Q. I am not sure which of the spiritual gifts that I have. I have searched the scriptures and I can not seem to find anything that fits the ability that I have. What bothers me is my mother, who is half Cherokee, tells me it is from her side of the family and that they were “healers” and “seers”. I find that very disturbing. My gift is that I am able to discern things about people, even if I don’t know them, sometimes just walking through the local Walmart. It is like the Lord tells me what is troubling certain people, and how to pray for them. It isn’t everyone just certain people. I also seem to know when someone is not telling the truth, as well as being able to know what the real situation is. I also have dreams that do come to pass, so much so, that my family takes it very seriously when I tell them a dream I have had. I can remember having this gift since I was a small child, I always just knew things. Is this something that fits in with the scriptures? I do know that “seers” are spoken of as evil in the bible, that is something I do not want to be a part of. Thank you for you site, I read it every day and respect your opinion as scripture based.
Q. Do you see a correlation between the actions of the US Presidents regarding Israel and the problems the US experiences. Does this fit Obadiah 1:15 or are the incidents simply coincidental? I enjoy your web site and have found the information enlightening and helpful to share with scores of others. I enjoy God’s prophecies and I pray for the coming fulfillment.
Q. We have found a Biblically solid church and have been attending for about a year and a half. We left our last church because books by false teachers as well as unbiblical practices were being introduced. In the new church we are attending, God’s word is preached and taught and everything is tested by scripture. The gospel is preached and Jesus is Lord. At the front of our sanctuary are two flags off to the side as a reminder to pray for our nation and Israel where we have missionaries. My question is this: Is it wrong to have flags in the church? The reason I ask this is because people from other churches in the area claim we are a bad church because of the flags and some people have left the church because of the flags. I am confused as to why this is an issue.
Q. Is there any significance regarding things being repeated in Scripture three times? I’m asking this in regards to the three solar eclipses that have/will happen in three consecutive years – 2008, 2009 and 2010. These eclipses seem to proceed an unique sequence of eclipses that will take place in the next 7-8 years, and the dates they fall on in the Jewish calendar. Thank you for your time and consideration of my question.
Q. I just found your site and have been reading alot about end times and prophecy. Your point of view is fully rooted in Biblical knowledge and I am grateful for your writings. I have a question.. What would God have us do as we watch the direction our country is taking? Would He have us speak out against government decisions and legislation? I am struggling with doing what He would have me do and knowing what that is as I watch changes in my country that I believe are prophesied but with which I disagree.
Q. I am wondering what God would have me do regarding finances. Assuming that I am tithing, I don’t know which He would have me do as a priority — pay off debts or put away money in savings? I am thinking that I should be paying off debt as I should not be storing up treasures here on earth. But paying my debts? That’s an obligation I have to do the right thing. Do you agree?
Q. I want to say that I love your site, mostly because you take time to explain yourself thoroughly. My question is fairly simple: Do I tithe on my student loans? My wife and I are both students, and the majority of how we live is off of student loans. As we are newly weds, we were setting up our budget, and couldn’t decided this on our own. We are leaning towards not tithing on it, but wanted to know what the biblical principle was behind this, if any. Thanks, and keep up the great work!
Q. I was saved as a young person, age 9, and have believed all these years. But as I am getting in my senior years, I look back at my life and question if I need to be saved all over again. My faith has been hot and warm, but never did I not believe. I know at the age of 9 my sins were forgiven but are the sins I have committed since that time forgiven in the same manner as when I first believed? I have asked God to forgive me for committing sins while I am saved. Also, we belonged to a church in another state. While members there, we pledged to give a certain amount for the construction of another building. Due to some tight money times we could not finish the pledge before we had to move. Since we are now worshiping in another church in another state, does God want us to complete the pledge of the old church?
Q. Blessings to you and your work. Your comments are greatly appreciated and used in our Bible studies. We have a question re the recent comments on psalm 83. Much as it seems to fit todays situation Hengstenberg points out that the Amelekites mentioned as part of the federation were wiped out in the days of Hezekiah and never heard of again. Is it therefore not more likely that the psalm refers to a ‘confederation which destroyed itself in the days when the Amelekites were still around and that it is us nowadays who want to read more into it than was meant?