Resources on Hebrews

Chapter 4

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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Building others up through encouragement
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 21, 2020

I heard about a vacuum cleaner salesman who was up in the hills of Arkansas and was showing one of his vacuum cleaners from house to house. So he got to one house on the backside of a mountain, and he walked in at the invitation of a lady and said, “Ma’am, I guarantee you this vacuum cleaner will suck up every piece of dirt on your floor anywhere in your house.”

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Chapter 10

Why you need biblical community
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 6, 2020

I heard about a man who wanted to sing in the choir of a certain church. So he went in to meet with the pastor, who asked him, “Are you a member of this church?”

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Chapter 9

The Cost of Christmas Day 24
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 24, 2019

Every Christmas, the hearts of believers everywhere focus on the birth of Christ. Now, while I love the fact that people are thinking about spiritual things this time of year, the story of the baby Jesus is just a snapshot in God’s story. In fact, it’s only a small portion of the life of Christ.

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By Dr. Jack Graham | November 25, 2019

Chapter 13

What to do when change comes
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 31, 2019

I remember back in 1965 when our church got its very first drum set. Up until then, all we had was a piano and an organ. Well, I thought we were going to have to put cardiac arrest equipment in the foyer. And the interesting thing is I was the drummer… so I heard the worst of it!

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Chapter 11

How Do You Know God's Will?
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 27, 2019

More often than not, I think we all have tendency to make things in life more complicated than they really are. And this includes knowing God’s will.

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Chapter 12

Growing in Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 16, 2019

You know how it goes. Just about the time you think you’ve got it together in life, the wheels start coming off as another challenge comes along. That’s just the way life is!

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Soul Rest
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 17, 2019

Chapter 3

Chapter 2

Chapter 1

Above All
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 11, 2019

Assurance for Eternity
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 4, 2019

The saying is true…the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes!  Every human is destined to die, and that includes you and me.

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The Christian Life is Like a Marathon
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 28, 2019

Everywhere you go today, people are jogging. Everywhere you look people are pounding on the pavement. And that’s good because we need to have healthy bodies and temples that glorify our God.

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The Commitment of Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 27, 2019

We are called to courageous commitment to Jesus Christ.  Everyone who has trusted Christ as Savior is called into a battle, and at times it is not easy.  As a matter of fact, at times it is very difficult, and we face foes that we could not imagine. We face obstacles that are seemingly impossible.

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The Miracle Power of Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 25, 2019

If you could ask God to perform a miracle in your life what would it be?  Would it be for God to put your marriage back together? Perhaps you would ask God to bring home a straying child, a rebellious son or daughter who’s walked away from you or walked away from the faith. Would you ask God to heal you physically?

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Pass Along Your Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 20, 2019

In the 1940s the top offenses committed by public school students were as follows: talking, making noises, running in the hallways, getting out of turn in line (that was a severe offense in the 1940s), wearing improper clothing to school, and not putting paper in the wastebasket.

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Moving Forward in Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 15, 2019

Have you ever been called and challenged of God to step out? You didn’t exactly know what or where or why, but you were believing God and leaving the known for the unknown.

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Rising Above a Sinking World
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 14, 2019

One day in the presence of Mark Twain someone said, “This world is coming to an end.”  And with a gleam in his eye, Twain said, “Don’t worry, we can get along quite well without it.” 

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Walking by Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 12, 2019

Do you know how to walk by faith day by day?  Do you know how to live that life consistently and faithfully?  Do you know what the secret is to living that kind of life?

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Chapter 6

A way through your trials
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 4, 2019

Can you imagine life without the confidence and assurance of your salvation in Jesus Christ? Life can be hard, and it comes with heartbreak, sorrow, struggles, and grief. So to live it without the hope of salvation is hard to imagine!

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How to breathe life into your marriage
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 1, 2018

Several years ago, the Lord really impressed upon me that I was too consumed with ministry. Like any job, ministry can become such a part of your life that it starts to become and idol. And chief among the things that were being sacrificed to that idol was my marriage.

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Let go of the world
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 8, 2018

During the first forty years of his life, living as a privileged child in Pharaoh’s palace, Moses received the finest education available. But for all he had learned, he still was not prepared to deliver Israel out of the hand of Pharaoh.

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How do you choose?
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 7, 2018

The choices you and I make in life can make us or break us. It’s true. Our decisions affect our lives and destinies.

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Faith to endure!
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 17, 2018

There’s a good reason why we call Hebrews 11 the “Hall of Faith.” The chapter is filled with the names of people who distinguished themselves through their faith in God. People like Abraham, David, and Gideon each reflect the kind of faith that you and I want… the faith that faces down giants and puts armies to flight!

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Belief in things unseen.
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 6, 2018

At this very moment, there’s an invisible world that surrounds you and me, just as there is a visible world. And in this unseen world there are demons and angels, powerful invisible armies, and more. One of my favorite Old Testament stories shows us what this invisible world is like.

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Faith that has substance.
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 5, 2018

The Scripture says that without faith, we can’t please God. Or in other words, if you and I want to please God, we need to have faith in him!

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The faith that wins at life
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 3, 2018

If you didn’t know better, you might be tempted to think that the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11 is some kind of museum for super saints. But it’s not!

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The best is yet to come
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 22, 2018

Do you realize that there are things that come with salvation? That’s exactly what today’s verse says. There are things that “belong to” or accompany our salvation, things that help you and me grow into maturity. And these are things are worth acknowledging with praise and gratitude to God.  

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December 24th's Advent Devotional
By Dr. Jack Graham | December 24, 2017

Every Christmas, the hearts of believers everywhere focus on the birth of Christ. Now, while I love the fact that people are thinking about spiritual things this time of year, the story of the baby Jesus is just a snapshot in God’s story. In fact, it’s only a small portion of the life of Christ.

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The dangers of living in isolation
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 15, 2017

In the South Pacific, there are literally tens of thousands of tiny islands. So after World War II, it took some time for the news of the war’s end to spread. But for one man, it took 29 years!

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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.

Cast aside any sin that is...

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[God] has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

—Hebrews 13:5

It’s great to have really close friends you can trust with just about anything, isn’t it. I’m blessed enough to have quite a few, and I know these true friends love me unconditionally.


But the most amazing “friend” you and I have is God Himself.  In John 15:15, Jesus makes an incredible statement when He says, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”


Now, one of the best definitions of the word “friend” I’ve ever heard is, “a person who comes in when the world goes out.” And that’s a pretty good summary of today’s verse.


God is the truest of all friends…One who is always there and, no matter the circumstance, will NEVER forsake you.  He will support you and love you absolutely unconditionally. He is the Friend “who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).


Jesus Christ is indeed your greatest and dearest Friend.  And like any friend, I trust you speak with Him daily and love Him completely.


Jesus Christ is the truest of all friends!


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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, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

—Hebrews 12:1-3


As Christians, one of the best ways to defeat Satan…the enemy of our souls…is to know how he operates. 


Far too many believers today are unaware of or don’t fully appreciate how deadly this enemy is…and to what lengths he will go, to thwart and destroy God’s people and God’s plan! So it’s important each of us know our enemy so we can better prepare ourselves for his attack.


Of all the schemes and tactics Satan uses against the people of God, his greatest tool is probably the tool of discouragement. Satan knows that if he can pry open your heart with discouragement, he can make you quit.


Galatians 6:9 reminds us, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”


If you’re a believer and you’re discouraged today, it’s because Satan is on your trail. Are you thinking about throwing in the towel on your marriage…or giving up on your kids…or giving in to that recurring temptation? Don’t do it...

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See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.

—Hebrews 12:15


I’ve never claimed to be the world’s best gardener. But I do know that if you let weeds go, they can take over an entire garden.


But to get rid of weeds, you have to do more than clip them off at the top. You have to dig them out by the root.


The same is true for weed of bitterness.


Today’s verse points us to the need to deal with bitterness. And for good reason. It’s a root that can easily take hold in any one of our hearts.


What does a root of bitterness look like? It’s holding on to an offense, either large or small. It’s determining to hold hostility in your heart towards someone who’s hurt you. It’s anger towards another person that’s not dealt with appropriately.


What happens is this offense, hostility, or anger festers and grows. And eventually, it can take over your life! It’s a like a cancer that metastasizes in the human soul.


Over the new several days, we’re going to be taking a closer look at bitterness and why you shouldn’t allow it to have any place in your heart or life. In preparation for that, I want to encourage you to ask the Lord Jesus to prepare your heart. Ask Him if there is any root of bitterness in your soul right now. And commit to digging up the...

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For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

—Hebrews 12:11

When you face adversity, you have two choices. You can choose bitterness or you can choose happiness. But you can’t choose both.

You can choose to allow the trails in your live by God’s grace to make you better…or to make you bitter.

In Psalm 105:18, the Darby Translation says of Joseph, “They afflicted his feet with fetters; his soul came into irons.” I love that! Joseph was being developed as God was putting iron in his soul.

God knew difficult days would lie ahead for Egypt, and that it would require Joseph to have a durable and doable faith. There in prison, God taught Joseph wisdom and courage and character and perseverance and endurance as his fetters produced faith and his chains produced character!

God steeled Joseph’s soul without Joseph hardening his heart. And as a result, he became a veritable velvet covered brick—soft on the outside, but strong on the inside.

And you know, God is looking for some strong and steely saints today…believers with iron in their souls! I know there are some who teach that life is a dream if you’re a Christian. That all you need to do is name it and claim it and you’ll be healthy, happy, and all the rest.

But that kind of teaching isn’t biblical teaching. And it produces wimps instead of warriors for God.

And in these uncertain days, we need Christians who have steel and iron in their souls! But be prepared, as God uses adversity to bring...

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By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him.

—Hebrews 11:5

It’s sad to me how so many Christians are so immersed in sin and seeking after vain things that they end up conforming to the world, and not to Christ. To be sure the temptations are strong…and sometimes difficult to overcome. 

Perhaps you are struggling with giving in to the temptations of our world today.  If so, I want to give you a word of hope today by reminding you of a man named Enoch.  Enoch lived a holy life during another period in history that was also full of sin and debauchery.

Enoch wasn’t a great missionary, a powerful preacher, or a leader of the people. Bur he stood out in a depraved generation.  Specifically, the Bible says that Enoch walked with God.

Now that’s interesting because the Christian life is often described as a walk. It’s about taking small steps, one at a time. And as we take these steps, God sometimes places an event in our path that becomes a turning point for us. 

For Enoch, there was a turning point, a time in his life where he went from normal to extraordinary.  I believe this turning point came when Enoch had a child at the age of 65. This experience pushed him to be a better child of God and walk in true faith.

Many times, even though we’re Christians, we are pushed to live holier lives by some turning point or experience. At 65, Enoch became such a unique follower of God that he made faith’s “Hall of Fame” in Hebrews 11.


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We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.

—Hebrews 6:19

I think Hebrews 6:19 is one of the grandest statements in the Bible. I love the picture of hope as the anchor of our souls. A ship’s anchor holds it steady even when the winds are blowing hard and waves are crashing all around.

This kind of hope is what helps us cope with the reality of disappointment.  Mary Magdalene in Scripture is a good example of this truth. The Bible tells us that Mary was possessed by seven demons when Jesus first met her. After He cast them out, Jesus continued to love Mary despite her sin and failures.

So she was understandably very disappointed and distraught when Jesus was crucified and then buried in the tomb (John 20). He had done so much for her, and now all she could do was weep bitter tears for Him. But then the resurrected Christ appeared to Mary, and her hope was instantly restored.

That’s what true hope…the hope found only in the resurrected Christ…can do for anyone who is overcome by disappointment and tragedy. No matter how devastating the circumstances, the hope found in Christ can overcome the pain.

Is your soul anchored in the hope of Jesus Christ? If so, you have an anchor that can hold you fast despite any storm!

Hope in Christ is an anchor for the soul. Is your hope anchored in Him today?

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