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What We’re Thankful For

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 Posted in family, holidays, video | 235 Comments »

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we have so much to be thankful for. Cathe and I made a short video sharing what some of those things are for us this year. Watch it below:

Happy Thanksgiving, and feel free to let me know what you’re thankful for in the comments!

The Easter Story

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 Posted in family, holidays | 45 Comments »

My grandkids hear what Easter is all about.

When Parenthood Comes Full Circle

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Posted in family | 1 Comment »

When my son Jonathan was a little boy, he loved video games.

We had the first version of the Nintendo game system hooked up in his room, and he would play it constantly. I even put time limits on him.

One night after I told him to go to bed and turn off the video games, I walked by his room about an hour later and saw blue light coming from beneath the door. I opened it, and there was Jonathan with his game still on! I said, “You were supposed to turn that off. Why are you still playing it?” Jonathan responded, “I think I am ‘dadicted,” (he meant to say “addicted”).

I thought it was so funny, that I just told him to turn the game off, and laughed about it afterwards.

Now, fast-forward many years later. Jonathan is the father, and he has a daughter named Allie who also is “dadicted” to her newer-generation Nintendo game system. The other night he told her to turn it off, and a while later he saw light coming out from her room. He opened the door, and there was little Allie, hiding under the covers playing her game—just like her dad did many years earlier.

Jonathan snapped this photo right before he made Allie turn it off.

The Story of Jonah for Kids

Monday, July 29th, 2013 Posted in family, sermons | 49 Comments »

Here’s a video of me telling the story of Jonah to three of my granddaughters, on the beach.

Etiquette for Young Ladies

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 Posted in family | 63 Comments »

Recently, Gina Thompson was teaching my granddaughters a lesson in etiquette and I crashed the party. Here’s the video.

Jonathan Laurie: “What’s It Going to Take?”

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 Posted in family, video | 161 Comments »

Here is a special testimony from my youngest son, Jonathan, who was a prodigal for a few years.

It’s My Wife Cathe’s Birthday Today!

Monday, January 30th, 2012 Posted in family | 26 Comments »

It’s my wife’s birthday today!

She is a great woman who, to me, is a model of balance.
Her love for God runs deep, as does her love for her family.

She is totally dedicated to serving and glorifying God with her life. Yet, she takes care of herself and stays active and fit.

She always looks great too.

No question about it; she is a beautiful woman both inside and out and I am proud to call her my wife of 37 years.

As I think about it, what I have written is a paraphrase of what a woman ought to be according to Proverbs 31, and Cathe is just that.

So happy birthday, Cathe!

I have an announcement to make!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 Posted in family, photos | 35 Comments »

Welcome my newest Granddaughter into the world . . .
Alexandra Ryan Laurie, daughter of Jonathan and Brittni Laurie.
Alexandra is 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

I’m Off To Preach In New Zealand!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 Posted in family, Harvest Crusades, holidays, Pastor's corner, travel | 8 Comments »

Hey everyone!

I have been hanging out and just recharging a bit and getting ready for a trip to New Zealand!  We are hoping to do a Harvest Crusades event there next year, so we are holding a pre-crusade event this weekend in Auckland.

The mayor of the city is going to be there, along with some leading pastors from the city. I will speak two times and meet with a lot of people, so please pray that God guides and blesses our steps as we seek to take the gospel to the whole world.

In fact, we have held a number of events in New Zealand over the last few years, and they were very well-received. The people there are wonderful.

Joining me will be the Katinas and Phil Joel, formerly of The Newsboys. Phil is a “Kiwi,” a New Zealand native, so we know he will connect well.

It’s a 14-hour flight across the ocean, so you won’t hear from me for a while. And after this trip, I am taking a vacation with my family!

Talk to you soon.


I Am On James Dobson’s Radio Program Again Today

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 Posted in encouragement, family, Harvest Crusades, Pastor's corner | 1 Comment »

On today’s program, Dr. Dobson is playing my personal story of how I came to faith in Jesus Christ. To listen to the program, click here.

As you know, Dr. Dobson will be joining us at the Southern California Harvest this coming Sunday. I’m going to interview him and ask him questions about pain and suffering. Our focus on Sunday night is to provide an eternal perspective and a good dose of hope for those who are hurting.

Do you know someone who is in some kind of pain right now? Perhaps they heard bad news from their doctor. Or their marriage has fallen apart. Or maybe a loved one close to them has suddenly died,leaving them stunned.

You will want to bring them to hear this interview I will do with the good doctor, as well as a message I will give. We will be joined in music by Steven Curtis Chapman and MercyMe. Trust me,you will not want to miss this night.

Sunday’s event will be broadcast live on KFSH (95.9 FM) in Southern California, along with the first two nights of the Southern California Harvest. You will also be able to listen online at The Fish’s Web site, and watch the live and archived webcast at