Resources from 2018

October

Financial Firewalls
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 18, 2018

There are all kinds of money managers and advisors in our world today: financial planners and bankers and stockbrokers and venture capitalists and certified public accountants and all kinds of men and women, attorneys, who offer financial advice and counsel.

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Smart Homes Wise Families
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 17, 2018

Smart homes are everywhere, and we live with all kinds of gadgets and innovations from computers to security systems and the house that does it’s own thing. It’s a smart house.

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To drink or not to drink
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 16, 2018

If you are familiar with security systems, you probably have one in your car or in your home. You know how important that is in these days to protect your family, to protect your household goods. Therefore you most likely have an alarm system of some kind to protect you and your family.

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Proverbs Parenting
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 15, 2018

This is a command, and that command is critical. We are to be a part of the lives of our children and to grow them up, not just to bring them into the world, but bring them up in the world.

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Welcome home, Pastor Brunson
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 12, 2018

“Very soon we will get to say four words we’ve been waiting to say for a long time: Welcome home, Pastor Brunson

“Pastor Brunson’s release is the direct result of months, if not years, of prayers, meetings, conversations and back and forth trips by administration and dedicated officials determined to secure his freedom. We should be extremely grateful for their tireless work. Every human being has the right to worship freely and without fear. America was founded on this belief, and I pray we continue to defend it at home and abroad.” 

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Discipline over Temptation
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 12, 2018

We know that we are living in a sex-crazed culture and a sex-saturated society. We can see the cracking of the foundations. “And if the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” We know that there is a sexual sickness in America that is devouring the very soul of this nation.

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Battle of the Sexes
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 11, 2018

I suppose there are some today who would love just to take their scissors and cut this verse right out of the Bible, but it's important for us to remember that submission is not merely for wives. Submission is for Christians, and the principle of reciprocal submission is introduced in this passage.  Paul is dealing with the spirit-filled life. 

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Walk Pure in a Polluted World
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 10, 2018

I hear a lot of talk today in Christian circles about people who say, “I want to be healthy,” and others who say, “I want to be happy,” but what God intends for us is that we be holy. Whether we are healthy or not, or whether we are happy externally or not, we should be holy in the Lord.

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Three ways to master your money
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 4, 2018

You don’t have to read much of the book of James to find yourself some straight talk.

One of the issues James tackles head-on is money – how it’s earned, kept, and spent. Here’s how he begins his teaching on this tricky topic:

“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.” (James 5:1 ESV)

James pulls no punches! But he goes on to offer profound wisdom for you and me today, as he points to three ways we can let the Master control our money, rather than having our money master us:

First, your money must be rightfully gained. In our success-driven world, there’s incredible pressure to compromise our character in order to gain material wealth. But we must resist this temptation! We’re called to make honest financial decisions 100% of the time – avoiding dodgy business deals, get-rich-quick schemes, and speculative ventures.

Second, your money must be reasonably guarded. We’re called to be good stewards of all that God bestows on us, but James warns against hoarding and stockpiling. “You have laid up treasure in the last days,” he says. But, “Your riches have rotted…. Your gold and silver have corroded…” (James 5:2-3). Accumulating wealth must not be our goal – because that goal will soon become a god!

Third, your money must be generously given. You can strike a death blow to the god of greed in your life, by learning how to give and keep on giving. We give not because someone squeezes us or pressures us, but because we’re moved by the love of Jesus Christ in our hearts.

There’s no better source of wisdom for mastering your money than the Scriptures. May...

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You can defeat depression!
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 3, 2018

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
 
—Isaiah 40:31
 
If you are feeling low today, God has a plan to help you defeat your depression!

First, God can refresh you. When Elijah was exhausted and emotionally drained, God provided refreshment. “And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again” (1 Kings 19:6).

God took care of Elijah’s physical needs—food and rest. Sometimes you need to withdraw physically, emotionally, and spiritually and be encouraged in the Lord.

Secondly, God rebuked Elijah. In verse 9, God asks, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Yes, God sent the earthquake and the fire. But in the end, God spoke to Elijah in “low whisper” (1 Kings 19:12).

You and I often want God to speak to us with spectacular events and situations. But God most often speaks in the still small voice of His Word.

And thirdly, God recommissioned Elijah. “And the LORD said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria” (1 Kings 19:15). God told Elijah that it was time to get back in the game!

Allow God to refresh you, and then reach out to someone else!

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Are you vulnerable to depression?
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 2, 2018

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 
—Psalm 18:2
 
What are the causes of depression?

If you look at Elijah’s bout with depression in 1 Kings 19, you’ll discover that depression is fueled by:

  • Fear. Elijah heard that Jezebel was after him and was afraid. According to the late, great Zig Ziglar, FEAR equals False Evidence Appearing Real. The way to avoid fear is to walk in the truth of the Word of God and not according to the false evidence that is all around us.
  • Unbelief. Elijah had seen the mighty miracles and works of God, but still allowed feelings of unbelief to creep in. He didn’t trust God to handle the situation.
  • Impatience. Elijah ran ahead of God. He was trying to live and die on his own schedule, rather than trusting God to give him life, strength, and health.
  • Pride. As Elijah sat under the juniper tree, he cried out, “I’m no better than my fathers!” Where did he get the idea that he was better than his fathers to begin with?
  • Self-pity. Elijah was feeling sorry for himself. He looked at his problems and just wanted to give up.

 
Here’s the formula for depression: insult + anger x self-pity = depression. If you see yourself going down that road, put on the brakes!
 
Then put your trust in God. When you do, as the Psalmist says in our Scripture today, He will be your deliverer, your refuge, your shield, your stronghold, and your salvation.

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Your support helps families cling to God’s promises!
By PowerPoint Ministries | October 1, 2018

When trials come, the only way to stand firm is to cling to the rock-solid promises of God.

Barb wrote recently to share how your support is helping her family find hope in difficult days:

“I listen to PowerPoint daily. I honestly don’t know what I would do without Pastor Graham’s encouraging, Bible-based teachings. My father lives with me and my husband, and he has been housebound after a recent illness. Since he can’t make it to church, he’s been listening to Pastor Graham on CD and on the TV. This has been really uplifting for him! May God richly bless you.”

Thank you for helping so many like Barb and her family find strength in God’s Word through PowerPoint!

 

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From Dr. Graham's Desk
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 1, 2018

Dear Friend,

I grew up in a very wealthy family. But sometimes there wasn’t enough food for the table.

Let me explain.

My mother was a stay-at-home mom. My dad worked in lumber yards – and never earned a lot of money.

We were never financially well off, but we had riches of a different kind. We were spiritually wealthy!

My parents loved the Lord. They loved His Church – the fellowship, the people, the ministers. And my family loved God’s Word. Every evening, my grandfather would read the Bible to me and pray with me.

My financial inheritance over the years has been small. But my spiritual inheritance has been eternally priceless!

In a world obsessed with financial status and material gain, believers like you and me need to swim against the tide. You can start by asking yourself what kind of spiritual heritage you’re leaving for the next generation – in your family, church, and community…

May God bless, encourage, and strengthen you as you make Him your greatest treasure!

’Til the whole world hears,

 

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Get instant access to Dr. Graham on your TV!
By PowerPoint Ministries | October 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!

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September

Keep your focus on Jesus.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 28, 2018

…in your presence there is fullness of joy…
 
—Psalm 16:11
 
Most adults are pretty accomplished when it comes to staying busy. But we need to guard ourselves against getting so busy that we miss out on what’s really important.   
 
In Luke chapter 10, you and I are introduced to a woman who got so busy “doing” that she missed “being” in the presence of Jesus. And he was right there in her home!   
 
On this day, Martha had invited Jesus to come to her home for fellowship. And she began busying herself with preparations for their time together. But somewhere along the way, the focus of her attention became more about the preparations and less about Jesus.
 
Making matters worse, while she slaved away, her sister Mary sat at Jesus feet listening intently to his every word. Martha even asked Jesus to tell Mary to leave him and to help her!
 
But instead, Jesus lovingly told her that while she had grown increasingly anxious, Mary had chosen well in spending time with him.
 
You see, activities done in the name of the Lord can never replace time spent in adoration of him. Work cannot satisfy the place intended for worship. There is nothing more important to a Christ-follower than time spent in his presence!
 
Don’t ask Jesus into your heart only to ignore him. Come and sit at his feet. In his presence is fullness of joy!
 
ACTIVITIES DONE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD CAN NEVER REPLACE TIME SPENT IN ADORATION OF HIM.

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Connect
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 28, 2018

The Case for Moral Purity.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 27, 2018

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
 
—2 Corinthians 6:12-20
 
We’re living in a sexed-crazed society.  We’re living in a society in which now operates sexually like an open sewer and it’s been called a sexual revolution and even called by some, including some ministers, the new morality.  But the fact is, it’s not a new morality at all.  It’s just the same old immorality that’s been around for thousands and thousands of years.
 
David is the perfect example.  King David, a man after God’s own heart, loved God more than most of us.  He fell to sexual sin because he did not watch and guard himself.  And as a result even though he was forgiven, even though he was cleansed, even though he’s in heaven today at the throne in the presence of God, he paid in his life some consequences as he reaped the bitter fruit of his sin all of his days.
 
Today, many want to know, “How can I be morally pure?”
 
The best way to deal with this sin is not to debate it, not hang around to try to discuss it, but get your shoes on and run, run, run! Every Christian ought to run just a little bit scared today. Everywhere you go, there are these temptations…in our music, in the media, our television, our movies. The scripture says, “Flee sexual immorality.”
 
Jesus saved us that He might deliver us from our sin. He saved us that we wouldn’t have to be destroyed and defeated by this sin or any other sin.
 
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“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
—John 10:28

How much sin does it take to sin away your salvation? Ten sins? Twenty sins? Fifty? One hundred? Or you might ask, “What kind of sins sin away your salvation?” Big sins? Little sins? How much sin sins away salvation?

The Bible says by the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, we are forgiven of all our sin. Every sin. Past sin, present sin, and future sin. The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin! The perfect, complete sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ assures us that we belong to Him because of His perfect work at the cross.

If it were possible for you to lose your salvation, then it means that Jesus Himself would have to go back to the cross and die all over again for your sins.
God’s not going to let go of you. You belong to Him. Count on it. We are eternally, forever secure. Not because of what we have done or because of what we are doing, but because of what He has done and continues to do until we stand in His presence complete.

Enjoy your salvation and relax in the eternal security that we have in Jesus Christ. This ought to prompt us to love Him more and to serve Him better.

Our eternal security is not in getting to heaven; it’s getting heaven in our hearts.

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