Jesus is our way of life and the Word of God is our guide for living.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NLT) - So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 

In homes where the Word of God is not always discussed there winds up being a lot of preaching. You are trying to make up for lost time by stuffing learned things into moments of crisis.  Learning is done over time not in minutes. There are “aha moments”, but they come when we finally understand and grasp the lessons we are being taught.  When the word of God is talked about often as a matter of life you don’t need many preaching moments because you have had many teaching moments. This is why discipline is such a big deal in many homes; followed by a lot of yelling and rebelling.

When the Word of God is taught daily and seen demonstrated by the parents, discipline becomes less about punishment and winds up being the punctuation on a lesson learned.

I am looking forward to speaking to you about “House Rules” this month. You will not want to miss this sermon, it will inspire and encourage you.  As we enter the summer months, we will be taking time to vacation and make memories with our families. I hope you are able to rest and refresh.  Remember we are praying for a mighty move of God here at HCC. Let’s keep praying, attending and believing for the Holy Spirit to have His way.  

You are Loved- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

May 2019

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 Proverbs 24:16 - for a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

 One of life’s great lessons is to learn to be serious but flexible.

You will never be successful in life or faithful to God if you are always clowning around or just winging it through life. We are to learn how to balance being focused without becoming rigid.

Serious is not the same as uptight. Serious is about being focused, committed and educated. Being serious means that you understand the importance of things and that you handle people, life and situations with the significant, consequential weightiness that they deserve.

It is important to not take life flippantly or half-heartedly. At the same time it is important to realize that life really does not follow the patterns that we are counting on.

We need to know what we are doing and what we want to accomplish, but we need to learn the skills of working with people.

 We must carry ourselves with dignity yet we can be practical and down to earth. Common sense is really basic wisdom put to use.

We can have integrity and values that do not change, but with all the rest we need to be as rigid as a rubber band.

 One of the greatest pieces of advice that has ever been given is this: “Be as flexible as a Rubber band”.

Life has no shortage of difficulties. The good news is that no matter how hard things may get you can bounce back. Rubber Band people may have things happen in life that stretch them to the breaking point… but like a rubber band (gum band in Pittsburgh) they find a way back to their original shape.

 Many times Christians have unrealistic expectations about their life.  They believe that everything will always be ok and we will never make mistakes and face setbacks or failure.  The truth is everyone does, even the righteous.

 Being righteous does not mean you will never get bent out of shape. It does mean that, through Christ, we have developed the character to get up, move on, live and build again.

Jeremiah 18:3-4 (AMP) - Then I went down to the potter’s house, and saw that he was working at the wheel.  But the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled by the potter’s hand; so he made it over, reworking it and making it into another pot that seemed good to him.

 Being flexible means that we are always willing to be pliable in the potters hand. (God is the Potter.)  Those who are flexible have an easier time living through the different seasons of life. They understand what they are in and don’t try to change the seasons.  Those who are flexible are able to adapt with different people and situations. 1 Corinthians 9:22 ( AMP) - To the weak I became [as the] weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means [in any and every way] save some [by leading them to faith in Jesus Christ].

Those who are flexible are not chameleons who learn to blend in to their surroundings to survive; they are adapters who, without compromising who they are as a person and who they are as a Christian, are able to thrive in any situation with anybody.

 Resilience isn’t something you are, it is something you learn and develop. It is in life’s difficulties that you actually take on the shape that God created you to be. The ability to bounce back from a setback often makes the difference between winning and losing.  It turns out that after many studies success has little to do with intelligence, personality, appearance or social standing. Success is not about acting quickly or easily. It is about pressing on in spite of challenges and disappointment.  

 As we are growing together in our year of faithfulness and opportunity, may we all know the joy of being flexible. If you are in a season of being stretched, be encouraged, God will allow you to bend but never break.

Pastor Marvin and Dawn

April 2019

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Mark 13:32 - Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”

 After celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples, Jesus suggested they walk to their familiar retreat at the base of the Mount of Olives, a garden called Gethsemane. At Easter we remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and we celebrate His rising from the dead. We often forget the element of this process that was just as hard for Jesus, if not harder than the cross, which was the Garden of Gethsemane.

While Jesus knew the ultimate good of the cross, in Gethsemane He was dealing with the coming pain.

Gethsemane shows us the process of dying to ourselves.

Luke 9:23-24 - Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

Gethsemane is known as a garden but it was actually an olive grove. It was a place that Jesus and His disciples were familiar with. This grove sits on the Mount of Olives directly across from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This olive grove is a peaceful place. It was a place of shade, beauty and tranquility.

Gethsemane was a reminder for Jesus that He came to fulfill what the Temple stood for. He came to fulfill the sacrifices and to make a relationship possible between mankind and God.

'Gethsemane' means place of the press. This olive grove had its own olive press. This was not just a place of growth and fruit bearing, it was a place of crushing. It was a place where the valuable oil was extracted from the olive. This grove grew the olives that would be used for the anointing oil, for all of the work in the temple and for the anointing of the priests for service unto God.

As Jesus was in the Garden the night before His crucifixion He knew that the press was on. He was about to be poured out as an offering for the sins of the world.

I want to speak to both believers and unbelievers alike today.  All of us need a Gethsemane experience. A place and time in life where we are so hard pressed by what we are dealing with that all we can do is go to God in prayer. All of God’s children will go through a time like this.

1 Peter 1:12-13 - Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy Today the press is on by God. He desires to eradicate sin from our lives and the world because this same Jesus that died on the cross and rose again is coming back again.

Gethsemane is a place of decision

It was here that Jesus chose to be obedient to death even the death of the cross. Jesus was in agony over the decision He had to make. He knew what He had to do. The oil press is where you choose your allegiance and where you make up your mind about what you truly desire. Jesus prayed, “if it is your will let this cup pass from Me, never the less not My will but Yours be done”. The place of the press is the place that we surrender our will completely to God. Many people miss the real significance of Gethsemane – Satan was defeated on the cross but the battle was won and settled in the place of the press.

It was in the Garden that Jesus humbled Himself to do whatever it would take to overcome sin. Philippians 2:8 - And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Gethsemane is where the real battles will be fought in our lives; the battle over our flesh and our will. We will be pressed and broken to the point of feeling that our life will be crushed out of us.
The struggle for Jesus was not at Calvary, it was at Gethsemane.

The place of the press isn’t easy and it is not supposed to be. God is wringing pure anointing oil out of us. We will be squeezed strained and pressured until what comes out of us is pure for the glory of God.

Remember, the anointing is the burden removing, yoke destroying power of God.  In order for that potential to be released in its fullness in our lives we will need to go through a season of brokenness.

The place of the press was not only the location of Jesus' greatest struggle and victory, it will also be the spot of His greatest come back.

One day when Jesus returns the first place His feet will touch the earth is on the Mount of Olives and the mountain will split in two; God brings it all full circle.

May you have a very Happy Resurrection season! Christ our Lord is Risen!

Pastor Marvin & Dawn

March 2019

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Plan A -we hear about it all the time. It is the plan that we have for our life, it is the path we plan for, educate ourselves for and strive to achieve.  For many people when Plan A doesn’t work they develop a Plan B. They may or may not consult God about it. All they know is that Plan A isn’t working so it must be time to move on to something else.  Someone said- “If Plan A isn’t working, don’t worry about it, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet”.

The story of David’s life is one of the most interesting and powerful in the entire Bible.   We know it by heart. He goes from being a shepherd boy to the King of the Nation of Israel. This did not happen overnight. As a matter of fact it would be 15 years from the time that David is anointed to be King to the time he actually does become King. As I said before if Plan A doesn’t work there are many more letters to go. We use the motto: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

 Let’s get something straight today - With God there is only a Plan A. There is no plan B. For the purposes of what we are looking at today the A in Plan A stands for the Anointing. God had a plan for David’s life and David was called, committed, set apart for and Anointed for the purpose of being the King of Israel.

Romans 11:29 - For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  (AMP) - For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].
God has a plan for each of our lives. We may take detours; we may decide that we don’t want to follow His plan. We may complicate our life with sin and bad choices, but God has a plan.

God’s will, desire and design for our life is that we fulfill the specific anointing that God has placed on our lives.  David was a man after God’s own heart; and even though there was a space of time between the actual first anointing and his final anointing God never withdrew the call on David’s life. The only time Plan A is no longer in effect for you is when God chooses to rescind His call after you have walked in it and proven to be disobedient and unfaithful. When God calls you to something He will empower you for it. When He removes His hand over your life, He also will remove His equipping power on you to do it.  
1 Samuel 16:13-14 -  Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.  But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.

As I said before there was a 15 year period of time from when David was anointed King and when He in fact became King. Just because you are anointed for something does not mean that you are ready to walk in that anointing yet. There will be a period of time when God will refine you, shape your character, develop your abilities and skills, establish your relationships and allow you to grow in wisdom so that you are able to walk in the calling that God has on your life. – The preparation for the call is just as important as the assignment. Jesus was 30 years old before He fully started His ministry. That ministry here on earth lasted just three years. Often times easy is the enemy of promise. It is in the struggle that we develop the right attitudes, outlook and experiences to make Plan A work.

Plan B will always present itself shortly before you are ready to step into God’s anointing or Plan A.  Plan B will not be a bad thing. It just won’t be God’s best. It is so tempting to settle for second best and to fool ourselves into believing that God’s destiny has finally come to us. We don’t see Plan B as settling we see it as the opportunity to get out of the wilderness to settle down and be comfortable for a change. "If Plan A isn’t going to materialize then I can get used to Plan B." The problem with settling for pretty good is that it may cause us to miss that wonderful blessing God has for us. When we settle for nearly there, we never get all the way there.

God has a wonderful Plan A for your life and for our church. Just like David all of us have an anointing to bring God glory and that leaves us fulfilled. I am praying for God’s Plan A over your life and here at HCC.
Know you are dearly loved - Pastor Marvin & Dawn

February 2019

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Throughout this coming year I will be preaching messages that go with our theme, Faithfulness and Opportunity. This month we will be focusing on "First Things First". 
Matthew 6:33 (AMP) - But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

 The key to everything in our life is to put God first. Firsts are all about priorities. Our priorities get our attention, our devotion our energy and our love.  The issue of seeking the Kingdom of God is wanting to know God and for Him to have His way in our life above all other things. The fact is that throughout our lifetime this will be a daily decision.

 Psalm 63:1 (NKJV) - O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
Early I will seek you. Don’t miss the significance of this. The earlier in our life we make the decision to seek God, the longer our life will be filled with His promises and goodness.  This is a powerful truth for all young men and women to grasp. If I could give one piece of advice it would be to make the decision to follow Jesus as early as you can in your life. This is why our ministry to Youth and Children is so vital. If we teach them when they are young we are setting them up for a life of success and a life that pleases God.

 Also- seek God early in the day. Not all of us are morning people but whenever you get out of bed let God be your first thought and your first desire.  There are a million things that compete for our attention and our affections in life and if we do not purposefully decide that God is going to be our first desire, then know that some other desire will crowd Him out.  For the Christian we are to put His ways and His desires above our own. As a matter of fact our life is no longer our own, it belongs to Him. Jeremiah 29:13(NIV) - You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 To be successful in life, to be faithful to God we must know what He wants. Nothing will ever replace time spent in prayer and in His Word. Nothing.  There are no substitutes and no short cuts. Notice that you will never know God is you just seek Him out half heartedly.  Any business person, any couple who has a thriving marriage, any parent who has raised healthy productive children, understand that you must give those things your all. If you want to be faithful to God and successful in life you must be whole hearted about seeking His will and His ways. Never half -heart God - it’s either all or nothing.

 God promises that if we seek His kingdom first everything we need will fall into place.  Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Have you ever noticed that people give their heart to things and they never see their desires and dreams fulfilled? They always lack. That is because without God in the very first place, nothing will ever satisfy.  When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, the first thing He taught them was to seek His will.
Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

 Psalm 34:10 - The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

 The first step in being faithful and successful in life is a step of faith. Hebrews 11:6 -  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 A life of faith, a life that is successful, is first and foremost a life that lives to please God.  Many have lived for themselves and achieved everything that they desired and arrived at the place where they wonder if this is all there is to life.   Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…

 Thank you for being a praying church. Thank you for taking our first month and dedicating it to seeking God’s will for your life and our Church. I look am looking forward to all the mighty things we will do together here at HCC for the Glory of God in the coming year.

 Know that you are loved- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

December 2018

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 1 Kings 8:10-11-  And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord,  so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

 Atmosphere is important.  The truth is, for things to thrive the atmosphere must be correct.

A mother desires to make Christmas wonderful for the family. She decorates the house, sets up the tree, puts lights in the outlines of the counters and tables and sets the atmosphere for the month so that their home is a special place for the holidays.  Festive carols are playing and the home becomes a place of joy, peace and fond memories.

 You can enter a church and feel the presence of God and the love that people have for each other. New people come in and are welcomed; people are like family, children are loved, nurtured, and encouraged. People going through hard times are lifted up, and the simple are accepted as they are. There is an expectancy for miracles and a true desire to meet with God. You can enter another church and feel lost, cold and bored. What is the difference in all of these things? - Atmosphere, Climate, temperature.

 God designed things to function and thrive in a certain atmosphere spiritually, naturally and personally.  Certain animals and plants can only live and grow in certain climates. Certain fish will only live in either fresh or salt water. Some animals and plants love the cold and others will only thrive in the heat. Atmosphere is important.

The atmosphere is the “air” of a place. An atmosphere that is sustained for a long time is called a climate. A sustained climate will create a culture.

 The spiritual atmosphere will affect the natural atmosphere.

When sin entered God’s perfect world, it was not just the people who were changed. Weeds began to grow and things began to decay.

We live in two atmospheres at the same time. One is a physical atmosphere that we can see, smell, hear, touch and taste.  The other is a spiritual atmosphere that we cannot see with our natural eye or experience with the rest of our natural senses but which is very real. The devil knows the power of atmosphere and, as believers, we need to know it as well. Ephesians 2:1-2 - And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

Satan is known as the prince of the power of the air. One of the things he spends a great deal of time doing is working on the atmosphere.

 If you want to thrive in life it is important to have the right spiritual atmosphere so that you can have the proper climate in which to live your life. The spiritual does affect the natural.  Atmosphere does not just happen. You must prepare for what you want. It is called climate control. Each week before our services we set the temperature for what we want well before the service so that the air is “conditioned” for how we want it. We make sure the building is clean and smelling good. We want people to know they are welcomed.

 We have prepared an order of service for where we want the day to go. We have planned and rehearsed the music so that it sounds good.

We have spent time in the presence of God in prayer, study and meditation making sure our heart and attitude are right because we want God to know He is welcomed. We prepare the conditions of both our hearts and the building- Things don’t just happen they must be prepared for. 

Your amount of preparation always signifies your intention. Before the presence of God came into the Temple that Solomon built, a lot of work and attention to detail went into building it. It was beautiful; not only that but the people, the Levites and the priests came ready to worship and as they did, the presence of God left the temporary place of the traveling tent of meeting into the permanent place of the Temple. His presence was so strong that they couldn’t even stand to worship.  God honored them because they had honored God.  Preparation means you have decided beforehand what you want. The Bible says that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. I know, like me that you desire to see, know and welcome the presence of God. My prayer is that this Christmas season it will not only “Feel like Christmas” but that we would know the presence of God in all of His fullness.

 I love the atmosphere of Christmas. It is a time of peace, joy and a reminder that God is Emanuel, God with us. On behalf of the staff here at HCC, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christ-mass and a Happy New Year. May God bless you and yours in this joyous season.--- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

November 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

 I love music;  Worship music, certain types of Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, even Classical; though I have to admit I am not a fan of most jazz. One of the areas I love to listen to are the duets and harmonies. There is nothing like the blending of two or more voices working as one. Harmony only works if people stay on pitch.  Having grown up in church I have observed my share of music that has brought heaven to earth and moved the hearts of the listeners. I have also endured those who have a heart that is right before God but they sounded like a trio of cats with their tails stuck under a rocking chair on a Cracker Barrel porch. There is something amazing, gifted and special about those who can stay on pitch.

 Today I want to talk about a different kind of pitch. Matthew 24:37 - But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. This portion is rich with meaning. Just like in Noah’s day, the world during the last days will be a place where the hearts of people grow more and more evil. The Bible tells us that the world was corrupt in God’s sight and full of violence in Noah’s day. That sounds a lot like our day.  Matthew also tells us that in the days before Jesus returns people will be going about their lives as if nothing is going to change. They will be getting married, eating drinking, going to work and planning for tomorrow not even realizing that a world altering event is about to take place.

 While the people around Noah were going on with their lives unaware of God’s impending judgment, Noah was quite busy preparing an ark so that he would ride out the storm in safety and peace. In our day we are in the middle of a storm and in the middle of spiritual warfare. Just like in Noah’s day, we can live through this time in the peace and safety of God.  We are not unaware of what God is doing and we are not unaware of the devil’s schemes. It is important that, like Noah, we prepare our lives and not be like those who just continue as if nothing is happening.

 There is one thing that God instructed Noah to do once the ark was built. Genesis 6:14 - Make yourself an ark of gopherwood (Cypress); make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.

 Pitch was a strong sealant to keep the waters out of the ark and to keep the wood of the ark from rotting and absorbing the water.  Just like the ark we need to make sure the chaos of the world doesn’t get into our life and we need to make sure we do not absorb the evil, troubled waters and attitudes of the world into our life.   Genesis 7:16 - So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

 Noah did all that God commanded Him to do and by doing so he POSITIONED himself to be shut in by the Lord. Pitching the ark inside and out would have been a time consuming and even messy job. This would have created definite smell that would have mixed with the cypress for the duration of the voyage. IF Noah had only partially obeyed and only put the pitch on the inside or just the outside Noah and his family would not have been safe.

 Just as the ark is a vessel we are called by God as earthen vessels. We need to be pitched inside and out. The question is what is the pitch actually made of?

 First of all we need to be pitched inside by the power of God. 2 Cor. 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.  If we do not have power on the inside it makes no difference how protected we are outside. Without the indwelling power of the Holy Ghost we are like an army tank with armor but no motor to drive and no shells for the gun barrel. The other thing that “pitches” us inside is the Word of God. Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  In any storm you must have the internal things shored up and fortified so that you can live in peace.  For Noah the internal fortitude to know God and His ways were just as important to his success as was building the ark. How do you grow strong internally? By the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. This is what is meant by being built up in your faith.

 To be pitched on the outside is to be clothed in the Armor of God. Ephesians 6:13-14a - Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore. The combination of being pitched inside and out makes it possible to stand and withstand in the evil time in which we live in peace and safety.

I look forward to unfolding this truth with you this month. I believe it will encourage and strengthen you.

Know that you are loved – Pastor Marvin and Dawn

October 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

All of us have seen the athlete after a particularly good outing and scoring on a play raise their arm and point their finger in the air as a sign of honoring God.  This started years ago when some Christian athletes wanted to provide a positive witness for Christ while on the field of competition.  These men and women who deserve the credit for what they have just achieved wanted to make sure that their life and their achievements were being done for the glory of God. This is remarkable when you realize that most of these people are in their early teens and twenty’s. What an incredibly mature desire for those so young.

1 Corinthians 10:31 - Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Doing all for the Glory of God is a pretty amazing concept. Whatever we do is to be done for His glory. I want to ask you a question. Do you live your life for the Glory of God?  Most of us would answer yes. We desire to give God glory in all we do, but do we understand what that means?  The Glory of God in the Hebrew is the word Chabod. Chabod describes the brightness, majesty, purity, power, goodness and weightiness of the presence of God. Glory is not just the victory we bask in because we are children of God, it is the meaningful weight of the awareness of all of WHO God is in all His majesty, goodness and power.

Chabod makes us aware that God is the Alpha and the Omega the Beginning and the End. He is the A to Z and everything in between.


In everything we do we are to bring Glory to God. There is nothing more basic than eating and drinking. There is nothing more mundane or a more normal day to day activity than eating and drinking. We are told in all that we do to do it all for the Glory of God. That means that all of our life is to be lived in two ways:

A)  As if it is in the presence of God we are living life with God and in     

      front of God because He is there

B)  And all that we do is to reveal the presence of God.

Colossians 3:17 says whatever we do in word or deed is to be done in the Name of the Lord. This means we are to act as if how we live is as if Jesus Himself was speaking and doing through us.

That is a powerful thing. That is a great responsibility. We think of bringing glory to God by wining people to Jesus or praying for the sick or having victory over some great temptation or trial in our life. We think of bringing glory to God and doing things in His name in the major events of our life and having a so called “great testimony story”.

It is in the everyday ordinary things that we have the opportunity to bring the awareness of the weightiness, power and majesty of God to people.

We are to make the invisible God visible to the World.

We are to mirror and mimic what He is like to the world. We can glorify God by doing our work in such a way that we make the invisible God visible by what we do and how we do it.  Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun; just as a mirror reveals an identical image, so we are to reflect and reveal the glory of God.

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


God is glorified by our words and deeds in our difficulties, trials and even in our unexplainable times of life. Our hardships and difficulties become an opportunity for God to receive glory.

How we respond in sickness or struggle makes all the difference in the people who are watching our lives.

Job is talked about today. No one can imagine the suffering he went through. He lost everything, his children died; his health was so bad that he wanted to die. That really is a fate worse than death because death would bring relief.

Job 1:22 - In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

In all of this Job never fell short of the glory of God. Think about that for a minute. There are times that the world needs to see extraordinary examples of those faithful to serve God  even when their own life is not perfect. Smith Wigglesworth, who saw multitudes healed and at least 20 raised from the dead, suffered from kidney stones, experienced the death of his wife and had a daughter who was deaf and she never received her hearing even though many deaf did hear through his ministry.

His response was the same as Job; though He slay me still I will trust Him.
In our year of faith and fruitfulness God is taking us to a deeper understanding of what it is to serve Him.  May we do all for the Glory of God.

You are loved—Pastor Marvin & Dawn

August 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

 Psalm 25:12-14 -  Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.  He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.

The Bible is a book of covenants. Understanding the Bible and all we have as Christians concerning God’s love, forgiveness and promises requires us to have an understanding of covenant agreements.

Covenant is so crucial in Christianity that it affects everybody and everything we hold true about our faith and future. You would have never been saved without covenant. Similarly, you have no claims to blessings without covenant. You would still be dead in your sin, and bound by Satan had it not been for covenant. 


The notion of a covenant is unfamiliar today. As a matter of fact, when you bring up the word covenant most people do not realize that their Bible is actually divided into two Covenants.  The word “Testament” is another word used for Covenant. The Bible is divided into the Old and New Covenant; actually so is all of history. This is why we have B.C. and A.D.  All of world history spiritually is literally divided between life before Christ and life after Christ made a New Covenant Possible with God through His death and resurrection.  A Covenant – is an agreement or a pledge between two or more parties, like a contract. It is a formal and legal agreement that effectively binds or joins people together.  It contains the terms or duties that each party must perform to fulfill the agreement. A covenant can never be forced or coerced, it is entered into voluntarily. It is a mutual relationship.


Covenant is a special spiritual agreement in a class of itself with physical and spiritual implications. This means that keeping it will bring incredible blessing and breaking it will bring deep consequences. 

 Covenant is God’s natural initiative and response to human wellbeing, needs, problems, and predicaments. It is based solely on God’s love but according to His grace and wisdom, and includes His mercies, compassion, favor, blessings and justice.

 The ultimate example of covenant relationship is that of Christian marriage. Ephesians 5:30-32 - For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.  “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 Make no mistake, Christian marriage is never a CONTRACT, it is more than that. It is a covenant. Obviously many now enter into marriage as a contract because they want so-called security upon divorce so that they can share properties.

– As a Covenant, true Christian marriage is founded on a solid foundation of a lifetime commitment to begin with. And that’s why God categorically states, “I hate divorce”. Divorce means that somebody lied and could not be trusted. Covenant is made now and is not only a promise to do something now but to keep doing it in the future. It is not kept based on emotion, but on our word and our commitment. There is a reason that both the Old and New Covenant are known as the Word of God.

Luke 21:33- Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

 Something powerful happens in the lives of believers who know their covenant. They stop wishing and start hoping, they come to God boldly, and they walk by faith trusting God because they know that they are loved. They stop living powerlessly enslaved to sinful habits but are free from the vices that squeeze the life out of others. They know that they are loved and they know who they are because it is all clearly spelled out.

 The New Covenant is the source of unshakable faith. It is through the covenant that we know God will fulfill His promises.  So if we are unaware of our covenant we have no real understanding that enables us to walk in faith and by faith. As Christians we are able to walk by faith because we have a Savior who became the mediator of a better covenant between us and God.

 I look forward to what God is doing in all of our lives. We are in a special season here at HCC. Let’s continue to press forward as we receive all that God has for us.

You are Loved- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

July 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

 James 4:8a - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

John 15:4a - Abide in Me, and I in you.

 As a pastor, I have grown concerned over the casualness with how we treat God. I am not talking about dressing down when we come to church. I am speaking of the same casualness that treats most relationships as disposable, take it or leave it. It is the way many people are now treating their spouses. The way we look at our phones and social media when we are actually sitting at a table or the same room with people that are actually there. By casual I mean we treat nothing as truly special. We walk through nice carpet without taking our shoes off, and walk over people or talk over people that really just want a little bit of face time and attention.

Intimacy is what we call the experience of really knowing and being known by another person.

At Harvest our Mission statement is “To know God and Make Him Known”.  It is vital that we truly know God before we can introduce Him to others.  There is a huge difference when I am introducing my children or my wife to people or a good friend than when I am trying to introduce someone I just met, barley know or just learned their name.


When we hear the word intimacy in our sin saturated culture all we think of is romance or sex. This is the shallow end of the pool and in truth has very little to do with true intimacy unless it involves a husband and wife. Intimacy is: closeness, it involves really knowing someone, familiarity, kindness, openness, transparency, attachment, warmth, togetherness, tenderness, respect and real communication, with or without words.

We frequently use spatial language when describing this experience. An intimate friend is someone we feel very close to; they know us at a deep level. If something happens that damages the intimacy with our friend, they feel distant from us. Or a person who doesn’t know us intimately knows us at a superficial level.  True intimacy is not spatial but relational. We all know what it’s like to be sitting right next to a person with whom we feel distant and we can feel close to a person who is four thousand miles away.


When God invites us to draw near to Him it has nothing to do with actual distance and everything to do with relationship. Psalm 73:28 - But it is good for me to draw near to God. We have been asking ourselves many questions over the past few months. I want to ask you another one.  Would you consider yourself to be intimate with God? A few weeks back I felt the Lord whisper in my spirit one word INTIMACY. God said, "Marvin, I want to be close to you and I want to be close to my people. Many are coming to Me, they are going to church, some are praying but they are rushing out of my presence. Tell them I long for intimacy. I know them, what I desire is for them to know Me. I want to answer their prayers but I want to spend time with them".  Hebrews 11:5 (Amp) - By faith [that pleased God] Enoch was caught up and taken to heaven so that he would not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found because God had taken him; for even before he was taken [to heaven], he received the testimony [still on record] that he had walked with God and pleased Him.

All true faith is born out of intimacy with Christ. It is impossible to have faith that pleases God without intimacy with Him. Intimacy is a closeness that comes with a yearning for Him, a desire to walk and talk with Him. According to scripture it was Enoch’s intimacy that pleased God. Enoch is never mentioned doing one miracle; He never built an ark like His grandson Noah, who also had a testimony of walking with God.

When someone walks with you and is intimately involved, together you begin to think the same, you have a heart and a passion for the same things. You each maintain your individuality, but you also become like each other. Intimacy will make you like minded and like hearted. This is why we have the mind of Christ. To have someone’s mind is to know what they know and to know what they think.

Intimacy leads to fruitfulness John 15:5 - “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If we abide in Him we will bear fruit because without Him we are not capable of truly being fruitful by ourselves. Without God you can be creative and you can even be successful in the eyes of the world.  But without a close walk with God there is no true fruitfulness.

I believe God is calling all of us to a deeper more meaningful, personal walk with Him. Let’s do that individually and as a church. Remember you are loved. Pastor Marvin & Dawn

June 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

The word RESET means – to set again, or to begin anew.  Think of all the things that come with a reset button.  Our phones come with the ability to return them to factory settings. - Our homes have electrical breakers that allow us to reestablish the flow of current when they have been tripped. – God has designed our bodies so that when we break a bone they are able to be reset and heal and become strong again.  God gave our children a reset button that helps the parents adjust an attitude problem; it is located on the Gluteus Maximus and is activated when the hand of reason is firmly applied to the seat of knowledge.

A reset is needed when things are not functioning they way they were designed or intended to function.  A reset is a lot like a “do over”.  It allows us to get back on track and to begin again in a new and fresh way.

Salvation is God’s ultimate reset button.

2 Corinthians 5:17- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Without Christ we were lost, sinful, dirty and completely on the wrong road of life.  Without Christ we were dead in our sins and we were enemies of God.  Salvation set’s us free from the curse of sin and death. Salvation resets our relationship with God the Father.  Once we could not call ourselves clean, but through the blood of Jesus Christ we are not only clean but righteous. You, as a Christian, are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  2 Corinthians 5:21 - For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 

Sometimes we need to hit the reset button by un-cluttering our lives. Most people live cluttered lives.  Their daily schedule is as full as the closets in their house; filled with all kind of things but very little of it used.  When Jesus called the disciples He told them that they were to travel light.  Luke 9:1-3 (NLT) - One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.  Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.  “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes.  Jesus was reminding them of the power and necessity of a simple life. Many of us look forward to a time of spring cleaning in our homes.  It freshens things up. Sometimes our homes don’t need a spring cleaning, they need a time of de-cluttering.  A few months ago as we were praying God started telling many of us that He wanted to do a new thing in our church.  He showed us that in order to do that we needed to simplify our ministries and our schedules and we needed to physically de-clutter our church facilities. We went on a massive cleaning binge and literally hauled away over a ton (that is over 2,000 lbs!) of unused things that we had been storing for years.  We needed to unpack the worthless unused things that were cluttering our space and slowing us down.

What emotional baggage are you caring that is hindering you from walking in God’s fullness for your life?

What unrealistic expectations are you holding onto that Christ never put on you that cause you to be emotionally bogged down?

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) - Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

~ Someone said that– Expectations are premeditated resentment.

Many people are trying to run their race weighed down by anger and resentment that was brought on by unmet expectations that you decided, if they were not met, you were going to be unsatisfied. Listen, it is time to un-clutter. Un- Cluttering means simplifying.  There are many of us that have no room in our schedules for God to do anything.

In order to reset, we need to make sure to honor the Sabbath.  There is a lot to teach about the Sabbath but for the idea of resetting we need to grasp hold of our need for another R-word - REST.  A Sabbath day was to be set apart not only for worship but for rest.  Holy means to be set apart.  Jesus said honor the Sabbath Day and keep it HOLY.  Rest is a Holy thing.  For some of us this is a word of God for you.  It is time to hit the reset button on your rest schedule.

This summer we are allowing God to “RESET” areas of our lives and our church.  Take some time to rest and be renewed.

You are loved, Pastor Marvin & Dawn

May 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

Habakkuk 3:2 (CSB) - Lord, I have heard the report about You; Lord, I stand in awe of Your deeds. Revive Your work in these years; make it known in these years. (NIV) - Lord, I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known;

There are Christians that love God, stand in awe of God and truly desire to see the Lord move in our churches and in our communities. We have read and heard about what God has done in days past and we are at the place where we know we need to see Him do it again.

It seems that God’s people go through seasons of revival, backsliding, repentance and renewal.  It is a fourfold process that repeats itself over and over. It sure did with the nation of Israel and it still does today. The prophet Habakkuk was crying out in his time just like many of us are crying out today “God revive Your work in our day and in our time”.  I believe God is hearing that cry and has begun to answer.  The question is do we really understand what it is that we are asking for?

Renewal and Revival starts when have a desire for life and a desire to live. To renew means that something that has grown old and needs to become new again.  There are many people who have a relationship with God but it has grown old. There are churches that were born in the fires of revival that need a fresh touch.  The very fact that there is a local church means that years ago some people who love God saw enough people come to Christ and that were so hungry to know the Word of God that they got together and formed a local church. They didn’t form a country club; they didn’t form a school or another place to just meet. They built a church because they had a need to meet with God together and to be discipled and make disciples. As churches we must all go through times where we renew our commitment, desire and dedication to see the work of God accomplished in our lives and in our cities.

The word for revive is Chayah- it means to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, nourish and preserve life to be quickened, be alive and be restored to health. A church or a person that is set on fire by heaven is said to be alive with the Word, work, Spirit and power of God.

Revival means to live the abundant life in every aspect that Jesus came to give us.

When Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead that moment of healing and that moment of rising were spectacular but they didn’t just keep living in that moment they took that moment and turned it into a life. God gave me a word about how we view renewal and revival in our day. He said to me “Revival may start with a shock, much like a person who dies on a hospital table and is brought back to life with the paddles of a defibrillator, but once that person is revived they are to get up and live in the power that brought that life.” When Lazarus rose from the dead he didn’t keep going back to the grave and rolling the stone in place and say “Jesus raise me again”. He went on with his life everyday serving Jesus.  He let everyone see that he was a living miracle, walking in the power of God.

Many Christians think that revival means having one shocking spiritual experience after the other hoping to “feel” the fire and know the surge again.  It was that surge that gave you life so that if you never feel that shock again you will continue to live.  If you are having to constantly be shocked with the paddles there is something wrong with your physical heart and the same holds true for our spiritual condition. You have been made alive in Christ Jesus, now live. You already have been given power and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit now live in Him.

When I first went to ministry school in Phoenix, Tommy Barnett said something I will never forget. Their church was growing; people were being saved and healed and delivered. He said, "we are not having a revival, we are living in revival.  We are alive as a church. God took a church of 200 mean and ornery people, who decided they had enough of themselves and wanted more of God.  We are living the book of Acts every day.  Every meeting God meets with us; sometimes are thrilling and others are normal but each week we are seeing the results of the Holy Spirit in our own lives and in those we minister to ----- that is revival." Why settle for a few spectacular nights when you can live it every day?

For many years we have been praying as a church for a fresh work of God in our church and in our community. God is answering our prayers.  We need to continue to press in, seek God’s face and desire to truly see God move. I believe that revival is much like a car, once you have it up to speed the easier it is to stay there, but the more deliberate you must be to maintain your course and direction. Looking forward to what God is going to do this summer. Thank you for your faithful prayer and heart for the Lord. You are Loved, Pastor Marvin & Dawn

April 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

 Easter is a time of celebration. It is interesting to me how many people honor the Resurrection like it was a funeral.  Let me tell you something, Jesus put the fun in funeral because He overcame death, He overcame sin, and He overcame Hell.  He did die on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins but three days later He rose from the dead.

Jesus died and He lived to tell about it!  That is why we are able to rejoice.


Jesus has many names: Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, Healer, Comforter, Provider, Salvation, Deliverer, Way Maker. God is the Alpha the Omega, Creator. Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.

In all my years as a Christian and in all my years of listening to sermons, I have never once heard a message on the name Wonderful. Wonderful is not just a description of what He is and what He does - His name is Wonderful.

 Wonderful means – Inspiring, delightful, magnificent, superb, awesome, astonishing (it takes your breath away because what you are seeing is so worth admiring.) Wonderful is extremely good. Wonderful is something transcendent and beyond the common; something that is miles beyond the ordinary. It means something altogether unlike anything else.


When you look at the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls or El Capitan in Yellowstone National park you know you are seeing something wonderful.   When you read about how David killed Goliath, when Peter walked on water or Moses parted the Red Sea so Israel could cross over; you are learning about something simply magnificent. There are moments in the life of every Christian's walk when you press in and get to know Him that you realize how extraordinary our God is.


This Resurrection Sunday I pray that all of us have the life changing revelation of the love of God. The love of God is so accepting, so selfless, so complete so all encompassing that it transforms all who are the object of His affection.   The love of a spouse or the love of a child will fill you with joy but it can never make you whole, it can never make you complete.  The love of God makes us perfect, healed, and whole. Paul prayed for the saints to realize the enormity of God’s love for them.  Ephesians 3:17-19 -  that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.


If you want to see the wonder of God sit by the side of a lake and listen to the gentle lapping of water on the shore or stand by the ocean and hear the roar of the waves. Stand in a field of wheat and feel the breeze as the wind cools you down in the evening or you can observe the amazing power of a tornado.  He is wonderful.  Romans 1:20 (AMP) - For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense.


If you want to know how wonderful God is just look at His creation.  All of us have stood at the ocean’s edge or up at a mountain top in awe or the beauty of the Lord


Because He is Wonderful You are Wonderful. The truth is that you can look at some people and they do indeed make you wonder. Understand you are not a mistake. You were never an accident. Oh you may have been unplanned by your parents but you were designed by God.

Psalm 139:13-14- For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Somebody needs to hear this today. You are purposefully and wonderfully made.  You are God’s creation. You are unique. You are not a unique freak. You are beautiful in the sight of God. He formed you, made you, created you and you are marvelous.   David said and that my soul knows very well.  You are marvelously you.  Do you know how marvelous and how wonderful you are?  I believe one of the ways that God’s resurrection power works in our lives is to cause us to realize that we are wonderfully made.  That is not pride, it is simply a recognition that you are God’s handy work. You are a wonder as certainly as any of God’s other creations.  God made you so that when others see you they know that there is a God.  Think about that.

He is Wonderful!

May the Lord bless you and your family this Resurrection season,

Pastor Marvin & Dawn---- Christ the Lord is Risen!

March 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

In our year of Faith and Fruitfulness I am looking forward to sharing with you this month a sermon series entitled “Seed Secrets”.

Living the fruitful life that we have been promised and that God expects comes as we understand the one underlying principle that God has established; Seedtime and Harvest.   Once you grasp this vital but simple principle you will begin to see your life change for the glory of God.  A real harvest must be purposefully planted and carefully cultivated.  The only things that grow by accident are weeds and wild things that produce fruit but not enough to actually sustain you for long periods of time.  Genesis 8:22- “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

 The Law of Sowing and Reaping is found throughout the scriptures.  Understanding sowing and reaping and seedtime and harvest help us to understand God and His ways.

Galatians 6:7-9- Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

The laws that apply to actual farming and crop production are the same principles we can apply to every area of our lives. It is that simple. God has given us Spiritual laws that function like His natural laws, like the law of Gravity. They are beneficial and productive if we apply them to our life. They will affect our salvation, our marriage, our finances, our relationships, everything.

The good news is that there is no area of our life that has to be left to chance. The outcome is determined by our input. The correct seed produces good things, the quality is never in question if we do things God’s way.

 Throughout the Bible things are likened to the development of a seed. The word of God is designated as a seed-

Luke 8:11- “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

The Word of God is the seed that we need. In 2 Peter we are told that God has given us all things that pertain to life and to Godliness.  The Word of God contains everything that we need to live the abundant Spiritual and natural life He has for us.  While God has given us everything we need, we must remember that it does not come full grown it comes in seed form. God gives us His word, our job is to apply it to our life and then leave the amount of the harvest to Him.

Our faith is likened to a seed.  Matthew 17: 20 (Amp) - He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Remember a little faith is the source of great things. People are always concerned about applying the Word of God to their life until they know all there is to know.   The Word you know is the seed that you sow. A little word goes along way. If you sow nohing you have nothing. Apply what you know and continue to sow as your understanding grows.

 One of Satan’s primary ways of ruining our harvest is to deceive us about seedtime and harvest and about sowing and reaping.

When the Bible speaks about sowing and reaping it says “Do not be deceived”.  Satan tries tells us that we can do whatever we want and it really will not make a difference. This goes against the entire idea of seed. You cannot plant an apple tree hoping to get a tomato.  You cannot go against God’s ways and expect good fruit. The Bible reminds us that good trees bring forth good fruit and bad trees bring forth bad fruit.  Satan mocks and scoffs at God’s ways all the time but that does not mean that God can be mocked. He always gets the last laugh when things function as He created them to work. The world scoffs and mocks at absolutes but seed always produces what it is.  Remember- the Word is truth.

~ Somebody once said – “as you sow so shall you reap unless of course you are an amateur gardener”.

If the average farmer knew no more about the principles of farming than the average Christian does about producing a Spiritual harvest, he would never make it through the winter.

Our goal this year is to grow in our fruitfulness in every area of life; the principles of seedtime and harvest make that possible.

I look forward to what God is going to produce in our lives as we apply His Word (Seed) to our lives.

You are loved – Pastor Marvin & Dawn

February 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

 Praise God for His faithfulness and goodness to HCC.  I also praise God for each of you. You are faithful in prayer, faithful in giving and desire to see God pour out His Spirit in our church and His life through our church.  It is encouraging seeing how many of us at the beginning of each year understand and embrace the value of prayer and fasting. Along with you, I know God has heard our cry and will answer throughout the year. Get ready for a fruitful year, both personally and in the life of our church.

 In this year of Faith and Fruitfulness, I am reminded of at least two stories in the Gospels that speak of Jesus coming to a fig tree and finding it full of leaves but no fruit. One tree He cursed and it withered and died by the next day.  In another parable the master found a tree in his orchard in the same condition and instructed his manager to cut it down and throw it into the fire. The manager said, "let me give special care to the tree, water it, fertilize it and see if it will produce fruit". The implication was that, in time, with that special attention the tree did indeed produce fruit.

 A walk of faith will always produce a fruitful life. Sometimes we go through seasons of barrenness and must give special attention to our spiritual condition so that we become fruitful again or so that we are able to produce much fruit instead of just a little.  We need a season of watering, feeding and pruning, and after we have done those things we can expect to see a stunning harvest.  I believe that as a church we are entering a season where we can expect a stunning harvest in many ways; spiritually, financially, in souls and in personal growth.

 When I was growing up we had two berry bushes at the end of our sidewalk in the back yard, one on each side of the walkway. I am not sure exactly what type of berry they were but we sure did enjoy picking bowlfuls and eating them all summer long. One year we noticed that the trees were not producing many at all. At first we thought the birds were beating us to the harvest. We decided that we would help them along by giving them some TLC.  We trimmed the trees we watered almost every day and we put down some fertilizer. Anytime we saw birds in the tree we would chase them away. Within two months the transformation was amazing. Years later after I had left home those berry trees finally showed their age and my father had to cut them down. I remember how excited we were each year when we saw the fruit.  I feel the same way when I see the Fruit of the Spirit in my own life and when I see God’s people reaping a harvest of good things because of their diligence to walk by faith and not by sight. There is nothing more thrilling than to watch my natural children and my spiritual children producing much fruit as they live for the Kingdom of God.

 At the heart of a life of faith is a life lived in love. At the heart of all fruit that is produced is love. The Bible says now abides faith, hope and love but the GREATEST of these is love. Faith works by love. It is energized by love. Faith is put into motion by love.

God wants us to walk in love because love never fails. Faith walks in love because it believes that Love will never fail: Because God is Love and God never fails. The primary evidence of faith in our life is not the working of miracles not the presence of the Gifts of the Spirit – the proof of true faith is love. Remember love is the anchor component of the Fruit of the Spirit. Without love all of our acts of faith are just a bunch of noise. That which is perfect is love. Trying to walk by faith without love is proof of childish understanding concerning spiritual things. Those who are mature in the faith have a grown up understanding of Love. It is being rooted and grounded in love that enables us to live a life of faith. The heart of our year of Faith and Fruitfulness will be a true and pure love for God and people. The walk of faith can only be attained as we walk in Love. I just realized that I was emphasizing love in the month of February or Valentine month. I had not done that intentionally but I believe it was by God’s design.  Now go walk by faith.

Pastor Marvin & Dawnin

January 2018

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

The start of every New Year feels different for each person. Some see this as a time for a fresh start and a new beginning. Others see a New Year as simply a continuation of life and the only thing that really changes is the page on a calendar. However you approach a New Year one thing is certain, there are 365 days filled with opportunity and possibility.  We are reminded in scripture to make the most of every opportunity redeeming the time because the days are evil. 

 One of the ways we make the most of the beginning of the year here at HCC is to make January a month of prayer. By redeeming the first month we are preparing the spiritual soil of the whole year for an abundant harvest of good things. In the foyer you will find two resources that will assist you as you pray and fast as God leads fast.  The first resource is a prayer guide. This guide will equip you with the tools for extended times in prayer and how to pray for the needs, direction and vision of HCC.   The second resource is a 21 day devotional that you can use in unison with your fast or simply as an addition to your prayer time.   I want to encourage you to make use of both of these. They will bring unity to our corporate prayer and keep us all moving in the same direction as a church.

 This year our theme is “Faith and Fruitfulness”. In many ways God started our journey for 2018 in 2017.   God has called us to be a people who walk by faith and not by sight. He has also commanded us to go and bear much fruit.

Walking by Faith- is a man or woman who is totally at God’s disposal; whatever God promises, they believe; whatever God commands, they obey; whenever God calls, they go. People of faith are not moved by what they see and don’t see, they are moved by what God says.

 Faith and Fruitfulness go hand in hand. If we are walking in step with God, living with our highest priority to please Him then by default we will live a fruitful life.

 John 15:16 (Amp) - You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.

 God has appointed us to bear lasting fruit with our lives, not fruit that springs up and then fades away but fruit that will last. This verse is God reminding us that there is a commanded blessing on those that walk with Him. We are appointed and anointed for fruitfulness.
A Fruit tree doesn’t try to produce fruit, it just does because that is its nature to do so.

If we walk in faith and obedience to God’s Word we have an appointment with fruitfulness.

 Notice that part of lasting fruit is the answer to the prayers that we pray. This verse says that WHATEVER you ask in the Fathers name He may give you. Hear me… lasting fruit is the result of a praying people. Walking by faith and not by sight simply means walking with God and talking with Him. There is no fruit without a life of prayer.

 I believe that 2018 will be the most fruitful year for each of us personally and for us as a local church.  I want to thank you in advance for being more than an attendee of the services but for being an active and vital part of the HCC family.

I look forward with great anticipation to what God will do in us and through us in the coming months.

 Happy New Year—Pastor Marvin & Dawn

December 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

I like snow globes, the good ones. Not the cheap plastic ones with the blue bottoms we had while we were growing up. The good ones are done well and kind of transport you and invite you into their setting. I love the small towns with people enjoying the season caroling; the old barns decorated for Christmas, the settings of the downtown in cities all done up for the season are breath taking.  In order for the snow globe to be at its best it needs to be shaken.

The same holds true for many foods, Salad dressing, sauces many things need shaken or at least stirred. Many of the things that we use every day, lotions, cleaners, paints and medicine, all require shaking in order for them to be activated and to be at their maximum effectiveness.

Without agitation all you have are a bunch of ingredients that are separated and, on their own, do not accomplish their combined purpose.


We all like comfort, rest and being settled.  Whenever God wants to do a work that has impact in the world or in our lives or through our lives He will shake things up.  If we are ever to be used by God or if we are ever going to accomplish something of significance we are going to have to endure some shaking.


It is important to understand that what we celebrate at Christmas was possible because God was willing to shake up the lives of some special people.

The lives of Mary and Joseph were changed forever.  Mary is called "Blessed among women" and she most certainly was and is. Her blessing came with some shaking. She is the first and only virgin birth in the history of mankind.

God did not send the angel to Joseph immediately to share His plan. God wasn’t shy about allowing Joseph to feel the emotion and the pain of discovering that Mary was pregnant. Obviously they had talked and Mary had shared her amazing story of the angel with Him. Yet it was hard to believe. Remember Joseph had enough time to think about what was happening because he had come up with a plan to break off the engagement without humiliating Mary.  The Bible says that Joseph was a righteous man, God knew his character yet He still allowed Joseph to be shaken, but never to the breaking point.

Psalm 55:22- Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (AMP) Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).

Some have memorized this verse in the NIV where it says that God will never allow the righteous to be shaken. The correct translation is—never be moved. The imagery is of a house going through a big storm but never being moved off of its foundation. Joseph was shaken but he was never moved off his foundation and trust in God. God was doing something absolutely amazing in and through his and Mary’s lives. However, it was not comfortable, it was socially difficult to explain, there was the initial awkwardness and pain until God sent an angel to explain.
Often times when God intends for great things to happen He will allow us to be shaken but never to be moved.  Many times it takes a shaking to release true beauty.  A snow globe unshaken is nice but nothing special. It is only after shaking it that the thing comes to life.

I remember a teacher in one of my science classes taught us about chemical reactions. They brought out several mortars and pestles.  They got some spices, things like cinnamon, coriander and garlic, they would begin to mash them and as they did it released the flavor and the fragrance. They did the same thing with some flowers that were used in many perfumes. The teacher would invite some of the class to try it and they would instruct us how. What they said was profound, they said just bruise it, don’t crush it. If you crush it you will change the smell and the flavor negatively, God designed things delicately. Believe it or not it is in the shaking that we learn the gentleness of God.

Isaiah 42:3 a- A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench;

Listen, God did not ruin Joseph and Mary’s lives. As a matter of fact, in all the shaking, just the opposite happened. During the shaking process many things get bruised; our ego, our pride, our incorrect ways of thinking, our prejudices, even our way of seeing things.

It is this bruising and not crushing that helps us to be a fragrance of God to the world.  Someone needs to hear this today. You may be a little bruised and a little shaken but God will not break you and He will not put out your fire. He is bringing out the best in you.

I look forward to sharing the Christmas season with our church family. We have some special times of worship planned. On behalf of all the staff here at HCC, we wish you a very Merry CHRISTmas!

November 2017

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When I was growing up my Grandmother had what many would call a green thumb. Every year we would travel to New Jersey to visit. My Grandmother lived in two homes, one when I was in grade school and she moved to the other when I was in middle school. The one thing that both houses had in common were the gardens that she planted around the yard. All kinds of trees, shrubs and flowers were everywhere and it was beautiful. She also had a small vegetable garden.   For her it was a labor of love and it took a great deal of care to keep them weeded, watered, pruned and healthy.

The Bible talks about some remarkable people in the word of God. These were men and women that stood out from the crowd. They stood out from both worldly people and God’s people to the point that they caught the attention of God. One of them was Daniel. The Bible tells us that he was a man with an excellent spirit.

Daniel 5:11-12- There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.  Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.”

People who have a spirit of excellence are that way because they took the time to develop and cultivate it in their life. God calls us to be fruitful with our lives.  Those who have an excellent spirit are fruitful with their lives in every area. They are spiritually fruitful and they are fruitful relationally and professionally. It is important to remember that God never called us to be successful. He called us to be obedient, faithful and fruitful. Spiritually that is success and is a vastly different definition from the world.

John 15:16 (NIV) -  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Fruit will grow in the wild, untamed and untrimmed and uncared for. God has called us to bear much fruit and fruit that will remain and that will keep producing; in order for that to happen it must be cultivated. Things must be tended to; trees need watered, the ground needs tilled, the seed needs to be planted, branches need pruned, weeds pulled and pests kept away.




 In our culture we spend a great deal of time cultivating our image and our appearance. The truth is if we would spend our time cultivating our character all the other things would take care of themselves.   The kind of spirit you have will be the fruit of our attitude and determine our position and disposition in life. An excellent spirit will cause you to overcome and a weak spirit will cause you to surrender and implode.

When you look at the life of Daniel you find things that you would expect from a true man of God. One of the things that he cultivated was a life of purity. He refused to defile himself in anyway. At the very beginning of story he made this determination as a young man to keep himself pure and to follow God’s ways. This first step of cultivation allowed all the other attributes, both spiritual and natural, to flourish in his life.  A life with an excellent spirit will affect every area of our life. Daniel 5:12 (NLT) -  This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. If you really pay attention to the men and women that God uses they are consistently developing their abilities. People who have an excellent spirit develop themselves so that they are excellent at what they do. Proverbs 22:29- Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.  Notice the areas that Daniel excelled in- first his abilities, one version said he had a keen mind and understanding. He was knowledgeable of many things, he had divine knowledge, he had spiritual understanding, he could help people understand their dreams, he could clarify riddles or figure out things hard to get to the bottom of and he was a difficult problem solver.  All of these take learning, skill, a good attitude and persistence. People with a cultivated spirit make themselves valuable to others and to God.

One area that I know God is speaking to all of about is the area of Fruitfulness. He has not only called us to be fruitful, He promised us that we would be. This means that exciting things are in store for all of us.

Allow me put out a challenge and to encourage all here at HCC; let’s cultivate an excellent spirit in our life and in our church. As we do we will stand in absolute awe of the fruit we will produce for the kingdom of God.  Know that you are truly loved. Pastor Marvin and Dawn.

October 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

Well September certainly did turn out to be an exciting month. We survived Hurricane Irma and God was faithful to all of us and our families. We are all still getting back to normal.  I want to take a moment to just thank everyone for being so faithful. You all stepped up in many different ways. Thank you to everyone who helped with the shutters and clean up we truly work together as a great team. We missed three services here at Harvest because of the hurricane and the Sunday we came back you all gave so generously that financially we did not miss a beat. 

September was also a month of prayer for our church. Hurricanes have a way of focusing our prayers. It is through the prayers of God’s people that significant things happen in our lives and for the Kingdom of God. God has been moving here at HCC. It is good to set aside two months a year to seek the face of God and we are expecting the second half of this year to be better than the first. Will you join me in continuing to pray for our church and our ministries? As we do, He will respond. I love the verse that says, "eye has not seen nor has the ear heard".  As we pray, our eyes will see and our ears will hear the things that God has prepared for us.

I would also like to take a moment to thank all of you who helped make my trip to Denmark possible. It was truly a God ordained time. God met with us in beautiful ways in our services. Because of you many lives were able to be touched by the hand of God. We have prayed that God would use HCC to reach beyond our community and He is answering that prayer.


After the hurricane there is a saying "let’s get back to normal". The truth is that after every storm we are never quite the same. We have survived, we have learned, we have prepared and we are better for the experience. The truth is we now have a new normal because we will never be the same.  The same thought can be applied to when we have been healed. After every storm, after every battle, after every failure and after we have been wounded and God has touched and restored our lives we long to get back to normal. The truth is life will take on a new normal. We will act different, live different and speak different because we have been through something that changed us. We will have a new normal simply because God has touched us and we will never be the same again. I believe that God wants to heal some deep hurts that have never adequately been dealt with or resolved. Many people are carrying deep wounds and scars from their past that are affecting the quality or their life and relationships and the good news is those things do not have to have dominion over them anymore.  He wants to heal areas in your life and he wants to use you to minister healing into the lives of others.  The healing that comes from Jesus is not just limited to dynamic physical healing, it is healing for the complete person.


All People have experienced hurt in their lives, this includes Christians. Some pains have been healed completely and some of those hurts rise up to hurt us again when the conditions are just right. They are like Paul’s thorn in the flesh. They are not always a constant source of intense hurt but they can be a constant annoyance.

In the movie series, The Lord of The Rings, the character Frodo gets stabbed by a spiritual sword in a spiritual battle. The wound heals but every once in a while that wound flares up and both the physical and emotional pain are very real.

There are some things that we would like healing from and it is from them we learn to walk and live in God’s grace.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10- And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 All of us, at times, carry certain weaknesses, not sin, but tendencies or areas that the enemy attacks us in because they are still tender and vulnerable. I think we believe that at some point every great man or woman of God reaches a point where we are no longer vulnerable and we have become strong in every area. That is just not so. Paul pleaded for these things these thorns to be taken away and they never were. Sometimes these thorns are the answer to our healing.

This month I believe God wants to do a deep healing work at HCC. Remember God’s purpose is to make you stronger in His Grace.

Get ready for great things.

You are dearly Loved- Pastor Marvin and Dawn

September 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed
As I sit here in my office on this Monday morning it seems that everyone is buzzing about the eclipse that is going to happen today. By the time you read this it will be two weeks later and I suppose many will have already forgotten it even happened. Although an eclipse happens somewhere in the world in some form about every 18 months, this one has the attention of our country because it is one of the most prominent in recent history. No doubt this will be pretty cool to witness. As I have read the news and the deep ponderings on social media, there are two spiritual extremes in conversation. The first is that some people are expecting Jesus to come back very soon and that this eclipse is a sign. Others at the opposite extreme are passing off this event as no big deal and that “those” people are hyper spiritual and they believe that Jesus will come back some day but just not TODAY. If you are reading this then the reality is either Jesus did not come back yet or, if He did, you are in a panic and deep sadness and you broke into my computer looking for some hope. (So I forgive you).
A few months back the Lord spoke to my heart, He said to me, “Tell my people I AM coming soon.” I was strongly impressed that I was to preach on this and it was not already on my preaching schedule so I needed to make a change. I want to make it clear God is not asking us to jump on some dooms day band wagon because some people see things pointing to Christ’s return and they have read a few “new” books about the signs of the times. The truth is that Christians throughout the centuries have lived with an awareness of the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ. I remember that we used to sing songs written by the hymn writers. Remember the song “He’s coming soon, I Know He’s coming soon, Jesus is coming soon”? Today people are playing the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. Forget about that; how about “Some glad morning when this life is over I’ll fly away.”
Many people are fascinated by signs and dates. The Bible gives many signs that will indicate when the coming of Jesus is near. The Bible is also clear that no one knows the date and time except the Father. Matthew 24:36- “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. For a disciple of Jesus Christ the issue of the rapture is never one of when, but one of readiness. For the Christian the rapture is not a mystery but a certainty.
The day of the Lord is not an ominous day, but a day of hope. Date setters don’t want to be caught off guard, they want the ability to get ready. True Christians don’t need to get ready, they are ready. The issue of the rapture is one of mature relationship. The rapture is the wedding. A Bride takes time to be the bride. Love doesn’t wait until the last second to become committed because they are interested in other things. It doesn’t treat the rapture like an immature person who wakes up at the last possible second to get ready for work and then rushes in half dressed and half asleep. The unprepared see this as a dark day. For the Christian who walks in the light of relationship with God the rapture is not an unknown step it is the next step and they are ready for it. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11- Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. It has always been church doctrine that Jesus is coming back for His church. There have always been those around who do not believe that a pre-tribulation rapture is Biblical and that Jesus will only return at the end of time after the tribulation and judgment. There are those who scoff at the idea that Jesus is even coming back at all. Understand that this is a satanic assault against hope. The promise Jesus gave IS A PROMISE of hope for both the Christian and the non-Christian. The fact that Jesus is coming back gives great hope for the Christian of better things to come. The fact that Jesus has yet to return means that there is still hope for those who will come to Jesus. People have all kinds of ideas that they give as reasons for what seems to be Christ’s delay. Jesus is not delaying His promise--- He is extending the season of hope.
I am looking forward to sharing this message with you this month. I believe that it will fill you with hope and expectation and calm any amount of fear or anxiety that you may have. Let me ask you- are you ready? Are you looking up? I hope so because your redemption is drawing close. Remember, September is our second prayer emphasis for the year. Be sure to pick up a prayer packet and expect great things the rest of this year for HCC. You are dearly Loved Pastor Marvin and Dawn

August 2017

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The average tongue weighs only 2.46 ounces. I do not know who first decided to cut that bad boy out and slap it on a scale but there it is 2.46 ounces. It is remarkable how much weight such a muscle can carry relative to its size.
Words are powerful - with them we can develop a friendship or destroy a family. Words have the ability to build up or tear down in an instant. As Christians, we know the Bible tells us that the power of life and death are in the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 21:23- Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. (NLT) -Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.
In American culture we have become very carless when it comes to understanding the power and influence of our words. We have become increasingly vulgar when we used to understand that words were to be used with proper decorum and respect. The Parents Television Council has documented that the number of expletives on television has doubled in the last decade. One survey that has been tracking profanity in movies has found a 500 % increase in five decades. In 1939 the first swear word was used in Gone with the Wind. Currently, The Wolf of Wall Street holds the record at 798; this movie was three hours long, that is one profanity every 23 seconds.
In the book of Psalms, David prayed a prayer that should be the heart's cry of every Christian. Psalm 19:14- May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. The content of our speech is determined by the condition of our heart. If the movies we watch are a reflection of the heart of our country we need a heart transplant. The Bible says that it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. We average about thirty conversations a day and what we say says a great deal about us. Some of our greatest memories come from the positive things that people have said to us. Some of life’s greatest hurts and heartaches have come from the carless, foolish, harmful things people have spoken to or over us. Every one of us has words we wish we could take back. Someone said, “Words people say not only have a shelf life, but they have the ability to shape life”.
The words we speak are a spiritual indicator, showing how much of our soul we have surrendered to God. You would be surprised how many people bristle or argue with this fact. It is no mistake that on the day of Pentecost the first indicator that the Disciples were indeed baptized with the Holy Spirit was that they began to speak differently. This is still true today. If we have allowed our minds to be renewed by the Word of God, our conversation can’t help but reflect what we have learned. When our souls are not in submission to God and if we haven’t surrendered everything to Him, our tongues will be the first to sell us out. When we are hesitant to release our old habits and beliefs, our words will betray us. Our words reveal where we are spiritually in any area of our lives.
The words we speak have consequences and not all of them are immediate. Our words are so powerful, so consequential, so impactful that we will give an accounting of every word we say. Loose lips do indeed sink ships and we must make sure it is not our own. Matthew 12:36- I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. With that in mind the saying “Some people should use glue stick instead of Chapstick” becomes even more meaningful.
Christians, as they mature, should become good with words. In baseball the difference between a great pitcher and a poor pitcher is the delivery; WHAT we say is just as important as HOW we say it. As kids we used to say “say it don’t spray it”. Proverbs 18:20 (NLT) - Wise words satisfy like a good meal, the right words bring satisfaction. If you have ever been around a true disciple of Christ there is always something remarkable about the way they speak. It is thoughtful, insightful, life imparting and Spirit led. Isaiah 50:4-5- “The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning. He awakens my ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened my ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.
Christians that are living in step with the Holy Spirit will become “learned” and skilled in the way their speech brings life. What we say is a direct reflection of the thoughts, feelings and attitudes of our heart. To change what comes out of our mouths requires a change of what is in our heart. My prayer is that at HCC we will become experts at using our Words for the Glory of God.
You are dearly Loved, - Pastor Marvin & Dawn

July 2017

IHCC Monthly Harvest Seed
You learn a great deal about yourself and other people when the heat is on; pressure situations that demand that you maintain your composure and are at your best when what you are facing takes your breath away. What you do, how you respond and how you carry yourself when the heat is on are important. Heat can be an emergency situation that arises quickly and requires you to make a quality decision to save a life or prevent a tragedy. Heat may be a time when all eyes are on you and everyone is waiting for an answer. Heat can be a trial or an adversity that comes upon you and you have the choice to face it as a champion or curl up in a ball and just accept that fate has dealt you a cruel hand. Heat is three men on base, bottom of the ninth; two outs, two strikes, three balls and you are at bat in the seventh game of the World Series.
Heat is all about pressure. (I can’t get the Glenn Frey song, “The Heat is On” and both the Billy Joel and Freddy Mercury songs “Pressure” out of my head as I write this.)
One of the best “clutch” people of all time was Michael Jordan. Whenever the game was on the line in the last seconds of a game you always knew the ball was coming his way. There was no question and more times than not he made the shot. He didn’t make all of them but he was willing to step up and try and carry the team on his shoulders. It was a pleasure to be able to watch him play. Not everyone is a “clutch” person, but we can learn to be.
The Bible is full of those who “performed” well under pressure. The three Hebrew boys trusted God when the heat literally was on and they were thrown into the fiery furnace. David stepped up when he was face to face with a giant. Daniel refused to bend to the will of man even when he faced a night with lions. The Apostle Paul stood before governors, kings and dignitaries with his life on the line and, instead of defending himself, chose to present the gospel and defend the cause of Christ.
Heat happens when you take a stand for Christ and it is not popular. Heat happens when you or a family member faces a sickness or a tragedy. Heat happens when people lie about you or gossip because they are jealous of your success or promotion. Those who do well under pressure share some of the same valuable traits that help them to stay cool, calm and collected.
Those who do well when the heat is on deal with the truth about their situation. “Clutch” people understand the reality of what they are facing and they refuse to bury their head in the sand. David never denied that he faced a giant and the three Hebrew boys knew they were facing, what seemed to most people, certain death. The reason many people don’t do well under pressure is they are trying to redefine what they are dealing with. When you do this you have moved into the realm of delusional thinking. Champions embrace the truth about their situation and embrace the truth about our God. John 8:32- And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Those who excel under pressure demonstrate gravitas. Gravitas is uncompromising integrity, dignity, propriety and good taste demonstrated in quality behavior and speech. It is remaining calm and collected while everyone around you is losing their head. The Bible calls this meekness. Meekness is not weakness it is power under control. It is strength in subjection to the will and not the emotions. It is choosing to stand even when your legs are shaking. Meekness is the virtue of the victor not the defeated. Gravitas is humility that is confident and bold. Proverbs 24:10- If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small.
When the heat is on those who stand out are those who are able to keep their focus and refuse to become distracted. There are few pressure positions like stepping to the foul line in a basketball game. It is just you and the net. People who perform well under pressure are able to keep the main thing the main thing. For the foul line shooter, there are always people in the stands behind the basket waving, shouting and shaking things to distract them. Life can be like that and so can the enemy of our souls. Those who excel are able to stay focused on what matters in any given situation. Philippians 3:13-14- Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
These are just a few of the points that we will look at in the coming month. As God is raising us up to be Next Level Disciples one of the areas He is strengthening is our ability to serve, help, respond and give direction under pressure, when the heat is on.
May God abundantly bless you and your family- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

June 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed
I remember the night that I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. It was a summer evening in early July at youth camp in the hills of Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh. I don’t remember much about what the pastor said, I just know that he spoke on the power of the Holy Spirit and the glorious infilling that is the prerogative of every believer who will seek the face of God. I remember the majority of us attending going to the altar. I remember being prayed over as a group and then someone laid hands on my head and prayed that my life would never be the same from that moment on - it never was. Nothing happened at first, I don’t remember how long I stood there praising God but soon I noticed that I wasn’t speaking in English any more. I felt the warmth of God flood over me and tears began to flow. At some point I looked next to me and many of my friends were having the same experience. We must have been a sight. I was 13 years old crying out to God and He answered from heaven giving me exactly what He said He would if I would ask.
We met at camp that warm July evening for the express purpose of inviting the Holy Spirit to have his way in our lives. This was true for those first disciples. They had no idea what to expect as 120 of them gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. In many ways I imagine they were a lot like we were that night, minus the basketball hoop over the altar. The disciples were not the most educated of people, they were not wealthy and many of them were in their early twenties or teens. They had faith enough to obey Jesus' instruction to wait in prayer until they received power from on High.
Luke 24:49- Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:8- But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We need the power of God. The truth is that without the Holy Spirit's power we can do nothing that God has called us to do or live the way the Bible instructs us to live. When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit He called Him the Helper. Without the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives we are powerless. In Pentecostal churches we love to talk about speaking in tongues and the Gifts of the Spirit, yet none of this is possible without the Helper. Nothing in our life changes until we are willing to admit that we need help. Someone made the observation that we must first recognize our need for something more before God can release something amazing in and through our lives. Self-dependency is the enemy of the supernatural life. God’s desire for us is to live a supernatural life. The word supernatural means above and beyond what is naturally possible. God gives us power that is not within us normally. It describes what happens when we partner with God as we trust Him. There never comes a point in our life where we no longer need God’s help. As a matter of fact the longer we walk with God we realize how true this is and how dependant we really are on Him.
Most churches today celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, which is good and right. But we forget about the real importance of significant events like the day of Pentecost. This is when the church was born. This is when we were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is when it became possible for Christians to live, minister and walk in power that is not our own.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:19- The apostle Paul reminds us to “not quench the Holy Spirit”. Quench means to extinguish a fire. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit started a spiritual fire that is still burning in the hearts and lives of disciples all over the world today. On that hot summer day in July, the Holy Spirit lit a fire in my life and in the lives of many of my friends. How would we respond today is God suddenly showed up like a mighty rushing wind and lit a fire in our churches? Would we try to put it out or control it or would we welcome Him with open arms?
At HCC we are a decidedly and unapologetically Pentecostal church. We are not just a part of the Assemblies of God. We are a part of those believers that recognize we can’t do life or ministry without the power of the Holy Spirit and we don’t want to.
The cry of our hearts is "Holy Spirit have your way in us! We want everything that you have promised! Come fill us! Anoint Us! Work through us!" If that is our true hearts cry as a church, I have news for you; just like He did with the early church, He will do with us.
Many blessings this summer- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

May 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed
There is nothing like opening the widows and throwing open the doors on a nice cool breezy day. It feels good, drives out the stale air and just makes everything fresh. When Jesus rose from the dead that is exactly what happened in the Spirit around the world. He conquered sin and death, the devil and all of hell. Literally new life was breathed into all of creation and hope was reborn. Days later the wind of the Holy Spirit began to move upon God’s people and the church was born. The disciples were baptized in the Spirit and with fire.
When the windows of Heaven are open nothing seems impossible and fighting the enemy feels like going from victory to victory even when the battle seems intense. God desires for us to flourish.
Psalm 1:1-3- Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
There are seasons that we go through in our lives where it seems like nothing we do goes the way it should. Seasons when our prayers seem like they are hitting the ceiling and that they are not even being heard, let alone answered. There are times when it seems like even trying to do basic things in life and in the Spirit feel very similar to walking through knee deep mud on a rainy day. The Bible calls times like this "Brassy Heavens". When you read Psalms chapter one you realize that none of that is God’s plan for our life. His desire is that we live under an open Heaven, receiving an outpouring of God that will leave us knowing that we are blessed because we are flourishing spiritually and naturally.
I believe that at HCC we have stepped into a new season of an open Heaven. It is important to know that we are under the blessing of God. It is just as important to understand what keeps the Heavens open over us. It is also important to know what an open Heaven looks like as the Holy Spirit moves upon us.
Obedience opens the windows of Heaven and disobedience shuts them. God will never pour out blessing on the disobedient because they have proven that they cannot be trusted with the blessing. In Malachi there is a very familiar part of scripture that speaks of God opening the Heavens on His people. Malachi 3:10-11- Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts
Most people tend to get stuck on the whole tithe thing. The issue here is obedience. The truth is if we are obeying God in the area of our money we are most likely obeying Him in most other areas of our life. The opposite is also true; if we are disobedient in one area of our life chances are we are disobedient in others. 1 Timothy 6:10- For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. When we obey God in any area of our life we invite His blessings into that area. He invites us to try Him and see.
Another way we see the Heavens open is in prayer. Prayer is all about relationship. It is communication. If there is no communication there is not much of a relationship, just feelings and good intentions. Those who know the open Heaven of relationship with God spend time talking and listening to Him. God told the prophet Jeremiah that we would seek Him and find Him when we seek Him with all of our heart. Every relationship is sweeter and fresher when we are able to share our heart with one another. Those with an open heart walk in incredible blessing. We get to know the heart of God and know that when we pray He hears us, will answer us and give us favor in the answered prayer. What closes the lines of communication is when we close our heart and try to keep things hidden. Psalm 66:18- If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear. An open Heaven comes when we maintain an open heart before God.
Our desire this year is to be a church that is all heart. An all heart church and an all heart person will experience the beauty, ease and blessing that come with an open Heaven. I am looking forward to sharing this message with you this month. There is much more to discover.
May you and your family be blessed this Resurrection season, be sure to invite friends and family with you on Easter Sunday
Pastor Marvin & Dawn

April 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed
There is nothing like opening the widows and throwing open the doors on a nice cool breezy day. It feels good, drives out the stale air and just makes everything fresh. When Jesus rose from the dead that is exactly what happened in the Spirit around the world. He conquered sin and death, the devil and all of hell. Literally new life was breathed into all of creation and hope was reborn. Days later the wind of the Holy Spirit began to move upon God’s people and the church was born. The disciples were baptized in the Spirit and with fire.
When the windows of Heaven are open nothing seems impossible and fighting the enemy feels like going from victory to victory even when the battle seems intense. God desires for us to flourish.
Psalm 1:1-3- Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
There are seasons that we go through in our lives where it seems like nothing we do goes the way it should. Seasons when our prayers seem like they are hitting the ceiling and that they are not even being heard, let alone answered. There are times when it seems like even trying to do basic things in life and in the Spirit feel very similar to walking through knee deep mud on a rainy day. The Bible calls times like this "Brassy Heavens". When you read Psalms chapter one you realize that none of that is God’s plan for our life. His desire is that we live under an open Heaven, receiving an outpouring of God that will leave us knowing that we are blessed because we are flourishing spiritually and naturally.
I believe that at HCC we have stepped into a new season of an open Heaven. It is important to know that we are under the blessing of God. It is just as important to understand what keeps the Heavens open over us. It is also important to know what an open Heaven looks like as the Holy Spirit moves upon us.
Obedience opens the windows of Heaven and disobedience shuts them. God will never pour out blessing on the disobedient because they have proven that they cannot be trusted with the blessing. In Malachi there is a very familiar part of scripture that speaks of God opening the Heavens on His people. Malachi 3:10-11- Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts
Most people tend to get stuck on the whole tithe thing. The issue here is obedience. The truth is if we are obeying God in the area of our money we are most likely obeying Him in most other areas of our life. The opposite is also true; if we are disobedient in one area of our life chances are we are disobedient in others. 1 Timothy 6:10- For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. When we obey God in any area of our life we invite His blessings into that area. He invites us to try Him and see.
Another way we see the Heavens open is in prayer. Prayer is all about relationship. It is communication. If there is no communication there is not much of a relationship, just feelings and good intentions. Those who know the open Heaven of relationship with God spend time talking and listening to Him. God told the prophet Jeremiah that we would seek Him and find Him when we seek Him with all of our heart. Every relationship is sweeter and fresher when we are able to share our heart with one another. Those with an open heart walk in incredible blessing. We get to know the heart of God and know that when we pray He hears us, will answer us and give us favor in the answered prayer. What closes the lines of communication is when we close our heart and try to keep things hidden. Psalm 66:18- If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear. An open Heaven comes when we maintain an open heart before God.
Our desire this year is to be a church that is all heart. An all heart church and an all heart person will experience the beauty, ease and blessing that come with an open Heaven. I am looking forward to sharing this message with you this month. There is much more to discover.
May you and your family be blessed this Resurrection season, be sure to invite friends and family with you on Easter Sunday
Pastor Marvin & Dawn

March 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed
When I was first learning to cook I had to learn the basics. It doesn’t get any more basic than boiling water. This isn’t cooking 101 this is more like cooking for dummies. You learn that the water will boil faster if you put the lid on the pot and allow all the heat and energy to concentrate. The dynamic changes as soon as you add something to the water say…potatoes. If you leave the lid on tight the starch in the water will cause the pot to boil over. By raising the lid you allow the processes to actually settle down and become more effective.
In our walk with God and in our personal life it is important that we employ the principle of “Raising the Lid”. The lid is whatever prevents us from doing, having or being all that God has called us to be. Lifting the lid is taking every restraining influence off of our life that would keep us from going whole heartedly and all out for God.
Luke 1:37- “For with God nothing will be impossible.” If we leave the lid where it is in our life we will always be bumping against that ceiling and never be able to rise above it. However, raising the lid isn’t all up to us; the verse says, "WITH God". It isn’t something we can do all by ourselves, it is something we accomplish in cooperation with God. Before we go any further I want you to allow the Holy Spirit to help you answer this; what limitations have you placed on yourself or God in your life?
All of us face limitations and impossibilities in our life. Some are there by our own doing and some by our capacity to dream or think big or small as the case may be. Satan puts limitations in our life and frankly so does life itself. All of us bump into a ceiling at some point and in some area and realize that there are things that are impossible in our own strength. We can accept these limitations or we can push past them in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 18:27- But He (Jesus) said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”.
To raise the lid we must refuse to let what we are afraid of to limit us. If we want to raise the lid we must be willing to give God everything that is precious to us. This includes, but is not limited to, our families, our time, our money, our hurts and even our insecurities. Whatever we are unwilling to surrender to God will limit us. For many there is a limit on what we are willing to do in obedience and a limit to what we are willing to sacrifice. The possibilities in our life are unlimited when we choose to obey God in everything.
We lift the lid when we choose to continue to grow and learn. The lid can be the skills, temperament and abilities that we need to learn and grow in order to make us more effective in our jobs, families and ministries that God has placed in our care. We must refuse to allow our attitude to be a lid in our relationships. It is amazing what can happen when certain areas of our lives are adjusted.
To raise the lid we must refuse to allow the opinion of others to limit us. The Bible reminds us that the fear of man is a snare. Many people are trapped and limited because they are worried about what people will think. To move up and go beyond, we must silence the other voices that vie for our attention and focus on what God has to say about us and our situation. God’s strength will help us push past the noise and into His best for us.
To raise the lid we must increase the level of our faith. Limitations and impossibilities are in direct proportion to our trust in God. The apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith or Raise the Lid. His response was that you don’t need much to do that, just faith the size of a mustard seed would enable us to move mountains. Then He said in order for it to happen that you must actually speak to the mountain. We raise the lid when we begin to walk in our Authority as a Child of God. Many of the limitations we face are simply our lack of knowledge about who we are in Christ and about our lack of action that is within our authority.
As you have read this, the level of your expectation is probably rising. God has been lifting the lid in our church. Thank you for stepping up by faith to lead and do ministry. Thank you for lifting the lid on your giving. Thank you for lifting the lid on your praying. Thank you for stepping up to do work around the building without even being asked. It is raising the lid on our effectiveness. God is doing a great work here. We are better together.
May the Lord truly bless you and your family,
Pastor Marvin & Dawn

February 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed
1 Corinthians 13:8a- Love Never Fails
I was driving in the car the other day and as I was flipping through the radio I ran across a new song called “Love Triangle”. It has a nice little guitar grove that caught my attention and the lady singing had a unique sound to her voice. Within a minute I found myself tearing up. You see this song was about a little girl whose life had been affected by the divorce of her mom and dad and now she was stuck between her love for the both of them and their love for her. Here are the words to the chorus.
Some mommas and daddies
Are loving in a straight line
Take forever to heart
And take a long sweet ride
But some mommas and daddies
Let their heart strings tear and tangle
And some of us get stuck
In a love triangle
And some mommas and daddies
Ran outta love in ninety-four
And some mommas and daddies
Don’t even talk no more
And some mommas and daddies
Let their heart strings tear and tangle
And some of us get stuck in a love triangle
Ok take a moment to dry your eyes and remove the lump from your throat. Stories like this are all too common; we live them and know them well. Very few families in America are not impacted in some way by divorce. Some of us know the pain of divorce first hand and some of us were those children who felt the many emotions that go along with a broken home; Loving both parents and knowing the good and bad about both. The awkwardness of watching our parents develop a relationship with someone that is not our blood; Learning to live with new brothers or sisters that are a part of the package of a blended family.
The idea of marriage is from God it is a powerful symbol of so many things. When we were growing up it was explained that there were three people in every marriage that would make it work. We were shown the ultimate love triangle. At the Top was God the Father and at each corner on the base of the triangle are the husband on the left and the wife on the right. It was explained that as long as the Husband and Wife had a connected relationship with the father and they had a connected relationship with each other there would always be a stable family relationship.
What we also need to talk about is what must fill the inside of the triangle. In church we talk about enlarging our circle of love to include other people. The body of Christ must welcome and include as many people as possible. Inside the triangle of love is family and things that keep family together. An empty house is no home. An empty love triangle no matter how connected never knows the true joy of a full relationship. There are also things that never belong inside the triangle of love. If you invert a triangle it forms a shield. One of the jobs of the Church of Jesus Christ is to help preserve the sanctity of marriage and to equip people to be able to thrive in their marriage. It is the trinity of Honesty, Kindness and Safety that form the foundation of the integrity of love
Love based marriages endure and work through the toughest issues and challenging times without giving up. When marriages crumble, couples often claim that it was due to irreconcilable differences. Love is a reconciler. When love is the foundation all the other components of a marriage relationship stand securely. Resilient marriages are built on honesty, respect, commitment, forgiveness and endurance. Love stirs up these things so that they grow, mature and excel within us.
Ephesians 4:15- But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
It is important that we don’t lose the significance of something in that verse- Love helps us to grow up in all things and helps us to grow like Christ. God designed that most of our growing up take place within the context of love.
This month we are going to spend some time getting to the heart of our marriages and relationships. I look forward to growing together for the glory of God.
You are loved. Pastor Marvin & Dawn

January 2017

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed
Vision is important in the life of every Church. The Bible says that "where there is no vision the people perish and cast off restraint." This means that without a clear and compelling vision from God we lose focus, get restless and things slowly begin to unravel. At HCC our vision is summed up in five words;
As we began our journey last year, to walk out and live this vision, we have witnessed God’s blessing on our Church. Each year we add a Vision theme to focus our direction in the New Year. As I was praying and thinking about 2017 God reminded me of the importance of the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7b (NLT) - The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
The heart of a person matters to God and so does the heart of a church. I am absolutely convinced that God wants to work through this church to achieve His Kingdom purposes. To do this He is looking for us to be “ALL HEART”. It will surprise you the number of times “all your heart” is mentioned in the Word of God. Those who do things with all their heart are “all in”; they do not do things half-heartedly. Let’s look at what an “ALL HEART” church looks like.
An “ALL Heart” church loves God and people.
Mark 12:30-31- You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” An “All Heart” church has a true and passionate love for God. People who love God obey Him as the ruler of their lives and therefore obey His commands out of relationship rather than duty. To love God is to know Him. Our Mission at HCC is “To Know God and to make Him Known.”
If we know and love God we will truly love and care for people. The Great Commission is the heartbeat of any God loving church. This is why we will continue to reach out to those who need Christ in our community and this is why we will continue to put an emphasis on supporting missionaries around the world. HCC exists to reach people who are far from the Lord, to connect them with other Christ-followers in the Church family and develop disciples who serve God with all of their heart. The motive of love causes us to reach out, train and lovingly connect others into the family of God.
An “ALL Heart” church is one that seeks God.
Jeremiah 29:11-13- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. The church that seeks God is a church that prays. If the Great Commission is the heartbeat of the church then prayer is the life blood. God listens to and blesses a praying church. Those who seek God with all their heart have an intensity to know God, hear from God and then enjoy the hope, prosperity, safety and future God has laid out for them. We will be this kind of church. God says you will seek me and find me. This is a great promise. As we seek God we will hear His voice, we will see Him move and He will reveal His glory to us.
An “All Heart” church is consistently growing in faith.
Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. A.W. Tozer has a great quote. “God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity that we plan to do only the things that we can do by ourselves.”
God is calling us to minister His healing; win souls, disciple more people and help set people free at a level we have yet believed is possible. We are called to have faith in God. As we trust God with all our heart we will dare to believe Him for things that in the natural look improbable but in faith they become reality. A God given vision takes faith to see it come to be. A God given vision is always bigger than we are and even bigger than we should naturally dare to believe but it will never be bigger than what our God is able to do through us.
An “All Heart” church understands the importance of maintaining a pure heart. A church with a heart for God understands the vital importance of heart health. Proverbs 4:23- Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.


december 2016

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

For the last week or so I have had a few lines of a Christmas song running through my head. Maybe you know this little ditty by Johnny Mathis:

"Haul out the holly

Put up the tree before my spirit falls again

Fill up the stocking

I may be rushing things but deck the halls again now

 For we need a little Christmas right this very minute

Candles in the window, carols at the spinet

Yes, we need a little Christmas right this very minute

Hasn't snowed a single flurry, but Santa dear we're in a hurry

 For we need a little music, need a little laughter

Need a little singing ringing through the rafter

And we need a little snappy, happy ever after

Need a little Christmas now"

 When Jesus entered the world it was a time of incredible turmoil; life was hard for most people alive at that time. The world was in desperate need of a Savior and at just the right moment in HIStory Jesus was born. We needed Christmas! In the most unlikely of ways to human reasoning God sent His Son as a baby to bring peace. We know that this was prophesied but it is still amazing none the less. In the midst of great trouble and trials, enters the peaceful presence of a little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.

 Our world is a lot like that today. We have just had one of the most contentious political seasons in the history of our nation. Tensions are high, friendships have been challenged and many people are dealing with sickness, financial decisions and honestly people are tired. We need some Christmas. We need to be reminded of the Joy and Peace that our Savior brings to our life and to the world. If we are not careful we will count on the Christmas season to be a numbing panacea for all our woes. It is not the season that sustains us but the very reason for our hope during every season- Jesus Christ, who is our Joy, Hope and Strength. 

 Someone said in a devotional I read, “If our expectations for Christmas are gifts and time with family, we have set our expectations too low. Those are enjoyable and things we are thankful for, but Christmas is the celebration of the coming of Christ and His redemption of mankind.” What Christ brings into our lives is so much deeper.

 It was in the midst of un-peace that Jesus was born to bring us peace. It is the same for us today. It is only when we see what a lack of true peace looks like that we understand the incredible heart assuring, securing peace of God that passes understanding.  Two verses stick out to me this Christmas season that remind me of Christ’s powerful intention over everything from death to our everyday living.

 Isaiah 9:6- For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;And the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 Colossians 3:15- And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful

 So many of us work tirelessly to produce the right “atmosphere” of Christmas that we are disappointed when things don’t “feel” like Christmas. We all long for peace on earth and peace in our hearts. Heaven on earth will not happen because we put up the right decorations and play the happy music. True peace happens when Christ enters our world and reigns as the Prince of Peace. That’s what Jesus did when He was laid in manger and that is what Jesus does when He enters our heart as Savior and Lord.

 I wonder if when it “feels” less like Christmas that it might be the most like Christmas. When there is pain, when life is uncomfortable and nothing seems normal or familiar we are closer to experiencing the true purpose and Spirit of Christmas than we know.  Jesus was born to conquer sin and death, to heal our suffering and dis-eases. Jesus said-

 John 14:27-  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 From all of us at HCC have a very Merry and Peaceful Christmas Season

-- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

November 2016

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

One of the first things we teach our children is a little prayer that starts off “God is Great, God is Good”.  It is a simple little prayer that was designed to teach a child the importance of prayer but also to instill some basic and powerful truths about the character of God.  So often we reflect on the greatness of our God that; He is all powerful, all knowing and always present. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  Somehow as we grow up, life gets more complicated and things don’t turn out quite the way we planned, we lose sight of the truth that God is good.

The profoundness of these three little words can be masked by their simplicity. Say this out loud- GOD IS GOOD.  How did you feel saying that?  Did you believe it? If you did, it filled you with hope and maybe even made you smile.  If you don’t believe that you had a hard time saying it out loud and probably had a few reasons in your mind that caused you to hesitate or stop.  I want to say it again. GOD IS GOOD.  From the very beginning Satan has tried to cause people to doubt the goodness of God. He doesn’t mind if you believe in God's greatness or power but if he can get us to doubt God’s goodness then we will never fully take God at His Word.  In the book of Hosea it is prophesied that in the last days there would be a fresh revelation of the Goodness of God. Hosea 3:5- But afterward the people will return and devote themselves to the Lord their God and to David’s descendant, their King. In the last days, they will tremble in awe of the Lord and of his goodness. Can you remember the last time the goodness of God left you standing in awe?

Believing in that God is good is one of the pillars of our faith. It is essential to all that we believe. It is this truth that fills us with hope and confidence, it helps us understand His love. Psalm 100:4-5- Enter His gates with thanksgiving;  go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good, His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation. Love is God’s active goodness. His goodness is expressed through kindness, grace, patience, gentleness and mercy. God does not just possess goodness, HE IS GOOD and the source of all goodness.
James 1:17- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 

One of the reasons we get confused about God’s goodness is we try to measure it by the experiences we have had with people. I have met many nice people who, when you get to know them, really are not all that nifty. Proverbs 20:6- Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?   That is one of those verses in the Bible that makes you sit back and think “No kidding, ain’t that the truth”.  There is no perfect person but we do serve a perfect God. God is perfect in all of His ways; He is altogether pure, lovely, beautiful, and full of Glory, righteousness and truth. If God is not good then there can be no distinction between kindness and cruelty, compassion and justice; heaven can be hell and hell can be heaven.

God does not cease to be good because something bad happens to us or someone else. God is who He is. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Some people, including some Christians, find themselves in a place of uncertainty when they have no answer for a problem or a tragedy and they change their view of God and assign to Him character traits that are not Biblical. We must be careful of desiring answers so badly during times of hardship or tragedy that we sacrifice the truth about who God is on the altar of human reasoning.  As Christians we have a hope that those without the Lord have. Our hope is the assurance that no matter what happens, God will work things for our good because HE is good. Romans 8:28- And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

One of the great truths of our hope is that Goodness always overcomes evil. Good doesn’t just win; Good overcomes, it is the way we win. Romans 12:21- Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. God overcame sin and death with selfless sacrifice. The way we defeat evil in the world around us, the bad attitudes, lies and the works of wickedness we see, is with the goodness of God. Here is great news, God’s supply of goodness has no end, goodness is the Fruit of the Spirit.   As we abide in God, His goodness will not only flow to us, but through us to change the world.

My prayer is that you will overflow with praise and thanksgiving as you have a fresh revelation of the Goodness of God.

Have a great month and a Very Happy Thanksgiving.

Pastor Marvin & Dawn

october 2016

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

There is a war raging around us. It is not a war of guns, bombs and bullets.  The results of this war are actually far more devastating and greater in scope than any land war between tribes and nations could ever be. As God was speaking to the prophet Zechariah He gave him a vision of the reality of Satan’s relentless assault against us. Zechariah 3:1- Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. It is almost hard to imagine the pure and unmitigated gall of Satan. Here he is standing before God verbally and intentionally tearing down one of God’s children to His face.  Satan’s express purpose is to kill, steal and destroy. Our battles in life are not financial, they are not military and they are not political, they are spiritual.  The battle does manifest itself in all of these arenas and God’s desire is to teach us how to be victorious.

Spiritual Warfare is a subject that usually get’s one of two responses out of Christians. The first is one of complete and utter ambivalence or disinterest. The second is a hyper approach that finds demons under every bookshelf and in every tube of toothpaste. Mature Christians recognize that we are involved in a struggle of life and death but know we serve a God who protects us, watches over us and has given us the great responsibility to watch, pray and engage the enemy by leading people to the freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Books have been written about this epic battle. In the next few moments I want to share with you some brief truths about Spiritual Warfare that will help bring things into perspective.

The Enemy is Real  Satan is a real foe. His armies of demons are at work in the world today. We see his influence in every area of life; entertainment, poverty, man’s inhumanity to man, the list could be much more extensive but you get the idea. 1 Peter 5:8-9- Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.

The Bible is not a book about the devil   The Bible is a revelation of God to man. We need to be careful not to give the devil more attention than the Bible does.  Satan is not God’s equal; he started out as God’s creation. Our battle is not a struggle against a foe that is as formidable as our God. NO SIR, Our God is bigger, Stronger, Greater and Holy there is no comparison!

Distractions keep us from the real purpose of Satan’s attack   Every magician uses sleight of hand to keep us looking away from the trick he is doing. I call this, "hocus pocus lose your focus."  During WW 2, as General Eisenhower was planning D-Day, he had General George Patton building a pretend Army of plywood cutouts and balloons that made the Germans believe that this is where the main thrust of the allies' attack would come from. All the while we were amassing the greatest invasion force ever assembled in the history of the world several hundred miles away. When we went ashore, we faced resistance but we could not be stopped because of the deception.  Satan will keep us busy with things that don’t matter.  Even in this election season, Christians are divided over political issues. We must refuse to be distracted by political double talk on both sides. The issues we must focus on are the spiritual ones; abortion, homosexuality, good stewardship of finances. The Bible says righteousness exalts a nation but sin is reproach to any people. If Satan can cause us to live in way that brings the judgment of God he achieves his goals without having to work as hard. We must be smarter than his distractions.

Prayer is not part of the Battle it is where we wage the battle  The victory that overcomes the world is our faith. It is important that we learn the lesson the disciples did.  They tried to cast out some demons and nothing happened.  Jesus reminded them the importance of prayer and fasting. Prayer is where we receive the strength, strategies and peace to effectively fight, resist and overcome.

We already have the victory   We do not fight FOR our victory but from a place OF victory. You see the battle is not ours it is the Lord’s. They say that history is written by the victors. Well that is true. THE BOOK has already been written. HIS-story declares that God not only wins but that HE has already won. The Bible is a finished work. We are on His side or better yet HE is on ours.

The battle being waged is a fierce one. As Christians we do not sit on the sidelines. Life is intense, souls hang in the balance, many are those we are pulling to safety and freedom.  It is a pleasure to serve side by side with you as we see Satan defeated.

Know you are dearly Loved- Pastor Marvin & Dawn


HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

God is looking for loyal committed people that He can show Himself strong to. 2 Chronicles 16:9a- For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

When you serve God you are always in miracle territory. For many Christians miracles are a rarity that happen only occasionally throughout their lifetime; for God miracles are a daily occurrence. The Christian who walks with God miracle territory is familiar territory not just an infrequent adventure.  Miracles are needed when natural means will never work.  All of us face times in life when we need a miracle and we will certainly minister to people who need a miracle. God has called us to be people who walk in the supernatural. God has a plan so significant for our church and so significant for your life that it will require supernatural intervention from the hand of God.

 In 2 Kings chapter four we are told of a widow who was out of money, out of options and was in desperate need of a touch from God. She came to the prophet, Elisha, who helped her discover that she had some oil in the house. She gathered as many containers as she could, went into her home shut the door and with the little oil she had began to fill all the empty containers.  She then was able to take that oil and sell it, pay off her bills and comfortably live off of the rest.  I believe this story sets a wonderful example of how we can begin to live in the miraculous in our individual lives and to see the miraculous happen in the life of HCC.

 Know where to go when you do not know what to do. Where we place our expectation determines whether we receive a miracle. The major battles of life are spiritual, so there must be a spiritual resource if there is going to be a turn around. Psalm 121:1- I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.  We need to stop looking for supernatural solutions in worldly places.

To live in miracle territory we- Need to find out what is in our house.
 2 Kings 4:2- So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Have you noticed that when we have a need we focus on what we do not have? When we do, we miss the possibilities in what we already have. We need to stop looking at what we do not have and see what is already there no matter how insignificant it seems. The seed for the miracle is already in the house. God’s solution starts with what you have. 2 Cor. 9:10-  Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.  Elisha did not point out what she was lacking, he pointed out what she had. We need a renewed vision of what we DO have. Jesus looks at things differently. When God created the world He did so out of nothing. Jesus creates miracles out of that which is already there. He took water and turned it into wine. He took the lunch of loaves and fishes and turned it to a meal for the masses. He took the little oil this lady had and multiplied it to meet and exceed her need.

God specializes in using the ordinary to do the extraordinary. He will use seemingly insignificant things, situations and people to do significant things. He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. The miracle will always be in proportion to our faith. The oil only stopped when she ran out of containers. The miracle ceased when there was no longer a need for a miracle.  Do you know why many churches stop growing? They stop looking for empty vessels to fill. The more you are spilled the more you are filled. God calls us to be a river not a reservoir. John 7:38-  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will Flow Rivers of living water.”  Remember, miracles indicate that there are still needs and challenges that require God’s help, power, provision and blessing.

Church - Get ready church we have been seeking God for His supernatural presence and His supernatural work. Miracles are becoming a common thing for us. That means we will always be facing challenges and needs. As we do, we will see God’s overwhelming power at work among us.

 It is a pleasure to serve side by side with you at such a time as this. Thank you for your faithfulness to prayer, serving and giving here at HCC. You are greatly loved and appreciated.

 Pastor Marvin & Dawn.


August 2016

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

Have you ever started a project only to realize five months later that you still hadn’t gotten around to completing it? All of us have watched a friend get excited about a diet or a new life goal; they start out with great gusto only to get distracted and four or five weeks (or days) in they get bored and then drop it altogether. How many of us have started books and now we look around at  piles of great reads or information just waiting for our attention?

Being a finisher is important. Anyone can start something but not everyone has the stick-to-it-ness to see things through.  One of the things that set Jesus apart from everyone else was that He was and is a finisher. Have you ever thought about the times that finisher was a word used to describe Jesus.  Hebrews 12:2- looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Notice Jesus didn’t sit down until the work at hand was complete. John 19:30-  So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit  "It is finished" are three of the most powerful words in the entire Bible.

There is nothing like coming to the end of a project and standing back and being able to admire a job well done. When we get to the end of our life our goal is to leave everything, as they say in football, "on the field". Philippians 2:17- But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. The apostle Paul squeezed every part of living that he could out of his life. He was confident that he had been obedient and did everything God had planned for him. 2 Timothy 4:7-8- I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. Paul was a finisher.

Over the last couple years there have been many ministers and people that have loved and served God that have fallen in some fashion. For true Christians this is not a cause for finger pointing or gossip, it is a cause of tremendous sadness. There are many people that have started out with great intentions for God but somewhere along the way the cares of life and the desire for success sent them off course. The good news is Jesus isn’t finished yet. As a matter of fact whenever we sin and loose our way if we return to Jesus our best days are ahead. The reason we know this is that Jesus is a finisher. Philippians 1:6- being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ

Part of being a finisher is making sure that we take care of our spiritual life in a way that ensures we are able to go the distance. It is possible to spend so much time demonstrating the life of Christ to others that something happens to us along the way.  1 Cor. 9:24-27- Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air 7 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. Being a finisher takes discipline, endurance and determination. It is a willingness to pay the price to finish.

In carpentry there is something called finish work. The finish is the part you see and it brings out all the details that make something unique. The finish will only bring out and enhance what is already there. As a matter of fact finish work will enhance all the imperfections.  Finish work also adds the little touches. That is what Christ is doing in us every day.  There is finishing and then there is finishing well. Have you ever watched a marathon runner split the tape and just collapse to the ground? They finished the race but it sure wasn’t pretty. Then there is the one who trained well and disciplined themselves, they split the tape and still have the energy to enjoy the win.  When Jesus is working on our life He is working on all the details that give us the strength to finish and the polish to make us look good while we do it.

God is doing a special work here at Harvest this summer. That is not surprising, it is what we have been praying for. We are still in the race and we are on pace to win. In order to do so we must be committed to finish the work that God has for us. It is a pleasure serving on the same team with you- Pastor Marvin & Dawn

JULY 2016

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

If you have been around Christians for any amount of time you have probably discovered that we can be wordy people.  We like to talk, communicate and interact with others. All of us have a story that we can tell and all of us have a story that is being written as we live our lives. Stories are written with words. Hebrews 121b-13a let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith… Over and over again in the Word of God we see Jesus referred to as the “Author”, Our story is His story. Without getting into rabbit trails and without trying to be cleaver, I want to get to the point. Author’s, out of necessity, use words. If our life is to belong to Jesus then we are to be People of the Word. Whose word, you might ask? God’s Word. Everything starts and ends with The Word. For the Christian, how we live must start and end with the Word of God.

I want to ask you if you do that. Do you live your life according to the Word of God? Can you imagine if every Bible believing and scripture confessing disciple of Jesus Christ actually based how they lived and every decision they made on what the Word of God says and nothing else? We have a conviction that we have articulated in the Assemblies of God that is a part of our Foundations of Faith, it says this: “The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct”. In easy to understand terms, we believe that the Word of God is entirely correct, has been spoken by God, that it reveals His will for our life and as such it is His Word that is THE WORD on everything we do.

Here is a revelation for you: everything that was created was done so by the WORD of God. John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. We were created to be People of the Word because we are made by the Word of God. Anytime we do not live by the Word we are actually going against the way we are not just designed but created. See the Word is in our DNA. The Bible actually says that we cannot live without the Word of God. Matthew 4:4 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

If you and I are to truly live effective, fruitful, obedient and productive lives we must put a high priority on being People of the Word.  Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Proverbs 7:2-3 Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Deciding to be a Person of the Word is a choice to live by faith. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. As Christians our whole purpose is to live a life full of faith, obedient and pleasing to God. It is not possible to live a life of faith that is pleasing to God without us knowing and walking in the Word of God.  James 1:21 (AMP)  So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls.

Colossians 3:16- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,

We all know Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Did you ever stop to think what the substance of our faith is?  It is the Word. The Word of God is the seed or the substance of our faith. The only way we live a life of dynamic faith, the only way we live a faith filled and faithful life is to be filled with the substance and seed of the Word of God.

There must be an urgency to know and apply God’s Word to our life. You see Jesus is obligated only to His word. God’s love is unconditional but the promises of His word are very conditional. His promise is this; if we obey His Word we will have the promises of His Word. Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Here is what that means; He has laid His reputation and glory on the line; all the promises of His Word are backed by the honor of His Name.  If God has staked everything He is on His Word then so can we. Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

This summer God is challenging us to be People of the Word. Can you imagine what your life, what our church, what our town would look like if we are truly People of the Word?

Be blessed and encouraged-Pastor Marvin &Dawn

JUNE 2016

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed 

People are collectors. We hold onto a lot of things.  Some people like baseball cards, some collect tools others just have stuff they can’t let go of. Our houses are full of things we decided for one reason or another to tuck away with the reasoning that we may need it another day. It is amazing the things we have stashed inside our homes. It is revealing how much we have spiritually refused to release from our lives.

One of the things people seem to be collecting in our day is offenses. People are taking offense at everything. Matthew 24:10-12- And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  Offense is one of the signs of the End Times. This offense is happening on many levels.

First of all people are increasingly offended at the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As our culture moves further and further from the truth of God and His Word it should not surprise us that His way, plans and standard of right and wrong clash with those around us. Jesus purposefully places the Gospel in people’s paths so it will “trip them up” and grab their attention. 1 Peter 2:7-8-   Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. Jesus knows that this Gospel that trips people up is the only thing that will save their life.

The second way offense comes is when we refuse to let go of the things people have done and said about us. An offense is a hurt or a wrong, a crime or an oversight or a slight that has been intentionally or unintentionally done to us. Offense is one of the tools Satan uses to keep us trapped in our life. Luke 17:1- Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come. Did you catch that? Offense is a part of life you cannot avoid it. But you and I must choose if we are going to eat the poison that comes with offense. The word "offense" in the Greek is the word "skandalon"- it means trap stick or the part of a trap that holds the bait and when taken slams the trap shut thus imprisoning the taker. You see, Satan knows that hurting offended people are his prisoner. When we hold on to offense, hurt moves to anger and from there is produces all kinds of wicked fruit; resentment, fear, strife, jealousy, bitterness, Unforgiveness and hatred are just a few.

One offended person can hurt many. Someone said: "Hurt people, hurt people, wounded people, wound people, broken people, break people, bound people bind people, damaged people, damage people." This is why Jesus anoints us to serve people. WHOLE people are able to HELP people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Satan uses offense to divide and conquer. America is great because we are the United States; families thrive because the  two become one, the Holy Spirit moved mightily in the lives of the disciples because they were in the Upper Room in one accord.  If we are hurting and offended with one another we won’t work in cooperation with one another and much is lost. As Christians we must not fall prey to the trap that is laid out there for us.

Allow me to ask you a few questions. Are you holding onto a hurt? Is there a grudge you have been nursing and refuse to release? Is there someone or a group of someone’s that you have said you would never forgive?  If so you are caught in the trap of offense. Today you can be free of all bitterness, shame, guilt and anger if you will spit out the bait. How do you do that?  First of all take your hurt to Jesus and ask for healing. Second, forgive those who have hurt you. Of course they don’t deserve it, neither did we when Christ forgave us on the cross. Third, allow God to renew His love for others in your life. For a while now things have been all about you and your pain. Now it is about helping others be free and whole.

May you and your family have a truly delightful summer. Take time to rest and refresh but remember to stay faithful to the house of God and the work of the kingdom. We have a great deal going on during the next few months. Camps, Prayer Stations, Leadership meetings, Connect Groups and even a movie night. Let’s make sure we stay connected, win souls to Christ and grow as a church in maturity and in number.

Your are loved, Pastor Marvin & Dawn




May 2016

HCC Monthly Harvest Seed

 Matthew 20:26-28- Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”


Most people I know want to make sure that their life makes a difference. We live in a world that is driven by the idea of greatness. We are reminded that we have a destiny and that we are to leave our mark and make an impression. Everyone is clamoring for power, position, prominence and possessions. This sense of success has crept into the modern church like a cancer. Thinking like this does not share or embrace the reason that Jesus came. As Christians we want our life to matter and to count for something but the motive is so important. Jesus did not come to be served but to be a servant and to give His life to that cause. 


Greatness in the Kingdom of God is obtained only through service. In order to go up we must be willing to go down. At HCC one of our six main purposes is Servanthood. “We believe that every Disciple is a minister. Each Christian is equipped with certain gifts and talents that are meant to be shared with the local church and the world. To be great in God’s Kingdom we are to be a servant of all. We are to humble ourselves in ministry by selflessly sharing and giving our life in strategic service.” God determines our greatness in terms of how many people we serve not how many people serve us.


Jesus was into towels not titles. Right before He went to the cross Jesus set the example of servanthood by washing the disciple’s feet. John 13:13-16- You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. Jesus' attitude was that there was nothing that was beneath Him to do. Having a servant’s heart is all about the heart of the servant.  Servanthood requires the death of pride and the presence of humility. It is the heart to do your best even with those that people consider the least. Washing of feet was a job for the lowest servant. Remember streets back then were like an open sewer for animal and human waste.  Feet were dirty. Today we serve people if it is convenient and doesn’t require much from us. We choose where we attend church based on what it does for us rather than an opportunity to serve the body of Christ and the world. Service means getting into the nitty gritty with people. Feet are personal and sensitive. To help someone clean up requires us to be discreet, careful, gentle and thorough.  A servant does not have the luxury of choosing what they will do.  They GET to serve. Nothing is beneath them.


One of the most interesting things about serving is the timing. Jesus washed all of the disciple’s feet; even Judas who He knew was going to betray Him only hours after the lesson on servanthood. Judas committed the ultimate act of betrayal with clean feet.  True greatness serves those who we know will never appreciate our sacrifice.


Today everyone is looking for a trophy and recognition that they are doing something worthwhile. A servant isn’t doing what they do for recognition or a pat on the back. A servant does what is expected to the best of their abilities because that is what is expected of a servant. Luke 17:9-10- Does he (The Master) thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not!

So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”

Be assured those who are faithful servants will get more than a trophy in Heaven. They will receive a crown of Righteousness.

May we all at HCC Descend into Greatness by becoming a servant of all. God’s richest blessings for you this month.

Pastor Marvin & Dawn