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Happy Birthday to the United States of America!

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

In your celebration today, pause and remember the immense privilege it is to live in this great country.
And before you dig in to have your lunch, remember to pause and pray.
Pray that God will bless America, and that America will bless God.
Here is a video where I visit some significant American landmarks and talk about the significance of this day.
At the end of it, I mention Harvest America in Philadelphia.
This video was shot last year, so disregard that part.
Harvest America is being held in Dallas, Texas this year on October 5.
For more info, go to

http://www.harvest.org/crusades/2014/dallas/home.html

Here is the link to the video about America.

An All-American Hero

July 3rd, 2014 Posted in video | 11 Comments »

A truly great American died today.
Louis Zamperini has gone to be with the Lord.

It was my privilege to get to know Louis and to interview him on a number of occasions. He truly was one of a kind. How many people do you know who shook hands with Adolph Hitler and also punched a shark in the nose? Louis did that and more.

This all happened in his remarkable life, recorded in the outstanding book Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand. This book is now being made into a film that will be out by the end of the year.

I once told Louis it was as though he had lived four separate lives:

  • Louis the juvenile delinquent who developed an ability for running (which he perfected running from the police!) that carried him to the Olympics of 1936. He put in such an impressive performance that Adolf Hitler, who was in power at that point, wanted to shake his hand.
  • Louis the patriot, who joined the military to serve his country in World War 2. He became a bombardier and was shot down over the Pacific and was adrift at sea for a staggering 47 days.
  • Then there was Louis the survivor, who was captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war for two years. It was during this time Louis was treated especially cruelly by a Japanese commandant that had it out for him, known as “the bird.”
  • Finally, there was Louis the follower of Jesus Christ. After returning from war, he was hailed as a hero for all he endured. He spiraled downward into alcoholism, dealing with PTSD. His wife invited him to hear a young preacher from North Carolina that was just beginning his ministry named Billy Graham. Louis went forward to accept Christ that night and spent the rest of his 97 years on earth telling others about his faith.

That faith also prompted Louis to go back to Japan and share the gospel with the very guards who had treated him so cruelly. Truly, this was an amazing life.

I am confident Jesus has already said to Louis Zamperini, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter in the joy of your Lord!”

Here is a video of an interview I did with Louis a short while ago:

Big Fireworks

June 30th, 2014 Posted in video | 51 Comments »

Nothing says 4th of July like big fireworks!

Check out this video we made last year when I visited my friend Levi Lusko in Montana for the 4th.

How to Share Your Faith

June 30th, 2014 Posted in video | No Comments »

Recently at the Harvest Orange County Car Meet, I had a talk with Barry Meguiar of Car Crazy TV. Barry loves to share his faith and gives a few tips about how he does that with fellow car enthusiasts.

Check out our conversation, as well as some really cool cars, in this video:

Behind Enemy Lines

June 30th, 2014 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

Some believers want to retreat from culture and live in a “Christian bubble.”

They want to isolate themselves from nonbelievers.
But Jesus has not called us isolate, but to infiltrate.
Our job is to permeate, to saturate.
It’s not to evade, but invade!

We are to impact culture without being compromised by it. There’s no question that this is a tricky balance. In John 17:15–16, 18 Jesus prayed, “I’m not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Just as You sent Me into the world, I am sending them into the world” (NLT).

Did you catch that? Jesus is sending us into the world!

Yet, we are also warned, “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:15 NKJV).

1 Corinthians 5:9–10 tells us, “When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that” (NLT).

I do not expect nonbelievers to behave as believers. You might be surprised to know I do not correct everything a nonbeliever says.

Sometimes it seems we want to “Christianize” nonbelievers more than we want to see them truly converted. By “Christianize” I mean we want them to merely change their behavior. That, to me, is putting the cart before the horse.

My goal is to reach their heart first. Then I know that if they’ve truly met Jesus Christ, their behavior will change. Paul spoke of “becoming all things to all men,” so we are to be in this world, influence it, and not allow it to influence us. Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world,” or as the Phillips version puts it, “Don’t let this world squeeze you into its mold!”

Yes, Jesus, our Commander in Chief, is sending us into this world. To do what? To “go into all the world and preach the gospel! (Mark 16:15 NKJV).

This is a battle, and we are either advancing or retreating. As believers, we must realize that we are “behind enemy lines.”

I was watching a World War 2 film, and there was a scene where the commanding officer says to the paratroopers of Easy Company behind enemy lines, “A panzer division is about to cut you off, so you guys are going to be surrounded!” The lieutenant in charge of Easy Company says, “We’re paratroopers, lieutenant. We’re supposed to be surrounded.”

We as the church are just like those paratroopers. We are “supposed to be surrounded.” We have been “dropped in” by God Himself.

We are behind enemy lines.

Know this: We are in hostile territory. Everywhere you look the enemy is at work, wreaking havoc in the lives of countless people.

So how can we impact our culture and make a difference?
We must not isolate; we must infiltrate.

Today at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

June 29th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

Fewer things are harder to put up with than a good example.
And that is exactly what I want to talk about today at Harvest Riverside and Orange County.
How we can be a good example that will then “earn us the right” to share the gospel message with those that hear it?
And that is what our country needs to hear today.
My topic this morning is “America, This Is Your Wake-Up Call!”
You can join us live at one of our campuses at 8:00 AM, 10:00AM, and 12:00 PM, Pacific.
Or you can watch LIVE at www.harvest.org

Are You Satisfied with Your Present Spiritual State Right Now?

June 26th, 2014 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

You are not done as a Christian.

No matter how much you love, you ought to love more.
No matter how much you pray, you ought to pray more.
No matter how much you obey God, you ought to obey more.

Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NKJV).

We will not be completely satisfied until we see His face. Psalm 17:15 says, “I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness” (NKJV). Until that day comes, there will be a “divine discontent.”

Let me ask you this question: Are you satisfied with your present spiritual state right now?

Let me personally answer that: I am not.
I need more—much, much more. I have far to go.

Therefore we want to spend our time in pursuing God.
We all know that snacking between meals can spoil our appetites. In the same way, there are certain relationships, pursuits, and things that take the edge off of the godly spiritual appetite we should have. These things may be quite harmless in and of themselves.

The question to ask yourself of relationships, pursuits, and such is: Does it make me more or less hungry for spiritual things? Does it draw me closer, or does it in some way keep me away from Jesus? Is it a “wing” or a “weight” in the race of life?

If you really hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will find it.
Why? Because “where there’s a will there’s a way.”

Are you pursuing righteousness?

Tonight at Harvest Orange County

June 26th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 1 Comment »

The Bible.
Most of us have a copy, if not multiple copies.
We quote it, we carry it, we study it, and so we should.
Fact is, we base our very faith on what it teaches.
But how can we be certain the Bible is the very word of God?
That is what we are going to talk about tonight at Harvest Orange County.
We are doing a new four-part series based on my book, Essentials.
I look forward to welcoming my associate pastor Jeff Lasseigne, who will be teaching this message.
Jeff is an outstanding teacher of God’s Word, and I know you will learn and grow from hearing this message.
You can join us in person or watch the live HD webcast at www.harvest.org.
The service starts at 7:00 P.M. Pacific

I Will Be on the Pastor’s Perspective Show Today with Don Stewart.

June 25th, 2014 Posted in sermons | 2 Comments »

I’ll be talking about my recent trip to Washington D.C.
I will also be joined in studio by two special guests.
It’s going to be a fun show, so don’t miss it!
It starts at 3:00 P.M. Pacific
You can listen or watch it live at kwve.com

This Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

June 21st, 2014 Posted in sermons | No Comments »

Happiness.
We all want it.
But what is it exactly?
And once you have found it, how do you keep it?
Jesus dealt with that topic and much more in the Sermon on the Mount.
That is what I will be talking about in my message tomorrow at Harvest Riverside and Orange County, “Happiness: What It Is and How to Have It, Part 2.”
You can join us in person or watch the live HD webcast at 8:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M.,  and 12:00 P.M. Pacific.
www.harvest.org