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Music City and the Windy City, Here I Come!

February 22nd, 2010 Posted in Harvest Crusades, OC, Pastor's corner, travel

As you read this, I am on my way to “Music City, USA,” Nashville, Tennessee.

I’ve been invited by Steve Berger, a friend of mine who is the pastor of Grace Chapel, a dynamic church that has really grown dramatically. Many find Christ there each year and are faithfully taught the Word of God. Quite a few people from the music industry attend Steve’s church as well.

As it turns out, Steve and I have come to know each other through a couple of common bonds. First, we are both Christians and pastors of churches. Secondly, we have both faced the tragedy of the death of our sons.

Steve’s son Josiah recently went to be with the Lord. We have had hours of fellowship together, encouraging one another, and are both looking to the Lord to make it through each day. This is not something you “get over,” but something you get through, slowly.

Steve recently asked me if I would be open to doing one of our Harvest Crusades events in Nashville. So I am going there with John Collins, the director of Harvest Crusades, to explore the possibilities of that and meet with some pastors there.

Please keep this in prayer, as Nashville  is a place where I have always wanted to preach the gospel.

Biscuit central

On a side note, Steve sent me some biscuit mix from a legendary local breakfast place in Nashville. I checked out the mix and I have to say, after my son Jonathan got hold of it, we had some pretty amazing biscuits.

Why did I not make the biscuits, you ask? After all, I have made videos on how to make scrambled eggs and quesadillas.

Answer: Because those two things are the extent of my culinary skills. No requests from the Food Channel are expected.

Now these biscuits that we made from the special mix from Nashville are not the same caliber of the ones my grandmother from Arkansas, Mama Stella, used to make from scratch, but they’re pretty darn close.

I had some fresh preserves with them as well and loved them, so I plan on checking this restaurant out. I want to see how they taste when they make them. Maybe I will do a video blog from there!

Let’s a see a show of hands. Who wants me to do that?

Chicago, Chicago

After we finish in Nashville, we will be off to Chicago to meet with James McDonald and group of pastors who have already extended the initiation for a Harvest Crusades event later this year.

For more info on that, click here.

We are a few months down the road on this great outreach, and we have “all hands on deck,” with our Harvest Crusades team busily praying and working away in the beloved Windy City.

I checked temperatures ahead of time and it looks to be 34 degrees with snow this week. BTW, that is the high temperature! Yikes! That is cold weather for a SoCal boy, so I am taking my warmest coat.

I will be back home Wednesday, ready to speak on “Hot Button Issues” this coming Thursday in Orange County.

11 Responses to “Music City and the Windy City, Here I Come!”

  1. Kim says:

    My siser lives in Franklin and attends Steve’s church on a regualr basis. We have gone to his church while on vacation in Tennessee. What a great church! “Loveless Cafe” is where the biscuits come from. Make sure you wear pants with an expandable waistband!! It’s the best!!

  2. Roland & Daniela Boboc says:

    Pastor Greg,
    We are so blessed the way God uses you in the ministry. We miss u and harvest soo much. Well I’m happy that the crusade is coming to Chicago, and i’m soo excited to volunteer. Well God bless u and the family and we cant wait till u get here.

  3. Lisa Russell says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Pastor Steve’s son passing away. We lived in Franklin for a couple of years and went to his church back in 2000. It was a small, quaint church then and we loved his teaching and his family. Non-denominational churches are hard to flourish there in the bible belt, but God is Good, and I pray you will be able to do a Harvest Crusade there to further His Gospel in that area. God Bless!

  4. Judi Wilcox says:

    Dear Pastor Greg, Please take care of yourself, you’re getting over a bad virus that I think you might have contracted on your last trip a couple of weeks ago. I will be praying for yor health and your safety on this whirlwind trip to Tennesse and Chicago.
    My husband Rick and I will keep your traveling and Crusade success in our daily prayers. Be safe and try not to overdo. God Bless You Pastor Greg. Judi& Rick Wilcox

    Greg Responds
    Judi-
    Yes,I will take care.
    Thanks for your prayers.

  5. Corey says:

    As Jerry Maguire would say “SHOW US THE BISCUITS!!!!” lol

  6. rosan parker says:

    Hey Pastor Greg! I just wanted to say THANKS for your radio ministry and your website. They really helped bring me back to Jesus. I was walking in the wrong direction for a long time and one morning I heard you on KWAVE. As I drove over the toll road (241) I looked over to my right and saw that Cross that has been there for years. I felt such a longing for Jesus…I just can’t describe the feeling. HE was calling and I’m so glad HE did. HE’s so wonderful – I can’t imagine my life without HIM. I started listening every morning (and still do)and when I got home I would go on your website (and still do) and watch Wed night Bible studies and Sunday services. Now I go to CC Golden Springs and I always crack up when I hear you imitate Pastor Raul. I love the story about Hawaii and the ice cream. Classic!!! I also love the video blog of dog sledding in Montana. That was really cool. BTW I love biscuits too – can you do a video blog of them making the biscuits with the recipe? Have a great trip and THANKS!!!

  7. Enriquez Family says:

    Dear Pastor Greg
    Our familly gives a hands up for the buscuit video blog! Every morning my children ask for what they call the “Greg Laurie” special for breakfast. Those buscits sound so good….too bad its impossible to get taster samples…I’ll settle for the recipe.
    We hope you have a wonderful trip with your family.
    Love Enriquez Family

  8. Marie says:

    Bring your boots Greg. Here in the windy city we got about 10 inches of snow last night. Prays for safe journeys!

  9. sherri says:

    Greg,

    We’ll be praying for you and John as you tentatively make plans for a Nashville Crusade. How awesome that would be for those around that neck of the woods to be able to attend!!
    Thank you for always coming back to Harvest to minister to all of us.

    Yes, yes, yes. Please make the video blog available to us back here so we can see those delicious biscuits, and when you get home show us how to make your Mama Stella’s biscuits (with Cathe’s help of course). Oh,
    and please let your darling little Stella be part of that too. She brings a smile to our faces.

    Take care and God bless you.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Greg,

    We’ll be praying for you and John as you tentatively make plans for a Nashville Crusade. How awesome that would be for those around that neck of the woods to be able to attend!!
    Thank you for always coming back to Harvest to minister to all of us.

    Yes, yes, yes. Please make the video blog available to us back here so we can see those delicious biscuits, and when you get home show us how to make your Mama Stella’s biscuits (with Cathe’s help of course). Oh,
    and please let your darling little Stella be part of that too. She brings a smile to our faces.

    Take care and God bless you.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thanks for the devotion posting today. This morning I am overwhelmed with a biggggg distraction. So, after reading the devotion I have chosen to go for the “real thing” of prayer and the study of God’s word, worship and praise. Because the distraction will give way to the enemy’s tactic of keeping me away from the presence of our heavenly father and growing closer to him. I was wondering if bisquit dough can be swirled up in the air like pizza dough??? God bless and praying for your trip to be touched by the hand of God for blessings.

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