Winning The Victory Crown

Q.  Let me say first of all that I love your site – it is amazing and so informative.  I was reading 1 Cor 9:24-27 and my question is what is the crown that we are obtaining here? (I know it is not salvation)   Also, what is the meaning of the strict training?

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Being Fashionable Or Cross Dressing?

Q. Thank you for your wonderful site. I am a female who wears slacks to church and have recently been told about Deut. 22:5. I found a Q&A you had on this subject and in your answer you stated that this passage refers to cross dressing, a deviant sexual practice.  I can’t understand how you came up with this explanation. I greatly appreciate your site and have learned so much from you, but would like clarification on this

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Collective Salvation

Q. RE: Collective Salvation.  Our pastor recently stated that we do not have individual salvation without collective salvation.  I am attending a Methodist denomination.  Is this their established doctrine?  I have been a follower of Christ and studied the Bible for 55 years, and attended many wonderful churches,  but I have never heard this before. It does not ring true with me.

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Should I Play the Game?

Q.  My girlfriend recently bought me a new video game for my birthday that I had been interested in for awhile.  In the game players are Nephilim who are hunting demons. I find myself to be unsure as to whether I should play it or not.  The whole thing is fictional and I don’t think  there’s anything any wrong with enjoying a fictional story as long as one knows there is a fine line between fiction and reality. But I just don’t want to upset God by playing it. What should I do?

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Can We Leave An Inheritance To Our Children?

Q. I wanted to know what the bible says about parents leaving an inheritance for their children. Are we to leave what we have to our children?  We give to many Christian organizations and our church.  We want our children to be able to give where God directs them as well.

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I Need Help With Prayer

Q.  I have been struggling with prayer for some time. I pray quite often but feel like I haven’t got my “message across”.  I feel like I have to keep praying and praying saying the same things to make sure he hears me. I feel like if I don’t pray the same thing everyday sometimes 5 or 6 times a day then my prayer will not get answered.  Also, I know we aren’t supposed to pray for selfish things, so is praying for God to help sale our house or find a house close to our family where we want to be wrong? Please help.

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Can We Avoid Hardship?

Q.  I just listened to your excellent Hebrews 12 lessons.  You mentioned 3 things that can cause hardship: consequence of sin, the evil world, and being out of fellowship with God.  What would God’s discipline (training, learning) look like if these 3 items were not present in our lives?  Also, is there any way for us to avoid hardship due to the evil world?

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Why Did The Disciples Choose To Die As Martyrs?

Q. Why did the apostles choose to suffer a martyrs death? If Christ died once and for all for our sins, and bore all the suffering of mankind, why did they feel the need to be martyred?  They were the closest to Christ, so shouldn’t they have best understood Christ’s message of “it is finished”?  I don’t understand why they didn’t preach in hiding like what takes place in Muslim and communist countries today.  It sounds like they believed in redemptive suffering- a Catholic concept.

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Receiving For The Wrong We’ve Done

Q.  I was wondering about Col 3:23-25. It says that whatever we do should be done unto the Lord to receive a reward, but whoever does wrong will receive for the wrong he has done because there is no respect of persons. If whoever means whoever, then  does that mean believers will receive for the wrongs they have done?

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The Full Armor Of God

Q.  Years ago when I was going through a rough time my pastor told me to put on the armor of God but he had no explanation as to how.  So every morning I would recite the individual pieces and I imagined putting them on.  I did it because I figured my pastor knew more than I did but it never felt right.  Still years later I have yet to find an explanation that made sense to me. Can you give me your interpretation of the armor and how to put it on?

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