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Open Communion Or Closed?

Published: May 2, 2019
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I have a question … some churches have the Lord’s Supper for all the saved and invite all the saved to join in for the Lord’s Supper. Some churches have closed communion where only saved members of that church are invited to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Which way is the right way?


Suleiman And The East Gate

Published: May 2, 2019
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Somewhere on the web a couple of years ago I read a story about a muslim Turk, Suleiman the Magnificent. I believe the story goes that he walled up the Eastern Gate in 1530 in defiance of a tradition of Christians who preached of a day when Jesus would return to Jerusalem and walk through the gate.

However, it turns out that his blocking the gate only fulfilled scripture that says the gate would be “walled up” and that “no-one” would enter through it again until Jesus Himself does upon his return.

I have read that scripture before (the walling up art), but I don’t remember where I read it (at I think thats what its referring too). Anyway, story goes that a muslim ruler after Suleiman hears of the Christian’s prophecy that no one would enter the Eastern Gate except Jesus when he returns and he decides to prove all those pesky Christians wrong by ordering the removal of the blocks from the wall. However, during the night before the project was to begin he died in his sleep (whoa). The project never took place the to this day the Eastern Gate is still walled up.

Have you ever heard of this? Any truth to it?


Who’s In Control Here?

Published: May 2, 2019
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I was wondering about the way you answered a question about what God allows in a person’s life. I had always understood that God does have to allow testing and trials like he did for Job, giving His permission. And telling Peter that Satan would sift him. Or Joseph being used to save the nation of Israel, didn’t God allow that situation or maybe even cause it?

If God doesn’t allow these things, then it sounds like He is not in control, or not involved, and that scares me worse than thinking He is allowing it for a purpose I cant understand. Please help me understand!

 


Sins Or Faults? Does It Matter?

Published: May 1, 2019
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I have recently had some problems with two brothers who think we should confess our sins to each other according to James 5:16 whereas I believe we confess only to God because only God can forgive sins! The KJV states faults whereas the majority if not all other versions of the bible state sins in the verse in James. What is the answer? Does it matter?


Alexander And The Shaggy Goat

Published: May 1, 2019
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In Daniel 8:21, the angel Gabriel explains that the king of Greece, Alexander the Great, is represented by the shaggy goat in Daniel’s vision. Knowing that scripture doesn’t just give information this detailed for no reason, I was wondering why Alexander the Great is represented as a goat, and is there any significance in the fact that the goat is shaggy?


A Question About Suicide

Published: May 1, 2019
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Your website has added so much to my life.

I have a question, which I hope will make sense. My sister and I have had several conversations on something she said a Sunday School Teacher told her when she was in grade school. She said the SC teacher told her that the end times would not occur until every one was “one color”. I told her I have read most all end times prophecies, and I had never read any such thing. She also told me that “suicide” was the one unforgivable sin, again which I told her I had not read that in scripture. I discount both of these things she has heard from her SC teachers.

Can you help on these two issues?


Am I Violating The 2nd Commandment?

Published: April 30, 2019
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I have a question about the second commandment, Exodus 20:4. With my decorating scheme in my home I have carved fish, some wood, some stone, some metal, etc. Should I dispose of these items? I like them because they are pretty and fit in with the decorating. In most homes, offices, etc., you are going to find images of the likeness of Heaven, Earth and Sea. Are we not to decorate?


Explaining Our Crowns

Published: April 30, 2019
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I was wondering about the crowns that we can earn. Why do we want to get them? How can we get them? When will we give them to God? Will everyone have them or will some have none?


Praying At The Western Wall

Published: April 30, 2019
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I got a letter from a Jewish organization yesterday. Included was a blank form for me to write my prayer requests and return to them. They say they’re going to Israel later this summer and will recite my requests at the Western Wall. My question is, is it okay to do that? I thought we’re only supposed to pray directly to God.


Lucifer, Son Of The Morning?

Published: April 29, 2019
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In Isaiah 14:12 why is Lucifer referred to as the son of morning? I am reading the NKJV. Thank you for your help.