How Willing?

How Willing?

Read Matthew 23:23–39

When Joshua took possession of the land of Canaan, he left the fortified city of Jerusalem under Jebusite control. It remained that way until the reign of King David. Although David had a ruling city, he saw the advantage of Jerusalem over Hebron. Leading a daring attack, David captured Jerusalem and made it his new capital. The Jewish people still refer to it as the City of David and sometimes as Zion (2 Samuel 5:7).

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37).

Jesus spoke here of all the Jews. They were special, called of God, but unwilling to come together and follow Him.

God desires to gather all His children in unity. He wants us to lay aside our differences and worship Him, to pray together, to work side by side in the harvest, to serve only Him. The call to Jerusalem echoes to the Church today—how willing are we?

Thought for Today: Only at the cross are we truly made willing.

Quicklook: Matthew 23:37–39

—Charles Earl Harrel

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THE GREATEST MOMENT Going to London

THE GREATEST MOMENT is heading to the United Kingdom for the London Book Fair (March 14–16) at the Olympia Convention Center.

The London Book Fair sits at the heart of London’s Book & Screen Week. The fair hosts more than 25,000 publishing professionals from over 60 countries.

My book will receive showcase placement, a half-page ad in the London catalog, and be inserted into the official show bag handed to buyers.

This trade show is another opportunity to reach out into the harvest and to have a worldwide impact for the Gospel.  So, I need some of you chaps to pray that it’s ace. Cheers!

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Faithful to the Fragmented

Those who have been broken by situations and circumstances will find spiritual encouragement in this author’s post.

A Necessary Pain

Putting refurbished praise to rest, I shovel through the negative emotions, deceptive devices of the enemy, laziness, and distractions and excavate authentic praise. God desires to flow through each of us. He instructed that we are as carboniferous limestones, in that we have permeability. In a spiritual sense, God sees us porous, readily available for Him to permeate through. He is shaping and forming our spiritual selves in the shallow but exceedingly deep waters of our lives.The Author of the Universe desires to flow freely through His people. Researching geology, I was intrigued with the uses and composition of these stones. Interestingly, limestones are comprised of dead aquatic life particles, namely the shells of tiny ocean dwellers.  God already knows that our beings are teeming with dead weight; however, He has various uses for us. These amazing stones are compressed, scorched, produced, and grounded for a myriad of purposes.

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Both Good and Bad

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Both Good and Bad

Read Matthew 22:1–22

“Then [the king] said to his servants . . . ‘Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests (Matthew 22:8, 9, 10).

Inviting our friends and neighbors to church is a great idea. They might appreciate the Sunday sermon and enjoy the potluck after the service. Pastors welcome these efforts, but the command from Jesus goes deeper than just giving out invitations or persuading people to try our church. We need to invite them to eternal life.

We must reach out to nonbelievers, extending the invitation to nonfriends, even to the outcasts of this world. We should gather the unrighteous as well as the righteous. Both the good and the bad are invited to God’s kingdom. Both need His free gift of salvation.

It’s all too easy to let a busy schedule distract us from the all-inclusive call of the harvest. Don’t allow that to happen.

Thought for Today: God wants heaven filled, but He needs our help getting the invitations out.

Quicklook: Matthew 22:8–14

—Charles Earl Harrel

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The Greatest Moment

“The world’s methods of determining greatness are usually biased; they do not reflect God’s perspective.”

Quote taken from The Greatest Moment: God’s Greatest Hour, Heaven’s Highest Call, and Your Moment of Destiny


The Greatest Moment

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How to Know if You are a Writer – Matthew 7:24-29

A great post by Kathy S. Davis. Not just for writers, but for anyone who is passionate about their craft.

Kathy Davis

I was perched near the top of a tall building, under the Tower of Babel sign, trying to address the crowd. The problem was, only a few of my listeners understood what I was saying. The rest were raising a ruckus trying to find someone who spoke their language, making it impossible for anyone to hear me. My nightmare turned out just as it did in the Bible, my audience parting a hundred different ways.

I’m glad it was only a dream.

obyvatel. stockxchngIs writing for you?

The need to communicate with others is a basic need, but how do you know if writing is the best outlet for you?

The first thing I would ask, if you wonder about calling yourself a writer, is how important is it to you?

I have been writing consistently for more than forty years. Writing helps me think, or understand, my world. It helps me communicate better when I speak, because I’ve…

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Ministers find Inspiration reading THE GREATEST MOMENT

The Greatest Moment

paul-smith-editor-at-gphRev. Paul S. writes, “Dr. Harrel has written an engaging book, THE GREATEST MOMENT. It promises to take the reader on a journey through Scripture to discover what God’s greatest moment is for each of us. I believe it will transform our understanding of what God’s call truly is.”

Besides being an author and minister, Paul is the managing editor for curriculum at Gospel Publishing House.


Rev. Ruth BardRev. Ruth B. writes, “I’ve known Pastor Charles Harrel for 36 yrs. When I heard he had written a book, I knew it would be good, so I bought three copies (one for myself, the others for friends). THE GREATEST MOMENT has exceeded my expectations. After reading two chapters, I decided to read only one chapter per day because it is so rich and full of Scriptures. I was so blessed. I intend to read it again.”


Pastor Skip WalkerPastor Skip W. writes, “This book reveals insights into the Word that stir our thinking. A great help for leading a Sunday school class or home Bible study. Dr. Harrel’s anointed writing will stir your heart to better understand what God has for us. Get a copy, get relaxed, and dive into THE GREATEST MOMENT.”

“I see a few sermons in there too.”


rev-patricia-nowlin-smithRev. Patricia S. writes, “Blessings Dr. Harrel and Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for your gracious gift. You would be interested to know that I actually purchased your book from Amazon several months ago. You mentioned it in a comment on one of my postings, and I am currently reading it—and receiving the blessing of doing so. It would be my blessing if you would be so kind as to draw another name and send to them so they can be blessed as well.”

beholding-him-ministriesReverend Patricia was one of the winners of the Christmas book giveaway for THE GREATEST MOMENT. Check out her ministry blog at https://BeholdingHimMinistries.org/. It’s excellent and anointed!


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Pastor Bill C. writes, “Charles, I received your book yesterday. Thank you so much. A good read, informative and inspiring. Already up to chapter 7 . . . hard to put down, but need to work. Blessings, and thanks once again.”

Pastor Bill was one of the twelve winners from the Christmas book giveaway for THE GREATEST MOMENT. Check out his blog at TheUnfetteredPreacher.com/.


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