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Is there really a devil? And if so, is Hell his home?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is there really a devil? And if so, is Hell his home? -- D.D.

A: Jesus talked more about Hell than He did about Heaven. Why? Because He wanted people to understand that Hell is not a place anyone should want to go to. The greatest darkness is Hell -- it is a place where Jesus is not! This is a ...Read more

Meditation 7/22 - 7/28: Spiritual Blessings Eph 1:2-6 CEV

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Blessed with every spiritual blessing

I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!

Christ Brings Spiritual Blessings

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the spiritual blessings that Christ has brought us from heaven! Before the world was created, God had ...Read more

AG Josh Shapiro asks Pope Francis for help in Pa. clergy sex abuse case

Religion / Religious News /

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Amid a still-boiling legal battle over a secret grand jury report into alleged Catholic clergy sex abuse across Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro has appealed to Pope Francis to step in and persuade opponents to drop their bid to block the report's release.

"Credible reports indicate that at least two leaders of the...Read more

US threatens to punish Turkey unless it frees detained American minister

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON -- At a conference Thursday affirming the U.S. commitment to global religious freedom, Vice President Mike Pence threatened economic sanctions against Turkey if its government fails to release an American minister being held there.

Pence denounced Turkey's 2-year-long imprisonment of Protestant minister Andrew Brunson and threatened ...Read more

God is still God by any other name

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Is the expression "Oh my God" taking the name of God in vain? -- From J

A: What constitutes a violation of the third (Jewish counting) or second (Christian counting) commandment is not at all clear. The main intent of the commandment is to avoid magic and supernatural curses, not merely to avoid swearing. Ancient magic, not pulling a rabbit ...Read more

What can be said to "bring me around?"

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The concept of God is not an easy thing to embrace. To really believe that one God could oversee the entire universe, much less create it, does not sit well with an educated society. Yet I have many intelligent friends that truly believe this notion and it gives me pause to at least look at this ...Read more

Meditation 7/22 - 7/28: Spiritual Blessings Eph 1:2-6 NLT

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Blessed with every spiritual blessing

May grace and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Spiritual Blessings

How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made ...Read more

Are there dangers to Biblical clarity?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As a college professor I am constantly struggling with many subjects and ideologies that are taught in the classroom. When it comes to Biblical clarity on issues I stand strong, but on topics like "groupthink," I am not sure it is an issue worth speaking against. Are there dangers in this area? -- G...Read more

Meditation 7/22 - 7/28: Spiritual Blessings Eph 1:2-6 MSG

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Blessed with every spiritual blessing

I, Paul, am under God's plan as an apostle, a special agent of Christ Jesus, writing to you faithful believers in Ephesus. I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.

The God of Glory

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Have you advanced others with acts and words of faith?

Religion / Religious News /

I know the exact moment where it happened: When I released my hand from the back of the seat of my young daughter's wobbly 2-wheeled bike.

Having let go, I slowed my pace so that she pulled away from me on the paved path. I hooted my delight in her sudden, newfound independence.

She didn't say much at first, I think because she was ...Read more

What does trangression really mean?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: We have "old movie night" in our home and recently I saw the film "Transgression." What does that word really mean? -- M.W.

A: The Bible teaches that sin is transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). The word "transgression" could be translated "lawlessness." Jesus indicated that as men approached the ...Read more

Meditation 7/22 - 7/28: Spiritual Blessings Eph 1:2-6 ESV

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Blessed with every spiritual blessing

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the ...Read more

Are "isms" altogether bad?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am studying the various "isms" that seem to dominate our society today, and while there are traces of truth to be examined, they seem to gain ungodly holds on people. Are "isms" altogether bad? -- I.S.

A: We have a tendency to think of idolatry as something from the dark ages or perhaps from ...Read more

Meditation 7/22 - 7/28: Spiritual Blessings Eph 1:2-6 NASB

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Blessed with every spiritual blessing

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and ...Read more

Meditation 7/22 - 7/28: Spiritual Blessings Eph 1:2-6 NIV

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Blessed with every spiritual blessing

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to...Read more

In the fight for immigrants, Cardinal Roger Mahony works out of the spotlight and his successor in LA steps up

Religion / Religious News /

LOS ANGELES -- Standing beneath the wooden panels of a church in the San Gabriel Valley, Cardinal Roger Mahony delivered a message that has over decades become a refrain.

"Immigrants are our brothers and sisters," he said, celebrating Mass in Spanish on a recent Sunday. The government may demonize them, but "they aren't our enemies."

He told ...Read more

Could my friend's drifting from church hurt our relationship?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A friend of mine has drifted far away and no longer wants to be around me. We once vacationed together and enjoyed the same things. I didn't think much about why until I learned that she stopped going to church and began frequenting clubs and posting strange articles on Facebook. Could this have ...Read more

Meditation 7/15 - 7/21: Believe in Jesus 1 Jn 3:19-24 CEV

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Believe in Jesus

When we love others, we know that we belong to the truth, and we feel at ease in the presence of God. But even if we don't feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if we feel at ease in the presence of God, we will have the courage to come near him. He will give us whatever ...Read more

Am I wrong to be so impatient?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am not the most patient person and I often get on the wrong side of my spouse because of it. I do not like to wait for anything. I am a planner but things don't always go my way. Where am I wrong? -- P.I.

A: Patience isn't easy for most people. But it is important to consider the needs and ...Read more

Meditation 7/15 - 7/21: Believe in Jesus 1 Jn 3:19-24 NLT

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Believe in Jesus

It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord, even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive whatever ...Read more

 

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