Life Question For Today

9/24/2022My father is in prison. I want him to have a happy Christmas, but I don’t know how. We can only visit him every few months. I miss him a lot. I am nine years old.
9/23/2022I admit we never paid much attention to the television programs and films our children watched, but I’m beginning to wonder if we made a mistake. I guess we thought they’d learn how they ought to live by watching us, but now I’m not so sure. Have we missed something?
9/22/2022I suppose I’ve given my life to Jesus dozens of times, but I still worry about my salvation. I don’t really feel like I’m going to go to Heaven when I die. Am I always going to be like this?
9/21/2022I know the Bible says we’re not supposed to be thinking about money all the time, but I’ve been fairly successful in my business and I admit it’s all I think about. But why is that so wrong? Doesn’t God expect me to take care of my family?
9/20/2022We’re debating whether or not to invite my aunt for Christmas dinner. We normally do, but last year she was so sharp-tongued and critical about everything that no one wants to be around her. We don’t want our Christmas spoiled. What should we do?
9/19/2022We’re facing some hard decisions about my mother. She’s getting more feeble and confused, and we don’t think she ought to be living alone. But we have a very small house and just don’t have room to take her in. To make things worse, she refuses to admit she even needs help. What should we do?
9/18/2022I agree that people ought to be legally free to believe in God and follow whatever they think He wants them to do. But since I don’t feel any need for God or religion myself, then I ought to be just as free to live any way I want to, shouldn’t I?
9/17/2022Every Christmas, my brother and his wife always give expensive gifts to our family, and it’s always made us feel like we have to do the same for them. But this year we don’t have the money to spend that we once did. How can we tactfully suggest to them that we cut down on our gift giving this year?
9/16/2022Everyone in our family feels sorry for my aunt, because her husband is just about the most selfish person you’ll ever meet. This is obviously very hard on her, and some of us even wonder if we ought to encourage her to divorce him. Would this be wrong?
9/15/2022Families have spent more time at home in the past few months than in recent years. Generations ago this wasn’t so unusual. What has changed?
9/14/2022I get upset whenever anyone refers to God as their Father, because my father was terrible—selfish, abusive, finally abandoning us. If God is anything like my father was, then I don’t want anything to do with Him.
9/13/2022How do you deal with someone who’s just plain obnoxious? My brother-in-law never lets anyone else talk when he’s around, and if they do say something, he immediately argues with them because he thinks he knows everything. Should we just ignore him?
9/12/2022Is it wrong to be proud of your accomplishments? I’ve been very successful in my business and I admit I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish, but I’ve also heard that it’s wrong to be proud. Is this true?
9/11/2022I guess you’d say my sister-in-law is kind of “high maintenance.” She’s always calling me because she’s gotten her feelings hurt by what someone said or did (or didn’t do) to her. How can I help her? I get tired of just being a convenient shoulder for her to cry on.
9/10/2022Is the business of rioting in the streets the outcome of preoccupation of “self,” an obsession with satisfying every whim that crosses a person’s mind?
9/9/2022I’m headed to college next year, and I plan to major in science. Can a person be a dedicated scientist and still be a Christian? I’ve given my life to Jesus, but most of the scientists I’ve met don’t seem to believe in God.
9/8/2022We’ve had some hard times since my husband lost his job and has only been able to find part-time work. Does God still expect us to give something to our church? I don’t want God to get mad at us, but money is really tight right now, and I don’t see how we can give anything.
9/7/2022I have been hurt badly by someone in my own family Why would they do that? We are supposed to be close as a family.
9/6/2022What does it mean to honor my mother and my father?
9/5/2022What does it mean to harden the heart toward God so that he gives us up, and is there a point of no return? My friend told me the remedy is to hunger for the things of God. What does that really mean?
9/4/2022My parents are both together in a nursing home and they have difficulty communicating with the nurses and even each other. I am desperate to find a way to comfort them in their last days. It’s bad enough to have strangers caring for them but I am in bad health also and cannot help them in any physical way. I feel guilty and weak myself in this sad time of life.
9/3/2022Christmas is almost here, and already I’m overwhelmed because of all the family that’s coming. We get along fine, but just getting ready is so demanding that I know I’ll be exhausted before they even get here. How can I keep up the Christmas spirit with so much work to do?
9/2/2022My husband and I are preparing to have our first child. Suddenly I am afraid of the responsibility that faces us. What is the secret to having assurance that we will help our child get through life well?
9/1/2022I worry about what my children learn in school but I am not able to send them to a private school. What can a parent do to make sure that children learn the right things that bring them true happiness?
8/31/2022How can two people from the same family be so different? My sister never worries about anything, while I’m the proverbial worrywart. I wish I could stop being like this, but I can’t.
8/30/2022My parents got divorced several months ago, and I feel confused. I love them both, but they don’t love each other and that makes it very hard for me, especially when they trash each other and try to get me on their side. How can I deal with this? I’m only 14.
8/29/2022Why is my faith so unstable? Sometimes it’s very strong, but sometimes it’s so weak I’m not even sure it’s still there. Is this common?
8/28/2022This counselor I’ve been going to tells me I shouldn’t feel guilty over some of the things I’ve done, because everyone does them. And anyway, she says that what’s wrong for one person isn’t necessarily wrong for someone else. But I still feel guilty. Why?
8/27/2022Our friends have two teenagers with severe behavioral problems and claim that it is due to mental illness, but neither child has been diagnosed with any particular disorder. Having been close with this family through the years, the problem to me seems simple—the parents don’t discipline them and lets them have their own way. Doesn’t this seem dangerous that their children will never be able to appropriately assimilate into society?
8/26/2022I know Jesus said we ought to love people, but how do you love someone who’s really hard to get along with? My aunt is like this, always criticizing everyone and in general just being disagreeable. We dread it when she comes to visit.
8/25/2022All my friends are sexually active and having a good time, so why shouldn’t I? You’ll probably tell me that God wants me to say no, but doesn’t He want us to enjoy life?
8/24/2022It seems America has drifted far from its traditional values of God, family and country, even to the tragic accounts of ministers once respected and looked up to as people who speak for God. How does this happen?
8/23/2022I would have never thought that “sheltering at home” could be a blessing to me. While I ache for those who suffered with illness and saw loved ones die, I was able to care for my grandchildren since they were out of school and their parents served the country in the hospital system. I was able to get to know my grandchildren because their “busyness” ceased. We made Bible stories and memorization fun. I hope others made the best of this dire situation and turned their hearts to God.
8/22/2022Our son (who’s in his mid-20s) just announced that his girlfriend has moved in with him, and when he comes home for Christmas he’ll be bringing her along. We didn’t raise him this way and as Christians we don’t approve of what he’s doing, but how do we tell him she’s not welcome? We don’t have an extra bedroom.
8/21/2022I admit we’re mainly ‘Christmas and Easter’ Christians, since those are the only days we go to church. But what’s wrong with that? Weekends are the only free time we have, and God wouldn’t want us to neglect time with family, would He?
8/20/2022I always promised my mother I’d never put her in a nursing home but would keep her with us if she couldn’t take care of herself. But now she has serious dementia, and it’s almost impossible for us to give her the care she needs. Will God be angry at me if I break my promise?
8/19/2022I Am Studying Biology and Learning About Impurities in the Blood. What Does the Bible Say About Impurity?
8/18/2022Why doesn’t God let me win the lottery? It sure would solve my family’s financial problems, but so far I’ve won very little and I’m actually in the hole for the year.
8/17/2022I’ve gotten myself into a mess, and I don’t know how to get out of it. I didn’t have a happy home, and maybe that’s why I took up with the first man who said he cared about me. Now I’m pregnant and he’s vanished. I wish I could start over. What can I do?
8/16/2022I feel terrible because my grandmother raised me after my parents’ divorce, and after she died I realized I never even thanked her for all she did for me. How could I have been so thoughtless? Will God forgive me?
8/15/2022How can I keep my mind focused on God when I have so many distractions? I start each day saying I’m going to stay close to Christ, but then I get so caught up in my work that I hardly give God a thought the rest of the day. I know I shouldn’t be like this, but I am.
8/14/2022I guess we’re what you’d call “Christmas and Easter Christians,” since those are about the only times we make it to church. But what’s wrong with that? We head to our lake cottage most weekends, and isn’t the Sabbath supposed to be a day of rest?
8/13/2022I guess you could say I burned my bridges with my family over 20 years ago. They weren’t perfect, but I have to admit I was the main problem. Now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I’d like to get back in contact, but they aren’t interested. Should I just forget it?
8/12/2022I’ve tried to talk to my cousin about Jesus, but she says it doesn’t really matter what we believe about God as long as we’re sincere. What can I say to her?
8/11/2022I know I’m supposed to worship God when I go to church, but I can’t say I always do. My thoughts wander, or I get to thinking about the people around me and I come away disappointed in myself for not really worshipping. How can I keep from being distracted?
8/10/2022When I got out of prison last year (after seven years for armed robbery) my family made it very clear that they didn’t want anything to do with me. I didn’t even get invited to my daughter’s wedding. I know I’ve messed up my life, but why can’t people be more forgiving?
8/9/2022I know the Bible says somewhere that we ought to honor our parents, but how can you do that when they’ve hurt you and even said they don’t want anything more to do with you? I want to do what’s right, but I’m not sure what it means in my case.
8/8/2022How do you know the Bible is true? People living many centuries ago thought it was true, but we live in a scientific age, and we know a lot more about the world than they did.
8/7/2022I know you’ve said that the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what Jesus looked like, but isn’t there a description of Him in the book of Revelation? It seems like I’ve heard this somewhere.
8/6/2022I don’t want to offend you, but why should I bother with God? My life is going along just fine without Him. In fact, He’d probably make me stop doing a lot of things I enjoy doing if I did turn to Him.
8/5/2022It is shameful to admit that I am jealous of my own sister who is beautiful, successful and sweet. I’m miserable when we’re together, yet I love her. How can I overcome this horrible conflict that depresses me?
8/4/2022I usually don’t have a hard time talking with people about almost anything, but I just can’t seem to talk with my relatives about God. I seem paralyzed when it comes to talking to them about my Savior. Why is this?
8/3/2022I think I’ve heard you say that salvation is a free gift, but how can that be? Doesn’t God expect us to try to get our lives in order before He’ll let us into heaven?
8/2/2022My wife says I could be a better example to my children. She faults me for stopping after work for a drink with the guys after a stressful day. I am working hard to provide a living for my family so they can have more than I did when I was a boy. Is this so wrong?
8/1/2022I was adopted as a baby, and while I know my parents loved me, I’ve always had a deep yearning to hear my own father say he loves me also. So far, however, my attempts to find him have failed. Why won’t God let me find him?
7/31/2022My Christian friends are constantly telling me I need to depend on God. This offends me, because I think we have the ability to run our own lives. It’s insulting to imply that we’re stupid and weak, so we need to depend on God instead of ourselves.
7/30/2022I never got along very well with my parents, and when I rebelled and left home I thought I was finally free. Well, I’ve done everything I ever wanted to do, but now I’m miserable and almost broke. I ought to go home, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I don’t know why I’m writing, but I guess you could pray for me.
7/29/2022I’m 16 years old and would like to become a Christian. But I’m afraid of what my family might do because they’ve always been very antagonistic toward religion. My father, especially, is very opposed to God. Can I be a secret Christian?
7/28/2022I am a new Christian with a desire to live a different life than I have the past 40 years. I struggle to break bad habits like using bad language. I say things I don’t realize until someone points it out to me. Does the Bible address this subject?
7/27/2022I’m in my 50s, and recently I found out my parents weren’t married when I was born (they put me up for adoption anyway, and I never knew them). This has been hard for me, and now I’m even wondering if God will reject me for being illegitimate. Is this possible?
7/26/2022I met a wonderful man whose wife died, leaving him to raise their young handicapped daughter. I love them both but finally reached my career potential that I value. He has asked me to marry him but I know that I cannot be committed to this relationship and keep my position that requires me to travel most of the time. How can I resolve this conflict of love for my work and love for them?
7/25/2022I’ve always enjoyed getting together with family for Thanksgiving, but to be honest, I’m dreading it this year. It’s been a tough year for me and I don’t have any reason to be thankful. I’ll put on a happy face and act like I’m glad we’re together, but down inside I’ll hate myself for being a hypocrite. Have you ever felt this way?
7/24/2022I have been a sort of black sheep in my family and brought heartache to my parents who are now deceased. I have a lot of regret but can’t do life over again or ask forgiveness from them. How can a person find relief?
7/23/2022I am preparing my will and I fear my children will not realize the impact of what I am leaving to them. How can it be emphasized that a person’s legacy is much more than money?
7/22/2022Why does the Bible record that God calls people fools?
7/21/2022We have become a secular society yet there are those who continue to fight for keeping the Ten Commandments as monuments. It seems such a contradiction, doesn’t it?
7/20/2022I’ve had a rocky relationship with my mother most of my life, and in fact we’ve hardly spoken in the last year. But recently, the mother of a close friend of mine died, and it’s started me thinking if I ought to try to change this. But how do I go about it? Or is it even possible?
7/19/2022Does God ever get so tired of us that He just decides to leave us alone? We do this with other people sometimes, so I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if God did it to us. I wouldn’t blame Him if He did.
7/18/2022A friend and I were discussing the Bible the other day, and we got to talking about how to observe the Sabbath. Why did God tell us to set aside one day out of seven? Is it supposed to be a day of rest, or is it supposed to be for worship and other church activities?
7/17/2022I’ve always been taught to stand by the right convictions and be willing to stand alone if necessary. I’m finding more and more that this is exactly what I must do—stand alone. How does a person determine if their convictions are right, and is there a difference between standing on conviction and being unwilling to compromise?
7/16/2022I used to think that some day we’d live in peace and harmony with each other, once we learned to be friends and accept each other. But now I’m beginning to have my doubts. Does the Bible say anything about this? Will we ever see a better world?
7/15/2022My five siblings and I never have been very close (in fact, to be honest we’ve never gotten along very well). Now out of the blue, one of our sisters has invited all of us and our families for Christmas dinner. How can we keep it from turning into another family fight?
7/14/2022We’re having a big family reunion this summer, and I admit my husband and I are kind of nervous because most of our relatives aren’t religious. We don’t want to come across as self-righteous killjoys, but I guess we ought to take a stand somehow for Jesus. Should we just not go?
7/13/2022I have a habit of making snap decisions about things, and then realizing later that I didn’t really think it through and it’s only gotten me into trouble. What’s wrong with me? Other people don’t seem to have this problem.
7/12/2022I know I ought to think about God more, but I simply don’t have the time. I’m so busy that it’s all I can do to concentrate on what’s happening at the moment. I suspect lots of people have the same problem. Do you think God understands this?
7/11/2022Is it a sin to be depressed? The doctor says I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that he can treat with medication, but a friend of mine says I shouldn’t do this because I just need to pray and have more faith. Who is right? I can’t stand this much longer.
7/10/2022I’m a high school science teacher, and I don’t doubt that some kind of Higher Power must have created the universe. I can’t believe everything just happened by chance. But I also can’t believe that this Higher Power cares about us. The universe is just too big and we’re just too small.
7/9/2022I’ve been told that to live in peace mankind should not fight with one another. Is this reasonable and why do Christians think it is okay to challenge others’ beliefs?
7/8/2022I don’t believe parents can really love their children when they heap on them rules and regulations that steal the fun away from life. Isn’t life to be enjoyed?
7/7/2022Our pastor gave a sermon recently about how we ought to thank God for everything. But how can we be thankful when bad things happen to us? I’m fighting cancer right now, and I admit I don’t feel very thankful. If anything, I feel angry and depressed.
7/6/2022Why is my faith so unstable? Sometimes it’s very strong, but sometimes it’s so weak I’m not even sure it’s still there. Is this common?
7/5/2022Many people say that loving the world is the same as following the devil rather than God. Is this true, and how does the devil lead us?
7/4/2022Is Our Nation in Danger of Losing Itself?
7/3/2022The old saying “live and let live” sounds irresponsible. My friends say that I take life too serious and I’m missing out on all that the world has to offer. It seems that people who live loosely end up with a lot of regret.
7/2/2022I know God wants us to love everyone, even people that aren’t very lovable. But I just can’t bring myself to love some of the people I have to deal with at work, no matter how hard I try. In fact, I’ve just stopped trying. Am I wrong?
7/1/2022I have a growing family and worry about them constantly, asking God to meet their needs and make them happy, but I don’t feel like God hears. Is there a specific way to pray for those you care about?
6/30/2022Some say that the name Jesus is offensive, but I don’t understand that. Doesn’t that name represent love? Isn’t it powerful to pray in His name?
6/29/2022How do you know if you’re actually helping someone or if they’re just taking advantage of you? My cousin is an alcoholic, and last year she moved in with us after her family threw her out. But nothing has changed and I’m not sure we’re doing her any good.
6/28/2022Sexual obsession is destroying our nation and way of life. Society is throwing out the Ten Commandments to make room for vulgarity in every form. Why can’t our society see this destruction and stop calling it freedom of speech?
6/27/2022I’m dreading Thanksgiving this year. It’s been a hard year for me, and when all our family gets together I’ll just feel like a hypocrite pretending I’m thankful for anything. I’m even wondering if I ought to go. What would you say to someone like me?
6/26/2022Many years ago, my sister and I had a sharp disagreement about something and haven’t talked to each other since. But recently I realized this wasn’t the way God wanted me to act, and since then I’ve tried to reach out to her (without success). My Christmas card to her even came back unopened and refused. Should I just give up?
6/25/2022Mother’s Day is always a painful time for me, because my mother gave me up for adoption when I was a baby and I never knew her. I’m thankful for my adoptive family, but I still have this hurt inside me, knowing that I’ll never know my real mother. Why did God do this to me?
6/24/2022My adoptive parents are great, and I couldn’t have asked for a more loving and generous family. But I’ve always felt that their families looked down on me because I’m not a blood relative, and that’s very hurtful. Can I do anything to get them to accept me?
6/23/2022My aunt has a lot of personal problems, but whenever I try to get her to deal with them, she refuses. She says she’ll soon be in heaven anyway and then all her problems will be gone. But if we have problems, shouldn’t we go ahead and face them?
6/22/2022Every year we debate whether or not to invite my aunt for Thanksgiving. She’s a very negative person who spends her whole time complaining and criticizing everyone, and it gets very unpleasant. Would she get the message if we didn’t invite her this year?
6/21/2022My baby sister died when she was only a few months old, so I barely remember her (I was 6 at the time). Do you think I’ll recognize her when I get to heaven? It may sound strange, but I’ve always felt lonely without her since I didn’t have any other brothers or sisters.
6/20/2022Years ago I did something that was very, very wrong, and I’ll never get over my burden of guilt. Not only was it wrong, but I disappointed a lot of people. I know you’ll say God is willing to forgive me, but I just can’t believe it.
6/19/2022What is Heaven like? Is it just like this world, only more perfect? Or will it be something entirely different from what we see around us? I’ve often wondered about this.
6/18/2022My brother and sisters don’t have much to do with me because they’re all real religious and I’m not. You’ll probably tell me I need God, and maybe I do, but aren’t Christians supposed to be kind and loving? They sure aren’t that way with me, so why should I be like them?
6/17/2022My brother never wanted anything to do with God, and always got angry if we tried to talk to him about his soul. But now he’s very sick and probably doesn’t have much longer to live. Should we try talking to him about God — and risk making him angry at us? Or is it too late, because God has already given up on him?
6/16/2022My brother rebelled against our parents and against God as a teenager. He’s in his 50s now and has really messed up his life, but he won’t even talk with me about it. Why do two people from the same family take such different paths?
6/15/2022My children and grandchildren keep asking me what I want them to give me for Christmas, but truthfully, at my age, I don’t need anything. How can I tell them this without sounding like I don’t care for them or don’t want them to bother me?
6/14/2022My cousin has lots of personal problems, and whenever I see her she spends hours telling me about them. I’ve tried to advise her, but now I’m wondering if maybe she doesn’t really want to solve her problems but just wants to be the center of attention. Is this possible?
6/13/2022I understand why God is important, and I understand why Jesus is important, but what about the Holy Spirit? Where does it fit into my faith? It’s all some people talk about, it seems, but I’m not sure what I’m supposed to believe about it.
6/12/2022My family doesn’t believe in God and is very opposed to religion. Well, last month I met some Christians at my school and I ended up giving my life to Jesus. I’m afraid to tell my parents because I know they’ll be upset. What should I do?
6/11/2022My family has been torn apart by drugs, divorce and other things, and I worry all the time about what’s going to happen to them. I feel so helpless, and no matter what I try to do it doesn’t seem to make any difference. Pray that I’ll know what to do. I just don’t have any hope.
6/10/2022My family never had anything to do with religion, and they’ve always made fun of people who did. Well, recently I became a Christian, and now I’m the butt of their jokes. I feel so alone. I admit I don’t like being an outcast from my own family. Have I done something wrong?
6/9/2022My father abandoned my mother when I was 4, with no money or anything else. I’m about to get married, but I’m worried that I’ll end up doing the same thing because someone told me the Bible says a father’s sins will be passed on to the next generation. Is that true?
6/8/2022Our father bailed out of our lives when I was 10, and neither my sister nor I have seen him in over thirty years (although he’s tried to make contact occasionally). Why should we bother with him? All he ever gave us was trouble and heartache.
6/7/2022My sister and I had a falling out a few years ago and haven’t spoken since. But this Christmas we ran into each other at a party, and she said it was silly for us to keep on like this. However, she also made it plain that she wasn’t going to apologize, and I’m certainly not going to, either. What would you say to us?
6/6/2022My father has always been a very prejudiced person, although I got over my prejudices long ago. But now he’s saying things around our children about people of other races that I don’t like for them to hear. How should I handle this?
6/5/2022My father has always been a very strong, independent person, and I think that’s why he never felt any need for God or Jesus. But now he’s got terminal cancer, and I’m very worried about his spiritual condition. Should I say something to him? I don’t want to alienate him or make him mad.
6/4/2022My father called the other day for the first time in over 10 years. He says he feels bad over the way he treated us and wants to reconnect, but how do I know he’s telling the truth? He’s always been a very manipulative person. It’s hard to forget how he walked out on Mom and left us on our own.
6/3/2022Does the Bible say that money is the source of all evil, as I’ve heard people say? I’m not sure I agree. I know money can make people do wrong things, but money also can accomplish a great deal of good, can’t it?
6/2/2022I admit that not seeing my three children after I divorced and moved away didn’t bother me much. But over 20 years have passed and now they’re married and having children, and suddenly I’d love to reconnect with them. But they’re still angry and don’t want anything to do with me. Is this a hopeless situation?
6/1/2022I am fearful that my husband and I may not be able to provide the right kind of home for our children. We both came from broken homes and don’t have any experience in knowing how to create the right environment. Is there a formula?
5/31/2022My mother and I do not get along. Our personalities clash. When Mother’s Day comes around I struggle with how to respond to her because she always wants me to spend the day with her, but it is dreadful. What is the answer to difficult relationships?
5/30/2022My mother (who had a strong faith) passed away from cancer recently, and I don’t know what to say to our 4-year-old daughter. She’s looking forward to visiting her this Christmas, but how am I going to tell her this isn’t going to happen?
5/29/2022My mother and I always had a difficult relationship, and for the last 10 years we didn’t even speak. Now she’s gone, and I’d give anything to have just one minute with her to tell her I’m sorry. I hope you’ll tell people not to wait until it’s too late to try to mend a broken relationship.
5/28/2022I own a small business that hires a lot of young people, but I’m frustrated because I can’t find very many who are reliable and actually want to work. Doesn’t the Bible say we’re not supposed to be lazy?
5/27/2022My fiancé and I are getting married this fall. We’ve been nervous about taking this step, because so many of our friends have already been through at least one divorce. We don’t want that to happen to us, but how can we avoid it?
5/26/2022How could Jesus have been equal to God (as Christians claim), when He was only a man? I can understand why you’d want to try making Him into something great, but claiming He was God doesn’t make any sense to me.
5/25/2022It’s suddenly hit me that my relationship with God isn’t much different today than it was 30 years ago, when I first joined my church. Have I been missing something?
5/24/2022My mother was always an angry, critical person who never got along with anyone, and while I was growing up I vowed I’d never be like her. But now I find that sometimes I’m just like she was, and it alarms me because I don’t want to be that way. What’s wrong with me?
5/23/2022What’s the best way to deal with difficult people? I know my sister hasn’t had a very easy life, but the main reason is because she’s so hard to get along with. She’s coming to visit us in a few weeks, and I honestly dread it.
5/22/2022Why did God even bother to create us? He must have known that we were going to sin and turn against Him. This has always puzzled me.
5/21/2022I hear preachers say that we need to accept Jesus, but I’m not sure I understand what that means. I’d like to be sure that I’m a Christian, but I don’t know if I really am.
5/20/2022My mother’s sister hasn’t had anything to do with our family or with God for years. Mother prayed and prayed for her, that she’d visit us and also turn back to God. But when Mother died a few months ago, she didn’t even come to the funeral. Should we just give up on her?
5/19/2022What’s wrong with getting involved in things that are usually labeled occult practices? My late aunt was a great believer in things like out-of-body experiences, talking with the dead and so forth, and I admit I also feel a strong pull in that direction. What’s wrong with these things if they actually exist?
5/18/2022I know God wants us to love everyone, even people that aren’t very lovable. But I just can’t bring myself to love some of the people I have to deal with at work, no matter how hard I try. In fact, I’ve just stopped trying. Am I wrong?
5/17/2022My nephew has broken the hearts of his whole family, because he got involved in some very bad things and has just been sentenced to prison for at least seven years. I don’t even know how to pray for him, because it seems like it’s too late.
5/16/2022I’m not trying to be difficult, but if Jesus paid the price for all our sins, then why should we bother to keep the Ten Commandments? After all, the Bible says we can’t be saved by keeping God’s laws, doesn’t it?
5/15/2022My parents waited until I was in college to divorce. It devastated me. I didn’t think anything could be more painful. Then my father remarried. I found myself wishing for only the agony of their divorce, but a stepmother on top of it is too much! I don’t think she is such a bad person, but seeing another woman in my father’s house is more than I can bear. How can I handle the pain?
5/14/2022We moved to a new town recently, and we seem to be the only family in our neighborhood that goes to church. Those I’ve talked with say they don’t think it’s important, and anyway they say they have better things to do on weekends. How should we react? We don’t want to come across as conceited or holier-than-thou.
5/13/2022My daughter, not yet a teenager, is going through a rebellious stage and I am at my wits end. She threatens to leave home if I don’t let her do what she wants. She says I am denying her happiness. As a parent I cannot go along with the things that she is pursuing to find happiness, yet if I dig my heels in she will run away. What is a parent to do?
5/12/2022I’ve heard people say that we ought to love God, but how can I love God when I know He’s keeping a record of all the bad things I’ve done and will punish me severely when I die? I’m afraid of God, but I don’t love Him.
5/11/2022I respect the Bible and I suppose it has things to teach us, but isn’t it kind of out of date, since it talks about people who lived a very long time ago? At least that’s what it seems to me whenever I’ve tried to read it.
5/10/2022My sister and I always had kind of a rocky relationship, but now she’s gone and I feel terrible because I didn’t visit her or try to patch things up, although I knew she was dying. I wish I could tell her how I feel, but it’s too late now. Will God forgive me, even if she can’t?
5/9/2022My sister and I had a falling out almost 30 years ago and we never spoke again. Now, I’ve learned that she died a few weeks ago, and I feel terrible that I didn’t do anything to heal our relationship. I don’t have a question, but maybe someone will learn from my mistake.
5/8/2022My sister and I said some pretty hurtful things to each other about a year ago, and we haven’t spoken since. I’ve apologized to her, but so far she hasn’t shown any inclination to apologize in return. Doesn’t she need to apologize, too?
5/7/2022My sisters and I never got along, and it’s been many years since we’ve even tried to get together. But I understand one sister just survived breast cancer, and I’m beginning to regret all those lost years. Is there anything I can do to make up for lost time? Or should I even try?
5/6/2022I don’t think we have to look to God to find out how to deal with our problems. After all, hasn’t He given us the ability to deal with them on our own? We just need to use our minds and approach our problems logically to find the answers.
5/5/2022My teenage granddaughter has lost her eyesight and is devastated. I am at a loss to know how to encourage her. She is a Christian but doubts that she will ever be of use to the Lord.
5/4/2022My wife walked out on me a few months ago and left me with our three young children. How can I be a good father to them when it’s all I can do to keep my head above water?
5/3/2022I remember giving my life to Jesus in Sunday school when I was about 10 years old. I was sincere at the time, but eventually I drifted away from God and the church. If I died tonight would I still get to go to Heaven? This worries me now that I’m older.
5/2/2022Are science and religion opposed to each other? I’ll be entering college in a few weeks, and I hope to become a doctor someday. But I’m a committed Christian, and I’m wondering what kind of problems I might have to face in some of my science classes.
5/1/2022Our daughter’s husband walked out on her and it’s really been hard, especially since she has two small children and has to work. We’d like to help somehow, but we’ve not had the best of relationships with our daughter (especially since we urged her not to marry this man), and we don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?
4/30/2022If you were to ask me what I believe about God, I’d probably have to say that I’m an atheist. I know some atheists are very belligerent and aren’t open to believing in God, but I’m not like that. Can you give me any reason to believe in God?
4/29/2022I stole some money from my employer (a doctor) over 40 years ago, and I still feel very guilty over it. I’d pay it back (with interest), but neither he nor his medical practice is still around. What does God want me to do? Or does it make any difference now?
4/28/2022Our extended family is getting together for Christmas this year, and I have to admit I’m not looking forward to it. Some of our relatives don’t get along with each other, and I’m afraid we’ll just end up squabbling. Any suggestions?
4/27/2022Our extended family is showing up for dinner this Christmas, and I’m really dreading it — not because of the work, but because some of them are very hard to get along with. Should we just be gracious and pretend everything is OK, or should we confront them if they start getting out of hand?
4/26/2022Our marriage finally ended after 18 years. The sad thing is, our two children (both teenagers) are taking opposite sides, with our son sticking up for his dad and our daughter taking my side. I hate this. Is there any way to overcome it?
4/25/2022Our mother had some nice things — and after she died, the arguing over who would get what became very bitter. I know she would’ve been shocked at the way some family members acted. Why are people so greedy? Most of it wasn’t worth much anyway.
4/24/2022Is it possible to lead a sinless life, if we just try hard enough? I hope so, because I want to please God and go to heaven someday. But I’m not sure I can measure up, at least not right now.
4/23/2022Our nation was once known by strong families. Why are so many homes shattered by disappointment, grief and pain?
4/22/2022Our son and his wife just had their first son, and we’re very excited. Does the Bible say anything about what we ought to do to be good grandparents?
4/21/2022Our son divorced his wife two years ago, and now we get to see our grandchildren (who are with her) only a couple of times a year. This breaks our hearts, but neither our son nor his ex-wife seem to care. Can we do anything about this?
4/20/2022Our son got engaged over Christmas. I suppose we should be happy, but we honestly wonder if our future daughter-in-law is right for him. Should we say something, or is it best to keep out of it? They seem to be deeply in love, and they both feel God brought them together.
4/19/2022Our son got hooked on drugs, eventually got caught dealing drugs and now is in prison. This has broken our hearts, of course, but what hurts almost as much is that no one in our church ever asks about him or says they’re praying for him (or us). Shouldn’t they be concerned?
4/18/2022Why is my faith so unstable? Sometimes it’s very strong, but sometimes it’s so weak I’m not even sure it’s still there. Is this common?
4/17/2022Our son has been living with his girlfriend for over a year, and now they’re going to have a baby. He wasn’t brought up this way, and as Christians we don’t know how to deal with it. My husband says we ought to just cut them off until they get married (which may never happen), but I hate the idea of never knowing my grandchild. What should we do?
4/16/2022Our son no longer believes in God. He’s been influenced by his high school science teacher, who says we should only believe in things we can prove, and we can’t prove God exists. What can we say to him? I’m afraid it’s causing a lot of conflict in our family.
4/15/2022Our three grandchildren live in a different part of the country and we almost never get to see them (maybe once or twice a year, at most). We’d like to be a good influence on them (especially spiritually), but how can we when they’re so far away?
4/14/2022My brother and I are only two years apart, and our parents were very devout. Over the years, my faith has meant much to me, but my brother has always been very rebellious and hasn’t wanted anything to do with God. Now he says it’s too late to change. Why did we take such different paths?
4/13/2022Years ago, my brother and I had a conflict over our father’s estate, and he vowed he’d never speak to me again, and he hasn’t. I feel terrible about this and have tried repeatedly to reach out to him, but nothing changes. Should I just give up?
4/12/2022All my close relatives have passed away, except for my youngest sister. I really wish we could get along, but she’s a very critical person, and every time she comes to visit she tells me what a bad housekeeper I am, and things like that. Why are some people so negative?
4/11/2022Recently, I tried to contact my kids because I’d heard they have children now, but they don’t want anything to do with me. Can you suggest anything to make them change their minds?
4/10/2022I read an article the other day about a woman who had been a committed atheist, and somehow she became a Christian. But I have some friends who are atheists, and I can’t imagine any of them ever believing in God or becoming Christians. Could they ever change?
4/9/2022My mother and I always had a rocky relationship, but I’ve been filled with remorse ever since her death. I’d give almost anything to be able to tell her that I’m sorry for all the hurt I caused her, but it’s too late. Please encourage people to make things right while they can.
4/8/2022My parents got divorced two years ago, and I chose to go with my father. Now I’m not sure I did the right thing, because he doesn’t really want me around. Sometimes I wish I could just run away somewhere. What should I do?
4/7/2022I get amused when my Christian friends quote the Bible. Don’t they know it’s thousands of years old, and we live in a totally different world today? How can anyone claim it’s of any use to us?
4/6/2022My mother remarried last year and now we have what’s supposed to be a blended family — four kids from my stepfather and me — but it’s not working. I don’t think my stepfather likes me, and I don’t get along with his children. I want to run away. I’m 14. Do you have any advice?
4/5/2022On the outside, everyone thinks I’m good — I’m active in our church’s youth group, have no bad habits, etc. But sometimes I can’t wait to get away from home and leave all this behind. I know it’s probably wrong, but can you understand how I feel?
4/4/2022How could Jesus have been equal to God (as Christians claim), when He was only a man? I can understand why you’d want to try making Him into something great, but claiming He was God doesn’t make any sense to me.
4/3/2022How do you keep bad thoughts from taking over your mind? I’ll be fine for a while, but then something will trigger my imagination and I’ll start dwelling on things I know I shouldn’t be thinking about. God must be very disappointed in me. How can I break this cycle?
4/2/2022My work is rewarding to me, but my employer is asking me to do unethical things that make me uncomfortable. I am wondering if I should look for another job before I get fired for insubordination. What’s the answer?
4/1/2022My children are fast becoming adults and I fear that as they begin to make important decisions, they will make wrong ones. Is it wrong to advise children when they begin to make life-changing decisions?
3/31/2022My family never got along very well, and over the years we just drifted apart and don’t have anything to do with each other. Now that I’m older I’d like to do something about this, but I’m not sure they even care. Should I try, or just leave it alone?
3/30/2022My wife and I have been married 10 years and she is reluctant to have children because of the terrible condition the world is in now. I can’t say that I disagree with her, but I feel that we are cheating ourselves of having, and raising, a family. Am I wrong?
3/29/2022Did people in Bible times celebrate special days like we do, such as Father’s Day? I’m not close to my father (my parents divorced when I was 10), but I want to do whatever the Bible says I should do for him.
3/28/2022What’s so wrong with pride, which you preachers seem to criticize so much? In my opinion, pride is a good thing, because if you don’t have pride in what you do, you’ll never accomplish anything worthwhile. Why is the Bible against pride?
3/27/2022I fear for the attack on our homes, our families and our children—the future of our country. What can we do to combat the assaults?
3/26/2022The Influence of a Mother
3/25/2022I’ve heard that the present generation is filled with more knowledge than at any time in history. If this is true, how can society be so messed up? Is knowledge the same as wisdom?
3/24/2022I know God expects us to love everybody, but how can you love people who aren’t very loveable? Many in our extended family are coming to our house for the Fourth of July, and I dread it, to be honest. Some of them are simply obnoxious.
3/23/2022Two years after our mother died our father remarried (someone he’d known in high school). But he never discussed it with us, and he just can’t seem to understand why my sisters and I are having such a hard time accepting her as part of our families. Are we wrong to feel this way?
3/22/2022Someone in our family is always having a crisis, and all of their problems end up in my lap. I get so tired trying to deal with them. They mostly ignore my advice anyway. Sometimes I just wish I could leave. Why is our family so messed up?
3/21/2022I love my pets very much, and they seem to love me also. Do they have souls the same way we do? Sometimes I think they must, because they all have such expressive and affectionate personalities.
3/20/2022I gave my grandson a nice Bible for his high school graduation, but his parents got upset and told me in his presence to quit shoving religion down his throat. I knew they didn’t go to church or anything, but why would they react so strongly? Was I wrong to do this?
3/19/2022We don’t know what to do, because the doctor says our mother has terminal cancer, and yet she refuses to admit it or do anything she ought to be doing (like making a will). How can we help her? She gets angry if we even mention it.
3/18/2022We don’t understand our son-in-law. We had a close relationship at first (especially since he and our daughter live nearby), but now he tells our daughter that we irritate him and he wishes we’d just back off. What have we done wrong? We pray about this every day, but nothing changes.
3/17/2022I know I made a lot of bad decisions over the years, but I always hoped my children would learn from my mistakes. Well, I’m afraid that hasn’t happened, and now my family seems to be coming apart at the seams. Why won’t they learn to do what’s right?
3/16/2022We’re in shock because we usually have a large family gathering every Christmas, but this year one of my cousins isn’t coming because she’s gotten involved in a religious group that says she shouldn’t have anything to do with her family. Is this a cult or something?
3/15/2022We’ve been invited to a family reunion this summer, and to be honest I’m dreading it. Some in our extended family haven’t spoken to each other in years, and instead of being a happy time I’m afraid it could be tense. Should we even go?
3/14/2022I grew up in a home filled with chaos: no structure, no teaching. I am amazed that I became an adult that had any ability to discern right from wrong, but thank God neighbors took interest in me at special times. Now as a young mother, what are some of the lessons I can pass on to my children to better prepare them for life?
3/13/2022Families and homes that were once the backbone of society have become victims of society. Is there any hope of restoring what has been lost?
3/12/2022I read in the New York Times and other articles about a movie entitled “Apostasy.” Several ministers have commented on it so it must have something to do with religion but what does apostasy really mean?
3/11/2022What Does It Mean to “Die to Self”?
3/10/2022I am elderly, but when I see the way the world is today, it seems nearly impossible for young people to ever know what purity is. I have to say that the older generation has not set a very good example. The language alone that comes from our politicians and entertainers has deposited utter filth in young minds. What does the Bible mean when it says that people should be “pure in heart”?
3/9/2022We are living in an age of complete lawlessness. Is this what it means to transgress against God’s law?
3/8/2022What Does it Mean When the Bible Says We Should Walk the Narrow Way?
3/7/2022I used to laugh at religious people when they would talk about the end of time. But as I witness the volume of storms that pound the world and health scares that paralyze the world, I am reconsidering what they’ve had to say. Exactly what does the Bible say about these things and why doesn’t God intervene for the sake of mankind?
3/6/2022We live in a world that provides so many different choices: religions, careers, and relationships. Even the Bible commands that we make choices, right??
3/5/2022The internet is filled with more danger than good things. It just seems that modern technology has given a platform for everyone to talk about themselves and some say that people’s obsession with it is dangerous. Does the Bible address this?
3/4/2022What Does the Word “Apostasy” Mean Biblically? Is it Relevant Today?
3/3/2022What Is the Most Important Thing I Should Teach My Child?
3/2/2022What Is the Secret to Building a Happy Home?
3/1/2022What’s the Best Thing to Do for Mom on Mother’s Day?
2/28/2022What’s the Best Way to Parent in Today’s World?
2/27/2022What’s the Solution for Ending Hostility in America?
2/26/2022I’ve always been a fiercely independent person, feeling I could solve all my problems on my own (and I usually have). Well, last year I became a Christian, and now people are telling me I need to change and become meek and mild. Does God expect me to change my whole personality?
2/25/2022One of my uncles says God is like a stern judge, just waiting to punish us when we do wrong. But another uncle says he’s wrong, because God is like a kindly father who loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do. Who is right?
2/24/2022When my grandfather died, he willed the old family Bible to me (we have a large family, and none of us got much of value). I don’t know what to do with it.
2/23/2022Why Are Some People So Thoughtless?
2/22/2022My sister and her husband are always praying about decisions they have to make, but I think they just need to use their brains to decide what to do. After all, why did God give us a brain if He didn’t expect us to use it?
2/21/2022Why Can’t a Prosperous Nation Like America Resolve the Conflict of Hate and Violence?
2/20/2022Why Can’t My Family Get Along?
2/19/2022When Jesus is going to come back to earth someday, how will we know if He does? Maybe He’ll be born in some remote part of the world and we’ll never even hear about Him.
2/18/2022Why can’t people get along? My parents had five children, and for the most part, we’ve never gotten along.
2/17/2022Why Can’t People Live Life the Way They Want to When it Comes to Their Own Personal Morality?
2/16/2022Why Did God Create Sex if He Knew it Would Lead to Pornography, Child Abuse and Sexual Immorality?
2/15/2022Why Didn’t My Children Learn from My Bad Decisions?
2/14/2022Why Does Evil Seem to Be Winning in the World?
2/13/2022Why Is Family Prayer Important?
2/12/2022Do All Things Work Together for Good?
2/11/2022Why Is Praying So Important?
2/10/2022Why Is There More and More Upheaval in the World?
2/9/2022Why Were the Towns of Sodom and Gomorrah Judged So Harshly?
2/8/2022Will Graham On The Judgment Seat of Christ
2/7/2022Will My Prayers for Unsaved Family Members Really Work?
2/6/2022Will There Ever Be Another Spiritual Revival?
2/5/2022‘Kelly Tough’ More Than a Catchy Phrase
2/4/20223 Answers from Billy Graham About Absent and Abusive Fathers
2/3/20224 Biblical Reminders About Tough Relationships
2/2/20227 Life Lessons Billy Graham Learned from His Mother
2/1/2022A Call to Cherish the Family God Has Given You
1/31/2022A Cure for Heart Trouble
1/30/2022A Sacred Institution
1/29/2022Adoption Q&A with Edward and Kristy Graham
1/28/2022Are the Ten Commandments Still Relevant? What About the Old Testament?
1/27/2022Are We Wrong to Want Custody of Our Grandchildren?
1/26/2022Are You Surviving or Thriving in Your Empty Nest?
1/25/2022Ask God to help you let go of negative feelings about your daughter-in-law
1/24/2022Be an Example of Christ to Your Family
1/23/2022Being a wise mother-in-law can be challenging
1/22/2022Billy Graham on Families: Advice for Those Who Have Been Staying Home
1/21/2022Billy Graham on the Prayers and Influence of His Mother
1/20/2022Billy Graham on What Makes a Happy Home
1/19/2022Billy Graham: A Christ-Centered Home
1/18/2022Billy Graham’s Advice for Those Missing Home This Christmas
1/17/2022Can a Great Nation Like America Really Collapse?
1/16/2022Can Society Be Completely Liberated?
1/15/2022Caregiving requires rest, prayer and help from others
1/14/2022Changing Your Life Could Open the Door to Reconnecting with Your Children
1/13/2022Children: A Trust From God
1/12/2022Christ calls on us to see reconciliation
If angels are real, then why can’t we see them? I know you often see pictures or figures of them with wings and halos and everything, but how do we know what they look like, or even if they exist?
1/11/2022Christ can lead you out of devastating midlife crisis.
1/10/2022Cissie Graham Lynch Shares a Message for Fathers
1/9/2022Cruel people let their sinful nature control them
1/8/2022Did God make me so I’d be just like my father, and there’s nothing I can do about it?
1/7/2022Do I Need to Teach My Child Things School Doesn’t?

Published by Dave Winstead

I am the Chairman Of FaithByTheWord Ministries in Burlington, NC.

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