Greg Laurie

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The 3 Things We Can Give to God in 2014

As we enter into a new year, here is something to remember: When it's all said and done, we have three things we can offer God—our treasure, our talent, and our time. Each of these is given to us by God, and each of them should be given back in generous portions.

Not Duration, But Donation

As one year comes to an end and another one begins, it is a great time to evaluate how we are doing and where we are going. We want to make sure that we are living our lives the way they ought to be lived because for some of us, this may be the last year.

The 3 Things we can give to God in 2014

As we enter into a new year, here is something to remember: When it's all said and done, we have three things we can offer God—our treasure, our talent, and our time. Each of these is given to us by God, and each of them should be given back in generous portions.

The Unpopular Truth

One of the most often-asked questions regarding the Christian faith goes something like this: "What about the person who has never heard that Jesus is the only way to God? What about the person in the middle of the jungle who has never heard the gospel?" (They are always in a jungle for some unknown reason—or in the desert.)

A Divine Birth Announcement

If you are a parent, then you can remember the first people you called after you became one. You gave them the weight and length of the baby and the actual time when he or she was born. You shared the news with those who were closest to you.

'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day'

One of the most familiar carols we hear during the holidays is "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." The story behind the song, based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is very interesting.

Jesus: The Son of God

What difference does it make who Jesus is? Why should we take Him seriously? The way we answer these questions will deeply impact our belief system, mold our character, and influence our lifestyle. They will also determine where we spend eternity.

Surprised to Be Chosen

Had Mary lived her life like so many other girls her age, she would have married a poor man, given birth to numerous poor children, never traveled more than a few miles from her home, and died like thousands of others before her. You see, Mary was a nobody living in Nazareth, a nothing town in the middle of nowhere.

Slow Down, Tune In, Be Still . . .

Christmas can be a very hard time for people for many reasons. One reason is that Christmas doesn't always live up to the hype. In fact, it rarely does. You can be very disappointed. A lot of people turn to alcohol and drugs, and suicide attempts go up at this time of year.

Why the Virgin Birth of Jesus?

Larry King once said that if he could choose one person to interview from the course of human history, he would choose to interview Jesus Christ. King said that he would like to ask Jesus "if He was indeed virgin-born." He added, "The answer to that question would define history for me." Larry King understands that the Virgin Birth is a big deal.

The Man Who Tried to Stop Christmas

A real war has been raging over Christmas. Many retailers have instructed their employees to no longer say, "Merry Christmas," but to say, "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" instead. We see this trend being carried through to the public schools and other places. Some school districts in Florida and New Jersey have prohibited the singing of Christmas carols altogether. And in Texas of all places, a school confiscated one child's gifts for classmates, which were pencils with the inscription, "Jesus is the reason for the season." A Wisconsin elementary school actually changed the lyrics for "Silent Night" to a secularized version, "Cold in the Night."

Here for You

Maybe you are having a difficult time this Christmas. Maybe your marriage has fallen apart and you are alone. Let me tell you something: God is with you. Maybe your kids have forgotten about you this year. Jesus hasn't forgotten about you. His name is Immanuel, which means "God with us." Maybe your parents have forgotten about you. But God your Father has not forgotten about you.

Christmas Is a Promise

For those who have lost a loved one, as my family has, Christmas can be really difficult, especially because it is so filled with memories. So many of those memories are triggered. And when you see other people having fun, it can actually bring a lot of sadness to you. It can even bring you to the point where you would just like to skip Christmas altogether. Have you ever wanted to cancel Christmas? I have.

Every Fiber of Your Being

I find it interesting that Jesus said, " 'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' " This statement reveals that God is not simply looking for some emotional, gooey kind of love. He is looking for a complete, true love.

The Unpopular Truth

One of the most often-asked question regarding the Christian faith goes something like this: "What about the person who has never heard that Jesus is the only way to God? What about the person in the middle of the jungle who has never heard the gospel?" (They are always in a jungle for some unknown reason—or in the desert.)

What Every Growing Christian Needs to Know

A father was talking with his daughter and her 5-year-old friend, Kristin, about birthdays. Kristin's was March 30 and the father's was March 27. The father said, "You know what Kristin? Our birthdays are three days apart!" She looked up at him and then said, "Yeah, but you grew much faster than I did!"

Start with a Bridge

A problem that Christians often have when they share the gospel is going into attack mode on a person's sin straightaway: "Oh yeah, I see that you are into this. Well, let tell me you something. . . ."

Barriers to Answered Prayer

You may have heard the old adage that says there are no atheists in foxholes. Actually, I think there may be some. But when the chips are down, most people will pray.

Why Jesus Had to Die (Part 3)

On the cross, Jesus gave seven statements—each one significant and necessary. One of the most arresting is "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" No fiction writer would have his hero say words like those. They surprise us, disarm us, and cause us to wonder what He meant. In many ways, this is virtually impossible to fathom.

His Work, His Timing

I am an "artist"— kind of. Actually, I am an artist with very limited skills. But sometimes when I'm spending time with friends, they will ask me to draw something. So I'll pull out a felt-tip pen and draw little cartoon

Standing By

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? — Romans 8:31

A Heavenly View

In his final words to the elders of the church at Ephesus, Paul essentially laid down the principles that really mattered to him and said the desire of his heart was to finish his race with joy (see Acts 19:24). It was an emotional good-bye, and Paul left, sailing on to Caesarea. When he arrived there he stayed with the evangelist Philip, where he encountered the prophet Agabus. Agabus tied his own hands and feet with Paul's belt and warned him, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles' " (Acts 21:11). In other words, "Don't go. Danger is waiting."