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Does God ever give us a second chance?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Does God ever give us a second chance? I've made some bad decisions about my life the last few years and now I'm paying the price. Does this mean God has given up on me and things will never get any better? -- B.K.

A: No, this doesn't mean that God has given up on you, or that nothing about your ...Read more

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

Religion / Bible Verses /

Have Faith!

Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.

The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU."

So ...Read more

Light Notes: Mysterious incident brings answer to prayer

Religion / Religious News /

It was as if she were mentally wringing her hands, the car steering wheel clasped firmly. How could a petite nurse handle a lanky hospice patient alone?

As her automobile sped across town, Lorna Runge did what came naturally.

"I'm praying, 'Lord, I need an extra pair of hands,'" said the now "60–something" registered nurse as she recalled ...Read more

How can I help my friend who's in a cult?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: One of my friends has turned her back on me, because she's gotten involved with a group that's wrapped up in some kind of spirituality, talking about the earth as our mother and things like that. I don't know if you'd call it a cult, but she doesn't ...Read more

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

Religion / Bible Verses /

Have Faith!

Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you." So those who have ...Read more

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

Religion / Bible Verses /

Have Faith!

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be ...Read more

What does God want from me?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I just got out of the hospital after a serious heart attack. I told God that if He let me live, I'd give my life to Him. I guess God has given me a second chance for some reason, but I'm wondering what it is. -- J.H.

A: Yes, God has given you a second chance, and I pray you won't take this lightly....Read more

Meditation 4/15 - 4/21: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 CEV

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Be Like Christ

Christ encourages you, and his love comforts you. God's Spirit unites you, and you are concerned for others. Now make me completely happy! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. Be united in what you think, as if you were only one person. Don't be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important ...Read more

Is it alright to watch church on TV?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I've always been an independent person, and therefore I've never bothered to get connected to a church. It always seemed like too much of a hassle. And anyway, I can watch a church service on TV if I want to. You'll probably disagree, but why? -- N.McK.

A: Let me ask you a question: If you never ...Read more

Meditation 4/15 - 4/21: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 NLT

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Be Like Christ

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.

Don't be selfish; don't ...Read more

An old to-do list to get you closer to God

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Q: What, as a disciple of God, should be my main priority (Examples: forgiveness, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, comfort the sick, etc.)? Thank you. -- from M

A: My favorite short list of the things God most wants us to do is the famous list from the prophet Micah in Micah 6:8, "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and...Read more

Should I pay more attention to God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I just turned 50, and I didn't think it would bother me, but it really has. Suddenly I've realized that I'm getting older, and I wonder if I'm wasting my life. To be honest, I haven't paid much attention to God, but is it too late to change that? -- K.C.

A: I'm thankful you're thinking about your ...Read more

Meditation 4/15 - 4/21: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 MSG

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Be Like Christ

If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care-- then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.

Don't push your way to the front...Read more

Why didn't Jesus stay on earth any longer?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why didn't Jesus stay on earth any longer? It seems to me that He could have done a lot of good if He'd lived longer. Couldn't He have avoided getting arrested and put to death? -- Mrs. N.N.

A: Yes, Jesus could have avoided arrest and death if He had chosen to do so -- and He did avoid them during ...Read more

Meditation 4/15 - 4/21: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Like Christ

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than ...Read more

Will God forgive a murderer?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I'm in prison because I got angry and killed someone, and now I'm haunted by guilt. Someone once told me that Jesus forgave a murderer, but when I challenged him to prove it, he couldn't find it in the Bible. I wish I could believe God will forgive me, but I can't. -- M.M.

A: What you did was ...Read more

Meditation 4/15 - 4/21: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 NASB

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Be Like Christ

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit...Read more

Spiritual Life: Solve the 'church family' conflict with love

Religion / Religious News /

When our five children were growing up, we had the same territorial disagreements, wars over possessions and pecking-order conflicts common to most families. Routinely, I would step in to untangle the outer layer of "who did what to whom" or "she said, he said" and remind them of their options.

As a parting shot I would add, "Either you solve ...Read more

Can I pray in my own words?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I grew up in a church that only used printed or memorized prayers. However, now that I've rededicated my life to Jesus I want to pray on my own, but I worry that I might offend God if pray in my own words. Is this a danger? -- Mrs. S.L.

A: Formal prayers have their place -- but no, you shouldn't ...Read more

Meditation 4/15 - 4/21: Be like Christ Phil. 2:1-4 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Be Like Christ

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in ...Read more