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Results from: Answered Bible Questions, Answers, Unanswered Bible Questions, Notes
Contents include: "prayer"
On or After: Monday, June 26, 2006
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1 How does Hebrews 10:26 fit my problem Answer Heb 10:26 BradK Tue 06/27/06, 8:24am 174219
  Hello noveta,

In all honesty I don't know that I or the Forum can be much help directly on this matter. The intent of the SBF is that of Bible Study, not counselling-related issues. We can certainly be in prayer for you:-)

A couple of comments are offered. First, There are always 2 sides to such a situation. Second, if indeed your pastor went no further than to quote you Heb. 10:26, he was remiss. Since I was not there to hear the context in which he replied, I have no way to know what exactly he was telling you.

May you be anxious for nothing, but in everything through prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Phil. 4:6)

I trust my reply was of some benefit,

BradK
2 What about those we were unaware of? Answer Rom 14:17 talmid Wed 06/28/06, 8:19pm 174259
  Thanks lionheart.
Especially verse 12. That brings me to Gal 2:20 - "I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me."

I am living by believing this. It helps me overcome the sins I come across in myself as and when God brings them to light. All those things that I am unaware of and I was blind to, God will bring to light, bit by bit. He knows how much I can take for each trial that comes my way. That is the "eye salve" that I can get from Jesus.

I'll just continue walking in the light that He gives. I am able to experience what is written in 1 John 1:7 to an increasing degree. But I need more godly fear.

I thank God for helping me to break free from the vicious cycle of sinning and asking for forgiveness! So that I no longer stagnate, but start growing and bearing fruit!

I am young now. I don't fear growing older. Its exciting, thinking about the work that God would have accomplished in me by the time I have grey hair and I lose all my teeth :-)

But for now, one thing I really am holding on to...that is godly fear that I won't lose the price that is set before me. May God preserve me in Godly fear, just as Jesus had it - we read in Heb 5:7 - " who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear". We know that it is not physical death that is being talked about here, but spiritual death due to sin.


To end I am gonna sound the trumpet call - a call to victory! - Rev 21:7 - "He who overcomes shall inherit all things,and I will be his God and he shall be My son."

So come along folks! Come!
3 Speaking In Tounges Answer 1 Cor 14:13 justme Wed 06/28/06, 9:16pm 174263
  Gen Betrayed: What you discribe seems to go hand and hand with the Word of Faith Movement, which has destroyed many peoples faith. Speaking in tounges is a gift as I read Scripture. Is something a gift if I have to ask for it? I do not think so. Why is this gift so desired above giving, teaching, helps, and so on? Paul says it's the least of all the gifts.
I think you has perfect reason to feel more than uncomfortable. I think asking people to try and speak in tounges is not Scriptual, and I would shake the dust off your shoes and move on to a Bible teaching Church. I do believe the Lord can use any gift He so wants, but God does not go against Hiw word, as this Pastor was suggesting the people to do. You have a good response to listening to the Holy Spirit, keep listening and be in prayer for God to led you to a good church. Blessings.


Justme
4 Contra "Total Depravity" Note Gen 4:26 AJJR Thu 06/29/06, 5:50pm 174297
  [From Wikipedia in relation to "kalos" posting above referencing the "Stone Edition"]

ArtScroll Tanach series

Mesorah Publications is an Orthodox Jewish publisher of Bible translations, rabbinic literature and Jewish prayerbooks. Their Stone Edition of the Chumash (Torah) and Stone Edition of the Tanach (also called the ArtScroll Tanakh) have become very popular in the Orthodox Jewish community, and are in use by some non-Orthodox Jews as well. It is considered by many Orthodox Jews to be the best of the English translations.[citation needed]

Their translations have been criticised by a few Modern Orthodox scholars, e.g. B. Barry Levy, and by non-Orthodox scholars as mis-translating the text. This dispute comes about because, it is claimed, the editors at Mesorah Publications consciously attempted not to present a literal translation of the text, but rather to smooth out differences between the plain meaning of the text and later interpretations of the text by medieval biblical commentators such as Rashi.
5 Putting a sermon on Isaiah 43:1-4, Help Note Is 43:1 joshjay Sat 07/1/06, 12:16am 174337
  Thanks Andrew, Your notes will go toward putting a sermon together and prayerfully I can get enough info to serve the Lord through this. If there are any thoughts that you may come across please feel free to pass them on. Thanks. Serving Him. Pete
6 Jesus said "Have Faith in ME" Answer 1 John 5:14 Jagfire Sat 07/1/06, 9:34am 174346
  Praying in Jesus’ name means asking God the Father to answer our prayers because we come in the name of His Son, Jesus. It means the same thing as praying according to the will of God.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him" 1st John 5:14-15

You must pray for things that will honor and glorify Jesus. If what you asked for was not for God’s glory/according to His will, do not expect it to be "granted."

Also, you say you got no answer for the week. Remember that God answers every prayer that is lifted to Him. Just because what you asked for has no happened in a week does not mean the prayer went unanswered. Sometimes God answers "no" or "wait". Be patient:

"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth”

-Psalm 37:7-9

7 Which sacrifices have ended? Note Acts 2:46 MJH Sat 07/1/06, 8:42pm 174350
  Recently I heard a pastor whom I respect parching on this paragraph in the Bible, and he mentioned, sort of in passing, that he didn't think that the disciples participated in the sacrifices, but only the prayers, etc... I was wondering why he thought this.

As I understand it, the only sacrifices that certainly ended after Jesus resurrection, was the Atonement day sacrifice, the once a year High Priest in the Holy of Holies. (See book of Hebrews), and also most likely the Sin Sacrifices in general. But no where do I see in the Text that any of the other sacrifices had ended (of course when the Temple was destroyed, all sacrifice ended because with no Temple, no sacrifice can be made.)

Acts mentions specifically that the Apostles participated in sacrifices (Acts 21-23 most notably).

I'd like some input on this from others. Did Jesus death and resurrection put an end to all sacrifices, or just the sin sacrifice, or just the Atonement Day sacrifice?

- a side note: there is a quote in the Mishna (I believe it is in the Mishna) that for the last 40 years (to be taken as the last generation, not necessarily 40 exact years) of the Temple, the scarlet cord left outside the Temple did NOT turn white. All previous years, this cord was put out as a constant reminder that our scarlet sins were made white as snow as the sun bleached the cord and made it white. The theory was that if the cord turned white, then God accepted the sacrifice of atonement, and if it had not turned white, then he did not.

That is a quote from a non-messianic Jewish Rabbi. Interesting point I'm adding, but not necessarily directly relevant to the question.
MJH
8 I don't feel his presence. Answer 1 John 5:14 mathematician Sun 07/2/06, 6:49am 174365
  This is a most common experience and may or may not have anything to do with whether we have unconfessed sin in our lives. My first thought is this: have you told the Lord about this in your prayer time? Being my thought it may not be of the Lord, so here are some other considerations. First, you may be experiencing the presence of Christ constantly in your life and so do not notice a difference while in prayer, and yet you expect to feel more holy or connected at that time than when driving to work or going for milk at the store, or whatever you do. Second, you cannot expect to be better off than even some of the great evangelists of recent days: Charles Finney (a nineteenth evangelist) experienced a six year period in which he did not sense G-d's presence in his life, even though there were no fewer people coming to know Jesus during that time than when the presence of G-d was so obvious to him. Even the great man after G-d's own heart, King David, had such experiences: read through Psalms and you will see. And then there is our Saviour Jesus Christ who had a brief but heart-wrenching loss of His Father's presence while He hung on the cross (Matt 28:46) "My G-d, My G-d, why hast Thou forsaken Me?". Because Jesus experienced this for you, even for a moment, you never need to. Are you abandoned by G-d? Never! His love for you is complete and unwavering. "Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, and your house." (Paul to the jailer Acts 16:31). Here is the challenge to every Christian: to trust Jesus, even and especially when we do not feel His presence, each and every moment of our lives. As A. B. Simpson once said, "Christ is not a reservoir but a spring." May you draw deeply and well from that spring. I have given a brief prayer for you that you will be firmly convinced that Christ Jesus has said to you, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Next, this situation might give the devil an opportunity to lead you astray. Know this, that "No temptation has seized except that which is common to man, and G-d is faithful who will not allow you be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation give a way of escape." (I Cor 10:13). Ask the Lord to show you "the way of escape" so that you will not sin.

Finally, be sure to thank G-d for His great love for you even though you do not sense His presence.

Praise G-d for His incomparable Word!
9 Jesus said "Have Faith in ME" Answer 1 John 5:14 jlhetrick Sun 07/2/06, 12:36pm 174369
  Hello Corin,

sorry to here your going through a difficult time. Just wanted to address some of your comments in hopes that I might help with how you perceive your problem.

you wrote:
"1. i claimed God's word"

To start with, this language sounds like "Word of Faith" talk. Just my opinion though.

Remember, our approach to God's word should not be taking a single verse or single verses from different parts of Scripture, and building a doctrine that suits our needs.

You wrote:
"3. i told God my requests and the critical situation i am in.It definitely not a glory testimony if the circumstances has not changed.

4. i told God more people will feel hurt than joy if the situation continue"

Know that God knows the situation you are in and that He knows exactly what effect the circumstances will have on others. It is not as though we need to coach Him in order for Him to know the consequences, thereby convincing Him to answer our prayer in a certain way.

Same thing with number 5 in your list. God does not require a list from us; a pointing to our own actions in order to prove ourselves. God knows the condition of your heart and the motivation for every action.

You wrote:
"6. i have faith the requests answered by the week, meant last week.
I listed my requests clearly and specifically.

I got no answer for the week : ("

Remember, God's answer to prayer will always be according to His own will and plan for you and will always be according to His timing. Placing a time-frame expectation, as well as expecting His answer to be the answer we want is not what the Bible teaches us about prayer.

You might consider including 2 Cor. 12:7-10 in developing your understanding of how to approach God in prayer.

I'm not sure what you meant by "claiming God's word"; but I will offer this thought. A proper approach to God's word, in my opinion, is to study to extract doctrine, and never attempt to "create" doctrine by "extracting" verses from here and there. I only mention this because your approach to prayer suggests that you have been taught falsely, perhapse by those of the "Word of Faith" persuation.

I hope this helps,
Jeff
10 what is the gift of descerning spirits? Answer Phil 1:1 BradK Wed 07/5/06, 11:32am 174453
  Hello Grenee,

You'll have to be a bit more specific in how you define the "gift of descerning spirits?"(sic)

As such, there is no gift by that name that I'm aware of in scripture. However, there are numerous scriptures that instruct us to be discerning:

Ps. 119:66- "Teach me good judgment and knowledge (discernment)I believe in your commandments"

Phil. 1:9- " And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment..."

Heb. 5:14- "But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil."

For further reference, you might look at 1 Kings 3:9, Prov. 1:2, 2:3,5, 9.

I hope this helps,

BradK
11 ... Answer Acts 4:12 DocTrinsograce Wed 07/5/06, 7:04pm 174463
  "A sure way to go to hell is by living and dying without any religion at all. You may live like a beast, prayerless, godless, graceless and faithless. This is a sure way to go to hell.

"Another way to go to hell is by taking up some kind of useless religion. You can live and die contenting yourself with a false Christianity and rest on a groundless hope. This is probably the most common way to hell that there is today. There are many ways to hell, but only one way to heaven.

"A religion is useless in which Jesus Christ is not the principle object. Most people today know nothing about Christ. Their religion is a few vague notions and empty expressions. They say, 'I am no worse than others. I go to church when it is convenient. I really don't do anybody any harm. I hope God will be merciful to me.' But He won't! God shows no mercy apart from His Son." --J. C. Ryle
12 "Creative" Ways to Share God's Promices Answer Romans DocTrinsograce Thu 07/6/06, 5:39pm 174480
  Dear Past,

That's a great question!

There's a strong tendency to be frustrated at the way your hands are tied by those in authority over you. We should be free to speak our faith as we see fit.

Nevertheless, isn't our God sovereign? His primary objective is to bring Himself glory. The more impediments that the heathen try to place in His path, the greater the glory He receives as He frustrates their plans right and left. Consequently, I would like to join you in rejoicing over this unique place in which God has placed you!

I apologize that I do not have some clever and creative way to elicit the requests from information about your faith from these women. But that doesn't mean that there are no such ways. You see, the wonderful thing about the state requirements is that when people do come to you, it will very obviously be the Lord's doing, rather than your own! Isn't that cool?

I'd encourage you to be in explicit prayer for each individual. Immerse yourself in the Word of God. Ask God to bring glory to Himself by producing the very opportunities to speak of Him that are allowed by the state. I am confident that God will provide more creative ideas and fruitful opportunities than anything we might offer.

I am excited at how God will show Himself strong as you seek to serve Him. We will all be in prayer for you and those to whom you are ministering. Be encouraged, for you are serving Him well.

In Him, Doc
13 Scriptural support for discipling son. Answer Ex 22:8 DocTrinsograce Sat 07/8/06, 9:44am 174535
  Dear Marqueesign,

You asked for Scriptural support. I've attempted to provide it below, fully realizing that this is a difficult and painful experience for the parents.

This is not a child, but an adult, both in the eyes of Scripture and our own cultural laws. Furthermore, this young man has dishonored his parents in addition to proving himself a thief. He clearly is not a believer. Consequently, the law must come bear upon him in order that it might do its work (Romans 7:7). Protecting him from the police, by not reporting the crime, would be interfering with the instructive work of the law. In other words, it would not be an act of loving mercy. Scripture tells us that withholding punishment may even be construed as failing to love the son (Proverbs 13:24). In addition, interfering with the proper consequences might be considered as a tacit repudiation of the righteousness of the law, making the parent complicit with the act of thievery (Proverbs 29:24; Romans 13:2). If restitution is not immediately and promptly possible, then the authorities -- ministering by God's explicit decree (Romans 13:1) -- will work to deal appropriately with the situation (Romans 13:4). Who knows but that without this strict approach, the young man may continue to lack a deep and proper understanding of his sin and need for a savior.

Those who read your question will accompany me in prayer for all involved.

In Him, Doc
14 A divorced pastor in ministry? Note 1 Tim 3:2 magellan2019 Sat 07/8/06, 3:03pm 174542
  Hi everyone. I'm new here, but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents, as this particular subject is especially near and dear to my heart and is currently very relevant in my life.
God called me into his service many years ago, though I have only recently answered that call. I have been married for 15 years, and am now in the process of getting divorced. Prior to initiating this, I prayed, studied the Word, sought counsel from reliable Christian friends and family, and finally decided that it was the right and Biblical course of action to take (marital infidelity was involved).
Now, with that being said, my first assumption in answering God's call (shortly before divorce proceedings commenced) was that He wanted me to be a pastor. However, in my studies, I did happen upon this passage in question. It concerned me that I would not be allowed to fulfill my calling. I went through a period of extreme confusion and frustration.
After much more study, prayer, and counsel, I came to realize that it was *me* who thought I was being called to the pulpit. God revealed to me that he was leading me into other ministries. The truth is that with being divorced, regardless of whether it can be Biblically supported, the effectiveness of a pulpit ministry would be greatly diminished. The effects of a perceived sin can be far more reaching than a technical non-sin. Many Christians with whom I have spoken believe that divorce is wrong, period, despite Christ's one allowance (Matt 19:8,9) that is additionally supported in Jeremiah 3:8. If I were to become a pastor now, what example does that set? Even though I can claim "I have the right to, because the Bible says divorce is allowable under my circumstances," what standard does that set for believers who are not as well versed in the Word?
There is a reason why many quality seminaries will not accept students who have been divorced except in rare circumstances. As one other person suggested in this thread, rather than focusing on "what are my rights", the focus truly needs to be on "where is God calling me?"
I always thought that I was going to become a pastor, but I know now that I am not. Rather, I am being called into other areas, which include teaching, and perhaps overseas missionary work. I'm good with that, because I know that God will lead me and use me where I can be most effective for Him.
Bottom line, if someone has been divorced, they will be less effective as a pastor. It's unfortunate that the limiting factor has nothing to do with the individual, but rather perception of the congregation. It is my belief that this is why this stipulation was placed here. Anything that can be perceived as sin can be a stumbling block for other believers. Pastors must be above reproach, or even the perception of sin.
15 Accountability for raising Godly kids Note Not Specified magellan2019 Mon 07/10/06, 3:22pm 174599
  Which parent has the primary responsibility for raising a child?

Background: I am currently in the middle of a divorce (Biblically supported after much prayer, study, and counsel), and I believe I am being called overseas to serve God in Indonesia. I have studied and prayed and counseled and studied and prayed and counseled and studied and pra....you get the idea. This question is not about my divorce, my calling, or to where I'm being called. It is about my children.

Someone suggested to me that it could be better for my children to bring them with me rather than staying here in the States with their mother. This would be a solution to the one issue that I have yet to resolve in my heart - that is, what about my responsibility to raise Godly children? If I follow my calling and go overseas, am I abandoning my responsibility to my children?
Is there anything in the Bible about which parent bears the primary burden of child-rearing? How can I respond to the call of God without abandoning my responsibility to my children?

Please note, I am not asking "which parent should raise the kids?" I am fully aware that both parents have an equal contribution to the rearing of a child, however, when all is said and done, I believe the *accountability* of the child-rearing falls on the father. I just don't know the Biblical references, and I don't know how much, if any, accountability lies with the mother, Biblically speaking.

I would appreciate any responses (especially Biblical references) to my primary question anyone can provide. Thanks!
16 Accountability for raising Godly kids (?)Answered Eph 5:22 magellan2019 Mon 07/10/06, 3:22pm 174609
  Which parent has the primary responsibility for raising a child?

Background: I am currently in the middle of a divorce (Biblically supported after much prayer, study, and counsel), and I believe I am being called overseas to serve God in Indonesia. I have studied and prayed and counseled and studied and prayed and counseled and studied and pra....you get the idea. This question is not about my divorce, my calling, or to where I'm being called. It is about my children.

Someone suggested to me that it could be better for my children to bring them with me rather than staying here in the States with their mother. This would be a solution to the one issue that I have yet to resolve in my heart - that is, what about my responsibility to raise Godly children? If I follow my calling and go overseas, am I abandoning my responsibility to my children?
Is there anything in the Bible about which parent bears the primary burden of child-rearing? How can I respond to the call of God without abandoning my responsibility to my children?

Please note, I am not asking "which parent should raise the kids?" I am fully aware that both parents have an equal contribution to the rearing of a child, however, when all is said and done, I believe the *accountability* of the child-rearing falls on the father. I just don't know the Biblical references, and I don't know how much, if any, accountability lies with the mother, Biblically speaking.

I would appreciate any responses (especially Biblical references) to my primary question anyone can provide. Thanks!
17 Accountability for raising Godly kids Answer Eph 5:22 BradK Tue 07/11/06, 12:28am 174610
  Dear Magellan,

I would look to Eph. 5:22-30 for starters. I believe there is a Biblical order vertically in a marriage/family relationship that establishes the husband as head. Eph. 5:22-23 says;

"Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body."

This has support up all the way back to Genesis with the creation of Adam. (Gen. 2:7, 15-17, ff.) 1 Peter 3:1, 5-7 deals with submission in marriage. Note verse 1, "In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives..."

I trust this will help for starters.

BradK
18 Which sacrifices have ended? Note Acts 2:46 Emmaus Wed 07/12/06, 5:53am 174673
  Luke,

"This is as crazy and ignorant an approach to Scripture as the guy who asked for divine guidance and accidentally fingered the verse about how Judas "went and hanged himself" (Mt 27:5) and then fingered "Go, and do likewise" (Lk 10:37).

"A Classic Misreading

"the first thing we have to do in reading Scripture is realize that we are listening in on a conversation between the authors and an audience that is not us. That doesn't mean it doesn't apply to us. Rather it means that we can only apply it to ourselves once we realize how it was intended to be applied by the writer in the context of the lives of his audience.

"A classic example of this is the shocking remark of the crowd at the crucifixion which is recorded in Matthew 27:25: "His blood be on us and on our children!" Matthew records this remark, not to declare the Jews "accursed," but to point out a sort of divine pun.

"The irony of these words is, of course, that this is precisely the prayer of every Christian for himself. The mob is not calling down a curse on Jews in Matthew. It is unconsciously speaking prophetically, like Caiaphas when he says, "It is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish" (Jn 11:50). Matthew and his readers likewise get the divine pun. They see that what the mob intended for evil, God has turned to good. Every time we approach the cup we ask for His blood to be upon us. Every time we baptize our babies, we pray His blood will be upon our children.

"But if we are not familiar with the way Matthew and his audience think, we can easily begin to make the error of so many Christians who did not see the divine pun and who therefore committed the heinous sin of pretending that "Jesus died because of Those Jews Over There, not because of me." In doing so, we effectively deny that Jesus died for our sins, a rather serious thing for a Christian to deny — and far more culpable than the average non-Christian who knows nothing of Jesus and comes no closer to knowing thanks to witless anti-Semites who heap the blame on Jews while forgetting that it was their own sins that put Jesus on the Cross."

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Mark P. Shea, Hearing Scripture on Its Own Terms


Emmaus
19 necessity for women to cover head Note Not Specified Tojo Thu 07/13/06, 2:31am 174714
  why is it that women r asked to cover their heads in prayerIs this necessaryHow is it that Paul alone has mentioned it in his letters Jesus has not mentioned it in any of his messages during his time
20 necessity for women to cover head (?)Answered 1 Cor 11:5 Tojo Thu 07/13/06, 2:31am 174761
  why is it that women r asked to cover their heads in prayerIs this necessaryHow is it that Paul alone has mentioned it in his letters Jesus has not mentioned it in any of his messages during his time
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