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What can people do to help those who experience "aloneness"

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is loneliness simply the outcome of being alone, and if so, what can people do to help others who experience such “aloneness”? – B.A.

A: Loneliness can bring solitude. Many experience this overlooking the ocean where there is never a sound except the booming of the surf along rock-...Read more

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Asian American Christians confront racism and evangelical 'purity culture' after Atlanta spa shootings

Religion / Religious News /

Before Robert Aaron Long burst into three Atlanta massage spas and allegedly killed eight people — six of them women of Asian descent — he was a teenager struggling to conform with Evangelical teachings on "purity culture" and abstinence from sex.

The Rev. Chul Yoo knew Long back then. A former minister in Long's church, Yoo understood the ...Read more

Meditation 4/4 - 4/10: Favor with God 1 Pt 2:17-20 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Finding Favor with God

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin ...Read more

Isn’t God’s Word the ultimate authority for mankind?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: While many are casting doubt on the Bible as God’s truth, others rely on it as the source of life itself. A great many educators question its authority, but isn’t God’s Word the ultimate authority for mankind? – B.T.

A: The authoritative source for mankind is the Holy Bible. Its ...Read more

Meditation 4/4 - 4/10: Favor with God 1 Pt 2:17-20 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Finding Favor with God

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering ...Read more

Where can I go to look for satisfaction and happiness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Living on campus in a foreign country and learning a new language is challenging but scary, particularly in today’s world. Though I’m older than most students, I thought expanding my education and having the change of a lifetime would bring satisfaction and happiness, but to no avail. I...Read more

Meditation 4/4 - 4/10: Favor with God 1 Pt 2:17-20 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Finding Favor with God

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

For what glory is it, if, when ye be ...Read more

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As churches mark Easter, hope builds for return to in-person services

Religion / Religious News /

ATLANTA — The Nett Church in Gwinnett County plans to hold Easter service indoors, the first in-person service inside the church buildings since last March 15.

Since that time, the church, like many others, has turned online, with congregants watching streamed services. Nett Church — which has campuses in Lawrenceville, Lilburn and Norcross...Read more

Why does Easter have to be centered on religion?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Easter seems to be a time of emerging from the dark winter into hope and new life. But the religious emphasis seems far-fetched. Why does Easter have to be centered on religion? — E.U.

A: There would be no Easter without the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Springtime itself ...Read more

Meditation 3/28 - 4/3: Love One Another 1 Jn 3:11-18 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Love One Another

From the beginning you were told that we must love each other. Don't be like Cain, who belonged to the devil and murdered his own brother. Why did he murder him? He did it because his brother was good, and he was evil. My friends, don't be surprised if the people of this world hate you. Our love for each other proves ...Read more

Is education more important than religion?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My children range in age from 7 to 22. I was able to prepare my older children for college professors who teach that they must open up their minds to everything and anything, but I’m shocked at how elementary teachers are now doing the same; telling them that education is more valuable ...Read more

Meditation 3/28 - 4/3: Love One Another 1 Jn 3:11-18 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Love One Another

This is the message we have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was right. So don't be surprised, dear brothers and ...Read more

The God Squad: Passover and Easter but mostly Easter

Religion / God Squad /

Last week we offered Passover blessings. This used to be Father Tom Hartman’s job but now I have to cover both our paths up the same mountain. This week, I offer my heartfelt blessings to all my Christian readers for a joyous Easter this Sunday, April 4. In the winter, it is just not possible to understand the Christianity by unpacking ...Read more

There are many who identify as Christians but what defines a Christian?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There are many who identify as Christians but what defines a Christian? — T.C.

A: Those who have truly committed their lives to Jesus understand fully what Christ has done for them. They accept His work of redeeming them and submit to Him in complete trust. The word “Christian” ...Read more

Meditation 3/28 - 4/3: Love One Another 1 Jn 3:11-18 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Love One Another

For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other.

We must not be like Cain, who joined the Evil One and then killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because he was deep in the practice of evil, while the acts of his brother were righteous. So don't be surprised, friends, when the world hates you...Read more

How can I prove my desire to love her through this and win her back?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Many call marriage a contract. Doesn’t that make it seem like a business deal instead of a relationship? I don’t want to have a marriage that is like a business, but she is making my life hard, and perhaps being unfaithful. How can I prove my desire to love her through this and win her ...Read more

Meditation 3/28 - 4/3: Love One Another 1 Jn 3:11-18 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Love One Another

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers,[a] that the world hates you....Read more

Why do Christians think it is okay to challenge others’ beliefs?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’ve been told that to live in peace mankind should not fight with one another. Is this reasonable and why do Christians think it is okay to challenge others’ beliefs? — F.S.

A: There is an expression that says, “Don’t fight it — it’s bigger than both of us.” But the truth ...Read more

Meditation 3/28 - 4/3: Love One Another 1 Jn 3:11-18 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Love One Another

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.

Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. We know ...Read more

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Majority of Americans don’t belong to a place of worship in historic decline, poll finds

Religion / Religious News /

For the first time in eight decades, fewer than 50% of Americans say they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque amid an ongoing steep decline in religious attendance, according to a new biannual Gallup poll.

Gallup first began polling Americans on church membership in 1937. In the six decades that followed, between 68% and 76% of Americans ...Read more