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Revisiting the past for the sake of reflection and discussion

Religion / God Squad /

Q: You recently wrote, "What Jesus seems to be saying clearly is that there are many ways to God -- many mansions." A mansion is not a means, or a "way," a path, if you will, to get anywhere. A mansion is a place to reside once you have arrived at your destination. There is a huge difference between a destination and the path you must take to ...Read more

Does the Bible say anything about life on other planets?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Does the Bible say anything about life on other planets? I'm fascinated by all the discoveries about the universe that have been made in recent years. Maybe we're not alone in the universe after all. -- N.McC.

A: No, the Bible doesn't say anything about the possibility of life on other planets. Its main concern is with human life on this ...Read more

Meditation 1/28 - 2/3: Faith! - Hebrews 11:1-4 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Faith - The Evidence Of Unseen Things

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

By faith, we see the world called into ...Read more

How do I know that God loves me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I'm about to be released from prison, but my family doesn't want anything to do with me. Our chaplain says God cares for me even if no one else does, but how does he know? I'm not even sure I want to keep on living. -- J.J.

A: The most important thing I can tell you is that no matter what your past has been or what others may think, God has ...Read more

Meditation 1/28 - 2/3: Faith! - Hebrews 11:1-4 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Faith - The Evidence Of Unseen Things

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

By faith Abel ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Grow deep roots for dry seasons in your life

Religion / Religious News /

Recently while walking out in our shrub steppe desert, I noticed that at least one species of sage has been trying to bloom tiny yellow blossoms. That was even before the recent rainstorms.

You know how dry it has been all summer, so the tenacity of these remarkable plants is rather impressive. I'm no biologist, but am aware that the only way ...Read more

Is my friend actually seeking God or simply trolling me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My friend claims to be interested in God, but he keeps bringing up questions I can't answer, and I'm beginning to wonder if he's really serious or if he just enjoys putting me on the spot. Am I wasting my time trying to help him? -- K.C.C.

A: I'm thankful for your concern for your friend, and unless he clearly tells you he's not interested ...Read more

Meditation 1/28 - 2/3: Faith! - Hebrews 11:1-4 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Faith - The Evidence Of Unseen Things

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

For by it the men of old gained approval.

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a...Read more

How could anyone be so two-faced?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My ex-boyfriend knew I was a devout Christian, and he claimed he was also. He even started going to church with me. But then he pressured me to have sex, and when I refused, he just laughed at my beliefs and ended our relationship. This has really shaken me. How could anyone be so two-faced? -- S.K.

A: First of all, I commend you for your ...Read more

Meditation 1/28 - 2/3: Faith! - Hebrews 11:1-4 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Faith - The Evidence Of Unseen Things

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice ...Read more

Meditation 1/28 - 2/3: Faith! - Hebrews 11:1-4 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Faith - The Evidence Of Unseen Things

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered ...Read more

Do my co-workers believe in God and Jesus?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Most of the people I work with probably would say they believe in God and in Jesus, but it doesn't seem to make much difference in the way they live. Why is this? -- D.C.

A: One reason may be because they've never really understood what Jesus Christ has done for them, and what they should do in response. In other words, they only believe in ...Read more

Meditation 1/21 - 1/27: The Lord is Good - Ps 25:8-14 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Good and Upright Is the LORD

You are honest and merciful,
and you teach sinners
how to follow your path.

You lead humble people
to do what is right
and to stay on your path.

In everything you do,
you are kind and faithful
to everyone who keeps
our agreement with you.

Be true ...Read more

If we're given new bodies in Heaven how will we recognize each other?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I've heard that we'll be given new bodies in Heaven. Is that true? If so, how will we recognize each other? I long to see my wife again, but what if I don't recognize her -- or she doesn't recognize me? I worry about this. -- L.F.

A: Yes, it's true that in Heaven God will replace our old bodies -- with all of their pains and fears and ...Read more

Meditation 1/21 - 1/27: The Lord is Good - Ps 25:8-14 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Good and Upright Is the LORD

The LORD is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.

He leads the humble in what is right,
teaching them his way.

The LORD leads with unfailing
love and faithfulness
all those who keep his covenant
and obey his decrees.

For the honor of...Read more

Court rejects appeal of former Washington state football coach who prayed after games

Religion / Religious News /

SEATTLE -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request by former Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy to reconsider its refusal to reinstate him to his job after he was fired for refusing to stop praying on the football field, and his attorneys vow they'll take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-member panel...Read more

Animals and pets don't deserve to suffer

Religion / God Squad /

Q: My husband and I own three retired, unsound horses, only one of which (a 26-year-old mare) would be accepted at a retirement farm. A 31-year-old gelding has been crippled on all four legs for 19 of the 23 years that he has been with us. The animal now can walk very few consecutive steps without stopping and has no teeth. Although he is given ...Read more

What are some Bible verses dealing with anger, money, or marriage?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: How can I find verses in the Bible dealing with things like anger, or money, or marriage? I remember from Sunday School that the Bible talks about a lot of things I'd probably find useful, but I don't know where to start. -- C.P.

A: People are sometimes surprised to discover that the Bible is actually a very practical book. Not only does it ...Read more

Meditation 1/21 - 1/27: The Lord is Good - Ps 25:8-14 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Good and Upright Is the LORD

GOD is fair and just;
He corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.

He gives the rejects his hand,
And leads them step-by-step.

From now on every road you travel
Will take you to GOD.
Follow the Covenant signs;
Read the charted directions.

...Read more

Will the world ever get any better?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Do you think 2018 is going to be any better for the world than 2017 was? I remember all the rosy predictions that people made at the start of 2017, and almost none of them came true. Will the world ever get any better? -- K.M.

A: Only God knows the future, of course. We can only guess at it -- and a year from now I'm sure many of the ...Read more