The title above is the topic for my message tonight in Orange County at our Thursday night study.
By the way, this weekly study is really going well. The focus each week is worship, looking at God’s Word together, and then giving people an opportunity to come to Christ.
What have angels come to do?
Last Thursday, we looked at the work of angels in the life of the believer. What have the angels come to do, specifically?
1. Angels sometimes reveal God’s purposes.
You remember that three angels came to Abraham to warn him of the judgment of Sodom. An angel was dispatched to Zacharias to tell him he would be the father of John the Baptist. Gabriel himself appeared to Mary to tell her she would be give birth to Jesus, and he also appeared to Joseph to encourage him.
2. Angels help us to come to salvation and sometimes give guidance.
Cornelius was praying one day when an angel came to him to tell him to seek out Peter. An angel led Philip to go to the desert to ultimately share the gospel with the man from Ethiopia.
3. Angels protect us.
Psalm 34:7 says, “For the angel of the LORD guards all who fear him, and he rescues them.” This happened for Simon Peter when he was in prison. The believers went to pray, and an angel was sent to free him.
4. When our day to leave this Earth comes, angels escort believers to heaven.
We read in Luke 16:22, “So it was that the beggar died, and was carried
by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
To hear this entire message, given last Thursday in O.C. and last Sunday at Harvest in Riverside, click here.
But what about fallen angels? Where did they come from? What is their agenda? How can they be overcome?
We will talk about that and much more tonight, then again at Harvest in Riverside this coming Sunday, which you can view or hear live on KWVE (107.9 FM).
BTW, did you download that cool KWVE app for your iPhone yet? With it, you can listen to KWVE anywhere in the country and, I suppose, the world!
I have had more response than normal to the blog post I wrote on the sad deaths of both Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson last Thursday.
I have expanded that piece a bit and will run it this weekend at WorldNetDaily as my weekly column. WorldNetDaily has a huge viewership, so many others will hopefully gain perspective from it.
That’s all for now.
It was my privilege to speak to a crowd of at least 65,000 last night (Friday) in Mount Union, Pennsylvania, for the Creation Festival.
This Woodstock-style gathering, led by Harry Thomas, features the best in contemporary Christian music and draws massive crowds year after year. They also include speakers, and I was invited to address this modern-day multitude after a stellar performance by Lincoln Brewster.
Rain keeps following me!
So guess what happened right before I spoke and while Lincoln was singing? It rained, and I mean it rained hard!
We prayed and, sure enough, just like in Long Island, the rain stopped, the clouds cleared, and sunshine came beaming down. I spoke and also had my son Jonathan come and give some of his testimony. It was a great day.
I will speaking at one more Creation Festival on July 23 in George, Washington. If you are in that area or would like to know more, click here.
I will be back in my Essentials series this Sunday at Harvest. I will be speaking on the topic of “Angels and Demons.”
The primary focus of my message will be on the purpose and work of angels in the life of the Christian. Angels are powerful spirit-beings that do the bidding of the Lord. They are more active in our lives then we may realize. We will look at that together.
Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett
Last Thursday, two American icons entered into eternity. I will talk about that a bit in my message tomorrow as well.
Join us if you can, or watch the live or archived webcast at harvest.org.
And finally . . .
I have a article posted at WorldNetDaily this weekend. To read that, click here.
And to read my long-form weekend devotion, click here.
I am speaking in the O.C. tonight from my series Essentials: What Every Christian Needs to Know. My topic is “Angels and Demons.”
We live in a natural world, but all around us is a supernatural one–the realm of God and Satan, angels and demons. I will focus specifically on the work and mission of angels, especially in the life of the believer.
I hope you can join us.
The new iPhone
You know that I am a sucker for new technology, so yes, I have the new iPhone 3GS. Now for my quick personal review.
I like it overall. It is indeed faster the the iPhone 3G. The programs launch at twice the speed, including text messages. The form factor is the same, but it has some very cool new features, including video!
I have shot a few videos and I have to say I have been really impressed. I will post one or two in the near future.
The disappointment for me personally is the battery life. It seems to be about the same as the iPhone 3G, which for me barely makes it through a day.
But overall, I would I would give it a “thumbs up!”
For all of you Bible students out there, you need to know that Logos software is the best thing going. It is just amazing how much they have loaded into these programs that you can install on your computer. When it comes to sermon prep, this stuff is so helpful.
And now, Logos has released a version that is native to Apple computers! That is great news for all of you Mac users out there. I highly recommend this software package for any serious student of the Bible.
For more info on their product, click here.
Well, it’s official now. We are going to hold our first full Harvest Crusades event in the great city of Chicago next year!
Chicago is the third largest city in America and, of course, the home of one of the greatest evangelists who ever lived, D.L.Moody. It is also home to some amazing churches that have invited us and offered their support.
I have always wanted to preach in Chicago, so I am really looking forward to it. I am hoping that some of you might even be able to join us for what will be a historic event for Harvest Ministries.
The dedication of Lucy Christopher Laurie
I dedicated my second granddaughter–and daughter of Christopher and Brittany Laurie–yesterday at church.
Christopher and Brittany picked the name Lucy together (It means “light”). Brittany picked the middle name of Christopher after my son went to heaven, in honor of him. Christopher means “bearer of Christ.”
So we pray that little Lucy will be a light who brings Jesus to others. She is just the sweetest little girl and it was a pleasure to dedicate her to Her Father in heaven, who happens to be holding her earthly father in His tender care.
I will post a copy of the video of that dedication soon.
A challenging day
Many of you prayed for our family, as yesterday was our first Father’s Day without our oldest son, and I thank you for that.
Being a graphic artist, he always designed the most amazing Father’s Day cards.
We missed him and miss him so very much, and loved and love him. Yes, it was a hard day, but we made it!
I asked my good friend Don McClure to speak, and he did a wonderful job. If you would like to watch his message, click here.
We are looking forward to what the Lord will do this week. I will be speaking in O.C. this coming Thursday from my series, Essentials: What Every Christian Needs to Know.
My topic this Thursday is “Angels and Demons” (no relation to the movie out of that title). We will talk about these mysterious creatures and the role they play in our lives.
Also, this coming Friday, I will be speaking at Creation Fest Northeast in Pennsylvania.
This annual Christian music festival is attended by thousands and thousands of people. So if you know anyone in that area, let them know I will be there. My topic will be “Down-to-Earth Talk About Heaven.”
For more information on that, click here.
Well, that’s all for now. Have a blessed day walking with Him.
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First off, this weekend is the second Harvest Crusades event of 2009. Please be in prayer as we bring the gospel to the people of Long Island, New York for two nights.
We’ll be at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, a beautiful venue right on the water in Jones Beach. We have a stellar lineup of music and I will bring a gospel message each night.
My son Jonathan will help me keep you all “in the loop” each night with fresh blog posts and twitters.
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For more info on the event, click here.
New Web site coming!
Our outstanding web team has been working feverishly on a brand-new Web site that we are rolling out very soon.
It is based on a grid and design my son Christopher came up with before his departure to heaven. I think you will find it easy to navigate and access.
Keep in mind that what you will see is not totally functional quite yet, but a good deal of it is.
New media page coming
One feature that is not here yet, but will come soon is our new media page.
This will be a one-stop place for you to get the latest videos of messages, interviews, and some of the fun, shorter videos we have produced. And there is going to be so much more there too.
Special webpage for the girls too!
One aspect of this new site that we have been giving extra attention to is our new Web page for ladies called Virtue.
My wife Cathe and my daughter-in-law Brittany have really been working hard on developing this, and I think you are really going to like it. It will have great articles,videos and even cooking ideas and much more.
That will be a part of this new site when it is officially launched.
So here is the “beta” version
Check it out, and send me your comments. This is a “behind-the scenes” peek for you, my “blogging buddies”!
To see the new beta version of the Harvest homepage, click here.
As you know, I have been talking about heaven the last few weeks, as part of our Essentials series. What a wonderful and uplifting topic–to study and learn more about our future destination as believers.
But this Sunday, I will be dealing with the place that tragically is the future for non-believers: hell.
There is so much misunderstanding on this topic. Some might think Jesus would never have discussed such a thing as hell. He, after all, was the personification of love and compassion.
But that is why He did speak of it often! Because He loves us, He warns us!
Hell is real
The same Jesus who tells us of heaven with all its glories, also tells of hell with all its horrors. He would have never said these things if they were not true.
In fact, most of the biblical teaching on the subject of hell comes from Jesus Christ Himself. It has been calculated that of the 1,870 verses that record Jesus’ words, 13% are about judgment and hell. Jesus spoke more about these two topics than about any other.
In addition, more than half of Jesus’ parables relate to God’s eternal judgment of sinners.
J.I.Packer said, “An endless hell can no more be removed from the New Testament than an endless heaven can.”
Most of us might think, ”I think I will skip hearing that message. It sounds so depressing!” The fact is we need to know what the Bible teaches and we need to do everything we can to keep our loved ones from going there.
So join us this Sunday at Harvest or watch the webcast.
Odds and ends
I have a long-form devotional that we post every weekend. You can read that by clicking here.
I also have a weekend column at WorldNetDaily, which you can read by clicking here. This week, I talk about “The Tug of Heaven.”
Hey, this new app for the iPhone just came out from KWVE, which is the radio ministry of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and features some of the best Bible teachers in the nation. You can load this application on your iPhone and listen to KWVE anytime, anywhere.
BTW, our radio broadcast can be heard on KWVE three times a day: 5:30 A.M., 8:30 A.M., and 12:30 P.M., Pacific Time.
To get that app, click here and scroll down. Enjoy!
Tonight, I am going to speak on the topic of “Down-to-Earth Talk about Heaven” at our O.C. Thursday Bible study. I hope you can join us for that.
For more info, click here.
I also encourage all of you to be in prayer for our two-night outreach in Long Island, New York, next weekend as well. For more info on that, click here.
It won’t matter where you came from
I came across this a while back and thought I would pass it on to you. It was written by Michael Josephson, and he makes some great points. It is about the passing of human life.
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
Let me add that what will matter is to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter the joy of your Lord!”