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Meditation 10/21-10/27: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Your king comes righteous & having salvation

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the ...Read more

Can music can influence a people and a nation, good or bad?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It is claimed that music can influence a people and a nation, good or bad. Do you agree? -- M.L.

A: If oratory is the highest art, music must surely be a close second. George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" is a splendid example of how the written word set to music affects the human heart. The text for...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

You are my witnesses

My people, you are my witnesses
and my chosen servant.
I want you to know me,
to trust me,
and understand
that I alone am God.
I have always been God;
there can be no others.

I alone am the LORD;
only I can rescue you.

I promised to save you,
and I kept...Read more

Does the Bible say anything about caterpillars changing into butterflies?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My sixth-grade class is studying caterpillars and learning how they change into butterflies. Does the Bible say anything about this? -- S.G.

A: There is a spiritual lesson in the study of the caterpillar. The same God who changes the caterpillar can also change you. The Bible tells us not to be ...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 NLT

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You are my witnesses

"But you are my witnesses, O Israel!" says the Lord.
"You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God -
there never has been, and there never will be.

I, yes I, am the Lord,
and there ...Read more

Diocese of San Jose, Calif., lists 15 priests accused of abusing children

Religion / Religious News /

LOS ANGELES -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose on Thursday released the names of 15 priests accused of sexually abusing children, becoming the latest of several California dioceses to release such lists in recent weeks.

Of the 15 priests, nine are dead and the rest have been permanently banned from the ministry. Four of the men had been ...Read more

Federal authorities launch probe into Pennsylvania Catholic church

Religion / Religious News /

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- On the heels of the scathing grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state for its records, according to two sources familiar with the inquiry.

The subpoenas cast a wide net, seeking information for crimes ...Read more

Why I won't be drawn into divisive political squabbles

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Blessings on you, Rabbi Marc. I have a very simple question. With the exception of Pope Francis, why has every clergy member, present company included, refused to speak of Donald Trump's behavior? He's the antithesis of Judeo-Christian values.

Thank you. -- From J

A: This is what I believe:

There has never been one city in America where ...Read more

Is carnality understood today?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I think carnality is just a Biblical word. Is it understood today? -- I.M.

A: Carnality is a Biblical word that is not used much anymore but has a powerful effect on life. It means living life consumed by satisfying fleshly desires, feeding selfishness while serving the body and starving the soul. ...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

You are my witnesses

"But you are my witnesses." God's Decree.
"You're my handpicked servant
So that you'll come to know and trust me,
understand both that I am and who I am.

Previous to me there was no such thing as a god,
nor will there be after me.
I, yes I, am God.
I'm the only Savior there is.

...Read more

Are parents wrong to try and protect kids from giving in to peer pressure?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Our teenagers resent the boundaries we have set for them concerning entertainment choices. They accuse us of "sheltering" them and causing their friends to laugh at them. As parents are we wrong to try and protect them from giving in to peer pressure? -- C.P.

A: The story is told of teen siblings ...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

You are my witnesses

"You are my witnesses," declares the LORD,
"and my servant whom I have chosen,
that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor shall there be any after me.

I, I am the LORD,
and besides me there is no savior.

I declared and saved and...Read more

Light Notes: Was it just a coincidence? A timely phone call revealed the answer

Religion / Religious News /

Was it a surprising coincidence or a "small miracle" -- a mystifying moment in time when it seems two lives have been brushed with heaven's touch?

It happened to me on a typically cold January morning almost a decade ago when an unexpected call jingled my cell phone -- one that would ordinarily have been silent in the awakening gray.

This ...Read more

Is Hell only in the minds of the self-righteous?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Many say that Hell is only in the minds of the self-righteous. What is the bottom line on this controversy? -- J.A.

A: Humanity prefers to put confidence in its own ideas, instead of in the authority of God's Word. The human race rejects God's wisdom because it rejects Him and, therefore, calls His...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 NASB

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You are my witnesses

"You are My witnesses," declares the LORD,
"And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He
Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.

"I, even I, am the LORD,
And there is no savior besides Me.

"It...Read more

Is it wrong to be fearful?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I live in Florida and am terrified of even the threat of a hurricane. It seems the newscasters thrive on this kind of terror. Is it wrong to be fearful? -- S.F.

A: People have faced ominous storms since the beginning of time. Many face them with defiance, refusing to pay attention to the warnings ...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 NIV

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You are my witnesses

"You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.

I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.

I have revealed and saved and ...Read more

'I want this day to heal me': For thousands, the canonization of Oscar Romero was deeply personal

Religion / Religious News /

VATICAN CITY -- In life, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was persecuted, shot in the heart by a single bullet while he celebrated Mass.

In death, his legacy was politicized, calumniated -- all but silenced.

So for many Sunday, it was extraordinary to see Pope Francis at last declare Romero a saint in St. Peter's Square.

Tens of ...Read more

Meditation 10/14-10/20: You are my witnesses Is 43:10-13 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

You are my witnesses

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, ...Read more

Meditation 10/7-10/13: Love One Another 1 Jn 3:11-16 CEV

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Love one another...

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. So don't be surprised, dear brothers...Read more