Where’s my spaceship?

Well, here it is officially, 2009. I have one question I have been thinking about lately:

Where is my spaceship?

Let me explain . . .

As a young boy growing up on cartoons, whenever they showed “the future” — and understand that back in the ’50s, the future was only 30 years away — everyone flew around in spaceships. You know, George Jetson-style. But here we are, still lumbering about in in our automobiles. We have not even nailed the electric car yet, much less one that flies!

For a time, especially in the ’50’s and ’60s, there was this utopian dream of a better world. We were told that everything would be better in the future. Now we have lived long enough to know that despite our advances in technology, mankind will always mess things up.

One day we will fly!

Ah, but one day that future we all long for will come. Perhaps we will fly and we won’t even need spaceships! We will have new bodies, on a new earth, ruled over by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I am looking forward to that day.

That is what Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer, when he instructed us to say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Live your life well

So we want our lives to count during our short time here on planet Earth, especially as we are now officially in 2009. I want to speak on living our lives well this Sunday at Harvest. It will be based on the apostle Paul’s final words to the leaders of the church in Ephesus. I hope you can join us for that.

Read through the Bible this year!

Speaking of living our lives well, I can’t think of a better way to get started in that then to start a plan of daily Bible reading.

We at Harvest want to help you with that. If you go to our homepage, you will find our daily devotion at the top of the page. If you click it, you will see at the top of the page, “Today’s Read the Word.” The reading is updated every day.

We just started Genesis (a good place to start!). You can also subscribe to our devotions and get them as an e-mail six days a week.

The tragic death of Ryan Joshua Armstrong

Some of you have e-mailed me about the tragic death of Ryan Joshua Armstrong, who was stabbed to death on the eve of December 27. His father, Ron Armstrong, is the pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar, California.

My heart broke when I read this story, for here is another pastor who lost his firstborn son. In an article in the newspaper, they pointed out that Ron was the second pastor to have a son die in 2008 (I being the other).

I have made contact with Ron and have assured him of my prayers and support. We had a good talk and we will be in contact in the days ahead. Thanks for thinking of him and most importantly, be praying for the Armstrong family and the congregation at Cornerstone Church.

15 thoughts on “Where’s my spaceship?”

  1. Lisa says:

    To Joanne and Nikki, and to you, Greg,

    Thank you for sharing your hearts, even in the great pain of missing your children who have made their way to Heaven before us. My son Jonathan is also among that group. He went home on June 30, 2008, again very sudden and very young (14 years old).

    My husband and our daughter Frannie and I miss him terribly. I draw my greatest strength in worship though, I always have. Jonathan is what his friends call a “hardcore” worshipper, and I know that when I worship, I am close to he heart of God. I know that Jonathan is in the very presence of God.

    I also draw so much from Pastor Greg and others whose lives are so closely bound to ours through loss. I don’t understand why, but I know Who took Jonathan home and there was no fear, only love. I don’t know what God is doing, but I already see the lives that are changed and the 11 young people who were saved through my son’s testimony. Thank you all for sharing your hearts.

    Love, Lisa

  2. Teri says:

    Pastor Greg,

    You are an awesome pastor and teacher of the Word! You are so funny and down to earth too! Thanks for everything, and have an enjoyable time of rest with your family. Blessings, Teri

  3. Cynthia says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    I was very pleased to hear about your thoughtfulness and prayers for our church and my pastor, Ron Armstrong.

    I continue to hold you and your family in prayers as well after the passing of your son Christopher. Thanks for being there for my pastor as you have experienced pain I can’t say I can even imagine.

    I do desire to say that through the strength I have seen in your walk, and after my pastor briefly addressed us this Sunday, wow, you’re both awesome. You are leaders I am so proud to call my brothers, and men we can look up to as shepherds leading their flock, even through tragedy.

    I know your grieving continues and life the way you knew it has changed, but know that when you spoke during Harvest, it showed the strength and love we only can have through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for being real. Hang in there!

    Lots of love and prayers.
    Sincerely, Cynthia

  4. Brandie says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,

    I couldn’t make it to Harvest today, but I got to see the webcast and I have to tell you, that was such a great message. It really spoke to me. I’m facing a year of many changes, with my schooling and also a career change, so I am a little nervous. But my faith is in the Lord. Thank you so much for helping me help you, lol. God Bless you.

    P.S. I thought by now Mars would be the #1 vacation spot 🙂

  5. Greg says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    I don’t know if anyone has expressed to you how meaningful and important it was to us, the men, the rank-and-file of Harvest, when you came out and spoke that first Sunday after Christopher’s departure. Know that it was very meaningful to me to know that our champion, if you will, was steadfast and immovable when faced with what is likely the greatest fear of us all. And in true Greg Laurie fashion, you started with a joke, and ended with an altar call. How encouraging it was to know that God was seeing you through this, for if He can’t carry Greg Laurie through this tragedy, where does that leave the rest of us?

    Please also inform Brittany that the Lord continues to lay her on my heart, and I am praying for her daily.

  6. RJ says:

    Yeah, I thought that we would have something “futuristic” during these days too. I remember when I was going to be a freshman in high school in 2000, and there was all the buzz about going into the new century Y2K! Man, you’re so on it. God’s Word demonstrates that man does mess things up.

    I’m excited to hear your sermon tomorrow, Acts 20 is one of my favorite chapters in the book of Acts because there are so many things to learn and grow in Christ.

    Blessings on you and the family! Have a good week, Pastor Greg!

    RJ

  7. Mariana says:

    HI Pastor Greg!

    I’m a fan of The Jetsons myself, and see them anytime I have the chance to on TV. And yeah, we’ve reached some of the top-notch stuff they had, as well as others inspired by Star Trek and other futuristic programs, though not all of the techie stuff they had. As for man, he is still the same, wicked as his nature, and things don’t seem to get smoother or easier or more correct, but the contrary! That makes it logical for our Lord’s coming to be soon, since we’re near to Him as every minute passes by.

    I get this deep feeling whenever I think of our Lord’s return, which is very much like the feeling you get coming down on the rollercoaster: that thing in your stomach and then I panic because I think I’ve not done enough. That is always a motivation for being closer to Him and obeying Him and telling people about the wonders He can do, the main one being able to save them from eternal damnation. So, I thought I’d share that with you.

    I read your last part about Ryan’s tragic death, and I can only say that is just tragic to hear, and very sad. But hey, his dad is not alone, for you’ve been through the same and are able to give him words of comfort from a person who’s been through the same. I’ve always thought that our Lord allows us to go through certain circumstances in life to be able to share with people who go through the same, so we can relate to them and them to us, and be able to win them for Christ. I’ll pray for their family too. Thanks for sharing it.

    God Bless,
    Mariana.

  8. Joanne says:

    This is a response to Nikki’s comment to you. I too lost my 19-year-old son this past October. He left from some freak, rare natural cause. We were totally blindsided, having no idea there was anything wrong, then the next moment he’s gone.

    I wish I could say my children and I are doing great, but the truth is that our home has been turned upside-down. It’s a struggle to get through each and every day. All I can do is hang on to my heavenly Father and battle through. I’m in the fight of my life.

    I see all these Christian youth passing away left and right, and can’t help think the Lord’s return in so very very near. I want to be used during these days for the glory of the Lord. I probably am, but I only see dimly at this time. My heart cries out for the prodigals.

  9. Lori says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    You are a world-class disciple. I read your blog today and in spite of the many tragedies going on, you inspire such encouragement in people. It’s like you have the Truth in your back pocket.

    I wondered, “How does a man get to that place where they can always shine light on the Truth, no matter what the circumstances are?” It’s tough, especially with the recent conflict and violence taking place in the Gaza Strip. To offer words of hope and peace to Israel, that is what bears down on my heart today. I’m very grateful for the security, health, and peace in my family. And I pray to the Lord for the ongoing restoration of his people, and for the families here in this blog community who are suffering grief and loss.

    Shalom,
    Lori

  10. Becky says:

    Hi Greg,

    Ha ha. My husband and I were born in the early ’50s too, and we were wondering the same thing, where is our Spaceship? lol. Oh well, we’ll be happier to fly around in our new bodies in Heaven any day. 🙂 Thanks for your fun humor. 🙂
    We’ll be praying for the Armstrong family, so sorry to hear that. The world is getting scarier by the day.

    Becky Smith

  11. Stacy says:

    Blessings to you, Pastor Greg, and your family in this New Year. I praise God for your selfless devotion and continued teachings to His Church, especially after all that has happened to you this year.

    When I watched TV shows as a kid like The Jetsons, I never wanted the spaceship. But living in a sky-high apartment and eating instant meals from the oven seemed cool. I’ve done both of those, so it wasn’t all fantasy. Time has marched on!

    But seriously, times are hard for many, and I pray for Jesus’ return all the time. I wait anxiously for the sound of God’s trumpet and the voice of His Archangel, which will prelude His mighty return. Hang in there and do His work in this short life we have.

    And pray for the non-believers to know and accept the comfort of Christ. John Travolta lost his 16-year-old son yesterday in a tragic accident. What sorrow and pain he is feeling and he only knows what Scientology can offer Him. Oh thank you, Lord God, for showing yourself to me and to other believers. I can’t imagine life without my knowlege of God and salvation in His Son.

  12. Nikki says:

    Thank you for letting us all know about Pastor Ron’s loss. My friend lost her son this past week in an automobile accident. He was 19. My daughter Elexis went to heaven on September 30 of this year. She was 15. I know you know it’s a terrible club to be a member of. But can I ask, why does it seem so many people we know are losing their children? And at such a young age? Is God preparing his army?

    Ever since Elexis left, I have had a feeling that she went home early so that I can prepare my family and friends for the second coming. Is it wishful thinking? I don’t know, but I am doing just that. You and Pastor Ron’s families are in my prayers. Would you please pray for my friend? Her name is Lorena.

    Thank you,
    Nikki

  13. Denise says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    I am looking forward to hearing this sermon on Sunday about living life well in 2009. I am hoping to jump-start my spiritual life in 2009. I want to focus more on living life well and not worrying so much about the future. I am glad to hear you have been able to reach out to this hurting pastor in Wildomar. I thought of you immediately when I heard of this tragedy and have been praying that God will use you to minister to this pastor and his family. God bless you for comforting them just as God and other believers have been comforting and praying for you over these past 5 months. God bless you and Happy NY!

  14. Ard says:

    Dear Pastor Greg and Family,

    Happy, happy New Year to one and all! I am excited to see what the Lord is going to do in 2009. I really want and hope and pray for a “growth spurt” spiritually, as in maybe becoming part of the decision-follow-up team on Monday nights and to make a real effort to go out street witnessing with the team. My heart and desire is to start giving back to the Lord more and growing more in Him. Hopefully, I will be able to take a class (Revelation) at the Bible college too. The world situation may be looking bleak, but I want to believe my life will change (I’m bored and in a rut!), as I dedicate myself more fully to Him and get more involved in the church! As you said, “Onward and upward!” I’m ready for countdown and blast off!

    God’s blessings to you and your family. Can’t wait to get an update on baby Lucy and Stella (pictures, please!). Happy New Year!

    In Christ, Ardie

  15. Heidi says:

    Happy New Year, Pastor Greg!

    I am sorry to hear about Pastor Armstrong’s son. I will keep them in my prayers. I just heard that John Travolta lost his first-born son, and I immediately thought of you. Let’s keep John and his family in our prayers.

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