I am Sr. Writer at What Christians Want to Know (WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com) & a pastor, father, grandfather, & train wreck.
Posted 5/2/13 at 2:57 PM | Jack Wellman
When the Boston Red Sox finally won the World Series a few years ago, they said that the curse was reversed. The curse was supposedly imposed upon the Red Sox when they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees early in the 20th Century. In a similar fashion, Jesus Christ reversed the curse on humanity by redeeming mankind and restoring us to a right relationship with God which had been severed in the Garden. Paul wrote about this when he said, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole” (Gal 3:13). By this voluntary act of Jesus Christ, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21) which was done “to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Gal 4:5). That’s why the gospel is called good news. It was bad news for Christ on the cross but the best of news for us who were separated from God by our sin. FULL POST
Posted 4/27/13 at 12:22 PM | Jack Wellman
Is the Bible silent on abortion? It appears that way because so many Protestant churches are and these protestant churches may be because the leadership has been. What a sin of omission. Years ago Dr. R. C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries prepared a series of video lectures as educational materials for churches to instruct members about the serious ethical and moral implications of abortion. These materials tried to encourage churches to be more proactive in protesting abortion by engaging the culture in which they resided. The result was that the vast majority of pastors refused to teach this because of their fear of dividing the church. These pastors responded by saying that they would “divide their churches.” Dr. Sproul said “What could be a greater evil than such a division [than] remaining silent on the most ethical issue that the United States has ever faced?” (Tabletalk Magazine, April, 2013, p 26). At least the Catholic Church is stronger in their Pro-life stance and I thank God that at least they are. For more on what you can do as a pro-life advocate, visit the National Right to Life organization. FULL POST
Posted 4/24/13 at 9:34 PM | Jack Wellman
If you have never seen the movie Pay It Forward, you have missed a great family movie. This movie features Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment as Trevor, the 12-year-old. Many children want to change the world for the better and Trevor’s teacher gives him the means to do so. He’s given an assignment to think of something that could change the world. And he certainly did. Trevor’s idea was not to pay back a good dead, but to pay it forward to someone else and to do it for nothing in return. Its one thing to pay for something and expect something in return, but to pay for something for someone with no pay back expected creates a positive force of change; change for the good.
Trevor is afraid for his mother’s safety from living with an abusive, alcoholic father. This movie shows that good things can happen to people in bad situations and make them a better person for it. Dysfunctional habits, diseases, and lifestyles can be changed by a positive attitude - even by one young boy. FULL POST
Posted 4/17/13 at 12:00 PM | Jack Wellman
As I came into the office, I saw the young girl lying on the office couch on her overstuffed lion-pillow, clutching an old, ragged doll. At her feet was a large tattered trash sack that had all of her earthly belongings like her clothing, socks, and jeans. The trash sack had several holes in it and some of her clothing was hanging out of them. I introduced myself to her and as I spoke with her case manager, she wiped the sleep out of her eyes. She was going to another home…a foster home…and leaving her old home behind. Her father had abandoned her and her mother when she was born and now the mother confessed that she could not even take care of herself and so how could she take care of a child? This is just another story that happens just about every day at the foster care agency that I work for. As a bi-vocational pastor of a small church, I am forced to work to support myself and so I work with children in foster care. Some of the most heartbreaking experiences I have ever seen in my life have to do with the children that I work with. Here are a few examples of what I have seen in my encounters with these little ones that are so precious to our Lord. FULL POST
Posted 4/9/13 at 4:32 PM | Jack Wellman
I had a burn pile some time ago and cast in all the twigs, branches, and leaves from my yard and set it aflame. While it burned, I contemplated what would remain of my works here on earth. Would much of it just burn up before the BEMA Judgment Seat of Christ? How much would survive and how much would turn to ash? The fact is that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor 5:10). The Apostle John wrote that we should “continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28). Most assuredly, “we will all stand before God’s judgment seat” (Rom 14:10b) and “of us will give an account of ourselves to God” (Rom 14:12). Will I be ashamed or will I love His appearing (2 Tim 4:8)?
Even more fearful, if I deny Jesus Christ before others, I myself will be denied before the Father by Him. All too often I have denied my Lord in missed opportunities to proclaim the gospel. What a fearful thing that Jesus said in Mark 8:30, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." I should not fear what man will do or say to me when I tell people the news that if they die without the Savior, they will face eternal separation from God. I must realize that “The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (Psalm 118:6) for “in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me” (Psalm 56:11)? FULL POST
Posted 4/1/13 at 1:23 PM | Jack Wellman
I have a few old, decaying trophies from my youth. Some have had the placards fall off long ago. They are very old but when I received them I was very proud of them. I was determined to build a display case for them but I never did. Now I that am old I am not concerned anymore with trophies. These were earned just after the earth was cooling and while the Dead Sea was still alive. Seriously, God is going to have His own trophies but these will be trophies of His grace and these will never corrode or perish. What are these trophies? They are those whom God has purchased by the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. These “trophies” are to be displayed for the glory of God.
In Ephesians we read about a wonderful future but these Scriptures are written in the present tense. “When we were dead in trespasses, [He] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:5-7). One thing that I love about the Book of Ephesians is that God calls things that are to be as already being. That is the way God speaks in all of His Word, the Bible. Even prophecy is history written backwards. He is “the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not” (Rom 4:17). He has the power to bring about what He wills. For one thing, He has already “raised us up together” and already “made us sit together in the heavenly places.” Having been made to “sit together” is indicative that our works are completed because “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29). I am not saying that we don’t have any works to do but our works don’t get us to heaven…they follow us there. Just as Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father, we too are already seated with Him. FULL POST
Posted 3/23/13 at 3:34 PM | Jack Wellman
Imagine being an eyewitness to Calvary. You are viewing the crucifixion. Suddenly at 12:00 PM darkness descends and lasts for three full hours until 3:00 PM. This is recorded in Matthew 27:45, “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.” There is no coincidence that this is the time of the Passover Lamb’s sacrificial killing by the Jews . Many skeptics of this event claim that it was probably just an eclipse but how can an eclipse last for three hours!? And the Passover was always held during the times of a full moon. A solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon because that is when the moon and the sun are both up at the same time and the moon can then block out the sun. Even Pontius Pilate wrote about this strange event to Augustus Caesar:
Now when he was crucified, there was darkness over all the world, and the sun was obscured for half a day, and the stars appeared, but no luster was seen in them; and the moon lost its brightness, as though tinged with blood; and the world of the departed was swallowed up; so that the very sanctuary of the temple, as they call it, did not appear to the Jews themselves as their fall, but they perceived a chasm in the earth, and the rolling successive thunders . FULL POST
Posted 3/16/13 at 6:42 PM | Jack Wellman
There is power in the Word of God and the Word of God (Jesus Christ) has power…resurrection power. Consider the time when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11:43-44 when He “called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.” What if Jesus had only said, “Come forth?” Would not have all those who were in their graves have come forth? I believe that if Jesus had not specified that it was Lazarus who was to come forth, there would have been a massive resurrection at that time and all who had believed in God would have been raised to life. This seems obvious since in John 11:25-26, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Since this is true, I believe that all who had believed that were then dead would have “come forth” because Lazarus, who “had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44). FULL POST
Posted 3/12/13 at 10:30 PM | Jack Wellman
How many times have you heard that love is a feeling? Too many to count I‘m sure. Let me say this about love. It is a verb. It’s what you do. Feelings are so unreliable. They come and go. They are fleeting, but what we do remains. Let me explain. When a babysitter who was taking care of a young boy looked at the litter box and saw that it was full, she asked the boy, “Does your mother do this?” The young boy looked at the full litter box and so, “No, that’s the cat!” What the babysitter meant was did her mother clean it out. What is love? It is cleaning out the litter box. It is changing the diaper pail. It is doing for others what is unpleasant, regardless of whether we feel like it or not.
When I worked for Head Start as a Regional Manager I came to inspect the classrooms and the infant room was one of the first places I visited. I saw that the teachers had their hands full and so I went to the diaper pail and emptied it and then put in a new liner after disinfecting it. The teachers saw that I was there to help them, not to criticize them. I also have cleaned up many “spit ups” of the babies and infants. I was there to serve them and not just “write them up” for things that they hadn’t’ done. These teachers would do anything for me because I showed them that I cared about what they did and wanted to help them. I never asked them “Why is the diaper pail full?” Iinstead of telling them to do this or do that better, I came to say, “What can I do to help you make your job easier.” I don’t know who said it but I loved the expression, “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” FULL POST
Posted 3/2/13 at 1:58 PM | Jack Wellman
A few years ago the county voted to allow a large casino to be built. The promise was that the county residents would have their tax bill lowered, several local jobs would be added and that the schools would receive grants for each student, including scholarships to graduating seniors. Ironically, the residents who live around the casino voted against it because of the increased traffic, the huge lighted, electronic billboards, and the belief that the crime rate would go up. There has been a small, but insignificant personal property tax decrease, an increase of jobs (predominantly minimum wage), small grants for county students were provided ($100.00 per student), but there has also been an increase in traffic to the area and huge lighted billboards now light up the surrounding communities at night.
The increase in traffic has clogged roads and highways that were not designed for such traffic. These are some of the problems that are seen. What is not seen so much is the increase in domestic violence, the number of bankruptcies, an increase in divorce and separation, a rising number of crimes, rising mortgage failures, alcohol-related auto accidents (with increasing numbers of DUI’s), and an overburdening of the local social services with an already overworked number of staff that is insufficient to handle so many case loads. The number of gambling addictions has also risen and an addiction to gambling is one of the hardest addictions there is to overcome. There is also a risk of organized crime infiltrating the area, if it hasn’t already done so. FULL POST