God on Our Terms

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By Greg Laurie Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. —Lamentations 3:22 In ancient Rome when a conquering hero returned from war, he would be riding a donkey. So when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the multitude cried out, “Hosanna!” the significance of this was not missed by the Romans or the Jews. The Romans thought Jesus was acting as though He were a returning war …

A Conquering Victor

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By Greg Laurie Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. —Luke 9:51 It offends me when movies about the life of Christ present Him as losing control, almost as though everything was going great until one of His disciples betrayed Him, and He was taken against His will and crucified. This was always the plan of …

Christ’s Representatives to the World

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By Greg Laurie Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. —John 11:53 When I travel, people often will ask me what I do for a living. Quite honestly, I don’t like to tell them up front because it can put up a wall. Some people become angry when I tell them I’m a pastor. I’m a representative of God to them, so they take their anger at Him out on …

How’s Your Appetite?

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By Greg Laurie And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. —Acts 2:42 I was once talking to a friend, who was just starting out in the pastorate, and I told him that people will develop an appetite for what you feed them.  If you build a church on programs, then that is what people will have an appetite for.  If you build it on …

Go Tell Peter

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By Greg Laurie But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you. —Mark 16:7 Perhaps the most notable of Jesus’ resurrection appearances is when He met Simon Peter.  We all know how Peter denied and deserted the Lord.  Peter was devastated by his own unfaithfulness; and he really needed encouragement. The last sight Peter had of his Lord was as Jesus …

A Permanent Reminder

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By Greg Laurie “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself.” —Luke 24:39 What did the resurrected body of Jesus look like?  The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ cruel torture, crucifixion, and three days in the tomb, He was recognizable, and that His followers knew who He was. We know that He had a body of flesh and bone.  Jesus told the disciples, “Behold My hands and My feet, that it …

A Second Chance

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By Greg Laurie And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” —Matthew 28:9 The Resurrection of Jesus reminds us that God provides second chances.  When Jesus was crucified it came as a shock to His followers.  They just did not seem to understand that He would be crucified and rise again on the third day.  When the Crucifixion actually took place, it shattered their faith.  But after His Resurrection …

Jesus and the Skeptic

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By Greg Laurie Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” —John 20:27 After Jesus rose from the dead, the Bible tell us that “He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had …