Devotionals by Jack Graham

What To Do When It Seems Darkness is Winning

February 22

“For behold, the wicked bend the bow;
            they have fitted their arrow to the string
            to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
            what can the righteous do?”

Psalm 11:2-3

Over the past 50 years, many of us have watched our world, our culture, and our country change dramatically. Growing up in the 1950s and growing up today are two extremely different experiences. A radical cultural transformation has taken place politically, morally, and economically. We live in a vastly different world!

One of the major characteristics of this new era is the fact that we are undeniably moving more and more into a post-Christian era. Every institution in our government, and even most in the private sector, has sought to become completely secular, stripping religion out completely.

So as believers, what are we to do in light of this cultural transformation? Well, we can fight against the changes we’re seeing, which I believe is absolutely essential for issues like abortion and defending some of our fundamental institutions. But the tide has now turned against us and there’s little doubt our nation will become increasingly secular in years to come.

But whatever happens in our culture, the church is the church and must continue to make a declaration of the truth of the Gospel whether people listen or not. We must fight the good fight for the future of our nation and our world. When the darkness seems to be winning, stay true to your calling and remember you serve a God who is in control!

IN THE FACE OF DARKNESS AND SECULARISM, DECLARE THE TRUTH OF CHRIST TO OTHERS AND REMEMBER GOD IS IN CONTROL.



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About PowerPoint

PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church — a nearly 37,000-member church with three campuses in the Dallas and North Texas region. Through PowerPoint Ministries, Dr. Graham offers practical, biblical steps on how to tap into God's power for successful Christian living.

About Jack Graham

PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Dr. Jack Graham in Plano, Texas. Dr. Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with more than 33,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two from miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a Difference, Lessons from the Heart, A Hope and a Future, Life According to Jesus, Are you Fit for Life? and Powering Up. Courageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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