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Garden Gnomes

Published: May 3, 2016 (Originally published: May 5, 2016)
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For the last two years my son has given me a gnome for mothers day, he says it is traditional to give a gnome for that special day. I really don’t care about those so called good for your garden statues. Are gnomes some sort of idol?

I kept my cool since I can’t seem to find out too much about them other than they were formed in Germany and made for gardens. Would you please give me some information on these little statues so I can stop them from coming again next year and toss the ones I have out if they are some kind of witchcraft. If they are some sort of witchcraft I will educate my neighbors about them as well.


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Opening And Closing Doors

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 8, 2016)
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My daughter always prays “that God will open the door if it is intended to be His will, or He will close the door, if it is not His will.” I do not believe this works, primarily because usually people praying that way, want an almost instant answer, and to my experience, God does not act that quickly.

Recently they put a down payment on a home, without selling their other one first. And there appears to be some problems, and she said “But, I prayed God would open doors or close them.” I tried to explain to her, but she said then how are you ever suppose to know.? Maybe you can give her a better answer than I can.

I think some people hear that verse that says “God will open the door that no one can close” and take it to mean the above? Thank you so much, you are wonderful, and God is doing great things through you and nothing can be better than that.


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Explaining Salvation

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 8, 2016)
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I want to start off by saying that I love your site, and I think it’s the best.

My question is this. I’ve been discussing with my friends lately on how to become saved. I told them that if we believe in Jesus and realize that we are sinners, and we are in need of savior then we are saved. We must have faith in Jesus Christ.

The question that they always throw at me is this. “If Jesus paid for our sins then can we just go around and do anything we want and still be saved?” My answer is, yes, they are still saved, but if they are truly saved then they would want to try and honor Jesus.

Is there a good way for me to answer this question that they are throwing at me?


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The Holy People In Matt. 27

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 7, 2016)
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Is Matthew 27:52,53 describing a historical event? If so, why only Matthew recorded this? Who were those “holy people who had died were raised to life”? Does “raised to life” mean “resurrection” in such context?


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Why Didn’t God Send Someone Else?

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 7, 2016)
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How come God had to send His only son to Earth to accomplish what he wanted accomplished? Why didn’t God just talk to someone else and tell them what to do? (kinda like Noah) So Jesus, being his “Only Son” does that mean he can’t send another person to earth now?


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Abraham’s Children

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 6, 2016)
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Where do we find any reference that Abraham had 8 kids (Isaac, Ishmael, and 6 others from another woman)? I have recently heard this teacher saying that, but he didn’t specify the source.


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Taxes And Tithes

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 6, 2016)
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I appreciate and agree with your interpretation of scripture that we should give a minimum 10 percent of our income plus offerings, the more the better. I happily meet these minimums and hope to increase them as God prospers me. However, some writers conclude that the temple to which the ancient Israelites were contributing was more than a religious tithe, but as a theocracy the temple was also responsible for the social welfare as well as the religious welfare of the people.

Since our taxes to the U.S., state and local governments are to promote the common good, although sometimes debatable as to their effectiveness and wise use, is it possible to consider involuntary taxes as being a part of our tithe?


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Saving The Children

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 7, 2016)
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In your article, The Feast of Pentecost, you said”

“One day soon now, all who are in Christ, having heard and believed the Word of Truth, the Gospel of our salvation, thereby receiving the mark of the promised Holy Spirit, will suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth. Included among them will be all children and those mentally incapable of making informed choices.”

If all children are also raptured, then why were not the children in Noah’s time saved? Or in Sodom?


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Are Children Accountable?

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 6, 2016)
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I just read your statement on Children and the Rapture and you used Romans 7:9 as why children will be taken. Are you saying children are sinless till they reach the age of accountably? So they are not sinners when they are born? Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.


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How Can Men Be The Bride Of Christ?

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 5, 2016)
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Your site is still daily food for me, thank you so very much.

My question this time regards how to teach the concept of men and women being the “Bride of Christ.”

We know that means the “church.” However, some men have difficulty grasping the non feminine meaning of their being a bride,and also how they can be the “body” of Christ. Any suggestions?