Resources from 2017

September

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

—Matthew 19:26

The Christian faith is a can-do faith! “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” was the apostle Paul’s declaration in Philippians 4:13, and it should be ours as believers as well.

Jesus not only transforms our spirit when He saves us, but He transforms our way of thinking and looking at life.

Of course, there will be times when we’re blue and discouraged, and even times when we are so down that we don’t know which way is up! That’s a normal part of being alive. But through it all, God’s Word promises us that we can defeat discouragement through the power and victory that is ours in Jesus Christ! 

When you know Christ, all things are possible. No matter what your past has been, what your current state of mind is, or what your current circumstances are, if you will come to Jesus Christ, you can rebuild your life. Don’t let the devil or anybody else tell you that can’t happen to you!

If you’ve never put your faith in Christ alone for salvation, or if you’re not sure about your relationship with Him, I invite you to believe in the One who died on the cross for you. Put your faith in Christ, and receive Him as your Savior. And if you know Him, thank Him for new life and the can-do faith that He has given you!


THANK GOD TODAY THAT HE HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM AND REBUILD ANY LIFE.

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Look for ways to serve and love others today!
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 21, 2017

Half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail.

—Nehemiah 4:16

As a Christian, God expects you and I to be productive.

What a great example we have of this in the fourth chapter of Nehemiah. Once the plot to stop the work of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem was foiled, everybody went back to work with renewed energy.

Even those who weren’t actively rebuilding the walls kept armor and weapons ready in case the enemy attacked. Nobody sat around idly!

First Corinthians 15:58 tell us to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord….”

And what exactly does “abounding in the work of the Lord” mean? For one, it means we’re actively looking for ways to serve God and serve others. It means we’re so busy thinking about what we can do next for the Kingdom that we have little time to think about ourselves, worry, and become discouraged!

Today I want to challenge you to go out of your way to serve someone. And don’t just do it to do it. Let that person know you’re helping them out because your service pleases the Lord you love! It will be a great testimony of a life that’s sold out for Christ.

LOOK FOR WAYS TO SERVE AND LOVE OTHERS TODAY…AND EVERY DAY.

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God has something great in store for you!
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 20, 2017

When our enemies heard…that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.

—Nehemiah 4:15

God can do amazing things with people who refuse to quit, who take their eyes off their present circumstances and look ahead because they believe God has something great in store.

That’s what Nehemiah did when he was faced with a crisis in his wall-building work in Jerusalem. The enemies of God’s people plotted to stop their work, but God brought their plot to nothing. So Nehemiah looked ahead to the goal and sent everyone back to their work!

In other words, Nehemiah focused on the future. He refused to be discouraged by the present circumstances because he knew God was going to do something great.

Paul gives us the same encouragement in Philippians 3:13-14, when he says, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

If you’re discouraged today, think about this. God may just be letting you go through a down time to prepare you for a great victory tomorrow. So don’t let you head hang low! Lift your eyes and take a forward look. Because God’s blessing may be just around the corner!

DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS SOMETHING GREAT IN STORE FOR YOU?

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Lift Christ up
By | September 18, 2017

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

—John 12:32

 

There are many today who suggest that the church would be better off if we watered down the message of the Gospel for the sake of our witness.

 

These people say things like, “You’re too hard on people. Don’t be so dogmatic regarding Christ’s teaching. You’re going to run people off.”

 

Well, you know what? The very opposite is true. You and I have been given clear instruction and teaching in the Scripture on how we should behave and how we are to perpetuate Christ’s teachings in the world.

 

So what is our message and how do we present it to a hostile world?

 

Part of the message that we carry as Christ-followers states unapologetically that there is a right and wrong when it comes to cultural, ethical, and moral issues. It’s clearly written in God’s Word. And we’ve been given a message of hope and transformation that the world desperately needs to hear and to embrace.

 

So when you engage those whose opinions are diametrically opposed to yours, be respectful. But remember who you represent. We aren’t here to champion our own opinion, but to lift up Christ and his Truth!

 

Treasure and defend the hope and love that Christ has deposited within you! Never deny your faith but be faithful to lift up Christ Jesus! And when you do, he will draw men to himself!

 

We aren’t here to champion our own opinion,

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Lay down your rights.
By | September 18, 2017

Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you…

—2 Corinthians 6:17

 

If a stranger looked at your life objectively, would they come to the conclusion that you are a follower of Christ? Take into consideration what your tastes in entertainment say about you. What about your language, ethics, and relationships.  

 

Now, what I’m about to say is essential if you and I intend to serve Christ: We are called to separate ourselves from the world.

 

You see, it’s impossible to make a difference in the world if we’re not different! I’ll even go a step further. The churches and Christians who are most like the world are the ones that do the least amount of good for Christ Jesus!

 

Do you know why? It’s because these people love themselves more than they care about a lost and dying world. It’s tragic and it’s true. There are people who call themselves Christians who’d rather have their own way and secret vices than to align themselves completely with Christ and to stand for him.

 

What about you? Are you willing to lay down your own rights and wishes in order to be a light to your friends and family? Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

 

Come out from among the world and become a messenger of Christ’s transforming power!

 

It’s impossible to make a difference in the world if we’re not different!

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Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 37:4

 

I’d like to cut through the mystery and confusion about God’s will today and remind you that there are specific ways you can discover God’s will for your life.

 

If you’re facing a major decision, personal dilemma, or relational challenge, then let me share with you a five-point checklist you can use.

 

First, is what you’re doing or thinking about doing consistent with the Scriptures? God will never ask you to do anything that is inconsistent with what He says in His Word.

 

Secondly, have you prayed about it faithfully? As today’s verse as says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I believe if you stay in communion and union with Christ in prayer, God will implant in your heart the right desires! 

 

Thirdly, have you sought the wisdom of godly friends and counselors? Proverbs 11:14 tells us that in “an abundance of counselors there is safety.” If you’re facing a big decision in life right now, be sure to seek counsel from godly friends… people who are passionately pursuing Christ and who understand the Scriptures. 

 

Number four, what do the circumstances surrounding your decision look like? Are they lining up with what God wants you to do? Does it look like is opening a door… or is He shutting a door? Pay attention to your circumstances.

 

And finally, number five, if you’re dealing with a relational challenge… and you’re not sure how or...

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Money can’t buy you love
By | September 6, 2017

“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

—Luke 12:20-21

 

When the Scripture stresses the principle of riches in God over the riches of the world, you and I need to pay close attention.

 

For instance, the man Jesus was talking about in today’s verse had invested all that he had in his crops. And when he had a bountiful harvest, he hoarded everything he had. And in the end, the man lost his soul.

 

You see, there are things that money can do for you… but there are some very important things it cannot do:

 

·       Money can buy you entertainment, but not happiness.

·       Money can buy you a bed, but not sleep.

·       Money can buy you a reputation, but not character.

·       Money can buy you medicine, but not health.

·       Money can buy you influence, but it can’t buy you salvation in Jesus Christ!

 

Take this to heart: Never substitute money for the things that only God can provide. Money might buy you things, but it can never make your soul prosper!

 

MONEY MIGHT BUY YOU THINGS, BUT IT CAN NEVER MAKE YOUR SOUL PROSPER!

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Power up your life with new joy and energy
By Jack Graham | September 4, 2017

So many Christians today waste their energy on trying too hard.

They try hard to be strong and vibrant for the Lord. And yet, many are dragged down by stress. Many feel tired and empty, and they are just running on fumes.

You can go to church on Sunday and get so full and excited singing wonderful praise songs, thinking, Lord, my life’s going to be different! But when you wake up on Monday morning, you think, Dear God, what happened? Did I backslide in my sleep? How could I feel so lifted up yesterday – and now so dead and dull?

Maybe you’re wondering the same thing today: Where is the reality of my relationship with Jesus?

As a believer, you have the Spirit of the Living God living within you – ready to give you all the joy and energy you need. He wants to help you live a powered up, fruitful, and fulfilled life.

That’s why Ephesians 5:18 tells us, “be filled with the Spirit.” The way to plug into that Holy Spirit power is to make the daily decision to pray and yield to His wise direction.

When I call my own shots, I’m depending on me. But when I pray, I begin living in dependence on God. So pray about everything – your needs, your decisions, and the people you’re going to meet. Soon you’ll find that rather than struggling to get by, you’ll be walking with new strength and energy in the Spirit-filled life God wants for you.

     

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Every single person wants to make the best decisions he or she can. And if you’re a believer in Christ, then you don’t have to make those decisions alone. But how does God lead us in life’s big decisions?

Perhaps you recall the wonderful story in Acts, when the Lord told Philip to leave Jerusalem and go south to the desert road. As he followed the Lord’s command, he came across a chariot carrying an Ethiopian eunuch who looked puzzled:

“And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:29-31)

So one way God leads you is by speaking through an inner voice… just as He spoke to Philip. This kind of direction isn’t a gut feeling or intuition. This is the work and the witness of the Spirit of God in your life.

We see this ministry of the Spirit clearly described in Romans 8:14,

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

So, if you’re a child of God, the Spirit is leading you!

When you read in John 14:26 how Jesus promised the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit as our “Helper,” that word in the original Greek manuscript is paraklete.

This special word describes the Spirit as “one who is called alongside.” So the Spirit is walking with you, leading you into God’s plans for your life, and guiding you through the important choices...

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Your support is changing lives!
By PowerPoint Ministries | September 1, 2017

Your gifts and prayers help share the truth of God’s Word through PowerPoint on TV, the radio, and online – impacting many lives like these:

“I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders, and I started reading my Bible. God gave me a peace I’ve never known before. I asked Him many questions – and my questions were answered by Pastor Graham whom I listen to daily. My life is so much better! Thank you!” – Klaus

 

“Pastor Graham gives us a powerful, encouraging word first thing in the morning. Thank you!” – Dana

 

 

     

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