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Saturday, November 21st, 2009 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons | 6 Comments »

I just saw the movie 2012 at the movie theater.

First, a quick review. Though not destined to be a classic, 2012 was entertaining at times and had some pretty amazing CGI special effects. It was pretty easy to predict who would survive to the end, but it had its moments.

Now, onto the premise. The movie was based on the Mayan calendar’s supposed prediction that the world would end by the year 2012, and the movie depicts this scenario playing out.

“Repent, the end is near!”

One can’t help but think of the end times scenario that the Bible has predicted and wonder why a film has not been made that is based on the prophecies in the pages of Book of Revelation and other Scripture passages that are being fulfilled before our very eyes.

One funny line in the film came when things were starting to unravel, and someone said, “Those guys with the ‘Repent, the end is near’ signs on the street corners were right all along!” Indeed.

Spoiler alert! At the end of the film, the survivors board massive arks that take them to the new world that has emerged after the scenes of destruction.

A more reliable source

Instead of worrying about the supposed musings about the end of the world from the Mayan calendar, we should all be paying careful attention to the inspired predictions of the Hebrew prophets.

No, they do not predict a date, but they–directed by God and spoken of by Jesus Himself–speak of ‘times and seasons” that I believe we are living in now. Indeed, the Bible speaks of a new world that is coming, but under the care and direction of its Creator and without the curse of sin.

As you may know, I have been teaching a five-part series on last days events, and we are coming to the “grand finale” this Sunday at Harvest. The title of the message is “Heaven on Earth.”

We will look at “heaven and earth becoming one.” God is not going to abandon this planet. He is going to restore it. And this prediction will be fulfilled exactly as He said.

This and that

You may also want to check out my weekend column at WorldNetDaily, which can be found here.

You can also read my special weekend long-form devotional found here.

Heaven on Earth

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, essentials, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons | 1 Comment »

From the beginning of time, man has searched for peace. He has joined peace movements, marched for peace, given prizes for peace, and even gone to war for peace.

When you hear of someone being arrested for “disturbing the peace,” you have to wonder where he found any to disturb!

Some tell us to “visualize world peace” on bumper stickers, then cut us off on the freeways!

The United Nations has displayed the words of Isaiah 2:4 over its doors: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.”

Only Christ will bring it

But neither the United Nations, nor politicians, nor people who “visualize it” will bring about the long-awaited peace on Earth that mankind so desperately longs for.

It will come only when the Creator Himself returns and retakes what is rightfully His and hangs a sign over this war-weary planet  that says “Under New Management”!

Yes, Jesus is coming back again.

And God is not late, we are just a bit early. As 2 Peter 3:9 tells us: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

This Thursday in O.C.

When Jesus comes back to this Earth to establish His kingdom, there will finally be world peace and much, much more. It’s a picture of our future,and it may be coming sooner then we think.

This Thursday in Orange County, “Heaven on Earth” will be my topic. I will deal with what happens after the second coming of Jesus Christ to the Earth.

It all starts at 7:00 P.M. at 2777 McGaw Avenue in Irvine. For more info, click here.

Billy Graham, Steven Curtis Chapman, and the Second Coming of Christ

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 Posted in essentials, sermons | No Comments »

We have an amazing in weekend in store for you at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, so I hope you can all be a part of it in some way. You can either come and attend in person, or watch it all live at

First off, this Sunday morning, we will have part four of a five-part series on the last days. The title of this Sunday morning’s message is “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”

Did you know that . . .

  • There are more than 300 passages in Scripture that deal with Christ’s return?
  • Jesus spoke of it at least 21 times when He walked this Earth?
  • Statistically, one of every 25 verses in Scripture mentions the Lord’s return?

But before the second coming can take place, there must first be the battle of Armageddon.

Not long after he was inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan was astounded by the complexities of the Middle East. On May 15, 1981, he wrote in his diary, “Sometimes, I wonder if we are destined to witness Armageddon!”

When I read our newspapers today, watch the news, and read online about what is happening in our world, I wonder the same thing. We will talk about that Sunday morning.

An Evening of Hope

This is also the weekend of our special Sunday night event, An Evening of Hope, featuring music from singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman and a message from me.

With the holidays upon us, many people are hurting for many reasons. Steven and I want to offer encouragement to you in song and the spoken word. We both have had the hardest time of our lives, with the unexpected departure of our children to heaven in 2008, but God has been faithful to us and we want to share a “dispatch from the valley” with others.

This is a very special event and I hope you will not miss it. Again, this will be webcast live at

Lunch with Billy Graham

Over at WorldNetDaily, where I have a regular weekend column, my article this weekend is on my recent lunch with Billy Graham. To read that, click here.

You can also check out my long-form weekend devotion. To see that, click here.

Another Award for Lost Boy: The Next Chapter!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 Posted in essentials, lost boy, Lost Boy Blog, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons | 4 Comments »

A while back, we decided to enter the Lost Boy: The Next Chapter documentary in some film competitions around the world. Much to our  surprise and delight, it has won awards both stateside and internationally as well.

This last weekend, it was just awarded Best American Documentary (Under 75 Minutes) at the International Film Festival of South Africa. In addition, the film was recently selected as one of just ten films that were screened during the Outreach Film Festival in San Diego.

Lost Boy: The Next Chapter has already received the Audience Favorite Best Documentary Award at the Riverside International Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at the International Christian Film Festival. In addition, it has been screened at the Long Island International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of Ireland.

Originally created as the companion piece to my autobiographical book, Lost Boy, the documentary film version offers viewers a chance to learn about my rather unusual life story and how God intervened in the life of a mixed-up teenager and brought hope and purpose.

So we thank God for this additional exposure and, hopefully, further spreading the message of hope that people need to hear so desperately today!

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

That is my topic tonight in Orange County for our Bible study, as part of our last days series. I will also give the same message this coming Sunday at Harvest.

It’s Veterans Day!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 Posted in essentials, OC, sermons | 2 Comments »

Today is Veterans Day, so break out the Stars and Stripes and fly them proudly.

The first Armistice Day–on November 11, 1919–marked the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, which was said to be “the war to end all wars.”

But tragically, there will still be wars in the future, as Jesus said that one of the signs of the last days would be hearing of wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6).

In fact, that will be my topic at our Bible study tomorrow night in Orange County and at our services Sunday morning at Harvest. I will talk about the final battle of Armageddon.

Bravery on the battlefield

That said, today is a day when we honor those American men and women who have served in our military, and they certainly deserve it.

Scripture says of those in authority, specifically military and police:

“For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:4)

The soldier or police officer as God’s minister? Absolutely.

That is not to say that every act done by every American soldier or police officer is necessarily right under all circumstances, but it does mean that God has established an authority structure, and the military is a part of that.

So today, thank someone who has protected our freedoms as a member of the United States military. And thank God that they have put themselves in harm’s way for you and me.

I know that I do.

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, essentials, family, holidays, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons | 6 Comments »

In a Gallup Poll, 66% of Americans said that they believe Jesus Christ is coming back to this Earth in the future. That’s 25% more people than those who claim to be “born again.”

This great event is described for us many times in Scripture. There are more than 300 passages in Scripture that deal with Christ’s Return.

This Thursday, at our Orange County Bible study, we will talk about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I will give the same message the following Sunday morning at Harvest.

This is a topic we all need to know a lot more about as believers.

An Evening of Hope

Don’t forget our special event, An Evening of Hope, this coming Sunday night at Harvest, featuring Christian musician Steven Curtis Chapman.

I believe this will be a very special night, especially for anyone who will have an empty seat at the table this holiday season once occupied by a loved one who is now gone.

This event will also be webcast live. For more info, click here.

Preaching on Skid Row

This Thanksgiving, I will be preaching at the Fred Jordan Mission on L.A.’s Skid Row.

As many of you know, Fred Jordan was my uncle and has been in heaven for many years now. His wife, my aunt Willie, has carried on this great work.

In addition to feeding thousands throughout the year, they will provide meals to some 3,000 people on Thanksgiving weekend.

It will be my privilege to bring a gospel message to those in attendance. My friend Dennis Agajanian will provide some music, along with our Harvest Worship Band.

That’s all for now.

The House that Ruth Built

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 Posted in sermons | 6 Comments »

Hey everyone,

You already read my post about having lunch with Billy Graham. Here now is my wife’s version of the same event, which she wrote for our Virtue women’s Web site. We wrote these separably, not knowing the other was doing one as well.

So here is Cathe Laurie’s take on the same occasion. I think you will agree with me that hers is better written than mine!


P.S. This Saturday, November 7, is Billy Graham’s 91st birthday.

The House that Ruth Built
by Cathe Laurie

Last Tuesday, we drove the steep, winding, leaf-sodden road to the Graham house in Montreat, North Carolina.

I gazed at the landscape, the trees in full fall color, and, in the distance, the mist hanging over the Blue Ridge mountains. This was the view that captured Ruth Bell Graham and held her a willing prisoner to its beauty for so much of her life. While Billy roamed the world preaching the gospel, Ruth supported him by staying here and praying for him while taking care of their children.

It’s ironic that now it is Billy who is at home waiting. Not waiting for her to come home, because she is more at home with the Lord than she ever was in Little Piney Cove. But nevertheless, he is waiting, waiting on the Lord, and looking forward to the time when they will be reunited.

This was my first time visiting this old house since Ruth went home to heaven. I missed the funny doormat that said, “Oh no, not you again!” Though I found the house as lovely as ever, there was something missing in every room. It was her, that certain spark, that twinkle in her eye, the rich knowledge of God’s Word, and, of course, the distilled wisdom, quotes, and fascinating stories that had saturated her mind over the years.

Now it was just the three of us, sitting at the round table in the kitchen over a lunch of barbecued chicken, ribs, cornbread, and baked beans. The world’s great lion-hearted preacher rested gently in his worn leather chair.

“I don’t know who will greet me first when I arrive in heaven,” he said, “Ruth or Jesus.”

“Maybe they’ll be there together,” Greg mused.

Though the food was delicious, Billy just nibbled. The lazy susan that supported so many lunches in her kitchen still sits on the table. The sign in old English lettering, proclaiming “Divine service will be conducted here three times daily,” still hangs above her sink. And on the mantel over the huge wood-burning fireplace, the title of Luther’s greatest hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is carved in German.

From her living room, we took long looks over the hills and watched the rain clouds moving closer. No need to fear them, I thought, for when she built her home, she built it to withstand more than a fierce rainstorm.

I want to build my life the way Ruth did hers. She built more than just this house, she built her life on a foundation that stands, a foundation of beauty, truth, and strength. Because it was built on the Rock of the Lord Jesus and his Word, which, though “heaven and earth be moved,” will never be moved.

Here is a poem about fall that I particularly like. Ruth wrote this many years ago, when she was younger and wondering about what old age would be like. From my perspective, she did find she had gathered from her Supply far more than she ever needed. And she lived without regret as her winter came . . .

When my Fall comes
I wonder
Will I feel
as I feel now,
glutted with happy memories,
to let them lie
like nuts
stored up against the coming cold?
Squirrels always gather
so I’m told
more than they will ever need;
and so have I.

Will the dry,
bitter smell of Fall,
the glory of the dying leaves,
the last brave rose
against the wall
fill me with quiet ecstasy
as they do now?

Will my thoughts turn
without regret,
from blackened borders,
leafless trees,
to the warm comforts
Winter brings
of hearth fires,
and inner things
and find them nicer yet?

–Ruth Bell Graham

Where is America in Bible Prophecy?

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons | 3 Comments »

Have you ever wondered why we cannot find the most powerful nation on earth, the United States of America, in the prophetic scenario? Where are we? Our very absence is noteworthy.

I will address that, the coming world leader known as Antichrist, and more in my message, “The Antichrist, America, and Armageddon” this Sunday at Harvest Christian Fellowship.

This weekend

I have a regular column at WorldNetDaily that you might want to check out. This week’s article deals with pain and how to not waste it. To read that, click here.

Also, my weekend long-form devotion is on the topic of discernment in these last days. To read that, click here.

The devil wears Prada?

Friday, October 30th, 2009 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons | 1 Comment »

Antichrist. The very name sounds ominous, scary.

He has generated a lot of attention—from both Christians and non-Christians alike. Hollywood has portrayed him in Rosemary’s Baby, The Devil’s Advocate, and The Omen.

Marilyn Manson has an entire album calling him a superstar, and Googling his name generates almost five million results. There is even a film out now with his name as its title . . . Antichrist.

But this coming world leader is not who you might expect. He won’t be dressed in all black, with 666 tattooed on his forehead and steam rising from his body.

He will be suave, intelligent, engaging, magnetic, and charismatic. Perhaps he will be well-dressed, gracing the covers of Time and GQ.

Think “The Devil Wears Prada.”

But’s all a mask that hides who he really is–the most evil man who ever lived. If Satan ever had a son, this would be him.

But he will be clearly defeated by Jesus Christ, the One who he seeks to be a pale imitation of.

I will deal with this and more in my message this Sunday at Harvest called “Antichrist, America, and Armageddon.”

P.S. I promised a blog post about my recent lunch with Billy Graham. I will post that sometime next week.

The Cove, Billy Graham, and the last days

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 Posted in essentials, family, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons, stella, travel | 9 Comments »


Here’s a photo I took of Stella in North Carolina.

On Tuesday, my wife Cathe and I had the privilege of sharing lunch with Billy Graham. What a wonderful time that was, and I will blog about that on Friday.

We were in Asheville, North Carolina, speaking at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove on the theme of the Lord’s return. It was a thrill to meet so many people who follow our ministry, and I even met a couple of my Facebook friends in person. BTW, if you want to check out my Facebook page, click here.

I was joined by my friends Don McClure, Levi Lusko, Pedro Garcia, Dennis Agajanian, and Marty Goetz. Plus, our whole family made the trip–Cathe, Jonathan, Brittany, Stella, and Lucy–and we took some photos for our Christmas card as well.

While in North Carolina, I also shot a series of eight videos for the holidays (one for each week), focusing on the real message of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will post the first one in the first week of November.

A good time was had by all!

Thursday in Orange County

Tonight, I will continue my last days series in Orange County with a message titled, “Israel, Magog, and the Rapture.”

We all have questions about these last days events, and I will address them Thursday night.

Looking ahead, I am working on a message for this weekend at Harvest on the Antichrist, America, and Armageddon.

Well, that’s all for now. On Friday, I’ll tell you about my lunch with the greatest evangelist who has ever lived, Billy Graham.