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Jack Wellman

I am Sr. Writer at What Christians Want to Know (WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com) & a pastor, father, grandfather, & train wreck.

Posted 5/22/13 at 3:35 PM | Jack Wellman

The Toothless Gospel

Artist: Briton Riviere (1840-1920)

Let Jesus Come into Your Heart

When a mother heard her young son rummaging through the kitchen drawer she came in and screamed. There was the young boy standing with a long knife pointed at his chest ready to plunge the knife into his heart. His mother screamed and he dropped the knife and started to cry. She said, “What are you doing?” The young boy said, “I wanted to let Jesus into my heart.” The young boy went into the kitchen after he asked his mother about Jesus and how to go to heaven. She had told him to “Just let Jesus come into your heart.”

That event was not just a story but it really happened. This unbiblical presentation of the gospel almost cost her son’ his life. Where in the Bible does it say that we must “Let Jesus into our heart?” Answer? Nowhere! Should we also let Him into our kidneys, our liver, or our appendix? Come on. This doesn’t work. FULL POST

Posted 5/15/13 at 10:08 PM | Jack Wellman

Under Construction

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What I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do“ (Rom 7:15). That Scripture is actually very comforting because sometimes it's really hard to forgive ourselves. I don’t know how many Christians that have told me that they just can not stop sinning. This really discourages them. Just as Paul said, the things that they do not want to do they end up doing but what they want to do, they do not do (Rom 7:19). Does this sound familiar?

All believers are in this same situation and we may find ourselves thinking these same thoughts. It’s a daily struggle. Walking with God on a daily basis is a battle because the old nature is still alive but there is actually good news in this. The very fact that we know that something is wrong, like when we sin, is evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in us. Those who are without Christ are without the Holy Spirit and those in the world have no such conviction. It’s business as usual. But for believers, the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. To be aware that we are sinning and acknowledge our struggle with sin is wonderful because at least you want to do what is good, even if you don’t always do it. FULL POST

Posted 5/10/13 at 3:38 PM | Jack Wellman

The Gates of Hell

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The Italian proverb is true: After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. I heard a true story about a young man that was trying to find a bar in Chicago. It was called The Gates of Hell. Yes, there was an actually a bar called The Gates of Hell. I am not sure if it is still there or not. This is certainly not a place you would want to visit but someone had asked a man on the street where it was at. The man happened to be a pastor. He simply told him where it was. He didn’t try to share the gospel with him, he didn’t try to tell him about Jesus even though he perceived that the young man was not saved. He simply told the man how to get to this bar called The Gates of Hell.

The young man may have not known that the man giving him directions was a pastor and it seems certain that the young man didn‘t realize that he was asking a pastor for directions. The young pastor simply told him how to get to The Gates of Hell. Here is how he described it. Listen to the irony of his directions to The Gates of Hell: FULL POST

Posted 5/4/13 at 1:36 PM | Jack Wellman

The FDA’s Miss-Step on One-Step

The FDA has entered into a moral and ethical issue, not simply a medical issue, when they approved Plan B One-Step. The FDA seeks to make Plan B One-Step available for girls 15 and over and make it available over the counter…that is without a doctor’s prescription. In other words, minors would have access to birth control thanks to the FDA’s overstepping their authority. Are they not actually swapping birth control for parental control? By the way, whatever happened to abstinence? This is the most effective means of birth control there is. The public schools will teach sex education, educating our children about varying birth control methods but what they won’t teach is abstinence. Fortunately, the Justice Department has announced that it will appeal a recent court order, which brings up another issue: That courts are not designed to make laws but to enforce them…Congress’ job is to make laws, however that’s an issue for another day. FULL POST

Posted 5/2/13 at 2:57 PM | Jack Wellman

Reverse the Curse

Jack Wellman, 2013

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

Silence of the Lambs

Nationl Right to Life, 2013
Babies can routinely be saved at 21 to 22 weeks after fertilization, and sometimes they can be saved even younger.

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

Pay it Forward

Jack Wellman, 2013

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

Suffer the Children

Jack Wellman, 2013

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

Hay, Wood and Stubble

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

Trophies of Grace

Jack Wellman, 2013

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

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