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Has God given up on us?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don't see any hope for our nation. We've gotten so far away from God that He's given up on us. That's what happened in Old Testament times, wasn't it? -- S.McD.

A: Today is the annual National Day of Prayer in the United States, and if ever we needed to pray for our nation and our world, it is ...Read more

Meditation 4/29 - 5/5: Everlasting Love Ps. 118:25-29 MSG

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Everlasting Love - Enduring Mercy

Salvation now, GOD. Salvation now!
Oh yes, GOD-a free and full life!

Blessed are you who enter in GOD's name--
from GOD's house we bless you!

GOD is God,
he has bathed us in light.
Festoon the shrine with garlands,
hang colored banners above the altar!

You're my God, and I thank ...Read more

Light Notes: Mother, the dew always will be on your roses

Religion / Religious News /

Looking back, it seems like only yesterday.

There I was, perched precariously on the edge of the church pew like a small bird ready for flight. My tiny feet didn't even reach the floor.

But I was secure. Mother sat beside me.

As I held her hand, my eyes followed hers to the strong voice that boomed from the podium. His words filled the room. ...Read more

Is God's salvation a free gift?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friend keeps telling me that salvation is a free gift, but how is that possible? Doesn't God expect us to try to be as good as we can before He'll let us into Heaven? -- Mrs. G.J.

A: The Bible is clear: God offers us our eternal salvation as a free gift -- and this is a wonderful truth that I ...Read more

Meditation 4/29 - 5/5: Everlasting Love Ps. 118:25-29 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Everlasting Love - Enduring Mercy

Save us, we pray, O LORD!
O LORD, we pray, give us success!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
We bless you from the house of the LORD.

The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the ...Read more

Won't God forgive me if I ask before I die?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I don't see why I should bother with God at this stage of my life. I want to have fun, and anyway God will forgive me if I ask Him, even if it's at the last minute, won't He? -- L.K.

A: I sincerely hope you'll stop and think again about the path you're taking, because it inevitably leads to moral ...Read more

Meditation 4/29 - 5/5: Everlasting Love Ps. 118:25-29 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Everlasting Love - Enduring Mercy

O LORD, do save, we beseech You;
O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD;
We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

The LORD is God, and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords
to the horns of the...Read more

Cardinal George Pell will stand trial, Australian judge rules

Religion / Religious News /

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Cardinal George Pell will have to stand trial on several charges of historical sexual offenses involving multiple complainants, an Australian judge has ruled.

Belinda Wallington, a supervising magistrate on sexual offenses at the Melbourne Magistrates Court, has found enough evidence in several charges against Pell for ...Read more

How do we know what's right and what is wrong?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: How do we know what's right and what is wrong? Did God put something inside us that's supposed to tell us? If so, why do some people do terrible things, without even feeling guilty? -- M.F.

A: Yes, God did put a sense of right and wrong within us -- what we usually call our conscience. In fact, one...Read more

Meditation 4/29 - 5/5: Everlasting Love Ps. 118:25-29 NIV

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Everlasting Love - Enduring Mercy

O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.

The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the ...Read more

Meditation 4/29 - 5/5: Everlasting Love Ps. 118:25-29 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Everlasting Love - Enduring Mercy

Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD:
O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD:
we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light:
bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar...Read more

Did God create the devil?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: If God created everything, does that mean He also created the devil? Or does the devil even exist? Maybe the idea of an evil supernatural being is just something we dreamed up to try to explain all the bad things that go on in the world. -- Z.S.

A: No, the devil isn't just an idea that people ...Read more

Meditation 4/22 - 4/28: Have Faith! Gal. 3:6-10 CEV

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Have Faith!

The Scriptures say that God accepted Abraham because Abraham had faith. And so, you should understand that everyone who has faith is a child of Abraham. Long ago the Scriptures said that God would accept the Gentiles because of their faith. That's why God told Abraham the good news that all nations would be blessed because of...Read more

Why do people abandon their relatives?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I'm often sad after my weekly visits to my sister in her nursing home, because so many of the people there never have anyone come to see them. I hope you'll urge people not to abandon their relatives or friends if they have to go into a place like this. -- Mrs. R.V.

A: Thank you for your letter -- ...Read more

Meditation 4/22 - 4/28: Have Faith! Gal. 3:6-10 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Have Faith!

In the same way, "Abraham believed God, so God declared him righteous because of his faith."

The real children of Abraham, then, are all those who put their faith in God.

What's more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would accept the Gentiles, too, on the basis of their faith. God promised this good news...Read more

Four lessons to take away from Barbara Bush's time on Earth

Religion / God Squad /

Dear readers,

We wrongly imagine that the lives of the famous have nothing to teach us, which is profoundly mistaken. We learn that from the lessons of Barbara Bush's great and inspiring life. May God receive her soul.

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-- Lesson 1: You do not need to color your hair.

I have nothing against the chemical and surgical ways we employ to ...Read more

Did people in the Bible ever retire?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I retired last year, and at first I really enjoyed it. But now I'm bored to death, and I know my wife wishes she could get me out of the house. Was I wrong to retire? Did people in the Bible ever retire? -- K.R.

A: Some people in the Bible did retire; the Levites (who assisted in the Temple ...Read more

Meditation 4/22 - 4/28: Have Faith! Gal. 3:6-10 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

Have Faith!

Don't these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God.

Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid...Read more

Do people get disillusioned over church bickering?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My neighbor says he used to go to church, but he got disillusioned with all the bickering that went on, and he decided to drop out and forget about God. Do you think he's just using this as an excuse? -- M.J.

A: Only God knows whether or not his bad experience was just an excuse to turn away from ...Read more

Meditation 4/22 - 4/28: Have Faith! Gal. 3:6-10 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Have Faith!

Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying,

"In you shall all the nations be blessed."

So then, ...Read more