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By | October 1, 2016

You might not be aware of it, but PowerPoint Ministries has been accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 2011. The ECFA is an independent body that holds organizations and churches to their Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™.

Drawn directly from Scripture, these standards help ensure all member organizations adhere to the highest level of financial responsibility and stewardship. And PowerPoint is proud to say that we have always adhered to these high standards.

ECFA Standards 1 through 6 focus on ministries: their commitment to evangelical Christianity; an independent board of directors; financial oversight; complying with all laws for donated resources; providing financial records on request; and compensation for its leader. Pastor Graham receives no compensation from PowerPoint.

Standard 7 is broken down into five parts that deal with stewardship:

7.1 requires accurate descriptions of the ministry’s financial condition; up-to-date information on projects; and avoiding anything that creates a false impression.

7.2 concerns donors’ expectations and intent, and requires that gifts from a specific appeal be used for that purpose. Appeals can’t create unrealistic expectations of what the gift will accomplish.

7.3 requires that donors receive timely acknowledgments of gifts.

7.4 mandates the ministry to act in its donors’ best interest. For example, the organization must make every effort to avoid accepting a gift that places a hardship on the donor.

7.5 says that an organization can’t base compensation for consultants or staff on a percentage of contributions.

For more information about the ECFA, please visit www.ecfa.org today.

 

     

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How to power up when you feel like giving up
By Jack Graham | October 1, 2016

There’s something in our human spirit that never wants to give up. Each of us is like that little train engine in the children’s book, bravely chanting, “I think I can!” to conquer the mountains in our lives.

But most of us will eventually meet a set of circumstances that seems hell-bent on taking us down. And that’s when we can begin to think, “Can I really get over this hill?”

If ever there was a “Can I?” sort of person, Gideon was that guy. We read in Judges chapter 6 that Gideon was hiding away from his enemies… threshing wheat in a winepress… when an angel sent from God turned up and called Gideon a “mighty man of valor” (v. 12). He also said Gideon was going to spearhead God’s plan to free Israel from Midianite oppression.

Looking at the odds against him, Gideon replied, “How can I save Israel?” (v. 15). What he didn’t know was that the Spirit of the Lord was about to clothe him. This forlorn farmer was going to wear God like a suit. Judges 6:33-34 says:

“Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together…. But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites [Gideon’s family] were called out to follow him.”

Just when things had taken a turn for the very worst, God wrapped Himself around His chosen man. And He’ll do the same for you.

As you read the rest of Gideon’s story, you see miraculous evidence of God’s intervening clout. After Gideon laid down his fears – and kept believing that even though he couldn’t, God could – he sounded the...

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PowerPoint Returns to the UK!
By Jack Graham | September 1, 2016

After much prayer and deliberation, PowerPoint has returned to the United Kingdom, bringing God’s message of hope to the hurting and spiritually hungry at this critical time.  We are on Premier Radio every weekday at 18:30 (BST).

As I consider circumstances across Britain – the threat of terrorism, the economic and political uncertainties from the Brexit vote – I’m convinced there’s no better time for PowerPoint to proclaim the message of Christ.

I’m also reminded of Britain’s giants of the faith – William Tynedale, Charles Spurgeon and John Bunyan among them, and of course C.S. Lewis. Lewis, a brilliant academic and writer who abandoned his faith as a teen, accepted God’s existence in his early 30s and gave his life to Jesus two years later after a long talk about Christianity with J.R.R. Tolkien and others.

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God,” Lewis said.

Our prayer is that all of Britain will respond the same way.

The need is enormous. A recent report shows church membership plunging across the UK, from 10.6 million in 1930 to just 5.5 million in 2010. If that trend continues, experts predict only 4.3 percent of the people in England will be church members by 2025.

C.S. Lewis wouldn’t be surprised.

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next,” Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity. “It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

Things are so bad that the Church of England could disappear by 2033 at the current rate of decline.

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How to take your life from ordinary to extraordinary
By Jack Graham | September 1, 2016

As believers, we should desire a life that’s beyond average. But too often we settle for a life that’s “just okay” instead of extraordinary.

We shouldn’t settle for a good marriage when we could have a great marriage. You see, we can settle for mediocrity with mundane jobs and minimal ministries – or we can take action to escape apathy and live life in ways that are beyond our wildest imaginations.

So how do we become more active, passionate, and joyful followers of Jesus Christ? You’ll find three virtues highlighted in the book of Proverbs that will help you move your life beyond average to awesome:

1. Choose to be obedient: put God’s Word into action.

Remember what Jesus said? “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Obedience to God and His Word will move you from apathy to action!

We’re commanded to be witnesses, faithful worshipers, and prayer warriors; to give generously to the work of Christ; and to love God’s Word. We’re commanded to live holy lives for Christ (not just happy, but holy). Are you living in obedience to God’s instructions?

God has put you where you are to be a witness for Him. When you’re obedient to God in everything you do, He’ll use you in powerful, meaningful ways for His Kingdom.

2. Choose to be diligent: serve God wholeheartedly.

Romans 12:11 says, “Be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” Your strong work ethic will give you credibility at your office with your coworkers and at school with your classmates. The Christian ought to do more than the average. God has not called us to do just the minimum required. No, we’re to exceed...

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The fact of the matter is, you’re going to hit speed bumps when you chase your dreams. I’m talking about the wonderful, God-given dreams that bring a smile to your face and fill your soul with joy. Dreams for your family, your ministry, your career, and your future. These are the dreams that make up your destiny – God’s good plan for your life.

But as we learn from Joseph in the Old Testament, sometimes our dreams can take a beating. And just like him, you might find yourself stuck in the bottom of a pit with your dreams on life support (see Genesis 37).

The question is, will your dreams die in the pit? Or like Joseph experienced, will they roar to life in amazing ways you never imagined?

Here are four lessons about how to keep your dreams alive when it feels like you’re stuck in a pit:

Remember God is in control. He says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Just because you don’t understand, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense.

Remain faithful no matter the cost. You can tell the size of a Christian by what it takes to stop them. When Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave, he refused to allow his circumstances to keep him from living for the Lord. The question isn’t whether or not life will challenge your dreams. It’s whether or not you’ll remain faithful when it does.

Reject bitterness. People who’ve experienced heartache often become...

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As Peter shares above, many people across the UK are drifting through life completely unaware that Jesus loves them. But with your support, we can change that by bringing God’s message of hope to hurting people desperate for a Savior.

John is one of those who found comfort in Jesus when he heard one of PowerPoint’s previous broadcasts on Premier. He shares…

“PowerPoint’s teachings have encouraged me to love people – to love my neighbours more than myself. Listening to Jack Graham on Premier Christian Radio in London is so uplifting. You can feel the Holy Spirit!”

So thank you for your prayers as we relaunch on 29th August. And please help us share this incredible news on Facebook and Twitter – so we can make the greatest possible impact… ’til the whole world hears!

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You’re invited on the trip of a lifetime!
By Jack Graham | August 1, 2016

Deb and I have been traveling to Israel for more than 35 years, and I’ll always remember how overwhelming it was to see it for the first time. Everything you’ve read in the Bible comes to life. It’s more than you can take in.

Even after all these years, I’ll see something or learn something new each time we go. And the opportunity to walk where Jesus walked is an experience like no other. It’s a time of highly intensive spiritual impact, truly being in the most important place on earth. It’s high-definition Christianity, a front row seat to the Bible.

For a Christian, going to Israel is an opportunity to grow. When you’re there with us, it isn’t just about seeing the sights and the ancient relics. We do see those, but we also worship and we teach God’s Word at every site we visit.

One of the places I really appreciate is the Sea of Galilee. We put everybody on what they call “the Jesus boat” (it’s built to look like an ancient boat), we motor across the sea, and I preach and teach about Jesus walking on the water. So much of His ministry took place around the Sea of Galilee – the Sermon on the Mount and His teaching in the ancient city of Capernaum, where Peter lived. It’s one of my favorite places to visit – not just in Israel, but in all the earth.

But at the top of our list are Calvary (where Christ died) and the empty tomb. These are always the most significant places we go.

As many times as I’ve been to Israel, I still can’t wait to go again. I love taking people there. As a pastor...

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Freedom From Addiction
By | July 1, 2016

If you or a loved one suffers from an addiction of any kind, you understand the stranglehold it has over your life. Even the apostle Paul, to my mind the greatest Christian who ever lived, struggled with addictive sin.

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Do you feel like you’re living in hope and victory – or like you’re being held hostage by fear, worry, and other self-destructive thoughts and habits? The great news is Jesus is your bondage breaker. In His name, you can break free from any chains that bind you – whether they’re chains of anxiety and fear… or alcohol and drugs.

Here are four steps to help you fight the lies and break free:

Remember who you are in Jesus. If you’re a Christian, you’re a new person in Christ. You’re not a slave – you’ve been set free! (See Galatians 5:1.) You just need to learn to live in the victory that Christ has given you.

Rely on God’s strength, not your own. We’re all helpless in our own strength, but we’re not hopeless! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, as Philippians 4:13 promises. In His name, you can defeat any enemy and shake off any shackles.

Fight the lies by focusing on God’s life-changing truth. As Jesus said in John 8:32, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Stop believing the lies you tell yourself or the enemy tells you. There’s no adversary or addiction that can’t go down in the name of Jesus. You just have to know God’s truth so you can fight the lies.

Be willing to be set free, healed, and made whole. Remember what Jesus said to the lame man at the Pool of Bethseda. He had been lying there for 38 years – nearly 4 decades! One day, Jesus came by, looked him in the eye, and said, “Do you want to be healed?” That’s the question Jesus is...

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