Malachi Speaks Again. Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Malachi Speaks Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We continue our study of the Book of Malachi with chapter 3. As we’ll see the Lord isn’t finished with His criticism of Israel’s behavior, and as was the case with the previous chapters some of His complaints about them could just as easily be made about us.

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Don’t Take Our Children

Q. I’ve been freaked out by reports from Europe of the government taking children away from Christian parents for one ridiculous reason or another. I have done what I can to help these people –written letters to the governments involved, spread the word to friends, signed petitions– but I have begun to be afraid that such a thing could happen in the US. This kind of thing is really a parent’s worst nightmare. Is there a Scripture I can use to claim protection over my children in a situation like this?

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Developing The Habit Of Praying

Q. I need help to get into the habit of praying.  I personally need help from the Lord to center my life around Him, but I forget to pray for it.  When I do pray, I am easily distracted.  I “forget” what I am talking about and ramble foolishly, and never seem to “make contact” with the Lord.  What suggestions can you give me to “cure” this thing that keeps me away from the “closer walk” I want and need with God?

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Expressing Our Gratitude

Q.  You have said that believers are admonished to obey God’s commands both as evidence of their faith (you cite James) and in a show of gratitude for what we’ve been given. Are there any other verses beside the one in Romans 12 where Paul begs believers to, in light of God’s mercy, present our bodies as a living sacrifice/respond to the Lord out of gratitude?

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Does The Lord Test Us?

Q.  I was wondering your thoughts on God testing us. I’ve only heard this taught one time, Deuteronomy 8:2 says that God tests us in order to know what is in our heart, whether or not we will keep his commands.  If  taken literally, or at least the way I take it, the LORD brings things across my path to see how I will respond… Will I chose to act in faith on his word, or be in fear. Will I choose to obey or not and so on and so forth. Is this correct? If so it would give a different outlook on “problems” we encounter on a day to day basis.

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Will Having Sex Keep Me From The Rapture? Follow Up

Q.  Re: Will Having Sex Keep Me From The Rapture?  My Bible says, ” fornicators will not inherit The Kingdom of God” 1 Cor. 6:9.  Another litany of sins followed by “those who practice such things shall not inherit The Kingdom of God” is found in Gal.5:19-21  The Bible is very specific on our behavior (actions) that keeps us from The Kingdom of God. Paul calls them ‘the deeds of the flesh’.  In 1 Cor. 6:11 Paul goes on to say, “such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our GOD.”  How could a person who practices such as these be in The Kingdom of God?

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Doers Of The Word. Follow Up

Q.  Regarding the Doers of the Word . When you say the only work that has any merit is work we do at His prompting and in His strength, would that include preparing and serving meals for those in need and things like that?  We know He wants us to help those in need but what if we don’t necessarily feel that we were prompted for this specific activity?

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Doers Of The Word

Q. The “message” at our church last week centered around James 1:22-25 “be doers of the Word and not hearers only..”. I can’t help but think that this was a plea for a “works based faith” to help the church building and keeping our “good works” confined within the walls of the building. Of course, sprinkled within the message was “help the person in a broken down car on the side of the road, etc.” but the pastor kept coming back to “our church” and “doing the Word”.

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Should I Be Baptized Again?

Q.  I was raised in a Reformed Church that subscribed to infant baptism. My parents had me so baptized at age 5. I always felt this was proper based on my understanding of the doctrine of covenant theology that says infants should be baptized, they way infants were circumcised, prior to faith(Acts 2: 39). I am a believer of many years and my wife and I recently decided to become members (covenant  partners) at a non-denominational  baptist background church we have attended for 3 years. Now I am told I can not become a member without a baptism of immersion.  I know the points or arguments for both. I feel my baptism was sure, based on the character and integrity of God. What do you advise?

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