Evidence You’re a Disciple

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By Greg Laurie Therefore by their fruits you will know them. —Matthew 7:20 Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Not every Christian necessarily is. A disciple of Jesus Christ will bring forth spiritual fruit. Jesus said, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:8), and “by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20). If you’re a disciple of Jesus Christ, then you will …

What’s Holding You Back?

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By Greg Laurie “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else–your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.” —Luke 14:26 People have been kept back from following Jesus by their fear of what others think. They haven’t committed their lives to Christ because they’re worried about the opinion of someone else. Maybe it’s a boyfriend or girlfriend, or …

The Secret of the Early Church

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By Greg Laurie But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” —Acts 17:6 Why is it that first-century believers so radically impacted their world? After all, they didn’t have the cool technology we have today. They didn’t have big Christian bands. They didn’t have megachurches. They didn’t have printing presses. Yet …

Pray for the Persecuted Church—Abroad and at Home

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By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min. 11/8/17 Sunday, November 12, 2017, has been designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. I planned to write about this topic and focus on anti-Christian persecution overseas at this time. And then came this tragedy—the mass shooting in a church in Texas, killing 26 and wounding 20 on Sunday. The killer was described as one who “preached atheism” and “hated religious people.” Of course, killing Christians just …

Oops! I Dropped My Sword!

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By John Miltenberger 10/25/2017 “Everyone’s a winner before the contest begins.” Sometimes I shudder inwardly when we sing warfare songs in church. While we loudly, dare I say proudly, proclaim to the heavens what mighty warriors we are, the truth is we are baiting a bear we perhaps have never met. Let me say right here that while I do not fear Satan, I respect him, and I respect him because fighting him by myself …

Spiritual Babies

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By Greg Laurie So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go instead and become mature in our understanding. —Hebrews 6:1 As a father and a grandfather, I know from personal experience that babies are a lot of work. For instance, it takes work to teach a baby how to eat. Of course there is baby food, and then comes solid food, which has to be cut into …

The One Thing You Just Have to Know About God

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By Greg Holt What is the one thing you think people need to know about God? Have you ever thought about this? How important do you think it is to know this one thing? I am going to say very important, life changing important. I believe many would respond to this question with this answer, love is the most important thing about God. While the fact that God loves is extremely important…it is not the …

Citizens of Another Kingdom

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By Greg Laurie For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. —Philippians 3:20 Deep down inside, we always want more out of life. We want the newest, the latest, the freshest, the coolest. We want more. I think God has basically wired us that way. Yet as much as we live life, as much as we experience, as much as we see, it always seems …