Resources from 2018

December

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year – except not for everybody.

There are many people whose Christmas wish is probably for this year to be erased from their memories.

I think of the parents in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, who will be having their first Christmas without a son or daughter who was killed at one of this year’s tragic mass shootings.

Or the victims of the fires in California, who might not even have a home to spend the holiday.

Or those who have lost relatives to the epidemic of drug overdoses or those who are spending Christmas day in a hospital room, at the bedside of a loved one.

And the list goes on.

For these people – and perhaps for you and me as well – the best present this season is not the newest Apple device or fine jewelry. All we want is some hope.

Human beings have always yearned for a reason to hope, to believe things will get better. In other words, we want to hear good news. This was true even 2,000 years ago.

Around the turn of the era, there was a lot of talk about universal peace, a so-called Pax Romana, that would bring order and prosperity to a world which had long been embroiled in chaos and warfare. The man behind this new world order was Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire, and people thought he would be the one to make universal peace come true.

In fact, a tablet found in the ancient city of Priene, now modern-day Turkey, captured the zeal people felt for Augustus. The tablet asserted Augustus’...

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November

Generosity
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 23, 2018

Peace in the middle of the storm
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 20, 2018

“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’”
 
—Mark 4:37-38
 
In this one fantastic story we have Christ in His humanity and Christ in His deity. God in His humanity, weak and frail and tired at times.  But not only do we see the mystery of His humanity, but in this same story Mark is quick to tell us of the miracle of His majesty; because the same Christ, asleep in the bottom of the boat, is able to rise and with the word of His power He controls the realms of nature.
 
Fear and anxiety are major problems in today's world.  We face panic and trouble and tribulation all around. Sometimes even the strongest Christians find themselves swamped by circumstances, and we're tempted to be afraid and even to panic.  We wonder, "God, where are you?  God, what's happening in my life?  Don't you care!?"
 
We can know that the same Christ who stilled the storm that day on the Sea of Galilee is the Prince of Peace who stills the storm in our hearts and in our lives and calms our own troubled seas.
 
There are times in our lives when we wonder where is God, but if you're a child of God... if you're a Christian... if He's in your boat, even when He seems absent, He's present.

Practice the peace of God every day of your life by keeping your mind on Him.

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What is Succes for Your Family
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 19, 2018

…in your presence there is fullness of joy…
 
—Psalm 16:11
 
Most adults are pretty accomplished when it comes to staying busy. But we need to guard ourselves against getting so busy that we miss out on what’s really important.   
 
In Luke chapter 10, you and I are introduced to a woman who got so busy “doing” that she missed “being” in the presence of Jesus. And he was right there in her home!   
 
On this day, Martha had invited Jesus to come to her home for fellowship. And she began busying herself with preparations for their time together. But somewhere along the way, the focus of her attention became more about the preparations and less about Jesus.
 
Making matters worse, while she slaved away, her sister Mary sat at Jesus feet listening intently to his every word. Martha even asked Jesus to tell Mary to leave him and to help her!
 
But instead, Jesus lovingly told her that while she had grown increasingly anxious, Mary had chosen well in spending time with him.
 
You see, activities done in the name of the Lord can never replace time spent in adoration of him. Work cannot satisfy the place intended for worship. There is nothing more important to a Christ-follower than time spent in his presence!
 
Don’t ask Jesus into your heart only to ignore him. Come and sit at his feet. In his presence is fullness of joy!
 
ACTIVITIES DONE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD CAN NEVER REPLACE TIME SPENT IN ADORATION OF HIM.

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Say Thanks
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 19, 2018

God comes near in times of suffering
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 16, 2018

“I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”
 
—Revelation 1:9
 
John is the human author of the Revelation. It has been sixty years since John the disciple had seen Jesus after the resurrection and ascension. He’s now 90 plus years of age. You would think it was time to check into the retirement home and have a nice rocking chair into heaven. But not true for John.
 
John was exiled and banished and persecuted for his faith, for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. During his exile on this isle of Patmos was one of extreme depravation and desperation, of pain and alienation and separation from friends.
 
Maybe you’ve discovered that you’re on a personal Patmos journey, that you are lonely and limited and isolated and cut-off, suffering in some way. You may be living on an island of an unhappy marriage or the island of an unhealthy body, and shut out or shut off from family and friends. Some are persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. Millions have died in martyrdom for the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
The Bible says all who live in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. There should be at least opposition if we’re standing firm in our faith for the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Yes, there is tribulation but we are not alone on our personal island of Patmos! You may be in a hospital room or a nursing home. You may be in prison. You may be old and tired and feeling like the whole...

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How to keep your church alive
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 15, 2018

And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.”
 
—Revelation 3:1
 
This church at Sardis looked alive with action, activity, motion, and machinery. But when Jesus took their pulse, dead! This can happen to a church, not only then, but it can happen now!
 
As a matter of fact in America alone, 3500 churches per year close their doors because they are dead. Once thriving and dynamic ministries, now dead! Shut the doors. Seventy to eighty percent of churches in this country are dead or are dying. Again, there may be activity, there maybe programming, there may be tradition and structure, but no life!
 
What’s happening to this church in Sardis that is so dead is there’s no spiritual life, there’s no breath! He’s going to be talking to this church about renewing and reviving and resuscitating their lives and their church, and so this is a church in need of revival. This is a church in need of the Holy Spirit. And every church is in need of the Holy Spirit.
 
Our traditions must be laid aside in favor of the truth. The church is all about Jesus! And when it’s no longer about Him, it’s over! You may keep meeting, you may still have a religious club, but if you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have a church!

There’s no life without the Spirit of Jesus!

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Jesus is the Life of the Party
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 14, 2018

“And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’”
 
—Mark 2:16
 
Why did Jesus go to parties with sinners and tax collectors?  Why did He do it?  That's the question the Pharisees asked; and maybe we need to answer that question from the words of Jesus.  Why did Jesus befriend the sinners?
 
Because people are sick and hurting, and they need a physician.  Jesus did not see these tax collectors and sinners as pagans.  He saw them as patients who needed a physician.  He saw them as broken people who needed someone to heal their broken lives. 
 
Sin is much like a disease, just a little germ that enters the body and attacks the immune system.  Then that germ begins to spread throughout the body.  Having spread throughout the body, then the body is sapped of its energy and of its strength.  And if not cured, the disease can kill.
 
That is why it's so important to know Jesus. He is the only one who is the cure for mankind's ills.  But there's only one Great Physician; and I beg you, church, that we be friends of the wounded heart as well.  People are desperately sick and in need of the Great Physician.
 
Sometimes we have the idea that we want to protect ourselves from the sickness so much that we've isolated ourselves from those who don't know Christ.  We want to be strong against sin. Please, Christians, let's don't get the idea that we ought to be so offended by sin that we don't love people who are sinners.

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Can a Christian Conquer Stress?
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 13, 2018

In the fast paced world in which we live, every believer faces the problem of stress, worry, and the various anxieties of our age. In fact this has been called the aspirin age or the age of anxiety.

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God comes near in times of suffering
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 12, 2018

“I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

—Revelation 1:9

John is the human author of the Revelation. And since his most famous book had been written, it had been sixty years since John the Disciple had seen Jesus after the resurrection and ascension. When he wrote the Book of Revelation, you would think it was time to check into the retirement home and have a nice rocking chair into heaven. But that’s not true for John.

Despite his age and faithfulness, John was exiled, banished, and persecuted for his faith on this Isle of Patmos, a place of extreme depravation and desperation.

Maybe you’ve discovered that you’re on a personal Patmos journey; that you are lonely, limited, and isolated. You may be living on an island of an unhappy marriage or the island of an unhealthy body, and shut out from family and friends. Perhaps you are persecuted for the sake of the Gospel.

The Bible says all who live in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. And there should be at least opposition if we’re standing firm in our faith for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes, there is tribulation but we are not alone on our personal island of Patmos! You may be in a hospital room or a nursing home. You may be in prison. You may be old and tired and feeling like the whole world has forgotten you. But you are not alone if you are in Jesus.

In our greatest trials we know that God comes very near, and we can experience His presence...

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When Does Life Begin?
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 9, 2018

I believe the most important issue facing America today is the value and the worth of every human life… the value of the immortal, eternal soul created by God! A biblical worldview, looking at this question through the lens of God’s Word will really settle the abortion question and the issue of when life begins.

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Breaking Free from Fear
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 7, 2018

I did a little medical research on fear, and I discovered that fear has been associated with a wide variety of illnesses and diseases including heart disease, hypertension, digestive tract diseases, ulcers, head aches, even skin disorders. Studies demonstrate that fear can cause a decreased immune response, which can lead to frequent infections and even the development of dread and deadly disease.
 

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Christian Citizenship
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 6, 2018

As Christians we enjoy a unique dual citizenship. Because of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and our personal relationship with Him, we are citizens not of this world, but of the next. 

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Where you can find ultimate satisfaction
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 5, 2018

In the 1960s, a song was written for recording artist Peggy Lee entitled, “Is That All There Is?” In it, Lee presents a very bleak outlook on the world. She’s become disenfranchised with everything and asks the question, “Is that all there is?”

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The best way to learn the Word of God
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 2, 2018

I was meeting with a friend years ago who felt like God was calling him to be a Bible teacher. This guy was brilliant, and it was clear he had been blessed with the ability to communicate truth to others. He was hesitant, though, because as he told me, “I need to grow first in God’s Word before I share it with others.”

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How to breathe life into your marriage
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 1, 2018

Several years ago, the Lord really impressed upon me that I was too consumed with ministry. Like any job, ministry can become such a part of your life that it starts to become and idol. And chief among the things that were being sacrificed to that idol was my marriage.

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October

How your kindness can change everything
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 31, 2018

Several years ago, I was preaching one morning on today’s Scripture, and we had a big hiccup in our sound system. The microphone was popping, squealing, and screeching. Needless to say, I was very frustrated with the whole situation.

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What it means to live your new life
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 30, 2018

One of my very favorite stories from the Scriptures is the story of Jesus’ good friend Lazarus. Lazarus was sick. Jesus found out, but waited until four days after he died to come. Upon arriving, Jesus ordered that the stone be removed from the tomb and raised Lazarus from the dead.

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