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One reason why so many people feel stressed these days is our relentless pace of life.

Maybe you’re working long days and late hours… or constantly shuttling your kids from one activity to the next. You race home for a few minutes to eat dinner before heading to the next practice or event, and then you finally fall into bed feeling exhausted and on edge.

We all need to know how to take a break from that stress, to give our souls a chance to stop and breathe.

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See what I mean?

Here are three ways you can take a break from the panic of pressure-cooker living, and enjoy a more peaceful life each day:

Pause to Pray

You and I have a choice: fret or pray. You can carry your concerns and try to fix them yourself, or you can cast them at the foot of the cross – fully confident that God knows and cares about your troubles and fears. Take Paul’s advice:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Pause to Praise

Did you notice in the verse above that Paul prayed “with thanksgiving”? When stress and worry start to overtake you, turn your eyes upon Jesus, as the old hymn goes. Look full into the wonderful face of your Good Shepherd, and thank Him for something. Then watch your troubles grow strangely dim.

Pause to Gain Perspective

Whenever I feel myself starting to worry, I quote Scripture. Often this occurs at night, as I’m lying awake and all the concerns...

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Finding a Great Church
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 26, 2017

 

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

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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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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.”

So let’s use our voices, our votes, and our finances to...

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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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Special Father's Day Message
By Jack Graham | June 1, 2017

Men, your children, your grandchildren, are looking to you to lead them. Make the right choice to first follow Christ and then to live for Him in the fear – in the love – of God. And then train up your children in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord.

I challenge you today to be the Dad who influences your children for Christ. Be the spiritual influence who will lead your son…your daughter…to seek after God with all their heart.

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Charles Spurgeon is as Relevant Now as Ever.
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 30, 2017

Born 183 years ago today, the son and grandson of clergymen, Charles Spurgeon overcame major health problems, depression, fear, and an almost complete lack of formal education to become one of the greatest preachers in history.

 

Though he spent just 10 months in school, the young Spurgeon was a voracious reader of theology, natural history, and literature. And just a few months after his conversion to Christianity, he began preaching at 15 and became pastor of his first church a year later.

 

Spurgeon’s great gift as a preacher was obvious from the beginning, drawing crowds that filled his small church, the Baptist Chapel in Waterbeach. The congregation quickly grew, and people marveled that a man so young could preach with such maturity.

 

Soon, Spurgeon was invited to preach at New Park Street church, the largest Baptist church in London. He was offered a six-month trial. He stayed for 38 years.

 

Spurgeon’s style was dramatic. He stalked across the stage, acting out Bible verses, and describing the wonders of salvation and the devastating loss awaiting those who turned from God.

 

Word spread and Spurgeon preached throughout London and across England, his appearances filling the largest halls. Spurgeon once spoke before an audience of more than 23,000 people—without a microphone.

 

The crowds soon outgrew New Park Street, and in 1861, his congregation moved to the new Metropolitan Tabernacle. I am pictured here with his bust at that church. It seated 5,600 people, but so many people came to hear the Good News of the Gospel that Spurgeon occasionally asked church members to stay home so visitors might find a place to...

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The Madness in Manchester
By Jack Graham | May 24, 2017

Today the United Kingdom is under a “critical” terrorist alert. The horror of Monday’s terrorist attack on a concert packed with children and young teens will never be forgotten.

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National Day of Prayer 2017
By | May 3, 2017

I await with great anticipation this year’s prayer. Today, May 4, 2017, believers throughout the country - whether at home, at work, at a park, at church, or even while driving - will pray in unison at 7:30 p.m. (ET) that Almighty God would bless our nation.

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How to stand for life in a culture of death
By Jack Graham | May 2, 2017

You and I live in a sin-sickened society that desperately needs God’s truth. And one of the biggest moral battles we need to fight is saving the lives of precious unborn babies.

The Bible teaches that life is precious from womb to tomb. Yet around 1.5 million babies are aborted every year in the United States. Abortion has been called our national holocaust. An innocent baby is murdered every 21 seconds in this country, after being subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment.

No wonder Proverbs 24:11 says, “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”

As Christians, you and I can’t stand by and do nothing about critical moral issues like abortion, when God’s Word calls us to action.

So here are four things you can do to protect unborn babies in this life-and-death battle:

  1. Get informed. Know what the Bible says about abortion. (One way to get informed on important issues like this is through my book, Culture Wise.)
  2. Teach your children about the sacredness of life and sexuality so they embrace morality and purity.
  3. Work and pray for a constitutional amendment that will prohibit abortion. It’s never too late. Let’s keep praying!
  4. Help provide alternatives like Christian pregnancy centers, so vulnerable mothers in crisis receive the encouragement they need to keep their babies or choose the loving option of adoption over abortion.

Most importantly, let’s continue “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). That’s the kind of voice God’s Spirit can use to rescue these innocent children, as you and I boldly and lovingly stand for life in a culture of death.

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