Greg Laurie

CP Contributor

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.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

I think someone should establish a national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Maybe they already have. I know I for one appreciate those officers who serve our communities, our nation, and us. These are people just like us, who have, in many ways, made a sacrifice to literally risk their lives each and every day for relatively little pay. I think this appreciation is overdue, especially in the light of the NYC police officers who were just murdered.

Two Ways to Be Happy

There are two ways that we can live our lives: the right way or the wrong way. There are two paths that we can take in life: the right path or the wrong path. The result is that we can live either the happy and holy way or the miserable and unholy way.

A Review of the Film Unbroken

I am not a film reviewer, but I am a fan of film in general and have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new movie Unbroken, which is the life story of someone I got to personally know, Louis Zamperini. Let me start by saying I loved it. I, for one, wish Louis's conversion was included in the film.

Make Your Choice

Are you trying to live in two worlds? If so, then I know something about you. I know you're not happy. Am I right? When you spend time around other Christians, you're uncomfortable because of your sin. On the other hand, when you're doing things you know you shouldn't as a Christian, then you have the conviction of that sin.

Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

In this day of instant information, we can get our news so fast that we don't have to wait for the evening news anymore. We don't have to wait for the newspaper. We can go out on the Internet and get our news in real time.

Christmas in Heaven

Christmas is a day of joy. But for me and my family, it is also tinged with sadness, because it is a day when Christopher's absence is intensely felt.

God's Gift to Us (Part 2)

We celebrate Christmas in order to rejoice over God's most precious gift to us. The birth of Jesus Christ is a gift from God that came in simple wrapping, as well as a gift we don't deserve. But the gift of Christ also explains His purpose for humankind.