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    Hello Agbo Solomon, Do not give up. You are not dead yet. That means that God wants you alive. You know God can cure you of anything. If God does not, it means that God will give you help to live another day. The Apostle Paul was in bad enough shape more than once so that he would welcome death but God had more for him to do. While you are alive, you have more to do!! You have a wife. Love her; help her; help others until you cannot do it anymore. When God allows you to go to sleep He will. Till then, no matter how bad you think you are (or how bad your life is), if you do not give up or absolutely forget that God loves you there is hope. Do not quit!

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    Hello Mr. Klassen, Perhaps you do see Baptism as a New Testament substitute for circumcision,"Yes, there is circumcision of the heart after baptism but that is not the circumcision that God the Father spoke of when he made that law and it never changed. "
    Then what does this indicate, Acts 2:38: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission [forgiveness] of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Circumcision provided a physical proof that the males were of Israel. Baptism ( after the laying on of hands) provides a spiritual proof (observable to Spirit) that you are a Spiritual Israelite,. Jesus Himself said, John 6:63 New King James Version
    " It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. " There was a change during and after Jesus' life. I repeat, "This new sign is ONLY spiritually discerned." The apostle Paul also spoke about the "mutilation of the flesh " in Phil 3: 2. It does not directly apply to your question but it does give a person pause. We need to be thinking, "How should we observe God's Passover?" Reread Mr. Stout !

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    Hello Nancy, Let's see if we can elucidate the correct sequence of events. We know that several different "hells" exist and the first one is the grave (Greek: 'hades'). Everyone that dies goes there. There is a Lake of Fire which will consume all residual refuse, including unrepentant but understanding sinners but this is after the White Throne Judgment period. If hell is cast into the Lake of Fire, it will cease to exist also. If another place is necessary to 'hold' Satan and the demons, that is exactly what and who it will be for. To repeat, the only 'hell' going on now is the grave.
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    Hello Maximino, This question seems to imply that there is absolutely no way that a true minister of Jesus the Savior could be contacted to perform this important highly symbolic ceremony. If that is so (that a true minister cannot be found) I would think that our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus would understand the dilemma and accept the desire as being sufficient. But please understand, Baptism is only the beginning !!!! It is NOT as the Roman Catholic Church seems to me to teach : a "ticket into heaven." When we are baptized we have all our past sins forgiven but then we are to live a strenuous life of overcoming. Scripture does list a couple of instances that seem to be exceptions to the rule but completely immersing yourself in water to simulate Baptism seems to me to be "overboard." Please consider what I have said. UCG has ministers all over this world.
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    Hello Bianca, I too was raised in the Catholic Church and it was hard for my wife and me to forget Xmas! But we had been in God's Church for a few years before having children so they never knew Xmas except from their friends (not in the Church.) Give presents to your kids on the Holy Days. (Not like Xmas but something real and good.) Prepare a special meal and talk to them about what that Holy Day means, Yes, we did this with them Every Sabbath! If there are others with children in the congregation you attend, those parents (and kids) will help you (as you can help them.) We need each other.

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    Hello Catharine, How does "a woman's bare head usurp (man's) God-given role as leader?"
    A fuller explanation is needed. Please just say a few more words so that we may talk.

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    Hello Cindy, I certainly agree that angels (or demons, 'fallen angels') are not of the 'human' type! And it is probable that they will have some influence in the "delusions" mentioned in the book of Revelation. That having been said, our recommendation would be to immerse yourself in the things that we Can really wrap our human minds around, Right Now! Speculation about what evil may or may not occur (and how) seems to lead people into "the woods." (an idiom for "getting lost.") God does promise a Christian, protection, but if we willingly begin to search out "the deep things of Satan," we might find more than we really wanted (or NEED ) to know.

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    Hello Orrett, Here are a few simple biblical facts, which you may already know: This verse states clearly that we will be received to wherever Jesus is. Right? Well, where will He be when He returns? Just about every eye will see Him as He is returning but where will He land? Zech 14: 6 tells us He will land on the Mount of Olives. If we more closely examine "the place" He is preparing for us we will learn that "place" can be translated "opportunity." (Both Strong's & Vine's agree that the word used in a figurative sense can mean "opportunity.") I believe as you stated that many people believe we will go to heaven and thus they simply Assume that that is where Jesus will take us. But as you know, He is returning to rule this world, this earth, and He will want us to be here with Him! We have a couple of booklets that explain this in greater detail than I have. Just ask for one that shows where Jesus will reign when He returns to earth.
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    Hello Craig, I strongly believe that Mr. Sexton explained the parameters of wearing Tassels very clearly in his article. But may i quote and then make my own observation? The quote:
    "The original scriptural intent behind the fringed garment was to remind the Israelites of God’s commandments to them. They were slaves of sin because, lacking the Spirit of God, their human nature and Satan’s influence caused them to resist doing what was right. God intended they be a model nation for the world to take note of, but they weren’t able to do so for very long—they gave in to the base human instincts we are all very familiar with. But that charge to overcome our nature has now been made possible with the giving of the Holy Spirit. We can now obey from the heart. Paul wrote: “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18). My observation is this: If we have God's Holy Spirit, THAT will lead us into all Truth. We may not be sure of small, incidental, unimportant points but we will be utterly convicted on the big!

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    Hello Ramith, Although Mr. Myers may reply, i will give a short explanation right now. The resurrection of some (referenced in Matt 27) was a physical resurrection to continued Physical life. The resurrection about Jesus being "the firstborn of many brethren" is a reference to : being a human, dying, and then being resurrected to true and complete Spirit life. Jesus was the first in that regard. If you would like a fuller explanation please ask and we will answer.
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    Hello Danielle, I was informed by your enthusiastic comment! I had not personally thought about the detailed explanation that you shared with all of us. Perhaps Mr. McNeally knew all these details but I did not. I do remember a part of a scripture: "the truth will make you free." This small, simple statement gives me much hope. Where do I find Truth? I find Truth in God's Word, the Bible. Everything needed to pursue (and be given) Eternal Life is found there. But not every detail is explained in plain English (or Hebrew or Greek.) So I try to read and understand the clear, obvious, almost unmistakable directions that God gives us. And I accept that later, if I remain faithful, God (both Father and Son) will continue to show me explanations (and details) that are not completely understood at this time. God is always faithful !! We should make a real effort to be faithful also. 2 Thess 2: 9--12
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    Hello Sharlyn, You are obviously very sincere in your belief. So I would not want to argue about that strongly felt belief. But I was a little puzzled about Mary being "the Ark of the Covenant as stated in the Book of Revelation." Could you tell me a little more about that please? The Apostle Peter, great man that he became after receiving God's Holy Spirit was not the one upon which God's true New Testament church was built. That honor belongs to Jesus Himself. But I really would like to know more about Mary being "the Ark of the Covenant, as stated in the Book of Revelation."
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    Hello Ron, Obviously we all like your comment --- at least the large majority of it. We believe that the universe appears to be very old. And we believe that there was a recreation about 6000 years ago, after Lucifer/Satan messed up. That having been said there are many who believe in a strict, just 6000 year old universe. My thought is, how much of a difference do the details make? What i mean is, are there not many Biblical points that matter a great deal more? Jesus, the Master, and Savior of my life and yours, never, as far as I have been able to ascertain, argued short or long universe but He did absolutely stress certain other points. What else can we discuss? I really want to be there at the first resurrection!
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    Hello Robert, 4 or 5 years ago my wife and I were keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread with Brethren in Florida. A gentleman who had read our literature had asked the local pastor if he could attend on one of the high days and he did with Tzitzits. They were modest (and I would say, most appropriate.) We talked about them because I was somewhat unfamiliar. The wearing of them is not common (with us) but certainly not a big issue. I hope that sometime you will visit and enjoy our fellowship.

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    Hello Jake, Your hesitancy is probably a very good thing. Although you may be correct that your friend may think about suicide, what he (or she) needs right now is your friendship. If you are a good friend then show that! Be there and bring that friend into the light of your concern but rather than even going toward that horrible end, instead bring the friend to joy. Take a walk in the sunshine. Visit a playground and watch the kids play. Do something fun. And while you do, let the other know that you care. Something good will come of this.