Where Were Samuel And Saul?

Q.  In 1 Samuel 28:19, Samuel says that Saul and his sons will be with him after they die.  Samuel was faithful to God and served God all his life so I’m assuming the he went to Sheol to wait to go to heaven when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Also Saul’s son Jonathon was a man of God and King David’s closest friend. If Samuel went to Sheol, Saul must have gone there, too.   But if Saul, who according to 1 Samuel 28:16 had become God’s enemy,  went to hell then Samuel and Saul’s sons must have too since the Bible says they are all in the same place. So does that mean Samuel is in hell?

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Trusting The Lord For Everything

Q. I have always wondered when God writes “He will supply all your needs, and that “we are not to worry about the clothes we wear, food to eat”.  But then I see those in very poor, third world countries and I am sure there are believers there. How do they not worry and wonder if their needs will be met when conditions are so terribly bad?  There are many believers who are losing homes and jobs now even in the US, and I wonder why God allows His children to lose everything but then says not to worry, that He’ll supply those basic needs?

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How Do I Know It’s From God?

Q. I struggle with “being in this world but not of it”  I believe that even though we profess our faith in Jesus, we still are sometimes ”deceived” into thinking that just because we think something is good, it must be from our Father.  And I know the verse of ”Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” but isn’t that talking about Jesus?  I hate being deceived and I was just wondering if you had any advice or suggestions on the subject.

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Judge Not, That Ye Be Not Judged

Q.  Regarding your interpretation of Matthew 7:1, you seem to render the context to imply that this verse is broadly speaking against judgments of any kind. We sin so we can’t judge sin in another. But the context of Matthew 7 reveals that Jesus was mainly concerned with hypocrisy and not sin in general. “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5) Also in the same sermon 7:15-23 Jesus warns his disciples to watch out for false prophets, that we ought to judge these by their fruits i.e. actions.

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More On Praying For Our Leaders

Q.  Whenever I express my concern about our current government,  well meaning friends say that we are to pray for those in authority citing 1 Timothy 2:1-3.  Seeing all that I believe is going wrong,  I have great difficulty praying for such people.  Are my friends using these verses correctly?

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Blessings And Curses

Q. Re: Deut 11:29-30. When the LORD your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses. What does this verse mean?

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Did Jesus Have An Older Brother?

Q.  If Mary was a virgin when conceiving Jesus, and Jesus was not the oldest brother, then how do you account for the existence of his brothers and Mary still be virgin?  I know that Mary wasn’t perpetually Virgin like the Catholic church wants us to believe, but If I remember right, the text does say that James was Jesus’ older half-brother.  How can that be accounted for?

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Called, Appointed, And Remaining

Q.  What is the difference between being called, being appointed, and remaining.  In 1 Cor. 7:20 Paul said “Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.” What did he mean?

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Fallen Angels

Q. I have a question is about the angels held in chains (the watchers). Did these angels fall with the original group of angels that followed Satan or did they fall at a later time? Thanks for your response.

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A Slave To Fear

Q. I am saved and attend a great church, but lately I have been battling with fear. I search in the word of God for verses on fear and I read that we should not be afraid but somehow I continue to do so. I have tried to not fear some things and I find myself in the same place. I know the word of God, I know that he is faithful. So why am I afraid, why is the fear still there?  I’m tired of fearing these things, I want to let them go.

What is it that I’m doing wrong. Please, it drives me crazy when I know that God is forever merciful and loving. Why? I don’t understand why I feel this way. I have made him my savior and I’m his child. I’m tired. I want to let go. I have prayed about it. I really have. I have cried myself to sleep sometimes because I don’t want to be afraid. If God offers peace what is wrong with me? Help me please.

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