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Meditation 1/20 - 1/26: Marked with the Holy Spirit - Eph 1:11-14 NLT

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Marked with the Holy Spirit

Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

God's purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have ...Read more

God can be humorous, but always purposeful

Religion / God Squad /

Q: First, Rabbi Gellman, let me thank you for the wisdom, tolerance and kindness you share in your column. I look forward to reading it each week and have often been comforted by your perceptions. As for questions for God, I don't really have any serious ones. I trust Him. I trust that it will all be set forth for us in His time. I believe God ...Read more

Why do people ruin their lives with drugs?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My friend's young adult daughter is ruining her life with drugs. It is an epidemic particularly in our present world. This young lady comes from a good family and has been a good girl growing up. How does this happen and what can we do to help her? -- C.F.

A: Since earliest times, people have ...Read more

Meditation 1/20 - 1/26: Marked with the Holy Spirit - Eph 1:11-14 MSG

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Marked with the Holy Spirit

It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

It's in Christ that you, once you heard the ...Read more

Are people really celebrating sloppiness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I understand how our culture emphasizes appearance as "all-important" but what puzzles me is the lack of grooming habits of people today. While self-confidence is celebrated, doesn't it seem that people are really celebrating sloppiness? -- W.D.

A: Society has become used to a relaxed lifestyle ...Read more

Meditation 1/20 - 1/26: Marked with the Holy Spirit - Eph 1:11-14 ESV

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Marked with the Holy Spirit

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your...Read more

Hartford Archdiocese identifies 48 priests accused of sexual abuse

Religion / Religious News /

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Archdiocese of Hartford Tuesday released the names of 48 priests "credibly accused" of sexual abuse, leading to the archdiocese paying out $50.6 million to settle more than 140 claims.

The archdiocese also announced it would hire a retired state judge to review priest personnel files in an effort, according to Archbishop ...Read more

Why did Noah find grace in the eyes of the Lord?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: During the Christmas season my family visited the Creation Museum. It was fascinating. The children learned more truth about creation than they will ever learn in school. The question remains, why did Noah find grace in the eyes of the Lord? -- C.E.

A: This is an epic story -- one that fascinates ...Read more

Meditation 1/20 - 1/26: Marked with the Holy Spirit - Eph 1:11-14 NASB

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Marked with the Holy Spirit

Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your ...Read more

Light Notes: She was a step from jumping off the bridge, until someone cared

Religion / Religious News /

She stood at the apex of the expansive bridge, the swirling, frigid waters waiting. Hopelessness had wrapped itself around the young woman, held her close as she stepped over the guard rail, unnoticed in the winter gray.

Nothing would hold her back.

But in the rush of traffic flowing behind her, there was a 'chance' lane change.

"As my sister...Read more

100 trees planted at festival to honor Jewish tradition, help feed the hungry

Religion / Religious News /

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- Fifth grader Eden Cohen and her friend, Stella, sunk their shovels into a hole they were digging recently to plant a pomegranate tree at Coastal Roots Farm.

Then they simultaneously lifted their shovels, causing a collision that spilled dirt and sparked a cascade of giggles.

The friends joined about 600 others at the Tu B'...Read more

Was Jesus a superhero?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have taught children for years and know how impressionable they are. A church in the area presented a play with someone portraying Jesus as a cultural superhero. I discouraged parents from taking their children to see it. Was I wrong? -- C.T.

A: The dictionary defines a "superhero" as a "...Read more

Meditation 1/20 - 1/26: Marked with the Holy Spirit - Eph 1:11-14 NIV

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Marked with the Holy Spirit

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of ...Read more

Meditation 1/20 - 1/26: Marked with the Holy Spirit - Eph 1:11-14 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Marked with the Holy Spirit

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of ...Read more

How can we escape the results of marriage being redefined?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: While some progress is being made in our nation to turn from its devastating decisions to ignore God, how can we escape the results of our own sinful choices, like allowing marriage to be redefined? -- D.C.

A: The most precious human institution is marriage between a man and a woman, which has come...Read more

Meditation 1/13 - 1/19: Looking for a better country Heb. 11:13-16 CEV

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Longing for a Better Country

Every one of those people died. But they still had faith, even though they had not received what they had been promised. They were glad just to see these things from far away, and they agreed that they were only strangers and foreigners on this earth. When people talk this way, it is clear that they are ...Read more

Is optimism dangerous?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I believe that optimism is the greatest attribute we can have in life. But others tell me optimism can be dangerous -- that's ludicrous, isn't it? -- O.F.

A: Admiral Jim Stockdale was one of the highest-ranking officers in the U.S. Navy, served in Vietnam and spent time as a prisoner of war in the ...Read more

Meditation 1/13 - 1/19: Looking for a better country Heb. 11:13-16 NLT

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Longing for a Better Country

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call ...Read more

Loving an enemy is a noble endeavor I can't align with

Religion / God Squad /

Tommy (Father Tom Hartman, my pal) and I would often joke about what would be the hardest thing for each of us to accept if we ever converted. For me, the hardest Christian belief to understand and accept was the Trinity. The idea of three Gods who were really one God but also three but really one ... was a mystery wrapped up in a riddle. For ...Read more

What's the best way for me to comfort others?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a very private person and don't share my inner thoughts with many. Because I don't bother people with my problems, I struggle with comforting others who are hurting. What's the best way to do this? -- C.F.

A: It pleases God when He sees mankind reach out to others in need. There is an old ...Read more