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Mar 26 2013

How did the Israelites determine if a prophet was from God?

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A prophet was a person who was speaking for God, in other words, “thus says the LORD.” Prophets were raised up by God (Deuteronomy 16:15) and empowered by God to communicate His purposes to the people. Prophets did not just speak of future events, it also included instructions, rebuking the leaders of the people as …

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Sep 11 2012

Matthew 27:52, where did the risen saints go?

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In Matthew 27:52-53, where did the risen saints go after they appeared to many? I read several commentaries researching this question, and even in popular and well-respected commentaries, there are large differences of opinion. Who the saints were, whether the exposed bodies came to life or remained lifeless, to whom they appeared, how they appeared, …

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Jul 14 2012

Does each Christian receive a Gift of the Holy Spirit?

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article on Talents vs. Gifts of the Holy Spirit. In some Christian circles, gifts of the Holy Spirit are understood to be something big and miraculous. Some Christians may be confused as to the difference between “talents” and “gift of the Holy Spirit.” I was not real …

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Jul 03 2012

Talent vs Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Many of us may confuse or use interchangeably “talent” with “gifts of the Holy Spirit.” They are not the same. Talent is “a special natural ability or aptitude.” 1 If we take a close look at ourselves, we will discover an area that we are stronger in than other areas. Some people seem to have …

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Mar 03 2010

Theological Terms

I recently witnessed a debate on the use of theological terms.  I honestly did not know that this would be a debatable topic within Christendom.  I am constantly surprised at what Christians will debate among themselves though I guess I shouldn’t be. A theological term is merely a term we have assigned to describe a …

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