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Is our country forgetting what is important?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: America celebrates Memorial Day by taking a day off, but it seems that we forget why we designate this day of remembrance. Is our country in danger of “forgetting” what is important? – R.A.

A: We are always chasing after what the world says is better. Before we know it, we have...Read more

Meditation 5/29 - 6/4: I Repent NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

"I Repent"

Then Job replied to the LORD :

"I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.

You asked, 'Who is this that obscures
my counsel without knowledge?'
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.

"You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak;
I will ...Read more

Meditation 5/29 - 6/4: I Repent KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

"I Repent"

Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

I know that thou canst do every thing,
and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge?
therefore have I uttered that I understood not;
things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: ...Read more

How does one stop worry before it destroys them?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As a recent retiree, I have to admit that I am fearful for the future when I look at the state of the world and how it impacts all of us. I admit that I worry that I’ll have enough money to sustain me in my old age. How does one stop worry before it destroys them? – W.S.

A: If a person stays ...Read more

Meditation 5/22 - 5/28: Submit to God - 1 Peter 5:6-11 CEV

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Submit to God; Resist the Devil

Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes. God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.

Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. But you must resist the devil...Read more

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Editorial: The Southern Baptist blasphemy

Religion / Religious News /

While the Catholic Church has spent much of the last three decades wrestling with deeply painful revelations of priestly sexual abuse and the bishops’ callous disregard for the people in their care, many American Protestant denominations self-righteously wagged fingers at the Catholic hierarchy for tolerating pedophile priests when they knew ...Read more

What can I do to encourage young people to seek Christ?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Society is steeped in sensuality. Years ago, the answer was that young people needed more education in the area of sexual relations, but it seems to me that this is what has caused the moral fibers to deteriorate. As a youth pastor, I wonder what I can do to encourage young people to seek Christ ...Read more

Meditation 5/22 - 5/28: Submit to God - 1 Peter 5:6-11 NLT

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Submit to God; Resist the Devil

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.

Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim ...Read more

The God Squad: How do we fit miracles into our lives?

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Rabbi, great column! I have seen many TV shows and read books that feature religious people and even religious scholars who seek to find rational and/or scientific explanations to "miracles" reported in the Bible (the parting of the Red Sea seems to be a favorite). I believe this diminishes the religious significance of these stories by ...Read more

Is it ever right to be angry?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The Bible indicates that God is sometimes angry. I become angry about many things and I’m a Christian. I feel guilty about it but when I see children mistreated and injustices around the world, I cannot contain my anger. Is it ever right to be angry? – C.A.

A: God’s anger is always just. Even...Read more

Meditation 5/22 - 5/28: Submit to God - 1 Peter 5:6-11 MSG

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Submit to God; Resist the Devil

So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

He Gets the Last Word

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to ...Read more

Should we forget marriage?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My boyfriend and I have been dating a long time but we aren’t sure we’re compatible because we fight from time to time. Should we forget marriage? – B.M.

A: One of the most important questions couples should ask is, “Are we ready to set aside our individual desires in order to serve one ...Read more

Meditation 5/22 - 5/28: Submit to God - 1 Peter 5:6-11 NASB

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Submit to God; Resist the Devil

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

But resist him, ...Read more

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Pelosi hits back at San Francisco archbishop for banning her from Communion over pro-choice stance

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A “prayerful” Nancy Pelosi Tuesday hit back at the Catholic archbishop who banned her from receiving Holy Communion over her pro-choice stance.

The powerful House speaker said the archbishop of her hometown of San Francisco has no business imposing his conservative views on her or the nation’s tens of millions of Catholics.

“We just ...Read more

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Editorial: Southern Baptist Convention must confront its own sexual abuse scandal

Religion / Religious News /

A third-party organization brought in by the Southern Baptist Convention to investigate allegations of systemic sexual abuse within the nation’s largest Protestant denomination found its leaders ignored and even “vilified” the victims, and knew more about the perpetrators than they admitted. The abuses occurred over a two-decade period, ...Read more

Can I give up so much to know Jesus?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I would like to believe in Jesus but so many of my friends tell me that it could be a negative experience because a person has to give up so much. I’m not sure I can do that. – S.D.

A: The same Jesus that said, “Go and sin no more,” is the same Jesus that said to His followers that He ...Read more

Meditation 5/22 - 5/28: Submit to God - 1 Peter 5:6-11 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Submit to God; Resist the Devil

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

But resist him, ...Read more

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Top Southern Baptist leaders minimized sexual abuse claims, 'ignored or even vilified' victims to protect abusers, report says

Religion / Religious News /

Top leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention mishandled sexual abuse claims, while ignoring — or even vilifying — victims to protect abusers, an explosive new report released Sunday has found.

The report is the conclusion of a seven-month investigation by Guidepost Solutions, an independent company that was contracted by SBC’s executive...Read more

Is it true that people find different ways to God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that people find different ways to God? – P.C.

A: People come to Christ in many different ways; your experience won’t necessarily be like someone else’s. This is not to be confused with the fact that there is only one way to salvation and that is through Jesus Christ. He is the ...Read more

Meditation 5/22 - 5/28: Submit to God - 1 Peter 5:6-11 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Submit to God; Resist the Devil

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith...Read more