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How to break free when grief won’t let go
By Jack Graham | July 5, 2017

C. S. Lewis was plunged into the depths of grief after the death of his wife. He wrote, “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” Grief can feel that way – beyond measure, with no clear beginning and no end in sight.

But as believers, we know we’ll see our Christian loved ones again in heaven. What a glorious promise!

But how do you deal with the pain of loss right now?

Here are some biblical truths to help you move through that overwhelming sadness in a healthy way – so you get better, not bitter:

First, remember God is with you.

Sometimes, in our lowest moments, we’re so focused on what we’re feeling that we don’t look up and recognize God’s presence. But the truth is, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Your loving heavenly Father will help you, hold you close, and dry every tear.

Second, let good grief do its healing work.

Grieving the loss of a loved one is normal, natural, and helpful for healing your emotions.

Good grief is calling out to God when you hurt – but then steadying yourself with God’s promises. Remind yourself of His love, His grace, and His power daily.

Soak in David’s words in Psalm 62:8, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”

Don’t let your grief keep a paralyzing grip on you. As you turn to God and His Word for comfort and healing, He will fill your heart with the hope of heaven!

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The leadership America needs
By | July 4, 2017

So I exhort the leaders among you as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed….

—1 Peter 5:1

 

Since our nation’s founding, America has been distinguished and defined by spiritual leadership. Men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry built our government upon the foundations of faith.

 

As Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  

 

Nearly 100 years later, President Abraham Lincoln confirmed our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundation when he said, “… it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God… and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

 

Clearly our forefathers rose to the challenges of their day, and in the process they gave us a remarkable nation. So how shall you and I respond to the challenges of our day? 

 

I believe the kind of strong spiritual leadership America needs today is not just found in our statehouses or in the White House. I believe it is found in our churches. There is no problem so big in America that it can’t be solved if America’s churches will rise to the challenge!

 

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From Pastor’s Desk
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 2, 2017

Dear Friend,

Whatever grief and pain you may be dealing with right now, let me encourage you with a simple truth from the Scriptures…

Jesus loves you and understands all you’re going through – and He’s with you every step of the way.

You may be grieving a child who’s gone his own way. You might be fighting a painful illness. Or you may be wrestling with the loss of a loved one.

Even in your darkest moments, God’s Word can fill your heart with hope.

That’s what happened for Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher who was so passionate about sharing the Gospel – and drew thousands to Christ.

With his hearty laugh and sense of humor, Spurgeon appeared joyful and content.  But his fruitful ministry was attacked by narrow-minded critics. And inwardly, he battled fear, painful gout, and depression for many years.

How did Spurgeon overcome his struggles and impact so many with the Gospel? He knew God was always with him. In his final sermon, he praised God, saying:

“I have had nothing but love from Him. … His service is life, peace, joy.”

It’s my prayer that you’ll find that same “life, peace, joy” as you help bring God’s Word to people all over the world through PowerPoint.

And to thank you for your donation this month, I’ll send you my Breaking Free and Breaking Free from Grief booklets, so you can find strength to overcome your struggles.

Thank you again for helping proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

’Til the whole world hears,

 

     
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Your support is changing lives!
By PowerPoint Ministries | July 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:

“Bonjour, Pastor Graham! I look forward to your daily devotional. Each day you encourage me so much. My walk with Christ has been enhanced because of your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit!” – Rod

 

 

 

“I lost my police career, kids, and marriage due to my addictions to alcohol and drugs. I’ve rededicated my life to the Lord because of Jack Graham. Now Jesus has totally set me free from all alcohol and pain meds! I thank Jesus every day for my life now!” — Lance

 

 

Thank you for your support so more people like these can hear God’s truth!

     

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It was heartbreaking and horrifying for people all over the world to see that – for the third time in three months, and the second time in two weeks – radical Islamic terrorists launched bloody, brutal attacks in the U.K. against civilians who were out for a meal or an evening stroll or a concert.

People of Manchester, London, and the U.K., our prayers are with you – and especially with the families who have suffered firsthand from the cowardly acts of these demonic terrorists.

It’s for times like these that PowerPoint returned to the U.K., broadcasting the truth of God to bring hope now and forever.

I offer you these assurances:

1. There is one true God, and He does not support or reward those who attack innocent men, women, and children. His plan for such wickedness is something altogether different than Paradise.

2. There is one true God, and He has a divine Son who lived among us and ultimately died for our sins before He rose in glory, that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

3. There is one true God, and His Son, Jesus, sits at the right hand of the Father. And they hear the cries and prayers of their people.

Christians, we must pray and we must act.

Let’s pray for healing in the United Kingdom, in America, and for those around the world who suffer from the inherent evil of radical Islam. More Christians are being persecuted today, terrorized today, and losing their lives today than at any time in history because of this so-called “religion of peace.”

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“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

 

Our world has seen some horrible tragedies this year, from the terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, to the senseless killings going on in America’s streets.  Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that when things go wrong, there are two kinds of people: those who panic and those who pray. I love what Corrie ten Boom used to say, “There’s no panic in heaven, only plans.” That means that even when we’re taken by surprise, God isn’t!

 

But what does that mean for us? Well, the fact that bad things will happen in life is a foregone conclusion. It’s the reality of the world in which we live as one of the many consequences of sin. Yet even when those bad things do happen, we can choose how we will react.

 

While many are fretting, not knowing how to cope with tragedy, God is still on the throne of the universe. And there’s absolutely nothing that happens outside of His divine purview. So we can either choose to go into panic mode, or we can look to Him in faith.

 

Now, you’re probably thinking that’s easy to say but hard to do in the midst of chaos. And you’d be right, because trusting God is impossible in our flesh. But when we allow His Spirit to do the work, we become capable of experiencing His supernatural peace – a peace beyond understanding –...

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For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

1 Corinthians 14:33

 

The history of mankind can be thought of in terms of power. In the beginning of our history, we had manpower, the ability to do things for ourselves. Then, we had horsepower, the ability to use animals to do work for us. After that came machine power as we found the ability to make complex devices to accomplish difficult tasks.

 

Each step in the development of power has enriched mankind, both financially and materially. And yet, while we’ve slowly learned how to exhibit control and power over the world around us, we’ve also learned each step of the way that there’s much more we don’t control than we realize.

 

So what does this leave us? Well for one, we’re now in a place where we can firmly say we’re not in control of most things. Even when we take into account those things we do control, they pale in comparison to the number of things we don’t.

 

Our only options then are either to surrender to chaos and believe whatever happens has no ultimate purpose, or we believe that God is ultimately in control and has a purpose for everything. But the Bible is clear – God works everything out for the good of those who love Him. Everything has a purpose.

 

Don’t let the chaos of life distress you. Trust in the goodness of God and believe that in Christ, He’ll work everything out for your good!

 

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Keep your mind focused on the joy of God
By Jack Graham | June 14, 2017

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.
 
—1 Peter 1:8

 
What’s your definition of a holy life?  You might be surprised to find out that God is not only holy; God is happy!
 
And when we talk about living a holy life, we are talking about living a life full of energy, life, power, and joy.  
 
As our verse for today says, we have “joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory!”! That’s a joy that’s so incredible you can’t even express it!  It is because of salvation through Christ.
 
So when I talk about holiness, I’m not talking about being pious or religious. Rather, pure holiness is a beautiful expression of the very character of God.  We are separated unto God that we might live positive, joyful, exuberant lives… as well as disciplined and dedicated lives.
 
The upward call of every Christian is to live with a purity of heart and a purity of life that comes from the soul and is unpolluted because the presence of God is there.
 
You and I have been called to live a godly life… no exceptions.  And it all begins with our minds.  According to Proverbs 23:7, “As a man calculates in his soul, so is he.”  Have you ever thought about how so many of our spiritual struggles begin when we allow our minds to wander aimlessly?  
 
Today, I want to encourage you to make sure your thinking is controlled by the grace of God.  Exercise self-discipline.  Second, eliminate anything that...

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The Truth about a Dad's Influence
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 9, 2017

                  Families are in crisis. And the root of that crisis falls on parents…especially disconnected dads. Frankly, we are living in a culture in which fathers are often invisible – a so-called fatherless culture. Our families and our nation are paying the price as a result.  Too often dads are lost, struggling in the role that God has called them to do. 

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