Q. Some say 1 Thessalonians 5:5-10 says that one is to not “sleep”, but be sober and keep armor on in order to attain final salvation. Others say it means that we are children of the light so we are to put on this armor since we are going up. Which one is correct?
Q. For some time, I have been pondering the parable of the sower and the seed (Matt. 13:1-9), wondering what Jesus meant when He said some seeds would yield “a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” I’m hoping I have “ears to hear”. Please help me to “hear”.
Q. I’m not all that interested in Revelation beyond the letters to the seven churches. As I plan to be on the first bus to heaven (Rapture), I’ve never felt the rest of the book really applied to me! Am I wrong? Everyone at my church gets pretty excited and worked up over the Book of Revelation, but I just don’t feel it. Is there something wrong with my spiritual condition for feeling this way?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
(2 Cor. 1:3-5)
Q. Once again, thank you for all your help in understanding the truth of the bible. My question is, can a person die before their time?
Q. I was reading a website and they are actively advocating disaster preparation. While this sounds reasonable, I and my daughter, sons and grandchildren do not have the means to prepare as indicated. By that I mean, I am elderly and just not young enough to lead the group in preparing. Some people are saying prepare for at least 7 years. That brings up the thought of such chaos, it sounds like the tribulation. What does the Bible say?
Q. I wanted to ask you about whether or not we have have specific demons with their own personalities that attack us on a regular basis. I am in the word daily and take my relationship with Jesus Christ very seriously. I am very careful about the media I subject myself to and have a genuine love for God’s discipline and refining nature. I do, however, have very specific attacks involving mental pictures that are terrible, and don’t seem to make any sense at all, but have a unique “stamp” on them. I’ve prayed and thought about these attacks a lot. Does this sound like a common theme… from a single demonic entity? If so, are there any specific ways to more permanently fend this thing off?
Q. I am a stay at home mom and my husband is a teacher. We were blessed with his job 4 years ago when we decided to move. I know it was God’s perfect timing and this job has provided for our family very well. My husband likes his job but doesn’t love his job. He’s recently been debating on whether he wants to stay in that profession or not. He has many other jobs he could do to support us.
Our question is, should we be thankful for the job that God blessed us with and that my husband is capable of doing for the long term? Or should he try to find a job in life that he loves? What would Jesus tell him he should do? We want to be thankful for the blessings in our lives but aren’t sure when to step outside of the path we are on.
Q. I’ve been wondering about the love of Jesus. Why does His love seem absent from so many who call themselves believers? Is the answer found in Matthew 24, specifically verse 12, or was Jesus speaking only about Daniel’s 70th week? Or is it more answered by 1 John 4:8? In such a religious nation and with so little love visible, how do we find the true brethren who love Jesus?
Q. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 says we should live quiet lives and mind our own affairs and work with our hands. It seems like in other places, God is telling us to live quiet lives. What does it mean to live a quiet life as a believer?