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Required Reading
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 13, 2018

How devoted are you to the Word of God? Are you committed to reading, to knowing, to understanding, and to letting the Word of God transform your life?

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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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Gloria
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 1, 2018

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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