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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...
A celebration of love
By Jack and Deb Graham | February 3, 2017
As humans, we spend much of our lives searching for love. There isn’t a day we don’t feel love – or its absence. Of all the human emotions, love is the most desired and the most misunderstood.
One of our favorite Scripture passages is 1 John 4:8 – “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Love is both what God is and what He has done for us.
The Bible tells us that God created man and woman. He created them distinctly and uniquely. Adam came first and then Eve. God fashioned the woman with His own hands – not to compete with man, but to complete him. Without Eve, Adam was incomplete.
Through Scripture, God teaches us an essential lesson about this relationship: men and women are linked together, and therefore they share life together. Just as Adam needed Eve and Eve needed Adam, man needs woman and woman needs man.
In the words of Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Yet, no marriage can be a perfect example of God’s plan all the time. Though our lives have been blessed and we love each other abundantly, our marriage has certainly had its ups and downs – and maybe yours has as well. The truth is, all of us need a marriage tune-up from time to time if we want a love that lasts.
We believe God’s Word is your best source for the strength and secrets you need to build a marriage that will withstand life’s storms. One passage that we often turn to is Proverbs 31:10-12…
Thoughts Regarding the Inauguration
By | January 30, 2017
Thoughts Regarding the Inauguration
As I write this, I have just returned from the inauguration of our new President in the United States, and I can’t recall an election and government transition that has created the levels of anxiety we see now.
Don't Let Your Enthusiasm Evaporate!
By | January 9, 2017
The new year is here, and with it the resolutions we all seem to make – losing a few pounds after the indulgences of the holidays, maybe signing up for a gym membership and really getting in shape.
Of course, we know how that usually turns out. After a month or so, the enthusiasm evaporates, people give up on their resolutions and things go back to the way they were.
The same thing happens in the Christian life. People decide they’ve had enough of their old lives, hanging onto the hurts and habits of the past, and they promise themselves they’ll really pursue Christ this time. And a few weeks later, they find themselves in the same familiar patterns as before.
If you’re seeking a new start in this new year, you might worry where you’ll find the motivation to take your walk with Christ to the next level. I wish I had an easy answer. There is no magic pill that can replace simply staying committed to what’s important.
Persistence is nothing more than starting over every single day. Forget the failures of the past. Every day is a new day, a new opportunity. Treat it that way!
This isn’t just an issue for new Christians, either.
All too often, I’ll talk with long-time believers who are looking back, not forward. They rest on past accomplishments – that mission trip they took, or that service project or some other moment when God used them in a powerful way. But rather than remembrances, these things become idols in their lives, and excuses for not doing much today.
But if we live with our focus on Jesus, we’ll be looking ahead at what God has...
Find freedom from fear in the new year
By Jack Graham | January 1, 2017
Many people live in fear of what the future might hold. In fact, you might be dreading the new year in front of you because of what you brought with you from 2016. But the more you read the Bible, especially the book of Revelation, you’ll discover that Jesus holds the future… and He’s holding you.
The Bible is all about Jesus, and Revelation confirms that He’ll come again as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). What a thrilling moment it will be when we hear the trumpet sound and we rise to meet Him!
But even before that wonderful moment, you can find the hope you need to rise above anything that’s striking fear in your heart today. Maybe what you’re seeing in the news is causing you to fear the future. Or maybe you’re battling fear about your health, your job, your finances, or the needs of someone you love.
So how can you find freedom from fears like these in this new year? The key thing you can do is to look up. Get your eyes off this world and fix them on Jesus!
We see a beautiful picture of Jesus in all His heavenly glory in Revelation 1:12-18. The apostle John sees this vision of Jesus and falls at His feet. But Jesus lays His right hand on John and says, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one.… Behold I am alive forevermore.”
So let’s not listen to our fears. Let’s look up and listen to Jesus. Today, He’s telling you, “Fear not.” Why? Because He loves you, and He’s the one in control. He’s the Lord of life, the Lord of all...