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A Question We’ve All Asked

Update: Last night after a beautiful time of prayer and worship over him, Jack went home to meet his Savior. It wasn’t the healing I, and so many others, had asked and believed for. But it is, in Jack’s words, the ultimate healing. Below are the words that he wrote in 2006 that bring me comfort in this while my heart is broken. I pray they give you comfort as well.

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The following question was emailed to our “Ask a Bible Teacher” column this week. Since it’s such an important question, I’m responding in our feature article format so as to provide greater detail. This will also allow more people to see it, because it’s a question we’ve all asked.

Q. I have recently discovered your website and have found it to be very informative. I have learned a great deal about many of the issues discussed.

However, there are still a number of things I do not understand. About two years ago, I discovered God, His Plan of Salvation, and the many wonderful promises that He has made to us. I read in Romans of how He causes all things to come to the good for them that believe in Him. I read in the Gospels about how two or more believers praying for a common thing would have their prayers answered. I read of how believers should ask of the Father and it shall be given unto them.

Imagine how I felt in the summer when my partner was diagnosed with cancer, and after a short battle, was called home in August. I know that many people, including myself, prayed for her recovery, but in vain. I find it impossible to reconcile the circumstances which have prevailed in my personal life to those promises that God has made to us and which I have made mention of above.

Can you help me to bridge this gap in my understanding?

A. Who among us has not had prayers of this sort seemingly go unanswered and wondered at the conflict that it creates between the Bible’s promises and our experiences?

Life After Death

In the death of a believer we have to understand two things. The first is that we’re all infected with a terminal disease. It’s not a case of if we’ll die but when. No one dies a natural death because it’s not natural for eternal beings to die. Death came into the world as a result of sin.

And the second is that for a believer, death is the ultimate healing. Death brings the life we were always intended to live, and would already be living if not for our sin nature. For the “dead” believer, all of this life’s problems, pains, and sorrows are over and a glorious eternal life of blessing and abundance awaits.

The more we know about the life after death the less we cling to the life before. And since only God knows the end from the beginning, only He can know the pain and suffering He’s prevented in calling someone home early. The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. (Isaiah 57:1)

So what about the surviving friends and family? How can the death of a loved one bring good to the survivors? First is the obvious knowledge that the separation is only temporary for believers and a glorious reunion will follow. We have the benefit of an eternal perspective. And for non-believers it presents an opportunity to be saved from the 2nd death, the permanent one, and be reunited forever with departed loved ones.

But then our faith comes into play. If we believe God’s promises, then there has to be a more direct and beneficial cause and effect relationship between the death of a loved one and the life of the survivor. Our job is to look for it. We’re told to walk by faith not by sight, but our enemy will try to keep us focused on what we see, the absence of our loved one, causing our faith to falter and hindering us from experiencing the good that can come. God’s promises are more real than our reality, So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor. 4:18)

By far the most heart wrenching experience of this sort I’ve ever encountered was the case of a mom and dad I know. While walking along on the city sidewalk with their 2 year old son, a delivery truck jumped the curb, fatally striking the toddler. The driver was drunk, and in fact had a history of drunkenness on the job. In the lawsuit that followed the court awarded a substantial settlement to the devastated parents. They took the money and founded a Christian pre-school in their son’s name that soon expanded into a private Christian school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade on a beautiful safe campus.

Several thousand children have since benefited from a quality, affordable Christian primary education and this couple has helped dozens of grief stricken parents cope with similar losses along the way. It’s an example of 2 Cor. 1:3-4 that all who know them feel privileged to have observed. 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. They took these verses seriously based on their belief that for all of us, our life is a ministry and our sorrows are our credentials. In other words, each of us is uniquely qualified to minister to someone experiencing similar tragedies to those we have faced.

They had every right to become angry, bitter victims, and to yell and scream at God for allowing this to happen to them. But they chose a more excellent way. They understand that God didn’t kill their son. That was the work of the evil that pervades this dark place. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. (1 John 5:19)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

God never promised us that nothing bad would happen to us. In fact, He promised the opposite. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) What He did promise is that He could make even the bad things that happen work for good. It’s up to us to believe that promise and look for its fulfillment. For my friends, the school keeps the memory of their son alive in their hearts while their faith tells them that soon they’ll be reunited forever. The blessing they’ve provided for thousands of others through this tragedy is obvious.

Unanswered Prayer?

Where our prayers are concerned there are also a couple of things to keep in mind. The first is that God reserves for Himself the right to choose both the timing and the means by which He answers prayers. We have to understand that His ways are not our ways and His timing is always perfect. We neither lose time by waiting nor gain time by trying to force His hand. He answered Abraham’s prayer for a son, but waited 25 years before doing so. The world is paying a huge price today for Abraham and Sarah’s refusal to wait upon the Lord.

Just because we don’t get something when we want it and in the exact way we want it doesn’t mean that God has stopped answering our prayers or keeping His promises. There may be some other things we have to take care of first, or God may choose another way to answer the prayer that we don’t see, a better way.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

God has promised Israel a Kingdom and a King who will bring them peace. They’ve been praying for Him to keep that promise for thousands of years. The world, even much of the Christian world, laughs at them and tells them that God has forgotten them. It’s never going to happen, they say.

God is faithful, and He fully intends to answer their prayers and keep His promise. But there’s something they have to do first, and until they do it He has to wait. They have to recognize who their King is and restore their relationship with Him. Then God will act.

Union And Fellowship

So it is with us, and this is the second thing to keep in mind. This may not sound familiar to those of you who’ve been taught “Christianity Lite” but there are two components to a believer’s relationship with God. One is called Union. It concerns our eternity and is irrevocable, guaranteeing our place in His Kingdom. (Ephesians 1:13-14) Union happens at the moment we hear the Gospel and believe it, and God seals His Holy Spirit within us.

The other is called Fellowship and it comes with Union. But Fellowship affects our life here on Earth and is subject to suspension. (1 John 1:8-9) When we fail to confess our sins, we temporarily suspend our relationship with God, because He can’t dwell in the presence of sin. We can’t lose our salvation (Union), but during those times when we’re out of Fellowship we don’t have the right to ask God for anything except forgiveness. And what’s more, we’ve stepped out of His protection and are fair game for the enemy’s mischief.

The Book of Job is an example of the difference between Union and Fellowship. Job’s righteousness made him proud, a sin in God’s eyes. When Satan asked to torment him, God had to agree in spite of the fact that Job was one of the most righteous men on Earth, because he hadn’t confessed his sin. As long as Job relied on his own righteousness he was vulnerable to attack, and none of his complaints could change that, even though he remained a child of God. When he confessed, God put a stop to the torment and restored him. The lesson Job learned through his ordeal (and that we’re supposed to learn as well according to Romans 15:4) is that when we justify ourselves, we condemn God. Whenever we start thinking that we don’t deserve something bad that’s happening to us, we in effect accuse God of being unjust. It’s part of our human nature to look outside of ourselves for the blame, but it delays our reconciliation with God.

For a New Testament example, read the Parable of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32) The prodigal never stopped being his father’s son, but while he was living a sinful life he was out of fellowship, deprived of his father’s blessings. When he came to his senses and confessed, he was restored. All Christians have Union with God and are guaranteed a place in His Kingdom, but many live their whole lives out of Fellowship because of their unconfessed sins and miss out on untold blessings, stacking up mountains of unanswered prayers.

Because of the cross, maintaining our Fellowship is as easy as invoking 1 John 1:8-9. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

God is just and righteous and cannot lie. He has a 6000 year track record of unblemished performance. Whenever it seems like His promises aren’t coming true, you can bet that it’s due to our lack of understanding, not His lack of integrity.

Thank you Peter, for submitting this question we’ve all asked. Selah 11-04-06

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  • Roz Hudson

    ***tears*** I’ll post more later..

  • zelma

    This is just to sad to hear my prayers go out to his family how much of a big blessing it is to be with our father. Jack I am going to miss you I love you thank you.

  • Yolande Labuschagne

    My heart is so sore!! He
    meant so much too so many of us. When I or my Children have questions, I always
    refer them to Jack’s site! He is now where we all want to be. May we soon meet.
    God be with his loved ones in this time of mourning.

  • Jeff Peterson

    Thank you Jack so much for teaching me many things. You will be missed very much. May God bless your family and give them peace. We hope to see you soon Brother. You finished well! -nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling. You did it Jack. Or as you would correct me, He did it! Well done.

  • Col46

    May the Lord bless and keep you.
    Ps 115:16 – Jack is home and that is precious to the Lord.

  • Please accept my sincere condolence… I listened to Jack bible study on my small MP3 player while working in my vineyard… I’ve read many of his commentaries … I agreed in many point of views, and the ones I disagreed Jack always respected my view…. we both had a solid foundation which is Christ resurrected and believing in ours…. c u @ d rapture… soon….

  • Chris Hanson

    This was indeed very very sad news. I keep all of Jack’s family in my prayers. I pray for comfort and God’s presence and strength. Thank you for posting this, it is comforting to hear God’s Word through the wisdom He gave to Jack.

  • Debbie

    I have welcomed this great teacher into my home by computer for many, many years. His wealth of understanding the Bible and presenting it in simple terms has been a blessing for me and I’m sure for so many others. I pray this site will continue with archives he has written. Mrs. Kelly, my prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

  • Jennifer Moon Friday

    So deeply saddened and sorry to hear this news. We know that his reward in heaven will be great, but it is with mourning that we carry on in this realm without him.

    Thank you… for all the years that you and your family have given to this ministry. He was yours first–your husband, father, grandfather–yet you shared him with us. Thank you. His teaching has awakened my spirit, and no doubt countless others like me also.

  • Denise

    Brother Jack changed my life in that he lit a fire under me
    regarding end-time prophecy. Now I know
    what I want to do with the rest of my
    life: teach end-time prophecy and Bible
    in general and use my musical instrument to lead worship in nursing homes. I needed to find this purpose. This evening I walked with my Catholic friend
    and I was reading what Jack wrote in Understanding Revelation. She and I do this often and she loves this
    part of the Bible. I have had many
    extraordinary pastors and I owe them much.
    Jack was the best of all because he taught me to interpret
    Scripture. I will miss him terribly but I will try to be satisfied with all that Jack
    gave and his great impact on my life.
    God is good.

  • Rebecca Robinson Fraser

    I can’t even….I am not in a position to be able to have a church family. Jack has been my pastor, teacher and even though I’ve never met him, my friend. I come here every day, for years now, for teaching, comfort, worship and praise. I’ve learned so much in my time spent here, my heart grieves for what’s been lost, but rejoices at the knowledge Jack is with Jesus, whom he has served faithfully for so long. How humbled he must have been to hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant”. Well done indeed, Jack Kelley.

    • 1971

      I’m in exactly the same position as you, and feel exactly the same way. I have no idea where to go from here. Everything I know is because of Jack. After hearing his voice over and over for hundreds of hours in his recordings I play on repeat every day, he has become so dear to me. Perhaps it’s time to take all that he has taught us and take it to others. The only consolation in all of this is that Jack finally gets to know His Lord, the very source and inspiration of all his many years of faith, service and teaching. All we can do is take this as a powerful sign that we are going home very soon. There is no way on earth that the Lord would allow Jack to be taken from so many people who rely on him daily to help them know the Lord better, unless his work was complete. If the work of someone like Jack can be considered complete, then we’re pretty much done here.

    • Joanne Hamner

      I cant imagine going on in the world without his guidance and there is no other, no one can replace him. He’s taught me so very much and really helped me to know Jesus and the truth, I wouldn’t be where I am today without Jack. This really shakes things to the core. I am happy that Jack is in awesome hands and has made it home. What will happen with the website?

      • FindingGrace

        It is the Holy Spirit of Jesus who has taught us through Jack, it is also Him who will guide each of us who has been taught the Word, for the rest of our journey Home. Let’s trust the Lord and exercise our faith in what we’ve been taught. For in quietness of heart and trust in Him, is our strength.

  • maranathaman

    Jack will be missed so much by so many he has helped, especially me. Words can’t express my sadness and loss of a man of God who shared all of his gifts with us all. I can’t wait to meet Jack in person, to thank him and give him a hug in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Midnight Sun

    Something tells me that Jack is able to help us out even more from his new vantage point. It won’t be long.

  • jim mccamish

    Thank you Jack. My favorite teacher; I’ve learned so much from you, and I will miss your wonderful wisdom and council concerning God’s word. May our Lord richly bless you. Samantha, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Heidi

    I have just recently discovered this website when I was in lowest point of my life. My relationship with the Lord was revived with the help of your Bible -based articles and insights.

    Thank you Jack, you have been God’s instrument to deepen my knowledge of the Lord. I thank God for you and your ministry which reached me as far as here in the Philippines.

    Prayers for comfort and strength to your loving family.

  • Weeping Man

    A wonderful message, of great comfort. Thought, prayers are with you always.

  • debbbee

    It is so hard to say goodbye, even though it is only temporary, to our precious loved ones. But the Lord promises to comfort us and He will keep His promise to Jack’s family and friends. Praise God for this wonderful blessing. I find that with each passing day, the reality that this world is not our home becomes more obvious. Come quickly Lord Jesus and take us all Home.

  • Evon Wright

    My thoughts and my prayers have been with you over the last few days. I was almost breathless when I saw your words today. Please know that I continue to pray for you and for the Lord to meet your needs and surround you with a peace that, in times like these, can only come from Him.

    I will sorely miss starting each morning with the words and answers to question that Jack would post here each day. His teachings and love for our father so impacted me and changed how I view just about everything in my life. His ministry here touched so many people. I think above all else, I was always so impacted by his love of God that was obvious in everything that he wrote. His faith was palpable and he had a gift for explaining God’s word in such simplicity that I often found myself wondering why I had not seen things so clearly before.

    Jack is dearly loved by those of us who he so faithfully ministered to through this site. Though he will be terribly missed by all of us, we look to the times we are living in and know that we will all be together, as one family in Christ, very soon.

    If there is any way that we can help, please let us know, Samantha.
    My love and prayers to your whole family!

  • Elizabeth Salvatore

    Definitely tears.

    Glad Jack is with the Lord now. Sad to lose such a wonderful man.

    Praying for his wife and family.

  • Mark

    Brother Jack thank you for taking the time to answer many questions of mine over the years. Your ministry in teaching was par excellence. You truly beat home the fact in my mind and heart that it is ABOUT BELIEF NOT ABOUT BEHAVIOR. May that message of grace in Christ and the truth of our Sabbath rest in Him continue to reverberate. May the peace that passes all understanding guard Samantha and the rest of the family and friends and co-laborers. Well done good and faithful servant. Some day we can all say “thank you for giving to the Lord” in person. Maranatha!

  • Debra B.

    Dear Samantha,

    May the Lord comfort you and wrap you in the warmth of His care and love as you mourn. Jack and the amazing ministry that the Lord gave him here at Gracethrufaith.com has blessed, encouraged and strengthened me so many times through the years. I have had the privilege of saying “thank you” to Jack, but I would like to also express my gratitude to you for supporting Jack in his ministry and sharing him with all of us. I am sure it cost you much through the years to be so generous with his time and attention. May the joy of the Lord sustain you and may the blessed hope of the resurrection give you courage to face the future. Many prayers and much love to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Joanna Gillian

    Sad for you as his daughter, but envious of Jack. Seriously, I’m jealous.

    I am thankful to God for Jack, who, along with Dave Hunt, was a life-saver when it came to pulling me back from the brink, when I was being swamped with Calvinist junk. Jack and Gracethrufaith.com was the first to let me know I wasn’t the only one who had issues with it. That helped my blood pressure simmer down a bit.

    So, sad as you may be, you can be happy on 2 points; 1) You’ll see him again. 2) You can imagine how happy he is now and that will help.

  • Squee She

    There are no words, just tears for our sadness, and joy for the fact he is with Christ. My family and I thank him, and his family, for the work they put into helping the rest of us learn better the word of Christ and God. Our tears are little condolence, but know that we suffer with you and thank you for sharing such a wonderful man and teacher with us. May God be with you and all of us readers who are suffering at his return to Christ.

  • Victor Tang

    Dear Mrs Kelley,

    Tears were in my eyes when reading the latest update about Brother Jack.

    Most of the visitors of this site have never met Jack before, a few of us might have exchanged emails with him – that makes a lay person wonder why the crowd of us could have such deep sentimental connection with him.

    One of the reasons is: Jack did a wonderful job to bring us to the Father & Messiah & Holy Spirit for Fellowship and Union (for those once were unbelievers) – we once were lost. We are extremely grateful for what Jack did.

    Another reason is: since the inception of the website in 2003, Jack had consistently demonstrated how it looks like to be the Aroma of Christ, the Salt of the earth and the Light of the World:

    1) For the teaching of God’s words, we can never overemphasize the importance of Literal / Grammatical / Historical interpretation of the Bible

    2) He defends the following positions in great devotion, Spirit-led stamina and solid rational compelling grounds – pre-tribulation rapture, salvation by grace through faith alone (not plus or minus religions), and the eternal security of believers (OSAS)

    3) His calm and non-persecuting attitude towards false teachings – including but not limited to prosperity gospel, doctrine of grace + works, replacement theology, the necessity of abiding to the Law in the dispensation of Grace. He seldom, if any, mentioned names or denominations to avoid argument out of emotions

    4) Even for non-Christian belief systems/religions e.g. al mahdi, masons, he set an example to us on how to “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” No emotional manipulation, just simply stating the facts and teaching according to the Bible

    5) His pastoral heart and practical wisdom revealed in numerous replies to questions like family issues, marriage and divorce, homosexuality, career and financial issues, tithing, response to calling

    6) His teaching also came with his actions, the humanitarian charity works in Mexico and other places

    It must be very hard for you, Mrs Kelley and your family, to handle the sadness. It all came too suddenly, with no prior notice or psychological preparation. We pray that the Lord will carry you through the shock, grief and lost. It may take time and we are all over the world to intercede for you in utterance and silent prayers.

    While I am mourning with all, I could not help wonder about: what would Jack do to console the bereaved family? May the Lord Yeshua have mercy on us and teach us how to pray.

    Take good care.

  • Jacques Jordaan

    I once posted that I would say “Thank You Jack” on the way up with the rapture, but Jack has received his heeling and rewards earlier. Many thanks to Jack Kelly and team for an amazing teaching site. My family and friends in South Africa have learned so much from Gracethrufaith. May God bless and comfort all who stay behind in temp dwelling. Jacks ministry is summed up in Colossians1:10 So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

  • 1971

    There are no words. Lord, we pray, gather up Samantha and her children in your arms and carry them while their hearts are broken. And Lord, ring fence their hearts with the love that only You can give until they can beat again on their own. Reward them Lord for everything they have done for the least of us in your name. Amen

  • Manuela Mazzei

    We mourn for Jack just as we would for one of our own family…well, that’s who Jack has always been, part together with us, of the family of God. He had a huge impact on our lives…when we became christians the Lord led us here, to this website, and from here we have learned so much. the Lord loved also to use Jack, his studies and the q&a to answer to many questions we had…we used to pray for an answer and the next day there it was, here. We never met Jack, we live in fact in the other half of the world, but we felt so close to him and truly we can say, we loved him. We will keep on praying for you now, for you also are our family. God be with you in this moment. You are not alone. Love and Blessings, M&V

  • Mahendra Kumar

    Mr.Jack was the one through whom the Lord taught me the Bible from 2006. I became an addict to your website. And the Lord taught me everything I needed to know about Him through Mr.Jack, at a time when I didn’t have anyone to go to to learn, because I didn’t even know what the Christian life is. The Lord has his wonderful ways. And He’s the Master Executor of His plans and He executes it perfectly. I am in India and I would never have met Mr.Jack if the Lord hadn’t decided to bring us together through your website. Mrs.Samantha and your family, my prayers are with you. And I want to thank the Lord and Mr.Jack as they fellowship in heaven together – what glory! – for what they have done in my life. Now my life is ahead of me, suddenly, without Jack’s daily presence. But I am realising how real is the scripture that says, set your heart on things above, not on what is below. How true and real! This world seems so unreal compared to what is in store for us! Thank you, Mrs.Samantha and family for all that you have done with Mr.Jack throughout your ministry and all the sacrifices you have made. God bless you with greater things and comfort, comfort, comfort you in this loss, though for a season. May God Blessed Be His Name, bless us all! Thank you, Jesus for Mr.Jack’s life! I think even our tears, though profuse, are not enough, as they will be replaced by the joy of the Lord.

  • Alla Dagowitsch

    Dear Samantha and your family! I pray with you continually. I am very thankful for this blessing from your teaching! Blessing is always evig! Take heart!

  • FindingGrace

    Thank you Lord for a faithful bible teacher You have raised up in Jack to teach us Your word in these last days. Thank you for him and his family. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

  • Terry

    I am so sorry for your loss and will pray for you and your family. Jack was a true man of God and a wonderful Bible teacher. I have learned so much from him. He will truly be missed.

  • Crazy Cat Lady

    My heart is heavy, having heard that Jack had to leave us. My prayers are with all who love him. I am so grateful for all that his ministry has taught me. A very fine man indeed.

  • lisa

    He was such a great tool for God. God truly blessed him with a great ability. I always looked for the days when he had teachings to read not that questions and answers wasn’t enough. My brother is now gone to be with our Lord but never forgotten. Much love to his family and friends May God comfort you during this time and give you the peace that passes all understandings. We will all be with you shortly. As Jack always said You can almost hear His footsteps!

  • lisa

    He was such a great tool for God. God truly blessed him with a great
    ability. I always looked for the days when he had teachings to read not
    that questions and answers wasn’t enough. My brother is now gone to be
    with our Lord but never forgotten. Much love to his family and friends
    May God comfort you during this time and give you the peace that passes
    all understandings. We will all be with you shortly. As Jack always
    said You can almost hear His footsteps!

  • John MClain

    I discovered this site several years ago and could not get enough of the information provided. Jack opened up scripture in ways I never encountered before. I felt like I was punched in the stomach when I read he was ill and then this morning I read that he has gone home. Thank for posting the above article – I am dealing with anger and sadness at the same time. I pray you find peace Samantha. God Bless

  • When I suddenly lost my husband, Thomas Trask, on December 27, 2006 I thought my heart would never heal. My grief, that felt so much like fear, left my body frail and weak as if it was on the verge of failing. But with the Lord’s help, I leaned into the grief and His strength sustained me through it until joy had returned in the morning. Only a faithful loving God could have granted so graciously a restored life to this widow. Many times I felt completely abandoned but in retrospect the Lord never left my side and provided everything I needed. Jesus is faithful and true and always answers our prayers.

    My condolences for your immense loss. Please remember Jack is with the Lord.

  • Daryl Perkins

    May God comfort and heal you in this lose, I will miss Jack and his insights. The site has been and I pray continue to be a blessing to the Body of Christ. May the Truth go forth

  • Carol Wall Butts

    Prayers for the family. Jack had a huge impact on our lives and was such a blessing to us. My husband did a Revelation Bible Study based on Jack’s teachings. When my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jack sent an email of encouragement to him. I will always be thankful for what he has taught me. God bless you all.

  • Barbara Abplanalp

    Praying for peace in your time of grieving. God be with you and bless you and your family.

  • elena nash

    Dearest Samantha,
    I found with Jack that no matter what question he was asked…even those pertaining to world events, prophesy,and personal issues, Jack always stayed within the limitless world of the entire Word of our Living God and the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
    I was always amazed, fascinated, and intrigued by Jack’s integrity. It was easy to see that his entire world was within the Word of God.
    So, dearest Samantha, yesterday October 19th 2015,
    Pastor Jack Kelly was healed from the top of his head to the soles of his feet as he waits to receive his glorified body, then I am certain, the many crowns with which he will be rewarded because he fought the good fight and he ran the good race.
    “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise FIRST!”
    All things shall be done decently and in order.
    “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
    Philippians 4:7
    Finally, as Jack would always say:
    “You can almost hear His footsteps.”
    Jack was right… We can. ♡♡♡

  • Andrea San Miguel

    Samantha and the rest of the Kelley family,
    Our hearts weep along with yours! Our faith is not moved but we will miss Jack’s keen insights on the Word more than you could ever know! We love you and will be praying. I know and find great comfort in the fact that we will all be reunited soon……God be with you until then.

  • Austin Morris

    Oh dearest Samantha, our prayers are with you and yours.

    As our life in this world is but only a vapor in time, Jack’s essence has been emanating a sweet aroma from his earthen vessel to us all for years and years. Our God most high captured all that sweet aroma of Jack’s heart in his love for the
    Lord, and manifested it through his teaching.

    Praise be to God, who has now taken Jack home. No longer just a ‘sweet rising aroma’; but that smile, that most intimate gaze of joy & peace, that is only shared
    between a husband & wife is now in the ‘presence’ of our Lord and Savior
    for evermore. Jack just slipped out ahead of you, and will be waiting to greet
    you, and share what he is already learning in that ‘Jack special way’.

    God Bless Hun, we will continue in our prayers for you & yours, until we all
    re-united with our Christ Jesus.

  • Larry Ray Wolff

    See you soon Jack, thank you so much for your tireless work, it has helped me tremendously in my walk with the Lord. I love you, Peace to your family in the name of Jesus.

  • Sue M.

    I’m extremely sorry for your loss! Jack will be missed very much by all those who learned so much from his teachings. It was a site I went to each day. I am grateful for all his tireless work to bring God’s word to us.
    My thoughts and prayers continue for you.

    Sue M.

  • Tricia

    I am so sorry to read this! I have mixed emotions. My heart goes out to your family for such a great loss…and so quickly. What a wonderful servant of our Lord he has been throughout the years. He will be truly missed. But my heart also rejoices that he is standing with the Lord and is finally able to have true joy and understand everything.

    I have been a faithful reader of his articles & books and have been so blessed over the years. I am anxiously awaiting the day when I will finally meet him face-to-face and give him a great big hug and tell him thank you for your ministry. I will continue to pray for your family during this difficult time.

  • Shannon

    Early in our marriage, my husband was a young Believer. He was eager to learn as much as he could about the Lord, and within a year had read through the Bible twice. Of course, he still had so many questions. In his search for answers and interest in end-time prophecy, he happened upon Gracethrufaith. Along with Bible reading, Jack’s site has been my husband’s “morning coffee” for the last 9 years. We were so sad to hear of his passing. For us, it is like losing a friend. But more than that, his absence leaves a void of spiritual encouragement. The Lord used Jack to help strengthen and uplift us daily, and I am so grateful for his ministry. He will be
    deeply missed by so many he never even knew he touched. I do hope that
    the site will remain available. There is such a wealth of spiritual wisdom and knowledge here. May God richly bless your family during this time of grief. You are in our prayers. Thank you for the time you allowed Jack to spend in his writing to us. I can’t wait to meet him in heaven and thank him for his service in the Lord as well, and I am certain there will be a line to do so.

  • Lynda Wright

    Samantha, I send you and your family my deepest condolences. I looked forward to reading Jack’s Saturday commentaries so much, especially the ones regarding the footsteps of the Messiah. Although the tears flow with sadness, I rejoice that my dear brother Jack is with our Father.

    “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭116:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
    http://bible.com/114/psa.116.15.nkjv

  • Sharell

    It’s selfish, but I’m stunned that so great and faithful a teacher should be taken from us. First John Paul Jackson and now Jack Kelly – both from a strange and sudden cancer diagnosis. We know that all things work together for good so I’m confident Jack (and John Paul) are rejoicing around the throne, but it’s a sad day for the rest of us. Maranatha, my friend, until we meet again at God’s throne.

  • Suni H

    I am in agreement with Rebecca. I was new here, but his message is how I began my day, followed by more study. I will miss him. Thank you for this message. It brought me to a releasing a resentment/ unforgiving that I clung to. As I told God this morning, I want a relationship with Him and I know this was holding me back. I hope you can continue this work.

  • aanm80

    To Mr. Jack Kelly.

    My deepest condolences goes to your closest family and friends.
    I discovered this website over 7 years ago, At that time I was not born again or saved and had very little knowledge of the bible. Since then, I have been weekly reading your articles and listened to all of your audio/mp3s.I believe we are in the last days. We live in a time with confusion and spirutal warfare. Thanks for sharing your Incredible knowledge and understanding of Gods Word with us. Your work had made a big impact on my life and been a blessing.
    I will miss your new feature articles but I truly believe God has used you Jack, as his tool.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  • Johnie Brake

    I work at a jail. I am not a minister, I am an officer, but my job is the care, custody and control of some of society’s most unruly, violent and rejected people. I have been bringing Pastor Kelly’s Bible studies to them on a weekly basis for nearly five years. Although many people, when they find themselves in jail once again, seem to instinctively know that there is truth about themselves and God in the Bible, most of them give it up due to a lack of understanding and the fact that they are not good with relationships. Thanks to Pastor Kelly’s explanations, logic and understanding of the Bible, and the love and compassion for all of us sinners which permeates his thoughts and writings, many, many eyes and hearts of the incarcerated have been opened to a relationship and fellowship with God through Christ Jesus. I and many others have been blessed by the presence of Jack Kelly on this earth. I feel as if I know him and my heart goes out to all who did. I love you, Jack Kelly. Goodbye, and see you soon.

  • Ddenney1

    God Bless him and this Ministry!!! He will be missed!! I hope you can find a way to continue.

  • ort

    I am deeply saddened and crying bitterly for Jack, but I also envy him and am happy for him. He is looking upon the Face of our Savior and King. What a glorious home coming Jack had! All of us will soon meet at the Feet of our Savior. Maranatha!!

  • poorfarmboy

    As others have said, tears filled my eyes when I read this. I discovered this website over 10 years ago following the sudden passing of my own father. I visited the website every week to gain comfort, insight and biblical knowledge from Jack’s weekly articles. I have many of them saved on a thumb drive and have used many of them in Sunday School, youth groups, and devotionals. I’ve never met Jack but it seems like I know him as a close friend. Sometimes it seems that God brings Home early those who please Him the most.

    “We do not sorrow as those who have no hope…”

    Jack will be sorely missed. Our prayers to his loved ones left here on this earth. The time is short…The Bridegroom cometh….

  • Brett N.

    I did not know Pastor Kelley personally, but deep within, I know who Pastor Kelley was–not just from his website, but by his faith, testimony, love, patience, Biblical knowledge, and truth, which will always be an absolute, everlasting blessing to myself and many others. I give thanksgiving to God for Pastor Kelley, as he was always readily available to answer my questions by email, and posted them to his website for the welfare of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Because of the numerous apostate churches in my area the last several years, I discovered him and Gracethrufaith.com. Through Pastor Kelley, I learned I was not alone. And through his comforting words, he reassured me that true believers across this nation were experiencing the same, and were no longer associating with organized religions and many churches. Because of him, I then realized he was my new Pastor, and will always be, forever more.

    And like many others, I, too, was so shocked and saddened by how the last days of his life on this earth went by so fast–almost too fast for me to even comprehend. But, please know this… Pastor Kelley shared and freely gave his testimony, knowledge, and love to each and every one of us. A free gift, much like the free gift of pardon God gave us through the death of His only begotten Son. Pastor Kelley’s gift of his beliefs, teachings, and wisdom will never die, nor will they ever fade away.

    In fact, some may see this as an end to his ministry, but with faith and in hope, I know… this is just the beginning! And in my heart, I know that Pastor Kelley is in heaven right now, and knows this firsthand–for the Lord has already revealed to him the mysteries of life. I know Pastor Kelley is there in the presence of Jesus and God, praying without ceasing for Samantha, his entire family, and for each and everyone one us who belongs to the Gracethrufaith Church.

    In life, Pastor Kelley won many souls for the Lord. And in death, he will win many more, especially through his gift that he left behind as an eternal legacy–that gift that I already mentioned–his testimony, knowledge, and love. His gift will touch the hearts and minds of many others whom God calls, especially during the time when this dark world will fall into the Great Tribulation, those last three in a half years before the coming of our King, our Lord Jesus Christ!

    Durning the terrible times that are quickly approaching, many will search the internet, even the internet archives, and will discover Pastor Kelley’s gift–giving them hope and faith, the reassurance of God’s love, and the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus. Pastor Kelley’s written words, and his recorded voice, with echo throughout the large expanse of internet space, reaching out to others across the world. Because of his gift, many will call upon the name of Lord and will be saved, even unto terrible physical death that some of them will have to endure. Because of Pastor Kelley and his gift, many will be apart of the Great Multitude arriving in heaven that is mentioned in Revelation 7:9-17, coming out of the Great Tribulation.

    The gift and ministry of Pastor Jack Kelley is not over, nor will it cease. His testimony and teachings will continue on–praising God and His Christ until the Lord returns. The spirit and the Bride say, “Come quickly!” In heaven, Pastor Kelley is saying, “Lord, come quickly!” and I say, “Lord, come quickly!”

    And most of all, let us not focus on how Pastor Kelley died, but how he lived–and how he lived for the Lord. And knowing now… that he is alive forever more!

    With love and peace,

    Brother Brett

    (Seattle, Washington)

  • mike

    We are still so sad that Jack is no longer in this world, and we pray for peace for you and your family. In our home when my wife says something about “Jack” it is understood that she is talking about Jack Kelley and one of his latest articles or answers. This ministry has been of tremendous help to me and my family and we know the world has less light in it with Jack not here.

  • Julie

    Samantha and all those who have loved and will miss Jack Kelley, I too am heart broken at this news. I’ve depended on Pastor Kelley for a number of years for his guidance and leadership. His teaching has been without measure and his books so very valuable. I’ve printed off so many of his articles and filled folders with his messages and will continue to do so as I research topics I’ve yet to discover. I’m so hoping there will be a way, further down the line, that this Ministry will continue. I know our beloved Jack is with our Redeemer and sits at His feet listening to the greatest Teacher of all time. Until we meet again Jack ~ Maranatha!

  • Lee Schaeffer

    Our Holy FATHER GOD in Heaven, we thank YOU for giving us YOUR servant Jack Kelley who is now with YOU and our LORD JESUS! We will sorely miss him and his ministry here but take great comfort in believing that soon and very soon, we will be reunited with him in Heaven! We pray for YOU to comfort Samatha and their families and all their friends including me! YOUR KINGDOM come now! YOUR WILL always be done in JESUS’ NAME! MARANATHA! AMEN!

  • Susan

    I share the same sentiments as the 1971 poster. My first thought when I read that Jack really did pass away was that our time on earth must be coming to a conclusion. I just can’t imagine that the Lord would have allowed Jack to be taken from us so early unless there was a bigger event looming just over the horizon (aka the Rapture). What I’m wondering since so many of us depend on his website, is what will happen to it? Is there anyone to continue it? Will it remain? I think, for me, the most shocking thing was the suddenness and drastic nature of this great loss – there was no warning. I will be shaking my head in stunned shock for a long time. There are other pastors that I follow and many of them have had health issues or have been elderly so you kind of expect something like this but not with Jack. I remember thinking not too long ago that he’s one of the rare young and healthy pastors. To conclude, I am grateful for all of the guidance and encouragement that he has provided my husband and me. I wish the best for Samantha and her family – that Jesus provides them the strength and encouragement to endure and prosper until we’re all called home. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Nathan Batty

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV)

    13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

    Jack will be missed, but I remember these words, and am encouraged. Maranatha!

  • dave_aka_lambsev

    The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.(Isaiah 57:1)

    Condolences to his family and all who love him.

  • Sograteful

    Our hearts at our house are sorrowed for you loss but rejoice that Jack and his family KNOW he is in the presence of our loving Jesus. I often have wondered and pondered exactly these things that Jack so expressed in the article above. What comfort to all of his family and to all who have been coming here to dine at this most bountiful table of bread from heaven that Jacks study and faithfulness has brought forth.

    I am thankful for all that I have learned here and will continue to read and consider all things by scripture as the Bereans were commended by Paul and I believe Jack encouraged all who came here to do.

    May your hearts be comforted with all your memories of Jack throughout the years you shared as a couple and family …may the Holy Spirit enfold you with the knowledge and wisdom that sustain us all in times of personal loss.

    The best thing is that we as believers will be together again ..and OH WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!

    Thank you Jesus for your love for us and for your continued care for those who grieve despite the present things…

    All will be fulfilled and healed in your presence here or in eternity.

    Glorious !

    Thank you for sharing this most wonderful site with the world of seeking souls!.

  • Cindy Nicastro

    Please accept my deepest condolences to family and friends of Jack Kelley. His knowledge and insight to God’s Word have guided me in some of the most difficult events of my life, giving me clarity and comfort in this crazy world. I thank our Lord for providing for us such a beacon of light and I praise Him for welcoming Jack into his Holy Kingdom. He will be truly missed. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your servant, Jack!
    Cindy Nicastro

  • Nancy Hanson Graham

    After rededicating my life to the Lord a few years ago, Jack’s teaching was one of the first that I started following. It was Jack who kept me strong in Jesus for many months until I found a church. And even then, I looked forward to Jack’s teaching. Twice in the early months of my return to the Lord, I had written to Jack asking him questions, and both times he answered and put my heart at ease. I can’t imagine a world without Jack Kelley and his teaching. We lost a tremendous blessing with Jack’s passing. Samantha, thank you so very much for sharing Jack with the rest of us. I know you must have sacrificed so much so Jack could be a part of our lives too. And Jack, if you can read this, as much as my heart is heavy because of your passing, I can only imagine the happiness you felt as you got that first look into the face of Him whom you loved and served so very much. There’s not a doubt in my mind you heard these words: Well done good and faithful servant. We will all see you and Jesus soon because we can almost hear the footsteps of Messiah. Maranatha!

  • Randy Parker

    Fellow Bond Servant,

    Dearest Samantha and personal and church family. As a Vietnam vet that is now a volunteer military Chaplain to vets and I been those these transitions numerous times. And all too often it seems those that do, provide and sacrifice the most receive many time the least financial support. My wife and I have supported your ministry in past but right now calls for some real candor. I’m not a Facebook, Twitter or any of the social media guys—just a smartphone that I half way know how to work (because I don’t have a 8 years old around me to teach me everything at 71) and I know how to do some texting and of course email. So it past I have been in involved with people that did “Fund Me” or something called like that to help with funeral and post funeral, hospice, hospital and other expenses. Your and Jack have formed a fabulous first century church world wide that would grieve if you all were in any kind of financial need or short fall. I Timothy tells us what deacons are to do and many of your “church family” are such deacons—–PLEASE HONOR US at this time with candor of any financial or other needs. This is one way we feel we can give back in some very small portion of what all of you have given freely to us for years.

    With His Love,

    Randy Parker
    East_Texas_Emus@yahoo.com

  • Heidi S.

    Samantha, I’ve been praying for you. There are thousands who are sad at Jack’s Homegoing. Happy for him, sad for us. But none more than you and your family. I trust our Father to wrap His loving arms around you and give you the comfort and peace you need. And may Jesus come very, very shortly and whisk us all Home to be with Himself and Jack!

  • David Fletcher

    Jack’s earthly ministry has been of enormous value to me….It was like one stumbling in the dark wilderness and finding a precious stone of pure gold. His work here added to the kingdom. I’m confident that God smiled when he got there…

  • Joanne

    Since the day I got saved (2007) The Lord has led me to this website and I enjoyed reading many of Jack’s articles. I have the “Ask a Bible Teacher” page bookmarked and I check it every single day for new questions. I’ve grown a lot in my Christian life with the help of the knowledge that The Lord has blessed Jack with. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for him and his work. He’s really been a great blessing for me since day one. Even though we’ve never met, I’m very heartbroken and I already miss him so much and I wish I could thank him right now for all the hard work he has done for this ministry. But I know that one day, I will get to do that face to face. Right now I want to thank everyone that is involved with this website/ministry. I appreciate every single effort, I know it’s not easy to write updates when you’re dealing with such a great loss yourself(ves). I pray that the Lord will comfort and strenghten each and every one of you. May you feel and experience His presence and perfect peace. Please remember that He is always with you, even during the hardest storms of life.

    My utmost sincere condolences,
    Joanne M. – The Netherlands

  • Heather Joy Rink Mahalaris

    I’ve been listening to jack since 2009 and I must say he has been a blessing to me and my family. He has taught me so much where others have failed. When I would submit a question he always answered it, and took the time to explain whatever it was I was having trouble with. For the family I hope the Lord comforts you in these trying times, but know that Jack is looking down on you smiling, knowing you will all be together again. God Bless YOU.

  • Peter Foong

    I lost a wonderful bible teacher and mentor. Pastor Kelly taught me much from the scriptures. There were many occasions that I got to shake my head and wonder how he could see things that I could not comprehend. Many of his answers in the Bible Q & A just amazed me. Then I realized that God has given him the gift of biblical knowledge and wisdom to help anyone hungering after God’s word. I personally emailed to tell him so. To me, Pastor Jack laid out the scriptures regarding the end times in a way that no writers have ever done. I consider myself as his poor student but I told the Lord that I will put all of Pastor Jack’s ideas and teachings into Powerpoint slides to reach out to any person who wants to know about the future according to the Bible. It is my promise to God to preserve Pastor Jack’s spirit of teaching and mentoring to thousands of believers and non-believers in this darkening world. I know that my reach is
    much more limited than Pastor Jack’s approach through his webstie
    Gracethrufaith but I am willing to share Pastor Jack’s ideas and bible
    expositions with my friends and anyone who wishes to listen. I guess this is what Pastor Jack really wanted from all of us. His legacy will live
    on…………….

    My thoughts are with Samantha and Pastor Jack’s loved ones in this period of grief. I am sure that the Lord has His plan of succession for someone to take over the driver’s seat at Gracethrufaith.com. May this website continue to broadcast God’s guidance to all of us eager
    students hungry for God’s words regarding the end times and thousands more looking for the beacon of light to guide them home to Jesus. Stay strong Samantha……the Lord’s comfort be with you.

  • Audrey Lacroix

    this is awesome.I lost my son of 22yrs and the promise of being reunited some day has kept me going.i know we’ll meet again.

  • Catherine Frazer

    Condolences to your family. He will be sorely missed here in this world. We must all rejoice that Jack has gone to his true home. I think C.S. Lewis said it best in Mere Christianity:

    “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”

    Jack did a wonderful job helping all of us find the the real world and for that we are all truly blessed. As he would say, Selah.

  • Tara

    Thank you Lord for giving us Jack Kelley. I have been visiting Jack’s Website for years now, and get my daily email, have all mp3 recordings on my IPod, Phone and even on Cd’s (early days)
    Jack was clearly a person that the Lord choose to teach his word. This happened so fast, I am still having trouble believing it, but the last few days of no questions of the day is a sober reminder.
    Jack never failed to answer my questions, and was always careful to back up his answers with verses, and furthermore was always clear when it was his personal opinion. I truly feel that I have lost a friend, and have cried tears of joy and pain over the last week. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, please know how much I respected him, and how through his teachings, everyone I know especially me, have a better understanding of the bible and thus a better relationship with our Savior. Jack has run his race, well done friend, well done! We all know that Jack with Jesus, and how happy he is. I can honestly say, no pastor, or bible teacher has taught me more about the bible then Jack. So once again I say thank you Lord for sending us Jack Kelley.

  • Bob M.

    Dear Mrs. Kelly
    I would like to sincerely to apologize to you. In my earlier comment it was clear I was thinking only of my loss in the passing of Pastor Kelly. You and the family are going through the unthinkable and I should have offered my condolences first then my thoughts. I am sorry. I pray the Lord gives you all strength to get through all that is ahead. God Bless
    In Christ,
    Bob Marini

  • Like A Boss

    Even though he’s gone now, I still found myself visiting GTF out of habit (as I’m sure many do). And I was thinking today how unfortunate it is that Jack won’t be here to experience an event that he had spent so much time studying, teaching, and educating others on. But then it occurred to me that the Rapture is in itself a two dimensional event, and that those in Heaven will be participants just as much as we will. Unlike us, Jack will have a bird’s eye view in the event, and he’ll be present by the Savior’s side as He comes to bring us home. Yes, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. And Jack Kelley won’t be far behind. My prayers for his family and loved ones during this unforeseen hour.

  • Jeff Preuss

    I love Jack so much. Thanks so much for answering my questions and helping me finish the race. We will miss you. Been grieving for 2 days now. Been thinking and praying for your family.

  • Joe Burkhead

    Jack,

    Like the song says:

    “Thank you for giving to the Lord.
    I am a life that was changed.
    Thank you for giving to the Lord.
    I am so glad you gave!”

    I am still grieving over the loss of my Brother Jack, but not as those with no hope. I anticipate meeting him face-to-face at some point, in a place where there will be no parting, sorrow, hurt, or pain. I love you brother Jack, see you soon!

  • Margie Mitchell South Africa

    I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of Mr Jack Kelley. He was a most wonderful teacher who had a rare and precious gift of sharing the Word of the Lord with such simplicity. His love of Jesus was palpable and his guidance and correction was gentle and caring. I have learned so much from him over the years and I will miss him greatly. Now we see through the glass darkly, but Mr Kelley sees his Lord Jesus face to face and he knows, even as he is known.
    May his dear wife and family be blessed with the peace that passes all understanding and an unwavering faith in Jesus from this day forward until that great day of reunion in our eternal home.

  • David

    I am truly sorry to hear and deeply saddened that Jack has gone as the world needs people like him. This ministry/ teaching has been and will always be a real blessing to me. See you in Heaven my friend.

  • rich1hart

    I am already missing my daily message from Jack. I looked forward to it every day. I learned so much from him, especially about the End Times of which we are experiencing the birth pains. What I loved about him most is that he always told us not to believe him but to read it ourselves from the bible with the Holy Spirit guiding our understanding. I look forward to meeting Jack in the air quite soon when Christ Jesus comes to raise up His bride to be with Him forever.

  • Amanda

    Samantha, my heart goes out to you. I know the despair and agony of losing a loving husband. When I couldn’t find the answers to my questions, I was guided to Jack’s website and suddenly all became clear and I was comforted in finally understanding that bad things can happen to good people because sin came into the world. What a privilege to have been able to learn so much from Jack that put his gift of teaching to such unselfish use to help so many. My heart grieves for your loss and may the Holy Spirit comfort you and your family in your bereavement. My prayers are with you

  • Jane ulmer

    I am so saddened to learn of Bro. Jack’s home going, but am able to rejoice, through tears, that he is with the Lord he loved and served. I have learned so much from this website and although Bro. Jack is not with us physically, the words he has written is still here. I hope Gracethrufaith will continue to be available…my heart is breaking…I am so sorry Samantha and family. May God’s presence with peace and comfort enfold you.

  • Bonnie Bodin-Johnson

    I am a widow also. My dear husband went home to the Lord after only knowing Him for about 2 months and after almost 25 years of prayer. I grieve but also know joy in that my husband is not lost forever but was saved before his last hour here. I was so sad to hear of Jack’s cancer and how quickly he went home. I can hardly wait to meet Jack face to face finally when I go home too. His letters and studies were a great help in my darkest hours. I will keep you in my prayers and when you and I meet we can give each other a smile and hug knowing how blessed we are and were. Thank you for keeping going. I know it isn’t easy and it will seem to get harder , for awhile, but keep looking up as our redemption draws near!

  • Mark Brack

    Just wanted to say it was such a shock to read that Jack was ill and now to read he has left this earth. I am really going to miss reading Jack’s articles. They were so good and helped me to understand G-D’s word better. I am so sorry for you loss and your family’s loss.

    I have to admit that I am really at a loss for words – Jack’s death – is hard to accept.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Colossians3v17

    I am so sorry to you Mrs. Kelley, and to your family for Jack’s passing. I had no idea that he had gone on to meet the Lord. I hope & pray you can continue to keep this site running, because Jack’s teachings and articles are so informative and so NEEDED in these “Last Hours”. My sincerest condolences and prayers.