I am Sr. Writer at What Christians Want to Know (WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com) & a pastor, father, grandfather, & train wreck.
Posted 1/12/16 at 6:57 PM | Jack Wellman
Here is a list of ten of my favorite Bible quotes.
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Jesus’ disciples heard Him say this earlier after Lazarus had been dead for four days and now they heard Him pray, “While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled” (John 17:12). Jesus point is that not even death can prevent a person who believes in Christ from being saved. Jesus’ question is for all of us; “Do you believe this?” If you don’t, reader you’ve got the wrath of God abiding on you (John 3:36b).
Psalm 103:11-12 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” FULL POST
Posted 1/8/16 at 6:54 PM | Jack Wellman
What is your source of hope? Or better yet, Who is your source of hope?
The Object of your Faith
Everyone has faith. Even atheists have faith that there is no god, even though they cannot prove it. The question is, “What is your faith placed in? Is it in something or someone objectively true?” You have enough faith in your breaks to drive your car and enough trust in the bridge to hold you up when you drive over it, so we all have faith in a lot of different things. We have faith that the food at our restaurant isn’t going to make us sick and we don’t even know the cook nor see him/her prepare it. The point is, our faith is only as strong as what it is that we have our faith in. A lot of people had faith in their spouse until the committed adultery. They had faith in their friend and they betrayed them. What is your faith in? If God is the Object of your faith then hope is your anchor.
A Human source of Hope
I have been disappointed many times, probably just like you have. It might have been a friend or some sports team or even a relationship that you had your hope dashed. Humans will disappoint you and me. That’s what they (and I) do. Since that’s the source of the problem (hope in people), we know that if we try to put any hope in ourselves or others, then we’ll always be setting ourselves up for heartbreak. Paul seems to quote my life of battling the flesh in Romans 7:15 where he writes, “I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” and “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Rom 7:19). Does that make you long for the day when we’ll be saved to sin no more? If we put our hope in man, God says it will not turn out well. The psalmist writes, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation” (Psalm 146:3) since it is far “better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes” (Psalm 118:9). Jeremiah puts it even more bluntly: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD” (Jer 17:5). The Apostle Paul “put no confidence in the flesh” (Phil 3:3b) and neither should we. FULL POST
Posted 12/5/15 at 11:00 AM | Jack Wellman
Here are what I believe five of the greatest sports movies with a Christian theme in them.
Facing the Giants
Facing the Giants might be one of the greatest sports movies with or without a Christian theme, although this movie certainly does have a Christian influence in it. There is a definite faith-based theme in this movie and with the lyrics of Casting Crowns and Third Day and four other artists’ included in the soundtrack proving this point, Coach Grant Taylor has always had a losing season in football with the Shiloh Eagles and this year, it only got worse. Coach Taylor now faced pressure from the school and he faced trouble at home. It’s only when some stranger enters his life that his faith is renewed and he comes up with a plan to make his players believe that God can help them turn their season around. That’s exactly what happens. They begin to believe…and believe in one another too. That’s when the greatest challenge of all comes. FULL POST
Posted 12/4/15 at 4:58 PM | Jack Wellman
Here are five things that the Bible has to say about heaven that will hopefully encourage you.
A New Nature
Apparently the nature of the animals will be changed in the kingdom of heaven, but so will the earth in these “new heavens and new earth” (Rev 21:1). The nature of wild animals has been brutal up to now, but someday, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). Before this, the young goat could only lie together with the lion if the goat were in the lion’s stomach, but when the kingdom arrives, even “The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 11:7) and “The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den” (Isaiah 11:8). The result is that “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4). This means there’ll be no more poison ivy, no more bee stings, no more snake bits, no more fleas, no more dangerous predators for man or animal, no more droughts, no more natural disasters, and no more deadly diseases. I wonder what the shark’s diet will be changed too? FULL POST
Posted 11/9/15 at 6:40 PM | Jack Wellman
Here are five great places to find or to watch good Christian movies.
Christian Film Database
If you’re interested watching good Christian movies on DVD then you might think about buying them instead of renting them or waiting till they show up on TV and there might be no better resource than Christian Film Database (christianfilmdatabase.com). You’ll find solid Christian movies like War Room, Woodlawn, A Matter of Faith, Son of God, The Color of Rain, God’s Not Dead, Saving Christmas, and probably just about any good Christian movie you remember having watched. Of course, just because it’s a Christian movie doesn’t mean that it’s always clean. In some of my viewing experiences, the movie was rated G but the language, although not vulgar, was full of euphemisms (swear word substitutes) and “oh my God’s” so reading reviews of your prospective purchase is a very good idea. And movies like Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ are very good for adults but they are not appropriate at all for children because of the intense physical violence. FULL POST
Posted 11/4/15 at 11:57 AM | Jack Wellman
Here are five ways that you can find encouragement in the Bible.
Putting your name in the Scriptures
One of my favorite ways to read the Scripture and one that I recommend to others is to put your name where Scriptures says “you” and “you all.” One example is in Matthew 16:24 where it reads “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” which could be made to have personal application if read as “Then Jesus tells you “If you (or put your name here) would come after me, you must deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me.” This works in many places in the Bible like in Psalm112:6-7 “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord” which can read “For I will never be moved; I will be remembered forever. I am not afraid of bad news; my heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” The Bible was written to believers so why not insert your name or “I” in the Scriptures when you read them? It doesn’t change the context and it makes it more personal as well as having personal application for you. FULL POST
Posted 1/10/15 at 10:38 PM | Jack Wellman
Let me tell you about a ministry that is reaching men behind the prison walls with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here is a summary of what they do. They offer a free Bible Study course to any person in a correctional institution. I would have qualified many years ago as a former prisoner of the State of Kansas. Working Men of Christ (WMOC) sends them “The Captivity Series Workbook”, by Katie Souza, and will then send the Answer and Question booklet after they’ve sent their completed their workbook and receive a signed application form. It takes about 2-4 weeks for delivery. As soon as the 3 chapters are completed and all the questions are answered and returned, the men will receive a credit toward the $160.00 incentive. After the entire completion of the course is done successfully, WMOC will mail them a certificate of completion and a Study Bible. Upon their release from incarceration they’ll receive credits totaling $160.00 dollars if they mail their certificate of completion within (30) days of their release and WMOC. What this ministry is doing is getting the Word of God into the hearts, souls, and minds of these men and since we know that God’s Word has power (Rom 1:16) and that His Word never returns without accomplishing what He sends it out to do, this ministry is changing men into disciples of Christ. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/14 at 10:04 AM | Jack Wellman
What exactly does this Bible verse mean and what can we take away from it?
The best way to interpret difficult Scriptures is by finding similar verses or the original Scriptures where the verse or verses are quoted or in other words, interpret Scripture by using Scripture. When I read a verse that is hard to understand, I need to back up and read the entire chapter and sometimes the entire book to see what this verse is really saying in the full context. As has been said before, text taken out of context can create a pretext and a false one at that. Frequently, New Testament authors will quote Old Testament verses because that’s all the Scriptures they had at the time. One of Jesus’ favorite authors is Isaiah which He quoted frequently and Paul sometimes used Genesis but the point is that they always put the text into its proper context and that is something that Christians must be careful to do.
First Timothy 5:18 Meaning
First Timothy says “For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” Paul was quoting Deuteronomy 25:4 which also says “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain” which is part of the Old Testament laws which show that God expected Israel to treat animals in a humane way. If an animal is laboring for its owner, then it should be provided for like being fed and properly cared for but Paul was using it regarding church elders and in the context that the church should provide for its own church leadership. It is best to expand the entire context of 1st Timothy 5:18 to include 1st Timothy 5:17-18 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” Clearly, Paul wasn’t talking about Timothy’s oxen or to the Christians in general to take care of their animals, although we know that this is morally right. Instead, Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 5:18 as a way of saying that since we are commanded to treat animals worthily and provide for their needs according to their labor, so too must the church provide for the church elders, like the pastor, and pay them for their labor. They are due a “double honor.” Paul is clear that he is speaking, not about the care of animals, but about the laborer for the Lord, like the pastorate, and that they are worthy of the church’s support. Paul is very specific about this, writing “especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” Was Paul writing this to Timothy because of the first century church complaints about paying church pastors and teachers? It must be at least considered a possibility because why else why would Paul have to even write about such a thing if it weren’t necessary? FULL POST
Posted 10/25/14 at 9:57 AM | Jack Wellman
How does the Bible describe children? What can parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and teachers learn from what the Bible teaches about children?
Gifts from God
Children are certainly a blessing and this agrees with what the Bible says about them like in Psalm 127:3-5 “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” Sons and of course daughters are from the Lord and, I love this, they are “a reward from him.” Like the arrows in the hands of a warrior, children are born and like arrows, they are held steady, directed, and aimed but where they land is up to the arrows (or the children). The implication is that we can teach them, direct them, lead them, hold or point them in the right direction but where they land is up to them but hopefully, in God’s sovereignty, they will find their purpose. When Esau met his brother Jacob and his family, he said “Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant" (Gen 33:5). Even Jacob got it…children are a gift from our heavenly Father and like a gift, we did nothing to deserve them or earn them…it is only because God is so good that He gives us our beloved children. FULL POST
Posted 9/18/14 at 2:21 PM | Jack Wellman
What is the role of the church for the believer and the family? What does the Bible teach the role of the church is?
The Church is…
The word church is from the Greek word “ekklesia” which means “an assembly” or literally the “called-out ones” so the church are those believers who God called and saved through repentance and faith in Christ. The word church is hardly mentioned at all until after the gospels but then it is frequently called by name (Rom 16:5; gal 1:1-2). Strictly speaking, the church is the Body of Christ, doing the work that the Head of the Church, Jesus, directs her to do for the purpose of glorifying God and part of that purpose is seeking those who are lost. By being called the Body of Christ, the church is to be the hands, mouth, and feet of Christ on earth. Each member has been gifted by God to perform a vital function in the church so that the church is edified, encouraged, and grows in grace and knowledge. Each member works in unison with other members for one another and each member’s function is to help the Body of Christ perform what she was created to do.
The Church’s Purpose FULL POST