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A Question About Resurrection Morning

Published: April 7, 2020
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I have a question about Resurrection Morning. If I understand it correctly, on a Jewish calendar the Sabbath will end when the sun sets on Saturday correct? Does that mean that Resurrection Morning will begin at that time, and that Jesus could have come out of the tomb anytime after sundown Saturday?

Also, I was wondering what leads you to believe that Jesus was born in late-September during Rosh Hashanah? Thank you for answering my questions!


Storing Up Treasure In Heaven

Published: April 7, 2020
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Just wondering. If we do something good here on Earth to try and earn a blessing, it won’t work. Does the same concept apply when giving for the direct purpose of storing up treasure in Heaven?


A Question About Elijah

Published: April 7, 2020
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If Jesus said that John the Baptist was Elijah, does that mean Elijah’s spirit was in John or was Elijah reborn as John? What? I’m confused!

Anyway, if that was possible, do you think that Elijah’s spirit may be instilled in another person in our day and age. How will we know? What signs should we look for. How would we recognize this person as God’s emissary and not the evil one? Do you believe it is possible for Elijah to be among us now in the personage of another man of God?


What Caused The Change In Peter?

Published: April 6, 2020
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When Peter denied the Lord and cursed, was he saved? He had already declared Jesus the Messiah so I would assume he was. Did he have the Holy Ghost? After the resurrection, he was strong in his faith even unto death. What made him stronger than before?


About The Lord’s Burial

Published: April 6, 2020
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Mark 16:1 says spices were bought after the Sabbath for anointing Jesus. Luke 23:54-56 seems to say that spices were prepared to anoint the body before the Sabbath. If Jesus was crucified on Thursday there would be two consecutive Sabbaths where no work was allowed. I am confused about this. Can you help clarify it?


Bible Translations

Published: April 6, 2020
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My bible of choice is now a parallel bible containing both KJV and NIV. I made this choice largely because of you – because you use the NIV and I’m an ardent student of your material. In using my new bible I was surprised to find out that some verses in the KJV are intentionally absent in the NIV. I’m sure your aware of this and so I was wondering about your position on using the NIV. Just to be clear – I think using both is valuable and I can’t imagine not using both in my own study.


The Anointing That Breaks The Yoke

Published: April 3, 2020
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What is ‘The Anointing’? And to further quantify what is ‘The Anointing that breaks the yoke’? A pastor recently rebuked a teacher in his church for studying the history and events of The Bible so as to be able to teach / preach with clarity and accuracy. The pastor’s view is that there is no need to understand any of those factors. He said we should just minister out of our heart under ‘The Anointing’ and that our words will be right for the moment. The pastor’s view is that when you see people shouting and crying it is evidence of ‘The Anointing’ but if one teaches / preaches truth and what is factually correct but the people are not moved, it is evidence of the lack of ‘The Anointing’. Can you clarify this?


What Type Of Bread At Communion?

Published: April 3, 2020
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Would you please speak on the communion. Which bread is to be used?


Is Baptism Required To Receive The Holy Spirit?

Published: April 3, 2020
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I have been attending a great bible teaching church and in the last few month have come to realize that the pastor believes that we don’t receive the Holy Spirit until we are baptized. We have spoken at length and agree that when you believe on Jesus as your Savior you are saved and will spend eternity with him and the father. He says that Ephesians 1:13-14 is saying we are sealed (as in marked) for our future inheritance, but the spirit doesn’t dwell and live within us until we get baptized and that is when we receive the promise of the Father. He says the Lord’s own baptism is our example of this and in Acts 2:38 Peter placed baptism before receiving the Holy Spirit.

I think that baptism is very important and we should do it because it is commanded and it is a public display of our choice to be a follower of Christ, but I disagree with my pastor on this issue. I have studied at length and hoped you might help?


The Parable Of The Yeast

Published: April 2, 2020
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I was going through the Parable of the Yeast from Matthew 13 and I have a question. Normally in Bible, Man is the term used to represent humans (both men and women). Here in this parable “Women” is used. Does she represent EVE? Through Eve, sin has been spread and mixed all over the world till now.(“until it was all leavened” means “to the end of the world”) What do you think?