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Is Judaism defined by one’s mother or father?

Question: In the Bible, genealogies are stated mostly in terms of fathers and sons. Yet, in speaking to contemporary Jews, I am told that the determination of whether one is a Jew or not depends upon the mother’s lineage and faith.   Is that the Biblical standard or was that changed over time? ∼ Christopher...

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How do I find my mission statement?

Question: I am an event and fine art photographer. My business is taking pictures and capturing beauty. What one sentence would you say really describes an event and fine art photographer?  I am almost finished reading your book, Thou Shall Prosper and think it is one of the best books in my library. Please help...

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How can I be respectful to my unbelieving family members?

Question: I have two sisters who are causing big dilemmas in raising our 2-1/2 year old daughter. One sister is living with her boyfriend and their new baby and doesn’t attend church. She consistently dresses very provocatively, when she comes to our house. The other sister is an angry atheist who swears and takes God’s...

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How Do I Keep the Bible’s Sabbatical Year?

Question: I really enjoyed listening to you on the Glenn Beck show and thought I might ask a quick question, if that’s all right…   I am a farmer/rancher and have decided to observe Shemitah, even though I don’t think it is “required” of gentiles. I just want to, as a sign of obedience to...

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Should My Husband Join My Business?

Question: My husband and I are ready your book on business as a result of seeing you on the 700 club. I have been in business for 25 years in the Imprinted Apparel business and recently my husband lost his job. It made sense for him to join the business as he is 10 years...

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My friend is a snoop!

Question: While I was asleep, a friend of mine had the nerve to look at all the texts on my phone. Now, that friend is confronting me about some of what he read, stuff that he would not even know if he had not invaded my privacy by looking at the text messages. I am...

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Did you say what I think you said?

Question: I was somewhat taken back by your answer to Diane – the woman in her 60’s who was being disturbed by the neighborhood children. I basically agree with your response to the noise level issue but thought your advice that she form friendships first before expecting the children to respect and not damage her...

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Do I suffer in silence or speak up?

Question: I am in my 60’s. I live in a cul-de-sac. There are families with children. The children yell and scream, run through other people’s yards and ride bikes through other people’ s yards and grass. This really upsets me and disturbs my peace.  I feel like the only way to get peace is to...

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Who are the ‘righteous women’?

Question: Can you tell me more about how during the 400 year captivity the Hebrew wives didn’t let their husbands give up on God’s promises? (I’ve heard) something about the husbands wanted to stop producing children and refused to lay with their wives but the women found a way. Thanks, ∼ Marjorie C. Answer: Dear...

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