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Understanding 1 John 5:16-19

Published: December 22, 2021
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Thanks for a wonderful site. Please explain or give your view on the verses in the above mentioned Scripture regarding sins not leading to death, sins leading to death and more specifically verse 18.


How Does God Decide Which Prayers To Answer?

Published: December 22, 2021
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How does God decide which prayers to answer? I’m sure lots of them run against one another. For example, let’s say there’s a 50% chance of rain in the forecast for the weekend. A local farmer sees this and prays desperately for rain. It’s been hot all summer long and his crops are wilting. If he doesn’t get this downpour, the harvest will be a failure and he’ll have to sell his farm, which is his only livelihood.

At the same time, a local family sees the forecast and gets worried. They have finally managed to organize a long-overdue reunion, including relatives they probably won’t see again due to age and health issues. This family prays desperately that the rain will hold off so the reunion will take place. I’m sure opposing prayers take place all the time. How does God choose which ones to grant?


Not Allowing Our Heart To Be Troubled

Published: December 22, 2021
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I’m writing to you today because my family is being hit so very hard by trial after trial, in literally every facet of our lives. Wave after wave hits us, and there is no sign of this letting up any time soon. We’re frustrated, tired, and honestly- troubled. I have been clinging to the peace that only Jesus can give, but when I read John 14:27 today, it was the second half of the verse that gave me pause. “Let not” and “neither let” imply that we have a choice in this when our hearts are troubled. Can you tell me how to not allow my heart to be troubled?


Were The Prophets Saved?

Published: December 21, 2021
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I have a weird question of sorts. Normally we say that we can’t tell if someone is truly saved. Can we say anything about the O.T personalities? Like could we say that David, Moses or the Prophets were saved for sure or should we even assume? I was just curious about that.


What Would The Lord Say To Us Today?

Published: December 21, 2021
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Thank you for your sound Biblical advice and teachings. My question is regarding preparing for the future primarily in the areas of economic collapse and persecution. What should we be doing? Stocking piling food, moving our investments in to gold and silver, buying land so we can farm, etc. Others say don’t be concerned because the church will be with the Lord. So what is the biblical balance? What would the Lord say to us at this time in history?


A Problem With Tithing

Published: December 21, 2021
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I am a fairly new Christian. The tithe thing I am having a big problem with. There is no way I could give 10% of my net income yet alone gross income. Do you have any suggestions?


Were Mary And Elizabeth Cousins?

Published: December 17, 2021
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Just reading about Mary and Joseph who both have genealogies that take them back through the Kingly line to David. However, Luke describes Elizabeth as cousin to Mary and her descent was from the daughters of Aaron. Zachariah was a descendant of Abijah the priest. Were Mary and Elizabeth cousins as we would understand cousins (i.e. their parents were siblings)?


Seven Spirits Of God

Published: December 17, 2021
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I was listening to a christian call in show and a question was asked regarding these seven Spirits of God as to their identity. The pastor answered that he honestly didn’t know…but offered various spiritual attributes of The Lord…spirit of wisdom, etc.

I have studied Revelation and came away with their being seven angels. Revelation 5:6 says : “…in the midst…stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” In the beginning of Revelation, Jesus speaks of the “seven stars…and the seven golden candlesticks” which represent respectively the “angels” and the “churches” He would go on to address. So, I am asking you what The LORD has revealed to you about all of this.


A Workman Approved

Published: December 17, 2021
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Can you explain in further detail 2 Timothy 2:15? What’s the context in which Paul wrote it?

 


Does Isaiah 53 Promise Physical Healing?

Published: December 16, 2021
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My husband and I have been reading your articles on healing. Our question has to do with whether it is always God’s will to heal? God’s promise in Isaiah seems to speak of our iniquities and not our infirmities. (King James version) We prayed for a friend’s healing according to the promise of His Word, but feel our faith would be unwavering if we could base it on the literal translation of a word meaning infirmities.