Some will say “I’m so over the church; people there are critical and judgmental. It’s so full of hypocrites!” Listen: That is more about you; not the church. Yes, the church has its flaws because people are in it–people like you and me. However, Jesus both started and loves the church, and died for it. The fact is, neglect of fellowship with other believers is a sure sign of backsliding. Yes, you read right. If you love the Lord, you should . . . read more ›
In our country, we have had three great spiritual awakenings, perhaps four. The first, during the 1700s, was led by such men as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield. During just two years of this revival, from 1740 to 1742, some 25,000 to 50,000 people were added to the New England churches. This, out of a population of only 300,000! The Second Great Awakening (1790s to 1840) was led by many, including Charles Finney. It was the time of the Wild . . . read more ›
Today, our son Jonathan Allen Laurie is 26 years old! He is the proud father of two daughters and guess what else? He and his wife Brittni are expecting another child! Guess what else? It’s a BOY! We are very proud of Jonathan. God has really put His hand on my son and we are excited to see what God will do in and through him in the days ahead. So wish Jonathan a happy birthday today, right here!
Okay, quick show of hands. . . How many worrywarts are out there? Yes, I understand. Worry is one powerful emotion, isn’t it? The problem with worry is it does not help one bit. In fact, it can make things worse. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Tonight at Harvest Orange County, I want to . . . read more ›
What is the future of the United States of America? Are we doomed to just go the way that so many other once-great nations have gone? Is America headed to the ash heap of history? Are our greatest days behind us, or could they still yet be ahead? Is there any hope for America? No one can answer those questions with any certainty, but we know this much: America is the not the superpower of the last days. The greatest . . . read more ›