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Mutual Encouragement in Christ XIX

[posted 12/2/23]

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Question #1:

-Dear Bob-

Thank you for your response – it will be profitable to me. There was a second question in the second paragraph of my email of today, that being:

Is it probable that with the Spirit’s help and guidance, a given Scripture passage could have several legitimate different applications to various readers, while still only having one true meaning, especially doctrinal?

Thanks for your response.

Response #1: 

Sorry I missed this one.

My answer would be that the Spirit uses scripture to guide us but always based upon actual truth we have believed (epignosis in our hearts). Many scriptures touch many areas of truth and elicit all manner of remembrance of principles of truth, so we all find encouragement from scripture when we read it – even if the thing/principle/point that gets our attention on a particular reading is not the "main point" of the verse or part thereof we're reading. Spiritual growth and the application of truth are absolutely objective but they are also dynamic and defy pigeonholing. We surely never ought to underestimate the fantastic benefit it is to us to have the Holy Spirit indwelling us.

"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."
John 14:16-17 NKJV

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you."
John 16:7 NKJV

"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth."
John 16:13a NKJV

More about all this in BB 5: Pneumatology

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #2:  

Hi Bob,

Yes I did notice the new MP3s today actually and it surprised me as it was under the MP3 tab that I click on everyday to listen in. I thought I was going crazy for a moment as I thought "I'm sure that wasn't there before! Must be new!"

Indeed it is! Wow! Congratulations Bob! 25 years what an amazing achievement! I feel very honoured to be a follower of your ministry and thank you so much for that personal note. You have always made me feel very, very welcomed in your ministry and always made me feel a member of the body of Christ through your tireless and patient fellowship over the years.

I really do not know what I would have done without your Ministry. You really have fulfilled over and beyond with our Lord's calling to feed His sheep! I have been so very blessed and benefited so much from all your hard work under the Spirit.

Looking forward to the time I can be cheering you on when you receive your great reward from Jesus Christ Himself! Won't that be the day above all other days! We won't regret a single second of our labour then will we, my dear friend!

In Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
p.s. I'm just putting out dinner for my parents. We always say a prayer before meals now due to my influence which has been due to your ministry. You see your feeding me spiritual food has fed other people in my family too and friends and whoever I have shared teaching from your ministry with. You have fed so many that you are not even aware of. So to give thanks to the food you have given us, tonight we will raise a glass of wine to you and toast you and give thanks to God for you and your ministry. Amen!

Response #2: 

Thanks for all those wonderful words of encouragement, my friend!

I'm thrilled to see how the truth has helped you and that you are now helping others in turn.

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
2nd Timothy 2:2 NIV

And thanks for those prayers!

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #3:  

Hello Prof. Bob!

Happy Thanksgiving! I really appreciate your response, and those wonderful links. I've been reading on the site a lot.

Coming out from under bad or misunderstood theology is no picnic, but your website has been an encouragement.

Take care!

Response #3: 

Thank you!

And a happy Thanksgiving to your whole family as well.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #4:  

Happy Turkey Day to you Bob. Look forward to the eternity of that friendship, having no sin nature and a new body. With age comes the greater appreciation of promises. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.

Response #4: 


Question #5:  

A Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Every day is Thanksgiving for me. No turkey for me though. The boys brought back some sea trout they caught in the Gulf. No, not spending the day with them or the rest of the family; I'm just not up to eating that late.

I'm thankful for your friendship, too, as well as Ichthys.

In our Lord,

Response #5: 

We're eating mid-afternoon . . . depending upon the oven with a mind of its own. I'll have an extra slice of turkey for you, my friend.

"Every day is Thanksgiving for me." I love that attitude, my friend! And I know the Lord does too.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #6:  

Hi Bob,

I'm happy to hear the event went very well for you. You've got two good students there helping you out! It's nice to be able to do our part and then leave it in the Lord's hands. That's the opposite of being anxious and when we trust in the Lord with that comes peace. Ever since I've been writing to you I've seen how He has worked this all out for you each year and helped you through. Even in those tough times working from home in the pandemic. It was really hard for you but He got you through. He is faithful and I know He will do the same again. I'll keep praying.

As far as my work goes, well it doesn't matter about any appreciation from them. I don't expect much of anything from the people of this world anymore. Love, respect, appreciation, honesty, fairness or anything else - I expect nothing. That way I'm not disappointed. This is the devil's world and they belong to the devil after all. As long as I'm working as for the Lord, not for men, (Colossians 3:23-24) as long as whatever I do, I do it all for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31) and as long as it's pleasing to Him then that's all that matters to me.

The verses you gave to me (John 17:15-17) were the exact same ones I had been thinking about. And everything you said about being in the world but not of it is what I've been thinking about and feeling even more just recently. I can't say I passed this recent test very well but I'm forgetting what is behind and pressing on towards the goal (Philippians 3:13-14). I'm focusing on the truth. And I'm staying alert for when the next test comes my way and striving to do better!

I'm sure I'll get through the "command performance" (love that!) in one piece as well!

In Jesus
p.s., Sorry Bob - I sent you an email yesterday as well which I don't normally do. Thanks for the encouraging / interesting emails again this week. Looks like I'm not the only one who's been going through the tests then! That has to be a good thing for all of us!

Response #6: 

No worries about that! I'm sorry I didn't get back to you, but yesterday was busier than usual, even for a posting day – and you're not the only one who emailed me yesterday (by far!).

Yes, it is a blessing to have some good students. And, indeed, the Lord has always been with me in helping in this job from the very first day I embarked on this journey. With all that has happened, I'm still standing, and that is ALL the Lord.

Thanks for that great email! It was really encouraging and a good reminder to me. Your perspective on all these matters is the one we should all have. "I expect nothing. That way I'm not disappointed" – is great! Our "great expectations" have to do with the Lord and being rewarded by Him when we stand before Him, with the resurrection, with New Jerusalem. Everything down here, even if it were wonderful and somehow insulated from the evil that abounds in this world would still come to an end in the blink of an eye. What good is that? I hate the temporary – but I love the eternal. I hate the incomplete and partial – but I love the perfect and complete. In short, I love the Lord and His glorious kingdom – but everything down here in the kingdom of this world is bound to disappoint, sooner or later.

It's wonderful to have kindred spirits such as yourself, my friend, fellow believers who are also trying to put the Lord first in all things, recognizing that that is where true happiness lives – and will live forever.

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
Matthew 6:33 NKJV

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #7:  

Hello Bob :)

All is well with my soul and Glory to God that the glorified bodies are just one of His wonderful promises to look forward to! I pray all is well with you and yours, also.

Since I had cataract surgery a few months ago; it has made reading much easier, PTL! So, to continue delving into Hebrews is a joy:) My oldest son Paul is named after this Apostle and bold servant of Christ Jesus.

Thank you, Bob, for being a such a blessing to me by your gifts and abilities that He has endowed you with to share His Word.

God Bless You,

Response #7: 

I'm glad to here it!

And thank you so much for the update - and for the encouraging words.

In Jesus,

Bob L

Question #8:  

Hi Mr. Luginbill,

I'm a little sad and discouraged today. Feeling a little lonely too.

Will you please keep praying for my health? I'm having some symptoms return - so far they are mild, but I am still not well.

I'm also fighting a spiritual battle and it's hard and long. Will you please pray that Jesus will help me know how to fight and get victory?

Life is good though. My boss, just had a baby and I will be running the shop while she's on maternity, plus I'll get to see the little one!

Thank you for listening to me.

How are you? I hope your classes are going well. Will you have a rest soon with Thanksgiving coming? Looking forward to this week's email posting.


Response #8: 

I'm sorry to hear that you are having some ups and downs in this fight. That is not unusual. It's good to remember the example of David where after the sack of Ziklag his men were talking of stoning him, but David "encouraged himself in the Lord" (1Sam.30:6). That is something we all need to do from time to time – in fact, there is rarely a day when any of us could easily get to feeling down with the pressure all Christians face. But we have a wonderful eternity to look forward to, and that is where we should be focusing even as we make our way through all this "noise and churn" down here on planet earth.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Colossians 3:1-2 NIV

I have been and will continue to keep you and your health in my prayers, my friend. Thanks for the update . . . and for the GOOD news!

It was a tough week dealing with this bug I got and also migrating to a new computer, but T-day is coming and I'll be able to catch up. One more week. Hope you have a blessed one!

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #9:  

Hi Bob,

I just finished your 3/4/23 post, First, it's reinforced my desire to avoid churchianity. In the sampling I did years ago, I couldn't find one that was truly Bible based which is why I washed my hands of all. Secondly, you connected more dots for me I finally saw the connection between John 20:21-22 and Genesis 2:7. I have no doubt the Holy Spirit was there tapping me on the shoulder when you cited those verses. Sometimes I can be an incredibly slow learner.

The one thing I did enjoy in churchianity was a Lithuanian orthodox funeral service in Connecticut. The choir was in a high loft in a nearly cathedral-like sanctuary. The music was sung a cappella and the acoustics were a major part of the music. Much like medieval plain chant was written specifically for the cathedral's acoustics. Other than that, the flicking of water on the icons struck me as strange and the endless reading of the rosary nearly put me to sleep. I never understood praying to Mary or icons or statues. C'est la guerre...

It seems almost every time I read the Bible and/or your weekly posts, I learn something new and gain a deeper understanding than I had before, so I want to thank you for all your work. It's been very valuable to me.

I hope the cruft from the train wreck hasn't caused you problems. Cincinnati has apparently shut down their water intake. Sorry about the fence. I've been there, done that:)

In our Lord,

Response #9: 

Thanks for the encouraging email, my friend! Much appreciated.

Interesting about the "Lithuanian orthodox". In the end, religion is religion – and following Jesus Christ is something else again.

From what I've heard, Cincinnati has reopened its intake (for a couple of weeks now). I haven't grown a third ear yet so I guess it's OK downriver here as well.

That fence collapse was last year, so we're good on that. Actually, this morning, the other fence was leaning over, but I managed to prop it back up. So we're good to go for a bit, anyway.

Hope things on the prairie are going well.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #10:  

I'm delighted you're well though I'm sorry about your fence. The Lord takes care of us though not without some work on our part. I've gone through another spate of mechanical (some bodily) failures myself. It just reminds me of my mortality and the transience of all things. Nothing serious on the bodily failures -- just old age.

All is well here on the prairie, We've been in the 70's and 80's now most of the past month. I'm just waiting for my family of swallows to return to our little Capistrano on the prairie, I left their nest up all winter, figuring it would take less time for them to clean it out than rebuild.

My grandsons are reading the Bibles I gave them so I have great hopes. The oldest, is in varsity high school base ball and doing well. The youngest, is in 8th grade playing lacrosse which seems to suit him. As far as my ministry, whatever that may turn out to be, I don't come in contact with many people but my neighbor goes through periods of angst that people are not seeing the writing on the wall. The Spirit has moved me to share some scripture that seems to have helped her. Perhaps that's one of the reasons I was brought here? Or maybe I was brought here to protect me from myself?

In any event, all is well here on the prairie. I pray all is well with you and yours (sans the fence, of course) and U of L is going smoothly.

In Jesus,

Response #10: 

U of L also goes well enough. Not the easiest year or semester, but the Lord is getting me through.

I hear you on "wearing out". Just before my old Volvo died, I did a mental list of all the things that were wrong with it and stopped when I got to about two dozen. But the old girl kept on doing her job until she stopped working at all. I'd be happy for the same.

Lots of people still without power here in L-ville and even more without internet. So I'm very grateful for your prayers and those of others. Don't think I could have "worked around" to get up a posting if that happened on my street.

Glad to hear the good report from down Texas way. Keeping you in my prayers, my friend.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #11:  

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your encouragement. You said I'm ministering to you and that means a lot to me. I often think about our rewards and crowns but I don't feel that I've done anywhere near enough for the Lord so far. I'll be continuing with my spiritual growth and CT studies in preparation for if the Lord wants to use me to help others in the Tribulation. To be honest, I think we should all be doing that anyway.

[omitted] . . . and I know the onslaught from the enemy you experience when first coming out of something like that. He will fight like mad to keep you from the truth and it's absolutely horrible until you resist him, and he flees from you.

It must be lovely to see the hummingbirds and butterflies on the zinnias. I read that the hummingbirds like zinnias because they grow quite tall. The flowers are the perfect height for them because they don't want to be too close to the ground. They seem to be the perfect match. Bright colours and some of the richest in nectar. But I know you already know that! Shame we don't get hummingbirds on this side of the pond.

In Jesus

Response #11: 

As I have probably said before, while a life well-lived is a balancing act for anyone, for the positive believer it is all that much more so. Because while we are responsible to the Lord to do all things well in the secular realm as His ambassadors (Col.3:23-24; cf. 2Cor.5:20), we are also charged with doing the other more important spiritual things – prayer, Bible reading, Bible study, ministry – to which unbelievers devote no time. The good news on that is that God definitely honors us in the secular realm if we are doing our level best to put in the effort in spiritual growth, progress and production. I have seen that many times – and experienced it over and over again in my own life as well. In terms of ministry in particular, I have no doubt that He will give you expanded opportunities when the time is right. That is probably true of us all, given where we are on the eschatological clock. In the meantime, it's important to be faithful with what we have been given, like the man whose mina earned ten and received ten cities for his faithful service. David was a faithful shepherd to a small flock of sheep before he became king over all of Israel.

Today. Waiting for the plumber in the sun room, we watched three hummingbirds battle it out for control of the nearer zinnia patch this morning.

Keeping you and yours in my prayers, my friend!

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #12:  

Thanks Bob, you've helped to sharpen my focus on today. It's all I have anyway. I'll be faithful in everything the Lord has already given me to do each day. Pray, read my Bible, study, help you out when I can, look after my family and go to work. Doing everything with all my heart, as working for the Lord. It's my heart's desire too. That's probably more than most lukewarm Christians do anyway. Being realistic, I don't have time to fit anything else in and I can't see that changing any time soon. I'll rein in my zealousness and won't torture myself anymore. I'm at peace with it now. It's what the Lord has given me and I'm very thankful to Him for that.

In Jesus

Response #12: 


Your prescription is just the right one for spiritual growth! And being at peace in the eye of the storm is exactly where we all should be. So you are a wonderful example. It's also important in not being lukewarm to also not be over-zealous. Both extremes are to be avoided. We strive to do a good job for the Lord every day on every "front", one day at a time, looking eagerly forward to that great day of days, knowing we are one day closer "today".

Thankful for you, my friend!

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #13:  

Hi Mr. Luginbill,

I went to life group tonight and we were studying Luke 14:25-35, a passage on counting the cost of being Jesus' disciple. Even though the passage isn't maybe exactly talking of this, my mind went to your email and the concept of suffering. I feel like my health is what I am giving to the Lord, like letting Him have control. In July, when food started getting more difficult and before I knew any of what would happen in this past month, I prayed and said, "Lord, you can have my health" and things have been in constant fluctuation since then. And I was getting gas for my car awhile ago and it hit me, that I wasn't here to further my own agenda, but to serve the Lord (I knew this in my mind, but apparently it hadn't hit quite deep enough yet). Unfortunately I did not get it until I experienced it myself. :)

And I'm not even suffering that much (yes, it's hard sometimes, and there were moments when it felt just awful). Comparatively, though, to other people's problems, my struggles are nothing. I get down sometimes though, even when I shouldn't. Now I just have to remind myself of all this when those times come.

I will try to wait for my deliverance - though the Lord has been very good to me through it all, giving me a wonderful boss who has had problems like mine and can help me tremendously, and a very good doctor too. I shouldn't complain.

Thank you for the encouragement. You're right, I do need to grow every day. I am not good about doing that consistently. I'll put in more effort.

The verse in Psalms you gave me was encouraging also. Thank you for putting up with me with such kindness and long-suffering!

Response #13: 

I'm very encouraged by your excellent attitude, my friend!

I will be praying for your health issues and I have posted a prayer request for you on Ichthys.

I love your godly thinking! A clear indication of spiritual growth.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #14:  

Thank you for praying and for putting up the request! It is encouraging to know people are praying for me. (Funny that we just talked about that, huh?)


Response #14: 

It's my pleasure, my friend! I especially appreciate Christians who are "fighting the fight" and moving forward like you are.

Re: "Funny that we just talked about that, huh?" Just goes to show that nothing in the plan of God is an accident.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #15:  

Sorry to message again..

I have been so distressed and confused and angry and fearful that I have taken myself off to a quiet room and poured my heart out to the Lord. I have prayed about all that I have learned about Him and what I have studied and then realised that all these things that seem to dwarf me are absolutely tiny things for the Lord to handle. They seemed to tower above me and I really felt cornered but instead I thought of how the Lord will get me through no matter what.

The Lord suffered here too and so He knows more than anyone of what I am going through and all this is in His hands and He loves me. My sufferings are nothing compared to His so He will be my comfort and strength. I now feel that peace again that defies understanding. I feel that gentleness in my heart again and the fear and chaos and confusion has gone and I feel comforted. I have reasoned that this test will either push me to apostasy (or going home early) but instead I have been determined to hold onto the one I love above all, my Lord and God.

I felt that I was wrestling with something that made no sense and was getting more and more chaotic. It just seems a distraction to me now to take me away from what I should be doing, especially ministry. I look back to before these tests happen and I was on fire for the Lord and I felt I was striding towards ministry with great enthusiasm. Then I had a family party that soaked up all my attention and now this. Cornered in a spiders web. It's incredible that we can feel as though it is all over but then we look to the Lord and we are back in the fight again. When I come through this I hope to be stronger in faith and trust of the Lord and His provision and power more than ever.

Thank you for your fellowship Bob. I have often said this before but I don't know how I could manage without your encouragement and ministry.

In Jesus,

Response #15: 

I'm certainly happy to have this second email from you, my friend.

Life is one big test. It seems that just as soon as we let our guard down we get slammed.

It's good to remember that we have one foot in New Jerusalem and that we are anchored there by an unbreakable cable of hope (Heb.6:19), confident in the fulfillment of all we know is soon coming to pass, the resurrection, the reunion of the entire Church in love and harmony forever, and all of the wonderful rewards that are coming our way, including the inheritance in New Jerusalem that will fall to the lot of every believer in Christ.

Please don't get down on yourself. If you could have handled this test better, you certainly could have handled it much worse. This is combat down here on planet earth, and combat is never pretty, never clean, never perfectly engaged in. If we make it out the other side of the current scrap with our momentum intact and our attitudes none the worse for wear, we can and we should be grateful for that, move on and forget. And not to worry: we'll be getting another chance to prove our mettle very soon, just as long as we are still in this world.

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
John 16:33 NKJV

Keeping you in my prayers daily, my friend.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #16:  

Thanks Bob!

Yes, I'm digging in deep with my studies and your responses in this week's posting have given me even more encouragement to continue on with this. Life is busy with what seems to be even more distractions everywhere but I'm determined to keep Bible study on my priority list. I'll be even firmer in defending my time in this if I need to be.

I haven't read "Down with Skool" but I found a little preview to read - so funny! I love the illustrations too and Molesworth's spelling. That would take some proofreading!

Keeping you in my prayers, Bob and wishing you a great week ahead!

In Jesus

Response #16: 

Thank you!

I always appreciate your sharp eye.

Very proud of you coming through this latest testing period without compromise. That's never ever easy to do. But that's what we're called to do.

"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions."
Matthew 24:45-47 NIV

Wishing you a good, peaceful week ahead!

Also, yes, that's probably the reason I like Molesworth. His spelling makes mine look pretty good by comparison!

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #17:  

Dear Brother Bob,

Thank you for this update.

I want to comfort and encourage you, by letting you know that I am praying for you that your petitions be granted, in accordance with His perfect plan. So I will continue praying, as we both know and trust that the Lord will work things out for good for those who love Him – and I know that you love the Lord.

I look up to you as my Bible teacher, and for good reason, I am convinced. You give good witness when you steadfastly say: "We trust in the Lord . . . no matter what." And I say, Amen! And my thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear brother in Christ.

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
-Habakkuk 3 : 17 - 18 NIV

Yours in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,

Response #17: 

It's my great pleasure.

Thanks so much for this encouraging email, my friend!

I love this verse, too! We endeavor to rejoice in the Lord no matter what may betide, because this is not our world, not our kingdom, not our home. We are looking forward to a city whose architect and builder is God (Heb.11:10).

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 NIV

Your prayers are VERY much appreciated – keeping you and yours in mine daily as well, my friend.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #18:  

Thank you for the much needed prayers, brother Bob! You are always in my mine.
And thanks for your very encouraging witness to the good fight of faith, which we are all honored to fight as soldiers of our Lord.

Yours in our Savior Jesus Christ,


Response #18: 

Thanks – and good to hear you got my email. I had to resend directly; hotmail (and some other services) gives me trouble sometimes, so please keep that in mind if it ever seems I don't respond.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #19:  

Hello Doc!

25th anniversary, wow! I am aware that Ichthys has been online since 1997; but it became this hugely important resource to me in late 2015. To me, it's a beacon, a lighthouse, a compass, a radar screen, a library, to me, Doc. Ichthys is a lot of things. I congratulate and thank you at the same time. I have avoided a lot of spiritual pitfalls because of Ichthys. I have shown some people where the right Christian path lies because of Ichthys. It has enabled me to make some truly important spiritual decisions; it has given me this certainty about some decisions I have made since I became a Christian, this new born-again person who belongs to the family of God. Thank you, Doc., for Ichthys.

My prayers are always with you Doc. In our Lord Jesus who guides us with His mighty hand,

Response #19: 

I appreciate this very encouraging email, my friend!

Keeping you in my prayers every day.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #20:  

Thank you, Bob. Amen to that. I so enjoy your teaching. God bless.

Response #20: 

Thanks for the encouragement, my friend!

Question #21:  

Hello Dr.,

As always, greatly appreciate the teaching here, keep it coming. I’m currently following along in Revelation with Pastor Omo and started reading through your subject index [link] a little every day in alphabetical order. I find the more I try to learn, the more I realize I have a lot more to learn. The tribulation will be here soon and as you know there's no such thing as being overly prepared spiritually, it’s impossible to be so! Life in general is ok. I seem to move from one dysfunctional event to another, however the skin is pretty thick these days and I’m not bothered much by this evil clown show we find ourselves in the middle of, God has it all in hand. [omitted], prayers appreciated. Since finishing the work on house I’ve been working outside more this year planting trees, bushes and flowers. Can’t say my thumb is green at this point, maybe with time, thinking about building a greenhouse next year if finances are agreeable, well see.

How are you Sir? Hope your knees are holding up for you as well as everything else. I know I could use a tune up myself, may look into a couple of procedures next winter. Got you in prayer here daily.

All the best,


Response #21: 

Thanks for these! "Johnny on the spot" as always, my friend. And this was a fairly long one too. Much appreciated.

I have been keeping you in my prayers about this. God knows what He is doing and always works things out for good – but when the answer is not the one we want, it can be tough. Sometimes even when we get the answer we want it turns out not to be the answer we want. Abraham managed to negotiate the Lord down to "ten righteous" re: Sodom . . . but got the surprise of his life when he looked out the tent flap the next morning. What he REALLY wanted was for Lot to be saved. And the Lord did do that. So He knows us better than we know ourselves, and has ways of helping us and healing us we could never dream of. I can testify to that in my own life. God is good. He never, ever lets us down. Sometimes for the sake of building up our faith we do have to wait. Abraham had to wait until he was 99 for his heir. We don't know the details of the future. We do know that if we stay faithful to Him and trust Him that all will be well – and blessedly so. I'm continuing with the prayer.

Meanwhile, I could use your prayers. There is a "situation" here at the university which will come to a head the middle of next week. We've already received some strong signs of deliverance – and of that I am absolutely confident. But I would appreciate you "doing battle" with me on this one (sorry to be obscure about it). I'll let you know what happens. [note: the Lord did bring about a wonderful deliverance! Thanks so much to all who have been praying for us].

Gardening here is going well. We planted poppies for the first time and they have added a very nice splash of color before the zinnias and nasturtiums come into their glory.

Physically doing well. Getting back into shape and losing weight at this age is a bit more of a challenge however. But I endeavor to persevere.

Thanks again, my friend!

In Jesus,

Bob L.

P.S.:  If you haven't noticed or already done so, please check out the list of wonderful ministry offerings on the Special Topics page, including Jordan Bomberger's new Bible teaching website: Bible Driven, Mike Ceja's new YouTube channel, "Everything is Fine", John Jackson's Hub pages (anyone with questions about the "church-visible" will find this helpful), the Expanded Index to Old Testament translations at Ichthys, Foundational Principles, by Odii Ariwodo, "The Peter series", Video presentations by Steven Tammen based on the SR series, and Steven's group studies of BB 6A (see also Steven's new website: BibleDocs).

*Special Prayer Request

  • For guidance and courage for Aleah, whose violent father is trying to gain custody of her siblings.

  • For Chris, for healing of a herniated disc in his back.

  • For Steve, who has grade 4 lung and pancreatic cancer; the disease has responded to chemo but please keep our brother in your prayers.

  • For Tricia, for comfort in bereavement and for help in overcoming her sense of loss and emptiness.

  • For Anna, for healing and victory in this health test.

  • For Sawyer, a young teenager who professes to want to be saved but says "God hasn’t dealt with him yet". Please pray for him to get the victory and assurance.

  • Please pray for Aaron. He struggles with severe depression and trauma and wants to move on from the past. Please pray he can overcome this and that he will seek salvation and healing from the Lord

  • For our friend Leigh's father, a veteran with serious lung problems, for a correct diagnosis and successful treatment.

  • For our friends Bob and Debbie's health: [update 11/22/23]:  Debbie still needs prayer for another cyst; Bob for pelvic floor dysfunction, osteoarthritis hip pain, ligament strains and skin problems. 

  • Prayers needed to deliver Rosemary from mental health problems and for her salvation.

  • Please pray urgently for Philip who is in advanced stage of cancer throughout his body. We are praying for the Lord to give us a miracle. He is not a believer so prayers for his salvation are very needful. Please also pray for the comfort and salvation for his wife and three children (Update: Philip has had his thigh bone removed and replaced with a metal rod. He is having ongoing appointments about the spread of cancer. Please keep up prayers).

  • For our friend's son who is struggling with severe OCD and crippling anxiety.

  • For Walter and for his son Joshua who is struggling with "gender dysphoria" and is considering transitioning; *please also pray for Walter himself: he just lost his job.

  • For Michael, for his health and for his livelihood in providing for his family, and for his efforts in leading his family to the truth of the Word. [our friend is currently unemployed and his business is out of operation, so please pray for him for restoration of livelihood; *update 10/1/22 from Michael: "I have lost my livelihood. Please pray for me!"]

  • *For Joe, for recovery from a stroke on the right side of the brain.  Joe is presently being tube-fed and also has a urinary tract infection *[Praise here! "[Joe is out of hospital and] is working on getting stronger, walking and writing; he drove their vehicle two times a short distance on the private road that they live on; the doctor told him that only 12% of people have a stroke on the right side, and most of the people don't survive.  God heard all our prayers."].

  • For Aric, for healing and comfort with serious and possibly terminal health concerns.

  • Regarding prayers for my niece, Sharon and her husband Michael, I'm sad to report that the baby has passed; the family and I thank everyone who did battle for us in prayer on this; please continue to pray for comfort and peace.

  • Please pray for Angel who has developed serious. crippling pain in both knees which is constant and excruciating; please pray for success in seeking medical help [update: our friend has received a diagnosis and treatment plan which is extensive, difficult and may involve surgery; so please keep up the prayer].

  • Please pray for Curtis Omo's wife Amy. She went to the emergency a few weeks ago and now has learned she needs at least two operations. [update: Amy had her first operation; recovery was very difficult at first but change of meds helped; please keep them in prayer].

  • *For Femi whose legal issues are about to come to a head, for his deliverance and for his healing from diabetes and heart problems *[update 8/31/22: our friend is in distress due to insufficient funds to pay necessary legal bills; please pray for his encouragement and rescue from this terrible situation].

  • For Walter's wife Kim, for a good report on her recent biopsy [praise! benign report!].

  • For our brother Resi in Tanzania.  He is in urgent need of prayer support as his farming business is suffering terribly from the present drought (which has also caused his alternative source of income to dry up).

  • Mark and René Perkins' efforts in evangelism in Tahiti ( Evanelia).

  • For Mike and his family, for encouragement and help under pressure, and that he not lose his Medecaid.

  • For Leigh's friend Michele, battling A.L.L. leukemia for the second time (about to undergo a bone marrow transplant in July) [*praise here for a successful transplant last October; meds still necessary to prevent rejection] .

  • For Leigh's mother who has a tumor on her kidney & likely multiple myeloma. [*praise here for successful surgery and the cancer being limited to the kidney].

  • For Leigh, for her healing from surgery [*praise here for successful surgery and no spread of cancer]

  • For Carol, for deliverance from debilitating physical and mental disability, for spiritual growth and progress.

  • For Angel's father, for quick recovery from a debilitating hip injury, and for his mental and emotional encouragement.

  • Please pray for Emma's deliverance through severe testing. That she will overcome and strengthen her faith.  Also please pray for help in establishing her ministry and gaining employment for material provision to support it. Also prayer for her unsaved family members in the Catholic Church. Please also pray for deliverance from severe peri-menopausal symptoms. "Please pray for Emma and her parents swift and full healing from long COVID symptoms.".

  • Please pray for Barry's lung condition, depression, alcohol dependency and recovery and healing from Covid. Prayers are needed for his salvation.

  • For Emma's father Peter, for healing from arthritis, prostatitis and deliverance from a serious personality disorder. Please also pray for his salvation. Prayers for Emma's mother Judith, to give her the strength to cope with her husband's disorder. And prayers for Judith's salvation.

  • Prayers please for Jeanette who is suffering from an eating disorder, severe menopausal symptoms and is in a coersively controlling relationship. Also prayers needful for her salvation.

  • For Matthias, for the deliverance of his children abducted overseas by his estranged wife.

  • For my friend Carmen who suffered a broken left arm (both bones, compound fracture of the ulna) and a broken back (two vertebrae fractured) [Carmen is out of her cast and brace and making progress; thank you for the prayers!]; for her boy Josh's recovery from alcoholism and for encouragement for him to turn to the Lord for help.
  • For Leigh's sister, for protection in and swift deliverance from a very dangerous domestic situation. Please also pray for her friend Michelle's healing from cancer.

  • For Tony, for healing from aggressive glaucoma.

  • For Dawn's daughter Daphne, for healing from chronic Lyme disease [praise here: it might be some other condition after all; she is finally receiving helpful treatment; prayer still needed].  Please also pray for her and for her granddaughter Fiona's salvation.

  • For Mewn, for healing.

  • For Jamie, for encouragement and support under pressure, and guidance in future ministry plans.

  • For Sylvia, for her strength and energy is supporting her grandchildren and great grandchild whose parents are unbelievers, and for her help in leading them all to the Lord.

  • For Carrie, recently diagnosed with cancer. She has three daughters. The family has already been through a lot, having lost their husband/father to cancer a few years ago. They are believers.

  • For Andrea's continuing progress in spiritual growth, for her daughter Juanita's salvation.

  • For Anna's brother who is in failing health, that he might be led to the Lord.

  • For our friend Yuhanna, for swift deliverance from his present situation [praise here - complete deliverance!].

  • For Ashley, for recovery of her health from a difficult to diagnose and serious condition [worsening with shortness of breath and tremors]; and for the salvation of her mother and her brother.

  • For Gill's sister, "for her continued recovery, as well as to demonstrate to the family the power of prayer and faith in Christ".

  • For our brother Abishai, for the restoration of his livelihood and reconciliation with family.  Please also pray for our brother's efforts to prepare for ministry.

  • For our friend Gaurav, for encouragement, health, and material deliverance. [n.b., Gaurav was the first one on this list years ago; he writes that he is still "hanging in" and staying faithful to the Lord, but he and his family are in greater material need than ever; please remember them in your prayers]; *please also pray for his health and his mother's health (she recently became blind in one eye from an infection and diabetes complications, neither of which have resolved as yet).
  • For David's wife who is entering hospice [*update: our friend's wife has gone to be with the Lord; please pray for his comfort].
  • For Bob and Debbie for healing / coping with ongoing health issues, and for more spiritual growth to get through several ongoing trials; for resolution and healing for four grandkids separated from parents because of abuse; for help / recovery of a son suffering severe mental illness and in a spiritual battle; for salvation of unsaved family members; for deliverance of family members trapped in legalism and cultic false teaching ministry; for a daughter suffering from an undiagnosed health problem. *Also, please pray for Debbie who recently suffered a fracture of the proximal humerus, along with damage at the joint, involving tendon/ muscle injuries.

  • For Abby for success and blessing in her new efforts in ministry, and for her cousin Danny's health. Please also pray for her health, strength and perseverance in stressful and challenging circumstances; please also pray for her mother's health.
  • For Ramsey, in his new position.

  • For the empowerment of our friend Curt's ministry.

  • For our friend John's family's deliverance from cult influence [praise for some good news here, but some members are still entrapped]. Please also pray for John's health and that of his wife as well.

  • For our friend Steve for strength, protection, providence and deliverance - more needful now than ever.
  • For Christian congregations being persecuted in Sri Lanka (please see the link).
  • For the healing from MS, blessing, encouragement and vindication of our brother, Nihal.  Please also protect him and his family and church family from the recent troubles in Sri Lanka.
  • For our friend Mike's encouragement and God's blessing on his livelihood to provide for his family.
  • For Helen's healing from cancer and for her comfort in the loss of her family members.
  • For Clyde's encouragement and deliverance in severe testing.
  • For Judah, for healing from brain trauma and other consequence of serious auto accidents.

  • For the salvation of Tom and his family.

  • For deliverance for John's friend from the JW heresy.
  • For our friend Anna and her family's comfort in the loss of her daughter, and for the comfort, encouragement and salvation of her two grandchildren.
  • For our friend Sheila's healing from the effects of a chronic condition.
  • For Leigh, for protection and deliverance from a dangerous neighbor, and for help in restoring her home and home situation.

  • *For Becca's mother, for healing from cancer, serious liver disease (requiring transplant which is not possible without recovery from the former), lung problems, and chronic pain.

  • For the salvation of John's two unbelieving sons.
  • For Charles' two granddaughters for their salvation and spiritual growth.
  • For Chris, for health concerns (memory and fatigue), and for blessing on his job.

  • *For Cary, for deliverance in persecution on the job for sticking up for the Lord and for the truth (special harassment for a Christian teacher in a state school where Mormons are in charge).
  • For Alex' and Chris' mother, for her salvation and the opening of her heart to the truth.
  • For Amber's continued spiritual growth and encouragement, and for her healing.  Please also pray for the salvation of her grandmother.
  • For Jeffery, for the salvation of his two sons.
  • For Kamil, a new believer, who has been unjustly accused because of his family's political activities.
  • For the spiritual growth and encouragement of Max and his family.
  • For Sam, for help and support and encouragement in moving away from a legalistic and controlling environment in order to seek and serve the Lord in a godly way.

  • For Lucille, for complete recovery from "long Covid", along with lung and heart problems related thereto.

  • More E-mails:       Complete archive of previous emails:  Ichthys' Emails

    Eschatology Issues CXVI

    Old Testament Interpretation XXI

    Eschatology Issues CXV

    The Battlefield Within III

    Eschatology Issues CXIV

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief VIII

    Eschatology Issues CXIII

    Eschatology Issues CXII

    Biblical Interpretation XVI

    Fighting the Fight XX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XIX

    Believers in the World XII

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ XVIII

    Marriage and the Bible XII

    Eschatology Issues CXI

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XVIII

    Fighting the Fight XIX

    Culture and Christianity XXV

    Fighting the Fight XVIII

    Eschatology Issues CX

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations XIII

    Legalism, Past and Present VI

    Sin, Guilt and Salvation V

    Eschatology Issues CIX

    Eschatology Issues CVIII

    Sin, Faith and Suffering IV

    Fighting the Fight XVII

    Marriage and the Bible XI

    Legalism, Past and Present V

    Eschatology Issues CVII

    Sin, Guilt, and Salvation IV

    Culture and Christianity XXIV

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation VII

    Cults and Christianity XV

    Cults and Christianity XIV

    Eschatology Issues CVI

    Mutual encouragement in Christ XVI

    Prayer Questions VI

    Eschatology Issues CV

    Marriage and the Bible X

    Fighting the Fight XVI

    Eschatology Issues CIV

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ XV

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XVII

    Sin, Guilt, and Salvation III

    Eschatology Issues CIII

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers VII

    Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality IV

    Old Testament Interpretation XX

    Eschatology Issues CII

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ XIV

    Baptism: Water and Spirit XI

    Biblical Anthropology X

    Eschatology Issues CI

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry V

    Spiritual Warfare VIII

    Eschatology Issues C (100)

    Sin, Faith and Suffering III

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XVI

    Eschatology Issues XCIX

    Eschatology Issues XCVIII

    Eschatology Issues XCVII

    Eschatology Issues XCVI

    Old Testament Interpretation XIX

    Eschatology Issues XCV

    Eschatology Issues XCIV

    Old Testament Interpretation XVIII

    Mutual encouragement in Christ XIII

    Eschatology Issues XCIII

    Eschatology Issues XCII

    Christology Questions XII

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation VI

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XV

    Eschatology Issues XCI

    Christology Questions XI

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations XII

    Eschatology Issues XC

    Biblical Interpretation XV

    Eschatology Issues LXXXIX

    Eschatology Issues LXXXVIII

    Eschatology Issues LXXXVII

    Eschatology Issues LXXXVI

    Fighting the Fight XV

    Eschatology Issues LXXXV

    Fighting the Fight XIV

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XIV

    Eschatology Issues LXXXIV

    Biblical Anthropology IX

    Eschatology Issues LXXXIII

    Prayer Questions V

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XIII

    Cults and Christianity XIII

    Eschatology Issues LXXXII

    Culture and Christianity XXIII

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading VII

    Eschatology Issues LXXXI

    Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality III

    Angelic Issues X

    Biblical Interpretation XIV

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ XII

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading VI

    Eschatology Issues LXXX

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading V

    Eschatology Issues LXXIX

    Eschatology Issues LXXVIII

    Eschatology Issues LXXVII

    Eschatology Issues LXXVI

    Eschatology Issues LXXV

    Eschatology Issues LXXIV

    Eschatology Issues LXXIII

    Fighting the Fight XIII

    Marriage and the Bible IX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XII

    Eschatology Issues LXXII

    Eschatology Issues LXXI

    Eschatology Issues LXX

    Eschatology Issues LXIX

    Church History III

    Gospel Questions XVII

    Eschatology Issues LXVIII

    Eschatology Issues LXVII

    Baptism: Water and Spirit X

    Eschatology Issues LXVI

    Eschatology Issues LXV

    Old Testament Interpretation XVII

    Eschatology Issues LXIV

    Eschatology Issues LXIII

    Gospel Questions XVI

    Eschatology Issues LXII

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ XI

    Eschatology Issues LXI

    Biblical Interpretation XIII

    Eschatology Issues LX

    Eschatology Issues LIX

    Eschatology Issues LVIII

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ X

    Eschatology Issues LVII

    Eschatology Issues LVI

    Eschatology Issues LV

    Confronting False Groups and False Teaching V

    Eschatology Issues LIV

    Eschatology Issues LIII

    Sin, Faith and Suffering II

    Eschatology Issues LII

    Eschatology Issues LI

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry XI

    Eschatology Issues XXXXX

    Christian Perspectives on Disease and Death

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ IX

    Eschatology Issues XLIX

    Culture and Christianity XXII

    Eschatology Issues XLVIII

    Eschatology Issues XLVII

    Eschatology Issues XLVI

    Eschatology Issues XLV

    Culture and Christianity XXI

    Eschatology Issues XLIV

    Theology Questions IV

    Eschatology Issues XLIII

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ VIII

    Eschatology Issues XLII

    Isaiah Questions

    Eschatology Issues XLI

    Eschatology Issues XL

    Eschatology Issues XXXIX

    Eschatology Issues XXXVIII

    Eschatology Issues XXXVII

    Eschatology Issues XXXVI

    Confronting False Groups and False Teaching IV

    Eschatology Issues XXXV

    Eschatology Issues XXXIV

    Eschatology Issues XXXIII

    Eschatology Issues XXXII

    Eschatology Issues XXXI

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry X

    Eschatology Issues XXX

    Eschatology Issues XXIX

    Old Testament Interpretation XVI

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief VII

    New Testament Interpretation IX

    Fighting the Fight XII

    Eschatology Issues XXVIII

    Spiritual Warfare VII

    Believers in the World XI

    Revelation Questions II

    Believers in the World X

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation V

    Biblical Interpretation XII

    Old Testament Interpretation XV

    Gospel Questions XV

    Fighting the Fight XI

    Apologetics and Legalism II

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry IX

    Gospel Questions XIV

    The 'Rapture' and other Eschatological Issues

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry VIII

    Marriage and the Bible VIII

    Believers in the World IX

    Biblical Interpretation XI

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief VI

    Cults and Christianity XII

    Eschatology Issues XXVII

    Theological Questions III

    New Testament Interpretation VIII

    Eschatology Issues XXVI

    Old Testament Interpretation XIV

    Politics versus Spiritual Growth IV

    Old Testament Interpretation XIII

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief V

    Biblical Interpretation X

    Fighting the Fight X

    Politics versus Spiritual Growth III

    Baptism: Water and Spirit IX

    Biblical Anthropology VIII

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation IV

    Genesis Questions IV

    Fighting the Fight IX

    Eschatology Issues XXV

    Angelic Issues IX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry VII

    Legalism, Past, Present and Future IV

    New Testament Interpretation VII

    Eschatology Issues XXIV: the 'Rapture' et al.

    Believers in the World VIII: Coping with Family

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief IV

    Believers in the World VII

    Culture and Christianity XX

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations XI

    Cults and Christianity XI

    Spiritual Gifts and False Teaching

    Angelic Issues VIII

    Christology Questions X

    Believers in the World VI

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers VI

    Atheism and Evangelism

    New Testament Interpretation VI

    Old Testament Interpretation XII

    Fighting the Fight VIII

    Spiritual Warfare VI

    Sin, Faith and Suffering

    Prayer, Vows and Confession

    Eschatology Issues XXIII

    Apologetics, Ministry and False Teaching

    Culture and Christianity XIX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry VI

    Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality II

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief III

    Fighting the Fight VII

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions VI

    Interpretation, Application, Exegesis and Ministry

    Biblical Anthropology VII

    Baptism: Water and Spirit VIII

    Text and Canon

    New Testament Interpretation V

    Grace versus Law II

    Apathy, Atheism, Cults and False Teaching

    All about Ichthys III

    The Battlefield Within II: Combating anger, fear, blaming God, blaming others

    Salvation Questions III

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation III

    Eschatology Issues XXII

    Cults and Christianity X

    Cults and Christianity IX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry V

    Fighting the Fight VI

    Marriage and the Bible VII

    Culture and Christianity XVIII: Substance Use and Abuse, Tithing, Politics and Environmentalism, Friendship, Self-Defense, and Work

    Paul the Apostle: Aspects of his Life and Ministry II

    Old Testament Interpretation XI

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ VII

    The Transitional Era of the Book of Acts and its Unique Spiritual Gifts

    Old Testament Interpretation X

    Marriage and the Bible VI

    The pre-Trib 'Rapture': so called 'imminence' and other false proofs refuted

    Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth III

    Eschatology Issues XXI

    Eschatology Issues XX

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations X

    Legalism, Past and Present III: Sabbath observance, tithing, dietary regulations and other issues

    Believers in the World V: Ministering, Mutually Encouraging, and Coping with Family, Politics, and Health

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief II

    Old Testament Interpretation IX

    Christology Questions IX: Christ and His Church

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ VI: Perseverance

    Science and the Bible III

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation II

    Eschatology Issues XIX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry IV

    Bible Interpretation IX

    Marriage and the Bible V

    Gospel Questions XIII

    Biblical Anthropology VI

    Cults and Christianity VIII

    Fighting the Fight V: Dispatches from the Laodicean 'Front' II

    Old Testament Interpretation VIII

    Eschatology Issues XVIII

    Spiritual Growth III

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry III

    Sin, Guilt, and Salvation II

    New Testament Interpretation IV

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations IX

    Peace, Reconciliation and Salvation

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ V: Soldiers of the Cross

    Baptism: Water and Spirit VII

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation

    Cults and Christianity VII

    Old Testament Interpretation VII

    Sin, Guilt, and Salvation

    Eschatology Issues XVII

    Dangers of the Pre-Trib Rapture False Teaching

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VIII

    The Infinity, Magnitude, Glory, Providence and Plan of God

    Eschatology Issues XVI

    Gospel Questions XII

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God IV

    Nephilim, Antichrist, the False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast

    Angelic Issues VII

    Prayer Questions II

    The Trinity and Messianic Legalism II

    Annihilationism, Universalism, Hell and Judgment II

    Atheism and Apologetics II

    Politics versus Spiritual Growth II

    Culture and Christianity XVII: Humor, Self-Defense, Pacifism and War

    Culture and Christianity XVI: Alcohol, Money and Dietary Issues

    Dreams, Visions, Miracles, Exorcism, Tongues, and False Prophets

    Calvinism, Catholicism and Ichthys

    Apologetics, Legalism, Cults and Philosophy

    The Law, Legalism, and Rome

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ IV

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers V

    Faith and Free Will in Trial and Testing

    Free Will and God's WILL in Salvation

    Jobs, Money, Finances and Giving: What does the Bible say?

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry II

    Eschatology Issues XV

    Dealing with Sin and Guilt

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ III

    Preparing for Tribulation II

    It is Better on the Other Side

    Family Matters

    Christology Questions VIII: The Deity, Humanity and Life of Christ

    The Lives of the Apostles and the Writing of the New Testament II

    Biblical People and Places: Eve, Cain, Noah, Abraham, Hagar, Esau, Joseph and more

    Biblical Anthropology V: Body, Spirit and 'Soul', Present and Future

    Satan, Antichrist, the False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions V

    Prophets, Prophecy, and False Prophets

    Christology Questions VII: The Life and Spiritual Death of Christ and Holy Communion

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God III

    Culture and Christianity XV: The Bible vs. some Sensitive Social and Political Issues

    Christology Questions VI: Christophany, Deity and the Spiritual Death of Christ

    Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth II

    Spiritual Warfare V

    Cults and Christianity VI

    Fighting the Fight IV: Dispatches from the Laodicean 'Front'

    Eschatology Issues XIV

    The Gift of Tongues: Part 3

    The Resurrection Body and our Eternal Future II

    Gospel Questions XI

    Blindness, Disease and Healing

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry

    Should I go to seminary or not?

    Atheism and Apologetics

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VII

    Church History II

    Salvation Questions II

    Culture and Christianity XIV

    Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth

    Judaism and Legalism in the church-visible

    Bible Interpretation VIII

    Apostasy, Sin and Salvation

    Confronting False Groups and False Teaching III

    Eschatology Issues XIII: Time of the Tribulation and the Resurrection, Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast

    Salvation Questions

    Theological Questions II

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions IV

    Old Testament Interpretation VI

    More Questions on the Book of Hebrews: Melchizedek, Esau, and the 'Impossibility' of Being Restored

    Believers in the World IV: Making Godly Choices vs. Following Man-Made Rules

    Guilt, Sin and Victory through Spiritual Growth

    Confronting False Groups and False Teaching II

    Cults and Christianity V

    Politics versus Spiritual Growth

    Christian Struggle, Perseverance and Deliverance

    The Bible and the Natural World

    Sin, Fear and Forgiveness

    An Extended Conversation on the 'Unpardonable' Sin

    Eternal Realities: Real Heaven, Real Hell

    Eschatology Issues XII: Babylon, Armageddon, Israel, 2026

    Ministers, Ministry, and Preparation for Ministry

    Evangelism in Principle and Practice II

    Gospel Questions X: Glory, John the baptist, the hidden talent, the Kingdom of God

    Old Testament Interpretation V: The Flight to Egypt, the Virgin Birth, Jonathan's Choice, Tyre in Prophecy

    Matthew Questions, verse by verse

    Marriage and the Bible IV

    Politics and Political Action on the Eve of the Tribulation

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading IV

    Spiritual Growth II

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ II

    Baptism: Water and Spirit VI

    Science and the Bible II

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers IV

    Culture and Christianity XIII: College, Dating, Marriage and Friendship

    Eschatology Issues XI: Trumpets, the Millennium, the Time of the Tribulation and the Resurrection.

    Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology II

    Bible Interpretation VII

    Salvation and Sin

    Bible Interpretation VI

    Eschatology Issues X: Strong delusion, blood moons, 2026, imminence, apostasy & the mark of the beast

    Angelic Issues VI: Cherubs, Guardians, Elders and 'gods'

    Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology I

    Bible Chronology, Aramaic and Interpretation

    Christians and Mental Illness

    Culture and Christianity XII

    Prayer Questions

    The Trinity and Messianic Legalism

    Anger, Anthropopathism, Eternity and Divine Motives

    Unbelievers, Free Will, and the Plan of God II

    Christology Questions V: the Baptism, Temptation and Spiritual Death of Christ

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God II

    Believers in the World III: Prosperity Gospel, Tithing, Cults and Legalism

    Gospel Questions IX

    Faith, Hope and Love: Virtue in Spiritual Warfare

    Trinity Questions II

    Some Sensitive Topics IV

    Finding a Church - or Something Better? II

    New Testament Interpretation III

    Faith vs. History, Archaeology, Philosophy

    Believers in the World II: Confronting False Groups and False Teaching

    The 144,000 and the Two Witnesses of the Tribulation

    Biblical Anthropology IV: Soul and Spirit, Image and Likeness, Book of Life, Life at Birth, Accountability and Infant Salvation.

    Spiritual Growth

    Predestination, Free Will and False Teaching

    Christophany and the Trinity

    Love, Marriage, and Divorce: Marriage and the Bible III

    Interpreting Dreams and Analyzing Prophetic Claims

    Culture and Christianity XI: Lying, Suicide, Tattoos, Investing, Drugs, Music, Family, Dating, Politics

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading III

    Eschatology Issues IX: Amillennialism, Trumpets, and the Seven Days

    Spiritual Warfare IV: Demons, Demonic Influences and Satanic Methodology

    Satan's Fall from Grace

    Atheism and Gnosticism: Denying the Truth about God

    Sin, Salvation and Forgiveness: Claiming the Mental and Spiritual High-Ground

    Struggling with Salvation . . . and Relatives

    Legalism, Past and Present II

    Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry II

     All about Ichthys II: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord

    The Book of Job and Christian Suffering

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers III: Creationism, Neanderthals, Fossil Record

    Christology Questions IV: Jesus' Birth, Baptism, Early Life, and Kenosis

    Third Party Testimony III: Near Death Experiences, Revelations and Tongues

    Third Party Testimony II: Charismatic Claims of Visions, Dreams and Prophecy

    Third Party Testimony I: We Believe God and His Word - Not People

    God Heals - in His way (not our way)

    Sanctification, Separation and Restraint

    Finding a Church - or Something Better?

    Culture and Christianity X:  Military Service, College, Politics, and Race Relations

    Contemporary Churches and Women Preachers

    Culture and Christianity IX: Politics, Tithing, Music, Crucifixes, Alcohol, and Gambling

    Marriage and the Bible II

    Biblical Anthropology III: Soul versus Spirit, "Soul Sleep", and the Interim Body

    New Testament Interpretation II: Who is equal? Grace in vain. Unequally yoked.

    Aspects of the Crucifixion II: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?

    Aspects of the Crucifixion I: Carrying the cross, trials and rooster crow.

    Salvation Lost and Found

    The Canon: Content, Chronology, and Criticism

    Spiritual Warfare III: Peter's 'Angel', Saul's Death, and Strange Events

    Old Testament Interpretation IV: Gehazi's Leprosy, Tyre's Destruction, and Immanuel

    Nephilim, Fallen Angels, and Genesis 6

    Gospel Questions VIII

    Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness II

    Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness I

    Annihilationism, Universalism, Hell and Judgment

    When is the Rapture?

    Noah, the Flood, and the Nature of Animals

    The Tribulation: Timing of, Preparation for, and Conditions in

    Eschatology Issues VIII: Revelation, Tribulation and Judgment

    Antichrist: the Mark, the Number, and the Identification of the Beast

    Satan's Revolt and the Tribulation to Come

    Old Testament Interpretation III: The Name 'Jacob', the Mark of Cain, Jeshrun.

    Old Testament Interpretation II: Urim and Thummim, the Bronze Serpent, the Ark.

    Being Saved: Security, Apostasy, and the Sin unto Death

    Fighting the Fight III: False Teaching, Local Churches, and the Truth

    Fighting the Fight II: Struggling with Sin, Doubt, and Severe Testing

    Fighting the Fight I: Accountability, Faith, Sin, Forgiveness, and Reward

    Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church II

    Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church I

    Witnessing: Cults and Christianity II

    Witnessing: Cults and Christianity I

    Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry

    Biblical Interpretation V

    Baptism: Water and Spirit V

    Spiritual Growth, Church-Searching and "Discipling"

    Unbelievers, Free Will, and the Plan of God

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VI

    Baptism: Water and Spirit IV

    Paganism, Idolatry, Mythology and the Occult

    The Lives of the Apostles and the Writing of the New Testament

    The Essence of God and Deity of Christ

    Parables and their Interpretation

    The Meaning and Purpose of True Christian Assembly

    Marriage and the Bible

    Spiritual 'ups' and 'downs'

    1st John: Text and Interpretation

    Eschatology Issues VII

    Perseverance in the latter days of Laodicea

    Babylon USA?

    Baptism: Water and Spirit III

    Prayer: the Persistence, Purpose and Power of.

    Paul the Apostle: Aspects of his Life and Ministry

    Gospel Questions VII: The Wedding at Cana et al.

    Israel, 'Lost Tribes' and the Star of David

    Israel and Antichrist in Eschatology

    Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ II

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions III

    Culture and Christianity VIII

    The Geography of Heaven, Hades and 'Hell'.

    Eschatology Issues VI

    Bible Interpretation IV

    Legalism, Past and Present

    The Resurrection Body and our Eternal Future.

    Christ the First-Born, High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek.

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading II

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading

    Hermeneutics, Typology, Christophany, Theophany and Anthropopathism.

    No, Hebrews does not teach that you lost your salvation.

    Gospel Questions VI: the Long Ending of Mark et al.

    Judas and the Betrayal of Christ

    Doubting Salvation and Questions of Sin

    The 144,000: God's Seal vs. the Mark of the Beast

    Atheism: Putting Truth to Death

    War in Heaven II

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions II

    War in Heaven

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions I

    The Law, Love, Faith-Rest and Messianism

    Paul and the Law

    Genesis Questions III

    Sin and Salvation, Confession and Forgiveness

    Have I Lost My Salvation? (III)

    The Battlefield Within: Fighting the inner spiritual Struggle.

    Putting Christ in Christmas: Loving Jesus, the Star and the Magi, Wonderful Counselor.

    Old Testament Interpretation: Moses and Zipporah, David's disastrous Census, the Destruction of the Midianites, et al.

    Healing, Miracles, and Dreams: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff by biblical Means

    153 Fish: Explaining some Difficult New Testament Passages

    Kenosis: Our Lord's Self-Limitation during the 1st Advent

    Biblical Anthropology II: 'Soul sleep', & dichotomy vs. trichotomy

    Biblical Anthropology I: The Nature of Human Beings and Human Life according to the Bible.

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers II.

    Culture and Christianity VII: Jury Duty, Witnessing, Biometry, Military Service et al.

    Culture and Christianity VI: Halloween, Holidays, Aliens, and Christian Applications.

    Angelic Issues V: Michael, the Angel of the Lord, Christophany, demons, cherubs, and Satan's revolt.

    Angelic Issues IV:  Satan's Revolt in the Plan of God.

    New Testament Interpretation: Melchizedek, 'Forsake not Assembly', 'Women Remain Silent', Water-Baptism, Tongues, Prophecy, Intervention of Departed Believers.

    Lost my salvation II?

    All about Ichthys: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord. 

    Genesis Questions.

    Fallen Angels, Demons, Nephilim, and the Devil's Methodology.

    End Times Interpretation II.

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief.

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God.

    End Times Interpretation.

    Grace versus Law.

    Communion and the Spiritual Death of Christ.

    Sinlessness and 1st John.

    Israelology, Anti-Semitism, the Remnant, Gentiles, Lost Tribes, Jewish Myths.

    "Soul Sleep" versus our true Heavenly State.

    Christology Questions III: The Angel of the Lord, the Lamb Slain, monogenes.

    Angelic Issues III: Demons, Satan, Elders, Female Angels and Guardians.

    Against Universalism III: Unbelievers in the Plan of God.

    Waters Above, the Firmament, and the Genesis Gap.

    Marriage "Matters".

    In Need of Guidance and Encouragement.

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations V.

    Servants, Slaves, Disciples, and Ministers.

    Baptism: Water and Spirit II.

    Bible Interpretation III: David's Anointing, Stephen versus Genesis, Triplets, This People, and more.

    Evangelism in Principle and Practice.

    Scripture versus Personal Experience.

    Calvinism, Covenants and Catholicism.

    Culture and Christianity V: Temporal Authority vs. Biblical Application.

    False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security III.

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism IV: Unclean and Impure?

    Things to Come III: The Wrath of God and the Fate of the Beast's Army.

    God Works All Things Together for Good.

    The 7 Trumpets, the 7 Kings, Nephilim, Antichrist and Revived Rome.

    The Coming Tribulation and the Kingdom of God.

    Sin, Confession and Forgiveness.

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ.

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations IV.

    Culture and Christianity IV: Doing one's job as 'unto the Lord', the peril's of 'heroic medicine', Christian perspectives on legalizing marijuana, when lying is not a sin, and when life begins.

    Eschatology Issues V: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons".

    Ichthys and Contemporary Christianity.

    Gospel Questions V: Help my Unbelief, Respecting our Enemies, etc.

    The Two Witnesses of the Tribulation: Moses and Elijah.

    The Apostles, the Jerusalem Council, and Legalism then and now.

    Aspects of the Christian Walk: Gambling, Lying, Christmas, Judging, Worrying, et al.

    No Rapture

    Believers in the World: Using our Free Will to Respond to the Lord

    Christology Questions II: The Serpent Lifted and the Cross, Jesus' Infallibility, Destroy this Temple, the Sign Spoken Against, His Glorification, the Spirit's Anointing, and the Necessity for His Humanity.

    Paul's Jerusalem Error, Worshiping Truly, the Priesthood of the Believer, and Peter's Vision of the Impure Food

    Christian Trials and Testing

    Gospel Questions IV: The Prophet, the rich man in Hades, Peter's wife, the 'eleven' and the 'twelve' apostles, 'the world could not contain' (Jn.21:25), and progressive revelation.

    Eschatology Issues IV: Israeli politics, 'This Generation', Signs of the Times, the Beast presently alive?, 'Flee Babylon', Preparing for the Tribulation, and 'was, is not, will be'.

    John's Water-Baptism versus the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Eschatology Issues III: Over-focusing on Revelation, the Seven Churches, Enoch versus Elijah, and the Symbolism of the Menorah

    The Purpose of Chronicles, Cyrus the Persian, the Chronology of the Exodus Plagues, Qumran and Isaiah, Nebuchadnezzar's Madness, and Jeremiah 31:22, "A Woman will Embrace a Man".

    Aaron and the Golden Calf, Mount Zion, Moses and Zipporah, the high priest's attire, and the ark of the covenant.

    Aspects of the Genesis Curse on Animals, the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel of the Lord, and Kainam.

    The City of David, the Star of David, Solomon's Wisdom, and the Song of Solomon.

    The Israelites at Kadesh and 'not entering the Land of Promise'.

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers.

    Sin and Spiritual Transformation.

    Cults and Christianity IV

    Cults and Christianity III

    Cults and Christianity II

    Cults and Christianity.

    One Baptism: the True Meaning of Peter's Words at Acts 2:38.

    Apostasy and the Sin unto Death, the Conscience and Sanctification.

    The Plan of God and Individual Salvation (excerpt from BB 4B)

    In Your Anger, do not Sin:  Ephesians 4:26 and the Sin Nature

    Bible Interpretation II: Easter, Abiathar, the Hyssop-Blood Cross, Baal, the Scarlet Thread, Names of God, Adiaphoria, and Mezentius.

    Spiritual Warfare II

    Culture and Christianity III

    Have I Lost my Salvation?

    On the Firing Line: Encouragement in Christian Trials

    Eschatology and the Old Testament

    Prayer and our Walk with Jesus.

    Issues of Canonicity II: Aramaic, Enoch, KJV, and the Pastorals

    Bible Vocabulary and Bible Word Studies

    Satan, his Demons, and the Gnostics

    Antichrist: Alive and Well and Living on Planet Earth?

    The Nature of Angels

    Our Eternal Future: Life after Death for Believers in Jesus Christ

    Giants and Nephilim, Sumerian Myths, and Sea Monsters

    Dreams and Visions II

    The Golden Rule

    The Divinity of Jesus Christ

    Free-Will Faith and the Will of God

    Some Sensitive Topics III

    The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy: explaining James 4:5.

    Faith: What is it?

    The Seven-Fold Spirit of God.

    Free-Will Faith in the Plan of God.

    Putting the Word of God First.

    Free-Will Faith.

    The False Doctrine of "Soul Sleep" II.

    The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security II.

    The Plan of God

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism III

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism II

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism.

    The Gift of Tongues: Part 2

    The Gift of Tongues: Part 1

    Mega-Churches, Emergent Christianity, Spirituality and Materialism.

    Epignosis, Christian Epistemology, and Spiritual Growth.

    Jephthah's Daughter, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.

    Christian Unity and Divisiveness.

    Death, Martyrdom and Resurrection.

    Blessing, Cursing, and Prayer.

    Freedom and Responsibility.

    Fighting the Good Fight of Faith.

    Only-Begotten, Mother-of-God, On-this-Rock: English-only Interpretation is Dangerous.

    The Greek Text of the New Testament and some Issues of Textual Criticism.

    What does the name 'Christian' mean?

    Some Jewish Issues.

    Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment (part 2).

    Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment.

    Sin and Forgiveness.

    Spring Special: The Millennial Regathering and Purging of Israel.

    Life Begins at Birth.

    Culture and Christianity II

    Culture and Christianity I

    The Saved and the Unsaved

    Last Things and Last Judgments

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry IV

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry III

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry II

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry I

    More on Antichrist and his Kingdom

    Antichrist and Babylon

    Prophecy Questions.

    Theological Questions

    Heavenly Things.

    Dysfunctional Churches.

    Some Sensitive Topics II.

    Christmas Special: The Judgment and Reward of the Church.

    What is God's Will?


    Thanksgiving Leftovers.

    Combating Legalism VI

    Combating Legalism V

    Combating Legalism IV

    Combating Legalism III

    Combating Legalism II

    Combating Legalism I

    Aspects of the False Doctrine of Institutional Security

    Chronological Order of the Books of the Bible II

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations III

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations II

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations I

    Gospel Questions III: Least in the kingdom, Millstones, Pennies, Pebbles, Babes, Rhaka, Tallits, and the Crown of Thorns.

    Gospel Questions II: Jesus' Turning Water to Wine, Sweating Blood, Walking on Water, Washing the Disciples' Feet, and the Promise of Freedom."

    Things to Come II: Genesis Rapture, Daniel's Weeks, Seven Kings, Signs of the Apocalypse, Tribulational Suffering, Seven Seals, the Bride of Christ, and Mystery Babylon.

    Things to Come: The Half Hour, the 144,000, the Book of Life, Rewards, the Beast's Kingdom, the Great Apostasy, and the so-called 'Partial Rapture'.

    Satan and the Existence of Evil.

    The Holy Spirit: Blasphemy against, Restraining Ministry, and Gender.

    Spiritual Gifts and Spiritual Growth

    Christian Love, the Golden Rule, Christian Military Service and Self-Defense.

    Issues of Canonicity: Apocrypha, Enoch, and Inspiration.

    Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality.

    Numbers, Letters, and the Mark of the Beast.

    Gospel Questions I: Jesus' Life, the Gospels and Cherubs, and who Wrote Matthew.

    More Questions about Genesis.

    Naaman, Nero, Nineveh, and Senacharib.

    The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security.

    Choosing Hell: Questions about Salvation and the Love of God.

    The Chronology of the End.

    The Route of the Israelites in Crossing the Red Sea.

    Some Issues of Transmission, Translation, and Transliteration: The Camel and the Needle, etc.

    Aspects of the Life of Christ: Jesus' siblings, the man born blind, et al.

    Jesus is God and man.

    Jesus is God.

    Redemption, the Blood of Christ, Christ our Passover, and The Passion of the Christ.

    Eschatology Issues II: Angelic bodies, heaven and hell, Satan and the Nephilim, etc.

    The Book of Job and Biblical Interpretation.

    Some Questions about Eternity.

    Who Controls our Thoughts and Emotions?

    The Day of the Lord.

    Sleep as a Euphemism for Death.

    Literal Hell.

    Christ's Preaching to the Spirits in Hell (1Pet.3:18-20), & Michael's Rebuke of Satan (2Pet.2:10-11 ).

    Recovering from Sin.

    The Timing of the Resurrection.

    Dispensations, the Church, the Rapture, and the Destruction of the Universe.

    Christianity versus Contemporary Kitsch.

    Purpose Driven Life, Oprah's New Age Religion, et al.

    Lot, Esau, and Cain: Learning through Negative Examples.

    Against Universalism II: Only Believers are Saved.

    Against Universalism I: Free Will and the Image of God.

    Courage in the Fight.

    Demon Influences.

    Sabbath Questions.

    The Seven Edens and the Eden of Adam and Eve.

    Opposition to the Genesis Gap from the Creation Research Institute et al.

    Mary 'Full of Grace'?

    Changing the Name of God?

    The Beast:  Some Questions about Antichrist.

    The Book of Revelation:  Some Questions.

    Red Hot or Lukewarm? Bible Teaching versus Sermonizing.

    The Last Judgment and the Great White Throne.

    Baptism:  Water and Spirit.

    Spiritual  Marathons.

    Christology:  Some Questions on the Life of Christ.

    Regarding Ichthys.

    Train up a Child in the Way he should Go.

    War, History, and Politics.

    Unbelief and its Consequences.

    Dreams and Visions.

    Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ.

    Free Will and Faith under Pressure.

    Angelic Issues II.

    Science and the Bible.

    Bible Interpretation I:  Academics, Versions et al.

    Faith in the Word of God: the Basis of all True Worship.

    Aspects of the Resurrection II.

    Faith and Encouragement in the midst of Fiery Trials.

    Some Sensitive Topics.

    Jethro, Amenhotep, Iraq, the Catacombs, and the KJV.

    Eschatology Issues: The Fig Tree, Ezekiel 38, Joel 3, and the Trumpets.

    Christ the Rock, the Rooster's Crow, and the Cross.

    Applying Faith II: Production, Forgiveness, Circumcision, Truth over People.

    Applying Faith: Eating, Drinking, and Vacation.

    The Tree of Life, Communion, and the Virgin Birth.

    Grammar Questions.

    Can Prayer Be Offered From Heaven? & Some Genesis Questions.

    Walking the Path of Faith through the Light of the Word of God.

    Salvation on the battlefield, truth revealed to infants, and damnation.

    Preparing for Tribulation.

    Divine Sovereignty and Divine Judgment.

    God's Free Gift of Salvation.

    Should Christians wear Jewelry?

    The Lord's Prayer.

    The Events Surrounding the Birth of Christ.

    Cremation or Burial?

    Zechariah, Demon Possession, Marriage, Spiritual Experiences, and Bible Prophecy.

    No Grounds for Divorce?

    The Shape of the Universe, Hominids, and the Genesis Gap.

    Taking Personal Responsibility: Interest, Bankruptcy, Gambling, and Employment.

    The Seven Churches, the Judgment Seat of Christ,  and other issues in Eschatology.

    The Canonicity of the book of Hebrews.

    Great White Throne, the Last Judgment, and the Outer Darkness.

    Political Action versus Biblical Christianity.

    Study Tools and Methodologies.


    The Gospel and the Kingdom of God.

    Pursuing a Deeper Relationship with Jesus and Christian Epistemology.

    The Origin and the Danger of the Pre-Tribulational Rapture Theory.

    The Divinity of the Spirit and the Percentage of those who are Saved.

    Should Christians ever consider getting a lawyer?

    Pastoral Authority, Popes, Pat Robertson, and Pelagianism.

    Some Questions on Church Polity.

    Apostles and Evangelism

    Luther, Arminius, Calvin, Kant, Ironside, Tutu and Thieme.

    Angelic Issues.

    Transmutation, Resuscitation, and Resurrection.

    Is the Soul a tertium quid?

    More on the Documentary Hypothesis and More on the Rapture.

    Enoch's Walk with God and Some Questions in the Gospels.

    The Influence of the Renaissance and Rationalism on the Church and Cutting off Arms in Malachi 2:3.

    Sabbath Observance.

    1st John 5:20 & Romans 6:23.

    Eschatology Questions.

    Baptism and Following Jesus.

    Where is Armageddon?

    Assurance of Salvation.

    The Cross, Sin, and the Devil in God's Plan.

    More on: Spiritual Gifts; Hats & Hair; the Age of Accountability.

    Daniel 9:25 and Daniel 11:30.

    Who will populate earth during the Millennium?  and  Asking for Wisdom: James 1:5.

    Was Judas Saved?, The Gospel of Judas, and Issues of Canonicity.

    Is 'My Son' Israel or Jesus in Hosea 11:1?  &  How do you Prove Sin to Someone?

    Did Matthew Write his Gospel in Hebrew?

    Christian Crowns, Pagan Names, and the Time of the Cock-Crow.

    Child-like Faith, Mark vs. Matthew, the Mahdi, and 'Who was with God in the Beginning?

    True Orthodoxy and False Creeds.

    Foot-washing, Bitter Herbs, Baptism, and Borrowed Faith.

    All Things Charismatic.

    Friday versus Thursday Crucifixion.

    Jesus' Cursing of the Fig Tree, Apostasy, and 'Feng Shui'.

    The Genesis Serpent, Using "it" to refer to the baby Jesus, and more on Tattoos.

    Combating Gnosticism.

    Resisting the Devil.

    Why did Jesus choose John over James to take care of His mother Mary?

    Antichrist's 'desire of women' in Daniel 11:37 et al.

    Do recent catastrophes have a divine origin?

    Does God really want us to be sick and poor?  Revisiting the prosperity gospel.

    Why did our Lord Jesus arise from the tribe of Judah?

    What will our relationship be in heaven with children who died young?

    The baptism of the Holy Spirit as distinct from speaking in tongues.

    The Grammar behind the Genesis Gap.

    The Great White Throne Judgment.

    Moses and Zipporah.

    The Victory of Faith.

    Does God's choice of us eliminate our free will?

    Why does God allow bad things to happen?

    The Bible as "divine", roof prayer, and tattoos.

    Character in Hebrews 1:3, et al.

    Exorcism, et al.

    "Are the children of unbelievers lost if they die before receiving Christ?"

    How not to get "left behind".

    "Is baptism necessary for salvation?"

    "The nature of life after death."

    "The personality of the Holy Spirit."

    "The dragon of Revelation 12 and the talking idol of Revelation 13."

    "Bound by Satan in Luke 13:16, language and the Tower of Babel, Daniel's 70th week, and the number 12."

    "Infirmities and Diseases in Matthew 8:17"

    "The Leftover Baskets of Bread and Fish in John 6."

    "Waiting for the Ascension" and "Amos 4:11".

    Why was Canaan cursed?

    Should Christians have a competitive attitude?

    John "leapt for joy" in the womb - or did he?

    Satanic Influence in Video Games and Television.

    Moving Mountains:  Matthew 21:21

    Not a hair shall be lost? Luke 21:16 versus Luke 21:18.

    The reign of antichrist:  7 years or 3 and 1/2 years?

    The Trinity in Scripture.

    The Ark of the Covenant.

    "Doubts about the Nephilim in Genesis 6" and "Ezekiel 9:4 and the Mark of the Beast"

    "Word Counts in the Bible", "Him whom they Pierced (Rev.1:7)", and "Necromancy".

    "Waiting for a Savior" and "The Direction East in the Bible"


    Is there a purgatory according to the Bible?

    Your desire shall be for your husband: Genesis 3:16.

    Have I committed the unforgivable sin?

    Is the local church meant to be a patriarchy?

    Why doesn't the Bible mention all of the prophets of the children of Israel?

    The True "Victorious Life".

    Tohu in Genesis 1:2 and the Cause of the Darkness.

    Why Doesn't God Prevent All Children from Dying?

    Why were Christians being regarded as "evil-doers" in 1st Peter 2:12?

    The Scofield Reference Bible.

    Phylacteries and the Mark of the Beast, and "What about Joseph?"

    Feeling desperate and alone.

    Is Tithing net or gross?

    Assembly of the local church, and Jesus' use of "I AM" from Exodus 3:14 in John 8:58

    The "burden of the Lord" in Jeremiah 23:32-40, and judgment for idle words in Matthew 12:36-37.

    The importance of spiritual resiliency.

    Does God use disease to discipline us?

    Recovering from Cult Exposure.

    Variability in Christian Testing and Personal Tribulation.

    Is there any value to the Apocrypha?

    The Communion Ceremony outside of the local church.

    The Christian Walk, the End, and Tattoos.

    Should Christians honor Sunday as the new Sabbath?

    Chronological order of the books of the Bible.

    Doubt, light, missed opportunities et al.

    Addicted to Sin.

    Corporate prayer in Matthew 18:19:  "when two agree on earth".

    What does the Bible say about humor?

    The value of cumulative prayer.

    Our Heavenly, Pre-Resurrection, Interim State.

    How could a loving God order the destruction of the Canaanites?

    Should Christians observe the Torah?

    Church Polity and three other passages.

    Walking with Jesus.

    Tongues: does 'no man' understand?

    The few saved, the door in heaven, visions of heavenly realities, and Christmas.

    Spiritual Warfare.

    Christian suffering and spiritual maturity.

    Aliens, antichrist, and eschatology.

    Does exceptionally sinful behavior indicate that a Christian has lost salvation?

    Should Christians celebrate Jewish festivals?

    The Deaths of the 12 Disciples / Apostles of Christ.

    Categories of Sin in Psalm 19.

    Some brief answers on a variety of topics.

    Pastoral Support, Pastoral Preparation, and the Purpose of Assembly.

    Eternal Rewards.

    Encouragement, Isaiah 6:11-13, and the Hope of Repentance.

    Questioning the Genesis Gap.

    Dinosaurs, the Nephilim, Noah, et al.

    How much should we pay our pastor?

    More about Women Preachers.

    Is it wrong for me to celebrate Easter?

    The Remnant in Isaiah 6:13.

    The Big Distinction.

    The Day of the Lord in 2nd Peter 3:10.

    The Day of the Lord.

    Church History.

    The Sealing of the Holy Spirit.

    Visions of Angels: Colossians 2:18.

    Waiting on God's timing:  patience in testing.

    "Your Throne, O God":  Psalm 45:6.

    Moses striking the Rock.

    Procreation and Creation.

    What is meant by the phrase "the Lord's footstool"?

    1st Peter 3:3-5

    A conversation about divorce and remarriage.

    Faith in the midst of the fiery trial.

    Hebrews 10:26 again, and two other notes on Arthur Pink and the Greek word diakonos.

    What is the correct translation of Isaiah 59:19?

    Is the star of Acts 7:43 the star of David?

    Some questions about Nimrod and Christmas trees, Tongues, and Healing

    Is Jesus the only One ever to restore sight?

    What happens to people who were born and died prior to the birth of Christ?

    Which is better, the King James Version or the New King James Version?

    What is the minimum necessary to be saved?

    How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 2)?

    How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 1)?

    Psalm 22:1, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

    The "Mind of Christ" in 1st Corinthians 2:16

    Simeon and Simon, and the two crows of the rooster

    Ichthys, saints, and the Last Adam

    Does Hebrews 10:26 teach loss of salvation?

    Eternal security: where does one draw the line?

    Who are Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38-39?

    How did John the baptist come to doubt Jesus?

    Is Jesus literally seated on the throne at God's right hand?

    Are the Celts the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

    Whatever happened to the "Genesis Gap"?

    "The baptism which now saves you":  1st Peter 3:21.

    Hebrew Language Study Tools.

    What type of healing is being discussed in Isaiah 53:5?

    The Origin of the Four Seasons

    2nd Peter 3:5: Doubting the Tribulation

    Tent-making and Galatians 6:6

    A Question about Ichthys books

    Biblical Metaphors and Symbolism

    Faith and the Pre-Tribulational "Rapture".

    Faith Healing.

    Bible translation and John 8:58.

    Melchizedek and the high priesthood of Christ:  two questions et alia.

    In need of encouragement.

    The centurion and the Syro-Phoenician woman.

    Who is the Meshiach?

    A Sadducean Question

    What is "heaven" like according to Christian teachings?

    Acts 20:28: Whose Blood?

    1st Corinthians 11:  Hats or Hair?

    Confession of Sin, Fellowship, and the Filling of the Holy Spirit.

    A Miscellany of Questions and Answers (Nineveh, the beast, tongues, demons, Sadam, etc.)

    Some Greek Questions in the Gospels (John 1:3; 2:19; 8:58; Luke 23:43)

    Is Man trichotomous, and does that mean that salvation is three-tiered?

    Questioning the Trinity

    The blood of Christ

    Christ knocking at the door in Revelation 3:20

    The futility of memory without God and eternal life.

    The meaning of Jesus' words, "I am" in John 8:58

    What does the Bible say about Heaven and Hell?

    Peace in 1st Corinthians 14:33

    Salvation and Church Affiliation.

    Several questions on the book of Hebrews.

    Does the Bible prohibit women from preaching or teaching in the Church?

    Should Christian leaders refrain from drinking in public?

    How to use the Bible translations at Ichthys.

    The Worship of Jesus:  a proof of His divinity?

    An Extended Conversation about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

    Is water baptism required for Christians today?

    Are health and wealth a part of the gospel?

    Will those in Hades be able to see Christ's return?

    Feelings of Guilt about Remarriage.

    Who are the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

    What does "the Word was with God" mean in John 1:1-2?

    Three questions on three verses in Isaiah (Is.21:4; 28:10, & 66:24).

    How important is education for a pastor?

    Does Hebrews 10:26-35 ("deliberate sinning" etc.) mean that a believer can lose his or her salvation?

    Availability and use of Ichthys materials: several questions.

    Is there any difference between demons and fallen angels?

    Confronting atheism.

    Two questions about Judas Iscariot.

    Three Questions about Tattoos and Salvation.

    The Hebrew word for 'one' (`echadh) and the uniqueness of God.

    Did the witch of Endor really conjure up the spirit of Samuel?

    A Question about the "Waters Above".

    Why did God the Father wait so long to send Jesus into the world?

    How does being "slain in the Spirit" relate to being baptized in the Spirit?

    How do you prove the existence of God?

    Where does the Bible teach that Jesus is God?

    Is it ever Justifiable to Tell a Lie (part 2)?

    Seeing double in Matthew.

    Mary, Joseph, and Nazareth.

    Is the Westminster Catechism a Good Reference Tool?

    What does it mean "the spirit returns to God" in Ecclesiastes 12:7?

    Is there any Connection between biblical Gemstones and Moral Characteristics?

    Are Miraculous Gifts Operational Today?

    Jesus Christ in the Old Testament (Christophany: Gen.3:8).

    Can those in organizations which teach "salvation by works" be saved?

    Is "helpmeet" a wrong translation in Genesis 2:20?

    Our will and God's WILL.

    Cast thy Bread upon the Waters:  What do the seven and eight portions in Ecclesiastes 11:2 mean?

    Was Cain Satan's literal "seed"?

    The Demon Possessed Girl in Acts 16:16.

    The "Sin unto Death" in 1st John 5:16.

    Is death just a natural part of human life?

    Communion and the Blood of Christ.

    What does it mean in 1st Corinthians 7:14, "the unbelieving husband is sanctified"?

    The Re-institution of the Feast of Tabernacles in the Millennium.

    Secular Documentation for the Exodus.

    The false doctrine of "soul sleep".

    The Author of Hebrews and Jesus' Perfect Completion of His Mission.

    The Trinity in Isaiah 63:10-15.

    How old was Jesus at the time of His crucifixion and resurrection?

    Five Smooth Stones: 1st Samuel 17:40

    How can we know the Bible is true?

    The name "Jesus".

    Habakkuk's Prosperity Prayer: Habakkuk 3:17-19.

    Jeremiah 31:22: "A Woman shall Compass a Man".

    The New International Version of the Bible and some issues in Bible translation.

    Is "the Prophet" of Deuteronomy 18:18 Muhammad?

    The One True God and the Trinity in the Old Testament.

    Are those in Hebrews 6:4 who "crucify the Son of God afresh" lost?

    Are New Bible Translations Part of a Conspiracy?

    What exactly is the "red heifer prophecy", and how does it relate to the events of the end times?

    Where did the waters of Genesis 1 go?

    Interpreting Revelation

    Sin, Baptism, and the Book of Revelation

    Tithing and the Book of Life

    The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel.

    English and the Tower of Babel.

    The "Seven Thunders" of Revelation 10:3-4

    The fate of the unrighteous dead in Isaiah 66:24

    Who are the "sons of the kingdom" in Matthew 18:11-12?

    Why does Judah get greater honor than Jerusalem in Zechariah 12:7?

    Are there Female Angels?

    Longevity in the Millennium.

    How is the date of Easter computed?

    What is the meaning of the 1290 days versus the 1335 days in Daniel 12?

    What Church era are we now in?

    The mark of the beast.

    Christophany in the Exodus.

    Can you explain "help my unbelief!" in Mark 9:24?

    What does it mean to "overcome" in Revelation chapters 2 and 3?

    Are women required to wear veils or hats in church?

    Is the world about to come to an end?

    Does the Bible ever describe the earth as being round?

    Pre-, mid-, or post-Tribulation rapture?

    Pearls before swine.

    Recognizing the Messiah.

    The gift of healing.

    The origin and fate of the "giants" in Genesis chapter six.

    Christian suffering - Christian encouragement.

    Is speaking in tongues biblical?

    Is speaking in tongues a sin?

    Can you recommend a good commentary on the book of Romans?

    Aspects of the resurrection.

    The recipients of Peter's epistles.

    Pre- or Post-Tribulation "rapture"?

    The lives of the prophets.

    The old prophet who lied.

    Animal sacrifice in the millennium.

    Is it ever justifiable to lie?

    Who wrote the King James version?

    The meaning of the divine name יהוה.

    The so-called "documentary hypothesis".

    The relationship between the books of Kings and Chronicles.

    David's disastrous census of Israel.

    Aspects of the Unseen Angelic Warfare and 666, the Mark of the Beast.

    The 200 million strong demon army of Revelation 9:13.

    Deliverance through Childbearing in 1st Timothy 2:15?

    Some questions about the Tribulation.

    More on divorce and remarriage.

    Divorce and remarriage.

    The antecedents of ICHTHYS.

    What does it mean to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"?

    The manner of the apostle Peter's death.

    Wasn't Matthias the thirteenth apostle?

    Forward progress necessary for salvation and spiritual growth.

    The "seven days" of human history.

    1st John 1:9 and confessing sin.

    ICHTHYS and the role of traditional Christianity.

    Can you recommend a good survey for the Old and New Testaments?

    Where can I find more information on the "Genesis gap"?

    Is Church membership an issue in salvation?

    Can you recommend a church?

    Are these materials available for purchase as books?

    A bit of autobiography.

    What is your opinion of the Abingdon one-volume Bible Commentary?

    What is the significance of the number "20" in the Bible?

    The 144,000 of Revelation chapters 7 and 14.

    What is your view on predestination?

    Who is "true Israel"?

    The chronology of the date 2026.

    Does baptism play a role in being born again?

    Why does the devil have access to God while man cannot stand in His presence?

    The structure of the book of Revelation.

    What is your view of the rapture?

    What is meant by the "10 days" of Revelation 2:10?

    Dragons in the Bible?

    Are there apostles in the Church today?

    What is the meaning of the word "chosen" in the Bible.

    The Passover.

    What are the most common Bible names?

    What is the biblical significance of the number forty?

    What does the Bible have to say about witchcraft?

    How can I protect myself from false teaching?

    Didn't the devil know he couldn't defeat God?

    Are the Masons wrong according to the Bible?

    Six Questions.

    Can the faith of "backsliders" be restored?

    Are there biblical origins to mythology?

    What does the phrase "sides of the pit" mean in Isaiah 14:15?

    Can prayer be offered in the name of the Son?

    Election and John 6:37?

    Is it valid to celebrate Christmas?

    Can you give me some information on divine names in the Bible?

    What is the significance of name changes in the Bible?

    Is faith a "gift of God"?

    Is there a "gospel of Thomas"?

    Is the nature of Man dichotomous or trichotomous?

    Will the temple be rebuilt in Jerusalem?

    Does the Bible teach a literal Millennium?

    What does the word "good" mean in Genesis?

    Who are "the dead" who "rise first" in 1st Thessalonians 4?

    Are the Greek tenses in John 7:34 correctly translated?

    Is the devil "mad" to oppose God?

    Does the Bible require supporting the pastor financially?

    How can Jesus be a man and God at the same time?

    How did people atone for intentional sin in Old Testament times?

    What is the symbolism of the Lamb of God in Revelation?

    Can you recommend some word study tools for Bible study?

    Can people who commit suicide be saved?

    Are tattoos biblical?

    Is it "ichthys" or "ichthus"?

    What is the difference between wisdom and discernment?

    Marriage of Believers and Unbelievers.

    Is hearing believing in John 6:35?

    How certain a date is 2026?

    Is Paul describing himself in Romans chapter seven?

    Is tithing required for salvation?

    What is the evidence for the "rapture"?

    Is there any validity to the "prosperity gospel"?

    Who are the "Nephilim" in Genesis chapter six?

    Church attendance.

    Is there a literal "devil"?

    What does the Bible have to say about reincarnation?

    What is the unpardonable sin?

    Believing the Bible for Spiritual Growth.

    Why was the New Testament written in Greek?

    What about those who have never heard of Christ?

    What about elders and deacons?

    Eternal Security and "sinless perfection".

    Eternal Security and "salvation by works".

    Does the Bible teach ex nihilo creation?

    When did Jesus first know He was God's Son?

    Are there prophets today?

    Despairing of life.

    How important is baptism?

    How could Christ have been three days and nights in the grave?

    Do Muslims worship the One true God?

    What can I do about spiritual fainting?


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