Resources from 2019

May

Trusting in God’s saving grip on you
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 22, 2019

Of all the things I remember about my father, I remember his strong hands the most. You see, my father was in the lumber business and he had rough and calloused hands. But they were also strong hands and I remember the peace and security that my father’s hands would always bring just when I needed it the most.

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Overcoming worry in your life
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 21, 2019

I heard about a man who worried all the time. But finally, there came a time in his life he just put aside all of his worrying. And people began to notice how much calmer and more peaceful this man was. One day he was sitting in a barber chair and his barber noticed the change in his behavior. So he asked him, “What happened to you? Why don’t you worry about things like you used to?”

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Understanding the cost of being a follower of Christ
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 20, 2019

One thing that I firmly believe and always share with others is that salvation is a free gift of God and is accomplished on our part only by trusting in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. But there’s a difference between accepting the free gift of grace and what I call ‘easy believe-ism’.

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The exclusivity of Christ as the way to the Father
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 17, 2019

One thing I’ve noticed in talking to people who aren’t saved is that many see Christians as part of an exclusive club that only a few people can enter. And in general, people don’t like things that are exclusive because there is a feeling of being ostracized when something is exclusive and you are left out.

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How to follow the Golden Rule
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 16, 2019

I read a survey a few years back where people were asked to name their favorite saying of Jesus. One of the most popular answers was “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Now, that’s a pretty good paraphrasing of Jesus’ teaching here, commonly referred to as the ‘Golden Rule’.

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The struggle between sin and obedience
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 15, 2019

Every person has experienced a decision or a time in their lives when they’ve just been torn. Both choices have their benefits and their drawbacks, but deep down you always feel there is one that is better than the other.

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Knowing God’s assured calling on your life
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 14, 2019

For hundreds of years, this little passage has been the focus of tremendous controversy. The reason for this is that you have God speaking and essentially saying, “I love Jacob and I hate Esau.” Paul even quotes this passage in Romans 9:13 talking about God’s sovereign choice.

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Experiencing True Joy
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 13, 2019

When the Apostle John wrote this letter so long ago, he was very concerned that we experience the reality of Jesus Christ in our lives and the joy that He gives.

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God Honors a Humble Heart
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 10, 2019

What a scene it must have been when the survivors of Noah’s Flood began to build the Tower of Babel.  They were determined to build a monument to their pride and as their way of trying to approach God on their own terms.

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What is Life All About?
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 8, 2019

What is the meaning of life?  That's a big question today. For some life is simply a void. For others life is a vexation; they're miserable.  For others, life is a vacation. 

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The Value of Unsinkable Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 7, 2019

The fact is that life is not full of gentle breezes and warm sun. There are turbulent times and tough times ahead. I am not a pessimist and I am not an extremist. I am a realist, and I can say with confidence because I’ve been looking through the lens of Scripture at human history that tough times are ahead and turbulent seas.

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The Home that Jesus Builds
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 6, 2019

There are many beautiful homes in this area, but as I travel up and down the streets, I wonder how many homes are in those houses. It’s one thing to build a house and it’s another thing to build a home, and only God can build a home.

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We live in a culture that’s quick to run to the divorce court when a marriage isn’t “working.” But God invented marriage and family, and He can help you and me build a marriage that will last.

God wants to bless your marriage and help you succeed. But as a husband or wife, you must be willing to make the necessary effort for you to experience all of His blessings.

As a pastor, I’ve observed that most marriages that end in divorce are abandoned for no good, biblical reason. They didn’t have to end that way. Most divorces come about because people give up… they’re just not willing to work at it anymore.

I believe the primary culprit in the demise and destruction of marriages today is neglect. Your marriage and mine is like a beautiful garden that must be tended. It must be cultivated. It must be worked on. A great marriage doesn’t just happen!

I always chuckle when I hear someone say, “Well, we just fell in love.” You don’t fall in love; you grow in love. And if you’re going to grow in love for your spouse, then you need to nurture and care for your marriage like a beautiful garden. You must uproot the weeds and build some fences. And you must realize that it takes both sunshine and rain.

God wants to help you tend your marriage and see it flourish. But again, it’s going to take work. That’s why He’s given us clear principles in His Word for loving, accepting, and respecting each other. He wants to show us how to build the kind of marriage that will last a lifetime.

So determine today to work on your marriage relationship...

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In my 30 years of pastoring a Southern Baptist church in Texas, I have faced plenty of criticism. It's par for the course, especially if you hold on to traditional, biblical views in America nowadays.

But never, in all these years, did I ever think I would find myself in a situation facing criticism for actually opposing a bill that would ban abortion in the state.

The Abolish Abortion in Texas Act, recently introduced into the Legislature, has been touted as a "pro-life" bill. But while I agree with the spirit of the bill, its mechanism of action is a far cry from "pro-life."

The bill would amend the state's criminal code, so that a woman who has an abortion could be charged with homicide and potentially face the death penalty.

I have always stood, and will always stand, for the unborn, but this bill was a bridge too far. I believe it would have caused irreparable harm to the pro-life cause, but more importantly, it does not take into account the sincere struggle many women undergo when they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. This was not the right approach to end abortion in America.

Because I believe this, I expressed my support for Republican Rep. Jeff Leach when he said the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, which he leads, would not advance the bill. Leach is a member of our church and has authored other critical legislation to protect the life of the unborn. I would be pressed to find a state representative more committed to the pro-life cause and who — like me — would love to see the day when Roe vs. Wade is overturned.

But my Tweet supporting Leach did...

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Confronting Sin
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 3, 2019

I have a responsibility to speak to the issues and the events of our times. It is my prayer that I will present biblical truth and not personal ideology, or philosophy, or simply cultural truth, which is changeable; but rather biblical and scriptural truth, which is unchangeable.

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The Stewardship of Suffering
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 2, 2019

One of the most eventful experiences in nature is the emergence of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Of course, we know that caterpillar in the cocoon struggles, and in the process of the struggle, he comes out of that cocoon and spreads his wings and flies as a beautiful butterfly. 

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Connect with your new online community
By PowerPoint Ministries | May 2, 2019

You’re invited to join PowerPoint’s brand-new community page on Pray.com. As a member of PowerPoint’s community page, you’ll be able to…

  • Encourage others and be encouraged by members of the PowerPoint community.
  • Pray for others and submit your own prayer requests to members of the group.
  • Be among the first to hear the ministry’s updates, podcasts, and prayer needs.
  • Share your testimonies about answered prayer.
  • And more!

 

Join the community >>

 

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Q & A with Dr. Graham
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 1, 2019

Q    How do friendships and family relationships change with marriage?

A    When you get married, all other relationships should change. A man’s priority is his relationship with and commitment to his wife, and vice versa. Yes, you’re supposed to honor your parents and respect them. But you’re to leave them and establish a new home, and “hold fast” to your spouse as you become “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Yes, it’s vital to have good friends, but your best friend should be your spouse.

Q    How important is friendship within a marriage?

A    A great marriage is built upon a great friendship – not sex, as the world would have you believe. Sure, sex is a vital part of the marriage union, a blessing and gift from God. But a successful marital relationship should be based on friendship first. You must be friends before you become lovers. You’ll see the beautiful intimacy that comes with that in Song of Solomon 5, especially in verse 16 where the bride says, “This is my beloved and this is my friend.” It’s one thing to divorce a spouse, but it’s almost impossible to divorce your best friend. A great marriage is made up of two friends sticking together, fusing together, cleaving together.

 

    

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From Dr. Graham's Desk
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 1, 2019

Dear Friend,

Every time I stand before a couple to perform their wedding ceremony, I remind them of the story Jesus told of two men who went out to build their houses.

The first man built his house on sand. When the storm came and raged against that house, it collapsed because it had no foundation.

The other man built his house on the rock. When the storm came–and storms do come in life because the seasons of life change – it stood. It had a solid foundation.

Notice, these two men had a choice. And just like them, you must make a choice. You must determine to build your house on a solid foundation. And the only foundation that will withstand the storms of life is the Rock of Jesus Christ.

Be sure to base your marriage – and all of your life – on Him alone.

Thank you for your generous support to keep broadcasting God’s Word so that others can learn to build their lives on Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for your partnership.

’Til the whole world hears,

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The Source of Our Strength
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 1, 2019

Time magazine once had a cover article that showed the hollow face of a University president. As a matter of fact, it was the president of Harvard University.  The title of the headline article... Exhausted. 

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