ANAHEIM, Calif. — A steady stream of stories from those who made decisions to commit their lives to Jesus Christ at a Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie over the last three decades include dramatic transformations that have led to Christian leadership and ministry.
At an annual pastors and leaders' luncheon held earlier this year to announce the 2016 SoCal Harvest lineup of worship bands and plans for the three nights of outreach at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Friday through Sunday, several in attendance shared how they began their journey at Harvest.
"When I came to the Harvest crusade it was the last place you would expect me to be, but obviously God had an appointment for me there," said Thomas, who now serves as a ministry leader for a team at his church that engages new believers with follow-up. "I came to the Harvest in 2008. That's where I received Christ. I was 43 years old. Up until that point, I had been a methamphetamine addict for over 20 years." more >>
Over 100,000 people are expected to gather this weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, to proclaim the Gospel and listen to messages from Pastor Greg Laurie and popular Christian artists like Chris Tomlin at the 2016 SoCal Harvest.
The three-night event, which is in its 27th year, is an opportunity for Christians in Southern California to invite their friends and acquaintances to hear Gospel messages and witness performances from some of today's most popular Christian artists.
SoCal Harvest, organized by Harvest Christian Fellowship based out of Riverside, California, is a free event and will feature musicians of various genres — from rock to hip-hop. The lineup features artists such as Tomlin, TobyMac, the band for King and Country, Phil Wickham, KB, Hollyn and Skillet. more >>
Now that former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow wants to become a professional baseball player, the sports figure is hoping to wow at least one of his MLB prospects into offering him a contract.
More than 20 MLB teams will attend the Heisman Trophy winner's workout on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, according to ESPN.
Tebow hasn't played baseball since his junior year at Florida's Nease High where he was a 2005 all-state baseball player and hit .494 with four home runs, 30 RBIs and 10 doubles, helping the team to reach the Final Four of the state's playoffs. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, is cautioning Christians to be careful not to burn bridges when sharing their faith with others, emphasizing that their objective is not to win arguments, but to win souls.
Laurie said in a Facebook video about sharing one's faith that the objective before Christians is to "build a bridge, not burn one."
"The objective is to win the soul, not just win the argument. So look for ways to engage people," Laurie said in his message. more >>
The process of becoming spiritually mature doesn't include shortcuts, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In a devotional published on Monday, Warren focused on the issue of spiritual maturity, referencing Philippians 1:6: "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns," reads the verse.
Warren compared the path of spiritual maturity to that of physical maturity, noting that it can take time for a believer to surrender all of their life to Jesus. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren urges Christians to guard against falling prey to Satan's trap of procrastination and discouragement, which only leads to people delaying or giving up on their mission in life.
In his daily devotional on Thursday, the author of The Purpose-Driven Life encouraged believers not to give up in a message based on Galatians 6:9.