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How do we know that Jesus understands our suffering?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: How do we know that Jesus understands our suffering? He is God and can overcome anything, right? – H.S.

A: God did not exclude himself from human suffering. He became man – the Person of Christ – and shared with us all there is to share. Philip Yancey wrote, “God does not, in the ...Read more

Meditation 7/25 - 7/31: My Light & Salvation Ps. 27:1-4 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

The LORD is my light and my salvation

You, LORD, are the light
that keeps me safe.
I am not afraid of anyone.
You protect me,
and I have no fears.

Brutal people may attack
and try to kill me,
but they will stumble.
Fierce enemies may attack,
but they will fall.

Armies may surround me,
...Read more

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A Muslim leader from South Jersey connects communities and builds bridges

Religion / Religious News /

PHILADELPHIA — A word common to Arabic, Persian, and Urdu — three of the languages Muqqadas Ejaz uses in addition to English — aptly describes her mission. The word is muhsen, and it means “doing good.”

Muhsen also is the name of one of the half-dozen local and national American Muslim organizations to which Ejaz — an advocate, ...Read more

Why did God give the law if He knew people couldn’t possibly keep it?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why did God give the law if He knew people couldn’t possibly keep it, and what was the significance of the Old Testament sacrifice? – L.K.

A: The Bible teaches that the law was given as a mirror. When we look into God’s Word, we see what true righteousness is. The Ten Commandments ...Read more

Meditation 7/25 - 7/31: My Light & Salvation Ps. 27:1-4 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

The LORD is my light and my salvation

The LORD is my light and my salvation--
so why should I be afraid?
The LORD protects me from danger--
so why should I tremble?

When evil people come to destroy me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.

Though a mighty army surrounds me,
...Read more

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Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick criminally charged with sexual assault of teen nearly 50 years ago

Religion / Religious News /

Former U.S. Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy nearly 50 years ago, court documents show.

McCarrick, who was defrocked by the Vatican in 2019 over sexual abuse allegations, was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, according to The Boston...Read more

The God Squad: Short psalms for study: Psalm 1

Religion / God Squad /

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his...Read more

Is it wrong to long for the 'olden days'?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When I was a kid, I couldn’t understand why my parents longed for the “olden days.” I understand more the older I get. I just don’t like how the world is changing. Everyone wants what is new; I long for what was. Is this wrong? – O.D.

A: Many changes have taken place in our world...Read more

Meditation 7/25 - 7/31: My Light & Salvation Ps. 27:1-4 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

The LORD is my light and my salvation

Light, space, zest that's God!
So, with him on my side I'm fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.

When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive,
Those bullies and toughs
fall flat on their faces.

When besieged,
I'm calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks ...Read more

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'A bridge between college and the working world': Faith-based program offers grads jobs, housing

Religion / Religious News /

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Brownfield grew up in a small town and elected to go to Waynesburg University in Greene County — just two blocks away from his family’s home. When he graduated in 2020 with a business degree, he was slightly apprehensive about traveling 50 miles north to work in the big city of Pittsburgh.

Despite the challenges of COVID...Read more

Why can’t I overcome?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I struggle with resentment in my life, and to be honest, I often blame God even though I do love Him as Lord and try to live in a way that is pleasing. Why can’t I overcome? – R.H.

A: How does resentment develop? It develops within the climate of resistance to God’s will for our ...Read more

Meditation 7/25 - 7/31: My Light & Salvation Ps. 27:1-4 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

The LORD is my light and my salvation

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
...Read more

Why is there so much suffering?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It seems the smarter society gets the more evil it becomes. Why is there so much suffering? – S.P.

A: Suffering affects all kinds and classes of individuals every day. Suffering in scores of forms can be found all around us. One has only to go to the poor in the cities, the hospitals, or...Read more

Meditation 7/25 - 7/31: My Light & Salvation Ps. 27:1-4 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

The LORD is my light and my salvation

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?

When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies,
they stumbled and fell.

Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;<...Read more

How can I encourage my daughter who lost her eyesight?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: At 35, my sister lost her eyesight and is discouraged that she will never be able to do anything for the Lord. She was so active in the children’s ministry at church and now her handicap is turning her into a recluse. How can I encourage her? – D.S.

A: For most of her 95 years on earth...Read more

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Faithful gather in Lebanon, Kansas -- center of mainland US -- to pray for America

Religion / Religious News /

Christians from around the country gathered in the geographic center of the 48 contiguous U.S. states near Lebanon, Kansas, Friday to pray for America.

The event, called Prayer at the Heart of America, was organized by P. Douglas Small, president of Project Pray.

The website for the event states “Prayer At the Heart is a call to the family ...Read more

What makes a Christian different from anyone else in the world?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What makes a Christian different from anyone else in the world? – H.Q.

A: One Christian might say he is different from his non-Christian friends because he belongs to a church. Another might reply that she is different because she knows she has been forgiven of her sins and is going to ...Read more

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Light Notes: 'Clogs' can block what matters most in life

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“Ouch!”

I banged my head once again while under the sink trying to figure out why the faucet flow was reduced to a trickle. After a number of efforts and not a little consternation on my part, the source of the clog was found and full flow was restored much to my satisfaction, sore forehead notwithstanding.

Clogs. I’m referring to ...Read more

What does "disciple" mean when used in the Bible?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The word “disciple” today usually means that a person is part of a cult. But the word when used in the Bible meant something else, didn’t it? – D.F.

A: People in Jesus’ day knew what the word “disciple” meant. The Roman world was filled with philosophers and teachers who ...Read more

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Commentary: The pope cracks down on the Latin Mass, putting traditionalists in a bind

Religion / Religious News /

The news that Pope Francis will reimpose limits on the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass will disappoint and even enrage devotees of that ritual. But traditionalist Catholics who appreciated the revival of the old form encouraged by Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, are caught in a couple of contradictions.

The first is that ...Read more