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Did people in the Bible ever retire?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I retired last year, and at first I really enjoyed it. But now I'm bored to death, and I know my wife wishes she could get me out of the house. Was I wrong to retire? Did people in the Bible ever retire? -- K.R.

A: Some people in the Bible did retire; the Levites (who assisted in the Temple ...Read more

Do people get disillusioned over church bickering?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My neighbor says he used to go to church, but he got disillusioned with all the bickering that went on, and he decided to drop out and forget about God. Do you think he's just using this as an excuse? -- M.J.

A: Only God knows whether or not his bad experience was just an excuse to turn away from ...Read more

Does God ever give us a second chance?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Does God ever give us a second chance? I've made some bad decisions about my life the last few years and now I'm paying the price. Does this mean God has given up on me and things will never get any better? -- B.K.

A: No, this doesn't mean that God has given up on you, or that nothing about your ...Read more

How can I help my friend who's in a cult?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: One of my friends has turned her back on me, because she's gotten involved with a group that's wrapped up in some kind of spirituality, talking about the earth as our mother and things like that. I don't know if you'd call it a cult, but she doesn't ...Read more

What does God want from me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I just got out of the hospital after a serious heart attack. I told God that if He let me live, I'd give my life to Him. I guess God has given me a second chance for some reason, but I'm wondering what it is. -- J.H.

A: Yes, God has given you a second chance, and I pray you won't take this lightly....Read more

Is it alright to watch church on TV?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've always been an independent person, and therefore I've never bothered to get connected to a church. It always seemed like too much of a hassle. And anyway, I can watch a church service on TV if I want to. You'll probably disagree, but why? -- N.McK.

A: Let me ask you a question: If you never ...Read more

Should I pay more attention to God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I just turned 50, and I didn't think it would bother me, but it really has. Suddenly I've realized that I'm getting older, and I wonder if I'm wasting my life. To be honest, I haven't paid much attention to God, but is it too late to change that? -- K.C.

A: I'm thankful you're thinking about your ...Read more

Why didn't Jesus stay on earth any longer?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why didn't Jesus stay on earth any longer? It seems to me that He could have done a lot of good if He'd lived longer. Couldn't He have avoided getting arrested and put to death? -- Mrs. N.N.

A: Yes, Jesus could have avoided arrest and death if He had chosen to do so -- and He did avoid them during ...Read more

Will God forgive a murderer?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I'm in prison because I got angry and killed someone, and now I'm haunted by guilt. Someone once told me that Jesus forgave a murderer, but when I challenged him to prove it, he couldn't find it in the Bible. I wish I could believe God will forgive me, but I can't. -- M.M.

A: What you did was ...Read more

Can I pray in my own words?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I grew up in a church that only used printed or memorized prayers. However, now that I've rededicated my life to Jesus I want to pray on my own, but I worry that I might offend God if pray in my own words. Is this a danger? -- Mrs. S.L.

A: Formal prayers have their place -- but no, you shouldn't ...Read more

How can I find chuch less dull?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've tried to get interested in church, because some friends say it'll be good for me, but frankly I find it kind of dull. Right now, I don't see any reason to keep going. -- Z.W.

A: Have you ever asked your friends why they think it would be good for you to go to church? I don't know how they'd ...Read more

Is there any difference between us and the animals?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friend is an atheist, and he says there isn't any real difference between us and the animals, while I say there is. But how can I prove it to him? He claims he has an open mind, but maybe I'm wasting my time. -- L.W.

A: Sometimes a person who doesn't believe in God can be very stubborn and ...Read more

Is it possible to be perfect?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Do you think it's possible to be perfect if we just try hard enough? I've tried and tried to become a better person, and I know I've made some progress, but I get discouraged because I can't seem to make it to a higher level. God must be very disappointed in me. Am I doing something wrong? -- Mrs. N...Read more

When we get to Heaven will we ever have worries or bad thoughts?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When we get to Heaven will we ever have worries or bad thoughts, or think about things we really shouldn't think about? Sometimes my brain wanders all over the place, and I find myself thinking about things I know I shouldn't. Will it be different in Heaven? -- J.S.

A: Yes, it definitely will be ...Read more

Did Jesus ever get discouraged?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it a sin to get discouraged when things don't go the way we want them to? Did Jesus ever get discouraged? -- Mrs. K.K.

A: We all get discouraged from time to time, especially when we can't do something we wanted to do, or we find our way blocked, or life becomes difficult. Then we become like ...Read more

How can I know what God wants me to do?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I'm facing a major career decision, but how can I know what God wants me to do? Maybe the devil will put wrong ideas into my mind, and I'll end up going down the wrong road. -- S.N.B.

A: Satan certainly will do everything he can to lead us astray. He is a master of deception; he may even try to ...Read more

What is Heaven like?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What is Heaven like? I know Jesus came to make it possible for us to go there, and I'm thankful for that, but I'm not sure what difference it makes to us. -- Mrs. E.E.

A: The Bible admittedly doesn't answer all our questions about Heaven -- because Heaven is far more glorious than our limited minds...Read more

How can I forgetting about God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have to admit that all too often during the day I simply forget about God. I get involved in other things, and I just don't think about God like I should. How can I overcome this? -- P.S.

A: Never forget: Even when we forget God, He never forgets us -- because He loves us. Just before He ascended...Read more

Why were Jesus' followers so discouraged after His death?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why were Jesus' followers so discouraged and depressed after His death? Didn't they know He was going to be raised from the dead? -- J.H.

A: You're right; no one could have been more discouraged than Jesus' followers immediately after His death. Confused and dejected by what had just happened, they...Read more

Is God disappointed in me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've tried to live a good life, but I know I've let God down countless times. He must be very disappointed in me, and I don't think He'll ever forgive me. -- G.J.

A: I have good news for you: No matter who we are or what we've done ... no matter how guilty we feel or how much we think God can never...Read more

 
 

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