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Dennis Quaid Shares Testimony, Plays Songs From New Gospel Album at Pastor Greg Laurie’s Church

“My mom was always the rock of my life,” said Quaid, mentioning that his mother passed away about three years ago. He also pointed out that “On My Way to Heaven,” a song written by a son to his mother, is actually on the soundtrack for “I Can Only Imagine,” a “story about a son who writes a song for a father.”

Quaid said his record tells the story of his life and that the title references sinners because he “wanted the largest possible audience, starting with myself.”

“That’s the thing about being a Christian,” he said. “Jesus is there and you really have a personal relationship with him, which took me a long time to actually figure out.” With Jesus, our sins are erased and “it’s like a clean slate that you start from that moment.”

That doesn’t mean life is perfect, Quaid said. “I think that’s what Christianity has got going for it compared to the other great religions of the world is that it’s a personal relationship with God.”

“Exactly right,” Laurie agreed.

Laurie said he thought that there are probably other Christians in Hollywood who are less vocal than Quaid about their faith, and he asked the actor why other believers are not as “bold” as he is. 

Quaid replied that at times, “I, like everybody else, have felt some sort of embarrassment” or concern about offending others. But he got to a point where he decided, “I am who I am and…Jesus told us to go out and spread this out, you know. It’s called ‘the good news.’” 

The actor encouraged believers to “step up and speak out…that’s what we’re here to do. It’s called fellowship. That’s why we’re all here,” he said, indicating the congregation. “There’s…some great fellowship in here, that’s for sure, from back to front.”

Quaid and Laurie also described how they first met, and Quaid shared that he’d had a dream about playing at Harvest before he even made his new record. “The whole record is really kind of my spiritual journey,” he said. “This is a prodigal son story, which I guess has happened to me in my life, maybe one or two times, I don’t know.”

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is a “big deal” in the Baptist church, Quaid added, observing that “so many people can relate” to it. “You get fooled sometimes, you know, and you’re fooling yourself most of the time.”

Quaid closed by playing another song, “Fallen,” telling the congregation, “God bless each and every one of you. Thank you for having me here today. I really appreciate it. It’s been really wonderful.” When he finished, the congregation gave him a standing ovation.

ChurchLeaders has reached out to Harvest Christian Fellowship for comment and will update this article in the event of a reply.