Greg Laurie

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All Your Need

Some preachers today have hijacked the words prosper and prosperity. They say that God wants everyone to be wealthy and healthy, and so you are to just speak it out, and God will give it to you. That is their focus. And that is wrong.

Church Growth: When Communers Become Consumers

Once I had a friend—I'll call him Bill—who worked out every day at the gym. When we got together, he liked to flex his bicep and say, "Greg, feel this!" Bill's muscles were rock hard. Then one day I heard terrible news. Bill had died of a heart attack. Even though he appeared robust and powerful, his heart was diseased. Inwardly, as it turned out, Bill was a weakling.

Sermon Connoisseurs

I fear there are a lot of sermon connoisseurs running around today. You've probably heard them on occasion. They like to compare preachers: "Well, I like this preacher. He's good in this area, but he's weak in this other area. Now this other guy. . . ."

'Your Will Be Done'

Do you say yes to everything your children ask for? I hope not. If they had their way, kids would eat candy for breakfast and watch cartoons or play video games all day—or do all those things at the same time, while they are texting.

A Continual Feast

The Bible promises a cheerful heart to the follower of Jesus Christ. Proverbs 15:15 says that "a merry heart has a continual feast," and Psalm 16:11 tells us that "in [His] presence is fullness of joy; at [His] right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Christ's Call to Courage

Courage seems to be in short supply these days. And what is courage? Courage has been defined as bravery. It also has been defined as fear that has said its prayers. Being courageous is overcoming something. It was Mark Twain who said, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."

How to Win against Worry

Do you remember when you first got behind the wheel of a car? You had to consciously think about everything you did. Okay, let's see . . . key in the ignition, look over your shoulder, and pull out. You had to think about it. It was challenging at first. But after a while, you got it down, and now it comes naturally. You don't even think about driving anymore. You just get in the car and drive. It's a conditioned reflex.

New Every Morning

Sometimes I will run into people I knew years ago, and they will say, "Hey, Greg, we remember the old days back at the tent [at Calvary Chapel]. Those were good days, weren't they?"

What's the Big Deal About Israel?

Why is Jerusalem such a big deal in world news? Why aren't we talking about Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, or some other major capital in another part of the world? Why this little city?

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.