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Check out this excellent article from my wife about the day after a crusade in our home.

September 12th, 2011 Posted in sermons

“The Day After”

Yesterday was the Dodger Stadium Harvest Crusade in L.A. We went to bed well past midnight, blessed and exhausted (Greg far more than me, for sure). He has described the ramp-up to a night of crusade preaching like being in a vice. All of us in the Laurie household, down to the grandchildren, try to be sensitive to the pressure as we pray for him.

This morning, the day after many long days and nights of anticipation, preparation, praying, and waiting, we look over our shoulders at last night, thankful that God touched lives in truly amazing ways, in some ways exceeding our expectations.

There is a sense of euphoria about evenings like last night; one can get caught up in an emotional high that can leave you flat the day after. But after many years of such evenings, I keep my mind and emotions in check, thankfully grounded and balanced by Jesus’ words to the disciples when they returned after seeing God work through them mightily: “Rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

But today is Sunday. As I write this you may wonder what do we do the Sunday following a night like last night? Well. . .we get up and go to church.

I am there because I need to be there, not because people expect me to be there (after all I am the pastor’s wife!) and not because I am under obligation to attend Sunday morning church. I am Christian first, and in order to love God the way He wants me to love Him, I must tremble at His words, and “not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. . .” (Hebrews 10:25).

There may be times when it is not convenient. There may even be those days when I don’t feel like it. But it is His will for all Christians, and not least the Pastor’s wife, to attend church faithfully, joyfully, expectantly! At the end of the day, all of us, whether in full-time ministry or not, are children who should love to hear and obey our Father’s Word.

Listening to Greg preach for almost 40 years (!) I can say, apart from the fact that he is my husband, he is also my pastor and I need to hear him teach. I smile at times, having lived many of the illustrations he uses in his sermons. Many times I can finish his sentences before he does. And after church, I will go home to ordinary tasks like doing his laundry, although (by choice) he does his own ironing! Yet when I am in church listening to him preach, I expect God to speak to me. . .every time. I come with my pen and paper and an ear ready to hear what the Lord has to say.

I recently came across this list of questions on Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ blog that wonderfully helps in examining our hearts so we can get the most out of Sunday worship. I was challenged and convicted by them and hope you will be too!

Do you highly esteem, respect, and reverence the Word of God (Nehemiah 8:5; Psalm 138:2)?
Do you prepare your heart to hear the Word of God (Psalm 119:18)?
Do you find delight in hearing the Word proclaimed?
Do you listen attentively when the Word is being read or preached (Nehemiah 8:3; Psalm 85:8)?
Do you expect God to speak to you every time you hear His Word proclaimed?
Do you have a teachable spirit (Psalm 25:9)?
Do you tremble at the Word of the Lord (Isaiah 66:2; Ezra 9:4)?
Do you pray for those who proclaim the Word to you, that they might be pure, anointed vessels of God (1 Thessalonians 5:25)?
When the Word is preached, are you conscious that you are not listening to the words of men but to the Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13)?
Do you have a commitment to obey anything God shows you from His Word (Matthew 7:24; James 1:22–25)?
Do you respond in faith, that is, acting on the Word you have heard (Hebrews 4:2)?
Is your heart good soil that receives the Word and produces fruit (Luke 8:15)?
Are you willing to let the message sit in judgment of you rather than you sitting in judgment of the message?
Do you take the message personally (James 1:22)? Or are you more focused on how it applies to the people sitting near you?
Do you pass on to others what you’ve learned from the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:2)?
Do you express appreciation and gratitude for those who minister the Word of God to you (Galatians 6:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13)?

13 Responses to “Check out this excellent article from my wife about the day after a crusade in our home.”

  1. Dan says:

    Gday,
    My name is Dan, im from Australia and i listen to you on the radio on rheema fm at night, its good to see people getting saved from your crusades and the gospel being preached in a good and easy to understand way
    i am stoked in how God uses you.
    from,
    Dan.

  2. Tisha-Monique Pena says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg and Thank you Cathe. You are such inspirational disciples of God. I listen tentatively to the words you exude and I want to just hug and live with you guys (lol!) but then I listen to the Lord and remember, the words you are speaking and teaching are His words first. I am so grateful for my relationship with the Lord and for the blessings of God speaking to me through the both of you. I love you always. <3

  3. Charlotte says:

    Love the comments Cathe and the questions following. They (the questions) are challenging and something we should meditate and search our heart on. I also love the part where Pastor Greg does his ironing . . . by his choice : – )

  4. mary rhame says:

    Dear Cathe and Greg,
    I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and watched the crusade Saturday night via computer. What a blessing. When you made the altar call, my daughter, granddaughter (lst time) said the sinners prayer together. How proud I am that we are 3 generations for the Lord. Thank you for all you do for the Lord and His people. Cathe, your message is very profound and I will carry it with me at all times as a reminder as to why I am doing what I do. PS. Greg, ironing is good for you. The purpose is to get out the lumps, bumps and wrinkles. I liken it to the Holy Spirit ironing out the lumps, bumps and wrinkles in our lives. Sometimes it get really really hot. In Christ’s love to your whole family, Mary

  5. JoAnn says:

    First of all thank you for posting Cathe’s thoughts the day after! God has done some pretty spectacular things since I came to faith in Feb. of this year at Harvest Christian! Not only did I, but also our youngest daughter. She attends Activate with Pastor Daniel…the one who baptized me. I served at the Anaheim Crusade for the first time while she was at my side soaking up all that God was offering that night. While sitting in our seats way out in left field we could see the intensity of what that crusade means to you Pastor. I began staring at you in your preparation while me being totally consumed in prayer for you. God spoke through you and we saw the results. I continue to pray for you and your family. You’re a great blessing to me and my family! One other note…my husband came to faith that night while watching from home on his computer. I had no idea until Sunday came and he was excited to hear you speak again. This coming from a man who attended church once in his life before age 10. God bless you and praise God for reaching his heart!!! Church is where I find my peace, joy, and I most certainly go to listen to what God has for me that day. I need lots of work. :)

  6. kristin largent says:

    Thank you for this teaching from your wife.It has certainly helped me in the struggle with some issues at my church..Cathe helped me to relalize that it is Christ we follow not a man or an emotion but God..I am so grateful and will pray for your ministry..serving is one of purpose in Christ..I will try and do better..I will do better.

  7. Lori says:

    What a wonderful message. And it is interesting to hear about Cathe’s life with her husband, and he being her pastor. It’s also interesting to hear what you go through Pastor Greg, prior to the crusades. This is helpful in praying specifically for you and your family. God bless.

  8. Greg Denham says:

    excellent!

  9. Justine says:

    Your wife rocks! She always blesses me with her writings and they are so in line with the Word of God!

  10. Dolores says:

    Beautiful, Cathe! Your article touched my heart!

  11. Denise Roman says:

    I just want to say “thank you” for your words of wisdom. I love this check list and will keep it with me in my journal so as not to forget. I am blessed to call Harvest my home church for 27 years now. I am daily learning more about Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And I am blessed to beable to serve there as well.

  12. Ramon Martinez says:

    Awesome!! Love it!! Praise God!!

  13. Teresa says:

    Thank you so much for this posting, Pastor Greg by Cathe. I wrote down the questions to examine my heart to get the most of Sunday worship. I am also including them for mid-week study, singles study, home study and look forward to womens study. It spoke to me,the question about; When the Word is preached, are you conscious that you are not listening to the words of men but to the Word of God (1Thessalonians 2:13)? About 6 years ago, I use to look around at the behavior of people in a certain ministry. I did not want to attend any longer. After much prayer, reading God’s word and attending/listening to Sunday worship; I realized by the grace of the Holy Spirit, that I was missing out on the wonderful messages God was speaking to me. I since, have been back in that ministry for the last 6years and enjoying the blessing, upon blessing of His word spoken through His servants. May our Gracious Heavenly Father continue watch over you and your family. Thank You, Cathe and Thank You, Pastor Greg for answering His call.
    In His Love,
    Teresa

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