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Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God's law, but I trust Christ to save me....Read more

GOP plan to ease law on political speech from the pulpit gets lukewarm reception

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON -- Faith-based leaders and political conservatives are annoyed that a provision in the House Republican tax bill that seeks to roll back a law preventing houses of worship from endorsing political candidates doesn't go far enough.

The provision, tucked into the back of the 429-page GOP bill, appears to allow political speech from the...Read more

GOP tax bill would allow politics from the pulpit

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON -- The House Republican tax plan would upend a longstanding measure, known as the Johnson Amendment, that prohibits politicking from the pulpit, and critics say it could turn churches into new conduits for political money.

Under current law, churches, charities and other 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations are prohibited from ...Read more

Why I'm convinced 'Why?' prayers don't make the cut

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Your column is always very interesting to me. However, in a recent column explaining prayer to children you listed, "The four kinds of prayers we say to God." They were 'Thanks, Gimmie, Oops, and Wow!" I believe you missed a fifth type of prayer. Taking up your sense of simplicity, I will call them the "Why?" prayers:

Why did God take Auntie...Read more

Is my friend's affair none of my business?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: A friend of mine stopped going to church recently, and he admitted to me that the reason is because he's having an affair behind his wife's back. He just laughed when I suggested he was doing the wrong thing. How can I help him? Or is it none of my business? -- J.V.C.

A: Even if he doesn't realize it or want to admit it, your friend is on ...Read more

Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant--dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I ...Read more

If I had more faith I wouldn't feel like this, would I?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I start cancer treatments (chemotherapy) next week, and I admit I'm scared. I know I shouldn't be, because I've given my life to Jesus and I know I'll go to Heaven if I die. But if I had more faith I wouldn't feel like this, would I? What's wrong with me? -- Mrs. J.R.S.

A: Nothing's necessarily wrong with you; it would be unusual if you ...Read more

Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes ...Read more

Light Notes: Wartime love letters offer vital link

Religion / Religious News /

In the early 1940s when a teenage boy deftly flung the newspaper to front porches in Twin Falls, Idaho, little did he know that in a few short years he would be part of the news. Nor did he know how words on a page would be a lifeline.

"Pearl Harbor happened smack in the middle of my senior year," Bob Bush of Richland, Wash., recalled in 2013 ...Read more

Isn't Heaven just a myth?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I don't believe in life after death. This life is all there is, and once you die, that's the end. Heaven is just a myth that people dreamed up so they'd have something to look forward to. -- P.L.

A: Your email deeply saddened me, because you have absolutely nothing to look forward to as you grow older and death approaches. A life without ...Read more

Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is ...Read more

They are deaf, but this church's members still hear the word of God

Religion / Religious News /

FRESNO, Calif. -- As music plays at the Fresno Deaf Church on a recent Sunday, most people sitting in the pews sign along. The only audible voice in the room is the one on the recording, singing a soulful, "I Can Only Imagine," but sound isn't needed to make the devotion of the worship evident.

They are expressing themselves in their own ...Read more

If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be? I suppose in some ways the world is a better place than it was a few centuries ago, but when I look at today's headlines it doesn't seem like we've made any progress, does it? -- M.M.

A: You're right; in spite of advances in science and technology, we face the same ...Read more

Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in ...Read more

Meditation 10/29 - 11/4: Knowing Him - Philippians 3:8-11 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

That I May Know Him!

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the ...Read more

What is God really like?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Since childhood I've been taught that God is kind of like a stern policeman, just waiting to punish us if we get out of line. But I'm beginning to wonder if this is the whole story. What is God really like? -- S.O'R.

A: The most important truth I can tell you is that God is far greater than any mental image you or I may have of Him. None of ...Read more

Meditation 10/22-10/28: Doers of the Word - James 1:19-25 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Doers of the Word

My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things that God wants done. You must stop doing anything immoral or evil. Instead be humble and accept the message that is planted in you to save you.

Obey God's message! Don't fool ...Read more

Why can't I forget the past?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I know God has forgiven me for all the bad things I did when I was younger, but I just can't get them out of my mind, and it really depresses me. Why can't I forget the past? -- C.R.

A: I'm confident that when we get to Heaven, all those memories will be washed away, and we will be overwhelmed with the wonder of God's forgiveness and love. ...Read more

Meditation 10/22-10/28: Doers of the Word - James 1:19-25 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Doers of the Word

My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God's sight.

So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls.

And remember...Read more

Diwali shines a guiding light on togetherness

Religion / God Squad /

Happy Diwali!

Unfortunately, regular readers of this column might conclude that the only religions in the world are Judaism and Christianity, with an occasional nod to al-Islam. I call these religions the Abrahamic faiths because they come from a common biblical root and have formed Western religious thinking for over 2,000 years. Even though ...Read more