Palm Harvest

Palm Harvest

By Palm Harvest Podcast Network
The sermons from our 9am Sunday gatherings in Costa Mesa, California
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Caring for my family
Growing Up in 2020 1 Timothy 5:3-16 Dr. Mike Decker February 16, 2020 Big Idea: God expects me to care for my family. 1. Children are to care for their parents. 2. Widow welfare requirements: a. 60 years old. b. Widowed by death. c. Well respected. d. Historical work ethic. e. Other focused. 3. The church should assist those who need help. 4. The church should not subsidize or support laziness.
33:32
February 19, 2020
I Don't Have to be a Monk but Ascetic Disciplines Do Help
Growing Up in 2020 1 Timothy 4:1-13 Dr. Mike Decker February 9, 2020 Big Idea: I don’t have to be a monk to attain spiritual maturity; but practicing ascetic disciplines do help. 1. Be discerning about who you follow. ➢ False teachers often emphasize works over grace. • Abstinence from people. • Abstinence from sex. • Abstinence from food. 2. Ask: Does this have eternal traction?
28:54
February 12, 2020
Leadership is a Lifelong Journey
Growing Up in 2020 1 Timothy 3:8-15 Dr. Mike Decker February 2, 2020 Big Idea: Leadership growth is a lifelong journey. QUESTION: How does a person gain experience? • ANSWER: Through mentoring and opportunity. 1. In the church, there are two leadership roles: a. Elder b. Deacon 2. Both must exhibit these qualities: • Good reputation • Not overindulgent • Generous • Well-behaved • Mentally and emotionally stable • Sexually above reproach • Manage family well • Hospitable • Know the Bible • Gentle, patient, and peace-loving • Not a new Christian 3. Same qualities; different functions. • Romans 12:4-13 • Acts 6:1-4 4. Each must be tested before appointment.
29:07
February 5, 2020
High Expectations
Growing Up in 2020 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Dr. Mike Decker January 26, 2020 1 Timothy 3:1 (NLT) This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.” Big Idea: God has high expectations for His leaders. To be a leader in the Church: 1. Is a desirable Kingdom assignment. 2. Requires spiritual maturation. 3. Invites transferable character. 5 Levels of Leadership (Maxwell) Biblical Leadership Qualities: 1. Sexually above reproach 2. Mentally and emotionally stable 3. Well-behaved 4. Good reputation 5. Hospitable 6. Knows the Bible 7. Not overindulgent 8. Gentle, patient, and peace-loving 9. Generous 10. Manages family well 11. Not a new Christian
42:18
January 28, 2020
Unity and Humility
Growing Up in 2020 1 Timothy 2:8-15 Dr. Mike Decker January 19, 2020 Big Idea: Spiritual maturity is demonstrated in unity and humility. Galatians 3:26, 28 (NLT) For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. [Therefore]...there is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. In Jesus: 1. We are all equal. 2. We are all gifted. 3. We all have roles to steward. ❖ Function does equal superiority. ❖ Unity not uniformity.
28:54
January 25, 2020
Pray For Others
Growing Up in 2020 1 Timothy 2:1-6 Dr. Mike Decker January 12, 2020 God Wants me to Pray for Others 1. Pray indiscriminately and inclusively. 2. Pray surrogately. 3. Pray thankfully. 4. Pray for those in positions of authority.
27:51
January 15, 2020
3 Final Assignments
Deuteronomy 31-34 Dr. Mike Decker December 29, 2019 Big Idea: In spite of my failures, God still uses me. Three Final Assignments for 2019: 1. Intentionally go meet with God. Deuteronomy 32:48-49a (NLT) That same day the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Moab, to the mountains east of the river, and climb Mount Nebo, which is across from Jericho...” 2. Reflect on God’s faithfulness. Deuteronomy 32:49b (NLT) ...Look out across the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the people of Israel as their own special possession.” 3. Bless those you love. Deuteronomy 33:1 (NLT) This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave to the people of Israel before his death... Ponder for 2020: What do I need to do differently or not do any more in order to better lead the people God has entrusted to me?
26:31
December 30, 2019
God wants you to know His Son
1. Jesus’ Kingdom is offered to everyone. Luke 2:10-11 (CEV) The angel said, "Don't be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. This very day in King David's hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. 2. Jesus’ Kingdom is recognizable. Luke 2:12 (NLT) And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 3. Jesus’ Kingdom is life-changing. Luke 2:20 (NIV) The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
32:50
December 26, 2019
Tesla Vs Jesus
We are invited to Put on the Wardrobe of God What is your brand?
31:59
December 19, 2019
Answer One
Answer ONE Acts 3:1-11 Dr. Mike Decker Big Idea: God invites us to be His hands and feet. 1. God’s invitations are often experienced during the daily rhythms of life. Acts 3:1-3 (NLT) Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. 2. God’s invitations often necessitate an open-mindedness. Acts 3:4-6 (NLT) Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” ❖ Don’t let a lack of resources keep you from: a. Being available. b. Engaging people. c. Offering something. ❖ Homework Assignment: Trust God and step in.
29:16
December 8, 2019
Ask One
Kirk Bauermeister Dec 1 2019 Big Idea: God always has our best interests at heart! 1. If you are doing God’s work, he will be with you. Exodus 17:9b Matthew 21:22 1 John 3:21-23 James 4:2b-3 2. Who’s support do you need to do God’s work? Exodus 17:9a Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Genesis 2:1-7 3. Ask God for his support and you will receive it. Exodus 17:9-11 Exodus 17:12-13 Matthew 7:7-9 Mark 11:23-25 What is it you need help with? Who’s help do you need to enlist? Pray for God’s wisdom, discernment and help We would love to hear from you, reach us at prayer@palmharvest.com
30:20
December 3, 2019
Thank One
November 24, 2019 Thank ONE Dr. Mike Decker Big Idea: Expressing thankfulness is life-giving. 1. Express your thankfulness with verbal words. 2 Samuel 2:4-6 (NLT) Then the men of Judah came to David and crowned him king over the people of Judah. When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, he sent them this message: “May the LORD bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. May the LORD be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. 2. Express your thankfulness with written words. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 (NLT) This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May God give you grace and peace. We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7-8 (NLT) I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be His own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in Him is being talked about all over the world. 3. Express your thankfulness with prayerful words. Ephesians 1:15-16 (NLT) Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly.
26:32
November 27, 2019
Share One
Mark 6:30-44 Big Idea: God’s miracles often invite our participation. Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 1. Gods capacity is not constrained by limited resources. Mark 6:42-44 (NLT) They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves! 2. The ingredients for a miracle are often within our grasp. Mark 6:38 (NLT) “How much bread do you have?” He asked. “Go and find out.” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” John 6:8-9 (NLT) Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” 3. God’s miracles are usually experienced in community. Mark 6:41 (NLT) Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, He kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share.
34:09
November 24, 2019
Speak Out for One
Genesis 18:16-19:29 Dr. Mike Decker Genesis 19:29 (NLT) God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain. Big Idea: My actions influence God’s actions. 1. God has plans. 2. God loves to work out His plans through me. 3. God listens and considers my petitions. 4. God is inviting me to advocate for _____________.
38:56
October 29, 2019
Read One
Dr. Mike Decker Big Idea: The Bible is our source for success. 1. Bible consumption is the antidote against failure. Joshua 1:8 (NLT) Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 2. Bible implementation is fertilizer for a fruitful life. John 15:5 (NLT) Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” James 1:22, 25 (NLT) Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. If you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
21:34
October 20, 2019
Invest in One
Dr. Mike Decker Luke 6:12-13 (NLT) Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night. At daybreak He called together all of His disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Big Idea: Mentors exponentialize impact. 1. Mentors are forward-looking problem-solvers. Acts 11:20-21, 25 (NLT) Some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord. Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 2. Mentors think team. Acts 11:26a (NLT) When [Barnabus] found [Saul], he brought him back to Antioch. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. 3. Mentors personally invest themselves into people. Acts 11:26b (NLT) Both of them [Barnabus and Saul] stayed there with the church for a full year [in Antioch], teaching large crowds of people. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.
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October 13, 2019
Confess One
Dr. Mike Decker Proverbs 28:13 (NLT) People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. Big Idea: Confession is life-giving. 1. Sin stubbornness fosters demise. Psalm 32:3-4 (NLT) When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night Your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. 2. Sin confession fosters freedom. Psalm 32:5 (NLT) Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. 3. Sin forgiveness fosters joy. Psalm 32:1 (NLT) Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 4. Sin expungement fosters empowered living. Psalm 32:2 (NLT) Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
24:09
October 6, 2019
Memorize One
Dr. Mike Decker Psalm 119:105 (NLT) Your WORD is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Big Idea: The Bible is written for me. Benefits of Memorizing Scripture: 1. God’s Word helps me resist temptation. Psalm 119:11 (NIV) I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. 2. God’s Word strengthens me when I'm feeling stress. Psalm 119:50 (NLT) Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. 3. God’s Word comforts me when I’m scuffling. Jeremiah 15:16 (TLB) Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. Three Keys to Memorizing Scripture: a. Review. b. Review. c. Review. Pick ONE: • John 3:16-17 • Jeremiah 29:11 • Isaiah 40:30-31 • Philippians 4:6-7 • 2 Corinthians 5:17 • Romans 8:38-39 • Proverbs 3:5-6 • Colossians 3:23 • Revelation 3:20 • Galatians 5:22-23
26:20
September 29, 2019
Help One
A parallel story to the Bad Samaritan's one, Beto Gudino's immigration story. 
38:14
September 22, 2019
Seek one
Dr. Mike Decker Luke 15:1-3 (NLT) Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that He was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story… Big Idea: Lost people matter to God. 1. Jesus challenges me to take responsibility. 2. Jesus challenges me to be relentless. 3. Jesus reminds me of heavens priority.
29:09
September 15, 2019
Pray for One
Dr. Mike Decker Acts 12:1-3, 5 (NLT) About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the Apostle James killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. While Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. Big Idea: Prayer changes outcomes. 1. God’s activity isn’t always recognizable. Acts 12:9 (NLT) So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. 2. My lack of faith does not prevent God from working. Acts 12:13-15 (NLT) He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!” “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.”
32:40
September 8, 2019
Forgive One
John 8:1-11 Dr. Mike Decker John 8:7, 9-11 (NIV) When they kept on questioning [Jesus], He straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Big Idea: Jesus’ forgiveness invites me to live differently. 1. My heart is often showcased in my activity. 2. Look in before looking around. 3. Forgiveness is free but it is not cheap.
32:09
September 1, 2019
Fran Ursini - Founder of Newport Rib Company and Costa Mesa City Legend
Fran Ursini, a legendary shareholder in Costa Mesa and Founder of  Newport Rib Company sits down for a conversation with Pastor Mike  Decker.  Together they discuss family, philanthropy, and principles for  civic engagement.
30:23
April 25, 2019
Kirk Bauermeister - Executive Director of Secondary Education NMUSD (Newport Mesa Unified School District). All the leadership skills you'll need to be in the education arena.
Kirk Bauermeister sat down with Mike to talk how to practically love your city within the education arena. Kirk relates baseball to leadership skills. How did Kirk do when he answers Mike's music and education Trivia questions?  Enjoy the ride as you listen to a brilliant mind unravel where his educational background comes from. 
42:31
March 8, 2019
Brian Klock, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles Founder & President
Alright trivia buffs: What do Arlen Ness, Donnie Smith, Click Baldwin, Willie G. Davidson, and Brian Klock have in common?  Answer: They are ALL motorcycle legends. Brian Klock is the Founder and President of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles. As a child, suffering from severe asthma, little did he know that this “pain” would help shape him into the creative genius he is today.   In this episode, Brian talks about the heroes who believed in him; and how their positivity fueled his efforts to invent a motorcycle part that has revolutionized the V-Twin industry.   In recent years, Jack Daniels, Indian Motorcycles and Klock Werks have teamed together to build limited edition bikes for various causes.
31:40
February 20, 2019
Ian Stevenson, Trellis Executive Director, tackles in cooperative effort the city's biggest challenges
Tackling a cities’ “Greatest Challenges” is not for the faint of heart. #Homelessness is a complicated, growing concern for many communities. Investing in our children is an easy priority but to tackle literacy obstacles requires intuitive wisdom and cooperative, shared responsibility. #Churches partnering with local businesses and city government is a delicate balance. And yet in #CostaMesa, CA this shared problem-solving approach is happening. In this episode, Ian Stevenson talks about how he and his TRELLIS team are working collaboratively with local agencies to positively impact people’s lives. #palmharvestpositivity #php
34:33
February 1, 2019
Tom Hatch, former Costa Mesa, CA City Manager, His next career move.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the responsibility to manage the workings of a city that is home to businesses like South Coast Plaza, Vans, Hurley, Volcom, and the NFL Los Angeles Chargers?   Tom Hatch talks about his experience as City Manager for the hip, eclectic, Southern California city: Costa Mesa.  He shares his feelings about his former staff, how he left city hall, and what is next.  He also unpacks his ideas about how a healthy democracy works.
31:29
January 17, 2019