No other book is as important as the Bible and Christians need to make an effort to understand it, the Rev. Billy Graham advises.
When asked for tips on how to better understand the Bible, the evangelical pastor said the Holy Book is the most important text to understand in the entire world, "because it is God's Word — God's message — to you, and to all humanity."
Graham then goes on to give advice for beginning to explore the Bible, suggesting that a first-time reader not start at the beginning, but rather start with one of the Gospels in the New Testament, adding that he often recommends John. more >>
Christians must remember the importance of prayer to keep their minds from wandering or becoming bored, evangelical leader Billy Graham advises in a post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website.
Responding to a follower's question about how to stop one's mind from wandering during prayer, Graham suggests that first, Christians must remember who they are praying to.
"You aren't praying to yourself or another person; you are praying to God, the all-powerful and glorious Creator of the universe," Graham writes, adding that Christians must respect their opportunity to speak to God in the same way they would prepare to speak to the U.S. president or queen of England. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham criticized Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and city council members who voted to pass a controversial ordinance that would allow transgender residents to use either a men's or women's bathroom, depending on the gender with which they identify.
"Shame on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city council members" for passing the ordinance, Graham wrote Tuesday, after the vote on the measure, which also says businesses can't discriminate against gay, lesbian or transgender customers and applies to places of public accommodation, such as bars, restaurants, stores as well as taxis.
"It's not over though," added Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has been clear that this is a bad policy and said if the city passed it, immediate legislative action would likely be taken by the state. I hope they will take swift action to strike down this dangerous ordinance or bring it to a referendum for voters to decide." more >>
Christians must be aware that although times have changed, the Bible's message has not, the Rev. Billy Graham explains in response to a question on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website.
Responding to a question posted by a follower on the website's "My Answers" section Monday, the 97-year-old religious leader explains that while the Bible may use some archaic language, such as "idolatry," its words can still be applied to modern-day living.
"The Bible doesn't need to be updated, and one reason is because it tells us truths about ourselves and about God that will never change," Graham says, pointing to Luke 21:33 which states: "Heaven and Earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away." more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of Billy Graham and former senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has been praised by a number of pastors for his "honesty, humility, and repentance" as he continues his recovery from a cheating scandal that shook his ministry.
"Today, Tullian continues an encouraging season of rest and healing as a part of the Willow Creek Church family in Winter Springs, Florida," writes the leadership team at Liberate Network, a resource ministry founded by Tchividjian in 2011.
"The elders of Willow Creek Church are presently overseeing a care plan for him, one involving routine worship, prayer, fellowship, study, professional counseling, and more. The process is going remarkably well, and we are very encouraged by his honesty, humility, repentance, and commitment to healing," it adds. more >>
God knows when to answer prayers and when to say "no," the Rev. Billy Graham said in a recent message.
Responding to a question posted to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website on Thursday, the 97-year-old evangelical leader said that "God knows what is best for us and, because he loves us, he sometimes tells us 'No' or 'Wait.'"
Graham compared this approach to raising a family, pointing out that parents do not always give their children what they ask for because they are "wiser and more experienced than [the children] are," adding that parents are able to differentiate between what their children want and need. more >>