Resources from 2020

February

How to cure spiritual stagnation
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 28, 2020

Have you ever noticed in the Christian life that there’s always the next step of dedication? We always strive to love more, to learn more, and to grow beyond what we’ve been. The Christian life is a series of new beginnings.

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Life is short. So what?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 27, 2020

You may remember an advertising campaign back in the 1990s by a popular running shoe with the tagline, “Life is short; play hard.” I remember thinking, when I first saw those commercials that most people probably want to live that way. Life is short; play hard! Have a blast while you last!

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How valuable is God’s Word to you?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 26, 2020

I was reading awhile back a book written by Dr. John MacArthur entitled The Sufficiency of Christ. In it, he tells about a friend of his who collects antique Bibles from all over the world and all ages in church history. One day, Dr. MacArthur’s friend showed him a Bible known as a martyr’s Bible that dated from the 1600s when Bloody Mary ruled England and there was tremendous persecution against Bible-believing Christians.

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Avoiding the guilt that comes with gossip
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 25, 2020

It’s an unfortunate reality today that gossip has become an acceptable sin for many Christians, social media playing no small part. But I think I’ve found a good way to stop the rumor -mongering that’s so prevalent. When someone says something to you that’s gossip, simply ask, “Can I quote you on that?” Because if you can’t write it down and sign your name to it, you shouldn’t be saying it. On the other hand, if it’s real and valid, you ought to be able to sign your name to it!

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How to defeat discouragement
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 24, 2020

I once heard a story about an auction they were having in hell. God said, “Satan, you need to reduce your arsenal.” So they were auctioning off some of the weapons of the enemy. And the one auctioned off at the highest price was the tool of discouragement because it is such a powerful weapon against us.

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How to find your purpose in life
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 21, 2020

I saw a news story not long ago about some of the poverty in many portions of our nation. The reporter went into some of the roughest areas of some American cities to see how many of these people, who had absolutely nothing at all, lived their lives. And as they were interviewing some of these people, my heart was so heavy. None of them, it seemed, had any purpose in life.

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The role of works in a life of faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 20, 2020

One of the former presidents of Princeton University once said, referring to the time when he personally received Christ, "Since that glorious day, every day of my life has been a 'P.S.' to say 'Thank You, Lord, for what You have accomplished in my life!'" What a wonderful way to look at our works, as our P.S. to God's already-written letter of salvation in our lives.

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The best way to deal with doubt
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 19, 2020

If you were to make a very honest assessment, you'd have to admit that everyone experiences doubt at some point. But there are two kinds of doubters: sincere doubters and insincere doubters. An insincere doubter doubts and doesn’t want to believe. But a sincere doubter is someone who, even though he doubts, wants to know the truth.

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How to trust God through pain and sorrow
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 18, 2020

It seems like every week – maybe even every day – I run into people who are facing very difficult times in their lives. I visit with men and women in hospitals, those who've lost loved ones, those with heartaches and family problems. But I've found there is a glorious difference in the believer who has a “but if not” belief.

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The biggest challenge we face today
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 17, 2020

I was shocked to read not long ago that only 49 percent of college freshmen in America have a thought-out philosophy of life. That means over half of the young people entering college today don’t have a direction they’re heading, nor principles to guide them.

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Will I know my loved ones in heaven?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 14, 2020

I’m often asked, “Pastor, will I know my loved ones n heaven?” And my answer is always the same, “certainly, we will know one another in heaven! Do you think you’ll have less sense in heaven than you have here on earth? We know one another here; and there we will know fully and be fully known!

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The day all suffering will end
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 12, 2020

Years and years ago in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, there was a wonderful pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle named Lynn Broaden. Pastor Broaden went to see a man who was an usher in his church and was dying of cancer. And as he was describing the glories of heaven and telling that man of the wonderful beauties of that place, tears began to trickle down that man’s face.

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Looking toward the indescribable promise of heaven
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 10, 2020

I heard a story about a little girl who was blind from birth. Her mother constantly tried to describe the beauty of the world. She would describe the color of a flower, talk about the glory of a sunrise or a sunset, try to describe colors of the mountains, and so forth.

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Letting God’s love shine through you
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 7, 2020

I was once at a local hospital visiting a friend, and I came across a young lady in the waiting room who was crying uncontrollably. She looked to be about 17 or 18 years old, so I walked over to her and I said, “I’m a minister. Can I help you?”

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How you can be a good parent
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 6, 2020

I try to play a little golf now and then, and I tend to be pretty good on the practice range. Not long ago, I was invited to play in a tournament our church was having, and I was amazed at how good I was hitting the ball on the practice range. I felt like a combination of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer!

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Serving God where He’s placed you
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 5, 2020

I heard about a young lad who was out farming one afternoon. He looked up and thought he saw a vision that formed in the clouds. It said “P.C.”.  So he said, “Praise, God! That must mean ‘preach Christ.’” So at that moment, he left his plow, left the farm, and he went out and preached his very first sermon. 

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The life available to you in God’s Word
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 4, 2020

There are so many different kinds of Bible studies today. I know many people who try what I call the “Lucky Dip” method of Bible study. They come to a crossroads where they have to make a decision and say, “Alright, God, I’m going to throw open my Bible, close my eyes, and point to a verse. Wherever my finger lands, that’s Your will.” 

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The importance of doing God’s will
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 3, 2020

I heard about a salesman who went out to visit a farmer on his land. He knocked on the door and said, “Sir, I’d like to sell you this book.”  So the farmer asked, “What’s it about?” 

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