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1 verse number for "alms atone for all sin Answer Acts 3:10 BradK Mon 02/6/06, 7:18am 167187
  Hi Curious,

I don't believe the phrase you're looking for is found in scripture?! I've never heard it before.

From the NASB Concordance, here are the references to "alms":

(Acts 3:2 )
he began asking to receive alms.

(Acts 3:3)
Gate of the temple to beg alms,

(Acts 3:10)
gave many alms to the Jewish people and;

(Acts 10:2)
“Your prayers and alms have ascended

(Acts 10:4)
alms have been remembered before God.

(Acts 10:31)
I came to bring alms to my nation and;

(Acts) 24:17

I hope this helps,


2 eyeglasses biblically correct? Answer Eph 6:18 mark d seyler Mon 02/6/06, 2:26pm 167222
  Hi Betsyann,

For those who say that your need for glasses is your fault, you might simply ask them to pray for you. Any of us that think we know what another needs, we should first and foremost pray for them.

Eph 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Myself, I welcome all prayer, even if I think it is misguided, because God will sort it all out.

If someone is genuinely concerned about you, they will do this. If they are simply intent on puffing themselves up in pride at your expense, you may want to point them to Romans 8, specifically

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.

and ask them what they think this groaning is all about?

If our bodies are supposed to be flawless by our faith, then why are we groaning so much as we wait for them to be redeemed???

The funny thing is, I notice two things that happen the longer I live. My faith increases, and my ability to focus my eyes decreases. Hmmmm.

Love in Christ,
3 1Sam14:33Why did they roll a large stone Note 1 Sam 14:33 Michael Draves Mon 02/6/06, 5:41pm 167245
  Saul may not have sinned when he put the people "under oath" not to eat till evening but he at least acted foolishly. His son, unaware of the oath, broke it. The people being weary finally did sin by eating meat with blood (Gen 9:4). Saul stops the sinning by having a stone set up for proper slaughtering of the animals. This might be taken as the same as building the altar but this slaughtering at most could only be considered a peace offering (Lev 3,7) since it could be eaten by the people. Since there is no concern about eating the fat these are probably not Peace Offerings. There is at least one priest mentioned in this chapter and there may be more who are the ones Saul sent out amoung the people to get the people to bring the animals to the stone to be slaughtered. Since God does not answer a prayer it is found out by lot that Jonathan had violated the oath. There must have been separate sacrifices for the sin of the people who ate the animals with their blood for them not to consider this as the reason for God not answering the prayer.
4 Mark of the Beast Note Bible general Archive 3 mark d seyler Tue 02/7/06, 9:12am 167266
  Hi John,

On your question 1, the Greek word is "apokalupsis", which is from "apokalupto", which means "to take off the cover". To unveil, to reveal. So "apokalupsis" would mean "the unveiling".

On you question 2, the following is from the "online etymology dictionary":

"c.1303, "disclosure of information to man by a divine or supernatural agency," from O.Fr. revelacion, from L. revelationem (nom. revelatio), from revelatus, pp. of revelare (see reveal). General meaning "disclosure of facts" is attested from c.1375; meaning "striking disclosure" is from 1862. As the name of the last book of the New Testament (Revelation of St. John), it is first attested c.1400 (see apocalypse); as simply Revelations, it is first recorded 1691."

Regarding your question 3, I have included the definition above, in 1.

Perhaps this will help:

There is a body of literature known as Hebrew Apocalyptic. Some examples of this are:

Book of Heavenly Luminaries 250 B.C.
Ethiopic Enoch circa 175 B.C.
Jubilees circa 150 B.C.
Testament of Levi 137-107 B.C.
Similitudes of Enoch circa 50 B.C.
Slavonic Enoch 1-100 C.E.
Ezra Apocalypse 100-120 C.E.
Syriac Baruch 2 Baruch 100-120 C.E.
Testament of Abraham 75-125 C.E.
Apocalypse of Abraham 70-150 C.E.

These writings are grouped together largely because of their claim to speak of the future, and that they are filled with symbols and obscure references that lack any kind of clear meaning. The name of this genre is a more modern choice, and comes out of secular study of ancient literature.

Many will include Zephaniah, Zechariah, Daniel, and the Revelation as a part of this genre. I do not. The writings named above, excluding those of the Biblical Canon, are not inspired Scripture, therefore, are not to be considered in the same way as inspired Scripture.

So to answer your question, there are a number of different opinions regarding understanding Hebrew Apocalyptic Literature. Some will try to apply those ideas to the inspired prophetic writings in the Bible. I do not believe that is proper, and I apply the same rules to prophetic passages as I do to non-prophetic passages.

What may perhaps be my primary disagreement with those who want to lump these together is that they will go on to say that you can't understand the Biblical prophetic writings any more than you can understand any of the Hebrew Apocalyptic. God put these prophetic passages in the Bible to give information by His Spirit to His children, not to hide it from them, and so I believe that they can in fact be understood, by diligent study, by prayer, by the revelatory work of the Holy Spirit.

Does this help? Let me know if you have any other questions.

Love in Christ,
5 Is a womans body a mans to do as he see Answer 1 Cor 7:4 jlhetrick Wed 02/8/06, 8:56am 167345
  Hello crector,

I am going to be a "stickler" here.

To clarify, the bible teaches that a man is to have no part, no access to a womans body generally speaking.

The bible teaches that the only time a man is to have access to a woman's body is when she is his wife. You probably meant/assumed this but I wanted to point it out for other readers.

With that said I would like to refer you to the following passage of scripture.

1Co 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
1Co 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
1Co 7:3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
1Co 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
1Co 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

Notice in verse 3 above, that Paul addresses the man's responsibility to the wife first, but qualifies it "likewise" the woman's equal responsibility to the husband. Same with verse 4. He starts with the wifes responsibility but demonstrates the equal responsibility of the husband.

Much has been taught and assumed about this passage and I personally have seen it so misconstrued (always by a man) as to teach a man's unscriptural authority over his wife.

Actually, the passage is addressing the issue of immorality and defining the boundaries of sexual relations as being between a man and a woman as instituted by God. That is: within the marriage only, with respect and responsibility toward the other person, recognizing the "oneness" that was created of the two by God through marriage, and warning of the opening up to temptation if that responsibility is neglected. As you can see in verse 5 the responsibility to each other (husband and wife) is lesser only to the responsibility to God. Even then there is to be communication and an understanding made clear between the two.

I hope this helps. You have not created a profile so I'm not sure if you are a man or a woman. If you are a man, I hope your question was not in hopes of getting support for an unbiblical authority over your wife. You won't find it here, and you certainly won't find it in the bible.

6 Truth Answer John 7:17 kalos Wed 02/8/06, 8:40pm 167391
  'Does Hagin Follow His Own Rules?

'I receive a monthly magazine from Hagin's ministry and because I am on his mailing list I also receive every two to three months a letter signed by Kenneth Hagin Senior requesting money that I am to send to his ministry.

'In a letter dated June 1995, Hagin requests money for classroom chairs: "We are in need of 5,000 desk chairs for all the classrooms and seminar auditorium... I realize that the total for all 5,000 chairs is a very large sum of money. However, I believe that if all of us work together, we can accomplish this project."

'There was a letter dated October 1995 in which more money was requested: "....That is why we always depend upon the special offerings that we receive as a result of the letter I send to you every October. Your offerings help us catch up on the expenses of the maintenance and preparations during the summer and also help us through the holidays until I write to you again in February.""

'This hardly sounds like the same man who wrote the booklets, "How to Write Your Own Ticket with God" and "Having Faith In Your Faith." He says in those booklets, to obtain wealth, power, possessions, etc. from God, all one needs to do is follow 4 rules or steps as we have quoted previously. He said nothing about sending a letter requesting money from people, as a fifth rule.

'Kenneth Hagin has as of 12-21-95 over 500,000 people on his mailing list, according to the public relations office at his headquarters In Tulsa, OK.

'The reality is that when it comes to following his own prescription for receiving from God, Hagin fails. There seems to be an easy way to obtain money from WF theology; have a mailing list of half a million. There would be no need to request money if this so called WF formula was truly a biblical mandate.

'This not an indictment of Christian ministries that solicit money through the mail (Though some would say there are those that funds, with irritating frequency, bordering on harassment). However, when an organization and or a person proclaims vigorously, as Hagin does, that all you have to do is put into practice this four point formula and God will obligingly respond with whatever you demand from Him; Then turns and sends special requests for money, it is hypocritical and proves that he has no ultimate faith in the efficacy of the formula.

'It should be clear at this juncture that WF doesn't work for Hagin nor anyone else in the movement It is so much smoke and mirrors. It is my prayer that many will see the fruitlessness of the non biblical teaching and repent of its corrupt practices. For true biblical faith is essential to understanding God and walking with Him in a truly balanced Christian life. The WF doctrine is only a diabolical counterfeit and will destroy what it claims to build, the faith of believers.'


1. Having Faith In Your Faith, Kenneth Hagin; (Rhema Bible Church) p. 4,5.

2. How to Write Your Own Ticket With God, Kenneth Hagin; (Rhema Bible
Church) p. 1-5.

3. Ibid.p.l0.

5. Ibid.p.l6.

6. Ibid. p.19,23. (Emphasis in the original)

7. Letter from Kenneth Hagin Ministries, dated June1995. pg.2.

8. Letter from Kenneth Hagin Ministries, dated October 1995. Pg.2.
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7 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 Morant61 Thu 02/9/06, 11:33am 167438
  Greetings Mitch!

Why wouldn't Mark have the authority to pray that prayer? Don't we get what we claim? :-)

Sorry, I couldn't resist! :-)

On a series note, where exactly does Jesus say that we would be persecuted for getting a 100 fold return?

Your Brother in Christ,

Tim Moran
8 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 mitchm0521 Thu 02/9/06, 11:47am 167441
  Joke at me all you want, I don't mind. I am saying he has no authority in that prayer, because God wont answer a prayer thats not based upon his Word, and that would harm another person would he?

As for persecuted for getting a 100 fold return, Jesus said that in Mark 10:30

9 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 mitchm0521 Thu 02/9/06, 1:01pm 167456
  We fully agree on that it seems. There is one truth, and we should all come to the same understanding of the Scriptures. However there may come a time when our conversation on the subject might need to cease, or at least, pause while we both spend time in prayer and meditating on the subject. But we have the same Holy Ghost, I've been baptized in the same Holy Ghost as you brother, I speak in tongues by the same spirit that you do.. so we can safely say that in time we will both have the same knowledge of the Word.

God Bless,
10 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 mark d seyler Thu 02/9/06, 1:05pm 167457
  Hi Mitch,

I can't think of where the Bible tells us about God "making Himself dependant" on the faith of His children, the redeemed. Where is that?

We are implicitly told that we are tested by God, in that God tested the children of Israel (Deut 8:2, 13:3, Judges 3:4), and in that the things written of Israel are to be an example for us.

Now, in Deut 8:2, God says He is testing Israel, but in fact, this is talking about false prophets. So God is taking responsibility for the false prophets. That to me is an amazing statement. God claims that when these sinners seek to victimize His son Isreal, it is in fact God Himself testing Israel. So whether the event or situation that is a trial to us is directly originated by God or not, He takes responsibility for what comes into our lives. This is in agreement with New Testament teaching as well.

God limits what tries us (1 Cor 10:13), and everything must conform to His purpose (Eph 1:11). Notice that neither of these statements in Scripture are made with any reference to our faith, or to what it is that tries us, whether sickness, or persecution, or whatever.

I would ask you, where does Scripture say that sickness is excluded?

Consider the following:
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
James 5:15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

A few things I would like to point out in this passage.

Healing does not come as a result of the faith of the one who is sick, but from the faith of the elders who pray. So if we connect disease with a lack of faith in the one with the disease, well, this passage seems to ignore that, not counting the sick person's faith as an issue. Why then should we?

Now, we know that which is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)

This passage in James tells us that the sick person can be healed, and IF they have committed sins, they will be forgiven. Not, their sin will be forgiven, but "IF" they have committed sin. If their sickness was because they lacked the faith to be healthy, that would be sin, would it not, since that which is not of faith is sin? This passage does not make that assumption. So why should we?

Just some thoughts.

Love in Christ,

11 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 mitchm0521 Thu 02/9/06, 1:17pm 167462
  You bring good points. Let me adress the issue of God being dependant upon our Faith.

The Word says that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence. Well Paul says that we have to confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus in order to be saved. And the Word also says we must have faith in order to come to God ( Heb 11 ) If God was not dependent upon our belief in Him, then he could just make sure nobody went to Hell right? But he can't do that can he? He has to allow us to make the deicison to stand up in Faith and confess JEsus Christ is Lord. Thats what I'm saying when I say that God is dependent upon our Faith.

And I never said God doesn't allow us to be tested, he allowed Job to be tested didn't he? I'm just saying, God doesn't do the testing, and he didn't send the test, and he wasn't the one who even brought up the idea of the test was he? Satan wanted to do it. And God allowed it, he had to, his laws are law brother. How many times in the Old Testament do we see God saying 'Fear Not' yet JOb was in great fear wasn't he? God had to allow the test, what reason, I'm not totally sure, but perhaps because Job feared, and God had said don't fear. As for sickness not being included, in Deu 28 the blessing and cursing are laid out, and the curse covers sickness. All they had to do was follow God, and listen to what he said, and keep his commands, and sickness would not come upon them. That extends to us today as well. So thats where scripture shows us that God does not send sickness and disease upon his children. Nowhere in scripture will you find that God sent sickness upon his children.

Your passage from James is a wonderful one, and yes it does show that the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up. This is a great passage because its God being able to extend himself as Jehova Rapha to those who aren't strong enough in their faith to believe for their own healing. There is nothing wronmg with going to the elders and letting them pray for you and anoint you. What I like about this Scripture is that it shows us that it is Gods will for EVERYONE to be healed. If it wasn't God's will for everyone to be healed, then why would we ever pray for them to be healed? We shoul dnever pray against the will of God.

I think you might be a bit confused on something I"ve said, I've never meant to come across as saying that all sickness is because a person sinned. Good people have sickness too, because Satan brings it upon them. It all comes from him. Thats what I'm saying. It comes from him, and not from God.

God Bless,

12 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 mark d seyler Thu 02/9/06, 1:35pm 167467
  Hi Mitch,

Ephesians 2 tells us that saving faith is a gift from God. So He is not dependant on our having saving faith, because He gives us saving faith.

But I would like to stay focused on this topic of sickness if we could. Whether a person went to hell or not could be a matter of faith, but it could also be a matter of choice. This is an entirely different subject, maybe we could save it for next.

So we agree then that suffering from whatever source God takes responsibility for in allowing it into our lives? (Speaking of the redeemed)

Of the "blessings and cursings", does what you wrote mean that you do not acknowledge a fundamental difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, in that the Old is directed at the external, the phyisical, while the New is directed at the internal, the spiritual? Do you believe that we should be living in Israel, for instance?

Now, regarding Job, you say that God "had to allow" Satan to have his way with Job. What is your specific Scriptural foundation for this claim? If God had to allow Satan access to Job, why would God have been allowed to hedge Job about in the first place? Why would not Satan have been able to march up to God previously, demanding his right to torment Job? This doesn't make sense to me.

My point for the passage in James is this. If we are to be disease free, and can be if we have faith, then to have a disease would be sin. Being diseased would not be of faith, which is defined as sin. To have to go to the elders for prayer would be to acknowledge living in a sinfull condition, living outside of faith. Yet the passages reads in such a way that sin is not assumed, but recognizes that sin may or may not be present. So this person, who is unable to free themself of their disease by their faith, is not assumed by James to be in sin. So why should I assume that this person is in sin, even though that are not able to be healed by their own faith?

Thank you for clarifying a few points for me. So let me ask you this: Do you believe that God allows suffering in our lives because suffering is part of our sanctification?

Love in Christ,
13 does wings refer to God or angels in psa Answer Ps 91:4 mark d seyler Fri 02/10/06, 8:58am 167496
  Hi Kimmy,

Doc answered well. I would like to add a thought for you.

The Hebrew word for "wing" is the same word used for the corners of their robes, and prayer shawls.

Num 15:38 "Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner.

Malachi 4:2 "But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall."

So in these verses, "corner" and "wing" are from the same word.

Luke 8:43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.

I wonder if this woman was thinking to Malachi when she came up to Jesus.

Like I said, just a thought! :-)

Love in Christ,

14 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 Morant61 Fri 02/10/06, 3:47pm 167514
  Greetings Mitch!

I'll tackle your hospital comment.

1) First of all, if God wants someone dead, my sending them to a hosptial will not prevent it. :-)

2) We are commanded in Scripture to 'heal the sick'. Does this only refer to prayer and miracles, or does it include using every means at our disposal?

3) Finally, Jesus Himself used the example of the Good Samaritan. He praised and held up as an example the actions of the good samaritan. Would He then discourage the use of hospitals?

Even is your theological position is accurate, there are many unbelievers in the world. Do you think that God wants us to let them suffer?

Your Brother in Christ,

Tim Moran
15 What is preaching Christ? Note John 7:17 Morant61 Fri 02/10/06, 3:55pm 167516
  Greetings Mitch!

I believe that anything is possible in prayer. :-)

But, I don't believe that God is some magic lamp that we can rub and get whatever we wish.

I have seen miraculous answers to prayer, and I have also seen times where God's will was different than mine.

I have seen a blind boy healed. I have seen a broken bone mended on the spot. I have also lost a son to congenital heart defects when it was not God's will to heal him (at least physically).

As to measuring faith, I don't think that we can put it on a scale or in a beaker, but it certainly can be quantified. Scripture refers to 'little faith'. It refers to 'great faith'. It also refers to 'no faith'. So, I would certainly say that faith can be measured. :-)

Your Brother in Christ,

Tim Moran
16 Appreciate your further thoughts (?)Answered John 7:17 ngkh Sat 02/11/06, 10:01am 167552
  HI Mark,

Can I quote some parts of a page from Kenneth Hagins 'Understanding how to fight the good fight of faith' page 44

Started with James 5:14-16
'The first thing I noticed, is that James asks a question:"is anyone sick among you?" By asking a question, James infers that there might not be any sick people among them. And, really, if the Church knew and walked in the light of 1Peter 2:24, there would not be any sick in the Church! We would be doers of the Word in every area of our lives, including "By whose stripes ye WERE healed," and we would walk in divine health.
Then I read in the next verse about calling for the elders of the church, and I thought a person had to get the elders to pray in order to be healed. (Actually, you don't have to but you may). Tears filled my eyes and I began to cry because there was no one to call to pray for me.

But the Holy Spirit which is our Teacher called something to my attention. It was so real, it seemed as though someone spoke up on the inside of me - in my spirit.
The Holy Spirit said,"Did you notice the verse said, "the prayer of faith (italics) shall save the sick"?"
I looked at it again and said, "Well yes, that's what it says." And that voice within said, "You can pray that prayer as well as anyone". I began to see it! I began to believe it!"

I would appreciate your thoughts on what was written.

17 Please help me understand divorce. Answer 1 Cor 7:1 BradK Mon 02/13/06, 8:11am 167660
  Dear believer,

Thanks for sharing your concerns. Though this Forum is not intended for specific counselling, I can give you some general guidence:

1. I assume both of you are believers in the the Lord Jesus Christ? If you are, it's important to realize that though God takes the covenant of marriage seriously, divorce is not the unpardonable sin. Christ's forgiveness extends to broken marriages as much as any other sin.

2. I would read, re-read and meditate upon the entire 7th chapter of 1 Corinthians! I think you'll find the answers to your concerns there. Be diligent in Prayer about it and seek the guidence of your Pastor, elder or other mature believers. Remember, there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors! (Prov. 11:14, 15:22, 19:20)

Speaking the Truth in Love,

18 the Spirit of Truth Answer John 7:17 Princess MJ Mon 02/13/06, 8:21am 167662
  Hi Sam:

Through out History Man has gone to battle over this question. I do not feel there is one defined answer. However we know that the Bible does not conterdict itself. And there are somethings that just won't be answered until we are in Heaven. I do feel that God speaks to us through His word, in His time. example: Reading a passage and then a couple months later you read it again, and it like pops off the page at you with an understanding of it that applies to your own life. Well God has just spoken to you. Not to Joe down the street because Joe dosn't have the same problem you do. Thats where I see the problem comming into play. We need to work on ourselves and not Joe down the street. The Serenity Prayer says it all. God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (meaning other people) the courage to change the things I can (meaning myself) and the wisdom to know the difference. As a new Christian, my advise to you is to just work on your relationship with the Lord and don't get caught up in others understanding of the Word. Just let it speak to you. I hope this helps, It has helped me to overlook thoes things and to focuse on Him and me.
In His Grip
Princess MJ
19 Please help me understand divorce. Note 1 Cor 7:1 BradK Mon 02/13/06, 9:37am 167667
  Hi believer,

Again, I would encourage you to check and read (i.e. study) 1 Cor. 7, particularly verses 25-40.

Additionally, you might note the permanent and intimate bond, Matt. 19:5-6. I would offer that as fornication excludes remarriage- Matt.5:32- that there is no direct prohibition against him re-marrying! You both need to do as you as you feel lead of the Lord through prayer, study of His Word and mature counsel:-)

May this guide you.

Speaking the Truth in Love,

20 Can anyone speak in tonges Note 1 Cor 13:1 mark d seyler Mon 02/13/06, 4:07pm 167679
  Hi Shythiyl,

Without wishing to elongate this thread, I would simply like to point out that in Acts 2:4, it says the disciples were talking in "different langauges", not a single language, but various languages.

Personally I think the key is in 1 Cor 13, "if I speak with the tongues of men and angels" tongues of men for evangelizing, tongues of angels for prayer. I think this removes any difficulties with the relevent passages.

Love in Christ,
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