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The God Squad: Keeping the faith

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Dear Rabbi Gellman, I really enjoy reading your God Squad column. I am a Christian, but boy do I have questions.

I do believe in God, although I don't think we really understand God. At least I don't. I wonder how or why a perfect God could have created such imperfect people. We don't take care of our planet; we are not kind to animals or ...Read more

Why does the Bible not identify who the other person is?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There’s a reference in Proverbs 8 to someone else being with God when He created Heaven, suggesting a real place. Why does the Bible not identify who the other person is? — P.W.

A: The eighth chapter of Proverbs is deep and wide because it identifies the voice of wisdom speaking to our...Read more

Meditation 4/11 - 4/17: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Like Christ

If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care-- then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.

Don't push your way to the front...Read more

How can I help a friend who's in prison find a purpose in life?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am trying to encourage a friend of mine who has landed in prison. He has come to know the Lord but is despondent that he has no purpose in life. — P.T.

A: There’s a wonderful story about Paul and Silas who were thrown in a Philippian prison for preaching. Instead of complaining and ...Read more

Meditation 4/11 - 4/17: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Like Christ

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than ...Read more

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Minnesota bishop resigns at pope's request after abuse cover-up

Religion / Religious News /

MINNEAPOLIS — Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Crookston Diocese resigned Tuesday after a request to step down by Pope Francis and an investigation that showed he had covered up a sex abuse allegation against a priest.

Hoeppner is the first U.S. bishop to be disciplined under new Vatican protocols for reviewing and sanctioning bishops for sex ...Read more

Is this jealousy getting the best of me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a hard worker but have never been able to get ahead in life. I have a good friend who is successful at everything she touches. She is a really good person, she never flaunts her success, and she is very generous to me. After I am with her a while I am undone and unsatisfied with my ...Read more

Meditation 4/11 - 4/17: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Like Christ

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit...Read more

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September trial date set in Luz del Mundo sex abuse case

Religion / Religious News /

LOS ANGELES — A judge on Monday set a Sept. 27 trial date for Naason Joaquin Garcia, the head of La Luz del Mundo church, who faces a slew of sex abuse charges.

Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen also ordered Susana Medina Oaxaca, who faces charges alongside Garcia, to appear in court in downtown Los Angeles then.

An attorney from the ...Read more

What does worship really mean?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There is a lot of talk about praise and worship music. But people worship many things. What does worship really mean? — W.G.

A: Mankind has always worshiped things: status, fame, popularity, people, money, and security. Anything that comes between God and man is idolatry. Many believe ...Read more

Meditation 4/11 - 4/17: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Like Christ

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in ...Read more

Meditation 4/11 - 4/17: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Like Christ

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem ...Read more

Concerning Anger...

Religion / Bible Verses /

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31,32 NIV


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The discretion of a man deferreth his anger;
and it is his glory to pass over a transgression....Read more

Meditation 4/4 - 4/10: Favor with God 1 Pt 2:17-20 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Finding Favor with God

Respect everyone and show special love for God's people. Honor God and respect the Emperor.

The Example of Christ's Suffering

Servants, you must obey your masters and always show respect to them. Do this, not only to those who are kind and thoughtful, but also to those who are cruel. God will bless you, even if ...Read more

How does a person determine if their convictions are right?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’ve always been taught to stand by the right convictions and be willing to stand alone if necessary. I’m finding more and more that this is exactly what I must do – stand alone. How does a person determine if their convictions are right, and is there a difference between standing on ...Read more

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Commentary: Why America's record godlessness is good news for the nation

Religion / Religious News /

The secularization of U.S. society — the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation — is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and ...Read more

Meditation 4/4 - 4/10: Favor with God 1 Pt 2:17-20 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Finding Favor with God

Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king.

Slaves

You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters. Do whatever they tell you--not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are harsh. For God is pleased with you when, for the ...Read more

Is it okay that my friends are forsaking me as I mourn the death of my husband?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friends are forsaking me as I mourn the death of my husband, saying it’s time to move on. This seems harsh. – M.D.

A: Grief comes with many losses. Whatever its cause, grief will come to all of us. We need only to open our hearts to notice those with grieving hearts – for there ...Read more

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New prayer stickers are a welcome message for Muslim patients

Religion / Religious News /

MINNEAPOLIS – Muslims getting care at the Hennepin Healthcare will no longer scramble to locate the right direction for prayer.

The hospital and Muslim leaders on Tuesday affixed stickers in 60 rooms around the emergency department indicating qibla, the direction they should face when praying. Hennepin Healthcare also made a commitment to put...Read more

The God Squad: Ramadan Mubarak

Religion / God Squad /

Our Passover/Easter meditations of the past two weeks may have diverted our spiritual gaze. The glorious and unifying truth is that all three of the great Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are celebrating their formative holidays this springtime, namely Passover, Easter and Ramadan. It is always true that Passover and Easter ...Read more