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Meditation 12/19 - 12/25: God's Grace! Eph 1:7-10 NLT

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God's Grace - Lavished Upon Us!

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased
our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave
our sins. He has showered his kindness on us,
along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan
regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own ...Read more

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Light Notes: Will you 'draw a line' when bullying is a painful reality?

Religion / Religious News /

I remember the day I stopped running.

I was 7 years old, and the family next door had a pack of boys. To me, they were something like terrorists.

One of the brothers in particular, Danny, made it his daily mission to torment me. I remember vividly the day he was chasing me with a handful of sandburs he intended to throw on my exposed back.

I ...Read more

The God Squad: What the rabbi loves about Christmas

Religion / God Squad /

When Father Tom Hartman and I were together as the God Squad, before his passing in 2016, one of our most beloved annual traditions at this time of year was for Tommy to write a column on what he loved about Hanukkah and for me to write one on what I loved about Christmas. I am left alone now to hold up my end. It is not a chore, ...Read more

Is oppression caused by having no self-confidence?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I wish I could find balance in life but I am unstable in my thoughts and actions. I’ve tried everything there is, but some say the oppression is caused by having no self-confidence. Is this true? – U.W.

A: From the depths of the soul, people want the scales to balance. People ...Read more

Meditation 12/19 - 12/25: God's Grace! Eph 1:7-10 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace - Lavished Upon Us!

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood
poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free
people - free of penalties and punishments chalked
up by all our misdeeds.

And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!
He thought of everything, provided for everything
we...Read more

What does 'First Noel' mean? The word 'noel' has its roots in joy and the first Christmas

Religion / Religious News /

"The First Noel" is a common Christmas carol, but do you know what noel means?

According to the United Methodist Church's Discipleship Ministries website, "The First Noel" has roots in the fifteenth century and was published first in the revised edition of Some Ancient Christmas Carols in 1823 and was first printed in Christmas Carols, Ancient ...Read more

Is it true that a person cannot become a Christian unless they receive the Holy Spirit?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that a person cannot become a Christian unless they receive the Holy Spirit? – C.S.

A: When a person accepts Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes into that life and dwells within the heart. To be Spirit-filled according to Scripture is to be controlled or dominated ...Read more

Meditation 12/19 - 12/25: God's Grace! Eph 1:7-10 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace - Lavished Upon Us!

In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the
riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight making known to us the
mystery of his will, according to his purpose,
which he set forth in Christ as a plan ...Read more

Meditation 12/19 - 12/25: God's Grace! Eph 1:7-10 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace - Lavished Upon Us!

In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses, according
to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.

In all wisdom and insight He made known to us
the mystery of His will, according to His kind
intention which He purposed in Him with a view
...Read more

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Hallelujah! The remarkable story behind this joyful word

Religion / Religious News /

It begins with the violins — orderly and baroque. The choir rises. The audience rises. And before you know it, the concert hall, church, rec center or school auditorium fills with the triumphant sound of one of the most beloved musical works of the season: Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus.

Over the next four minutes (and change) the choir will ...Read more

Why do educators relentlessly attack Christ?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: In studying the great figures of history my professor is teaching that while Jesus went about doing good, He couldn’t come close to the great and talented philosophers and masterminds. Educators show their ignorance when they talk like this. Why do they relentlessly attack the ...Read more

Why do adults bully others?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Bullying among children is never acceptable behavior, so it’s hard to understand why adults practice bullying every day. In an age where society cries for more tolerance, what is behind this oppressive spirit? – B.A.

A: Learning how to deal with a bully is important. The best ...Read more

Meditation 12/19 - 12/25: God's Grace! Eph 1:7-10 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace - Lavished Upon Us!

In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with
the riches of God's grace that he lavished
on us with all wisdom and understanding.

And he made known to us the mystery of his will
according to his good pleasure, which
he purposed in Christ...Read more

Meditation 12/19 - 12/25: God's Grace! Eph 1:7-10 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

God's Grace - Lavished Upon Us!

In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to
the riches of his grace;

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in
all wisdom and prudence;

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
according to his good pleasure which
he hath purposed in ...Read more

Why don't I feel the power of the Holy Spirit?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I know that as a Christian I possess the power of the Holy Spirit, but I don’t feel like I do. What’s wrong with me? – S.P.

A: The Bible is clear that the Holy Spirit is God Himself! And many Christians do not realize that the Holy Spirit of God prays for us. The Spirit helps...Read more

Meditation 12/12-12/18: Unto Us A Child Is Born - Isaiah 9:2; 6-7 CEV

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Wonderful! Counselor! The Mighty God!

Those who walked in the dark
have seen a bright light.
And it shines upon everyone
who lives in the land
of darkest shadows.

A child has been born for us.
We have been given a son
who will be our ruler.
His names will be
Wonderful Advisor
and Mighty God,
...Read more

Why did God create people knowing that we would disappoint Him and disobey Him?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why did God create people knowing that we would disappoint Him and disobey Him? – G.C.

A: God made us because of His love. On a human level, we know that love needs an outlet — that is, love yearns to be expressed and shared. In a far greater way, God’s love is the deepest ...Read more

Meditation 12/12-12/18: Unto Us A Child Is Born - Isaiah 9:2; 6-7 NLT

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Wonderful! Counselor! The Mighty God!

The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,...Read more

The God Squad: Reconciling faith with science

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Over the years I have really struggled to make sense of the debate of science and creationism. I grew up in a conservative background in which young Earth creationists would never question the literalism of the biblical texts, especially in Genesis. How do you respond to the notion that the Bible is most likely incorrect by suggesting the ...Read more

How can I manage to read the Bible for?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I love Jesus but I have a difficulty reading the Bible and praying. The days are so busy and at night I can’t keep my eyes open to read or keep my mind focused to pray. What’s the solution? – D.M.

A: Imagine being part of a family and never spending time with them. Or having ...Read more