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How things - hope well - I got a few questions. I was going over my studies in book of Deuteronomy on the curses. As I was going through them I realized at least 18 or maybe more fell upon Job. Yes I know what God said about him to satan. I see God had every right to say that about Job reason for that what job did daily the sacrifice for his children sanctified them but in order to do that he needed to be sanctified himself. After that according to Lev. 4:1-35 we can see in scripture what the Lord said to Solomon 1 Kg. 9: 4-5. So God had that right to say that but we can see things changed in his daily walk by Elihu confronting Job . Back to the cures Proverb 26:2 says no curse shall come upon you underserved. And 1 John 5:18 , Pro. 12:21 , Pro. 13:21 , Ps. 73: 1, Ps. 119: 67.
Could you help on this thanks God Bless
Always good to hear from you, my friend.
If I am understanding your question properly, I think the issue here is "curse". Job was not, in fact, "cursed". The passage you mention, Proverbs 26:2, affirms that believers cannot be "cursed" by other people or by the evil one and his minions.
"For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel."
Numbers 23:23a NKJV
Believers are tested, as Job was (though, blessedly, seldom to such an intense
degree). That is part and parcel of every Christian life (cf. Rev.1:9). And that
means believers are attacked by the evil one and his demons but God never
allows us to be tested beyond what we can endure and always provides a way out,
provided we hold up under the test (1Cor.10:13).
Believers who turn away from the Lord a little or a lot DO come in for divine discipline (link), but that is meant to turn us around, so it is actually a blessing, even if it seems like cursing at the time:
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11 NKJV
Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
You have been helping me to understand the scripture in the proper context. A Bible teacher sent me this mail that says Saving and wonder-working faiths are different. But to me, there is one faith that is defined in Hebrews 11. I know you have written many articles on the subject. Your Yes or No to his following mail would suffice.
Reading the accepted commentary on 1st Cor. 11-14 it is clear that"
saving faith " is different to wonder-working faith. Saving faith is
sufficient for that purpose. Jesus once told the disciples "Oh! ye of
little faith" Lk.12:28. Act 3. gives the story of the lame man being
healed through Peter and John. 1Cor. 12: "Faith, this is not saving
faith but wonder-working faith.-to move mountains' .Gifts of healing-
This has in mind gifts whereby the healing of the sick was affected.
Acts 4:30. This indicated that a special gift is necessary every time
healing occurs. The gift does not produce divine healers but divine
I am forwarding these commentary extracts as they are thought provoking.
Thank you and may God Bless You.
Good to hear from you, my friend.
Here's what I read in scripture:
One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Ephesians 4:5 NIV
Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.
2nd Peter 1:1 NIV
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just [by faith] shall live by faith.
Romans 1:17 NKJV
The last verse above shows not that there are different kinds of faith,
but that faith grows (or should) as we progress in our Christian lives.
Our Lord frequently made that point, not only with the verse quoted in
this email you report, but also when He spoke of having "faith as small
as a mustard seed" being sufficient for great deeds.
We all are born again with a minimum of faith, but as we grow in the truth and as that truth and our faith in it are tested in this world, we grow more solid and deeper in our faith as we pass these tests and continue to take in the truth. We have believed in the Lord for salvation. What is needed thereafter is to keep exercising that same "free-will faith" in response to Him and to His truth (Phil.3:16). That is how we grow (for those few who are actually growing), and that is how we become strong in faith rather than weak (Rom.4:19; cf. Jas.2:5).
But faith believes in, responds to, and applies the truth only. The Spirit only uses the truth we have stored in our hearts to help us act in faith. If we believe something that is NOT true, no matter how strongly we believe a lie, it will always be a lie. So it doesn't matter that we have "great faith" in someone's ability to heal us if that person is not from God and/or does not actually have the gift of healing (which gift stopped being given after the completion of the canon of scripture in the first century). Charlatans who wish to manipulate us often tell good Christians that they are not getting what they want because "you don't have enough faith", but that is a lie. We can grow in our faith and we should all do so that is accomplished through learning the truth of scripture by Bible reading and consistently accessing a good teaching ministry wherein we believe the truth we are taught. But faith does not give us the right to dictate to God what He is doing or will do. Understanding that and accepting that is faith responding to the truth. Trying to make something not true to be true never works, no matter how much emotion and supposed "faith" is applied.
Yours in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
I pray all is well with you and your family. Thanks for the documents you sent.
Heb 12:14 states" Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord."
1 Pt 1:14-16 "As obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holey in all manner of conversation [behavior/lifestyle]: Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy."
Mt 5:48 "Be perfect as your father in heaven is perfect"
The word perfect based on the Greek etymology means lacking nothing, mature, complete, etc. So the Lord is correct perfection is attainable if the Spirit of the risen Lord is in you because our Lord is perfect. This translates to Heb 12:14 which states without holiness, i.e, perfection, no man shall see the Lord. If I am interpreting this correctly, living a blameless life in the sight of the Lord, holiness, i.e., perfection, (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Cor 5:17), is achievable by the word of God by doing His Word and will and leading of the Spirit. So holiness and perfection are one and the same and is a mandate based on the Word of God (1 Pt 1:14-16) because it is God who wills us to do it (Phil 2:13)
What is your interpretation of Heb 12:14 in relations to Mt 5:48 and 1 Pt 1:14-16?
I appreciate your insight.
In Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior
Peace, holiness and perfection are related, but they are all different
biblical concepts. Peace has to do with wholeness; holiness has to do
with separation; perfection has to do with integrity and completeness
(maturity; cf. Phil.3:15). While many superficially want to relate these
all to Christian behavior regarding gross sin, that is only a part of
it. A Christian who is pursuing peace is seeking to be whole in every
way in his/her relationship with the Lord, and this closeness with the
Lord is built upon response to the truth (staying away from gross sin
being only a part of that and really only possible when there is genuine
spiritual growth); a Christian who is pursuing holiness seeks to be
separate from the world and instead close to God in all things, not just
in avoiding certain kinds of sins (and the godliness of looking at the
world His way is what makes that possible with consistency); the
integrity of character that embodies Christian spiritual maturity
(perfection) is a result of and leads to doing what is right at all
times (not just avoiding some of what is wrong at some times).
1st John is a good epistle to read to gain perspective on this. All Christians need to keep in mind that we have a mandate from the Lord to be sinless, to be perfect, to be holy, to be whole in our relationship with Him and with each other and this is true even though we do have sin natures. The result of these competing truths is that we are in a fight to the end. We can have victory, but that requires consistency in spiritual growth through the truth and in aggressive application of the truth in our lives.
Most of this for Christians who have passed beyond the baby stage has to do with passing tests and learning the subtleties of fitting truth in principle practically into the complexities of our daily lives. Putting away obvious and gross patterns of sin on the one hand and developing a solid regime of spiritual growth are initial entry-level achievements without which not much good will happen. And while in the opening phases of a life actually lived for the Lord both of these attitudes will be tested, and while since none of us is perfect there will be times when we fall down on one or both (often both, since backing off of spiritual growth is the quickest way to make oneself vulnerable to temptation), as we move forward this "sword and shield" of Christian warfare, while they do take maintenance and can't ever be taken for granted, are part of our basic functioning as believers, leaving us free to pursue the ministries the Lord has for us.
(10) So come what may, draw strength from the Lord and be strengthened through His powerful might. (11) Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand firm against the tricks of the devil. (12) For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against [angelic] princes, against [angelic] authorities, against the cosmic powers of this [present] darkness, against evil spirits in the heavenly realms. (13) Keeping that in mind, put on God's complete set of armor so that you may be able to resist attack on the day evil surrounds you, and stand your ground once you have done all that it is your responsibility to do (i.e., prior spiritual growth and present spiritual application). (14) So stand your ground, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and having dressed your feet in preparation for [sharing] the gospel of peace (i.e., reconciliation with God as the result of faith in Christ). (16) And at all times take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery missiles of the evil one. (17) And [in this spiritual warfare] put on the helmet of salvation and gird on the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of truth.
Keeping you in my prayers every day, my friend.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
[trying to reach friend who is falling into new age practices such as contemplative prayer]
First of all, I'm happy to discuss this with you, so no apology
Second, I am also happy to ratify and validate absolutely everything you said to your friend. It was as perfect as I could imagine it being. Not to give you a swelled head, but your friend is definitely blessed to have such a friend as you, someone who not only cares about her but who is willing to do battle for her in this way and does so in a manner that is totally truthful and very helpfully so.
It's not uncommon for the Lord to give us ministries or parts of our ministry where the work is hard and not immediately rewarding. Indeed, these sorts of "jobs" often fall to those best prepared and best equipped to handle them, through being genuinely spiritually mature and possessing sufficient spiritual tenacity. The Lord has definitely put this one "on your plate", and you are doing your job just exactly right. You are being patient, yet standing firm for the truth. You are listening and responding, but you are ever guiding your friend to the truth. This is precisely how our Lord witnessed the truth to the hard of heart generation to which He came. It's not easy to be patient and persevere, to be courageous and circumspect all at the same time. But that is precisely what "tough nuts" like this take if they are ever going to crack.
And of course we have to accept going in that the decision is all in the other person's court; he/she will hear the voice of the Spirit if we are doing our job right, but we can't make them accept the truth as true since even the Spirit who certainly could do that most certainly does not (it's all about free will in the end). This can be frustrating, so we have to be careful to remember that the Lord is pleased with us "doing our job", whatever task He has given us. It's just as misguided, therefore, to be overly hard on ourselves because the "hard field" doesn't seen to want to yield the crop we are hoping for in spite of intense cultivation, as it is to be overly self-congratulatory if He gives us an "easy field" where the response falls into our laps like ripe fruit. Farmers have to be patient, especially in these sorts of circumstances (Jas.5:7). And we have to accept that it may be the Lord's will for us to provide the witness, even in the face of a lack of response. We are evaluated (and rewarded) according to what we do, not according to how others may or may not respond to our legitimate and godly efforts (it's a common self-delusion of evangelist ministries to measure effectiveness by "souls [putatively] saved").
For what it's worth, I was cheering when I read this email I don't know how anyone could have done better.
I've been and will continue to be praying for your friend.
Keep up the good work for Jesus Christ that is precisely what we have been called to do.
Your friend in our dear Savior.
I'm glad to hear that you've made some progress in getting through to
your friend. What she does with the witness you've provided remains to
be seen. But I do promise to continue in prayer with you for her.
It's like I've said before. Spiritual growth is like the growth of a tree. It starts as a seedling, but before you know it, it has become a towering tree in a very quiet and invisible way. And we often do not see the change in ourselves as clearly as others see it in us. What we do see is the world changing. Or perhaps it isn't changing as much as we are changing the way we look at it. In any case, we are drawing closer to Jesus Christ, and that makes all the difference.
I appreciate you in the Lord, my friend. Keep on growing.
In Jesus Christ our dear Savior,
Also, I do see the world differently now. I have absolutely no interest in it whatsoever! The things that used to interest me just don't anymore. I spend my evenings praying and reading my bible or your teaching or researching stuff for my friend. The horrible things that go on in this world as terrible as they are to see and hear just don't surprise me anymore. I know exactly why it's all happening - Satan is the god of this world after all and we're nearing the end. I don't feel like I belong here at all and I just can't wait for our Lord Jesus to come back.
Is that the sort of thing you mean?
Your friend in Jesus
In terms of how we see the world, yes indeed. But of course we also come
to see our lives as important to the Lord which they are. And we come
to see every day as an opportunity to serve Him. We look forward to His
return, and also to the reward He's promised us and that is both a
legitimate and even a necessary perspective (Heb.11:6).
In terms of people seeing us, when we have the attitude deeply etched in our heart that we really don't care about this world, there is a peace and a courage in the Spirit that shines through. It's hard to hide.
And of course it's not just you against millions it's you and the Spirit (who is equal to all opposition put together). I have seen many such things before, but I'm notoriously bad at predicting the future. Things have a way of turning out other than what I had expected. I've learned to live with that. No one knows what the outcome of your efforts will be except the Lord. Not even your friend knows, because we are often pretty bad judges (especially as unbelievers or wayward believers) even of what is going on in our own hearts. But one thing I can say for certain is that you are not going to lose the reward you are earning by doing what the Lord wants you to do. We are rewarded "according to our own labor" (1Cor.3:8), not in accordance with the response we get, whether that is phenomenal or non-existent. We are down here to do what the Lord wants us to do. If the Spirit is directing you to persevere in this witness, then that's what you should do, regardless of frustration with the (apparent) lack of movement. The plan of God is perfect. And everything in it is perfect. We have to accept the fact that even as mature believers well-versed in the scriptures and also in the truth they contain, there is even so much about what happens in this world that we have a hard time explaining.
Then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.
Ecclesiastes 8:17 NIV
But we trust the Lord that there is a reason for everything because
everything is perfect in the plan and that it's all working out for
the good for us who love Him (Rom.8:28).
Keeping you in my prayers daily, my friend.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Yes, I do see every day as an opportunity to serve the Lord. Whoever or whatever comes my way in the day I always have Him in my mind. I really could do much better though and I want to try harder.
My job is not to be the Holy Spirit, my job is to be the spokesperson for the Lord and to speak the truth. Then I just let Him do His work and not worry about anything else.
I'm sure it will be ok though. I'm still trusting the Lord on the job front too. It will all be ok.
I hope things are ok for you healthwise as well.
Your friend in our dear Lord Jesus
I think it's typical for humble people who are also relatively shy to
always feel they're not "out there" enough; similarly, humble people who
are naturally outgoing generally imagine they always come on too strong.
People who lack humility always think they're doing it right regardless.
A little introspection is OK as long as we don't allow it to paralyze
us. Remember, this is a fight. All fights are messy and never go
according to plan. If we are preparing for the fight, putting ourselves
out there into the fight, and fighting as best we can, well, there's not
much else to be done. We will get better with experience and continuing
growth. But it's always dangerous to get hung up on our methods in the
LAST fight. Better to take joy in continuing to do battle for the Lord
today and going forward. I do think it is true that the Lord is
preparing you and helping you develop the best approach. And you are
learning a lot as you diligently prepare and that is all to the good.
So, yes, even if the results are slow in coming or even non-existent
this is far from a futile exercise. After all, one of the things we all
have to come to terms with is that it's not about us, so there may be a
great result (for which we really do not deserve the credit) or a
disappointing result (even though we gave it our best). The Lord is
employing us as He sees fit for the benefit of His Church. Our job is to
be grateful to be a part of all this and do our best. That is what we
are rewarded for, results as the world sees them or not.
Thanks for the positive health report (keeping this in prayer). I'm about over all the after effects of this "plague", but still somewhat tired and of course I feel somewhat behind on things as a result as well. Tomorrow begins what I hope will be a "regular week" for the first time in a while.
Yes it WILL all be OK. The plan is absolutely perfect, and working our for the absolute good for us who love the Lord Jesus Christ more than life. Our job is to accept what comes in trust that He has it all under control (which of course He most certainly does).
Your friend in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Wow! You really do catch flak. But of course that means your "getting
close to the target". From what you write here, it does sound as if this
new system has as its true purpose keeping out individuals that "they"
want kept out but don't have a legitimate way of keeping out. Your
attitude is so encouraging to me, my friend. If the Lord is working
things out this way, it has to be good and for a reason, even though
there is pain involved. That's the definition of a spiritual test. It's
uncomfortable and challenging, but we trust the Lord even when things
seem to be falling apart. Funny thing is, even though they keep falling
and falling, somehow they never all hit bottom at once. Somehow we make
it through even when it seemed impossible. Somehow when we put that foot
down in the stream there is always another rock there just below the
surface so we don't fall in. Somehow. But we know how. It's the Lord.
One thing I always admire about you and yours is how you always put what's right ahead of everything else. You have great spiritual and moral courage, and there's nothing much better than that. You are a great encouragement to me! Doing the right thing is always the right thing, even when it costs especially when it costs. But the Lord honors that. The test is that we don't see the direct connection, even though we know it's all connected. He can bless us more than the entire world put together. And He does bless us with what we really need and with the things are that are really the most important to us in fact. You have a great family who love you as you love them. In the history of the world, this is an exception, not the rule. And none of that can be bought with money, not even trillions.
Spring is around the corner here in Louisville, even though it's been a frigid sub-freezing week. I'm sure ready for it. I'm beginning to understand why old people move to Florida.
In Jesus our dear Savior,
[gaining courage in witnessing but concerned about method]
I don't think you should second guess yourself on this. When it comes to
sharing the truth, the Spirit knows the right time and place and way. If
we rely on our own reason on these sorts of things we could debate the
incident in our head endlessly for all time to come and not be any
closer to "the answer" because the RIGHT answer depends upon things we
cannot know, namely, what's going on in the heart of those we would be
Stick with yes or no, and live with the decisions you make. Leave fine tuning to the Spirit.
In Jesus our dear Savior,
So our friend emailed me regarding a pastorally centered study group yesterday. He stated you suggested I join.
First, I certainly didn't mean to distress you with this, my friend. I
thought of this community as not only academic but spiritually supportive. In
any case, I've let the guys know that for the moment you're a bit booked-up.
One thing I've learned about life is that, just like my dear departed dad used to say, "everything is always over". I've found that to be true of good things but also of bad things and everything in between. I know you're in a rough spot at the moment, my friend. But the Lord knows that too, and He is not only all-sufficient to get us through whatever we need to get through; He also knows how much we can take. In my experience and observation, He often lets us get to a place that we consider WAY over the breaking point. But looking back I can see that in all such cases, while it might have been close, He never let me fall in (1Cor.10:13).
I'm praying for your deliverance daily, my friend.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Im looking more for your input. I only wish to do my job, I just have
no idea what it is anymore. I want to teach, but how do I ever learn
whats needed? Our friend has been or is in school for training in
languages and has all sorts of other things going for him. How could I
help do you think?
You know more what I go through than anyone but my closest so I trust you, I just dont want to alienate or upset people anymore.
Please let me know.
I'm happy to have you write me any time, group or no group. Everyone else likely
to be in there is at a different level of preparation. Our friend is the only
one who's had the benefit of college-with-ministry-in-mind, and he was not able
to devote all of it to language prep since he needed to be concerned about
getting a job afterwards. So, knowing the folks on the list, you all have "life
challenges" and a lot of competition for your time and energy in the quest to
prepare and to teach. You may be "top of the list" in that regard, but they've
all got hurdles to get over. We're all gifted in slightly different ways. When I
was presented with the concept, I was pretty sure it would end up being more
than a "let's discuss the interpretation of Hebrews 7:3" type of group. It's not
supposed to "accomplish something" other than mutual encouragement and
Your friend in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
I haven't talked to you in a while. May I ask how you are doing?
May I also ask you a quick question about Paul? You don't have to answer, of course. The question is related to his affinity with Greek literature and mythology. He knew the works enough to quote them as he did, presumably he must have spent a lot of time reading it. How did he do that without letting it affect him? Or do you think it was just something everyone knew, and not that he poured over it personally? Or maybe something he just poured over when younger and retained memory of (I mean I imagine he didn't take Homer on his missionary travels). (Or did he?).
I definitely do understand it better now as it not being a sin but still more of a 'what is the wisest choice' question. I mean do think it affects everyone, though some more than others, but as a 'questionable matters' thing. I would think Lot shows that culture does affect, and that maybe the line about bad company corrupting good morals can be extended to what we watch and read. And I would think that generally the wiser choice is to do less of that stuff. But I get confused on Paul because he doesn't seem to hold it at arm's length. (Unless it is was I mentioned before).
Things have been a bit hectic. Giant elm broke in half and took out the
back fence as well as neighbor's garage about ten days ago; tree is gone
(at an astronomical price); working with the insurance company is
toe-jamb. Cable company still hasn't put the lines back up. This looks
like it'll go on for weeks.
I do think I understand where you are coming from on this question. Paul does seem to know his Classics, and seems to be widely read therein as well. This could all stem from his youth. Of all the people I read about in the Bible, Paul seems to me to have come as close as a sinful human being could after salvation to be in a 100% all the time for the Lord mode. The rest of us usually need some down time. How we relax is an issue if it leads us into any sort of sinful conduct or makes us susceptible to wrong points of view. But that is largely a matter of personal application. In other words, it's fair to say that, e.g., pornography is something all Christians should avoid; most Disney movies only if they cause problems. We all have limited time, and our choices in this world which affect our eternal rewards are always bound up in our use of that time. So the more we look at our "spare time" (after essentials are taken care of) as a resource that could be used for the kingdom of God, the more we are looking at the issue the right way. As mentioned, there aren't many Pauls out there; for the rest of us, seeing the issue correctly AND trying to stay away from things that we know are not particularly good for US (even if they might not trip up others) is the next important perspective to have.
Yours in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
I am so sorry to hear about the tree. I am glad no one was injured. I
will pray for you about it and your finances.
I was reading some pieces that depict a certain sin and I noticed I was less disgusted by it and more leaning towards almost thinking God was unreasonable. Maybe it is something that I should get over, or maybe it is a warning. But it seems like any activity one may engage in is like this. Heck if you want to learn Greek and start reading the Classics it seems to be chock full of Greek gods.
I hope you are ok. I had a bit of hard time at work, but reading the Bible always makes me feel better. Especially thinking about the Future.
Thank you. [omitted]
I was thinking of Zephaniah 3:9 but I may I'm off on the application.
And yes we all need downtime. No matter what I do I can't cut that one out.
Things are still in limbo, so thanks for the prayers! God always works
everything out for good; our part is to stay patient until He does.
Sorry to hear that work has been difficult (I'll try to remember to keep that in prayer I do pray for you daily).
Nothing in the Christian life is static. We are either going forward or we are going backward, and our forward progress can often be somewhat of a zig-zag. We may develop some good habits then let them slide a bit for whatever reason and we know that of course everything good we do is going to be opposed by the world, our sinful flesh, and the evil one. So we do have to "stay alert" (see the link). Focusing on the wonderful things to come (our hope), as you are doing, is a key part of keeping our balance here in the world.
It's a good point that merely being in the world makes perfection impossible. Only our Lord ever accomplished that. And we have sin natures, so . . .
During the Millennium, the Lord will see to it that stumbling blocks are removed. But in spite of a thousand years of perfect environment and perfect government, sinful human beings will still rebel when they have the opportunity (Ps.2:1-12; Rev.20:7-9).
Technology is interesting and I do take advantage of it. It's made some good things possible (like Ichthys); it's also made some terrible things possible. The full potential of the latter will no doubt only be clear once the Tribulation begins.
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
Hello Mr. Luginbill.
I have been praying for you and I thank you for referring me to our friend. He is a man of God and I look forward to looking into his ministry more.
The past six months have been extremely difficult. I will not lie Mr. Luginbill. These many months have been terrible, but also a good learning experience I must add. I know I have emailed you a good few times during this period and it is always an encouragement. But change comes down to the individual, it is my responsibility to grow spiritually and prepare for ministry, a responsibility which I have accepted. I knew you knew this and I thought it would make you happy to hear me say it to you. As to my difficulties, my schedule has been making spiritual growth extremely difficult. 24 hours of school during the day, and then 24 hours of work at night which comes to 48 hours. The amount of hours is not the issue. It's the timing, going from day to night like that which throws my body's time clock way off which is what I can't handle. The body is trying to make up its mind of whether to sleep at night or during the day. The work is physical and strenuous so I come back early morning exhausted with only a few hours to sleep before its time for me to get up and go to school. But I need time with the Lord before I go to school, otherwise I am more prone to messing up and sinning while I'm there. This past Thursday was terrible for me. I got home from work and went to sleep hoping to get up earlier to spend time with the Lord. I get up and I feel so groggy, stressed and agitated that I can barley pull off an effective prayer to the Lord. I was extremely mad and not acting like myself, but then again many people are when they are sleep deprived. It can bring the worst out of a person. It most certainly did that day. So I quit my part time job which I had been at for 7 years and gave my two week notice. I have more than enough money saved up to sustain me for the next few years or so, but I will hopefully be getting a __ job as an apprentice sometime during/after August of this year. I knew that something had to finally give, as I just couldn't take it anymore. The Lord comes first.
Mr. Luginbill, this may seem like a really dumb question, but do you think a 40/50 hour work week is too much time to be able to do a teaching ministry? I'm obviously not in such a ministry now but I'm thinking of my future. I don't think it sounds bad. I am well aware of course that we still have to make a living to get by in this life, "whoever does not work shall not eat". I do however know some people, believers in fact, who are working 60-90 hours a week, and from what they tell me they say they barely have time for anything else. In my opinion, if a person's job is taking away their time with the Lord, then they need to get another job. I have no clue how a believer can grow spiritually working that much, it sounds so depressing and exhausting. I don't know how much you work, and forgive me if you work similar hours (if so then you're a super human lol) but to me it just seems that such a person needs to get their priorities straight, especially if it is hindering them spiritually.
I'll do whatever it takes to grow spiritually; so many believers I know, especially from a church I came from years ago, put so much emphasis on getting a good career and making good money but they don't stress spiritual growth. Like, after I quit my job I overheard a relation of mine who I worked with talking to another employee showing his disapproval for my choice to quit my job, and one of them is a believer talking about this to an unbeliever! And he has no idea it was mostly done to help me grow spiritually. Not even that, but its not even an issue financially in the first place. But that's Laodicea.
Overall I know spiritual growth requires obedience, and without it there will be discipline, which I have a lot coming my way. Giving things up is not the end of it all but it does help. I gave up music, I gave up facebook, I gave up movies, the church, friends/fellowship, and now my job. Nothing wrong with any of those things, but they were distractions that needed to be thrown out of my life because they just weren't helping my spiritual growth. As I said before, growth requires faith/obedience, nothing done in the power of the flesh will fix the issue; at most only make it a little easier to bear, such as quitting my job and getting more sleep for example.
I am very excited for this year, especially the summer. I will have more time than ever over the next few months to spend with the Lord and take advantage of this time. I am currently still going through pneumatology and it has been extremely helpful. The word is always encouraging as long as you are willing to listen to and obey it.
Before I leave I will say that I will probably be emailing you a lot less from here on out. You have answered my questions, and its time for me to be getting on down the road with my walk. I have taken in a lot of knowledge thanks to your teaching the word but knowledge needs to be applied. I prayed that this would be a year of spiritual growth and the Lord has given me everything I need to accomplish just that. I look forward to continuing in your studies. You should hear from me again in the not too distant future, and hopefully I will have a much better report/update to give you then. The fight is very difficult now, but it will become easier with time.
1st Peter 5:10
I'm keeping you in daily prayer, my friend. Your decision is a sacrifice
for the Lord. Clearly, the world says "make money" and while it is
legitimate to work (and necessary too), taking the road you are taking
makes for hardships that others who are not trying to prepare for
ministry do not have. In my observation and experience, you will not
regret this in the long run even though it will probably have it's own
set of tests accompanying it. Obviously, we cannot do everything. We
have limited time. We have to choose. Choices which put the Lord first,
even though they may cost us, are good ones and in my observation and
experience ESPECIALLY when they cost us. We all have different strengths
and weaknesses. If the position we are in does not allow us to do what
is most important to us, then change for the better is good even if it
requires that we step out of the boat of worldly security and walk on
the water with Lord in faith. He will keep you up.
I also hope that the new forum our brother is working on will be a source of encouragement, guidance, inspiration and help for you. Yes, our friend is the best!
Feel free to write me any time!
In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,
When I was reading The Vanity of Life (link), I'm convinced you secretly know some of the people I know. You write about them in detail. Striving for progress, accomplishment and wealth and then they often say to me, "we only have one shot at this life so we have to make the most of it." Even in their retirement they manically fill their days to distract them from the thought of death. I've seen it so much to the point where I think if you carry on like this you're going to send yourself to the grave even sooner through sheer exhaustion!
Life really is pointless without the Lord. I'm so glad we're His.
Your friend in Jesus
On "people we know", I think most of the world goes this same way, at
the least the "achievers" do. The Greeks called this struggle striving
for arete, "excellence", and the Romans had the same bug at
least the well-to-do ones. If you're trying to scrape out enough to stay
alive, you have a different point of view, but that too, as you say, is
totally pointless without the Lord. One would think that more people
would eventually "get the point" in the face of inevitable death. It
only goes to show just how much people are generally unwilling to
surrender their will to His, the "rather rule in hell than serve in
heaven" idea, I suppose. Except that their hopes regarding hell are
going to be gravely disappointed.
In Jesus Christ our Lord in whom we have life eternal our blessed hope that will NOT be disappointed.
Thank you for your response, it's always spot on and taken in as good
[details about abuse omitted]
I'm certainly not going to second-guess you and your applications here.
Whatever you all decide on these matters is up to you, and I have great
confidence that two fine Christians committed to spiritual growth are
going to make better decisions in a complicated situation like this than
I or any other third party could ever hope to.
I too have a tendency to take up for people, family or those for whom I feel responsible, when I feel that they are being given the short end of the stick. I have done and said some things in my life as a result that have surprised some, appalled others, and even caused me some long-term regret. Not always, though, even if there was a serious cost for doing what I did. In any case, the Christian life is about looking forward and doing better tomorrow, even if we didn't do so well today . . . or even if we are not certain how to evaluate what we did. I feel that if I acted out of love and good intentions, not giving over to fear of consequences but doing what I thought was right, well, if I broke some eggs, I'll just have to clean up the mess and go out and find some more. With things like this, there is rarely a perfect solution. I admire people who put up with suffering and injustice, casting their cares on the Lord. I try to do that when it's "me". I have a harder time with it when it's someone I love. I probably ought to regret some of the brouhahas that this tendency has gotten me into in my life there certainly WERE consequences. But my attitude is, if I'm convicted of sin, I confess it. Otherwise, I learn as best I can from the experience and try to do better in the future, remembering that it's futile to get wrapped up in the past. I'm not going to stop being who I am; I do try to listen to the Spirit.
Keeping you both and this situation in my prayers,
Thank you Bob so much for this!
You are completely and absolutely right of course. It's also a great relief to hear this! We don't need to go out and rescue the world and save mankind from himself as a) Jesus has already done this completely and perfectly b) God is in ultimate control of everything even though the devil may have some sway for a season c) that if we get involved we do more harm than good both to ourselves and the people we are trying to help.
I've just realised that I have an unnatural desire to stop bad things from happening. It's an actual malfunction I have. Due to the life I had before becoming a Christian, I was a fixer. This is mainly because as a young child and even a baby, my parents made me feel as though it was my responsibility to make them happy. It created a trauma in me whereby I felt the need to be a "people pleaser" to the point that my own welfare suffered and I became resentful.
You are completely right. I am now seeing that going about things by the way of the world is not for us. It's funny but this year is the first time in my life I have thought about not voting. I am so disgusted by the behaviour of both main parties and I feel like my political side is falling away.
I have to say that I am getting enormous peace from reading the bible as I feel the Holy Spirit within me! I have a reading plan for every day now. I'm really enjoying it and it is amazing spiritual food. I have urged my family to start reading it but they have preconceived ideas about it. They think it will be stolid and forbidding and without beauty or interest. They couldn't be further from the truth! Oh well, I bought them a red letter bible and it's up to them whether they look inside to find the treasures therein.
I am starting to trust in God about everything and learning to lay everything down; sadness, anger, hurt, pride and fear at Jesus feet and then I am immediately unburdened. I am getting into the process of letting Jesus be the gatekeeper of my mind. If whatever I am thinking or looking at or about to do is displeasing to Jesus then I will do without. I am not perfect at this or without sin but I am a different person now and I realise the change of heart is because of Faith in Jesus and the Grace of God.
I am only now realising the enormity of "The truth will set you free" and "Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest", I am now understanding what this means.
I read a quote today by Theodor Adorno which summed up exactly the position the world finds itself in that I am no longer satisfied with. Adorno is talking about popular culture but I think this also applies (in my view) to secular culture.
"The phrase, the world wants to be deceived, has become truer than had ever been intended. People are not only, as the saying goes, falling for the swindle; if it guarantees them even the most fleeting gratification they desire a deception which is nonetheless transparent to them."
I no longer fall for this deception and am grateful for being given the eyes to see.
Thanks again for your guidance and support!
I praise the Lord for you, and for your wonderful and rapid spiritual
growth in the truth!
Excellent about letting go of negative emotions and letting the Lord be the gatekeeper of your mind. That is exactly it! It is a challenge though, so hold fast to this good perspective. It will be challenged. The evil one does not take such spiritual advance lying down, and the sin nature rebels against such good discipline too and the world, as in your quote, proclaims it false and folly with every breath. But you are on the right path and making excellent headway! That is the way that the crowns of reward are won. Be pleased to keep reading your Bible and keep studying (hopefully through Ichthys) day by day and keep on putting truth to the lies that bombard us in the world and in living our lives in it (for we are not "of it").
I'm most encouraged by your emails, my friend. I'll be keeping you and yours in my prayers. I hope they do begin to read their Bibles. This does make all the difference. But it all has to start with a spark of personal desire to seek the Lord instead of self. I praise Him that He is your life more and more day by day.
In Jesus Christ whom we love more than anything in this temporary world.
Thank you very much as always.
It's been one rather trying week. It's still loads better than what once was, but I did get a little more attentive, perhaps, to still not having a job.
How are you doing, Sir? Any progress with the fence, tree, your exercising?
Always doing my best to pray for you, Sir.
Your student in our precious Lord
Things here are about the same thanks for asking (and thanks for your
I'll be keeping you in prayer on this latest approach to work. I know that you've been having a tough time with all this, but I also know that the Lord has the perfect solution for you down the road. Sometimes we wish we could see down the road to that "place"; in my life experience, however, I'm pretty grateful I did NOT see a lot of the things that were coming ahead of time. But the Lord has always delivered me "through fire and water" and brought me safe to the other side. And, you know, we DO "know what's coming" at the very end of this road: resurrection, reunion, reward, and an internal inheritance in New Jerusalem hand in hand with each other and face to face with the Lord we love more than life.
Keeping you and your families in my prayers, my friend.
In Jesus our dear Savior,
[details about earlier abuse and present claims from disreputable family
Always the guilt, it never stops.
Thanks again for catching that mistake. I rely on my readers to be my
On your family, honestly, I don't see that you have much to feel obligated about. People who have disowned you and mistreated you physically hardly have any claim for reciprocity. A person can be respectful ("honor") without having to take on the obligation of total support, especially when that is far from necessary. Because, if I'm not mistaken, this is all completely hypothetical at present, right? I mean, none of your questionable kith and kin are starving to death or walking around naked. In fact, they are better off than you are (in material terms).
So my advice would be to move on and stop scratching at this open wound. In time, it might heal. Learning to walk away from the past is a spiritual growth skill that most of us have to master to get anywhere in the Christian life (even if we are all turning our backs on somewhat different things). Guilt is one of the devil's ace trumps, and he always seems to use it to great effect. But if the Lord is happy with you and you are in full fellowship with Him through confession and forward spiritual progress (1Jn.1:1-10) then it's a mistake to second guess and look back.
In Jesus our dear Savior,
[details about concerns over spare time usage omitted]
I think we've talked about this sort of thing before. Some people are
more vulnerable to X than to Y while others are the other way around. As
we grow spiritually, we learn how to put limits on anything that might
compromise or endanger us. So as with your example of alcohol, some
people can have a few drinks and suffer no adverse effects and not be
particularly tempted to fall into sin; some have to stop at "one";
others need to stay completely away from the stuff lest everything fall
All things in the world which are not necessary and not necessarily sinful fall into the category of discretion. We are here to make choices and choosing for Jesus is always the best choice. As said many times, no doubt, the Lord does not begrudge us basic rest and recreation. But we are supposed to avoid anything outright sinful, and it is wise to avoid things that have other adverse effects. For some people, in terms of certain things, "it's all good"; while for other things "any is bad"; and for others, "less is more"; and for still other things "none is best" but all this mostly depends on the individual involved.
In Jesus our dear Savior,
Thanks again for your help. I did think this was the case, but I think I misunderstood what you had written in the link and got a bit confused. I'm always striving to walk in the light and I get really frustrated with myself when I slip up even in the tiniest way. Better to be like that though than to not care at all.
It's encouraging to know I've grown since then and not stood still in the same place. I can see how important spiritual growth is, even the tiniest amount and to draw closer and closer to the Lord. I still have a long way to go and much more to learn but I can say for sure I'm red hot and not lukewarm!
[details about learning to cope with abusive family omitted]
Your friend in Jesus
That is an excellent perspective and one I often try to point out to believers
who are tackling spiritual growth. Progress is definite, progress is daily (if
we are consistent), but progress is also incremental. Just as when we haven't
looked at that bush in the garden for a minute but come upon it today and
realize it's doubled in size since the previous year (e.g., Mk.4:26-32). One
effect of this for believers is that we divorce ourselves from the worldly
perspective of those around us, unbelievers but also other Christians who are
not growing, with every spiritual advance, until we get to the point of seeing
the world as it truly is and evaluating it with a godly perspective while others
are stuck in their "of the world" point of view. So we have to remember that
point and take it into account when we are dealing with, coping with, and
sometimes trying to reason with the spiritual dead and spiritual infantile. But
whenever we do have one of these "wow! how the bush has grown!" moments, we give
glory to the Lord for His truth and for how far He has brought us.
You have REALLY helped me out too, and not only with the wonderful editing. I am always encouraged by your spiritual perspective.
Thanks for your prayers!
In Jesus our dear Lord and Savior,
P.S.: If you haven't noticed or already done so, please check out the list of wonderful ministry offerings on the Special Topics page, including postings by Bartek Sylwestrzak (*series on Mary now complete!), Christian Vassallo, John Jackson, "Bible Readings by Emma", Bible Reading Log by Christian Vassallo (helps for reading through the English Bible), The Holocaust: A Biblical and Historical Examination (Future Implications) by Fred London, the Expanded Index to Old Testment translations at Ichthys, Foundational Principles, by Odii Ariwodo, and, most recently, "The Peter series" translated into Kiswahili by Resi Kilambo.
Special Prayer Requests
A special word of thanks to all who have been praying for this ministry. The Lord has brought about a great deliverance for me and mine. I am forever grateful to Him, and also to all of you who have been faithfully interceding for me and for this ministry.
The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.
Addendum: 12/24/16: I also want to thank everyone who has been praying for my family and especially for my mother. She passed away yesterday morning at the age of ninety-six. Considering the sad shape she was in, it was a blessing that the Lord took her when He did. She died "full of years" in the company of those who loved her, and now she is with the Lord and nothing is better than that (Phil.1:23; Rev.7:17; 21:4).
Update on Urgent Prayer Request For Vau (5/29/19):
Hello Brother Bob, Vau passed this morning. He is now with our Lord. Please continue to lift our family up in prayer.
Sister Shevetta Washington
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Spiritual Warfare IV: Demons, Demonic Influences and Satanic Methodology
Satan's Fall from Grace
Atheism and Gnosticism: Denying the Truth about God
Sin, Salvation and Forgiveness: Claiming the Mental and Spiritual High-Ground
Struggling with Salvation . . . and Relatives
Legalism, Past and Present II
Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry II
All about Ichthys II: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord
The Book of Job and Christian Suffering
Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers III: Creationism, Neanderthals, Fossil Record
Christology Questions IV: Jesus' Birth, Baptism, Early Life, and Kenosis
Third Party Testimony III: Near Death Experiences, Revelations and Tongues
Third Party Testimony II: Charismatic Claims of Visions, Dreams and Prophecy
Third Party Testimony I: We Believe God and His Word Not People
God Heals - in His way (not our way)
Sanctification, Separation and Restraint
Finding a Church or Something Better?
Culture and Christianity X: Military Service, College, Politics, and Race Relations
Contemporary Churches and Women Preachers
Culture and Christianity IX: Politics, Tithing, Music, Crucifixes, Alcohol, and Gambling
Marriage and the Bible II
Biblical Anthropology III: Soul versus Spirit, "Soul Sleep", and the Interim Body
New Testament Interpretation II: Who is equal? Grace in vain. Unequally yoked.
Aspects of the Crucifixion II: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
Aspects of the Crucifixion I: Carrying the cross, trials and rooster crow.
Salvation Lost and Found
The Canon: Content, Chronology, and Criticism
Spiritual Warfare III: Peter's 'Angel', Saul's Death, and Strange Events
Old Testament Interpretation IV: Gehazi's Leprosy, Tyre's Destruction, and Immanuel
Nephilim, Fallen Angels, and Genesis 6
Gospel Questions VIII
Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness II
Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness I
Annihilationism, Universalism, Hell and Judgment
When is the Rapture?
Noah, the Flood, and the Nature of Animals
The Tribulation: Timing of, Preparation for, and Conditions in
Eschatology Issues VIII: Revelation, Tribulation and Judgment
Antichrist: the Mark, the Number, and the Identification of the Beast
Satan's Revolt and the Tribulation to Come
Old Testament Interpretation III: The Name 'Jacob', the Mark of Cain, Jeshrun.
Old Testament Interpretation II: Urim and Thummim, the Bronze Serpent, the Ark.
Being Saved: Security, Apostasy, and the Sin unto Death
Fighting the Fight III: False Teaching, Local Churches, and the Truth
Fighting the Fight II: Struggling with Sin, Doubt, and Severe Testing
Fighting the Fight I: Accountability, Faith, Sin, Forgiveness, and Reward
Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church II
Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church I
Witnessing: Cults and Christianity II
Witnessing: Cults and Christianity I
Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry
Biblical Interpretation V
Baptism: Water and Spirit V
Spiritual Growth, Church-Searching and "Discipling"
Unbelievers, Free Will, and the Plan of God
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VI
Baptism: Water and Spirit IV
Paganism, Idolatry, Mythology and the Occult
The Lives of the Apostles and the Writing of the New Testament
The Essence of God and Deity of Christ
Parables and their Interpretation
The Meaning and Purpose of True Christian Assembly
Marriage and the Bible
Spiritual 'ups' and 'downs'
1st John: Text and Interpretation
Eschatology Issues VII
Perseverance in the latter days of Laodicea
Baptism: Water and Spirit III
Prayer: the Persistence, Purpose and Power of.
Paul the Apostle: Aspects of his Life and Ministry
Gospel Questions VII: The Wedding at Cana et al.
Israel, 'Lost Tribes' and the Star of David
Israel and Antichrist
Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ II
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions III
Culture and Christianity VIII
The Geography of Heaven, Hades and 'Hell'.
Eschatology Issues VI
Bible Interpretation IV
Legalism, Past and Present
The Resurrection Body and our Eternal Future.
Christ the First-Born, High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek.
Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading II
Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading
Hermeneutics, Typology, Christophany, Theophany and Anthropopathism.
No, Hebrews does not teach that you lost your salvation.
Gospel Questions VI: the Long Ending of Mark et al.
Judas and the Betrayal of Christ
Doubting Salvation and Questions of Sin
The 144,000: God's Seal vs. the Mark of the Beast
Atheism: Putting Truth to Death
War in Heaven II
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions II
War in Heaven
The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions I
The Law, Love, Faith-Rest and Messianism
Paul and the Law
Genesis Questions III
Sin and Salvation, Confession and Forgiveness
Have I Lost My Salvation? (III)
The Battlefield Within: Fighting the inner spiritual Struggle.
Putting Christ in Christmas: Loving Jesus, the Star and the Magi, Wonderful Counselor.
Old Testament Interpretation: Moses and Zipporah, David's disastrous Census, the Destruction of the Midianites, et al.
Healing, Miracles, and Dreams: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff by biblical Means
153 Fish: Explaining some Difficult New Testament Passages
Kenosis: Our Lord's Self-Limitation during the 1st Advent
Biblical Anthropology II: 'Soul sleep', & dichotomy vs. trichotomy
Biblical Anthropology I: The Nature of Human Beings and Human Life according to the Bible.
Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers II.
Culture and Christianity VII: Jury Duty, Witnessing, Biometry, Military Service et al.
Culture and Christianity VI: Halloween, Holidays, Aliens, and Christian Applications.
Angelic Issues V: Michael, the Angel of the Lord, Christophany, demons, cherubs, and Satan's revolt.
Angelic Issues IV: Satan's Revolt in the Plan of God.
New Testament Interpretation: Melchizedek, 'Forsake not Assembly', 'Women Remain Silent', Water-Baptism, Tongues, Prophecy, Intervention of Departed Believers.
Lost my salvation II?
All about Ichthys: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord.
Fallen Angels, Demons, Nephilim, and the Devil's Methodology.
End Times Interpretation II.
Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief.
The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God.
End Times Interpretation.
Grace versus Law.
Communion and the Spiritual Death of Christ.
Sinlessness and 1st John.
Israelology, Anti-Semitism, the Remnant, Gentiles, Lost Tribes, Jewish Myths.
"Soul Sleep" versus our true Heavenly State.
Christology Questions III: The Angel of the Lord, the Lamb Slain, monogenes.
Angelic Issues III: Demons, Satan, Elders, Female Angels and Guardians.
Against Universalism III: Unbelievers in the Plan of God.
Waters Above, the Firmament, and the Genesis Gap.
In Need of Guidance and Encouragement.
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations V.
Servants, Slaves, Disciples, and Ministers.
Baptism: Water and Spirit II.
Bible Interpretation III: David's Anointing, Stephen versus Genesis, Triplets, This People, and more.
Evangelism in Principle and Practice.
Scripture versus Personal Experience.
Calvinism, Covenants and Catholicism.
Culture and Christianity V: Temporal Authority vs. Biblical Application.
False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security III.
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism IV: Unclean and Impure?
Things to Come III: The Wrath of God and the Fate of the Beast's Army.
God Works All Things Together for Good.
The 7 Trumpets, the 7 Kings, Nephilim, Antichrist and Revived Rome.
The Coming Tribulation and the Kingdom of God.
Sin, Confession and Forgiveness.
Mutual Encouragement in Christ.
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations IV.
Culture and Christianity IV: Doing one's job as 'unto the Lord', the peril's of 'heroic medicine', Christian perspectives on legalizing marijuana, when lying is not a sin, and when life begins.
Eschatology Issues V: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons".
Ichthys and Contemporary Christianity.
Gospel Questions V: Help my Unbelief, Respecting our Enemies, etc.
The Two Witnesses of the Tribulation: Moses and Elijah.
The Apostles, the Jerusalem Council, and Legalism then and now.
Aspects of the Christian Walk: Gambling, Lying, Christmas, Judging, Worrying, et al.
Believers in the World: Using our Free Will to Respond to the Lord
Christology Questions II: The Serpent Lifted and the Cross, Jesus' Infallibility, Destroy this Temple, the Sign Spoken Against, His Glorification, the Spirit's Anointing, and the Necessity for His Humanity.
Paul's Jerusalem Error, Worshiping Truly, the Priesthood of the Believer, and Peter's Vision of the Impure Food
Christian Trials and Testing
Gospel Questions IV: The Prophet, the rich man in Hades, Peter's wife, the 'eleven' and the 'twelve' apostles, 'the world could not contain' (Jn.21:25), and progressive revelation.
Eschatology Issues IV: Israeli politics, 'This Generation', Signs of the Times, the Beast presently alive?, 'Flee Babylon', Preparing for the Tribulation, and 'was, is not, will be'.
John's Water-Baptism versus the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Eschatology Issues III: Over-focusing on Revelation, the Seven Churches, Enoch versus Elijah, and the Symbolism of the Menorah
The Purpose of Chronicles, Cyrus the Persian, the Chronology of the Exodus Plagues, Qumran and Isaiah, Nebuchadnezzar's Madness, and Jeremiah 31:22, "A Woman will Embrace a Man".
Aaron and the Golden Calf, Mount Zion, Moses and Zipporah, the high priest's attire, and the ark of the covenant.
Aspects of the Genesis Curse on Animals, the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel of the Lord, and Kainam.
The City of David, the Star of David, Solomon's Wisdom, and the Song of Solomon.
The Israelites at Kadesh and 'not entering the Land of Promise'.
Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers.
Sin and Spiritual Transformation.
Cults and Christianity IV
Cults and Christianity III
Cults and Christianity II
Cults and Christianity.
One Baptism: the True Meaning of Peter's Words at Acts 2:38.
Apostasy and the Sin unto Death, the Conscience and Sanctification.
The Plan of God and Individual Salvation (excerpt from BB 4B)
In Your Anger, do not Sin: Ephesians 4:26 and the Sin Nature
Bible Interpretation II: Easter, Abiathar, the Hyssop-Blood Cross, Baal, the Scarlet Thread, Names of God, Adiaphoria, and Mezentius.
Spiritual Warfare II
Culture and Christianity III
Have I Lost my Salvation?
On the Firing Line: Encouragement in Christian Trials
Eschatology and the Old Testament
Prayer and our Walk with Jesus.
Issues of Canonicity II: Aramaic, Enoch, KJV, and the Pastorals
Bible Vocabulary and Bible Word Studies
Satan, his Demons, and the Gnostics
Antichrist: Alive and Well and Living on Planet Earth?
The Nature of Angels
Our Eternal Future: Life after Death for Believers in Jesus Christ
Giants and Nephilim, Sumerian Myths, and Sea Monsters
Dreams and Visions II
The Golden Rule
The Divinity of Jesus Christ
Free-Will Faith and the Will of God
Some Sensitive Topics III
The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy: explaining James 4:5.
Faith: What is it?
The Seven-Fold Spirit of God.
Free-Will Faith in the Plan of God.
Putting the Word of God First.
The False Doctrine of "Soul Sleep" II.
The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security II.
The Plan of God
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism III
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism II
The Dangers of Messianic Legalism.
The Gift of Tongues: Part 2
The Gift of Tongues: Part 1
Mega-Churches, Emergent Christianity, Spirituality and Materialism.
Epignosis, Christian Epistemology, and Spiritual Growth.
Jephthah's Daughter, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.
Christian Unity and Divisiveness.
Death, Martyrdom and Resurrection.
Blessing, Cursing, and Prayer.
Freedom and Responsibility.
Fighting the Good Fight of Faith.
Only-Begotten, Mother-of-God, On-this-Rock: English-only Interpretation is Dangerous.
The Greek Text of the New Testament and some Issues of Textual Criticism.
What does the name 'Christian' mean?
Some Jewish Issues.
Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment (part 2).
Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment.
Sin and Forgiveness.
Spring Special: The Millennial Regathering and Purging of Israel.
Life Begins at Birth.
Culture and Christianity II
Culture and Christianity I
The Saved and the Unsaved
Last Things and Last Judgments
The Local Church and Personal Ministry IV
The Local Church and Personal Ministry III
The Local Church and Personal Ministry II
The Local Church and Personal Ministry I
More on Antichrist and his Kingdom
Antichrist and Babylon
Some Sensitive Topics II.
Christmas Special: The Judgment and Reward of the Church.
What is God's Will?
Combating Legalism VI
Combating Legalism V
Combating Legalism IV
Combating Legalism III
Combating Legalism II
Combating Legalism I
Aspects of the False Doctrine of Institutional Security
Chronological Order of the Books of the Bible II
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations III
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations II
Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations I
Gospel Questions III: Least in the kingdom, Millstones, Pennies, Pebbles, Babes, Rhaka, Tallits, and the Crown of Thorns.
Gospel Questions II: Jesus' Turning Water to Wine, Sweating Blood, Walking on Water, Washing the Disciples' Feet, and the Promise of Freedom."
Things to Come II: Genesis Rapture, Daniel's Weeks, Seven Kings, Signs of the Apocalypse, Tribulational Suffering, Seven Seals, the Bride of Christ, and Mystery Babylon.
Things to Come: The Half Hour, the 144,000, the Book of Life, Rewards, the Beast's Kingdom, the Great Apostasy, and the so-called 'Partial Rapture'.
Satan and the Existence of Evil.
The Holy Spirit: Blasphemy against, Restraining Ministry, and Gender.
Spiritual Gifts and Spiritual Growth
Christian Love, the Golden Rule, Christian Military Service and Self-Defense.
Issues of Canonicity: Apocrypha, Enoch, and Inspiration.
Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality.
Numbers, Letters, and the Mark of the Beast.
Gospel Questions I: Jesus' Life, the Gospels and Cherubs, and who Wrote Matthew.
More Questions about Genesis.
Naaman, Nero, Nineveh, and Senacharib.
The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security.
Choosing Hell: Questions about Salvation and the Love of God.
The Chronology of the End.
The Route of the Israelites in Crossing
the Red Sea.
Some Issues of Transmission, Translation, and Transliteration: The Camel and the Needle, etc.
Aspects of the Life of Christ: Jesus' siblings, the man born blind, et al.
Jesus is God and man.
Jesus is God.
Redemption, the Blood of Christ, Christ our Passover, and The Passion of the Christ.
Eschatology Issues II: Angelic bodies, heaven and hell, Satan and the Nephilim, etc.
The Book of Job and Biblical Interpretation.
Some Questions about Eternity.
Who Controls our Thoughts and Emotions?
The Day of the Lord.
Sleep as a Euphemism for Death.
Christ's Preaching to the Spirits in Hell (1Pet.3:18-20), & Michael's Rebuke of Satan (2Pet.2:10-11 ).
Recovering from Sin.
The Timing of the Resurrection.
Dispensations, the Church, the Rapture, and the Destruction of the Universe.
Christianity versus Contemporary Kitsch.
Purpose Driven Life, Oprah's New Age Religion, et al.
Lot, Esau, and Cain: Learning through
Against Universalism II: Only Believers are Saved.
Against Universalism I: Free Will and the Image of God.
Courage in the Fight.
The Seven Edens and the Eden of Adam and Eve.
Opposition to the Genesis Gap from the Creation Research Institute et al.
Mary 'Full of Grace'?
Changing the Name of God?
The Beast: Some Questions about Antichrist.
The Book of Revelation: Some Questions.
Red Hot or Lukewarm? Bible Teaching versus Sermonizing.
The Last Judgment and the Great White Throne.
Baptism: Water and Spirit.
Christology: Some Questions on the Life of Christ.
Train up a Child in the Way he should Go.
War, History, and Politics.
Unbelief and its Consequences.
Dreams and Visions.
Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ.
Free Will and Faith under Pressure.
Angelic Issues II.
Science and the Bible.
Bible Interpretation I: Academics, Versions et al.
Faith in the Word of God: the Basis of all True Worship.
Aspects of the Resurrection II.
Faith and Encouragement in the midst of Fiery Trials.
Some Sensitive Topics.
Jethro, Amenhotep, Iraq, the Catacombs, and the KJV.
Eschatology Issues: The Fig Tree, Ezekiel 38, Joel 3, and the Trumpets.
Christ the Rock, the Rooster's Crow, and the Cross.
Applying Faith II: Production, Forgiveness, Circumcision, Truth over People.
Applying Faith: Eating, Drinking, and Vacation.
The Tree of Life, Communion, and the Virgin Birth.
Can Prayer Be Offered From Heaven? & Some Genesis Questions.
Walking the Path of Faith through the Light of the Word of God.
Salvation on the battlefield, truth revealed to infants, and damnation.
Divine Sovereignty and Divine Judgment.
God's Free Gift of Salvation.
Should Christians wear Jewelry?
The Lord's Prayer.
The Events Surrounding the Birth of Christ.
Cremation or Burial?
Demon Possession, Marriage,
and Bible Prophecy.
No Grounds for Divorce?
The Shape of the Universe, Hominids, and the Genesis Gap.
Taking Personal Responsibility: Interest, Bankruptcy, Gambling, and Employment.
The Seven Churches, the Judgment Seat of Christ, and other issues in Eschatology.
The Canonicity of the book of Hebrews.
Great White Throne, the Last Judgment, and the Outer Darkness.
Political Action versus Biblical Christianity.
Study Tools and Methodologies.
The Gospel and the Kingdom of God.
Pursuing a Deeper Relationship with Jesus and Christian Epistemology.
The Origin and the Danger of the Pre-Tribulational Rapture Theory.
The Divinity of the Spirit and the Percentage of those who are Saved.
Should Christians ever consider getting a lawyer?
Pastoral Authority, Popes, Pat Robertson, and Pelagianism.
Some Questions on Church Polity.
Apostles and Evangelism
Luther, Arminius, Calvin, Kant, Ironside, Tutu and Thieme.
Transmutation, Resuscitation, and Resurrection.
Is the Soul a tertium quid?
More on the Documentary Hypothesis and More on the Rapture.
Enoch's Walk with God and Some Questions in the Gospels.
The Influence of the Renaissance and Rationalism on the Church and Cutting off Arms in Malachi 2:3.
1st John 5:20 & Romans 6:23.
Baptism and Following Jesus.
Where is Armageddon?
Assurance of Salvation.
The Cross, Sin, and the Devil in God's Plan.
More on: Spiritual Gifts; Hats & Hair; the Age of Accountability.
Daniel 9:25 and Daniel 11:30.
Who will populate earth during the Millennium? and Asking for Wisdom: James 1:5.
Was Judas Saved?, The Gospel of Judas, and Issues of Canonicity.
Is 'My Son' Israel or Jesus in Hosea 11:1? & How do you Prove Sin to Someone?
Did Matthew Write his Gospel in Hebrew?
Christian Crowns, Pagan Names, and the Time of the Cock-Crow.
Child-like Faith, Mark vs. Matthew, the Mahdi, and 'Who was with God in the Beginning?
True Orthodoxy and False Creeds.
Foot-washing, Bitter Herbs, Baptism, and Borrowed Faith.
All Things Charismatic.
Friday versus Thursday Crucifixion.
Jesus' Cursing of the Fig Tree, Apostasy, and 'Feng Shui'.
The Genesis Serpent, Using "it" to refer to the baby Jesus, and more on Tattoos.
Resisting the Devil.
Why did Jesus choose John over James to take care of His mother Mary?
Antichrist's 'desire of women' in Daniel 11:37 et al.
Do recent catastrophes have a divine origin?
Does God really want us to be sick and poor? Revisiting the prosperity gospel.
Why did our Lord Jesus arise from the tribe of Judah?
What will our relationship be in heaven with children who died young?
The baptism of the Holy Spirit as distinct from speaking in tongues.
The Grammar behind the Genesis Gap.
The Great White Throne Judgment.
Moses and Zipporah.
The Victory of Faith.
Does God's choice of us eliminate our free will?
Why does God allow bad things to happen?
The Bible as "divine", roof prayer, and tattoos.
Character in Hebrews 1:3, et al.
Exorcism, et al.
"Are the children of unbelievers lost if they die before receiving Christ?"
How not to get "left behind".
"Is baptism necessary for salvation?"
"The nature of life after death."
"The personality of the Holy Spirit."
"The dragon of Revelation 12 and the talking idol of Revelation 13."
"Bound by Satan in Luke 13:16, language and the Tower of Babel, Daniel's 70th week, and the number 12."
"Infirmities and Diseases in Matthew 8:17"
"The Leftover Baskets of Bread and Fish in John 6."
"Waiting for the Ascension" and "Amos 4:11".
Why was Canaan cursed?
Should Christians have a competitive attitude?
John "leapt for joy" in the womb - or did he?
Satanic Influence in Video Games and Television.
Moving Mountains: Matthew 21:21
Not a hair shall be lost? Luke 21:16 versus Luke 21:18.
The reign of antichrist: 7 years or 3 and 1/2 years?
The Trinity in Scripture.
The Ark of the Covenant.
"Doubts about the Nephilim in Genesis 6" and "Ezekiel 9:4 and the Mark of the Beast"
"Word Counts in the Bible", "Him whom they Pierced (Rev.1:7)", and "Necromancy".
"Waiting for a Savior" and "The Direction East in the Bible"
Is there a purgatory according to the Bible?
Your desire shall be for your husband: Genesis 3:16.
Have I committed the unforgivable sin?
Is the local church meant to be a patriarchy?
Why doesn't the Bible mention all of the prophets of the children of Israel?
The True "Victorious Life".
Tohu in Genesis 1:2 and the Cause of the Darkness.
Why Doesn't God Prevent All Children from Dying?
Why were Christians being regarded as "evil-doers" in 1st Peter 2:12?
The Scofield Reference Bible.
Phylacteries and the Mark of the Beast, and "What about Joseph?"
Feeling desperate and alone.
Is Tithing net or gross?
Assembly of the local church, and Jesus' use of "I AM" from Exodus 3:14 in John 8:58
The "burden of the Lord" in Jeremiah 23:32-40, and judgment for idle words in Matthew 12:36-37.
The importance of spiritual resiliency.
Does God use disease to discipline us?
Recovering from Cult Exposure.
Variability in Christian Testing and Personal Tribulation.
Is there any value to the Apocrypha?
The Communion Ceremony outside of the local church.
The Christian Walk, the End, and Tattoos.
Should Christians honor Sunday as the new Sabbath?
Chronological order of the books of the Bible.
Doubt, light, missed opportunities et al.
Addicted to Sin.
Corporate prayer in Matthew 18:19: "when two agree on earth".
What does the Bible say about humor?
The value of cumulative prayer.
Our Heavenly, Pre-Resurrection, Interim State.
How could a loving God order the destruction of the Canaanites?
Should Christians observe the Torah?
Church Polity and three other passages.
Walking with Jesus.
Tongues: does 'no man' understand?
The few saved, the door in heaven, visions of heavenly realities, and Christmas.
Christian suffering and spiritual maturity.
Aliens, antichrist, and eschatology.
Does exceptionally sinful behavior indicate that a Christian has lost salvation?
Should Christians celebrate Jewish festivals?
The Deaths of the 12 Disciples / Apostles of Christ.
Categories of Sin in Psalm 19.
Some brief answers on a variety of topics.
Pastoral Support, Pastoral Preparation, and the Purpose of Assembly.
Encouragement, Isaiah 6:11-13, and the Hope of Repentance.
Questioning the Genesis Gap.
Dinosaurs, the Nephilim, Noah, et al.
How much should we pay our pastor?
More about Women Preachers.
Is it wrong for me to celebrate Easter?
The Remnant in Isaiah 6:13.
The Big Distinction.
The Day of the Lord in 2nd Peter 3:10.
The Day of the Lord.
The Sealing of the Holy Spirit.
Visions of Angels: Colossians 2:18.
Waiting on God's timing: patience in testing.
"Your Throne, O God": Psalm 45:6.
Moses striking the Rock.
Procreation and Creation.
What is meant by the phrase "the Lord's footstool"?
1st Peter 3:3-5
A conversation about divorce and remarriage.
Faith in the midst of the fiery trial.
Hebrews 10:26 again, and two other notes on Arthur Pink and the Greek word diakonos.
What is the correct translation of Isaiah 59:19?
Is the star of Acts 7:43 the star of David?
Some questions about Nimrod and Christmas trees, Tongues, and Healing
Is Jesus the only One ever to restore sight?
What happens to people who were born and died prior to the birth of Christ?
Which is better, the King James Version or the New King James Version?
What is the minimum necessary to be saved?
How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 2)?
How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 1)?
Psalm 22:1, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
The "Mind of Christ" in 1st Corinthians 2:16
Simeon and Simon, and the two crows of the rooster
Ichthys, saints, and the Last Adam
Does Hebrews 10:26 teach loss of salvation?
Eternal security: where does one draw the line?
Who are Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38-39?
How did John the baptist come to doubt Jesus?
Is Jesus literally seated on the throne at God's right hand?
Are the Celts the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
Whatever happened to the "Genesis Gap"?
"The baptism which now saves you": 1st Peter 3:21.
Hebrew Language Study Tools.
What type of healing is being discussed in Isaiah 53:5?
The Origin of the Four Seasons
2nd Peter 3:5: Doubting the Tribulation
Tent-making and Galatians 6:6
A Question about Ichthys books
Biblical Metaphors and Symbolism
Faith and the Pre-Tribulational "Rapture".
Bible translation and John 8:58.
Melchizedek and the high priesthood of Christ: two questions et alia.
In need of encouragement.
The centurion and the Syro-Phoenician woman.
Who is the Meshiach?
A Sadducean Question
What is "heaven" like according to Christian teachings?
Acts 20:28: Whose Blood?
1st Corinthians 11: Hats or Hair?
Confession of Sin, Fellowship, and the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
A Miscellany of Questions and Answers (Nineveh, the beast, tongues, demons, Sadam, etc.)
Some Greek Questions in the Gospels (John 1:3; 2:19; 8:58; Luke 23:43)
Is Man trichotomous, and does that mean that salvation is three-tiered?
Questioning the Trinity
The blood of Christ
Christ knocking at the door in Revelation 3:20
The futility of memory without God and eternal life.
The meaning of Jesus' words, "I am" in John 8:58
What does the Bible say about Heaven and Hell?
Peace in 1st Corinthians 14:33
Salvation and Church Affiliation.
Several questions on the book of Hebrews.
Does the Bible prohibit women from preaching or teaching in the Church?
Should Christian leaders refrain from drinking in public?
How to use the Bible translations at Ichthys.
The Worship of Jesus: a proof of His divinity?
An Extended Conversation about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Is water baptism required for Christians today?
Are health and wealth a part of the gospel?
Will those in Hades be able to see Christ's return?
Feelings of Guilt about Remarriage.
Who are the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
What does "the Word was with God" mean in John 1:1-2?
Three questions on three verses in Isaiah (Is.21:4; 28:10, & 66:24).
How important is education for a pastor?
Does Hebrews 10:26-35 ("deliberate sinning" etc.) mean that a believer can lose his or her salvation?
Availability and use of Ichthys materials: several questions.
Is there any difference between demons and fallen angels?
Two questions about Judas Iscariot.
Three Questions about Tattoos and Salvation.
The Hebrew word for 'one' (`echadh) and the uniqueness of God.
Did the witch of Endor really conjure up the spirit of Samuel?
A Question about the "Waters Above".
Why did God the Father wait so long to send Jesus into the world?
How does being "slain in the Spirit" relate to being baptized in the Spirit?
How do you prove the existence of God?
Where does the Bible teach that Jesus is God?
Is it ever Justifiable to Tell a Lie (part 2)?
Seeing double in Matthew.
Mary, Joseph, and Nazareth.
Is the Westminster Catechism a Good Reference Tool?
What does it mean "the spirit returns to God" in Ecclesiastes 12:7?
Is there any Connection between biblical Gemstones and Moral Characteristics?
Are Miraculous Gifts Operational Today?
Jesus Christ in the Old Testament (Christophany: Gen.3:8).
Can those in organizations which teach "salvation by works" be saved?
Is "helpmeet" a wrong translation in Genesis 2:20?
Our will and God's WILL.
Cast thy Bread upon the Waters: What do the seven and eight portions in Ecclesiastes 11:2 mean?
Was Cain Satan's literal "seed"?
The Demon Possessed Girl in Acts 16:16.
The "Sin unto Death" in 1st John 5:16.
Is death just a natural part of human life?
Communion and the Blood of Christ.
What does it mean in 1st Corinthians 7:14, "the unbelieving husband is sanctified"?
The Re-institution of the Feast of Tabernacles in the Millennium.
Secular Documentation for the Exodus.
The false doctrine of "soul sleep".
The Author of Hebrews and Jesus' Perfect Completion of His Mission.
The Trinity in Isaiah 63:10-15.
How old was Jesus at the time of His crucifixion and resurrection?
Five Smooth Stones: 1st Samuel 17:40
How can we know the Bible is true?
The name "Jesus".
Habakkuk's Prosperity Prayer: Habakkuk 3:17-19.
Jeremiah 31:22: "A Woman shall Compass a Man".
The New International Version of the Bible and some issues in Bible translation.
Is "the Prophet" of Deuteronomy 18:18 Muhammad?
The One True God and the Trinity in the Old Testament.
Are those in Hebrews 6:4 who "crucify the Son of God afresh" lost?
Are New Bible Translations Part of a Conspiracy?
What exactly is the "red heifer prophecy", and how does it relate to the events of the end times?
Where did the waters of Genesis 1 go?
Sin, Baptism, and the Book of
Tithing and the Book of Life
The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel.
English and the Tower of Babel.
The "Seven Thunders" of Revelation 10:3-4
The fate of the unrighteous dead in Isaiah 66:24
Who are the "sons of the kingdom" in Matthew 18:11-12?
Why does Judah get greater honor than Jerusalem in Zechariah 12:7?
Are there Female Angels?
Longevity in the Millennium.
How is the date of Easter computed?
What is the meaning of the 1290 days versus the 1335 days in Daniel 12?
What Church era are we now in?
The mark of the beast.
Christophany in the Exodus.
Can you explain "help my unbelief!" in Mark 9:24?
What does it mean to "overcome" in Revelation chapters 2 and 3?
Are women required to wear veils or hats in
Is the world about to come to an end?
Does the Bible ever describe the earth as being round?
Pre-, mid-, or post-Tribulation rapture?
Pearls before swine.
Recognizing the Messiah.
The gift of healing.
The origin and fate of the "giants" in Genesis chapter six.
Christian suffering - Christian encouragement.
Is speaking in tongues biblical?
Is speaking in tongues a sin?
Can you recommend a good commentary on the book of Romans?
Aspects of the resurrection.
The recipients of Peter's epistles.
Pre- or Post-Tribulation "rapture"?
The lives of the prophets.
The old prophet who lied.
Animal sacrifice in the millennium.
Is it ever justifiable to lie?
wrote the King James version?
The meaning of the divine name יהוה.
The so-called "documentary hypothesis".
The relationship between the books of Kings and Chronicles.
David's disastrous census of Israel.
Aspects of the Unseen Angelic Warfare and 666, the Mark of the Beast.
The 200 million strong demon army of Revelation 9:13.
Deliverance through Childbearing in 1st Timothy 2:15?
Some questions about the Tribulation.
More on divorce and remarriage.
Divorce and remarriage.
The antecedents of ICHTHYS.
What does it mean to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"?
The manner of the apostle Peter's death.
Wasn't Matthias the thirteenth apostle?
Forward progress necessary for salvation and spiritual growth.
The "seven days" of human history.
1st John 1:9 and confessing sin.
ICHTHYS and the role of traditional Christianity.
Can you recommend a good survey for the Old and New Testaments?
Where can I find more information on the "Genesis gap"?
Is Church membership an issue in salvation?
Can you recommend a church?
Are these materials available for purchase as books?
A bit of autobiography.
What is your opinion of the Abingdon one-volume Bible Commentary?
What is the significance of the number "20" in the Bible?
The 144,000 of Revelation chapters 7 and 14.
What is your view on predestination?
Who is "true Israel"?
The chronology of the date 2026.
Does baptism play a role in being born again?
Why does the devil have access to God while man cannot stand in His presence?
The structure of the book of Revelation.
What is your view of the rapture?
What is meant by the "10 days" of Revelation
Dragons in the Bible?
Are there apostles in the Church today?
What is the meaning of the word "chosen" in the Bible.
What are the most common Bible names?
What is the biblical significance of the number forty?
What does the Bible have to say about witchcraft?
How can I protect myself from false teaching?
Didn't the devil know he couldn't defeat God?
Are the Masons wrong according to the Bible?
Can the faith of "backsliders" be restored?
Are there biblical origins to mythology?
What does the phrase "sides of the pit" mean in Isaiah 14:15?
Can prayer be offered in the name of the Son?
Election and John 6:37?
Is it valid to celebrate Christmas?
Can you give me some information on divine names in the Bible?
What is the significance of name changes in the Bible?
Is faith a "gift of God"?
Is there a "gospel of Thomas"?
Is the nature of Man dichotomous or trichotomous?
Will the temple be rebuilt in Jerusalem?
Does the Bible teach a literal Millennium?
What does the word "good" mean in Genesis?
Who are "the dead" who "rise first" in 1st Thessalonians 4?
Are the Greek tenses in John 7:34 correctly translated?
Is the devil "mad" to oppose God?
Does the Bible require supporting
How can Jesus be a man and God at the same time?
How did people atone for intentional sin in Old Testament times?
What is the symbolism of the Lamb of God in Revelation?
Can you recommend some word study tools for Bible study?
Can people who commit suicide be saved?
Are tattoos biblical?
Is it "ichthys" or "ichthus"?
What is the difference between wisdom and discernment?
Marriage of Believers and Unbelievers.
Is hearing believing in John 6:35?
How certain a date is 2026?
Is Paul describing himself in Romans chapter seven?
Is tithing required for salvation?
What is the evidence for the "rapture"?
Is there any validity to the "prosperity gospel"?
Who are the "Nephilim" in Genesis chapter six?
Is there a literal "devil"?
What does the Bible have to say about reincarnation?
What is the unpardonable sin?
Believing the Bible for Spiritual Growth.
Why was the New Testament written in Greek?
What about those who have never heard of Christ?
What about elders and deacons?
Eternal Security and "sinless perfection".
Eternal Security and "salvation by works".
Does the Bible teach ex nihilo
When did Jesus first know He was God's Son?
Are there prophets today?
Despairing of life.
How important is baptism?
How could Christ have been three days and
Do Muslims worship the One true God?
What can I do about spiritual fainting?