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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...
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...
How to find peace when you’re feeling under pressure
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 4, 2017
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.
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...
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.
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!
Find out more about overcoming...
A special message from Jack Graham to give you strength and courage after the U.K. terror attacks
By Jack Graham | July 1, 2017
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.