Greg Laurie

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So Far to Go

When my friend John Collins, who is one of our pastors at Harvest Christian Fellowship, met Billy Graham for the first time, he thanked him for his faithfulness to the Lord.

Run Lightly

I used to be one of those people who could eat whatever I wanted and never gain weight. When I was in my twenties, I would eat something called a macho combo burrito. It was the size of a sleeping bag, but I could eat it and never gain a pound. Now if I even think about a macho combo burrito, I'll put on weight. I just can't do what I once was able to do.

What's Slowing You Down?

When it comes to luggage, I'm everyone's worst nightmare. I pack more stuff than I end up using and am always trying to squeeze my bulging carry-ons into the plane's overhead bins. The idea is to travel as lightly as possible, but I seldom manage to do this.

True Believers

When someone who has made a profession of faith suddenly walks away from it (seemingly out of nowhere), the question is often asked, "Did he lose his salvation?"

Work It Out

During the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, people came to California from all around the world because they had heard there was "gold in them thar hills." Apparently some people imagined they would arrive and find chunks of gold just lying around in the streets. Well, there was a lot of gold in California back then, but people quickly discovered that the gold wasn't as plentiful as they'd hoped. Yes, a lot of gold was in the mines, but it was necessary to work hard and stay with it in order to find that mother lode.

Where World History Ends

What on earth is happening in the Middle East? It seems that all we hear about in the news from this region is another outburst of violence—or a threat of one.

God with Us

I've seen a number of celebrities in person over the years, and they always seem a little smaller or different than what I expected. It's funny how certain people actually look better in pictures than they do in real life—or look better in real life than they do in pictures. It's strange the way the camera reads people.

The Divine Paradox

If we have learned nothing else from our culture telling us what we should do to be happy, we have learned this: It is just not true. We have realized where happiness isn't.

The Root of the Problem

I think we could safely say that so many of the problems we deal with are because of our selfish human natures. Selfishness is at the root of many sins.

Unity, Liberty, and Charity

Have you ever noticed there are some people who like to fight? They like to argue, and they are unhappy when they are happy. So they find something to get worked up about, something new to debate. They love conflict. It's a sad way to live.

Prayer: A Conditioned Reflex

Have you ever been gripped by fear? You know the feeling. Your blood goes cold. You get a shiver down your spine. Your stomach sinks. Your hair stands on end (in my case—that is singular, not plural). All of these are emotions associated with fear.

The Pursuit That Will Leave You Empty

Has there ever been a more pleasure-mad culture than ours today? It seems that we can't be entertained enough. We have continuous media coming our way with constant imagery and sounds, all things that are supposed to bring us pleasure.

Homesick for Heaven

Have you ever been to a really beautiful place that stayed with you long after you returned home? Maybe you have a picture of it as your screensaver, and you just sit and gaze at it. You love that place. That is how Paul felt about heaven.

By Divine Design

The apostle Paul was the kind of guy who liked to get out and get things done. He took action and went out and accomplished things for God. But as a prisoner in Rome, Paul found himself stuck . . . immobilized . . . unable to move. Perhaps you are immobilized in some way right now.

The Hope for America

The first recollection I have of going to church was with my grandparents. I was a little boy, and I didn't like it at all. I thought it was boring. My grandmother kept shushing me, and I drew cartoons on the church bulletin as the preacher droned on.

How Backsliding Starts

Stop and think for a moment about people who backslide spiritually. It doesn't happen overnight. You don't call up your mature Christian friend and say, "Hey, dude. Want to backslide? Seriously? Pick you up at 7:00."

Should Christians Judge?

One day I was talking with someone who wasn't going to church anywhere, and I asked why. "Well, I don't want to be judged," the person said.

What Happens to Children When They Die?

"My family lost our 14 month old daughter on June 2, and so my question is, what happens to babies when they die? I believe they go to heaven, but as I was reading that people in heaven know about what is happening here on earth, do babies know what is going on? Do they have someone guiding them? Seeing that she was so young, how will she know?"

The Thing About Love

Here is the thing about love. You can't sit around and wait for the feeling of love. Don't wait to feel love. Just start doing loving things.

A New You in 2015

In our Christian lives, we are working out what God has worked in; there is our part and there is God's part. Would you like to become "a new you" in 2015?

Better Than Happiness

Imprisoned in Rome and chained to a guard day in and day out, the apostle Paul faced an uncertain future. He didn't know whether he would be acquitted or beheaded. Yet Paul was able to rejoice amid those circumstances.

Prewired for Hope

Did you know that you were prewired for hope? There is a restlessness in the human heart for something more than this world can offer.