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Christianity--Prayers: prayers, thoughtful reflection, power of speech
thoughtful reflection, power of speech, mother theresa: James, Your quote of Mother Teresa is the answer to your question. She was obviously speaking in hyperbole or else she would not have said anything! The point she was making, I think, is that we can t pray like chattering chipmunks just making...

Christianity--Prayers: prayers, model prayer, 1 corinthians 15
model prayer, 1 corinthians 15, sermon on the mount: Thank you so much for your question on prayer! I wanted to do some research before answering your question. You are probably aware that many Christians do not agree with any one way to pray, or in what they believe we should pray for. Some traditions have...

Christianity--Prayers: that propet!!??, prophet esaias, fiery chariot
prophet esaias, fiery chariot, voice crying in the wilderness: Kawtar, Thank you for your question. For 400 years no one in Israel had seen or heard a prophet. They had only the descriptions and stories of the Old Testament. John looked like a prophet and sounded like a prophet and so they accepted him...

Christianity--Prayers: Question on Prayer, family member, clarification
family member, clarification, blessings: It does depend on the type of issue. You should pray until there is an answer one way or the other, or you feel the Spirit directing you to stop. You have to determine your movitation for continuing to pray -- is it because you are not willing to accept...

Christianity--Prayers: Question, abandonment issues, drug addict
abandonment issues, drug addict, religion and spirituality: Well Rizzo, All I can say is this, I am glad you moved on and I am glad that your ex has moved on as well. I am not really moved by religion or spirituality. I love the Lord Jesus Christ who forgave me of all my sins even though I hurt Him, considering...

Christianity--Prayers: Retreat theme need.. Please help!, genuine prayer, prayer life
genuine prayer, prayer life, father figure: Pauline, You don t say when the retreat is or who will be there or how many sessions there will be, so I m a little uncertain of how to advise you. However, here s an idea. I have always wondered at our desire to say the Lord s Prayer (Disciple...

Christianity--Prayers: Retreat theme needed.. Please help!, standing in the gap, prayer closet
standing in the gap, prayer closet, relationship with god: That s a tough one. Ideally, a theme should be chosen according to where the people are at spiritually. But, it depends on what you want to focus on. Do you want to focus on intercessory prayer? A good theme would be Standing in the Gap. Do you want...

Christianity--Prayers: rosary, judgement seat of christ, good and faithful servant
judgement seat of christ, good and faithful servant, machanics: Dear Brandy, I prayed and asked God to help me to answer this question correctly and I am going to believe Him that I will. When it comes to praying with a rosary or any object it is unnessasary. God wants us to pray and focus on Him. Using a rosary...

Christianity--Prayers: Salvation, jesus is the only way to heaven, mystery of god
jesus is the only way to heaven, mystery of god, way to heaven: Lenin, You are making several assumptions that are not supported by Scripture or common experience. First, you assume that my answer means that the lost who never hear the gospel message will automatically be saved. That is not what I intended....

Christianity--Prayers: Salvation, way to salvation, confession of sin
way to salvation, confession of sin, journaling: That is not exactly true. The Bible teaches predestination but it is not what we typically understand it to be. God knows everything before it happens, so He knows who is going to accept Christ and who is not. So God already has a plan in place for those...

Christianity--Prayers: Show me how to pray, yellow marker, family prayer
yellow marker, family prayer, god god: No ma am. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and WILL NOT EVER impose Himself on you on His own free will, even for something good. You have to ask for the things you desire. This is your life and your will. Not His. He is simply here to guide us and help...

Christianity--Prayers: Spiritaulism, deceased relatives, living in hell
deceased relatives, living in hell, low self esteem: Karen, Thank you for your question. I have many questions about the situation you describe. How old is your niece? Has she ever professed faith in Christ? What may have happened in her life to cause her to use the quote you mention? Is your relationship...

Christianity--Prayers: sinners prayer, sinners prayer, mouth confession
sinners prayer, mouth confession, god is the one: the reason you cannot find it in your Bible is because there isn t a sinners prayer in the Bible. All sinner s prayers are man made. This is what the Bible says: Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in...

Christianity--Prayers: suicide, social security disability, major depression
social security disability, major depression, trust god: Sandra, I am not sure where to begin responding to you. I also am not sure I m qualified to deal with some of the issues you have. However, I do want to try and give you some things to think about. Believing that you truly love your husband, I...

Christianity--Prayers: suicide, social security disability, major depression
social security disability, major depression, day before yesterday: Hi, Sorry i took a little while. Remember that one of the commandments states, Thou shall not kill, that includes not killing yourself. Leviticus chapter 5 verses 17.If a soul sins and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments...

Christianity--Prayers: suicide, mental health diagnosis, christian counselor
mental health diagnosis, christian counselor, bronchitus: Mary, First of all, let me apologize for taking so long to answer you. I have been ill with bronchitus and the flu since Sunday. Today is the first day I have been out of the bed. I believe that suicide is not the act of a person who is in possession...

Christianity--Prayers: Thank you, praise report, honor and glory
praise report, honor and glory, witten: Dear Jannae Thank you so much for writing me back and letting me know. We do serve an awesome God who answers our prayers and I am glad that God has answered yours, I knew He would, He is too good to let us suffer for too long. Love You Sharma...

Christianity--Prayers: Thing worked out! :-), couple moments, blessed day
couple moments, blessed day, downtown chicago: Mindy, Dont think that you wasted my time, because you didn t, I know how it feels to think someone is irritated with you, I get it all the time and believe me it is uncomfortable. I am glad that it worked out for you all the same. You take care and God...

Christianity--Prayers: TITHING, retirement investing, household bills
retirement investing, household bills, act of faith: Marilyn, Thank you for your question. One-tenth is 10%. So, a tithe or one-tenth of 2,000 would be 200. Tithing on things other than income is an Old Testament principle. In the Old Testament, in fact, almost all tithing was giving one-tenth...

Christianity--Prayers: Tough times, severe brain injury, time smile
severe brain injury, time smile, godslove: Hi Angela, I am so sorry to hear about your best friend. The best advice I can give you and your friends family is to pray and keep praying. You have to put your faith in God and let His will be done. Also remember that in Heaven all will be well and...

Christianity--Prayers: I can't describe the long..., savior jesus christ, holy spirit one
savior jesus christ, holy spirit one, kingdom and the glory: Greetings Asks: I ll see what I can do for you! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallow be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day...

Christianity--Prayers: why can't things work out for me ever?, god doesn, wits end
god doesn, wits end, bad day: Dear Kelly, I read your letter and at the end I felt so horrible because you are in so much pain and it is evident. I know a little of what you are going through, before I married my husband that I have now I had been single for a long time but I had three...

Christianity--Prayers: thank you, kindred spirit, back ground
kindred spirit, back ground, pentecostal: Dear Jannae, Thank you for your kind letter, I will give you all of my emails as well, one is Sharmancastillo@sbcglobal.net or sharmancastillo@hotmail.com. I am non denominational, but it is more like Pentecostal or Apostolic. I love the Lord and believe...

Christianity--Prayers: unanswered prayers, kind of prayer, unanswered prayers
kind of prayer, unanswered prayers, persistent widow: Hi Emily! This is a very good question. If we look at Luke 18:1-14 we get some very good teaching on prayer. The first parable is about a persistent widow, and because of her bugging the judge he finally grants her request. The second parable goes on...

Christianity--Prayers: understanding of divorce and remarriage, divorce and remarriage, rough days
divorce and remarriage, rough days, lunch time: JoJo, This man is still in love with his wife. No matter what the Bible says or how you explain it to him, he is going to use it to back up whatever he wants to do. It s easier to blame God and His rules than to take responsibility. If he really...

Christianity--Prayers: How do you use journaling to Pray?, heart prayers, psalm 66
heart prayers, psalm 66, life pleasing to god: Hi Sherry! You have a lot of questions -- but that is good. I will try to answer them. You ask if we need to ask for forgiveness for our sins before we pray. I think there are two passages that help with this. In Psalm 66:18 it says, If I regard (cherish)...

Christianity--Prayers: I Want To Change My Ways, post partum depression, fellow christian
post partum depression, fellow christian, relationship with god: Dear Teenie, Thank You for writing me and God Bless you as well. I know how you feel but believe me you are not a bad mother at all and if you know for a fact that you are, then just stop. There is no formula at all. If it is difficult then pray and...

Christianity--Prayers: Wedding Blessing, wedding blessing, happy couple
wedding blessing, happy couple, religion: Perhaps it would be best not to remark or point out someone s religion, but rather just wish the happy couple all the best in their new lives, tell them how proud you are of them, and offer any advice you may have for them in their early years together. Religion...

Christianity--Prayers: wearing a cross, dear james, christmas day
dear james, christmas day, crosses: Dear James, No many people wear crosses who do not believe in Jesus at all. What will protect her is if she believes in the risen Christ and talks to Him. He can then intervene in given situations and protect to a certain extent. So, in a way, it protects...

Christianity--Prayers: Is he the one, matter of the heart, calm mind
matter of the heart, calm mind, time hand: Dear Donna, I will pray for you so that God will reveal to you if it is his will or not. Father, in Jesus name we come to you to let Donna have peace of mind in this matter of the heart. Lord I ask you that if it is your will, then may things come together...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: sexual orientation, homosexual orientation, relationship with god
homosexual orientation, relationship with god, close to understanding: Dear Allen, Though you have a bondage and this is demonic and locks you into only one way of thinking, God never made you this. Demon bondages can be broken and must be broken. Once done you will be free and everything of live and live more abundantly...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Sermons, etc., dealing with veterans, including spouses & family, weddings and funerals, eslam
weddings and funerals, eslam, dear james: Dear James, Peace! Your question is: Would some hints for vet/mil service incl fam. I gather you wish to receive advice on either services or on how to relate to militia and their family. Is that correct? I m not sure if one should relate any differently...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: actual christian, sexual feelings, biological development
sexual feelings, biological development, man god: Hi Anu, Thanks for this very detailed question. I am very sorry for my late response. I wrote a detailed response earlier, but some how it got lost in the system. I will try to answer you clearly and briefly. 1. God makes a specific woman for a...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Prophecy, jack van impe, ted armstrong
jack van impe, ted armstrong, bible prophecy: Dear Gordie, I know what you mean. So people hype things just to get an audience. I have heard of hundreds of anti Christ s. Gorbachev was the last straw. Some bible teachers are the same. Hoping up teachings to gain followers... its so sad how they...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: starting a church, comptroller state, www irs gov
comptroller state, www irs gov, government paperwork: Jacob, Under the First Amendment you are free to organize a church without any particular government paperwork. If you would like your church s donors to deduct their gifts, or if you would like the church s revenues to be free of federal and state income...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: How do I start my ministry?, alban institute, faith statement
alban institute, faith statement, strong faith: Terry Sue, Congratulations on your ordination. Generally the place to start in seeking support for any new enterprise is with people who know you and believe in what you are doing. You don t say much about yourself, but I can offer some questions that may...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Catholic church or Pentecostal church, pentecostal religion, pentecostal church
pentecostal religion, pentecostal church, existence of god: Thank you for your question. I will attempt to answer it humbly. As parents, we must encourage our children to discover their own faith in Christ. This is most difficult. Some children intentional rebel against their Christian roots merely to prove to their...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: problem w/pastor, lord jesus christ, earliest christian church
lord jesus christ, earliest christian church, judgement call: Laurie, That s something only you can determine. I don t know all the circumstances. Personally, I cannot support what I do not believe. I cannot support a congregation, even with my attendance, if I can t trust or follow the local leaders. I do need...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: searching for truth, nasty flu, angel from heaven
nasty flu, angel from heaven, false prophets: Hi Karol, Thank you for this great question. I am sorry for my late response. I have been very sick with a nasty flu bug. The Bible gives us several warnings and admonitions about false teachers. I will try to give you some keys to recognize them: ...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: searching for truth?, different religions in the world, male disciples
different religions in the world, male disciples, dear madam: Dear Madam, Peace! As I clearly explained, LORD Jesus (to give Him His correct title) appoints certain men to act on his behalf in this material universe. Society (that is, the MALES of society) is divided into four classes: The Priesthood, which acts as...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Clergy Stoles with Doctoral Robes, clergy stoles, doctoral robes
clergy stoles, doctoral robes, priestly garb: You don t name your denomination, but generally this question arises among Reformed and other non-liturgical Protestants. Whether it is OK to wear a priestly stole over a doctoral robe is ultimately up to you. I can perhaps offer a wider context for your decision....

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: communications from heaven, sign gifts, pastor don
sign gifts, pastor don, king james version: Hi Kieth, THanks for this great question. THe Bible does not teach that every dream is a communication from heaven, but the Bible does predict that there will be sign gifts where people will have some dreams that are revelations to be interpreted. This...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Clergy Stoles with Doctoral Robes, clerical robes, denomination
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Clergy Stoles with Doctoral Robes, clerical robes, denomination, doctorate

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Paul's life, pastor don, space act
pastor don, space act, biblical references: Hi Eldridge, I am sorry for my late response. There are two references for him: Act 5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Elder Rule., pastor don, word of god
pastor don, word of god, overseer: Hi Randy, I am very sorry for my late response. If by Elder you mean Pastor, then I believe that the Bible teaches Pastor Rule. In certain matters the congregation can vote such as choosing deacons... but the Bible is clear that the Pastor(shepherd),...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Elder Rule, new testament church, jewish elders
new testament church, jewish elders, apostle paul: Excellent question Randy! To understand the role of elders in the Christian faith we first must be aware of their many roles as detailed in Scripture. First we can find an elder as an overseer (see 1 Peter 2.25 where bishop means overseer; elders were undersheperds...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Elder Rule, protective elements, voice of the spirit
protective elements, voice of the spirit, spirit of god: Dear Randy, Actually its Holy Spirit rule that counts..elders and deacons are administrative and protective elements to help order and unify the social life of the body of Christ....Elders representing the fathers and deacons or congregation representing...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Elder Rule, eslam, question sir
eslam, question sir, popular vote: Dear Randy, Peace! Thanks for your question sir. Before I answer your question please permit me to ask one simple question first. Should this planet operate under God s Rule or by popular vote? I think you can probably guess what the answer to your...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Elder rule, new testament book, traditional christian churches
new testament book, traditional christian churches, mutual accountability: Great question. Paul asks his young evangelists to appoint Elders in every place. But, these were not Elders as we see in many denominations or congregations today. These men were spiritual guides or overseers. What we have today in most traditional Christian...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: calling help, camp 3, going to college
camp 3, going to college, tongs: Thank you for telling more about your experience. It may be a sign that you will be a pastor--or you may find yourself using your gifts of speech, writing, and interpretation in ways you have yet to imagine. Luckily, at 15 you have plenty of time to think...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Developing the gift ot Teaching, prayer meditation, prayer and meditation
prayer meditation, prayer and meditation, spiritual factor: Great question. I think often others who are spiritual recognize spiritual gifts in us before we recognize them. The greatest way to develop the gift of teaching is by studying the inspired word. Notice that studying means more than reading. It involves...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Salvation, believing in god, man of god
believing in god, man of god, holy spirit: Thanks for your sincere question. I would say that you answered your own question. Yes, I believe God has forgiven you. We have all followed Satan at one time holding God in total disregard. See Romans 6. But, when we believed and obeyed God then God gave...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Closeness to God, Questions, trials
Questions, trials, feelings: That happens more often than I’d care to admit. I believe that if someone tells you that their life is always full of fun, everything is just so fantastic that they almost can’t stand it, and that life couldn’t be any better, someone is either in denial or...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Salvation., barack obama, kind of heart
barack obama, kind of heart, relationship with god: No, I would not say you have lost your virginity but you have certainly lost some innocence. Simply ask God to forgive you. And, do not follow your lusts. Follow the Spirit. Get you needs met in healthy ways. Seek the company of those who are also listening...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Virginity and Salvation., presence of god, joy and peace
presence of god, joy and peace, peace and joy: All sexuality outside of marriage is described as sin in Scripture. Christians who are led by the Spirit pursue lives of holiness. In other words, we desire the peace and presence of God above sensuality and fleshly desire. One should strive to be sexually...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Prophesy, prophetic poems, thirsday
prophetic poems, thirsday, days god: Donna, You could very well be correct. I think there is plenty of biblical examples where God has traveling prophets who come in totally unknown with a special message for local congregations or the Body of Christ universally! If you believe we are living...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Searching for a Baptist Preacher, God, Lord Jesus
God, Lord Jesus, Scripture: Dear Madam, Peace! Thank you for your question. Did the Apostles vote for who would be the Messiah or did the Lord God send his Son Jesus Christ to preach to the twelve disciples? Voting for who is to be a minister/preacher is akin to voting for who...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: marrying an older woman, physical incapacity, missionary priests
physical incapacity, missionary priests, religious cults: Dear Sir, Peace! Thank you for your question. Marriage is the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual union of a man with one or more women. They should be brought together by the parents and some sort of ceremony performed. If that is impossible...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: pastors managing church finances, double honour, romans 12
double honour, romans 12, 1 timothy 5: Absolutely not. While this may seem quite definitive, some would claim that God s Word is not as clear on this subject of church finances as I make it out to be; nevertheless, let s allow God s Word to speak for itself. 1 Timothy 5:17 tells us - Let the...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Question?, non-believer, sealed
non-believer, sealed, Holy Spirit: Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. This verse, along with a few others like it, address a sin which was identified with...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Rapture, Rapture
Rapture: Hi Again Deb, The phrase in verse 17 is unique in the Greek and is translated caught up . This is literally a snatching away. The word rapture means to be snatched away, caught up. In order to convey this event as different from Christ s return and...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Salvation., blaspheme, Holy Spirit
blaspheme, Holy Spirit, trust: Yes, the Son of Man is the Lord Jesus Christ. I apologize for adding an explanation as to why blaspheming the Son of Man (Jesus) is pardonable but blaspheming the Holy Spirit is not. In short, it is the FAILURE to accept the Holy Spirit s invitation to trust...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Trinity, Cubit, Psalms
Cubit, Psalms, Proverbs: There are three books that most Bible Teachers, and, after they have read them, believers, seem to like for learning about God. The Psalms are full of joyful wisdom that will aid you in searching out your souls needs. the book of Proverbs is really personal,...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Salvation., unconquerable spirit, unnecessary fear
unconquerable spirit, unnecessary fear, mistaken beliefs: There are several verses in our Bibles that speak to being alone with God, a kind of meditation. The good news is that there are benefits to it. Joshua 1:8 tells us, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Salvation., Light, peace
Light, peace, prayer: Well, I suppose we could end up second-guessing everything that we might not fully understand; however, I would rather err on the positive side. By that I mean - my Bible tells me that God is light -we can find that in 1 John 1:5: This then is the message...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Salvation., god is god, faith in god
god is god, faith in god, paraphase: This is not something I can decide for you. You must decide this. You know whether you have the Holy Spirit in you. God only gives his Holy Spirit to those who belong to him. So, if you have the Holy Spirit then there is no reason, in my humble opinion, to...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Salvation., Blasphemy, salvation
Blasphemy, salvation, unpardonable: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (God) is generally addressed in four different ways: 1.) The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the unpardonable sin is ‘suicide’. It is customary for Catholics to have administered to them Extreme Unction (Last Rights)(Anointing...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Starting a ministry, tax exempt number, 1 corinthians 14
tax exempt number, 1 corinthians 14, lord jesus christ: Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! First, my prayers are with you and any that may have joined you in your ministering the Gospel of our Lord. When finances of a ministry are concerned, there are two camps: there are those who claim...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Starting a ministry, www irs gov, would like people
www irs gov, would like people, gov agencies: Greetings, You are right to hesitate before accepting gifts till you are sure your donors can deduct them. You may also want your ministry to be exempt from state and local taxes. Here is a website you should visit to get started on the federal exemption:...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Darwinism and Christianity, abrahamic religions, genetic drift
abrahamic religions, genetic drift, evolution 8: Dear PJA, I am both a biologist and minister of God. Charles Darwin wrote the Origin of the Species , like Einstein he could have got things wrong but some of what he found out was the undeniable truth. I have to answer this question my way... sorry...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Ministers, distinct individuality, religious circles
distinct individuality, religious circles, selfish desires: Dear Sir, Peace! Thank you for your follow-up question. All religious traditions, including those such as the Bahai Faith and Sikhism who claim to have no clergy, do in fact have religious leaders as mentioned in the scripture I sent you. Whether such spiritual...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: new building, religious exemption, rented property
religious exemption, rented property, tax exemption: Religious exemption from property tax is a complex matter of state and local law, so your main resource will be your local taxing authorities and an attorney experienced with such matters locally. In general, rented property can be taken off the property...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Church Finances, finance, church governance
finance, church governance: Tony, Your concerns are important ones that call for a careful but frank response. Often when a church grows, it continues with informal practices that may have seemed harmless at first, but can pose real dangers when more money is involved. No one should...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: End of the World, Prophet, End Times
Prophet, End Times, Religion: Dear Ini, Peace! Although you have asked this question in the Tips for Ministers category, I ll still provide a curt answer. The end of the world comes when a person leaves his body. The end of this planet will occur once the moral decadence and environmental...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Party coming up, morals values, mennonite church
morals values, mennonite church, disrespectful manner: Hi Claudia, Thank you for this question. If this party centers around smoking pot and drinking, you are absolutely right to avoid it and tell your husband not to go too. If this party is all about this type of behavior, then your attendance is approval...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Injury, root of bitterness, hebrews 12
root of bitterness, hebrews 12, unmerited favor: Donna, first allow me to apologize to you for such a late answer. I just now discovered your question. Although it appears to be more a statement. And, one with which I whole-heartedly agree! The writer of Hebrews, in my humble opinion, is talking about...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: dealing with sickness, gall bladder, brother ed
gall bladder, brother ed, stomach problems: Brother Ed, When the pastor gets sick, the congregation often responds as a child might to an ailing parent. A few may be mature enough to see you as a person and respond with real compassion, but most revert to the most primal of fears: Who will take care...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: dealing with sickness, lord jesus christ, gall bladder
lord jesus christ, gall bladder, stomach problems: Dear Sir, Peace! Thank you for your question. When history s greatest teacher and preacher Lord Jesus Christ taught His children (we are all God s children, even Satan) there were two aspects to his preaching: The hard truths that we hate to hear about...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Homosexuality, bible truth, cause god
bible truth, cause god, pastor don: Hi Candace, Thank you for this great question. I am so very sorry that my response is so late! Let me start by being very clear, homosexuality is wrong. It is a sin and it is a choice. God hates the sin but loves the sinner. Jesus died for this sin...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Bible tests of a prophet, dreamer of dreams, bible tests
dreamer of dreams, bible tests, prophet speaketh: Hi Georgia, Thank you for this great question. There are several things we can consider in testing a prophet. 1. Does the prophet have 100% accuracy. If they do not, they are not of God. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 20 But the prophet, which shall presume...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: tax exempt ministries, tax, fraud
tax, fraud: From the information you give, the arrangement certainly looks fishy. IRS oversight of congregations is looser than for other charities, but the same essential criteria apply. You can learn more about these by downloading the IRS tax guide on the subject:...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: ministry name and tagline, church of nigeria anglican communion, biblical ministry
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: ministry name and tagline, church of nigeria anglican communion, biblical ministry, church of nigeria

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: ministry name ane tagline, knee mail, prayer can change your life
knee mail, prayer can change your life, lord jesus christ: Okay...interesting...I ll give you some thoughts just off the top of my head here... 2nd Chance Ministries When you put Jesus first...every second counts... Matt 5:41 In HIS Hands Ministry HE is the potter...I am the clay Luke 13:13 Carpentry...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: ministry name and tagline, lord jesus christ, biblical counseling
lord jesus christ, biblical counseling, questions about god: Dear Sir, Peace! Thanks for your question. You mentioned that you have a mission from God. Therefore, I suggest you ask God to inspire a name for your ministry, or do you doubt that God will answer you if you ask Him/Her for a sign or a word? Bye, ...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: ministry name and tagline, lord jesus christ, biblical counseling
lord jesus christ, biblical counseling, questions about god: Dear Tom, The most important challenge in starting a new ministry is to get to know the people you hope to reach, so that you can communicate with them in terms of the things they are already looking for. To put the same point differently, the most common...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: ministry name and tagline, lord jesus christ, biblical counseling
lord jesus christ, biblical counseling, ministry name: Hi Tom, Thank you for this very interesting question. I may suggest one or two, but I think that this is something very personal. You should get before God and find out what He lays on your heart. One way to prime the pump or your thinking is to read...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: ministry name and tagline, lord jesus christ, bible answers
lord jesus christ, bible answers, biblical counseling: Dear Tom, Well its normally a private matter to choose a name, something like Bible Answers . and tag line Answers . Are you wanting to use this in your local community as a real live ministry or a virtual ministry? I understand both just...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Is the God of the Bible an Imposter?, distinct individuality, god of man
distinct individuality, god of man, religious circles: Dear Mr. Wilbur, Peace! Thanks for your question but it seems you would rather try to teach us priests than learn from us. If I am mistaken, then I invite you to carefully consider the following teachings which come directly from the God of all gods. ...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Is the God of the Bible an Imposter?, God, Bible
God, Bible: If you begin by thinking--as some churches teach--that the Bible is one book, perfect and consistent in every detail, then you can easily find passages in the Bible that shock you. The Bible actually is many books, written by different people at different...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Is the God of the Bible an imposter?, distinct individuality, god of man
distinct individuality, god of man, religious circles: Dear Mr. Wilbur, Peace! Thanks for your question but it seems you would rather try to teach us priests than learn from us. If I am mistaken, then I invite you to carefully consider the following teachings which come directly from the God of all gods. ...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: immorality, public scrutiny, dangerous problem
public scrutiny, dangerous problem, restoration business: Dear Pastor, What rules does your denomination have concerning this issue? God would that you forsake this immorality and be healed and everything be covered than exposed. Exposed is only useful for when something is purposely being hidden, with intent...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: minister sexual misconduct, dastardly deed, eslam
dastardly deed, eslam, spiritual strength: Dear Sir, Peace! Adulterers deserve to be put to death for their heinous crime. Confess your sin to your wife and to your master. If you don t have the spiritual strength to commit suicide then at least stop pretending to be something you are not: you...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: sexual misconduct, public confession, legitimate cause
public confession, legitimate cause, fellow christian: I m so sorry that you have disappointed yourself, your God, and your family. The good news is that God s grace can cover all of this. However, your wife and family may not be as forgiving. Sexual sin is the only legitimate cause for divorce. This could be...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Codependency, genuine compassion, ayn rand
genuine compassion, ayn rand, devotees: It takes a lot of wisdom to know when it is best to help and not to help. Because you do not want to enable someone in their weakness. Paul was very plain. If a man was not willing to work he was not to be fed. That s harsh to some but we are expected at some...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: spiritual gifts, physical sphere, oiji board
physical sphere, oiji board, dear madam: Dear Madam, Peace! Thank you for your question, despite its irrelevance to this particular category (Tips for Ministers). I apologize for the late response as I am currently in the process of migrating overseas. There is no doubt that individuals have...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Can a Believer Lose his Salvation?, rebellious heart, true believer
rebellious heart, true believer, child of god: Everyone who is a true believer has received the Holy Spirit. That one is considered a child of God. Can a child of God so sin as to lose his salvation? I believe he can. Allow me to explain. With the help of God through the indwelling Spirit a Christian...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Hope and Faith, lagos nigeria, hope and faith
lagos nigeria, hope and faith, faith hope: I am often asked what is the difference between hope and faith? We actually need both hope and faith working in tandem in our lives. Hope is a dream of something that is either wanted or needed—but faith is what turns that dream into a substance or reality....

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Hope / Faith, lagos nigeria, confident expectation
lagos nigeria, confident expectation, hope and faith: Hello, Thanks for this great question. The best that I can tell, faith is simply taking God at His word.... believing. Hope is the confident assurance that the faith we have will one day be fulfilled... a confident expectation. Both words are closely...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: previous question, clergy tax, church elders
clergy tax, church elders, self employment taxes: Dear Kathy, I see two questions in your message. One is whether your Pastor is at risk for the way he handles his taxes, and the other is whether you may be at risk for the way you are managing his compensation in behalf of the church. Both are serious...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Is it possible to becoome a Minister without formal education?, revelation chapter 1, apostle john
revelation chapter 1, apostle john, degree in sociology: The Apostle John writes in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 1, we are a kingdom of priests . How can we NOT teach, preach and minister since we have all been called by Christ and given His Holy Spirit? We must! Otherwise, we might burst out in praise and thanksgiving...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Financial income for a pastor, seminary school, homeless outreach
seminary school, homeless outreach, prudent decisions: V, It sounds to me as though you are doing your best to make prudent decisions as you step toward following your call to ministry. Not quitting your job till you have found a way to earn a living in your new calling is sensible. So is seeking advice from...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Financials income for a pastor
God s word doesn t preclude a pastor from being compensated or for working a job outside the ministry. However, I would discourage the idea of doing weddings for money as you will be labeled as being a hack. The best advice I can give, is get with your...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Religion
Greetings in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am very happy to hear of your decision to follow Jesus. I do not know of any organizations offering free passage. And, even if I did, I would not advocate one leaving their country and family simply because...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Abraham, bible isaiah, faith abraham
bible isaiah, faith abraham, hebrews 11: Hi Daniel, Thanks for this great question. I believe that the New Testament gives us some light on this subject. Hebrews 11:17-19 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: appropriate homosexual behavior, church denominations, tennis lesson
church denominations, tennis lesson, principles of behavior: Hi Mary, Let me see if I can offer some perspective. One of the statements that you made really stands out for me. Who would want to take a tennis lesson from a coach that plays worse than you and get your game mumbled up. Its interesting that you say...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Beginning a young ministry., pentecostal holiness church, independent fundamental baptist
pentecostal holiness church, independent fundamental baptist, personal holiness: Hi Tim, I am sorry for my late response. I am not sure about Pentecostal schools that are available by correspondence or on line, but I do know of a good independent fundamental Baptist School. Baptist College of America. www.bca.edu They have standards...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Bible or by-laws?, s pastor, volunteer youth
s pastor, volunteer youth, pastor don: Hi Carl, Thank you for this question. Ordination is a local church issue. The most Biblical thing as I understand it, would be for the church that you attend now to ordain you, if it feels that you are called to the ministry. Paul started attending church...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Bible/Science, gerald schroeder, bible science
gerald schroeder, bible science, biblical wisdom: Interesting to say the least.... I read some of his articles a few months ago, and a few more before answering this question. I find it hard to believe that anyone with an education can look at the way he translates the Torah, and Biblical history and honestly...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Buddha, buddha figurine, protection model
buddha figurine, protection model, first commandment: How can you ask an idol to help you and think it could be right? The first commandment... no other gods before me ...? Who cares whether it was god s way or the devil s way...to ask a idol to help you goes against every christian premise in the book....

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: bible, foolish questions, pastor don
foolish questions, pastor don, mary magdalene: Hi Higgy, Thanks for this question. Here is a verse to consider: Titus 3:9 9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge)...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Changing churches over a disagreement., titles of nobility, biblical proof
titles of nobility, biblical proof, biblical question: Jason, Thanks for the question. I ll try to answer your question. This is a personal decision you must make. Leaving a congregation or denomination is not a biblical question. It s more of personal choice and preference. You are a Christian through faith...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Church Bulletin help, alban institute, accessible tool
alban institute, accessible tool, model document: The best way to pound out a bulletin quickly is to prepare a template so that most of the work is done already. The best starting place is a completed bulletin that was done in a way you like. In MS Word, you can either use an official template or simply...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Church Bulletin help, accessible tool, pastor don
accessible tool, pastor don, desk top: Hi John, I recently made a funeral buletin too. My favorite tood is Microsoft Publisher. I do our weekly bulletins on it. We are a small church so not only am I the Pastor, but I am the church secretary! I last week s bulletin on my desk top so all...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Church planting, pastor don, church planter
pastor don, church planter, community colleges: Hi Fred, God bless you in your efforts! I do not have a specific answer but I do have some suggestions. If your church is already formed, then you are a non-profit organization and businesses can write off donations to you. I have heard of some churches...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Confusion over the whole Bible, heaven and hell, pastor don
heaven and hell, pastor don, almighty father: Hi Teng, I am not sure that I will ever be able to give you a satisfactory answer to an infinite concept of God s Soverign perfection since we all have nothing but finite minds and logic with which to perceive any answer. I can say that if you have not...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: church hierarchy, church hierarchy, sec of defense
church hierarchy, sec of defense, pastor don: Hi Augusto, These are great questions, unfortunately they are outside of my realm of expertise. I am an expert in Biblical matters, and things pertaining to Protestant oriented practice. The Bible makes no mention of Nuns. In the new Testament, there...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: church hierarchy, roman catholic church, church hierarchy
roman catholic church, church hierarchy, vatican ii: I m assuming that your question refers to the Roman Catholic Church. Protestant, Orthodox, and other churches have their own structures and are quite different from the Catholic Church. I m not really an expert on this, but I ll tell you what I think...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: church planting, worship bible study, public worship
worship bible study, public worship, church planting: In starting a new church, it makes sense to keep expenses low in any way you can. The current thinking about new church starts is to gather a large group before starting to hold public worship. Bible study or similar activities are a good way to do this. Then...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: conflict with youth minstry partner, youth minstry, poor judgement
youth minstry, poor judgement, dodge ball: Dear Dawn, This is a complicated situation! You care passionately about your ministry, have serious concerns about Doug and Lana, but do not feel supported by the senior pastor. Because I know how hard it can be to be objective when you re in the middle...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Depressed and want to give up, inappropriate guilt, quiet meditation
inappropriate guilt, quiet meditation, promises of god: Thanks for giving me a chance to speak with you. Let me try to address this problem with guilt. Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? If you received the Holy Spirit then you can know for certain God has forgiven you whether you feel it or...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Drinking, wounds without cause, addictive personality
wounds without cause, addictive personality, 1 corinthians 6: Hi Trey, Thanks for this great question. I believe that there are several things to consider. 1. The control factor 1 Corinthians 6:12 12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: divorce/ remarriage, sexual impurity, committing adultery
sexual impurity, committing adultery, wonderful god: Thanks for your question. I will do my best to answer. You were actually never married to this man if he had previously been joined to another. You were never married in the eyes of civil (United States) law if he had a previous wife or wives from whom...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Elders in the church, testament pattern, 7 deacons
testament pattern, 7 deacons, pastor don: Hi David, THanks for thsi question. If by elders, you mean a pastor, then I believe that a Pastor is required in order to fulfill the New Testament pattern of a local church. If you mean deacons, then no, they are not required. The church at Jerusalem...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Faith, child out of wedlock, hebrews 11
child out of wedlock, hebrews 11, abraham and sara: Hello, thanks for your question. I will do my best to answer you. Abraham is commended in Scripture for his faith in obeying God when he called him out of his home to the land of promise. He is also commended in Scripture for his faith in offering up his...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Changing churches over a disagreement., god loves a cheerful giver, tithe
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Changing churches over a disagreement., god loves a cheerful giver, tithe, bible

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Organization of church governing body, hotchkiss, alban
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Organization of church governing body, hotchkiss, alban, governance

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Preaching and Teaching, mysteries of the kingdom, preacher
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Preaching and Teaching, mysteries of the kingdom, preacher, truth

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: pastor uses wrong name, proper pronunciation, place priority
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: pastor uses wrong name, proper pronunciation, place priority, priority placement

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: About people like Benny Hinn, dead faith, faith without works
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: About people like Benny Hinn, dead faith, faith without works, relationship with god

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Scientology, cult member, different religions
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Scientology, cult member, different religions, refernces

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithe and offerings, casino winnings, tithes
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithe and offerings, casino winnings, tithes, gross income

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithes andTax deductions, tithe, rich man
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithes andTax deductions, tithe, rich man, mite

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: women being pastores, son jesus christ, god the holy spirit
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: women being pastores, son jesus christ, god the holy spirit, galatians 3

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: writing sermons, sermons, god
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: writing sermons, sermons, god

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: youth pastor/ asst pastor, craig harper, bible
Christianity--Tips for Ministers: youth pastor/ asst pastor, craig harper, bible, jesus

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: finding a good ministry college, women pastors, college seminary
women pastors, college seminary, suitable mate: Dear Ashley: I assume that you may be female. Unfortunately, not all denominations have women pastors. Therefore, being in a denomination that does is important, in your case. After being trained, there comes the task of finding and securing a church. This...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: General question, tithes and offerings, windows of heaven
tithes and offerings, windows of heaven, lord of hosts: In our church, we run indepentalyly from any other organization and we operate solely on the tithes given by our members. Do not forget....the command of scriptures is to give 10% of ones income to the Lord...that is plenty enough to run a church on. Malachi...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Gods Care of hsi people, obedience to god, god care
obedience to god, god care, lovely family: Dear Donald, You are absolutely not alone. I am no theist. I do not believe God spun this world into existence and then abandoned us to fend for ourselves. That s not what a Loving Father would do. Would you do that to your children? Jesus said, If...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Grace, righteousness of god, lord jesus christ
righteousness of god, lord jesus christ, zero sum gain: Hi KT Thanks for this great question. The best way I can explain grace is through an acrostic: God s Riches At Christ s Expense We are sinners, deserving judgement. In light of that God has mercy on us. Mercy is not getting what we deserve....

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Grace, righteousness of god, means of grace
righteousness of god, means of grace, gift of god: Hi Febian, Thank you for this question. According to the Bible, there is only one way that we can receive the grace of God, and that is through faith. There are no works actions, rites, or rituals that will enable us to merit the grace of God. ...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: great man of Bible, sunday school material, bible characters
sunday school material, bible characters, personal survey: Hi, Are you looking for Sunday School material, or a curriculum? If you are I suggest that you visit: www.faithforthefamily.com THere are a some great studies found there. Personally I like to do those kind of studies based upon a personal survey of...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: help, faithful disciples, joining church
faithful disciples, joining church, brother don: Dear Brother Don: Rejoice that you have been successful in reaching these people. We do not enter the Kingdom of God full grown. Disciples can disappoint our expectations and God s. He is willing to take a chance and so should we. Some will not last, but...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: help, sibling rivalry, presbyterian church
sibling rivalry, presbyterian church, time church: What would you do? Don, I only hope I would do just what you are doing. I salute you for keeping your eye on the real purpose of ministry, which is to transform lives for the better. You re right, though, to be concerned that established members of...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: hey, full time job, bible theology
full time job, bible theology, christian traditions: Higgy, congratulations it sounds to me like you are being called! You are truly blessed. Also, thanks for serving our country! God is calling you to a deeper relationship with him. Use this time to study God s word and spend as much time with him as you...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Intelligent Design, religious dogma, biblical god
religious dogma, biblical god, intelligent desing: Dear Sir, Peace! Thanks for your question. For someone who has no formal training in Theology I am rather impressed by your rationale. The main thing I can teach you in this regards is this: Parents are SOLELY responsible for the education of their offspring....

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Islam-Muslims, word religion, jupitor
word religion, jupitor, true happiness: Dear Steven, Peace! The word religion originates from the Latin verb religare meaning to join or unite . Thus, religion means to unite with the Supreme. There is but ONE religion sir: love. The essence of love is the desire for all living beings...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Jonathan Edwards, hands of an angry god, sinners in the hands of an angry god
hands of an angry god, sinners in the hands of an angry god, jonathan edwards: It has been said that this particular sermon was read in a quiet monotone monotonous voice.... but the power of the Spirit was so great that people cried out during the message, clinging to the pew lest the floor open and Hell would swallow them alive. ...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: jesus, pastor don, scripture
pastor don, scripture, invitation: Hi Jane, I am not sure what scripture you are searching for, but I can recall Jesus invitation for all to come unto him....at least everyone that labors and is heavy laden. Matthew 11:28-30 I hope that is the one you are looking for. In CHrist...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: When to Leave A Ministry, discovering your spiritual gifts, servant heart
discovering your spiritual gifts, servant heart, volunteer youth: If you are a volunteer, I don t see what would be the big problem leaving. I would simply be honest and say, I really appreciate being allowed to help in the ministry but I feel God is calling me elsewhere. When you have someone to take over my responsibilities,...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Lost, lord of hosts, far country
lord of hosts, far country, younger son: Hi Gene, God is waiting for you to turn to Him. If you simply turn toward Him....then He will run to meet you. If you truly were saved...this has never changed...you are still His son..but you have moved far from Him. Zechariah 1:3 3 Therefore say...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: leadership, faith journey, credibility
faith journey, credibility, christians: From my experience of young people, I would say that the most important thing is to accept them as they are. Of course you have an idea where you want to lead them, but teenagers respond best to adults who listen to them first. They will test you by saying...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: leadership, holy ghost, pastor don
holy ghost, pastor don, local churches: Hi, thanks for this great question. We find that the Bible gives us several commandments about spreading the truth all over the world. Acts 1:8 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Making sense, soul and spirit, psychiatrist
soul and spirit, psychiatrist, perception: I am not a psychiatrist. So, I feel this is outside my realm of expertise. As a student of psychology, and student of inspired Scripture, I would answer your question, No. Man is more than merely a brain and a body. Perception, understanding, and conception...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Marriage and ministers, peace and happiness, dear madam
peace and happiness, dear madam, eslam: Dear Madam, Peace! Thank you for you question. I don t see how it is possible to quantify happiness. TRUE peace and happiness is not dependant on any temporal circumstance. Therefore, marriage in itself cannot govern one s happiness. Happy New Year,...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Minister's Role In The Body of Christ, elders of the church, mature leader
elders of the church, mature leader, theq: Hi Patricia, Thank you for this great question. THere are several things that point to the funciton of the Pastor in the Body of CHrist, the local church. First of all the names for pastor give us some indication of what they are to do. There are three...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: I'm asking this with an opinon..., blasphemy against the holy ghost, satan cast out satan
blasphemy against the holy ghost, satan cast out satan, jesus is lord: Hi, I believe that chat is commonly known as the unpardonable sin, and sin that leads to death are tow different things. The unpardonable sin is found in Matthew and it is important that we understand the entire context. Matthew 12:22-32 22 Then was...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Can I be a minister?, master of divinity, master of divinity degree
master of divinity, master of divinity degree, faith group: In the United States, religious organizations determine their own standards for ordination. The process varies by denomination or faith group. Sometimes congregations ordain, sometimes regional or national bodies or their leaders so so. Rabbis are ordained...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Organization of church governing body, alban institute, board organization
alban institute, board organization, lively conversation: Dear Joyce, How wonderful to get a question by way of AllExperts on a subject on which I m actually trying to become an expert! Every congregation is different, and I doubt there will ever be a resource on board organization that fits all. I am writing...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: The Passion of the Christ, roger ebert and richard roeper, pier paolo pasolini
roger ebert and richard roeper, pier paolo pasolini, italian director: Thanks for your question. I am happy to answer it. I am certain everyone has strong feelings about this movie. The gospel affects all persons differently. It must always be shared in truth and love. I have 3 children. They are all grown. Were they...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: The Passion of the Christ, roger ebert and richard roeper, pier paolo pasolini
roger ebert and richard roeper, pier paolo pasolini, jesus is my savior: Hi Dan I have two thoughts.... First of all, i have let my older children ( 13, and 15) see it because they wanted to. My two younger children felt as did I that they would be bothered by the gore, so they did not go. I think based on all I have read...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Pastorate Question, great revival, bad feelings
great revival, bad feelings, current church: Dear Pastor, Peace! I live near a church which is the amalgam of three other churches, so it is not uheard of for two (or more) congregations merging successfully. To answer your second question, I suggest you personally approach both congregations and...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Pastorate Question, home bible studies, leadership principles
home bible studies, leadership principles, preaching ministry: Brian, I am sorry my words offended you. I commended you for your work in the Lord. When I said, You took the time with the other members because you were paid to take the time with these members. , it was not a question of your motive. It was in response...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Pastorate question, size congregation, doing church as a team
size congregation, doing church as a team, team atmosphere: Dear Brian, It sounds to me as though you have a pretty good handle on your situation. If you have grown so much in your own and your father s eyes as you say, then working with him again could be a step forward, not back. The only additional thought...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Pastorate question, great revival, bad feelings
great revival, bad feelings, pastor don: Hi Brother, I beleive that the pastors each decided to do so after much outside counsel, then they presented it to their boards, who then presented it to the people and all were in favor. The pastors took the leadership and guided and persuaded the people...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Pentacostal church, pentacostal church, elim fellowship
pentacostal church, elim fellowship, diety of christ: Pentacostalism is a fairly modern movement. It s origins can be found in the Holiness movement in the early 1900s. There is a greater emphasis on the gifts of the holy spirit than with most other denominations. quite frequently there are displays of gifts...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Preaching and Teaching, i corinthians 12, gift god
i corinthians 12, gift god, universal body: Dear M. Gaotlhobogwe, Thanks for your question. I apology for being late. I have hospitalized for a week. I am happy to humbly attempt to answer your question. In my mind, the greatest distinction between preaching is made in the New Testament. The letter...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Prevenient Grace, google search, theological spectrum
google search, theological spectrum, asp mid: Dear Miles: Thank you for your thoughtful though seldom asked question on Prevenient Grace (the doctrine as a topic preaching for teaching has almost disappeared in the last century. Rather than write a research paper I thought I would share some resources...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: pastor uses wrong name, daughters name, computer print
daughters name, computer print, private conversation: LARRY - you should have a private conversation with the pastor -in his office or study) lay out the facts about the BRIDE and GROOM. If you have a computer PRINT THE NAMES IN LARGE PRINT - 18 OR 20 POINT. Tell him you do not want him to embarass himself...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: pastoring, ample proof, jesus the christ
ample proof, jesus the christ, length width height: Thanks for the question. I will do my best to answer. There are several factors. The bigggest fact is probably that the god of this world has blinded their eyes so that they cannot see. Others are willfully ignorant. They choose not to know anything different...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: About people like Benny Hinn, miracles and healings, angel of light
miracles and healings, angel of light, correct doctrine: Hi Danny, Thank you for this great question. It is important to understand how Satan works before we try to address this specific issue. Many expect all false teachers to be obviously flawed doctrine. Satan does not jump out of the bushes with his horns...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: purpose of sermons, morning worship service, sunday morning worship service
morning worship service, sunday morning worship service, m services: Dear Randall: Sermons may have any number of purposes, but essentially they are intended to motivate to think or do a particular thing. As to the intended audience, that depends on each individual setting. When I was a child, it was assumed that the A.M....

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Question, god the holy spirit, power of the devil
god the holy spirit, power of the devil, trust jesus: I think it was John Wesley who responded when asked about the Trinity, If you can explain how there is 3 candles in the room and only one light then I will explain the Trinity. Jesus said he came to explain the will of the Father. He spoke of God the Father,...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: question, full time job, churches assistance
full time job, churches assistance, dollar budgets: Hi John, If I understand you correctly, you are wondering how churches fund themselves. For some churches, assistance comes from their national or regional bodies. However, for most churches their funding stems from donations. It sounds almost impossible...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: question, supreme god, human thoughts
supreme god, human thoughts, spiritual training: Dear ini, Peace! Lord Jesus spoke about God in three persons: the Father, the Son (himself), and the Spirit. There is only one Supreme God but the Lord Jesus mentioned these three aspects of God in order for the average person to understand how God could...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: RE: Feeling belonged, spiritual gifts god, supernatural guidance
spiritual gifts god, supernatural guidance, miraculous works: Jamie, I agree. I don t like it either. What I read in my Bible is that Christ intended the church to be an organism that helps and heals. Traditions often get in the way of these things. That s not God s fault. That s the fault of men and women who are more...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Re Faith, isaiah 40 31, hagar and ishmael
isaiah 40 31, hagar and ishmael, wings as eagles: Hi Ini, Thanks for this question. I am sorry for my late response. The holidays have me pretty busy. Abraham is a Patriarch but he is by no means perfect. In fact if you study his life from Genesis 12 on, you will see that his faith waivers and has...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: re right church, visions and dreams, biblical revelation
visions and dreams, biblical revelation, colossians 2: Hi Desmond, Thanks for this very important question. You must find a church that believes the Bible completely. You may say....well anyone can make the Bible say what they want it too. That is not really true, observe: 2 Peter 1:20 20 Knowing this...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Scaren, felony conviction, honest person
felony conviction, honest person, background check: Scaren, I m sorry to be slow answering--I ve been on vacation and away from my computer this week. The advice most churches are following now is to ask for a background check on anyone who volunteers or applies for a paid position working with people...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Scientology, intellectual prowess, converting to islam
intellectual prowess, converting to islam, flying in the sky: Dear Brent, Peace! I can certainly understand the fact that Protestantism doesn t answer your daughter s questions. It didn t answer all of mine either. A UFO is any object flying in the sky which cannot be identified. I m sure many persons have seen such...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Sharing Christ to people with Marital problems, old testament book, book of ecclesiastes
old testament book, book of ecclesiastes, pursuit of god: Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you. I also appreciate your desire to share the gospel with your friend. You are correct. At the heart of our ills is a neglect to pursue a deep, meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ!...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: creating a life, creating a life, dr king
creating a life, dr king, stalin: Thoughtlessly.....tough question. Any life that He allows to enter this world has a purpose and a point. Whether they were conceived thoughtlessly or not is immaterial. All life has a purpose...Hitler, Stalin, even Satan have a purpose. I m not sure...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: spreading the Word, first sermon, purchasing a domain name
first sermon, purchasing a domain name, bible reading: Hi John, I think that you have a great idea. I have an online ministry as well: www.p2pezine.com. I d encourage you to take a look. :-) We ve been doing this for about five years and we really started where you are. Neither myself or my partner knew...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: how do i go about starting a local church, tc 105, church planters
tc 105, church planters, practical christianity: Dear Kenn, You can find a list of resources for new church planters on the web at http://www.congregationalresources.org/ShowCat.asp?TC=105 The church planter s job is a hard one, and that it is helpful to have some strong backing from a group...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: how do i go about starting a local church, tc 105, church planters
tc 105, church planters, practical christianity: Dear Kenn, You can find an excellent list of resources for new church planters on the web at http://www.congregationalresources.org/ShowCat.asp?TC=105 You ll find, I think, that the church planter s job is a hard one, and that it is helpful to have...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithe and offerings, tithe and offerings, testament christianity
tithe and offerings, testament christianity, correct perspective: Thank you for your question. I will do my best to humbly answer. The role of pastor is found nowhere in Scripture. Pastor is mentioned one time in the New Testament, Eph. 4. It is in reference to the role of pastor/teacher. This fits with the description...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithe and offerings, tithe and offerings, lottery winnings
tithe and offerings, lottery winnings, lottery ticket: Hello, Different people define tithing differently. Personally I see no reason lottery winnings should be treated differently from other income. It may be wrong to buy a lottery ticket (personally I think it s foolish at best) but once you ve won I see...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithe and offerings, old testement, tithe and offerings
old testement, tithe and offerings, jehovah god: Tithing is with the Old testement & has been done away with with Jesus dying on the cross. However we should give Jehovah ,God 100% of us. If you want to donate or give to your church, then give with a cheerful heart. Where the money goes after that is distributed...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Tithes andTax deductions, worship attendance, preparing for retirement
worship attendance, preparing for retirement, charitable deduction: You re asking an important question. If tithing feels more authentic and generous to you if you don t expect a tax break in return, then you can just not claim the deduction. There is nothing wrong or illegal about that. If you re interested in why someone...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Trusting God for Finances, tax exempt status, god news
tax exempt status, god news, trusting in god: A Hunter, I don t have anything against someone obtaining legitimate tax-exempt status. No, I don t think that has anything to do with your trusting or not trusting God. Many persons like to give to organizations with legitimate tax-exempt status. So, go for...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: was she a After thought, thought god, breath of life
thought god, breath of life, passages: God had other things to give to Adam before making Eve. He gave him the responisbilities of the animals, naming them ,etc.. & when he saw the animals have someone he got lonley (I am assuming by reading the passages) So God saw this & put Adam to sleep to...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: truth, silly notion, many different ways
silly notion, many different ways, private interpretation: Hi Carol, Thanks for this question. One could write a doctrinal thesis on your question, but I will try to keep it very simple. Feel free to come back with follow up questions if you have not found what you are looking for. 1. Truth is found in God...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: truth, jesus is the way, lord jesus
jesus is the way, lord jesus, yahoo messenger: Dear Miss/Mrs Dissmeyer, Shalom! Since Lord Jesus is the way, the TRUTH and the life of all the world, the answer to your question appears to be straightforward. God Himself is the truth. One who loves God lives the truth. Bye, Rev. Eslam tomeslam@yahoo.com...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: vestments, academic robes, academic robe
academic robes, academic robe, clergy robe: Great question. First of all, not all ministers do wear robes. Some preach in business suits, blue jeans, or other clothes that emphasize the similarity between them and the people they serve. Often the ministers who do this understand themselves as leaders...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: Women Being Pastors, women preachers, galatians 3
women preachers, galatians 3, women in the pulpit: Hi Imani, Thanks for this great question. You are right! Scriptures are very clear in this matter. 1 Timothy 2:11-13 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man,...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: women being pastores, male leadership, pastor don
male leadership, pastor don, 1 timothy 2: Hi Luke, Thanks for this great question. When answering a question like this it is important to note that what we think, or what I think is irrelevant. What matters is what the Bible says.... no matter what culture is doing these days. The Bible...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: writing sermons, shasta bible college, greatness of god
shasta bible college, greatness of god, sermon preparation: Dear John: You know of course that there are whole books on sermon preparation. I mention this to show what a task you have asked me to do. However, being able to summarize is part of expertise, so I will tell you a way but obviously not all ways. Here...

Christianity--Tips for Ministers: youth pastor/ asst pastor, voluntary youth, pastor don
voluntary youth, pastor don, hebrews 13: Hi Steve, I am sorry for this late response. It would be wise to voice your concern to the pastor because he is over the flock nomatter who his son is. Hebrews 13:17 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for...

Christianity --Youth Issues: 1 Question, analagy, care trust
analagy, care trust, young ladies: One thing I know I would like, as a teenager, would be someone who can relate to me. Try and use stories from your own life to interest them. If you just tell them, Don t do this, Don t do that, they don t care. Trust me their only thought will be what...

Christianity --Youth Issues: addictions, sexual immorality, missions trip
sexual immorality, missions trip, going on a mission: Hi Julia. First thing that you need to know right now is that God still loves you, and will never stop loving you. He loves the sinner, and hates the sin. And second of all, none of are perfect. We may look at people from the outside and think, wow, they...

Christianity --Youth Issues: About a boy, root work, step dad
root work, step dad, bad person: Hi Kt..... I hear you love, so bear with me as I try to reveal the truth to you in this matter..... Jesus gave examples, I ll give you one...... A man and woman are married. The woman becomes a Christian, but not the husband. But the husband forbids her to...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Does christianity find my relationship situation acceptable?, born again christians, different girls
born again christians, different girls, christian background: Hi JC Thanks for writing. I ll give you the best advice I can. 1)Can i enter into a serious relationship with this girl even though she is pregnant? Of course you can. If you believe as a Christian that you both are forgiven for past sins, then...

Christianity --Youth Issues: confused and terrified, teenagers having sex, sensitive topic
teenagers having sex, sensitive topic, sexual relationship: Hi Julia- Thanks for having the courage to write about a difficult and sensitive topic, espcially as a girl to a guy. I ll do my best to help. The first thing you should know is that you are not the first person to ever have this addiction, and you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Denomic Posession, drug alcohol abuse, minnie the moocher
drug alcohol abuse, minnie the moocher, liquor establishments: Margaret- I don t think he s possessed by a demon. I honestly think he was bored after retirement, and he found a new hobby. Drinking and singing karaoke is not a problem I d be worried about unless he gets drunk every night - then I d worry that he d...

Christianity --Youth Issues: depression, genuine emotion, dear sister
genuine emotion, dear sister, emotional state: Dear sister, I believe that I can, at least to some degree, understand what you are going through. Occasionally bouts of depression can strike people for no immediately apparent reason; when ones strike -with- reason, the effect can be even harder to shake....

Christianity --Youth Issues: French Kissing, french kisses, walking in the spirit
french kisses, walking in the spirit, marriage bed: Jane- I try to answer specific questions the best I can, but I generally tell the older teens a lot more - it depends on the situation, the teen, the question. I ve actually written an essay about How Far is Too Far? Perhaps you haven t seen it in my...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Friends, crude jokes, losing a friend
crude jokes, losing a friend, true friend: I think you need to tell your friend all of that. Let her know what s going on. She may not realize what she s doing to you. Pray to God and ask him to help you find the right words to say to her. If she denies what you tell her, let her know that you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: French Kissing, girls breast, sexual intercourse
Christianity --Youth Issues: French Kissing, girls breast, sexual intercourse, virginity

Christianity --Youth Issues: Is God in the Relationship?, relationship question, guy friend
relationship question, guy friend, dear sister: Hello again. It sounds as though your guy friend s relational status with this girl is somewhat up in the air, as far as you can tell. Now, this could mean any number of things--it could mean that he s trying to be discreet about it (which sort of makes sense,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: homosexualality, homosexual orientation, relationship with god
homosexual orientation, relationship with god, close to understanding: Hi Allen, Thank you for this question. I am sorry for your pain. I am sorry that I have been so long in responding to you. I do not believe that homosexuality is a curse given you because of your parent s sin. I do believe that the Bible is clear that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: marriage issue, genesis 11, marriage issue
genesis 11, marriage issue, issue question: Dear ems.... Your right, there is no male or female in the spiritual rhelm. No Jew, or Greek either! But, maybe you haven t noticed, we are not in the heavenlies as yet, but are still in these earthly vessels..... And as you have stated yourself, even Paul...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationship with God.. and kid on campus, relationship with god, worship band
relationship with god, worship band, youth group: Hello, dear friend. I can see that you want to build a relationship with this beautiful person you know, and in that I see nothing wrong. I also see that you want to become a better Christian, and in that I see nothing wrong. Therefore, I fail to see your...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual oreintation, homosexual orientation, oreintation
homosexual orientation, oreintation, relationship with god: Although I am straight, I also have a homosexual friend. I do not discredit the fact that some people want to be gay or feel the need to be gay as they can t satisfy women, as in your case. However I do know that homosexuality is due to loneliness. Only God...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual orentation, homosexual orientation, testament believers
homosexual orientation, testament believers, orentation: IS HOMOSEXUALITY A SIN FOR NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS?[Does Jesus condemn or condone homosexuality?] It may seem strange and even foolish that I should even ask such questions. Aren t the Scriptures clear on this subject? Apparently not, if you listen to the...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual orientation, christian preachers, homosexual orientation
christian preachers, homosexual orientation, sexual orientation: Dear brother, You seem to be of the opinion that I, like many Christian preachers, authors, etc. of our day, believe that there is only one sexual orientation, and everything else is outright sin. This would be a misrepresentation (or perhaps a misperception)...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual orientation, homosexual orientation, relationship with god
homosexual orientation, relationship with god, close to understanding: First claiming to be a homosexual has nothing to do with divorce. It is possible to have a family or genetic curse run through a family that causes children to desire to be gay or homosexual. I think that it is a choice to feel the void of wanting to be loved....

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual orientation, homosexual orientation, relationship with god
homosexual orientation, relationship with god, righteous way: Hello Allen, I will try to answer your questions as kindly & straightforward as I can. Please understand that I have no notion to put you down in any self-righteous way. None of us have a sure standing with God sown up without the possibility...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual orientation, homosexual orientation, relationship with god
homosexual orientation, relationship with god, close to understanding: Hi Allen, First off I want to tell you that I am LDS(Mormon). So most of what I think has come from what I have been taught in my church. I m going to tell you what I think based on my church s views and my opinions from those views. If you don t like...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual orientation, homosexual orientation, prediliction
homosexual orientation, prediliction, relationship with god: Allen- I can t explain why God made you the way He did, but I truly believe it was not punishment. Virtually all of us are born with a prediliction for sin, just different ones. You have the desire for sex with a man. I can t explain that any more than...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How sould we handle this?, sexual impurity, boyfriend and girlfriend
sexual impurity, boyfriend and girlfriend, sex before marriage: Kerri- I do understand your frustration, and I pray that after all the waiting that sex is not a disappointment to you. Yours indeed is an unusual situation, and I applaud you for the commitment that you ve made to one another, and also am happy you are...

Christianity --Youth Issues: teenage son, evil doings, power of a praying parent
evil doings, power of a praying parent, answers that work: Hello Deb, It is good that you are indeed trying to reach your son as reasonably as possible, these 2 Chapters from the 287 page book QUESTIONS YOUNG PEOPLE ASK--ANSWERS THAT WORK might be a tool that you can reach his heart with right principles: ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: wearing spandex, wearing spandex, kool
wearing spandex, kool, tendency: I don t think any clothing is sinful. but if the clothing causes someone to sin then I wouldn t wear it. Some people wear spandex and then a pair of shorts over it that s fine all spandex was designed for was to stay either kool or warm in any condition. but...

Christianity --Youth Issues: bad thoughts, hateful thoughts, sinful life
hateful thoughts, sinful life, bad thoughts: Hi LeRoy, Thanks for this great question. I am very sorry for my late response. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the Holy Spirit, and therefore can get victory over sin and sinful thoughts... but it will be a battle. 2 Corinthians...

Christianity --Youth Issues: bad thoughts, hateful thoughts, sinful life
hateful thoughts, sinful life, bad thoughts: Dear beloved of Christ... Believing the gospel allows the Holy Spirit to clean the vessel, and do away with the old nature, and makes the vessel ready to receive the Spirit of Christ/Holy Spirit...the New Nature. By the vessel I mean you! The old testament...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Confused, erotic clubs, nudist clubs
erotic clubs, nudist clubs, sexual thoughts: Josh- It all depends on your reaction to the naked body. Many people believe that the naked body is beautiful, as it is a creation of God. I agree. But if your reaction is to go hide in the bathroom and masturbate, then your priorities are all wrong,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Devout Christian parents upset over tattoo, tattoos, Christians and tattoos
tattoos, Christians and tattoos: Hey Jennifer! Thank you very much for your question. This is an area of interest for me, I ll tell you why in a bit. The verse that your parents are referring to is Leviticus 19:28: Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves....

Christianity --Youth Issues: A disagreement, dr s radhakrishnan, out of body experiences
dr s radhakrishnan, out of body experiences, hindu world: HI Jimmie, you said-- GOD DISAPROVES ANYONE WHO COMES INTO CONTACT (SPIRITUALLY) WITH, OR TO WORSHIP ANY OTHER SUPER BEING BUT HIMSELF, GOD, CORRECT? There is only ONE “super being” & that is the Almighty Creator of all things, so anyone else folk try...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Education, spiritual words, spiritual thoughts
spiritual words, spiritual thoughts, pulpits: Dear Samuel......... All your studies are fine for this world, even *theology*! However ministers of God are to be called and equipped by God in/by/through His Spirit, and with His power Paul, who wrote most of the new testament, under the instruction...

Christianity --Youth Issues: evil thoughts, obsessions, insulting God
obsessions, insulting God: Dear brother, The concept of trying to insult God seems an odd one to me--I don t often hear about it--but rest assured that it can be overcome. In a way, all of our sins are like insults to God because we are doing what He has told us not to do, even though...

Christianity --Youth Issues: bad thoughts, images of god, bible verse
Christianity --Youth Issues: bad thoughts, images of god, bible verse, jesus

Christianity --Youth Issues: evil thoughts, martin lutero, spiritual powers
Christianity --Youth Issues: evil thoughts, martin lutero, spiritual powers, behavioural therapy

Christianity --Youth Issues: Heavy Metal., black sabbath, isue
Christianity --Youth Issues: Heavy Metal., black sabbath, isue, few opinions

Christianity --Youth Issues: Muslim and Christian marriage, freedom to practise, muslim husband
Christianity --Youth Issues: Muslim and Christian marriage, freedom to practise, muslim husband, prophet muhammad

Christianity --Youth Issues: masturbation, desolation, couple days
Christianity --Youth Issues: masturbation, desolation, couple days, time period

Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationships, parents care, helpmeet
Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationships, parents care, helpmeet, christian mother

Christianity --Youth Issues: Heavy Metal., heavy metal, hell
heavy metal, hell, sin: Hi Jo, Thanks for your question. No, you are not going to hell because of your musical tastes. It is sin that causes us to be destined for hell and listening to music (whatever the style!) in itself is not a sin. However, if listening to Megadeath causes...

Christianity --Youth Issues: If Jesus had arrived today in 2008., gods righteousness, new creation in christ
gods righteousness, new creation in christ, gift of god is eternal life: Hi William; He would be greeted the same as He was greeted back then! Some would believe, some wouldn t, and many would wait and see, and some would look to kill him. Same as today. Some believe in Him, some don t, some have rejected Him, and others have...

Christianity --Youth Issues: jesus, faith, divinely inspired
faith, divinely inspired, Judaism: Hello, dear sister, Your questions are interesting ones, and it is my hope that what answers I can provide will bring you some peace and reassurance, even though I am merely a fallible human. In answer to your first question, Christ was born into the Israelites...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Love your enemies?, honorable intentions, odd problems
honorable intentions, odd problems, private christian school: Hello again! Just as a quick response--if there is still a problem, continue to let your parents know that the problem exists. You should always (in any situation in life!) make use of whatever resources and support are available to you, and in this case...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I a lesbian now?, strange feelings, sex with a guy
strange feelings, sex with a guy, sexual orientation: I think that you are a little curious and confused. You have feelings that you really do not want to have. This has made you very confused. You know that the feelings are wrong, but you at the same time kind of like the feelings. This is why I am saying confused....

Christianity --Youth Issues: Could I be a lesbian?, strange feelings, sex with a guy
strange feelings, sex with a guy, having sex: Dear Corrina, I got your question a second time, and it got me thinking more about how you re doing. Is everything still the same, in your struggles? Are you starting to get some clarity about the issues? I really want to help, but I...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Muslim and Christian marriage, christian marriage, muslim women
christian marriage, muslim women, personal question: Hello, Ayesha, Your name is beautiful ! I have never heard it before. Christians who endeavor to follow the Bible need to become married only to another believer in Jesus Christ. There are a couple passages that relate : Do not be unequally...

Christianity --Youth Issues: masterbation and porn, mouth confession, response jesus
mouth confession, response jesus, heart man: Hi Bob, Thank you for this very personal question. I am very sorry for my late response. Jesus tells us that not only is sex outside the boundry of marriage a sin, but so is lustful thinking. Matthew 5:27-28 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them...

Christianity --Youth Issues: masturbation, nocturnal emissions, sexual tension
nocturnal emissions, sexual tension, 40 days 40 nights: Zack- you will not go crazy from sexual tension. If you stop masturbating, your body will get rid of excess semen through nocturnal emissions, called wet dreams. As for quitting, I recommend that you go to this site: http://xxxchurch.com Click...

Christianity --Youth Issues: mormonism, mormon websites, mormon beliefs
mormon websites, mormon beliefs, mormon church: Hi- Thanks for your response, and you certainly are forgiven for being irritated with me. We are obviously going to have to agree to disagree, but probably only on one point - whether or not Mormonism is a cult. I believe it is, and I base my answer...

Christianity --Youth Issues: non-active christian boyfriend, christian background, resentment
christian background, resentment, believer: Hi Aubry, Thank you for your question. From the outset, I should be fair and tell you that my husband isn t a Christian yet so I come to your question with my own bias which other Christians may not agree on. However, unlike yourself, I entered our relationship...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Premarital Sex, premarital sex, pressured to have sex
premarital sex, pressured to have sex, sex before marriage: Hey Shivaughn, I really appreciate your question. It s great that you re seeking truth on this rather than just giving in to what your boyfriend wants. You are right that the old testament laws applied to old testament Jews. That being said, your boyfriend...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationships, God's will, romance
God's will, romance, incompatibility: Dear Fernanda, You have encountered a rather unusual situation in this; I find it interesting that your friend believes he is directly hearing messages from God. Few people lay claim to such a thing, these days! Nonetheless, God does often work in mysterious...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Is it really..., social networking sites, pastor don
social networking sites, pastor don, facebook: Hi Sophie, Thanks for this great question. I am not as familiar with Bebo as I am with Facebook, but I have kearned a little about it. As with any social networking sites, there are dangers. Have you asked your parents? They are the ones that God has...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship, fickleness, realtionship
fickleness, realtionship, evil one: Mat 5:37 But let your speech be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: and whatsoever is more than these is of the evil one. Jam 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath: but let your yea be yea,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship, sabbath laws, principalities and powers
sabbath laws, principalities and powers, sabbath days: Hi Vern, Thanks for this outstanding follow up question. Finding God s will is not as difficult and mysterious as one might think. Here are several ways to determine God s will. 1. Follow clear scriptural principles. If God says that something is...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationships, serious intent, complicated question
serious intent, complicated question, wrong impression: Young People Ask . . . How Can I Avoid the Hurt of Flirting? “WHAT are you? Are you made of stone?” Hurt and confused, Michelle demands to know how Eduard could have led her on the way he did. After having lavished romantic attention on her, how could...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sex, wickedness, female servant
wickedness, female servant, pornographic images: Aashu- Thanks for writing. Sex outside of marriage is a sin: (Exo 20:14 NLT) Do not commit adultery. Sex with a whore is a sin, same reason. (Lev 19:29 NLT) Do not defile your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will be filled...

Christianity --Youth Issues: having sex with prostitute is a sin, "ABSTAIN FROM FORNICATION"
"ABSTAIN FROM FORNICATION": EXODUS 22:16 The reason that law was given to the Israelites--This was a case of pressured seduction and/or fornication. If an unscrupulous man felt at liberty to have sex relations with a virgin, she would be the primary loser. Besides the possibility...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Are these signs from God?, God's will, romance
God's will, romance, signs: Hello again. First, you re quite welcome--I enjoy being able to try to help out, and I appreciate that you and others are taking the time to ask others for advice instead of becoming crippled with indecision or taking choices without first considering the...

Christianity --Youth Issues: What is a sin or not?, scripture passages, paul and silas
scripture passages, paul and silas, pastor don: Hi Stephanie, Thanks for this great question. I want to complement you an your attitude. You seem to want to do what it takes to please God. Good for you! I could go through your list and tell you what I think is sinful and what is not, but that will...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I straight or not?, strange feelings, sex with a guy
strange feelings, sex with a guy, having sex: So Corinna, did you get anything from what was written? OR are you still *unsettled*? Sincerely In Him Mr. B...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Thanks again, an update and yet another question., vanny, question thanks
vanny, question thanks, good heart: Dear Taryn (N.G.) --- wondering, how do you get NG out of Taryn? Your name is so pretty - sounds like a princess! I m very impressed by your mature decision that you have to try and get over your crush. Yeah, just live God loud in front of Him,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Unpardonable Sin, websters new collegiate dictionary, hebrews 10
websters new collegiate dictionary, hebrews 10, 1 timothy 2: anyone that continues to practice sin after he knows the truth is not forgiven? What then does it mean to be a back-slidden Christian? back sliding & practicing are two different things,while its true that God is the final Judge of wrongdoers & all...

Christianity --Youth Issues: unclear, prayer, pray
prayer, pray, Jesus: Hi Colan, Thank you for your question and praise God that He has opened your heart to knowing Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him. I pray daily for people in the church who, like you, have gone to church all their life but don t yet know Jesus...

Christianity --Youth Issues: why not?, affort, obediance
affort, obediance, three witnesses: Hi Iveth! Tell me, what part of obediance, and submission do you not understand? He said, No ! God said, No ! Your parents said, No ! By two or three witnesses, let all things be confirmed! Seems you have had three witnesses, and you still are...

Christianity --Youth Issues: why not?, God told me, relationships
God told me, relationships, family intervening: Hey Iveth, Thank you so much for your question! This is interesting. I always have a red flag go up in my head when I hear God told me. We can sort of get a sense that God is guiding us in a way and can test it against the Bible, sort of having a knowing...

Christianity --Youth Issues: why not?, God's will, romance
God's will, romance: Hello, Iveth. Many times in life things happen that we do not like; we think we know what we want, and we get frustrated when we can t get what it is that we want. It can be anything, from small things to big things--and it often makes us wonder why God...

Christianity --Youth Issues: breaking off, camp friend, romantic relationship
camp friend, romantic relationship, new girl: Hi Nathan, Relationships are always tricky, and never cut and dry, but I ll give it my best shot! :-) Since you only see the one girl in the summertime, and she lives so far away, it s hard to know where she s coming from, and why you and she stopped...

Christianity --Youth Issues: different faiths, proverbs 31 woman, different faiths
proverbs 31 woman, different faiths, jewish scripture: Hi Brett- It IS against the Bible, but there is a wide interpretation of the verse in question: (2 Cor 6:14 KJV) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Friend trouble, many a time, lash
many a time, lash, young boys: The best thing you can do is to just be the bigger person as you are doing. They are the ones with the problem and your 11 year old would just have to many questions if you said he could no longer have contact. If this family is as you say they are then the...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I lied to best friend please help!, true forgiveness, unforgiveness
Christianity --Youth Issues: I lied to best friend please help!, true forgiveness, unforgiveness, heartache

Christianity --Youth Issues: How To Stop Masturbition, scripture reference, relm
Christianity --Youth Issues: How To Stop Masturbition, scripture reference, relm, tim 2

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sucking Dicks
Christianity --Youth Issues: Sucking Dicks

Christianity --Youth Issues: helping my teenage son with spirituality issue, young people, doubts
young people, doubts, parents: Dear Caren, Your explanation was thorough and I am glad of it; I am much more pressed when people give me a short description of an issue and expect me to somehow read between the lines for their answer. While sometimes it works, at other times I have to...

Christianity --Youth Issues: homosexuality., homosexuality and christianity, pentecostal church
homosexuality and christianity, pentecostal church, bold claim: Chelsea- Thanks for writing and trusting me with this sensitive issue. Homosexual sex, a man having sex with a man, or a woman having sex with a woman, is banned as an abomination in the Bible. (Lev 18:22 NNAS) You shall not lie with a male as...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How can I strengthen my faith?, ALL SICKNESS SOON TO END!!
ALL SICKNESS SOON TO END!!: I THANK YOU FOR ALL WHAT YOU RE CONTRIBUTING IN BUILDING UP MY CHRISTIAN LIFE. My pleasure :¬) living in this conclusion of the system of things with the dark clouds of the great tribulation gathering rapidly. (Matt. 24:3, 13, 21) It is urgent for all...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Love, God's will, soulmates
God's will, soulmates: Hey S! Thank you for your question, I ve wondered about this many times before. There isn t anywhere in the Bible that supports the idea of soulmates. God does have a plan for each of our lives as is said in Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Lying to best friend, lying, trust
lying, trust, broken relationships: Dear Danielle, It can always be very difficult to regain lost trust--especially with those who have trusted you deeply. However, there are always opportunities for those who genuinely wish to repent. The first thing you should probably do is pray for help....

Christianity --Youth Issues: I have lied, peoplke, low self esteem
peoplke, low self esteem, lieng: Hi Danielle- The first thing we need to talk about is your lying. Compulsive lying generally starts with a person with low self-esteem - you want to be as good as or better than someone else, so you lie about things. Just ask God to help you with this...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I lied to best friend please help!, bad mistake, personal secrets
bad mistake, personal secrets, pressure situation: Dear Jarelle, My heart aches for you, it must hurt so much. Good friends are definitely not easy things to lose -- especially when you know it was because of something you did and can t take back. I m not totally sure what to say, but...

Christianity --Youth Issues: lonely?, lonely feelings, elisabeth elliot
lonely feelings, elisabeth elliot, matter of degrees: Hey fer , Thanks for your question. It s normal, and human to be lonely. You will never be so close to God that you will never struggle with loneliness any more. God made us to live in relationship to Himself, but also to other people. Are you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Was I molested as well?, barbie dolls, incest stories
barbie dolls, incest stories, litte girl: Corrina- I think you may have been molested when you were young. It s unusual for a 6 year old to have sexual thoughts otherwise. I think you need a lot more help than I can give you. I think you should sit down with your mom and tell her about your...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Prayer and hearing God's voice, prayer time, jam down
prayer time, jam down, unfortunetly: Hi Casey I don t know where you heard that God is supposed to communicate to us in prayer time, but unfortunetly that isn t always so.... God can and does speak to us most all times, but we need to know HIS VOICE, from all others.... Prayer is a communication...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Rules and Regulations, jewish feast days, principalities and powers
jewish feast days, principalities and powers, sabbath days: Hi Bobby Thanks for this great question. YOu are right that ceremonial laws were nailed to the cross and we are no longer bound by them. Moral laws still apply. Here is a list of the ceremonial laws that were nailed to the cross: Colossians 2:14-16...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sexual purity in your late 20's, 1 corinthians 7, sexual purity
1 corinthians 7, sexual purity, t touch: Hi Daniela, Thank you for this great question. I am so very sorry for my late response. You are in danger!!!! Do not open that door of sexual promoscuity even if you think that you are committed not to have intercourse. Paul gave only two options...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sexual purity in your late 20's, sexual purity, sexual needs
sexual purity, sexual needs, submitting to god: Dear Daniela, Oh, I m SO sorry..... I wish you didn t have to go through the pain. Hard just doesn t do it justice. But I believe you really did the right thing, and it will only strengthen your relationship with the Lord. I have been praying for...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How To Stop Masturbition, masturbation, accountability
masturbation, accountability, dependence: Hello there, brother. This is an issue many young men face, and one that many do not attempt to change; it is admirable that you recognize that it is slowing you down and wish to change. The first step, which is probably the ideal first step in any change,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sucking Dicks, pornography pornography, 1 corinthians 7
pornography pornography, 1 corinthians 7, sucking dicks: Hi Kelly, Thanks for this very candid question. You seem to be under the impression that the only thing that is sexual is intercourse. This is not a Biblical concept. The word for sex before marriage is fornication. It comes from the Greek word pornea...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sucking Dicks, sucking dicks, sex before marriage
sucking dicks, sex before marriage, hiv aids: Kelly- I think you know the answer to the question already, and are merely seeking permission to continue dangerous behavior. Bottom line, oral sex is sex. Oral sex is not mentioned in the Bible, but adultery and sex outside marriage is. Some non Christians...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sucking Dicks, sucking dicks, sex before marriage
sucking dicks, sex before marriage, sucking dick: Dear Kelly, Forgive me for taking so long to answer your e-mail! Your enjoyment of sucking dick is a God-given drive, but He means it only to be used with your future husband. Yes, it is a sex act. Sex is so much more than just intercourse. And...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sucking Dicks, sucking dicks, sex before marriage
sucking dicks, sex before marriage, premarital sex: To me, this is a sin. Sexual relations of any kind before marriage is not a good thing. A lot of people would consider this oral sex, not the usual sex people think of. I know that it will be hard to stop but this isn t a good thing. You could really get hurt...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sucking Dicks, pre marital sex, sexual immorality
pre marital sex, sexual immorality, sucking dicks: Kelly, I have to say that you could have chosen to use better language. I will just over look it for now. You are having oral sex so yes this would count as pre marital sex. Just because you are not having intercourse does not mean that what you are doing...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I saved or not?, blasphemy against the holy spirit, spirit of jesus
blasphemy against the holy spirit, spirit of jesus, attributes of god: It would seem Corrina, that you think God must not be a very good God, if someone sins, and then repents and He won t forgive them. If you do, then you are very wrong. As I have tried to relate.. God knows those who will blaspheme against the Holy spirit,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I saved or not?, weir, christians
weir, christians, fears: The person who would blaspheme the Holy Spirit wouldn t want forgiveness Corrina... They don t believe in the Holy Spirit! They don t believe anything about the consequences of rejection, and don t care. Mat 12:30 *He that is not with me is against me*,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I saved or not?, holy spirit, young lady
holy spirit, young lady, forgiveness: Beloved of Christ Jesus. If I were Jesus, would you have the same feelings/urges? Sexual fantasies are a common thing amongst teenage girls, and even college girls, and guys. But as mentioned in a previous post, one must be careful of their sexual desires,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I saved or not?, weird type, corrina
weird type, corrina, son of god: No Corrina, I don t think you are a freak of any sort! But I think we have gone outside the boundaries of ALLEXPERTS agenda... I think you have been helped in receiving the answers you needed to move on with your life, and that is what this forum is about....

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I saved or not?, porn addiction, aa program
porn addiction, aa program, common phrases: I remember an alcoholic who once was approached from some men from the AA program. And what this one man from the AA program said to this alcoholic was so simple the alcoholic had never even thought of it before he was told.... And this is what the AA man...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I saved or not?, god dwelleth, romans 10
god dwelleth, romans 10, spirit of god: To deny the Holy Spirit dear one, you first must know the Holy Spirit, and secondly to know what the Holy Spirit has been asking of you! Do you have any of that evidence? No! You don t! So your not in trouble, nor in danger. You were drawn unto belief in Jesus...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I saved or not?, head girl, repentance
head girl, repentance, 1 john: ANSWER: Well here I am, talking with you still. So that can dispell another fear of yours about making me angry and not wanting to talk with you.... RIGHT? Uh Corrina, have you not read my posts to you about not being angry with you? Did you not read...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I not saved anymore?, personal saviour, different denominations
personal saviour, different denominations, holy ghost: Corrina, if it is okay, and you understand, then why be sorry that you mentioned it? You keep going over and over and over and over that you don t know if your saved, or not. But this and but that, and this one says this, and this one says that. And...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I not saved anymore?, personal saviour, different denominations
personal saviour, different denominations, holy ghost: Corrina- You have not blasphemed - if you truly did denounce God or sell your soul to the devil, you wouldn t be asking all these questions. You re concerned about your salvation, and because you are, you ARE saved. You ARE forgiven. You are not doomed....

Christianity --Youth Issues: The Tattoo.., old tattoo, heart attitude
old tattoo, heart attitude, cross of jesus: Hi Jovanny... If a girl has an out of wedlock baby, and then gets saved, should she get rid of the baby? If a christian has a tatoo of 666 on his forehead, does that really mean he is serving satin? By outward appearances it might! But if it doesn t, and...

Christianity --Youth Issues: trouble in school, searching the bible, dear kelly
searching the bible, dear kelly, trouble in school: Dear Kelly, Do you mind if I share this concern with my husband, and get his take on it? I m somewhat at a loss as to know what to say as far as gangster-involved conflicts go, and I want to make sure I say what will best help keep you safe! You...

Christianity --Youth Issues: trying to help a friend, christian counselor, getting a divorce
christian counselor, getting a divorce, proper perspective: Hey Julia, You don t have to tell her the nitty-gritty details of your sin struggle. You can just generally say that you ve been in some pretty bad places yourself, and nothing shocks you - or something like that. Your other friend who is still trying...

Christianity --Youth Issues: what should I do?, hymns and spiritual songs, flesh profits
hymns and spiritual songs, flesh profits, nice voice: Well HI Michelle. I can see why you would be confused beloved... Trying to give unto Caesar that which is Caesars and unto the Lord that which is His....LOL! First the talents one has aren t of the Lord at all. IF HE gives a talent, one would never have...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Dating, WHO & WHEN TO DATE
WHO & WHEN TO DATE: HI Sam, you asked-- WHAT DOES HAVING A RELATIONSHIP THAT HAS GOD AS THE HEAD REALLY MEAN? WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO HAVE A GODLY RELATIONSHIP? WHEN ARE WE ABSOLUTELY READY TO DATE? I enclose this bible based article as it will help answer some of your...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Muslim and Christian relationship, inter racial marriages, muslim woman
Christianity --Youth Issues: Muslim and Christian relationship, inter racial marriages, muslim woman, christian faith

Christianity --Youth Issues: Can God help me become what I want?, dreams, family trouble
dreams, family trouble, school: Dear Joo, From the sound of things, you ve already accepted Christ into your life, which would be step 1. It s a start! The next step is to build a good connection with God--pray often, even if it s about things of little consequence. Build a rapport with...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Hell and Evil, sinful temptations, believing in jesus
sinful temptations, believing in jesus, spanish teacher: Hi Cole.. Yes Cole, there are alot of questions here, and it will take some dialogue to answer them. You are not alone in your queries, and I understand your confusion. BUT.....there is an answer, and answers that satisfy the soul..... So rather than filling...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Im new to Christ and I have many ?, weed, drinking
weed, drinking, new baby: Hey Anthony, Welcome to the family! :) I m very glad that you and your fiancee have given your lives to Christ. Your little boy is very blessed. For your first question, I would encourage you two to remain abstinent until the wedding date. I know that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I a lesbian now and am I saved?, strange feelings, sex with a guy
strange feelings, sex with a guy, homophobe: Dear Corrina, Well, I think it s _possible_ that you were either raped or molested when you were young - that memory of someone grabbing your leg and not being able to get away. When you say your dad came over... was he divorced from your mom, or living...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Muslim and Christian relationship, marriage relationship, muslim culture
marriage relationship, muslim culture, christian relationship: Hi Faith- I would go very, very, slowly. A muslim lifestyle and culture is WAY different than western, American, culture. If he is very strong in his faith, it s hard for him to let go of that, and in a Muslim culture, women do not have the same standing...

Christianity --Youth Issues: masterbation, lustful thoughts, holy spirit
lustful thoughts, holy spirit, bible: Paul, I have to say that it would be considered lust and yes it would be a sin. I would also have to say on the other hand that it something that most guys would say that they had done at one time in their life. If you want to stop from doing it then you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Is masturbation really a sin?, god god, sexual thoughts
god god, sexual thoughts, sexual desire: Many married people continue to masturbate after they get married. As far as sinful behavior is concerned, if they are lusting after their spouse when they masturbate, it s probably not a sin, but if they are fantasizing about someone else, it probably still...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Was I molested or not?, mental obsession, sex with my mom
mental obsession, sex with my mom, childhood sexual abuse: Dear Corrina, How are you? Please forgive me - I ve taken way too long to reply to your most recent questions here. I also told you I would find some things online that give symptoms of childhood sexual abuse , and I thought that was going to be hard...

Christianity --Youth Issues: The Nature of The Christian God, GOD OF ORDER NOT CONFUSION
GOD OF ORDER NOT CONFUSION: “IS GOD THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION OR IS HE NOT? 1 Cor 14; 33--“God is [a God], not of disorder, but of peace” Confusion is caused by the many religions that muddy the clear waters of Bible teachings with fallacies and legends. When you ignore the traditions...

Christianity --Youth Issues: just need some advice, personal convictions, search the bible
personal convictions, search the bible, honest conversation: Dear Christina, Sorry it s taken me so long to get back to you. It s been so busy - I know that s a usual excuse , but truly. I trust and pray this response will help you sort things out a little for yourself. Honestly, did it bother you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: i need help, meaningful time, committment
meaningful time, committment, couple times: I don t think that religion should be that deciding factor if you want to be with someone. You are just 16 so it probably won t last forever. It would be great if it did but in most cases it doesn t. So in most realities, this isn t a life-long committment....

Christianity --Youth Issues: Obeying your parents, college, parents
college, parents, strictness: Dear Matthew, I went to a pretty strict college myself, and believe you me, they can definitely be tough! But I do have some advice for you. Generally speaking, when it comes to college, it s best to finish up what you re doing if you can manage it. If...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationships, new girl, different places
new girl, different places, good friends: Hey Nathan, I understand. Well, I guess I would be honest with her, but gentle at the same time. Don t assume that she is head over heels for you or that she s going to be crushed (I know you wouldn t, but I m just giving you some guidelines to go with...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Severe Bulimia, parotid gland infection, myelf
parotid gland infection, myelf, wiles: Hi Sara.... I understand your dilema... Listen to me carefully, and follow what I am going to tell you to do....Okay? Here is a sample of what Jesus dealt with and how He overcame, and how He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.... Your help lies with...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Am I straight or gay?, sex with a guy, homophobe
sex with a guy, homophobe, lesbianism: Of course you re forgiven. I just make it a practice to not answer personal questions because people can take the answers out of context and cause me a lot of pain. Trust me, you ll know when you are straight or bi. Even if you re straight, there s a...

Christianity --Youth Issues: addicted, for good?, accountability partner, school counselor
accountability partner, school counselor, going on a mission: Julia- God still loves you, He never stopped. It s good that you have recognized that this is an addiction - that s the first step to recovery. It will be a difficult road, but you have to start by NOT watching the porn - unfortunately, the best way to...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Is it allright to be pleased sexually before marriage?, pre marital sex, bible christians
pre marital sex, bible christians, sexual tension: Jasmine- It seems to me that you answered your question before you asked it. You make some very valid points, but I disagree with some of your thinking. The simple, direct, answer to your question is that it is NOT okay to be sexually pleased before...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Curse on my dreams, reoccurring dreams, self esteem issues
reoccurring dreams, self esteem issues, recurring dream: Hello, sister. Your inquiry is a fascinating one, and on a subject that I have long found interesting--namely, dreams and their nature--and so I am glad that you have elected to address me with the topic. I will begin by saying that I don t believe that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Homosexuality, sex with god, interpretation of the bible
sex with god, interpretation of the bible, debatable issue: Marissa- You re already saved, it s not a debatable issue. You believe that Jesus died for your sin, it s a done deal. The Bible does NOT say that being bi or homosexual is a sin. What the Bible says is that practicing homosexual sex is a sin. There...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Masturbation, galatians 5 22, dealing with guilt
galatians 5 22, dealing with guilt, christian meetings: Young People Ask . . . How Can I Conquer This Habit? “I began masturbating when I was eight years old. Later I learned God’s view of the matter. I felt terrible every time I gave in. ‘How could God love someone like me?’ I asked myself. I felt sure that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Music, going to heaven, bad stuff
going to heaven, bad stuff, god: Hello Bobby, I think that you have to make that choice. I don t know what the songs are saying about death but if it s bad stuff then I don t think you should listen to it. If it s just talking about going to Heaven or not wanting to die and stuff like that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Why is masturbation being singled out?, sexual immorality, pregnancy out of wedlock
sexual immorality, pregnancy out of wedlock, sexual intercourse: Dear sister, Such confusions are not uncommon when interpreting areas of the Bible that seem somewhat nonspecific to our examination. I ll give you my opinion on the matter, but realize that I certainly am only human--I can t speak directly for God on the...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationship with god, prayers god, answer prayers
prayers god, answer prayers, saints john: HI Vanessa, you said-- I AM A YOUNG PERSON AND MY PARENTS ARE NOT CHRISTIAN, I’M A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE I WANT TO BE You’re to be commended for that, well done!! GOD DOESN’T ANSWER MY PRAYERS, EVEN IF IT’S NIGHT AFTER NIGHT THAT I PRAY. I have met...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Trying to move on, two different worlds, teenage hood
two different worlds, teenage hood, sole custody: Tanisha- Thanks for the update. I m glad to see that things are a little better. Only time will tell you if it is true love. There s no real way to tell, just that you know . The sex he had with the other girl is obviously just lust, but since you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: terrified of going back..., accountability partner, getting software
accountability partner, getting software, hope 1: Jules, I answered this question before. Did you callthe hope line? I seriously think you need to do that if you don t want to talk to your youth minister. Their number is 1-800-394-HOPE (1-800-394-4673). Here s my previous answer, which still applies....

Christianity --Youth Issues: wearing spandex, wearing spandex, kool
wearing spandex, kool, tendency: I don t think any clothing is sinful. but if the clothing causes someone to sin then I wouldn t wear it. Some people wear spandex and then a pair of shorts over it that s fine all spandex was designed for was to stay either kool or warm in any condition. but...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How to work through finding out my 15 yr old just lost her Virginity, 15 yr old girls, old mom
15 yr old girls, old mom, ugly war: Hello Joyce, This had to be a shock to you. I know that if I told my parents something like this, they would go crazy. I am so sorry that this happened to you. First of all, you are right. Don t be too harsh at first. She needs to think that you aren...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How to work through finding out my 15 yr old just lost her Virginity, 15 yr old girls, ugly war
15 yr old girls, ugly war, ministry experience: Hi Joyce- I promised you a longer answer. After pondering this for a couple days, not having had this conversation with anyone but my daughter (which is actually quite amazing since I really do have 30 years of youth ministry experience), I realized that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: adolescent boy, red eyelids, sexual impurity
red eyelids, sexual impurity, william masters: HI there Karen, When my kids were young we used to discuss a book called; Questions Young People Ask, Answers that Work it is a bible based publication, so that way you get the highest authority s opinion (God) so we cant do any better than that can we?...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Baptism, infant baptism, holy communion
infant baptism, holy communion, basics of christianity: Hello there! You have several questions here, and so I will attempt to answer them in order, but forgive me if perhaps the answers overlap. Typically the baptism of a child occurs as early as possible; some specific churches have specific time periods in...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Baptism, tongues and prophecy, baptism question
tongues and prophecy, baptism question, gifts of the holy spirit: Hi again Michelle, beloved of Christ. Uh, to be clear, it wasn t Mary who had a virgin birth. It was Jesus whose birth was from a virgin... Mary was a virgin. The angel came and told Mary that she would find herself pregnant with child, (jesus), and...

Christianity --Youth Issues: A few quick questions about Jesus; some personal questions, bible teacher, wonderful day
Christianity --Youth Issues: A few quick questions about Jesus; some personal questions, bible teacher, wonderful day, asl

Christianity --Youth Issues: masturbation, amazing book, young man
Christianity --Youth Issues: masturbation, amazing book, young man

Christianity --Youth Issues: *Sigh*, kent hovind, crimes
Christianity --Youth Issues: *Sigh*, kent hovind, crimes

Christianity --Youth Issues: Being scared, story of moses, desert
Christianity --Youth Issues: Being scared, story of moses, desert, israel

Christianity --Youth Issues: A few quick questions about Jesus; some personal questions, e mail address, fellow believer
e mail address, fellow believer, son of god: Hello, sister. In answer to your questions, I ll address them serially. 1. I find it amazing that Jesus is said to be God incarnate; though we classically do not assign God anything less than omnipotence, the thought of God becoming more or less an ordinary...

Christianity --Youth Issues: can i ever be forgiven??, absolute purity, missions trip
absolute purity, missions trip, going on a mission: Dear Julia, Yes, as soon as you go back and say, God I messed up, I m so sorry He totally forgives you, and to Him it s as if you d never done it. He loved you even while you were in the act of masturbating. You are His child, right? I mean,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Gabby, how are you doing with this?, big bang theory, first law of thermodynamics
big bang theory, first law of thermodynamics, evolution evolution: Dear Gabby, Just looking through my allexperts page and wanted to send you a note to ask how things are going - ? I hope school is starting out okay, and that you re feeling more resolved about some of the issues we talked about earlier. I d love to hear...

Christianity --Youth Issues: God? Science?, big bang theory, first law of thermodynamics
big bang theory, first law of thermodynamics, evolution evolution: Hello Gabrjiela, Excellent questions that indeed have answers, I will post a previous answer I supplied and you can tell me if it covers some of the points you posed. Then, if you wish , I can clarify more deeply any thought that you want expanded. Hope...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Help I have a way too Overprotective mama, catelyn, smoking pot
catelyn, smoking pot, spanish club: The only other way that you can do it is to sit down with her and tell her how you feel. Explain to her that you feel that she is doing what she is doing. At no time do you need to raise your voice or get heated as that will complicate things. All you can...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Help I have a way too Overprotective mama, catelyn, smoking pot
catelyn, smoking pot, spanish club: Well, I d highly recommend you NOT go the stripper route. Just be patient, graduate, get your car, get a job and move out. Hopefully mom will then realize what she s missed by being so over-protective, because you won t be so willing to come back to visit....

Christianity --Youth Issues: incest sex, sexual perversion, incest sex
sexual perversion, incest sex, dear michael: Do what s right, and trust in God to take care of you! No, don t have sex with other women, and wait till you re married to have sex with your fiance. Anything else is called fornication in the Bible, and totally not God s desire or plan. Only heartache...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Music, religion,life, godspeed you black emperor, secular bands
godspeed you black emperor, secular bands, artic monkeys: Hi, Thanks for this follow up question. I am not sure about this specific term if it refers to a specific sect or not. If you mean a disciple of the true God in a general sense, there would be no difference because the true God sent Jesus to pay the price...

Christianity --Youth Issues: masturbation, relationship with god, time karen
relationship with god, time karen, honest don: Hi Karen- The bottom line is that they re going to masturbate. Statistics show that 95% of guys do (and it s rumored that the other 5% lied on the survey). It s good to not give them a lot of hassle about it. I personally think that you can t masturbate...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Persicution from ur Dad, ephesians 3 20, god deal
ephesians 3 20, god deal, many blessings: Hi Alycia, Bless your heart. I know this hurts. And the reason I know is that my dad used to do the same things when I first became a Christian. I would sit in my car and cry and God would continually remind me of the verse that says rejoice when you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationship., pre marital sex, answers that work
pre marital sex, answers that work, eyes of god: Hello Karen, --It is commendable you want to please God, but you have already answered your own question, when you said you should not be unevenly yoked. In my opinion you it would be hard to find someone else as unevenly yoked as you and your friend are!...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Seeking the right thing to do?, time cause, 7 months
time cause, 7 months, boyfriends: Hi Amanda, Thank you for this great question. I am sorry for my late response. I have been very sick for a week, I am just now feeling a bit better. Let me start by giving you some general principles then some specific truths. 1. Jesus Christ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Sexual immorality in general, sexual immorality, lifetime partner
sexual immorality, lifetime partner, sex before marriage: Jade- Bottom line - they re going to do what they re going to do. Our approach has been to tell them the consequences of having sex before marriage - but it s their body, and it s their decision. If, after your talk, you convince just one kid not to,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: *Sigh*, king james bible, science and the bible
king james bible, science and the bible, dr hovind: Hi Marco, Thank you for this great question. I am sorry for my late response. I am glad that you are reading a Case for the Creator. This is a great book! I two simple suggestions for you. 1. Read the Gospel of John through. There is nothing more...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Being scared, baptist student ministry, mission arlington
baptist student ministry, mission arlington, situations where others: I m sorry to say that I don t have many biblical references for you, however, I will give you my advice. I try to tell people what I think God wants them to know. Obviously God seems to be pushing you to be a leader. You need to trust Him and His plan. ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sins, pawn shop, sorry god
pawn shop, sorry god, asking god for forgiveness: Hi Austin-The first thing you have to do is return the stuff to its rightful owner. If you no longer have it (e.g., if you shoplifted food and ate it, or stole something and took it to the pawn shop), then you have to make restitution, i,e, pay for what you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: spandex wearing, wearing spandex, tight spandex
wearing spandex, tight spandex, males and females: Chente, No I don t wear spandex but a lot of the people I work out with do. I didn t think to ask you where you wear spandex but you already answered your own question by saying you were going to wear it no matter what. Have a Blessed Easter!!! ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: brother - sister masturbation?, sex before marriage, dangerous territory
sex before marriage, dangerous territory, brother sister: Sarah- You are treading on dangerous territory. Nudity in families is sometimes acceptable, but generally frowned upon by society in general. But your issue goes beyond that, because it has become sexual. If the nudity doesn t bother you or your parents,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Christian friend, advance god, christian friend
advance god, christian friend, holy spirit: Hi Adria. I want to tell you first, that it is so nice to hear that you are so concerned with your friend, and truly care about her growing in the Lord. You must be a great friend. She is lucky to have you. It seems like you are going through the right steps....

Christianity --Youth Issues: brother - sister masturbation?, hell god, heaven hell
Christianity --Youth Issues: brother - sister masturbation?, hell god, heaven hell, masturbation is a sin

Christianity --Youth Issues: Music, religion,life, godspeed you black emperor, secular bands
godspeed you black emperor, secular bands, artic monkeys: Hi, Thanks for this follow up question. I am not sure about this specific term if it refers to a specific sect or not. If you mean a disciple of the true God in a general sense, there would be no difference because the true God sent Jesus to pay the price...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Shiva, talking to adults, plant seeds
talking to adults, plant seeds, world weather: Dear MFA Shiva is a principal god in Hinduism. You can find out more at Wikipedia.com: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism About 1,000,000 people in the US practice Hinduism, less than 1/2 a percent. See...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Trust, girl in the world, trip to florida
girl in the world, trip to florida, beautiful girl: Lindsey- I strongly recommend that you spend some time with a psychologist before you talk to your dad. Try to find a female psychologist, that will work better. If you don t want to see one face to face, be sure to work with one of those websites (you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: talking to my friends, dear sister, better solution
dear sister, better solution, wonderful things: Dear sister, Your question is a good one; better to ask and consider it than to simply be discouraged by the issue and give up on it entirely! However, I must say in advance that I have no specific answer for you. The reason is because your friends are unique...

Christianity --Youth Issues: willfully sinning, jehovah, remorse
jehovah, remorse, forgiveness: No; Down through the centuries, many have been touched by God’s invitation: “Come back to me with all your hearts.” (Joel 2:12) That was said to a people who had known Jehovah, but it also reflects God’s interest in those who are just learning about him....

Christianity --Youth Issues: willfully sinning, hebrew term, psalm 19
hebrew term, psalm 19, moral error: Hello Ty, If you got a chance to look up the scriptures in the subject of sin, you would have found that God indeed extends forgiveness for the greatest of sins, thus we need not suffer unnecessary & uncontrolled guilt feelings. Sometimes, teachings...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Youth Group, dead ears, secret desire
dead ears, secret desire, christian speakers: Hello, Julie. You have quite an opportunity ahead of you--one never knows when the seemingly simplest of messages may hit home in more than one heart! That being said, it is also true that many messages delivered with the intent to touch hearts seemingly...

Christianity --Youth Issues: bdsm, sexual immorality, sadism masochism
sexual immorality, sadism masochism, bondage discipline: Hi Java- Thanks for trusting to me to try to answer your question. I must admit that I ve been doing this for many years, and this is the first question that I recall about bdsm. I think that you re the one that has to answer the question as to whether...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Confusion, bloom of youth, sexual desires
bloom of youth, sexual desires, reproductive organs: I think its hormones. what do you think? Yes without a doubt--During the bloom of youth, sexual desires become strong. Powerful hormones are released that affect the reproductive organs. A youth thus becomes aware that these organs are capable of producing...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Two doubts, gods creations, dim memory
gods creations, dim memory, purpose god: Hi Jeya, THanks for this great question. There are some things that I cannot explain. THere are some things that we cannot comprehend. Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Isa 55:9 For as...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Two doubts, ephesians 3 20, special needs kids
ephesians 3 20, special needs kids, gods creations: Jeya, This is an excellent question! We have ideas of what people should be like but God is much different. People that have special needs kids will tell you that they are one of the biggest blessings ever. Happy, simple yes, but so happy and loving....

Christianity --Youth Issues: "A Gentle And Quiet Spirit", gentle spirit, quiet spirit
Christianity --Youth Issues: "A Gentle And Quiet Spirit", gentle spirit, quiet spirit, word meanings

Christianity --Youth Issues: Heaven And Hell., nothing new under the sun, there is nothing new under the sun
Christianity --Youth Issues: Heaven And Hell., nothing new under the sun, there is nothing new under the sun, wrong way

Christianity --Youth Issues: Masturbating, frigidity, fourteen years
Christianity --Youth Issues: Masturbating, frigidity, fourteen years, self control

Christianity --Youth Issues: rasta, sayers, african americans
Christianity --Youth Issues: rasta, sayers, african americans, prayer

Christianity --Youth Issues: "A Gentle And Quiet Spirit", gentleness, joy
gentleness, joy, wrath: Hello, dear sister! You raise an interesting question, but I think that I have an answer for you. In the Bible we often see reprimands to those who are boisterously loud, pompous, and overbearing, as well as to those who have an overabundance of anger and...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Heaven And Hell., heaven, hell
heaven, hell, salvation: Hi Karen. First of all I want to apologize this took so long to answer. But my internet was down for a while, so I had no way to get back to you. Now for you questions... please don t fear! God promises He will forgive us. No matter the sin, as long as we...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Jesus Christ, God's son and our saviour, jesus christ god, christian witness
jesus christ god, christian witness, way to heaven: HI Eleanor, you asked-- IF YOU BELIEVE THAT ONLY A SELECT GROUP CAN HAVE THE OPTION OF HEAVEN, WHY DO SO MANY JW S DO SO MUCH DOOR-TO-DOOR EVANGELISM? The bible tells us there are 2 hopes; a heavenly one & an earthly one, Jesus spoke of the heavenly group...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Lust/ Sexual Immorality, weird sensation, outgoing personalities
weird sensation, outgoing personalities, sexual immorality: Hello Gabriela, Sometimes our weird sensations about provocative people can be the beginning of fantasies that may be on the verge of sexual desires developing and we may not know it! Many times young people can start to have those feelings toward rock...

Christianity --Youth Issues: What is lesbian lust? Since lesbians don't have sex., Lesbian lust sexual activity
Lesbian lust sexual activity: Gabriela- Lesbians don t have intercourse, but they do have sex - oral sex, mutual masturbation, rubbing genitals together - that is considered sex. Any thoughts about those activities would be considered lesbian lust. Lesbian lust would be no different...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Masturbating, sexual stress, marriage bed
sexual stress, marriage bed, touchy subject: This is a very touchy subject. masturbating itself isn t the sin. It s the thoughts that accompany the actions. If you are thinking of women and masturbating to the images that you see or that are in your head then you are sinning. Now it is not if it is your...

Christianity --Youth Issues: The Only Guarantee?, 1 corinthians 7, sexual diseases
1 corinthians 7, sexual diseases, going in the right direction: Hello Peter, For a young person, you indeed have yourself going in the right direction. It is sometimes very difficult to maintain oneself in the Christian way of life having to do with marriage & sex. The Bible makes clear that sexual relations for...

Christianity --Youth Issues: piercings, ritual scarification, tattoo and piercing parlors
ritual scarification, tattoo and piercing parlors, 19th century women: Here is a bible based article dealing with that very subject-- The Bible’s Viewpoint Body Decoration—The Need for Reasonableness “Vanity is the quicksand of reason,” wrote a French novelist. Certainly, reason has had little to do with many of the...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationship, bloom of youth, religious family
bloom of youth, religious family, accurate knowledge: HI Sarah, Well I could say do this or that but first Im going to say; Jesus spoke of 2 roads, the broad road the narrow road now I could say to handle the situation a certain way, but no matter how you handle it, you will still be on the broad road so...

Christianity --Youth Issues: rasta, rasta, rastafarianism
rasta, rastafarianism, persecution: Hello there, Bob! I can see how the issue you re facing would be an unpleasant one...rejection is never a fun thing to face. The reality of the fact is that children tend to be very outspoken in rejecting those they feel are different from themselves....

Christianity --Youth Issues: self image, ugliest person, honest answers
ugliest person, honest answers, best of friends: Dear Julia, I think we talked before. I m so sorry I can t answer in more detail right now; it s pretty busy. I m going to have to resign from allexperts because we are in the middle of a move into a house. Just one thing though. I really think you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: self image, drugs and alchohol, image question
drugs and alchohol, image question, mission trip: Hi Julia. I am so glad that you responded back. And I am glad that you realize that you can get through this! It will be one day at a time, and with the help from the Lord, you can do it. You will need to rely on His strength and not your own. The problem...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Teen life in general, cancerous brain tumor, lifelong friends
cancerous brain tumor, lifelong friends, youth minister: Caitlin, After many years as a youth minister I have heard a lot. when dealing with friends the best way to handle them is to be careful not to take to much. If someone is having serious problems then you need to get them to an adult for the right kind...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Is it against the christian religion?, masturbation, sex
masturbation, sex, sexual urges: Kayla, Thank you for your question. I ve had a few other similar questions, so know that you are not alone. There is nothing wrong with sexual urges. They are God-given and, when used in a holy way (marriage), are beautiful. However, it s when we...

Christianity --Youth Issues: concerts a sin?, christian musicians, pastor don
christian musicians, pastor don, college grad: Hi Kia, Thanks for this great question. I am sorry for my late response. Are you still living with your mother at age 26? If you are and you are still under her authority, then you should follow her direction. If you are living on your own you can make...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Final Thought, accountability partner, gay pornography
accountability partner, gay pornography, gay thoughts: Hi Frederick- First of all, I m not a priest, so there s no need to call me Father. You can call me Carl or Mr. Carl, your choice. You re just starting puberty, and there are tons of hormones acting on your body, and your brain hasn t really caught...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Following Jesus as Savior !, Jesus, saviour
Jesus, saviour: Hi Indraraj, Sarah has made your question available for others to answer so I shall try my best to help. (My names s Eleanor by the way. I m a Christian living in Wales in the UK) Your question is a very good question and one to which there is no easy answer....

Christianity --Youth Issues: Is it against the christian religion?, mastibation, masterbating
Christianity --Youth Issues: Is it against the christian religion?, mastibation, masterbating, religions

Christianity --Youth Issues: Pre-Seminul Fluid, teaching of christ, fiance
Christianity --Youth Issues: Pre-Seminul Fluid, teaching of christ, fiance, sperm

Christianity --Youth Issues: Hi., new Christian, Bible
new Christian, Bible, John: Hey Tria! Well first, welcome to the family! I m glad you have decided to accept Christ as your Savior. I would start reading John if I were you. Find someone in your church that is a strong Christian that can help you undersatnd some things as well (preferably...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Masturbation, masturbation
masturbation: Hello there! The issue you re discussing is one which has caused an incredible amount of debate in Christian communities. Scads of arguments for and against the use of masturbation have appeared in countless books and columns, and no doubt will until Kingdom...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Methodist Doctrine, infant baptism, baptism
infant baptism, baptism, christening: Hi Tan, My understanding of how baptism was conducted in the New Testament is that people were fully immersed in water. Matthew chapter 3 describes Jesus baptism: 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I need help., private middle school, spiritual issue
private middle school, spiritual issue, religious environment: Samie- Bulimia is a serious issue, and I m glad that you re getting help for that. I m not trained well enough to give you advice there, and it s up to your therapist to help they physical/emotional issue with that. As for your spiritual issue, God...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I need help., bravery, bulimia
bravery, bulimia: Hello, dear sister. I am glad that you have chosen to approach someone about your concerns rather than keeping them forever bottled up inside; doing so is a brave measure and I salute you for that. Those who overcome hardships in their lives with the help...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I need help., private middle school, religious environment
private middle school, religious environment, samie: Hey samie, First one of the characterizations of Bulimia is self esteem. I believe that is your issue to overcome. Not waning to go to church for e fear of loneliness of rejection. Good news. God is the solver of those issues. God is not punishing you. you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I need help., bulimia, prodigal
bulimia, prodigal, church: Samie, You are so brave. You have been through a lot and you are able to talk about it openly, and I commend you for that. As Deuteronomy 31:8 says: The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Pornography Addiction., pornography addiction, gay pornography
pornography addiction, gay pornography, homosexual thoughts: Gerald- You wouldn t have to worry about the different types of porn if you didn t look at ANY. You really ought not to be looking at it for a lot of reasons, which I think you already know. In many cases, it IS real sex, but that s all it is - sex. ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION, indwelling of the holy spirit, things of the spirit
indwelling of the holy spirit, things of the spirit, spirit of god: Hi Tan, Thank you for this great question. One must be born again, having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in order to understand fully the scriptures. 1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Pre-Marital sex, pre marital sex, tobacco smoking
pre marital sex, tobacco smoking, sinless life: Dear Beloved of Christ. Your experience as a christian is not unfamiliar. There are two main things that keep a christian from victory over the flesh and its desires. (1) They don t read their bibles. (2) They have never received the Holy Spirit...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Pre-Seminul Fluid, wet dream, best sex
wet dream, best sex, fiance: Zam- It s nothing to worry about - you re young, and healthy, and just talking with your fiance, you get excited - that s a good thing, to be so in love with your fiance. It s not physically harmful - if your body really needs to get rid of semen, you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Problem, sensitive nervous system, egg cell
sensitive nervous system, egg cell, sperm cells: Perhaps the change that most often is a source of disturbance for boys growing toward manhood involves the organs of procreation, the genitals. During puberty these not only attain their full size but also begin to function. The Bible, at Leviticus 15:16,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Profane and Blaspheme..!, jesus christians, ephesians 3 20
jesus christians, ephesians 3 20, hindu religion: Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth, but only such (speech) as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Trouble with my girlfriend, building the ark, likeness
building the ark, likeness, circumstance: Dearly Beloved of the Lord; Noah was promised a flood, the reason for building the Ark, but it didn t happen for near 125 years. Abraham was promised a son, which didn t happen for near 25 years. David was promised a Kingdom, which didn t take place for...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Is he for me or not?, homegirls, right choice
homegirls, right choice, monday night: Maria, When it comes to giving advice to young people I really enjoy helping. When my daughter was thinking about dating she made a list of what she would want in a husband. We called it her dating standards. She made them and we discussed them after she...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How much is too much?, dry humping, sexual organ
dry humping, sexual organ, body doesn: Rochelle- YOU are in charge of your own body. If dry humping is wrong in your mind, then it is wrong and your boyfriend must respect your wishes. If he doesn t, then he s not much of a boyfriend. There s also nothing in the Bible about oral sex, either....

Christianity --Youth Issues: advice me, sexual fulfillment, passionate men
sexual fulfillment, passionate men, marriage bed: Hi Frank- Pornography is a serious problem that can become addictive, and it sounds like your girlfriend may be addicted. Ask her why she watches - if it is for sexual fulfillment, tell her that real sex is so much better, and that if she continues ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Baptist and lutheran, lutheran church missouri synod, homosexuality and the bible
lutheran church missouri synod, homosexuality and the bible, evangelical lutheran church: A lot depends on which Lutheran church he belongs to. There are three major Lutheran churches (just like there are many Baptist church groups (like the Southern Baptists). In general, Lutherans practice the same practices as did the early church - infant...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How do i break away my desires for women ?, god is on your side, horseplay
god is on your side, horseplay, bisexuality: Jenny- You have to make the decision every day to not go back to where you were. Physiologically, if you think you were gay at 6 years old, then most likely you are, and you won t change. However, you CAN choose celibacy. The sin is not the being, the...

Christianity --Youth Issues: a certain scripture, scatter stones, peace hope
scatter stones, peace hope, dance 5: Hi Ashley, Glad to help. I was just off to bed but can give you a nice easy answer real quick: Ecclesiastes 3 A Time for Everything 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and...

Christianity --Youth Issues: How do i break away my desires for women ?, voice of god, heart
Christianity --Youth Issues: How do i break away my desires for women ?, voice of god, heart

Christianity --Youth Issues: father molested me, cold shoulders, honest relationship
Christianity --Youth Issues: father molested me, cold shoulders, honest relationship, furniture business

Christianity --Youth Issues: non believing children, loving parent, belief
Christianity --Youth Issues: non believing children, loving parent, belief, mom

Christianity --Youth Issues: piercing, wickedness, version states
Christianity --Youth Issues: piercing, wickedness, version states, whoredom

Christianity --Youth Issues: father molested me, summer skirt, gravel road
summer skirt, gravel road, left breast: Tiffany, My heart is so broken for you, my sweet sister. You have been through so much and have been victimized horribly by the man that you are supposed to be able to trust, and you have made it through it. I am so proud of you for being the strong young...

Christianity --Youth Issues: God's Forgiveness, time david, issue at hand
time david, issue at hand, good person: David, When we ask God forgiveness then He is quick to forgive and forget. You have to forgive yourself because it appears that that is the issue at hand. You need to find an adult that you can trust with this information about wanting to quite. You will...

Christianity --Youth Issues: God's Preference for youths, blessings, preference
blessings, preference, insight: Hi Vera, Sorry, but I don t understand your question. Does God prefer one youth over another? No. Does God prefer youth over older people? No. God loves all of us the same. Feel free to rephrase your question, and maybe I can give you some more...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Holy Communion, holy communion, faith life
holy communion, faith life, blood of jesus: ABSOLUTELY!! The point, in Communion, is whether or not the individual has a real understanding of what they are doing -- That the bread and wine/juice represent the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ. No one, no matter how old or young they are, should...

Christianity --Youth Issues: hi, god blessings, qestion
god blessings, qestion, word of god: It doesn t say that Judas is not forgiven and it doesn t say that he is forgiven, either. He obviously feels guilty but instead of doing anything about that, he kills himself. We don t know if he was forgiven or not. Good question though, I appreciate that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: how to keep a godly relationship with girls, sexual immorality, godly relationship
sexual immorality, godly relationship, colossians 3: emmanuel, I am going to give you a set of scriptures that I hope will help. These scriptues will help you in those moments that you think you are going to think of women in a bad respect. I try to think of women my age as my sister. I think of older women...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Liquid, christian perspective, natural solution
christian perspective, natural solution, quick reply: Rafs, Well, that liquid is semen. Semen is the liquid that is released from the penis during ejaculation. I don t understand him saying that this is giving him pain? It s not a problem unless he is having more problems physically, then he needs to go...

Christianity --Youth Issues: mormons/LDS church, jack mormon, mormon church
jack mormon, mormon church, secret ceremonies: Hi Lily- It looks pretty obvious to me that you have read little of what I suggested you read, particularly on the http://exmormon.org site. If you re not going to read what I suggest, then there is no way I can help you. You ve made up your mind that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: non believing children, southern baptist church, oh goodness
southern baptist church, oh goodness, single mother: Dear Jenn, I thought of you today when I was reading something. My husband and I are part of a parenting class at church - We re reading through the book Shepherding a Child s Heart, by Ted Tripp. It s excellent, so far. Chapter two is what I d highly...

Christianity --Youth Issues: PLEASE HELP. THIS IS KIND OF AN EMERGENCY!!, burning sensation, christian girl
burning sensation, christian girl, arguement: If it is Voodo then 1st apologize to your sister if she gets mad at you then accept ask her for forgiveness and then ask God. Even if your sister doesn t forgive you as long as you ask her for forgiveness. and then God will take of the rest. finally DON T...

Christianity --Youth Issues: what about when two partners love each other, hinderances, two partners
hinderances, two partners, better future: If they both love each other that much, they should be able to wait until they are married to be that intimate. It is a sin to have sex before marriage. They both need to remember that. If they feel nervous because of that, that means they know they shouldn...

Christianity --Youth Issues: piercing, nose piercings, bible times
nose piercings, bible times, cauls: Hi Anna, Nose piercings are a cultural thing. In Bible times, it was considered to be a mark of beauty. Today most see it as a mark of rebellion. You have to decide which it is. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Relationship before the navy, relationship, pressure
relationship, pressure, romance: Hello there, brother. You ve encountered an issue that many men, young and old alike (and many women, for that matter), have run into in the past, and that is the difficulty of mismatched expectations. It sounds like you were dating Stacy mostly to be...

Christianity --Youth Issues: sexual activity, sexual purity
sexual purity: Brad, I commend you for saving sex for marriage. I have a load full of verses for you to really meditate on when it comes to messing around or sexual acts before marriage. Acts 15:20; Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13,18; 7:2; 10:8; 2 Corinthians...

Christianity --Youth Issues: telling a lie, ephesians 3 20, sad at times
ephesians 3 20, sad at times, colossians 1: Ryan, God says If we confess our sins He is just and faithful to forgive us 1 John 1:9. Yes God will forgive you. But the more lie or compromise in other areas, the easier it is to keep doing that more and more. God loves you and soooo delights...

Christianity --Youth Issues: My 16 year old friend loving a older man, minors, romance
minors, romance, underage: Hello, Chris. This is a tricky situation to explain, to be certain, but it is one that is not going to be able to be resolved easily, either. Chances are good that your friend has fallen in love with the idea of this person, rather than the person himself,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: My 16 year old friend loving a older man, religious sense, older man
religious sense, older man, soulmate: Hi Chris, I m not sure that there are any rules about this in a church. I also don t know if it s God s will for her. Personally, I think it s a little strange that at 16 your friend already has her whole life planned out. And it s based around a 28 year...

Christianity --Youth Issues: My 16 year old friend loving a older man, religious sense, piece of advice
religious sense, piece of advice, infatuation: This is tough. Although an age difference like this doesn t automatically doom a person to hell, it is a bit of a concern when the girl is 16. The biggest piece of advice that I have for you is that if you have concerns, let her know about them, just in a...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Animals and Christianity?, God loves animans, pets
God loves animans, pets, animal welfare: Hi Brittany, Many thanks for writing and your interesting question. To be totally honest, it s not something I ve ever thought about when reading this verse but I can understand why you might reason it like this. These verses are warning of the dangers...

Christianity --Youth Issues: anger at God, god has a reason, angry with god
god has a reason, angry with god, evil king: Show her the verse in the Bible about Hezekiah Second kings 20:1-6 and then read 2Kings 20:21 - 21:2 Note 15 years were added to his life and Manasseh was only 12 when he was made king. Also note that Manasseh was the worst king to ever live as king. Point...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Break up, good personality, job interview
good personality, job interview, couple times: It s hard for me to give you an answer to this question without knowing you AND her, as well as what your relationship was like. But the one thing that I did catch was that you said that you don t think you ll ever marry her. That s an important point to me...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Christian Relationships, spirit wars, christian relationships
spirit wars, christian relationships, spirit of god: Awesome, Katy -- So you have let him go , and aren t pursuing a romantic relationship any more? Just clarifying - that s what it sounded like, except I guess I was confused by the phrase my man - maybe that s just an expression! God bless you! Please...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Dateing A Older Male, pastor don, ye children
pastor don, ye children, bible: Hi Christopher, Thanks for this great question. Your friend is correct that there are no age limits in the Bible, but there are clear warnings about listening to your father. Pro 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Forgiveness, God, Jesus
God, Jesus, the Good News: Hey Emily, Thank you for your honesty. I m gonna lay out the gospel for you: God sent His Son, Jesus, perfect in every way to die in the place of sinners, which is each and EVERY one of us. I capitalize that so that you recognize that we all have sinned...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Animals and Christianity?, stronger than anything, supernatural being
Christianity --Youth Issues: Animals and Christianity?, stronger than anything, supernatural being, female friend

Christianity --Youth Issues: Christian Relationships, almighty creator, loving parent
Christianity --Youth Issues: Christian Relationships, almighty creator, loving parent, deadly sins

Christianity --Youth Issues: hey how can i serve god better, loving parent, god
Christianity --Youth Issues: hey how can i serve god better, loving parent, god

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, courage
Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, courage

Christianity --Youth Issues: My Son Says He's Agnostic, self esteem, confidence
Christianity --Youth Issues: My Son Says He's Agnostic, self esteem, confidence, anger

Christianity --Youth Issues: my friend, loving god, hindus
loving god, hindus, mankind: First let him see how you love God and how god has changed you for the better. Do not force him to make a decision. Most Christians try to make people believe in God but Muslims do the same thing as do the Hindus. The only way for someone to truly repent is...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Help, bloom of youth, pleasurable sensations
bloom of youth, pleasurable sensations, reproductive organs: HI Nathan I enclose a bible based article for you-- Young People Ask . . . Why Is It So Hard to Avoid Masturbation? “HABITS are like a soft bed—easy to get into but hard to get out of.” So goes one saying. And how true this is of masturbation! One...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Homosexuality, exodus international, ephesians 3 20
exodus international, ephesians 3 20, colossians 1: Peter, There is a group called Exodus International geared specifically for people struggling with homosexuality. The link is http://www.exodus-international.org/. They can help you and walk along side you in your journey. And they too have walked...

Christianity --Youth Issues: helping people, friend tyler, religoin
friend tyler, religoin, mike thanks: I got Tyler s question and responded to him, so thanks for sending him this direction. Just tell him your story with Christ. You don t have to have all the answers, just be honest. And if you can, get him involved in your church with someone older like a youth...

Christianity --Youth Issues: hey how can i serve god better, hang ups, pet sins
hang ups, pet sins, personal relationship: Hi Mike, That s cool that you want to be a missionary. Yeah, we all sin even once we know Jesus personally. Remember, His grace is for our walk too, not just our eternal destination. I mean, you can t earn your sanctification, growth in Christ,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: masturbation, masturbation, adolescence
masturbation, adolescence, lust: Hello, brother. You raise an issue which is very common in adolescence. The Bible does not say, at any point, you shall not masturbate, period, if that s what you were wondering. That being said, there are miscellaneous reasons why people object to it...

Christianity --Youth Issues: non believing children, southern baptist church, oh goodness
southern baptist church, oh goodness, single mother: Dear Jenn, I thought of you today when I was reading something. My husband and I are part of a parenting class at church - We re reading through the book Shepherding a Child s Heart, by Ted Tripp. It s excellent, so far. Chapter two is what I d highly...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I possibly have seen signs from god Is this true?, sign from god, confusing situation
sign from god, confusing situation, pastor don: Hi Christopher, Thank you for this great question. It is obvious that you are very much overcome by this girl. She is in every one of your thoughts. You will see her name everywhere, even in the clouds. However, the Bible does not speak of this kind...

Christianity --Youth Issues: realtionship/prophet, prophets, relationships
prophets, relationships, college: Hey Brian, Thanks for your question! This is a tough situation. Clearly she is going to be afraid to get serious with you, Brian, if she thinks that you are going to ruin her life. She probably is trying to keep you at a distance now, since she thinks you...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Did I recieve A Sign from god, sign from god, confusing situation
sign from god, confusing situation, jeremy camp: Chris, If you feel that you are receiving signs from God then you may. The Lord uses people and His word to get through to us. He uses our dreams and also just that gut feeling. The Holy Spirit is in us guiding us all the time. If you have accepted Christ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Did I recieve A Sign from god, sign from god, angel of light
sign from god, angel of light, confusing situation: Chris, You didn t mention your age but I am guessing you are still in high school. Our emotions are so wonderful, so powerful, so amazing. I can t tell you whether those signs are from the Lord or from the evil one trying to appear as an angel...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Did I recieve A Sign from god, signs from God, relationships
signs from God, relationships, unrequited love: Hey Chris, Thanks for your question! This is a tough question to ask, because no one can tell you without a doubt whether or not God is giving you a sign. That being said, I m about to give you some tough love. I don t know why you feel you need...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Did I recieve a sign, sign from god, confusing situation
sign from god, confusing situation, jeremy camp: It is certainly possible that you have been given a sign (or many signs!) However, I don t feel as though it is really possible for me to tell you for certain. You should find a person whose wisdom you trust to help you discern this. I do see how this can...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship, shy guy, conversation topics
shy guy, conversation topics, going to college: First off you need to know if this is a girl you could marry and if so then be the best friend you can be. don t worry about physically doing anything. because girls like best friends whereas guys want a physical buddy. When you can to the point of her turning...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, eachother, 4 months
eachother, 4 months, prophet: It took me six years to get the girl I believe that God had for me and so I understand where you are and I understand what your friend is going through as well. So I will sum it all up like this. If you really love then don t date her...Just be the best friend...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, eachother, 4 months
eachother, 4 months, prophets: Hi Brian It seems that she is more *into her *christianity* than you, wouldn t you say? She has been prophesied over and told of a disaster in this relationship by a prophet. Now, unless she is seeing some other boy, this would mean, to her at least, that...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, eachother, 4 months
eachother, 4 months, prophet: Brian, You didn t say if you were a Christian or not, but one thing I can assure you of is that if God wants you together NOTHING will stop that! I would encourage you to fall more in love with Jesus and God every day. Be her friend. Encourage her...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, gift of prophecy, prophecies
gift of prophecy, prophecies, eachother: Hi Brian, Thank you for this great question. I am very sorry for my late response. I wrote a response a couple of days ago, but apparently it did not transmit. God used the gift of prophecy, or, direct revelation, before the Bible was completed. Once...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, heartache, eachother
heartache, eachother, 4 months: Hello Brian, Was she seeing you at the time? Was she seeing anybody? You said she is very religious and so are you so maybe you both need to pray and find out what it meant. You both need to find out if it would work at all. I recommend this anyway when...

Christianity --Youth Issues: relationship/prophet, biblical god, hocuspocus
biblical god, hocuspocus, fortunetellers: GREAT! This is wonderful news, and it makes me feel happy to hear. Just make sure you are looking to God for the personal and loving relationship, not primarily the girl you like so much. How is that going, by the way? Have you had a chance to talk with...

Christianity --Youth Issues: rock music, pastor don, oppinion
pastor don, oppinion, philippians: Hi Matthew, Thanks for this question. My oppinion does not matter. Consider the following verse: Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: My Son Says He's Agnostic, agnosticism, parenting
agnosticism, parenting, college: Dear Cris, I understand that you must feel very confused and worried regarding this new direction in your son s life. Such a change can seem like an immense wall that separates your son from you, or perhaps as though he s betrayed his upbringing. Fortunately,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: stuff..., devil, forgiveness
devil, forgiveness: Hi Nikki, Many thanks for your message. I m not sure if you re asking me if I think you ve already sold your soul or if I think God will forgive you for saying the things you ve said. In either case, it is never to late to get yourself right with God....

Christianity --Youth Issues: teen issues, luck bro, teen issues
luck bro, teen issues, masturbation: First off the issue of masturbation isn t an addiction it s natural for us to want pleasure. But the secret to quitting isn t a once I get victory then I never have to battle it again issue. Sorry to say it is constantly nagging you. If you can withstand...

Christianity --Youth Issues: teenage relationship, late night conversation, sister relationship
late night conversation, sister relationship, group outings: Mary, The brother sister relationship is a different and dynamic thing. The best thing about having a close relationship with your sister is you are able to really open up and allowed to be yourself. My own kids spent time together and I found it to be...

Christianity --Youth Issues: wat to do, Christian family, missionary
Christian family, missionary, youth pastor: Hi Mike, Many thanks for your question. Your enthusiasm to want to serve God as a missionary and youth pastor is great. The best and most powerful thing you can do now is spend time praying to God about this. He alone knows the plans He has for you and your...

Christianity --Youth Issues: weird dream HELP!, school counselors, dream dreams
school counselors, dream dreams, scary dream: Kori, Sometimes a dream is just a dream. You could have had something to eat that did agree with you. You may also be worried about someone that you know that you get a strange feeling about and it has got into your subconscience and has made a dream. Dreams...

Christianity --Youth Issues: how can i do more?, holy ghost, pastor don
holy ghost, pastor don, harvest field: Hi Mike, THanks for this great question. Every great missionary starts out being involved in his local church. God sends missionaries from the local church. Acts 13:1-4 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers;...

Christianity --Youth Issues: ALCOHOL DRINKING, binge drinker, binge drinking
binge drinker, binge drinking, inhibitions: Denis- Well first of all, I ve got to tell you to stop, because it s against the law at your age. It s against the law for a reason - your body, and your mind, are not mature enough to process the alcohol. It doesn t sound like you re binge drinking,...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Cat out of the bag, jeremiah 29 11, hope and a future
jeremiah 29 11, hope and a future, isaiah 55: Hi NG, This is a very interesting question :) The easiest way to answer you is to direct you to Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Christian and a non-Christian marriage, hebrews 11 1, some statistical data
hebrews 11 1, some statistical data, promise god: Hi Jonathan, Thanks for your question and apologies for the delay in replying but as far as I can find, there is no statistical data available such as you describe. This is probably due to the fact that God alone knows His plans for each of us and who are...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Christians response to an alcoholic, alcoholic
alcoholic: Love. I don t know the context of the relationship, but the Christian s response to anyone in sin should be one of love. Above all else, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. -1 Peter 4:8 Wishing you the best, Aliss...

Christianity --Youth Issues: closet christianity, distancing, Christian lifestyle
distancing, Christian lifestyle, lost faith: Dear sister, I d like to start by thanking you for attempting to approach someone about the issues you face. It is never a good thing to face difficult times alone, and this matter is no exception. Have you heard of the tactic divide and conquer? It is...

Christianity --Youth Issues: The Devil, satan, devil
satan, devil: Hi Victoria, Many thanks for your thought provoking questions. To be honest, much of the time I try to avoid answering the unanswerable questions like these but I ll give it a go! The first truth you must hang on to is that God is all-knowing (the posh...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and depressed, porn stars, happiness
Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and depressed, porn stars, happiness, validity

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and depressed, food doctor, best exercise
Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and depressed, food doctor, best exercise, time god

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and ugly and it's not fair, clown luv, faith journey
Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and ugly and it's not fair, clown luv, faith journey, baby carrots

Christianity --Youth Issues: fornication, niv study bible, 1st corinthians 7
Christianity --Youth Issues: fornication, niv study bible, 1st corinthians 7, fleshly desires

Christianity --Youth Issues: Why did God make me fat?, financial help, celebrities as role models
Christianity --Youth Issues: Why did God make me fat?, financial help, celebrities as role models, natural health alternatives

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am a good person who is fat and ugly --why?, dremas, perfect women
Christianity --Youth Issues: I am a good person who is fat and ugly --why?, dremas, perfect women, positive thinking

Christianity --Youth Issues: I hate the way I look, and it's not fair, good nutrition, losing weight
Christianity --Youth Issues: I hate the way I look, and it's not fair, good nutrition, losing weight, health

Christianity --Youth Issues: Inappropriate dress, periodic group, strong belief
Christianity --Youth Issues: Inappropriate dress, periodic group, strong belief, saviour

Christianity --Youth Issues: is kissing a sin?, god tonight
Christianity --Youth Issues: is kissing a sin?, god tonight

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and depressed, overweight teenager, faith in god
overweight teenager, faith in god, perfect christian: Lara- When God looks at you, He sees a beautiful young woman. Struggling with weight is a tough problem - I have it, too - but you need to understand that God loves you no matter what you look like or what you weigh. It may seem like the Porn Stars are...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and depressed, overweight teenager, faith in god
overweight teenager, faith in god, perfect christian: p.s. I know somewhere has said, Being good is its own reward -- and I believe that to be true. And NO reward even comes close to matching the joy of having an intimate relationship with your Creator, the one who knows you are beautiful...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am fat and ugly and it's not fair, overweight teenager, faith in god
overweight teenager, faith in god, perfect christian: Lara, Bless your heart - please know that a LOT of people struggle with things in their lives that are overwhelming. I know that when we struggle with our weight we feel ugly and unattractive, which is not the way God sees us. But He DOES care. I...

Christianity --Youth Issues: fornication, sex with my girlfriend, bad feelings
sex with my girlfriend, bad feelings, going to heaven: Edgar- The question you re asking I normally get from girls, not guys. For example, my boyfriend wants to have sex all the time and I don t and I think it s wrong and feel bad when I do it. Welcome to reality. Sex feels good, and it sometimes feels...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Why did God make me fat?, overweight, envy
overweight, envy, celebrities: Dear sister, I realize that right now you are likely feeling confused and probably even angry about the injustices you are perceiving to exist in the world--why others have a different appearance and build, ones more desired by our society s standards of...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I am a good person who is fat and ugly --why?, overweight teenager, faith in god
overweight teenager, faith in god, perfect christian: Hi Lara, Thanks for this great question. I am very sorry for this late response. I am also sorry for your pain. There are some things I cannot explain. I was always the ugly kid. No one wanted to have anything to do with me. For a while I just wanted...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Hard to love., whic, many a time
whic, many a time, youth group: Dear N.G., I m so touched by your question, as it shows a sincere desire to reach out to someone hard to love. Remember Jesus said, If have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance, and , It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Help with youth group, adult group, youth leaders
adult group, youth leaders, trouble makers: Haley, I admire you for wanting to do something to help. This girl needs to be sat down by the youth leaders and told whats up. If she is causing a rift then they should step in and take care of her. You could maybe get together some of the other youth...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I hate myself, Christian weight loss, lose weight
Christian weight loss, lose weight, weight loss: Hi Lara, I totally understand how you are feeling. I became a Christian when I was 12 but had been very overweight from a young age. I remember weighing over 140lb at the age of 9. By the time I was 18, I d stopped weighing myself very often but was around...

Christianity --Youth Issues: I hate the way I look, and it's not fair, eating, body image
eating, body image, overweight: Hey Lara, I appreciate your questions. The thing is, you have the answers to them. You know that we are living in a fallen world. Nothing is perfect here anymore, and that means our bodies suffer as well. God never promised that we would be beautiful in...

Christianity --Youth Issues: homosexuality, homosexuality
homosexuality: Hey Carrie! Thank you for your question. It is a hot topic in our society today and I would love to discuss it with you. The main place where it talks about homosexuality in the new testament is 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Inappropriate dress, modesty, dress code
modesty, dress code: Hey Lin, Thanks for your question! This is tough because there isn t much that you can do as a student. As a youth leader, they can set guidelines as to a dress code if necessary. I have had to do this before and it is hard, but at times necessary because...

Christianity --Youth Issues: Interracial marriage, interracial marriage, marriage
interracial marriage, marriage: Hello there! The short answer is generally not. Most worldviews in developed countries do not believe that interracial marriage is ethically wrong, and many even consider it a unique benefit of multicultural societies that such a thing exists. To elaborate...