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Controlling Our Thoughts

Published: July 1, 2019
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After reading your answer to a previous question I sent in, I got to thinking about how do we know when to blame the devil vs. blaming ourselves for the bad thoughts that come into our mind?


Mistreating Animals

Published: July 1, 2019
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I have a family member who has about 8 dogs, but not because he wants them. They’re his girlfriend’s. He kicks them, hits them, etc. He recently got bitten on the leg. He claims to be a Christian , but how can a Christian be cruel and uncaring to any animal? My question is about the following verse.

Proverbs 12:10 ….”A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” I don’t understand the “tender mercies” part. How can the wicked have “tender mercies”?

 


Aren’t All Miracles From God?

Published: July 1, 2019
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Matt. 7:22-23 confuses me a bit. I understand that these people who will be uttering these statements are non believers, but what doesn’t sink well to me is how can they drive out demons and perform miracles in the name of Jesus Christ if they are not believers?


Joseph’s Dreams

Published: June 28, 2019
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I have a question about Genesis 37:9-10. Joseph has a dream that his brothers and father and mother will bow down to him. Later on when Joseph is in Egypt it appears that his mother did not come to bow down to Joseph because she died. What can this moon be referring to and how was it fulfilled?


Cast All Our Cares Upon Him

Published: June 28, 2019
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Now that Jesus Christ lives through us, and His life is in us, does that mean all of our earthly issues are His issues, and all concerns of our earthly life are His concerns? And so we can and have to fully trust Him about our happiness and welfare in everything because He’s standing by our side?


Have I Done Enough?

Published: June 28, 2019
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Thanks for your wonderful site. My wife and I have been saved and filled with the Holy Spirit for the past 23 years. Recently she has become concerned about what God thinks of her and whether she is measuring up to his standards. We both live reasonably conservative lives, pray regularly, read the Bible, help others, etc. However, while we know that we’re not saved by works, she is concerned that God will be upset with her for not achieving much in her life and perhaps she may therefore not ‘make it into heaven’. What would you say to someone who thinks this?


How To Tell If Personal Prophecies Are Real

Published: June 27, 2019
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I have read that the office of Apostles and Prophets are not needed today as everything we need to know about the future is answered in scripture. How can we know that personal prophecies are real?


Where’s The Ark Of The Covenant?

Published: June 27, 2019
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I remember reading somewhere that the High Priest would remove the Ark of the covenant from the Holy of Holies during an evil king’s reign and then return it during a righteous Kings reign. 2 Chronicles chapter 29 hints at this. Was this a common practice? If so, would that indicate a “hiding” place somewhere other than the Temple itself?

I heard Israel’s last righteous king Josiah had the Ark returned to the Temple during his reign as well, yet I haven’t found the supporting scripture. These items are not listed as part of the inventory given of what the Babylonians carried off. Could these items have been hidden and not destroyed with the temple?


Prophetic Dreams

Published: June 26, 2019
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What does the Bible say about dreams? How are they important, in both prophetic and “day-to-day” purposes?


Interpreting Scripture

Published: June 26, 2019
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We all know that there are different methods of interpreting Scripture. Some “spiritualize” it and attribute it to allegory. Others, such as me and you interpret Scripture “literally, historically and grammatically.” Is there any place in Scripture where God told us how he wanted us to interpret his Word? How did we come to the consensus that Scripture was to be interpreted “this” way as opposed to “that” way?