Greg Laurie

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A Walking Light Bulb!

The religious leaders thought they had eliminated the problem when they crucified Jesus. But now, His disciples were preaching and performing miracles. It was as though Jesus had returned. And so He had—in the hearts and lives of His people.

A Choice in the Matter

After hearing the voice of Jesus on the road to Damascus, Saul (later to become Paul) was left blind. He was led to the home of a man named Judas in Damascus, and he had no idea what would happen next.

Planting Seeds

We don't read of anyone in Scripture actually sharing the gospel with Saul (who later became the apostle Paul). But God used a number of people to prepare his heart to receive it.

Be a Hero

We throw the word "hero" around a lot today. If a basketball player is adept at sinking the ball in the basket, we say that he or she is a sports hero. A musician who is really good on a guitar is called a guitar hero. But do we actually know what a hero is anymore?

Remember God

Why does God allow suffering in our lives? Why does He allow us to experience adversity?

Desert Training

If the apostle Paul had converted to Christianity in our day, he would be offered a book deal immediately. He would be discussing his unexpected conversion on all the talk shows and would be sharing his dramatic testimony in churches across the country.

Personal Gethsemanes

Prior to the cross, Jesus went to a garden called Gethsemane. There, as He faced the horrors of what was to come on the cross, He prayed, "Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me."

Not Over Yet

Saul, later to become the apostle Paul, was doing the work of the kingdom before he was even in it. Had he not persecuted the church, I think the first-century Christians probably would have been content to stay in their little holy huddle in Jerusalem and never leave town. It was great, God had blessed, and there were believers all around. So who wanted to leave Jerusalem? But with Saul's persecution, the Christians were forced to spread out, and in the process, they took the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Closer Than You Think

Does it ever seem impossible to you that God could save certain people? Is there someone you know right now who is not a believer and, in fact, seems far from becoming one? Maybe it is almost laughable to envision this person carrying a Bible around and saying something like, "Praise the Lord!"

The Essential Gospel

Every now and again, stories have appeared in the news about people who pose as physicians but actually are not licensed to practice medicine. Their actions can even sometimes prove fatal for the people they are supposed to be "treating."

Are There Stores in Heaven?

I spoke at the memorial service for Lenya Avery Lusko, who at age 5, went to Heaven on December 20th. She once said to her mom, Jennie "Mom, when I get to Heaven I'm going to buy a box of cheese and a whole box of peanut butter from the store. There are stores in Heaven, right Mom? I love this because it shows that this little girl understood heaven is a real place.

Hope in a Seemingly Hopeless Situation

It's Christmas time. Parents bundle up their children for another day of school before Christmas vacation starts in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut. There's shopping to do and errands to run before they pick them up. Then the worst imaginable scenario takes place.

What I Want for Christmas

I have always believed in the promise of Christmas. There has always been something special to me about this time of the year, going back to my earliest days of childhood.

The Greatest Gift of All

I heard that someone actually tried to calculate how much it would cost to give the gifts named in the classic Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The grand total came to about $15,000.

True Seekers

The story of Christ's birth is one of the Bible's most famous and loved stories, probably one that most people who are not even familiar with Scripture have heard at one time or another. And certainly a story we hear repeated every Christmas is the account of the wise men being led by the star to the place where the King was to be born.

An Undeserved Gift

Who is on your gift list this Christmas? Usually, we give gifts to family and friends. We want to buy gifts for people we love and people we care about. We tend to give gifts to those who treat us well, people who are kind and considerate to us. And often we will give gifts in return for gifts that we have received. Some of us will even buy gifts for our pets.

Are You Prepared?

When the first Christmas came, when Jesus was born, most people missed it. Of course, there were no telltale signs like reindeer on front lawns. No Christmas songs had been written. There were no colorful, twinkling lights or sales at the downtown market. Children did not find it hard to sleep that night, because it was a night like any other night.

Let's Worship

The very word "Christmas" has been emptied of its meaning, drug through the gutter, and given back to us, minus its power. Some prefer to use the more politically correct terminology at this time of year, like "Happy Holidays," "Merry Xmas," or even "Happy Winter Solstice." But I actually think those things are not as bad as the person who says, "Merry Christmas" with no idea whatsoever of what Christmas really means.

Are You Prepared?

When the first Christmas came, when Jesus was born, most people missed it. Of course, there were no telltale signs like reindeer on front lawns. No Christmas songs had been written. There were no colorful, twinkling lights or sales at the downtown market. Children did not find it hard to sleep that night, because it was a night like any other night.

The Fountain of Youth?

Will we live forever? The answer is "yes" and "no." Will our bodies live forever? No. Will our bodies cease to exist at one point? Absolutely. But the soul is immortal. Each one of us has a soul. It is the soul that gives each of us uniqueness and personality. . .and that part of us that will live forever.

How Will They Hear?

We don't know his name; the Bible simply identifies him as "a man of Ethiopia." He essentially had everything this world had to offer that was supposed to bring happiness and fulfillment. As the one in charge of Ethiopia's treasury, he would have had wealth, influence, and fame. Yet there was something missing in his life that sent him on a search for God.

Get Up and Go

Do you know someone whom you would rather not see become a Christian because, frankly, you don't like him or her very well? You might not verbalize it, but maybe you think that way.