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Meditation 1/21 - 1/27: The Lord is Good - Ps 25:8-14 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Good and Upright Is the LORD

Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the LORD are
steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant
and his testimonies.

For your ...Read more

Do I have to go to church in order to be a Christian?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I know you often tell people they need to go to church, but I had a bad experience with the church I grew up in, and I just can't face trying to find another one. Do I have to go to church in order to be a Christian? -- Mrs. A.McD.

A: Only one thing is necessary in God's eyes for us to become a Christian -- and that is our personal faith and...Read more

Meditation 1/21 - 1/27: The Lord is Good - Ps 25:8-14 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Good and Upright Is the LORD

Good and upright is the LORD;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.

He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.

All the paths of the LORD are
lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant
and His testimonies.

For Your name's sake, O LORD,...Read more

Pope Francis apologizes to abuse victims for comments in Chile, still defends controversial bishop

Religion / Religious News /

LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis has apologized for his highly criticized assertion during a trip to Chile last week that people who have accused a bishop of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest must provide proof.

Francis told the media Thursday that there was no "proof" that Chilean Bishop Juan Barros covered up abuse. ...Read more

How good does God expect me to be?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: I know I'm not perfect, but how good does God expect me to be? I'd never given this much thought, but recently I had some unexpected major surgery, and I realized I probably needed to start thinking about it. -- Mrs. S.R.

A: I'm thankful for your concern; sometimes God allows us to pass through hard times (such as a health crisis) just so we...Read more

Meditation 1/21 - 1/27: The Lord is Good - Ps 25:8-14 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Good and Upright Is the LORD

Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.

All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
for those who keep the demands of his covenant.

For the sake of your name, O LORD,
...Read more

In Peru, pope laments the state of urban poor

Religion / Religious News /

LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis ended his trip to Chile and Peru on Sunday with a warning about the plight of the urban poor and what he termed the "globalization of indifference" toward their fate.

"They are found along our roadsides, living on the fringes of our cities, and lacking the conditions needed for a dignified existence," Francis said in ...Read more

Meditation 1/21 - 1/27: The Lord is Good - Ps 25:8-14 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Good and Upright Is the LORD

Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is...Read more

Meditation 1/14 - 1/20: Weight of Glory - 2 Cor. 4:15-18 CEV

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An Eternal Weight of Glory

All of this has been done for you, so that more and more people will know how kind God is and will praise and honor him.

Faith in the Lord

We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory ...Read more

Is there anything that God can't do?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: Some friends and I were talking about God the other day, and we decided to ask you a question: Is there anything that God can't do? I said He couldn't tell a lie, but someone else said that since God is all-powerful, He can do anything He wants to -- even tell a lie. Who is right? -- Z.S.

A: You are right; the only thing God cannot do is ...Read more

Analysis: Pope uses Latin American trips to recover soul of the Catholic Church

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis' fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as leader of the Roman Catholic Church demonstrates his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the church in the region.

During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope's message often has stood in marked contrast to those delivered by two ...Read more

Pope Francis' visit to South America shifts to troubled Amazon

Religion / Religious News /

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru -- Pope Francis' South America visit shifts focus Friday to one of the world's most challenging but critical environments -- the Amazon rain forest -- where both the land and native peoples face threats from illegal logging, illicit mining and other activities.

On the fifth day of his swing through Chile and Peru, Francis...Read more

Meditation 1/14 - 1/20: Weight of Glory - 2 Cor. 4:15-18 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

An Eternal Weight of Glory

All of these things are for your benefit. And as God's grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are ...Read more

How do I know God even hears my prayers?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: How do I know God even hears my prayers? Sometimes it's as if He's turned a deaf ear to me. I'm beginning to wonder if it's even worthwhile praying. -- Mrs. E.C.

A: One reason we know God hears our prayers is because He has promised to hear them! Even if He doesn't always answer the way we think He should, He still hears us. The Psalmist ...Read more

In Chile, Pope Francis calls for greater compassion toward immigrants

Religion / Religious News /

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis began the fourth day of his South American trip in northern Chile exhorting the faithful to be more tolerant of immigrants before flying on to Peru for the second leg of his journey, where his pastoral focus is expected to be on the environment and the rights of the indigenous.

He celebrated a Mass in Lobito ...Read more

An eternity with God will be worth the wait

Religion / God Squad /

Q: This biblical verse (Matthew 24:35) troubles me: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." If heaven, passes away, what happens to souls there? Thank you! -- T

A: Well, let us look more deeply into the verse that gives you such trouble. The first meaning is that Heaven and Earth do not mean Heaven plus Earth. ...Read more

Meditation 1/14 - 1/20: Weight of Glory - 2 Cor. 4:15-18 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

An Eternal Weight of Glory

Every detail works to your advantage and to God's glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!

So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by ...Read more

Does God want people to drive safely?

Religion / Billy Graham /

Q: My uncle is active in his church and all that, but when he gets behind the wheel of his car he's an absolute maniac. Maybe you could say something about the need for safe driving. We're afraid he's going to kill someone one of these days. -- Mrs. T.L.

A: I'm afraid we've heard the statistics on vehicular deaths and injuries so often that we'...Read more

More violence reported as Pope Francis visits homeland of Mapuche indigenous group in Chile

Religion / Religious News /

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Wednesday in the homeland of Chile's Mapuche indigenous community, paying tribute to a group that has been engaged in a sometimes violent struggle to bolster autonomy and reclaim lost ancestral lands.

In the third day of his swing through Chile and Peru, Francis flew to the city of Temuco, 420 ...Read more

Meditation 1/14 - 1/20: Weight of Glory - 2 Cor. 4:15-18 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

An Eternal Weight of Glory

For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an ...Read more