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Why I do what I do

April 23rd, 2009 Posted in essentials, Harvest Crusades, Pastor's corner, sermons

People sometimes ask me why I do what I do.

Simple answer. I believe what the Bible says.

I don’t say that to boast, because God has given me that faith, just as He has given you. But I do believe with all of my heart the following things:

  • Life comes and goes very quickly.
  • Life is “a vapor of smoke,” as the Bible says.
  • There really is an eternity, and both heaven and hell.
  • Only those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will go to heaven.
  • I need to tell that to as many people as possible.

Now that is not all that I believe, but those are some big truths that are at the forefront of my heart and mind.

I recently received this e-mail from Lisa in Philadelphia, where we held a Harvest Crusades event last year, that illustrates why it is important to preach the gospel:

“Where do broken hearts go, can they find their way home?” The answer is YES, if you go home to Jesus. Back to loving arms that help you see it through.

My younger brother went to sleep one night and never woke up. He was 23 years old and had just graduated from college. He moved to Philadelphia after he graduated to take a break before he would go on to fullfill his dream of becoming a pilot.

I found out the Harvest Crusade was coming to Philadelphia. My younger brother gave his life to the Lord and exactly one month later, God called him home on November 3, 2008.

My brother lives today because of this ministry, and yes, we do have a broken heart because he is gone but he is in the arms of Jesus and that’s where I will meet him again.

Amen to that Lisa. You will see your younger brother again in heaven, because of what Jesus did for him on the cross, when He died and rose again from the dead.

I am speaking tonight in the O.C.

Speaking of the resurrection, that will be my topic tonight in O.C. at our Bible study. My message is from our Essentials series and the title is “What the Resurrection of Jesus Means to You.”

I hope all of you in the Orange County area can come and be part of this. For more info, click here.

I will be on TBN live tonight around the world

Before tonight’s study, I am going to tape a interview at the TBN studios that will be aired on their Praise the Lord program, which is seen around the world.

You can view it if you get TBN on your antenna, cable or satellite system. The program starts at 7:00 P.M., Pacific Daylight Time.

7 Responses to “Why I do what I do”

  1. Marylou says:

    Dear Greg,

    I can relate to your loss. I lost my son six months ago (he was 31) of a burst appendix. I would like to know what book you recommend to read and maybe some advice as to how to get through this time of grief. My sister says you have a book that might help. She thinks it is Hope for Hurting Hearts. Could you please let me know if it is the name?

    Thank you,
    Marylou

  2. Linda says:

    I don’t think you have a blog for your devotional writings. They are all good! I am blessed to receive them via e-mail, but I just had to let you know that the May 1 devotion was exceptionally good. I thank God for you and for how He has always used you in our families’ lives. God bless you, and may He comfort your heart in every way, every day. Love and prayers from our home to yours.

  3. Carlos says:

    It’s been some time since I have written to you. I see the Lord work in you and it gives me what I need in these hard times we are going through. I know the Lord will get us through. God bless you and your family. To God Be The Glory.

  4. Cathy says:

    It was good to see your recent article on godly speech from the pulpit posted on John MacArthur’s blog. Greg, thank you for being relevant, being biblical, and yet speaking in a thoroughly godly way all these years!

  5. Sherri says:

    My husband and I watched TBN last night. We were blessed to hear your words of encouragement to all of us, in spite of your family’s heartache. The Lord is using you to continue to reach lost and hurting people.

    Seventeen years ago, my precious mother, who was just 58 at the time, died of cancer. My heart broke when we were told the cancer was terminal and there was nothing to be done.

    During the years since then, I have often thought of the old cartoon characters who had their hearts jaggedly cut in two. At the time, I never really understood what that meant, but what it showed was a literal broken heart. It is an emotional pain, but also a real physical pain, like someone has cut a huge piece of your heart out. Only our precious Lord in His timing can heal that unrelenting and intense pain.

    Thank you for your encouragement, compassion, and understanding as you minister to all of us. We continue to pray for you and yours daily. It is a privilege and blessing to do so.

  6. Danny says:

    Nice job last night at Free Chapel and on TBN.

    You are an awesome inspiration!

    Praise the Lord!

  7. Suzie says:

    I just finished watching your interview on TBN and, as always, it was great and the video of the crusade was very inspiring. As a regular member of Harvest, I have seen you and your family struggle through the past nine months with unbelievable strength and faith. I just wanted to say that I continue to pray for each of you and I send my love to all as well. God Bless you and yours.

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