Resources on Trials

How you can rise above hard times
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 1, 2019

Not long ago, I was boarding an airplane when I looked up and noticed some very scary looking clouds over us. So I took my seat and the flight attendant began the normal procedures for getting ready to take off. I looked outside again at the clouds… and they weren’t moving.

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What to do when you encounter defeat
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 17, 2019

There was a man who came home one day and told his wife about a million-dollar idea he had. He assured her it would work, and they would only need to invest $5,000 to make it happen. The wife was hesitant, but she went along and hoped for the best.

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How failure can fuel your future success
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 16, 2019

Reggie Jackson is one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the sport. He was known as “Mr. October” by many because he was constantly leading his team to the playoffs. He was named to 14 All-Star teams and hit 563 career home runs.

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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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Don’t flinch in the face of trials
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 5, 2019

There’s going to come a time in your life when, more than anything on earth, you’re going to need to know that God is with you. And when that moment does come, it’s very important that you keep your trust in Jesus. To do less is to deny or dishonor our God.

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Mountain Tops and Valleys
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 26, 2019

The men who traveled with Jesus up that mountain were troubled men, because Jesus had just announced to them of His death and impending crucifixion for the sins of the world and they didn't understand it. They were uncertain of their future, and they were disturbed and deeply troubled.

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God comes near in times of suffering
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 11, 2019

John is the human author of the Revelation. It has been sixty years since John the disciple had seen Jesus after the resurrection and ascension. He’s now 90 plus years of age. You would think it was time to check into the retirement home and have a nice rocking chair into heaven. But not true for John.

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Will you sink - or stay steady - in the storm?
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 4, 2019

If there’s one promise of Jesus that’s easy to believe, it’s this:

“In the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33)

Much as we’d like to, Christians don’t get a pass from pain. We’re not immune to the suffering and heartache that mars every aspect of our fallen world.

Like you, I’ve experienced this firsthand.

As you may know, one of the darkest valleys I’ve ever had to walk was when my father was murdered in the parking lot of his hardware store back in the summer of 1970. His death was the most devastating time of my life. In that moment, I wondered how I’d survive. I doubted my ability to overcome the trial. I even doubted God’s presence and care.

And when trials like that come upon us, it can suddenly seem much harder to take God at His Word...

But whatever you’re facing today, I want you to know that God is always holding out His hand to rescue you, even while the storm is raging.

The apostle Peter learned this lesson the night Jesus invited him to walk on the water. You’ll remember that Peter did fine as long as he fixed his gaze on Christ. But as soon as he turned his attention to the wind and waves surrounding him, he began to sink.

Your circumstances will be different from mine, and different from Peter’s. But you face the same choice: Will you take your eyes off Jesus and sink, or will you allow God’s presence and power to steady you in the storm?

My prayer for you is that when trials hit, you’ll look up and lean hard into the arms of our loving...

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A Mighty Fortress is Our God
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 18, 2019

We are living in a world of chaos. There are catastrophes all around us. Not only natural disasters, of course, but also political chaos. In America we have never seen the political unrest that we see during this time. There’s national upheaval and cultural change. Cultural collapse. We are seeing godless secularism move across the world and our country.

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Faith as good as gold
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 7, 2019

At what times in your life have you felt the closest to God? When did you experience your greatest spiritual growth? I’m going to venture a guess and say that it was not during a happy or easy time in your life! You see, God uses trials in our lives. They have a specific purpose and are permitted by him.

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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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The shelter from life's storms
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 12, 2018

When I was a pastor living in Hobart, Oklahoma, the parsonage had a little hiding place… a storm cellar in the backyard. And every now and then the storm siren would go off warning of the possibility of a tornado in the area. When that happened, people would run to their storm cellars to ride out the storm in a secure place.

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Are you in a dry land?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 9, 2018

Have you ever experienced times of spiritual drought in your life? Most of us have at some time, and it’s not unusual to feel like you’re stuck and getting nowhere fast. Well, I think this is probably just how the children of Israel felt when Moses was leading them toward the Promised Land.  

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God has something great in store for you!
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 20, 2017

When our enemies heard…that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.

—Nehemiah 4:15

God can do amazing things with people who refuse to quit, who take their eyes off their present circumstances and look ahead because they believe God has something great in store.

That’s what Nehemiah did when he was faced with a crisis in his wall-building work in Jerusalem. The enemies of God’s people plotted to stop their work, but God brought their plot to nothing. So Nehemiah looked ahead to the goal and sent everyone back to their work!

In other words, Nehemiah focused on the future. He refused to be discouraged by the present circumstances because he knew God was going to do something great.

Paul gives us the same encouragement in Philippians 3:13-14, when he says, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

If you’re discouraged today, think about this. God may just be letting you go through a down time to prepare you for a great victory tomorrow. So don’t let you head hang low! Lift your eyes and take a forward look. Because God’s blessing may be just around the corner!


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