Q: Our children and grandchildren keep asking us what we'd like for Christmas, but we honestly don't need anything at this stage of life. We don't want them to think we're ungrateful, but how can we tell them we don't want any gifts? -- Mrs. B.F.
A: Admittedly people sometimes give gifts only out of obligation; they do it because they think ...Read more
Q: Do people who have died and gone on to Heaven know what's happening on earth? If so, I'd think they'd be sad to see the evil and suffering that go on here. But isn't Heaven supposed to be a happy place? -- Mrs. G.M.
A: Yes, the Bible assures us that Heaven is a place of absolute happiness and joy and peace -- far greater than anything we'll ...Read more
Q: I'd like to give my niece a nice Bible for Christmas, but I'm afraid she might be disappointed. She's only 10, and I've usually just given her a gift card or some money. Will I just be wasting my money, since she's still young and probably won't understand the Bible? -- Mrs. D.R.
A: The Bible is God's Word; can you think of anything more ...Read more
Q: I've just been told by my doctor that I'm slowly going blind. I'm in my 80s and I've had a good life, but I can't face this. If we could sit down and talk, what would you tell me? -- Mrs. E.P.
A: The most important thing I would tell you is that this problem hasn't taken God by surprise! He knows exactly what you're facing, and He also knows...Read more
Q: I always thought it would be exciting to live in a big city, and after I graduated last year I took a job in one. But I never realized how lonely I'd be. I can't afford to go home for Christmas this year, but I hate the idea of sitting alone in my apartment. Is God telling me I ought to quit my job and move back home? -- A.J.
A: You have ...Read more
Q: I'm admittedly a fairly independent person, and I just can't see myself joining a church. I want to be free to run my own life and set my own schedule. And anyway, if I want to, I can always watch a church service on television. What's wrong with doing that? -- K.R.
A: I'm grateful many churches today make their services available through ...Read more
Q: How can I learn about your religion? I am here from another country on a student visa, and in my country we follow a different religion, but I'm curious about yours. -- C.V.
A: In just a few weeks Christians will be observing Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago. He is the center of our faith, and as ...Read more
Q: To me, the only thing that's important is focusing on our lives right now. People who believe in life after death and Heaven are just trying to escape from their present responsibilities. We need to concentrate on today, not day-dreaming about some "pie-in-the-sky" future in an imaginary Heaven. -- J.H.G.
A: I'm thankful for your frankness (...Read more
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Q: I have to retire at the end of this year, and to be honest I'm dreading it. I can't imagine not working, and not seeing the people I work with every day. I'm afraid I'll just wither away. Do you have any advice for me? -- T.B.
A: Retirement is one of life's greatest transitions, and one reason I wanted to reprint your question is to ...Read more
Q: Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to get caught up in the Christmas shopping crush -- but every year I hit the stores as soon as they open the day after Thanksgiving. I'll probably do the same this year. I know this isn't a spiritual question, but why can't I be more self-controlled? -- Mrs. T.McM.
A: Although it may...Read more
Q: I'm afraid my husband and I offended some of our family, because this year we've chosen to help feed people at our local homeless shelter instead of joining them for Thanksgiving. Did we make a mistake? Maybe we should have volunteered another time. -- Mrs. L.S.
A: I commend you for your willingness to sacrifice your time with...Read more
Q: I've had several invitations to be with some of my family for Thanksgiving, but I've turned them all down. I lost my wife to cancer a few months ago, and it just would be too painful to be with them. And anyway, I don't have much to be thankful for this year. -- P.D.R.
A: I can ...Read more
Q: I am in fifth grade, and I have to write a paper for class about Thanksgiving. Did people in Bible times have Thanksgiving, like we do? -- S.L.
A: Yes, people in the Bible did celebrate thanksgiving -- not just once a year (as we do), but several times throughout the year. Their purpose wasn't ...Read more
Q: Why won't some people admit it when they're wrong? My uncle has made a lot of bad decisions in his life, but he refuses to take responsibility for them or apologize when he's hurt someone. Instead he always blames someone else for his problems. Do people like this ever change? -- J.K.
A: Unfortunately, experience tells us that people like ...Read more
Q: My cousin is very religious and keeps telling us how we need to change, but to be honest most of our family avoids her because we don't like her self-righteous, "holier-than-thou" attitude. She's always lecturing us because we don't do things exactly the way she thinks we should, and we get tired of it. Are we wrong? -- Mrs. J.D.W.
A: From ...Read more
Q: I hate to admit this, but my wife and I never got along, and when she died last year I wasn't all that sorry. But now I desperately miss her. I wish I could make up for those lost years. What's wrong with me? -- Z.M.
A: One reason I wanted to reprint your letter is because I hope it will cause other husbands (and wives) to re-evaluate their ...Read more
Q: Several months ago our son died of a drug overdose, and we're still overwhelmed with sadness and guilt. We didn't even realize he was into drugs until it was too late. I don't know why I'm writing, but maybe you can urge parents to be more alert. -- Mrs. K.S.
A: Thank you for your letter; may it encourage others to be more alert to this ...Read more
Q: My uncle says my aunt had a glimpse of Heaven just before she died. How does he know? Maybe she was just having a hallucination. I admit I'm a bit skeptical, although my aunt was a very spiritual person who read her Bible every day. -- R.McK.
A: Although it's unusual, God does give some people a glimpse of Heaven's glory just before they die...Read more
Q: Our church has a new pastor, and he wants us to spend more money on advertising and social media, so we'll attract more people. I'm not sure I approve, because it seems like it's not a very spiritual approach to things. After all, it's not a company trying to sell something. Am I wrong? -- Mrs. F.P.
A: I'm thankful for your pastor's vision ...Read more