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.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Im already depressed about Christmas. Last year, we resolved not to spend as much money or get so busy, but I can already tell that its not going to happen. How we can make Christmas what it ought to be, instead of this rat race? E.J.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Im in the county jail for the third time this year, once again for something minor. Each time, Ive said Im going to do better, but then I get sucked into doing something wrong and end up back here. Why am I such a weak person? Im about to give up on myself. R.T.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Sometimes my faith is so weak Im not even sure its still there. Is this common? D.L.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know you say were all sinners and we all fail to live up to Gods moral standards, but maybe He doesnt even care what we do. Maybe God just wants us to be happy and have a good time. Could I be right? I hope so. J.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I just turned 80, and Ive gotten along just fine all these years without God. Youll probably tell me I ought to be worrying about death and hell and all of that, but I dont believe in life after death. Why should I? People who try to convert me make me tired. D.J.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I dont fear death because I believe that after I die Ill come back to Earth again and be born as another person. Why are Christians so opposed to this idea? Other religions dont have a problem with it. H.K.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know Jesus said were supposed to forgive people whove hurt us, but why bother? As far as I can tell, it doesnt really change them. P.L.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Im dreading Thanksgiving this year. Its been a hard year for me, and when all our family gets together Ill just feel like a hypocrite pretending Im thankful for anything. Im even wondering if I ought to go. What would you say to someone like me? Z.B.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: On the outside, everyone thinks Im good Im active in our churchs youth group, have no bad habits, etc. But sometimes I cant wait to get away from home and leave all this behind. I know its probably wrong, but can you understand how I feel? K.F.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: The other day, a pastor friend told us hes thinking of quitting the ministry because he doesnt feel like hes doing a good job. What can we do? L.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I was startled to read the other day about Christians who are being persecuted in some countries. Why is this? Christians want to make the world a better place, dont they? So why would anyone want to kill them? C.S.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I thought our money problems would go away as time passed, but they havent. Thankfully we both have jobs, but we still cant seem to get out of debt. I know this isnt a spiritual question, but would you have any advice? K.D.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I supposedly gave my life to Jesus at a church camp when I was a teenager, but it didnt last. I guess it was just an emotional experience that faded away. My life since then hasnt been all that happy, and now that Im older I wonder, have I missed something? M.G.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Im a student from another country and Id like to learn about some of your customs. For example, what is the meaning of the holiday you call Thanksgiving? Does it have something to do with Christianity? V.J.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I used to laugh when I saw associates of mine go through a so-called midlife crisis. Well, now its happened to me. Ive already destroyed my family, and I dont even care. Any advice? R.H.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My wife wont have anything to do with church or God. I cant even talk with her about it or she gets upset. She lets me go my own way (Im very active in my own church), but thats about it. I know its usually husbands who act like this, but not in our family. Why is she like this? N.M.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My husband got upset with me the other day because he says all I do is criticize him. Instead of getting angry (like I usually do), I stopped and thought about it, and I guess hes probably right. But what can I do? I make critical remarks without even thinking. J.F.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Many years ago, I stole some money from the owner of a store where I was working. The store no longer exists and the owner has died, but now that Im a Christian I know I did wrong and feel I ought to make things right somehow. Or has God already forgiven my theft and Im worrying needlessly? A.S.