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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...
You can give with confidence to spread the Gospel
By | August 1, 2018
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 email@example.com.
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...
Start breaking the bondage of any addiction by using God’s truth to defeat the lies
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 3, 2018
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.”
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...
What’s your true value as a woman?
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 4, 2018
Everywhere you turn, the world has a message for the women of today. Social media, fashion magazines, TV, billboards, and movies all use different words and images to communicate the same message:
If you’re truly a modern woman, if you’re really a successful woman, you must strive for physical perfection, professional success, and independence.
And if you’re a mother who’s investing time in caring for your kids, the world tries to make you believe you’re settling for less. But many women who’ve put everything aside to be professionally successful can find themselves at the top of the corporate ladder alone, desiring more, and looking for meaning in their lives.
In contrast to what the world tells women today, the Bible has the true message: God has elevated the position of womanhood and given every woman a place of honor and respect in the Christian home.
In Proverbs, God gives us a model of true womanhood for every woman, married or single.
The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a woman of inestimable value: “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels” (v. 10). A godly Christian woman is a precious treasure.
What makes you valuable as a woman? It’s your godliness and virtue. When you’re a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled woman committed to following Jesus Christ, you’ll be the godly woman God desires you to be.
In contrast to the world’s view that your value is based upon your outward beauty, independence, and professional success, God says your value is based upon the ageless inner beauty of your Christlike character.
No one is more charming, more beautiful, than a woman who glows with the glory and the presence of...
Are you ready for heaven?
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 5, 2018
You may know this story about a pastor teaching a bunch of kids at a Vacation Bible School. He asks, “How many of you want to go to heaven?”
Everyone’s hands shot up, apart from one small boy in the front row. “Son, don’t you want to go to heaven when you die?”
“Oh! When you die? I thought you were getting up a group to go right now!”
Maybe you’re a bit like this little boy. Heaven seems like a good prospect for the future, but you wouldn’t want to go right now...
Of course, it’s natural to want to hang around on earth as long as you can. I’m guessing there are loved ones you don’t want to leave. Maybe you still have lots of things to tick off your bucket list!
And yet, we must be ready.
This life is all we know – but we must remember it’s not all there is! Scripture makes it plain that as believers “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). And so we’re told to “set your minds on things that are above” (Colossians 3:2).
The Bible is packed with truths to help us live in the here and now in light of our eternal hope. One of my favorites is when Jesus refers to heaven as His “Father’s house” (John 14:2). He wants us to know it’s a place of ultimate belonging, complete security, total acceptance, and unrelenting love.
Friend, lift your eyes to heaven and be ready for “what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)!
Get instant access to Dr. Graham on your TV!
By PowerPoint Ministries | April 1, 2018
It’s thanks to friends like you that more people than ever are being reached for Christ through PowerPoint’s life-changing broadcasts.
And now, it’s even easier to access Dr. Graham’s incisive and heartfelt biblical teaching – thanks to the PowerPoint TV App.
If you have 4th generation Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, just download the app today, and you’ll have hours of solid Gospel-centered preaching at your fingertips!
Please also share the app with your family, friends and church members – so more hearts and homes can be filled with the life-changing truths of God’s Word… ’til the whole world hears!
You’ll see more spiritual victory with this secret weapon
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 5, 2018
After America was attacked on September 11, 2001, many people were inspired to sign up to serve their country. Nearly 3.2 million people have entered military service since the attack. I don’t think this happened because our country suddenly became more patriotic. But we were suddenly, and violently, made aware of a group of radicals who wanted us dead.
As Christians, it can be all too easy to go about our daily lives without ever thinking about how we’re at war with dark spiritual forces that we can’t always see. But Paul warns us not to be complacent, saying “keep alert with all perseverance” (Ephesians 6:18).
How can you play your part and persevere in this spiritual war?
Your secret weapon is prayer. Prayer might not feel particularly aggressive or militant, but it’s by prayer – warfare prayer – alone that you and I are able to engage with and overcome the enemy of our souls.
Think of it this way – warfare prayer is a discipline, an attack aimed at the forces of darkness around us.
To engage in warfare prayer is to ask for God’s help to get on His plan, not to ask Him for help with yours. Warfare prayer is full of gratitude, worshiping God for the love He lavishes on us daily.
Warfare prayer is also hard work. Paul doesn’t give us any leeway for time off. He tells us, once again in Ephesians 6:18, to be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
As Christians, we know how prayer changes our lives and attitudes. But if you haven’t yet thought of prayer as a powerful weapon, let me encourage you: our world needs...
Join Dr. Graham on the trip of a lifetime to Israel
By PowerPoint Ministries | March 1, 2018
You’re invited to join Dr. Graham and his wife Deb as they lead a 10-day trip to some of the most incredible places in Israel from December 26, 2018 to January 4, 2019.
Dr. Graham says, “Deb and I have been traveling to Israel for more than 35 years, and I’ll always remember how overwhelming it was to see it for the first time. Everything you’ve read in the Bible comes to life. The opportunity to walk where Jesus walked is an experience like no other.
“This trip is a time of highly intensive spiritual impact, as you’re truly in the most important place on earth. It’s high-definition Christianity, a front-row seat to the Bible.
“This visit to Israel is an opportunity for you to grow as a Christian, because when you’re there with us, it isn’t just seeing the sights and the ancient relics. We do see those, but we’re worshipping and teaching God’s Word at every site we visit – like the Sea of Galilee, Calvary and the empty tomb.
“I love taking people to Israel. As a pastor, I know it will positively influence their faith. I see marriages restored. I see people coming to Christ.
“We’d love for you to join us on this trip. I’m already counting down the days!”
For more details or to register, visit http://www.jackgraham.org/israel or call Jason Graham at 972-820-5415.