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Harvest

Rick Dorman, Lead Pastor

 
My mother used to say to me, “Remember son, you always reap what you sow.”  At first, I thought in a negative way – you sow bad seeds you reap bad.  But it can also be positive – you SOW good seeds, there will be a Harvest.

Life is filled with choices; choices that affect us every day in everything we do.  Everyday choices are not without significance for our future.

Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows his own flesh shall from flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the spirit shall from the spirit reap eternal life.”

Starting in October I will be preaching on what happens when we sow.  There are laws that God has given us to live by, and if we follow them, we will see results.  Join with us as we look at these laws:
  • Law #1 - We reap only what has been sown.
  • Law #2 - We reap the same in kind as we sow.
  • Law #3 - We reap in a different season than we sow.
  • Law #4 - We reap more than we sow.
  • Law #5 - We reap in proportion to what we sow.
  • Law #6 - We only reap a full harvest if we persevere.
  • Law #7 - We can’t do anything about last year's Harvest, but we can affect the next one.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every purpose under heaven.  As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, summer and winter, day and night, WILL NEVER CEASE.

Missions

Carol Dorman, Missions Director


i58 needs your help!  We have continued to be incredibly blessed with an abundance of donations and need a sizable team of volunteers to come and assist in getting these items ready for the next i58 distribution .  On Thursday, October 3, at 6:00 PM we will sort and organize everything that has come into the storehouse.  Please come lend a hand!

Also, Sewing Seeds is making blankets for the children of the i58 families for Christmas and we are in need of fleece for this project.  Please help us by either donating fleece, or if you prefer, we will take donations to go towards the  purchase of fleece.

Your continued help and generosity with Royal Haven’s Mission programs is always greatly appreciated!  Thank you for all you do!

Senior Adults (39Rs)

Gene McBride, Associate Pastor


Can you believe it?  We are nearing the end of the second decade of the 21st century!  As one song writer wrote years ago, “signs of the times are everywhere,” and it is more so today than ever.  Jesus told us to work for the night is coming when no man can work.  Awakening and Kingdom work is urgent and critical for all of God’s people.  It is up to us!

We are planning a trip to The Promise in Glen Rose on Friday, October 11.  We look forward to seeing this excellent presentation about our Lord.  This is an outdoor theater with great music and drama.  Invite someone to join us.  Reserved seat tickets are $30 each, and your money must be given to Gene McBride, or the church office, no later than Sunday, October 6th.

Discipleship

Dr. John Yarbrough, Discipleship Pastor


We know that being a Christian has many responsibilities.  Peter said that one of these responsibilities is that we need to be ready to defend our belief, ”...but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,…” (1 Peter 3:15 NASB)  Are you ready to share your faith?  Are you convinced that the Good News of Jesus is worth sharing to our world?

I ask these questions to challenge all of us.  I think Peter is saying we always need to be ready to share our hope and faith in our Savior.  But sometimes life can get in our way and we can neglect that being a disciple of Christ is a 24/7 responsibility.

The way we handle daily life situations at home, work, school, in our neighborhood and in our church truly reflects the maturity of our faith.  The Apostle John said, “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10 NASB)

John is saying we need to practice our belief in all areas of our life, and we must love our brother (neighbor).  Jesus addressed the Pharisees and quoted Isaiah (29:13) when he said, “‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.” (Matthew 15:8 NASB).  If we say that we love God, yet our daily living does not reflect the love of God, we still have a long way to go in being a disciple of Christ.

Our church provides a wonderful opportunity to live out our faith.  If we are angry and judgmental with our spiritual family, our worship falls very short.  If we want to learn to share our faith, a good way is to start loving your church family.  As the song says, “they will know we are Christians by our love.”

Blessings!

Overflow Sunday Night

Marty Earls


What a great month of being Together we had in September.  One of the many awesome ways that Pastor Rick leads our church is in being Kingdom focused.  That is, remembering that the body of Christ is made up of all believers and that all our efforts are in service to Jesus who is Lord of All. 

It is in this spirit that the Overflow worship team has launched Overflow Sunday Night, Royal Haven's new 5:00 PM worship service.  Overflow Sunday Night is designed to bring the body of Christ together to worship, pray, and fellowship.  We will bring in guest musicians and missional leaders, as the Lord provides, to help us all broaden our focus to what God is doing in the larger community of North Texas and beyond.  Our invitation is to "People from any church, or no church at all".  This especially includes people from Royal Haven, so please consider this an invitation to come back to church at 5:00 PM for a time of worship, prayer, and community.  You are encouraged to bring friends even if they are committed at another congregation.  Our hope is to gather churches and believers from all over to celebrate our unity in Christ.

A Note of Thanks

To the Royal Haven Family


My wife Karen and I, would like to take this moment, to thank each and every one of you for the lovely gifts that you so thoughtfully picked out for our baby daughter Elisa. We feel so blessed that our daughter is coming into a world where there are communities like yours, with such wonderful hearts. Our faces lit up with a smile, as we opened each gift and read the beautiful cards filled with such kind words and God’s Blessings. There are not enough words to show our appreciation for all of you. When the time is right and we have welcomed our baby daughter Elisa into this world, we will make every effort to bring her up, so she can say hello. Once again thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Karen, Jose and Baby Elisa.
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