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Do we need a spirit of forbearance?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems society today has little to no patience with others who disagree with them. My grandmother says we need a spirit of forbearance. Would that help? -- G.C.

A: Forbearance is a word which has been almost dropped from our vocabulary. It means to abstain from condemning others, to refrain from ...Read more

Why are youthful generations so selfish?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Since the 1960s youthful generations have been called the "Me Generation," disregarding others and thinking only of themselves. Why is this? -- M.G.

A: Some years ago, writer and social critic Tom Wolfe coined the phrase the "Me Generation." Each generation tends to be a "me" generation, since ...Read more

Is the church called to humanitarian work?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My daughter claims that she is called to the mission field and is raising money to go, but she is under the impression that Christian work is humanitarian aid. Is the church called to humanitarian work? -- C.M.

A: Today Christian service is often mistaken for humanitarian work. It's important to ...Read more

How can anyone truly believe a fun Hell could exist?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A website propagating that Hell is a fun place claimed that it would be filled with hilarity, laughter, and satisfying every desire without any guilt. How can anyone truly believe that such a Hell could exist? -- H.B.

A: Hell has been cloaked in folklore and disguised in fiction for so long that ...Read more

What are the Seven Letters to the Seven Churches?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What are the Seven Letters to the Seven Churches and does it have anything to do with the church today? -- C.W.

A: The book of Revelation contains seven letters dictated to the Apostle John to be sent to the seven churches in Asia. Pastors today would do well to take up a serious study of these ...Read more

Is praising God really about music?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There is so much talk in church about praising the Lord, but I don't hear too much about repenting. Is praising God really about music? -- S.L.

A: "Praise and worship" has become a cliché. Praising the Lord is not something we're called to do on Sunday morning. It's a way of life -- praising God ...Read more

What did the apostle Paul mean when he said he wanted to be all things to all men?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What did the apostle Paul mean when he said he wanted to be all things to all men? It seems contradictory. -- M.H.

A: The Apostle Paul never compromised the Gospel message. When he wrote to the Corinthians he said, we "endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ" (1 Corinthians 9:12). ...Read more

Why doesn't God bless all Christians with wealth and health?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why doesn't God bless all Christians with wealth and health? Aren't we more effective as Christians if we are successful in our businesses and enjoy good health? It seems that people would find it easier to believe in the faith we exhibit. -- F.C.

A: In Heaven there will be many believers who never...Read more

Is it right to attend services that invite other religions to pray to their false gods?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it right to attend services that invite other religions to pray to their false gods? -- F.G.

A: Many ask, "To whom shall we pray?" The answer is the Source of the power. Prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ, in His name, is the key to prayer.

Uniting in prayer to the gods of this world will avail ...Read more

Isn't anger a sin?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why does the Bible say that God is slow to anger? I thought He was perfect. Isn't anger a sin? -- G.A.

A: It takes a great deal to stir God's anger -- but when it happens, it is holy anger because God is pure and righteous. When the Bible tells us that God "is slow to anger" (Nahum 1:3), it simply ...Read more

Why was Jonah, a man of God, rebuked by God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have always believed that Jonah was a man of God; yet he was rebuked by God. Why is this? -- J.W.

A: Preachers are not immune to God's chastening. The Bible says that "whom the Lord loves He [disciplines]" (Hebrews 12:6). This epic story reveals that before God could use Jonah, Jonah first had to...Read more

Why is the Gospel message a conflicting message?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why is the Gospel message a conflicting message? Preachers can't even agree. Some say the Gospel is for everyone, and others say the Gospel is only for those God chooses. What is the truth? -- M.U.

A: The study of Scripture is important. When the Bible says, "The entirety of Your word is truth" (...Read more

Why are the Minor Prophets in the Bible so important today?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When people speak of the Minor Prophets in the Bible, what does that mean, and why are these 12 short books so important today? -- S.B.

A: The last 12 books of the Old Testament are collectively known as the Minor Prophets. In them we see the name and voice of Almighty God and His message to the ...Read more

Why do people place such hope in politicians?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Regardless of political party, why do people place such hope in politicians and is it the hope of America, and for that fact, the world? -- P.W.

A: The names of politicians, sports figures, inventors, and others from all walks of life come and go. While their names may continue in history, their ...Read more

Will we ever achieve peace on earth?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Will we ever achieve peace on earth? -- P.S.

A: The human race continues its futile search for peace in all the wrong places, placing its hope in governments, successes, or religions. This is what the Bible says concerning mankind's futility: "The way of peace they have not known" (Romans 3:17). ...Read more

When did God start loving people?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When did God start loving people, was it at the time of creation or when He sent Jesus to earth? -- I.S.

A: God's love did not begin at creation, at the manger, or at the cross; God's love began in eternity past. Before the world was established, before the time clock of civilization began to move,...Read more

Does God really call out to people?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Does God really call out to people? -- H.G.

A: Every soul has a story to tell. Some are gruesome; others miraculous. It is not unusual to hear of campers and hikers losing their way along trails that wind through the rugged forests, thick with brush and prone to rockslides. It doesn't take long for...Read more

Should we believe that someday technology will capture a picture of Heaven?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Should we believe that someday technology will capture a picture of Heaven? -- T.G.

A: More important than Heaven capturing our imagination is the God of Heaven capturing our souls. Heaven is beyond the reach of our satellites and telescopes, but it doesn't mean that Heaven is beyond the reach of ...Read more

If it's true that we have so much knowledge, how can society be so messed up?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've heard that the present generation is filled with more knowledge than at any time in history. If this is true, how can society be so messed up? Is knowledge the same as wisdom? -- G.L.

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

What is the "afterlife" and where does it lead us?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What exactly is the "afterlife" and if it really exists, where does it lead us? -- A.L.

A: The afterlife is a very real thing; it speaks of life "after" death. It has been said that death is not a period, but a comma in the story of life. Many answers about life after death are deceiving and will ...Read more

 

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