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Lost Boy in the O.C. and Riverside

April 16th, 2009 Posted in family, lost boy, Lost Boy Blog, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons

Hey everyone!

I wanted to let you know that we are showing the newly-edited, full-length documentary film Lost Boy: The Next Chapter tonight at our Thursday night O.C. Bible study. It will be followed by a testimony from my son, Jonathan Laurie.

In an e-mail to some of our O.C. community, Jonathan wrote:

You’re probably asking yourself how the son of Greg Laurie wasn’t a Christian his whole life, or what it took for me to gain this eternal perspective. Well, you will have to come on out this Thursday night to find out!

I encourage all of you in the Orange County area to do just that tonight!

Lost Boy at film festival

The Lost Boy documentary is also being featured at the Riverside International Film Festival. It is one of 120 films, including full-length features, documentaries and shorts from more than 30 countries, that will be screened at the festival.

Lost Boy: The Next Chapter will be shown next Tuesday at 6:30 P.M., at the Regal Cinemas Riverside Plaza Stadium 16. This is the first film festival that will be showing Lost Boy and we are honored to be included.

It is our hope that the light of Jesus Christ will shine in this setting through our story.

New book on discipleship

I have just put the finishing touches on a new book on discipleship that will be coming out soon. Here is an excerpt from it:

It is my conviction that every disciple is a believer, but not every believer is necessarily a disciple. Anything short of discipleship is settling for less than what God desires. Jesus clearly calls all believers to be disciples. But when we fail to respond to His call, we fall short of His perfect will and miss out on living the Christian life as it was truly meant to be lived.

What we often perceive as the Christian life is, in many ways, not what the Bible really teaches. We need to ask ourselves whether we are living the Christian life as it was meant to be lived. Is your life challenging? Exciting? Does it have purpose and direction? Or do you find yourself depressed and afraid? If your Christian experience is dull, unfulfilling, or even boring, then it is time to seriously examine the statements of Jesus concerning discipleship.

Ray Stedman wrote, “The chief mark of the Christian ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy. We have often quoted the description of a Christian as one who is: completely fearless, continually cheerful, and constantly in trouble. It is that presence of joy and absence of fear that marks our genuine Christianity and proves that we really are what we claim to be.”

That is what the world needs more of today: Christians who are full of joy and completely fearless. In short, we need disciples.

As they say in those old Looney Tunes cartoons, “That’s all (for now), folks!”

3 Responses to “Lost Boy in the O.C. and Riverside”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pastor Greg,

    We look forward to the O.C. Thursday Bible study. My daughter and I have been attending since the first night. We feel touched and blessed by your teaching. We were especially touched by the Lost Boy movie and Jonathan’s testimony, and truly blessed by Levi (we call him our mini-Skip). He is such a brilliant young pastor. We love you, Pastor Greg. May God the Father bless you and your family. Thank you so much for your amazing teachings.

  2. Becky says:

    Looking forward to your book on discipleship! I loved the excerpt! Praise the Lord!
    Have a good day . . .
    Becky

  3. Sandy says:

    Jonathan,

    I know you are going to reach and touch a lot of people tonight!

    We heard you speak in Texas and you were open, honest, and sincere, and you came across as just an ordinary guy who’s life has been changed by Jesus!

    I wish I could be there in California tonight!

    Hee Haw from Texas,
    Sandy

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