It’s true that God has promised to take care of those who depend on him and trust him to provide for their needs. But God hasn’t promised that we’ll never be sick or have accidents. Nor does it mean we shouldn’t save money or use common sense to prepare for such things.
A 14-year-old girl in middle school has never seriously dated anyone, and she had a bad experience the one time she tried. Her friends have started calling her names because she doesn’t date, and she wonders if something is wrong with her.
DEAR ABBEY: When I was a child, my parents skipped my elementary school graduation. Fast-forward a few years — nobody attended my junior high graduation, either. Well, my younger siblings just graduated from elementary school, and my parents have again skipped the event because of their work schedules.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My favorite song is the one that says, “I did it my way,” because that’s what I’ve always done. I’m even going to have it put on my tombstone. I’m sorry if it offends you, but I don’t need God or a bunch of religious fanatics telling me what to do. What’s wrong with that? — J.N.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: What is your definition of sin? I do some things that I know some people might call sinful, but I personally don’t consider them bad since they don’t harm anyone. But how do I know if God considers them sin? — K.S.
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The Star recommends a “no” vote on Aug. 5. That would not harm the Fire Department while giving it time to keep current promises and provide the public with a more sharply defined plan to fund a vital public service.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I believe in God because I don’t think it’s logical to think this universe just happened. But where does Jesus fit into the picture? I apologize for asking what’s probably a simple question, but I didn’t grow up in a church-going family. — H.R.
DEAR ABBY: My in-laws are pressuring me to let them take our small children for overnights and trips around the city. I’m extremely uncomfortable about it because I don’t trust their supervision. They obviously love the kids, and I’m happy they’re in our children’s lives, as long as they come to our house to visit.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I know God can do anything he wants to, which means that if he wanted to, he could even forgive me for all the bad things I’ve done. But I could never forgive myself. I know I’ve hurt a lot of people, and I feel so ashamed and guilty. Is there any hope for me? — L.W.
My friend’s husband has been writing a novel for several years. He just self-published it, and it’s available on Amazon. He gave me a copy, asked me to read it and enter a great review on the Amazon page. The problem is the book is filled with misused and misspelled words, and there is missing punctuation.
I’m from another country and am visiting some of my relatives here who are in graduate school. I asked them what your festival on July 4 means, but they were not sure. Does it have something to do with your Christian religion?
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’ve been asked to teach the junior high class in our church beginning this fall, but I’m really reluctant to do it. I don’t feel qualified, and anyway, that’s a hard age to deal with. Would it be wrong for me to turn down this request? — P.F.
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