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    Hello Samantha,
    I think that you both are proceeding remarkably well. Have you both read Mr. Treybig's article? It covered just about every possible scenario that a "dater" could encounter. So, to add to it meaningfully would be difficult for me, EXCEPT:
    Since you both have strong religious convictions, you probably are associated with other young people of like minds. Get together with them if possible. Most of us enjoy the company of others, even after we are married. I do not say this to squelch the affection you state that you have for one special one but I am almost sure you have not yet viewed the plethora (I like that word !) of possible, acceptable choices that God wants you to choose from. If your special one is truly God's choice, he will "endure to the end."

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    Hello Joy !

    I would say that you have the correct attitude !
    If you give the Pastor a "Head's Up" that someone really new might be coming he might even help you as a welcoming committee.

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    Hello Alan,
    I see your sincere, honest question about all the he's, him & his's in John 16: 7 and 8 ; 12 -- 14.
    However, as you may know, the Greek does not establish gender as we do in English. So the
    translators defaulted to what they thought best and made the pronouns masculine . God's Holy Spirit is very Real but it is not a person! It is the very essence of what makes God (both Father and Son, GOD.) It is incredible but true (and eminently thankworthy) that we can be given GOD'S Holy Spirit after acknowledging our sin and receiving Baptism and the laying on of hands. We hope that you have followed through with this.

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    Hello Mali,
    If you read the 5 minute (really short) explanation of what the Sabbath is all about,
    I do not think I can add anything to it --- except my own experience !
    I surf and I really like it. But I don't surf on God's Sabbath. Why?
    Because that makes the Sabbath more important than my own pleasure.
    Even when we have had the opportunity to go to a tropical "paradise" I don't surf on God's Sabbath because I want Them (Father and Son) to know that They are THE important thing.
    That is just what I do. How about you?

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    Hello Miss Chum, I am not sure what you are asking (or stating.) Please help us by restating your question.
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    Hello Chad,
    Because you see an apparent discrepancy between two UCG statements,
    I would suggest that you go directly to the two that you have cited and ask for
    further clarification. If you are patient, I am sure that you will receive an answer.

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    Hello Pat, You asked when Jesus was conceived and I stated earlier that we do not know exactly, Biblically. But the short answer to your question is : It could have been on 25 December. I do have to add that God, the GREAT & Eternal God (Father & Son) easily looked down Time and saw the travesty that that day would become. But again, I don't know and the God I worship knows and understands irony ! I am glad that you did the math.
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    Hello Pat, To answer your question we need to have some Biblical parameters. We need to know when John the Baptizer's father served in the Temple. Then we need to believe that John was conceived at the exact time his father was told. Both of those, which are Biblically determinable, approximate Jesus conception pretty close. If you want to have all this laid out for you, we have done it in a couple of booklets. BUT, if you just want someone to tell you the exact answer to your question, sorry for now. If it really matters, you can ask God, 'down the road.'
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    Hello Kenneth, Please understand that I am NOT being "cute" or curt. But if you simply ask that question at ucg.org you will find several more than adequate responses with background material showing the Bible answer. All say the same thing.
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    Thank you Brian, There are a couple of things in these verses that at first, might be overlooked. Please look at Rev 7: 9 -- 14 (Any version is okay) : "After" what things, in verse 9 does this occur? (after 144,000 are chosen to be protected.) This seems to indicate not all will be protected. Then you seem to imply that all these people are taken out of, or, away from, the Great Tribulation. But could they not be taken THROUGH it? Scripture abounds with admonition to "count it all joy" when you suffer for a proper reason. Many have suffered and died for Jesus, over the years since He was first here. They were sustained by Him but they went through heavy suffering. At this horrific end time, it seems quite probable that some will suffer for Him again. This does not mean that some physical humans will not have their physical lives spared but to me anyway, the Rapture theory always seemed just a little too simple. I realize that it was Jesus who shed His blood for us but the Apostle Paul set us a pretty good example of how we might just be asked to also suffer for Him. So, some will be protected (not raptured) and some will die for our Savior.
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    Thanks for your question Frederick! Rev 12: 6 (NKJV) says "Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days." To me this 'place' seems pretty definite (and trustworthy !) But alas, the location of that very definite place is not explicitly revealed. Yet. Let's encourage each other to be accounted worthy to be protected (when & as needed.)
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    Hello Melinda, It looks to me like you were caught somewhat unprepared. I imagine you probably would not do the same thing again. If you have not done so already you could take the time to tell your son what bothered you about going to a "fun park" on God's Sabbath. That way, the sadness you felt might be somewhat taken away by the lesson that you both are learning. Hope your son appreciates your love and concern for him.

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    Hello Arrey, Romans 16 would be what you are looking for. If more is needed, ask again.

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    Hello Larry, I hope that my reply is not too simple but here goes: Jesus is Lord in heaven and on earth. ( Acts 17: 24 ) . Jesus is God (the Son) and there is a God (the Father.) There are 2 God Beings. (There is not just one; there are not three.) Jesus (God) is both just and merciful. He (Jesus) allowed everyone He chose to escape from Sodom & Gomorrah and He executed, fairly, those that He knew would be better, dead, at that particular time. I am so happy & privileged to know God's Plan that is revealed in God's Holy Days. Perhaps you would like to have a booklet that explains better than me?
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    Hello (again) evins5,
    (Since I used up all my characters, I have to write an additional note that was inspired by my personal Bible Study this morning.) I will keep it short: Read Hebrews 10: 32 to 38 in the NLT.