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By Billy Graham | March 21, 2014
Q: I know the economy is supposed to be getting better, but it sure hasn't helped me find a job. Part of the problem is that I'm in my 50s now, and no one wants to hire people my age. Why won't God help me? I feel so useless. — F.B. A: The most important thing I can tell you is that you are not useless — not in God's eyes. He cares about you and knows all about your situation, and he wants to help you. You can trust his promise: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5)
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 21, 2014
Q: I grew up with five siblings, but after Dad died, our weak relationships went from bad to worse. To this day, two of my siblings and I get along fine. We've admitted to the pain we caused each other and asked for forgiveness. My relationships with the other three are not fine. I've tried asking them what I did to cause them pain, and though their answers are vague, I figure if they're hurting, I need to ask for forgiveness. Each time, they say they want nothing more to do with me. I feel I am supposed to ask for forgiveness seven times 70, but their cruel lies about me make me keep my distance from them.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 7, 2014
Q: What is the purpose of prayer? — L., via cyberspace A: When I talk to children about prayer, I tell them that there are only four types of prayers: Thanks, Gimmie, Oops and Wow! I have them stand up and scream with me as we dance around the room: "Thanks, Gimmie, Oops, Wow!" I've formulated definitions for the different types of prayers for adults, but to truly grasp the concept, you must be a child. Prayers reflect what we hope, and what we hope becomes what we know. Sadly, for many people, what we hope and what we know eludes us in the bad weather of adult life.
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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 Jim Carnett | March 3, 2014
Sacred spaces. Do they exist on planet Earth? Are there spaces - natural or man-made - that bring us closer to the divine than, say, a supermarket checkout counter or a bus station washroom? Do spiritual vortexes exist where the holy can intersect with the ordinary and be deeply quaffed? I don't know the answers to those questions and, frankly, I'm not losing sleep over them. But I must say that as my life advances along its largely mundane and occasionally perilous track, this evangelical believer is frequently stirred by the sacred.
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By Mark Davis | February 28, 2014
Lent, a religious season that is about so much more than avoiding chocolate, is drawing near. For many in the Christian faith, Lent is a time to reflect on the awful journey toward death that led to Jesus' crucifixion. One question that arises often on that journey is, "Why did Jesus have to die?" The most common answer to this persistent question was articulated by Anselm, the 11th-century Archbishop of Canterbury. He referenced God's justice and love. In keeping with the practices of his day, Anselm argued that it would have been an offense against God's honor for human sin to go unpunished.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | February 28, 2014
Q: If God created the heavens, the Earth, all creatures and man in seven days, where do the dinosaurs fit in? We know from the fossil record that man and dinosaurs were segregated by millennia.— K., via cyberspace A: I've wanted to write about evolution, creationism and intelligent design for some time, so thank you for your abiding interest in the Bible and dinosaurs that offers me this opportunity. Young-Earth creationists believe that the world was, indeed, created in just seven days some 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. This falls 4.5 billion years short of the actual age of the Earth, and 65 million years short of the actual age of the dinosaurs.
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By Billy Graham | February 21, 2014
Q: I can't get around very easily because of some physical disabilities. They've gotten worse recently, and now I've had to stop going to my church because it isn't handicapped accessible. Will God understand why I don't go anymore? — Mrs. A.B. A: I want to assure you that God understands your situation, and he doesn't look down on you because you can't do everything you once did. The Bible says, "For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses" (Hebrews 4:15)
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | February 21, 2014
Some time ago, I asked readers to share with me the one question they would ask God. I personally would ask: "Was I a good man?" I'd want to know how much of our goodness is credited by God, how much of our evil is forgiven by God, and how much God simply overlooks as the residue of our broken human-ness. Christians generally believe that we are justified only by faith — saved by what we believe. Judaism believes that we are justified by our works — saved by what we do. I think both beliefs are right and wrong.
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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?
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