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Toy Story 3, iPhones, and Bible Prophecy

June 21st, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons, travel, worldview

I thought that headline might get your attention.

No, Ithere isn’t a real connection between these two things and the Lord’s return. I just wanted to muse a bit about our new iPhone app, a new film that I enjoyed a, and s well as tell you about a conference I’m speaking at at the end of this week.

The new Harvest iPhone app.

With the new iPhone 4 coming out, you will want to get our new Harvest app. Since we are on the topic of the iPhone 4, I have to say I’m quite impressed. The HD recording feature will be great for video blogs! You have to also love the “Facetime” video conference feature.

Very cool.

Now, back to the Harvest app. This thing is chock full of killer features, including video and audio messages that I have given, including the Parables from the Beach series as well as the new series I am presently teaching, Worldview: Learning to Think and Live Biblically.

Something you will find really useful on this App is the “Tools” section. There are videos to share, including a gospel message, first steps for new believers, and answers to tough questions. You’ll learn how to share your testimony with others through a One-Minute Message. We’ve also included scriptures to memorize and strategies for sharing your faith with people from other religions. If you help lead someone to the Lord, they can register their decision and request a New Believer’s Growth Packet directly from the app.

There is much more I could say, but just go download it! It’s free!

To download it, click here to go to iTunes.

Toy Story 3 (warning: if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to know any plot “spoilers,” skip this section)

I went with my wife Cathe and granddaughter Stella to see this new chapter in the Toy story series.

The little boy in the story, Andy, is now 17 and headed off to college. He packs his toys in a bag, intending to store them in an attic, but they get thrown away by accident by his mother. The toys end up in a daycare center that seems to them like the promised land. They will be played with again!

But soon they realize that “Lot’s-O Huggin’ Bear,” a toy who is in charge, is really evil. The toys find that they are now in a toy prison!

Woody, the cowboy toy who never stops loving Andy wants to return to him. After all, Andy’s name is written on him. So . . .

Hmmm.

Do I see a spiritual analogy here? We are like those toys running from our owner, God? Perhaps I will write about that in another entry soon. What do you think?

Bible prophecy conference

Now to something more important, a conference on Bible prophecy.
Joel Rosenberg, an expert on Bible prophecy and a friend, has invited me to be one of the speakers at his Epicenter conference to be held in Philadelphia this weekend. Other speakers include Tony Perkins, Janet Parshall, Kay Arthur, Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, and others.

This conference will be seen in 200 churches across North America and aired on 1,000 Christian radio stations.

If you would like to attend and want to know more, click here.

13 Responses to “Toy Story 3, iPhones, and Bible Prophecy”

  1. Elia Evans says:

    Pastor Greg,

    Its great to read all these comments from other sisters and brothers in christ. Our minds become so open to understanding of life,From a movies view of understanding to anything else that we daily face in our lives. Keep up the great work!

    Elia

  2. Moot says:

    On Android please.

  3. Angela says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,
    I just saw Toy Story 3 with my family last night and I too felt the same way about Woody knowing with total confidence whom he belonged to and where he belonged. He kept his eye on that fact and he never forgot how much Andy loved him. I would love for you to continue to write using this as your spritual analogy, can’t wait to read it. God Bless!

  4. Rich says:

    SPOILER ALERT, don’t read any more if you have not seen the movie! Totally agree on the biblical theme. I am no expert on the bible but this is what I gathered after the second time I saw the film; it became very clear. They toys were running from their owner toward Lotso. He deceived them into thinking they were going to be happy in hell, then locked them in so they could not escape. During the toys’ ride toward death, when Lotso refused to push the button to save them from death, he said “Where’s your kid now?”
    just as Jesus was taunted during his march toward crucifixion. Additionally, the toys were supposed to go to the “attic” (heaven), and await a new life of play with Andy’s children. Also, Lotso tells the toys that they don’t need an owner, that “they own themselves,” that is, OK to be godless.

  5. JennaAussie says:

    There were so many great messages in Toy story 3. I especially liked the scene when all the toys are about to go into the fire at the dump.. they link hands one by one and there is this ‘knowing’ and agreement between them as they hold hands one by one and make eye contact (I got teary!) and I thought to myself, this is like the family of God.. we are all in this together come what may… (but aha! the claw saves)… so amazing. So funny !
    Ken and Barbie are hilarious in this movie and it’s also a very emotive film. Esp Andy saying goodbye to his toys.. wow, lots of messages in this….
    I’m a big fan on animation and seeing in 3D is a treat. Good to hear you loved it too.

  6. Greg says:

    Marie,

    Yes! We are working on the development of an Android app right now with all the same great content that’s in the iPhone app.

    More updates on that soon.

  7. Marie says:

    I’m jealous! I don’t have one single “i” thing. Any chance of the Android’s getting a Harvest app? (Hugs for Stella!)

  8. Enis Sakirgil says:

    Pastor Greg,
    I saw Toy Story 3 with my son. Loved it. I think we should offer it in our site at FamilyChristianMovies.com, where we are also offering Lost Boy . What do you think?

    And we are very very excited about the release of Lost Boy. Thank you for praying.

    Enis
    Lukas Media Distribution

  9. Scott in Raleigh says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,

    The iPhone app sounds way cool but how bout one for android users? You gotta catch the wave !

  10. Larry says:

    Get an Ipad it is worth the investment. The bible apps are awesome. I also love the Christian book audio.

    God Bless,

    Larry mchugh

  11. brandon says:

    I think you should blog about the spiritual similarities of Toy Story 3. I want to go see it I just haven’t had the chance. Wish I could go to the conference but can’t since I’m heading up a yard sale with our youth here in North Myrtle Beach SC. and giving the money to Operation Christmas Child. BTW I just ordered your autobiography, and can’t wait to read it. I’ll be praying for you.

  12. Justine says:

    Good thing I already saw the Toy Story 3 movie! hah! ;)
    Im looking forward to what you will write about with the spiritual analogy that you found in Toy Story. I noticed something like that when I was watching the film too – with the whole thing of Woody not wanting to leave because he knew WHO they belonged to.
    Totes Ma’goats!

  13. Polo says:

    I don’t think I know another pastor that is so up to date with technology as you lol. In regards to your blog, yes I was very impresses with the new iPhone, I was following the keynote with you online hehehe looking forward to all the cool features, I will be also dowloading the new app :) sounds like is will be such a useful app. As far as toy story 3, I just saw ir last night and I totally agree with you, the similarities are so obvious hehehe. Finally will try to follow the bible prophecies sermons either online or the radio I’m sure they will be really interesting. Thank you pastor Greg Laurie for everything, you are an inspiration in my life and wen tough I live in Tx I hope one day to visit your church in person. God bless you and your family.

    With love,

    Polo

    Sorry for all the typos, I’m using my iPhone to write these comments and I overlook them.

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