The story of King David and other Psalms are helpful.
The Rev. Eugene Curry, senior pastor, Park Hill Baptist Church: Translating animal names in ancient documents is notoriously tricky because the specific identity of the things mentioned can’t always be deduced from context alone. The “cockatrice” of the Old Testament is a great example of this.
This summer, I went to the movies. I didnt go to the cinema and order popcorn and a soda, but instead went to a local church and ate veggies and hummus. I didnt buy a ticket, but I gave my love offering. I didnt see the latest blockbuster, but I watched a little-known film about the plight of the Tibetan people.
As I stood there in the shower, the song that had so encouraged me before flitted through my troubled mind, and I began to sing. Shakily at first, the words pushed past the turmoil in my brain and came pouring out my mouth.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know I shouldnt get upset when people criticize me, but I just cant help it. Even when I know theyre wrong, it still upsets me and sends me into an emotional tailspin. How can I learn to handle criticism? M.S.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know were supposed to love everybody if were good Christians, but isnt that unrealistic? Some people just arent very lovable (including some of our relatives well have to be with at Christmas). Its all I can do to put up with them for a few hours. N.L.