The Longest Day

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

shutterstock 89951416 webThe longest day in the year was last Friday. The sun rose around 6:30am and set just before 9:00pm. That gave us about fourteen and a half hours of sunlight that day. With the passing of Summer Solstice every passing day of sunlight will begin to get shorter and shorter. Longer days and more outdoor activity is one of the reasons why summer is one of the best parts of any year.

What was the longest day in history? The longest day we have recorded in Bible history is the day when the “sun stood still” for about a whole day. Yes, the sun stood still when Israel was in battle with the Canaanite nation of Amalek. The Bible says, “At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel,” Joshua 10:12-14.

Days can often be measured, not in the time the sun shines in the sky, but by how circumstances and events of life distress us. Struggles can often turn nights into sleepless days of worry, often of things over which we have little control. Obsessions not only lengthen days, but can shorten lives because of stress.

A Mission Completed

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

scottIt is greatly hoped that by the time you read this article, the Harps will have safely returned from New Zealand, perhaps a little jet lagged and weather-worn. Being south of the equator during this trip away, the temperatures have been much cooler with the highs each day in the upper 50's and low 60's. While the warmer temperatures of home will be a welcome change, departing the warmth of family and friends in this South Pacific nation is most difficult.
Starting the Pacific Islands Bible College has been a real challenge and blessing on this trip. To make it happen, we were willing and able to be away for about two and a half weeks of hard travel of over 16,000 miles, of which 56 hours were spent in transit, including 34 hours in flight and about 22 hours in layovers. This was the biggest hurdle. Adding to this, there were also the many hours of preparation for classes and preaching. While in New Zealand I was presented with the opportunity to do about 18 hours of teaching and preaching. Several meetings were held during the two weeks with key church leaders in the country to discuss the potential of carrying on this work, and PIBC's potential of helping educate the New Zealand people for years to come. Please be praying for this effort as it is still in its early stages of development.

Father

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

fatherThere have been many men and women in my life that have had a big impact on me. I have stood at the feet of many great, wonderful, Godly people, but none come even close to the impression my father has had on me.

I am his son and I am proud of it.

My father isn't the perfect man...he simply imitates with his very being the One who is perfect, Jesus.

My father wasn't the perfect dad....he just never stopped trying to imitate our Father in Heaven.

My father wasn't the best at everything...he simply did his best through the abilities given to him by God.

When it all comes down to it, my father is a man, a fallible man. He is a man who will readily admit his sins and failings to the world.

But – He is a man after God's own heart.

A Long-Awaited Trip

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Minister Articles

PIBCIt has been a long-time in the coming. Returning to Aotearoa (Maori for Land of the Long White Cloud), otherwise called New Zealand, is something we have long desired to do. It is Jenny’s homeland, and for over eight years my home. Two of our children, Rebecca and Richard were born there. All of our children are duel citizens of both the U.S.A. and New Zealand.

For many years the Pacific Rim has been the center of mission focus for the Harp family. My parents spent over twelve years in New Zealand. My father, Richard T. Harp, has traveled to that region of the world annually since their return to the U.S. in 1990. In the last several years I, too, have made missionary trips to the island nations of the Pacific to teach in the Pacific Island Bible College, PIBC, and to preach the gospel of Christ. It has been my privilege to baptize many people in the waters of earth’s largest body of water.

For many years the Buford congregation has been involved in evangelizing in the Pacific region. We have been long supporters of the Robert Martin and Stacey Ferguson families who are dedicated fully to this work. PIBC is the brain-child of brother Robert Martin. He and his family have served the Lord in the island nations since the early 1970s.