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If a good person believes in Jesus will they go to Heaven?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it really true that all a good person has to do is believe in Jesus to be saved and go to Heaven? — R.S.

A: Just to say “believe in Jesus” can produce a false assurance of salvation because even the devil “believes in Jesus.” To believe in Jesus is to turn from a life ...Read more

Meditation 8/22 - 8/28 Fear Not - God Saves Us Is. 43:5-7, 11 NIV

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Fear Not...God Saves Us!

Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.

I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'
and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth-

everyone who is called by my ...Read more

Meditation 8/22 - 8/28 Fear Not - God Saves Us Is. 43:5-7, 11 KJV

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Fear Not...God Saves Us!

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory,...Read more

Will we ever overcome the darkness of the past year?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The world seems so uncertain these days. I try to encourage others but it is hard to find someone to encourage me. COVID-19 really brought on a spirit of depression among so many people, and I wonder if we will ever overcome the darkness of the past year. — D.P.

A: Have you ever ...Read more

Meditation 8/15 - 8/21 Walk in the Spirit: Galatians 5:13-18 CEV

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Walk in the Spirit

My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don't use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love. All that the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself. But if you keep attacking each other like wild animals, you ...Read more

Is worrying sinful?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My pastor says that worrying is sinful. If so, I am a big sinner, but I cannot conquer it no matter what I do. I read books on it and have even sought help from a doctor. What does the Bible say about it? — W.M.

A: We must ask ourselves why we worry about some things, and not ...Read more

Meditation 8/15 - 8/21 Walk in the Spirit: Galatians 5:13-18 NLT

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Walk in the Spirit

For you have been called to live in freedom--not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But if instead of showing love among yourselves you are always biting and devouring one another, ...Read more

The God Squad: Questions from the final exam of the theology class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Conn., Part 3

Religion / God Squad /

Q: From P: Why did God give us free will knowing that some of us would make bad choices?

A: The one trait that separates us from all other living things is freedom of the will. It is the choice to be able to decide what we will do next based upon our own beliefs about what is good and what is bad. Animals make decisions but they have no free ...Read more

Why am I such a real loser?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a real competitor but I am also a real loser. I can’t seem to overcome my losing streak, and I am discouraged and even jealous of others that don’t work as hard but seem to always win. What am I doing wrong? — B.L.

A: No one chooses defeat over victory. Everyone loves to...Read more

Meditation 8/15 - 8/21 Walk in the Spirit: Galatians 5:13-18 MSG

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Walk in the Spirit

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a ...Read more

Was the unknown God an idol without a name?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Being a history student, I am fascinated by so many stories in the Bible. I have been told that it mentions an unknown God. Was that an idol without a name? — H.S.

A: Paul declared, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was… ...Read more

Meditation 8/15 - 8/21 Walk in the Spirit: Galatians 5:13-18 ESV

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Walk in the Spirit

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. ...Read more

Meditation 8/15 - 8/21 Walk in the Spirit: Galatians 5:13-18 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Walk in the Spirit

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. ...Read more

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Ministry message to women at reformatory: 'There is hope in parenting behind bars'

Religion / Religious News /

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Leah Howard stood on a stage in the middle of a prison recreation yard and told the hundreds of women sitting in the rain and staring up at her that this was their time — their time to learn how to be a better mom, their time to focus on their children like never before, their time to heal.

"There is hope in parenting ...Read more

What can be said to “bring me around?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The concept of God is not an easy thing to embrace. To really believe that one God could oversee the entire universe, much less create it, does not set well in an educated society. Yet I have many intelligent friends that truly believe this notion and it gives me pause to at least ...Read more

Meditation 8/15 - 8/21 Walk in the Spirit: Galatians 5:13-18 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Walk in the Spirit

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."

But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not ...Read more

Is there a secret to learning patience?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Patience is not one of my virtues and it for sure isn’t my husband’s greatest strength. This causes tension to mount at times. Is there a secret to learning this attribute? — S.I.

A: Most people struggle in the area of having patience, especially with others. But it is ...Read more

Meditation 8/15 - 8/21 Walk in the Spirit: Galatians 5:13-18 KJV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Walk in the Spirit

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. ...Read more

Why do I sometimes experience guilt over nothing?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I sometimes experience guilt over nothing. Why is this? – M.G.

A: The Bible says that all have broken God’s laws and guilt is inescapable. Guilt rests upon the entire human race due to sin. Some people may feel it more intensely than others, but the guilt is there whether in the ...Read more

Meditation 8/8 - 8/14 Follow His Steps 1 Peter 2:21-25 CEV

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We should follow His steps

After all, God chose you to suffer as you follow in the footsteps of Christ, who set an example by suffering for you.

Christ did not sin
or ever tell a lie.

Although he was abused,
he never tried to get even.
And when he suffered,
he made no threats.
Instead, he had faith in God,
who ...Read more