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El Paso Strong: Chaplains Witness Lonestar State Shine in the Midst of Darkness

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) is offering emotional and spiritual care in the aftermath of the deadly El Paso shooting that killed 22 and injured many more in Texas. “Only God can change a person’s heart,” RRT chaplain Joseph Morrison said. “We’ve got to keep pressing. Today could be our last day; we …

15 Comforting Bible Verses for Troubled Times

There are so many terrible things occupying the headlines these days, it can be hard to wrap your head around them. When will the madness end? The people who lived in Bible times were no strangers to atrocity. But many were also well acquainted with the character of God—a loving, protecting Father quick to console His people. He …

Billy Graham Chaplains in Texas, Ohio After Weekend of Deadly Shootings

From left, Melody Stout, Hannah Payan, Aaliyah Alba, Sherie Gramlich and Laura Barrios comfort each other during a vigil for victims of the shooting Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. A young gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area during the busy back-to-school season, leaving multiple people dead and more …

‘They’re Hungry to Hear Hope’: Chaplains Ministering at the Mexico Border

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is ministering alongside Samaritan’s Purse at refugee centres in Del Rio and Laredo, Texas, to offer the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.  “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without …

Prayer: The Greatest Battle

We give it lip service in our churches. We talk about it often and even push people to be more mindful of it during our sermons. But rarely do we treat it for what it is—BATTLE! I’m talking about prayer. That’s right, prayer is a battle. Prayer is one of the greatest benefits of the …

5 Resources to Help Break the Power of Poor Body Image

Have you ever wanted to look different? Maybe change your height, your weight, your hair or your facial features? Poor body image affects both men and women, and in an age of Photoshopped magazine covers and unrealistic expectations, it can be easy to feel like you just don’t measure up. Especially if you’ve been criticised or felt …

Overcoming Discouragement with Truth: A Message for Young Adults

Today’s 20- and 30-somethings face a unique set of challenges. Studies show Millennials have the highest levels of stress and depression than any other generation at the same age. And the pressures of life have left many feeling lonely, confused and seeking something better. Maybe you can relate as a young adult trying to navigate …

How to Make Your Twenties Matter

Your twenties are full of self discovery and figuring out what it means to be an adult. Often it’s a stage of limbo between living under the wings of your parents and being a full-fledged, self-supporting adult. Scary words like “calling,” “vocation” and “responsibility” stare you straight in the eyes. Soon enough, the newness of …

Phone Call Leaves Telemarketer with a Heavenly Commission

When Jeanne Balshem answered a call from a telemarketer, she had no idea it was a divine appointment from God. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association employee listened patiently to the caller’s sales pitch but also obeyed the Holy Spirit’s leading and made her own presentation for Christ. Jeanne Balshem isn’t like most people. When she sees an …

Going Deeper in God’s Word: A Summer Bible Study to Share

Several summers ago, while our family was vacationing at the beach, I got up early to meet the Lord before the family awakened. As I sat on the porch, watching the sun come up over the ocean and listening to the gentle crash of the waves, I seemed to hear the Lord whisper to my …

UK Library Bans Christian Playgroup for Singing About God

A library in Burgess Hill, United Kingdom, has banned a church-run playgroup for singing nursery rhymes that contained references to God. Christian helpers from the Noah’s Ark group have been volunteering for eight years at the West Sussex Town library – where they would meet up once a month to sing songs based on Bible …

Pray For Our Leaders

At an unstable and tense time in UK politics, there is a great need to pray for the leaders of our nation. It was announced yesterday (July 23) that Boris Johnson will be taking over from Theresa May as the next UK prime minster and Conservative party leader. The current political shift has stirred division …