HARVEST CRUSADE TO COMBINE GOSPEL, GENERATION X STYLE.Byline: Tracy Valeri Daily News Staff Writer
At this month's annual Harvest Crusade The Harvest Crusades are evangelical Christian events held across the United States and in other countries at the invitation of local churches and Christian leaders. Since 1990, they have been attended by over 3.5 million people in stadiums, amphitheaters, and like venues. , thousands are expected to attend a Generation X-style crusade - which will combine a message about God with high-volume contemporary music.
The Christian crusade travels each year to six U.S. cities and will take place in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. at the Universal Amphitheatre on Nov. 17-20.
Harvest Crusade, which has drawn more than 1.6 million people since its beginnings in 1990, has become one of the highest-energy tributes to fundamentalist Christianity Fundamentalist Christianity, or Christian fundamentalism, is a movement that arose mainly within British and American Protestantism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by conservative evangelical Christians, who, in a reaction to modernism, actively affirmed a since the revivals of Billy Graham Noun 1. Billy Graham - United States evangelical preacher famous as a mass evangelist (born in 1918)
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Greg Laurie Greg Laurie (born 10 December 1952) is the senior pastor of the Harvest Christian Fellowship, a Calvary Chapel, in Riverside, California. Greg was converted under the ministry of Pentecostal evangelist Lonnie Frisbee at Newport Harbor High School. of San Clemente is the leader of the new-generation evangelism.
He's the pastor of Riverside's Harvest Christian Fellowship Harvest Christian Fellowship was founded in 1979 by Greg Laurie in Riverside, CA. Laurie is currently the senior pastor of thirty years. Harvest is a megachurch with a congregation of 15,000 and growing. which he founded in 1973 and the author of six books including the national best seller among Christian readers, ``Life, Any Questions?''
The impetus for the Harvest Crusade actually came from another clergyman, though. Laurie credits Chuck Smith, pastor at Costa Mesa's Calvary Chapel, for the inception of the crusades. Smith asked Laurie to take over a Bible study class that attracted several hundred students in just a few months.
With the gathering filled to capacity, the two men took a chance and rented out the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa where 90,000 people showed up over several nights to learn about the Gospel. The first Harvest Crusade was born.
At this year's crusade, tens of thousands of mostly baby boomers and Generation Xers will encounter high-energy, high-volume music performed live in a nonreligious setting in a prelude to Laurie's teaching.
Though the crusades are accentuated with performances by popular contemporary Christian musicians like Lou Gramm (lead vocalist of Foreigner), Crystal Lewis and The Kry, Laurie says the purpose is to give people an opportunity to have a personal relationship with Christ and to present his teachings.
According to Harvest Ministries, Harvest Crusades Inc. is a nonprofit corporation nonprofit corporation n. an organization incorporated under state laws and approved by both the state's Secretary of State and its taxing authority as operating for educational, charitable, social, religious, civic or humanitarian purposes. that is not controlled by or affiliated with any individual church or denomination. Instead, the crusades are supported financially by hundreds of churches and businesses as well as by individual donations and fund-raisers.
Laurie waives any royalties from books sold at the events. His salary is paid by the church where he has served as pastor for 23 years.
``Young people today are looking for Looking for
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Laurie is known in religious circles as an energetic and straightforward preacher.
``The media have been writing Greg Laurie up as the man who is going to be the evangelist of the future - and he is,'' said evangelist Billy Graham at his own Atlanta Crusade in 1994.
In his sermons, Laurie often quotes disillusioned dis·il·lu·sion
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To free or deprive of illusion.
1. The act of disenchanting.
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``You can try everything, you can obtain everything, but you will still come up empty, because God has made you with a void in your life that only he can fill,'' said Laurie.
Admission is free, but parking is $6. The crusade will begin at 7:30 p.m., but the gates will open an hour before the start of the event. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.