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Give thanks for the holiday that brings us all together

Religion / God Squad /

This year I am taking two weeks to help us all get ready for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday (that would be Passover), but it is my favorite holiday that we can all celebrate together as Americans. Thanksgiving is one of the most significant rituals that helps make...Read more

Meditation 11/5-11/11: Sowing Generously - 2 Cor. 9:6-11 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Sowing Generously

Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.

God can pour on ...Read more

Should I take the risk?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I've been in a residential drug rehab program for the last eight months. Our director just told me that I can go home for Thanksgiving, but I'm scared, because I'm afraid I'll get with my old friends and slip back into my old ways. Should I take the risk? -- D.R.

A: I'm thankful for the progress you've made; I hope you're ...Read more

Meditation 11/5-11/11: Sowing Generously - 2 Cor. 9:6-11 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Sowing Generously

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[...Read more

Is God too busy to even worry about us?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I've tried to live a good life, but in the back of my mind I wonder what God really thinks about me. Or is He too busy to even worry about us? -- Mrs. K.W.

A: Let me assure you that God is so great that He knows all about us, and is concerned about every detail of our lives! Jesus said that not a single sparrow "will fall to the ground ...Read more

Meditation 11/5-11/11: Sowing Generously - 2 Cor. 9:6-11 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Sowing Generously

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all...Read more

Did Satan cause the world's current problems?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Does Satan cause all the problems the world seems to be having right now? And if he does, does this mean we can't really do very much about them? -- Mrs. M.M.

A: Satan is a very powerful spiritual being who is absolutely opposed to God and to everything good. Furthermore, the Bible tells us that he is actively working (often in unseen ways) ...Read more

Light Notes: Random acts of kindness spread around the world

Religion / Religious News /

Without a doubt, it was contagious. In less than 30 days, the phenomenon had affected countless numbers, traveled from coast to coast -- even internationally -- and spread smiles ear to ear.

The random acts of kindness had multiplied at an astonishing rate, all because of a birthday invitation from Kristi Black to her Facebook friends one year....Read more

Meditation 11/5-11/11: Sowing Generously - 2 Cor. 9:6-11 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Sowing Generously

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things...Read more

How do I know my ex isn't just faking finding God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I divorced my abusive husband after he got in trouble and ended up in prison, and I told him I never wanted to see him again. Now he claims he's found God, and he says he wants to restart our relationship when he gets out in a few months. How do I know he isn't just faking it? -- L.McS.

A: You are wise to be cautious; not everyone who claims...Read more

Meditation 11/5-11/11: Sowing Generously - 2 Cor. 9:6-11 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Sowing Generously

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; ...Read more

Is God going to reject me because I was illegitimate?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My parents weren't married when I was born, and in fact I don't even know who my father was. Is God going to reject me because I was illegitimate? I don't know much about religion, but this worries me. -- L.T.

A: You should not worry about this; God doesn't look down on you because your parents weren't married. After all, you had no control ...Read more

Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ.

All I want is to ...Read more

Poll: Most US adults say you don't have to be religious to be moral

Religion / Religious News /

It's an age-old topic debate: Must you believe in God in order to hold strong moral values?

Most Americans now say no, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Fifty-six percent of adults surveyed say you can be a good person without divine faith, up from 49 percent in 2011.

Not surprisingly, 85 percent of adults who were not ...Read more

What does it mean to walk with God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: You often say in your column that we need to learn to walk with God, but what does that mean? I don't have any trouble believing in God, but I don't think I understand what it means to walk with Him. -- Mrs. E.McW.

A: The key is to understand what happens to us when we commit our lives to Jesus Christ. By nature, we are separated from God ...Read more

Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God's law, but I trust Christ to save me....Read more

GOP plan to ease law on political speech from the pulpit gets lukewarm reception

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON -- Faith-based leaders and political conservatives are annoyed that a provision in the House Republican tax bill that seeks to roll back a law preventing houses of worship from endorsing political candidates doesn't go far enough.

The provision, tucked into the back of the 429-page GOP bill, appears to allow political speech from the...Read more

GOP tax bill would allow politics from the pulpit

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON -- The House Republican tax plan would upend a longstanding measure, known as the Johnson Amendment, that prohibits politicking from the pulpit, and critics say it could turn churches into new conduits for political money.

Under current law, churches, charities and other 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations are prohibited from ...Read more

Why I'm convinced 'Why?' prayers don't make the cut

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Your column is always very interesting to me. However, in a recent column explaining prayer to children you listed, "The four kinds of prayers we say to God." They were 'Thanks, Gimmie, Oops, and Wow!" I believe you missed a fifth type of prayer. Taking up your sense of simplicity, I will call them the "Why?" prayers:

Why did God take Auntie...Read more

Is my friend's affair none of my business?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: A friend of mine stopped going to church recently, and he admitted to me that the reason is because he's having an affair behind his wife's back. He just laughed when I suggested he was doing the wrong thing. How can I help him? Or is it none of my business? -- J.V.C.

A: Even if he doesn't realize it or want to admit it, your friend is on ...Read more