Recently Added Devotionals

Financial Firewalls
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 18, 2018

There are all kinds of money managers and advisors in our world today: financial planners and bankers and stockbrokers and venture capitalists and certified public accountants and all kinds of men and women, attorneys, who offer financial advice and counsel.

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Smart Homes Wise Families
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 17, 2018

Smart homes are everywhere, and we live with all kinds of gadgets and innovations from computers to security systems and the house that does it’s own thing. It’s a smart house.

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To drink or not to drink
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 16, 2018

If you are familiar with security systems, you probably have one in your car or in your home. You know how important that is in these days to protect your family, to protect your household goods. Therefore you most likely have an alarm system of some kind to protect you and your family.

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Proverbs Parenting
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 15, 2018

This is a command, and that command is critical. We are to be a part of the lives of our children and to grow them up, not just to bring them into the world, but bring them up in the world.

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Discipline over Temptation
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 12, 2018

We know that we are living in a sex-crazed culture and a sex-saturated society. We can see the cracking of the foundations. “And if the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” We know that there is a sexual sickness in America that is devouring the very soul of this nation.

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Battle of the Sexes
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 11, 2018

I suppose there are some today who would love just to take their scissors and cut this verse right out of the Bible, but it's important for us to remember that submission is not merely for wives. Submission is for Christians, and the principle of reciprocal submission is introduced in this passage.  Paul is dealing with the spirit-filled life. 

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Walk Pure in a Polluted World
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 10, 2018

I hear a lot of talk today in Christian circles about people who say, “I want to be healthy,” and others who say, “I want to be happy,” but what God intends for us is that we be holy. Whether we are healthy or not, or whether we are happy externally or not, we should be holy in the Lord.

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You can defeat depression!
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 3, 2018

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
 
—Isaiah 40:31
 
If you are feeling low today, God has a plan to help you defeat your depression!

First, God can refresh you. When Elijah was exhausted and emotionally drained, God provided refreshment. “And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again” (1 Kings 19:6).

God took care of Elijah’s physical needs—food and rest. Sometimes you need to withdraw physically, emotionally, and spiritually and be encouraged in the Lord.

Secondly, God rebuked Elijah. In verse 9, God asks, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Yes, God sent the earthquake and the fire. But in the end, God spoke to Elijah in “low whisper” (1 Kings 19:12).

You and I often want God to speak to us with spectacular events and situations. But God most often speaks in the still small voice of His Word.

And thirdly, God recommissioned Elijah. “And the LORD said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria” (1 Kings 19:15). God told Elijah that it was time to get back in the game!

Allow God to refresh you, and then reach out to someone else!

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Are you vulnerable to depression?
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 2, 2018

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 
—Psalm 18:2
 
What are the causes of depression?

If you look at Elijah’s bout with depression in 1 Kings 19, you’ll discover that depression is fueled by:

  • Fear. Elijah heard that Jezebel was after him and was afraid. According to the late, great Zig Ziglar, FEAR equals False Evidence Appearing Real. The way to avoid fear is to walk in the truth of the Word of God and not according to the false evidence that is all around us.
  • Unbelief. Elijah had seen the mighty miracles and works of God, but still allowed feelings of unbelief to creep in. He didn’t trust God to handle the situation.
  • Impatience. Elijah ran ahead of God. He was trying to live and die on his own schedule, rather than trusting God to give him life, strength, and health.
  • Pride. As Elijah sat under the juniper tree, he cried out, “I’m no better than my fathers!” Where did he get the idea that he was better than his fathers to begin with?
  • Self-pity. Elijah was feeling sorry for himself. He looked at his problems and just wanted to give up.

 
Here’s the formula for depression: insult + anger x self-pity = depression. If you see yourself going down that road, put on the brakes!
 
Then put your trust in God. When you do, as the Psalmist says in our Scripture today, He will be your deliverer, your refuge, your shield, your stronghold, and your salvation.

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Keep your focus on Jesus.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 28, 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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