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October 28, 2020
Abiding Peace Lutheran Church
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Elgin, IL 60123
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I have been exploring different Bible translations. I have looked through both NIV's, the ESV, the EHV, and most recently I have been looking at the NKJV. Is the NKJV an acceptable translation in the WELS?
I have a question. There is a passage in Matthew 18:3 - And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." To the best of my knowledge God wants the sinner's whole soul to change to be converted. Does humbleness make a difference in salvation? And according to John 1:13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will but born of God. Meaning it's God's work from beginning to end, since one can't choose to believe in him and Jesus gives the salvation itself. How does one go to heaven if someone believes it's all of God yet one must be humble to enter it? I believe the blood of Jesus saves souls. How does one trust the Lord when I'm so focused on trusting if I am humble or not?
There are claims that Nebuchadnezzar himself wrote a whole chapter of the Bible (Daniel 4). I am not aware of any OT Scripture that is considered inspired from God when God didn't speak through a prophet, as Hosea 12:10, Hebrews 1:1, 2 Peter 3:2 teaches. To my understanding of how Scripture comes about, Daniel 4 is the accounting of what took place spoken by the Holy Spirit to Daniel. Am I wrong?
I was reading an answer published under topical Q&A here about Mosaic law. Here’s a line from it that specifically brought a question to mind: “The Mosaic Law had limited purpose and duration. Its obligations ended when Jesus Christ came into our world as the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the Messiah.” Of course the people of the Old Testament were no more capable than we are of keeping God's laws perfectly, and if I’m correct, it was their faith in the coming Savior, and God’s promise of that, that saved them, whereas now it’s faith in Jesus who has already come and died for our sins. I know that good works and keeping God’s law are the fruits of saving faith and evidence for it. But when it says “its obligations ended,” that seems to imply there once was an obligation to keep God's law for salvation and now there isn’t. How was that different for them vs. how it is for us now? Thanks.
Many times in Revelation it has been said that the world will get worse before Judgment Day. With everything going on with Covid-19, the election, crime, and the persecution of the Christian Church, do you think Judgement Day will come sooner rather than later? I understand that only God knows when Judgment Day is but I'm asking what you personally believe. That leads me to another question. I forgot what verse this was, but somewhere in the Bible Jesus said he did not know when Judgment Day was, that only the Father did. How is that possible if God is 3 in 1?
I recently applied to a Presbyterian college because it has an excellent nursing program. Being a WELS Lutheran, is it wrong to affiliate with them? I wouldn't conform to their beliefs but just go for the program.
I'm interested in further understanding the Nicene creed phrase "For us and for our salvation." It seems quite evident that Christ came down to earth "for our salvation," but what does "for us" refer to?
I am 23 years old and are trying to find a significant other. I have been praying on and off for the last 4 years to God to send someone my way and bless me with a relationship. In an ideal world she would be WELS or ELS. In time I've grown slightly weary. How do I know when or who it would be? What do I do?
When the topic of money comes up, it seems we are very quick to reference the parable of the rich fool. However, this question is focused on the opposite side – not preparing for the future. On average, the typical American actually has very little saved for their later years. Long-term care is very expensive. From the perspective of assisted living, nursing homes, memory care, etc., one could hardly have too much saved. Is it sinful or irresponsible for people to say, “I’m not going to worry about it”? “I’ll let my kids or the government deal with it”? “Nursing home insurance is too expensive, so I won’t bother or worry about it. I’ll just go on Medicaid.” Many have a very cavalier attitude about the whole subject until it actually becomes a crisis. For Christians, what is the right approach?
I married a woman a couple years ago who has two children from her prior marriage, 8 and 10 years old. Her children have never had any kind of education with God. I was born and raised WELS with the benefit of a WELS private school up through 8th grade. Although my wife is uncomfortable going to my church because of a troubled Roman Catholic upbringing, she is on board with us educating our children at home. And one of the kids even comes with me sometimes to church because he is interested. We take a few minutes to do children's Bible devotions and such, which is going OK so far. My question is this. I'm no teacher, and I don't have access to a WELS school for them. I've looked and researched for some sort of curriculum to aid in what stories we do first from the Bible, or to just have some sort of structure or plan. I get overwhelmed with all the different stuff out there. Compared to the Christian upbringing I had, I feel like I'm not doing nearly enough for our children. I feel like I'm in over my head. Can you recommend any resources to help give me some sort of structure to teaching them? Do you have any recommendations on what kinds of stories to focus more on or what order I should go in? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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