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June 1, 2008

Does God hear the prayer of really bad people? There are some really wicked people in the world, and I can’t imagine that a holy God would ever listen to people like Hitler, Mussolini, or Saddam Hussein. Question and Answer The Bible seems to indicate that God not only listens to wicked people but also responds to right prayers. The Bible...

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February 1, 2019

If humanity has fallen and the image of God is marred, how do we know what God is doing in the lives of His people today? Question 6 God’s purpose is to conform us to the icon or “image” of His Son (Rom. 8:29). Through the act of justification (Rom. 5:1–2; 2 Cor. 5:21), and in the process of sanctification (Rom. 12:1–2), God is conforming...

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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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July 1, 2012

What is meant by the phrase "the poor in spirit" in the Beatitudes? Question and Answer The Beatitudes speak of the "Happy Ones," those who are blessed because they don’t think of themselves more highly than they should. I’m often concerned about those who get caught up in their own gifts and importance and become almost arrogant before...

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March 1, 2007

What is the “host,” prominently featured in some religious rituals? Question and Answer In Roman Catholic and Orthodox ritual, the host is the consecrated wafer the priest lifts up (elevates) at the right moment. The word hostia (a Latin word) is used in the Vulgate (Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible in the fifth century) to translate...

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April 1, 2010

What does the word carnal mean in 1 Corinthians 3? Question and Answer In the King James Version the word carnal occurs four times in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4. Recent English translations of this passage use words and expressions like “fleshly” (NASB), “worldly” (NIV), and “people of the flesh” (ESV). The expression, “people of the flesh,” works...

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May 1, 2011

What goes on in heaven? What do the saved people do with their time? Question and Answer The first part of the response is that we need to expand our concept of heaven. Scripture describes eternity as life with God in the “new heaven and new earth” (Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:1). Certainly we will serve God and praise Him (Rev.

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What does the word arguing mean in Philippians 2:14?

June 1, 2020

What does the word arguing mean in Philippians 2:14?

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November 1, 2017

What is the synagogue of Satan in Revelation 2:9? Question and Answer The phrase “synagogue of Satan” occurs in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9. Both verses describe “those who say they are Jews and are not.” Both verses are in letters written to churches experiencing persecution, and the activities of both synagogues stand in contrast to congregations...

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May 1, 2005

What are the names of the twelve tribes of Israel? I cannot quite follow it in Genesis. Is Joseph, the eleventh son, a tribe, or were his sons Ephraim and Manasseh tribal leaders—numbers 11 and 12, respectively? Question and Answer Jacob had only twelve sons, and the twelve tribes were named after them. But a count of the names in all the...

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