Was the term “Christian” originally a derogatory reference?

Question: By your teaching the disciples were first called “Christians” at Antioch of Syria, which is true; however, who at Antioch was calling them this term and why? It was a derogatory term toward them, my friend. Then again by King Agrippa, another pagan. Then one other time this name is mentioned by Peter only…

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What is the Christian’s new name?

Question: When we accepted Christ we were given a new name and identity. What is our now or name? Answer: The phrase “new name” is only stated three times in the Bible: “The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of…

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Names for God’s People

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.  Names hold a particular significance in the Bible     A.  When a child is born in this country, parents agonize on picking out just the right name.         1.  Often the name is selected because it has a nice “ring” to it         2.  Because a favorite relative has the name         3.  Because a famous person has the…

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Is it wrong to use “Allah” for God in Malaysian Bibles?

Question: Greetings, With the general election just around the corner here in Malaysia, many issues are being used as fodder including the issue of the use of the Arabic word for God in Malay translation of the Bible being used among native congregations. While this is not prohibited by any existing laws, the same issue…

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Does God give us our names?

Question: Does God give us our names? Answer: Depends on which name you are referring to. If you mean the designations like Christian, disciple, or child of God, then, yes, those come from God. If you mean your birth name then, no, that was the name your parents picked out for you. There are times…

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Thank you so much for placing Ethan Longhenry’s article on your website

Question: Dear sir, Thank you so much for placing Ethan Longhenry’s article, Understanding the Tetragrammaton: How Is It Pronounced? on your website. It is an incredible blessing to me! I am trying to make the reasoning my own as it will be great to share with others the name of our God. His name is Wonderful!…

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What syllable should be stressed in the name Jeshua?

Question: I have a pronunciation question for you.  I did read “Understanding the  Tetragrammaton: How is it Pronounced” on La Vista’s web site, but it does not answer this question. Whether Aramaic, Hebrew or Greek, the name “Jeshua,” is the accent on the first or second syllable? In the film “The Passion of the Christ” the accent was on the…

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Why would kings name their children after other kings?

Question: One thing I still don’t understand is how the kings intertwined and started naming their children after relatives, which is very confusing.  Why would kings do that when the entire pride of a king rests on the fact of all they have accomplished in their reign and in the hope that their lineage will…

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Is only Yahweh God’s name?

Question: In “The Divine Name,” you did not explain the name YAHWEH/YHWH and how it was taken out of the Scriptures.  God, Lord, Father are all titles(mother, daughter, son, worker), but not His true name.  Please explain verse Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;  Extol Him who rides on the clouds,…

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