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Where does evidence for Heaven reside?

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Just thought I would share a moment of faith.

I grew up in Memphis, Tenn., but retired to South Florida -- unofficially the southern-most boroughs of New York. Last week I attended a tour and luncheon at a South Florida museum with a wonderful collection of Broadway costumes. It was a great tour, and it gave me some insight regarding faith. ...Read more

Is God Speaking to Me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: All my friends think I'm successful, and I am as far as money is concerned. But recently I've had this vague feeling that I'm on the wrong road. I've never thought much about God, but do you suppose He's trying to tell me something? -- J.S.

A: Yes, I believe God is trying to tell you something -- and I pray you won't ignore Him or try to ...Read more

Meditation 3/19 - 3/25 A prayer for wisdom MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

That's why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the Christians, I couldn't stop thanking God for you--every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks.

But I do more than thank. I ask--ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory--to make you intelligent and ...Read more

Is My Boyfriend Really a Christian?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My boyfriend says he believes in Jesus, but he has some bad habits he doesn't want to get rid of, and this worries me since we're beginning to get serious. Do you think he's really a Christian, or is he just trying to impress me? -- M.F.

A: Only God knows our hearts, and only God knows whether or not your boyfriend is sincere when he says he...Read more

Meditation 3/19 - 3/25 A prayer for wisdom ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your ...Read more

Does God Understand My Time Limitations?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I know I ought to think about God more, but I simply don't have the time. I'm so busy that it's all I can do to concentrate on what's happening at the moment. I suspect lots of people have the same problem. Do you think God understands this? -- G.K.

A: God knows all about us -- and yes, He understands everything that's going on in your life....Read more

Meditation 3/19 - 3/25 A prayer for wisdom NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. ...Read more

Syrian refugee community growing, and so is support from Fresno's faithful

Religion / Religious News /

FRESNO, Calif. -- A group of Syrian refugees and Christian churchgoers in Fresno met last year with a simple greeting: "Peace be upon you."

The members of Wesley United Methodist Church taught themselves how to say it in Arabic during a Sunday service before walking across their parking lot after church to introduce themselves to their new ...Read more

Does God Give Us Hard Times to Make Us Better People?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I've gone through some hard times recently, and my aunt says I ought to be thankful because they'll make me a better person. Is she right? I admit I'm having a hard time seeing things her way. -- Mrs. E.W.

A: We all want our lives to be smooth and trouble-free, of course -- but unfortunately life isn't always that way. In fact, I don't think...Read more

Meditation 3/19 - 3/25 A prayer for wisdom NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray...Read more

Meditation 3/19 - 3/25 A prayer for wisdom NKJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding ...Read more

Why Doesn't God Do Away With the World's Bad People?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Why doesn't God just do away with all the bad people in the world? The world sure would be a lot nicer place to live in if He did, and maybe we'd even have lasting world peace. -- N.W.

A: Let me ask you a question: If God somehow took all the "bad" people out of the world, how many would be left? Not very many, I'm afraid -- because we all ...Read more

Meditation 3/12 - 3/18 Messiah's Triumph

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Messiah's Triumph and Kingdom

Why do the nations plot,
and why do their people
make useless plans?

The kings of this earth
have all joined together
to turn against the LORD
and his chosen one.

They say, "Let's cut the ropes
and set ourselves free!"

In heaven the LORD laughs
as he sits on his throne,...Read more

Sacha Pfeiffer of 'Spotlight' fame questions whether church understands gravity of sexual abuse

Religion / Religious News /

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- They were played by actors in "Spotlight," the Oscar-winning movie that told the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered what would turn out to be a worldwide child sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.

But on Thursday night in Charlotte, an audience of trial lawyers got to hear from the real Sacha Pfeiffer, whose ...Read more

Why Is God letting Our Pastor Retire?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Our pastor just announced that he's retiring in a few months. He is greatly loved and respected in our church and community (he's been here over 30 years), and I don't see how we'll ever replace him. Why is God doing this to us? -- K.Y.

A: Just as in any other profession or career, no pastor's ministry is endless; the time must come for ...Read more

Meditation 3/12 - 3/18 Messiah's Triumph NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Messiah's Triumph and Kingdom

Why do the nations rage?
Why do the people waste
their time with futile plans?

The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together against the LORD
and against his anointed one.

"Let us break their chains," they cry,
"and free ourselves from this slavery."

But the ...Read more

Why do we fall prey to greed?

Religion / God Squad /

I am thrilled and amazed and delighted and overcome!

I just received the following email,

"Greeting,

I am Attorney and I contact you for a genuine business transaction which I want to entrust in your care. ... about my late client fund, (there) is nothing to worry about as everything is legal with documentations. Deposit valued ($8,500,000.00...Read more

Can a Horoscope Be Right?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Every morning my neighbor won't do anything until she's checked her horoscope for the day. I've always considered them kind of a joke, but she really takes it seriously. Is she possibly right? -- Mrs. K.R.T.

A: I don't doubt her sincerity -- but I'm afraid she is putting her trust in something that will only mislead her and take her down a ...Read more

Meditation 3/12 - 3/18 Messiah's Triumph MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Messiah's Triumph and Kingdom

Why the big noise, nations?
Why the mean plots, peoples?

Earth-leaders push for position,
Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks,
The God--deniers, the Messiah-defiers:

"Let's get free of God!
Cast loose from Messiah!"

Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing.
At first he's amused...Read more

Pittsburgh effort creates hijabs for dolls

Religion / Religious News /

PITTSBURGH -- Gisele Fetterman, who started the Braddock Free Store and co-founded the excess food collection service 412 Food Rescue, goes to great lengths to instill values of egalitarianism in her three young children.

Back in 2013, before state-level bans against same-sex marriage were overturned, her husband, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman,...Read more