Q. A question came up in Sunday School this week about the Ancient of Days: Is He Jesus or God the Father, or sometimes either depending on the context?
Q. I have Parkinson’s disease in an advanced stage.Some of the symptoms are fear and anxiety attacks as well as severe pain. Although I pray regularly to the Lord for relief and many friends do too I still do not have the peace in my heart that I so long for. Also, I have the nagging feeling that I will be left behind at the Rapture even if I have asked the Lord to be my Savior because the Bible defines” pharmacy” as evil, according to the original Greek, I believe. Some of the medication I take for relief can also be classified as drugs. During the times of severe depression I feel the Lord will not want someone like me in His presence.
Q. I know that through the death of our Lord we are made acceptable to God, but how were people in the Old Testament acceptable? There are many great figures in the Bible who made some dreadful mistakes – Jacob, Samson, David, etc. It has always been encouraging to me that God looked with favor upon these people who got things so terribly wrong; however I find it difficult to reconcile the idea that as a righteous God, they should not have been acceptable in His eyes.
I know it can’t be connected with them obeying the ‘law’ because, like the rest of us, they would never have been able to achieve it. David for instance, repented and was forgiven – how was this possible? Was it their faith that made them righteous? Was it possible for them to remain in sin and still be acceptable to God through faith?
Q. When is it the right time to share the Gospel? Recently saved myself I have many family members that are not and several other members of my family are saying that I should be patient and wait for God’s timing to share the Gospel so as not to offend them.
My position is that God will do the work after the Gospel has been presented but we as believers should have a sense urgency when it comes to sharing the Gospel. We are called to do so and should be bold in delivering the message, but we should also be doing it in a loving and non pushy manner. Please share your thoughts on this.
Q. When I was growing up I was repeatedly mistreated by my step father. The “secret” did not come out until I was on my third marriage and in my 30’s. My mother stayed with him anyway and a schism was created in our family making holidays very stressful times.
I had a breakdown over this and ended up in the hospital undergoing shock treatments last fall. At the hospital my mother was told not to come visit me as I was getting too upset when she came to visit. When I was discharged I emailed her and asked her not to continue to contact me and explained that I was not punishing her and it had nothing to do with forgiveness, but it was just too hard having her in my life. I have forgiven my step father for what he did to me, and I bear no bad feelings for either of them, I just cannot cope with them in my life.
How far does forgiveness go? Do I have to remain in contact with my mother in order to honor God? I want to be in God’s will and not my own but I feel so much better knowing when the phone rings, it won’t be her and I don’t have to worry about her contacting me, it’s like a weight is off my shoulders.
Q. I have a question about the rapture that I have not seen addressed before. Most people that believe the rapture can happen at any time, seem to worry about destruction and people killed due to out of control vehicles and planes etc. when drivers and pilots are taken in the rapture. I feel that if the Lord can translate a large number of people all at once, He surely can prevent vehicles and planes from crashing all at once. I don’t know of any scripture to back this up, but I believe the Lord would do this. I also feel that He may stop time to accomplish the rapture so anything is possible out side of time. What are your thoughts on this?
Q. I have a question that bothers me very much, my husband (not a Christian) and I have supported a various children in other countries for the past 16 years. Also at my church I give what I can when I can, yet every time our Pastor prays he includes giving to God what is God’s, and being generous. I feel bad that I can’t give more than I do already. My husband and I are on an old age pension, and sometimes its hard. Am I being selfish?
Q. After the recent horrendous shooting at a church, we saw our brothers and sisters in Christ immediately offer forgiveness to the deranged shooter. I applaud their stand in the faith. But I do ponder this and am hoping for some of your sage insight. If the shooter is demon possessed, when we forgive, are we somehow giving a pass to demonic activity?
Q. Recently my husband asked me this question. “If Jesus was standing before you today and gave you the choice of going with Him or staying with me, who would you choose?” I answered my husband honestly “I would choose Jesus”, my husband said that our marriage vows and marriage couldn’t mean very much to me then. I told him not to lay this guilt trip on me, that he asked the question and I answered him honestly. I told him that Jesus comes first. He took it quite well. I am stumped about why he asked me that out of the blue. What do you think?
Q. I enjoy your sharing Gods truth everyday. But lets shake it up a bit and post a few happy one’s. We seem to be in a rut about the end times. How about we praise together one day a week with your articles. I think God will like that also.