"I AM GOD'S HARVESTER" 8/4 (Sun) ~ 8/9 (Fri) At the Oaks (Apply by 7/21)
Do you not say, “Four months more and then the harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest (John 4:35).
In Jesus’ spiritual eyes, the fields were already ripe for harvest while in the physical eyes of the disciples, it was not yet time to harvest. To be God’s harvester, it is essential that you see the fields as Jesus sees. He went on to say:
Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus, the saying “One sows and another reaps” is true (vv. 36-37).
Harvest is the time for blessings, wages, and joy, and God shares his goodness with us in harvest.
For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete (Deut 16:15).
But since we are talking about the spiritual harvest, “the work of your hands” must be understood in a spiritual sense. Those who sow and reap will rejoice together and enjoy the blessings of the harvest just as Jesus promised, but this only applies to those who have participated in sowing or reaping. Jesus even promised about the “wages” that a reaper will receive. Wages are different from gifts given by grace, since they are paid to workers according to their “work,” while gifts are given freely to all who believe. Many Christians think vaguely of both gifts and wages as only “blessings” in a general sense, lumping them together in one category, but they are not the same.
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor (John 4:38).
According to Jesus, sowing is “hard work” while reaping is easy; after all, reaping consists only of harvesting the benefits of the sowers’ labor. Jesus sent his disciples as harvesters, not sowers.
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (Matt 9:37-38).
The world we live in is a field ripe for harvest. The kind of workers that are demanded are harvesters, not sowers. Wouldn’t you like to work as one of God’s harvesters?
Rev. Toru Asai was born in Japan in 1952. While pursuing a degree in physics at Nagoya University, he received God’s calling to come to the U.S. In 1982, he began attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a major in Biblical Studies. He continued his graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and received an M.A. in Semitic Languages and a Th. M. in Old Testament Studies.
He taught Hebrew and Akkadian (also known as the Assyrian language) at Fuller Seminary as part of the adjunct faculty. He was ordained as a pastor in 1996 by Grace Fellowship Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has been pastoring Davar Kingdom of God since 1996. His book “Kami no Katachi ni (In the Image of God)” was published by Japan Newspaper in 1994. He is married to wife, Masami and has one daughter, Jun.
Adults (Age 12 and above) : $440
Children (Ages 4-11) : $280
* Discounts (cannot be applied to children under age 3)
Participants in the same family get $30 discount from the second participant.
Participants coming from overseas including children get also $30 discount.
・$26 per each session for adults and $17 for children (ages 4-11).
・Meals are included in morning, afternoon and evening sessions, and lodging (room/bed) in night sessions.
The fee for the use of the facilities is included in all sessions.
・Please mark the sessions you plan to attend.
・The fees include lodging (room/bed), three meals a day and the usage of the facilities.
・You can apply as either a full-time or a partial participant, but discounts are only for the full-time participants.
・Children under age 3 are free, and no children under age 11 can attend without their parent or guardian.
・Seminar fees can be refunded except for $20 application fee when canceled before the deadline.
Please be advised that no refund is made when canceled after the deadline.
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(Apply by 7/21)