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Listen Up!

September 10th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

The story is told of President Franklin Roosevelt, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what he said.

One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who passed down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.”

The guests responded with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We are proud of you. God bless you, sir.”

It was not until the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. The ambassador leaned over and whispered, “I’m sure she had it coming!”

Clearly the others were not listening!
This is why Jesus would often say,”He that has ears to hear,let him hear.”(Matt.11:15)
Or another way to translate it,”Listen up!”
The success or failure of our Christian life depends on how we hear God’s Word. It is no light thing to constantly hear the Scriptures preached and taught.

Those who hear are made more responsible than they ever were before.
So,let’s make sure we pay careful attention to what Scripture says,as it is the very word of God.

What is Prayer?

September 8th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness!
It’s not getting my will in heaven but getting God’s will on earth.

Martin Luther said, “By our praying, we are instructing ourselves more than Him.”

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14–15 NKJV).

Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God. God only answers the requests which He inspires.

Prayer is surrender—surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will.

It’s like being on a boat, and I throw the boathook to the shore and pull. Do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore?

Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but aligning my will to the will of God.

Today at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

September 6th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

Why is it that some people, after accepting Christ, take off spiritually and never stop?

They just go from fruitfulness to even greater fruitfulness.

Then there are others we know that take off like a rocket, then inexplicably, they crash and burn.
As we reflect back on the SoCal Harvest Crusade, at 15,000 people in total who made a profession of faith, we pray they will get and stay strong spiritually.

If you know one of these people, or you are yourself one of these people, make sure you tune into my message at Harvest Riverside and Orange County tomorrow.

We will also be showing an amazing documentary film about what God did at the crusade this year.

For more information, go to www.harvest.org.

You Can Pray in Any Postion, Anytime and Anywhere.

September 6th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” —Ephesians 6:18

We use the word “pray” a lot; it is a general term.
You can pray publically, privately, verbally, silently.
You can be kneeling, standing, sitting, lying down, or even driving.
You can pray with your eyes open or closed! (Ever make eye contact with someone while praying?)

The main thing is to pray!

You can pray in any position, anytime, anywhere.
Sometimes we think that perhaps the Lord will hear our prayers more readily if they are prayed in a church building. But that is not necessarily true.

• Daniel prayed in a lion’s den.
• David prayed in a field.
• Peter’s prayed on and under the water.
• Jonah’s prayer was heard from the belly of a whale!

Surely God will hear your prayer wherever you are.
The main thing is that you are “praying always”—morning, afternoon, and evening.

“Pray without ceasing . . . for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

We Make Our Choices, and Then Our Choices Make Us

September 4th, 2014 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

Why do some run the race of life and win while others lose?

Why do some succeed while others fail miserably?

Because of choices—hundreds of choices that we make every single day.

We make our choices and then our choices make us.

The Bible says, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that works in you both to will and do of His good pleasure.” That verse does not say, “Work FOR your own salvation” but “Work OUT your salvation.”

We need to work out what God has worked in. But it is “God who works in us” as this passage reminds us.
So, there is God’s part and there is our part.

As far as our part goes, it comes down to discipline. There are things we must do to grow and be strong spiritually—things like Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with other believers.
We ignore these to our own peril.

You show me a person who is successful at anything and I will show you discipline. It is turning away from what will hurt you spiritually and embracing what will help you, cutting loose anything that would slow you down or impair your performance.

A concert violinist in New York’s Carnegie Hall was asked how she became so skilled. She said that it was by “planned neglect.”

In other words, she made a conscious decision to neglect everything that was not related to her goal.

2 Timothy 2:22 tells us, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (NLT).

A Homing Instinct for Heaven

August 26th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 4 Comments »

We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
— Philippians 3:20
An old chorus begins, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through.” That is literally true. The Bible says that when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, you become a citizen of heaven because that is your real home.

That is why we find ourselves with a deep-down longing for something this earth can never deliver. And that is also why we always will be a bit out of tune with this world and all it celebrates. Have you noticed? Sometimes the world will parade its toys and its so-called pleasures before you, and you’ll find yourself saying, deep down in your spirit, “That just leaves me cold. That is not what I desire. That is not what I want at all.” As followers of Jesus, we’ve tasted much, much better things than these.

C. S. Lewis described this longing with these words: “There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven; but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.” He went on to say of heaven, “It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want.”

I liken it to a homing instinct that God has placed inside some of His creatures. We all know that some animals have a mysterious ability to migrate or travel great distances to very specific locations. It’s like a natural GPS system that God has placed inside them.

One of these days we’ll be going home too — home to a place we’ve never been. Heaven is more real to me than it has ever been because of those who are already there. My son Christopher is there, as is my mom, and the father who adopted me. Friends I have known through the years are on the other side now, and so are many familiar faces from our church.

Don’t get me wrong: There is much wonder, beauty, joy, and fulfillment in this life God has given us on earth. But what makes all these things even better is the sure knowledge that the best is yet to come.

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 18th, 2014 Posted in Harvest Crusades | 6 Comments »

On Sunday night of the SoCal Harvest I followed through on my ice bucket challenge from Levi Lusko, and here’s the video:

Here Is the Official Press Release for the Weekend’s SoCal Crusade.

August 18th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 4 Comments »

MORE THAN 116,000 GATHER AT ANGEL STADIUM OVER WEEKEND FOR 25TH ANNUAL SoCAL HARVEST WITH GREG LAURIE

Harvest Crusades—the Longest-Running Evangelistic Outreach in U.S. History—Celebrates Milestone with Fireworks, Video Flashbacks, Music from Top Christian Artists, and Message of Hope from Pastor & Evangelist Greg Laurie

RIVERSIDE, Calif., August 18, 2014—Excitement was palpable at Angel Stadium of Anaheim this past weekend, Aug. 15 – 17, as more than 116,000 people packed the stands of the famed baseball stadium over three nights to attend the 25th annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie—the longest-running evangelistic outreach in U.S. history. From crowds of teens to extended families to the Mayor of Anaheim, each evening the outreach, called the “2014 SoCal Harvest”, drew a diverse crowd that gathered for a singular message of hope.

That message of hope is the same one that Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie has delivered at every Harvest Crusade event since 1990, when he and the late Chuck Smith co-founded the outreach. Staying true to form, Laurie took the stage each evening of the 2014 SoCal Harvest to offer those in attendance a chance to know God in a personal way.

“God can forgive your sin and the guilt that goes along with it. He loves you,” said Laurie. “Have you heard His voice? After 25 years, I know there’s nothing I can say to make you believe in Jesus. All I can do is deliver the news, sharing it with you. You have a choice: you can say yes to Him or you can say no to Him.”

By the end of the weekend, some 12,791 people walked to the outfield of Angel Stadium to indicate their faith in Christ, saying “yes” to Jesus. In addition, 1,425 people who viewed the SoCal Harvest Crusade on the Internet broadcast also made professions of faith.

The 2014 SoCal Harvest took on a celebratory tone with a Sunday night fireworks display that accompanied “America’s worship leader” Chris Tomlin as he sang “God’s Great Dance Floor,” and a musical medley from Grammy-nominated vocalist Crystal Lewis, who has performed at nearly every Harvest Crusades outreach in Orange County.

Harvest also reflected on the past 25 years with video flashbacks and testimonies from past participants who experienced spiritual change after attending a Harvest Crusade event. Laguna Hills resident Greg Munck was a Marine waiting to be deployed to Kuwait when he attended the very first Harvest Crusade outreach in 1990, and it was there that he committed his life to Christ, finding the peace he was desperately searching for.

“I don’t know where I’d be without that moment when God brought me to this place through Greg (Laurie),” Munck said. “That was the greatest moment of my life, when God captured

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my heart and I surrendered everything to Him at the Harvest Crusade. Every year going back is like a privilege.” (The Press-Enterprise, Sunday, August 17, 2014)

Additional musical artists who performed at the 2014 SoCal Harvest included NEEDTOBREATHE and Phil Wickham on Friday; Skillet, Sidewalk Prophets and Phil Wickham on Saturday; and for King & Country on Sunday. During the the Friday evening program, Laurie interviewed former mobster, Michael Franzese, who has been described by media as the “Prince of the Mafia.”

All nights of the 2014 SoCal Harvest were broadcast on the Internet, where 62,733 people from all 50 states and 121 countries around the world watched the outreach. In addition, 1,425 Internet viewers made professions of faith in Christ after watching the Harvest Crusade online. The 2014 SoCal Harvest is archived and available for viewing at www.harvest.org.

With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie’s Harvest events have been attended by more than 6.5 million people worldwide since 1990, both in-person at stadium and arena events and via live Internet broadcasts. Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In addition to the 2014 SoCal Harvest, this year Harvest with Greg Laurie will host the Dallas Harvest at the American Airlines Center (October 5), which will be simulcast to thousands of locations nationwide for a coast-to-coast evangelistic outreach called Harvest America.

Last Night Was Amazing!

August 17th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 6 Comments »

41,000 packed Angel Stadium and 4,169 came forward at the invitation to follow Christ!
Add last night’s stats and that means means so far we have had 69,000 people in attendance and best of all . . . 6,464 people have made a profession of faith to follow Jesus Christ.
Please be praying for the SoCal churches as they now engage in follow-up.

TONIGHT is the night you will not want to miss.

We will have music from the Harvest Worship Band, Crystal Lewis, for King and Country, and America’s worship leader, Chris Tomlin.
My message for tonight is on the topic of the afterlife with the title, “See you in the Morning.”
After the message, we will have a fireworks show to celebrate all that God has done in the last 25 years of Harvest Crusades.
It all starts at 7:00 PM, Pacific.
I hope to see you there!

We Had a Great Night to Kick Off the 25th Anniversary of Harvest Crusades.

August 16th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 5 Comments »

28,000 people came and 2,295 people made a profession of faith to follow Jesus Christ.
Now that’s good mews!
We had amazing music from Phil Wickham and Needtobreathe as well as the Harvest Worship Band.
I also interviewed my friend, former mobster Michael Franzese.

TONIGHT . . . Angel Stadium is going to ROCK!

Skillet, Sidewalk Prophets, and Phil Wickham will be playing.
My message title is “Jesus and You!”
Among other things, I want to talk about the tragic suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams and offer hope to others who may feel so depressed they too want to end it.

One other thing . . .

This crusade is not only webcast LIVE at www.harvest.org.
You can also see it on GODTV which is all around the world.

http://www.god.tv

Let people know about the last two nights of this crusade.
Here is a link to an article that the Christian Post did on our crusade last night.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/28000-people-attend-socal-harvest-greg-laurie-interviews-ex-mob-boss-says-god-is-a-big-eraser-124912/