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Read Another Lost Boy Excerpt Here

Saturday, March 29th, 2008 Posted in lost boy | 15 Comments »

Well, the weekend is here!

I have received such a great response to the sample chapter of Lost Boy, that I wanted to do two things:

  1. I wanted to give you a few more pages, including the preface and some thoughts on the book from my good friends Franklin Graham and Chuck Smith. There is also a table of contents, so you can get a sense of the whole book. You can download those here.
  2. I wanted to open up a separate thread, where YOU can post YOUR OWN “Lost Boy/Girl” stories! Some of you have already begun to do that. I love it, so let’s just keep running with it! You have heard a bit of my story, so now I want to hear yours! Just don’t write a book now! :) Just a straightforward story of how you, a “Lost Boy” or “Lost Girl,” came to be found by Jesus Christ. We will have a special section for those. If you want to add yours or read others, click here. I’ll look forward to reading them!

Greg

PS: I don’t know if you are aware of it, but in addition to my Monday-Friday devotion, I have a special weekend version every Saturday. It’s a bit longer then the daily one, since you hopefully have a little more time to read it. To read this weekend’s devotion, click here.

PS again: I also have a regular weekend column at WorldNetDaily. This weekend, I talk about how to find true and lasting happiness. You can read that by clicking here.

Excerpt from Lost Boy, 2008 by Greg Laurie. Published by Regal Books,
www.regalbooks.com. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

East Coast Trip

Friday, March 28th, 2008 Posted in photos, travel | 15 Comments »

Hey Everyone,

Guess where I am?
New York City!

Without question, NYC is my all-time favorite city. It’s noisy, crazy, congested, and full of action.

I am here through this weekend to speak at a Harvest Christian Fellowship we planted here, way back in 1982. Back then, we were doing some events here due to the amazing response to our radio program, A New Beginning. Yes, we have been on that long . . . actually even longer! Those events ultimately resulted in a church plant with a great guy and good friend named Mike Finizio leading it. Mike was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, and knows the city like the back of his hand.

I will be speaking at Harvest New York this Sunday at 11:00 A.M., Eastern Time, so if you are around, come join us (harvestnyc.org).

You probably know that we are doing a lot of outreach later this year here on the East Coast, including:

  • A full-blown three-night Harvest Crusades event in Philadielphia, October 3-5.
  • A one-night Harvest Crusades event at the historic Madison Square Garden on Sunday, October 19.

I am really looking forward to all these events, but especially the one at the Garden, a legendary venue where Billy Graham held his historic New York Crusade 51 years ago.

Travelling

One of the things I aways do when I travel is get a cafe latte! I allow myself one latte a day, otherwise I start getting too fat, or should I say, fatter! :)

Some baristas create such cool designs with the foam that I take photos of them! I know, you are thinking, “he has too much time on his hands!” Actually, I just like attention to detail, even if it’s the foam on a latte.

Here is one that blew my mind. I shot it with my iPhone last year in Wellington, New Zealand.

NZ Latte

Here is one from our last trip to NYC. It looks like the logo from our church, Harvest Christian Fellowship!

Harvest Logo

NYC Latte

I shot this one today. I love it!

Latte Smile

OK, talk to you guys later.
Greg

Chapter one from my new book, Lost Boy, is now here!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 Posted in family, lost boy, photos, stella | 158 Comments »

Good Wednesday to you!

I mentioned in my first post that I have just completed my biography, Lost Boy.

Lost Boy Cover
This is the front and back cover of Lost Boy, coming in June.

A very talented author, Ellen Vaughn, helped me write it. As you will see in this special preview of the first chapter, it is written almost like scenes from a film.

But it’s a true story.

It’s my story.

More explanation of each of these vignettes is found later in the book. Here is the link to the chapter (.pdf viewer required).

We also just finished shooting the last section of the film version of Lost Boy. Here is a photo from that.

Laurie family, Corona del Mar
Laurie family, Pirates Cove Beach, March 2008

Please let me know what you think of chapter 1 of Lost Boy. Your feedback is really appreciated.
I WILL read it.

Thanks,
Greg

Excerpt from Lost Boy, 2008 by Greg Laurie. Published by Regal Books,
www.regalbooks.com. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Easter at Harvest

Monday, March 24th, 2008 Posted in holidays, photos, sermons | 33 Comments »

Wow! What an Easter we had at Harvest!

More than 22,000 people showed up on our church campus over the weekend to remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know of at least 378 people who made commitments to follow Christ, as well. We used all of our overflow facilities and our satellite campuses had record attendance too. It was just a wonderful day.

The weather was absolutely perfect and the people were blessed.

We are really looking forward to our new buildings that we building right now that will house another 1,700 people in overflow, along with new parking, 20 new Sunday school rooms, a dedicated youth ministry building, a media center, and an on-site baptismal.

Believe me, we will use all of it the day it opens!

If you came to one of our Easter weekend services, let me know your thoughts.

Greg

Here are some photos of the day:

A shot of the Harvest Bookstore and overflow crowd, just as the sun is rising.
A shot of the Harvest Bookstore and overflow crowd, just as the sun is rising.

Another photo from the overflow area, looking at the screen outside the Sanctuary, as the sun was beginning to rise.
Another photo from the overflow area, looking at that screen outside the Sanctuary, as the sun was beginning to rise.

The Harvest worship singers, with Steve Wiggins in the foreground.
The Harvest worship singers, with Steve Wiggins in the foreground.
(Photos by Kenton Jacobsen)

For more photos, check out the new Harvest Christian Fellowship Blog.

Who crucified Jesus?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 Posted in questions, sermons | 11 Comments »

Hey everyone!

Thanks so much for all your comments. It’s always good to know that people are reading what you have to say.

I just received a comment from Randy, who watched one of our Easter webcasts:

“I do have one question, who actually crucified Christ? Was it the Romans, as I have always believed, or was it the Jewish people?”

Well, Randy, that’s a great question.

Who crucified Jesus? Maybe the question should be, who didn’t crucify Jesus?

The religious leaders played their part, as did Judas, Pilate, and, of course, the actual soldiers who put the nails in His hands and feet. Satan played his part as well, but here’s something else to consider–God the Father killed Jesus.

You read that right. Here are some verses to back that up:

  • Isaiah 53:10 says, “Yet it was the ‘WILL OF THE LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief” (ESV).
  • Romans 8:32 tells us, “God did not spare even His own Son, but GAVE HIM UP for us all” (NLT).
  • Romans 3:25 says, “God put (Christ) forward . . . by His blood to be received by faith” (ESV).

But why? Because there was no other way to satisfy the righteous demands of a God we have all sinned against, God the Father sent Jesus to the cross to bear the sins of humanity, so that we might come into fellowship with Him! And I might add that God the Son willingly went to that cross.

I would recommend you listen to my message I gave on Good Friday, where I deal with this question you asked and more. You can hear it by clicking here.

Greg

Easter

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 Posted in holidays, sermons | 14 Comments »

This is Easter weekend and, here in Southern California, we are having beautiful weather. It should be in the 80s, which is just perfect as we will have a lot of people seated outside in our overflow for our four Easter morning services at Harvest.

The title of my message this year is “A Heart That Burns For You!” It is based on the story of those two discouraged disciples from Luke 24 and what Jesus said that caused their “hearts to burn!”

That’s what we all need, a good case of spiritual heartburn! Having had a bad case of physical heartburn the other day (too many peppers with my tuna sandwich), I definitely prefer the spiritual kind.

Easter, of course, is the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead changed everything. His followers went from being a group of ragtag fisherman, tax collectors, and zealots to being courageous preachers who literally turned their world upside down.

All of the apostles, with the exception of John, also died the death of a martyr. Surely, if the resurrection were not true, as some would claim, you would think that at least one of them would have broken ranks and said, “It was all a hoax. We made it up!”

But not one of them did, because they could not deny what had transformed their lives.

So wherever you are, make sure you go to church on Sunday and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. And try to take a “CEO” with you if you can. You know, CEO: one of those people who go to church on Christmas and Easter Only!

God bless you all.

Greg

Happy Birthday Jonathan

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 Posted in family, stella | 24 Comments »

Jonathan and Stella

Today is my son Jonathan’s birthday! He is 22 years old!
We love him and are very proud of him.

Here’s a photo of him with his little niece, Stella Laurie.

If you would like to send him a birthday greeting, you can do so in the comments section.

Thanks,

Greg

Good Friday

Friday, March 21st, 2008 Posted in holidays, religions, sermons | 7 Comments »

Today is Good Friday! This is a special day on the Christian calendar when we remember the death of Jesus Christ for each of us on the cross. It was here that God and man were reconciled once again.

  • Here at the Cross, God’s righteous demands were satisfied.
  • Here, what was lost in the garden was regained again.
  • Here, a crippling and decisive blow was dealt against Satan and his minions.
  • Here, our Salvation was purchased.

We can never talk about it too much, or contemplate it too often. And because of this we know there is truly life beyond the grave. This is what sets our faith apart from all others.

With Buddhism, Islam, Krishna, and all the rest, you can go to the tomb of their prophets and gurus and pay your respects. But if you go to the tomb of Jesus, you will find it empty! He is alive!

The originator of a new religion came to the great French diplomat-statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand and complained that he could not make any converts. “What would you suggest I do?” he said. Talleyrand replied, “I should recommend that you get yourself crucified, and then die, but be sure to rise again the third day.”

I encourage you to check out our online Good Friday service today at 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Just go here.

Also, our very talented worship team of Billy Batstone, Steve Wiggins, and Hanz Ives have written a brand new song for this Easter weekend that you can download here for free. It is based on the message I will be giving this Easter Sunday.

Enjoy!

Greg

Hello World!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008 Posted in lost boy | 52 Comments »

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my official blog, one that I actually do myself. This is a place for us to keep in touch on more of a personal basis. I will just be sharing thoughts, ideas, and recent happenings from my life here.

I hope you will visit often, ’cause I plan on updating this on a regular basis. Also, there is a place for you to offer up your comments on what YOU are thinking!

First of all, I have been working on my autobiography for the last seven months or so. Whew! It’s been a long process and quite an adventure. Frankly, it’s been hard at times to delve into my past. But it has also been both helpful and wonderful for me personally to see the grace of God at work in my life, from beginning to present!

A very talented writer named Ellen Santilli Vaughn helped me with this book. Ellen helped Chuck Colson with many of his books in the past. She also co-wrote It’s All About Him, the biography of Denise Jackson, wife of country star Alan Jackson, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Lost Boy

I have also been working with a very talented team of folks on a documentary movie about my life. Today we finished filming for the documentary, and I will post a few photos soon.

The name of both projects is Lost Boy. It’s all based on this photo of me as a little kid with my Mom from the ’50s. This is also the cover photo we used for the book.

I look just like a lost little boy there, and I was. But God found me.

I would be willing to post an excerpt from my new book if you would like, so let me know in the comments section.

So there you have it, my first official blog entry on my first official blog! Take care, and God bless!