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Posted 7/19/14 at 10:46 AM | Jack Wellman |
What did Jesus teach about marriage? Did He forbid divorce under any circumstances or did He allow for exceptions? Here are some Bible verses about marriage from Jesus to see what He taught about marriage.
Marriage – A God-Ordained Institution
Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
There are many Bible verses about marriage but we are examining only those which Jesus taught about on the subject of marriage. First of all, marriage is a God-ordained, God-created institution that He blessed and saw as good. By God saying that “the two shall become one flesh” we could see this as intended to be a permanent situation where the two become one and stay as one and they become as “one flesh” meaning that they cannot (or at least should not) be separated (Matt 19:5). When Jesus quoted this verse He was establishing the fact that it was God’s intention to have the two be joined together and to stay together for life; the only exceptions would be for ongoing, unrepentant adultery or if one of the spouses would die. FULL POST
Posted 7/19/14 at 10:17 AM | Jack Wellman |
Who were among the closest five people to Jesus during His earthly ministry? Who would you think one of them were?
The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved
I am not ranking these from top to bottom or number one to five but surely, John was one of those who were five of the closest to Jesus. John, along with Peter was in the inner circle of Jesus’ closest associates among the list of 12 disciples. In the Gospel of John, the apostle referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). John was not bragging that Jesus loved him more than the others but in his gospel he didn’t want to call himself “John” or “John the Disciple” because that would seem self-serving and it is rare for an author to actually be in an account where he is one of the major players so I think it was actually a sign of humility by John. Even so, John was often reclining on the bosom of Jesus which is a strong indicator of a very close intimacy that never happened, that we know of, with the other disciples. Jesus trusted John so much that He gave over to him the responsibility of the care of his own mother, Mary (John 19:26). This made sense too because John was one of the younger disciples and would live long enough to care for Mary until she died. Also, if it had been Peter, Peter was going to be martyred and perhaps while Mary was still living so Jesus knowing that John would outlive all the other disciples thought John was the one to care for his mother. That also meant that Jesus knew John well enough to know that he would take excellent care of his mother. Church tradition holds that John lived into the A.D. 90’s and outlived all the other disciples who died for the Lord in horrendous manners and he also likely outlived Jesus’ mother, Mary. John was also allowed to witness the Transfiguration along with Peter and James, indicating that he was among a select, tight-knit group of Jesus Christ’s and one of the closest to Jesus during His earthly ministry (Luke 9:28-36). FULL POST
Posted 6/27/14 at 5:17 PM | Jack Wellman
God has many names and they are descriptive of His attributes. What are my five favorite names of God? What are yours?
El SHADDIA - the Mighty God
Genesis 17:1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.”
Here God uses for Himself the name EL Shaddia which is Hebrew for “almighty, most powerful.” I love using this name of God in prayer because as Abraham did when he encountered God Abraham “fell on his face” (Gen 17:3) so too I fall on my face when I pray to God. I believe that is the most reverential, respectful, and humble position to be in when we pray to God. We pray to a God that is Almighty and All-Powerful so why not fall before Him? In fact, I lay prostrate, that is flat on the ground when I pray to God as a way to acknowledge His greatness, His holiness, and His power. He is the Mighty God and so why would we ever doubt in asking Him for those things that we need and for those things that would glorify Jesus? God always loves to hear and answer our prayers, particularly when our prayers seek to glorify Him for He is so worthy of His glory. FULL POST
Posted 6/25/14 at 5:15 PM | Jack Wellman |
Is the Bible silent on stress? What does the Word of God teach on stress, if it teaches anything on this subject?
Bible Verses on Stress
There really aren’t any Bible verses on stress but if you look at synonyms for the word stress, you find an abundant number of Bible verses. Stress can be viewed as having high anxiety over things that we have little or no control over but put pressure on us. Stress has been defined as a feeling where everything is coming undone and can be compounded by the inability to handle problems but also it is like being burdened with worries about; work, home, family, money, car, and a number of other factors. There could be physical problems, emotional issues, and mental tension that are like unseen forces pulling or pushing against a person. Stress shows up as anger, crying, inaptitude, loss of control, loss of apetite or binging on food, mistakes, rage, mental breakdown, and sometimes very dramatic incidents or accidents. Since we know the Bible has real power, we can turn to certain Bible verses and trust what God says about life and that He is ultimately in control even when everything looks like it isn’t. FULL POST
Posted 6/22/14 at 4:40 PM | Jack Wellman
The Book of Revelation is a mystery to many. Here are five unique terms found in the Book of Revelation with short definitions to help you better understand this book.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
This is not the revelation of the Apostle John but as Revelation 1:1 says this is “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John.” Jesus sent an angel to let John know what “must soon take place” so it is really the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and not the Revelation of Saint John as some Bibles say. That is totally incorrect. The Greek word for “revelation” is “apokalypsis” or as some translations say apocalypse. This word means “laying bare, uncovering, making naked,” and “a disclosure of truth” and this book does all of those things. Jesus Christ has lain bare, disclosed the truth and uncovered what had been hidden for thousands of years and what the angel told Daniel to shut up and seal will be unsealed by the Lamb of God in this book (Dan 12:4). FULL POST
Posted 6/19/14 at 5:08 PM | Jack Wellman
The Bible speaks of different types of love. What are they? What kind of love does God have in comparison to humans?
This is the type of family love that is commonly found in the Bible and is vital to the proper function of families and can sometimes be found in extended families. This is the type of love found in Martha and Mary who lost their brother Lazarus. It is the type of love that Abraham had for his son Jacob, the kind that Noah had for his wife and children, and the same kind of love that any father and mother has for their children as well as the children's love for their parents. Storge love can also occur between a husband and a wife. It appears to be the same type of love that animal parents seem to display for their young. Storge is a Greek word (στοργή) for family love and frequently used for natural affection.
This is the erotic love between men and women which is a sensual love. It is acceptable within the confines of marriage but outside of this matrimonial union, it is seen as sinful and why Paul told the Corinthians that "if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion" (1 Cor 7:9). This love is what gets many people, even Christians, into serious trouble because they can commit adultery if left unchecked and not resisted, they can commit adultery of the heart (Matt 5:28), it can lead to an addiction to pornography, and it can become an idol in itself. While this level of love is necessary and healthy within marriage, outside or before marriage it can be totally destructive. FULL POST
Posted 6/14/14 at 12:47 PM | Jack Wellman
What are some of the most popular prayers of the Bible? What Bible prayers can be used today to help us pray to God?
Search My Heart O God
Psalm 139:1-4, 7, 23-24 “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I love to use the Psalms and pray them back to God. Even the Serenity Prayer can be used as a prayer of praise, thanksgiving, and contentment. In Psalm 139, God searches our hearts so we should acknowledge His attribute of omniscience and ask Him to search our hearts so that we would see our own faults and then confess them and then strive to overcome them. I tend to have blind spots but God can reveal them to me…and to you too. In fact, God knows what we will say before we even say it so pray that He would guide our tongue to speak only of His glory and awesome wonders and that we would speak only what would be encouraging and edifying to others. David concludes this Psalm by asking God to search his heart so that he could see what “grievous way” was in him and then asks God to lead him in the everlasting way. FULL POST
Posted 10/2/13 at 8:43 PM | Jack Wellman |
Listen to this touching true story from several years ago that a pastor told me about. A young boy of 7 sat by his sister's bed in the hospital as the doctor walked in and said to his parents, "If your daughter doesn't have a blood transfusion, she'll likely die or go into a coma. And I'm not sure she'll come out of it." The doctor asked, "Is there anyone in your family with her blood type?" Her parents said,"Well, no...only her little brother, and he's only 7." The doctor said that since her blood type is so rare (for example her blood type does not have the necessary S factor), they would typically have to screen at least 200 donors and there may not be time.
In final desperation, the parents* asked the boy if they could use some of his blood for the transfusion knowing that normally a child of this age could not be a donor but they knew the boy’s blood type matched that of his sister. Their daughter had only a matter of hours to live if she didn’t receive at least some of her brother’s blood. The parents had to sign a waiver for the hospital’s medical liabilities and the doctor reassured the parents that they would only need enough of the boy’s blood until another donor could be found. When asked about this, the little boy looked at his sister and immediately said, "Yes." FULL POST
Posted 9/25/13 at 12:23 PM | Jack Wellman
There are angels all around us, watching over us, assigned by God. They are protectors of physical and spiritual dangers. They can take human form when they are commanded to do so. Some angels may appear visible to some people while not to others. We might have even entertained angels without even knowing it. The Bible records incidents where humans treated angels badly thinking that they were people. The results were disastrous.
Each one of us may have at least one that is assigned to each and every one of us (Luke 22:43, Acts 22-25). They're commanded to "encamp all around us" and to protect us (Luke 22:43, Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21). That is not saying that we won't ever get sick, get a disease or get hurt, since we all have an appointment with death (Heb. 9:27).
The chubby little cherubs that are often depicted as angels are not biblical. Angels are spiritual beings and powerful agents under God's sovereign will. These angels are not passive, but active in nature and might even take physical form if God so wills it. We may have even encountered and entertained angels without even knowing it (Heb 13:1-2). It makes you want to always treat people with love and respect. FULL POST
Posted 9/3/13 at 10:24 PM | Jack Wellman
You’ve heard of the Promise Keepers. This is not what this is about. This is about God never breaking His promises like humans may do. God never breaks His promises but we frequently do. God keeps His Word but humans sometimes don’t. The difference between promises made by God and mankind is that God has the power to bring these promises about but we sometimes are unfaithful or unseen circumstances come up to make it impossible for us to keep them. These are called exceedingly great and precious promises in the Word. If you could promise someone something then you might have to qualify it by saying, ”God willing” or “If something else doesn’t come up” but God’s promises are more sure than anything you can even imagine, even when things do come up.
Hebrews 13:5b “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” FULL POST