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Chapter 10

What is success for your family?
By | December 30, 2016

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

—Luke 10:27

 

I know you want your family to be successful. Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, you want your children to be healthy, successful, and productive.

But what is true success? Jesus addressed this in Luke 10 when he was confronted by a lawyer asking, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus replied with a question, “What is written in the Law?” The answer is our verse today: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus said, “Do this, and you will live” (Luke 10:28). If you want your children to really live, a successful life comes from a strong faith.

You may be asking, “So how do I instill that faith into my children?”

It’s not as hard as society likes to pretend. You see, God wants your children to know and love Him even more than you do.

That is why He has provided you with an instruction manual, His Word. If you and I simply apply the Scriptures to our lives and homes, we will raise godly children!

If you’re struggling in a particular area at home, see what god’s word has to say about it.

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Chapter 19

Chapter 21

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

—Luke 21:33

 

In today’s verse, Jesus promises us that His Words are eternal. This means not one jot, not one tittle, not one mark, not one abbreviation point…not one word will pass away!

 

God’s Word is infallible. In all that it teaches and all it affirms, it is correct and right and perfect. And the Word of God is inerrant. That is, there are no errors in the Scripture. Can you imagine a perfect, pure God breathing out error? Certainly not! God's word is accurate!

 

Now, when people deny the authority of Scripture, they deny the authority of God. It’s as simple as that. In effect, when they deny or distort the authority of Scripture, they deny and blaspheme the work of the Holy Spirit in giving us the Scriptures.

 

They even defame the deity of Jesus Christ, who is described in the Bible as the incarnate Word of God. His very name is the Word of God! And while the Word of God and the God of the Word are not identical, they are inseparable. You cannot separate God from His Word. Even Jesus came believing and teaching and preaching the Word of God, affirming the Old Testament and proclaiming the new and the living way of salvation.

 

That’s why you can trust the Bible through and through. From the very beginning of Genesis when God created the heavens and the earth until the closing chapters of the Revelation, we have the Word of God…consistent, clear, and concise…telling us how to go to heaven, how to...

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Chapter 15

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

—Luke 15:20

 

The parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 is one of the most dramatic pictures of God’s love in all the Scripture.

 

And today’s verse is one of my favorites. What a picture of God Almighty! What a picture of God the Father! I like the way Phillips translates the last phrase of this verse. It says, “His father’s heart went out to him while he was yet a long way off.” 

 

This is not a father who can’t wait to punish his sinful son. This is not a father who has written that boy off as wasted and worthless. This is a loving, caring father who cannot wait to embrace his son and to welcome him home! That’s why, when the father sees his son off in the distance, he leaves the house and runs down the road to meet him and to embrace him and bring him in.

 

What I hope you see here is a picture of the Father’s love for you. God’s love is an aggressive love…a love that’s eager and excessive. His love is approachable. And His love is abundant.

 

The prodigal son’s father didn’t hold back his love from his child. And God will never withhold His love from you!

 

God is a loving father who can’t wait to embrace you and welcome you home!

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Chapter 17

“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.’”

—Luke 17:3-4

 

Over the last few days we have talked about dealing with anger and bitterness. And if this is a problem in your life, the antidote is the power of forgiveness. So how do you discover this power?

 

First, you must admit the bitterness in your heart. Now, I know this is a problem for a lot of people. We call it everything else. We try to justify it. As I’ve mentioned before, Hebrews says this thing of bitterness is a root. And the problem with roots is that they’re invisible. Roots of bitterness are deep down within, so you have to find the root and then dig it up.

 

Second, ask God to help you to freely and fully forgive others. You say, “But it’s so hard, I just can’t do it!” You know, I don’t often feel like forgiving. That’s why we need faith to forgive, to do it anyway in obedience.

 

Third, accept God’s plan. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph says to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good….” God uses the troubles, sorrows, heartache, and pains in our lives to shape us, to make us more like Him, and to grow our character.

 

I think the greatest definition of forgiveness I’ve ever heard is this: “Forgiveness is giving up my right to hate you for hurting me.”

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“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.’”

—Luke 17:3-4

 

Over the last few days we have talked about dealing with anger and bitterness. And if this is a problem in your life, the antidote is the power of forgiveness. So how do you discover this power?

 

First, you must admit the bitterness in your heart. Now, I know this is a problem for a lot of people. We call it everything else. We try to justify it. As I’ve mentioned before, Hebrews says this thing of bitterness is a root. And the problem with roots is that they’re invisible. Roots of bitterness are deep down within, so you have to find the root and then dig it up.

 

Second, ask God to help you to freely and fully forgive others. You say, “But it’s so hard, I just can’t do it!” You know, I don’t often feel like forgiving. That’s why we need faith to forgive, to do it anyway in obedience.

 

Third, accept God’s plan. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph says to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good….” God uses the troubles, sorrows, heartache, and pains in our lives to shape us, to make us more like Him, and to grow our character.

 

I think the greatest definition of forgiveness I’ve ever heard is this: “Forgiveness is giving up my right to hate you for hurting me.”

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Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’

 —Luke 19:13

 

The great evangelist and preacher John Wesley once said, “Do all the good you can, to as many people as you can, for as long as you can.” Now more than ever, we as Christians need to heed Wesley’s words and do good to others as well as each other.

 

Believers in this generation should be in the business of encouraging and equipping one another for ministry to those in need. In light of that truth, I have a question for you today; what is God calling you to do?

 

I believe that Christ calls every believer to something great and something specific, which makes our assignment to discover what He has called and gifted us to do.

 

If you aren’t sure what your gifts and calling are, start by serving Christ right where you are and ask Him to make it clear what it is that you can do most effectively for His kingdom. He will make it clear to you!

 

But getting started means you need to listen for God’s call—which often comes as a quiet voice amid all of the loud distractions that the world throws your way.

 

God has given you talents and abilities to serve Him. Like the servants to whom the master entrusted his wealth, let’s get on with the Lord’s business until He returns!

 

God calls every believer to do something unique and wonderful for Him. 

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Chapter 11

Chapter 1

Chapter 23

Paradise
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 9, 2014

Chapter 24

Jesus
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 4, 2014

Chapter 22

King Jesus
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 10, 2013

Chapter 18

Chapter 16

Chapter 12

Chapter 8

Love Does
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 23, 2012

Chapter 9

Chapter 7

Chapter 6

Chapter 5

Chapter 4

Chapter 2