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How an atheist can reconcile God's part in 12-step programs

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I am an alcoholic and I have been attending Alcoholics Anonymous for many years. I know the 12 steps and I have tried to follow them but I have failed. I have not failed in getting sober. I am sober now and have been for 10 years, but I have a problem with the God part of the 12-step program as I learned it. I just don't believe in a God who ...Read more

Does God ever give us a second chance?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Does God ever give us a second chance? I've made a lot of dumb mistakes in the last few years, and I know I need to get on a different road. But sometimes I wonder if God has given up on me, and nothing is ever going to change. -- K.Y.

A: God not only gives us a second chance (as you put it) -- but He wants to give us that second chance! Let...Read more

Meditation 10/15-10/21: Be Exalted O God! - Ps 57:7-11 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Exalted, O God!

I'm ready, God, so ready,
ready from head to toe,
Ready to sing, ready to raise a tune:
"Wake up, soul!
Wake up, harp! wake up, lute!
Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!"

I'm thanking you, GOD, out loud in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your ...Read more

Does God want me to stay in school?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: A few years ago I dropped out of school against my parents' advice, and now I'm stuck in a low-paying job with no future. Maybe my letter will keep someone from making the same mistake. I wish I could go back and change things, but I can't. -- C.McN.

A: I've often said that one of life's hardest lessons is that we cannot change the past. ...Read more

Meditation 10/15-10/21: Be Exalted O God! - Ps 57:7-11 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Exalted, O God!

My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!

Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!

I will give thanks to you,
O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is great ...Read more

Can be moral without God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Our neighbors are some of the kindest and most moral people we know, and yet they don't have any use for God. Unfortunately, another neighbor claims to be a Christian, but is one of the grumpiest people I've ever met. How do you explain this? -- Mrs. E.H.

A: Admittedly some people who don't even believe in God put those of us who claim to ...Read more

Meditation 10/15-10/21: Be Exalted O God! - Ps 57:7-11 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Exalted, O God!

My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!

Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

I will give thanks to You,
O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.

For Your lovingkindness ...Read more

Should I forget about marriage?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My parents never bothered to get married, and now that I'm in high school it gets kind of embarrassing when my friends start asking me about it. I've told my mom that I wish they'd get married, but they don't seem interested. Should I just forget about it? -- D.L.

A: You can't force your parents to get married, of course; they alone must ...Read more

Meditation 10/15-10/21: Be Exalted O God! - Ps 57:7-11 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Exalted, O God!

My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.

For great is your love, reaching to ...Read more

Meditation 10/15-10/21: Be Exalted O God! - Ps 57:7-11 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Thou Exalted, O God!

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing and give praise.

Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp:
I myself will awake early.

I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people:
I will sing unto thee among the nations.

For thy mercy is great unto the heavens,
and thy truth ...Read more

Meditation 10/8 - 10/14: The World Is Not Our Home NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

The World Is Not Our Home

But you are God's chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things that he has done.

The Scriptures say:

"Once you were nobody.
Now you are God's people.
At one time no ...Read more

How can I become a better person?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: The other day I decided to make a list of my main faults so I could begin to do something about them. But I got discouraged, because I don't see how I can ever overcome them. How can I become a better person? -- W.Q.

A: You are, I suspect, discovering one of life's hardest lessons: Even when we know how we ought to live, we still lack the ...Read more

Meditation 10/8 - 10/14: The World Is Not Our Home NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

The World Is Not Our Home

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God's holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

"Once you were not a people;
now you are the people of...Read more

Why is there so much hate in the world?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: If God loves everybody, then why is there so much hate in the world? I'm a member of a racial minority, and I feel it every day -- even from people who claim to be Christians. -- K.N.

A: The Bible makes it clear that racial prejudice and hatred are sins, and no matter how deeply ingrained they may be in our hearts or our society, we need to ...Read more

The four kinds of prayers we say to God

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I remember reading an article of yours that said there are four things we say to God. I sort of remember one of them was "oops," but I don't recall the others. Appreciate any clarification you can provide. Thanks! -- From J

A: So you only remember a quarter of what I write? That is often a quarter more than I remember, and I write it. You ...Read more

Meditation 10/8 - 10/14: The World Is Not Our Home MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

The World Is Not Our Home

But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

Friends, this world is not your ...Read more

Does God need me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I'll be released from prison in a few months, and I'm really scared. I don't have the strength to stay on the straight and narrow, and I know I'll just end up back in prison (although I don't want to). I guess I need God, but I doubt if God needs me. No one else does. -- Z.H.

A: The most important truth I can ever tell you -- and the most ...Read more

Meditation 10/8 - 10/14: The World Is Not Our Home ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

The World Is Not Our Home

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received ...Read more

Are today's young people turning away from God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I read a newspaper report recently saying that young people today aren't really interested in God or the church. Is this true, in your experience? Why is this happening? -- Mrs. N.C.

A: Some recent polls do seem to indicate that young people are less involved in churches than previous generations; some young people, in fact, indicate they ...Read more

Senators debate when nominee's religion is fair game

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON -- A Senate Judiciary Committee vote on a controversial appeals court pick Thursday prompted a discussion about when it is appropriate to ask questions about a nominee's religion -- and even a suggestion to hold a public hearing on the issue.

The topic arose because of questions Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and ...Read more