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Are Easter Celebrations Biblical
  
Easter is a time of springtime festivals. In Christian countries Easter is celebrated as the religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility or giver of life (God creating us and giving us life), and in colored Easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and new life (Jesus' resurrection).

I agree teaching children the true Easter Story pertaining to Jesus is very important. However, I also believe in teaching them about what the eggs and rabbit represent. And no, I'm not into reproducing Christmas at Easter for anyone. I dislike commercialism. Lets stick to the main point.





Daughter-In-Law Is Distant
  
When your deployed, you don't have the address you'll be reachable at for a while - depending on your assignment. That information eventually gets to you.

Now, the wife is withholding an address - in my eyes, this is selfish. Having watched my brother go to Iraq a couple years ago, we were on edge until we had the address come through - received by his wife.

Our guys and girls over there are quite busy. They don't have a lot of time to contact every single person individually and usually ask one person to distribute the info.

Pray for the wife and if she won't come around, contact HQ where your son was deployed from. They would be able to help you there.


Should A Pastor Counsel Women
  
The minister that I grew up with was not married. And, at times over the years, I sought counsel from him.

Not all churches are going to have a married couple leading the congregation.

However, with any counseling that is sought - through clergy or otherwise, these people are human also and are listening to another persons problems. And, they are giving advice or providing a way of looking at things through their eyes and experience and what they believe might be the best way to approach a situation.

Regardless of who you seek out for counsel, treat them as the messenger and listen for the message being given. Weigh the words with prayer and then act on it.

God Bless


Is The Bible Literal
  
James,

The Bible definitely seems to use numbers in patterns or to teach a spiritual truth. However, many people put too much significance on Biblical numerology, trying to find a special meaning behind every number in the Bible. Often a number in the Bible is simply a number. God does not call us to search for secret meanings, hidden messages, and codes in the Bible. There is more than enough truth in the words and meanings of Scripture to meet all our needs and make us complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work - 2 Timothy 3:16


Judgement Day On May 2011
  
I find myself reflecting to the movie - The Stand, where Michael Jordan portrays a crier in NYC about the end times coming.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly know if I was to draw my last breath a minute from now, 3 1/2 years from now or from old age, I'm be ready to go home and meet the Lord face to face. Until that time comes, and only the Lord knows when that will be - not the Mayans, or the Inca's or a even a time conspiracy between Barney and Lamb Chops, I'm not going to waste a moment worrying about it. Rather, I encourage everyone to continue to live a full life the way the Lord wants us to and continue to spread His word and love.


Wearing Pants To Church
  
1 Timothy 2:9-10 states

"I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

There are no rules about dresses versus pants. If you want to wear pants to church, wear them, but keep in mind of regardless where you go, that you are dressing yourself in a way that the Lord wants us to, and not in a scattered, provocative way that would cause others to lust for any reason.


Is Cussing Sinful
  
In the book of Psalm, chapter 109 it states at verse 17 - 19.

17) He loved to curse others,
now you curse him.
He never blesses others,
now don't you bless him.
18) Cursing is as much a part of him as
clothing, or as the water he drinks,
or the rich food he eats.
19) Now may his curses return and cling to
him like clothing,
May they be tied around him like a belt.

Any action in which the Lord would frown upon and which we know in our hearts is wrong to do is a sin. Better to ask for guidance in our behavior rather than to bring shame.


Do I Seek Revenge
  
It's good that you discontinued your relationship with this man after learning the facts.

There would be no benefit from telling his wife who is pregnant. Only more damage would be done. And, the unborn child in this situation certainly does not need to be endangered because of stress brought onto its mother.

I'm sorry that you are hurt, but this man belongs to another. Wash your hands of him and move on. Regardless of whether or not she is aware of you does not matter at this time. The relationship is over. Let it stay a closed matter.


Wife Has No Natural Affection
  
Upbringing could be the reason your wife has issues with affection. Not all families show this or teach this to their children. Or, perhaps some traumatic event has occurred in her past that she is not able to discuss or face. Whatever the reason, please do not bail out on a woman that you love. While everyone yearns for hugs and kisses, physical affection is not necessary to make a healthy marriage. It's merely the icing on the cake. Talk to her, perhaps suggest couples counseling or be understanding about her statement that she "does not know how to be natural about that." Be patient, be loving. Show her through example but do not force it on her. A marriage takes work - even in confusing and difficult times.

God Bless


Am I Sanctified
  
Justification is being made right and deemed righteous, because sins have been forgiven and blotted out.

Sanctification for Christians, God's holy or sanctified people. Saints enjoy purification from evil, separateness (but not isolation) from the world, fellowship with all other saints, and enlightenment from God. What's more, they enjoy this sanctification from the moment they become Christians. It's not a "second blessing" for which they must wait.

How Do I Know that I am Sanctified?
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
1 Thessalonians 4:7

I pray this helps.

God Bless


How To Be A Submissive Wife
  
Rules for Christian Households
Colossians 3:18-4:1
Ephesians 5:22-69

Wine, overeating, laziness
Proverbs 23:20-21

Husbands and responsibilities to households
1 Corinthians 11:3

I would also direct you to read the story of Ruth - a woman of virtue.

Alcoholism leads to being jobless and also will cause a christian to fall away from the Lord. Talk to him when he is sober. Tell him what you need also. Don't make excuses however for a disease. Insist that he gets help.

I'll keep you in my prayers.


Should I Leave This Church
  
".....yet have not felt God leading me anywhere else. I don't understand if God just wants me to wait, or go? I pray everyday for understanding and guidance."

Perhaps you've been trying to hard to hear what you wanted to hear and not what God was answering you with. Not a biggie...

It could be that the Lord wants you to stay where its at. Perhaps getting involved with the church on a deeper level. I don't know what type of church you attend but perhaps your example is what the Lord wants others to see - to help spread the light back through your church home.

God Bless


Is Harold Camping Correct
  
Why is this important to begin with?

Are we in our end times? I believe so, especially when you read what Revelations has to say.

However, instead of worrying about what Harold Camping's views are on going to church, or what John Doe has to say about another ends time situation, why not instead continue to live life as fully as you can each and every day the Lord gives you.

I do not believe the Lord wants us to sit back and worry about trivial matters but instead to continue to do His work and live according to how He teaches us to live.

God Bless



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