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
Understandably, anxiety and stress plague many, especially if they have the news on all day. Yet thousands of others party away on Spring Break. We should not “party like it’s 1999,” as Prince sang. We should pray like it’s 2022.
Death is something we all think about almost every day — some more than others. We should think deeply about death, but more importantly, the afterlife.
This interview reminded me of a similar conversation that Jesus had with a very influential man named Nicodemus. He did not serve as the face of electric cars or shoot rockets into space like Elon Musk, but he was known and respected by many.
It's easy to give thanks for things we perceive as good. But it's not so easy to give thanks for what we perceive as bad. But God, in His sovereign wisdom, works all things together for the good of those who are called according to his purpose.
We all have a choice in life, and the decisions we make end up influencing the rest of our lives. I came to a crossroads as a young man, and I had to decide how to live the rest of my life.
After this decision, he experienced a newfound love and peace he’d never known before. A burden had been lifted and it gave him greater joy to serve. He saw in himself a new desire to witness and share Christ, a new song in his heart and an unspeakable joy.
I visited Ground Zero only days after the horrific attacks and watched as smoke billowed from the ruins and firefighters and emergency personnel worked tirelessly to retrieve the bodies of the deceased. Our church supplied free meals to the courageous firefighters and other personnel working at Ground Zero.
I recently came across a Gallup Poll that has surveyed Americans on their views of religion over the decades. While I was not necessarily surprised by some of the results, I was sobered by them.
On this Fourth of July, as you’re celebrating the independence of our nation with your loved ones, I hope you will remember that we have the opportunity to choose how we pursue happiness. I pray that you choose to pursue a lasting joy. God is the sole source of a happiness that no person or government could ever provide.
Our country’s shortcomings, flaws and sins are real and we must repent of them and continue to work for liberty and justice for all. Even with all of our struggles, I still think America is great, as we have many personal liberties and protections that others long for.