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Power up your life with new joy and energy
By Jack Graham | September 4, 2017

So many Christians today waste their energy on trying too hard.

They try hard to be strong and vibrant for the Lord. And yet, many are dragged down by stress. Many feel tired and empty, and they are just running on fumes.

You can go to church on Sunday and get so full and excited singing wonderful praise songs, thinking, Lord, my life’s going to be different! But when you wake up on Monday morning, you think, Dear God, what happened? Did I backslide in my sleep? How could I feel so lifted up yesterday – and now so dead and dull?

Maybe you’re wondering the same thing today: Where is the reality of my relationship with Jesus?

As a believer, you have the Spirit of the Living God living within you – ready to give you all the joy and energy you need. He wants to help you live a powered up, fruitful, and fulfilled life.

That’s why Ephesians 5:18 tells us, “be filled with the Spirit.” The way to plug into that Holy Spirit power is to make the daily decision to pray and yield to His wise direction.

When I call my own shots, I’m depending on me. But when I pray, I begin living in dependence on God. So pray about everything – your needs, your decisions, and the people you’re going to meet. Soon you’ll find that rather than struggling to get by, you’ll be walking with new strength and energy in the Spirit-filled life God wants for you.

     

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Every single person wants to make the best decisions he or she can. And if you’re a believer in Christ, then you don’t have to make those decisions alone. But how does God lead us in life’s big decisions?

Perhaps you recall the wonderful story in Acts, when the Lord told Philip to leave Jerusalem and go south to the desert road. As he followed the Lord’s command, he came across a chariot carrying an Ethiopian eunuch who looked puzzled:

“And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:29-31)

So one way God leads you is by speaking through an inner voice… just as He spoke to Philip. This kind of direction isn’t a gut feeling or intuition. This is the work and the witness of the Spirit of God in your life.

We see this ministry of the Spirit clearly described in Romans 8:14,

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

So, if you’re a child of God, the Spirit is leading you!

When you read in John 14:26 how Jesus promised the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit as our “Helper,” that word in the original Greek manuscript is paraklete.

This special word describes the Spirit as “one who is called alongside.” So the Spirit is walking with you, leading you into God’s plans for your life, and guiding you through the important choices...

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

“I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders, and I started reading my Bible. God gave me a peace I’ve never known before. I asked Him many questions – and my questions were answered by Pastor Graham whom I listen to daily. My life is so much better! Thank you!” – Klaus

 

“Pastor Graham gives us a powerful, encouraging word first thing in the morning. Thank you!” – Dana

 

 

     

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From Pastor’s Desk
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 1, 2017

Dear Friend,

You have everything you need right now to experience the greatest joy that Jesus gives.

But I’m concerned that many Christians today are sinking into disappointment, disillusionment, and even depression.

If that’s you or someone you love, let me encourage you today.

As a believer, you have within you the Spirit of the Living God who wants to fill you and flow through you, so you can live life successfully, rather than living your life in defeat.

“Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his [innermost being] will flow rivers of living water.”’ Now this he said about the Spirit…” (John 7:37-39).

You don’t have to beg God to fill you afresh with His Spirit. You just need to “come” with a thirsty, humble heart, and daily yield your life to Him.

I’d love to send you a copy of my book, Powering Up, as my thanks for becoming a PowerPoint Partner this month – or for your gift today – to help you live a life that’s increasingly Spirit-filled and overflowing!

Thank you for sharing that “living water” with people all around the world, as you proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ through your partnership!

’Til the whole world hears,

 

     

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Where Was God When the Flood Waters Rose?
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 31, 2017

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Proverbs 16:1

Throughout the history of our faith, this question has often been asked: “Where is God when tragedy strikes; and where is He when the storms come?” And as often as that question has been asked, there has been no shortage of answers put forth by Christians and non-Christians alike. But even deeper than that question is the concern by some that God is aloof, even indifferent, when storms strike.

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What is standing in your way?
By | August 23, 2017

So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat… and they captured the city.

—Joshua 6:20

 

Do you know that God’s plan for every Christian is victory? It’s true. That means if you’re a believer, God’s promise of victory is right in front of you. You just have to grasp it!

 

For the children of Israel, grasping the victory God planned for them came after they had been in the wilderness for 40 years. Moses had promised them a land flowing with milk and honey, and they were eager to see that kind of abundance!

 

But right before they were to enter the Promised Land, they faced a problem. A huge problem. Standing between them and this great land was the city of Jericho. And it was surrounded by a massive wall!

 

After 40 years of waiting, do you think the Israelites hung their heads and went back to Egypt? No, they didn’t! The children of Israel were an army of believers. And in today’s military vernacular, they surged.

 

They prepared. They prayed and marched around Jericho. And when it was time, they shouted and blew their horns and the walls came down! And the city and the victory was theirs.

 

Let me ask you today, is there something standing in your way to the promise God has given you in your life? If so, what are you doing about it? Are you hanging your head in defeat… or are you surging...

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The Faith of Glen Campbell
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 9, 2017

 

He grew up in a small town in rural Arkansas, the seventh son of a seventh son, a dirt poor farmer’s son in a poor rural county. But Glen he did have two gifts—good parents who gave him a $5 Sears and Roebuck guitar and a strong work ethic.

 

Through hard work and vision, high school dropout Glen Campbell found himself not behind the “north end of a southbound mule,” but in Southern California in the Sixties. Though he never learned to read music, it was apparent to all that he was something special, a prodigious guitar player. He played with Elvis, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rick Nelson, and The Mamas and The Papas, just to mention a few.

 

But despite his success as a session musician, Glen charted a different course—he decided to take the lead. What a bold and wise decision it was. Glen quickly racked up mega-hits: Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights, and Rhinestone Cowboy to name just a few. He also became a star of television and film.

 

Still, to obtain fame, the boy from tiny Billstown, Arkansas had done a load of compromisin’. And as a result, marriages and relationships failed and he was horribly addicted to drugs and alcohol. While he never sought to be a star, “just a country boy who played guitar,” he nevertheless fell into the trap of so many who pursued stardom.       

 

Then in 1981, after a near overdose and due to the faith and love of Kimberly Woolen, whom he would eventually marry, Glen accepted Christ as his Savior. He...

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Are you looking for a new church home?
By PowerPoint Ministries | August 5, 2017

Each week at PowerPoint Ministries, we hear from people seeking a new church home. Some have moved to another city or state. Others hope a new church will reignite their faith.

Many are looking for the perfect church. The trouble is, a perfect church doesn’t exist. And as one old preacher used to say, “If you ever find one, don’t join it or you’ll ruin it!”

But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a body of believers you can grow with, worship with, and serve with for God’s glory.

If you seek God’s will and pray for guidance, you’ll find a church that offers what you need, especially the teaching, programs, and activities that will keep you and your family growing in your faith. And you’ll be more inspired to invite unsaved friends along.

But first, let’s consider what a church should be. Indoor play areas and super-cool coffee bars are great; but remember, they aren’t core functions of the church.

Instead, focus on the foundation, particularly how the church views Scripture. Does it believe the Bible is the inerrant and inspired Word of God? Is the preaching filled with feel-good platitudes, or is there a strong commitment to solid biblical teaching? Are visitors welcomed as brothers and sisters in Christ?

Thousands of churches call themselves “Christian,” but it isn’t always easy to find Jesus there. When you visit a church, ask where it stands on the tenets of the Christian faith – the virgin birth and the divinity of Jesus; His birth, death, and resurrection; His promised second coming; and salvation by faith alone.

Finally, what happens after the service ends? Do members of the congregation actively live out their faith? Or...

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