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Are you majoring on the minors?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 13, 2017

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

—Colossians 3:21

When it comes to disciplining your children, do you ever find yourself majoring in minors?

Parents have to be very careful not to break a child’s spirit by constantly finding fault, nagging, and criticizing. In discipline, you and I are to be reasonable, right, respectful, and real.

Now I’m not saying that you should be lacking in discipline. Yes, you should establish firm, age-appropriate guidelines for your children. And sometimes correction and consequences are a part of parenting.

But, many kids are hassled and provoked because parents worry about things that don’t mean anything. Some parents are more interested in pushing their kids to the top of the success ladder at school or in athletics than seeing them succeed spiritually. Are you guilty?

According to our verse today, we are not to “provoke” our children. Don’t worry so much about the things that have little impact on eternity, on their moral character, or on their spiritual strength. We shouldn’t push our children to succeed because of our own failures. Nor should we use our children to compete against others.

Today I want to ask you to take inventory. When it comes to parenting, are you majoring on the minors… or majoring on what’s most important?

Take inventory of the priorities you have for your children. is their spiritual character on the list?

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Are you walking the talk?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 12, 2017

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

—Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Don’t just say it… show it!

This old adage is never more important than it is in parenting.

You know, children can spot a phony from miles away, even if that phony happens to be their parent. They know if we’re simply saying something, or if we really believe what we say.

Maybe you know all the right things to say. You’ve read all the books and manuals on how to raise your children. Today, we can all be “experts.”

But, let me tell you, my parents never read a book on how to be a parent. I don’t think they ever attended a seminar. And my dad had an eighth grade education. But they made an incredible difference in my life and my brother’s life.

How? Because they didn’t just tell me what they believed. They showed me! Do your children know it because you show it?

Do you tell them to stay away from alcohol and then grab a beer out of the refrigerator? Do you warn them against immorality and watch immoral television shows and movies? 

Your children are watching you, so be their hero. Be a model of virtue and purity. You can be the kind of person your child can trust and respect as a role model.

So start showing them what you believe today!

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How wise is your family?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 11, 2017

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…

—Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Do you know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? As a parent, it is important to teach your children with discernment, understanding, and wisdom.

Knowledge is the accumulation of facts. And, yes, we need an education and we need to be able to assess facts and figures. But Proverbs 24:3 says, “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.”

Why? Because simple knowledge isn’t enough. God teaches us to go a step further.  Wisdom is the practical and spiritual application of knowledge. Parents who make a difference teach their children how to put the facts to life and to work. And they also understand that school is not the primary source of a child’s education.

A successful child is never fully educated until he or she knows the ways of God from His Word.

I’m sure you’re aware of the anti-Christian bias in our schools today. It’s a war for the minds of our children! Secular humanists want to remove all mention of God from our textbooks and teachings, which eliminates wisdom from education and leaves just simple knowledge.

So who will teach our children wisdom? Who will teach them about the Word of God and things like truth, purity, integrity, morality, and honesty? Parents. 

As parents, it is your responsibility and mine to impart the wisdom of God at home. If we don’t teach them diligently the truth about God, about Jesus, and about God’s Word, who will?

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How strong is your family?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 10, 2017

Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you…

—Deuteronomy 4:40

How’s your family life? Do you have a strong family?

There’s a lot of attention paid today to what’s wrong with our families. But in one study at the University of Nebraska, researchers looked at the strengths of successful homes and families. They found six common qualities that identify strong families:

Strong families are committed to the family.
Strong families spend time together.
Strong families have good family communication.
Strong families express appreciation to one another.
Strong families have a spiritual commitment.
Strong families are able to work together to solve problems in a crisis.

As I look at this list, I believe the key to each ingredient is parenting. Successful families have parents who take the lead in each of these vital areas.

So, what about you? Are there any areas above that you could work on as a parent?

Do you have a spiritual commitment so that your family has a spiritual commitment? Do you express appreciation to your spouse and children? Do you foster open communication? Is spending time together important to you?

I want to challenge you today, as a parent, to go through this list and see how you check out. Then, determine to take the lead as a mom or dad in each of these vital areas!

Pick one characteristic of successful families to focus on as a mom or dad this week.

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The leadership America needs
By | July 4, 2017

So I exhort the leaders among you as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed….

—1 Peter 5:1

 

Since our nation’s founding, America has been distinguished and defined by spiritual leadership. Men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry built our government upon the foundations of faith.

 

As Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  

 

Nearly 100 years later, President Abraham Lincoln confirmed our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundation when he said, “… it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God… and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

 

Clearly our forefathers rose to the challenges of their day, and in the process they gave us a remarkable nation. So how shall you and I respond to the challenges of our day? 

 

I believe the kind of strong spiritual leadership America needs today is not just found in our statehouses or in the White House. I believe it is found in our churches. There is no problem so big in America that it can’t be solved if America’s churches will rise to the challenge!

 

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“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

 

Our world has seen some horrible tragedies this year, from the terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, to the senseless killings going on in America’s streets.  Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that when things go wrong, there are two kinds of people: those who panic and those who pray. I love what Corrie ten Boom used to say, “There’s no panic in heaven, only plans.” That means that even when we’re taken by surprise, God isn’t!

 

But what does that mean for us? Well, the fact that bad things will happen in life is a foregone conclusion. It’s the reality of the world in which we live as one of the many consequences of sin. Yet even when those bad things do happen, we can choose how we will react.

 

While many are fretting, not knowing how to cope with tragedy, God is still on the throne of the universe. And there’s absolutely nothing that happens outside of His divine purview. So we can either choose to go into panic mode, or we can look to Him in faith.

 

Now, you’re probably thinking that’s easy to say but hard to do in the midst of chaos. And you’d be right, because trusting God is impossible in our flesh. But when we allow His Spirit to do the work, we become capable of experiencing His supernatural peace – a peace beyond understanding –...

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For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

1 Corinthians 14:33

 

The history of mankind can be thought of in terms of power. In the beginning of our history, we had manpower, the ability to do things for ourselves. Then, we had horsepower, the ability to use animals to do work for us. After that came machine power as we found the ability to make complex devices to accomplish difficult tasks.

 

Each step in the development of power has enriched mankind, both financially and materially. And yet, while we’ve slowly learned how to exhibit control and power over the world around us, we’ve also learned each step of the way that there’s much more we don’t control than we realize.

 

So what does this leave us? Well for one, we’re now in a place where we can firmly say we’re not in control of most things. Even when we take into account those things we do control, they pale in comparison to the number of things we don’t.

 

Our only options then are either to surrender to chaos and believe whatever happens has no ultimate purpose, or we believe that God is ultimately in control and has a purpose for everything. But the Bible is clear – God works everything out for the good of those who love Him. Everything has a purpose.

 

Don’t let the chaos of life distress you. Trust in the goodness of God and believe that in Christ, He’ll work everything out for your good!

 

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Keep your mind focused on the joy of God
By Jack Graham | June 14, 2017

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.
 
—1 Peter 1:8

 
What’s your definition of a holy life?  You might be surprised to find out that God is not only holy; God is happy!
 
And when we talk about living a holy life, we are talking about living a life full of energy, life, power, and joy.  
 
As our verse for today says, we have “joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory!”! That’s a joy that’s so incredible you can’t even express it!  It is because of salvation through Christ.
 
So when I talk about holiness, I’m not talking about being pious or religious. Rather, pure holiness is a beautiful expression of the very character of God.  We are separated unto God that we might live positive, joyful, exuberant lives… as well as disciplined and dedicated lives.
 
The upward call of every Christian is to live with a purity of heart and a purity of life that comes from the soul and is unpolluted because the presence of God is there.
 
You and I have been called to live a godly life… no exceptions.  And it all begins with our minds.  According to Proverbs 23:7, “As a man calculates in his soul, so is he.”  Have you ever thought about how so many of our spiritual struggles begin when we allow our minds to wander aimlessly?  
 
Today, I want to encourage you to make sure your thinking is controlled by the grace of God.  Exercise self-discipline.  Second, eliminate anything that...

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

 —Hebrews 12:1

 

One of the most important phrases in today’s verse is “let us run with endurance.”  Now that’s a constant challenge of the Christian life!

Physically speaking, running is one of the healthiest activities that we can do to improve our health. Running is great for the cardiovascular system and helps promote health in a variety of ways. The problem is that many people when they start jogging try to run too hard and end up burning out in just a short period of time.

Unfortunately, the same can be true of our spiritual lives. Many of us run hard and fast for Christ, but quickly lose energy and heart and find ourselves out of strength. Why?  Because we haven’t laid aside the things that hold us down.  It’s like trying to run with weights tied to your ankles!

The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint.  And the only way you will be able to run with endurance is to do what the verse today says…to lay aside the sin in your life that weighs you down. 

Are you struggling today in your walk with Christ?  If so, take an honest look at your life and see if there is any sin that is un-confessed.  If there is, confess it and cast it aside.  When you do you will find you will once again be able to run…and to do so with endurance.

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