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The ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel is focused on glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). We welcome you to find life in Jesus Christ at Harvest. As a church community we are passionately seeking to know our God in a deeper way, and we invite you to join us in that pursuit.

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The ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel is focused on glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). We welcome you to find life in Jesus Christ at Harvest. As a church community we are passionately seeking to know our God in a deeper way, and we invite you to join us in that pursuit.

    I Will Quietly Wait

    I Will Quietly Wait

    Anyone who breathes knows that accepting God’s will for our lives can be difficult. The Father often chooses life experiences for us that we’d never choose; he carves out paths for us to follow that we’d never go down. And yet, in hindsight, we often see how things have worked out for the best. We see his hand at work even in the traumas of life. As the years go by and our faith and endurance increase, we know that quietly waiting for God to work is always the best course of action.
    But we are challenged to do so. We face many temptations to complain about our circumstances, to accuse God of being unfair, and even to quit the faith. The world tells us that we deserve better. That life owes us something. Some religions—including many aberrant forms of Christianity—peddle the false notion of quid pro quo; that, if I serve him, he’ll bless me with what I want. Give and take. But that’s untrue. He’ll bless you with what he knows you need not what you want. And none of us is earning any special favour from God.
    So how do I respond to God’s evident but often difficult-to-accept will for my life and for this world? That’s what we’ll see on Sunday as we conclude our study in the book of Habakkuk with a message on Habakkuk 3:1-19.
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    Where Is God?
    I Will Quietly Wait
    Todd Dugard
    Habakkuk 3:1-19

    July 5, 2020

    I will respond to God’s evident but often difficult-to-accept will by…

    …acknowledging his perfect work (v. 1–2, 3–15)

    …submitting to his discipline (v. 16–17)

    …worshipping him with joy (v. 18)

    …testifying of him to others (v. 19)

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    Let All The Earth Keep Silence Before Him

    Let All The Earth Keep Silence Before Him

    Keep Silence!
    One of the greatest failings of prayer is saying too much. Too many words. Too much of what I want to say. No time for God to speak. For us to listen. For what we know to be true to sink in. Talk, talk, talk.

    We fill the minutes with our own words and never give God a chance to get a word in. And when we’re done. We get up from our knees, pat ourselves on the back for having a “great” prayer time, and walk away having never heard from the Lord.

    I will admit, what I’m saying is so hard. Prayer itself is a struggle, let alone trying to keep my mind focused while I try to hear God’s voice.

    If prayer is the junior hockey of discipleship, listening in prayer is the NHL. If prayer is the high school of discipleship, listening in prayer is college level. And what we’ve all found is that life is simply so noisy, so rushed, so frenzied, so demanding that it is all but impossible to quiet it all down and actually hear from him.

    And yet, in the midst of a series of prayer-complaints, Habakkuk hears this from the Lord, “Let all the earth keep silence before him.”

    This is God saying to the prophet, “Sit down. Shut up. And listen. I have something to say that you need to hear.”

    And with all the complaints and opinions today about this and that, pandemics, racial issues, the economic disaster that’s ahead, and what governments did or didn’t do that they should or shouldn’t have done, God is saying to us, “Sit down. Shut up. And listen. I have something to say that you need to hear.”

    That’s what’s coming up in Habakkuk 2:6-20.
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    Sermon Notes
    Where Is God?
    Let All The Earth Keep Silence Before Him
    Todd Dugard
    Habakkuk 2:6-20

    June 28, 2020

    When the Lord is at work, be silent...(v. 20b)

    ....and watch him finally and fully deal with sin

    I John 2:2

    We are called to be the church in the midst of rampant idolatry, violence, false religions, and willful spiritual blindness. We live in a sexualized culture bent on defiance of biblical authority—Erwin W. Lutzer, The Church in Babylon

    Revelation 14:8

    • The pursuit of riches (v. 6–8)

    • The abuse of power (v. 9–11)

    • The exploitation of people (v. 12–13)

    • The embracing of immorality (v. 15–17)

    • The devotion to false gods (v. 18–19)

    James 1:27

    …while establishing his glorious presence on the earth (v. 14, 20a)

    Just because you think it doesn't mean you have to say it.—Jon Miller

    Proverbs 10:19

    Proverbs 11:12

    Proverbs 17:28

    Bible Plan: Learning to Lament

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    Are You Not From Everlasting?

    Are You Not From Everlasting?

    The righteous shall live by his/her faith
    Among the things that a Christian must grapple with is the difficult reality of how to ask questions of God. As the sons and daughters of the king, we have access to the Sovereign. We can ask anything, anytime. His Son, Jesus Christ, made that possible. We lose out on so much when we fail to take advantage of that access.

    The Book of Habakkuk is an example of what that access can and should look like. In the midst of a desperate situation that was about to get even more desperate, the prophet lamented it all before the Lord. He asked God hard questions saturated with emotion borne from crisis. But even as he did, he never lost sight of who God was. He never wavered in his faith. His questions were out of genuine inquiry and a desire to understand, not accuse.

    Obviously, there’s a lot there for us to apply in our own lives. As we face crisis on top of crisis—a pandemic, racial unrest, economic stress, and more—we see in Habakkuk’s words a pattern for approaching the Father with our deepest hurts and hardest trials. And we’ll be pressed to consider whether or not as the righteous ones (believers) we will continue to live by our faith even as we wait out his perfect plan for us and this world. Sunday’s message in Habakkuk 1:12-2:5will take us through all of that.
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    Where Is God?
    Are You Not From Everlasting?
    Todd Dugard
    Habakkuk 1:12–2:5

    June 21, 2020

    When facing crises and asking questions of God…

    …I must not lose sight of who he is (1:12)

    Our God is...

    The God whom we worship is outside the flux of history. He has preceded history; he has created history. His throne is above the world and outside time. He reigns in eternity, the everlasting God.
    D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

    …I must ask with genuine inquiry and not out of ignorance (1:13-17)

    …I must continue to fulfill the mission he has given me (2:1-2)

    …I must live by faith and wait for his perfect plan to roll out (2:3-5)

    Romans 1:16-17

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    How Long Shall I Cry for Help?

    How Long Shall I Cry for Help?

    Where Is God?
    Crisis, questions, clarity, and surrender from the prophet Habakkuk

    Two questions confound ordinary people in the midst of terrible circumstances: why is this happening to me? and where in the world is God? Sometimes we think these are unique problems to our time but, in truth, every generation all throughout history has struggled with the same questions.

    Five centuries before the time of Jesus, the prophet Habakkuk, seeing the oppression of his people at the hands of a ruthless foreign power, asked, “O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?” In other words, why is this happening? and where are you? 

    This coming Sunday we’ll start a four-message series in the Book of Habakkuk that will explore the at times cringe-worthy back and forth conversation between the prophet and God.

    As we work through this study of the Book, we come to understand the only answer that makes sense and the only appropriate response to how God is working both in the world at large and in our individual lives.
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    Sermon Notes
    Where Is God?
    How long shall I cry for help?
    Todd Dugard
    Habakkuk 1:1-11

    June 14, 2020

    When I complain about the crises I face, God responds with a call to accept his often-misunderstood ways.

    There’s no denying the crises… (v. 3-4)

    The crises we face:
    Moral decay
    Social injustice
    Rampant crime
    Relational breakdown
    Government failure
    Religious marginalization

    But I don’t help the matter when I complain to God…

    “Your timing is off” (v. 2a)

    “Your help is non-existent” (v. 2b)

    “Your listening skills are lacking” (v. 2c)

    So, his appeal to me is…

    “Be amazed at what I’m doing” (v. 5a)

    “Be aware of what I’m doing” (v. 5b)

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    Isaiah 55:8-9

    Human opinion about righteousness and wrong lacks the capacity to evaluate God's actions in history; those who are truly righteous must live in faithful confidence that God will keep his promises.
    Dillard and Longman

    “Be accepting of what I’m doing” (v. 6-11)

    Such a great God [can] be trusted to accomplish his purposes with all nations and peoples. Therefore, though calamity must come, [we must] wait patiently and confidently. [We must] also abide in the Lord’s strength for his sovereign and perfect will to be effected.
    Richard D. Patterson

    Overview of the book of Habakkuk.

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    Five Pitfalls of a Pandemic

    Five Pitfalls of a Pandemic

    The global crisis we are in is perhaps unparalleled, even by world wars.  It is truly global in scope, reaching literally anywhere.  While it affects each person differently depending on their circumstances, it has an effect on nearly everyone.  Some of the effects are being noted by the psychiatric community as affecting people’s mental health.

    Five of these effects are isolation, lack of self-control, anger, despair, and anxiety.

    Perhaps you have felt a little of some of them, or a lot of all of them! Probably somewhere in between is where most of us fall.

    They are troublesome effects whether large or small, whether simply annoying or crushing.  More importantly, God does not want us to be overcome by them.

    Do not be overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good.
    Romans 12:21

    Psalm 4 gives us a template of how to do just that. This Psalm of David is about finding peace in a distracting situation.

    It is often called the evening Psalm because it ends with a good night’s sleep!  That is appropriate since night often brings the temptation to let our thoughts run wild, brooding on past wrongs and present perils leading to sleepless nights.

    One of the real issues many people are facing in these troubling times is sleeplessness.  God has answers to that!

    I’m looking forward to sharing with you how to avoid these five pitfalls of a pandemic!
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    Sermon Notes
    Five Pitfalls of a Pandemic
    Roger Freeman
    Psalm 4

    June 7, 2020

    Romans 12:21

    I am in for a good night’s sleep when I:

    1. Trade loneliness for community

    2. Trade boredom for righteousness

    Proverbs 18:1

    1 Thessalonians 4:4

    3. Trade anger for humility

    Micah 6:8

    4. Trade despair for hope

    5. Trade fear for faith

    Colossians 3:3

    Luke 19:8–10

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    A Conversation About Peace

    A Conversation About Peace

    Contention. Disagreement. Discord. Disharmony. Distress. Upset. Agitation. Hatred. Hostility. Frustration. Worry. Anxiety. Fighting. War. Wouldn’t you want to be done with all of those, if you could? And in the place of all that: peace. It seems impossible. The world we live in is filled with strife. Marriage, friendship, your neighbourhood, the workplace, online, government, the media, and even the line at Walmart are seedbeds for anger, upset, and conflict. Anywhere that one human comes into contact with another human, whether in person or online, the potential for disagreement and dissension is strong. The solution is peace. The relentless pursuit of peace. And I cannot start with five strategies to be at peace with your neighbour. It has to go deeper than self-help principles.

    In John 21, Peter is having a conversation with Jesus beside the Sea of Galilee. Peter had just been fishing, at Jesus’ insistence, and there was a mind-boggling, miraculous catch. As Peter and Jesus sat at the fire, after eating their breakfast, Peter wasn’t feeling great about himself, wasn’t able to enjoy being with Jesus, wasn’t able to celebrate the incredible catch of fish. Inside, he was conflicted, out-of-sorts, burdened. Jesus knew that, of course, and in the verses that follow, graciously helped Peter to process the matter of his failure to stand with Jesus before the crucifixion, denying he even knew him. Peter had no peace, and Jesus lovingly relieved him of the weight of that and brought peace to Peter’s heart and mind.

    And in that conversation, we see the key to having peace ourselves. It is not that we rush to enact strategies to be at peace with others, but that we first reconcile ourselves to God and, as a result, to ourselves. The principle is this: when we are at peace with God and at peace with ourselves, matters relating to those around us won’t devastate us in the same way. We can be at peace no matter the circumstances and situations we face.

    As we look at John 21:15-23, we’ll see that we will be at peace when there are no unconfessed sin issues in our lives, no fighting God on his plan for us, and no comparing of ourselves to others.
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    Conversations with Jesus
    A Conversation About Peace
    Pastor Todd Dugard
    John 21:15–23 (Peter)

    May 31, 2020

    I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes were not there.—Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

    I’ll be at peace when there is…

    …no unconfessed sin issue (v. 15–17)

    Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.—1 Corinthians 11:28

    Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone.—Luke 11:4

    …no fighting God on his plan (v. 18–19)

    …no comparing myself to others (v. 20–23)

    Jerome said that he was crucified his head being down and his feet upward, as he himself had requested, because he was (he said) unworthy to be crucified after the same form and manner as the Lord was.—Foxe's Book of Martyrs

    Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.—1 Peter 4:12–14

    Comparing myself to others:
    (1) Compromises my view of God
    (2) Complicates my relationships with people
    (3) Clouds my thinking
    (4) Confuses my purpose

    We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look

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