Resources from 2019

December

How much of you does Jesus have?
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 30, 2019

One of the most troubling news stories of 2019 has been the attack by the media, the radical left, and “social media influencers” of the Salvation Army.  Despite the incredible selfless, good works the Salvation Army does around the globe, it is being boycotted, protested against, and slandered all because it stands by its doctrine that its members adhere to traditional and Christian standards regarding sexual relationships. Two years ago in London, I had the opportunity to meet with the General of the Salvation Army, and it was a true blessing to hear and see first hand faith at work.

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The truth behind atheism
By | December 27, 2019

Perhaps you’ve noticed as you’ve looked at the Bible that within its pages, there’s never once an argument for the existence of God. In fact, today’s Scripture is the only verse that directly addresses anything close to the subject. But it tells us much about the mindset behind the atheistic worldview: it’s definitely mistaken.

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How to stay on the path to Christ-like living
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 26, 2019

A story is told about a sailor hundreds of years ago who was given charge of a ship overnight while the captain slept. It was his first time to have full command of the ship, and the only directive he was given was to sail due north, toward the North Star.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 25
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 25, 2019

God wants to live in your heart and transform your life. You see, when you become a believer in Jesus Christ, a wonderful thing happens. The very Spirit of God enters your life and lives within you! And when the Holy Spirit lives within, you’re never the same.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 24
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 24, 2019

Every Christmas, the hearts of believers everywhere focus on the birth of Christ. Now, while I love the fact that people are thinking about spiritual things this time of year, the story of the baby Jesus is just a snapshot in God’s story. In fact, it’s only a small portion of the life of Christ.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 23
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 23, 2019

I want you to try to imagine what the world would be like if Jesus had never been born. It’s beyond our imagination, but just try to picture it. We certainly wouldn’t know God as we know Him now. In fact, we’d be fortunate to have even heard about the God revealed in the Old Testament. 

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The Cost of Christmas Day 22
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 22, 2019

Our world has spent the past month going through a whirlwind of consumerism mixed with religion and a dash of spirituality when appropriate. Now that we’re just a few days from December 25th , let’s try to answer this question: What is the meaning of the Christmas season? 

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The Cost of Christmas Day 21
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 21, 2019

I’ve told the story before of a man who was getting ready to put a sign in his yard that said “N-O-E-L” to spread some Christmas cheer. It was a cold night, a snowstorm hit, and the man was trying to put the letters up from behind instead of facing them. He fumbled and bumbled, and said some very un-Christmas-like things in the process.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 20
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 20, 2019

For many years of my life, I was a late-riser. I never liked getting up early if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. In fact, the idea of waking up before the sun rose was almost nauseating to me.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 19
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 19, 2019

It doesn’t take much looking today to see that the world is in darkness–intellectual darkness, political darkness, and moral darkness. But because Christ has come into the world, we who have lived in the darkness have seen a great Light. On the night when Christ was born, that star punctured the blackened sky and signaled the coming of the Savior. And now God is with us.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 18
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 18, 2019

We don’t know what happened to these wise men. They leave the biblical story as quickly as they enter it. We can suppose they came to saving faith and lived out the rest of their days as followers of Jesus. That’s my belief, but the story just doesn’t tell us.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 17
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 17, 2019

I love reading. And some of my favorite books are stories in which everything is going along normally when all of a sudden, there’s a twist. If you’d been living at the time of Jesus and heard the story of the gifts that were brought by the magi, you would’ve heard about a shocking twist.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 15
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 15, 2019

I remember years ago when Life magazine ran a cover story that asked a very provocative question. Famous for its breathtaking photos, the cover featured a stunning picture of the heavens, filled with stars, galaxies, and planets. And on it were printed the words, “Who is God?”

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The Cost of Christmas Day 14
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 14, 2019

I don’t know about you, but it’s through the simple things in life that God speaks to me … in the beauty of a sunset, or the smile on a child’s face. It’s in those times that we can realize that heaven’s message is close by.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 13
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 13, 2019

I want to tell you about a problem I have when it comes to the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. On the surface, it seems like such a small issue. But when you really think about it, it’s pretty significant. 

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The Cost of Christmas Day 12
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 12, 2019

A department store put a Nativity scene in one of its display windows one Christmas. As a window-shopping couple walked by, the gentleman said to his wife, “Look there! The church is trying to take over Christmas now!”  

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The Cost of Christmas Day 11
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 11, 2019

Now that the busyness of the season is in full swing, it’s difficult to believe, but we know that in two weeks-time we will be back to reality. The feelings of “peace on Earth, goodwill to men,” will be long forgotten as we navigate rush hour traffic. The Christmas Spirit will fade, replaced by a strong dose of reality – bills, health concerns, a steady stream of bad news in our neighborhoods and nation and around the world.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 10
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 10, 2019

The shepherds were out in the fields tending to their flocks. These humble, lowly men had jobs that kept them away from their families – nomads who followed their flocks day and night. It was a poor, lonely life – a humble audience for the very first Christmas carol ever sung.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 9
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 9, 2019

I still marvel at the simplicity of Christ’s birth. Think about this … the God of the universe decided to send His only Son to Earth, and He decided to do it in the most humble way possible. 

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