Suffering For Christ’s Sake

Q.   I have a friend who says God wants us suffer for His name sake. The scriptures he uses to back up what God means by suffering are  Philippians 1:29; 1 Peter 3:17 and 1 Peter 4:19.  Can you explain the context of suffering that this gentleman is speaking of?

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Pauline Dispensationalism

Q.  A friend  is taking some on line Bible classes and said he just learned  that Romans, 1, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 & 2 Thessalonians were written to Gentiles. While Hebrews, James, 1,2,3, John, Jude and Revelation were all written to the circumcised Christians.  He has been to several different Schools and is a relativity new Christian and still looking for what he believes.

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Did God Take My Job Away?

Q.  I am going on my third layoff inside of two years.  I was just laid off after seven months last Tuesday.  I was told “last one hired, first one fired” although there was someone that came in months after me.  I don’t understand why God would give me a job and then take it away.  I need a job for so many reasons.  I feel so lost and humiliated.

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Christians, ISIS, And Prosperity

Q.  I have been wondering how the idea of turning the other cheek would apply to Christians in Iraq, Syria, etc., and the Islamic State.  Maybe the difference is that IS wants to kill them.  I believe the Bible should apply the same to all Christians everywhere and that is why preaching prosperity doesn’t work. Can you shed some light on this?

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Two Creation Stories?

Q.  Can you explain why there is two versions of creation in Genesis ? It says in the beginning etc and takes us to the creation of mankind then the seventh day and God rested.  Then it starts another chapter explaining Adam, the Garden of Eden etc.

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Turn The Other Cheek?

Q. I recently heard an ‘alternative’ sermon regarding turning the other cheek. According to this teacher, if you turned the other cheek and caused someone to strike you with the back of their hand, it was actually an act of defiance rather than submission. He said Jesus was therefore teaching us to ‘stand up for ourselves’.  I would be grateful for your thoughts.

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Is It Hard To Be Saved?

Q. I can’t get this concept of beings saved. It’s hard for me, as I have had a hard life.  I have prayed when in Juvenile, I go to a catholic church with my friend ( I am not catholic, but baptist and Jewish by race.)  My friend and I talk constantly about Jesus.  He bugs me about not being saved, but it doesn’t bother me.  Don’t get me wrong, I want to be saved. But I don’t have the “feeling” inside me.  What do you suggest for me?

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Defining The End

Q. Your website is such a blessing to me. May God bless you for it because it has strengthened me in many ways. I have a question regarding Matt 24:14:  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).  My question is this… can you define “the end” mentioned in Matt 24:14?

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My Job Is Getting Me Down

Q.  My job of ‘Religious Education teacher’, allows me to speak freely (ish) about Jesus – along with other world religions – to students that might not ordinarily hear about him.  In the past I’ve thought of this as a blessing.  Of late though, my job is becoming increasingly stressful with the demands and pressures applied by senior management.  I have difficulty connecting at home and my spare time is taken up with extra work to meet deadlines; it feels like being on a treadmill that you can’t get off.

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