I Want A More Passionate Faith

Q. I consider myself saved and a firm believer in the sacrifice of Christ, yet I’m still continually nagged by feelings of doubt. I can’t really describe what it is that’s bothering me, but I realize it has something to do with me not fully grasping the centrality of Jesus in God’s plan for salvation.

I pray that I would “get it”, but I wonder if I’m over analyzing things, relying too heavily on myself and dwelling on my doubts. I feel nudged by the Holy Spirit, but I’m not really sure what it is I should be praying for. I desire a stronger faith but I seem to be at a major roadblock.

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Why Can’t I Stop Sinning?

Q. I am a believer in Christ and that He was raised from the dead for my sins. However, I still sin, even blaspheme God’s name sometimes when I get frustrated from a long day of work, responsibility,etc. I know that I can’t lose my salvation, but how could a believer do things such as this and how can I stop? I get so mad at myself when I do this, but I still do it.

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I’m A Missionary In My Own Church

Q. I have come to see that the Church (all believers – past and present) has the responsibility foremost to glorify God and represent Him to this world in which we live. The church (the local assembly of believers) is for believers to encourage and build-up each other, not necessarily an evangelistic tool.  The church of which I am a member seems to weigh heavily on the church “reaching the neighborhood” but weak on building up the saints. I feel such resistance to this push and am thus conflicted by not supporting the “push”. Do you have any insight on the roles (or are there even 2 different roles)? My husband and I have considered leaving, but feel like this is our “mission field”.

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Members Only

Q. I have learned a great deal from your website over the last few months. Thank you for the job you are doing!  My question pertains to the Lord’s Supper. At the church I currently attend, non-members of the local church are denied participation. Is there any scriptural reason for this?  I have prayed for guidance and searched the Word and have found no concrete reasoning behind this concept. There are a small group of us in our local body who believe that the Church includes all believers and that it is the Lord’s job to judge those who are partaking, and the Holy Spirit’s job to convict someone of not partaking based on the condition of their heart, not a fallible man/denomination who base their reasoning on whether that person has his/her name on the roll sheet of the local church body. Can you help prove either position based on scripture?

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How Many Sons Of God Are There?

Q. You have written that ‘Like Jesus, Adam is called the son of God (Luke 3:38)’. I know you are not saying that Adam is God but why can Adam even be called the son of God? Adam was a created being and John 3:16 says that God gave his one and only son. Jesus is not a created being but God himself. If Adam can be called the son of God and Jesus IS the son of God then what exactly does the title son of God mean when given to Adam and what does it mean when given to Jesus?

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Question On Genesis 3:22

Q.  I would like to hear your thoughts on Genesis 3:22.  What does God mean in this verse? How did we become like “Them”, and what does it mean to know good and evil?  Also, please explain the concept of man eating from the Garden’s Tree of Life and living forever after sinning? Did this mean that Adam would have circumvented the Redemptive Plan?

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A Thorn In The Flesh

Q.  There is something that always bothers me whenever it comes up in a discussion, and that’s Paul`s “thorn in the flesh”.  Paul called his thorn in the flesh “a Messenger from Satan”.  Could this messenger have been the slave girl from Acts 16:16? Thanks for your insight.

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Questioning The Placement Of Ezekiel’s Battle

Q. Re: the Sequence of End Times Events.  You have said that the Rapture comes first, then the Battle of Gog and Magog,  then the 70th Week of Daniel, but why wouldn’t the 70th Week begin before the Battle of Gog and Magog and not after it?  Couldn’t Gog and Magog come with the red horse in Rev. 6 after the anti-Christ has brought a false peace to Earth?

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Can The Lord Lead Us Into Temptation?

Q. In the Lord’s Prayer, there is a verse that says, “Lead us not into temptation”. Since James 1:13 says that God doesn’t tempt anyone, what is the correct interpretation of this verse?

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