An Evening Celebrating “The Coming King!” at Rise Church w/ Ricky Jackson and Aaron Redfield

Written by gregdenham on October 3rd, 2019

Savoring the incredible celebration of “The 2nd Coming of the King” (On “The Feast Of Trumpets!”) with our dear friend Ricky Jackson and the legend on drums Aaron Redfield!!

Some big ideas from the evening …

In the framework of the new beginning under the leadership of Nehemiah in Jerusalem: “The Feast of Trumpets” speaks of the successful coming out of the influence of BABYLON that is symbolic of all that opposes God! The reality is we’re all called to be in type that kind of remnant in our generation – a generation identified by some as- “digital Babylon!”. So, let us AWAKEN in the declaration that we’re not “Babylonians” but followers of the KING of Jerusalem who came after US and made us SAINTS (set us apart!) and who is coming again! And that the period between Trumpets and Atonement (known as the “days of awe”) be a time to open our hearts to the Spirit of God to search our lives and remove afresh any hindrance to intimacy with God (in the spirit of Paul’s instruction “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”) And like on Trumpets, in Jerusalem years ago when the community came together as “One Man” (Neh. 8) – as followers of Jesus we commit to God’s Peace Plan in Christ who created “…in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace ..”

30th Anniversary of Harvest Crusades w/ Greg Laurie Baptism Pirates Cove Corona Del Mar

Written by gregdenham on September 9th, 2019

Hundreds baptized today at Pirates Cove after the 30th anniversary of the Harvest Crusade! A day overflowing with incredible stories of Jesus changing and healing lives! A monster blessing to be a part of!! Here baptizing with my friend Greg Laurie!

With Eric Metaxes NYTimes Best Selling Author

Written by gregdenham on August 29th, 2019

I’ve been wanting to meet Eric for quit sometime. Soo appreciate: His Pen. His Voice. His Boldness. And his Faith in the Lord Jesus! Eric penned, “Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World” (claimed a New York Times Editor’s Pick in December 2017); “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty”; “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life” “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” I gave a message entitled “Jesus Changes Everything” majorly inspired by Eric’s book “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to end slavery!” You can find it at www.risesanmarcos.com under sermon messages.

With the Israeli Consul General Celebrating The Life Of William Blackstone Called “Father Of Zionism” by Louis Brandies

Written by gregdenham on December 17th, 2018

Reminiscing on this incredible day!

Sitting to my right the Consul General Sam Grundwerg, of the Israeli Consulate of Los Angeles. To my left, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. And to Yitzhok’s left, the Ambassador of Korea and the President of Biola University.

All of us were given the unique opportunity to speak of the inspiring life of William Blackstone whose mobilization of Christian support for a Jewish national homeland as early as 1891, five years before the publication of Theodore Herzl’s The Jewish State in 1897, motivated Jewish businessman Nathan Straus and Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies, leaders of the American Zionist movement, to call Blackstone the “Father of Zionism.”

Great hanging with some of my favorite lyricists and worship leaders: Phil Wickham and Ricky Jackson!

Written by gregdenham on July 29th, 2018

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Pete’s New Song “Walls” with Band Doxia

Written by gregdenham on May 16th, 2018

Our Son Pete and his band just launched their new EP (you can purchase on ITunes)! Below is a link of their song/ video “Walls” that Pete wrote and sung. Enjoy!!

The Jesus And Passover Connection

Written by gregdenham on April 7th, 2018

Russell Leonard Garner My Grandpa!

Written by gregdenham on April 3rd, 2018

This is my grandfather. Russell Leonard Garner. I think about him all the time. I think of his family and his grandchildren and great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren who resemble him. I wish he could have seen the beautiful family that came from him. He was Navy Pilot. A leader of a squadron. The personal pilot to Admiral McCain (Senator John McCain’s grandfather). In 1941 on North Island San Diego a few days before Pearl Harbor his plane failed. He didn’t fail, his plane failed. He was thirty-three. My mother was seven years. One day Grandpa I’ll meet you in the Kingdom to tell you how much I love you!

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Lily & Sarah Denham Singing With Tori Kelly Resurrection Sunday!

Written by gregdenham on April 2nd, 2018

So proud of our daughters Lily (left) and Sarah (right) with Tori Kelly. All giving VOICE to the greatest reality of all, the King of King’s -the Lord of Lord’s – the Lord Jesus – Resurrection Sunday!
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My Tribute To Billy Graham

Written by gregdenham on February 22nd, 2018

As a young man with a strong sense of calling to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Billy Graham was like “THE- TEN-TIME-SUPER-BOWL-MVP-QB-OF-EVANGELISM!” After reading John Pollock’s biography on Billy’s life, I felt that Billy was a kind of “Christian super star” of humility, authenticity, and love. The real deal! And this was not primarily because of his prophet-like oratorical skills. His unique phrasing, timing, clarity and content which was exceptional! All so appropriate for what he was doing — which was proclaiming the greatest revelation of God to man: Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection!

If the question is, “What should a preacher of the Gospel to the masses look like?” Or, “What should a man who brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world look like?” Billy was that man because he modeled godly character and a powerful charisma. A charisma of genuine interest in others, empathy and love.

I first met Billy Graham at the age of 21. It was after his Anaheim Crusade in 1985. A few of us had been invited to a private hanger at John Wayne Airport to meet him before he left Orange County. It was surreal. I remember a long handshake, with him looking me in the eyes and taking an interest in who I was and in the ministry I was involved with at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I was able to ask him how his wife Ruth was doing, because I had heard she had suffered a terrible fall from a tree. In the following years I would meet him three or four more times. I even had the privilege to lead two national conferences at the Billy Graham Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina. And when Greg Laurie was unable to speak at a Billy Graham sponsored Crusade in India due to vocal surgery- myself and a few others spoke at the Crusade in his absence.

I’ll never forget a unique moment that I had with Billy. I was backstage at a Billy Graham Crusade in Sacramento and I made my way up the ramp from behind the stage where he was preaching. The spotlight was on him. No one else was on stage but me, in a dark corner behind the greatest evangelist in modern history preaching the Gospel and giving an invitation where thousands responded to follow Jesus. As he walked off stage we met face to face and I told him, “I love you Mr. Graham..” And with such warmth, gentleness and sincerity he answered, “I love you!” He proceeded down the backstage ramp where Stephanie was standing and holding our daughter Sarah. Billy graciously slowed to say hello and kissed Sarah’s forehead. When I think of Billy Graham – yes, I think of a great communicator of the Gospel but mostly I think of, love. I think of a man who loved Jesus and I think of a man who embodied love to others!

I’ve been told that since Ruth’s death, Billy has longed to be reunited with her and to hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” As Greg Laurie penned, “Now, he is with both Ruth and Jesus. So we celebrate for him, and we mourn the loss of a godly influence on our nation and the world.”

Jesus said that the Harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Billy was a faithful laborer of the Gospel that impacted the entire world. And I am reminded today of what he said that “The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is crucial; every generation is strategic. But we are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear full responsibility for the next one. However, we have our generation! God will hold us responsible. . . .”

Thank you Billy! And Lord help us in these urgent times …

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