Relationships

Billy Graham Sermon: Who Is My Neighbour?

In Billy Graham’s 1987 message from Columbia, South Carolina, he talked about the Christian’s response to issues of prejudice, poverty and sexual immorality. Want to read Billy’s daily devotions every day? Download the BGEA Mobile App Summer Soul Refresher: Reset Your Spiritual LifeFranklin Graham Recalls a Pivotal Walk with His Father

Franklin Graham Reflects on His Late Father, Dr. Billy Graham

Originally published June 19, 2020 on Focus on the Family’s The Daily Citizen. Over the last 20 years, Rev. Franklin Graham traveled each weekend to visit his father, famed evangelist Billy Graham, and his mother Ruth Bell Graham in the mountains of western North Carolina. The trips were filled with memories, prayer and conversations between father and …

Summer Soul Refresher: How to Create Community

Every summer, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association runs a series of spiritual growth articles called the Summer Soul Refresher. This year focuses on five aspects of intentional living. This is part 2. Read part 1 here. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. —1 John 4:11 (ESV) While creating community may look …

Social Distancing or Quarantine? Encouragement for the Lonely

“Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.” —1 Peter 5:7 With the new coronavirus causing millions to be confined to their homes, it’s quite possible that people are more alone now than ever before. Have you found yourself feeling trapped? Alone? Discouraged? Billy Graham once said, “Loneliness can be like an …

Are You Lonely This Christmas?

You’ve had a hard year. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, experienced the end of a relationship, or have been overwhelmed by disappointments and suffering. The last thing you want to do is celebrate the holidays alone as depression creeps in. The longing to be with other people during the holidays is natural. God created …

4 Biblical Reminders About Tough Relationships

“Love bears all things, believe all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7 Perhaps you’re one of many who refers to 1 Corinthians 13 as the “love chapter.” It is certainly one of the most descriptive passages in the Bible on how to nurture our relationships with others and care for …

‘I Never Knew Freedom Before’: Loving Jesus, Over an Affair

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” —Romans 5:8 Joan* couldn’t shake what she heard while watching Billy Graham’s funeral service this past March. Here she was, four years deep in an affair. She thought she was beyond forgiveness, and then she heard Billy Graham’s youngest …

Reconciliation

The word “reconcile” means literally “bring into a changed relationship.” It means to bring together two parties who should have been together all along. The Bible speaks of the human race as enemies of God. You may say that you are no “enemy” of God, but according to Scripture we are either passive or active …

Tame Your Tongue

The problems of the world could be solved overnight if men could get victory over their tongues. Suppose there was no anger, no profanity, no lying, no grumbling or complaining; suppose there were no dirty stories told, no unjust criticism—what a different world this would be! The Bible teaches that a man who can control …

The Giver of the Gift

God is the Giver of the gift. The capability of the donor usually gauges the value of the gift. We don’t usually think of a person as a gift, but actually interpersonal relationships are the most valued and cherished gifts of all. But the Bible teaches that God gave a Person as a gift to …

Compassion for Others

If you would know the measure of your love for God, just observe your love for your fellowman. Our compassion for others is an accurate gauge of our devotion to God. Some time ago, with some friends, I went through a museum in San Francisco. Among other things, we saw a collection of instruments of …