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John The Baptist And Elijah

Published: February 7, 2016 (Originally published: February 9, 2016)
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I was just curious why it is that when John the Baptist identifies himself in the Gospel of John as the one who was a voice crying out in the desert he attributed the scripture to Isaiah and not Malachi?


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Is A Believer Marrying An Unbeliever A Sin?

Published: February 7, 2016 (Originally published: February 8, 2016)
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My question is on 2 Corinthians 6:14 which states “Do not be unequally yoked together with an unbeliever.” Does that mean, if believer does marry unbeliever, he or she is committing a sin? Or is this just a recommendation?


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Judging The Church

Published: February 7, 2016 (Originally published: February 8, 2016)
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Jack, what is your take on 1 Peter 4:17? This sounds to me like judgment is going to begin with the church. Where and how is this judgment going to take place? Thanks for your time!


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God’s Signet Ring

Published: February 18, 2016 (Originally published: February 11, 2016)
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Who was Zerubbabel? I know he was used by the LORD to rebuild the temple, but there is a verse in Hag. 2:23 that really puzzles me:

But when this happens, says the LORD Almighty, I will honor you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant. I will treat you like a signet ring on my finger, says the LORD, for I have specially chosen you. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!

Am I I looking for something that’s not there?


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Is Our Life Span Pre-Determined?

Published: February 2, 2016 (Originally published: February 5, 2016)
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Thanks for your work in giving Biblical answers to so many questions. Does the Bible ever state That a mans life span is established at birth? Does ones life style have any affect on how long one lives? Thanks


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Evangelizing Bitter Relatives

Published: February 2, 2016 (Originally published: February 5, 2016)
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We recently had a revival at our church, and it got me to thinking about several family members who wouldn’t set foot in a church if their life depended on it. I am very concerned about a member of my family (my husband’s ailing grandfather). To my knowledge, he has not been inside a church since he was a young child (he is currently 70). He has a muddled world view that all religions lead to God, and stubbornly refuses to accept the need of a Savior. In my experience, most people tend to draw closer to the Lord in sickness and as they get older–but not him.

I also have a cousin who is currently in college. He was brought up in a secular home by two inattentive parents who just let the kids run wild. I think this environment may have contributed to the fact that he is now a very angry young man who struggles with depression and suicidal tendencies. He has relayed to me on several occasions that he believes there is “something” out there, but he is not sure what.

Religion is a very touchy subject because as a Christian, I don’t want to come off sounding like some pious “turn or burn” legalist because I want my unbelieving family members to feel comfortable confiding in me. I always hope that perhaps through discussions, I can bring up the subject of religion–and sometimes I do. But, it seems some are steadfastly unwilling to accept the fact that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

I apologize for the lengthy illustrations, but my main question is, is there an effective way to evangelize to someone who is extremely bitter, angry, and set in their ways? I pray daily that their ears and eyes will be opened, but sometimes I wonder if I am doing enough.


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Who Are The Ungodly?

Published: February 7, 2016 (Originally published: February 8, 2016)
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You have talked previously about Hades being the place where people wait to be judged. Who exactly are the ungodly? Are they all non-Jews or just people who were disobedient to God? My question to you is, what happens to people who were followers of God but not part of the covenant relationship between God and His chosen people? Also where do non-believers go today – do they also await judgment with those from the past.


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The Lazarus Phenomenon

Published: February 4, 2016 (Originally published: February 7, 2016)
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I just watched a program on (a major Christian cable network), called the Lazarus Phenomenon, I know that scripture says absent from the body present with the Lord, but could you explain what this is all about? Is it just an end times deception?


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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.