Category Archives: James MacDonald

The Hour is Now!

I am absolutely thrilled with what God is doing in Harvest Bible Chapel and in the Harvest Bible Fellowship.

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4.21-24

The Hour is Now!

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Pastor James MacDonald Speaking Tuesday Night

Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel of Rolling Meadows, IL, will be speaking at Hibernia Baptist Church on Fleming Island this Tuesday night at 7:00. Special guest Meredith Andrews will be singing. Seating is limited and requires advanced registration at the Walk in the Word website. We at Harvest Bible Chapel of Jacksonville are excited to be partnering with Walk in the Word to make this event a success. Volunteers from Harvest Jax will be ushering and working the resource table. Hope to see you there!

USA Today Reports on Trip by Pastor James and Pastor Mark Driscoll

USA Today reports:

Now, Rev. Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church who is known nationwide for his blunt talking sermons and in-your-face evangelism, has seen the sex trade revving up amid the rubble.

Driscoll and James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago raced down to Haiti to assess the damages to the church infra-structure and launch a drive to rebuild places of worship, churcheshelpingchurches.org.”

Read the whole article HERE.

If I Could Recommend Only One Book Besides the Bible…

What a question! If I could recommend only one book besides the Bible, what would it be?

My initial thought would be Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan because it has stood the test of time as a classic that has encouraged the faith of untold numbers of Christians. But, it is a long book and a difficult book to read unless you get a modernized version.

My next thought is Desiring God by John Piper because no book I know of has had such a profound impact on so many of my friends, and myself. James MacDonald has said that it is probably the greatest book written in our generation. He could very well be right.

But at this point in my journey, if I had to pick out one book to give a person other than the Book of books, I think i would choose… Continue reading If I Could Recommend Only One Book Besides the Bible…

Harvest Bible Chapel – Putting the Bible Back in Church

One of the main reasons I decided to align myself with the Harvest Bible Fellowship is because of an emphasis on God’s Word in everything.

Liberal churches deny the veracity and trustworthiness of the Bible. Pragmatic churches either “hide” the Bible (seeker-driven churches) or choose to focus only on the portions of the Bible that help a person fulfill their dreams (prosperity gospel churches).

But at Harvest Bible Chapel, we (along with many other Bible-based churches) believe that the Bible is God’s Word and the whole Bible is worthy of our diligent study:

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2.15, HCSB

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3.16-17, ESV

If you come to Harvest Bible Chapel, bring a Bible. We will open it together to a section of Scripture and discuss it’s relevance to our lives, seeking God’s help in understanding and applying it.

If you need help understanding the role of the Bible in your life and how to approach God’s Word, we highly recommend God Wrote a Book by Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

Pastor James on The Price is Right

Some of you may know that Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel of Rolling Meadows, IL, was a contestant on Dick Clark’s The $25,000 Pyramid several years ago. Late this morning one of our church members called the office to tell me she was pretty sure she had just seen Pastor James in the studio audience of The Price Is Right. I shot Pastor James an email and he confirmed it. This time he wasn’t a contestant, but in the studio audience, seated right behind Contestants’ Row.  I captured these photos on my MacBook with this nifty widget called “Screenshot Plus”:

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God Wrote a Book by James MacDonald

Crossway Books, 2002
121 pages

What makes a Christian book outstanding? A combination of several factors: First, it must be Biblical. The book’s premise must be rooted in a proper Christian worldview. When referring to Scripture, it must be accurate and provide a valid interpretation.

Second, it must be compelling. Alistair Begg has said, “I never cease to be amazed by the ingenuity of those who are capable of taking the powerful, life-changing text of Scripture and communicating it

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