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Hello, I agree with WELS that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, but I have always wondered what the water in the sky above the vault is at the beginning of Genesis. What is your explanation? Thanks so much for your time!

Your question addresses the second day of creation: “And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault ‘sky.’ And there was evening, and Continued.

What is divine service?

With no context for your question, all I can suggest is that Divine Service is part of the title for two orders of service in Christian Worship: Supplement. There is Divine Service I and Divine Service II. The titles speak of the praise and worship we give to God.

What does the Bible say about dreams? I've been having a lot of dreams lately, and I am trying to figure out if they mean anything or if it is just stories my mind has made up while sleeping. I also ask this because are so many websites out there that interpret dreams, and I wonder how much is real and how much is fake and how to tell the difference.

The Bible does not address the kinds of dreams you and I might have. As you suggest, the information that enters our minds before we sleep can easily become the stuff of dreams. Perhaps you would find value in adapting the following hymn verse as a bedtime prayer: “When in the night I sleepless lie, Continued.

Are there any WELS congregations in the USA that may still occasionally have worship services entirely in the German language?

A recent survey to WELS congregations asked for information on worship services offered in languages other than English. Of the congregations that responded to the survey, the following indicated that they offer occasional worship services in German. If you are interested in following up with any of the congregations, you will find contact information elsewhere Continued.

After the news of the church shooting in Texas, a friend asked: “A shooting in church? 27 Killed? Women and children? It’s God’s house. Where was he? “ How do you answer a question like this? I didn’t know what to say.

When tragic events like this take place, people can easily question God’s power and love. “If he can do anything, why didn’t he do something and prevent the shootings?” “If God really loves all people, why would he allow those people to suffer like that?” Unfortunately, in some people’s minds God is even more to Continued.

I recently was having a discussion about women voting at WELS meetings. Please quote some Bible passages so I can clarify my point of view as to what the Bible has to say about this topic.

The Bible does not address the specific topic of voting in church assemblies. That is not surprising since our congregational life today is different from that of biblical days. What we need to do, then, is apply broad, general scriptural principles to our complex congregational life today. Elsewhere on this website you will find This Continued.

Hello. I would like to read the books of the Bible in chronological order. The problem is that I don't know what the proper order is. Can you help me out and provide me with a list? I would at least like to get the letters of Paul and the four gospels correct. Thanks.

Your problem of not knowing the chronological order of the books of the Bible is not unique. None of us knows with certainty the order in which God’s prophets and apostles wrote the books of the Bible. We can be sure of the order of the bookends of the Bible—Genesis and Revelation—but there is not Continued.

How can I explain what church discipline is, and how and why it is done?

Matthew 18:15-20 explains what church discipline is all about. It is an act of love by which Christians seek to restore someone who has sinned and is impenitent. Because impenitence bars people from the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), Christians seek to share God’s word with the impenitent so the Holy Spirit can work Continued.

My friend's mother passed away and she wonders if there is any chance that the spirit of her mother is hanging around. Biblically, what is the answer to her question?

Biblically, the answer is “no.” When death takes place, there is immediate judgment as the body and the soul separate, and the soul goes to heaven or hell (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27). Popular culture may present other ideas, but Scripture presents the truth.

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