Category Archives: Outreach

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

Getting Back on Track        

Read Acts 22:12–16

Paul was a religious zealot. He believed it was his calling to find fault with Christians. He sought them out and watched their every move, looking for any reason to impeach their testimony or accuse them in front of the congregation. Paul believed he had God’s blessing. He did not.

Occasionally, churches will have someone like Paul in their ranks. These individuals usually hinder the ministry instead of helping it. God loves them, but wants these people to change. If necessary, He will arrange for an encounter with the living Christ and suggest a different calling.

You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name (Acts 22:15, 16).

After the Damascus road experience, Paul was baptized in water to exemplify his new commitment to Christ. His sins, including his self-righteous attitude, were washed away. Now he had a better calling. Paul is our example: It’s time to get up, be baptized, and share our faith with a lost world.

Thought for Today: God has a special calling for everyone.

—Charles Earl Harrel

“Pray that God would secure the peace of Jerusalem.”

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SELAH

SELAH

The exact meaning of Selah is unknown. Scholars believe it may be a musical term that means to pause and reflect. So with that thought in mind, I would like end this year by pausing for a moment to reflect and thank the Lord for His goodness and many blessings:

  • Thousands have read my book, The Greatest Moment.
  • Hundreds of Thousands have pondered my writings in Anthologies.
  • Millions upon Millions have been encouraged by my Devotionals.

Moreover, The Greatest Moment has impacted people all across the United States and worldwide. Some of the places include Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Palau, Mexico, and several countries in Africa. And those are just a few of the ones I know about; no doubt, there are many others.

In all these things, God deserves the credit and adoration.

Thank you Lord!

Charles Earl Harrel

 

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Take It Outside

Read Acts 18:5–11

Frustration plagued Pastor Chuck. He preached evangelistic messages every Sunday, gave altar calls during the service, yet seldom saw new people come to the Lord. In fact, the baptismal tank had not been used in six months. People were not being saved in the church. The “good news” was not reaching the lost. Fortunately, the solution is simple.

Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized (Acts 18:7, 8).

Paul shared the message of salvation at the Jewish house of worship, but he often had better results outside the synagogue walls. Because of Paul’s outreach efforts, many people in Corinth found Christ and were baptized into the faith.

We can expect similar results. Since most of the harvest grows outside the church building, it’s best to look there first. Who knows—maybe the next candidate for baptism lives next door.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to help you witness to your neighbors.

—Charles Earl Harrel

“Pray that God would work actively in your local schools.”

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BOOK FAIR at Barnes & Noble

BOOK FAIR at the Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center on Saturday, June 17

This bookfair is a Happy Day Christian School event and fundraiser. Activities include LEGO Workshops for kids, Storytime, Noted Author, Book Signings, and Gift Basket Drawing. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to Happy Day Christian Child Care & School.

Dr. Charles Earl Harrel will be autographing his inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, a new anthology by Bethany House, GIFTS FROM HEAVEN, and several CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL anthologies, in which he is a contributing author.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul” books include THANKS DAD, MIRACLES HAPPEN, and THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS.   All would make great gifts for Father’s Day.

Happy Day school staff will be on hand. Check out their welcome table for more information about the bookfair and their school.

Clackamas Barnes & Noble    Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Hope to see you there!

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!

For more information concerning this book, to read the back cover, or find out where you can purchase a copy, click on the cover below.

 

Both Good and Bad

many people invited

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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Believe It Forward 

believe it forwardWe have all heard the phrase, “Pay It Forward.” Perhaps some of you have done this for someone in a grocery line or at a drive-through. But to “Believe It Forward,” now that’s something we all should do. This blogger’s post is worth reading.