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Causing A Brother To Stumble

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 2, 2016)
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Romans 14:21-23, “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that will cause your brother to stumble be offended or be made weak. So whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.”

I understand the verse about not causing a brother to stumble. Please explain the rest for me.


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Assurance Of Salvation?

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 2, 2016)
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I am reading through your book “7 Things You Have to Know to Understand End Times Prophecy” and am finding it very rewarding. My question today concerns Calvinism, and why so many are embracing this teaching. It seems to me that if a person holds to the five points of Calvinism then you cannot have any assurance of your salvation. I wonder if they see something I don’t and would appreciate any comments you might have.


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Willing Spirit, Weak Flesh

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 2, 2016)
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How come I can hear what God is saying to me and know when I need to do something, but often I cannot act on it. I can’t seem to get my body under control. I understand that its not my works but my belief, which is that I’m redeemed by Jesus and what he did, it just really frustrates me.


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Justified By Faith

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 1, 2016)
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I love your site and am blessed every day by your gift. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. I have a question concerning the answer you gave to the person asking about faith vs. works in the Old Testament and post rapture. You answered with: Old Testament Judaism is a faith plus works religion. They were required to obey the Law as evidence of their faith (Exodus 19:5-6), and could lose their salvation for disobedience. Please explain to me why in Romans it states the opposite. We know that scripture does not contradict scripture, so what am I missing here?


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Lessons From Jonah, Follow Up

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: April 1, 2016)
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In your article Lessons From Jonah, you made a comment that captured my attention. You stated “And just as Jonah had given Nineveh 40 days notice, Jesus waited 40 days after His crucifixion for Israel to recognize Him before finally departing for Heaven (Acts 1:3,9).” During the 40 days after Jesus’ crucifixion, why didn’t Jesus visit the chief priests and the elders? If He had, then there is no way they could have claimed that His disciples came at night and stole Him away (Matthew 28:13) and they would have had to admit that He had given them the sign they asked for.


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Have I Fallen Away?

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: March 31, 2016)
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I have fallen into a grievous sin the last few years and I am afraid that I am falling away from the faith. I have been saved and still believe the gospel with all my heart. However, my sin has beaten me down to the point that I have become indifferent to things of God (i.e. don’t want to go to church, don’t want to read my bible, etc.) and I have no fire or zeal anymore for the gospel. I believe it but I have no power to live it. It’s like I have given up.


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Raising From The Dead

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: March 31, 2016)
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The three individuals whom Jesus raises from the dead always fascinates me this time of year when we remember Jesus’ resurrection. I’m never fully satisfied with the answers from commentaries who write on the significance of the three that Jesus raises. Most commentaries just address them individually. Is there significance in the 3 or is there only significance individually?


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Pleading The Blood

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: March 31, 2016)
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The term “pleading the blood” or “pleading the blood of Jesus” has been used in certain churches for some time. I cannot find this practice used in any of the Gospels or Acts. First, what is this based on, and is it scriptural? What do you think of this practice?


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Angels Among Us

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: March 30, 2016)
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Would you be able to explain what “because of the angels” means in 1 Corinthians 11 v. 10?


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Did James Contradict Paul?

Published: March 28, 2016 (Originally published: March 29, 2016)
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In James 2:14 it says, “Can that faith (without works) save him?” Please explain how this seemingly contradictory verse, and others in James, relates to the fact that Christians are saved by faith not by works as discussed in Romans 3: 20 and 27 and other scripture.