The Perfect Healing

Q.   Has anyone you have ever prayed for has died of a disease?  If so do you place the fact that they died on your own lack of faith in the power of God?  Do you feel a burden from that?  I ask you this because this past week my 5 month old nephew was in a coma and died, and I was under the impression that if I prayed with enough faith and didn’t doubt, then God would heal him.  I feel an incredible burden that he passed away due to my lack of faith in prayer.  What can I do?

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Repenting On Behalf Of Our Nation

Q.  May I ask you to help me understand something?  I follow several prayer groups praying for our nation.  They all include the phrase, “Repent on behalf of our nation.”  May I ask how we repent on behalf of another or for that matter a nation?  I do pray that the Holy Spirit will do His work and convict the citizens of this nation of our sins.  But, apart from that, I don’t understand how we can repent for our nation.  Seems to me that is an individual responsibility.

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Why Does He Do That?

Q.  I am confused by Matthew 10:23 when it says “you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”  It appears that Jesus is speaking of the “end of the age.”  I am confused why he switches from speaking in the present tense to the future tense without informing the reader.  I would appreciate your thoughts on this passage.

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Psalm 136

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.

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Psalm 134

Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD. May the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.

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Praying For Our Team

Q.  I often hear friends and family say that they pray for a certain sports team to win a game. I wonder if God bothers with such trivial matters, when I consider the fact that there are others who would inevitably be praying for the opposing team. Does God intervene in the affairs of mankind for matters like sports?

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Judging Others

Q.  A staunch, very conservative Christian I know posts articles and makes derogatory comments on Facebook about things like homosexuality, abortion, and other behavior she thinks is sinful.  I do not agree with some of these issues either but I do not think it is my place to judge in that manner. Is this how Christians should act?  If not, what should they do if they have these strong view points?

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Praying Him In

Q. I know that we should pray for the unsaved to come to faith.  However, how are we supposed to pray when a person won’t even listen to reason?  My son says he doesn’t believe in any idea of a God, and doesn’t want to hear about it.  Please help me to understand how to pray for him, and how to influence him to discover the God who loves him. Continue reading…

Who Was Making This Outcry?

Q.  Re: Genesis 18:20-21.  And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”  Who is making this outcry?

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Psalm 120

I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Save me, O LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. What will he do to you, and what more besides, O deceitful tongue? He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom tree. Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar! Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

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