Picking Cotton!

If you have not heard, on Sunday evening, June 11 (as part of our North American Mission Board’s Crossover event that precedes our annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting on June 13, 14) we will be involved in a Harvest Crusade with Pastor Greg Laurie.  What an exciting time as we anticipate filling the 65,000 seats of the Arizona Cardinal Stadium and sharing Christ with those “we” invite and bring. Our CPTC family is involved in many ways with the prayer preceding the event, the actual event, and the follow-up with people who might make decisions for Christ. The event itself will be exciting (with music from Phil Wickham, Mercy Me and others) but the preparation has also presented some exciting opportunities. If you haven’t heard and want to know more or be involved, from praying to singing in a massive choir, just contact the church office. The three key words: Pray, Invite, Bring! All of us can do those things!

That said, I was “thinking and praying” and remembered my times as a young boy in rural west Tennessee, a time when youngsters were for the most part involved in “harvesting”, especially the cotton crop. That meant, chopping cotton in one season and picking cotton when the harvest season came. Both were necessary for a successful endeavor. Much the same with the upcoming Harvest Crusade. We are planting and chopping right now, that’s the get ready part; and soon, June 11, we will do some “harvesting”.

Maybe you know the area of our west Valley where the Arizona Cardinal Stadium is located. It has long been a farming community and though the years have seen much of the land developed into commercial enterprises, there is still some farm land, in fact, cotton land, near the stadium (just south of the south parking area). It’s not unusual to see “fields white and ready for harvest” near the place where we will join together for the Harvest Crusade.

I’m pretty sure Jesus was not looking at a “cotton field” when He said in John 4:35, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” (NASB)  However, regardless of the type of crop, the “fields” of our Valley are ready for Harvest…and it’s not four months, it’s basically 5 weeks. So, let’s get ready for the Harvest Crusade, NOW!


Pastor Bob

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