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March 20, 2008

News & Special Events E-mail Update
Monday, March 17, 2008

1. Daniel: A Lost Boy of Sudan Tells His Story of Survival and Faith
2. Watch a video of Billy Graham’s Message, “Born Again”
3. “Die—and Live!” A poem by Ruth Bell Graham
4. Free This Month: “Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit” by Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
5. “I started reading the Bible, but I got bogged down. What am I missing?” Read Billy Graham’s answer

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“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!” —Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)

1. Daniel: A Lost Boy of Sudan Tells His Story of Survival and Faith

At age 28, Daniel has had a life filled with heartbreak and difficulty. But he has chosen to find hope in God. Read his inspiring story, and learn how you can help those who are suffering in Sudan, especially in the Darfur region.

2. Watch Billy Graham’s Message: “Born Again”

Billy Graham gave this powerful sermon in Seattle, Wash., in 1979, but the content is just as relevant today. What does it mean to be born again? In order to see videos, you’ll need to download the latest version of Flash Player, which is available at This is free and safe for your computer.

Watch online now »

3. “Die—and Live!”

People can choose to receive God’s offering of life. Read this special poem by Ruth Bell Graham.

Read more »

4. Free This Month: “Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit” by Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Why is it so difficult to break a stubborn habit? Pastor and author Erwin Lutzer reveals practical ways that people can defeat addictive behaviors once and for all. Order your free copy today »


5. “I started reading the Bible for the first time about a month ago, but now I’ve quit because I got bogged down in the book of Leviticus. I know I ought to get more out of it, but what am I missing? Is it just for preachers?”

*Read Billy Graham’s response:

No, the Bible isn’t just for preachers. Yes, they may help us understand it better, but every one of us can discover the Bible for ourselves, and I hope you won’t give up on it.

One key is to start in the right place. Suppose you were in grade school, and you went to your local public library because a friend claimed you could have fun there reading books. But suppose the first books you opened had to do with nuclear physics or advanced mathematics. You’d probably decide your friend wasn’t telling the truth!

In a similar way, the Bible is like a library, because it is a collection of books—and some are harder to understand than others. This is one reason why I often suggest people start reading the Bible in the New Testament with one of the Gospels (such as John), instead of in the Old Testament. In the Gospels, we learn about Christ, and once you understand who He is and what He has done for you, then the Old Testament will make more sense.

God has given the Bible to us, and the reason is because He wants us to know Him and His will for our lives. The Psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). Ask God to help you understand His Word, and then to obey it by committing your life to Christ and following Him every day.

Do you want to know how you can have peace with God through Jesus Christ? Learn more.


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