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Meditation 6/5 - 6/11: Use the narrow gate Lk 13:24-30 ESV

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Enter by the narrow gate

"Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you, 'I do not know where you come from.'...Read more

Can God help us overcome fear by fearing Him?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Since the COVID-19 pandemic, fear has gripped societies in every nation on Earth. In trying to encourage my own friends, I’ve said that the greatest pandemic is that of fear and that God can help us overcome fear by fearing Him. Am I wrong? – F.G.

A: Fear can mean to be afraid of something or ...Read more

Meditation 6/5 - 6/11: Use the narrow gate Lk 13:24-30 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Enter by the narrow gate

"Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

"Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are ...Read more

Is the price we pay for change too high?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Nearly every day there is an article about how social media has changed society, and it has also changed the church world. I suppose some of the changes are good, but is the price too high to pay? – D.W.

A: With the popularity of digital devices, people can move about easily and quickly. It has ...Read more

Meditation 6/5 - 6/11: Use the narrow gate Lk 13:24-30 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Enter by the narrow gate

He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know ...Read more

Meditation 6/5 - 6/11: Use the narrow gate Lk 13:24-30 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Enter by the narrow gate

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you,...Read more

Why do so many rebel against the God of the Ten Commandments?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The conflict between communities and law enforcement is troubling. It seems people are forgetting the purpose of the laws we’ve lived by for over 200 years. It’s no wonder many rebel against the God of the Ten Commandments. – A.C.

A: Many people advocate doing away with all law until it ...Read more

Meditation 5/29 - 6/4: I Repent CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

"No One Can Oppose You"

Job said:

No one can oppose you,
because you have the power
to do what you want.

You asked why I talk so much
when I know so little.
I have talked about things
that are far beyond
my understanding.

You told me to listen
and answer your questions.
I heard about you from others;<...Read more

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La Luz del Mundo church leader pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

Religion / Religious News /

LOS ANGELES — Days before his long-awaited trial was scheduled to start, La Luz del Mundo church leader Naason Joaquin Garcia pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault involving minors, the state attorney general’s office announced Friday.

“Today’s conviction sends a clear message that sexual exploitation is never acceptable ...Read more

Why do people resent the power of God but devise idols that can only feed their greed for power over others?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It is hard to watch the breakdown of our nation and to hear the talking heads pontificate on the changes that have taken place in society, particularly the pride in living without religious trappings. Why do people resent the power of God but devise idols that can only feed their greed for power ...Read more

Meditation 5/29 - 6/4: I Repent NLT

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"I Repent"

Then Job replied to the Lord:

"I know that you can do anything,
and no one can stop you.
You asked, 'Who is this that questions
my wisdom with such ignorance?'

It is I - and I was talking
about things I knew nothing about,
things far too wonderful for me.

You said, 'Listen and I will speak!
...Read more

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Pastor Rick Warren announces successor to lead Saddleback Church into the future

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Pastor Rick Warren, who ministers weekly to a global audience of more than 40,000 people and has offered spiritual guidance to multiple American presidents, announced on Thursday the successor who will lead the Saddleback Church he founded nearly 43 years ago in Orange County, California.

Taking the helm in September when Warren and his wife, ...Read more

The God Squad: A prayer for Uvalde

Religion / God Squad /

When I heard about Uvalde, and when I heard nine days before Uvalde about the massacres at a church in Laguna Woods, California, and at a Buffalo supermarket, my heart was broken. The first thing I learned about my heart in these tragic times is that it is never completely broken. It’s just that sometimes it’s only half whole. The reasons ...Read more

Is it important to have a baby christened?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it important to have a baby christened? This used to be a big deal but not so much anymore. – I.C.

A: More critical than having a child christened is for parents to commit to raising their children according to the Word of God. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and ...Read more

Meditation 5/29 - 6/4: I Repent MSG

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"I Repent"

Job answered God:

"I'm convinced: You can do anything and everything.
Nothing and no one can upset your plans.

You asked, 'Who is this muddying the water,
ignorantly confusing the issue,
second-guessing my purposes?'

I admit it. I was the one.
I babbled on about things far beyond me,
made ...Read more

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Commentary: The Southern Baptists are having a come-to-Jesus moment

Religion / Religious News /

When Jesus became exasperated with the religious leaders of his day, he called them “blind guides” who “strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” In the wake of the recent searing public revelations of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention, that description applies to the leadership of the largest Protestant denomination in the ...Read more

Is it true that God’s love is different from what most people think of as love?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that God’s love is different from what most people think of as love? – M.L.

A: The Bible says, “Let us love one another, for love is of God… for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might ...Read more

Meditation 5/29 - 6/4: I Repent ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

"I Repent"

Then Job answered the LORD and said:

"I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?'
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
'Hear, and I will speak;<...Read more

Why won't she give her heart to the Lord?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’ve been praying for a co-worker who is severely depressed. I came right out and asked if she’d give her heart to the Lord. To my grief, she was greatly offended. – C.F.

A: A well-known story is told years ago about a large gathering of noted people in London. Among the invited guests to the...Read more

Meditation 5/29 - 6/4: I Repent NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

"I Repent"

1Then Job answered the LORD and said,

"I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?'

"Therefore I have declared that
which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."

'Hear, now, and I ...Read more