Don’t put exercise ahead of family

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My wife gets after me because she says I spend too much time at the gym. I admit I do go there every day for several hours or so after work, but God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesn’t he? — M.J.

Helping the poor is always worthwhile

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Do you think we’ll ever do away with poverty? I heard someone say we could do it if we just tried hard enough, but didn’t Jesus say somewhere that there would always be poor people? I can’t imagine living the way millions do in some parts of the world. — V.M.

Being a wise mother-in-law can be challenging

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How can I be a good mother-in-law? Our son got married a few months ago and they live fairly near us. It’s hard for me not to call them every day, but I don’t want to be an interfering mother-in-law. How can I avoid this but still let them know I care? — R.J.

We should seek to be like Jesus rather than celebrities

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Recently, my high school newspaper asked a number of students who they wanted to be like. Almost without exception they named famous musicians, athletes or other celebrities. Why are we so absorbed with celebrities today? Or have we always been? I would have named Jesus if they’d asked me. — M.M.

Even pastors need time for rest and renewal

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: As a pastor, I’ve always thought I had to do everything people wanted me to do. But lately I’ve gotten so tired that some days I have to force myself to even get out of bed. I’ve heard about people in business getting burned out, but can it happen to someone who’s supposed to be serving God? — Rev. K.S.

Children can learn a lot attending church services

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why do some parents insist on bringing their young children to church? Even if the kids are well-behaved, they don’t pay attention or get anything out of the service, and they just bother those of us sitting near them. — M.C.

God is able to break through to even the hardest heart

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My youngest brother says he gave up religion in college and now claims he’s an atheist. He says religion is just for weak people (like me, I guess he means). How can I convince him he’s wrong? He just laughs when I try to tell him about my faith in Jesus. — L.C.

The Bible notes our responsibility to take care of ourselves

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m an emergency room nurse in our local hospital, and I get very discouraged because so many of the people we see are there because they’ve done something stupid or they haven’t taken care of themselves. Does the Bible say anything about taking care of our bodies? Or is it just concerned with spiritual things? — D.E.

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