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

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Amazing Counselor! The Mighty God!

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For those who lived in a land of deep shadows -
light! sunbursts of light!

For a child has been born - for us!
the gift of a son - for us!
He'll take over
the running of the world.
His names will be: ...Read more

How can someone be a Christian and deny history?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The war on Christmas is a real thing and it is hard to understand in America, a nation that once respected the message of this holiday. I am a music teacher and was teaching my students about the classic Handel’s Messiah. A few kids were offended and I have been forbidden by the ...Read more

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

Religion / Bible Verses /

Wonderful! Counselor! The Mighty God!

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful ...Read more

Should I be worried that my salvation isn't sticking?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Our neighbors — an old couple — gave me a gift a couple of years ago and paid my way to a youth camp. It was a lot of fun and I met some news friends. I heard about God’s salvation and accepted Jesus, but now I’m not sure it stuck even though I am still serious about what I ...Read more

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

Religion / Bible Verses /

Wonderful! Counselor! The Mighty God!

The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.

For a child will be born to us,
a son will be given to us;
And the government will
rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called
Wonderful ...Read more

What does it really mean to become like a shining diamond?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What does it really mean to become like a shining diamond? – S.D.

A: Look at a diamond ring shine. When a jeweler places diamonds on dark velvet cloths, the dark background shows off the cut and sparkle of the stone.

Christians should stand out like sparking diamonds against a rough ...Read more

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

Religion / Bible Verses /

Wonderful! Counselor! The Mighty God!

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land
of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.

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

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

Religion / Bible Verses /

Wonderful! Counselor! The Mighty God!

The people that walked in darkness
have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land
of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.

For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be
upon his shoulder:
and his name ...Read more

Is humanitarian work the same as ministry work?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is humanitarian work the same as ministry work? – H.M.

A: Today Christian service is often mistaken for humanitarian work. It’s important to remember that Christ called His followers to proclaim His message. Ministering to people’s souls is far greater than providing only ...Read more

Meditation 12/5 - 12/11: His Mercy and Love - Ps 103:11-16 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

So great is His Mercy and Love

How great is God's love for all
who worship him?
Greater than the distance
between heaven and earth!
How far has the LORD taken
our sins from us?
Farther than the distance
from east to west!

Just as parents are kind
to their children,
the LORD is kind
to all who ...Read more

If God is perfect, why does He get angry?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: If God is perfect, why does He get angry? Isn’t that a sin? – A.G.

A: When the Bible tells us that God “is slow to anger” (Nahum 1:3), it simply means that He is patient beyond man’s capability. It takes a great deal to stir God’s anger – but when it happens, it is ...Read more

Meditation 12/5 - 12/11: His Mercy and Love - Ps 103:11-16 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

So great is His Mercy and Love

For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.

The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
For he knows ...Read more

The God Squad: 50 years as a rabbi

Religion / God Squad /

This year marks my 50th year as a rabbi. If you are not a paleontologist or an astronomer, 50 years is a long time and my colleagues from my ordination class have all pitched in to share their memories and lessons from a half a century of working in the fields of the Lord. The danger here is obvious. I don’t want to trivialize a lifetime in ...Read more

Why is it important to read the Bible?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why is it important to read the Bible? – B.Q.

A: The study of Scripture is important. When the Bible says, “The entirety of Your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160), it is vital to understand that the Bible does not contradict itself but interprets itself.

God’s message of ...Read more

Meditation 12/5 - 12/11: His Mercy and Love - Ps 103:11-16 MSG

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So great is His Mercy and Love

As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.

As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
...Read more

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Supreme Court leans in favor of requiring taxpayer funding for some religious schools

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices sounded ready Wednesday to rule for a Maine couple seeking state taxpayer funds to send their children to a church-sponsored school because no public ones are available in their area.

The case of Carson vs. Makin poses the latest test of the line between church and state, and it comes at a time when the ...Read more

Did God’s love begin when He sent Jesus into the world?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Did God’s love begin when He sent Jesus into the world? – L.B.

A: God’s love did not begin at creation, at the manger, or at the cross; God’s love began in eternity past. Before the world was established, before the time clock of civilization began to move, God’s love ...Read more

Meditation 12/5 - 12/11: His Mercy and Love - Ps 103:11-16 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

So great is His Mercy and Love

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear ...Read more

Supreme Court poised to further open the door for taxpayer funding of religious schools

Religion / Religious News /

WASHINGTON — After imposing a strict church-state separation for decades, the Supreme Court appears poised to allow — and in some cases even require — more government funding of church-run schools.

Legal experts say that could open the door to church-sponsored charter schools operating with public funds in many cities.

The court's shift ...Read more

Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS

More than 1,000 horseback riders journey to shrine for start of pilgrimage

Religion / Religious News /

Central Road in Des Plaines, Illinois, normally whizzing with fast cars, was empty just after noon Saturday, save for the police cars blocking entry. There was only the sound of honking geese.

Then, soft clomps came from the east, steadily growing in volume and soon accentuated with neighing. Over the horizon, a cadre of horseback riders ...Read more