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I've asked this several times, but I'll try again. In Luther's morning and evening prayer it ends with "let your holy angel be with me......." Question: who is the "holy angel"? Thank you.

Your question was answered on April 12, 2017. Answers to questions are emailed to the questioners via the email address provided. (You want to check all your email folders for the response.) Answers to questions are also posted on the web site. Here is the answer that was emailed and posted this past April: “The Continued.

Is it sinful to lose respect for a spouse who is an alcoholic and continues to drink? Is it sinful to divorce an alcoholic who continues to drink?

Those are questions that you need to address to your pastor. I don’t know the struggles and circumstances of your spouse. I don’t know what treatment he is receiving and what his attitude is toward alcoholism. For these and other reasons, I encourage you to speak to your pastor. I pray that God blesses your Continued.

I am a WELS member, but my granddaughter is a member of a non_ denominational church. During home Bible studies, they serve Holy Communion. I do not participate but am not sure how to explain in a loving way why I do not participate. We are visiting them out of state.

By a common confession of Jesus Christ as Savior, you and your granddaughter can both belong to the “holy Christian church, the communion of saints” (the Apostles’ Creed). We sometimes refer to that church as the “invisible church” because only God can see what is in a person’s heart (1 Samuel 16:7; 2 Timothy 2:19). Continued.

I have been married for twenty years. My husband I have been experiencing intimacy issues for the past fifteen years. Can you please send me the biblical references that talk about married couples withholding sex from one another as being wrong? I am too embarrassed to ask our pastor. Thank you.

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 addresses your question. As uncomfortable as you might imagine it to be to talk to your pastor about this, I encourage you to speak to him. He has the scriptural resources that are helpful for you and your husband. If such a conversation is not possible, you might want to consider the Continued.

Did people who died before Jesus died on the cross go to heaven if they had faith?

Yes. Enjoying salvation is matter of trusting in the Savior who was going to come into the world (in the case of Old Testament believers) or trusting in the Savior who has come into the world (in the case of New Testament believers). It made no difference if people lived and died before Jesus carried Continued.

How old is the earth? I've heard a few numbers.

No precise number is available. Biblical chronologies—and they are incomplete—suggest that God created the world within the past 6,000 to 10,000 years. Of course, God created a fully mature world, so objects had age at the very beginning of time.

I recently received a letter of peaceful release and termination of membership. Are there any guidelines for letters to submit for their release? A proper procedure in handling this matter is what I guess I am in need of.

As I am not entirely sure what information you are seeking, I’ll try to cover both sides of such a letter: the sender and the receiver. If individuals wish to leave one of our congregations and join a church outside our fellowship, membership cannot be transferred. Membership transfers take place only among congregations of our Continued.

Thank you for your Q&A site. It is a valuable resource for understanding the truth of God’s word. A recent posting (“Election and salvation”) indicated that God’s desire that all be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9) and God’s election to salvation (Ephesians 1:3-14) when taken together constitute a mystery that human minds cannot comprehend. But a general desire by God for the salvation of all need not be in conflict with God’s specific actions on election, even to a human mind. For example, they might be reconciled as follows: 1. God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) by living perfect and holy lives (Matthew 5:48), but unfortunately none do (Romans 3:23). 2. So God sent His Son Jesus into the world to so that people could be saved by believing in Him (John 3:16; Romans 3:24). 3. God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) by believing in Jesus of their own free will (Matthew 23:37a), but unfortunately none do (Matthew 23:37b; 1 Corinthians 2:14). 4. So God sends His Spirit into the world to build faith in the hearts of those he elects (1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 1:3-14) in order to build His church on earth. Do you see a problem with this interpretation? Thanks again.

Thank you for your kind words. I have no problem with people having a better grasp of the Bible’s mysteries than I do. We can always grow in our knowledge of the Bible and our Christian faith (2 Peter 3:18). You certainly are correct in noting that people fail to live holy lives that God Continued.

Please explain the meaning of the words in the Lord's Prayer that say "Thy kingdom come" so younger children will have an understanding of it. Thank you!

Allow me to pass along this meaning from The Simplified Catechism. “Your kingdom come. This Means God’s kingdom is all the people who believe that Jesus died to save them. God puts people in his kingdom even when we don’t pray. God wants us to pray that we will always believe in Jesus and that Continued.

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