Preach the Word Conference
I’ve been working on a lot of the final details for what I believe will be a standout conference that we are calling Preach the Word!
The list of speakers is stellar, and if you believe God has called you to communicate His Word–be it as a pastor, Sunday school teacher, or home Bible study leader–you really ought to make plans to attend. It really could be life-changing.
For more info, click here.
Lost Boy in Albuquerque
I will be leaving Saturday for Calvary Chapel in Albuquerque (pastored by my friend, Skip Heitzig) to speak at their weekend services.
We will show a new cut of Lost Boy: The Documentary, and I will tell my personal story, including the new but sad chapter of my son’s unexpected departure to heaven.
We have been working on a new version of Lost Boy: The Documentary, for obvious reasons. With the death of Christopher, our story has changed, and it is now part of my story.
Lost Boy was and is about redemption, and we will talk about that redemption work in Christopher’s life in the update too.
Topher was very involved in this film project, and he helped me–along with Cathe and Jonathan–figure out what to leave in and what to leave out. He designed all the graphics and titles for it, and had been telling friends how excited he was about how the Lord was using this story.
Now it’s his story too, and he will be major part of it whenever the new film is shown.
We are also working on a new full-length version of Lost Boy: The Documentary that will be screened at the Preach the Word Conference and made available to you after that.
Don’t forget to vote Tuesday!
With this presidential election so close, and so many crucial issues at stake–like the lives of the unborn, future Supreme Court justice appointments, etc.–we as believers really need to pay attention and, most importantly, vote!
So I hope that you will familiarize yourself with each candidate’s platform and vote knowledgeably. One good Web site that will help you be informed is Wallbuilders.
I just wanted to share a testimony with you that we received right after the New York Harvest. It’s a little long, but it was a real blessing to see how God worked at Madison Square Garden, and I hope you will be blessed too.
Dear Pastor Greg,
This was my first time attending a Harvest Crusade. I have been an avid listener of your A New Beginning radio program on 570 WMCA here in New York. My wife and I have supported the ministry financially and with prayer support for several years.
I invited several people to the crusade, but ultimately my unsaved mom was the only one who came with me (my wife stayed home and watched our children while praying for my mom and me). I was eager to attend. I looked forward to the praise and worship, but not as much as having my mom hear the Word from one of my favorite expositors of Scripture. The worship was awesome. MercyMe! MercyMe! “I Can Only Imagine” put a lump in my throat as I felt tears begin to well up.
Then came the warmth of the Word of God related in an easy, conversational yet authoritative manner. I never tire of hearing the life-changing story of Nicodemus as told by John 3. Your exposition of the cornerstone verse of Scripture (John 3:16) was medicine for the sin-sick soul. I was touched as no doubt was everyone in attendance by the video montage of Chistopher Laurie’s life and ministry.
After the message, I sat in silent prayer during the altar call. I wanted my mom to respond on her own accord to God’s prompting, not to my goading. As I prayed silently, she sat there quietly. Finally, she asked me, “How are all these people going to get down to the floor of the Garden?” I saw this inquiry as a positive response to prayer. I told her that there was a path to the arena floor, even if they had to take the stairs.
I should mention that I had just finished reading your books Lost Boy and Why, God? in the past few weeks. I remember that you said that you would wait for someone, even if you saw them coming from the top level of a stadium. As my heart was about to burst, I asked my mom if she wanted to go down there. She did not immediately respond. In fact, the 30 seconds or so that she paused seemed that much longer because of the obvious eternal consequences.
Ultimately, she responded by saying that she could just stay here (in her seat) and pray. I know that the Lord is not limited by where He saves someone, but she had come this far and I saw the need for her to go all the way. I told her that if she wanted to go that I would go with her.
The next few moments were pregnant with purpose. I repeated it to her. I can’t tell you if she said yes or simply stood. All I know is that I stood after she did, took her hand, and we walked to the area behind the stage.
At that time, you mentioned that apparently there were not enough counselors to speak with each person individually, but that each person would have a counselor, even if it was in a group setting. We were blessed to have Mike and his wife Gladys counsel my mom as we all prayed together and as she invited the Savior into her heart. God is so amazing!
I constantly get the feeling that He winks at us occasionally. You see, Mike asked me where I lived and I told him the Bronx. He mentioned that he grew up in the Bronx. When I told him the street that I live on, he mentioned that he drives a truck and makes deliveries on a weekly basis to the
supermarket that is literally less than two blocks down the road from my home. His pastor is Dr. A.R. Bernard, the man who offered the opening prayer and is indeed another of the proficient expositors of Scripture in our world today.
Isn’t that just like God to just happen to allow a Californian to come to New York to speak to an audience of thousands so that He could enter the heart of my mom and then to have her counseled by a man who is within two blocks of my house on a weekly basis. Glory be to God!!!
I am reminded of the verse from the classic hymn, “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart!” May the Lord ever bless you and your ministry. I look forward to meeting you Christopher and the rest of your family and ministry team in heaven. Thankfully, my mom will be there as we get to know each other!
Many blessings to you. Continue the great work of faith. 1 Corinthians 15:58.
Cordell V. Rogers
P.S. I am grateful to the Lord that He has allows us the privilege to support this and other life-changing ministries. We will continue to do our part in supporting his work through your ministry.
I wanted to let you know about a special edition of A New Beginning that will be heard
In Southern California today that we are doing live in studio at KWVE here in Southern California.
We will talk about what the Lord did at our crusades this year, as well as focus on our upcoming Preach the Word conference. For those of you outside of Southern California, this special program will be aired sometime this week.
I will post a link to this program tomorrow, but if you want to listen live, you can go to KWVE’s Web site and listen in “real time” at 8:30 A.M. Pacific time.
I wish I could say everything has gotten easier for me at this point, but it really hasn’t. Our hearts still ache for our son, especially as we get closer to the birth of his daughter, our granddaughter, only days away.
We so wish he could be here to witness it, but that is not to be. He is in the presence of God, and who knows what he knows at this point! Perhaps, from the heavenly and eternal perspective, he already knows more about her than we do!
All I know is that I miss him every day. Believe it or not, even though it has been more than three months, it is still so hard to believe he is gone from us, at least on this earth.
We are bracing ourselves for what will be a difficult holiday season, as I have been told that the “first” Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc., are the hardest when a loved dies.
Christopher sure loved Thanksgiving! Especially the sweet potatoes with marshmallows that my wife makes so expertly each year. She always wanted to try new recipes out, but Topher was insistent that we have sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows because he had been eating them every Thanksgiving since he was a little boy.
The Bible tells us that there is feasting in heaven, so I am sure my son will have meals that will surpass ours. Will there be marshmallows in heaven?
He might even get my grandmother, Mama Stella–who is also in heaven–to prepare him some of her amazing biscuits.
Lost Boy film
We have been working on a new version of Lost Boy: The Documentary, for obvious reasons. With the death of our son, our story has changed, and it too is now part of my story.
Lost Boy was and is about redemption, and in the update, we will talk about that redemption work in Christopher’s life as well.
Topher was very involved in this film project, and he helped me, along with Cathe and Jonathan, to know what to leave in and leave out. He did all the graphics and titles for it and had been telling friends how excited he was about how the Lord was using this story.
Now it’s his story too, and he will be major part of it, whenever the new film is shown.
Lost Boy screening in Albuquerque this weekend!
We are screening a shorter verison of the Lost Boy film at Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque this weekend during their Saturday night and Sunday morning services. They are also showing the film statewide.
I will also be speaking and signing copies of Lost Boy. So if you know anyone in New Mexico, please let them know. For more information, click here.
That’s all for now.
We are enjoying some beautiful and very warm weather here in Southern California, and it is good to be home.
As I mentioned earlier this week, I am speaking this Sunday at Harvest and I am returning to my series from the book of Acts that we are calling Upside-Down Living.
It has been three months since I taught from this series, as my son’s unexpected death pretty much brought everything to a halt. We had some wonderful guest speakers filling our pulpit in my absence, including Chuck Smith, Jon Courson, Alistair Begg, Jack Graham, and many others to whom I am indebted.
As a matter of fact, the message I will be giving this Sunday was the one I was working on the day my son Christopher went to heaven. It was almost completed, so when I went back to it, the words took on a different meaning to me, as much of life has.
There is one section in it where Peter is told to do a certain thing and his response was, “Never, Lord!” I will point out how those two words cannot go together.
We can say, “How, Lord,” and even “Why, Lord,” but not “Never, Lord!” Because if He is truly Lord, the only proper thing to say is “Yes, Lord.”
Book signing at Barnes and Noble
Don’t forget I will signing copies of my autobiography, Lost Boy, at the Barnes and Noble store in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, this coming Sunday, October 26 at 3:00 P.M.
I hope to see some of you there and I would be delighted to sign your copy of Lost Boy.
For directions, click here.
My weekly column and weekend devotion
Each week, I write a column for WorldNetDaily. To view the most recent article, click here.
And to read my weekend devotion, click here.
Well, I’m finally back in good old California. This has been a long trip, with our crusades in Philadelphia and New York City, and I’ve been gone for well over three weeks, so I am glad to be home.
I stopped in Dallas to speak at a pastors’ conference at Prestonwood Baptist Church, pastored by my friend Jack Graham. But I’m home now.
Back at Harvest this Sunday
I will be speaking this Sunday at Harvest, so I hope you will all tune in or join us in person, if you can. We may have a recap video ready from these last two crusades to show as well.
Book signing at Barnes and Noble in Newport Beach
Prior to Christopher’s early departure to heaven, I was scheduled to do a book signing for Lost Boy at Barnes and Noble in Newport Beach. Needless to say, I canceled everything.
I feel I need to honor that commitment, so I will be there this coming Sunday, October 26. If you would like to to come and get a copy of Lost Boy and have me sign it, I will be there at 3:00 P.M.
The Barnes and Noble is located inside the Fashion Island shopping center.
Preach the Word Conference
We have an amazing event coming up for all of you who feel called to preach or teach the Word of God. In other words, this is not for preachers only, but for any of you who teach God’s Word, be it in a church or a home Bible study.
Whether you are an evangelist or Sunday school teacher, this is the conference for you.
It’s called the Preach the Word Conference and it will be at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside. This conference is designed to teach you more about being an effective communicator of God’s Word.
Check out this lineup of speakers: Chuck Swindoll, John MacArthur, Chuck Smith, James McDonald, Bob Coy, James Merritt, Jack Graham. You won’t often find this particular lineup of speakers this strong in any one place.
This is the one conference you will not want to miss.
The dates are November 17-20. For more information, check out this link.
Well, that’s all for now.
God truly blessed our outreach event in NYC this last weekend. We saw over 13,000 people gather in the historic Madison Square Garden. The place was electric with excitement as we praised the Lord together.
I gave a message called “How To Change for Good” from the the third chapter of the Gospel of John. When the invitation was extended, we saw over 1,380 people respond!
To God be the glory.
Here is a link to a story that will tell you more: ChristianPost.com
The next day we went out and had a little fun, eating hot dogs and walking in Central Park. Here is a short video of Stella and me enjoying NYC.
The New York Harvest is complete. Here’s the wrap-up that we just posted on the Crusade Connection blog:
One of the slogans we’ve picked up on this year for the New York Harvest has been “God in the Garden.” It’s a reference to Billy Graham’s legendary crusade meetings at Madison Square Garden in 1957.
Well, God truly was in the Garden on Sunday night as Harvest Crusades closed out its 2008 schedule with a one-night event at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”
A crowd of 12,500 people from around New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere packed into Madison Square Garden to hear the gospel proclaimed. Once there, they enjoyed music from the Katinas, a 300-member interdenominational choir, Relient K, and MercyMe.
Pastor Greg spoke on “How to Change for Good,” sharing about his adoptive father Oscar and his son Christopher, both now in heaven.
The response during the gospel invitation was overwhelming as we had more responders than available counselors. In all, there were an estimated 1,380 people who came forward and prayed with Pastor Greg to receive Christ or to make a recommitment.
What a blessing from God to close out a busy year of Harvest Crusades events!