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A celebration of love
By Jack and Deb Graham | February 3, 2017

As humans, we spend much of our lives searching for love. There isn’t a day we don’t feel love – or its absence. Of all the human emotions, love is the most desired and the most misunderstood.

One of our favorite Scripture passages is 1 John 4:8 – “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Love is both what God is and what He has done for us.

The Bible tells us that God created man and woman. He created them distinctly and uniquely. Adam came first and then Eve. God fashioned the woman with His own hands – not to compete with man, but to complete him. Without Eve, Adam was incomplete.

Through Scripture, God teaches us an essential lesson about this relationship: men and women are linked together, and therefore they share life together. Just as Adam needed Eve and Eve needed Adam, man needs woman and woman needs man.

In the words of Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Yet, no marriage can be a perfect example of God’s plan all the time. Though our lives have been blessed and we love each other abundantly, our marriage has certainly had its ups and downs – and maybe yours has as well. The truth is, all of us need a marriage tune-up from time to time if we want a love that lasts.

We believe God’s Word is your best source for the strength and secrets you need to build a marriage that will withstand life’s storms. One passage that we often turn to is Proverbs 31:10-12…

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Q & A with Jack and Deb
By Jack and Deb Graham | February 2, 2017

Q    Pastor Graham, why do you think so many marriages are in trouble today?

A   I believe it’s because so many have never understood God’s original intent and divine plan for marriage. All marriages can be deeper, richer, and stronger in Christ. The closer we get to God, the closer we get to each other.

Q    Deb, as a wife, how do you think a married couple can bring out the best in each other?

A   It’s been said that a wife is to her husband what wind is to fire. Now, sometimes the wind can be so strong that it blows the fire out. But the purpose of a wind should be to kindle the fire and fan the flames. Marriage partners can do that by encouraging each other, fanning the flames of their marriage, ministry, and life together.

Q    Pastor Graham, how can I develop a love that lasts in my marriage?

A   Love is not like a banana peel that you slip on and fall in love. Love is like a beautiful flower that must be cultivated. Marriage partners are to be not only lovers, but also friends. Deb’s my best friend. We share life together. It’s important to spend time with your spouse and look after their interests – not just your own.

Q    Deb, why is marriage better than cohabitation?

A   Marriage was divinely designed by God and is so much more than living together. Scripture tells us the purpose of marriage is for a man and a woman to be in a covenant relationship before God, cooperating as allies for life, and communicating His love to the world. If a couple is...

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Your Support Is Changing Lives!
By PowerPoint Ministries | February 1, 2017

Your gifts and prayers help share the truth of God’s Word through PowerPoint on TV, the radio, and online – impacting many lives like these:

 

 

We live in Bangalore, India. My wife and I listen to your TV message every Sunday and are greatly blessed! – Rudra

 

 

 

PowerPoint is encouraging, and God speaks to me through Pastor Graham. I’m learning every day more and more about God, and I look forward to waking up every morning to spend time with our Savior, Jesus Christ. – Annette

 

 

     

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From Pastor’s Desk
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 1, 2017

Dear Friend,

Marriage is a magnificent gift from God – but to experience all that He wants us to enjoy, we need to build our lives on the foundation of His Word.

Look at what Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:25, “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”

When the storms of life come, when the winds blow and the waves assail you, if your life and marriage are built upon the Rock, you’ll stand strong.

And what a powerful testimony that will be to your friends and family! Because what we see in a beautiful marriage is just a hint of what God the Father has given to us in Jesus Christ.

You see, just as Eve was created from the rib in Adam’s side, so you and I as a part of the Church were born from the wounded side of the Lord Jesus Christ. What love is that!

So I encourage you to put your life and your marriage in God’s hands afresh today. Live according to His plan, and watch Him work incredible miracles in your life.

As always, thank you for sharing His love and truth with many people worldwide, as you proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ through PowerPoint…’til the whole world hears!

     

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Thoughts Regarding the Inauguration
By | January 30, 2017

Thoughts Regarding the Inauguration

As I write this, I have just returned from the inauguration of our new President in the United States, and I can’t recall an election and government transition that has created the levels of anxiety we see now.

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The new year is here, and with it the resolutions we all seem to make – losing a few pounds after the indulgences of the holidays, maybe signing up for a gym membership and really getting in shape.

Of course, we know how that usually turns out. After a month or so, the enthusiasm evaporates, people give up on their resolutions and things go back to the way they were.

The same thing happens in the Christian life. People decide they’ve had enough of their old lives, hanging onto the hurts and habits of the past, and they promise themselves they’ll really pursue Christ this time. And a few weeks later, they find themselves in the same familiar patterns as before.

If you’re seeking a new start in this new year, you might worry where you’ll find the motivation to take your walk with Christ to the next level. I wish I had an easy answer. There is no magic pill that can replace simply staying committed to what’s important.

Persistence is nothing more than starting over every single day. Forget the failures of the past. Every day is a new day, a new opportunity. Treat it that way!

This isn’t just an issue for new Christians, either.

All too often, I’ll talk with long-time believers who are looking back, not forward. They rest on past accomplishments – that mission trip they took, or that service project or some other moment when God used them in a powerful way. But rather than remembrances, these things become idols in their lives, and excuses for not doing much today.

But if we live with our focus on Jesus, we’ll be looking ahead at what God has...

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London, Pittsburgh, Seattle: different but the same
By Jack Graham | January 1, 2017

We’re back home following a whirlwind trip to London, where we had a terrific time with PowerPoint media partners who are taking God’s Word to this corner of a hurting world – all thanks to your support!

My meeting with General André Cox – who leads The Salvation Army from a modern headquarters in the business core of London – was a personal highlight. I also talked with Richard Fleming of TBNUK, which broadcasts PowerPoint at 10:05 a.m. each Sunday. I was also a guest on Premier Christian Radio, PowerPoint’s U.K. radio partner, where we air at 6:30 p.m. every weekday.

Our few days passed in a blur! But our time there affirmed how critical it is that we have a Gospel presence in the U.K. Not long ago, if you’d asked about religious beliefs in Britain, people might have said they were Baptist, Catholic, or Lutheran, or maybe Jewish or Hindu. Ask now and many Brits will answer, “None.” Their numbers are incredible and growing!

In Wales, 60% of the population has no religious affiliation. In Scotland, it’s 52%. Forty percent of the people in London have no connection with organized religion; and if not for the thriving immigrant population, that number would be much higher. There are plenty of “Nones” in the United States too.

Thanks to your support, PowerPoint recently began broadcasting in Pittsburgh and Seattle – two very different places in most people’s minds. When you think of Pittsburgh, the Steelers might come to mind, and then the steel workers who helped forge the city’s image. They came from across the world and brought their faith with them. So it might surprise you that in a 2015 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, 20% of...

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Find freedom from fear in the new year
By Jack Graham | January 1, 2017

Many people live in fear of what the future might hold. In fact, you might be dreading the new year in front of you because of what you brought with you from 2016. But the more you read the Bible, especially the book of Revelation, you’ll discover that Jesus holds the future… and He’s holding you.

The Bible is all about Jesus, and Revelation confirms that He’ll come again as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). What a thrilling moment it will be when we hear the trumpet sound and we rise to meet Him!

But even before that wonderful moment, you can find the hope you need to rise above anything that’s striking fear in your heart today. Maybe what you’re seeing in the news is causing you to fear the future. Or maybe you’re battling fear about your health, your job, your finances, or the needs of someone you love.

So how can you find freedom from fears like these in this new year? The key thing you can do is to look up. Get your eyes off this world and fix them on Jesus!

We see a beautiful picture of Jesus in all His heavenly glory in Revelation 1:12-18. The apostle John sees this vision of Jesus and falls at His feet. But Jesus lays His right hand on John and says, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one.… Behold I am alive forevermore.”

So let’s not listen to our fears. Let’s look up and listen to Jesus. Today, He’s telling you, “Fear not.” Why? Because He loves you, and He’s the one in control. He’s the Lord of life, the Lord of all...

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What Christmas is all about
By | December 13, 2016

In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to be swept up in all the things that have come to define Christmas – the frantic final days of shopping, the decorating, the travel plans, the big meal with the family.

But often lost in the rush is the true miracle of Christmas. Jesus came in the form of an infant to bridge the gulf of sin between God and mankind – and that means you and me and every other believer!

It reminds me of old Charlie Brown, the harried director of a neighborhood holiday pageant who yells out in frustration, “Can’t anyone tell me what Christmas is all about?”

Then, in a remarkable TV moment, Charlie’s blanket-toting buddy Linus steps to center stage, asks for a spotlight, and recites Luke 2 8-14 in the elegant formality of the King James translation of the Bible:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.’

“That's what Christmas is...

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