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Why Prayers for Healing Fail Part 2

Why Prayers For Healing Fail, Part 2

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I’ve received some blow back from my studies on “What Does the Bible Say About Healing” and “Why Prayers For Healing Fail, Part 1”. People have jumped to the conclusion that I’m part of the Word of Faith movement (I’m not) or a charismatic faith healer (not that either, not even charismatic). For the record I’m an Evangelical who takes the Bible very seriously and who believes it means what it says.

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Why Prayers for Healing Fail

Why Prayers For Healing Fail, Part 1

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

People come up with all kinds of reasons why prayers for healing aren’t answered, most of them placing the responsibility on God. He’s not doing that anymore, it wasn’t His will, or His timing. He gave you your disease to help you become a better Christian. He did answer your prayer and the answer was no, and the list goes on.

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Love is a Verb

Love Is A Verb

Commentary by Jack Kelley

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (Ephes. 5:25)

This command is unique in that it has no parallel in human relationships. Wives are not commanded to love their husbands this way, or even at all. Children are not commanded to love their parents. But husbands are commanded to love their wives, and what’s more, this is not an ordinary love, but an extra-ordinary one. We’re to use the example of Christ and His Church as the standard. Think about that. The Lord came down off His throne, confined Himself to a human body, and offered that body as a love gift to the Church. Not because the Church had done anything to deserve it, but so the Church could see the extent of His love.

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What Does The Bible Say About Healing?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Because of my middle daughter’s recent bout with cancer (victorious) I have had occasion to study the subject of healing again. In doing so, I’ve come to the conclusion that most people have formed their opinions about healing through hearsay and false teaching rather than from what the Bible actually says about it.  So what does the Bible say about healing?  Let’s find out.

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Responding To Grace

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In part one of this study we discussed five things the Bible says about the way God sees us now that we are born again. We’ll review these briefly and then see what the Bible says about how we should respond. Continue reading…

5 Things You Should Know About How God Sees You

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I’m convinced most Christians don’t have a very good understanding of how God sees us. I’m not surprised about this because it’s really hard for us to comprehend. God sees us so differently from the way we see ourselves and the way others see us, that there’s really no comparison. It’s like He and we are looking at two different people. And in a way that’s true because we can only see ourselves from our past experience, but He has chosen to see us now as we will be in the future when we’re with Him forever. So let’s set aside how we see ourselves for a moment and take a look at five things the Bible says about how God sees us.

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Are We Hedging Our Bets?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

It was the clearest message the Lord has given me in a long time.  I was in bed and half asleep when it came to me. Fearful of forgetting it, I got up and made a bunch of random notes and then went back to bed. When they still made sense the next morning I decided it must have really been Him. Here’s the message I received.

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A Letter From James, Part 5. Conclusion

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In this study we’ll conclude our survey of the the letter from James, half brother of Jesus. The original Apostles named him overseer of the Church in Jerusalem, a position he held until his death in 62AD. James probably wrote his letter around 50 AD or even a little before. The stoning of Stephen in 36 AD had led to the persecution and scattering of the young Church, which was still primarily made up of Jewish converts. This study will focus on chapter 5, the final chapter of his instructions to the scattered Church.

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A Letter From James, Part 4

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

This study will cover chapter four of the letter from James.  You’ll see he still has plenty of good advice for living a victorious Christian life in our times, and he gives it to us in no uncertain terms.  Not for the faint of heart.

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A Letter From James, Part 3

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In part 3 we continue reviewing the instructions James gave to the early church on how to properly live the Christian life. Remember, this letter might have been the first written teaching the Church ever received, predating the Gospels and Paul’s letters, with the possible exception of his letter to the Galatians. This time we’ll cover chapter 3. Let’s begin.

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A Letter From James, Part 2

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We continue our study of the letter from James. In part 1 we determined that the letter was written by James, the half brother of Jesus, around 50 AD when most of the Church was still of Jewish origin. They had been scattered throughout Israel and surrounding countries in the persecution that began after the stoning of Stephen in 36 AD, and James was sending what was probably the first letter ever written to the growing Christian community. This week we’ll look at chapter 2.

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Can A Christian Be a Mason?

Q. My sunday school teacher is a very high degree Mason. This man knows scripture, recognizes Christ as his personal savior, participates in serving communion, does immense work for the church. I have learned so much in his class, but it bothers me very much that he is a mason. Can you be a mason and a follower of Christ at the same time?

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Explaining John 9:1-3

Q. My question is regarding John 9:1-3, where the disciples ask Jesus whose sin caused the man to be blind, and Jesus answers that it was neither the man nor his parents. It’s the next part I’m asking about, where it says he was born blind so that the works of God could be displayed in him. What do you say? Surely God did not make the man blind, only to have Jesus come along and heal him, did He?

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More On God’s Sovereignty

Q. How can you advocate a position that does away with God’s complete sovereignty over where man spends his eternity? What do you do with the plain language of predestination in the Bible? “For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” (Romans 8:29-30).

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Who Did Adam And Eve Walk With?

Q. My question pertains to who walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden. Was it God the Father? And if so, how can we reconcile that with no one ever seeing God? I feel a little stumped. I can understand if it was the pre-incarnate Christ but just want to make sure I am correct!!

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Are We Still Jews And Gentiles?

Q. Is a Gentile still a Gentile after they have been, as a wild olive branch, grafted into a cultivated olive tree? And is a Jew who has accepted Jesus, calling himself a Messianic Jew, is not actually a Jew or Israelite anymore?

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Does The Future Even Matter?

Q. Since we’re living in the End Times, there are times I wonder if the things I’m doing matter at all. I know I should be a good steward of the gifts and blessings God has given me, but sometimes I get discouraged. I’m a 20-year-old college student, and when I think that the rapture is going to happen soon, I sometimes wonder if the things I’m doing for the future even matter at all if they never come to fruition. Honestly, the sooner we go to Heaven, the better it is. But I also feel sad at times when I think that I won’t receive any rewards at the Bema Seat. I haven’t lived life out as long as others nor do I feel like I have done much for God’s Kingdom.

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Will All Jews Be Saved?

Q. I have always understood from Romans 11: 25-26, that all Jews will be saved as they have been hardened by God so that the full numbers of Gentiles can come in? Please help to further enlighten.
 

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Are There Degrees Of Sin?

Q. I do not believe God considers all sin to be the same. I base this on the words of Jesus. He was responding to Pilate who had said, “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” In John 19:11, “Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” I realize that any sin, no matter the magnitude by our earthly standards, separates us from God. We all need salvation through Jesus. Even so, don’t you think that Jesus’ words in John 19:11 means that God does in fact see sin in degrees?

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What About People In Hell?

Q. My question is about people in hell. How can unbelievers be in torment if they are not in human fleshly bodies? Wasn’t the Rich Man in agony in the flames? How could a spirit be in agony from flames? And in the Lake of Fire, human fleshly bodies would be immediately destroyed in flames once and for ever. So do unbelievers in the Lake of Fire have resurrected bodies too?

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