Difficult Texts

 Over the years, as I have presented Bible studies in hundreds of homes from Northern Oklahoma, across Texas and Southern Florida, I still get the same questions over and over concerning certain Bible verses. They are good questions about verses that can be hard to understand. They deserve good answers. Below I have shared some of these questions that I am often asked. I am not smart enough to answer all these questions. However I am sharing how the Bible solves its own dilemma. After each difficult question is a link that will provide the Biblical solution. I hope you find this section of my website useful. If you have any Bible texts that are hard for you to understand, there is a very good chance the rest of us have had trouble understanding it too. Please e-mail me any difficult texts that are not already listed below and I will share them here. Together we will find the Bible answer. You may e-mail me at LayPastor@TampaAdventist.net

Did Jesus tell everyone He would be in the grave three nights as well as three days? http://inlightofthecross.com/jonah.html

Is 1 Timothy 5:23 proof we all should drink fermented wine? http://inlightofthecross.com/timothy.html

Examine the eight verses in the Bible mentioning the first day of the week. Do any of these verses tell us Sunday is now sacred? http://inlightofthecross.com/sunday.html

Is there really no forgiveness if we willfully sin? http://inlightofthecross.com/forgiveness.html

What does Paul really teach about speaking in tongues? http://inlightofthecross.com/tongues.html

Did God already decide before Jacob and Esau were ever born, that Jacob would be saved but Esau would be lost? http://inlightofthecross.com/esau.html 

Did God give Pharaoh no choice but to have a hard heart? http://inlightofthecross.com/pharaoh.html

Does Jesus tell a parable teaching us that we go straight to heaven or hell when we die, instead of resting in the grave until He returns? http://inlightofthecross.com/lazarus.html

What did Paul mean when he said he would rather be absent from the body and be with Jesus? http://inlightofthecross.com/absent.html

Are souls literally under the altar of God now? http://inlightofthecross.com/altar.html

Does Saul talk to Samuel even after Samuel has died? http://inlightofthecross.com/saul.html

Is Matthew 24:37-41 about the secret rapture? http://inlightofthecross.com/rapture.html

Were the Commandments and the Sabbath done away with at the cross? http://inlightofthecross.com/colossians.html

What did Paul mean by, “We are under grace” and not the law? http://inlightofthecross.com/grace.html

Do Matthew 15 and Acts 10 tell us we can eat anything we want now? http://inlightofthecross.com/unclean.html

Do 1 Corinthians 10 and Romans 14 tell us we can eat pork? http://inlightofthecross.com/paul.html

Did Paul warn people about Seventh-day Adventists telling people they can’t eat meat? http://inlightofthecross.com/meat.html

Does Revelation 20:10 teach that sinners will be tormented throughout the endless ages of eternity? http://inlightofthecross.com/fire.html

What did Jesus mean when He said Hell was unquenchable? http://inlightofthecross.com/unquenchable.html

 

Do I Really Need to Know God’s Will For My Life?

I am writing from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

 

I am writing from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

While many people ask why God does not show them His will for their lives I have come to a simple conclusion. He does not need to.

 

 

 

He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  Micah 6:8

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Every fall as recent high school graduates start choosing their college classes, I hear the question, “What does God want me to do with my life?”  Regardless if someone is planning on college or going straight into the workforce I sometimes hear people saying, “I wish God would tell me what He wants me to do.”

 

Even as we get older we often wish we had a direct phone line to God to get specific directions on which road to take in life. So why doesn’t God give us specific directions? It is not very complicated but actually very simple. God can work out His plan for our lives without ever telling us what it is. Maybe it’s best that God not spell out for us the future as we often would like. When Jesus met Peter He simply bade him “come and follow me.” Suppose Jesus had spelled it all out for him from the start. Suppose at the very beginning He had told Peter, “Come follow me and you will suffer public humiliation by denying me, and then end up being crucified upside down on a cross.” Peter would have run away! After Jesus’ resurrection Jesus gave Peter a hint as to what would happen, yet only gave Peter the little information Peter needed for that time. Peter simply followed Jesus day by day and once Peter’s life was over it was a wonderful testimony extolling the great power and love of God.

 

As I look back on my life, I can see how God has worked out His plan for my life without telling me what was going on. In my early twenties I was delivering business forms. I started dating a young lady who went to a small church near where I lived. To get closer to her I left the larger SDA church I had grown up in and joined her little SDA church. Things did not work out for us romantically and she moved away. For some reason I was too proud to admit that I had changed churches just for her so I stayed in that little church. Not long after that, a couple of new Literature Evangelists became a part of our church. They persuaded me to become an L.E. Then came a pastor to that small church who wanted a Bible Worker. The church hired me as the Bible Worker. When the pastor moved to Texas he invited me to go to Texas with him where I did Bible work there. After having been a Bible Worker for several years in Texas, a friend from church who worked at UPS invited me to go to work there to help supplement my income. Good thing I did because right after I went to UPS the churches I was doing Bible work for could no longer afford to pay my salary. So UPS became my regular job for a few years.

 

In 2004 my sister in Tennessee had heard about an available Bible Worker position in Tampa. I thought I had been rooted in Texas. I sent my resume to the church in Tampa and even though I thought I would never leave Texas. One thing after another worked out for me to come to Tampa. I love my job. I love my church family here, and of course I love the area! More importantly others feel God is using me here as His humble Christian servant.

 

While many people my age glory in their past, I tell people the current few years of my life have been the best years of my life. Looking back now, I can trace how God lead me here, beginning with a small church in Oklahoma that I was attending even though the reason for me going there was no longer there. God used that small church to help me start my ministry and get to the beautiful place I am today.

 

I find it interesting that I have never really had to find a job. They all have found me. Even the delivery job I had was presented to me, I did not find it. The L.E. position, Bible worker jobs, and even UPS were all offered to me. God has worked out every aspect of my life and for the most part without telling me at all what was going on or what His plan was.

 

So if you don’t know God’s plan for your life, I say “Don’t worry about it.” God knows and He can make it all work out without telling us at all what is going on. Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount not to worry about tomorrow. He can turn our lives into something beautiful if we will only, do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.”  Micah 6:8