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What to do when you’re too wounded to pray
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 5, 2018

The next time you see a member of the armed forces in dress uniform, look at the ribbons worn over their heart.

If you see a dark purple ribbon with white stripes binding each end, you’re looking at a member of the walking wounded. The Purple Heart is a decoration given to service members wounded in the line of duty.

You and I live in a wounded world – and we don’t need a ribbon or medal to tell us so. All we have to do is look around to see that something went terribly wrong.

There have been times when I’ve felt so lost that I didn’t even know how to pray about it. The words “Lord, help” were on my mind, but they didn’t leave my lips. God knows how I felt, and He knows how you feel.

So, when you are too wounded to pray, the Spirit of God can help you overcome in three specific ways…

He overcomes the problem of prayerlessness. One of the ironies of the spiritual life is that we grow less energetic about prayer at the times we need to pray most. But inevitably, the Holy Spirit arrests our thoughts and leads us back to prayer (Galatians 4:6).

He overcomes the problem of pain. In times of great need, we probably need to do more listening than talking. The Holy Spirit prays in and through us according to the will of God (Romans 8:27), giving the direction we need.

He overcomes the problem of powerlessness. In times of despair, a simple confession of your feelings will engage the Holy Spirit to fight against distractions and confusion – and empower you to pray effectively.

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Your support is changing lives!
By PowerPoint Ministries | September 1, 2018

Coreen recently wrote to share her frustration with television being bombarded with so many “false prophets,” in her words. But the faithful support of generous friends like you ensures Coreen can access PowerPoint every day online.

Coreen shared…

“I have a select few ministries I listen to. I try to watch you every day. I pray for you every day. Thank you and keep up the good work for the LORD.”

Thank you for giving Coreen hope through messages she knows she can trust!

 

     

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

Dear Friend,

One of my favorite personalities in the entire Bible is Joseph. He was a godly young man who had great dreams and great desires from God.

Joseph’s dreams led him to be sold into slavery by his own brothers. Yet, even after he was taken to Egypt, Joseph knew his source of protection – and he didn’t give up on his dreams.

Life may be dealing you painful blows, one after another, but like Joseph, you can have hope. I pray this issue of PowerLiving helps you to rely on the One who gave you great dreams.

It’s this same hope and joyful anticipation that you also help share with others when you give to PowerPoint. And this month, any gift you give will be DOUBLED by a $100,000 Matching Grant, so I ask you to please respond generously.

Thank you for helping spread the promise and protection of Christ across the globe!

’Til the whole world hears,

 

     

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The world is hearing… thanks to you!
By PowerPoint Ministries | September 1, 2018

One of the driving goals of PowerPoint Ministries is to proclaim Christ ’til the whole world hears. It’s a promise that has never been more affirmed than it was recently while Pastor Graham was in Germany to preach, speak at seminaries, and train local pastors.

While visiting a Persian church in Cologne, Pastor Graham was immediately approached by the pastor who wanted to take a picture to share with his friends and family back in Iran. They don’t have a lot of access to the Gospel messages – except through watching PowerPoint every Sunday, because our messages are translated into Farsi and broadcast through a partnership with Iran Alive.

This is only possible through your gifts and prayers. So thank you for encouraging these believers in Germany, and so many others in Iran, with Bible teaching and discipleship shared through PowerPoint!

 

     

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5 lessons to help you enjoy a lasting marriage
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 6, 2018

My wife Deb and I have been married for 46 years. And we’re still best friends.

We loved each other before we got married at just 19 and 20. But even after all of these years, we still like each other. In fact, we’re closer than ever.

Deb and I recently reflected on the lessons we’ve learned along the way that have kept our marriage alive and helped it thrive. We want to share them with you, with the hope that they can do the same for you and your spouse.

So from our family to yours, here are 5 lessons we learned that will help you enjoy a lasting marriage…

1. Be able to laugh. Laughter helps smooth over a lot of rough edges. It can be a great joy in your marriage, so use it!

2. Embrace adversity. Every marriage has its challenges. It’s when you join forces to overcome problems that your marriage gets stronger. Whether it’s personal, emotional, or spiritual adversity – face it together.

3. Focus on what you have in common. There will be things that both you and your spouse don’t naturally gravitate to, and that’s fine. But focus on the things you both like to do, so you can experience joy and happiness in doing them together.

4. Express your appreciation. So many marriages die by a thousand nicks and cuts – a little criticism here, more criticism there. If there’s one thing most marriages need, it’s a greater dose of expressed respect and appreciation.

5. Put Jesus first and your spouse second. Prioritizing Him doesn’t lessen your love for your spouse. In fact, it’s the opposite. You’ll have more to offer your spouse...

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Did you know PowerPoint Ministries has been accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 2011?

That means your gifts are used at the highest level of financial responsibility and stewardship!

The ECFA is an independent body that holds organizations and churches to their Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™. Standards 1 through 6 focus on a ministry’s business practices and financial dealings. Standard 7 ensures donations are requested, managed, and spent in an ethical manner.

PowerPoint has always adhered to these high standards. The ministry is governed by an independent board, and Dr. Graham has never received compensation from PowerPoint. So, you can give with the assurance that every donation is used to further spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions regarding giving or PowerPoint’s business practices, please call Jason Graham at 972-820-5415 or email jasongraham@powerpoint.org.

 

     

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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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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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