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Lessons from nature to help your faith bloom
By Deb Graham | April 3, 2019
In spring, it’s as if the windows of heaven open and God smiles upon us. Everything in nature awakens and raises its head to praise Him. That is, everything but my tulips!
If you’ve ever planted tulips, then you know they’re a mystery. Those odd-looking bulbs produce the most delicate flowers. They appear without warning and alert us to spring in a beautiful way.
But only if they have the right circumstances… which I learned after mine failed to appear one year.
I waited for them and searched for them, but there were no tulips. So I began studying the art of planting tulips. And yes, there is a wrong way and a right way to nurture them. I soon realized they are a lot like our lives. For instance…
Tulips have to be chosen or selected. God chose you and me to be redeemed. Jesus paid the price for our sins when He died on the cross.
Tulips have to be planted at a certain time. There was a perfect time when Christ called your name and mine, and we accepted Him. God knows the days of our lives, and He calls us in exactly the right season.
Tulip bulbs are to be planted four to five inches deep and at least six inches apart. After accepting Christ, we must plant ourselves where we have the best opportunity to grow.
Tulip bulbs are fed by the nutrients in the soil. Being planted in Christ is the key to whatever growth will take place in our Christian walk.
The wide base of the tulip bulb should always be planted facing down. The Christian life is all about...
Q & A with Dr. Graham
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 1, 2019
Q How can I share the hope of heaven with others?
From Dr. Graham's Desk
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 1, 2019
I would not be who I am today without my wonderful wife, Deb. She’s been my partner in life and ministry for 48 years, and I really thank the Lord for her.
A godly wife is an incredible gift to her husband. But every woman – married or single – is a gift to the world.
If you’re an unmarried woman, your life isn’t on hold until you meet Mr. Right. “Your Maker is your husband” (Isaiah 54:5). God loves you and has a plan for you to live a happy and productive life.
There are so many women in our world who have yet to take their place as daughters of the King. They don’t know they’re loved by the Lord and precious to Him, and that He has good plans for their life – both now and for eternity.
Thank you for any gift you’d like to send to help share this message with the world, so more women – and men – might discover who they really are in Christ.
I’m grateful for your support in sharing that truth!
’Til the whole world hears,
You’re encouraging moms like Kelly!
By PowerPoint Ministries | April 1, 2019
Through your generous support for PowerPoint Ministries, you’re helping thousands of people experience God’s incredible work in their life! Kelly wrote to say…
“I listen to your powerful PowerPoint [broadcast] every morning, and I know God is working on me every single day. God is good to me all the time… who am I to have three beautiful children? All is God’s work, and I’m blessed and thankful for everything in life.”
Please pray that more people will hear the Good News of Jesus through PowerPoint’s broadcasts on the radio, television, and online. And thank you for making this outreach possible!
How prayer got me through cancer
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 11, 2019
It is often in the very toughest of times and trials that God brings us to a crisis of faith, and it’s through that experience that we begin to pray. The writer C.S. Lewis put it best: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
I experienced such a time in 2009 when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Me – a relatively young guy in excellent health with energy to spare. I never imagined that the word cancer would be attached to my life. And yet it was.
While I made it through surgery without incident, recovery nearly did me in. I was exhausted. I was fearful. I was weak and despondent. I wondered if I would ever get better.
For many months, I prayed to God for healing and for hope. Meanwhile, week after week, I crawled into the pulpit to deliver my weekly sermon, sustained by the prayerful persistence that connected my heart to God’s.
Strangely, during this time of pain and weakness, more than any other point in my life, I became utterly convinced of the power of prayer. Though I was wobbly and wounded, the more I pursued interaction with my heavenly Father, the more divine strength I sensed in my life. The more I knocked on the doors of heaven, the more I found God ready and willing to carry the burden I bore.
Whatever broken conditions you are facing today – in your marriage, your home, your family, through a child who’s wandered away, or the collapse of a career – it is so often pain that drives us to dependence upon God....
Will you sink - or stay steady - in the storm?
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 4, 2019
If there’s one promise of Jesus that’s easy to believe, it’s this:
“In the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33)
Much as we’d like to, Christians don’t get a pass from pain. We’re not immune to the suffering and heartache that mars every aspect of our fallen world.
Like you, I’ve experienced this firsthand.
As you may know, one of the darkest valleys I’ve ever had to walk was when my father was murdered in the parking lot of his hardware store back in the summer of 1970. His death was the most devastating time of my life. In that moment, I wondered how I’d survive. I doubted my ability to overcome the trial. I even doubted God’s presence and care.
And when trials like that come upon us, it can suddenly seem much harder to take God at His Word...
But whatever you’re facing today, I want you to know that God is always holding out His hand to rescue you, even while the storm is raging.
The apostle Peter learned this lesson the night Jesus invited him to walk on the water. You’ll remember that Peter did fine as long as he fixed his gaze on Christ. But as soon as he turned his attention to the wind and waves surrounding him, he began to sink.
Your circumstances will be different from mine, and different from Peter’s. But you face the same choice: Will you take your eyes off Jesus and sink, or will you allow God’s presence and power to steady you in the storm?
My prayer for you is that when trials hit, you’ll look up and lean hard into the arms of our loving...
You’re inspiring prayer warriors like Jerry!
By PowerPoint Ministries | March 3, 2019
Your support helps provide PowerPoint’s Prayer War Room, where a team of volunteer prayer warriors, like Jerry, support those in need by waging spiritual warfare. Every month, Jerry calls and prays for around 200 people who reach out for help.
Jerry is well placed to minister to hurting people. Years ago, he lost his baby daughter to a rare cancer. So when people ask for prayer, Jerry can testify how God provides strength and comfort, even in the most difficult times.
He’s thankful for this opportunity to serve – because friends like you helped bring him hope through PowerPoint broadcasts. “I decided to listen... [and] found what I’d been missing – my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!”
As Jerry’s story shows, every person that you help reach with Jesus’ love can go on to impact many others. God is working through your prayers and gifts to transform more lives like Jerry’s and grow this circle of blessing!
Join us on this Mediterranean journey
By PowerPoint Ministries | March 2, 2019
An invitation from Dr. Graham
Deb and I recently had the opportunity to visit Israel with a group of PowerPoint supporters and friends. The chance to walk where Jesus walked is an experience like no other. The fellowship was so special, and the spiritual impact was life-changing!
That’s why I’m so excited about plans for a unique PowerPoint trip this October 20–31, when together we’ll trace the journeys of the apostle Paul around the beautiful Mediterranean. It is an incredible opportunity to see and learn about the cradle of our faith.
I’d love for you to join us on this journey of a lifetime!
Jack Graham Statement on 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jan. 22
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 22, 2019
PLANO, Texas — Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, issues the following statement on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jan. 22:
“It has been said that the ultimate measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members. If America were judged today by this measure, we would get a resounding failing grade. For 46 years we have allowed abortion to depreciate the value of human life in our nation to the point where terminating a pregnancy — and consequently a human being — takes no longer than a trip to the dentist. The fact that over 61 million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade should make us realize we have lost our moral compass. I pray America once again remembers the true value of human life: inherently worthy and infinitely precious in the eyes of the Creator.”
Do you want your faith to flourish?
By Dr. Jack Graham | January 4, 2019
Many people have asked me: How can I have great faith?
To uncover the mystery, let’s turn our minds to the heroes of the faith whose stories we find in the pages of Scripture. Think of Moses leading the enslaved Israelites to liberty. Or Gideon routing the formidable Midianites. And don’t forget mighty King David conquering Jerusalem and laying the foundation for the coming of the Messiah in his own family line.
And yet, that’s not the full story, is it?
Moses was a murderer and a fugitive. Gideon led the nation into idolatry. And then there’s David – adulterer, liar, and assassin.
Friend, the truth is, just like you and me, all these “heroes” were flawed individuals. And yet God used them... not because they had great character traits, but simply because their trust was in Him!
You see, what makes faith great is the One in Whom it is placed.
Let me show you what I mean.
Picture an airplane about to take off from DFW International Airport. Now picture two passengers. The first is relaxed and at ease, confident that the plane will fly safely to its destination. The second is gripped by panic, fearful the engines might fail at 35,000 feet.
Three and a half hours later, the plane lands safely at JFK.
Both passengers put their faith in the airplane – and it was the airplane that delivered them to their destination, regardless of their emotional response!
Friend, your faith is great if it’s placed in the One Who promises to deliver you safely home – no matter your failings or feelings. So if you want your faith to flourish in 2019, simply...