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Do You Love Me?

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 23, 2016)
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My question is, what does John 21:15-24 mean? I do not understand this passage. What is it Jesus is saying here in the passage?

 


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Confessing Past Sins

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 22, 2016)
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What does the Bible say about a person’s past sins? What I mean is, I know that I am forgiven through my faith in Jesus and that God does not hold my sins against me any longer, but what about humans- what about the church? I am currently going through a situation where an ex-friend wants to tell the church of my past so that the heat can be taken off of her current sinning lifestyle. She knows that I have had experience in the area that she is sinning, and because she is feeling like people are judging her for her sins she wants to tell them about my past.

My fear is that I will be judged for my past- judged for sins that I have committed without seeing that I am a changed woman. So far she has not mentioned anything, but I am wondering if I need to confess my past sins to our mutual friends now or do I wait and see if she says anything then talk with them about it. Right now she says I’m denying my sin to others because I refuse to be revealing of my past to others. Like I said- this is all stemming from the fact that she confessed her sins and now is feeling the heat from the reactions of those around her. Any help is appreciated. Thanks so much for your time!


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Reliable Commentaries

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 22, 2016)
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Please point me in the direction of a bible commentary that uses the correct rules of interpretation and takes God’s Word literally. Every commentary I can get a hold of picks and chooses what parts of the bible to believe. Thank you very much for your help in this matter.


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To Teach Or Not To Teach

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 22, 2016)
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I am an adult Sunday School teacher. I read my Bible just about every day. I pray to God that my lesson each week will glorify Him, and I ask for His help when preparing my lessons.

When I started teaching over a year ago, I had support rather than criticism. Now it seems some in my class would rather criticize me than support me. My husband who is in my class said my lessons are great, and not to worry about trying to please everyone.

I have always gotten my facts right when teaching, but I made a mistake a couple of weeks ago. A man in my class corrected this mistake and I thanked him. But now that one mistake is being criticized by many. In fact during our revival, one man stood up and gave praise to a woman who used to be the adult Sunday School teacher who was visiting our church that evening. Then he made the remark, if you have a question about the Bible, call her, she really knows her Bible…..it was a direct attack on me for having messed up.

I feel at this time I have no alternative but to quit teaching the adults. Its a shame though, because I love teaching the adults, and spend about 10 hours each week in preparing the lessons because I enjoy it so much. Also, no one else at the church wants to teach. But, when I tried to prepare the lesson this week, I can’t get the criticism off my mind, and my heart is no longer into teaching this group at the church.


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Different Doctrines

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 25, 2016)
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Can you explain why different doctrines are being taught in churches rather than from the Bible itself. For example you teach from the Word of God and use cross references to what was said in the Word. You also give two or three scriptures that confirm what you are teaching. But we all see different churches saying what they’re teaching is doctrine but then give their opinion in contrast the truth. Is this a sign of the times we are in?


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What Does “Dead In Christ” Mean?

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 25, 2016)
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I have a question about 1 Thes. 4:16-18. From this it appears that the ‘dead in Christ’ are sleeping until the Lord comes to resurrect them at the time of the Rapture and unite them with their glorified bodies. I have always heard that the souls of the ‘dead in Christ ‘ are with Him or held apart in a place of paradise awaiting the Rapture or the Second coming. 1 Thess. 4:16 seems to contradict this. It appears that they are being held in the grave.


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OSAS And 1 Tim. 4:16

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 25, 2016)
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Could you please explain the significance of 1 Tim 4:16, to OSAS? In this verse, it seems Paul is speaking to those in ministry, and it does appear he is saying that they must make certain they keep their own salvation as well as that of those they are teaching by what they are teaching. It would seem from what is being said in previous verses that these leaders are saved, but could be in danger of losing it (salvation) through wrong teaching, as well as their recipients not receiving it. If anyone can give a clear understanding and clarity to this, I believe you can.


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Does God Give People Illness And Tragedy?

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 24, 2016)
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Does God put insanity on people to humble them today? It seems this was God’s judgment on Nebuchadnezzar, but only after warning him and giving him 12 months to repent. Does God put illness and tragedy on people to get their attention, teach them or break them in this present age? That doesn’t seem consistent with what Jesus did when He was on the earth – He healed all who were oppressed of the devil and never made anyone sick. I know these claims have come from other commentators, but I would love to know what you would say to them.


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Jesus And Lucifer

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 24, 2016)
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One thing we had wondered was, since the OT is so full of struggling twins and brothers: Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, etc., do you think that Lucifer and Yeshua were closer brothers in Heaven? Well, of course, as sons of Yahweh, they were brothers, but it seems there is more to this than meets the eye.

Also, I have trouble believing that we’re all going to be “raptured” and whisked off to heaven. Since there is no mention of the word “rapture” at all, some have interpreted this concept of meeting Him in the air as only for the chosen 144,000 (martyrs slain for Him) who will reign with Him (or serve as judges for mankind). When Yeshua said that the meek will inherit the earth, we take it to mean that His kingdom will be established on earth when it is restored to its former paradise under Yahweh’s Law.


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Can You Identify My Spiritual Gift?

Published: June 20, 2016 (Originally published: June 20, 2016)
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I am a born again Christian and have been since 1988. I have been given a gift but no one has been able to tell me what it is. Maybe you can help.

God shows me things that are either going to happen after he has taken his own away, or sometimes things that will happen in a few hours or a few days.

I have asked many pastors and people who know the Bible about where mine fits? What can one call this gift that I have?

Oh, and this gift only it works when God wants it to, and not on a regular basis, just every once in a great while. Its’ like I`m watching a movie in my head, but am awake while doing other thing like house work or taking a walk. I just stop when it happens until it ends. So what would you call this?