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Can a true Christian spread gossip?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I work with someone who claims to be a Christian, but she is the worst gossip I've ever known. Other than this, she's not a bad person, and she even wants me to attend her church. How do you explain this? She really turns me off. -- Mrs. C.J.

A: I can't blame you; it's hard to respect someone who ...Read more

Can God help me not be so lonely and miserable?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: We recently moved to a new city because of my husband's job. He loves his new responsibilities, but I'm lonely and miserable. I even wonder if we made a mistake coming here. What should I do? -- Mrs. K.S.

A: As you've discovered, a city can be a very lonely place. People become busy and wrapped up ...Read more

Would it be wrong to not teach at my church?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've been asked to teach a junior high class in our church this fall, but I'm really reluctant to do it. I don't feel qualified, and anyway that's a hard age to deal with. Would it be wrong for me to turn it down? -- P.F.

A: No, it wouldn't be wrong for you to turn it down -- if God doesn't want ...Read more

Are missionaries really needed today?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Our church just approved its new budget, which includes a lot of support for missionaries. But are missionaries really needed today? Can't we reach the world more cheaply through things like the internet? Why don't we do this? -- Mrs. V.H.J.

A: Many organizations and ministries today are using the ...Read more

Which emotion is more harmful -- anger or hatred?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Some of us have been having a discussion about our emotions, and how they can damage us. In your opinion which emotion is more harmful -- anger or hatred? We couldn't agree, although I know both can be destructive. -- D.D.

A: Yes, both are destructive, and it would be hard to say if one is more ...Read more

Will we ever have lasting peace?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've always tried to be an optimist, hoping that if we just try hard enough, we can have a more just and peaceful world. But with all our problems today, I'm having a hard time staying optimistic. Will we ever have lasting peace? -- J.McF.

A: From time to time the world may experience periods of ...Read more

How can I keep from getting discouraged in the face of constant criticisms?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I'd probably enjoy my work more if it weren't for my boss. He never compliments me or says anything good about my work, and this really gets me down. I need a job, but how can I keep from getting discouraged in the face of his constant criticisms? -- Mrs. D.B.

A: Have you noticed how your boss ...Read more

Is jealousy a sin?

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

How can I forgive myself?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've hurt lots of people over the years, and I'm haunted by all the damage I've done. Maybe God could forgive me if He wanted to, but I'll never be able to forgive myself. I wish I could go back and change things, but I can't. -- S.McD.

A: The most important thing you need to know is that God not ...Read more

Where does Jesus fit in?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've never had a problem believing in God, because it doesn't make sense to me to think the universe just happened. But where does Jesus fit in? I apologize for asking what's probably a simple question, but I didn't have any religious upbringing. -- H.R.

A: Don't apologize; I'm thankful you now ...Read more

How can you love someone who isn't loveable?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Some of our relatives are coming to our house for the July 4th holiday, and to be honest, I'm dreading it, because some of them are really obnoxious and hard to like. I know God expects us to love everyone, but how can you love someone who isn't loveable? -- M.J.

A: It's true God ...Read more

Why should I bother to go to church?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I didn't grow up in a religious family, but a few months ago I decided to start going to church (partly to make new friends). But no one ever speaks to me, and I just feel like an outsider. Why should I bother? -- D.L.

A: I'm thankful you've started going to church, and I'm sorry you haven't felt ...Read more

Am I wrong to keep missing my husband?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I thought I was prepared for my husband's death last year, since he'd been battling cancer a long time. But I was wrong, and it's been the most painful experience I've ever had. He had a strong faith and I know he's in Heaven, but what's wrong with me? -- Mrs. D.H.

A: Nothing is wrong with you; God...Read more

What does the devil look like?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Yesterday our 9-year-old son tried to draw a picture of the devil, complete with horns and a pitchfork and red suit. But no one really knows what he looks like, do they? Does the Bible say? -- K.K.

A: No, the Bible doesn't tell us exactly what the devil looks like -- and with good reason, for he ...Read more

Do mission trips do any good?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: This summer several of the young people in our church are going on a mission trip to a poor village in Central America. Do these honestly do any good? They'll only be there a couple of weeks. What do you think of trips like this? -- J.F.

A: I strongly support mission projects like this, as long as ...Read more

 

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