Whew! What a week this has been. Little Lucy has finally arrived and we are thanking God. Thanks also for all of your kind words and congratulations. Lucy and her mom are doing well.
Here is a new photo of a proud grandpa with his son and two granddaughters.
This Sunday morning at Harvest, I will be giving a message on how to give thanks to God no matter what your circumstances are. It is from my series in the book of Acts that is coming to a close soon, Upside-Down Living. The title is “Songs in the Night.”
Franklin Graham at Harvest
Don’t miss our Sunday night service, as we will have a special message from my longtime friend, Franklin Graham. We will also have Phil Wickham sharing his music. You can come and join us or watch online.
Talk to you soon.
I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving.
We had a great day on Skid Row in L.A. at the Fred Jordan Mission.
As I mentioned earlier, Fred was my uncle and started this outreach some 60 years ago to reach out to those who are in great need. His philosophy was to feed and clothe them, but also to always make sure they each heard the gospel. Uncle Fred went to heaven some 20 years ago, but his wife Willie, his sons Tom and Peter, and other members of his family have carried this vital work on to a new generation.
So taking a cue from my uncle, I spoke for around 15 minutes and told everyone how they could know God in a personal way though Jesus Christ. I also extended an invitation for them to come to Christ, and many indicated they had done so after I led them in a prayer of commitment.
Fred Jordan Missions fed more than 2,500 people today. I encourage you to remember them in your prayers and with your support.
Baby Lucy update
Baby Lucy is doing really well. She has a good appetite and needed her diaper changed last night for the first time. She is so cute!
Thanks for your greetings to her and her mom.
Today is a national holiday when we are to give thanks to God. I hope you remember to do that today as you celebrate with friends and family.
I trust many of you are having turkey and all the fixin’s! Here are some of my favorite things to have on Thanksgiving:
- Turkey (I prefer the white meat)
- Cornbread stuffing
- Mashed potatoes
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes (especially with melted mini-marshmallows on top, one of Christopher’s favorite things)
- Rolls and/or fresh biscuits
- and tons of gravy on everything!
I will be speaking on Skid Row today
I must admit that we already had our Thanksgiving meal this past Tuesday. Brittany went into labor that night, so perhaps there was something to it!
Instead, I am going to go up to the Fred Jordan Mission in L.A. today to preach and to help them with their annual outreach to feed the homeless on L.A.’s skid row.
This mission was originally started by my uncle Fred Jordan. He has been in heaven for quite a few years now, but his dear wife (and my aunt) Willie Jordan has run it very effectively for years now, as she and her family have reached thousands of lives for time and eternity.
Lucy Christopher Laurie is here!
That’s right, her middle name is in honor of her father.
She was born at 8:20 A.M., and she weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces. She is 20 and a half inches.
Stella, her big sister, said, “Hallelujah!” I’m not kidding!
So we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend!
I’m at the hospitial with our family anxiously awaiting the arrival of Lucy Laurie!! Brittany’s water broke and it could be any time now. I will let you know as soon as she is born.
Please pray that the Lord will give to Brittany a safe delivery.
I have shared this e-mail from my son Christopher before, but since we are giving thanks, I thought I would post it again.
This was written a few months before he was suddenly called to heaven. He clearly had his priorities in order.
We miss him very much, and we were and are very proud of him.
I am so thankful for what the Lord has done in my life the last couple years. I want what He wants for me.
I have been blessed with the most wealth I ever wanted: loving parents and a brother who serves the Lord and desires Him first, a beautiful wife who knows Jesus, a beautiful daughter with another on the way.
I am truly rich and no man can take those things from me.
Great entries on what you are thankful for! Keep them coming!
I want to speak Wednesday night about thankfulness and why we ought to be giving praise and thanks, not only on this special day we call Thanksgiving, but every day.
You can come join us or watch the live webcast by clicking here.
Lucy Laurie is coming!
Lucy is the name that Christopher and Brittany picked for their little daughter to come. Of course, she is already here, but not yet born.
According to the doctor, this is the week she will be born, so please be praying especially for Brittany to have a safe delivery. I will let you know as soon as she is here!
Thanksgiving is almost here, and I thought I would open this blog up for you to share why you are thankful to God this year. We all have so much to be thankful for, and it is always a good thing to count our blessings.
So keep it short and sweet, and “Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good!” (1 Chronicles 16:24)