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John Harvey

Contributor since: Feb 11, 2004
Denomination: Baptist

About John Harvey

Education: Masters in Pastoral Studies from International School of Theology in San Bernardino, CA. Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Califonria Baptist University in Riverside, CA.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Read with grace. These are meant as resources and knowing anyone may use anything I say causes great angst!

Sermon or series that made a difference: Preaching through the Purpose Driven Life in 2003 made a tremendous impact on myself and our church body.

One of my favorite illustrations: My two year old daughter was having a pretend conversation one day. I asked who she was talking to and she said, "I’m talking to Jesus." I asked what she said and she replied, "I told Jesus I loved him." "What did he say," I asked? "He said he loves me too." With all our grown up theology we forget that the kingdom of Heaven is like a little child.

Family: I have been married for 13 years to Alana. We have three children, Emily, Zachary and Kimberly.

What my parents think of my sermons: They are completley biased. Whenever they hear a message it is the greatest one ever preached. Not a shred of honesty in their critiques.

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Completely honest. She is willing to tell me what worked and what didn’t, but always in love.

Best advice given to me about preaching: "God wants us to be rather than seem to be." Gary Stanley

Books that have had an impact: "Purpose Driven Life" By Rick Warren "Visioneering" by Andy Stanley "Unstoppable Force" by Erwin McManus "Magnificent Obsession" by Lloyd C. Douglas

Hobbies: Golf, sports, and movies. I love playing and interacting with sports with my children.

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus came to forgive, not condemn. Receive His grace and let him heal your soul.

Something funny that happened while preaching: I once dropped all of my notes off the stand and was not able to get them back in the right order for several minutes. Seemed like an eternity!!!

What I want on my tombstone: Great Husband, Great Dad, Loved Jesus