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What Lies Ahead for America?
What Lies Ahead for America?

~ Author Greg Laurie ~
The Untold Story of Steve McQueen:

How the 'King of Cool'
Met the 'King of Kings'

 by Efrem Graham, CBN News

Author Greg Laurie has a new book out called "Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon." It entered the Christian Booksellers'
Top 50 chart this month at #2.

  Nearly 40 years after his death, acting legend Steve McQueen is still often referred to as the "King of Cool."

  His rags-to-riches life story still fascinates fans, new and old. But one chapter of that story is rarely shared. And that is his journey to faith.

  McQueen overcame many hardships to become the Hollywood "boy wonder" of the 1960s and 1970s.

  Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California - and a lifelong Steve McQueen fan - talked about the actor's childhood in a recent interview with CBN News.

  "He had no father, and his mother really did not raise him," Laurie said.
  "She was a raging alcoholic, with a lot of guys, and I tracked with that part of the story because I, too, had an alcoholic mother, married and divorced seven times and I never knew my biological father."

An American Icon

  By today's Hollywood standards, Steve McQueen's resume could be considered relatively short. But he is an American icon.

  "Not everybody from his generation is an icon," Laurie said.

  "But James Dean, another contemporary of McQueen is an icon. Elvis is an icon. The Beatles are iconic. Certain people transcend time and they become iconic characters. I think maybe one of the things that makes a person an icon is when there is sort of a timelessness about them. In other words, when new generations can discover them."

  "I actually read this article in a men's fashion magazine, and it asked the question, 'Who was cooler, Steve McQueen or James Dean?' And they were examining their lives based on the cool cars they drove ... the movies they made... and kind of their fashion sense. And the conclusion was McQueen was cooler than Dean."

  Laurie is such a fan of McQueen's that he owns a replica of the 1968 Bullitt Mustang McQueen made famous with his racing abilities on film. But beyond McQueen's style points and his famous car, there's an even bigger story about the movie icon that Laurie spent time chasing.

  "I started delving into Steve's life more, and I had heard that he had become a Christian, and I believed it to be true, but I never had checked it out."

The Pastor Who Led Steve McQueen to Christ

  "I had seen a documentary film last year. And it talked about his rise from the worst childhood imaginable to superstardom, where he was the number one star in the world, in films like Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Magnificent 7, The Thomas Crown Affair, et cetera, and then how he walked away from Hollywood and became a Christian, and I thought is this true?"

  Laurie's curiosity triggered a Google search.

  In that search, Laurie said, "...the name popped up Leonard DeWitt. Leonard is the pastor that led Steve to Christ and I thought, I wonder if this guy is alive still?"

  "So, we tracked him down and I said, 'Are you the Leonard DeWitt that prayed with Steve McQueen?' And he said, 'Yes I am.'"

  "I was amazed that Leonard did not have like a website that said, the preacher who led McQueen to Christ, that's kind of an accomplishment."

The Salvation of an American Icon

Laurie shares how Dewitt and McQueen met in his new book, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon. He's also completing a documentary that will hit theaters in the fall.

  The book and documentary also detail a special meeting between McQueen and Evangelist Billy Graham.

  Doctors diagnosed McQueen with an aggressive form of cancer only months after he accepted Christ. Before McQueen flew to Mexico for surgery, he met with Billy Graham, who gave him his personal Bible for the trip.

  Laurie said, "I did ask Billy about this years ago. And he, of course, confirmed the story was true."

  "Steve went down, had the surgery done. After they wheeled him into recovery, he was waiting in this room alone in the clinic in Juarez, Mexico, and he died. And he went into the presence of God. They came in to find Steve and they pulled the sheet back and he was holding on to that Bible."

  "It was indeed Billy Graham's Bible, he was holding onto, maybe reading it, maybe reading it before the Lord called him home."

  "One thing Steve said before he died was, 'My only regret in life is that I was not able to tell people about what Christ did for me.'

  "So, I wrote a book that is out now and I am doing this documentary film because I wanted to right that wrong."

  "Steve McQueen, the 'King of Cool', realized he needed Christ. So the 'King of Cool' met the 'King of Kings.'"

~ Click Here to watch the video interview
from cbnnews.com
~

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

The Harbinger captured the attention of more than 1 million people this year with its prophetic warning to America. But the book’s ongoing implications should be the real concern behind this profound revelation.

What happens when a nation ignores God’s warnings and the call to return to Him? What happens to nations that actually return to God?

Regardless of how much the world mocks Christians for believing that God’s Word is absolute truth, there are biblical principles and patterns concerning the judgment or redemption of nations—and this revelation holds profound meaning for America.

I wrote about these principles in The Harbinger, a prophetic wake-up call for America released in January 2012 that has since sold more than 1 million copies. The message has obviously resonated with people from all walks of life (it spent the entire year on the New York Times best-seller list), yet there is far more to this continuing story.

It begins more than 2,700 years ago, when God repeatedly called ancient Israel to return to Him after the people He birthed opted to turn away from their God. The very words of the Torah, spoken through Moses to their ancestors in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, were His first call and His foretelling future calamity if they failed to repent. When the people of Israel’s northern kingdom ignored those words, God sent His prophets to confront them face-to-face with their transgressions.

Even then the people and their leaders refused to listen, hardening their hearts to His message and persecuting the messengers. God finally allowed Israel’s enemies to breach His protective hedge around the nation. Though the subsequent damage was significant, it was limited—proving that even in judgment God was calling the nation to wake up, turn from its self-destructive course and be reconciled to Him.

Israel’s defiant answer to God’s final call is found in Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.” Despite being in ruins, Israel vowed to rebuild itself stronger than ever—and without God.

Verse 11 describes the beginning of the tragic consequences of that defiance, the nation’s progression to judgment: “Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and spur his enemies on.”

The answer continues in the verses that follow: “And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. ... The land is burned up. ... What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help?” (Is. 9:12, 19; 10:3).

Thus, Isaiah 9:10 leads to a prophecy of national destruction, fulfilled when the Assyrians returned, laid siege for three years and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722 B.C., and exiled its people.

- See more at: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38176-what-lies-ahead-for-america#sthash.9IWT8R1M.dpuf

 
  Greg Laurie is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. He began his pastoral ministry at age 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Today, that small group has grown into a church of some 15,000 people, making it one of the eight largest churches in America, as well as the third largest in California. Harvest recently celebrated 25 years of ministry.

  Laurie began holding evangelistic crusades, called Harvest Crusades, ten years ago. Since 1990, almost 3 million people have attended Harvest Crusades in person in combined attendance.

  They have been held in southern and central California, Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Hawaii, Florida, and, for the first time in the year 2000, Australia.

 Laurie's passion has been to preach the Gospel to as many people as is humanly possible and to train and equip others to do the same. The ministry of Harvest Crusades has been undeniably blessed and used by God in a unique way.

  Pastor Laurie is also the featured speaker on a nationally syndicated radio program entitled A New Beginning that is heard coast to coast and overseas.

  He serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, among other organizations. He holds two honorary doctorates: one from Biola University and one from Azusa Pacific University.

 Greg and his wife, Cathe, have two children and reside in Southern California.

  Laurie has authored a number of books, including "Tell Someone," "Married Happily," "Lost Boy," "Life, Any Questions?" "The Great Compromise," "Every Day with Jesus," "The New Believer's Growth Book," "New Believer's Bible," "The God of Second Changes," "The Upside-Down Church," (winner of the Gold Medallion Award), "How To Share Your Faith," and "How To Live Forever."

  Pastor Laurie's latest book, "Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon," was published this year by Harvest Ministries.

  Greg Laurie's books have been translated into many languages, including Korean, Latvian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Whether speaking or writing, Laurie is gifted with the ability to apply biblical principles to current events in a way that is relevant and easily understood by people of all ages, from all walks of life. The trademark of a Greg Laurie sermon, book, or radio program is the contemporary, yet straightforward, style and format.



 

 

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Greg Laurie takes a cross-country drive in his 1968 Mustang as he traces the wooly geography of actor Steve McQueen's life, relationships, career and spiritual journey. In the 1960s, McQueen was the biggest movie star of his generation. Greg developed a lifelong fascination with the actor. Now he tells McQueen's story. In this book, Laurie thoughtfully interviews members of the actor's family, friends, co-stars, associates, widow and pastor to tell of the dramatic life-change in the spring of 1979 - six months before McQueen was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Laurie will follow the seeds of Christianity that were sown throughout McQueen's improbable life where a Light finally shone into the darkness of his troubled life. These seeds miraculously germinated, allowing McQueen to see that redemption through Jesus is a lasting truth more glittering and real than any magic of the
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Understand, this book is not written to make you feel bad or condemn you if you have not engaged others with the gospel message. This book is written to encourage and inspire you.
Even though pastor and author Greg Laurie is a "gospel-presenting professional," in this book he tells stories of his own failure and success. The most important things you will find here are biblical principles that you can apply yourself. Taken from the life and witness of Jesus, and tested over Greg's forty years of ministry, in both one-on-one experiences and large-scale evangelistic arena and stadium events, these ideas are intended to mobilize every person in the church to "Tell Someone" about Jesus Christ.

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Based on Greg and Cathe Lauries book Married. Happily, this study guide helps you discover what the Bible has to say about key issues married couples face, such as effective communication, in-laws, resolving conflict, the unique roles of the husband and wife in marriage, forgiveness, and more. This eight-week study can be used for both individual and small group study and includes: Study, reflection, and application questions Selected readings from the book Married. Happily. Leader s notes to help guide an effective small-group discussion Get the most out of Married. Happily with this corresponding Bible study, and start strengthening your marriage today.

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