About Chad E. Graham

Chad is the Next Steps Pastor at Highpoint Church in Colorado, an adjunct faculty member at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and an avid reader of economics, church history, and theology. Chad is husband to Stephanie, father to Caroline and Madison, and a lover of all things basketball.

Changing Pace: Learning the Art of Slowing Down

Many of us have now realized how busy we were before quarantine. My initial reaction to the stay-at-home order was withdrawal and a desire to return to lightspeed. Then, upon week three of reflection and analysis of the good ole days of February, I realized that there are a few things that can be cut from my routines of life. This reflection is healthy pruning and should be part of an intentional life. Afterall, I am living a life on mission (Matthew 28:16) and I value both intentionality and mindfulness. In fact, I spent much of my time in 2019 researching

By |2020-04-15T12:53:45-06:00April 15th, 2020|Book Review|Comments Off on Changing Pace: Learning the Art of Slowing Down

Getting Creative with Family Dinner

Getting Creative with Family Dinner Written by: Stephanie Graham If you're like me, you have cooked more in the past five weeks than you have in your entire lifetime. While there are so many benefits to gathering around the table with your family nightly, you could be feeling like, if you play one more game of eye spy or have another conversation about the number of people wearing masks—you might explode! Well, let me offer some ideas to help you enjoy dinner time with your family again. Theme meals can bring some spice to an otherwise routine meal. For example, spaghetti

By |2020-04-14T11:35:57-06:00April 14th, 2020|Family|Comments Off on Getting Creative with Family Dinner

Better Together

Better Together Written by: Caleb McNaughton I have always had the belief that the Kingdom of God is much bigger than one single local church. At the begging of the COVID-19 shutdown, we decided that we were going to do three things very well at Highpoint, create engaging worship experiences, foster digital community, and serve those in need. Helping those in need is a challenge; how do we find those in need, and how do we serve them? My friend, Pastor Christ Morante from New Jersey, messaged me with his idea called Boxes of Hope. The mission of Boxes of Hope

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Resurrection Living: How to Extend the Hope and Joy of Easter

One day each year, Christians around the globe celebrate the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate this historic event because the resurrection validated all of the claims that Jesus made, including claims of deity. In addition to validation, Jesus’s resurrection offers his followers hope in their own bodily resurrection (Romans 6:5) in the age to come. This offers great assurance to Christ followers that life doesn’t end with the sting of death. Easter Sunday brings hope to many and highlights a common problem in the Church today. It’s already a struggle for Christians to bring their Sunday worship into their

By |2020-04-14T16:55:17-06:00April 13th, 2020|Discipleship|Comments Off on Resurrection Living: How to Extend the Hope and Joy of Easter

Easter Sunday Devotional

Easter Sunday Key Scriptures: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1:1-11; I Corinthians 15 Written by: Charlie Self Every Easter, around the world, billions of believers declare to each other, “He is Risen!” and respond with, “He is Risen, indeed!” “Every Sunday is Easter when believers realize they live in the Spirit and begin to experience new life today, even while waiting for the Return of the Lord.” (Gordon Fee). Here we see victory over every opposing power, especially death and the fear of death. In our Risen Lord, we see a preview of our future – real,

By |2020-04-12T08:52:39-06:00April 12th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Easter Sunday Devotional

Holy Saturday Devotional

Holy Saturday Key Scripture: Matthew 27:62-66; Luke 23:56 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self This Sabbath Day is a hush, a pause to catch our breath…and a critical moment of verifying that Jesus was not, “only mostly dead.” Jesus died on Good Friday and was hastily wrapped and placed in a borrowed tomb before the sundown on Friday. Political and religious leaders sealed the tomb and posted a guard, lest the body be stolen. Why does this day matter? Theologically, we know that Jesus’ work for our salvation was completed on the Cross (“It is finished”). In one sense, the Resurrection could

By |2020-04-11T07:30:52-06:00April 11th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Saturday Devotional

Good Friday Devotional

Good Friday Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:1-61; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18:28-19:42 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self Why is this moment of horrific, undeserved suffering called, “Good Friday” by all Christians? Because even though our Lord is condemned to a Cross, with a weak Roman leader capitulating to the paid-for-mob and jealous religious leaders, our salvation is secured though this deep suffering. Our Lord bears all of humankind’s sins and sorrows, sufferings and sicknesses, unspeakable evils and unanswered questions as he atones for humankind. “It is finished” indeed! At the very moment darkness appears to win, forgiveness and reconciliation are secured

By |2020-04-10T07:10:50-06:00April 10th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Good Friday Devotional

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:26-75; Mark 14:22-72; Luke 22:14-71; John 17:1-18:27 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self We are now in the central act of this divine drama of salvation. Notice the extensive details in all the Gospels. Floyd McClung, summarizing our Lord’s Passion, declared, “The Lord used a criminal act of evil persons against an innocent man and turned this into the foundation of their forgiveness.” This is the moment of Jesus’ agonizing prayer and personal decision to take up the Cross. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we have a window into Jesus’ human feelings. Jesus knew it was God’s

By |2020-04-09T08:29:05-06:00April 9th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Maundy Thursday

Holy Wednesday Devotional

Holy Wednesday Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:1-6; John 13:21-30 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self Sometimes called “Spy Wednesday” – this is the moment Judas is paid to betray Jesus. The celebration known as Tenebrae (shadows, deepening darkness) occurs Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning. Religious leaders conspire to silence Jesus and there is a tangible tension as Jesus, aware of all these events, still washes feet and shares bread with his betrayer (Judas Iscariot) and future denier (Peter). The Gospels reveal Judas’ fiscal dishonesty and portray him in a negative light from the first lists of Jesus followers

By |2020-04-08T07:35:56-06:00April 8th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Wednesday Devotional

Holy Tuesday Devotional

Holy Tuesday Key Scripture: John 12:20-50 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self In John’s Gospel, chapter 12 marks the final moments of Jesus’ public ministry before he retreats with the disciples to the Upper Room and spends several chapters ministering to “his own” (John 13:1-6).  Some believe that the early moments of John 13 may have occurred on Tuesday evening, though others place John 13-17 on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Beginning with verse 20, Jesus responds to some Greek inquirers and offers a brilliant summary of his true glory – his “lifting up” on the Cross and the healing that will flow

By |2020-04-07T08:08:35-06:00April 7th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Tuesday Devotional
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