Greg Laurie

CP Contributor

The Positive Side of Adversity

Here's the problem in a nutshell: our definition of good is what benefits us in the here and now, not in our eternal life to come. In other words, we are interested in what will benefit us temporarily, but God is interested in what will benefit us eternally.

Two Homes, Two Foundations

We don't always like to read a verse like that. We would rather the passage read, "Through many days of perpetual happiness we enter the kingdom of God." But that isn't Scripture, and that isn't life. Trials and tribulations will come.

You Belong to Him

Paul spoke of "the God to whom I belong." In Song of Solomon we read, "My beloved is mine, and I am His" (2:16). As a Christian, you belong to the Lord. You are His. There are a number of analogies the Lord uses to show how we belong to God.

Watching from the Grandstands

Are friends and loved ones in heaven watching us right now and cheering us on? What "huge crowd" is this? What is this "great cloud of witnesses," as it says in the King James Bible?

Created to Know Him

If you are seeking fulfillment, purpose, or meaning from this world and from human accomplishments, I have some bad news: you will never find it. There is nothing in the world that will fill the deepest void in your life—not the ultimate car, not the greatest job, not the most beautiful girl or the most handsome guy, not the greatest education, not winning it all on American Idol.

Fullness of Joy

People sometimes ask, "What will we know in heaven? Will we recognize each other?" That question always amazes me. As if we're going to forget everything—or be walking around in a fuzzy cloud of semi-awareness! We still will love, but our love will be perfected. We still will think and remember, but our thoughts will be perfected too. We certainly will know each other in heaven—and infinitely better than we knew each other on earth.

Our Present Possession

Many of the blessings the Bible promises are still in our future. The hope of heaven and our new, wonderful resurrection bodies is still ahead. But the peace of God? That is our present possession. That is something that belongs to us here and now. From the first moment that we place our faith in Christ, we can begin to experience the peace of God.

Homing Instinct

An old chorus begins, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through." That is literally true. The Bible says that when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you become a citizen of heaven because that is your real home.

Life in Two Dimensions

Believers live in a spiritual dimension — where we walk in the Spirit and know God in the Spirit. Yet as human beings, we also live and move in physical bodies here on earth.

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.