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What is wrong with concentrating on things instead of value?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am just beginning my legal career and have been offered a large salary and lots of perks. My friends say that I am concentrating on things instead of value. What is wrong with that? — S.P.

A: Luke 16 is the famous passage about a rich man whose disobedience to God led him to reject the...Read more

Meditation 2/21 - 2-27: For Him! Mark 9:38-41 CEV

Religion / Bible Verses /

For Him!

John said, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to force demons out of people. But he wasn't one of us, and we told him to stop."

Jesus said to his disciples:

Don't stop him! No one who works miracles in my name will soon turn and say something bad about me. Anyone who isn't against us is for us. And anyone who gives you a...Read more

Why can't I change myself?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have trouble getting along with people. I try hard to be understanding but things people do and say irritate me. My mother told me that I can’t change others but I can change myself. I’ve tried but it is hard and I’m frustrated. — C.M.

A: A woman once wrote a letter describing ...Read more

Meditation 2/21 - 2-27: For Him! Mark 9:38-41 NLT

Religion / Bible Verses /

For Him!

John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn't one of our group."

"Don't stop him!" Jesus said. "No one who performs miracles in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.

If anyone gives you even a cup of ...Read more

The God Squad: Make sure that all your good friends are actually good

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I do hope you answer this, as I count on your counsel and I am struggling with this. I have a friend of long standing who was not in the required categories for the COVID-19 vaccine but nonetheless, took advantage of the early confusion to cut the vaccine line, metaphorically pushing someone out of the lifeboat who is in much greater need. ...Read more

If God has a purpose for us, why set our own goals?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it wrong to set goals and work hard to reach those goals? Some people have told me that God has a purpose for our lives and if that is true, why set our own goals? — G.S.

A: As human beings we should all be wise in planning for life, like getting a good education, preparing for ...Read more

Meditation 2/21 - 2-27: For Him! Mark 9:38-41 MSG

Religion / Bible Verses /

For Him!

John spoke up, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn't in our group."

Jesus wasn't pleased. "Don't stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. If he's not an enemy, he's an ally. Why, anyone by just giving you a cup ...Read more

Is the human soul real and can each person really find a soulmate?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is the human soul real and can each person really find a soulmate? — H.S.

A: The subject of the soul has a prominent place in our thinking. Finding the sole source of real love brings light into life? Salvation in Jesus Christ is the only hope for the soul. Only He can illumine the dark ...Read more

Meditation 2/21 - 2-27: For Him! Mark 9:38-41 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

For Him!

John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,[a] and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say ...Read more

Southern Baptist leaders remove Georgia church over LGBTQ inclusion

Religion / Religious News /

ATLANTA — The Rev. James Conrad, pastor of Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw, said the church will not appeal a decision Tuesday by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee to disfellowship it for affirming LGBTQ members.

“We’re not going to try to convince them to change their position” said Conrad, who has lead the ...Read more

Is jealousy what motivates hatred and why is hatred so prevalent in the world today?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is jealousy what motivates hatred and why is hatred so prevalent in the world today? — J.H.

A: Hatred abounds all over the world and often stems from jealousy. Satan’s hatred of God was due to jealousy. He wanted to be exulted instead of exulting the God of the ages.

At no time in ...Read more

Meditation 2/21 - 2-27: For Him! Mark 9:38-41 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

For Him!

John said to Him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us."

But Jesus said, "Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.

"For he who is not against us is for us.

"...Read more

Is this all there is?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When I graduated from college with honors, I thought I would conquer the world. I was excited about life. Then COVID-19 hit. I haven’t been able to find a job and there seems to be little hope. Is this all there is? — L.H.

A: Some see their own life’s journey as a series of unrelated...Read more

Meditation 2/21 - 2-27: For Him! Mark 9:38-41 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

For Him!

"Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."

"Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a...Read more

What is the secret to overcoming sorrow and finding peace and happiness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am having a hard time being joyful. Discouragement follows me. Living through COVID-19 has deepened my sorrow and loneliness. What is the secret to overcoming this horrible emotion and finding peace and happiness? – S.L.

A: We should be a “glimmer” for someone who may be ...Read more

What does the Bible teach about temptation?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Temptation is a troubling thing. What does the Bible teach about it? – T.T.

A: Temptation is exactly the same for us as it was for Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. And Satan also tempts us in the same way that he tempted Jesus – through “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes...Read more

The God Squad: Some look up! Stories with a few angels sprinkled in

Religion / God Squad /

Thank you, dear readers, for your stories about angels who have helped you get through this pandemic by appearing in your life at just the right time. People wonder how I can believe in angels, but I do. The Bible teaches us that God needs to contact us, and angels are God’s post office. They are people bearing a message from God that we are ...Read more

What does it mean to be carnal?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: What does it mean to be carnal? – C.E.

A: Carnality is a Biblical word that is not used much anymore but has a powerful effect on life. It means living life consumed by satisfying fleshly desires, feeding selfishness while serving the body and starving the soul. Carnality is the state of...Read more

What is sufficient to win eternal life?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I try to live according to God’s Word but my friend who is a pastor said that his good work in the ministry will win him the acceptance of Jesus. Is this sufficient to win eternal life? – G.D.

A: There are many people who spend their lives doing good deeds. This, in fact, was the story...Read more

Is God’s forgiveness really important to get to Heaven and why would He pay our penalty of sin?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is God’s forgiveness really important to get to Heaven and why would He pay our penalty of sin? – H.B.

A: Imagine for a minute that you committed a crime, were arrested, and were sent to jail. The day has now come for you to appear in court. As you stand before the judge, there is ...Read more