The Essentials of True Worship

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By Greg Laurie “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” —John 4:24 Worshiping God is not about having a great voice or talent. It is about having your heart in the right place. That is what God is interested in more than anything else. God looks on our hearts when we worship. And He wants us to worship in spirit and in truth. In John 4, we …

For He Is Good

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By Greg Laurie And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. —Colossians 3:17 In 1789, President George Washington designated the first national Thanksgiving Day when he issued a proclamation for “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.” In our day, it can be very …

Learning to be a Thanks-giver

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By Onan Coca Several Thanksgivings ago, I wrote a piece about how I was learning to be a Thanks-giver. I’ve learned much since that Thanksgiving in 2011 (the dad of 3 kids has to be constantly learning), but this article still describes what I feel Thanksgiving really is. It’s the week of Thanksgiving, one of our most important American holidays, and a writer would be remiss to not write about this important day.  Several hundred …

THANK YOU LORD for THANKSGIVING!

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Four years ago my article: “Thank You Lord for Thanksgiving!” appeared in The Olive Branch Report.  Many responded wonderfully from across the country, and even shared their own stories of giving thanks. This year we have all the more reason to give thanks to the Lord God of All Creation for the myriad blessings in each of our lives; and for the blessings that can still be seen and named in our Nation.  I pray …

Our Primary Purpose

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By Greg Laurie “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” —Revelation 4:11 One of the fundamental differences between people and animals is that animals don’t worship, but people do. Why? Because God has essentially wired people this way. The Bible says that He has placed eternity in our hearts. We sense there is something more, and it …

The Benefits of Abiding

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By Greg Laurie “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” —John 15:7 True prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance; it is laying hold of His willingness. That is a very important thing to know. God only answers the requests that He inspires. One of the most incredible promises Jesus ever gave is found in John 15:7: “If you abide …

But Our Eyes Are on You

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By Greg Laurie “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” —2 Chronicles 20:12 Have you ever been in one of those impossible situations with no apparent way out? Have you ever desperately needed something or wanted something, but it seemed as though there was no way you would …

Your Spiritual Life Depends on It

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By Greg Laurie But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” —Matthew 4:4 Have you ever noticed that most people don’t pay much attention to flight attendants as they go over the emergency procedures at the beginning of a flight? I probably don’t do this as well as I could because I’ve flown so many times. I’ve heard …