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Dr. Jack Graham: Keys to Ministry Faithfulness and Balance

 

Pastor of the Dallas-area church, Prestonwood Baptist Church, for three decades, Dr. Jack Graham is a seasoned pastoral leader. Discussing the basics of ministry and an effective work-life balance with Dr. Jeremiah Johnston, Graham says, “The greatest thing you can do is to tell a person about Jesus and the way of salvation and the way to know Christ and live forever. The ministry of the Church is to find a need and fill it – find a hurt and help it.”

Leading in ministry is a challenge, and believers do well to remain teachable and dependent upon God, Graham says. “The Christian life is not hard. It’s impossible in our own strength. Ministry is the same,” he said. “I made the wonderful discovery of the Spirit-filled life.”

While Christians can mature with time, they are also at risk for becoming cynics with difficult life experiences, Graham notes. “As you get older, you would think it would get easier to believe, but there are things that can happen and challenge people’s faith and make it harder to believe,” he says. “I’ve endeavored to maintain my role as a student. Keep your knees on the floor and your nose in the book.”

The way the Church will continue to survive and thrive is through evangelism and avoiding turning inward too much, Graham says. “Every day is an opportunity to get up and do something that makes an eternal difference in someone’s life,” he says. “When Jesus is at the core of our ministry, His love flows through us.”


Jack GrahamDr. Jack Graham is pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, and is known for his role as a faithful teacher through PowerPoint Ministries. The mission of the ministries is “to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ as Lord to as many people as possible, and to develop them in Christian living using the most effective means to impact the world, making an eternal difference in this generation.”

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Drew Dyck: Your Future Self Will Thank You!

Dr. Jeremiah Johnston and Drew Dyck, author and editor, discuss the importance of developing winning habits. Even the Apostle Paul admitted to struggling with his behavior: “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15).

Christians today face the need to be balanced, self-controlled and consistent as well. In his book, “Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science,” Dyck gives practical strategies for growing in self-discipline. The book’s focus is something that everyone can relate to, he says.

“I was hoping it would resonate with others. There is a gap between what you do and what you seem to be able to do,” Dyck says. “Self-control is foundational.”

While limiting oneself might seem negative, it is truly freeing, Dyck says, enabling people to withstand temptations and to do things they should even when they least feel like it. “As you choose to do the right thing – as you say ‘no’ to temptations – your willpower can actually increase,” he says. “Just like a muscle, if you give it resistance, if you use it more, it grows stronger with use.”

Habits, whether they are good or bad, are default actions that people take in various situations. They are unconscious routines that are a result of familiar cues and perceived rewards. If the habits are not in line with a person’s values or goals, he or she may initiate new practices. Initially, fresh habits require extra effort, but eventually, they become easier, Dyck says. Striving can be viewed in a negative way, but it is biblical. “I think the key is, instead of striving against God, strive with the Spirit,” he says.

Johnston encourages listeners to prioritize prayer in all they seek to do. Sometimes, goal-setters want to call it quits when they make a mistake, but perseverance is key, Dyck asserts. “As a Christian, we have the ultimate fresh start,” he says.


Drew Dyck (1)Drew Dyck is an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers and a contributing editor at CTPastors.com. He released his book, “Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science,” in 2019.