ARLINGTON — As a Christian rock band finished its last song, pastor Greg Laurie strode onto the stage to thunderous applause Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Some of the tens of thousands of faithful attending Harvest America  had been waiting for more than four hours to hear the Southern California preacher, and the moment had finally arrived.

“I’m not here tonight to talk to you about religion. I’m here to talk to you about a relationship — a friendship — with God,” said Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship.

Even the most recent of tragic headlines reinforced his message.

The suicides last week of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain confirm the dangers of despair and the importance of faith, he said.

“Do you have hope tonight, or do you find yourself in a hopeless state?” Laurie asked. “… Bottom line, fame and wealth, possessions, all the things this world has to offer … will not make you happy.”

Instead, he offered Christ as an alternative: “You’ll never be alone in life again, and you’ll know that you’ll go to heaven when you die.”


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Forrest Milburn, Politics Reporter|Dallas News

Photo credit: Harvest America

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