What Jesus Said about Worry

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By Greg Laurie Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. —Matthew 6:34 The great theologian Charlie Brown made this statement about worry: “I’ve developed a new philosophy. . . . I only dread one day at a time.” Now let me quote an actual theologian, the late Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who said, “If I allow my concern about the future to …

There for You

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By Greg Laurie “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33 Studies have found that 85 percent of the things we worry about never happen. This means that of all the things you’re worrying about right now, 85 percent of it won’t happen. But what about the other 15 …

A Reason to Rejoice

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By Greg Laurie Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls – yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. —Habakkuk 3:17-18 It’s been said that worry is the advanced interest …

The Pursuit of Happiness: Joy is a State of Mind

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By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min. 10/3/17 For millions of Americans, what they spend their time on is what they think will make them happy. And being happy turns out to be good for you. TIME Magazine reported (10/2/17), “It’s official: happiness really can make you healthier.” The God-given right of “the pursuit of happiness” is even in our national birth certificate. But many people don’t find happiness and joy. Why not? Perhaps because they are seeking …

Turn Your Worries into Prayers

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By Greg Laurie Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6 There are so many things today that can cause us to worry. There are the worries of the world. There are the worries in our own country, including the threat of terrorism and the threat of North Korea. Then there are personal worries, such as health worries and family worries. …

Just Use It

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By Greg Laurie Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. —Psalm 119:11 A Bible that is falling apart is usually the sign of a life that isn’t. I like to see beat-up, marked-up Bibles that are coming apart, because that is a good sign. I think there ought to be a Bible especially for preachers, which I have mentioned to some of the people who publish them. I …

Keep a Sharp Sword

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By Greg Laurie For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. —Hebrews 4:12 Temptation is definitely going to come your way and mine. When we know the Word of God, we can deflect the blows that come against us and strike out offensively. For example, the devil will come to us when we have sinned and say, “You failed. There is no forgiveness for you.” So we pull our …

The Mandalay Massacre

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By Greg Laurie “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” —1 Peter 4:12 A 64-year-old man armed with more than 10 rifles shot and killed 58 people in what is being called, “the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.” Hundreds more were wounded. The question that comes to mind at a time like this is. . . Why? Why did …