Greg Laurie is the pastor and founder of the Harvest churches in California and Hawaii and of Harvest Crusades. He is an evangelist, best-selling author and movie producer. His newest book Lennon, Dylan, Alice & Jesus
One of the wonderful things about Thanksgiving is that it’s a uniquely American holiday. It doesn’t commemorate a battle, a birthday or an anniversary. It’s a day set aside with the specific purpose of giving thanks to God.
The answer to those questions is found in a story from the Gospel of John.
No one knows how dark your heart is except you and no one knows how dark my heart is except me. The Bible says, “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be” (Jeremiah 17:9-10, Message).
Some questions don’t have good answers, but Jesus changes everything.
Why is it that some Christians succeed while others who make that profession of faith miserably fail? Why is it that some seem to run the race of life and cross the finishing line with flying colors, and others just collapse in a heap? Because of choices.
Sometimes life can feel this way. We come to Christ and everything feels shiny and new. We breathe it in and feel joy. But then we let messes build up. We get lazy about the maintenance.
What has happened to the soul of America? Is it too late for us? Will our nation recover from this moral death spiral we seem to find ourselves in?
Jesus doesn’t say “clean up your life and come to Me.” He says, “Come to me and I will clean your life up!” He’s ready. Are you?
Dr. Lyons said: “People will do more thrill-seeking if they're susceptible to boredom. As you get more extravagant in life, things become less exciting. You're looking for the novelties of life as things become so available to you.”
Little platitudes or clever sayings just won’t cut it when you’re in trouble or suffering. But the Word of God speaks to any and every situation. No matter how deep the pit in which you find yourself. No matter how complicated the situation that’s on your doorstep.