A Riches-to-Rags Story

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By Greg Laurie For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. —2 Corinthians 8:9 In reality, the story of Jesus is not a rags-to-riches story; it is a riches-to-rags story. It is a story of leaving the glory of Heaven for this planet. Jesus could have been born in the most elegant mansion on …

From the Throne Room of Heaven

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By Sue Cass I hardly know where to begin on this “rainy day in Georgia” to explain a moment of enlightenment straight from the Throne Room of Heaven. While watching the last few minutes of a Hallmark Christmas movie on the TV, my little dog, Sassy, insisted on joining me for a scratch and a warm place on my lap to curl up and sleep.   We enjoyed her request and my mind started remembering a …

It Began with a Tree

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By Greg Laurie And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. —Genesis 2:9 The Christmas story begins with a tree, but not the kind of Christmas tree with brightly colored lights or ornaments. The Christmas story begins with a tree …

Surprised to Be Chosen

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By Greg Laurie But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. —Luke 1:29 When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would be the mother of the Messiah, she was honestly surprised that God would select someone like her. Though Mary was a virtuous woman, she was not a sinless woman. Mary was a sinner just like us. Privileged? Yes. Called …

A Thermometer or a Thermostat?

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By Greg Laurie Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth.—Luke 1:26 It’s interesting how cities are known for certain things. Rome is known as the Eternal City. Paris is called the City of Lights. New York is the City that Never Sleeps. And Las Vegas has been nicknamed Sin City. Nazareth, too, could have been called Sin City in the first century. Overrun by …

What Worry Costs Us

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By Greg Laurie Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7 A story is told of a man who was walking toward a city one morning when he saw Death walking in the same direction. The man stopped Death and said, “Where are you going?” “I’m going into that city to take one hundred people,” Death replied. “That is horrible,” the man said. “It’s what I do.” So the man …

With Eternity in View

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By Greg Laurie These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. —John 16:33 History records many stories of great heroes of the faith, one of whom was Polycarp. He was a committed Christian living during the time of the Roman Empire. The Caesars thought they were gods, and they wanted the people to …

Keep Your Eyes on the Finish Line

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By Greg Laurie You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? —Galatians 5:7 I don’t like puffy biographies that read like a promo piece, telling the story of an individual who did no wrong. Rather, I like to read biographies that tell me about someone’s strengths and weaknesses, their foibles and their shortcomings. I can’t relate to a perfect person, because I’m not one. One of the things I appreciate about the Bible is …