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Conviction Or Guilt?

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 12, 2016)
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I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other night and she asked me what you have to do and what does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I tried explaining to her that you repent of your sins, ask the Lord for forgiveness, and ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I also said that once you are (filled with the Holy Spirit) you will feel conviction when you have done something wrong because the Holy spirit within you will grieve. Then she asked how do you know conviction from guilt? Can you please explain these things to me in a way that I can explain to her without confusing her more? Thank you so much.


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Really Forgiving

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 11, 2016)
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Your website is wonderful and I believe Holy Spirit led! You have helped me tremendously with 2 other questions I had and I have another one today that is weighing on my mind. I know we must forgive others. I have worked hard and work hard daily to forgive others as I am so graciously and wonderfully forgiven by Jesus Christ my GOD.

What is bothering me though is forgiving on behalf of others. For instance one circumstance I am having difficulty with is forgiving a step-mother who is divorcing my Dad and being very selfish and greedy about it in my humble opinion. Another instance is forgiving my father-in-law who we recently found out molested at least 2 of our nieces.

My guilt about not forgiving and the anger I feel in these situations is driving me to seek the counsel of someone like you who may be able to shed some light on how Jesus wants us to handle the situation.

I would like scripture to back up your answer; if you have an answer or some guidance for me. If you feel led to help me with my questions I would be very grateful. Of course I know to pray for all parties and I know how to say I forgive; but I don’t know how to REALLY forgive or if the Lord even expects me to. Can you help?


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Is It Really Forever?

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 12, 2016)
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My question concerns your “End Times According to Ezekiel Part 2“:

” ‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’ ” (Ezekiel 37:24-28) You clearly state in the study that these verses describe the circumstances that will exist during the Millennium. Would you please clarify the last sentence a bit more. The use of the word “forever” at least implies that the discribed circumstance might extend past the end of the Millennium into eternity. I don’t believe that is the case and that “forever” in this case may have some limitation.


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Fire Walking

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 11, 2016)
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Can you please give me your opinion on fire walking, walking over a bed of glowing coal. A motivation speaker uses it to curb peoples fear. I have looked around but can not find much about it from an Christian view point. It seems wrong to me though. The said speaker offers other useful services but I would rather distance myself from him if fire walking is against the Lords will.Your opinion will be much appreciated.


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Were Adam And Eve Our Original Parents?

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 11, 2016)
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First, thank you so much for all the added insight to scripture, tradition and other resources; it has been very helpful.

My question is whether or not Adam and Eve were the literal first two people created who then went on to populate the earth, if they were two of a tribe of people or if they were symbolic of the human race in its creation.

Two women in my Sunday school class from different backgrounds both stated that they had been taught that Adam and Eve were two of a large tribe created all at once. When I asked them how then the entire human species was then judged because of Adams sin they replied because Adam had some kind of special anointing that made the curse of sin not only pass downward among his generations, but also laterally among the rest of mankind.

I have a hard time believing this. The only argument they presented that I was unable to flat out refute was after Cain murdered Abel he pleaded with God not to send him away in fear of the other people who would seek and kill him. Seeing as at the time Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel were the only people alive the only people he would have been in fear of would now have only been his parents. I took the stance that he is foreseeing a future clan of kinsman seeking retribution, but I didn’t know if you had any more insight or if you’ve ever been confronted with this line of teaching. Thanks again for all of your help.


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Questions About Life In Heaven

Published: May 4, 2016 (Originally published: May 10, 2016)
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Hi! I have a few questions about life in Heaven…I’m wondering when we go to heaven will our new lives carry out – not so much the same as our earthly lives – but more with the same tendencies and emotions (but without sin of course) as on earth? Do you think we will have ‘relationships’ with fellow believers (i.e. best friends, lovers, parents, children) as we do on earth?

I guess the reason I’m wondering is that we were made in God’s image with similar emotions (love,joy,sadness etc) and there must be a reason that we are drawn to certain people in life more so than others…will we recognize family and friends, husbands and wives in heaven and still have stronger feelings for those people than others, or will it be every ‘believer’ for themselves – our earthly relationships diminished and a new ‘family’ developed with our fellow believers?

Thanks, and keep up the good work. You’ve been a great inspiration!


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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?