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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Not Peace But Division?

Q.  I have questions on two verses in the Gospels.  In both Matthew 10:34-36 and Luke 12:49-52, Jesus said he did not come to bring peace but division on earth. Using the NIV version, Jesus mentions that he would bring fire on the earth and wishes how it would be kindled (Luke 12: 49). He also says that families would be divided: daughter against mother, son against father, daughter in law against mother in law, etc.  Why was Jesus saying that families would be divided? What did He mean when he said he would bring fire on the earth and wished it was already kindled?

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Dissapointed In My Son

Q.  I am so disappointed in my son and the decisions he has made in his life.  He has served time in prison, he has been on drugs, he has lied to me, stolen money from me, doesn’t want to work, and is now married with a 2yr old daughter. He stays in trouble with the law, is constantly in and out of court, and owes numerous fines.  I have prayed, talked to him, tried to set up opportunities for him, turned him over to God, but it never changes.  I don’t know if it is possible for me to give up on my son but I am so tired.  Please give me some advice.

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What’s Taking The Lord So Long?

Q.  God created heaven and earth and everything in them in 6 days.  He could have done it in 6 minutes or 6 seconds.  Why do you think it is taking Jesus so long to prepare our Heavenly home, the New Jerusalem?

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