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Why I’m coming to Texas for Harvest America at AT&T Stadium on June 10

     

I’m a Californian (don’t hold that against me).

I love the great state of Texas, and I especially love the food in Texas! I’m talking about Joe T. Garcia’s, Texas barbeque, and best of all, Babe’s Fried Chicken. You just can’t find fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and biscuits like that in California.


However, we did give you In-N-Out Burger, so you’re welcome for that!


As great as those things are, I especially love the people of Texas. Their hearts are as big as the state, and we all know that everything is bigger there.


I have had the privilege of speaking in many campuses and churches there, including Prestonwood, Gateway, First Baptist, Crossroads, and several others. There are so many fantastic believers in Texas, and more megachurches (congregations over 2,000) than I have ever seen. In fact, the 10 largest megachurches are right there in Texas.


Then, of course, there are the strong family-friendly values and genuine care that Texans have for each other. Not to mention the great love they have for their state!


So, why do an evangelistic event at AT&T Stadium?


Texas is changing rapidly, with many new people streaming in from around the nation and the world. You might say the world is literally coming to Texas. It’s no wonder; there is a very business-friendly culture there, causing many corporations to pull up roots and move there—including more than a few from California. While speaking in churches in Texas, I have jokingly said that I have come to Texas to evangelize to the people moving to Texas from California! Yes, as Bob Dylan once sang, “The times they are a-changin’…”


Two of the most recent mass shootings also happened in Texas, of all places. The country is still reeling from the heartbreaking events of last week in Santa Fe, when a young gunman ruthlessly shot 10 of his classmates. As an article from USA Today stated, “This week, instead of printing prom pictures and planning graduation parties, this small city held free community dinners and formed prayer circles. A florist was busier than ever, building bouquets for funerals she wouldn’t have time to attend.”*


In November of last year, the unthinkable happened in Sutherlands Springs. A gunman shot and killed 26 worshippers at church on a Sunday morning and injured 20 others.


Shockingly, in Tyler, Texas, home to 225,000 residents, the suicide rate is the highest among the state’s most populous counties.


Yes, even Texas needs Jesus—just like California and the rest of the United States.
There is only one thing in the universe that can change the heart of a person, and that is the gospel.


What is the gospel? It is the simple message that we all have sinned against God and stand separated from Him. But the story doesn’t end there. God loved us so much, He sent His Son Jesus on a rescue operation to our planet. Jesus lived our life, and then He died our death on the cross and rose again three days later.


That’s the message I want to bring to the great state of Texas and literally to the world on June 10. This event is called Harvest America. Not only will we be speaking to people in the Metroplex, but also to people across the United States watching in host sites large and small.


When we held the event at AT&T in 2016, the stadium was filled to overflowing. Another 250,000 people watched it live in a host site, and thousands made a profession of faith to follow Jesus Christ. Some of these were suicidal teens, many came from broken families, and others were breaking free from addiction to drugs. Who do you know that needs to attend or watch? Invite them; join them!


I am looking forward to returning with my friend and musician Chris Tomlin, a Texas native born in Grand Saline. David Crowder, another Texas native, will be there along with Dallas’ own Trip Lee. To top it all off, I will also be joined by Southern California’s Phil Wickham and Switchfoot. You do not want to miss this!


I look forward to seeing y’all (you like the sound of that?) again on June 10, and I can say with full certainty that I will stop first for some good ol’ fried chicken!


*USA Today, “Santa Fe High’s disastrous year” by Alden Woods (5/23/18) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/22/santa-fe-high-school-year-floods-shooting-texas/631892002/

"Greg Laurie is not only a personal friend, but is one of the great communicators of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our generation. They have written him up to be the evangelist of the future and he is. I highly recommend him."
Billy Graham

Billy Graham, Evangelist and Author

"Greg Laurie is a dynamic pastor, gifted evangelist, and trusted friend. Prestonwood is thrilled to be an anchor church in Harvest America. I hope you will be a part of this amazing opportunity too."
Dr. Jack Graham

Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

"When it comes to reaching the lost, I’m grateful that every generation has a Billy Graham, and Greg Laurie is a Billy Graham to our generation. Gateway Church wholeheartedly supports Harvest America, and I would encourage every pastor and church to partner with them to reach their cities for Christ."
Robert Morris

Robert Morris, Founding Senior Pastor, Gateway Church

"God has mightily used Greg in so many different ways and at many different venues. Because of him, many people are in the kingdom through Harvest America, the crusades, a dynamic church, a great testimony, a great man. I pray that you will join me and partner in this years Harvest America outreach."
Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

"I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming Harvest event and love the Harvest model. You can bring your neighbor or family member, listen to the gospel of Jesus Christ be preached and proclaimed faithfully, and then you can follow up with them. I couldn't encourage you more to come sit in and listen to the gospel message being proclaimed here in Dallas, Texas."
Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church

"Greg Laurie has been my friend for many years, and in that time I've seen God work through Greg's evangelistic preaching to reach thousands upon thousands of lives for Jesus Christ. Hosting Harvest America in your church is a unique and powerful way for the gospel to reach people in your community too."
James MacDonald

James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel

"There is no questions that Greg Laurie is making a huge impact for Christ and that lives are being changed by the thousands through Harvest America. If you are a follower of Jesus, this is the perfect opportunity to invite someone who doesn't know Christ to hear about the life transforming power of the Gospel."
Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor, Life Church

"Greg Laurie’s focus on the Gospel is why so many Southern Baptist churches and pastors have been involved with Harvest over the past 25 years . . . I strongly encourage you to get involved as well."
Kevin Ezell

Kevin Ezell, SBC North American Mission Board President

"Greg Laurie has been serving the Lord evangelistically since the early 1970s, when God changed his life during the Jesus Movement in Southern California. God has gifted Greg to give a clear, passionate, biblical presentation of the gospel. God uses him to call people to faith in Christ. I hope that you will invite your lost friends to this event, so that they can be saved."
Steve Gaines

Steve Gaines, Senior Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Current President of the Southern Baptist Convention

"Harvest Crusades really helped renew in our church a passion to reach our city. We are still benefiting from the vision for evangelism and empowerment in disciple-making they helped lead us into! I don't know any other way of saying it besides, 'This strategy still works!'"
JD Greear

JD Greear, Senior Pastor, The Summit Church

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