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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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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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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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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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