In this day of Television Evangelists, I believe we have all grown a bit weary of who they are and what they claim. I generally don’t watch or listen to anyone preaching in the media. Too often they have an agenda for money or to promote their cause. There is enough of this going on in the world today.
Many years ago, I discovered a ministry called Harvest Ministries. It is run by a man named Greg Laurie. The unique thing about his ministry, is that it is not money or greed based. At least it does not appear to be so. Greg was an ex hippie and still believes in living life to the fullest, continuing his surfing. What is impressive is that, when I joined Harvest Ministries, I was sent a Bible, although I own several, and no money was required. It came with a newsletter that said
“Thanks for listening to Harvest Ministries.” That was it. Pure and simple. There was no plea for money , nor was there a request for me to join their ranks. I thought that was a bit different , so went on to investigate what they believed.
Come to find out, Harvest Ministries is a non denominational church. As such, they do not follow the creed of any church, but strive to have a few basic Bible principles that they live by. More than being a church, it is an outreach ministry. The web site is www.harvest.org. The site offers a daily devotional that you can opt to have sent via your email. It is about a five minute read. There also is a daily on line audio devotional. Both are free to anyone wishing to subscribe. There aren’t many web sites that don’t beg for money, and offer things like this for free..
So as not to be misconstrued, Harvest Ministries does not run on ” bread” alone. They do need cash to function of course. While the Church in Riverside, CA. is rather large, they alone can not keep up the Harvest Ministries and crusades. So the website offers items that you can buy and most of the proceeds go to benefit the ministry. Also, they do ask for donations. It would be neat, for those who tithe regularly, to donate a bit of your tithe to an organization such a Harvest Ministries. But that of course is a personal choice.
The ministry holds crusades at stadiums and various venues around the U.S. Because of Greg Laurie’s upbeat, modern stance, he attracts a lot of college aged students. The last crusade was in Raleigh, N.C. and was a three day event called the Triangle Harvest Crusade. While only a few stations carried the crusade, it could be watched live on the Internet.
While I am not proposing any religion or affiliation with any religion through his web site, neither is Greg Laurie. I merely felt his ministry is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise mostly materialistic society, even when it come to television and radio evangelists. Whatever your beliefs, you have to commend a human being who is striving for the better good of others, apparently while not seeking monetary gain. I think this is a quit a different approach..