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Don't Let Your Enthusiasm Evaporate!
By | January 9, 2017
The new year is here, and with it the resolutions we all seem to make – losing a few pounds after the indulgences of the holidays, maybe signing up for a gym membership and really getting in shape.
Of course, we know how that usually turns out. After a month or so, the enthusiasm evaporates, people give up on their resolutions and things go back to the way they were.
The same thing happens in the Christian life. People decide they’ve had enough of their old lives, hanging onto the hurts and habits of the past, and they promise themselves they’ll really pursue Christ this time. And a few weeks later, they find themselves in the same familiar patterns as before.
If you’re seeking a new start in this new year, you might worry where you’ll find the motivation to take your walk with Christ to the next level. I wish I had an easy answer. There is no magic pill that can replace simply staying committed to what’s important.
Persistence is nothing more than starting over every single day. Forget the failures of the past. Every day is a new day, a new opportunity. Treat it that way!
This isn’t just an issue for new Christians, either.
All too often, I’ll talk with long-time believers who are looking back, not forward. They rest on past accomplishments – that mission trip they took, or that service project or some other moment when God used them in a powerful way. But rather than remembrances, these things become idols in their lives, and excuses for not doing much today.
But if we live with our focus on Jesus, we’ll be looking ahead at what God has...
Find freedom from fear in the new year
By Jack Graham | January 1, 2017
Many people live in fear of what the future might hold. In fact, you might be dreading the new year in front of you because of what you brought with you from 2016. But the more you read the Bible, especially the book of Revelation, you’ll discover that Jesus holds the future… and He’s holding you.
The Bible is all about Jesus, and Revelation confirms that He’ll come again as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). What a thrilling moment it will be when we hear the trumpet sound and we rise to meet Him!
But even before that wonderful moment, you can find the hope you need to rise above anything that’s striking fear in your heart today. Maybe what you’re seeing in the news is causing you to fear the future. Or maybe you’re battling fear about your health, your job, your finances, or the needs of someone you love.
So how can you find freedom from fears like these in this new year? The key thing you can do is to look up. Get your eyes off this world and fix them on Jesus!
We see a beautiful picture of Jesus in all His heavenly glory in Revelation 1:12-18. The apostle John sees this vision of Jesus and falls at His feet. But Jesus lays His right hand on John and says, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one.… Behold I am alive forevermore.”
So let’s not listen to our fears. Let’s look up and listen to Jesus. Today, He’s telling you, “Fear not.” Why? Because He loves you, and He’s the one in control. He’s the Lord of life, the Lord of all...
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By | January 1, 2017
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London, Pittsburgh, Seattle: different but the same
By Jack Graham | January 1, 2017
We’re back home following a whirlwind trip to London, where we had a terrific time with PowerPoint media partners who are taking God’s Word to this corner of a hurting world – all thanks to your support!
My meeting with General André Cox – who leads The Salvation Army from a modern headquarters in the business core of London – was a personal highlight. I also talked with Richard Fleming of TBNUK, which broadcasts PowerPoint at 10:05 a.m. each Sunday. I was also a guest on Premier Christian Radio, PowerPoint’s U.K. radio partner, where we air at 6:30 p.m. every weekday.
Our few days passed in a blur! But our time there affirmed how critical it is that we have a Gospel presence in the U.K. Not long ago, if you’d asked about religious beliefs in Britain, people might have said they were Baptist, Catholic, or Lutheran, or maybe Jewish or Hindu. Ask now and many Brits will answer, “None.” Their numbers are incredible and growing!
In Wales, 60% of the population has no religious affiliation. In Scotland, it’s 52%. Forty percent of the people in London have no connection with organized religion; and if not for the thriving immigrant population, that number would be much higher. There are plenty of “Nones” in the United States too.
Thanks to your support, PowerPoint recently began broadcasting in Pittsburgh and Seattle – two very different places in most people’s minds. When you think of Pittsburgh, the Steelers might come to mind, and then the steel workers who helped forge the city’s image. They came from across the world and brought their faith with them. So it might surprise you that in a 2015 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, 20% of...
What Christmas is all about
By | December 13, 2016
In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to be swept up in all the things that have come to define Christmas – the frantic final days of shopping, the decorating, the travel plans, the big meal with the family.
But often lost in the rush is the true miracle of Christmas. Jesus came in the form of an infant to bridge the gulf of sin between God and mankind – and that means you and me and every other believer!
It reminds me of old Charlie Brown, the harried director of a neighborhood holiday pageant who yells out in frustration, “Can’t anyone tell me what Christmas is all about?”
Then, in a remarkable TV moment, Charlie’s blanket-toting buddy Linus steps to center stage, asks for a spotlight, and recites Luke 2 8-14 in the elegant formality of the King James translation of the Bible:
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.’
“That's what Christmas is...
By | November 11, 2016
As the days shorten and the weather cools, we can’t help but sense another year passing, another harvest taken in, and another opportunity to offer thanksgiving to God.
Could this be the most important element of a believer’s life?
By PowerPoint Ministries | November 1, 2016
With the leaves turning red and gold right now, it seems that all of nature has paused to worship the Creator. And that’s exactly as it should be. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, the apostle Paul summarizes the Christian’s obligation to give thanks in 22 powerful words:
5 ways your storms can make you stronger
By Jack Graham | November 1, 2016
Life doesn’t always work out the way you expect it to, does it? You can be walking along singing “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” and then – Bam! Out of nowhere, you find yourself in the middle of a trial, a test, or a storm.
Did you know?
By | October 1, 2016
You might not be aware of it, but PowerPoint Ministries has been accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 2011. The ECFA is an independent body that holds organizations and churches to their Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™.
Drawn directly from Scripture, these standards help ensure all member organizations adhere to the highest level of financial responsibility and stewardship. And PowerPoint is proud to say that we have always adhered to these high standards.
ECFA Standards 1 through 6 focus on ministries: their commitment to evangelical Christianity; an independent board of directors; financial oversight; complying with all laws for donated resources; providing financial records on request; and compensation for its leader. Pastor Graham receives no compensation from PowerPoint.
Standard 7 is broken down into five parts that deal with stewardship:
7.1 requires accurate descriptions of the ministry’s financial condition; up-to-date information on projects; and avoiding anything that creates a false impression.
7.2 concerns donors’ expectations and intent, and requires that gifts from a specific appeal be used for that purpose. Appeals can’t create unrealistic expectations of what the gift will accomplish.
7.3 requires that donors receive timely acknowledgments of gifts.
7.4 mandates the ministry to act in its donors’ best interest. For example, the organization must make every effort to avoid accepting a gift that places a hardship on the donor.
7.5 says that an organization can’t base compensation for consultants or staff on a percentage of contributions.
For more information about the ECFA, please visit www.ecfa.org today.
How to power up when you feel like giving up
By Jack Graham | October 1, 2016
There’s something in our human spirit that never wants to give up. Each of us is like that little train engine in the children’s book, bravely chanting, “I think I can!” to conquer the mountains in our lives.
But most of us will eventually meet a set of circumstances that seems hell-bent on taking us down. And that’s when we can begin to think, “Can I really get over this hill?”
If ever there was a “Can I?” sort of person, Gideon was that guy. We read in Judges chapter 6 that Gideon was hiding away from his enemies… threshing wheat in a winepress… when an angel sent from God turned up and called Gideon a “mighty man of valor” (v. 12). He also said Gideon was going to spearhead God’s plan to free Israel from Midianite oppression.
Looking at the odds against him, Gideon replied, “How can I save Israel?” (v. 15). What he didn’t know was that the Spirit of the Lord was about to clothe him. This forlorn farmer was going to wear God like a suit. Judges 6:33-34 says:
“Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together…. But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites [Gideon’s family] were called out to follow him.”
Just when things had taken a turn for the very worst, God wrapped Himself around His chosen man. And He’ll do the same for you.
As you read the rest of Gideon’s story, you see miraculous evidence of God’s intervening clout. After Gideon laid down his fears – and kept believing that even though he couldn’t, God could – he sounded the...