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Religion / God Squad /

Q: Forty years ago I took a course on what happened to be my last week in the convent after 11 years living in that life. The course was titled "The Exodus Experience in the Consciousness of Christ." During the one-week class we were assigned to journal on our life experience. My "exodus" reality was so profound that I transitioned from ...Read more

Can God help me with my arthritis?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I'm very discouraged, because the doctor says my arthritis is only going to get worse. I'm already in pain most of the time, and I hate the thought of taking stronger and stronger drugs. Can you give me any words of encouragement? -- Mrs. T.M.N.

A: No one likes to think about the disabilities and weaknesses that happen to us as we grow older...Read more

Muslims fast in Ramadan to practice compassion and self-restraint. Terrorists see it as a time to step up violence

Religion / Religious News /

For Muslims, Ramadan is the holiest month of the year. Families travel to mosques for nightly prayers, give charity to those in need and wake up before dawn to break fast -- traditions meant to encourage self-reflection, compassion and piety. Ramadan is in short a chance to become closer to God.

Those who show righteous behavior during the holy...Read more

Is God a stern judge or a kindly father?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: One of my uncles says God is like a stern judge, just waiting to punish us when we do wrong. But another uncle says he's wrong, because God is like a kindly father who loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do. Who is right? -- L.W.

A: My answer may confuse you at first, but both of your uncles are right -- and both are also wrong! Let ...Read more

Meditation 6/18 - 6/24 God's Purpose fulfilled Psalm 57:1-5 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God fulfills His purpose for Me

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.

I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

He will send from heaven and save me;
...Read more

What does it mean to accept Jesus?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I hear preachers say that we need to accept Jesus, but I'm not sure I understand what that means. I'd like to be sure that I'm a Christian, but I don't know if I really am. -- Mrs. J.K.

A: I'm thankful you want to be sure that you are truly a Christian. After all, could anything be more important -- both for your life right now and for ...Read more

Meditation 6/18 - 6/24 God's Purpose fulfilled Psalm 57:1-5 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

God fulfills His purpose for Me

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.

I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.

He will send from heaven and save me;
He ...Read more

Ramadan's month of fasting brings Muslims closer to God and family

Religion / Religious News /

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Not one bite of food or sip of water from sunup to sundown. No alcohol. No sex. No tobacco.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began this year on May 26 and will end June 24, is hard. It's supposed to be. It's a time of sacrifice but also a time to focus on God and faith and family.

"We keep reminding people that we do...Read more

What could we have done to save my classmate?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My high school is in shock, because last week one of our classmates took his life. He always seemed like a nice person, although I guess he didn't have many friends. What could we have done? I feel guilty for not helping him somehow. -- J.J.

A: Whenever I answer a question about suicide in this column, I am deeply aware that someone may be ...Read more

Meditation 6/18 - 6/24 God's Purpose fulfilled Psalm 57:1-5 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God fulfills His purpose for Me

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.

He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those ...Read more

Meditation 6/18 - 6/24 God's Purpose fulfilled Psalm 57:1-5 NKJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God fulfills His purpose for Me

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.

I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.

He shall send from heaven and save me;
...Read more

Meditation 6/11 - 6/17 Doing good - Hope of Eternal Life CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Doing what is good - hope of eternal life!


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Remind your people to obey the rulers and authorities and not to be rebellious. They must always be ready to do something helpful and not say cruel things or argue. They should be gentle and kind to everyone. We used to be stupid, disobedient, and foolish, as well as ...Read more

Did ancient people celebrate like we do?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Did people in Bible times celebrate special days like we do, such as Father's Day? I'm not close to my father (my parents divorced when I was 10), but I want to do whatever the Bible says I should do for him. -- S.McF.

A: Tomorrow we will be celebrating Father's Day all across our country; many other nations ...Read more

Meditation 6/11 - 6/17 Doing good - Hope of Eternal Life NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Doing what is good - hope of eternal life!


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Remind your people to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not speak evil of anyone, and they must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.

Once we, ...Read more

Does God understand that we're busy?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I know I ought to take time for God -- things like reading the Bible, praying, being active in church and so forth. But I'm so busy that these things just get crowded out. Maybe I'll find time to do them when I'm old, but I just can't seem to squeeze them in right now. -- Mrs. B.B.

A: Let me assure you from personal experience that later on ...Read more

Sol Gellman and the art of drawing upside down

Religion / God Squad /

My dad, Sol Gellman, died 10 years ago near Father's Day. I think of him often but always on his birthday, and always on the day he died and always on Father's Day. In honor of all fathers, alive or alive with God, I offer my present memories of my memories 10 years ago. I offer these words so that you, dear readers...Read more

Meditation 6/11 - 6/17 Doing good - Hope of Eternal Life MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Doing what is good - hope of eternal life!


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Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God's people should be bighearted and courteous.

It wasn't so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every ...Read more

Should I have become a minister?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Years ago I felt that God was calling me into the ministry, but I wanted to make lots of money, so I took a different road. I'm retired now, and although I've been successful, I've never really been happy. Please tell young people not to turn their backs on whatever God wants them to do. I did, and I wish I hadn't. -- H.W.

A: Thank you for ...Read more

Meditation 6/11 - 6/17 Doing good - Hope of Eternal Life ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Doing what is good - hope of eternal life!


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Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led ...Read more

What can I say to my cousin?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My cousin doesn't want anything to do with God. The reason, she says, is because she had a bad experience in a church when she was growing up, and it really soured her on religion. What can I say to her? -- Mrs. C.H.

A: No matter what happened to her in that church, it was wrong if it caused her to turn away from God. Christians admittedly ...Read more

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