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Meditation 6/17 - 6/23: Faith and Works Jas. 2:20-26 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Faith Without Works Is Dead

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed ...Read more

Is jealousy a sin?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is jealousy a sin? I admit I get jealous of people who are more talented than I am, or seem to have more advantages than I do. I even get jealous when I think people are getting too friendly with people I know. -- Mrs. A.N.

A: The kind of jealousy you describe can be very destructive, and I hope ...Read more

Meditation 6/10 - 6/16: Christ lives in me Gal. 2:15-21 CEV

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Christ lives in me

We are Jews by birth and are not sinners like Gentiles. But we know that God accepts only those who have faith in Jesus Christ. No one can please God by simply obeying the Law. So we put our faith in Christ Jesus, and God accepted us because of our faith.

When we Jews started looking for a way to please God, we ...Read more

Religious groups and leaders call Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy sad, sinful and immoral

Religion / Religious News /

A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible to defend the Trump administration's immigration policies and the separation of children from their families, many faith-based leaders are forming coalitions, signing letters and issuing sharply worded statements against the policy.

"I would like to cite to you the Apostle Paul and his ...Read more

Shouldn't we stop feeling guilty?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I think we need to stop focusing on our failures and shortcomings. We need to learn to be proud of what we are, and quit feeling guilty because we aren't perfect. We'll never be perfect anyway, no matter how hard we try. -- K.McN.

A: You're right on one point; we'll never be perfect in this life. ...Read more

Meditation 6/10 - 6/16: Christ lives in me Gal. 2:15-21 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Christ lives in me

You and I are Jews by birth, not 'sinners' like the Gentiles. And yet we Jewish Christians know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ--and not because we have ...Read more

Tight-knit communities could be key to suicide prevention

Religion / God Squad /

We are here to be saved by God. Knowing that we are saved gives us hope to endure the burdens of life and give thanks for our blessings. Knowing that we are saved gives us compassion for the struggles of our neighbors. Knowing that we are saved gives us courage to struggle for justice in a broken world. We do not all share the same beliefs of ...Read more

Can God help me to not worry so much?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I admit I'm a worrier, but with all the bad things that go on in the world today, how can I help it? The world is a scary place, and terrible things happen all the time. My husband says I shouldn't worry so much. I guess it's just my personality. -- Mrs. K.D.

A: Our personalities are all different,...Read more

Meditation 6/10 - 6/16: Christ lives in me Gal. 2:15-21 MSG

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Christ lives in me

We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over "non-Jewish sinners." We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it - and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can ...Read more

Pence at Southern Baptists' meeting: Light on the prayer, heavy on the politics

Religion / Religious News /

DALLAS -- When Vice President Mike Pence, famously evangelical himself, addressed the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday, he erred heavily on the side of politics and only dabbled in the Bible.

The stumplike speech confirmed the fears of many at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas, who felt that inviting Pence would...Read more

How will we know if it's really Jesus who's returned?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: One of my friends keeps talking about Jesus returning to earth someday. But how will we know if it's really Jesus? Maybe it will be someone just claiming to be Jesus. Or maybe He'll be born in a foreign country and we won't even hear about Him. -- M.R...Read more

Meditation 6/10 - 6/16: Christ lives in me Gal. 2:15-21 ESV

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Christ lives in me

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Leave a positive 'thumbprint' on others in their stressful times

Religion / Religious News /

Why is it that we tend to clearly remember and may be influenced by something that happens when we are under stress?

We may never forget the comforting arm and gentle word when we wept, or the shove and harsh word. The cool touch on a feverish brow or cold sneer at misfortune. The encouraging or discouraging word when the future, or even just ...Read more

Do politics belong in Southern Baptist Convention? Some say vice president's visit too divisive

Religion / Religious News /

DALLAS -- The topics on the first official day of the Southern Baptists' annual meeting Tuesday spanned from the fate of a seminary's trustee board to whether to withdraw an invitation to Vice President Mike Pence.

The meeting here is the best reminder that the Southern Baptist Convention is a voluntary affiliation of local churches without a ...Read more

How can I know what's right?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I just graduated from high school, and I don't know what to do now. Most of my friends are headed to college, and that's what my parents want me to do, but I can't get excited about it. How can I know what's right? -- K.R.

A: The most important advice I can give you is to seek God's will for your ...Read more

Meditation 6/10 - 6/16: Christ lives in me Gal. 2:15-21 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Christ lives in me

"We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law...Read more

Pope accepts resignations of 3 Chilean bishops tied to sex abuse scandal

Religion / Religious News /

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Victims of a sexual abuse scandal by clerics in Chile's Roman Catholic Church applauded Pope Francis' decision Monday to accept the resignations of three bishops -- including a prelate at the epicenter of cascading allegations of sexual abuse, cover-ups and impunity.

Anti-abuse activists called the move the Vatican's first ...Read more

Prayers and protests: Welcome to the Southern Baptists' meeting in a #MeToo world

Religion / Religious News /

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will descend upon Dallas this week in the aftermath of the fall of one of its longtime leaders due to his alleged mishandling of sexual abuse allegations.

The gathering officially begins Tuesday morning at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a ...Read more

Is it still a sin if no one is hurt?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I know the Bible says some things are wrong, but if they don't hurt anyone, why are they a sin? To me, something is only sinful if it harms someone. Why should God care what we do? -- L.L.

A: The Bible uses several words that we translate as "sin," but they all have the same meaning: A sin is ...Read more

Meditation 6/10 - 6/16: Christ lives in me Gal. 2:15-21 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Christ lives in me

"We who are Jews by birth and not 'Gentile sinners' know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

"If, ...Read more