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Charles Spurgeon is as Relevant Now as Ever.
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 30, 2017
Born 183 years ago today, the son and grandson of clergymen, Charles Spurgeon overcame major health problems, depression, fear, and an almost complete lack of formal education to become one of the greatest preachers in history.
Though he spent just 10 months in school, the young Spurgeon was a voracious reader of theology, natural history, and literature. And just a few months after his conversion to Christianity, he began preaching at 15 and became pastor of his first church a year later.
Spurgeon’s great gift as a preacher was obvious from the beginning, drawing crowds that filled his small church, the Baptist Chapel in Waterbeach. The congregation quickly grew, and people marveled that a man so young could preach with such maturity.
Soon, Spurgeon was invited to preach at New Park Street church, the largest Baptist church in London. He was offered a six-month trial. He stayed for 38 years.
Spurgeon’s style was dramatic. He stalked across the stage, acting out Bible verses, and describing the wonders of salvation and the devastating loss awaiting those who turned from God.
Word spread and Spurgeon preached throughout London and across England, his appearances filling the largest halls. Spurgeon once spoke before an audience of more than 23,000 people—without a microphone.
The crowds soon outgrew New Park Street, and in 1861, his congregation moved to the new Metropolitan Tabernacle. I am pictured here with his bust at that church. It seated 5,600 people, but so many people came to hear the Good News of the Gospel that Spurgeon occasionally asked church members to stay home so visitors might find a place to...
The Madness in Manchester
By Jack Graham | May 24, 2017
Today the United Kingdom is under a “critical” terrorist alert. The horror of Monday’s terrorist attack on a concert packed with children and young teens will never be forgotten.
National Day of Prayer 2017
By | May 3, 2017
I await with great anticipation this year’s prayer. Today, May 4, 2017, believers throughout the country - whether at home, at work, at a park, at church, or even while driving - will pray in unison at 7:30 p.m. (ET) that Almighty God would bless our nation.
How to stand for life in a culture of death
By Jack Graham | May 2, 2017
You and I live in a sin-sickened society that desperately needs God’s truth. And one of the biggest moral battles we need to fight is saving the lives of precious unborn babies.
The Bible teaches that life is precious from womb to tomb. Yet around 1.5 million babies are aborted every year in the United States. Abortion has been called our national holocaust. An innocent baby is murdered every 21 seconds in this country, after being subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment.
No wonder Proverbs 24:11 says, “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”
As Christians, you and I can’t stand by and do nothing about critical moral issues like abortion, when God’s Word calls us to action.
So here are four things you can do to protect unborn babies in this life-and-death battle:
- Get informed. Know what the Bible says about abortion. (One way to get informed on important issues like this is through my book, Culture Wise.)
- Teach your children about the sacredness of life and sexuality so they embrace morality and purity.
- Work and pray for a constitutional amendment that will prohibit abortion. It’s never too late. Let’s keep praying!
- Help provide alternatives like Christian pregnancy centers, so vulnerable mothers in crisis receive the encouragement they need to keep their babies or choose the loving option of adoption over abortion.
Most importantly, let’s continue “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). That’s the kind of voice God’s Spirit can use to rescue these innocent children, as you and I boldly and lovingly stand for life in a culture of death.
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What's a Christian to do with Earth Day
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 21, 2017
What's a Christian to Do with Earth Day?
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The first verses of Genesis lay out God’s perfect plan, a process that created earth and sky and oceans and rivers, a paradise that would provide for every need of His greatest creation, humanity.
The Prayer Promise
By Jack Graham | April 4, 2017
With headlines growing darker every day and the institutions forming the foundation of our society under attack, we live in a world that needs healing that can come from only one source, the source of all that is sacred and beautiful.
We must pray fervently, with all humility, putting our faith in God.
"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
This passage, one close to my heart, gives us the reason to pray, how to pray, and what to pray.
The verse is directed to “my people” – God listens to the cries of His children. He tells us to humble ourselves because He alone is sovereign and we are His servants. And we must repent.
Then and only then, God tells us, He will forgive our sin and heal our land.
The healing begins at home, within our families. In Mark 3:25, we read that “if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” Pray for your family and the families across the nation. Pray for revival!
In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us to turn from the fallen world and look to God: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
The world has so twisted our notions of good and bad, right and wrong, that our moral compasses no longer point to anything pure...
Q & A with Jack and Deb
By Jack and Deb Graham | April 1, 2017
Q Pastor Graham, why is prayer such a vital part of the Christian life?
A Let me be straight: If you’re not praying, then there is no way you can ever grow as a Christian. Without prayer, you’ll never truly know God intimately. And so if you want to know God in a deeper and more meaningful way, if you want to grow in your relationship with Him, start with prayer.
As you pray, you’ll begin to discern afresh the character of God – and you’ll realize that God is bigger and greater than any situation, any crisis in your life.
And prayer will not only change things. It will change you! It will change your attitudes and your priorities, and it will get your life in sync with God’s plan. When we humble ourselves in prayer and hunger more for God, we will discover a life filled with spiritual breakthroughs and benefits.
Q Deb, how do you and Pastor Graham cultivate prayer in your marriage?
A Jack and I have learned that the first 10 minutes of each morning can really determine how the rest of our day will go. And so before we get out of bed each morning, it’s our habit to lift our hearts to the Lord in prayer, saying, “God, I praise You; I want You to have my all this day.”
Life is so busy! And we all have obligations that must be met. But before we tend to our responsibilities, we should devote ourselves to God in prayer. Then we’ll make sure that Jesus comes first in our lives – rather than all the other thoughts and things that want to consume us.
Why Study Revelation?
By | March 21, 2017
In almost all of its length, the Bible tells the history of God’s people, from Adam to Jesus and His church. Then there’s the Revelation — the history of the future.
Who is the center of your world?
By | March 8, 2017
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
—2 Corinthians 5:17
Everyone has a worldview, whether they are aware of it or not. Your worldview is your basic belief system, the way you look at the world through the lens of your own mind and life. Your worldview is important because it determines both your attitude toward life and your actions in life.
It is that driving force behind everything we do—that thing inside of us that motivates us to follow a certain path in life and make the decisions we make, good or bad.
We can boil every worldview down into one of two basic categories: either Christ-centered or man-centered. If you are a Christian, then your view of life should be Christ-centered. This simply means that Christ is your sufficient and sovereign Lord in every area of life. This view places Christ at the center of every idea and decision.
But unfortunately, many people place themselves at the center of life. The man-centered view says that humans are basically good, capable of making it fine on their own, and therefore have no need for God.
What’s the driving force behind your life? How does your worldview impact the decisions you make and the actions you take every day? Those questions are worth thinking about. If you live with Christ at the center of your life, you will experience joy, peace, and fulfillment beyond your greatest imagination.
Make sure your worldview is centered on Christ.
What does the book of Revelation mean for you?
By Jack Graham | March 1, 2017
The Bible is the history of God’s people… from Adam to Jesus and on to the founding and future of His Church. But throughout Scripture, only one book is exclusively dedicated to talking about the future: the last book of the Bible – Revelation.
This book can be overwhelming at times because it’s so filled with symbolism. But if you just look for Jesus, you’ll see Revelation is built on one premise: He is coming again!
But until He returns, God has provided us with a reminder of the remarkable promise of His second coming in the book of Revelation. And in my CD series, All Things New: The Revelation Part 2, I list five reasons why:
1. It encourages us to praise our Lord and Savior.
Revelation is much more than just a story about the Antichrist. Revelation is about the Christ. It will give you a greater love for Jesus!
2. It points to our hope in Jesus.
Revelation shows us that eternal things matter. The more we get to know Jesus in its pages, the more we’ll love Him and want to see Him face to face.
3. It prompts us to live godly lives.
With Jesus coming, we should be motivated to live godly lives. Many Christians would be ashamed if Christ returned right now. We have to get our lives right!
4. It encourages us to proclaim the whole counsel of God.
Scripture warns that the wrath of God will be poured out on unbelievers. But in the midst of judgment, there is the promise of salvation for all who believe. Revelation should encourage us to pray that nonbelievers turn to Jesus...