Resources on 1 Corinthians
Victory is on its way
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 19, 2018
There is so much that you and I can learn from the failures and victories of athletic champions. And not too long ago I learned one of these lessons by reading about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.
Experiencing God's delight
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 18, 2018
As you might imagine, I have many people who ask, “Jack, what should I do with my life? How do I please God with my life?” It’s an important question, because not everyone knows how to live a life that has meaning… that brings pleasure to God.
December 22nd's Advent Devotional
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 22, 2017
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?
Are you smarter than God?
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 25, 2017
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise….
—1 Corinthians 1:27
Sometimes we think we’re smarter than God. But imagine what would happen if people really trusted God with every detail of their lives. Imagine the heartache that could be saved!
For instance, what does the Scripture says about sex and marriage? God says, “If you will just trust me and keep your heart and life pure, I will bring someone into your life in my own way and timing.”
But some singles are impatient and don’t wait on God or trust him in the area of sexual purity. And their choices lead to a world of hurt.
Another area that some people fail to trust God in is the area of finances. God asks you to trust him by giving 10% of your income as a tithe. And yet, this scares some people. They’re afraid they can’t afford it. But the truth is, you will be better off with a blessed 90% of your income than with 100% of your income that you’ve kept to yourself!
You see, God’s way may look illogical to the world, but God isn’t looking for your logic. He’s looking for your trust. And when you trust God, he can bless you.
GOD ISN’T LOOKING FOR YOUR LOGIC. HE’S LOOKING FOR YOUR TRUST.
Making sense of the chaos of life
By | June 27, 2017
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!
In the seeming chaos of life, trust God to use everything for your...
Victory is on its way!
By | May 11, 2017
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
—1 Corinthians 15:57
There is so much that you and I can learn from the failures and victories of athletic champions. I learned one of these lessons by reading about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.
This great coach began his career at UCLA in 1948 at the age of 37. But it took him 16 years to win his first national championship! After his team had lost in the first round of the championships in 1950, 1952, and 1956, he read something that changed his thinking. It said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts!”
You see, Wooden thought he knew everything about basketball, but he didn’t. So he invited other coaches to evaluate his players in practice. He hired assistants who would challenge his thinking. He re-evaluated everything. And eventually, UCLA became one of the great powerhouses of NCAA basketball!
And from his experiences, Wooden gave us one of the great quotes about life. He said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
Let me ask you something. Have you learned from your failures or have you let your failures defeat you?
Listen! We all experience failure, but God wants you to trust him and keep going. Stay in the Scripture. Learn from other followers. Don’t stop now, your victory will come!
Give God everything and he will bring the victory!
DON’T STOP NOW, YOUR VICTORY WILL COME!...
It's a huge mistake to think you're not vulnerable to temptation.
By Jack Graham | November 16, 2016
Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
-1 Corinthians 10:12
Remember when you were a kid and would wrestle with your brother or sister? And once you got them down on the ground, you’d hold them there until they cried “uncle”? You wanted them to stop resisting and give up.
Well, temptation is tenacious like that, but far more vicious and unrelenting. If you or I even entertain the idea of sin, we can soon find ourselves in its grip struggling to escape.
You see, Satan can manipulate our minds and seduce us so that we’ll disobey God. He’ll take a natural, God-given, wholesome desire and twist it so that we will desire to use it in God-forbidden ways. He tempts us with the promise of some reward for our disobedience…. it might be pleasure, power, or profit.
And Satan will stop at nothing to make you give in to him. I know people who never dreamed they could be unfaithful to their partner, but then Satan brought the temptation.
Now you might think, “I would never let that happen!” But listen. It’s a huge mistake to think you’re not vulnerable to temptation. You must realize your own weakness and prepare yourself. This is why Jesus taught us to pray, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil….”
Be proactive in your prayer life. Prize obedience to God more than temptation’s rewards.
IT’S A HUGE MISTAKE TO THINK YOU’RE NOT VULNERABLE TO TEMPTATION.
Jesus has shown us that we can overcome temptation's pull
By | November 15, 2016
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man….
-1 Corinthians 10:13
There are some people today who think that being a Christ follower means they should live free from temptation. But that’s just not true.
You see, before we came to faith, we didn’t feel the struggle of sin’s temptation. We gave in to it. But now that you and I are in Christ, we feel the pull between the old life and our new life him. It’s precisely because we are in Christ that we should expect to face temptation and struggles. After all, Jesus himself faced temptation. Remember?
At the very outset of his ministry, Jesus went alone into the wilderness to pray. While he was isolated, Satan came and tempted him in three areas: his physical appetite, earthly ambition, and spiritual allegiance. And Satan attacks us in these same ways.
But listen! Jesus has shown us that we can overcome temptation’s pull. Now you may say, “Hold on! That was Jesus. I can’t do that.” But you can!
Jesus endured temptation as a human being just like you and me. Look at today’s verse of Scripture. Temptation is nothing new. Jesus felt the same temptations you feel today, and he resisted!
Are you struggling with the temptation of sin? This is your call to battle!
Don’t give in! Jesus is with you and he has overcome!
JESUS HAS SHOWN US THAT WE CAN OVERCOME TEMPTATION’S PULL.
Love doesn’t keep score but instead keeps short accounts.
By | August 2, 2016
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
I’d like to draw your attention to the phrase thinks no evil in today’s passage. What does it really mean when Paul says that love “thinks no evil”?
In the Greek of the New Testament, the word thinks is actually a bookkeeping term. It’s a word that means “to take into account” or “to write down as a permanent record.” Which is exactly what a good bookkeeper or accountant does. They write things down as a permanent record.
In accounting, keeping permanent records is vital. But in relationships, it’s deadly! If we’re going to know the love of Christ and live in the fullness of that love and grace, we need to delete those negative relational files we’ve collected over the years! Because after all, this is what Christ has done for us (Romans 5:13).
The Scripture says that God has not imputed sin to us. Aren’t you glad? When it came to settling the score, Jesus took the sin that was written down against us upon the cross. He died and rose again on the third day and because of what Christ has done for us God has forgiven and forgotten our sin. It is deleted…forever gone.
Yet how many of us are unwilling to delete the files? If...
Don’t try to outwit Satan because that’s a losing battle.
By | May 19, 2016
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
—1 Corinthians 10:13
Over the years, as I have read Genesis 3, I have often asked myself a very obvious question. Why was Eve just hanging around and talking to the serpent? I’m not really sure why she was there, but hanging out by the forbidden tree was not the place to be that day!
When Satan tempts you and me, the Bible is very clear as to what we are supposed to do: Run! The Bible says to flee the devil and his temptations. We shouldn’t try to debate him. We just need to get out of there!
Getting into a debate or discussion with Satan is a losing proposition. We aren’t smart enough or powerful enough to outwit him. And Eve learned that the hard way!
It really comes down to personal choice. The devil will always come at us with the same lies. And God knows that we are weaker than Satan, and that’s why He gives us a “back door” of escape in every temptation. And it’s our choice whether we resist him or engage him.
But unfortunately, we can sometimes let our pride get the better of us and we end up doing things our way. I encourage you today, when Satan throws temptation your way, turn to God and ask Him to show you that way of escape. And when He does, take it and run as fast as you can from that enemy of your soul!
Don’t try to outwit Satan because...