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Are we today supposed to do what is mentioned to Christ's disciples in-Matthew 10:7-10, that of raising the dead and freely giving to others, etc.?

This was a particular assignment for a particular time as Luke 22:35-37 shows, however many miracles are still done today throughout the world, including raising the dead.

I am a believer in Jesus Christ. My husband and grown children are not. What is their position with God?

God loves and is concerned about us all -John 3:16,17; Joshua 6:18; Hebrews 11:31; 1Corinthians 7:13-17. They too will be saved sometime in this physical life -Acts 16:31., perhaps the sooner your good training of them matters -Ephesians 5:1 "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear-(original is 'rapport', or children in harmony with their parents, and this is the parents responsibility achieved through proper training)-children."-Your conduct is important in this. Even a non believer's decisions in his or her life greatly affect their standing with God -Luke 2:25.

I feel wrong when I masturbate. Is it a form of lewdness?

God is no prude. He designed our bodies to be sexually attractive and with a sexual system and its pleasure points.
    The relationship between a male and female typifies the relationship we have with God. We are advised to love our mates as Christ and the Father so very much love all-(Ephesians 5:25,28,32,33) including those not yet adopted into His family -John 3:16-17
    Masturbation comes from thoughts of selfish pleasure as opposed to love being an outgoing concern for another who is the object of one's affections. But probably all of us have masturbated, haven't we? Better to use your imagination to make the real thing most interesting and exciting. And until the right one comes along, better to put energies into having and showing compassion. Masturbation (the word itself sounds gross) usually follows thoughts of lasciviousness. Some get so hooked on it that a male/female relationship becomes secondary; a trick of the devil to take some of us down a step further?

Is a woman equal in God's eyes to a man?

Yes. Galatians 3:28 makes this clear. Physical distinctions are made (1Corinthians 7:3-6; Ephesians 5:20-33-(note verse 21).
   1Corinthians 11:8-10 talks of a woman inclined to be in line with her created purpose (Genesis 2:18,20-24), that she be a sign to the angels that if she is thus, she deserves special consideration from the angels
    Hence her special gift of intuition. She has great ability thereby, to be adept in matters in accord with her created purpose.

In the Old Testament women were used by God as spokespersons.-
    Because of the hardness of men's hearts (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26; Hebrews 8:10; 10:16) back then, women who were discovered to have had sex before the man she may now be with, could be divorced, the man breaking the agreement, as she was found out to have been deceiving him -Matthew 19:8; Deuteronomy 24:1-4
    Many men back then had little if any forgiveness regarding such a situation and pursued divorce, thereby giving up perhaps a fine woman who was truly sorry and wanted forgiveness and mercy. Such were they who place more emphasis upon the physical negative than the spiritual positives. 
    Mary, the mother of Jesus was thought to have been with a man because she was pregnant (with Jesus), but she knew better. Joseph was a fine man. He wanted to protect her from any embarrassment -Matthew 1:18-23

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