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Sinning In The Moment Before Death

Published: January 10, 2020
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What if we are taken from this life before we have a chance to ask for forgiveness? Sometimes death comes suddenly. If during the course of the day we are tempted beyond our ability to resist and before we can come to a realization death beckons us? Are we forgiven?


Building Noah’s Ark

Published: January 10, 2020
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Where do people come up with the idea that it took Noah 120 years to build the Ark? If you read Genesis chapters 5 through 8 it plainly states that he was 500 when God told him to build it and Gen 8:11 states that in the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, they entered the ark and vs 16, the Lord shut him in. That’s 100 years, not 120.


Which Religion Came First?

Published: January 10, 2020
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I have a question that a friend of mine is arguing with me about. Which religion came first? I say it’s Judaism, followed by Christianity, and he says it’s Hinduism, followed by Judaism. Can you explain to me which religion came first and subsequently followed, and how they came about? Thank you.


Will Jesus Have Time For Us?

Published: January 9, 2020
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We have a question concerning how much we will be in the physical presence of Jesus after the Resurrection, in the Millennium. I say that there is only one Jesus who has a physical body and that that he can only be physically in one place at one time. My wife says, nonsense, He can do anything he wants and be physically present in many places.

I also maintain that the Lord will be very busy ruling planet Earth and won’t have time for sort of thing that some of the hymns talk about–walking and talking with Him one on one, physically. I say that it will be possible to see Him, but that will be most likely great convocations. He, of course, will be available by prayer in spirit, but will probably be spending most of His time with the rulers and great saints of yesteryear and today.


Is God Shutting Me Out?

Published: January 9, 2020
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I am a working mother of 1 and planning on having another baby. When my daughter was born I felt like God wanted me to stay home but my decision to quit dragged on and on because every time I was about to quit something would happen to keep me from quitting. About a year ago I felt like God was telling me that if I am faithful and take care of my family then He will take care of my husband’s promotion. Well, when I was preparing to quit my husband changed his mind because he wants to get the promotion first before I quit. After applying for at least 10 positions now he still hasn’t gotten any promotion.

I keep wondering if our disobedience and lack of faith brought this on. I am scared of being “just a stay at home mom” but at the same time, I’m not happy being a working mother. I am so unhappy that I constantly lose control of my emotions at home. I pray and read the bible but I feel like God is shutting me out.


The Lampstand And The Lamp

Published: January 9, 2020
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Some believe that the Church will have been raptured by the beginning of Revelation 4. In Revelation 1:20 it describes the Seven Lampstands as being the Seven Churches. Then Chapter 4 mentions that there are Seven Lampstands with burning flames present in front of the Throne and that they are the Seven Spirits of God. The Seven Lampstands are first described as The Seven Churches and then we are told that they are The Seven Spirits of God. Can you explain these things?


Four Hundred Years Or Four Generations?

Published: January 8, 2020
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I have always understood that a generation was 70 years as shown in Psalms 90:10 and Isaiah 23:15. But during my reading of the bible I came across a couple of verses in Genesis 15:13-16. It tells in verse 13 of Abram’s descendants being enslaved for four hundred (400) years and in verse 16 it refers to Abram’s descendants will come back in the fourth (4) generation. I take this to mean that a generation is 100 years. Is my thinking correct?


Kicking People When They’re Down

Published: January 8, 2020
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I was checking my Facebook recently and discovered that my sister’s boyfriend (they’re both in their 50’s) posted a video of Christian Music personalities who’ve been caught in sin. I must admit it was a shock to see this, and left me at a loss for words. I know there are tons of “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven” cliche’s, but with the times being what they are, I guess I’m looking for more meat in response to all this.


Esau And His Wives

Published: January 8, 2020
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My question is in regards to the word “bitter” used in Genesis 26:34-35. “When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.” Why and what was the purpose for Esau and his wives to make life “bitter” for Isaac and Rebekah? And is it good practice when ever reading something in the Old, to find a correlation of it in the New?


The Seven Churches Chronology

Published: January 7, 2020
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I have read about the seven Churches and that we are at this point in history considered the Church of Laodicea. Beginning with the first Church, Ephesus, what was it’s length of time and also the length of time of the rest of the Churches leading up to present. I am curious to know the average length of time for each of these seven Churches.