Nothing Quite Like It

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By Greg Laurie “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” —Matthew 18:20 I think Christians have the best songs of any religion on earth. The Christian faith is a singing faith, which is not necessarily true of other religions. They may chant, and they may moan. They may have their various forms of music. But there is no faith that is as full …

Why Christians Need Each Other

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By Greg Laurie That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. —1 John 1:3 Have you ever been having a conversation with someone when you overheard your name being mentioned across the room? Did you notice how suddenly you started listening? When we speak of God’s name, He listens. Malachi …

A Learning Church

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By Greg Laurie All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. —Acts 2:42 I heard a story about a pastor who wasn’t getting much feedback about the sermon he preached. So after the service, he stood in the back of the church to shake hands with people and wait for someone to say something about it. But no one …

Before a Watching World

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By Greg Laurie And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. —Acts 2:47 Show me a church that doesn’t have a constant flow of new believers coming in, and I will show you a church that is stagnating. The church needs new believers to remind us of what it is all about. And new believers need the church to stabilize them. When mature believers are around young believers and they …

The Highest Privilege

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By Greg Laurie Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” —Isaiah 6:8 The greatest moment in my life was the day that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. That day changed the course of my life. When I started going to church, it was an entirely new world to me. I had …

When the Supernatural Invaded the Natural

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By Greg Laurie Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this.” —Acts 3:12-13 It was a sink-or-swim moment for Peter. …

“Yes, Lord”

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By Greg Laurie “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” —Acts 10:14 There are certain words that go together, such as “Yes, Lord,” “How, Lord?” and “When, Lord?” But there are other words that don’t go together. These include “No, Lord” and “Never, Lord.” I was working on a message about this on the day my son Christopher died. When I went back and …

When Failure Is Good

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By Greg Laurie But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. —Ecclesiastes 2:11 Is success the most important thing in life? It depends on how we define success. Many people achieve their goals, but what cost did they pay to achieve them? Was it through deception and betrayal? Was it by abandoning their principles and sacrificing …