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Is hoping something will happen the same as praying that it will?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Often I'll find myself sincerely wishing that God would do something about a problem I'm having, but is that the same as praying about it? Is hoping something will happen the same as praying that it will? -- K.L.

A: No, simply wishing things will change, or hoping that God will do something about a...Read more

Why can't I talk to a medium?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've told my children that after I die I want to communicate with them, and I've told them to find a medium who can arrange this. But one of my sons refuses, because he says it goes against his beliefs. This really hurts me. What's wrong with him? -- Mrs. N.S.

A: Elsewhere in your letter, you ...Read more

When we die, do we go immediately to Heaven?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When we die, do we go immediately to Heaven, or do we have to wait until the world comes to an end? My cousin (who was a strong believer) died a few months ago, and her death got me thinking about this. Is she already in Heaven? -- Mrs. B.McK.

A: Although Christians sometimes disagree on the ...Read more

What right do Christians have to tell me how to live?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don't like proud Christians who arrogantly claim that they know how God wants everyone else to behave. I don't tell them how to run their lives, so what right do they have to tell me how to run mine? -- C.C.

A: No true Christian should be arrogant or proud -- not if they understand what the Bible...Read more

How can I avoid other people making me angry?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I know the Bible says we shouldn't get angry, but how can we avoid it? When people upset you, you can't just pretend you aren't angry or act like it doesn't exist. -- F.J.

A: You're partly right; unfortunately, we often do put a lid on our anger or make ourselves think we aren't really angry -- at ...Read more

How can I be a good father?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I never got along very well with my parents, and I spent most of my teenaged years as a rebel. But now I'm married with two children, and I realize I don't have any idea how to be a good father. Maybe you can help me. -- L.R.

A: The most important thing I can tell you is that God wants you to be a ...Read more

Why is my husband so stubborn?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My husband is getting older and is beginning to develop some physical problems, but he refuses to go to a doctor. Why is he so stubborn? Why won't he face the fact that he needs help? -- Mrs. L.F.

A: Almost every doctor I've talked to about this problem has known patients like this -- unfortunately...Read more

How can I decide what to do?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I'll be graduating from college shortly, and I don't have any idea what I'll be doing. I guess I've spent too much time enjoying myself, and I've never developed any career goals. How can I decide what to do? -- J.McD.

A: The most important advice I can give you, or anyone else in your situation, ...Read more

How can you help someone who doesn't want your help?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Recently I ran across an old friend I hadn't seen in several years. I became very concerned over some of the things he's doing, because they're going to destroy him if he isn't careful. But when I expressed concern he got upset and told me to mind my own business. How can you help someone who doesn'...Read more

Does God want me to go to the gym?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My wife thinks I'm spending too much time at the gym. I go there most days for a couple of hours (usually after work), but what's wrong with that? God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesn't He? -- M.J.

A: Yes, of course God wants us to take care of the bodies He has given us, and proper ...Read more

How should we deal with our teenage daughters?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: We don't understand our teenage daughters. Their moods swing back and forth -- happy and carefree one day, sullen and moody the next. One day they're bubbly and talkative, and next day they'll barely talk to us. How should we deal with this? -- Mrs. M.C.

A: I'm sure many parents of teenagers could ...Read more

Won't Heaven be boring?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I hope I'll to go to Heaven when I die, but to be honest, it sounds kind of boring. Am I wrong? I mean, what will we do with all that time on our hands? -- P.F.

A: Yes, you are wrong; Heaven will be far more exciting than anything we'll ever experience on earth! The one thing we will never be in ...Read more

How can I not argue with my mother?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My mother and I have never gotten along very well, and now we hardly ever call or see each other. But now she's older and has some health issues, and I know she might not be with us too many more years. I guess I'd like to change our relationship, but how do I start? We always seem to end up arguing...Read more

Should we ignore my brother-in-law?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My brother-in-law always dominates the conversation when he's with us, and if anyone tries to change the subject, he just keeps talking. We all dread being around him. Should we just ignore him? -- Mrs. L.S.

A: I suspect we've all known people like this -- and you're right; it's difficult to be ...Read more

Should we go back to church?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My parents were religious, and we always went to church, but once I graduated and got a job in another city I left all that behind. Most of my friends are the same way. Maybe we'll get back to God when we're older, but we're happy the way we are, and that's what's important to us. -- G.B.

A: Let me...Read more

Why do I feel guilty about my divorce?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I'm so confused. My marriage ended over a year ago because of my husband's repeated unfaithfulness, and yet I've almost been overwhelmed with feelings of guilt ever since. I don't understand myself. Why do I feel this way? -- N.McF.

A: Several years ago someone told me about an article they'd read,...Read more

Can you feel God's presence without Jesus?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friend says she doesn't believe in Jesus, but that she feels God's presence when she does something good for people in need. Is she right? I'm not sure what she means by this, but I admire her for her concern for others. -- Mrs. J.J.

A: Yes, your friend's concern for others is admirable, and we ...Read more

Do we know anything certain about God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don't think we can know anything for certain about God. People have all sorts of ideas about God, and they all think they're right, but how do we know they aren't just dreaming? Maybe none of them are right. -- H.N.

A: You're correct, up to a point; not everyone who claims to know the truth about...Read more

Is God angry at me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I grew up believing that it didn't take much to make God angry at me, and that I always needed to be on my best behavior or He'd punish me. But my friend says I'm wrong, and that God loves us and treats us gently and with kindness no matter what we do. Who is right? -- Mrs. L.T.

A: In reality you ...Read more

Do the stars guide us?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A few weeks ago my cousin gave me a book about astrology, and how the stars can help guide us. She's very convinced of this, but my uncle says I shouldn't take it seriously. What do you think? -- S.McF.

A: No doubt your cousin thought she was giving you something helpful -- but I strongly urge you ...Read more

 
 

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