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Was the Holy Spirit created in the book of Acts and the Spirit enables us to be powerful?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Someone said that the Holy Spirit was created in the book of Acts and the Spirit enables us to be powerful. Is this true? – S.G.

A: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, often referred to as the Trinity, is a full picture of the Godhead. Scripture is clear that the Holy Spirit is ...Read more

The God Squad: I love you, Betty

Religion / God Squad /

On Dec. 29, Betty and I will celebrate our 54th wedding anniversary.

I never write about Betty and that is a huge mistake. I can only do what I do because of her. Betty has not only birthed our children, Mara and Max, she has also birthed my writing by encouraging and editing me. She was the one who encouraged Father Tom ...Read more

Do children have any say in their adoption or can they decline the offer?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There are so many emotions involved in adopting a child. Do children have any say in this process or can they decline the offer? – A.P.

A: The story is told of a woman who cared for an orphan girl. While waiting to be adopted by this woman, the orphan was given instructions to obey this woman who...Read more

How can I know what is right and true?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I was invited to a Bible study but when I got there, it was a blended faith study where the Bible was only one of three books being used. How can I know what is right and true? – C.C.

A: Many groups vying for listening ears find ears anxious to listen. This is nothing new. When there were only ...Read more

How can people with so much be so discontented?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don’t think much about what I don’t have until Christmastime. When I go to other people’s homes and see what they have, I suddenly feel cheated that I don’t have all the things that are impressive. At the same time, I am amazed that so many of these people are still discontent. – C.S.

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Is this wrong of me to make Christmas more than Santa Claus and presents under the tree?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am trying to teach my children the real meaning of Christmas and about God’s gift to the world. It seems that things have become too commercialized and it’s important for children to understand that this holiday is not about receiving gifts as much as it is recognizing the gift that God offers...Read more

Does the Bible indicate an approximate time for the Lord's return?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When the end of the year comes, I always wonder if the Lord might return before a new year begins. The worse the world gets — from Ukraine to the United States — I wonder how much longer the Lord will tarry. I know it isn’t possible to know the exact time, but does the Bible indicate an ...Read more

Should I read more of the Bible and pray?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have a friend who constantly talks about how real God is to her. We attend the same church, but I don’t have the same experience she talks about. When I’ve asked her, she just tells me to read more of the Bible and pray. It hasn’t worked for me, and I wonder if I’m missing something more. ...Read more

The God Squad: A rabbi’s Christmas card

Religion / God Squad /

Every year my friend Father Tom Hartman would write our annual Chanukah greeting and I would write the Christmas greeting. I miss him all the time but mostly during the Chanukah/Christmas season. This year as every year since 2016 when Tommy died, it is all on me. I am not the one who is worthy, but I am the one ...Read more

Could someone really love me and make such a mockery?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Recently I went through a painful divorce. A man in my office was going through the same and it seems fate drew us together. We decided to move in together until our divorces were finalized, though we both knew that it was immoral, but our intent was to be married as soon as it was legally possible....Read more

What can I do to learn the secret of contentment?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am pretty much alone in this world. I’ve never gotten along with my family and the older I get, the unhappier I become. Yet I feel there is something more I can do to learn the secret of contentment. – U.A.

A: Loneliness is one of the most common and serious problems in our society, and yet ...Read more

How can I deal with peer pressure on my daughter?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My daughter’s obsessed with her weight and doesn’t need to be. She is active and healthy for now, but I worry about the peer pressure she falls prey to, trying to meet society’s standard of acceptance. – O.C.

A: Obesity is on the increase. Young girls particularly feel they only have value ...Read more

Wouldn't helping my driggie boyfriend please God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My boyfriend and I are discussing marriage. We’ve known each other since grade school and are meant for each other. But he’s started dabbling in drugs that ignite his bad temper, taking it out on me. Because I love him, I’m committed to helping him overcome, and believe I can do this better as...Read more

Is the Bible silent on drugs and the occult?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’m a rather timid person and it has led me to experiment with drugs and the occult. While I don’t recommend it for everyone, it does help in some cases, yet it is scary to think of where it can lead. I have found some comfort in hearing that the Bible is silent on these subjects. – D.O.

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Is there a book other than The Bible that tells the story more concisely?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: How can I better understand the Christian religion? I’ve tried reading the Bible and it is too hard to understand. Is there another book that tells the story more concisely? – B.U.

A: No book ever takes the place of the Bible. It is its own best commentary. The book of John in the New Testament...Read more

The God Squad: Chana’s light

Religion / God Squad /

Chanukah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the victory of the Maccabees over the Selucid Greeks in 165 BCE, starts at sundown Sunday, Dec.18 with the lighting of the first of eight candles on the Chanukah menorah (Heb: chanukiah).

This year, my Chanukah present is a children’s story for ...Read more

Death is always an intruder

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My heart’s been broken with the death of a woman who was more of a mother to me than my real mother was. This dear woman took me under her wing and showed Christ to me in every way, imparting a love of Scripture and the delight of watching her live in obedience to Christ with joy and resolve no ...Read more

Are kids growing up too fast these days?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems that kids are growing up too fast these days. I have teenagers that can’t wait to get out of the house and “enjoy life.” I wish I could slow them down a bit. I’m afraid they’re going to miss the journey and the real meaning of life. – P.A.

A: “Birthdays are good for you,” ...Read more

Should I soften my business policies?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a small business owner and my company has earned a respectable standing in the community. I’ve worked hard not to be a taskmaster, but I do expect all my employees to serve the company with honesty, integrity, and a good work ethic. In recent months, I’ve come under fire by an employee who ...Read more

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Maryland state senator signals support for bill Catholic church lobbied against, giving hope to childhood abuse survivors

Religion / Religious News /

BALTIMORE — Legislation that would give childhood victims of sexual abuse a chance to sue their abusers, regardless of when it happened, has the support of a key Maryland state senator.

Sen. Will Smith, the Democratic chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, told The Baltimore Sun he would support what’s previously been known as the “...Read more