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Rjaaron asked, "Minister Beckham, I enjoy reading your commentary as I study the bible. It also helps me to better understand my Sunday school lessons and this week we are in Isaiah chapter 25, and I don't think that I am overlooking it, but I was wondering do you have any insight on Isaiah chapter 25. Your assistance is appreciated."

Dear rjaaron, Jesus said, in John 5:39, "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me." We can safely approach all Scripture, such as Isaiah 25, from the perspective that the ultimate purpose of this chapter is to bring us to the Lord. The chapter starts with praise to Him. Isaiah continued to be stunned by the Lord in his life as we should be. Those who do not trust in the Lord are like citizens of a city (Verse 2) that might be called, "Unbelief" and our Lord has invaded that city in your life and mine. We were aliens to the Lord and He has made us His own. We are the "poor" in Verse 4 who have been given strength. Death is swallowed up and no longer rules over us, as seen in Verse 8, which is quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54. We have waited for the Lord, as seen in 25:9, even when we had no idea what He was all about. People of pride, such as Moab, will be trampled down - "He will bring down their pride" (Verse 11). It was like we lived in a fortress, and He has brought our walls down, laid us low, down to the dust. However, He who has judged us is also our Rescuer, who delivers us from sin and death. This is my prayerful impression. Does it help you? God bless you. May we pray for you?
---Pastor Ron

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What is meant by Born Again? B. Hunt

Dear B. Hunt, You have asked, "What is meant by Born Again?" -- the words of Jesus in John 3:3-7. A religious leader named Nicodemus came to Him asking questions. Jesus answered, "...Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus thought it was about physical birth, but Jesus corrected the man. He said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Being "born again" is allowing God to enter the center of our being and something of God Himself is placed within us. Like a human baby grows in the womb, we grow as the Holy Spirit guides and lead us. To be born again is to be born of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Just confess your need and trust in Him. --- Pastor Ron

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I am a christian and was There is still a good deal of controversy over which day should be the Sabbath, Saturday as it has always been in the first testament or Sunday starting with the new testament.  What are your thoughts? N P

I like Paul the Apostle's response in Romans, and we all need to consider his words. 1 Corinthians 8 is similar. Romans 14:6 says about the keeping of the Sabbath or of Sunday, the first day of the week, "He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it..." In Verse 13 he comments, "...Therefore let us not judge one another anymore." They had concerns similar to ours--but always remember that the Law for us is to love one another (John 13:34-35).
God bless you, N P. Write again when you can. --- Pastor Ron

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I am a christian and was wondering if its ok for me to have a beer or 2 occasionaly if I dont have a drinking problem. Rod

Dear Rod, Thank you for writing. Often in Scripture the word “wine” is often used for alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating substances as a general category. It is interesting that the use of intoxicants is not generally forbidden in Scripture. But there are warnings about its use. When alcohol becomes a habit, all may be well for a time, but when sudden sorrow or other trouble comes, you may find it has a firmer grip on your life than you thought. He are some Scriptures that you might prayerfully consider:
• “Wine is a mocker, intoxicating drink arouses brawling, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1)
• It’s not unlike nicotine or caffeine in becoming addictive (Proverbs 23:29-35)
• Alcohol tends to become like a rival which you can look to, instead of looking to Lord (Isaiah 5:11-12)
• “Harlotry, wine and new wine enslave the heart” (Hosea 3:11)
Paul the Apostle did say to Timothy, “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities” (1 Timothy 5:23), but he also said, “Do not be drink with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
The latter Scripture is interesting because of its similarity to Isaiah 5:11-12. The use of intoxicating substances tends to be a substitute for trust in the Lord. You will never find out whether you will become an alcoholic or not until you walk down that road. But pray a lot about your decision because you may find at some point that you regret setting foot on that road in the first place. --- Pastor Ron
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In Luke chapter 9 verse 41, was Jesus talking to the crowd or his own disciples? If His disciples why would He refer to them as "perverted"? Thank you for your time. Patty

Dear Patty, Thank you for writing. The Greek word for “perverted” in that place did not carry the same meaning as it does in today’s English. The disciples had been given the ability to cast out demons and cure diseases (Luke 9:1). As it is with other gifts, we are to believe in the Lord when the gifts are used. We believe – He does the miracle. It was not the disciples who could cast out anything. They were to have faith in Him. “Diastrepho,” the Greek word here, meant “to distort, twist, to turn aside.” They had turned aside from faith into unbelief. They had the gift, but not the faith to actually use it. God bless you. Pastor Ron.

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Pastor Ron, In Reading Matthew 8:28-34, when Jesus cast out the demons from the demon possessed men, they went into pigs who ran off the cliff. The pigs died, but what happened to the demons? Karen.

Dear Karen, The demons were suddenly without bodily form when the pigs drowned, but the demons did not die, as we understand death. From a spiritual perspective, demons are already dead because they have separated themselves from God, but they will always exist, separated from God though they will be mercifully separated from those in humanity who have placed their trust in the Lord. Jesus spoke about people in the last verses of Matthew 25, but His words apply to all creatures who reject the Lord: "These will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life" (Matthew 25:46). --- Pastor Ron

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please unsubscribe me from your mailing list i only read scripture from the king james bible and i notice you use scripture from other books may god bless you. Rooftops

Dear Rooftops,
Thank you for writing. Actually I LOVE the King James Bible. The beauty of its language is especially useful for memorization.
I searched prayerfully while I was in seminary for a translation that best reflected the original New Testament Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic and Classical Greek languages the Bible was written in. I spent a great deal of time and study in the King James, the New King James, the 1901 American Standard, the New American Standard, the Revised Standard and the New International Translation because I wanted to present most accurately the Bible as it was originally intended.
I was surprised. After years of study, I concluded that they all were useful, each in their own way. I continue to use many of them to this day. The New International translation, though I do have a couple of them, is not one I prefer. It attempts to capture the idiomatic Greek and Hebrew expressions, but, in my opinion, with only limited success. The Revised Standard seems to be somewhat biased, resulting in some poor choices by the translators.
Ultimately I chose the New American Standard as the one I would use most because of its faithfulness to the original languages. It is not as popular as some of the others, but if you ever want to look at it objectively, it will take you much closer to the original words that came from the Holy Spirit. The NAS translators did a very good job. I also use the NKJV a lot.
I will disconnect you from our studies and sermons, but I respect your honesty and thank you for your blessing. If you ever need prayer, we will pray for you.
God bless you and yours. --- Pastor Ron
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Ron, I just read your pray for your enemy sermon and I found that it helped me a lot and I passed it onto others. I did have a question though. When I am angry I feel weaker and I feel this weight on my chest. I pray for this to go away but it normally doesn't work. How can I overcome anger? Thanks, Renee

Renee, Ephesians Chapter 4 is an important Chapter on the subject of anger. In the center of that Chapter, we find that the Christian has two natures. The first nature is the one we were born with; the one that wants something and if we don’t have it, we get angry. Paul called it the “old man.” There is also what Paul called “the new man,” and that is the new nature created within us at the time we place our trust in the Lord Jesus. That nature is able to able to handle anger through prayer and with that nature, we begin to forgive.
The “new man” is given to us when we trust in the Lord. We find, “if anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation; old things (like anger) have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are made new in the Lord, but the old will live on during our life on this earth. We are given something like a new spiritual “body” and we have a choice – We can “feed” the “old man” or we can “feed” the “new.” The “old nature” wants to do things in our own strength, and the “new nature” is “fed” faith, hope, love, and peace when we reach out to the Lord. We become responsive to God’s will for us and we are drawn to forgive. The struggle between the natures within us will indeed make us weak and pressures within can manifest themselves in our physical bodies. The struggle will end at some point because the “old nature” will fall away and be gone forever when we go to be with the Lord. I think the key for you is found in Philippians 4:6-9 --- "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Meditate on These Things. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
When you are angry, afraid or upset; when your chest hurts because of the pressure inside, it’s time to hand it to the Lord – to pray. It isn’t so much that we pray for the pressure to be gone, though we can. Instead it’s giving our anger to the Lord. He already knows, but tell Him about it anyway. He has broad shoulders and can handle the anger. We are small and need His help. The promise of those verses in Philippians is that the answer to our prayer is: “peace.” We are given the promise of John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” We choose Him instead of our fear. We choose to share our anger with Him instead of bearing it alone.
--- Pastor Ron

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Hello sir, First I would like to thank you for not only providing access to the Bible on the internet, but also for putting your email at the bottom so that people can get their questions answered. Yesterday in my Sunday school class we were talking about John 18, and we went over verse 6. The second part of the verse says that the soldiers drew back and fell to the ground. I'm a little confused about this. My teacher said that it was in awe of Jesus' power. I could also see how it may have something to do with Him claiming to be God. Maybe He said it and the soldiers knew it to be true, and they drew away in fear? I'm not really sure what exactly is going on, and I referred to the other gospels, but I don't think any of them even mentioned this event. If you could provide some clarification I would greatly appreciate it. Yours Truly, David

Dear David, thank you for writing. Much of the Book of Isaiah is highly “Messianic” in its content. It’s about Jesus. The Lord, speaking through Isaiah the prophet, often uses the phrase, “I am He” in identifying Himself. An example is Isaiah 41:4, in which He said, “I, the Lord, am the first, and the last, I am He.” You can also see these words in Isaiah 43:13 & 43:25. When Jesus said, “I am He” to His accusers, it frightened them to the point where they literally fell to the ground, just as if a great wind had knocked them down. These men had learned the Scriptures since their youth and knew what Jesus was saying, when He said, “I am He.” Yet it did not stop them from crucifying Him because that was the reason He came to this world – to die for our sins. As Isaiah said about Him, “He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12). --- Pastor Ron

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Sir, Please explain Daniel 7 verse 9.  Specifically - to what do the "wheels" refer?  Likewise in Ezekiel 1 verses 15 & 16.  Specifically - to what do the "wheels" refer?  Thank you.  John

Dear John, It's how they get around. The creatures referreed to are also seen in other places such as Isaiah 6 and seem to be literal beings that live at the Throne of God. As you have observed, they are alien to anything we see on earth today. Most creatures here walk, slither, swim or fly, and the words in the various verses about them seem to be simply an attempt to describe what men like Ezekiel, Daniel and Isaiah saw. The wheels were brightly colored and places like Ezekiel 1:17 are a description of a method of locomotion. They are cherubim and/or seraphim, created before humanity existed and I don't think symbolic meanings are necessary. These cherubs are merely part of God's creation, creatures not of this earth. --- Pastor Ron

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Hi there. First and foremost, Father God, please bless this person for using their precious time to help me and guide me by the dreams you've given me. Amen! I'm looking to see how the word S E N A T O R fits into my dreams. Between 2003 and 2005 I had 3 similar dreams in which I became a famous Ottawa Senators hockey player. I began to score goals prolifically and very easily. Years later I now understand the parallel with music as I'm a singer-songwriter/instrumentalist, I also write 50% of my music in the same manner-very easily and they're good songs too! I don't have a recording label or anything and only now will I be making my first CD. But why a "Senator"? I tried to research it but I cannot find how biblically, or using parallels, how the word Senator fits in to my dreams. How does this relate? tks, Luc.

Dear Luc, If you have trusted in Christ, you are an ambassador for Christ. Your citizenship is in heaven, but your mission, as it is with all of His people, is to be His ambassador on this earth. We are obscure on earth, but not in heaven. --- Pastor Ron

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My question is why does God want to be worshiped does he have an ego problem? Roy

Dear Roy, Do you love your wife? Does she love you? It's natural, when you love someone, to hope that they love you in return. God is wonderful and He loves us. It makes perfect sense to love Him. It's people who have egos, by the way. God is totally other-directed. Different than us, He loves without limit - ego is OUR problem, not His.

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Dear Sir, I have been betrayed by a man so I want to write a thoughts & Proverb against him, Please send me a suitable for this. Thank you, Anikeet

Dear Anikeet, Here is the Scripture I suggest for you: Luke 6:27 & forward – “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” That is the Scripture used in our sermon for Sunday, July 5, 2009. Please read the sermon and note that praying for those who have harmed us cannot be done in our own strength. It is done through the power and love of our Lord. Have you trusted in Jesus Christ, Anikeet? --- Pastor Ron

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I have heard that some people are just religious and not Christian. what is the difference. There is a scripture that states that "the heart is deceitful and no man can know it. Further, there is a scripture that states that you can know a man by his fruits. I know that the word of God is true, but I need to know exactly what each statement means. Thank you and God bless your ministry. You have helped me before. Jeane

Dear Jeane, “Religion” is something done by people. It’s from a Latin term which essentially meant “to adhere to” – attempting to “glue” ourselves into God’s grace by persistence in religious works. To be “Christian” is actually to allow the work of Christ to enter our hearts and lives. Jesus did the work on the cross that allows us to be acceptable in the sight of God. Our part is to have faith in Him and what He has done (John 6:29).
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it? I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to he fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
“You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16-20)
Only God really knows our hearts, but what we are is revealed by what we do. The “fruits” of a person are their actions. Compare the “works of the flesh” and the “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:19-26. People really can tell right from wrong, but much like an alcoholic denies what they are, many pretend that wrong is right. God bless you. Write again. --- Pastor Ron

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Hi Ron, I am studying Daniel 3:26-30 at the moment and questions have been raised that I am finding difficult to answer. These questions are: Why wasn't Nebuchadnezzar harmed by the heat when he approached the fiery furnace like the soldiers? What were the differences of roles of the princes, governors, captains and counsellors? What positions were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego promoted to?  Ness

Dear Ness:
Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t harmed for three reasons: 1) As suggested by the original language, there were two doors in the Babylonian furnace. One at the top, used by the zealous guards, and one at the side, used cautiously by Nebuchadnezzar. 2) he was spared because of God’s protection. 3) The king simply did not come as near to the fire as his guards did.
A prince (satrap) was a ruler, king, sovereign, but subject to the higher rule of Nebuchadnezzar.
The governor (prefect) was a magistrate, administrator, police commander or curator in the Babylonian system
A captain was a devil or military officer; leader of a group.
The counselor was an advisor to the king.
The meaning of “promoted” was actually, “he caused them to prosper.”    ---    Pastor Ron

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Hi Ron, I am studying Romans at the moment and we have just finished Romans 1. It speaks of homosexuality etc. I am of the belief that some people are born homosexual just as we cannot choose our eye colour these souls have not chosen their sexual identity. As God made us all, we are indeed not perfect. I do however believe, of course, that some people choose this path in life. Questioning this at the study my pastor said he doesn't believe people are born homosexual but rather have external influences around them...Later he said that demonic spirits can in fact enter the womb and 'infect' the fetus. What are your thoughts on this topic. Warm Regards, Sonia, Australia

Dear Sonia, Romans 1 does not say whether homosexuality in the INDIVIDUAL is in place at birth (heredity) or if it comes later (environment). We are instead shown how homosexuality comes to a CULTURE. First the people of a group/nation will begin to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Verse 18), even though the reality of God is open and clear to all – people have to CHOOSE to deny Him (Verses 19-22). They enter into various forms of idolatry, preferring the creation to the creator – they may worship money, or power, or fame, but it’s idolatry, nonetheless (Verse 23). “Therefore,” it says in Verse 24, God allows His protection to be withdrawn from them, giving “them up to uncleanness” (Verses 24-27). In other words, the nation(s) that deny God will begin to see the Judgment of God fall upon them. His protection will gradually be withdrawn from that people. He will no longer protect them from themselves. One of the first signs of what is happening will be that open and widespread homosexuality will begin to fill that land, just as we are seeing today. An excellent example in history is Sodom and Gomorrah, as seen in Ezekiel 16:49 and its context. They had “pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness,” just as many favored nations today, but they did not respond to the will of God that they should love one another in a wholesome manner, by helping the “poor and needy.” Almost as an afterthought, in Verse 50, we are told they “committed abomination…” --- Pastor Ron

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Blessed is he who does the will of GOD, I was surfing the net for a church in my own back yard and there you popped up; I browsed thru and I like what I see, I signed up for your study and this morning at 5:am there you were giving me a new reason for leaving the traditional church, my church. Pastor Ron, I would like an answer from another Pastor so I am happy that I found you. I have a serious case of Church blues. My Pastor is running our church like a one man business and not saving souls at any cost... I like to come to my new church the The First Church on The Net because I don't have to deal with people but this is not growing in Christ, I must go out into my community and save souls at any cost. HELP, I want out of my church. Rosa

We're glad you like what we do and appreciate the affirmation about us, though it certainly is the Lord who does it all. Your email suggests that the Lord 1) has called you out of the church you are presently in, and 2) is allowing the circumstances you are in to reinforce His call. We will be glad to be there for you. People come to us at the rate of 120,000 people per month, stay with us for a time, and hopefully find something of a healing in relation to the local church. We are a church, but we have never felt we are to replace local gathering places. A lot of churches in Africa have written to us over the years, describing themselves as churches "under the trees" (they don't have buildings). We meet "in the computer" and would like it very much if you become part of us for a time.  It sounds like you have a gift of evangelism because of your interest in people coming to the Lord. That's wonderful. We will keep you in prayer and hope you will keep us posted about how best to pray for you. You matter to the Lord and you matter to us. --- Pastor Ron

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Dear Pastor Ron, I do not know how to forgive. I pray, I try, I want to forgive, but it just does not happen. What do I do? Lyle

Dear Lyle, Like the call of God to celibacy for some, like the gift of teaching, you have been called by God to forgiveness. The very fact that you want to; know that the desire to forgive is His call to you. But your question is, how do you do it? The answer is - you don't, but God does! Every call from God is intended to be done in HIS strength, not in ours. Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30) because He is the one who actually intends to do the work. Paul quoted the Lord that "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness... that the power of Christ may rest upon me... when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Let go, let God. Give it to Him and trust that He will bring it to pass. --- Pastor Ron

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Pastor Ron, I am to teach a Sunday School class and want an example of how it helps us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Can you give me a scripture for that?  J.

Dear J., I recommend a comparison of Romans Chapters 7 and 8.  In Romans 7, we are shown Paul's struggle to live a good life in his own strength. In Romans 8, his attitude and situation has been remarkably changed. He now said, "You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you" (Romans 8:9) --- Pastor Ron

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Hi Ron, I am going on an evangelistic church planting missionary trip with an organization SPAN, Strategic Planning Among Nations. The Trip is from Feb2 through March 6. Is there a group from your online church that supports and prays for missions? SPAN is a non profit non denominational Protestant group working mostly in third world countries. Vince

Hi Vince, Thanks for writing. I’m interested in hearing more about “SPAN.” Does the organization have a website? And yes, our Prayer Team has a great interest in praying for missions. I'll attach a listing of the missions we are praying for this week.  Are you a part of our Prayer Team?  Would you like to be?  God bless you --- Pastor Ron

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Hello, Allow me to introduce us... We are a Kansas Rehab Facility for residents who have suffered with Chemical imbalance of the brain. We are preparing them to go back into society. We have been studying the book of John. We are now in Chapter 13. I was wandering if you could help me out with prayers for each chapter. Our Bible Study is every Tuesday of each month. Your help is greatly appreciated. Arlis... Activity Director

Dear Arlis, First of all, thank you for saying “yes” to the Lord and helping those in need. I teach in a convalescent home on Thursday mornings to a group of elderly people who will not be returning to society. I will be glad to help. Do you want Chapters 1 through 21, or do you want us to start with Chapter 13? I’ll include a prayer on 13, and you can let me know. Chapter 13 - Lord, open our eyes to the needs of others. Let us love sufficiently so we will actually delight in “washing feet” by meeting those needs. We notice, Lord, that Judas’ feet were among those You washed. Help us to love even those who would betray us. We pray that our trust in God will grow and be discernible to others, so they will want you, too. Enable us to really care; to love one another, even as You have loved us. As to the times we have denied You, please forgive us and heal us. Thank You. In Jesus Name. Amen. --- Pastor Ron

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Dear Ron, I was surfing the net and stumbled across your website. It is very interesting and informative. I'm from South Africa and I'm employed at the KZN Blind and Deaf Society in Durban. A colleague suffers from "Uviatis" and She would like to hear from others who are living with the same eye condition. Are you in a position to publish this request on your website? I thank you in advance for your assistance and support. Warm regards, Nad Ramsaru

Dear Readers - Do you know someone with Uviatis?  Do you know something about it?  Please contact Ron@FridayStudy.org and I will place you in touch with Nad Ramsaru.

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Hi Pastor Ron, Can you tell me what the “rest” of God spoken of in Hebrews chapter 4 refers to? Is it heaven? I heard a message that said it had to do with having His peace in our lives and I am a bit confused. Thanks so much. God bless, Patty

Patty, The “rest” in Hebrews 4 is very much like the “heavenlies” (or “heavenly places”) in Ephesians 2:6, where it says God has “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." There has been a war between mankind and God since shortly after the beginning of time. It was humanity who rebelled against the rule of God. When we trust in Christ, the war is over – for us anyway. We have peace in our hearts, we enter His rest and even though we cannot see it outwardly, we are already in the “heavenlies” in Christ Jesus. Have you thought about it that, as people, we are all blind? God can see the future, and yet we can’t see one second ahead. We have been raised up with Him, we are in His rest, and yet we cannot see it because we are blind to the reality of His presence. And yet we know Him by FAITH and are already with Him in His rest, now and forever. Soon we will be with Him and will literally SEE that which we already KNOW. --- Pastor Ron

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hello,im mike from the philippines, a catholic,i would like to know in the Bible, in the book of the first corinthians chapter 14 verse 24-25 (in the catholic Bible coz i think there are different interpritations), is it being practiced by any christian groups, coz i think it happened to me and i almost lost my mind,in the encyclopedia i read that there is a practice in early christianity of interogating neophytes by means of the holy spirit , is it the same?,,, i would appreciate any help,,,,thanks

Hello Mike, In 1 Corinthians 14:24-25, it speaks about a spiritual gift called “prophesy,” where God speaks to an individual or group through a human being. Other spiritual gifts are mentioned in 1 Corinthians Chapters 12 and 14. We know from places like Romans 11:29 that the gifts are still with us. That verse in the Catholic Bible says, “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.” In the Roman Catholic Church, there always have been formal practices intended as a “making sure” that church attendees have the Holy Spirit. If you read the Catholic Encyclopedia about Confirmation, you’ll find that it is supposed to be a “making sure” that the person being confirmed has received the Holy Spirit. Ordination is another time of “making sure.” I believe you are saying that you had a negative experience of being interrogated, in which you “almost lost (your) mind.” We are concerned for you and we will pray for you.
In 2 Timothy 1:7, Scripture teaches that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” That is our prayer for you, that your life will not be ruled by fear, but instead you will know the gentle power of God and have the love and soundness that is His true intention for you.
God bless you, Michael. Please write again. --- Pastor Ron

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My new tenant is a lady (in a certain religion) who has to have a biopsy. I told her I would pray for her and she said "thank you." She commented that "it was in the temple already." Since I'm not very familiar with her religion and she was quite upset with her condition, I did not go into asking questions or have a conversation about it. I know when we  we tried to go into her temple but were told we could only go at tour times. So we never got back to go. I have heard that they are part of a "cult". She is a very sweet lady and I want to know what to say to her without offending her religion. I would like to put her on my prayer chain for her biopsy on Sept. 9th. thanks, Diana

Diana, I have met fine people in her religion, and since they look to Jesus, it may be that some unknown percentage of individuals in that group will be with us in eternity. But the religion itself has an important missing ingredient – the blood of Christ. When I attended a marriage a couple of decades ago, the minister of that religion droned on-and-on for what I thought was an unnecessarily long period of time. I picked up their song book from the rack on the back of the pew in front of me and leafed through it. I noticed there was no mention of the blood of Christ or of His death on the cross or the fact that He died for our sins. He was portrayed in those songs as a Teacher, Preacher, Guide, Example, and so on. I think you can be one of them, but look with all your heart to Jesus, He will save you. But if you strictly look to their religion and attempt to please God by following its rules, you’ll miss God’s best. We are not saved by our good works; we are saved by the grace of God, made operative through faith in His Son.  --- Pastor Ron

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Ron, I am trying to find a short verse on GRACE... Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.  Kathy

Dear Kathy, I like the Lord’s response in 2 Corinthians 12:9 as a short statement on God's grace: “My grace is sufficient for you.” Or you might try Ephesians 2:8 – “For by grace you have been saved.”   --- Pastor Ron

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I am reading your study in Genesis.  You present the Bible like it is, but why don't you present other theories about what it means?  M.

Dear M. Yes, there are indeed many theories about the Bible.  Our intention is to present the Scriptures simply and with clarity.  Where questions arise about meaning, we intend to let other Scriptures (not merely human theories) give us understanding.  Where theories are important, however, we will include them. --- Pastor Ron

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Were Adam & Eve real people?  Or are they a kind of parable? - Don.

We're about to start a study in the Book of Genesis that will examine Adam and Eve in depth.  You'll be able to look at their lives in this verse-by-verse study and decide if they are real or not.  Watch for that study. --- Pastor Ron

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How did your on-line church begin? - Judy

I taught a Friday morning (6:00 AM) Bible study in a factory for 5-years.  It was called the "Friday Study."  Some of the attendees asked me to start a church.  I took their request to the Lord, concluding, after prayer, that there were a lot of church buildings already and it was not for me.  Surprisingly the Lord seemed to be presenting the idea of an "internet church."  I told the attendees, 2-weeks later, what I thought was the Lord's intention.  One of the men, Mark Behrens, built a website and we reserved FridayStudy.org and FridayStudy.com.  This was and is the First Church On The Net.  We are approved as a church and our outreach is especially to those who cannot and will not attend a traditional church.  In Africa, there are churches that meet "under the trees."  We are a 24/7 church that meets electronically - "on the net."  -- Pastor Ron

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Can you tell me why in Exodus chapter 9 God speaks of the death of the Egyptian cattle and yet in the plague of hail the cattle are mentioned again as being in the fields? Thanks so much for your time and trouble.  -  Patty

Dear Patty, What a great question! Thank you for writing. The word in this context for “cattle” is interesting. It is the Hebrew word “mikneh,” which can mean cattle, but it also can be “flock, herd, possession, purchase (or) substance” (Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary). Not necessarily cattle only. The word used for “all” indeed means every one of them. In Exodus 9:6, ALL the livestock of Egypt died. In Exodus 9:7, Pharaoh “sent… and not even one of the livestock of the Israelites was dead.” Pharaoh subsequently hardened his heart and Moses now warned him that unprecedented hail was about to come down on the cattle and fields of Egypt. There was an exception, however – “He who feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his livestock flee to the houses” (Exodus 9:20). “And the hail struck” (Exodus 9:25), killing everything and everybody. Your question: If all the cattle died in the infestation of Exodus 9:6, where did the livestock come from that died in Exodus 9:25?
We know that it DID happen to his cattle the second time because it’s in God’s Word. But how? Two possibilities: 1) The theologian Matthew Henry spoke about these passages, stating that when Pharaoh “sent” to see the “livestock of the Israelites,” it may have been “to gratify his curiosity,” or it was “by way of reprisal, to repair his own losses out of their stocks.” He TOOK cattle from his Jewish slaves in Goshen and made them his own. 2) There was at least one significant servant of Pharaoh who believed in the Lord; maybe several of them. We are told he or they brought cattle indoors the second time, and if they believed in God’s Word the second time, it’s likely they did the FIRST time as well. Nothing is precisely said, but there WERE living cattle, which means that 1) and/or 2) did happen.  --  Pastor Ron

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I’ve been blind since birth, and I believe that in Leviticus or Deuteronomy, it says that disabled people like the blind or deaf had to live outside the camp, away from the protection of the congregation. Is it true? Where does it say that? – T.H.

Dear T.H.,
I looked in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, and did not find such an exclusion. Certain groups WERE excluded from the camp of Israel, such as lepers and those with a venereal discharge, for the likely reason that they could infect others, but the blind and deaf WERE kept within the protection of the camp. In Leviticus 13:46 & context, it indicates that the blind WERE able to partake of the tabernacle of the Jews, which was in the center of the camp, but they were not to execute the duties of the priesthood.  --  Pastor Ron

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What is the difference between worship and praise? - jgwise

Dear jgwise,

Thank you for writing. I have researched "praise" and "worship" in the English, Hebrew and Greek languages and note much overlap between them. The one is often defined by the other. But in addition, I have had lot of help with such concerns. A great helper is Pastor Charley, a mentor and friend. I recall that he said this about your question: "I WORSHIP God, lifting Him up for who He is (He is beautiful, awesome, etc.). I PRAISE my children for what they have accomplished." Charley, of course, also praises God for what HE has done.

Charley continued, as to “praise” and “worship” - "they are both branches of the same tree."  --  Pastor Ron

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Dear Friday Study, thank you for this wonderfull studies, my questions are: 1, how will God judge those of our forefathers that did not hear the gosple and other. 2, if a man married two or more wives befor getting born again will he divoice the rest after he got born again. 3, why is it that some good christain died of sickness after alot of prayar have been offered. 4, does God destine any body to be poor or sick for life. Ikwuoma Henry

Dear Ikwuoma Henry, here are some answers for you:

1, how will God judge those of our forefathers that did not hear the gosple and other.

The cross of Christ reaches forward and backward in time. Anyone of any time who honestly has reached out and placed their trust in God, will be saved on the basis of faith. That’s the message of the life of Abraham. “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace… the promise… is to those who are of the FAITH of Abraham, who is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16 & context). Jesus saves even those who do not know His name.

2, if a man married two or more wives befor getting born again will he divoice the rest after he got born again.

Certainly, if that man wanted to enter the Christian ministry, he would have to consider 1 Timothy 3:2 – “A bishop (pastor) must be blameless, the husband of one wife…” A question for that man would be: what would happen to that man’s wives if he divorced them? Would they be forced into lives of poverty? It’s important in such situations to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) until God shows you what to do.

3,why is it that some good christain died of sickness after alot of prayar have been offered.

Last night, a 15-year old boy named Robbie died. His heart died, but he had a successful heart transplant at age 4. At 14, he needed another one, but the medicines he received to prevent a rejection of the heart, led to lymphoma, a form of cancer. Hundreds of people were praying for Robbie, but he died. Jesus’ disciples asked Him about a man “who was blind from birth” – “Who sinned,” they asked, “this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him” (John 9:1-5). Paul said, “if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation” (read 2 Corinthians 1:3-11). Paul had come to understand that if we have problems it may not be about us at all, but so that others may be touched by the love of God. One child is born rich and another poor. One is born with cerebral palsy or AIDs and another is normal and healthy. Is God sovereign? Can he heal those children? Yes He can, and if He does not heal the Robbie’s of this world, “it is (somehow, in His wisdom) for YOUR comfort and salvation.

4,does God destine any body to be poor or sick for life.

Helen Keller was born blind and deaf and yet God sent a lady named Annie to Helen Keller and taught her to communicate. Helen Keller blessed millions with her “words.” God has the amazing ability to speak to many out of the suffering of one. Our assistant pastor at Friday Study Ministries has been blind since birth. He reaches thousands with his Bible studies. People LISTEN to this disabled man. Most do not understand that our real LIFE will not be merely here in this life, but in eternity. At the point when we see the Lord face-to-face, we shall all be healed – forever. “And God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power” (1 Corinthians 6:14).

God bless you, Ikwuoma   --  Pastor Ron

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What version of the bible are you using, With so many changes are made and important verse left out how can we get the hole story. From what I read the King James is the closest to the Greek and Hebrew writing. How come all the other versions are copywritten and the King James is not? --- Steve

Dear Steve, Thank you for writing. When I was in Bible College, decades ago, I had similar questions and I’m glad you asked. What I did in college was this: I carried a number of different translations to every class I attended. Included were the King James, New American Standard, 1901 American Standard, New English Bible, and the New International Translation. I also had a Revised Standard, but it didn’t fit into my large briefcase. My teachers were Greek and Hebrew scholars and it was my opportunity to find out which translation was best. I’m not sure it happened, but here’s what I found:
The King James is best for memorization because of the beauty of the language.
The 1901 American Standard surprisingly seemed to be word-for-word closest to the original languages. It caught the Greek and Hebrew meanings of words a little better than the others, but it was an older version of English and like the King James, was difficult to understand.
The New International Translation was an attempt to bring idiomatic Hebrew and Greek PHRASES into English. It’s less reliable for individual words, but better for sentences.
The New English Bible was the least reliable, but it was the version that led me to Christ, so I can’t complain.
Steve, they ALL have strengths and weaknesses, but ALL are the Word of God and are useful for you.
The reason the King James is not copyrighted is because it’s so old. It’s in the public domain. --- Pastor Ron

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Weekly Bulletin

Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries
www.FridayStudy.org
www.FirstChurchOnTheNet.org
Ron@FridayStudy.org

"While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)