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Summary: Many of us are planning on spending the holidays throughout the year with your family and friends? Some of you might be planning a vacation get away in the fun and sun? Maybe you’re more concerned with the rising price of gas this year? Or you’

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Prepare for the flood…

Video- Definition of a trader (Right Now Ministries)

Slide #1

What are your plans for this coming year?

Many of us are planning on spending the holidays throughout the year with your family and friends?

Some of you might be planning a vacation get away in the fun and sun?

Maybe you’re more concerned with the rising price of gas this year?

Or you’re busy working trying to save up for your retirement?

This summer I want challenge you… I want to challenge you to begin thinking about preparing for the harvest.

As a child growing up in central Illinois I still remember the harvest season well…the smell of fresh picked cornfields…

The combine’s busy cutting the soybean fields...as well as the endless lines of grain trucks waiting at the elevators to store their harvest from the past year.

As a result of living in a farming community I was also very busy during the spring…and summer months… working various side jobs for the farmers?

It takes hard work to have a successful harvest.

-Early spring delivering seeds

-Early summer walking (Weeding) beans

-Late summer bailing hay

A farmer’s year round focus was to do everything possible to prepare for the upcoming harvest. In reality a farmer’s work is never done.

How do we as a Church prepare for a successful harvest?

Just like every farmer does…We need to expect that the seeds we plant will grow.

Every farmer knows that there are three areas that are very important in raising a successful crop…

Slide #2

The first area that a farmer needs to be successful in is…

1) The Preparation Stage (delivering the seed)…(preparing the ground…spraying anhydrous ammonia) (planting the seed)

Slide #3

The second area that a farmer needs to be successful in is…

2) Pray for Rain (this is where God prepares the heart) (God allows the crop to mature) (the seed begins to grow)

Slide #4

And the third area that a farmer needs to be successful in is…

3) Harvesting (God brings in the crop) (growth of the church) (The seed fellowship together ) (and prepare for the next year’s harvest)

A farmer’s job is to work the ground, plant the seed, pray for rain, and then when the harvest is ready bring in the harvest.

Matthew 9:37-38 clearly explains for us the steps of raising a bumper crop… (read)

Prayer

Slide #5

There are several factors that every farmer realizes are involved behind the success… of having a bountiful harvest.

It doesn’t matter what part of the United States you live in…whether it’s Hobbs America or in Illinois where I grew up…

Healthy soil…temperature…moisture… and good work ethic…all play a major factor in raising a healthy crop.

How many of you here have ever been to Illinois?

It’s kinda like what’s found in New Mexico and Texas… the land itself is very flat and open…

But the soil and weather are where I see a big difference.

In Illinois the soil is black and rarely found dry.


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