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On his deathbed in 1993, Lonnie Frisbee made a revelation to Pastor Greg Laurie that left Laurie in disbelief. It’s something Laurie says he has never told anyone publicly—until now.
Frisbee, one of the main characters in the smash hit film “Jesus Revolution,” told Laurie that God had shown Frisbee that he was going to once again preach to thousands of people. The first thing that came to Laurie’s mind was “that’s not going to happen.”
Laurie, who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California and the founder of Harvest Crusades, now humbly admits he was sorely mistaken about that.
Last week I preached at Freedom Point Church, a small congregation in Carrollton, Georgia, 50 miles west of Atlanta. Two years ago the church had shrunk to 12 people, and it was at risk of closing. But when I went there last Thursday, 103 people came for a regular midweek Bible study. On some Sundays, people sit in the church’s basement because there isn’t room in the sanctuary.
What happened? In 2021 a young pastor named Jason White moved to Carrollton with his wife, Leslie, and their two children. Jason not only preached on Sundays but he started taking a mobile stage into neighborhoods to evangelize. A homeless couple found Jesus, and the church helped them find a place to live. Teens and younger kids started coming to the church, but older people also found Christ.
When I went to Freedom Point last week I met an 83-year-old woman who told me she found Jesus for the first time just a few months prior. She had never heard the gospel until she was 82. “I’m just so glad I met Jesus toward the end of my life,” she told me.
Romans chapter 13 brings up a difficult topic for today’s America. A topic many would like to ignore.
The first verse of the chapter says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are appointed by God.”
Nothing happens without God knowing about it. Everything that took place before, during and after the 2020 election, and every election there ever will be, is known by God.
As the United States continues to reel from the recent school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, the question remains whether there was a catalyst that helped put these nefarious plans of a mentally ill young woman into action?
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn shares the reasons he believes are causing not only the Covenant School shooting, but increased persecution of Christians around the world.
As the mainstream American media appeared to blame Christians—the victims—for this heinous act of terrorism, without even mentioning that the shooter was transgender, Cahn reveals the subtle ways that the transgender movement has been radicalized to not only hate Christians, but commit acts of violence against them.
When Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they separated themselves from God and became semi-autonomous (Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-8). This sin opened up the proverbial “Pandora’s box” since their actions created an innate propensity for humans to cross forbidden boundaries.
To illustrate, one of the words for sin is “transgression,” which has to do with trespassing or crossing a boundary established by God’s command. In 1 John 3:4, John the apostle defines sin as the transgression of the law for this reason.
Another word used in the Scriptures to depict sin is to “trespass” (Matt. 6:14; Eph. 2:1). Trespass is to violate a boundary or a law. When we trespass on someone’s property, we violate the legal and physical borders which are in place. This classification of sin as a trespass indicates crossing a divine moral boundary when people break one of the ten commandments.