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Is our homeless shelter doing any good?

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Q: For over a year I've been helping at a homeless shelter that's sponsored by our local churches, but frankly I'm not sure it's worth it. We keep seeing the same people over and over, and I wonder what good we're actually doing. What do you think about projects like this? -- N.M.

A: I'm thankful for every church and every individual who is ...Read more

What can our church do to help our older members?

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Q: Many of our church members are getting older and can't get out much anymore. Our pastor tries to visit them, but what else could we do to stay in touch with them? I'm getting older myself, and this concerns me. -- Mrs. B.T.

A: I'm grateful for your interest in those who are older and aren't able to attend church as often as they once did. It...Read more

Is is okay to cheat on our taxes?

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Q: My husband just started doing his taxes, and like every other year, I know he's going to find ways to cheat -- concealing some income, claiming deductions we don't deserve, etc. If I complain, he just says that everyone else does it, so why shouldn't we? Is he right? -- Mrs. K.W.

A: No, he is not right; not everyone cheats on their taxes -- ...Read more

Does it actually do any good to pray for someone who's sick?

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Q: Does it actually do any good to pray for someone who's sick? I'm not sure it does. It seems to me that whether or not they get better depends on their medical care. Where does God fit into this? -- S.S.

A: One reason we should pray for those who are sick or injured is simply because God has commanded us to pray for them. The Bible says, "Is ...Read more

Can God help me to get over this feeling?

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Q: Some years ago my brother took his life. He was an alcoholic and had lots of other problems. I tried to help him, but I've always been burdened with guilt because I know I should have done more. Can God somehow help me to get over this feeling? -- Mrs. M.McK.

A: Few events, I'm convinced, are more traumatic than the suicide of someone we ...Read more

How can we teach our son about God?

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Q: How can we teach our son about God? He's only 8, but already we sense he's going to have problems if we don't teach him about faith in God, and about right and wrong. Neither my husband nor I have any religious background, so where do we start? -- Mrs. J.F.F.

A: I'm thankful for your concern for your son; if our children don't learn the ...Read more

Should I have not gotten divorced?

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Q: I was convinced I'd be happy once I got divorced, since all we did was argue. But now I'm lonely and miserable, and sometimes I even wish we were back together. It won't happen since he's remarried, but what can I do? I wish I could start over. -- Mrs. D.F.

A: One of life's hardest lessons -- and one we often forget in the heat of the moment...Read more

Why do I bother with New Year's resolutions?

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Q: I've done it again -- I've already broken every New Year's resolution I made for this year. Every year I start out determined to keep my resolutions, but before I know it I've failed. Maybe I shouldn't bother. Why do I do this? What's wrong with me? -- L.D.W.

A: I suspect you're not alone; every year countless people start out...Read more

How should we deal with my racist father-in-law?

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We were very saddened to hear of Billy Graham's passing. We will continue to run new and archived versions of his column until it is no longer syndicated.

Q: My father-in-law really embarrasses my husband and me, because he's very prejudiced against people of other races, and sometimes he even makes racial slurs around our children. We'...Read more

Aren't all religions pretty much the same?

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We were very saddened to hear of Billy Graham's passing. We will continue to run new and archived versions of his column until it is no longer syndicated.

Q: I think it's wrong to believe that one religion is any better than any other religion. I think all religions have glimpses of the truth, and I hope that eventually they'll all get ...Read more

Why do I complain so much?

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We were very saddened to hear of Billy Graham's passing. We will continue to run new and archived versions of his column until it is no longer syndicated.

Q: Recently my niece asked me why I was constantly complaining about everything, and I had to face the fact that she's probably right. I guess I've been a complainer most of my life, ...Read more

How can anyone be so heartless?

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Q: Recently my sister and I tracked down our father, who abandoned us and the rest of our family almost 40 years ago. But when we contacted him by email he let it be known that he didn't want anything to do with us. This really hurt us. How can anyone be so heartless? -- Mrs. W.S.

A: Only your father knows why he feels this way -- and even he ...Read more

Why does the Bible say that it's wrong to have pride?

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Q: Why does the Bible say that it's wrong to have pride? If we don't have confidence in ourselves and take pride in our work, we'll never do anything worthwhile. Personally, I think pride is a good thing. -- S.C.

A: It's not necessarily wrong to take pride in our work, or in something else we've done well; the Bible urges us to be diligent and ...Read more

How can you be a scientist and believe in God?

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Q: I don't see how anyone can be a scientist and still believe in God. Why believe in God, when science can explain everything that happens? I'm in high school, and I hope to major in medical research when I get to college. -- J.K.

A: Your interest in science shouldn't keep you from believing in God -- not at all. Over the years some of the ...Read more

Was Jesus simply on a spiritual search?

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Q: My friend says that Jesus never claimed to be God, or anything like that. He says Jesus was on a spiritual search just like the rest of us, and what we basically learn from Jesus is how we can find our own spiritual path. Is he right? -- W.Q.

A: No, your friend is not correct. Even before Jesus was born, an angel told Joseph that he should ...Read more

Does the devil put evi thoughts in our minds?

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Q: Where do evil thoughts and ideas come from? Does the devil put them in our minds? I'd hate for anyone to know what's actually going through my mind sometimes. -- R.J.

A: One of the Bible's greatest truths is that God knows all about us -- including even the bad things that are going through our minds. And yet He still loves us, and wants us ...Read more

Why is the Bible so confusing?

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Q: Recently I decided to read the Bible, and I started with the book of Revelation. But after the first few chapters I really got confused, and I don't understand what it's talking about. -- Z.F.

A: Revelation (the last book in the Bible) was written to tell us about the future -- especially the final conflict between God and Satan, and the ...Read more

Is it wrong to fear dying?

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Q: I often think about death; occasionally I even have nightmares about dying. Maybe it's because my parents died at a fairly young age, but I'm still fearful about dying (although I'm still in my 20s). Is something wrong with me? -- C.D.

A: Perhaps because of your background you think about death more than most people do -- but no, nothing's ...Read more

Am I too old to change?

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Q: My grandchildren say I worry too much, even about things that don't really matter. I suppose I am a bit of a worrywart, but I've always been like this, and I've told them I'm just too old to change. Am I right? -- Mrs. S.G.

A: It's true that the older we get, the more we tend to become set in our ways. But it doesn't have to be like this -- ...Read more

 
 

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