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Is there a word of encouragement for my husband?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My husband is serving in the U.S. military as a chaplain and is committed to fighting, not only to maintain the freedoms that our forefathers won, but the freedom to worship God while serving in the military; but he stays defeated. Is there a word of encouragement for him? – M.W.

A: President ...Read more

The God Squad: Why do we pray?

Religion / God Squad /

I was raised and attended Catholic schools in my early days, we were taught to pray and that God could do anything. I truly believed that then. Today, 70 years later, I am not so sure. I believe God can change the script, but I am not sure God will do that, so why do we pray? – From M

People who are religious pray for the same reason that we ...Read more

Why does God allow terrible "acts of God?"

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’ve been volunteering in Kentucky after the tornado destroyed people’s lives, and many ask why God permits what we’ve come to call “acts of God.” – S.D.

A: Natural disasters are defined as “a hazard outside human control for which no person can be held responsible.” It’s most ...Read more

Meditation 5/1 - 5/7: Who May Stand - Ps 24:1-6 ESV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Who may stand in His holy place?

The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure ...Read more

Why is it so hard for people to recall God’s promises?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would begin to memorize Bible verses so that I can recall God’s promises. Why is this so hard for people? – D.M.

A: Satan is the great discourager and he doesn’t want us to read or memorize Scripture because it is the Word of God. When we ...Read more

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Commentary: Supreme Court must protect religious freedom

Religion / Religious News /

On April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, about a public school football coach who pressured his players to pray with him at the 50-yard line. The court’s conservative majority seemed to signal support for the coach.

It’s an important case for a nation where religious freedom ...Read more

Meditation 5/1 - 5/7: Who May Stand - Ps 24:1-6 NASB

Religion / Bible Verses /

Who may stand in His holy place?

The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.

For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.

Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
And who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
...Read more

Is there refuge?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Church has been a big part of my life but since COVID, things have changed and people are so fearful of being together. There are even times that I contemplate ending my life because of the fear that has gripped my heart. Is there refuge? – F.F.

A: Jesus said, “[Satan] comes only to steal and ...Read more

Meditation 5/1 - 5/7: Who May Stand - Ps 24:1-6 NIV

Religion / Bible Verses /

Who may stand in His holy place?

The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;

for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
Who may stand in his holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does ...Read more

Can I learn to open up to others?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I want to be a “people person” but I’m an introvert and it’s difficult for me to open up to others. Is this just a personality trait and can it be changed? – S.P.

A: There’s an old saying that no man’s an island. God is pleased when He sees mankind reach out to others in need. The ...Read more

Are impatience and selfishness really connected?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is the lack of patience a sign of selfishness? That’s what my wife claims. I have to admit that she is usually right and I guess she is trying to send me a message. Are impatience and selfishness really connected? – I.H.

A: Practicing patience is hard for almost everyone. But we must also guard...Read more

Can social media really be good for society?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: The progression of social media is of great concern to me as a parent. It’s taking over my teenagers’ every waking moment. They love to post about their activities and their accomplishments. This technology that fits so comfortably in the palm of the hand is distracting my kids from handling ...Read more

The God Squad: Still more on coping with grief…

Religion / God Squad /

You mean well, but!

My daughter fosters. For six months, she fostered a baby who came from druggy parents. It looked like his parents didn’t want him, so my daughter started talking like maybe she would adopt him when it was possible. We all loved him, and he was a sweety. Then after six months, crib death. It’s been 11 months and my ...Read more

Does God consider alcoholism a sin?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My mom has put her dad in a facility to help him conquer alcohol addiction. He has been very resistant and I’m afraid that he’ll just get out and go right back to drinking, and when he gets drunk he is very abusive. My mom is an incredible woman because my grandfather lives in her home and she ...Read more

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South Carolina churches can remain open, even during a pandemic, under bill signed by governor

Religion / Religious News /

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina churches can stay open during a crisis, even amid a pandemic like COVID-19, under a bill Gov. Henry McMaster signed on Tuesday.

The bill prohibits the state from closing churches and other places of worship during a state of emergency if other essential services are allowed to operate. However, the state can ...Read more

Is God in Heaven right now and is Heaven open for everyone?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is God in Heaven right now and is Heaven open for everyone? – H.O.

A: The Apostle John wrote about the wonderful aspects of Heaven in the book of Revelation. There is much mystery and untold wonder and glory. But we must not miss this truth: the door to Heaven is open for everyone, and the ...Read more

Is there Scripture that speaks of angels as males?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A friend of mine asked me to debate whether angels are genderless. When I mentioned Michael and Gabriel being males, she pointed to the fact that females go by those names as well. Is there Scripture that speaks of angels as males? – A.G.

A: Word studies in the Bible show us many things and often...Read more

Is a person’s destiny in their hands or in the hands of God when it comes to living life now?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is a person’s destiny in their hands or in the hands of God when it comes to living life now? What does the Bible mean of being mastered by something or someone? – M.M.

A: God has put eternity in our hearts and the Bible tells us that no one will have an excuse when it comes to their destiny ...Read more

Is God like us or is God basically a vapor or something that is in the atmosphere?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is God like us or is God basically a vapor or something that is in the atmosphere? – G.W.

A: God isn’t made of atoms or molecules; He isn’t part of the created world. He exists in a wholly different realm. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). ...Read more

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Working around food while fasting for Ramadan? For some, it's not so bad

Religion / Religious News /

BELL, Calif. — The scent of shawarma and rice floated through the Mediterranean fusion restaurant during the lunchtime rush as servers brought heaping plates of meat, hummus and pickled vegetables to hungry diners.

Ali Tehfi watched as his crew, many of them fasting for Ramadan like him, bagged orders, filled soda cups and alternated between ...Read more