Q. God bless you with your website and your talent as a teacher. I have learned a great deal. A few years ago, I had a strong desire to own my own restaurant. To make a long story short, it did not do well. Our debts seem insurmountable, but my wife and I did not want to file bankruptcy, although it was very tempting. Some days, the burden seems so, so heavy. We do tithe monthly, and would like to do more, but there is nothing left. I have prayed for God to lighten our load many times. We have absolutely nothing left at the end of the month. What more can we do to find favor with our Lord, Jesus Christ?
Q. I hear rumors of coming food shortages because of the bad weather all over the US. They say to stock up on food, water, gas (if possible) and guns and ammo because there will be riots when the grocery stores run out. Do you think there is any truth to this? I know it will be like that after the Rapture but before? I know we are not suppose to store up treasure here on earth and not be frightened by whats to come. So do you think God sees us as weak, not trusting in him if we collect a few things just in case?
Q. I believe in justification being a one time thing. But people in my small group say you have to be sanctified also and that takes time. Could you please expand on what sanctification is and whether it’s something we do or God does. I would like to know how long sanctification takes and how do we know when it’s been completed enough to now feel confident that we’re going to make it to glorification.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Everything is permissible – but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible – but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others (1 Cor. 10:23-24)
Having shown the Lord’s clear promise that once we became a believer all the sins of our life were forgiven, we now turn to the logical follow up question. How should we respond to such an incredible gift? How shall we live?
Q. Last Sunday at my church, our pastor talked about the refiners fire’s process and he said that God wants us to suffer so he can cleanse us. He used 1 Peter 1:6-7 to support his position. Is this true?
Q. I have a question regarding baptism. Why was John the Baptist baptizing people if Jesus had not come and died on the cross yet? When did the practice of baptism begin and what was the purpose? I thank you for all the wisdom you share.
Q. Can you explain to me how a person is truly converted to Christianity? What does a true conversion look like? How does a person repent of their sins and come to God? Will a person have habitual sin in their lives? I have heard so many different views as people when it came to what a real christian is. What does the Bible say?
Q. As long as I have been a Christian (42 years), I have been taught that our priorities, as Christ-followers, are: our personal relationship with God, through Christ; our husband/wife family; our job; the rest of our life/relationships, etc. Do you agree with that? If so, do you believe it is different for those called to ministry, such as pastors, elders, missionaries? That their calling fits between God and their family? That they should put ministry before husband/wife? I personally have seen several marriages break up because of this belief. Are there scriptures to support this?
Q. Today I gave some money to a hungry homeless man at a stop light. I felt immense joy that I was able to bless him and I felt I should have done even more for him. Is it wrong for me to feel great joy when giving or helping the less fortunate or am I to turn that Joy over to the Lord and just be thankful that He has chosen to Save me and give me eternal life. I do not want to rob the Lord of what is rightfully His and I desire to be an obedient servant to Him but the joy and happiness that filled my heart today was almost immeasurable. What do you think? Can you share some Scripture about this experience with your response?
Q. I was listening to a radio program the other night and a non-religious commentator made a statement that the angels murmured against God when God made man and he was not talking only about the fallen angels. He also made the comment that the angels do not really like us that much. I have searched the Scriptures and I can not find anything to support this view.