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What We Do: Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

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In Proverbs 24:10 we read, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” In these days, many have been swallowed up by fear and anxiety. Many have retreated to self-protection strategies. Many have turned inward. But this is not the way God’s children respond to trial. So, what do we DO as God's children? What does it look like to stand firm in the ...

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Sermon-Based Small Groups (Part 2)

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This fall, we launched our first sermon-based small group study and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Behind the movement of multi-site churches, sermon-based small group studies are one of the fastest growing trends in the American church. Clearly this approach is working in many churches across the country. The question is why? In this second part of a two-p...

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Sermon-Based Small Groups (Part 1)

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This fall, we launched our first sermon-based small group study and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Behind the movement of multi-site churches, sermon-based small group studies are one of the fastest growing trends in the American church. Clearly this approach is working in many churches across the country. The question is why? In this first part of a two...

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Just Be Present

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Over the summer, Pastor Eric and his family were able to enjoy an eight-week sabbatical. In this two-part series, he reflects on two truths he learned during his sabbatical. In these posts, Pastor Eric invites you to consider how his experience might apply to your life as well. ...

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I Glorify Busy

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Over the summer, Pastor Eric and his family were able to enjoy an eight-week sabbatical. In this two-part series, he reflects on two truths he learned during his sabbatical. In these posts, Pastor Eric invites you to consider how his experience might apply to your life as well....

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You're Gonna Like My Church

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The following is a true story about a 32-year-old man who visited Harvest on a Sunday in March. His name is Joe. He's been homeless for 8 years... but he's on his way home....

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What I Do With My Day Off: Pastor Eric

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The days are long, the nights are full, the weekends are crazy busy. Projects get delayed, houses aren't as tidy as preferred. We greatly anticipate the days off work to rest and recover. But more than relaxing on your day off, create a weekly rhythm that restores and energizes you....

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Jonah Is Getting Baptized

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We love celebrating stories of God working in the lives of our people. This Sunday, we get to rejoice with Jonah. In every way possible, Jonah was the prodigal son. He ran far from the Lord. He walked away from church. Yet, even at Jonah's lowest point, God called to him with open, welcoming arms....

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How To Break Out

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For many people the most intimidating thing about joining a small group is break out. Think back to the first time you attended your small group. Not only did you knock on a stranger’s door, but you went in and sat down in their living room. By the way, who are these people? What’s going to happen? What’s my escape plan? Here are three ways to prepare for break out s...

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8 Lessons in 8 Years

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2016 marked 8 years at Harvest Indy West for me. Wow these eight years have flown by. So much has changed. My family has changed. Our church has changed. And I have changed. I thank the Lord for Harvest and the privilege of serving here for an extended period of time. Here are 8 things I have learned over the last 8 years of ministry....

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