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"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"Just go to harvest dot org. Pastor Greg Laurie went from being a young hippie from a dysfunctional family in the 1970s to embracing and giving his life to Christ. Laurie found himself among many other young hippies that were doing the same thing. He ultimately decided to follow the teachings of pastor chuck Smith and preacher Lonnie frisbee, who later baptized him. Baptize you. In the name of the father, I never saw a Holy Spirit. How do you feel? What? Beautiful, it gives me chills. Now Lori and his story are the brand new subject of a movie that is a hit movie called the Jesus revolution. Pastor Greg Laurie joins us now, pastor Laurie. I mean, this is just, it's on Amazon. It's been number one. It's beating Top Gun. It's incredible to watch that baptism scene. What makes it so powerful? I think it's because it's a real story. It wasn't a big budget film like some of these other films like avatar or Top Gun or whatever. But it's resonating with people because it's a message of hope and it's a true story of a time in American history when it looked like culture was collapsing and people were just turning away from God and turning it away from everything and many thought that it was perhaps the demise of our country, but people were talking about a sexual revolution. They were talking about a political revolution and God sent a Jesus revolution and effective was Time Magazine that coined that phrase and really in many ways it was a revolution that changed the directory and trajectory or the trajectory of America. So we have that Time Magazine cover pastor Lori. And this is actually the one from 19 73, but there was one before that that you told me about. Let me know about that time cover. Yeah, so this was a time in American history where we removed prayer out of schools and it's interesting that literally three years later, Time Magazine has a cover story with the ominous words reversed out in black and red is God dead. Then a four years after that, the psychedelic image of Jesus and it says Jesus revolution. So it shows how bleak things were, and it shows what happens when a spiritual awakening takes place in America. Kelly, I want to say that Generation Z is very interested in spiritual things. I just read an article recently where it said that they are over 50% are very interested in Jesus, knowing more about Jesus. And this is the key. This was not a religious revolution. It was a Jesus revolution where people were turning to God and having an encounter with them. That's what happened to me. My life was changed. I was going the wrong way fast, but my life was turned around because of a relationship with Jesus Christ and he's still in the life-changing business. Your pastor Laurie, I had the tremendous honor of having dinner with you and your beautiful wife, Kathy. And one of the things that stood out to me just about what you've done is you met people where they were and the Jesus revolution, the church came to the people washing the feet of the hippies. Welcoming them in just as Jesus would have done. Share with us why that's so important at this time with Gen Z in particular. Well, I think the church has an opportunity. Right now in culture. And our job is to bring hope, our job is to bring help. Our job is to bring people to the lord. That's what I do. I am an evangelist. We have a big event. We're doing it. Honda center in Anaheim and July 1 and two called the harvest crusade. We've been doing it for 30 years. And over the years, I've been able to speak in person to 500,000 people, and we've seen thousands and thousands, 5 million, actually, 500,000 making a profession of faith. And we keep reaching to the next young generation because people are searching for answers today in our culture. Pastor Laurie, that is so true. And one thing you said to me always stuck with me you're constantly pointing back to him and that's what I try to do in my own life. Thank you so much. It's so wonderful to have you on..
Israel Doesn't Need America's Help With Domestic Affairs
"Center cotton in terms of your lawyer and you're on the judiciary committee. When you see Americans lecturing Israelis on what to do with their court system, do you respond as I do, which is it's none of our business. That's a domestic issue we should not be hectoring them on either way, but if you're going to hack or at least be consistent with your position taken in the United States and the left is not doing that. I was in Israel last month. I was very clear about this at the time. I'm entirely confident that Israelis of all political persuasions can manage their own domestic affairs. They don't need the help of America to manage their own domestic affairs. They do need the help of America, however, to help broker peace agreements with their neighbors as we saw with Abraham accords under president Trump. They do need help to counteract the common terrorist threat that threatens both our nations and they certainly need help to counteract the Iranian nuclear threat. That's what Israel needs America's helps do. They don't need American politicians meddling in their own domestic affairs. I will
Blame Biden for the Putin-Xi Partnership
"Contin, I want to start with the biggest story of the week, the month and the year. Xi and Putin together again in Moscow. Now, the pact of steel didn't come around until 1938, Mussolini and Hitler started getting around and together in the mid 30s. How ominous is that gathering in the cementing of that alliance in your eyes? Well, it's very worrisome to you. I want to be clear, Joe Biden didn't bring these two together. They are anti American dictators who want to overturn an American led global order of security and stability that serves our interests and replace it with one that serves their interests. However, Joe Biden's weakness in his first two years in office have created what they see as new opportunities for advancing their shared interests, whether it was the appeasement of China and Russia both early in the administration, the fiasco in Afghanistan or now Joe Biden's halting half measures in Ukraine. Time and again, Joe Biden has encouraged these two anti American dictators to act on their long shared interest in undermining America's national security and the global world. The global order that advances America's interest as opposed to the anti American interest of countries like China and Russia and others.
TikTok CEO Shou Chew Is Set to Testify Before House Committee
"All right, so we've got shoes echo is going to testify today on why TikTok isn't a menace. Well, TikTok is a menace. And we know it's a menace. And The Wall Street Journal reports that TikTok reassures advertisers over the ban that is threatened. You can't reassure advertisers because TikTok is an engine of the Chinese Communist Party. It's that simple. And the dossier they are collecting on you and your children, if you use it. And what the malware, they may have inserted into your system, they may be listening to you right now. Do not underestimate what the Chinese communists do, and they're doing it through TikTok. But The New York Times cautions pulling the plug on TikTok will be a lot harder than it looks.
Xi and Putin Pledge to Shape New World Order
"Xi and Putin bind China and Russia's economic economies further, despite war in Ukraine. Nothing major came out of the public announcements of the Xi Putin summit, but the body language and everything else is ominous for the west. That is an alliance. It is all the harm hallmarks of an alliance. There's a little debate online last night. Well, this is just another meeting between world leaders. No, no, no, no. It is an alliance between the ruthless man in the world, Xi Jinping, and the most brutal man in the world Putin. And they are aligned with a religious fanatic Khamenei in Iran, and that's the new axis of evil. That's the two version and it's the one yard. And they got a proxy state in North Korea as well. But those three are the big deals, and they are like the pact of steel from the 30s. That happened. They've left, they've gone back to their countries, be aware. Just
The Language of Evangelicalism
"John, I think you'll probably know. I'm an evangelical Roman Catholic Presbyterian. That means I go to mass on Saturday night and I go to my Presbyterian Church on Sunday, one river two banks, but I speak evangelical very well. Rick Warren and Greg Laurie are friends, Al Muller is a weekly conversationalist with me. I know, you know, John piper I read desiring God years ago. I know most of the stuff you talk about. I've got to tell you at the beginning. I have never heard of CJ Mahoney or Lou engel until I read your book. Never heard and I've been covering religion since 1992. So first question, do you think your perspective in testimony might be jaded by that particular covenant life church experience and these particular pastures? Well, I guess, can I ask you what you mean by jaded, just that my experience might not reflect a more mainstream experience? Is that what you're kind of? Yeah, I think mainstream evangelicalism is not anti intellectual at all. But then again, I've had doctor Mark Roberts as a pastor for 25 years. He got his undergrad and PhD from Harvard. Doctor Larry is my current pastor in oldtown is a phenomenal scholar and preacher and archbishop who is listening right now in the author of three books is an intellectual giant in the Catholic world and I've written three books on evangelicalism and this, I just think testimony is a 100% accurate about 1% of the church. How's that sound? Yeah, I think my dad raised a similar objection. When I talked to him about the book, he does not feel like a lot of evangelical culture is anti intellectual. And I think it's a totally fair question to raise. I do think that even if you haven't heard of CJ Mahaney or Lou angle, you know, I did some reporting recently. Let me deal with CJ first. CJ is not a figure on the same level as somebody like Al molar. But until about, you know, 7, 9, ten years ago, he was of a similar stature to Al mohler, if not as nationally known. So never quite got to that level, but was kind of on his way there was working with Mueller quite closely in a group of other ministers who were organizing a conference every year called. I think together for the gospel. Danny Louisville.
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
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"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"In the east coast and the West Coast we lived for a little bit of time over in Hawaii because of the various husbands. She would marry so when I got into my teen years and I started to experiment with drugs because it's a late 60s now and the messaging is, you know, turn on tune in, drop out and I thought, yeah, you know, maybe this is the answer. And so I began to smoke marijuana pretty much every day and I was taking LSD usually on the weekends. And for me, I'm only 17 years old, but it was like, I was already disillusioned with the choices I'd made. I looked at my mother's lifestyle this drinking parting kind of life, and I thought, that's not the life for me. I looked at my own poor choices, leading me to drug use, and I could see how it was sapping my creativity, how it was having a destructive effect on my life in every way. So it was almost like a process of elimination. It's not here. It's not there. Where is it? I was literally looking for the meaning of life. At a very early age. And so I transferred to a high school called harbor high school in Newport Beach. I'd been going to another high school called Corona del mar high school, which was sort of a high school with a lot of very affluent young kids attending harbor was a little more, you know, a lot of people went to harbor from different backgrounds, but the thing on harbor was like big drug culture over there. And you could pretty much get high and no one would bother you. So I thought, oh, this is a school for me. So I transferred over with the sole intention of becoming a different person. I thought I want to change my life. I want to go to a school where nobody knows me. And I want to become a different person. Little did I know that that's what was going to happen, but not in the way I thought. So I was using drugs there and living that bad life. And one of my friends warned me he Greg, be careful. There's a lot of Jesus freaks in this campus. And there weren't very outspoken Christians. And then they said to me, you know, they're everywhere and I said, well, don't worry about it. The last thing Greg Laurie will ever do is become a Jesus freak. But one day, a friend of mine was talking to this girl. She was kind of attractive. It's not that she was incredibly beautiful, but there was something that drew me to her. And I walked over waiting for a break in the conversation and I'm just kind of looking at her and I see her textbooks for class and then notebook. And then I noticed one of those bibles that have are one of those books that have a black cover and gold pages of Bible, of course. And I thought, oh, no, she's a Jesus freak. What a waste of a perfectly cute girl. Why would she be into that? But then later that day, I'm walking across my high school campus and the Christians are meeting on the front lawn. Now I just found this little detail out recently after reading the autobiography of Lonnie frisbee.
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"Let's get on to our guest because he has a fascinating moment right now. So again, let me tell you about Greg Laurie. So Greg is the senior pastor of harvest Christian fellowship. It's got campuses in California and Hawaii. And by the way, fun fact, people in California think of Hawaii the way people in Chicago think of Florida, but that's another story for another day. Anyway, in 1990, Greg began holding large scale evangelistic events called harvest crusades, some of you probably have seen those. Almost 10 million people have participated in those and Gregg has a weekly television program, nationally syndicated radio program, and new beginning. This month, the movie Jesus revolution has been released, which is the story of Greg and his wife's life and the Jesus movement of the 60s and the 70s and it's actually based on Greg's book at the same title. So the last time I think Greg and I were together, we were actually going to get together this morning, but I had to come back to Chicagoland where I am right now, broadcasting from the studios of the Billy Graham center. But we were supposed to be together this morning. He's graciously joined us from his home as well. But the last time we were together was actually in with actually in at by all university. So we were doing a reunion of the Jesus people movement, Greg and I and several others were speakers. We had him on the radio. We did those things as well. And we were talking about, he kind of told me this movie was coming. So we were all super excited. It's based against based on his book, but it is kind of a cinematic telling of that. So that the Wheaton college Billy Graham center, we did a huge research project, 60 what are called oral interviews. Gregg was one of them.
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"An important prayer from pastor Greg Laurie today here on a new beginning, and if you'd like to make a change in your relationship with the lord, pastor Greg will help you do that in just a moment before today's program concludes. Hey everybody, I'm here in studio with Randy alcorn. Well, actually, he's in Oregon, and I'm in California, but it kind of sounds like we're in the same studio, but we're talking about a book that we're offering to you this month as a special research for your gift of any size. It's called heaven for kids. Okay, Randy, I get letters and emails all the time from listeners that tell us that they have their kids in the car. And I have kids write me and say, I listen to you, you know, 20 years ago on the radio. So kids are listening. So let's direct our words to kids right now. We're talking about heaven. So it's him going to be a really boring place where we just sit around and clouds and strum on harps and have fat little baby angels hovering over us with tiny little baby wings or will it be cooler than that? It'll be way cooler than that. And you're right. Those are stereotypes of what people sometimes think about heaven, but for sure, every kid, every adult. Everyone who knows Jesus has reason to anticipate the wonders that are ahead of us. And I think the key thing is to realize that the Bible stresses the resurrection that the ultimate heaven that we will live in forever is not the heaven we go to when we die. I mean, Paul said, to die and be with Christ is better by far. So that's a great place to go when you die. But we will all experience all who know Jesus, the resurrection, and then we will live forever on a new earth, which means that people don't have to think, oh, well, in this life. I wish I could do forever things that like eating drink. Man, we won't eat and drink will be ghosts, floating around. Yes, we will eat and drink. Yes. It absolutely. Jesus said 8 times to his disciples. Anticipating in the future together in heaven. And I think after the resurrection on the new earth, eating and drinking. And we'll have things to do. Places to go, people to see the fun that we have. I'm convinced that art and music and sports and all the things that come out of our being made in God's image that people invented well, God designed that we should think of those things that do those things. So I mean, it will be the opposite of boring. You may be bored sometimes in this life, to be with Jesus the most fascinating person in the universe and with his people forever on a redeemed earth, no Sid, no suffering, it won't get any better than that. Wow. Hey, if you just joined us, you're listening to author Randy alcorn, author of the book, heaven for kids. And we're offering this book to you for your gift of any size this month. Here on a new beginning. Yeah, what a great resource to help us explain an important subject in an understandable way. As you know, Randy wrote the big book on heaven and this one is especially written for kids. It's in the Q&A format, and all the questions he answers are listed in the table of contents so you can find the subject you need right now. And we'll be glad to send you heaven for kids to thank you for your investment in this daily study. So make that investment now by calling one 808 two one 3300. Call any time one 808 two one three three zero zero or right, a new beginning box 4000 riverside California 9 two 5 one four. Or go online to harvest dot org. Well, pastor Greg, a few moments ago, you spoke of the need to get our hearts right with God. That's right. Could you help someone who wants to do that right now? Yes, I'd be delighted to. Listen, as you've listened to this program today, maybe something's been happening inside of your heart or your sensing, I need to do this personally, but how do I do it? And what do I do? Let me help you. It's very simple. In fact, it's so simple you may be shocked. God, this relationship with him is just a prayer away. The Bible says if you will call upon the name of the lord you'll be saved. So I'd like to lead you in a prayer where you do just that. You call on the name of the lord. This can be the moment where you change eternal address literally from hell to heaven. Just pray these words, lord Jesus. I know that I'm a sinner. But I know that you're the savior who died on the cross for me, and rose again from the dead. Jesus I choose to follow you. From this moment forward, in your name I pray, amen. I know. It's such a simple short prayer, but you just called on the name of the lord, and you know what? He heard that prayer. And if you meant that prayer in your heart, he answered that prayer. Now let me help you to get started on the right foot in your new life in Jesus Christ. The greatest adventure awaits you. The life of Joaquin with God. I want to send you what we call a new believer's growth path that includes a new believer's Bible in a whole lot more, and let me be the first to say to you, congratulations, and welcome to the family of God. And against that free new believers growth pack, just ask for it if you've prayed along with pastor Greg to receive Christ today. We'll be glad to send one your way free of any charge. Call us at one 808 two one 3300. We can take your call anytime. That's one 808 two one three three zero zero. Write us at a new beginning box 4000 riverside California 9 two 5 one four,
Pastor Greg Laurie on How He Lead His Estranged Father to Christ
"Fast forward now ten years and I'm pastoring the church now. And I'm thinking about Oscar. And we have a son, Christopher, and I'm thinking, I would love Christopher to meet Oscar. I wonder if he's even still alive. So we had a girl in our church that worked for the bar association. And I said, hey, could you see if you could find a guy named Oscar Lori? He would be somewhere in the east coast, oh, she found him immediately. And so I got his phone number, and I called his office. And the reason I called was because I was going to be back in New York speaking at Central Park and I thought I might just pay him a visit. Maybe tell him a little bit about my new life in Christ. So I called his office and his secretary answered Oscar Lori's office. I said, hello. Mister Laurie and she said no, and I said, well, would you tell him my call? She said, all right, what's your name? I said Greg Laurie. She said, how do you spell that? He said, LA, you are IE just like he spells his last name. This is his son. It's like a moment of silence. Okay, I'll get right back to you and my dad calls me. He was so excited to hear from me. He says, Greg, I want to see you again. And I said, well, dad, we'll just have lunch maybe. No, no. You have to come to our House and visit us. So I get off the train that's like I went back in time. There's my dad again. He was older, but he looked pretty much the same. In no time at all of his calling him dad, we went back over our life, and I found out that he heard about the life I was living being tossed around living here, living there, the crazy lifestyle I was in. And with my mom, and he had tried to get custody of me, but my mom had fought him tooth and nail. And another thing that happened to Oscar, he had had a severe heart attack and it just recently blacked out at the wheel of his car and it almost died. And so he was really glad he said to see me and so that night we had dinner and he married a very nice lady named Barbara who was a great cook and she made us a wonderful Italian meal and afterwards she said, Greg, tell me your story of how you came to believe in Jesus and so I'm telling Barbara how I came to faith in Christ. My dad say the end on the other end of the table and I just remember he had his hand kind of up to his face, sort of like both hands like this, listening, I felt like I was in a courtroom and he was the judge. And it wasn't going well. He wasn't smiling. He wasn't reacting favorably. He was an academic. And here I am, this young preacher telling him these things that I believe, and so he said to me that night, Greg, I need to take my walk every morning because of my heart condition. Will you walk with me? I said, yeah, dad, I will. So the next morning he knocks on the door of the room. I'm staying in and I stumble out at 6 o'clock, New Jersey, time 3 o'clock, California time. So I'm really tired. We're walking along in the cold New Jersey air is there and he turns to me and says, Greg, I listen very carefully to what she said last night. I said, yeah, he says, I want to accept Jesus Christ right now.
This Is Why the Church Needs To Get Political
"The one thousand nine hundred nineteen sixties early seventies. We saw different form of christianity. Come in america. Talk about that so So chuck smith came on the scene especially for catholic chapel sixty eight and the idea of evangelism and they. They brought in syncopated rhythms. Which probably disappointed you in lives but Autho music and what they didn't california. Interestingly enough is chuck taught the bible verse by verse chapter chapter book by book but he stayed away from politics because in sixty eight when he started it Martin luther king reverend dr martin luther king junior have been shot. Bobby kennedy had been shot. Sixty three jake kidman shot. Then you had the meantime askar the offensive. And all these young people who had been seeking hope and change had checked out of the church and explored eastern religions and drug use and they they came back disillusioned because all their political heroes were dead and chuck avoided politics but he taught he taught the the way to salvation and grew ten thousand percent in fifty. Two years trae There's more coverage apples southbound doughnuts. There's a lot of dunkin's yeah there's a lot of dunkin donuts and and so so. The lion share those churches are in california. Ten thousand percent growth harvest crusades greg. Laurie but but in sixty eight we had the fifth largest gdp and it was a state of the future a trait but he avoids politics because the kids are burned out on it. I am grateful to chuck for my verse by verse. You know systematic study of the scriptures. I do not resent that. I i am who i am because he did what he did. But we miss something. Because we didn't engage in the public square the matthew sixteen we avoided that and now california no longer has a fifth largest gdp. We have the six maybe seven. We have a highest gas sales tax income tax highest debt highest unemployment highest poverty highest homelessness. And we've aborted more children than any other state in the union authors. No fault divorce. The transgender bathroom bills. And that's because the church didn't engage in the public
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"Not to get saved already was a christian. I just wanted a closer look at this guy so now fast forward many years. A nineteen eighty-five. Billy comes to california to angel stadium to do one of his crusades. And so i was the pastor. And i was asked to participate in the event and they said we want you to do a prayer on the stage before mr graham speaks. I said okay. I was very nervous very excited. So i'm sitting on the stage and cliff barrows says to me. I'll listen when when i when that person has done singing. You go right up there and you lead the prison. Yes sir. i'll do it and so the person finished. I was just in awe of everything sitting on this date. A billy graham crusade. And i miss my cue and cliff yells over get up there and i walked up and i was so nervous praying in front of billy graham because i that he's listening to me right now and so but then when i got to know him and that happened through my friendship with the son franklin and i know and very well and the whole family and they're just such a great family they really are but as i got to know him personally and i began my crusade ministry. Actually ninety nine hundred ninety. Billy was in the last decade of his ministry and he became aware of what i was doing and he asked. If i would help him with his sermons specifically in the area of ilustrovana wins. He wanted current illustrations. So i would come through newspapers magazines. And and i would take his notes and his font size was like twenty four. I think there's like eight words on the page. You need flip the page. And so i would write my illustrations in and then the secretary. Stephanie would type them. And then i would go to billy's hotel room and sort of rehearse the lines almost like how you would preach them and billy toward the end of his life was struggling with parkinson's disease as you may recall and so his movements drew a bit slow but as it turns out he was misdiagnosed and the medication was affecting them so he moved very slowly. But i'll tell you what i would sit there in his hotel room going over these oldest and he would just sit there looking at me and if he liked. Juanita callers secretary stephanie. Type this into the message. But then that night. When he walked into the pulpit. That's like forty. Years fell off and does that power and energy came through is he would preach the gospel and known are despite the fact that it was with them and many occasions i was always nervous around him because he was still billy graham. You know and you couldn't get over that one time. I was at a board meeting and after we were done. I said mr graham and he'd say just come and billing. And i'd say okay mr graham. I was never comfortable calling. And billy did occasionally do that but i said if you need help with your upcoming crusade messages. Call me and i'll help..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"His message very seriously but but he was really a genuinely humbled guy. I think of one occasion. I was with them in portland oregon and he had preached at that night at the crusade and it was a powerful night. Johnny cash actually played that night as well. And so we're leaving the stadium and there are people lined up on each side being held back by these ropes. And some security. And people just billy billy and you know like moses was walking through and and i was walking next to him and then we got in the car and we're driving out and So his longtime friend and associate t w wilson is at the wheel. I'm writing shotgun in the back. Seat is billy and his son franklin. So i thought i want to compliment. Billy's return said billy. That was a great message tonight and he looked at me with those steely blue eyes and he said well it's just gospel. I turn back around. I thought well. I know it's just i that's clear. And and then i thought mel something he had said in particular. Nee turn back around is a billy. I love that point. When you said christ's can re sensitize your conscience. And he looked at me and said well he can of inside background. I'm not seeing anything else. But i was. I was learning something and what it was learning. Was you know some people just all. Wasn't that great tonight. And how did i do and none of that. He even wanna talk about it. It was done all the accolades all the adulation. He was moving on and it was behind him and then we went back to his hotel. And somebody giving us these cold barbecue sandwiches barbecue beef sandwiches to eat. They were hot when they were giving but cold by the time the crusade was over so we went up to his room to eat. These cold sandwiches and billy disappears comes back out in his pajamas and trust shoes. I guess he forgot his slippers. So i'm sitting there in his room billion pajamas. Twa's telling some were laughing. We're having a good time and i. I was learning service learning that you know when you have these moments where you're used by god and people come to faith that's great but you know now you've got to get back to normal life and that's something i actually put into practice in our own crusades. It's like afterwards. I don't want some big party. In god with a bunch of people i just go back to normalcy. Like i'm going to go back and maybe hang out with my grandkids or do something normal ish. Because it's it's kind of an altered state of reality to be on a stage in front of a lot of people and and have the lord work to you in that way and you want to remember to continue to give god the glory. It's not you. it's him. And i think that's something billy understood. From the beginning to the end of his ministry he would often say. I'm just a country. Preacher and i would say well bill. You're the greatest country heard. And but he really wasn't this heart. Just still that young farm boy from charlotte..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"You is complete history. I did not feel the need to write that book. it's been written. This is a personal book. I'm talking about my interaction with them. When i saw and i am an evangelist and billy was the master evangelist. So it's an evangelist writing about an evangelist. There's a lot of insight here for everyone. But i think it'd be a really helpful book for anyone who loves to preach if you're a pastor if you're an evangelist there's a lot of takeaway truth. I learned from billy at a share in this book. That will help you to be a better. Communicator of the gospel. Yeah that's right and the book billy graham. The man i knew is available right now at our website. Harvest dot org. You mentioned franklin a moment ago. Billy son longtime friend of yours and franklin is a pilot a private pilot and i understand. He took you up in a small plane one time. Yup de remember anything special. Yes about that flight yeah. You don't forget a flight like that. It was a very small plane and franklin said you. You wanna go with me. I said okay so gone the plane just two seats. He's flying. it i'm shotgun. We take off and immediately. He begins a rapid descent. I mean my stomach came up. I terrified down people's it up and we go down again flying like a crazy man. And i'm like i would have given anything to get off of that plane so then he says to me. You wanna fly over daddy's house. I said okay. So we come swooping over The homa billy graham and he let billy know that he was coming so billion ruth are down on their front lawn and we got down close enough where we can actually see them. Make them out. And they're they're standing next to each other waving at us in the air. And i thought i would give anything to be down there with them instead of up in this cockpit with this crazy man but We landed and then the next time franklin said you wanna fly with me. I was like maybe another time. He's actually a very good pilot but he was just having some fun at my expense. Well you've actually been two billion ruth. Graham's home yes several times have many times It's treat north carolina which is right outside of asheville and i always felt like going to..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"So thanks for joining me for this podcast but we have a guest speaker and this is young man. I've known since he was just a wee little boy and his name is will. Graham now will is a son of franklin. And jean graham and he is the grandson of billy graham and will also travels around the world like his dad and his grandfather in preaches. The gospel he also was the director of the billy. Graham training center at the cove in asheville north carolina. Great place to go and study the but got us really put his hand on will and it's been so exciting to see how the lord has just got him ready for the work he's called them to do and before bill will comes out and speaks tonight. I thought it introduced them. Let's walk them. We'll we'll come on out. have you now will. A lot of people have been wondering about how your grandfather is doing in the news that your father has asked that people being prayer for billy so what is his status. How is this health right now. My grandfather back in november seventh. Turn ninety five and he's actually been in the best way to describe it. He's just old and His his own his birthday his health started to turn for the worst. There's nothing wrong with them is just old. And so there's nothing medically wrong but just old age and his life is starting to turn but grandfather's always said you know one day. You're going to hear that. Billy graham is dead and he said this is what my grandfather said. He's at one day. You're going to hear that. Billy graham is dead. He said but don't believe it for on that day. I'll be more lives than any other time in my life. He's been his whole life. Travelling the world preteen and we just had this great outreach in the united states and it was on the fox news channel and also in thousands of homes around the country called my hope america and he probably reached as many people as he's reaching a long time in one night using media didn't he did and this is. This is all because what god's been doing and you know I mean how. How in the world would fox news ever put something like this on on their television. I mean you kind of wonder how in the world well this is. This is this the top god that we serve because god introduced my grandfather to rupert murdoch and nineteen fifty nine in melbourne australia. When rupert was a nobody he's just owner of the jocks news sky news and europe and the uk. And and he's he's. He's an ozzy from melbourne over. His father's business. Who had just died and father went there nine. Nineteen fifty-nine nine the head of businessman's lunch and roundtable and my grandfather was sitting beside him. And that's how rupert murdoch and billy graham so all these years and now river yeah we want to put this on our programming and we said thank you so much and your dad told me franklin. Your dad told me that fifty five thousand people made a profession that they know about one night from that broadcast going out to the fifty five thousand people. That's great so we'll tell us. Tell us about yourself now. How long have you been married. I've been married. We celebrate fifteen years this year. Well congratulations you. Have three children children now. Did you always feel just because you know you're the grandson a billion the son of franklin you're to end up as a preacher or did you gonna fight that or what. No i never fall it but my there was no pressure. A lot of people wonder if there's always pressure to be a preacher and evangelist and my dad did very good at protecting us from that. He didn't because he got that pressure and he didn't want his own children. Have that pressure. So dad protected us for example when i was starting to get into college. He'll say hey we want we'll come and speak or will. I wasn't really speaking at the time. But you know we'll we won't will and my dad said you can't ask him unless you asked me i and so then after our time dad said no will you can make up his own mind on that stuff but dad always protected us grateful for that. I mean we grew up normal. I mean we grew up on a farm in north carolina. Pig cows horses motorcycle. And that's about your father. What about not getting. I couldn't miss that. Opportunity had to jump in there. So you did. I've been to your house and you grew up in a country environment as a normal life. But god put his hand on the and now you're traveling around the world and where some of the places you've been where some of the places you're going. Yeah this we've been very blessed and we only go where we get invitations. We don't we don't spend the globe and say oh lou hawaii. This looks good this year. And we go where we're invited and so this past year we ran I was invited to india. It's been there many times. I've been there many times. This is the first time. I was denied. Entry into india. Why is that and so. I'd missed up last time with some. I didn't get in trouble with the law. That sense but i went to a restricted area. Oh you have to go present your passport to a certain individuals. I gave my passport to an individual. Go get registered. I thought it was done. They didn't do it. And so and i didn't know is ignorance on my part and so when i left the country they said well we'll didn't follow our procedures. He can't come back in. It's all cleared up now. Yeah but supposed to go to india. Didn't quite make. It went to africa this year to kenya. Preached was in australia earlier this year. Be going back australia this coming year. Just got back from thailand and japan and japan. God is really doing something unique in japan right now. Some things that most christian pastors there and japan have never seen before. And we're seeing a god really begin to do something the mighty hand which has never happened before so there is a half. The japanese are christians less than half of one percent. So a mega church would be fifty people. I mean there's there's twelve megachurches here but guys some great things and we're looking forward. What guys can continue tonight. What are you going to talk to us about. I'm gonna talking about a little bit about the christmas story and specially it's that time of the year. I'm sorry to believes less than two weeks away. Oh so this is the only time i get the preach christmas so i'm gonna be talking about herod tonight and the wiseman that's gonna be. Thanks for being here well. Let's think we'll be here cement. Thank you everybody. Greg laurie here. Thanks for listening. To our podcast. And to learn more about harvest ministries please subscribing consider supporting this show. Just go to harvest dot org. And by the way if you want to find out how to come into a personal relationship with god go to know god dot org that's keno w gio d dot org..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"I show some of his vulnerabilities. And you'll only love and appreciate a more after you've read it. Because he was the same guy in private that he was in public there. Were not to billy. Graham's he was the real deal. And that's why i decided to write a book about billy graham because people need to know about this man who was called by god to be the greatest evangelist in history. Well billy passed away in two thousand eighteen The the news wasn't unexpected given his age but nevertheless it was news. We all felt it hurt to hear that. Do you remember where you were when you heard that bill gun home. Yes i was actually in israel And i was on a a little tour with some fellow pastors in fact Sissy graham lynch. The granddaughter of billy was with us on that trip And she heard the news differently than everyone else. We all lost a hero. Someone we looked up to. She lost her grandfather and she is very close to him and we were all very sad now. Billy was ninety nine years old so he lived a very long life but yet you know it was the end of an era and so there was great sadness and losing him. Because i feel like we need another billy graham right now in our world you know a man who's pastored president regardless of what side of the political aisle. They're on a man who can speak to us during cultural moments. I mean billy was there after nine eleven speaking to the nation really being a chaplain to america and he played such a valuable role and of course the great evangelist But so yeah. I remember the day very distinctly and then i attended his memorial service. That was held a bit later. A back at the billy graham library in charlotte north carolina. They put a ten top contribute to the fact that he started his ministry in a tent. It turned out that that was one of the coldest days ever in north carolina and the wind whipped through that tent. The president came He had the presidential limo called the beast. Eileen right there he didn't get up and say a word he was. Just they're paying tribute to billy graham. The vice president was there many other people you've all heard of. And just about every pastor. I've ever met fact as i walked around the diversity of people that were there people from every denomination background. Every kind of theological background i thought. Wow this is what heavens gonna look like if we like it or not and you know we're we're gonna be there because we believed in jesus and we believed he died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead but these are people that would not normally hang around each other but even in his service it was a reminder of the bridges he built a so many people in the christian world and so many came from around the world to pay tribute to the great evangelist and in fact when his library was dedicated. A president. jimmy. Carter a president. George h w bush were there in in person as was president clinton so that alone shows you how he reached people on both sides of the aisle and he was loved and appreciated by these presidents that valued his counsel because billy kept confidential and He would really reveal something about a president. I have some lots of questions. What was it like when you were with this person. What did they say. He kept confidential. He did tell me one amazing story. Though about president. John f kennedy. I asked him if he had any regrets in life. And he said yes i do. And he told me the story of how he was at the Prayer breakfast there in washington. Dc and the president will always be in attendance and president. Kennedy was there. Billy spoke after it was over with the president..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"What day life must be like for a a major a-list movie star. You know they. They just can't go to the grocery store or walk through the mall. You know it would turn into a crowd control problem billy. Graham was as recognizable as any movie star and and more well-respected. Could he do everyday things could. Could he drive through mcdonald's well he would he would and he really would be on an about. He didn't have security team around him. He was just. Billy maybe have one friend with him but you know. He was recognized wherever he went. I mean this profile could have been a mount rushmore. Such a familiar face chiseled. You know incredible. And so i was with him once at the red lobster having lunch and and so he had a ball cap on. I guess thinking that would disguise him and the funny thing is there was an atheist convention going on at the same time as billy was holding this crusade in this town and there were people coming up to him that were attending an atheist convention because they have the little tag still to be in the convention but they were thrilled to meet billion. He was so gracious to every one of them well anyway so he had this hat and he lost it and then he said to me greg. Could you get me another hat. I said absolutely so. I went down to the local mall. Like i was on a mission from god. I'm getting a hat for billy. Graham now billy basically were ball caps and so i think i found the started thinking was called lids. Maybe but it was. I walked in. It was oh my goodness to any hats. It was so many institute. And then i didn't take the time to find his hat size. And so i i looked and looked i even pray. God helped me. Find the right hat for billy graham. My goodness and i finally chose one. I don't remember what size it was looked like and i went back though telling gave it to me. Thank me and war then. The next day. I opened the paper. And there's a photograph of billy wearing the hat. I said i got him that hat. That's i got him then. I think he misplaced that shortly afterwards. Nikki lost hats quite frequently. And i don't really know that much good because people seem to recognize him no matter what you mentioned in the book that this is an evangelist view of the life of the greatest evangelist history now and there are great takeaways for all of us in learning about village life. What are a couple of takeaways for you as an vangelis. Yeah well. I observe billy very carefully you know. When he was on the platform i would be sitting up there. And i can watch him and i watched him as he gave the invitation and thousands of people would come forward to accept christ and i asked him after billy. What are you personally experiencing physically when you give an invitation and is response was i feel like power is going out to me. And i understand that. Because i've stood on stages in stadiums and arenas and seen many people come forward in urine a definite time of spiritual warfare of the double really attacks. Those who were called to present the gospel. And i think one of billy's secrets what's he didn't take himself too seriously..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"No daddy he threw it away. Billy's kenna smiling. And i thought to myself they're in this together. They're working together right now. I realize i just took the and i said look. I didn't throw it away. I wouldn't founded. And i explained it and we all had a laugh but you know he was He was just a great guy to be around and he took his message very seriously but he never took himself too seriously and It was always just a joy to be with him. And there are so many memorable conversations and moments that are with me forever. And i wanted to put him down on this book so other people could hear these stories because this humanizes him. Oh yeah and what i mean. By that is there's been many books written about billy and rightly so but but sometimes there may be a little more academically oriented or they're giving. You is complete history. I did not feel the need to write that book. it's been written. This is a personal book. I'm talking about my interaction with them. When i saw and i am an evangelist and billy was the master evangelist. So it's an evangelist writing about an evangelist. There's a lot of insight here for everyone. But i think it'd be a really helpful book for anyone who loves to preach if you're a pastor if you're an evangelist there's a lot of takeaway truth. I learned from billy at a share in this book. That will help you to be a better. Communicator of the gospel. Yeah that's right and the book billy graham. The man i knew is available right now at our website. Harvest dot org. You mentioned franklin a moment ago. Billy son longtime friend of yours and franklin is a pilot a private pilot and i understand. He took you up in a small plane. One time the d. remember anything special. Yes about that flight. Yeah you don't forget a flight like that. It was a very small plane and franklin said you. You wanna go with me. I said okay so gone the plane just two seats. He's flying. it i'm shotgun. We take off and immediately. He begins a rapid descent. I mean my stomach came up. I terrified down people's it up and we go down again flying like a crazy man. And i'm like i would have given anything to get off of that plane so then he says to me. You wanna fly over daddy's house. I said okay. So we come swooping over The homa billy graham and he let billy know that he was coming so billion ruth are down on their front lawn and we got down close enough where we can actually see them. Make them out. And they're they're standing next to each other waving at us in the air. And i thought i would give anything to be down there with them instead of up in this cockpit with this crazy man but We landed and then the next time franklin. Do you wanna fly with me. I was like maybe another time. He's actually a very good pilot but he was just having some fun at my expense. Well you've actually been two billion ruth. Graham's home yes several times have many times It's treat north carolina which is right outside of asheville and i always felt like going to..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"Doing that. In fact i fell more pleasure in prepping a message. Billy graham than i found him prepping went for myself When billy actually used some material i gave him. It was just like one of the greatest moments of my life. Oh yeah i'll bet Well near the start of the book. you describe when he himself came to the lord through the preaching of country. Evangelist named mordecai ham. Yes let a great name mordecai ham and you mentioned that the billy graham evangelistic association still has the decision card that billy completed that he made a commitment. That's a real piece of history yet. Really is the not only have that decision card. But they have a whole building called the billy graham library and if anyone has ever in north carolina in charlotte you really should go visit it. You know presidents have their libraries. But this is amazing because it's like an interactive place to go to. There's an incredible exhibits take you through his life from his childhood growing up on the dairy farm along with his brother. Melvin they have billion this tent revival days and then on through all of the things that he did around the world and presents the gospel As you walk through and there's places where you can see the bible. He used his briefcase. And yes that decision card of when a very young billy frank forward at the invitation of evangelist mordecai ham who it's setup as they're in charlotte north carolina and Who could have ever thought that that linke boy would go on to be not only the greatest evangelist of his lifetime but in my opinion the greatest evangelist in history. And you know. Billy said to me many times and in interviews as well. I'm just a country. preacher understand. That was not false humility. That was billy just telling the truth. He was just a country preacher but got elevated him. I remember that he used the illustration if you see a turtle on a fence post you know. He didn't get there by himself. And billy was the first to acknowledge a god placed him in the place that he was in and in god gave him special gifts that were unique and he had this ability to with people and it was throughout his entire life in ministry from the early passionate fiery billy preaching for the youth for christ and then it is crusade in the tenth there in los angeles that launched him into a global ministry to the older billy elder statesman. Billy and finally the lion in winter. If you will the grandfatherly billy any always connected with his audience. I can think at times. I was with them. I was with them in Atlanta georgia needed a crusade. There in fact he introduced me to jimmy carter former president at that point. And that's kind of an interesting thing to be introduced to jimmy. Carter by billy graham at. That's exactly what happened. But billy was quite a bit older at that point. And they started doing these youth nights or they were using contemporary christian which was sort of a departure from the tradition of the graham crusade and some of the team members weren't all that thrilled about it. I thought it was a great move and he had packed. You know events. Thousands of young people would i found fascinating. Is these great bands. Would play like dc talk or and artists like michael w smith but when billy walked out there and by the way dressed in his suit not changing the way he dressed..
Presenting Our Lives as a Living Sacrifice
"What has been said. Before paul's writing these words romans twelve over four romans. Twelve his romans and the whole book of romans. So that matter and one is a real message of the book of well it establishes clearly that we're sinners separated from god but god loved us so much intervene descended son who died for our sins. We must turn from that. Senate put our faith in christ so effectively pulsing. He listened to this in light of what god has done for. You considering the fact that jesus has died for you and giving you salvation in light of this therefore i urge you brothers and the word that he uses airport. Ibc to king james work beseech means urged plea even back. I bet you brothers and sisters. I'm pleading with you. Present yourself to god as a living sacrifice in other words policy. Got us that saying. Hey if you wouldn't mind could you do me a favor. Gotta saying look man. I bought you with a price. I love you and this is what i want you to do. Give yourself to me. Another translation of these verses goes as follows. And i liked this. Here's what a god wants you to do. God helping you take your everyday life your ordinary life. You're sleeping eating drinking going to work and walking around life and place before god is an offering. I like that is take your everyday like here it is. Here's my career here. Are my relationships. Here are my possessions. Here is my ministry. Here is everything. I have my bank account. I give it all to you. Lord i presented to you present your body as a living sacrifice now. Generally sacrifices are dead so it's trickier to present a living sacrifice. Is i think a living sacrifice might have a tendency to crawl off the altar. Her remember the story of abraham. And isaac. When god told abraham to take his son his only son and offer him as a sacrifice and abraham obeyed as did is they made their way up to the place where he would be sacrificed and at one point. Isaac said he. Dad where's the where's the sacrifice. And abraham said god will provide himself sacrifice and so as they made their way up and late isaac alter abraham was prepared to take the life of his own son in at the last moment. of course dangerous. Stop them because it was never. God's will to take the life of abraham son but it was god's will to see abraham would commit everything until the lord. But here's an interesting thing you know. We don't realize maybe because sometimes in film and religious art isaac is portrayed as a very small boy fact of the matter is is probably a teenager is a young man probably full grown. So i'm very easily as dead was laying on the altar is it could have said you know what you're getting kind of old. Why don't we sacrifice you. But is gwen along with it in. This story is in the bible for a number of reasons. But it's a picture of god sending his son. The father loved us so much. He gave his only begotten son. But let's not forget that the sun willingly laid his life down so present yourself to god as a living sacrifice. What does that mean. It means we give our total bean bodies being jer. Total being so. We need to present our minds. Present your mind to god. What does that mean. Spill your mind with the word of god not the junk of this twisted
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"Hey everybody greg laurie here. You're listening to the greg. Laurie podcast and my objective is to deliver hopefully compelling practical insights and faith culture and current events from a biblical perspective to find out more about our ministry. Just go to our website harvest dot org so thanks for joining me for this podcast today. Buddy have you heard i. I met bethany when you were around. Fourteen years old and the interesting thing is bethany was born in the same year that we started the harvest crusades. So you want to know long. We've been going as long as bethany. Hamilton's been alive right d. We're born in one thousand nine hundred ninety into a family of surfers. Your dad served her mom serfs your brother serve and the you were living right there on the beach and quiet. I mean that must have been an ultra cool. Life is amazing. I have a beautiful family is so supportive of me and everything that i do and growing up in hawaii is incredible just surfing and you know everyone knows everyone and when i was about five years old is really when i started getting into surfing but at the same time i gave my heart to god and from there the combination enemies ing life so you were raised in a christian home going to church your whole life and that was a part of your life and your life was radically tested. When at the age of fourteen an october thirty first right two thousand three you were out surfing and you were attacked by a fourteen foot tiger shark. And what can you remember about that day. Yeah losing to a shark was crazy. Experience that i don't really like to talk about much but one thing that i'm just so in that god was there that day and he gave me the ability to stay calm and just trust in him and you know he had a reason for me surviving and see. Most people would see this as such a horrible thing. But i see all the beauty and good that god has brought out of and it's just incredible how he can turn things that we don't understand into good. You lost sixty percent of your blood that day and your doctor said it was a miracle that you recovered. Did you think you were going to die or did you think you would survive. This are thoughts when you're out there and you're bored and you're being brought in turn kit was tied with a leash around your arm right what what was going through your mind at that point. I mean as thirteen years old. And i was surprisingly calm but i was. I remember praying and hoping to survive and just focusing on that. Of course i was scared to death and i wasn't sure if i was going to survive but i'm here today and still surfing and sharing my life story and it's cool that's right you have share your story. Everywhere that great you've said bethany. Uc as a chance to get people hope for their life. And you've been all the media has covered this. You've been featured on twenty twenty the today show the tonight show in multiple other outlets. You even won an award the courage award at the teen choice awards and you know what's really cool and it was reflected in that video. Is you talked about your faith in. jesus christ. Why did you do that bethany. I guess from year. I grew up in hawaii and just a really simple lifestyle just surfing and hanging out with friends and just and then when this all happened just my life three hundred sixty degree turn round and all of a sudden featured on all these shows and stephan. I just knew that. God wanted me to share his love and i felt his love and peace immediately after the attack. It was really cool. The two weeks prior to the van my mom had been praying fervently like god just use me and let me glorify you in my life and and that was our specific pair and so in the tac happened. It was like crazy godless. We knew he was in control and and we just gave him our worries and struggles. And i have a couple of versus. I wanted to share with you. Guys tonight I'm gonna read them. But so colossians. Three twenty two through twenty four bond servants obey and all things your master according to the flesh not with our servant as pleased as men pleasers but in the series of your heart fearing god. And whatever you do do heartily as to the lord and not to mend knowing that from the lord you'll receive the reward and inheritance for all you all you serve christ and i've just been realizing lately it's like we're we're called to serve god and and fear him at the same time and and when we do that his presence just takes over our life and he can rock our world and whatever you are and wherever you've come from like he can use you and make your life incredible. That's great bethany. Stories gives me a movies been made about your life soul surfer mazing film. How many of you have seen soul surfer. Wow look at that. Great great film on the theater and then i watched it again the other night. And what's really great is at the end. They have a surfing you doing the actual surfing in for a lot of the scenes when the character plane. You was surfing when the girl was on the way. That was the real bethany right. Making salsa was insane. My family and i were all really involved in so we got to keep it as soon as possible and i had a blast shooting some of the stunts surfing and just becoming friends with all the actors. And so yeah. I hope you guys enjoyed the film and it was still fun to be a part of definitely a lot to making the film. So what would you say to someone here tonight. that maybe is had a setback. Maybe they had an accident. There's been a tragedy in you. Come through all of this. What is your message to them. And what place. A relationship. With jesus christ can play in all of this well first of all. Like god's love for you is an ending and no matter what you do. He's gonna love you. Forgive you for whatever you've done or been through maybe if someone's hurt you or or you've heard someone else. I think it's key to just ask god in that person for forgiveness or forgive them if they've heard you and then from there just taking it one day at a time and just learning to trust in god and his his power to help you get through those circumstances. Yeah got it. Got us so good. And he's always here for us and we just have to open our hearts to him and he will take care of you from there. Thank you bethany. Hamilton takes come back. Everybody laurie here. Thanks for listening. To our podcast and learn more about harvest ministries please subscribing consider supporting this. Show just go to harvest dot org. And by the way if you wanna find out how to come into a personal relationship with god go to know god dot org that's keno w gio d dot org..
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"Great insight today on a new beginning from this discussion between pastor greg. Laurie and author don stewart. And the good news is. There's much more to come in this discussion. We're titling the presentation greg. Laurie and don stewart on the hard questions. Nonbelievers ask pastor greg's visits with don are often the most requested presentations of the year as is the case with this presentation and you can hear a replay of this discussion by going to harvest dot org. You can even download an mp three and share it with a friend or family member or maybe your small group to get a permanent copy on cd call one eight hundred eight to one thirty three hundred. That's one eight hundred. Eighty two one three three zero zero well past the greg. You released your film a rush of hope. When other forms of outreach just weren't possible due to the pandemic it was really sort of plan. B but the result has been more extraordinary than our original plan. A really as you know as yield saying goes when god closes. The door opens a window. And let's say he opened a barn door here because we had a door closed which means that we were not able to do our so cal harvested angel stadium by the way this would have been are thirty first year because of the corona virus. So we thought about ways to still reach people. Here's one thing we know so. Many people are looking at their screens right now. Their phone screens are tablet screens. And certainly their television screens so we thought let's go to where people are with something that will surprise them. Something that will be beautifully done. Beautifully filmed that they will draw them in but yet at the same time have a clear presentation of the gospel so we called it a cinematic crusade. It's unlike anything we've ever done. But i've had many people. Tell me dave it's the most powerful evangelistic filmed the of ever seen. And so i wanna send you a copy of a rush of hope. I wanna rush you a rush of hope and so you can show this to your family. Show it to your neighbors. Show it to your friends. All the heavy lifting actively done in the film which you need to do as well follow up on it afterwards. I even present the gospel and lead people in a prayer. So after it's done showing you could turn to the person and say did you just pray. That prayer would you like to accept. Jesus christ do you have some more questions. Let's talk about this. This is a way to get the conversation started. And i think after they've watched about two minutes of this though be hook so order your copy of a rush of hope available on dvd now and we also include a link so you can watch a streaming version as well to show the people on a phone or a tablet device or a computer. And we'll give this to you for your gift of any size no matter what you send. We'll send you the dvd copy of a rush of hope. But i know some of you can help us right now financially. Because you know that here at harvest we believe in evangelism. We take the great commissions seriously to go into all the world and preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations and so a rush of hope as we call. It is one step in that direction. So whatever you can send in support of our ministry will be greatly appreciated and we'll get you your copy of a rush of hope. Yeah that's right and you can view it anytime by way of the dvd or the length to the streaming version will provide so. Thank you so much for your donation here this strategic time and we'll show our appreciation by sending you a rush of hope on dvd. So right today at a new beginning box for thousand riverside california nine to five one four or call us anytime. Twenty four seven at one eight hundred eighty to one thirty three hundred. That's one eight hundred eight. Two one three three zero zero or go online to harvest dot org everybody greg laurie here personally. Inviting you to join us for what we call harvest at home. It's a bible study. It's a worship service. It's church in your home. Maybe are not able to get out to your church right now. If so join us for harvest hat home. People are listening in from around the world. Listen to this. We have seen thousands of people make commitment to follow christ so join us this weekend for harvest at home at harvest dot org well next time more of this helpful insight from pastor greg author don stewart as the address. The difficult questions not sometimes ask more from our most requested messages of the past year. Next time on a new beginning.
"greg laurie" Discussed on Greg Laurie Podcast
"That's for king and country. Mercy me and jeremy camp all featured in a rush of hope pastor greg. Oiseaux highlight moving moments of several recent films. Important films you know. that's right dave. I don't just mean showing film clips. I've written a narrative. Taking what i think are key moments from three films produced by the erwin brothers. John and the irwin and the films are woodland. I can only imagine. And i still believe that. Present the gospel in a compelling artistic and powerful way and there's some other resources included with this russia hope. Dvd including a booklet. That i wrote called. Life's most important questions answered and a special piece that we wrote telling you how you can host a watch party how you can show this film in your house are in your backyard or somewhere else has an outreach to your neighborhood your community so many ways you can use it so for whatever you can send us financially or russia your own copy of a rush of hope so thanks in advance and god bless you. There's really nothing else like it. Also with the bonus resource were sending along with the dvd will include a digital download codes. So you can download the film to your computer or smartphone or tablet so you can take a rush of hope with you wherever you go. You'll have an outstanding evangelism tool right there in your pocket or purse so get in touch today with your investment at a new beginning box. Four thousand riverside california nine to five one four or call us at one eight hundred eight to one thirty three hundred. We can take your call anytime around the clock and again dial one eight hundred eighty two one. Three three zero zero or go online to harvest dot org well. Greg spoke today about having a relationship with the lord. That's right someone can enter into that kind of relationship with god right now. can't take. Yeah they really can. That's the amazing thing. I think people are surprised that it doesn't take years to become a christian. It doesn't take months. Hit doesn't take weeks. It doesn't take days it doesn't even take hours. You can believe on the spot. And i would like to lead you in a prayer where you can ask for his forgiveness approach. You can receive. Jesus christ into your life as your savior and lord so if you want to come into your life if you want him to forgive you of your sin if you want a second chance in life if you wanna go to heaven when you die. Stop what you're doing impre after me. These words lord. Jesus i know. I am a center and i'm sorry for my sin and i turn from it now and i choose to follow you from this moment forward as savior and lord as god in friend. Thank you for loving me and calling me forgiving me in jesus name. I pray amen. Amen listen if you have just prayed. Those words with pastor greg and meant them sincerely. The bible assures us that your sins have been forgiven. We're told in first. John one nine. The lord is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanses from all unrighteousness and we want to send some resource materials to you. That will help you in your new relationship with god we call it our new believers growth packet. And we'll send it without charge if you prayed for the first time today with pastor. Greg just ask for it when you write a new beginning fox. Four thousand riverside california nine to five one four or call one eight hundred eighty to one thirty three hundred. We're here to take your call anytime. Twenty four hours a day seven days a week. That's one eight hundred. Eighty two one. Three three zero zero or go to harvest dot org and click on no god pastor great. We've had the opportunity to hear from twenty four year. Old greg lefay from over forty years ago a great message if you could somehow go back and speak to that young man knowing what you know. Now what would you say. Well i would say greg young man. Some things are gonna happen to you that you won't be thrilled about starting with your hair. It's it's going to be gone sooner than you expected So enjoy it. While you have it i would also say God's going to open up incredible doors for you that will blow your mind and you'll be able to have that dream that you had as young man fulfilled of sharing the gospel all around the world. But i would also say greg. You're going to go through some very hard times. But god's going to be with you he's going to get you through it and you can be stronger as a result and i would just keep doing what you're doing because you're on the right track boy. You're preaching the gospel. You're teaching the word of god. Keep studying keep growing. Keep learning i would also say greg. You made an awesome choice in marrying kathy laurie. She's going to be the greatest wife ever. You're going to have to wonderful sons going to have five incredible grandchildren. And it's just gonna be a rich.
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In Case of Emergency: The Lord's Prayer
"No mention if you could go to an elite university in every class top by the finest person in that field from all of history for instance. You could study music. Beethoven have a drama class taught by shakespeare. He taught political science by thomas. Jefferson how about a philosophy class top by cs lewis. Well we would like that because experts in the field. How about this class. Unfair taught by jesus christ. That sounds good to me. I'd be in that class. Who knows more about prayer than jesus. and so. that's what we're going to look at here. The disciples came to him. They said lord we have a question. Would you teach us how to pray. Jesus gave them this prayer. I'm going to be reading from matthew six versus nine to fourteen. And i'll tell you what i want us all to do this out loud together. This the new king. James version led three together in this manner. Therefore pray our father in heaven jala would be your name your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever amen. But what does jesus teach us in this template for prayer. When you pray you say our father who didn't have a hollywood. Be your name your kingdom. Come your will be done unearth. It isn't even now if we wrote. The lord's prayer would probably sound like this. Our father warranted heaven. Give us this or daily bread. It's just get down to business. Here's my list. Now there's a place for petition. Nothing wrong with asking the father in heaven for what you need but notice that jesus says i take time affectively to contemplate the greatness of god now there are exceptions if you fell off a ladder and you're on your way down help we'll do okay. You can't even finish the lord. God help. But as i think about the awesomeness of god as i contemplate the greatness in bigness of god it will cause me to see my problem. Challenge need in a different light. It won't change it necessarily but it will change my perspective. I'll see it differently because listen to this. God is bigger than your problem. Whatever it is. God is bigger so my father would be name setup part beer name honored and glorified be your name. God wants us to bring our needs before him. Each and every day. God wants us to bring our needs reform. Each and every day versus eleven gives this day our daily bread. What does this mean. Well it's obvious brad. Bread was a staple of the first century diet so it includes that but bread speaks of everything it speaks of your finances. It speaks of a roof over your head. It speaks up your health just everything you need in life my daily bread and it's a reminder that everything i have in life is provided for me by god notice. It says kimmy. This team ideally bread. It doesn't say give me this month. My monthly bread or this year my yearly bread. The lord will sometimes allow things to happen in our lives. That will remind us. We need him every day. Maybe you're going through something like that right now. All of us said no you. You have this financial crisis all of a sudden you have this health scare all of a sudden you have this problem in your marriage where you have this problem with your kids or you have this other problem and it's god help that's okay. Sometimes he'll allow these things to remind us that he's the provider and we need to come to him each and every day not just asking for stuff but giving him glory for this stuff he's already given. when's the last time he just prayed. A prayer thanks our lord. Thank you for this. Thank you for providing for this. Thank you for my wife. Thank you for my husband giving them
The God Who Suffers: How Far God Will Go for Man's Salvation
"The title of my message is the god who suffers when we think of god. We consider the fact that got us. Writers got his holy got his loving. And god is good. But here's something else to consider about. God as we focus on the death of jesus god has suffered. Why would anyone want to suffer if they didn't have to but he did suffer. I mean he didn't have to. He didn't want to but he chose to suffer. Listen to is as description of what jesus who was god in human form went through when he died on the cross in isaiah fifty three we read. He was despised and rejected by men. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He is born our grief and carried our sorrows yet we esteemed him stricken smitten by god and afflicted. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment for our peace was upon him and by his stripes. We are. He'll he was a man of sorrows or suffering. That was jesus. But why did god suffer answer because he loved and he loves and that means it he enters into are suffering as well he enters into the suffering of those who've lost loved ones he enters into the suffering of any person who is in pain of some kind. You need to know that god cares. God understands god suffers. He understands what you are going through. So if you're going through any kind of suffering no this you're not alone. Jesus has been there and he's walked in your shoes. Listen to this passage in hebrews two. It says it was necessary for jesus to be meet in every respect like us. His brothers and sisters so he could be are merciful and faithful high priest before god and then he could opera sacrifice it would take with the sins of the people since he himself is gone through suffering. Mt sion is able to help us when we are being attempted. So you're saying. I'm being tempted right now. I'm going through hardships right now. I've been abandoned by people i love. Jesus has been there. He knows what it's like say. I've lost a loved one. He knows what that's like. So you're not alone and you're suffering but why did jesus have to suffer and die. Couldn't he have just expired. In a simple way to be scourged and beaten up the beard pulled from his face to the up to be insulted and mocked and ridiculed and humiliated. Why did he have to die. Such a cruel death. Listen to this because there was no other way dissatisfy. The righteous demands of god. God plays by his own rules and he said the soul that's in shows shirley die and the scripture teaches without the shedding of blood. There is no forgiveness of sins in the old testament when they would sacrifice by various animals. That was a foreshadowing of things that were to come. It's unlike the death of jesus was sort of added onto that. Dan rather was pointing toward the death. Of jesus jesus was the fulfillment of all of those sacrifices as john. The baptist said of christ. He's the lamb of god. Who takes away. The sin of the world. So jesus was the fulfillment of at all all of those things where foreshadowing something to come or i could more accurately say someone to come and that someone was jesus. Listen to this calvary shows how far men will go and sin and how far god will go for man's salvation limb repeat that cavalry or the cross shows how far men will go in their sin and also how far god will go for men salvation. Jesus knew he was going to die from the very beginning and he spoke of it often. No one took his life. He laid it down of his own accord. Jesus lived in the shadow of the cross. From the moment he entered the world. Sometimes people think across was sort of an aberration or tragic turn of events where everything sort of went off the rails. No that's not it at all if that was the plan. That was the master plan. Or should i say the master's plan i remember when i was a kid and i would watch movies about jesus and i was fascinated by jesus even as a young boy. My grandmother used to have a portrait of christ hanging on her wall. And i would just look at that many times then think about jesus and whenever there was a movie about him i would watch it with great interest and i was fascinated by him but i always thought the story ended battling are that someone should rewrite this story. You see because everything is going in a perfect trajectory here comes jesus born of the virgin mary. performing miracles healing people raising the dead doing wonderful things. The greatest teachings ever heard he has a group of followers and then he gets arrested on charges and he's crucified in. Yeah he rose but still. That's not good. I didn't like that story but that is the story. That is the greatest of all stories. That was the purpose he came for. But how can something so senseless and so cruel have any purpose answer. It was the ultimate purpose and it had the ultimate beanie god. The father was the master of ceremonies at the cross. Let me repeat that again god. The father was a master of ceremonies at the cross. Sometimes people like to place the blame of the death of jesus at the feet of the jews. They'll say the jews killed him sometimes used to justify anti semitism which is always wrong but it was the fault of the jews. It wasn't a fall in particular of the romans. Listen you want to get real technical. Theological god sent. Jesus die on the cross. It was his plan. In fact the scripture tells us and isaiah fifty three ten. It was the will of the lord to crush him. He has put him degree. Romans eight thirty two. God did not spare his own son but he gave him up for us. All and then over in romans three twenty five. God put christ forward by his blood to be received by faith. And i see a fifty three ten yet. It pleases the father. Bruce him he is. Put him to that please. The father to bruce him. How could the father be pleased by. The death of his son. Only wasn't pleased by his death in particular. He wasn't pleased by the suffering. He wasn't pleased by the pain. Christ's went to. The father was pleased by the redemption. That was accomplished. He was pleased that the eternal plan of salvation was now fulfilled. He was pleased that the sacrifice of his son was complete and many of us can now believe in him for all the evil in the crucifixion. It brought about an infinite good.