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India Outreach – Parvathi

Published: March 25, 2017 (Originally published: March 20, 2017)

In October of last year, we met a woman who had just learned she had cancer. Parvathi had gone to the dentist with a swollen cheek, thinking it an abscess. It turned out to be a large malignant tumor.

She and her small children live in a hut made of tarps and bamboo and were able to eat only by begging. She certainly had no ability to pay for surgery plus cancer treatment. The hospital and doctor agreed to donate the facility and surgery, but they still needed the anesthesia and chemo and radiation treatment costs.

After prayer, we agreed the Lord wanted Gracethrufaith to cover it. This was all just one year after Jack had passed away—one week after learning he had cancer. I am so happy to help others with cancer—especially on the one year anniversary of losing Jack to the same disease. I’ve learned the best antidote to grief is giving. (It may be the antidote to everything.)

Parvathi was so amazed at the kindness, she asked why we would help her. And our volunteer told her about Jesus. Who He is, and how He loves her so much, He suffered and died so that she can be with Him. And now He asks His followers to show others His love. Parvathi replied she loves this Jesus who loves her, and she asked to know Him! Her entire family was saved! We are so blessed to be a part of what the Lord is doing!

Because of your generosity, we are also able to provide food for them each week. Now her kids don’t need to beg, and it helps us keep in contact with them.

Several months later, after the full course of treatment, the doctors contacted us and said her cancer was not responding to radiation, and it was spreading to her eye and throughout her body as well. Her health deteriorated quickly, and the doctors put her on hospice, saying her time is short and there’s nothing they can do. She’s too weak to undergo any more surgery or treatment. We’ve held prayer and fasting days over her continually since.

I’m heartbroken. But Parvathi isn’t. She said that this Jesus who saved her, whom she loves, will keep her in peace until she dies. That she is so grateful she got to meet Him before dying. She said she’s not scared, and that she knows He will take care of her children. When she explained her situation to her kids, it was with gratitude, not fear or anger. She knew their time apart would be short in light of eternity. She said Jesus suffered and died too, and what a privilege for her to know the same.

Oh, her sweet, sweet faith. I pray for a miracle! A miracle healing of her physical body. I also know that the greatest miracle has already happened. She was dead and is now alive. (Luke 15:32) And no matter what happens next, she wins! The enemy loses. She and her Savior will be together forever, and nothing can take her from His hands.

These stories are far too personal to share on the internet. We’ve never done so before. But Parvathi asked (and keeps on asking) me to post her story and thank everyone here who helped her have more time with her kids and to know Jesus. It’s personal, but also precious, and I’ve been having such a hard time writing it—to do her story justice with my words. I hope that you too are encouraged and touched by her child-like faith. Thank you for being a part of what the Lord is doing through this ministry. We couldn’t do it without you!

A dear friend, when she heard of Parvathi, said she is jealous for this young woman’s faith. Amen!

Now please join me in lifting up Parvathi, her children, and her family in prayer. That our God, Who is faithful, Who began a good work in her, will carry it on to completion. Amen and amen.

You can see the update to Parvathi’s story here

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India Outreach – Children’s Church!

Published: (Originally published: July 7, 2017)

It’s official! We’ve begun a Children’s Church for the tribe we’ve been serving in India. Our Spring Bible School outreach was such a success, the tribe asked us to keep coming every week to minister to the children. After much prayer, we’re moving forward!

You can read through our history with this tribe in our earlier Outreach posts


🙏 Thank you so much! I am overwhelmed by your generosity! It’s your prayers and your support that make all this possible. ♥

Each week we’ll pray, have Bible songs and teachings and love! So much love! It was the love of Jesus that first drew this tribe to Him.  

This tribe doesn’t speak either Hindi or English (the two main languages of India). And they can’t read. We are finding beginner books with Bible stories for them so they can learn to read while learning the Bible! Parents and children together.

This little one needs medical attention for his eyes. We’re looking into what it will take to help him. We need to find the right facility and doctors. Please keep him in prayer!


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Understanding Revelation

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: March 31, 2014)

No other book of the Bible was so specifically written for our generation.  Of its 22 chapters, 19 are about a time that’s still in our future.

And no other book of the Bible promises blessings to those who read it, hear it and take to heart what is written in it.

In short, the Book of Revelation is arguably the most important book you will read in your life time.

People have shied away from this book because of its use of symbolism and its cryptic references.  In writing this commentary, I’ve tried to explain these things in common everyday language to make it easier to understand while remaining true to the book’s purpose, which to inform us of things that will soon be taking place.

Here then is my commentary on the Book of Revelation.

-Jack Kelley

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Living the Christian Life in Hard Times

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: February 7, 2014)

For most of my life Americans have been living in good times. Sure we’ve had our ups and downs in the US but they were the exception rather than the rule.  But things look different to me now. I’m not sure the America I grew up in will ever return. Since I’m a Bible teacher I’m always interested in what the Bible has to say about life, especially the Christian life. So what follows are six essays that lay out the results of my study.  Other than the fact that they all address the same general topic, they aren’t necessarily connected, so you can read them all at once or one at time.  But taken together, I think they provide a good overview on living the Christian life in hard times.

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Reflections on the Psalms

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: September 18, 2014)

What you are about to read is not a commentary on the Psalms.   I made no attempt to interpret them or reveal new levels of understanding.  Instead, it’s a collection of thoughts I wrote down over a period of several years as I read through the Psalms.  Some are recollections from my own experience, others are ideas I gleaned from various books and articles I’ve read, and still others are just the thoughts that came into my mind as I thought about what I was reading.

My original purpose in writing this series was to give visitors to the website a brief middle of the week meditation.  I wanted each one to be practical and uplifting, in the hope of adding substance to our faith. For that reason, they are not meant to be read at one sitting or even in a structured way. They are designed to provide a break in our routine, to be taken one at a time followed by a few quiet moments of consideration.  Being in e-book format they can go where you go, to be enjoyed any time you have a few minutes, over coffee, while waiting for an appointment, or just because you want a few minutes with the Lord.  Download them to your tablet or phone and they will be ready when you are.

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Genesis Narrative: The Stories of the Patriarchs

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: January 5, 2015)

The first book of the Bible is actually a compilation of the stories of 8 men and their Creator. I have presented them here in narrative form, as if these eight men had written in the first person. While this book remains true to the Biblical account, I have allowed these men to make personal comments from time to time as appropriate. To add depth to their stories, I have also included some extra-Biblical information gleaned from various commentaries and historical accounts, but I have not allowed this information to distract us from the truth that these men actually lived and their stories are true.  It’s my prayer that reading this book will enhance your understanding of God’s first word to man.

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OSAS Anthology

Published: May 1, 2017 (Originally published: July 3, 2014)

The doctrine of eternal security, or OSAS (once saved always saved) is one of the most hotly debated topics in all of Christianity. Did the Lord’s death really pay for all the sins of our life, thereby guaranteeing a place in Heaven for all born again believers?

Or, are we responsible for the sins we commit after we become born again, running the risk that our post salvation behavior can cause God to rescind his promise to save us?

And if God will not rescind His promise, can we walk away from our relationship with Him and effectively forfeit our salvation?

You’ll find the answers to these and other questions in this book, as well as Biblical answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about OSAS.

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7 Things You Have To Know To Understand End Times Prophecy

Published: December 19, 2016 (Originally published: August 12, 2013)

There are seven pieces of information that are essential to understanding End Times prophecy. They are:

1. The Sequence of Major End Time Events,
2. The Destiny of the Three Components of Humanity,
3. The Purpose and Length of the Great Tribulation,
4. The Purpose of the Rapture,
5. The Conditions Surrounding the 2nd Coming,
6. The Purpose and Length of the Millennium, and
7. Eternity.

Once you’ve learned them, these seven things will help you avoid the mistakes that have thrown others off of the track. Call it perspective or overview or whatever you want, this combination of facts will give you the ability to put all the End Times prophecies in the Bible into their proper context.

In addition, this book includes complete commentaries on seven important prophecies regarding the End Times that provide additional background to increase your understanding even more. (Listed in the order in which they’re referenced in the 7 Things text)

1) The Seventy Weeks Of Daniel, The Bible’s Most Important Prophecy
2) The Battle Of Ezekiel 38-39, How Israel Gets Back To God
3) Psalm 83, The Defeat of Israel’s Neighbors
4) Isaiah 17, An Oracle Against Damascus
5) The Olivet Discourse, The Lord Explains The Signs Of His 2nd Coming
6) Defending The Pre-Trib Rapture, Why The Church Will Escape The End Times
7) The Coming Temple, Where It Will Be And Why

It’s a complete guide to end times prophecy in one convenient package.

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Daniel’s Story

Published: December 4, 2016 (Originally published: July 9, 2015)

Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding… for you are highly esteemed.- Daniel 9:23

What follows is the story of Daniel’s adventures with God as recorded in the Bible. It is being presented as if Daniel himself is telling the story in his own words…

We provide PDF, mobi and ePub formats to allow you to read it on any device.

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The Book of Esther – Something Hidden

Published: April 19, 2017 (Originally published: March 1, 2015)

The Book of Esther is the story of how the Jews in Persia were delivered from an extermination order in 473 BC.  This resulted in the establishment of the Festival of Purim, celebrated by Jews around the world every year since. But there is also a hidden story woven into the text that New Testament Christians will find to be especially meaningful.  Read the story of Purim and discover its hidden meaning as Esther herself might have revealed it.