Do We Need Power Or Faith?

Q. My church is sponsoring a Women’s Conference soon and have chosen as the theme ” Empowering the Christian African American Woman in Strength, Faith, and Fellowship”. What Bible passages are appropriate for this theme? Please reply and advise.

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What Spirits Did Jesus Preach To?

Q. Let me first say you deserve an immeasurable gratitude for allowing God to use you in explaining his word to his people.
Question about 1Peter 3:19-20
When I read the above verses I just get a bit confused. As you know that it speaks about Jesus Christ going and preaching to the Spirits that were imprisoned from the time of the flood.
1. I want to know why Jesus Christ had to preach to them hence preaching is mostly for bringing the truth to a sinner for the purpose of converting such a sinner?
2. Were those Spirits converted and entered the heaven, if your answer is yes then does that mean there is salvation beyond death..
3. Around Jesus’ death on the cross the bible also speaks about graves opening and people resurrected and went to the holy City…where and what is that holy City and what then happened to those people?

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Tribulation Believers In Babylon

Q. Hello Jack, thank you for your ministry and website. My question is about the Church of Laodicea and the Apostate Church of Revelation 17 – 18. In Rev 3:17 Jesus says to the Church of Laodicea …. “you don’t know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked”. I believe the word “naked” means they are unbelievers which leads me to believe there are no believers in this church. But then in Rev 18:4 God says …. “Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, or receive any of her plagues.” This leads me to believe there are believers in this Apostate Church as God calls them “My people”.
So, I don’t know how to reconcile these two depictions of the last days church. I was thinking that Laodicea is before the rapture and the church of Rev 17-18 is after the rapture, but if that’s the case, where are the believers during the time of Laodicea? Please help me sort this out!

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Old And New Testament Prophets

Q. Can you help understand the roles of the old and new testament prophets? I have searched your site over and over, yet I am still not completely grasping the concepts. I ask this because recently my pastor has asked some of us who have the gift of prophecy to listen to the Holy Spirit and if He gives promptings, visions, dreams, etc about him and the church we are at liberty to share this with him and allow him (my pastor) to judge those and make a decision. However, in the group I am the only one who believes that the office of prophet is no longer used outside of Christ. (Hebrews 1:2)
I would really like your help in understanding the roles of the prophets of the old testament and the ones of the new and please clarify the five fold ministry gifts to me. I really appreciate your help.

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Who Was Abijah’s Mother?

Q. Recently, I read something I can’t seem to figure out. In 2Ch 11:20 it says, “And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.” Also in 2Ch 13:2 it says,He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.” What I don’t understand is who is the mother of Abijah, Michaiah the daughter of Uriel or Maachah the daughter of Absalom?

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What About Rahm Emanuel As Chief Of Staff?

Q. I was wondering what you thought about Obama choosing Rahm Emanuel for his Chief of Staff. I know you do not think Obama is the Anti-Christ, but I thought it was was strange that he chose an Israeli to be in his Cabinet. I know during the first years of tribulation that the Anti-Christ brings peace to Israel and that they think of him as a God send.

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Does God Give Us Just The Good Things We Ask For?

Q. Can you give me your understanding of the scripture Luke Chapter 11 verses 9 -15. We had our men’s bible study last night and one of the guys is stuck on this. He believes that this scripture (the ask and it will be given section) means that you can ask for anything and God will give it to you. Bad or good. I tried to explain to him that Jesus was talking of the Holy Spirit and Faith. But I would appreciate any further depth on this.

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Yet Another Marriage Question

Q. I am not eager to challenge you, as I see God has given you much wisdom and insight into Scripture, which I am grateful you share with so many. However your response to the question regarding married or not was bewildering, and I’m not sure Biblical.
You make a point of saying we are to honor our legal authorities on all points unless is causes us to deny Christ. And yet you would help justify someone’s marital status based on their motives and level of commitment and not what even the law would recognize. And more importantly, did not Jesus himself even make a distinction to the woman at the well as her being with a man, and yet He refused to acknowledge the man as her husband because they were not indeed married?
Surely God does not love anyone less because of certain choices made, but I think He says His expectation is for us to be above reproach, particularly if we already know right from wrong. And shouldn’t our motive for obedience to God and what He might be asking always be “for His sake”?

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2.5 More Years?

Q. On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the highest) what do you think is the likelihood of the rapture happening on or before Israel will be Age 63 or in approximately the next 2.5 years. Mathew says this generation will not pass away before all be fulfilled. As you can tell I have subtracted 7 years from 70. Thanks.

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