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What Does "Good" Mean When Used to Describe God?

June 1, 2020

The Psalms describe God as good (Ps. 86:5). I often think of "good" as somewhat average (the meal was good, but not excellent). What does "good" mean when used to describe God?

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2020/june/oa/question-5/
todayintheword.org June 1, 2020

Question and Answer

August 1, 2012

Is God angry with me when I sin, before I confess that sin? Does He get tired of my repetitious sins? Question and Answer The short answer to this is yes. But God is not a petulant God. As one pastor put it, "If God is angry at my unconfessed sin, as well as at the sin of the whole world, He must be in a perpetual snit—clearly an inaccurate...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2012/8/questions/92446
todayintheword.org August 1, 2012

Question and Answer

March 1, 2014

I’ve heard, “The Land of Nod consisted of aliens from another planet, and there are two species on earth—aliens and God’s people.” Please help with the truth. Question and Answer The name Nod means “wandering.” The Lord told Cain that one of the consequences of murdering his brother was he would be a “restless wanderer on the earth” (Gen.

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2014/3/questions/129450
todayintheword.org March 1, 2014

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June 1, 2016

Reading about the prophet Balaam in Numbers, I found it confusing. How do I tell from the ups and downs of his behavior whether or not he was a good man and a follower of God? Question and Answer You’re certainly not alone in your confusion; it’s helpful to look at this story and then the other references to Balaam in Scripture. The account...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2016/6/questions/186295
todayintheword.org June 1, 2016

Question and Answer

April 2, 2005

Does God listen to crowds more readily than to a few? What I mean is, are the prayers of, say, five thousand believers five times as effective as the prayers of one thousand? Question and Answer I am inclined to say probably not. Jesus said, "If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven"...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2005/4/questions/151904
todayintheword.org April 2, 2005

Question and Answer

October 1, 2007

I have a friend who says there is no such thing as the free will of man. He says, “If God is sovereign, then the idea of man having a choice in anything is ridiculous?” Is he right? Question and Answer This is one of those arguments that will never be put to rest this side of heaven. I can only tell you what I believe. I think that as you...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2007/10/questions/137795
todayintheword.org October 1, 2007

Question and Answer

August 1, 2007

My wife and I have been having an ongoing discussion concerning the practice of “meditation.” My belief is that it is of no use to either Christians or nonbelievers in seeking God’s will, knowing God better, or discovering His direction in any particular matter. Can you please help us understand this better? Question and Answer I am glad...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2007/8/questions/137784
todayintheword.org August 1, 2007

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May 1, 2014

First Samuel 16:13 says that Samuel anointed David, a young shepherd boy, to ultimately become Israel’s king while he was in the presence of his brothers, and that the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. But in the very next verse we read that the Spirit of God left Saul. I thought once the Spirit of God entered into...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2014/5/questions/133402
todayintheword.org May 1, 2014

Question and Answer

April 1, 2005

Jesus teaches us to speak to God as Father, right? What about adults who address the Lord as "Daddy"? Are they out of line? Question and Answer Eccentric, I'd say, but possibly not out of line. They may have heard somewhere that the Aramaic word Abba found in three passages (Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6) was the term Jewish children used...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2005/4/questions/151901
todayintheword.org April 1, 2005

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May 6, 2008

As we read the Bible we see Lord and God used hundreds of times. How do we know what specific name was used in the original Scriptures? Question and Answer The names God and Lord found in the English version of the Bible are translations neither of which were in the original language of the Bible. Scholars suggest that both Yahweh and Jehovah...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2008/5/questions/134888
todayintheword.org May 6, 2008

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