DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I suppose you’ve heard of “control freaks” — you know, people who try to control us or run our lives. Well, that describes my mother precisely. She’s a widow and I’m her only child, but does that give her the right to interfere with my life all the time? — E.G.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I used to believe in God, but I stopped after my mother died of cancer last year. She was barely 50, and her death just didn’t make any sense. If God really exists, he wouldn’t have let this happen. — J.R.
Cults are still active and aggressively recruiting new members. Some claim to have Christian roots (although they reject the Gospel), while others draw their beliefs from a variety of philosophies or religions.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m headed for college shortly, and I can’t help but worry about the pressures I’ll face as a Christian. It’s a large state university, and from what my friends tell me it’s not a very easy place to be a Christian. Am I making a mistake going there? — P.T.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m really ashamed of the way I’ve been living. I joined the Army right after graduating from high school, and I’ve gotten involved in a lot of things I never thought I’d do. The worst part is, I know I’ve left God behind. Is there any way to get back on track, or has God given up on me? — Pfc. G.J.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I thought I’d be happy once my divorce went through, but I just can’t get over my anger and bitterness over the way my ex-husband treated me as our marriage fell apart. I know you’ll tell me to forgive him, but I just can’t. Will I ever get over this? — D.M.
Be sure you don’t participate in your friends’ gossiping or join in what they’re saying about someone. You may not be able to stop them from gossiping (though in time perhaps you can), but you can stop yourself.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’d like you to explain something to me. The kindest, most understanding person in my exercise class says she doesn’t believe in God, while the one with the nastiest personality claims to be a devout Christian. How can this be? — B.H.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Is it wrong to want to be famous? I’m 15, and I’d love to be a well-known celebrity like some of the people I see on TV. I’ve even dreamed about moving to Hollywood when I’m older. — R.H.