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Is it true that the calendar is based on the life of Jesus?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My college assignment is to debate a fellow student about the impact of Jesus’ life when he lived on Earth – without using the Bible. She claims that Jesus only impacts those who are weak and need religion. Is it true that the calendar is based on the life of Jesus? – M.T.

A:...Read more

Meditation 10/24 - 10/30: Death in Adam - Life in Christ Rms 5 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Death from Adam, Life through Christ

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned-- for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose ...Read more

What drives people -- young and old -- to use drugs?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Drugs are destroying our world, certainly our young people. What drives people — young and old — to this crutch? – A.C.

A: Anxiety fills the hearts of people today. While battles rage around the world and storms gather in the human spirit, depression steals rest from our ...Read more

Meditation 10/24 - 10/30: Death in Adam - Life in Christ Rms 5 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Death from Adam, Life through Christ

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned - for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not...Read more

Why does society look down on Christianity?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It’s hard to understand why much of society looks down on Christianity when in fact Christianity has been responsible for developing hospitals, children’s homes, universities, and has always responded to people from all walks of life who are victims of disasters. – C.C.

A: ...Read more

Meditation 10/24 - 10/30: Death in Adam - Life in Christ Rms 5 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Death from Adam, Life through Christ

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned - for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to ...Read more

Meditation 10/24 - 10/30: Death in Adam - Life in Christ Rms 5 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Death from Adam, Life through Christ

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned ...Read more

Can we believe anything into existence and be our own gods?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’m a high school senior. One of my teachers says that we can believe anything into existence and in a sense be our own gods. I know this isn’t true but I don’t quite know how to debate the claim. – F.F.

A: It is impossible to believe anything into existence. Try it. Who ...Read more

Meditation 10/17-10/23: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

The LORD Tells about the Coming King

Everyone in Jerusalem,
celebrate and shout!
Your king has won a victory,
and he is coming to you.
He is humble
and rides on a donkey;
he comes on the colt
of a donkey.

I, the LORD, will take away
war chariots and horses
from Israel and Jerusalem.
Bows that ...Read more

What’s the secret to being near to God and know that He is with us?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friends and I were talking about how we want desperately to be near to God and know that He is with us. We work hard at doing good to others. We try every day to be better than the day before, but it seems the harder we try, the more defeated we are. What’s the secret? – T.A....Read more

Meditation 10/17-10/23: he Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Zion's Coming King

Rejoice, O people of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.
He is righteous and victorious,
yet he is humble, riding on a donkey -
riding on a donkey's colt.

I will remove the battle chariots from Israel
and the warhorses from Jerusalem.
I will ...Read more

The God Squad: More questions from Ms. Pepitone’s theology class

Religion / God Squad /

The absolute last installment (for this year) of my (short) answers to questions from Ms. Pepitone’s Theology Class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut.

Q: From B: Dear Rabbi Gellman, what are some ways that you like to personally connect with God and spend time with Him? I am working on developing a more personal relationship ...Read more

What has happened in our culture that we cannot at least be civil to one another?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why must we hurl accusations and hatred? Seldom do I pass someone with a smile on their face or a spring in their step. People seemed so unhappy, so burdened; even in families, there seems to be conflict present. What has happened in our culture that we cannot at least be civil to ...Read more

Meditation 10/17-10/23: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

A Humble King Riding a Donkey

"Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion!
Raise the roof, Daughter Jerusalem!
Your king is coming!
a good king who makes all things right,
a humble king riding a donkey,
a mere colt of a donkey.
I've had it with war - no more chariots in Ephraim,
no more war horses in Jerusalem,
...Read more

How can we determine if a pastor is preaching from the Bible?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: How can we determine if a pastor is preaching from the Bible and not from another source that may sound good but is not God’s Word? – D.P.

A: Through Bible study and prayer, we are given discernment to tell the difference between what is of God and what is not. God’s people ...Read more

Meditation 10/17-10/23: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Coming King of Zion

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from ...Read more

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Two LGBTQ-affirming churches -- one historic and one young -- unite with installation of new pastor

Religion / Religious News /

BALTIMORE — A service held Sunday at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church signifies a new partnership between one of Baltimore’s historic churches and a fledgling congregation, both rooted in LGBTQ affirmation and inclusivity, generations apart.

The Rev. Emily Scott, who leads both congregations, was installed through a Rite of ...Read more

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Commentary: COVID vaccine mandates test the limits of religious exemptions

Religion / Religious News /

In extending a temporary restraining order on mandating COVID-19 vaccines for New York health care workers who raised religious exemptions, a judge made clear that the court did not determine that the health care workers qualify for a religious exemption. Rather, the court found, the workers have a federally protected right to seek such an ...Read more

Is it true that the Bible says to eat, drink, and be merry?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that the Bible says to eat, drink, and be merry? – F.H.

A: The author of Ecclesiastes (in the Bible) wrote of the reality of searching for happiness in a foolish way. A comedian has said, “Enjoy as much as you can. Even if you live to be 90, that’s not as long as ...Read more

Meditation 10/17-10/23: The Coming of Zion's King - Zech 9:9-12 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

The Coming of Zion's King

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the horse from ...Read more