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Results from: Answered Bible Questions, Answers, Unanswered Bible Questions, Notes
Contents include: "prayer"
On or After: Saturday, July 29, 2006
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1 Following Jesus Truly Answer NT general Archive 1 Morant61 Sat 07/29/06, 12:34am 175465
  Greetings Nightjay!

I just read your profile. Welcome into the family of God! :-)

Christ saved me 36 years ago, and every day with Him gets better and better.

Allow me to offer some advice as to how you can continue to grow as a Christian.

1) Keep on praying!

Communication is vital in any good relationship. If you want to continue to grow in Christ and in your understanding of how to serve Him best, then make prayer a vital part of your daily life.

2) Keep on growing in the Word of God.

Scripture is His self-revelation to us. The more we know about it, the more we will understand Him.

3) Become a part of a good church!

Your profile doesn't make it clear whether or not you are actively involved in a local church. If you aren't, you need to be.

There are several reasons.

First of all, we are commanded to assemble together.

Secondly, other godly people can make sure that we stay accountable.

Finally, a good pastor can help you answer some of these questions that you have as you continue to grow in Christ.

Keep on growing my friend!

Your Brother in Christ,

Tim Moran
2 Why do Catholics pray to Mary Answer Bible general Archive 3 Emmaus Sat 07/29/06, 10:55pm 175489
  tcl,

Doctrinsograce suggested that I respond to your question since I am perhaps the only Catholic active on the forum over a long period of time. I will refer you to a thread from 2001 which I was involved in with Hank and some other members. That way you can get both sides of the conversation.

Go to the Search box on the right side of the screen and enter the number 26328 and hour enter key. It will take you to the thread, which you can follow with the links shown as when you scrool dowwn the screen.

But in a nutshell, praying "to" mary and the other saints, for a Catholic has to do with the communion of saints in Christ which is not broken by physical dead. It is like asking a friend to pray with you or for you. It's that simple. "Ther prayer of a righteous man ( or woman) availeth much" whether the righteous person is with us and in Christ or with Christ in heaven. That's how Catholics see it.

Emmaus
3 Prayer Request. Answer Bible general Archive 3 lionheart Sun 07/30/06, 9:28am 175492
  cynthia,
I can hardly think of a
situation more fraught
with fear and doubt than
one such as this.My heart truly goes out to you and your family.My
ex and I had to work through many very tense
issues,but today we are both disciples of Jesus
Christ and I must say that she is a big reason that I myself can say with all conviction and confidence in God that I
am a disciple of Jesus Christ. Cynthia I at one
time would have been identified right along
with your ex in the same
mold. Is your ex saved?
If not pray for his salvation. This may seem
hard and even darn near impossible. My former wife,I can no longer call here ex but sister
and close friend. She had every reason to hate me with every fiber
of her being,yet she was
one of the first to reach out to me and pray for me Godbless her
everloving heart. God shows us all so much grace and we need every bit of it! A few questions and a little advice. Have you been in contact with the authorities? How aware are the believers in your fellowship of whats happening in your
life? Get close to these folks if your not
already. Most of all dear heart,pray,pray pray. Luke 18:1! You
will be in my heart and
prayers. If you want to contact me check out my user profile,Iam at your
service.

YBIC,
lionheart
4 Woman who marrys divorcee an adultress? Answer Matt 19:9 mark d seyler Mon 07/31/06, 11:14am 175514
  Hi fredfred,

This is not a cut and dried question, but depends on whether the divorce was Biblically based.

The main issue is whether or not the divorced man is a completely innocent party to the divorce.

It is also signifacant to question whether it is a good idea to marry someone who was previously married, and their marraige failed.

No marriage should be entered into without serious prayer and counsel, and especially if one or both of the parties has been divorced. This is something that should be taken up with one's pastor.

I hope this helps!

Love in Christ,
Mark
5 Christan Marriage Note 1 Cor 7:3 DocTrinsograce Tue 08/1/06, 7:29pm 175582
  "Of all relationships of life, none ought to be regarded with such reverence, and none taken in hand so cautiously as the relationship of husband and wife.

"In no relationship is so much earthly happiness to be found, if it be entered upon discreetly, advisedly, and in the fear of God. In none is so much misery seen to follow, if it be taken in hand unadvisedly, lightly, wantonly, and without thought. From no step in life does so much benefit come to the soul, if people marry 'in the Lord.' From none does the soul take so much harm, if fancy, passion, or any mere worldly motive is the only cause which produce the union.

"There is, unhappily, only too much necessity for impressing these truths upon people. It is a mournful fact, that few steps in life are generally taken with so much levity, self will, and forgetfulness of God as marriage. Few are the young couples who think of inviting Christ to their wedding! It is a mournful fact that unhappy marriages are one great cause of the misery and sorrow of which there is so much in the world. People find out too late that they have made a mistake, and go in bitterness all their days.

"Happy are they, who in the matter of marriage observe three rules: The first is to marry only in the Lord, and after prayer for God's approval and blessing. The second is not to expect too much from their partners, and to remember that marriage is, after all, the union of two sinners, and not of two angels. The third rule is to strive first and foremost for one another's sanctification. The more holy married people are, the happier they are." --J. C. Ryle
6 Questions about Psalm 38. Answer Ps 38:1 Hank Fri 08/4/06, 10:59pm 175709
  Steven - In early Christian liturgical tradition, Psalm 38 is one of seven penitential Psalms, the others being Ps. 6, 32, 51, 102, 130, and 143. The specifics of David's illness and of the sin mentioned in this Psalm are not known. There has been some debate on whether the details of the illness of verses 1-8 should be taken literally as a reference to a physcial ailment, or figuratively in reference to moral or psychological distress. But the detail and intensity of David's description would appear to point more to a definite physcial illness. Whatever the case may be, David concludes the Psalm with the prayer from a penitent heart, "Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation." How often we, God's people, face times in our lives when we need to pray David's prayer! --Hank
7 what is steadfast in this verse Answer Ps 51:10 BradK Mon 08/7/06, 11:58pm 175778
  Hello Buck and welcome to the Forum! That's a great question on Ps. 51:10.

The ESV renders it: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."

Young's Literal Translation reads: "A clean heart prepare for me, O God, And a right spirit renew within me."

C.H. Spurgeon in his work, The Treasury of David offers these comments on verse 10: "Renew a right spirit within me. It was there once, Lord, put it there again. The law on my heart has become like an inscription hard to read: new write
it, gracious Maker. Remove the evil as I have entreated thee; but, O replace it with good, lest into my swept, empty, and garnished heart, from
which the devil has gone out for a while, seven other spirits more wicked than the first should enter and dwell. The two sentences make a complete prayer. Create what is not there at all; renew that which is there, but in a sadly feeble state."

Following his Exposition is the EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS: "Ver. 10. A right spirit. A steadfast spirit, i.e., a mind steady in following
the path of duty. French and Skinner."

I hope this will be of help.

BradK

8 The Feeling of Prayer. Answer Not Specified cynthia80 Tue 08/8/06, 12:49pm 175810
  How do I know that I am praying effectivly? Meaning, how do I know my prayers have meaning and not just spoken words. Sometimes when I pray I feel it deep in my heart and soul. Compelling me to cry out in the name of Jesus with powerful tears streaming from my face like a flowing river.But other times it just feels like spoken words it seems like with no meaning or feelings. Should I feel something when I pray? I guess is my question.
9 The Feeling of Prayer. (?)Answered Bible general Archive 3 cynthia80 Tue 08/8/06, 12:49pm 175814
  How do I know that I am praying effectivly? Meaning, how do I know my prayers have meaning and not just spoken words. Sometimes when I pray I feel it deep in my heart and soul. Compelling me to cry out in the name of Jesus with powerful tears streaming from my face like a flowing river.But other times it just feels like spoken words it seems like with no meaning or feelings. Should I feel something when I pray? I guess is my question.
10 The Feeling of Prayer. Answer Bible general Archive 3 lionheart Tue 08/8/06, 3:54pm 175815
  cynthia,
One thing I want to encourage you with is this.
Feelings are no gaurantee for truth. We all have em. Where is your heart when you pray? Sometimes we get tied up when we dont know what to pray about
and that does happen. Praying isn't always going to be this big emotional experience,sometimes yes
and that's good. Having an emotional bond with
the father is healthy and needed. But our emotions dont key our time with God.They may play a part but they are not the key.

In Christ,
lionheart
11 Address Passive Agressive behavior in Ch Answer Gal 5:22 Makarios Tue 08/8/06, 7:13pm 175819
  Greetings Katy,

Perhaps the best verses in scripture to use in attempting to show a fellow Christian exactly what 'proper Christian behavior' should be would be Galatians 5:22, where the "fruits of the spirit" are mentioned. When a Christian examines himself in light of what this passage says he could be, it is a realization that is both humbling and reduces a man to prayer in that we find that we sometimes may not measure up to what we perhaps could be.

Blessings to you,

Makarios
12 Leave of stay in church? Note 1 Tim 3:1 ardmore Tue 08/15/06, 7:31am 176025
  Thanks! Bradk

Many reasons, he rarely smiles,always criticizes people as though all owe him.
I don't see any holy spirit's fruits although I dare not judge anybody.
It a very small church, most are new believers, we just start our faith statements.
Pastor insists that we must go through all the constitution, by law and faith statements.
Due to such a short period, everyone has his(her) own opinions and argues each other.
I am tired to be amomg hoarse quarreling except prayer. I know that there is no perfect church in the world. I know that I have obligation to serve the God and the church. However if I still stay in the church, absolutely there is no any spiritual growth tendency for me.

By the way, could you please tell me who is
John Maxwell?

ardmore

13 where did God come from? Note Bible general Archive 3 BradK Tue 08/15/06, 10:33pm 176051
  Hello tinaraine,

Possibly the words of A.W. Pink will shed some light on your question. He writes:

""In the beginning, God" (Gen. 1:1). There was a time, if "time" is could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three Divine Persons), dwelt all alone. "In the beginning, God." There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested. There was no earth to engage His attention. There were no angels to hymn His praises; no universe to be upheld by the word of His power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that, not for a day, a year, or an age, but "from everlasting." During a past eternity, God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially. He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished."

"Such a God cannot be found out by searching; He can be known, only as He is revealed to the heart by the Holy Spirit through the Word. It is true that creation demonstrates a Creator, and that, so plainly, men are "without excuse;" yet, we still have to say with Job, "Lo, these are parts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him? but the thunder of His power who can understand?" (26:14). The so-called argument from design by well-meaning "Apologists" has, we believe, done much more harm than good, for it has attempted to bring down the great God to the level of finite comprehension, and thereby has lost sight of His solitary excellence.

Analogy has been drawn between a savage finding a watch upon the sands, and from a close examination of it he infers a watch-maker. So far so good. But attempt to go further: suppose that savage sits down on the sand and endeavors to form to himself a conception of this watch-maker, his personal affections and manners; his disposition, acquirements, and moral character—all that goes to make up a personality; could he ever think or reason out a real man—the man who made the watch, so that he could say, "I am acquainted with him?" It seems trifling to ask such questions, but is the eternal and infinite God so much more within the grasp of human reason? No, indeed! The God of Scripture can only be known by those to whom He makes Himself known.

Nor is God known by the intellect. "God is Spirit" (John 4:24), and therefore can only be known spiritually. But fallen man is not spiritual, he is carnal. He is dead to all that is spiritual. Unless he is born again supernaturally brought from death unto life, miraculously translated out of darkness into light, he cannot even see the things of God (John 3:3), still less apprehend them (1 Cor. 2:14). The Holy Spirit has to shine in our hearts (not intellects) in order to give us "the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6). And even that spiritual knowledge is but fragmentary. The regenerated soul has to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Pet. 3.18).

The principal prayer and aim of Christians should be that we "walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:10)."

I hope this helps,

BradK



14 where did God come from? Note Bible general Archive 3 Hank Wed 08/16/06, 12:27am 176054
  Tinaraine - It's tough to lose parents at any time, particularly when one is so very young. I know. My father died when I was a lad of 10. It's tougher to lose a child. I know that too. My son died when he was not quite 21. So, whom does one blame for the hard knocks of life? Do we let God take the rap for our sorrows while we take credit for our joys? Do we follow the advice of misguided people like Job's wife who, when Job was drowning in a sea of troubles, enjoined him to curse God and die? (Job 2:9) ...... Is God unfair? Is He silent, is He hidden, does He care? ..... It seems to me that your husband has, as we all at times have had, some profoundly important things on his mind -- questions that cry out for answers. And so may I please offer to you and to him a short list of books? They have helped me and numberless other human beings to soothe a faith that's almost been shattered by the slings and arrows of life and the stiff-necked stubbornness of the human will. The books are: 1. The Bible. 2. Disappointment with God, by Philip Yancey. 3. Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis. 4. The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell. The latter two books were written by men who were professing atheists for a number of years before their encounter with Jesus Christ, who turned their lives around, as He always does. ..... I am personally acquainted with a man of an exceptionally keen intellect who is now a very effective evangelist. He was an atheist as a young man. But along came an old pastor of a country church who challenged this young man to read the Bible from cover to cover, with as much objectivity as he could muster, before giving up on God for the rest of his life. The young self-proclaimed atheist accepted the challenge and began to read at Genesis 1:1. I believe he made it as far as the Gospel of Luke before he became a born-again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ! He's living proof that "the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword" just as Hebrews 4:12 says it is. ..... You and your husband have my best wishes and my prayers. --Hank
15 Child may go to hell Answer Acts 4:12 BigJohnUkraine Wed 08/16/06, 6:10am 176063
  That's an interesting position. A key question to ask him is, "Why do you believe that is true?" "From where in the Bible do you derive this?"

The implication is that if a child's parents are believers and the child dies, it goes to heaven. That would mean that a child's eternal destiny is determined by the will of his parents. This is unthinkable, that one person determines the eternal destiny of another.

Another question for this person would be, "What if the parents become Christians later?" What if just one parent is a Christian or eventually becomes a Christian? Even if he could find a place in the Bible where it infers that the faith of the parents determines eternity for a child who dies in infancy--which he cannot--he will by no means be able to point to a Scripture and answer these other questions.


Yet, the question, "Where does a child who dies in infancy go?" is a great question. Unfortunately, we are not give much to go on for that. The best example is the death of the child born to David through his immoral relationship with Bathsheeba. In his prayer he states, referring to the child, "You will not return to me, but I will go to you."

The question could be broadened to encompass mentally handicapped individuals who appear to be unable to understand the things of God.

What I always come back to for these questions is the Cross of Christ, because I am convinced that it is the place where the character of God is most clearly revealed. If He, being God, suffered and died to purchase my pardon because of His love for me, the unloveable, then I can trust His character and know that He will do what is noble reqarding difficult questions such as these.


I would be interested in hearing what this pastor has to say when asked to prove his position from the Scriptures.

With all due respect, though, this is not a position that seems to have been arrived at after a great deal of study and thought.

I hope this helps.
16 Bible verse: how man treats first wife Answer Mal 2:14 starfire Fri 08/18/06, 8:38pm 176121
  1 1 Pet 3:7 In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God's unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.]
17 where did God come from? Answer Bible general Archive 3 Tuggy Sat 08/19/06, 10:48pm 176149
  Hi Tinaraine,

Firstly, I want to encourage you to pray for your husband without ceasing. I also encourage you to live a pure, consistent Christian lifestyle, because the purity of your Christian life is an argument he would have much difficulty gainsaying or resisting. In order for you to lead your husband to Christ, it is essential that you yourself are fully surrendered to Him.

Lastly, I recommend an invaluable resource available through Hope Media Ministry. It's called "The Eleventh Hour Evidence" by Pastor David Assherick (http://www.hopevideo.com/Media_Center.htm). It provides compelling evidence of the Bible's credibility!

May God bless you. I will keep you and your husband in prayer!

God bless.
18 Lands razed ; prophesized be barren ever Note Bible general Archive 3 marcelle19 Tue 08/22/06, 7:05pm 176224
  Thanks again, CDBJ. That is one of the verses I had in mind when I said his heart had been hardened and eyes blinded, among other things.

Prayer does seem to be the only way in some cases.

Matt. 7:6 - "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."

The treasure of the Gospel cannot be given in obvious pearls to those who reject it outright, but we can leave a trial of crumbs for them to follow, sometimes, and hope that, by God's grace, they are part of the elect, despite their former and present behavior, and His grace and power in Jesus Christ will call them to repentance and eternal life.

Thank you again, Brother,and God bless and keep you.

And oh, if you do happen to recall any of those passages of the razed lands that remain barren to this day, that would be a blessing, as well. :O)
19 Rescue me, Jesus Christ (?)Answered Gen 13:13 corin Thu 08/24/06, 2:05pm 176300
  1) Why the prayers unanswer ?
2) How to claim the unanswer prayers?
3) How to 'enjoying in God' with righteous life than 'enjoying life' without self control?
20 Rescue me, Jesus Christ Answer Gen 13:13 BradK Thu 08/24/06, 2:24pm 176302
  Dear Corin,

What are you asking Jesus Christ to rescue you from?

1. God does answer prayer. I cannot tell you why it may seem like He's not answering yours? It's either yes, no or wait. Waiting is the hardest part- it requires faith and learning to rest in Him. Faith means trusting in Him even when we don't see the results WE want when we want them. (Read Heb. 11)

2. Might I suggest meditating on Proverbs 3:5-6

3. 1 Cor 1:30 "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption," Your only righteousness is being, "In Him".

Phil 3:9 "and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith."

Christ lives in you if you are a believer. He is your life whether you fully understand it or not. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Speaking the Truth in Love,

BradK
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