Q: My aunt is in a nursing home, and she says she can't understand why God keeps her here. She doesn't have any quality of life, and all she wants to do is go to Heaven. What can I say to cheer her up? Is it wrong for her to feel this way? -- Mrs. M.Z.
A: No, it's not necessarily wrong for us to want to leave this life behind and go to Heaven; ...Read more
Q: My mother and I hadn't spoken in over 15 years, but now that she's gone I feel overwhelmed with guilt and regret. I wish I'd swallowed my pride and reached out to her, but I didn't, and now it's too late. Maybe some of your readers will learn from my mistake. -- Mrs. V.S.
A: Thank you for your letter -- and I too certainly hope others will ...Read more
Q: If I sincerely try to do what's right, isn't that what really counts with God? After all, no one is perfect, but if we sincerely try to be good, that ought to be enough, shouldn't it? -- T.H.
A: I'm thankful you are concerned about your relationship with God; the person who is in the most danger spiritually is the one who ignores God and has...Read more
Q: Does God know every detail about our lives? I can't imagine this, because the universe is so big and we are so small. Why should He bother worrying about us? Surely He has more important things to think about. -- L.K.
A: Yes, God knows about every detail of our lives -- even our smallest concern or our most insignificant thought or deed. God...Read more
Q: My parents tell me I need to stop making bad decisions, because I'm just messing up my life. I guess they're right, but how do I stop? It seems like everything I do turns out wrong. -- B.McC.
A: Later in your letter you list some of the things that have gone wrong in your life -- and your parents are right: You have been a victim of your own...Read more
Q: I lost my wife to drugs last year, and it's like I have a hole in my heart that will never heal. Recently a friend told me about someone who says she can put me in touch with my wife's spirit. My sister says to stay away, but what do I have to lose? -- D.F.
A: I strongly urge you to listen to your sister. I know this may be tempting to you -...Read more
Q: My mother didn't have a very happy life, and now that she's gone I wonder what kind of a life she's having in Heaven. Is she happy and free from worries, or is she still kind of depressed and anxious? I worry about this. -- Mrs. A.C.
A: Don't worry about this; one of the Bible's greatest truths is that Heaven is a place of complete peace and...Read more
Q: Our church has been invited to visit a local nursing home and hold a brief weekly service, but I'm not sure it's worth doing. Most of the residents probably have dementia, and I don't think they'll even remember we've been there. -- Mrs. E.M.
A: Let me ask you a question: If you were a resident in this nursing home, wouldn't you want someone...Read more
The Shekhinah is ComingValjean Tchakirides
The Shekhinah is Coming: Secrets of the Divine presents a circular study of what Tchakirides calls "the divine plan that ends where it begins - 'in LIGHT'". This work bridges the gap between religion and science, offering explanations of recent NASA discoveries and suggesting what they might ...
Q: Are people basically good or basically bad? Some friends and I have been having a discussion about this, and we're having a hard time coming to any firm conclusion. What does the Bible say about this, if anything? -- H.R.
A: The Bible says a great deal about the question you've been discussing, and its answer can be summarized in just a few ...Read more
Q: I find the Bible interesting (or at least parts of it), but I don't think we ought to follow it as a guide for our lives. After all, it's thousands of years old, and we live in a different world today. -- G.K.J.
A: Yes, we do live in a different world -- and yet millions of people all over the world still look to the Bible to guide them and ...Read more
Q: Do you think we ought to restrict what our children watch on television? We'd never paid much attention to what our children were watching until recently, and we're concerned about some of the things we see (like all the violence). Or does it really matter, since it's just entertainment? -- Mrs. V.McN.
A: Yes, I believe it certainly does ...Read more
Q: When I asked Jesus to come into my life a few months ago, I thought I was supposed to stop being tempted. But I have stronger temptations now than I used to have. What's wrong with me? -- D.C.
A: Nothing is wrong with you; just because you have given your life to Jesus doesn't mean you'll never be tempted to do wrong -- because you will.
Q: My friend keeps telling me that I need Jesus, but I don't understand what he means. Why do I need Jesus? -- Z.T.
A: I'm thankful for your friend's concern; he obviously cares about you, and he senses that something is missing in your life -- something only God can supply. I pray that you'll take your friend's concern seriously.
Why do you ...Read more
Q: I don't think it makes any difference how I choose to live, as long as I'm not hurting anybody. You'll probably tell me I ought to obey the Ten Commandments or something, but I've chosen to make up my own rules. What difference does it make anyway? -- R.B.
A: Recently a friend of mine told of reading the biography of one of England's most ...Read more
Q: Does God ever give us a second chance, even if we've really messed up our lives? Or does He just give up on us? I hope not, although I can't blame Him if He does, at least in my case. -- W.R.
A: God is the God of the second chance -- and the hundredth chance, and the thousandth chance! No matter how rebellious and sinful we've been, He ...Read more
Q: I am 10 years old, and I would like to ask you a question: Do I have to become a preacher in order to follow Jesus? -- C.N.
A: Thank you for your question -- and no, you don't have to become a preacher in order to follow Jesus! If God asks you some day to become a preacher, I hope you'll respond; there is no higher privilege (or ...Read more
Q: I'd like to be a real Christian, but I don't think I could make it. I know how weak I am, and I don't think I could ever measure up. I've seen a lot of hypocrites, and I don't want to be like them. -- S.H.
A: I'm thankful you don't want to be a half-hearted or mediocre Christian -- and God doesn't want you to be one either! In fact, some of ...Read more
Q: Several months ago I was convinced God wanted me to quit my old job and take a different one, but it hasn't worked out. In fact, I just got fired from my new one. Where did I go wrong? Or did God change His mind? -- K.S.W.
A: No, God didn't change His mind, nor did He make a mistake. God knows everything about us, and He also wants us to ...Read more
Q: Last year I had a major heart attack, and I told God that if He let me live, I'd straighten up my life and start doing what's right. But I have to admit I haven't kept my end of the bargain. Do you think God is going to punish me for this? -- H.L.
A: When God spared you, you were given another opportunity to change the direction of your life...Read more