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Biblical Answers to Spiritual Questions:

Who is God?

The Assurance of Salvation

I Want to Know More About the Bible

If I am Saved, Why Do I Keep On Sinning?

Will We Be Judged Immediately After We Die?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Is It Wrong to Have Sexual Relations Outside of Marriage?

What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?

How Can I Overcome the Temptation of Sin?

Do Our Spirit and Soul Die After Death?

How Do I Know That God Is With Me?

Is Everyone Able to Speak in Tongues?

Why Does God Send People to Hell?

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Is There Life After Death?

The Unpardonable Sin

What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?



Most people are aware of the story of Mary,

whom God chose to be the mother of Jesus. 

God used her in a very special way. 

It seems apparent that she did not understand all that happened in her life regarding Jesus. 

Read Luke 2:33-35, especially verse 33 where it says,

“They were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning Him.”

Later we observe Mary at the cross (John 19:25-27).

 Here in the midst of His great suffering for us,

we see His care and great love for His mother

(which also reflects His care and love for us all). 

Mary and John were standing by the cross and He said,

“Woman, behold your son,” thus entrusting her to the care of His beloved cousin,
for it says, “from that hour the disciple took her unto his own house.”

The last mention of her occurs in Acts 1:14 where she is with

the disciples in prayer between the ascension and Pentecost.

 She was accompanied by his brothers who now trusted and believed.

 It is obvious that she spent a great deal of time with this group.

I don’t know if there is any other historical evidence of her,

but this is all Scripture has to say and any speculation which puts her

 in any other light than revealed in Scripture is just that, speculation. 

She was His beloved human mother, who like us needed a Savior. 

Read Luke 1:46-66, “ My soul shall magnify the Lord and spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”

                The last mention of Mary Magdalene in Scripture is after the resurrection,

seeing Jesus alive (risen) and then going to tell the disciples. 

She was at the cross (John 19:25). 

Matthew 28:1-10 and the other gospels describe her encounter with Jesus at the empty tomb.

 Mark 16:1-11 describes their encounter as Jesus appeared to her. 

See also Luke 24:10 and John 20:1-18.

                There is no other mention of her after this but probably she was among the women

 and disciples who frequently met in prayer as in Acts 1:14.

 Any other statements outside of Scripture are merely conjecture and speculation.

                As far as Joseph is concerned, he is last seen in Scripture when Jesus

 was twelve and the went to the temple in Jerusalem.  (Read Luke 2:41-52) 

In Luke 4:22, when Jesus read Scripture and proclaimed He was its fulfillment,

he is mentioned but not seen.

 It says, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

 Matthew 13:58 also says, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?’

 See also Mark 6:1-6

  In Mark 3:21 His kinsmen tried to prevent His ministry. 

Previous to this, his mother and brothers are looking for Him

(Mark 3:31; Matthew 12:46
They were seeking to speak to Him.) 

Joseph is not mentioned.

                It is believed he died sometime between the family visit to the temple in Jerusalem
and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry because he is not mentioned again

 nor does he appear with Mary at the cross or with the disciples

and Mary when they came together to pray in Acts 1:14. 

Also it seems very unlikely that John would take Mary

 into his own home if Joseph were still alive.


Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.


Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!


Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.


The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23


"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved."

                  ~ Romans 10:9


Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.


Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.


You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:


"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."

If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,

but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.


"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved"

              ~ Acts 2:21b


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Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?

Now that you have believed the Gospel:

that Christ died for your sins

according to the Scripture,

was buried and raised on the third day

according to the Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

and have asked Jesus Christ

to forgive you of your sins,

what should you do next?

The first thing you need to do is to get a Bible

if you do not already have one.

There are a number of accurate,

easy to understand modern translations.

Then develop a systematic plan for Bible reading.

You wouldn't start any other book in the middle

and then hop from place to place,

so don't do it with the Bible.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books.

For of them, called Gospels,

tell about the life of Jesus.

I would encourage you to read all four of them

in this order, Mark, Luke, Matthew and John

and then read through the

rest of the New Testament.

The second thing you need to do

is to begin praying on a regular basis.

Praying is just talking to God,

and while you do need to be respectful,

you do not need to use special language.

The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    is a great pattern for praying.

Thank God for what He has done for you.

Admit it to Him when you sin

and ask Him to forgive you.

(He promises that He will.)

And ask God for the things you need.

The third thing that you need to do

is to find a good church.

Good churches teach that the entire Bible

is God's Word, talk about why Jesus

died on the cross, and are full of good people

whose lives are being changed

by their relationship with God.

The most obvious evidence that a person is in

a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ

is how they treat people.

Jesus said,

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another." - John 13:35

If the church has Bible studies or Sunday School

classes for new Christians, try to attend.

There are many exciting things to learn

as you get to know God better.

God has plans for you.

Jesus said

"I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full."

God "has given us everything we need for life

and godliness through our knowledge of Him.

who called us by His own glory and goodness."

2 Peter 1:3

As you read your Bible,

pray and get involved in a good church,

God will begin to change your life in ways

that you never dreamed were possible and

fill you with love and joy

and peace and real purpose.

May God bless you as you follow Him.


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We appreciate your prayers and look forward to meeting you in eternity!


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