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August 1, 2010

What does James mean when he says, “Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust” (James 1:14, NASB)? Question and Answer In James 1:2–12, James discusses the attitude we are to have about trials in our lives. In verses 13 through 18, James is dealing with temptation, also called enticement to sin. He answers the...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2010/8/questions/84281
todayintheword.org August 1, 2010

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July 1, 2006

Whenever Paul wrote a letter to a church, he addressed it to the elders and deacons or saints, not to “Reverend Joe.” Two questions: (1) does that mean that church leadership should not be dominated by one man but by a plurality of leaders? And (2) are churches that are run by one leader in error? Question and Answer Church polity (that...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2006/7/questions/138023
todayintheword.org July 1, 2006

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November 1, 2008

In Exodus 10:1–2, God says that He had hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and He gives a reason for having done it. Was that engineering by God or predestination? I don’t get it. Question and Answer It was “engineering” in the sense that God knew what He wanted Pharaoh to do (release of the people of Israel), and He knew how to achieve it (by persuading...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2008/11/questions/137496
todayintheword.org November 1, 2008

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May 1, 2015

Why does the narrator of 1 Samuel introduce Elkanah to us by tracing his pedigree back four generations? Question and Answer Elkanah, Hannah’s husband, is introduced as “Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite” (1:1). The words do trace his pedigree back four generations, naming his...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2015/5/questions/164008
todayintheword.org May 1, 2015

Question and Answer

November 2, 2005

Paul said that to die is to be with Christ “which is better by far” (Phil. 1:23). In the same epistle, Paul tells his readers that Epaphroditus had been ill “and almost died.” But, Paul added, “God had mercy on him” (Phil. 2:27). That means that God healed him and Epaphroditus recovered, right? If being in heaven would have been “better by...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2005/11/questions/145672
todayintheword.org November 2, 2005

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February 1, 2019

Why did God create humanity as male and female (Gen. 1:26)? Question 3 One key question of the 21st century is what does it mean to be human. According to Gen. 1:26, God created two biological and anatomically distinct sexes, male and female. God created male and female with complementary biological and anatomical distinctions. (The details...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2019/february/questions-and-answers/question-3
todayintheword.org February 1, 2019

Question and Answer

November 2, 2005

My husband cheats a little on our federal taxes and asks me to sign the 1040 tax form. Every year, I am troubled by it. But recently I heard a sermon in which the preacher extolled Sarah for obeying Abraham. His point was that in obeying our husbands we wives obey God. The text was 1 Peter 3:3-6. Should I go on obeying my husband and sign...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2005/11/questions/145671
todayintheword.org November 2, 2005

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May 1, 2017

If Christ died for all of our sins, past, present, and future, and we have accepted His death on the cross, what does 1 John 1:9 mean about confessing sins so that we will be forgiven? Question and Answer Christ’s redemption of believers secures God’s forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 1:7). When Christ died on the cross in our place, as the...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2017/5/questions/199644
todayintheword.org May 1, 2017

Question and Answer

October 1, 2013

If Christ died for all our sins, past, present, and future, and we have accepted His death on the cross, what does 1 John 1:9 mean about confessing our sins so that we will be forgiven? Question and Answer Your question is insightful, and a full explanation demands a long discussion of context and word nuance beyond the scope of this space.

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2013/10/questions/119498
todayintheword.org October 1, 2013

Question and Answer

May 1, 2015

I was reading in 1 Samuel 1 and noticed that Hannah alone dedicated Samuel to the Lord. Elkanah appears to be passive in the decision. Can you clarify matters? Question and Answer The narrator of Samuel does not write much about Elkanah’s role in the dedication of Samuel. The narrator’s focus is on Hannah. Hannah makes the vow. Under the...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2015/5/questions/164014
todayintheword.org May 1, 2015

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