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.
Q. I’ve heard countless arguments from various Christians about not consuming alcohol. And, while I totally understand Christians choosing not to drink alcohol at all, the only verses in the Bible I can find regarding alcohol, is the sin of drunkenness. This, personally, isn’t an issue for me because I don’t drink alcohol at all. But, then there are those certain religious groups who say that even the consumption of caffeine (soda and coffee) is sinful.
Q. You have said that in fulfilling His promise to meet all our needs (Matt. 6:31-33), God will usually provide opportunities for us to meet them through the work we do, instead of meeting them directly. But what can we expect concerning this work? Should it be evident that He provides us a job that is both fulfilling and doesn’t hinder our relationship with Him? When I say fulfilling work I mean a job that isn’t emotionally or other ways draining, that isn’t stressful and isn’t modern time slave work. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to work but perilous times or not I don’t want to live like a stress filled modern time slave.
Commentary by Jack Kelley
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:4-7).
Q. Can you explain hyper-grace to me? And is it scriptural?
Q. My son whom I love with all my heart was saved as a young man and now after many years says he is gay and an atheist. I have told him that his father and I love him and accept him but not his lifestyle. He is now telling us that we have to accept he and his partner and meet him or he will never see us again (they live in another state). It is easy for people to say cut him off etc., but this is my son and my heart is grieving. I told him no we can’t, it goes against our convictions of what we believe the word of God says about it. Our family says we are not accepting him and showing him love if we don’t meet his partner. I am so torn and don’t want to lose my son, but want to show him God’s heart. If we say yes to meeting his partner, aren’t we saying we accept it? Please help me!
Q. Re: Hebrews 13:2 says we may have possibly entertained angels and not known it. What would God’s purpose have been for doing this? Is it some sort of test? God knows the end from the beginning, (in this case knowing the outcome of the meeting as far as what our reaction to, and our treatment of the angel will be). So, could it be that we are to learn something from him? This has always intrigued me and I really don’t have a clue as to why God would set up this meeting.
Q. I know what I want in a wife, (besides looks) like a love for God, desire to raise children, and common mission. But, does the Bible say much about choosing? Where is the balance between what we want and what is best?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
Whether you’re following commentaries by prophecy scholars on the nearness of the rapture or predictions by financial experts on the nearness of the world’s economic downfall, the message is the same. This could very well be the last time we celebrate Christmas as we’ve come to know it.