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Why do Christians close their prayers in Jesus' name?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why do Christians close their prayers in Jesus' name? -- P.Q.

A: This wonderful name reminds us -- and those listening -- that Jesus has opened the door to Heaven for us. We can approach Him, and speak directly to Him, only because of what He has done for us. The phrase "in Jesus' name" is not a ...Read more

Meditation 2/10 - 2/16: Be Imitators of God Eph 5:1-5 CEV

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"Be Imitators of God"

Do as God does. After all, you are his dear children.

Let love be your guide. Christ loved us and offered his life for us as a sacrifice that pleases God. You are God's people, so don't let it be said that any of you are immoral or indecent or greedy.

Don't use dirty or foolish or filthy words. Instead, say ...Read more

Which religion is in the most danger spiritually?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Which religion is in the most danger spiritually of missing out on God's love and true happiness? -- S.D.

A: Religions do not reject God -- people do. Religions are simply made up of people. God's love is for individuals. Each person has been created by God and He has put a soul into every man, ...Read more

Meditation 2/10 - 2/16: Be Imitators of God Eph 5:1-5 NLT

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"Be Imitators of God"

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no ...Read more

How do you love?

Religion / God Squad /

Valentine's Day is a holiday like Halloween that over time has been scrubbed of its religious origins and exists now as an annual national orgy of chocolate, flowers and cards with red hearts on them. However, its spiritual nougat center is love, and love is always worth considering.

I recently tried to explain why...Read more

If you were God, wouldn't you be tempted to wipe out the human race?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems our society is more corrupt than ever. Does anyone ever ask the question, "If you were God, wouldn't you be tempted to wipe out the human race and blot them from memory?" -- A.G.

A: We cannot put ourselves in God's place, of course. He is far greater than we are. Apart from Almighty God ...Read more

Meditation 2/10 - 2/16: Be Imitators of God Eph 5:1-5 MSG

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"Be Imitators of God"

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to ...Read more

NJ dioceses name nearly 190 Catholic priests credibly accused of sex abuse

Religion / Religious News /

Facing pressure from state investigators and greater calls for transparency from the faithful, New Jersey's five Roman Catholic dioceses released the names Wednesday of nearly 190 priests who they said had been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors over decades.

The Diocese of Camden identified 56 accused clergy members in its files -- ...Read more

Harvest Bible Chapel senior pastor James MacDonald has been fired from the church he founded

Religion / Religious News /

CHICAGO -- James MacDonald, the senior pastor and founding member of Harvest Bible Chapel, has been fired, the church announced early Wednesday morning. The announcement comes nearly one month after church elders said MacDonald, a popular preacher who attracted thousands of worshipers to his network of churches in Chicago and the suburbs each ...Read more

Are there books that are particularly good at teaching?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As I age I tend to look on the darker side of issues but in my heart I want to be an encourager so that my faith in God is apparent. Are there books that are particularly good at teaching this wonderful attribute? -- E.F.

A: All around us are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow. ...Read more

Meditation 2/10 - 2/16: Be Imitators of God Eph 5:1-5 ESV

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"Be Imitators of God"

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor ...Read more

Harrisburg diocese launches compensation program for victims of sex abuse by clergy

Religion / Religious News /

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg diocese on Tuesday announced the launch of its victims compensation program, one of several created across the state in the wake of a damning grand jury report on child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy members.

"While we understand that financial compensation will not repair or erase the heartache and damage ...Read more

If we pray daily will problems and suffering disappear?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that if we read the Bible and pray daily that problems and suffering will disappear so that we can experience happiness? -- H.H.

A: No one is exempt from the touch of tragedy: neither the Christian nor the non-Christian; neither the rich nor the poor; neither the leader nor the commoner....Read more

Meditation 2/10 - 2/16: Be Imitators of God Eph 5:1-5 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

"Be Imitators of God"

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Face painful experiences with introspection

Religion / Religious News /

The "tragic gap." I believe the term was coined by sociologist and higher- education advocate Parker J. Palmer, referring to that frustrating experience commonly known as being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

There are rocks around us -- heavy, unmovable, seemingly permanent. Likewise there are hard places around us -- beaten down, ...Read more

Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey announce victims compensation funds

Religion / Religious News /

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey, some reeling from their own clergy abuse scandals, announced plans on Monday to establish a unified victims compensation fund aimed at providing money to some people who were abused by clergy members as children.

"This is the first time we're doing a statewide program using the same ...Read more

Where have I gone wrong?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have had many friends and family go through treatment for cancer. I have always been healthy until recently and now have been diagnosed with cancer myself. I have tried to always encourage others facing this dreadful disease but now my own words as a Christian don't seem to be sufficient for me. ...Read more

Meditation 2/10 - 2/16: Be Imitators of God Eph 5:1-5 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

"Be Imitators of God"

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper ...Read more

Meditation 2/10 - 2/16: Be Imitators of God Eph 5:1-5 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

"Be Imitators of God"

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither ...Read more

Meditation 2/3 - 2/9: Ps 119:33-40 CEV Teach Me to Follow Your Laws

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Teach me to follow your laws

Point out your rules to me,
and I won't disobey
even one of them.

Help me to understand your Law;
I promise to obey it
with all my heart.

Direct me by your commands!
I love to do what you say.

Make me want to obey you,
rather than to be rich.

Take away my foolish ...Read more