Resources from 2017

March

Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

—Genesis 11:9

 

What a scene it must have been when the survivors of Noah’s Flood began to build the Tower of Babel.  They were determined to build a monument to their pride and as their way of trying to approach God on their own terms.

 

It’s hard to imagine the arrogance of that act, or the confusion that must have reigned in Babel as mighty and intelligent men began speaking different languages for the first time.

 

The Tower of Babel is a real historical event, but it is also an illustration of society even today. Men and women in our day are just like the proud people of Babel . . . believing they know everything there is to know and therefore can approach God on their own terms.

 

The Lord states many times in the Scripture that He detests arrogance and pride. “Haughty eyes” (Proverbs 6:17), or a proud look, is first on the list of things that God hates. People today are building towers to try and reach heaven; not physical structures, but towers of pride and self-sufficiency.

 

God honors a humble heart.  So don’t let the world fool you into thinking you need to be self-sufficient, rather reach up to God with with an open hand and heart to receive His grace each day.

 

 

God hates pride…but honors humility!

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Why Study Revelation?
By | March 21, 2017

In almost all of its length, the Bible tells the history of God’s people, from Adam to Jesus and His church. Then there’s the Revelation — the history of the future.

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Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 

—Genesis 2:23

 

Marriage is not some humanly devised idea that someone came up with one day. God Himself ordained man and woman to join together in complete union of body and spirit. The Bible teaches that man and woman were made for one another right from the start!

 

God’s ideal for marriage is one man and one woman together for a lifetime. Anything else is a perversion and an alteration to His original plan. But despite the clarity of Scripture on this issue, the world continually tries to change and amend the concept of marriage to accommodate it to the latest cultural trends and ideas.

 

We human beings have a strong need for companionship. God put that desire and need in us, and He created marriage for the fulfillment of that desire. Man and woman were designed to share their lives together.

 

Marriage at its best is a companionship on many levels. It is a spiritual companionship in which the partners grow and support one another. Marriage is also a psychological union in which each partner knows and loves the other. And marriage is also a physical companionship, for the pleasure and enjoyment of one another.

 

Isn’t it interesting that in Genesis God pronounced each day of His creation as “good”? The only part that was “not good” was the aloneness of the man. Marriage is God’s idea and God’s plan to fill that emptiness. Don’t let anyone else tell you what...

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

—Genesis 2:15

 

The desire to work is built into everyone. Now I know what you’re thinking: If that’s true, then why are there so many lazy people out there? I certainly can’t account for every case of laziness, but I believe our need, desire, and capacity for work are God-given.

 

The creation account in Genesis says that God placed Adam in a perfect place called the Garden of Eden. Eden was a real, physical place, not just an imaginary garden. Other than being in the Mesopotamia region, we don’t really know where it was. But it was real, and Adam lived there and cared for it.

 

Please notice that God’s command for Adam to tend and care for the garden was given before sin entered the picture. In other words, Adam’s job came straight from God, and it was a part of His perfect creation.

 

Work is not, as some would like to believe, a part of the curse that came about from mankind’s sin. God means for us to find purpose and satisfaction in work, and He gives us the desire to succeed and be productive in that work.

 

That’s why the Bible says in Colossians 3:23 that whatever our job may be, we are to work hard at it and do it for the glory of God, as if we were working for Him and not just for the boss.

 

When we fulfill our purpose in life, then we are in a sense...

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Everyone has a worldview, whether they are aware of it or not. Your worldview is your basic belief system, the way you look at the world through the lens of your own mind and life. Your worldview is important because it determines both your attitude toward life and your actions in life.

 

It is that driving force behind everything we do—that thing inside of us that motivates us to follow a certain path in life and make the decisions we make, good or bad.

 

We can boil every worldview down into one of two basic categories: either Christ-centered or man-centered. If you are a Christian, then your view of life should be Christ-centered. This simply means that Christ is your sufficient and sovereign Lord in every area of life. This view places Christ at the center of every idea and decision.

 

But unfortunately, many people place themselves at the center of life. The man-centered view says that humans are basically good, capable of making it fine on their own, and therefore have no need for God.

 

What’s the driving force behind your life? How does your worldview impact the decisions you make and the actions you take every day? Those questions are worth thinking about. If you live with Christ at the center of your life, you will experience joy, peace, and fulfillment beyond your greatest imagination.

 

Make sure your worldview is centered on Christ.  

 

 

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And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

—Genesis 1:28

I believe the human mind is one of the most incredible parts of God’s handiwork in creation. The animals have a certain level of mental capacity, but none can compare to human beings. The difference is clearly stated in the first chapter of Genesis.

 

God gave humans dominion and power over all the animals of the earth. There are some animals we call smart, but they can only be trained, they don’t necessarily learn. Being taught an idea or a concept is unique to human beings because God gave us a unique mind that gives us self-consciousness and God-consciousness.

 

God gave us the ability to think and be creative. We can play beautiful music, write a great story, paint a picture, and build a magnificent skyscraper. God does give animals many internal instincts, such as a beaver’s ability to build a dam, and a bird’s ability to build a nest. But animals don’t have the desire for growth and learning.

 

What’s even more amazing to me about the human mind is that we are told we only use about 10% of our brain capacity. Think of the potential God has given us to think and act and respond to Him. What a challenge to us to maximize the mind God has given us.

 

Your hopes, joys, and desires are all things God has given you the ability to develop...

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Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.

—Psalm 139:16

 

The birth of a baby is a special and wonderful moment when a new life enters the world. Every baby is truly a tiny miracle, because the Bible says God creates each baby and knits it together in its mother’s womb.

 

The human body is so complex and intricate that it’s mind-boggling to realize how every part works together. We could spend the rest of this day discussing how teeth develop, how bones grow, and how the human body just knows what to do and when to do it.

 

The wonder of Psalm 139 is that God’s creative work in our lives begins at the very moment of conception. Even in our embryonic stage, God is at work shaping us to be the person He wants us to be. And it’s just as incredible to realize that after we are born, God continues to form our bodies.

 

When we stop to think about what an astounding work of creation the human body is, it’s no wonder that God said it was good when He created us. Our bodies are far more complex than any computer or other manmade invention. 

 

And by the way, our bodies are constantly growing and maturing, which tells us that God is still at work in us every day. That should give you a reason to praise Him today. Take a moment right now to thank God for loving you before you ever entered...

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

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

 

 

Thank you for your encouraging words. In India, it seems very difficult to understand the love [of] God. But I personally believe in Jesus Christ’s love. I’m really thankful to you!– Farah

 

 

Thank you for feeding me biblical life lessons. Jack Graham tops my list of the most listened to Holy Spirit–filled preachers, so it only seemed natural to donate to his ministry. I will pray for you to continue being a mighty vessel! – Ricky

 

 

     

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

Dear Friend,

Think about those moments in your life when your heart’s been almost bursting with joy...

Maybe for you it’s been a spectacular sunset. Or when the love of your life looked into your eyes and said, “I do.” Or maybe it’s when you held your newborn baby or grandchild for the very first time.

As you think about those joy-filled moments, I want you to know that heaven is going to be like that forever and ever.

You might be going through a tough time right now. Maybe you’re a believer but you’re struggling under pain and pressure.

If so, let me encourage you to hang on, hold on, and hope on. The truth is, it’s going to get better–especially when we all get to heaven. As God makes “all things new,” your future will be wonderful, and you will rejoice again!

As 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

What a promise we have in the hope of heaven!

I pray you’ve been encouraged by this edition of our PowerLiving newsletter, and I’m grateful for your support to help share God’s love and truth so more people can know Jesus and have the hope of heaven too.

And I’m especially excited that your gift this month will be doubled by the Matching Grant.

Don’t forget to request my CD series, All Things New: The Revelation Part 2, when you send your gift. I know it will encourage you about the hope we have in Christ’s return.

As always, thank you for sharing the...

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What does the book of Revelation mean for you?
By Jack Graham | March 1, 2017

The Bible is the history of God’s people… from Adam to Jesus and on to the founding and future of His Church. But throughout Scripture, only one book is exclusively dedicated to talking about the future: the last book of the Bible–Revelation.

This book can be overwhelming at times because it’s so filled with symbolism. But if you just look for Jesus, you’ll see Revelation is built on one premise: He is coming again!

But until He returns, God has provided us with a reminder of the remarkable promise of His second coming in the book of Revelation. And in my CD series, All Things New: The Revelation Part 2, I list five reasons why:

1. It encourages us to praise our Lord and Savior.

Revelation is much more than just a story about the Antichrist. Revelation is about the Christ. It will give you a greater love for Jesus!

2. It points to our hope in Jesus.

Revelation shows us that eternal things matter. The more we get to know Jesus in its pages, the more we’ll love Him and want to see Him face to face.

3. It prompts us to live godly lives.

With Jesus coming, we should be motivated to live godly lives. Many Christians would be ashamed if Christ returned right now. We have to get our lives right!

4. It encourages us to proclaim the whole counsel of God.

Scripture warns that the wrath of God will be poured out on unbelievers. But in the midst of judgment, there is the promise of salvation for all who believe. Revelation should encourage us to pray that nonbelievers turn to Jesus and to...

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February

It's important to know where you came from
By Jack Graham | February 28, 2017

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

—Genesis 1:27

I am often amused as I listen to scholars and scientists who talk about the evolutionary beginning of this world. They are debating a moot point, because they’re arguing about something God decided and finished centuries ago.

Our attitude toward the origin of the earth is essential to our attitude toward life. To a great degree, how we live our life is determined by what we believe about who we are and where we came from. In fact, our very understanding of God Himself is also at stake in this issue.

For instance, why would there need to be a God if we just evolved, are really just animals, and that everything happens purely by chance? If the entire universe is just a random set of events and a collection of beings with no purpose, then having a Creator is unnecessary.

But as Christians we believe that life is not random. We believe there is a personal God that is involved with His creation.

But here’s the real issue. Even though it’s important to know where we came from, it’s even more important to know where we are going! Our past is only a precursor to our future. We must know that we came from the hand of God, and that someday we will stand before Him!

Genesis 1 is a great week-long story of how God loves us and created us. Just make sure you not only know where you came from, but where you’re going. And share with others this week the good news that God loves them...

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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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… you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

—1 Peter 1:18-19

 

This coming Valentine’s Day provides you and me with the opportunity to think about our love relationships. It is one of the great blessings in life to have people who love us and to love them in return, especially when God is in the midst of that love.

 

And while these earthly relationships touch our lives in real and meaningful ways, we must never lose sight of our heavenly love relationship with God. And here’s why. No other human can possibly satisfy the deepest longings and love needs of our lives. In fact, if we expect or hope for another person to meet the needs that only God can satisfy, we will be forever disappointed.

 

Only God has the power to meet and satisfy the deepest needs of your heart. And it is this love that ransoms you from the futility of the self-serving and sinful ways of the flesh.

 

This Valentine’s Day embrace the love that God has shown for you in Christ Jesus. Accept the precious gift of his blood poured out for you on Calvary. Let him transform your heart into a mighty vessel through which his love can flow to all those around you.

 

God alone has the power to meet and satisfy the deepest needs of your heart.

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“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”

—Jeremiah 31:3

 

There are four things about the love of God that I’d like you to meditate on today.

 

First, God loves you. He loves you more than anyone else could ever love you!

 

Second, God’s love for you is eternal. Time cannot erase it. God loves you and He will always love you.

 

Third, God’s love for you is unconditional. This concept is hard to completely understand at times because of how conditional human love can be. Sometimes human love is dependent on how we feel about someone…or it’s dependent upon someone loving us in return. But God’s love is unconditional. Nothing you do or don’t do can alter it. 

 

Lastly, God’s love is incomprehensible! It’s immeasurable. What’s most remarkable about the love of God is that in spite of your sin and my sin…despite our failure and brokenness and worthlessness…He reached down and showed us His love by sending His Son to die in our place on the cross!

 

It’s my prayer that you’ll remember just how much God loves you today…and that as a result, you’ll be motivated to share God’s love with others.

 

God’s love for you is eternal, unconditional, and immeasurable!

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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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For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
—Romans 8:38-39


Do you ever worry that you could lose your salvation? That you could do something so awful that you would no longer be saved? 


The fact is, when you make a decision to accept Christ as your Savior, your eternal future is made secure. His work is finished! Thanks to what Jesus did on the cross, God has wiped away any sin that separated you from Him. In fact, Psalm 103:12 tells us, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” 
 


But maybe you still feel guilty for what you’ve done in the past…or for what you’re currently doing. Maybe your deep sense of regret is stopping you from turning back to God now.

 
If so, I want to point you to what Paul says in Romans 8:38-39…that nothing can separate you from God’s love. Death can’t do it. Life can’t do it. Neither can angels, governments, or powers. Nothing in your past, your present, or your future can separate you from God’s love. Not one single thing!

 
So I encourage you to claim this promise from God today…and commit Romans 8:38-39 to memory. Then the next time Satan tempts you to doubt your standing in Christ, say these verses out loud…and stand on God’s promises!

 
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January

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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In every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

—Philippians 1:18

 

Do you remember those old Gatorade commercials that ask, “Is it in you?” That’s a great question for us to ask ourselves when it comes to our character and our faith…is it in us?

 

The reason Christ-like character needs to be in us is that what is inside us will come out when we are under pressure or facing opposition. It’s at times like these when others see who we really are.

 

If we are going to lead someone else to Christ, or be a positive example, we have to be people of integrity and credibility. Nobody wants to follow someone they don’t trust or who is not completely believable. Your message must be livable if it is to be believable.

 

It’s important to remember that we are either bringing credit or discredit to the holy name of Christ by the things we do and say each day. If the people around you know that you are a Christian, then what you do and say is a representation to them of Jesus.

 

That’s challenging to think about, but if Christ is in you, you have everything you need to be a positive example. After all, the best argument for Christ is a faithful follower of Him!

 

There’s really nothing mysterious about being a good example of the Christian faith.  Just let your walk match your talk.  Make your personal witness for Christ believable and trustworthy, so others will be willing to follow the example you set.

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