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This Weekend at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

What on earth is happening in the Middle East right now?

It seems all you hear about is another outburst of violence, or a threat of one.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood before the UN and threatened to destroy Israel and the United States. He also spoke of an Islamic “Messiah” and “New World Order” that is coming.

Are these some of the signs of the times the Hebrew prophets spoke of as happening in the last days?

I believe they are, and that is why we will take a look at the Ezekiel 37-38 scenario in our message tomorrow at Harvest Riverside and Orange County that I am calling “Israel, Iran, and America in Bible Prophecy.”

We will also talk about why studying Bible prophecy is so important for us today.
We will be hearing from special musical guest Dominic Balli as well.
For more information, go to www.harvest.org.

Warning about Fake Facebook Accounts!

Friday, September 28th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 19 Comments »

Over the past few months someone has been creating fraudulent Facebook profiles claiming to be me. They send out friend requests to people who have “liked” my page and then message them personally, asking them to donate money to a phony charity.

If you see this kind of activity, please report it to Facebook. On the fraudulent profile, click Report/Block, as shown below. Thanks for your help! For more information on reporting abuse to Facebook, click here.

I have a brand new book out simply called “Hope.”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 Posted in Pastor's corner | 4 Comments »

Through all the ups and downs, I have found a hope that has sustained me through the dark times and given me peace and confidence at all times. I believe this hope can be yours, no matter what your present situation. But what happens to your hope when life takes a sudden, unwanted turn?
You walk around a corner and find yourself face to face with a personal crisis…the passing of a loved one…the ache of loneliness…the worry over a stormy marriage…the agony of a son or daughter who has chosen a destructive path. The Bible tells us of a hope that will see us through the darkest of valleys and sustain us in the driest of deserts. And beyond the practical help God offers for every situation in this life, He points us toward the ultimate hope of eternal life in heaven, and the unfailing encouragement of our Lord’s any-moment return.
This book will not only help you but will be a tremendous tool as you try to help others going through crisis.
You can order a copy at Amazon.com.

Need Some Hope Today?

Monday, September 24th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

If so, you ought to listen to the new series I am teaching on our radio broadcast, A New Beginning, today.
The series is called “Hope for Hurting Hearts.”
It offers hope for those who have:
Lost a loved one.
Are facing crisis
Have a troubled marriage
Have prodigal children

and much, much more.
To hear today’s program, go to

http://www.harvest.org/radio/

This Weekend at Harvest!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

We are still rejoicing in all that God did at this year’s Harvest Crusades!
To sum it up ,I would say (to put it in ’60s vernacular) that it has been mind-blowing!
Our outstanding video team, under the direction of Dwight Thomson Jr., has put together an outstanding video that tells the big story of what happened in a historic year for Harvest. This includes the Anaheim and LA Crusades as well as Harvest America.
You will not want to miss seeing this video Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County. I will also be sharing some thoughts from the book of Jonah. We will also be having a Communion service, giving thanks for what Jesus did this year.
The service times for Harvest Riverside are 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 AM, Pacific.
The service times for Harvest Orange County are 9:30 and 11:30 AM, Pacific.
To find out more, go to www.harvest.org.
Here is a link to shorter version of the video we will show on Sunday.
Check it out!

http://www.harvest.org/la-anaheim-recap-video?autoplay=1&utm_source=E129HCM3&utm_campaign=HCF_Community

Tonight at Harvest Orange County!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

I am back from my break and speaking TONIGHT at Harvest OC from my new overview of the Bible,
The Greatest Stories Ever Told.
My message tonight is from Exodus 2 on the excuses that Moses offered up to God when he was called to speak up for his faith.
Lots of helpful truth for us to apply as we too speak up for the Lord in this day and age.
It all starts at 7:00 PM,PT.
It will also be broadcast LIVE at www.harvest.org.

This Thursday at Harvest Orange County

Monday, September 17th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 3 Comments »

I will be back at Harvest Orange County this Thursday speaking from my series The Greatest Stories Ever Told.
This series is a flyover of the entire Bible.
This Thursday, my message title is “God’s Answers to Man’s Excuses” from Exodus 2.
So join us in person or watch online at www.harvest.org.

Prayer- A Conditioned Reflex

Saturday, September 15th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

Have you ever been gripped by fear? You know the feeling. Your blood goes cold. You get a shiver down your spine. Your stomach sinks. Your hair stands on end (in my case, that is singular, not plural). All of these are emotions associated with fear.

Then there is the emotion that is often coupled with fear, which is worry. There are a lot of things people can worry about today in our nation: the state of our country, our economy, terrorism, or the threat of war.

And of course, there are personal worries. We are concerned about our health. We are concerned about our family. We are concerned about our future.

When we feel worry approaching, we need to get into the habit of turning to God so that our reaction will be like a conditioned reflex.

A normal reflex is different from a conditioned reflex. A normal reflex comes naturally. For example, if you touch a hot iron, you will pull your hand away very quickly because it is hot. A normal reflex comes naturally. A conditioned reflex, on the other hand, is something you learn over time. You teach yourself to do it.

It can be compared to driving. When you are first learning to drive, you have to consciously think about everything you do. Key in the ignition … look over my shoulder before pulling out … look before making that turn … turn on the turn signal … change lanes. I am coming to a light – hit the brakes now. You had to think about it. But after a while, you get it down, and it comes naturally. You don’t even think about it anymore. You just drive.

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Now let’s apply the same principles to fear and worry. Our natural tendency when we are in trouble is not to pray. Rather, it is to worry. Something happens, and we go through various scenarios that start stacking up like dominoes in our minds. What if this happens? What if that happens? What if this other thing happens? But here is what we need to teach ourselves to do: We need to teach ourselves to pray.

It is not what we naturally want to do. Often when we face adversity, our first instinct is to turn to people for help. God can work through people, of course. There is no question that he can provide through family and friends and help us. But ultimately, we should turn to God when trouble comes. And it will come.

One reason we should turn to God and pray is because Jesus told us to. He said, “Men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NKJV). Even if prayer were a difficult thing to do, which it is not, or an unpleasant thing to do, which it is not, we should pray, because Scripture commands us to do so.

Another reason we should pray is because prayer is God’s appointed way for obtaining things. That can sound somewhat mercenary. I am not describing God as some kind of celestial Santa. The fact of the matter is, the Bible tells me that I should go to God with my needs. And we all have needs. Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer,

In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:9–11)

Jesus taught us that we are to approach God with our needs. Do you have needs right now? Pray about it. Do you need his provision? Pray about it. Do you need his healing touch? Pray about it. Go to God with your request, and Scripture says that your Father who knows you have need of these things will hear you (see Matthew 6:32).

And listen to what James 4:2 says: “You do not have because you do not ask.” Think about this: You might wonder why it is that you never know the will of God for your life. Answer: You do not have because you do not ask. How many answers to prayer would be waiting for you if you would just pray about it? Ask God about it. The worst-case scenario is that God will say no. But what if God says yes?

Prayer is also the way God helps us to overcome our anxiety and worry. The apostle Paul wrote, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). He didn’t say, “In only the big, hairy, scary things of life, pray.” Or, “Just pull out the prayers when things get really bad. Otherwise, just sort it out yourself.” No, he said, “In everything …”

Nothing is too small to bring to God in prayer. He is interested in even the smallest details. We sometimes only think about the big things, but little things can turn into big things. And little problems can turn into big problems. Nothing is too small or too big to bring to God.

There is nothing productive about worry. In fact, the word “worry” originates from an old German term that means “to choke or to strangle.” And this is exactly what worry does: It chokes you spiritually. It creates an emotional and mental stranglehold on your life. It doesn’t ever make anything better. In fact, it makes things worse.

When you worry about the future, you cripple yourself in the present. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. So in times of trouble, don’t give in to your natural reflex of worry. Instead, condition your reflex to pray.
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Here Is the Official Press Release for the Harvest Crusades of 2012!

Monday, September 10th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 7 Comments »

In case you haven’t heard the results of our recent events, here’s a copy of the official press release!

WEEKEND HARVEST CRUSADE AT DODGER STADIUM DRAWS 61,000, CAPS OFF MOST SIGNIFICANT YEAR OF OUTREACH IN ORGANIZATION’S HISTORY

2012 Harvest Crusades Reach Live Audience of 500,000 People Via Stadium Events, Live Satellite and Internet Broadcasts to 2,400 Locales Across the U.S.

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012—Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie capped off the most significant year in its twenty-three year history when it concluded its final Harvest outreach of the season at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles this past weekend. In addition to drawing 61,000 people to Dodger Stadium, Sept. 8 – 9, the Harvest Crusades also recently drew 312,400 participants to its annual outreach at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, both in-person and via live satellite and internet broadcasts to 2,400 locations across the U.S.

It’s estimated that some 500,000 people participated in Harvest Crusade events in 2012, making it one of the largest evangelistic outreaches in U.S. history.

In addition to those watching the 2012 Los Angeles Harvest inside Dodge Stadium, another 37,530 people from 50 states and 115 countries tuned in to the live webcast to listen to Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie speak about the hope we can all find in God. Laurie’s message was particularly relevant in a city that holds significant creative influence over the rest of the world.

Echoing the lyrics of a song performed by the Newsboys, “My God’s not dead,” Laurie shared his personal story with the audience gathered at Dodger Stadium. “One day I asked myself,’ what if God is not dead?’ said Laurie. “I never before considered that I could have a relationship with God. I was not the ‘Christian’ type, but I asked God to forgive me of my sins and it was like a great weight fell from my shoulders.”

Laurie continued, “If you’re a prodigal, hang a u-turn and turn back to God. Deep down inside, we all want to belong—to love and to be loved. I have good news for you. You have a Father in Heaven who loves you. You may have walked away from God, but God has not walked away from you.”

Throughout the weekend some 7,389 people took Laurie’s words to heart and indicated decisions to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ—5,936 inside of Dodger Stadium and 1,453 via a live webcast of the Los Angeles Harvest.

In addition to the message presented by Laurie, the 2012 Los Angeles Harvest featured music from top Christian artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, David Crowder, Phil Wickham, Lecrae, and the Katinas. Special guest Nick Vujicic, the founder of Life Without Limbs, joined Laurie on Sunday afternoon to discuss both suffering and the source of his joy and zeal for life.

Apart from those participating in the 2012 Los Angeles Harvest at Dodger Stadium in person and via the webcast, the outreach was also made available to 19,000 prisoners in the Los Angeles County Jail system, the largest system in the U.S. The 2012 Anaheim Harvest is archived and available for viewing at www.harvest.org.

Tonight is the last night of the LA Harvest!

Sunday, September 9th, 2012 Posted in sermons | 5 Comments »

We have an amazing lineup of music and more.

We will hear from the Katinas, Phil Wickham, Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as Lecrae!

I will also be interviewing a young man with a story that will touch your heart. His name is Nick Vujicic. Nick was born without limbs yet is one of the most joyful people I have ever met. His struggles and story will inspire you to face whatever crisis or tragedy that comes your way.

Speaking of crisis, my message title is “God’s Cure for Heart Trouble.” It is based on the words of Jesus in John 14 when He says “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Certainly we live in a troubled world today, with so many things pressing in on us causing stress, fear, and anxiety.

So if you or someone you know has a troubled heart, make sure you come TONIGHT.
Remember, we start at 4:00 PM and it will be webcast LIVE at  www.harvest.org.

One final thing:

Last night at Dodger Stadium was fantastic!
We saw 33,000 in attendance with 3,647 professions of faith!

To God be the glory.