Greg Laurie

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Hardship and Trust

As they were (at long last) poised to enter the Promised Land, God warned the Israelites that the real danger to their lives had just begun.

'Someday' Is Today

When you've had an encounter with death — a near-death experience of your own or the sudden passing of a loved one — it inevitably leads to a few essential questions: What is life all about, anyway? Why am I alive . . . and what am I really living for?

Glory Through Adversity

Raising Lazarus from the dead was a great miracle—one of the greatest in the New Testament. And to this very day, God will work just that way at certain times and in certain places. He will step into your life and dramatically, miraculously, change your circumstances.

Tear Bottle

Jesus is God, with all the attributes of Deity. But He is also the Son of Man, who feels our pains and our sorrows. Isaiah 53 reminds us, "He was despised and rejected . . . a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" (verse 3). The passage goes on to say, "Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down" (verse 4, NLT).

Guided from Above

The fact that God has chosen us, has forgiven us, and has given us free access into His presence means that our existence isn't some cosmic accident, and that our lives are guided neither by chance nor luck, neither by fate nor karma. It means we are guided by His providence.

Lord, Where Were You?

Martha was never one to hold her tongue. You always knew where you stood with this lady! "Lord," she said, "if You would have been here, my brother would not have died." To paraphrase it, "Where were You anyway, Jesus?"

Grace — True as Ever

I survived a crazy childhood, growing up in an alcoholic home, with my mom being married and divorced seven times. But I came to Christ in high school, at the age of seventeen, and turned my life over to the Lord.

Heartbreak . . . and Glory

Have you ever had a crisis overwhelm you—maybe even to the point where you didn't think you could survive the experience? Have you ever found yourself facing a set of circumstances so crushing, so utterly devastating that you couldn't imagine how you could ever get through? Have you ever wondered why God allowed a tragedy in your life or in the life of someone close to you?

Where the Power Is

I once asked Billy Graham, "If you had it to do it all over again, are there things you would have emphasized as a younger preacher that maybe you are emphasizing now?" His response surprised me.

It's Already Yours

Have you ever owned something that you didn't use? Have you ever gone shopping for something, only to come home and find it in your closet already? I have done that. I get this idea that I need a blue shirt. I have in mind exactly what it should look like. Then I go shopping, come home, hang it up, and see that I already have that blue shirt. No wonder I had such a vivid idea of what it should look like.

Take It to the Bank

A homeless man was standing on a street corner, asking for money, when a well-dressed attorney came walking by. The attorney looked at him and said, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?"

Take It to the Bank

A homeless man was standing on a street corner, asking for money, when a well-dressed attorney came walking by. The attorney looked at him and said, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?"

Gone for Good

Have you ever done anything you wished you hadn't done and were ashamed of? If you have repented of that sin and have turned your back on it, then the Bible clearly declares that you are forgiven.

Accepted

All that God has done has been because of His grace, which means "unmerited favor." You aren't merely forgiven, justified, and cleansed of your sins; you have been received in love by God Himself. This is because of His deep love for His own Son, Jesus. Because His Son lives in you, you have found His favor. You have the approval of God because of what Jesus has done.

By the Will of God

We may look today at people in the church who are called to be pastors or evangelists or worship leaders or elders and conclude they are the spiritual elite.

A Closed Mouth Gathers No Foot

I can think of so many times when I should have kept silent but just had to speak. Have you ever done that? Have you ever said something, and the moment it left your lips, you thought, Why did I just say that? But you said it.

Good Days and Bad Days

Sorrows come into all of our lives. And while none of us enjoy them, they are a reality. You will experience heartache. You will be heartbroken. But there also will be times of laughter, times of great joy and celebration. One of the lessons I've learned from life is to enjoy the good times.

Nothing New

The pursuit of pleasure is nothing new. As Solomon reminds us a number of times in the book of Ecclesiastes, when you boil it down, there is nothing new under the sun.

Dropped

Mephibosheth was only five years old when his father, Jonathan, and his grandfather, Saul, were killed on the battlefield. Imagine, if you will, life as he had known it up to this point. The privilege and potential of his pampered life as a prince could not have prepared him for the hard life he would face in the future. There was life in the palace as a young prince, with people waiting on him hand and foot, and he was being raised by his godly father, Jonathan. Life was good for this young boy.

What Friends Are For

One morning after one of our services at Harvest Christian Fellowship, a young woman walked up and asked if I would pray for her about a relationship she was in.

Be of Good Courage

Even the most committed believer has those times when fear and worry can kick in. Anxiety can overtake us. Maybe we are concerned about our future. Maybe we are discouraged or afraid. If that is the case, you might be surprised to know that even the great apostle Paul experienced emotions like this.

Excited Expectancy

The early rains in Israel usually would come in late October or early November. The farmer would anxiously await these because they would soften the hard-baked soil for plowing. The latter rains would come in late April or May. These were essential to the maturing of the crops. If the farmer were to rush out and harvest his crops before their time, he would destroy them. So he had to wait.