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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lost and Found

Notes: Lost and Found
Pastor Jeff Lasseigne
Harvest OC
April 6, 2017
Luke 15

Luke 15:1-32 NKJV
[1] Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. [2] And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." [3] So He spoke this parable to them, saying: [4] "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? [5] And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. [6] And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' [7] I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. [8] "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? [9] And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!' [10] Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." [11] Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. [12] And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. [13] And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. [14] But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. [15] Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. [16] And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. [17] "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! [18] I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, [19] and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."' [20] "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. [21] And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' [22] "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. [23] And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; [24] for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. [25] "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. [26] So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. [27] And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' [28] "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. [29] So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. [30] But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' [31] "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. [32] It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.'"

There's probably no chapter that has done greater good to the souls of men.

More than 1/3 of the teachings of Christ came to us in forms of parables.

Parables are used to teach profound truths.

1st is "The parable of the lost sheep."

Luke 15:1 NKJV
[1] Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.

These people had no place in the Temple. Yet they were drawn to Jesus.

Before there was the passion of Christ, there was the compassion of Christ.

God knows you with an everlasting love. There is nothing you can do to change God's love for you.

Luke 15:2-3 NKJV
[2] And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." [3] So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

Luke 19:10 NKJV
[10] for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

The religious leaders were out of step with God and out of tune with Heaven.

Luke 15:10 NKJV
[10] Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

The parable of the lost son.

The prodigal son story has been stated to be the greatest short story ever written.

Many want God's blessings but they don't want God.

The father gave his son what he wanted.

We become like the prodigal son every time we look for happiness apart from God.

Sin will take you further then you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more then you want to pay.

Some people want to be saved from their misery but not from their sin.

The fathers mercy gave the boy peace, the fathers grace gave him a feast.

God is our creator. 

Many use free will to run from God. 

You can't work to receive God's grace and mercy, you can't work to receive God's forgiveness.

Our compassionate God will run to us if we come home.

It's not a parable of a prodigal son, it's a parable of a loving father.

John 6:29 NKJV
[29] Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."

Legalism is to preach grace and practice law.

Christianity is not what we are outwardly, it's who we are inwardly.

How do we stop being the prodigal son and not turn into the brother.

Sinners will end up in Hell because they are unsaved, not because they are unloved.

You can't force a prodigal to come home, but you can pray for them.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Rags to Riches

Notes: Rags to Riches
Romans 5
SPEAKER:
Jeff Lasseigne
WORSHIP TEAM:
Harvest Worship Band
Becoming a Christian represents the ultimate 'Rags to Riches' story; a person moves from spiritual poverty to spiritual wealth when the receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In today's message, Pastor Jeff Lasseigne speaks on the spiritual riches that a Christian possesses because of Christ's love.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 — 10:00 a.m.

A lot of people in life today miss the point.

Many got the point last week at Harvest America. It is a real rags to riches story for us.

Cinderella is the most common rags to riches story we know. That doesn't touch what we experience in the riches Christ gives us.

Romans 5:1-11 NKJV
[1] Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, [2] through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [3] And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; [4] and perseverance, character; and character, hope. [5] Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. [6] For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. [8] But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. [10] For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. [11] And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

5 points from Romans 5:
1. Eternal Peace

Romans 5:1 NKJV
[1] Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

This is the "Therefore" of justification, the peace with God

The peace of God is different, that is Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
[6] Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; [7] and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Every unsaved person is not at peace  with God; even further, the unsaved person is the enemy of God.

We are either for God or we are against God.

There is no such thing as a spiritually neutral person, it's not even an option that is given to us.

Someone has to pay for your sin. Either you do, or you take the payment that Jesus has paid for you on the cross.

Colossians 1:21 NKJV
[21] And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

James 4:4 NKJV
[4] Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

As a Christian we have been reconciled with God, He died for us even as sinners.

2. Eternal Access

Romans 5:2 NKJV
[2] through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

We now have access to Christ. Before the tearing of the veil, that was not the case.

Your prayers will immediately take you into the presence of God.

3. Eternal Hope

Romans 5:3-5 NKJV
[3] And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; [4] and perseverance, character; and character, hope. [5] Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

We can rejoice because of our eternal perspective.

Romans 8:18 NKJV
[18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The hope we have will never disappoint us.

Mother Teresa stated that the spiritual poverty in the western world was much greater then the physical poverty she was helping with in the east.

At first glance the suffering and abuse of Christ is a terrible thing. Yet if it wasn't for that event, we wouldn't have the hope that we have today.

If we were never sick a day in our lives, God is good. If we were sick every day, God is good.

4. Eternal Love

Romans 5:6-10 NKJV
[6] For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. [8] But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. [10] For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Our sins were transferred to Jesus on the Cross. On the Cross, Jesus' righteousness was transferred onto us.

Jesus took our punishment upon himself while we were still His enemies.

5. Eternal Joy

Romans 5:11 NKJV
[11] And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.


Joy might not be the most important part of our salvation, but it is the most beautiful.

Jesus was willing to go from riches to rags for our salvation.

2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV
[9] For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.


Are you a child of God or is your sin still separating you from God?

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Talk

Notes: The Talk
SPEAKER:
Jeff Lasseigne
WORSHIP TEAM:
Harvest Worship Band
Welcome to Harvest Sunday Morning!
Sunday, December 27, 2015 — 8:00 a.m.


Pastor Jeff wants to speak to us about money today.

Someone once wrote, they say money talks, mine is always saying goodbye.

The Money Talk… about savings and not being foolish. God’s word has given us wisdom to practice with money. There are over 2000 verses in Bible discussing money.

Proverbs 24:3-4 NLT A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

1- Tithing
Proverbs 3:9 NLT Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.

Haggai 1:6 NLT You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!

You can do more with the Lord and 90% then you can do alone with 100%.

Look to discover the blessings of tithing. If you sow sparingly then you will reap sparingly.

2- Stewardship
Nothing truly belongs to us.

Job 1:21 NLT He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”

1 Corinthians 4:2 NLT Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.

Honor the Lord and seek Him in every major financial decision. Pray to the Lord about everything. Nothing belongs to you so ask the Lord what He wants to do with His things.

Do not follow the typical American way of living beyond your means.

3- Contentment
1 Timothy 6:6 NLT Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.

Contentment helps us not to waste time seeking riches.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 NLT Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!

Proverbs 23:4 NLT Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.

Do not make the critical mistake in sacrificing the family in order to make more money in order to buy more things. Dinner time, school plays, sports games with you family is not only priceless but also irreplaceable.

4- Low Debt
Romans 13:8 NLT Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

Buying a house to build equity can be wise, running up your credit card debt is a really bad idea.

Proverbs 22:7 NLT Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

Eliminate or minimize the debt that is in your life.

Financial freedom is not just keeping your debt low, but also living below your means.

Money makes a good servant, but a terrible master.

5-Wisdom
Knowing to live within you means.

6-Savings
Proverbs 21:20 NKJV There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.

Proverbs 22:3 NKJV A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.

We need to put away for difficult times and retirement.

Proverbs 13:16 NKJV Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.

2 Peter 3:9 NKJV The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

7-Life Insurance
James 4:13-14 NKJV Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

When you purchase life insurance, you have the ability to leave a house and income for your family.

8- Will/Living Trust

If you do not decide how to spend your money after your death, then the government will at a very high cost.

Being a good steward calls us to do these things.

Proverbs 13:22 NKJV A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Proverbs 30:8-9 NLT First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

If you love God then you love His word.

2 Timothy 3:16 NLT All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

When you read God’s word, you are inhaling what the Holy Spirit exhaled thousands of years ago.

As we spend time reading and studying scripture, we receive huge returns. It will pay huge spiritual dividends in your life.

God’s word, makes us complete in our faith and it equips us for good work.

BASIC TIPS: for improving your devotional time;
1- Foundational - Commit to daily devotions.
We need to be in the word everyday, it is as important as eating food or drinking water.

2- Make a plan
There are so many ways to study God’s word, like reading through the Bible in a year.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Line in the Sand

Notes: A Line in the Sand
Pastor Jeff Lasseigne
Sunday, July 19, 2015 — 10:00 a.m.


We have all had the experience of being lost and frustrated.

So many believers are walking around in circles instead of living a fruitful life.

This message has been on Jeff’s mind for over a month now. It’s time for all of us to get serious about our faith.

Matt 6:33 ESV But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

8 Essentials:

1.     Priorities:
Seek first God and His righteousness.

We need to live our lives with eternal values and eternity on our mind.

God not being your first priority can be the source of many struggles.

Get your priorities straight; we need to follow Jesus, not just ask Jesus to follow us.

While God is a part of many lives, He is not the priority in many people’s lives.

Phil 3:13 ESV Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

2.     Boldness:
Rom 1:16 ESV For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Better to be hated for telling the truth, then to be loved for sharing a lie.

The great commission has become the great omission.

Nothing is politically right when it is morally wrong!

We have churches caving in to unbiblical chaos.

Isa 5:20 NKJV Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

For many, Hell is no longer hot, sin is no longer wrong and the Bible is no longer right.

In the 21st century we must go forth, and share that the Bible and church is a lifeboat for sinners, not a cruise ship for Christians.

It appears that everybody is worried about offending each other and not worried about offending God.

We need the Gospel everyday as Christians. The truth that God loves you can sustain you. He died for us. The earth is not our home.

3.     Readiness:
Rom 13:11-Rom 13:12 NKJV And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
It appears very clearly that we are living in the last days.

Ask the Holy Spirit to examine yourself, is their a habitual sin in your life that is damaging your relationship with the Lord?

4.     Scripture
2Tim 3:16 NKJV All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

The Bible is to us spiritually, as food is to us physically. It is our daily bread, our food for our spirit.

The Bible is worth every minute you spend in it.

Every book, chapter, verse and word is God breathed and good for us.

Doctrine tells and shows us what is right, reproof tells us what is not right, correction shows us how to get right, instruction shows us how to stay right.

Hos 4:6 NKJV My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

When you feed your faith, your doubts will starve to death.

Main excuses and challenges of reading scripture daily; not enough time, don’t understand, reading makes me sleepy, get distracted, struggle to be consistent.

We make time for what is important; there are several easy to understand translations, read when you wake up. Every excuse has an answer.

We have truths put into the Bible against things and are explained why they are wrong, like abortion and same sex-marriage, yet people today are trying to claw them out of the Bible.

5.     Empowerment!
Eph 5:18 NKJV And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

A continuous filling of the Holy Spirit is what the Bible describes to us.

We need to pray for a continuous filling of the Holy Spirit.

We have to plug into the power of the Holy Spirit.

3 types of people in regards to the Holy Spirit:
1.     Those who do not have the Spirit, the Unsaved.
2.     Those who do have the Spirit, the Saved.
3.     Those that the Spirit has, Empowered Christ Like Believers.

Gal 3:3 NKJV Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

We are in desperate need of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit filled life is not a deluxe version of the Christian, it is part of a Christian’s life.

6.     Prayer
Phil 4:6 NKJV Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

It seems impossible to not worry. Yet this is a command, so it requires the Holy Spirit for us to hold this commandment.

Worry can feel as if we are being strangled or choked, it can actually feel like these things are physically happening to us. So we must pray during these times.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow, but empties today’s strength.

Paul’s prescription for worry is prayer.

Isa 26:3 NKJV You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

7.     Assurance
Rom 8:39 NKJV nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us, when you became a Christian, God wrote your name in the Book of Life and He didn’t use a pencil.

Assurance is not based on what you have done, but what God has done.

Eph 2:8-Eph 2:9 NKJV For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Eph 1:7 NKJV In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Our salvation is based on His Blood and Grace.

Eph 1:13 NKJV In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

As a believer we have the Holy Spirit.

Rom 8:9 NKJV But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

The Holy Spirit is a guarantee to you that you will receive your inheritance in Heaven.

8.     Perspective
Phil 3:20 NKJV For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Eternal perspective. We are to set our hearts and minds on things above.

We are not going to disengage from this world, but we should understand with the right eternal perspective.

This world is passing away and we need to live with that perspective.

We are to be salt and light, and you can’t be that if you disengage.

This life is a drop in the ocean of eternity. Eternity if forever, more than a trillion years!

We chose Christ now and live in Him now to prepare us for eternity.

Eccl 3:11 NKJV He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

God has put eternity in our hearts, we all know there is more, no matter how bad someone wants to deny it.

Be serious about your faith; seek God first above everything else. Be bold in your faith; ready for Christ return. Grounded in His Word. Empowered by His Spirit, always praying, with full assurance and a Heavenly perspective.

No more excuses. We live in a day where there is clear line in the sand. Lets be on the right side of it.

John 3:16 NKJV For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 is how you get on the right side of that line!













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