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God wants to carry you through your bouts of doubt and anger

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I don't understand how people can talk about a "Loving God" and all the other positive descriptions that are given. When I was born, it was with multiple birth defects, which have led to me being ridiculed, laughed at and all the not-so-nice things humans do and say to each other. I have been told repeatedly by my church friends who have ...Read more

If a Christian's life is hard is something wrong with their faith?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friend says that living a Christian life is easy and fun. I am a Christian living with different foster families. I try to be happy but my life has been hard and sad. If a Christian has a hard life, does it mean that something is wrong with their faith in God? -- F.C.

A: There is nothing easy ...Read more

Meditation 7/1 - 7/7: Grace Out Poured - 1 Tim 1:12-17 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace Poured Out

I'm so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn't know what I was doing - didn't know Who I was ...Read more

Why does America want to remove the Lord?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: In the beginning, America acknowledged God the Creator as rightful ruler of the nation. Why in the past decades have its citizens tried to rewrite history and remove the Lord from our way of life? -- A.C.

A: A young America grew and prospered within the framework of its Constitution because the ...Read more

Meditation 7/1 - 7/7: Grace Out Poured - 1 Tim 1:12-17 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace Poured Out

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the ...Read more

How can a person know for sure they are making a good decision?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I will be graduating soon and am having a hard time deciding what kind of college to go to. I don't want to waste the money my Dad has saved up. How can a person know for sure they are making a good decision? -- C.B.

A: Choices are often difficult to make. Some young people feel they should go to a...Read more

Meditation 7/1 - 7/7: Grace Out Poured - 1 Tim 1:12-17 NASB

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God's Grace Poured Out

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with ...Read more

Australian archbishop handed year's detention for abuse cover-up

Religion / Religious News /

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be convicted of concealing child sexual abuse, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months of detention for covering up the crimes of a pedophile priest in the 1970s.

Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone sentenced Wilson to 12 months of...Read more

Am I wrong for not being ready to go to Heaven?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My big brother was sick for a long time and my mom said that he was tired and wanted to go to Heaven. I miss him since he died because we did everything together and now I don't feel like doing anything. My mom said I can see him again. My brother wanted to go to Heaven but I don't want to go to ...Read more

Meditation 7/1 - 7/7: Grace Out Poured - 1 Tim 1:12-17 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace Poured Out

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along ...Read more

Meditation 7/1 - 7/7: Grace Out Poured - 1 Tim 1:12-17 KJV

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God's Grace Poured Out

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love ...Read more

How can I find out about your religion?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My family came here from a country that isn't Christian, but I'm beginning to question the beliefs I was taught as a child. How can I find out about your religion? I'd ask some of the people I work with, but they don't seem very religious (although I thought this was a Christian nation). -- K.Z.

A:...Read more

Meditation 6/24 - 6/30: Saved by Faith - Romans 4:3-8 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Saved by Faith

The Scriptures say, "God accepted Abraham because Abraham had faith in him."

Money paid to workers isn't a gift. It is something they earn by working. But you cannot make God accept you because of something you do. God accepts sinners only because they have faith in him. In the Scriptures David talks about the blessings ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Halfway to the goal? Never give up on your 'assignment'

Religion / Religious News /

Finding yourself midway through physical rehab, or halfway through the reconciliation of a broken marriage can be a highly uncomfortable place to be (something like straddling a fence where your feet don't quite touch the ground). You might very well feel like a loser.

But you could be wrong. You don't really know. You're only halfway. There's ...Read more

Is it wrong to pray about personal problems?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I grew up hearing that we shouldn't pray about our personal problems, because that would be selfish, and God doesn't answer selfish prayers. But now I'm facing some serious financial problems, so would it be wrong for me to pray about them? -- Mrs. E.M.

A: No, it wouldn't be wrong; in fact, it ...Read more

Meditation 6/24 - 6/30: Saved by Faith - Romans 4:3-8 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Saved by Faith

For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous."

When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive. But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work.

King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving ...Read more

Reconciling our nation under God

Religion / God Squad /

This Independence Day I seek a way to talk about God and America that does not make God sound like a Republican or a Democrat. There must be a way to lift up for praise and gratitude the way America separates church and state in a way that strengthens them both.

The American belief about religion, to say this simply, is that ...Read more

How do we know that Bible is God's word?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I know you think the Bible is God's Word, and that we ought to follow what it says. But how do you know? It just talks about things that happened thousands of years ago, and this doesn't seem very helpful to me. -- V.S.

A: If the Bible were just like any other book of ancient history, then you'd ...Read more

Meditation 6/24 - 6/30: Saved by Faith - Romans 4:3-8 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Saved by Faith

What we read in Scripture is, "Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own."

If you're a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don't call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big...Read more

Does praying for someone make a difference?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don't think it does any good to pray for someone with a health crisis. They'll either get better or they won't, depending on how they react to their medications or surgery. Praying for them doesn't make any difference, as far as I can tell. -- E.W.

A: As I read your letter I couldn't help but ...Read more