Greg Laurie

  • Let the first lady pray!
    “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” So goes the first part of the most well-known prayer in the world, the Lord’s Prayer, given to us 2,000 years ago by Jesus himself. Who would ever think this beloved prayer — said by billions of people, for thousands of years — would be considered controversial? But apparently it is. Especially when prayed by the first lady of the United States at an event organized by and for her husband, President Donald Trump. At the Melbourne, Fla., rally on... Read more »
  • Lessons from Jonah
    This week on A New Beginning, I’m talking about the book of Jonah and the lessons that we can learn about obedience. Here’s a video of me telling the story of Jonah to some of my granddaughters a couple years ago. Feel free to watch it with your kids or grandkids! We’ve also put together some resources for pastors and group leaders who want to teach through the book of Jonah: sermon notes, message highlights, video and audio content, and even an original song from the Harvest Worship Band. Feel free to use or adapt any of this content to “Go!” into... Read more »
  • When the Bottom Drops Out.
    Have you ever had the bottom drop out of life? Without warning, one problem after another hits you in rapid succession. The New Testament book of James points out two varieties of trials and troubles that can come our way: those we bring on ourselves and those that come through no fault of our own. James, the half brother of Jesus, was writing to the 12 tribes of Israel that had been scattered abroad. They were no longer ruling Israel as in days of old. Israel was under Roman occupation, and many of these Jews were suffering. James was seeking to encourage them,... Read more »
  • How to Pray when Things Get Hard
    Do you remember the first time you ever prayed? Maybe it was when you were a little child, or maybe it’s something you have just started to do recently. Maybe you have been praying lately, and it seems as though all you hear from Heaven is the answer no. Sometimes people say that God never answers their prayers, but he answers prayer in three ways: Yes, no, and wait. When God says no, we think he didn’t answer our prayers, but he did answer. He said no. That’s an answer. Wait is also an answer. In the closing verses of the New... Read more »
  • Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination
    I stand in support of President Trump nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Last week, I stood in support of the thousands upon thousands of people meeting and standing for life in Washington as I wrote these words on Facebook alongside a picture of myself and my mom: “Life begins at conception, and every unborn baby has a right to live. I myself was conceived out of wedlock, so this is personal for me. I am thankful that my mom carried me to term and that I was allowed to live. If you are a woman who is pregnant, and... Read more »
  • This Morning’s Prayer
    Here is the prayer that I prayed at this morning’s national prayer service: Our Father in Heaven and God of compassion, Our prayer today is that You would be near to all who call upon Your name, that is the name above every name. We pray that, in their daily life and work and service—in whatever form of service they are engaged in—that they would be devoted to our nation. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we commend to Your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them, day by day, with Your divine... Read more »
  • Inauguration Day
    Tomorrow is Inauguration Day for President-Elect Donald Trump. What will the future hold? How will his presidency impact our faith and our freedoms as Christians? How should we pray for both the president and the United States? Those are great questions. Recently, Dr. James Dobson and I sat down to talk a little about our country’s future and the importance of the family in America. We also discussed Dr. Dobson’s role as advisor for past presidents, and the fact that Donald Trump is seeking counsel from an evangelical advisory board. Take a few minutes to give it a listen: ... Read more »
  • How To Make This Year Count.
    A new year is a great time to reflect on the previous year and think about the year ahead. It’s a great time to evaluate how we’re doing and where we’re going. For some of us, this year may be the last. So we want to make sure we’re living our lives the way they ought to be lived. A writer named Michael Josephson had said this to say about the passing of human life: “Ready or not, some day it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things you collected,... Read more »
  • Are you Running From God?
    Have you ever wished you could have a second chance in life? Have you ever done something that you deeply regretted the moment you did it? We have all made mistakes. We have all done things that we know are wrong. But I have good news for you: God gives second chances … and third ones … and fourth ones … and fifth ones. Jonah was a man who was given a second chance in life. He was given a job to do, but he basically refused. He was told to go and preach to some people known as the Ninevites, and... Read more »
  • What If 2017 Were Your Last Year on Earth?
    What if 2017 were your last year on earth? For many celebrities, 2016 was from David Bowie, Mohammaed Ali, Gary Shandling, Prince, Alan Thicke, Arnold Palmer, Nancy Reagan, Glenn Frey, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds. And the list goes on. So what if this were your last year on earth? This could be that year. That is a heavy thought for some. But someone’s name will end up in the obituary column tomorrow and the next day. We always think it won’t be us and that it certainly won’t be someone close to us. But the fact is that it could... Read more »