Receiving The Holy Spirit

Q. We are having a bit of disagreement in our Bible Study.  In John 20:22, Jesus blew unto his disciples with the Holy Spirit.  In Acts 2:4 his disciples received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  Is this the same thing,  though it happens in different times and places?

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Millennial Man

Q. During the Great Tribulation the Holy Spirit will act in the same manner he did during the Old Testament.. What will be the role of the Holy Spirit during the Millennial period? And for that matter can or will people get saved during this period? Or not, because Satan is bound therefore there is no evil?

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Strength In Weakness

Q. Re. 2 Corinthians 12:9: I have a question about this verse, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’  Then Paul says “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” What does “weakness” mean in these verses? I know that Paul wrote them in the context of his persecution and hardships, but what does that mean in a Christian’s everyday life who -thanks to God- doesn’t have to endure persecution? What are our weaknesses in our everyday “ordinary” Christian life? What count as weakness? Could they be our limited abilities which can be mental, emotional and physical? Plus our struggle with our sinful nature and our sins?

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Problems With Future Father-In-Law

Q.  I really, cannot stand my soon to be father-in-law.  I have no respect for him as a man, he wasn’t around for my fiance when she was little, her aunt and uncle had to raise her.  He doesn’t speak his mind, he only whines about things after the fact.  Being seen in public with the man is always embarrassing as his hygiene is suspect and he always manages to slop food on his shirt.  I try to have compassion for this guy, but his life is the culmination of his own stupid mistakes.

My fiance still cares for him, and for her sake I put up with him; but we are hoping to move to Texas by next year and she sent chills up my spine when she told me that her dad would probably follow us down there.  That might be more than I can bear.   At least up here, her uncle does everything for him, down in Texas that responsibility would fall to me.  How do I get past my loathing and resentment toward him?  If he doesn’t care enough to take charge of his own life, why should we do it for him?  I know I should show more compassion; but even when I do, I am only doing it because I feel God expects it of me, not because I want to.  How do I get over this?

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The Time Of Restoration

Q.  When Jesus comes back and returns the world to perfection, do you think he will cause all evidences of the current worlds infrastructure, such as building, highways, etc. to disappear?  No modern power grids, transportation systems, everything as it was when Adam was alive?  Or do you think there will be evidences of the world’s previous situation?  If the seas are dried, then it wont serve up images of the past that were covered by water?  And without boats and planes how would people travel to celebrate the feasts,  as will be required?

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Understanding Matt. 7:1

Q.  What is the proper context of Matthew 7:1 regarding judging? Is it wrong to judge? The gay community (and the Christians who support it) love to toss “Judge not” around. How then should we respond?

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Fourfold Restitution?

Q.  I noticed something repeated in Scripture. When theft is involved, David mentions a 4 times repayment when being confronted by Nathan, and Zaccheus mentions that same 4 times repayment to bring restitution for the things he has stolen. Paul then says (post-Cross) let the thief stop stealing basically and work with his hands- no mention of singular, let alone quadruple repayment for restitution. So twofold question: what if any is/was the significance of a 4 times repayment (is the number arbitrary?) and is it presently incumbent upon repentant thieves to repay or to just cease and work with their hands?

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Pre And Post Rapture Believers

Q. Re: Your commentary on Revelation 7: 9 – 17.  What is the scriptural substantiation for: (1) your separation of believers into two classes, pre-rapture and post rapture, and (2) the notion that the Church will enjoy greater blessings and rewards in Heaven than the post rapture believers?  We know that faith alone is the only requirement for entry into Heaven and He makes no distinction based on when one came to the Lord.

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Wanting To Want To

Q. My husband wants to start tithing, and I believe that I am supposed to as well, as an act of obedience and gratitude and faith.  However, there is a huge gap for me in this area between my faith and my desire to be obedient.  We are going through a tough time financially and I have a hard time letting go of money that I don’t feel like we can spare.  I want to WANT TO tithe, but I’m not there yet.  I believe my husband when he says that he has seen blessings as a result of tithing, but I don’t want to tithe just to receive blessings.   I know that God does not want my money if I’m not giving with the right heart.  My husband believes that if I begin to tithe and see the blessings and provision of God, that my heart will then change.  What do I do?

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