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Out Of The Time And Place

Published: April 26, 2016 (Originally published: April 29, 2016)
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In the posting of April 23, you addressed a question about the validity of the Rapture. While I was reading in that portion of Scripture, the phrase “to the coming of the Lord” from verse 15 of 1 Thessalonians 4 caught my attention. Reading the verse from the beginning, it reads “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep.” My question is what does Paul mean when he says those who remain “to the coming of the Lord…” Is this a timing statement?


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More On Praying For Israel

Published: April 26, 2016 (Originally published: April 29, 2016)
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Every day I grow sicker and sicker to my stomach when I read how the US is turning against Israel. I hate the thought of being included in that betrayal. I am only one person and feel so powerless to support the nation of God’s chosen people. I pray for them, but is there anything we can do to support them any other way?


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A Beginner’s Bible Study

Published: April 26, 2016 (Originally published: April 29, 2016)
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I was so thrilled that my roommate came to church with me on Easter Sunday. She isn’t walking with the Lord, although she calls herself a Christian. Afterward she expressed to me that something is missing in her life and that she feels broken.

She had some bad church experiences and Bible study experiences in the past. Even so, I thought it might be a neat idea to do a Bible study with her. It might be a good bonding thing for us, and she would feel more comfortable studying the Word with just me, and I know we would both learn. Do you know of a good study for a baby believer we could do together?


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Will We See God?

Published: April 26, 2016 (Originally published: April 28, 2016)
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Pastor Kelley, you are my “go to” guy when I can’t find answers in scripture. My Sunday school teacher has said that he does not believe we will literally see God’s face in eternity, since He is Spirit. Needless to say, my entire class of “oldie moldies” (including me) were very confused. In a class of about 20, 95% disagreed with him. Please give me guidance.


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Open To Misinterpretation?

Published: April 26, 2016 (Originally published: April 28, 2016)
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Reading various questions on your website I am reminded of a something I’ve wondered about for some time. When I became a Christian 7 years ago I went through a period of great dismay when I realized how much controversy there was in the church. God loving, sincere and selfless Christians had different teachings and beliefs on spiritual gifts, how to be baptized, prophecy today etc. Each of them could point convincingly to scripture to support their view. My question is this – Why is this so? When God gave us His word He knew there would be misunderstandings. Why do you think God left some teachings in His word open to misinterpretation?


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More On Cain And Abel

Published: April 6, 2016 (Originally published: April 26, 2016)
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I am teaching Sunday school ages 5-11. I am going to teach the story of Cain and Abel but I don’t have a good understanding of it myself, or I may be going too deeply into the story.

When someone asks why Cain’s offering wasn’t accepted is there an easy way for me to explain it or do I have to go into the whole thing about blood sacrifices. I don’t want them to get more confused. What offering was God initially looking for from Cain?


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Do We Have A Sin Nature Or Not?

Published: April 6, 2016 (Originally published: April 26, 2016)
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Does the new creation still have a sin nature or not? This seems to be a divisive theological problem.


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Was Judas Forgiven?

Published: April 6, 2016 (Originally published: April 26, 2016)
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My question is regarding Judas. Do you believe he was saved? If he was so grieved that he took his own life I can’t imagine him not being truly repentant. The last time I asked a pastor about this was maybe 20 years ago and he got very angry! Is it possible Jesus could even forgive Judas this grievous sin?


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Was It The Water?

Published: April 6, 2016 (Originally published: April 25, 2016)
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The Bible is not specific on this, but when Jesus walked on the water (John 6:19), do you suppose He spoke to the water and commanded it to solidify under His feet, or do you think the water automatically knew to solidify itself under the feet of God to allow Him to cross to the other side?


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More On When Did The Old Testament End?

Published: April 6, 2016 (Originally published: April 24, 2016)
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A friend asked me where in the Bible (verse) is it mentioned that this is the end of the Old testament and this is the beginning of the new testament, and also where it is mentioned that this is the end of the old covenant and the beginning of the new one?