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Will God Destroy Smokers? Follow Up

Published: May 31, 2019 (Originally published: May 27, 2012)
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Re: Will God Destroy Smokers. Are you saying that if a born again believer dies due to lung cancer caused by smoking, he will be included in the rapture as it has been written that the dead in Christ will rise first at the time of rapture? Will it be the same with those people who claimed to be born again dying because of being a drug addict? Will they be included in the rapture? How can those people who claimed to be truly born again believers still be included in the rapture despite the fact that the cause of their death is their vices, such as smoking, etc? Might they be continuing their vices because they are being encouraged by your view, even if they don’t quit? Please give a clearer explanation of the matter.


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More On Translation Differences

Published: May 31, 2019 (Originally published: May 30, 2012)
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In my KJV, I was reading Isaiah 61 verses 1-2 and then read Luke 4:18-19 where Jesus is in the synagogue reading those same two verses in Isaiah. Of course the two passages say the same thing but I would expect the wording to be exactly the same. Since it’s not, what would account for the differences?


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Does God Hear A Silent Prayer?

Published: June 3, 2019 (Originally published: May 11, 2012)
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I heard a preacher on television say that God does not hear a prayer unless it is verbally stated. He said that God does not hear a silent prayer and also that we should be kneeling when we pray. Do you agree with that? I cannot kneel anymore and a lot of time I pray silently and have always thought He heard me and answered. Also if He does not hear silent prayers, how do the people who cannot talk and use sign language get their prayers through to Him?


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How Can Deceitful Hearts Believe?

Published: June 3, 2019 (Originally published: May 17, 2012)
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I have a question. Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? In Acts 8:37 Philip said “If thou belivest with all thine heart, thou mayest (be baptized). And he (the eunuch) answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” These two passages almost seem to be contradicting each other. How can we believe with all our heart if our heart is incurably deceitful?


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Psalm 66

Published: June 3, 2019 (Originally published: May 31, 2011)

Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you,


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The Jews And The Trinity

Published: June 3, 2019 (Originally published: May 14, 2012)
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My understanding is that the Jews do not believe in the Trinity, and yet isn’t the Trinity is apparent throughout the Torah? Was this a stumbling block for them regarding Yeshua who at various times claimed he was God? Do they expect their Messiah to be just a man? Any speculation as to why they don’t see the Trinity in their Torah?