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Why Did God Do These Things?

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 7, 2016)
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Why would God want to have someone killed in order to let everyone else get into heaven? Why such a brutal death? And where did the people from the Old Testament go when they died before Jesus came down to earth? How could they get into heaven? And how was there such a misunderstanding among the Jews about Jesus being their Messiah? Where did it say how they would be able to recognize Him? How could God allow so many people to go to Hell? How do we know for certain that all of these things that were written so long ago are even reliable, truthful sources?


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Satan’s Dominion And God’s Sovereignty

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 7, 2016)
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I listened to your audio study on Daniel 10-11 last night and came away with two questions for you:

1. Why was Isaiah killed? 2. As far as your discussion of and references to 1 John 5:19 (“the whole world is under the control of the evil one”) and Matthew 4:8, where Jesus did not dispute Satan’s claim to the kingdoms of the earth, how do you square that with God’s sovereignty? Satan had to ask God’s permission to afflict Job. Romans 8:28 says that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, and 1 Thes. 5:18 says that in all things, we are to give thanks.

 


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Two Cups Of Wine

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 8, 2016)
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My son and I were swapping bible verses when we came upon an apparent discrepancy. In John 19:30 it appears Jesus drank what the soldiers offered. However, in Mark 15:23 it appears He didn’t and the other two gospels don’t mention anything about it. I’m sure there is a good reason why there appears a discrepancy but can’t think what! Could it be that both the verses were referring to two different drinks. We would appreciate your help in understanding this matter.


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A Confusing Verse

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 6, 2016)
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I was reading “The End Times According To Ezekiel, Part 1” , and came upon something that you had written. I wanted to get your opinion on this because not only is it confusing for me but possibly for many others who may have read this article. Below I have listed the verse and then after that I have pasted your comment.

And they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jer. 32:35).

“Here’s a reminder of the cause of Israel’s judgment. The shedding of blood refers to their practice of child sacrifice, a form of idol worship so abhorrent to God that He said it never entered His mind that they would do such a detestable thing.” (Jere. 32:35)

I know that God knows everything and that verse confused me. Thank you for taking the time to explain this.


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Hardship As Training

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 5, 2016)
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In Hebrews 12:12-14, it says that unless you live the right way you will never be saved. Verse 14 adds that unless your lives are Holy you will never see the Lord. What do you make of this teaching in light of Grace, Justification and OSAS?


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He Led Captivity Captive

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 6, 2016)
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Does anyone know what “led captivity captive” means in Eph 4:8 and Psalm 68? Is captivity all of Hell?


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Absolutely, Positively Never Heard Of Jesus

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 6, 2016)
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I am witnessing to a young man and he asked a question I cannot answer well enough. He asked about people in the world who absolutely positively have not heard of Jesus and they die will they go to hell?


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Shake The Dust From Your Feet

Published: February 2, 2016 (Originally published: February 4, 2016)
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In Matt. 10:14 Jesus told the disciples to ‘shake the dust from their feet’ when they are leaving an unbelieving town. What did He mean by that?


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Churches Or Church Buildings?

Published: February 2, 2016 (Originally published: February 3, 2016)
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I found this site by accident, but I have found it to be very helpful in my studies. My questions are: Since we the people are called the Church, why are buildings that are made of brick and mortar also called Churches. I hear so many people say “I am going to Church” how can you go to what you are called to be?


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What Should I Do?

Published: February 2, 2016 (Originally published: February 3, 2016)
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First, I was wondering about Bible college. I feel that maybe the Lord is calling me to full time ministry, but I have had an interview already at this college and they wanted me to work on finances for another year even though they were not real bad. So I am doing that and just not feeling like going. I am well aware that Satan does not want me to go, though. My thinking can be a little fatalistic at times and I just get caught up in believing that the Lord is so close to rapturing the church that I will not make it through before He comes, so why go? My Pastor and the couple that lead me to the Lord are the biggest pushers for me to go. But I will add that I have a strong desire to serve the Lord full time. What should I do?

Also, I was wondering about money. I have a 401K that I cannot use unless I quit my job. I don’t want to quit, but I would like to use that money to further the Lord’s kingdom. I have quit contributing to it for now but was wondering what I should do with it? If the Lord caught us away this year, what would become of that money? Would He commend me for saving or ask me why I did not do something with it while I had the chance since I had a good idea He was coming before long?

Is it wrong for me to just stay where I am and witness to as many people as possible? I do have a strong burden for souls that the Lord gave me right after I got saved. Or is this just what my flesh wants? I am also getting married in 3 months so that I may have further ministry options. I do know without a doubt that the Lord has allowed this. I praise Him for that! My life is very busy and I do worry too much. What advice can you give me?