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By Billy Graham | February 14, 2014
Q: My nephew says he plans to have fun in life and not bother with God right now, because he knows God will forgive him if he asks him to, even if it's at the last minute. I told him he's being foolish, but am I right? — Mrs. F.P.L. * A: Yes, you are right, and I sincerely hope your nephew will stop and think again about the path he's taking. The Bible warns, "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death" (Proverbs 16:25). Does this mean God won't forgive us if we've lived a life of sin, but then sincerely repent and turn to Christ just before we die?
NEWS
December 16, 2004
Imagine my surprise when I drove up to the church one morning last week and saw a gaping hole in the middle of our creche out on the point. Christ was missing. I had seen the Christ child there the evening before on my way home after a meeting. Now, Christ was missing. I thought maybe one of the congregation members had "rescued" Christ after I had mentioned in a sermon that some Christians wanted to remove Jesus altogether from the commercial enterprise of Christmas.
NEWS
August 16, 2003
The fair was a great time Dear Becky Bailey-Findley and other Orange County Fair officials: Congratulations and thank you for another wonderful and well-planned fair. We enjoyed the reopening of the Pacific Amphitheatre celebration, Diana Krall, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers concerts. Our adult children, their friends and several cousins had fun at the Devo concert (a flashback to their high school days). In today's troubled times, it was heartwarming to see people singing and dancing to the music.
NEWS
April 21, 2003
Coral Wilson Alleluia! Christ is risen! And that doesn't just mean he has thawed out, the Rev. Peter Haynes told the congregation of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Corona del Mar on Easter morning. Haynes' challenge every Sunday is to get people's attention. "Especially on Easter, I try to give them the whole shot at once," he said. Incorporating the controversial subject of cryogenics into his sermon, Haynes warned his congregation not to fall into the "Christ on ice" trap.
NEWS
April 24, 2012
Jones, Jemma Lea (90) passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on Wednesday, April 18th, surrounded by her devoted family. Jemma was preceded in death by the love of her life, Jack, to whom she was married for 70 years.  She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jack Hamilton; granddaughters, Stacey (Hamilton) Green and her husband Tom of Brea, and Tiffany (Hamilton) Bast of Costa Mesa; three great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Madison and Makena; sister, Joy Gilmore, and her beloved dog, Penny.
NEWS
February 26, 2004
John Depko EDITOR'S NOTE: Daily Pilot movie reviewers John Depko and Ric Olsen present their thoughts after watching the movie "The Passion of the Christ," which opened in theaters Wednesday. 'Passion' displays best and worst of Gibson From the opening moments of "The Passion of the Christ," Mel Gibson transports the viewer directly into the ancient world of Roman-occupied Judea. He dares to produce the entire film with actors speaking only the original Latin and Aramaic with English subtitles.
NEWS
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 17, 2014
Q: I've never admitted this to anyone, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'm drinking too much. It's not like I'm drunk very often (I'm not), but I need a few drinks to get through the day and a few more to calm down at night. Do you think I'm in danger of becoming an alcoholic? — D.F. A: Yes I do, because alcohol seems to have become an essential part of your life. In my understanding, alcoholism isn't just a question of quantity (how much you consume), but also of quality (how much you depend on it to keep you going)
NEWS
By Billy Graham | September 27, 2013
Q: I feel like God has abandoned me. I've had three close relatives die in the past few months, and now I just got word that my aunt, who's been almost like a second mother to me, has inoperable cancer. Why is God doing this to me? — Mrs. C.G. A: In all honesty, when things like this touch our lives, we seldom know why God has allowed them to happen. Job in the Old Testament declared, "Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). But God has not abandoned you!
NEWS
By Billy Graham | February 7, 2014
Q: I'm really scared because I'm due to get out of jail in a couple of months, and I know I don't have what it takes to stay out of trouble. I know I'll just end up here again, like I have before. Please pray for me. — S.J. A: It may surprise you to learn that you've already taken the first step toward a new life by admitting you're weak and need help. The person who's in the greatest danger is the one who thinks he or she is strong enough and doesn't need help from anyone, including God. Now, take the next step by actually turning to God, telling him that you know you're weak and need his help.
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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 | February 14, 2014
Q: My nephew says he plans to have fun in life and not bother with God right now, because he knows God will forgive him if he asks him to, even if it's at the last minute. I told him he's being foolish, but am I right? — Mrs. F.P.L. * A: Yes, you are right, and I sincerely hope your nephew will stop and think again about the path he's taking. The Bible warns, "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death" (Proverbs 16:25). Does this mean God won't forgive us if we've lived a life of sin, but then sincerely repent and turn to Christ just before we die?
NEWS
By Billy Graham | February 7, 2014
Q: I'm really scared because I'm due to get out of jail in a couple of months, and I know I don't have what it takes to stay out of trouble. I know I'll just end up here again, like I have before. Please pray for me. — S.J. A: It may surprise you to learn that you've already taken the first step toward a new life by admitting you're weak and need help. The person who's in the greatest danger is the one who thinks he or she is strong enough and doesn't need help from anyone, including God. Now, take the next step by actually turning to God, telling him that you know you're weak and need his help.
NEWS
By Billy Graham | January 17, 2014
Q: I've never admitted this to anyone, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'm drinking too much. It's not like I'm drunk very often (I'm not), but I need a few drinks to get through the day and a few more to calm down at night. Do you think I'm in danger of becoming an alcoholic? — D.F. A: Yes I do, because alcohol seems to have become an essential part of your life. In my understanding, alcoholism isn't just a question of quantity (how much you consume), but also of quality (how much you depend on it to keep you going)
NEWS
By Billy Graham | September 27, 2013
Q: I feel like God has abandoned me. I've had three close relatives die in the past few months, and now I just got word that my aunt, who's been almost like a second mother to me, has inoperable cancer. Why is God doing this to me? — Mrs. C.G. A: In all honesty, when things like this touch our lives, we seldom know why God has allowed them to happen. Job in the Old Testament declared, "Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). But God has not abandoned you!
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 1, 2013
COSTA MESA - Many of Coach Lori Williams' girls said they are dancers, not soccer players. Well, the girls are still dancing in the 14th annual Daily Pilot Cup. The girls kept Mariners Elementary School alive in the tournament, as the wild-card team slipped past Christ Lutheran, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the fifth- and sixth-grade bronze division on Saturday at Costa Mesa High. The player with the most artwork on her jersey produced the game-winning goal in the 47th minute.
NEWS
By the Rev. Sarah Halverson | April 12, 2013
One of the things I love most about the church I serve is its openness to other religions. Some people think that being Christian is about closing everything else out and walking a very narrow path. We hear many Christians espouse that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ and his atoning death. However, that's not the only Christian perspective. Unfortunately, it is the one with the loudest voice. And perhaps with good reason. If you believe that those who don't believe in Jesus Christ as the only Lord and savior are going to hell, then of course you'd do everything in your power to save your friends, your family and everyone you meet!
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By Billy Graham | January 11, 2013
Q: What good does it do to believe in God? I've tried to believe and go to church and everything, but so far it hasn't made any difference in my life. If anything, things are worse. I'll be interested in your response. - J.W. A: The most important thing I can tell you is that God loves you and wants to come into your life so you can know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. From what you say, this hasn't been your experience so far, but it can be, as you turn to Christ in repentance and faith, and invite Him to come into your life.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 20, 2012
A Costa Mesa resident who was active in his church and local emergency response organizations died Saturday. Paul Letterman Hill was a member of the Costa Mesa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an official city volunteer through the Mesa Emergency Services Amateur Communications program and president of the board at the First Church of Christ, Scientist. He was 76. Hill also taught CPR and first aid through the American Heart Assn. and served as the communications coordinator for the UCLA Alumni Band, of which he was a member for 37 years.
SPORTS
June 2, 2012
The Christ Lutheran boys' fifth- and sixth-grade team continued its improbable run through the bronze division by crushing Newport Elementary, 4-1, at the Daily Pilot Cup. Christ Lutheran played shorthanded with only nine players, yet to Newport it must have seemed as if Christ Lutheran had extra players. Liam Jason began the scoring with a nifty, left-foot shot to the corner of the net, and Christ Lutheran had a lead it would never relinquish. The defense, led by Kyle Barnard, aided by Scott McClellan and Adam Auriemma, expertly turned back several Newport attacks.
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