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How can you break free from the grip of grief?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 4, 2018

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know the aching emptiness of grief. Often the pain is beyond measure – an overwhelming and profound sadness that words can barely begin to describe.

If you’ve walked this dark valley, then I’m sure you can relate to these words from someone who found herself sinking under the pain of bereavement.

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21 ESV)

I’m sure these words are familiar to you. They were spoken to Jesus by His close friend Martha following the death of her dear brother, Lazarus. And they reveal to us the painful questions of a grieving heart...

            “I thought you loved me, Jesus.”

                        “Why didn’t you do something, Lord?”

                                    “Were you not able to answer my cry for help?”

Perhaps you recognize the cry of your own heart in Martha’s heartfelt plea. If so, then you need to cling to the promises of God that will pour healing balm on your wounds of grief.

Here are two truths to help heal your hurting heart:

First, God understands your pain even when you feel like no one could ever know what you’re going through. As Isaiah 53:3 says, “He was…a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”

Second, God will hold you firm even when you feel like you’re sinking in the storms of grief. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Friend, remember that God longs to lift you up – no matter how deep the abyss of pain seems to be. So cling to His Word. In...

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We all know people who’ve become trapped as they’ve turned to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, medications, or food for comfort. Then there are others who’ve become controlled by behaviors – gambling, sexual immorality, or overwork. It’s also possible to become addicted to an emotion, like anger, grief, or negativity.

Whatever the addiction, the root of the problem is deception. Since Eden, Satan has been the father of lies. And when it comes to addiction, his lies abound:

“I don’t really have a problem.”

“It’s just one drink.”

“I can quit at anytime.”

“I’m not hurting anyone else.”

“It’s just the way I am.”

The path to breaking free from addiction begins by turning away from these lies – recognizing, exposing, and confessing them – and turning to Jesus. Because only His truth – about our weakness and His power – can break the bondage of addiction.

We need to learn to live in the victory Christ won for us – because as John 8:36 says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

     

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Your support helps comfort people like Shelley!
By PowerPoint Ministries | July 1, 2018

Through your generous gifts and prayers, men and women around the world are finding freedom and hope as they hear God’s truth through PowerPoint on the radio, on TV, and online.

Shelley says,

“We are so enjoying [the] series on heaven. My dear father passed away last week. He was a retired minister and loved sharing God’s Word with everyone. Although we know he is with our Savior, your words are still so comforting in our time of grief. Thanks for your message of hope and healing!”

Thank you for proclaiming the promises of God and bringing comfort in Christ to so many like Shelley… ’til the whole world hears!

     

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From Dr. Graham's Desk
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 1, 2018

Dear Friend,

Don’t you just love the beautiful promises of Psalm 23?

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me.... He restores my soul.” (vv.1-3)

          Have you ever noticed that in the next verses, King David moves from speaking about God – “He makes… He leads… He restores…” – to addressing God directly?

“You are with me… You prepare… You anoint….” (vv. 4-5)

          It’s an important shift because it teaches a powerful truth: When we walk through life’s valleys and shadows, we draw closer to the Lord than ever before. That’s when what we know in our head moves to our heart.

          Friend, whatever grief or trial you’re facing, your Good Shepherd promises you comfort, provision, and blessing as He walks with you through the valleys.

I pray you’ll be encouraged by His presence and promises today!

         And I’m so thankful that, through your partnership, you’re helping others find the same comfort. Your gifts help more people hear about the Good Shepherd through PowerPoint on the radio, on TV, and online.

May He bless you as you bless others through your generous support!

         Thank you for your ongoing support to share powerful biblical truth like that with many others worldwide who need to hear of God’s love for them!

’Til the whole world hears,

 

     

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What D-Day teaches us about prayer
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 6, 2018

As we mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day Wednesday – a pivotal day when Allied forces landed in France to begin the liberation of Europe from the Nazis in World War II – I’m reminded how this historical moment wouldn’t have happened without the courageous Americans who responded to the call to serve their country.

It all began with three words: “Remember Pearl Harbor.” These words rallied people to enlist in the military after the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. The tragic attack pulled America together in a dark time, when war threatened everything we valued — our families, friends and our very freedoms.

Similarly, 60 years later, many people were inspired to unite and enlist in the military to serve their country after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Millions of Americans have entered military service since that day.

Army Sgt. and recruiter Cheri Depenbrock told the American Forces Press Service in 2001 that she had never seen such resolve to defend America as she did after 9/11.

“It was amazing the people walking into (our Cincinnati) office, the ages,” Depenbrock said. “We had so many prior-service folks wanting to come back. I was amazed at how many older people tried … some of them were in their fifties.”

“It was all about the patriotism. They didn’t care about anything else. Money had nothing do with it. I swear, I think half those (younger) kids would have joined if we hadn’t paid them.”

Did these inspiring phenomena happen because our country suddenly became more patriotic in both of these cases of national tragedy? Not necessarily. We were sobered as a country by both attacks. But we were...

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What’s your true value as a woman?
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 4, 2018

Everywhere you turn, the world has a message for the women of today. Social media, fashion magazines, TV, billboards, and movies all use different words and images to communicate the same message:

If you’re truly a modern woman, if you’re really a successful woman, you must strive for physical perfection, professional success, and independence.

And if you’re a mother who’s investing time in caring for your kids, the world tries to make you believe you’re settling for less. But many women who’ve put everything aside to be professionally successful can find themselves at the top of the corporate ladder alone, desiring more, and looking for meaning in their lives.

In contrast to what the world tells women today, the Bible has the true message: God has elevated the position of womanhood and given every woman a place of honor and respect in the Christian home.

In Proverbs, God gives us a model of true womanhood for every woman, married or single.

The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a woman of inestimable value: “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels” (v. 10). A godly Christian woman is a precious treasure.

What makes you valuable as a woman? It’s your godliness and virtue. When you’re a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled woman committed to following Jesus Christ, you’ll be the godly woman God desires you to be.

In contrast to the world’s view that your value is based upon your outward beauty, independence, and professional success, God says your value is based upon the ageless inner beauty of your Christlike character.

No one is more charming, more beautiful, than a woman who glows with the glory and the presence of...

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Are you ready for heaven?
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 5, 2018

You may know this story about a pastor teaching a bunch of kids at a Vacation Bible School. He asks, “How many of you want to go to heaven?”

Everyone’s hands shot up, apart from one small boy in the front row. “Son, don’t you want to go to heaven when you die?”

“Oh! When you die? I thought you were getting up a group to go right now!”

Maybe you’re a bit like this little boy. Heaven seems like a good prospect for the future, but you wouldn’t want to go right now...

Of course, it’s natural to want to hang around on earth as long as you can. I’m guessing there are loved ones you don’t want to leave. Maybe you still have lots of things to tick off your bucket list!

And yet, we must be ready.

This life is all we know – but we must remember it’s not all there is! Scripture makes it plain that as believers “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). And so we’re told to “set your minds on things that are above” (Colossians 3:2).

The Bible is packed with truths to help us live in the here and now in light of our eternal hope. One of my favorites is when Jesus refers to heaven as His “Father’s house” (John 14:2). He wants us to know it’s a place of ultimate belonging, complete security, total acceptance, and unrelenting love.

Friend, lift your eyes to heaven and be ready for “what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)!

 

 

     
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Get instant access to Dr. Graham on your TV!
By PowerPoint Ministries | April 1, 2018

It’s thanks to friends like you that more people than ever are being reached for Christ through PowerPoint’s life-changing broadcasts.

And now, it’s even easier to access Dr. Graham’s incisive and heartfelt biblical teaching – thanks to the PowerPoint TV App.

If you have 4th generation Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, just download the app today, and you’ll have hours of solid Gospel-centered preaching at your fingertips!

Please also share the app with your family, friends and church members – so more hearts and homes can be filled with the life-changing truths of God’s Word… ’til the whole world hears!

 

 

     

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After America was attacked on September 11, 2001, many people were inspired to sign up to serve their country. Nearly 3.2 million people have entered military service since the attack. I don’t think this happened because our country suddenly became more patriotic. But we were suddenly, and violently, made aware of a group of radicals who wanted us dead. 

As Christians, it can be all too easy to go about our daily lives without ever thinking about how we’re at war with dark spiritual forces that we can’t always see. But Paul warns us not to be complacent, saying “keep alert with all perseverance” (Ephesians 6:18).

How can you play your part and persevere in this spiritual war?

Your secret weapon is prayer. Prayer might not feel particularly aggressive or militant, but it’s by prayer – warfare prayer – alone that you and I are able to engage with and overcome the enemy of our souls.

Think of it this way – warfare prayer is a discipline, an attack aimed at the forces of darkness around us.

To engage in warfare prayer is to ask for God’s help to get on His plan, not to ask Him for help with yours. Warfare prayer is full of gratitude, worshiping God for the love He lavishes on us daily.

Warfare prayer is also hard work. Paul doesn’t give us any leeway for time off. He tells us, once again in Ephesians 6:18, to be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

As Christians, we know how prayer changes our lives and attitudes. But if you haven’t yet thought of prayer as a powerful weapon, let me encourage you:  our world needs...

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