For you in the LA area,I am speaking at Core Church Sunday.
This Church was started only a few years ago by our former youth Pastor,Steve Wilburn.
Core Church has already grown to a congregation of 2,500!
It will be my privilege to dedicate their new Church sanctuary Sunday and also share a message from Gods’s Word.If you live in or know anyone in the Los Angeles area tell them to join us.
To find out more,go to http://corechurchla.org
Meanwhile,back at the Ranch-
Harvest/Riverside and Orange will welcome special guest speaker,Alistair Begg!
Alistair is one of the finest communicators of God’s Word today.
He is heard around the world on his radio broadcast,”Truth for Life”.
Don’t miss this chance to hear a real preacher and teacher of God’s Word.
Special Sunday night service with Franklin Graham.
Sunday night,we welcome my friend,Evangelist Franklin Graham.
I will interview Franklin,and find out what Christmas was like growing up in the home of Billy and Ruth Graham.Franklin will also be bringing a special evangelistic message,so this would be a great opportunity to bring out friends and family that do yet know the Lord.
Harvest has participated in the Operation Christmas Child since it began.
We have collected thousands and thousands of boxes filled with gifts for children all around the world.We will dedicate those special boxes Sunday night as well.
Another great friend,Dennis Agajanian will join us with special music along with his Bluegrass band.Finally,we are going to bust out some Christmas songs!
I know. . .We should wait until after Thanksgiving,but why?
So,join us for worship,Bible study and more this Sunday night.
All around us are “Signs of the times” reminding us that Jesus is coming back.
I want to talk about that on Sunday,November 3oth at Harvest/Riverside and Orange County in my message,”Israel,Iran and ISIS in Bible Prophecy”.
With the violent attacks in Jerusalem and beheading of another American,these are truly frightening times.
But these events along with developments globally involving Iran,North Korea and Russia are really ‘signs of the times” telling us to “Look up,for our Redemption is drawing near”.
You can join us in person or watch the LIVE HD Webcast at www.harvest.org.
Service times are 8:00 AM,10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
First, there is Pastor’s Perspective with Don Stewart at 3:00 PM PST on KWVE.
Don and I will answer your Bible questions.
You can even tweet them now to #askgreglaurie
On the second half of the program, I will interview my aunt Willie Jordan!
My Aunt Willie leads the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row in LA.
If you have never heard her, you will love this!
You can listen or watch live at www.kwve.org
Then, at the 5:00 hour I will be on the Frank Sontag show.
Among other things, we will be talking about my new book, “Red, The Color of Christmas.”
This book is just out and is a collection of Christmas messages.
We will also talk about ways to reach out with the gospel in the holiday season.
You can listen in at www.kkla.com.
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night Your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude. Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.’ And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone” (Psalm 32:1–5 NLT).
Psalm 32 describes the futility and misery of sin that is unconfessed.
These words were written by David, the King of Israel. Here is a man who had walked and talked with God since his childhood. He had known God’s blessing and power in his life. But for 12 months, he had fought the conviction of the Holy Spirit and was not experiencing God’s presence as he had before.
That is because he had fallen into an adulterous relationship with another man’s wife. To make matters far, far worse, he had that man effectively murdered. Yet David would not confess his sin to God.
David was in a relationship with god, but he was clearly not in fellowship with Him.
He described it, saying, “My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude.”
“Interlude” or “Selah” means to pause and think about it: “There! What do you think about that?”
God will simply not allow His child to get away with sin. The discipline and conviction in David’s life was a sign that he was a child of God.
Hebrews 12:8, 11 says, “If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children at all. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way” (NLT).
If you start to go the wrong way and roadblocks are placed in your way, if conviction kicks in, and if guilt follows your sin, rejoice. These are indicators that you are indeed a child of God!
If you have a sin to confess, I urge you do to it today.
Have you ever sinned and gotten away with it?
Has it caused you to think you may always get away with it?
I need to warn you, there is a biblical law called “sowing and reaping.”
I want to talk about how that played out in one man’s life and how God also gave him a second chance in life, in my message today at Harvest Riverside and Orange County.
The message title is “You Da Man!”
Click here for the archived HD webcast »
What is going on in the world? It seems like chaos is reigning.
We have a terrorist army of Islamic radicals, hell-bent on our destruction, known as ISIS.
We have what are described as “lone wolf” attacks in New York City and Canada from those who adhere to the terrorist principles of ISIS and others.
Then there is the spread of Ebola.
These are scary times.
A recent poll pointed out that voters believe “America has spun off its axis and is out of control.”
The answer for all of this is found in the book that most of us have in our homes—it’s called the Bible. The Bible is the one book that dares to predict the future—not once or twice, but hundreds of times—with 100 % accuracy.
The Bible tells us that in the last days (which I believe we are in), there will be “distress of nations,” with no way out.
This nation of ours, against all odds, was formed in 1776. It was founded with a faith in the God of the Bible, and that faith provided our foundation. It was from that foundation that our freedom was born.
Patrick Henry, ratifier of US Constitution, wrote, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
Growing from humble beginnings, we came close to destroying ourselves in the Civil War. But recovering from that, we emerged in time as the reigning superpower on earth.
Imagine a world without America. If there had been no America, Hitler would most likely have won and wreaked havoc. After the collapse of France, for a time, the relatively small nation of England fought alone. But when America entered the war, most knew that, in time, we would prevail.
It was America that stood against the “Evil Empire” of the Soviet Union and prevailed.
It was America that hit back when attacked by terrorists on 9/11, and continues to do so.
It is America that sends humanitarian aid to troubled nations all around the globe. People from other nations expect America to do that.
Yes, imagine a world without America—because that day is coming.
I say that because in the last-days scenario, the United States of America is nowhere to be found. Israel is mentioned, as is Iran. You can make a good case for China and Russia being mentioned too. But there is no mention of the reigning superpower of the world, the USA.
In our absence, imagine a world where evil is allowed to spread unabated. A world that ultimately pledges its loyalty to a man who will make Hitler look like a lightweight. He is called the Antichrist.
That is what is coming, perhaps soon, to Planet Earth.
We sing, “God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her, and guide her, through the night, with the light from above.” We are in that night in America right now and we desperately need that “light from above.” Not some nebulous, “whatever you conceive God to be” spirituality. We need to turn back to the true and only God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place.
For if America does not turn back to the true God, I fear that His judgment is coming. Billy Graham said, “If God does not judge America, He owes Sodom an apology.” Listen to God’s assessment of their sin: “But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! They commit adultery, and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil so that no one turns away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were” (Jeremiah 23:14 NLT).
God zeroes in on specific sins in Sodom. According to Ezekiel 16:49, “Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.”
If these are not descriptions of our country, what are?
The “pride of Sodom” was a nationalistic one. Sodom was a city-state, its own kingdom. They felt strong, indestructible. But God’s judgment fell in full force upon them. They were destroyed on the outside because of the breakdown on the inside.
Historian Will Durant, in his book on Rome’s history, Caesar and Christ, said, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential cause of Rome’s decline lay in her people [and] her morals.”
Rome crumbled and the people just wanted to be entertained. A roman satirist named Juvenal said of Rome in AD 100, “The people who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions—everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses!”
That reminds me of America today: “Who cares if ISIS is on the march and there is a moral meltdown? What’s on TV tonight?” Bread and circuses.
In his new film, America, Dinesh D’Souza points out the following.
• The American Revolution was a struggle for the creation of America.
• The Civil War was a struggle for the preservation of America.
• World War 2 was a struggle for the protection of America.
• Our struggle is for the restoration of America.
I could not agree more.
Is there any hope for America?
Are things going to just get worse?
Will our streets ever be safe again?
Will we ever see good prevail over evil?
Or are we doomed to failure?
It is my belief that our country has two choices before it. The first one is judgment; the other is revival.
Look, judgment is coming to this earth, and it may be sooner than we think. We are praying for at least one more revival in our country before that happens.
The greatest revival in human history happened in the great city of Nineveh. The population of Nineveh was probably around 1 million. Yet this great awakening swept through the entire city.
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
Let me ask this: What if a law were passed that said you could no longer pray?
What would you do?
That is exactly what happened to Daniel. He was in a place of great influence with the king of Babylon.
He advised the king well, and the king listened. The other advisers of the king were jealous and wanted to bring Daniel down.
They googled his name, but could not find anything negative about him. So they said to each other, “The only way we will bring him down is if we find something about him and his God.”
They knew that Daniel had a habit of always praying to God openly. He did this three times a day.
So these jealous advisers got the king to sign a decree that no one could pray to any god except him.
So in effect, it was illegal to pray. What did Daniel do?
“When Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God” (Daniel 6:10 NLT).
Do your enemies know you pray?
Sometimes we feel weird about praying publically—say, in a restaurant.
But 1 Timothy 2:8 says, “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
Daniel “knelt down as usual” and prayed “three times a day,” as he always had done.
And what was his prayer? Personal petition? “God help!”
No, it was “giving thanks to his God.” Scripture reminds us to “give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good.”
It is important in prayer to remember first that God is on the throne and is in control. We call this the sovereignty of God.
Our sovereign, powerful, good God is in control!
So, no matter what, we are to pray and give thanks.
And yes, because Daniel broke the law that should never have been decreed in the first place, he was thrown into the den of hungry lions. But you know how the story ends, right?
Daniel survived that night with the lions and he lived a long life. And those men that devised this wicked plan ended up being thrown into that same lion pit, but this time, the lions’ mouths were not shut.
The Bible tells the story of the famous religious leader Nicodemus coming to have a conversation with Jesus. He came at night, most likely because he did not want to be discovered.
Jesus told the famed leader he needed to be “born again” (John 3:3).
There is no indication Nicodemus made a commitment to Jesus that night, but clearly a seed was sown in the leader’s heart. But with the passing of time, the once timid Nicodemus did believe.
Nicodemus might have been somewhat sheep-like in the beginning, but in the end he turned out to be one of the bravest followers of Jesus. You have to start somewhere! Some have an outwardly impressive beginning in the faith, only to deny Him or wander away from Him later in life. Nicodemus was just making his way into the kingdom while Judas Iscariot was seemingly a full-fledged apostle in good standing. In the end, Judas betrayed our Lord for 30 pieces of silver, and then went out and hung himself. Nicodemus, however, came out publicly and stood for Christ.
In John 19, we read these words:
“After all this, Joseph of Arimathea (he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, because he was intimidated by the Jews) petitioned Pilate to take the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission. So Joseph came and took the body.
“Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. They took Jesus’ body and, following the Jewish burial custom, wrapped it in linen with the spices. There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it.” (John 19:38-42, MSG).
I love the fact that it points out that Nicodemus came out publicly for Christ in the end. He may have first come to Jesus at night, but in the end he identified with Jesus in broad daylight. It’s so much better to have a feeble beginning and a strong finish than a strong beginning and no finish.
We are still gathering data from around the country as to how Harvest America went in the various venues.
But this is what we released to the public
DFW Churches Join Thousands across the Nation for Harvest of Souls — Lives Changed by the Gospel Message of Evangelist Greg Laurie
Local event at American Airlines Center Oct. 5 Draws 20,000 from 175 Local Churches; 4,000 Remote Venues Tune-in around the Country
DALLAS, Oct. 6, 2014 — With an overflow crowd of more than 20,000 in attendance at the Dallas Harvest at American Airlines Center last evening, and thousands more tuning in via simulcast and online from every state and 80 nations, evangelist Greg Laurie shared how one can overcome worry and find peace amidst the stresses of life.
“Why should our hearts not be troubled or afraid?” Laurie asked, referencing Bible verse John 14:1. “I’m going to tell you why — we should believe what God says in His Word.” He added two other points — that we should believe that heaven is a real place for real people to do real things, and that Jesus Christ is coming back again.
Altogether, more than 1,100 individuals in Dallas and likely thousands more in remote venues made a faith commitment at Laurie’s encouragement to turn their lives over to God. “I’ve told others to trust in God when times are hard. If He came through for me, He’ll come through for you,” he said, referring to the loss of his eldest son in an automobile accident several years ago.
Laurie made it clear that heaven is a destination for believers in Christ only. “I believe all roads lead to God,” he said, referring to the inevitable time of judgment everyone will one day face. “I don’t care if you’re a believer, an agnostic, an atheist — whatever. I believe whatever road you’re on you will get to God and you will stand before God one day. All roads lead to God. But only one road leads to heaven and that’s the road through Jesus Christ.”
Laurie described heaven as infinitely better than all of our best moments on earth, stating that we are created for more than this life, which is why people are constantly searching for fulfilment. He listed examples, such as Lana Del Rey, Michael Phelps and other celebrities whose success has not fulfilled them. “That’s why nothing in this world will satisfy,” Laurie said. “Only God can fill the void deep inside your soul.”
Before the day even started, 43 decisions for Christ had already been registered when a group of teens hit the streets of Dallas Saturday to share their faith and invite people to Dallas Harvest. More than 40 students from Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., joined forces with another 50 young people from three area churches: Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano; Calvary Chapel, Texarkana; and Calvary Chapel, Temple, Texas.
As participants in Harvest America took to Twitter, #HarvestAmerica began trending, moving from No. 1 in Dallas to No. 1 in the U.S. by the end of the night, with Laurie himself trending as well before the conclusion of his message.
One of the largest remote venues participating in Harvest America joined from the Prescott Valley, Ariz., area where dozens of local churches worked together to secure Tim’s Toyota Center. More than 2,700 attended, with nearly 100 of those making a decision for Christ.
Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano offered a prayer for the event, that God would be praised and hearts across the nation would be touched with the power and hope of the Gospel message. Graham’s congregation was one of more than 175 churches that joined together to invite Harvest to hold its first meeting in Texas after 25 years of evangelistic outreach in California, other parts of the country and around the world. The possibility of a three-day Crusade at GlobeLife Park in Arlington, home of The Texas Rangers, in November 2015 was referenced from the stage.
Evangelist Greg Laurie has been hosting Harvest Crusades for more than 25 years now, beginning in Southern California in 1990, expanding throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Harvest has only previously been in Dallas once, at Prestonwood Baptist Church in 2004.
Of the cumulative audience of more than 5 million individuals to whom Laurie has preached through Harvest Crusades, over 434,000 have made a faith commitment. In addition, Harvest Crusades have seen 1.4 million additional individuals tune in online since the live webcasts began in 1997.
Besides conducting evangelistic outreaches, Harvest Ministries produces A New Beginning, an international radio program with messages by Laurie. In addition, television specials featuring past Harvest Ministries events air internationally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and a weekly television program greglaurie.tv is available online at www.harvest.org and airs every Friday evening on both TBN and the Church Channel, as well as on ROKU and the Harvest app.
Laurie serves as senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, based in Riverside, Calif., which oversees Harvest Ministries. The organization exists for the sole purpose of presenting the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and to help believers mature in their faith. More information is available at www.harvest.org.
The Bible says that our days are numbered, which means there is a day coming (we don’t know when) when we are out of here. We can worry about that, or we can simply trust that God knows when that day will be. It doesn’t mean that we take up bungee jumping off of bridges or try swimming with sharks, putting our lives at unnecessary risk. But it does mean that we recognize the fact that our lives belong to God. We are in His hands.
Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
— Job 14:5
This is a very comforting thought because it means that until God is finished with us, nothing will happen to us. That’s great to know. But it also means that when our number is up, it’s up. When that day comes, there is nothing we can do to turn the clock back.
So what are we to do? As we have already read in these pages, the apostle Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). So we should praise God for each new day, thank Him for the opportunities He provides, for the blessings He gives us, and for our family and friends. We should take time to smell the flowers and bounce a little one on our knees. We should savor the sight of a rainbow or a tree painted with the colors of autumn or the blue surf rolling in across a sandy beach. And of course we should be available and willing to serve Him in whatever plans He has for us.
God values you. He loves you. But if death came for you today, would you be ready? If not, you would face a certain judgment. That’s the last thing God wants to happen to you. That’s why He sent Jesus to die on the cross and shed His blood for every sin you have ever committed.
Only the person who says, “To live is Christ” can then say,
“To die is gain.” That is a person whose soul is right with God.