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A brief word on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
By PowerPoint Ministries | June 6, 2019
Today we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy, commonly called D-Day. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and allowed the Allies to get a toehold in Nazi-occupied France. The success of that operation would be the catalyst for the eventual defeat of the Nazis, the liberation of the concentration camps, and the end of World War 2 in Europe.
The size and scope of the invasion was astounding. 156,000 allied troops landed on the beaches or parachuted just behind the Nazis fortifications. 195,700 naval personnel manned 6,939 vessels that were in the armada that transported the troops to the beaches or launched barrages on the fixed Nazi positions. And 11,590 aircraft flew 14,674 sorties of reconnaissance, bombing, and close air support.
We celebrate this day for the victory over the demonic evil that was Nazism and also to remember those who sacrificed everything for us.
The D-Day casualty figures were truly horrific. The US forces alone suffered 2,499 killed in action, 3,184 seriously wounded, and 1,928 missing in action.
The Invasion of Northern France was a colossal, historical undertaking combining the world’s greatest military minds; the industrial production of the US and the UK; the creativity and genius of military engineers, logisticians, spies, medics, and planners; and the coordination of all branches of service on land, sea, and air for 12 different Allied countries.
We celebrate the invasion’s success, and honor the high cost that was paid for that success. However, that success was very nearly a defeat. For, D-Day, like all battles, was filled with poor planning, misjudgments, human error, and well-intentioned mistakes.
The assault involved meticulous planning, state of the art technology, and...
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 27, 2019
For many in America, Memorial Day marks the start of summer—three months of sun-drenched days, warm evenings, barbecues in the backyard, and vacations at the beach.
But largely lost in all that is the true meaning of Memorial Day—the willingness of men and women to answer the nation’s call, knowing the risks they face, willing to give their lives to protect and defend the country they love.
What an extraordinarily selfless thing to do! Jesus spoke of such a sacrifice in John 15:12–13: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.”
Following the Civil War, in remembrance of those they had lost, people from both the North and South decorated graves with flags and flowers on what came to be known as “Decoration Day.”
We call it Memorial Day now, to remember all of the men and women lost in all the wars this country has fought—nearly 1.2 million people. Their sacrifices have guaranteed the religious and civil freedoms that we enjoy, but in today’s culture, often take for granted.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly called the Iwo Jima Memorial, in Washington D.C. I was reminded once again of the sacrifices made by “a few good men.” The fight for that small island in the Pacific caused 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 who were killed.
It’s hard to fathom what those brave Marines had to hold onto in the darkest moments of battle if they didn’t have their brothers at their side. We are no different. The battles are different, for sure, but...
How can you have a rock-solid marriage that lasts a lifetime?
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 5, 2019
We live in a culture that’s quick to run to the divorce court when a marriage isn’t “working.” But God invented marriage and family, and He can help you and me build a marriage that will last.
God wants to bless your marriage and help you succeed. But as a husband or wife, you must be willing to make the necessary effort for you to experience all of His blessings.
As a pastor, I’ve observed that most marriages that end in divorce are abandoned for no good, biblical reason. They didn’t have to end that way. Most divorces come about because people give up… they’re just not willing to work at it anymore.
I believe the primary culprit in the demise and destruction of marriages today is neglect. Your marriage and mine is like a beautiful garden that must be tended. It must be cultivated. It must be worked on. A great marriage doesn’t just happen!
I always chuckle when I hear someone say, “Well, we just fell in love.” You don’t fall in love; you grow in love. And if you’re going to grow in love for your spouse, then you need to nurture and care for your marriage like a beautiful garden. You must uproot the weeds and build some fences. And you must realize that it takes both sunshine and rain.
God wants to help you tend your marriage and see it flourish. But again, it’s going to take work. That’s why He’s given us clear principles in His Word for loving, accepting, and respecting each other. He wants to show us how to build the kind of marriage that will last a lifetime.
So determine today to work on your marriage relationship...
I'm a Southern Baptist pastor, and here's why I oppose a Texas bill to imprison women who receive abortions
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 4, 2019
In my 30 years of pastoring a Southern Baptist church in Texas, I have faced plenty of criticism. It's par for the course, especially if you hold on to traditional, biblical views in America nowadays.
But never, in all these years, did I ever think I would find myself in a situation facing criticism for actually opposing a bill that would ban abortion in the state.
The Abolish Abortion in Texas Act, recently introduced into the Legislature, has been touted as a "pro-life" bill. But while I agree with the spirit of the bill, its mechanism of action is a far cry from "pro-life."
The bill would amend the state's criminal code, so that a woman who has an abortion could be charged with homicide and potentially face the death penalty.
I have always stood, and will always stand, for the unborn, but this bill was a bridge too far. I believe it would have caused irreparable harm to the pro-life cause, but more importantly, it does not take into account the sincere struggle many women undergo when they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. This was not the right approach to end abortion in America.
Because I believe this, I expressed my support for Republican Rep. Jeff Leach when he said the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, which he leads, would not advance the bill. Leach is a member of our church and has authored other critical legislation to protect the life of the unborn. I would be pressed to find a state representative more committed to the pro-life cause and who — like me — would love to see the day when Roe vs. Wade is overturned.
But my Tweet supporting Leach did...
Connect with your new online community
By PowerPoint Ministries | May 2, 2019
You’re invited to join PowerPoint’s brand-new community page on Pray.com. As a member of PowerPoint’s community page, you’ll be able to…
- Encourage others and be encouraged by members of the PowerPoint community.
- Pray for others and submit your own prayer requests to members of the group.
- Be among the first to hear the ministry’s updates, podcasts, and prayer needs.
- Share your testimonies about answered prayer.
- And more!
Join the community >>
Getting on the Crossroad
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 1, 2019
I firmly believe it’s time for men to step up to the unique challenges facing our world today.
We are facing profound moral, ethical, domestic and international issues that mark a culture in need of answers and in need of a Savior. What we need are men who will shape the future and change the world.
But frankly, not many men are responding to the call. I think a lot of men today are at a crossroads. We’re stuck at a crossroads as to the future of the family, the future of the nation. How we decide and how we respond here and now will determine not only the direction of our families, but the very future of civilization as we know it.
A lot of men don’t know which way to go, so they try to go both ways and end up miserable and distracted.
But notice what Jesus said in Mark 8:34–35: And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Men today are looking for fulfillment in life, but so often encounter futility because they find themselves on the wrong road, not on the right road.
Jesus said there are two roads in life: one is broad and smooth and the other is narrow, and that narrow road is exclusive and very few are on it.
Men are at the crossroads today because there are people on the broad road who have been seduced by the...
Your support is changing lives like Jennifer’s
By PowerPoint Ministries | May 1, 2019
Pastor Graham started PowerPoint Ministries 25 years ago because he believed that God’s Word should reach beyond the walls of the church.
Since then, friends like you have rallied to keep broadcasting the Gospel on TV, on the radio, and online… and now millions of people in 113 countries worldwide are being impacted with the Word of God!
Testimonies keep streaming in from people who have come to know Jesus for the first time or have returned to Him, like Jennifer. She says:
“Your radio ministry inspired my husband and me to get back into church. Thank you for being such an amazing vessel for God.”
You play a vital part in this growing, global ministry. The Lord uses your gifts and prayers to transform many lives like Jennifer’s. Thank you for your faithful support!
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...
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...