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By Billy Graham | January 25, 2013
Q: I think my husband may have a problem with alcohol. He'll go for weeks with just a few drinks a day, but then he'll go on a binge and be wiped out for several days. Should this concern me? — Mrs. R.S. A: Yes, it definitely should concern you — and your husband, as well. I'm not a doctor or other expert in such matters, of course, but your husband's binge drinking certainly proves that he's not in control of his drinking, but his drinking is in control of him. The Bible warns that "a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him" (2 Peter 2:19)
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By Billy Graham | March 15, 2013
Q: Someone gave our two children some games for Christmas (including a Ouija board) that are supposed to be able to tap into spiritual forces to predict the future. She said they're just innocent games, but I'm not so sure, and I haven't let the children play with them yet. Am I just being narrow-minded? — Mrs. R. McC. A: No, you aren't being narrow-minded. You are wise to protect your children from anything that might bring them into contact with occult spiritual forces that do not come from God and are even opposed to God. I realize not everyone will agree with this; many today dismiss the reality of occult forces that may wish us harm.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | May 6, 2011
Question: I have the terrible suspicion that I'm a hypocrite. I'm an animal lover, but I eat meat. I don't eat the meat of young animals, like veal and lamb, but I do eat meat, fish and fowl, along with eggs. Is there anything in the Bible referring to the practice of eating meat, or to Christ's practice? Did he eat meat? I'm aware that I'm seeking absolution for eating meat, but I do face a conflict. Although I would never hunt or fish, I eat animals that other people kill.
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By Billy Graham | April 11, 2014
Q: I don't mean to offend you, but I've tried to read the Bible and found it kind of dull. And yet some of my friends find it exciting. What's wrong? Why don't I get anything out of it? — P.D. A: In reality, the Bible should be the most exciting book you'll ever read! The reason is, this isn't just another book; it is God's Word, and through its pages God speaks to us. Think of it: The Creator of the universe wants to talk to you! What does He want to tell you? First, He wants to tell you about Himself — who He is, what He is like, and what He has done for you. We can understand some things about God by looking at the world He created, but we only fully understand Him by discovering what He's told us in the Bible.
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March 22, 2003
Suzie Harrison Making the Bible accessible to everyone has been Stephen Johnston's goal for some time, and through his creative projects, he's making it happen. Johnston, a Newport Beach resident since 1956, has narrated more than 15 Bibles on cassette and CD and is producing the first DVD Bible. "In the army, I learned to dramatize radio programs," Johnston said. "I created the first dramatized version with the founding actors for the South Coast Repertory."
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By Brittany Woolsey | October 11, 2012
Linda Gehringer said she enjoys creating roles in plays. Gehringer, an actress who lives in Laguna Beach, is a staple at South Coast Repertory, as well as a television actress on shows like "Touch" with Kiefer Sutherland and "Justified," she said. Now, she is starring as Mary Cain, a role she originated, in the repertory's upcoming production of "How to Write a New Book for the Bible" by Bill Cain. "Creating roles is just fun," she said. "That's one of the reasons I wanted to show the South Coast Repertory audience this play.
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October 14, 2007
Joseph Bell’s reflections on the documentary about what the Bible has to say about homosexuality is flawed at one point (Bible movie calls for total equality,” Oct. 11). He refers to the “conventional literal biblical view of homosexuality.” I think I know what position on homosexuality he is referring to, but New Testament scholars, such as Richard B. Hays of Duke University, would be surprised to hear that his position that the Bible does not condone homosexual practice is a “literal” view.
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By Joseph N. Bell | October 11, 2007
This weekend, Robin Voss will officially present a gift to her hometown of Newport Beach. That’s where, four years ago, she began to turn a dream into a miracle that will be opening over the next few weeks in 38 cities across the nation including — and especially — her own backyard. The miracle is called “For the Bible Tells Me So,” a documentary film that will open for local audiences Friday at Edwards Westpark 8 theater in Irvine. It all started when Voss, shopping for a church that better represented her feelings about the equal and respectful inclusion of gay people in Christian thinking, visited St. Mark Presbyterian in Newport Beach for a seminar titled “What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality.
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By Billy Graham | February 15, 2013
Q: I've always felt that if people from different nations could just get to know each other, we could bring an end to wars and conflicts. But I'm beginning to have my doubts. Will wars ever cease, according to the Bible? — Mrs. F.M. A: We should encourage every effort to bring peace to our world, and the Bible certainly urges us to pray for peace and support those who work for peace. One reason the Bible commands us to pray for our leaders is so "we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:2)
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December 8, 2009
Atheists and Christian scholars will debate the existence of God at 7 tonight at a Free Thought Alliance event at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. The topic, “Does God of the Bible Exist?,” will focus on perceived contradictions in the Bible and the ramifications of God’s possible nonexistence. The debate will not discuss traditional teleological, cosmological and ontological arguments for and against God’s existence. Admission is $15 at the door, cash only, or $10 with PayPal or phone pre-payment.
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By Billy Graham | April 25, 2014
Q: When we get to heaven, will we ever have worries or bad thoughts, or think about things we really shouldn't think about? Sometimes my brain wanders all over the place, and I find myself thinking about things I know I shouldn't. Will it be different in heaven? — J.S. A: Yes, it definitely will be different in heaven! The Bible says that in heaven all sin will be banished, including not only evil actions, but also evil thoughts and emotions. The Bible says, "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful" (Revelation 21:27)
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By Billy Graham | April 11, 2014
Q: I don't mean to offend you, but I've tried to read the Bible and found it kind of dull. And yet some of my friends find it exciting. What's wrong? Why don't I get anything out of it? — P.D. A: In reality, the Bible should be the most exciting book you'll ever read! The reason is, this isn't just another book; it is God's Word, and through its pages God speaks to us. Think of it: The Creator of the universe wants to talk to you! What does He want to tell you? First, He wants to tell you about Himself — who He is, what He is like, and what He has done for you. We can understand some things about God by looking at the world He created, but we only fully understand Him by discovering what He's told us in the Bible.
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By Billy Graham | March 28, 2014
Q: To be honest, heaven sounds kind of boring to me. I'm sure it will be very interesting for a while, but eventually I think I'll just be bored. Am I wrong? — Mrs. R.P. A: Yes, you are wrong. Heaven will be far more exciting than anything we will ever experience on this earth. The one thing we will never be in heaven is bored. Why? One reason is because we will be with God — and because he is infinite and eternal, we will never grow tired of exploring the riches of his glory.
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By Billy Graham | March 7, 2014
Q: How can I know whether or not a group is a cult? A woman in my office keeps trying to get me to go with her to her religious assembly, but I don't know anything about it. I didn't come from a religious family, but I know I need God. — Mrs. L.F.H. A: I'm thankful you know you need to have God in your life, and I hope you won't let anything take away that desire. Jesus' promise is for you: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7)
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By Billy Graham | January 3, 2014
Q: My aunt claims to be a Christian and I'm sure she is, but she's always complaining and never seems happy about anything. In fact, her family jokes that the only thing that makes her happy is complaining. Why is she like this? Aren't Christians supposed to be joyful? — Mrs. C.G. A: Yes they are and one reason is because they know that this life — with all its imperfections and troubles — isn't all there is, but ahead of us is heaven. Why, then, should we spend our time complaining?
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By Billy Graham | December 27, 2013
Q: I don't mean to be irreverent, but heaven sounds kind of boring to me, and I'm not sure I even want to go there when I die. And anyway, I suspect most of my friends will be in the other place and having a good time, just like they do now. — S.H. A: I'm sorry if you've gotten the impression that heaven will be boring, because the opposite is the case! Heaven instead will be far more fascinating than anything we'll ever experience on this Earth. For one thing, God will have work for us to do. Unlike our work on Earth, however, it will never be monotonous or dull, nor will we grow tired or weary.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | December 13, 2013
Q: I'm a physicist without religious conviction, but I'm very interested in religion and I've read a good deal about some faiths. One of my favorite things to read is your column each week. Here's my question: Modern physics and astronomy have estimated that there are some 250,000 so-called "Cinderella planets" in the Milky Way alone. These are planets with the right conditions for having liquid water, and thus might be capable of supporting life, perhaps even "intelligent" life. What do the major god-based religions say about this possibility of intelligent life on other planets?
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By Billy Graham | December 6, 2013
Q: I'm already depressed about Christmas. Last year, we resolved not to spend as much money or get so busy, but I can already tell that it's not going to happen. How we can make Christmas what it ought to be, instead of this rat race? — Mrs. E.W.J. A: I suspect countless readers feel exactly like you do; the holiday season has become so busy and so commercialized that we hardly have time to stop and think about its true meaning. But it shouldn't be this way, nor does it need to be. You can still take steps to make this Christmas a less stressful and more spiritual time.
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By Billy Graham | November 22, 2013
Q: My husband got upset with me the other day because he says all I do is criticize him. Instead of getting angry — like I usually do — I stopped and thought about it, and I guess he's probably right. But what can I do? I make critical remarks without even thinking. — Mrs. J.F. A: You've already taken the first step by admitting you have this problem and want to do something about it. Constantly criticizing others not only drives a wedge between you and them, but it is wrong in the eyes of God. A critical attitude almost always has its roots in pride, which is a sin. Down inside, critical people like to think they are superior to others and know better about how things ought to be done.
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By Billy Graham | October 18, 2013
Q: My aunt believes that if you just have a sunny outlook on life, you'll be healthy and almost never get sick. It seems to work for her, but is she just kidding herself? I have a hard time being optimistic with all the problems I have. — J.N. A: Modern medicine has confirmed something the Bible said long ago: Our minds and our bodies are closely connected, and what affects one often affects the other. The Bible says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22)
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