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 …

Live Fully

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By Greg Laurie Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord God of Israel. —Joshua 14:14 We have a lot of half-hearted people filling the pews of churches today. They want to give the bare minimum to the One who gave everything for them. They have too much of the Lord to be happy in this world, but too much of this …

No Mere Accessory

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By Greg Laurie As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. —Luke 23:26 For many, the cross is nothing more than a fashionable ornament—an accessory, if you will. We can buy them in gold or sterling silver, studded with pearls or diamonds. But the cross on …

A Prerequisite for Giving Thanks

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By Greg Laurie For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! —2 Corinthians 4:17 To give thanks, we must realize as Christians that God is in control of all circumstances that surround our lives, both good and bad. In 2 Corinthians 4:17–18 we are told, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they …

Always Thankful

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By Greg Laurie In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Thessalonians 5:18 A hospital chaplain kept a record of 2,000 patients he had known who were apparently in a dying condition and had shown signs of repentance. He reported that of those who were restored to health, only two showed what he felt were marked changes in their spiritual lives after their recovery. In other words, …