Explain the statement in Job: “God giveth and God taketh away”

Question: Explain the statement in Job: “God giveth and God taketh away.” Answer: “He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD'” (Job 1:21). Job realized that we didn’t bring anything with us…

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The Things I Can Control

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 6:25-34   I.         People spend a lot of anxious time over things that are really out of their control             A.        A lot of teenagers worry about how tall they will be as an adult – Matthew 6:27             B.        Older adults begin to worry whether gray hairs are appearing – Matthew 5:36             C.        Even…

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Can you make bad things happen by speaking about them?

Question: Can you put bad things and words into the universe by saying them?  My husband says in Mathew 12:35-37 it says you can.  When I try to tell him his son is going to die if he keeps using drugs, he tells me I am putting that into the universe and it will happen…

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Could you explain Proverbs 26:3 and 19:29?

Question: Well, I can’t quite figure out: Proverbs 26:3 “A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.” and: Proverbs 19:29 “Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools.” Answer: Proverbs 26:3 is dealing with control or the giving of direction. A rider of a…

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Why is suicide a sin?

Question: Why is suicide a sin? Answer: At first, it seems to be a strange question because the answer is so obvious. But the young man who asked this is struggling with how to explain it to someone he knows. The difficulty is that you can’t turn in your Bibles to a passage that says…

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