Best Place to Start Reading the Bible for a New Christian

by Jack Wellman on May 30, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

The Bible is composed of 66 books written by 40 authors. So where does a new Christian begin when they start to read the Bible?  Do they read it from Genesis to Revelation?  What do pastors, theologians, Sunday school teachers, and even seminary professors recommend a new believer to start reading the Bible?  Are there better places to start than others and some books to be avoided at first? Here are my recommendations for the best place to start reading the Bible for a new Christian and an unbeliever.

Where Not To Start

I have actually had non-believers ask me this more than new Christians and this is a great question.  The Bible is not strictly written in chronological order.  For example the book of Job belongs in the time frame of the book of Genesis.  Some have tried to start at Genesis and begin through the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, then Deuteronomy, but when they get to certain sections of the Old Testament they can get bogged down in the lengthy genealogies.  A good example is found in I Chronicles 9:11-12:  “Azariah son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the official in charge of the house of God; Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah; and Maasai son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer.”  You get the idea.

Where to Start

Since the Old Testament foreshadows Jesus Christ and the New Testament is sharply focused on Jesus Christ, it makes good sense for a new Christian or a non-believer to start reading the Bible with any of the four gospels.  My personal preference is the Gospel of John.  He emphasizes the love of God as found in Jesus Christ and if you read the first chapter and first few verses of John, you will discover that it starts God’s plan for man even before the creation in Genesis One.  Even the book of Mark is a great introduction to Jesus Christ.  The gospel of Matthew is slightly more technical in the beginning but would be helpful for those who are Jewish since it emphasizes the historicity and Jewish lineage of Jesus Christ.  The book of Luke is also more intricate since he was a physician.  But any of the four gospels would be a great beginning point for a new Christian because they focus on the centrality of Jesus Christ which the entire Bible actually points toward since He is the sole means of redemption and salvation.

So begin by reading one or all of the gospels and then I would recommend Genesis.  Genesis reveals God’s dealings with the nation of Israel and shows the origins of the people of God and deals with the fall of mankind and the consequences of disobedience.  In actuality, the gospel is foreshadowed in Genesis and the Old Testament.  When you read the New Testament book of Hebrews and then Genesis, you can see that Melchizedek the high priest and Jesus Christ were one and the same.

A Guide for New or Non-Believers

When believers and non-believers ask me where to begin to read the Bible, my recommendation is my own personal preference.  Others may give you other books to start with in reading the Bible.  I would recommend that they do not start in the book of Revelation or in Genesis and start reading it through from start to finish.  For a seasoned Christian, reading through the Bible is an excellent learning tool but for a new believer, it can be cumbersome and confusing.  Revelation is difficult to understand, so for a beginner to start out in that book  is asking for confusion and mistranslation of the verses since much of it is written in symbolic language.  Here is a preferred order for a new believer or a non-Christian who wants to start to read and understand the Bible:

Best Place To Start Reading the Bible

John emphasises the love of God as found in Jesus Christ

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of Mark

I John

II John

III John

Genesis

Ephesians

Galatians

The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Matthew

I Corinthians

II Corinthians

Romans

Psalms

Proverbs

Now where you go from there is wherever you like.  I suggest that you repeat the four gospels at this point because you can never go wrong with the very teaching of Jesus Christ Himself.  And the book of Mark, written by John Mark, is actually what can be termed as the gospel of Peter since most theologians agree that the Gospel of Mark is actually the work of Peter.  The words represent Peter’s eyewitness accounts as transcribed by John Mark.  Remember that John Mark was not an apostle and was never a witness to the living Christ while on earth or the resurrected Christ and that by definition is what makes one an apostle.

Where Biblical Knowledge Comes From

The most important element when reading the Bible is to not be in a hurry.  Stop and meditate on the words.  And pray for the Holy Spirit to open up the meanings and understanding of the Bible  It is the Father that reveals spiritual knowledge through the Holy Spirit and He reveals these truths to those whom He calls.  If you are wanting to read the Bible, believer or not, this may be strong evidence that God the Father is calling you (John 6:44).   Spiritual truths are not actually acquired by human thought alone but as Jesus told Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven“ (Matt. 16:17).  The point is that biblical knowledge is not gained by rote memorization or from academic head knowledge but by God the Holy Spirit.  As Jesus said in John 16:13, “But when he, the [Holy] Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

Do You Have Other Suggestions or Questions?

Maybe you have some suggestions or question regarding the best place to start reading the Bible. Feel free to leave your comments below.

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Harold March 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

In Addition
How can i stop myself from recalling my wicked Past,.? Because it happens that sometimes when i’m reading the Bible, lots of things start to wander in my mind that I even forget that I’m reading the Holy words.
This happen almost everytime I open my Bible and at the end i find no single verse planted in my memory to keep me going, rather it keeps me starting because even the verses I one time read still seem strange to me,

What should I do Pastor?
Please help me even in players
for I am greatly troubled :(

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Jack Wellman March 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Harold. Your previous comment was so precious. Thank you. First of all…I am overjoyed you are here. I can not thank God enough for bringing in His saints to learn more about Him.

To keep yourself from the past thoughts of your previous life, think of this. You can memorize or write out these Scriptures. 2 Cor 5:21, 1 John 1:9, John 10:28-29, John 6:37. Start with those four only and just read them and meditate on them. Also remember the Devil wants you to keep bringing up the past but God has buried your sins in the depths of the oceans and put up a sign that says, “no fishing!”

There is no where in the Bible where is says that He will not forgive anymore of our sins if we reach a certain limit but instead, if we confess our sins (plural) He is just and faithful to forgive us of ALL of ours sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The only sin God will not forgive is the one that we don’t ask forgiveness for. Since Jesus told Peter 7 times 70, how much more forgiving is an infinite God? Let feelings be pushed out of the way and all doubt removed and let God’s certain truth stand as a rock of ages. The difference between human feelings or doubt from the Devil and conviction from the Holy Spirit is that the Devil makes you want to believe you are beyond saving, but the Holy Spirit makes you want to come for cleansing to remove all doubt.

I urge you to read 1 John…all of it. Its a short book and I am preaching out of it right now just for the very purpose of reassuring people that they are saved and can not ever be lost again (John 6:37, John 10:28-29). Read these verses too and see how much you can trust God. Jesus can not lie! You must believe what He says. Your feelings are so untrustworthy, like mine, but God is full of truth and never errs and so we must believe Him even if our eyes or minds lies to us. The Devil makes us doubt but Jesus removes all fear and doubt.

Guilt verses Conviction

I have probably spoken with hundreds of people over my lifetime who struggle with guilt. And by “hundreds” I mean Christians. So many believers are living with guilt over their sins of the past and those that they still battle with, however there is a world of difference between human guilt and the conviction by the Holy Spirit.

Guilt is like Satan accusing the brethren before the throne of God, day and night (Rev 12:10). Even though we are forgiven we are naturally not perfect. Guilt says that we are worthless, hopeless, and have no chance to be saved. We have too much baggage to possibly be saved, even by God. Guilt says, “Who do you think you are! What makes you think that you are a Christian…just look at what you do?” Guilt takes us away from God.

Conviction is different. Conviction points us to God and of our need of forgiveness. When we sin, and we all do (1 John 1:8, 10), we feel God the Holy Spirit showing us that we need to go to God and ask for cleansing, which He promises to do (1 John 1:9). We are convicted about our sin but not about our relationship before God.

Do you have unnecessary guilt? Yes you likely do because we are all human and human feelings & emotions are highly unstable and not trustworthy however God’s grace is available to you. God has forgiven you…now you must learn to forgive yourself. Thank God for the conviction of the Holy Spirit this points us to our need to go to God. Guilt makes us feel afraid and unworthy to go to Him and run away from Him. Conviction makes us run TO God for a cleansing of our sin. Guilt wants to make us severe (cut off) the relationship with God…conviction makes us run into His presence for forgiveness. Guilt leads to condemnation…conviction leads to repentance. That’s a huge difference. If you know the difference, you would do well and have more peace of mind.

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William August 27, 2013 at 4:16 am

Actually jack there’s 2 places where God says he won’t forgive u 1 if u can’t forgive someone for the wrong they have committed against u nor will our God forgive u for ur sins u have committed against Him and 2 u won’t be forgiven if u grieve the Holy Spirit incase u forgot jack :)God bless

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Jack Wellman August 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Please tell me where God says in His Word that He won’t forgive us. Do you mean that if you don’t forgive others then God won’t forgive you? That is not talking about salvation by the way. If you don’t forgive other people, it will affect your relationship with God. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts [now we come to that next phrase], as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6:11–12 NKJV). This petition, by the way, is the only one that Jesus elaborated on in the Lord’s Prayer. After we get through the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, when we come to verses 14 and 15, Jesus adds kind of this P.S. He says in verses 14 and 15, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Now, does this mean that God’s forgiveness is conditional? Is Jesus teaching that we can lose our salvation? If you don’t forgive others, then you won’t be able to be forgiven? You need to keep in mind that this prayer that Jesus taught us to pray—the Lord’s Prayer—is given to those who can say, “Our Father.”

I don’t believe, here is talking about justification, about judicial forgiveness before God. We said in the last several sessions that that is based purely and simply on the sacrifice that Christ paid for our sin. He shed His blood so that we could have forgiveness. It’s through the cross of Christ, the death of Christ, the blood of Christ that we have forgiveness for our sins.

So Jesus is not saying here you will lose your salvation or you can’t get salvation until you’re willing to extend forgiveness to others, although let me say this. If we perpetually, habitually refuse to forgive others, we have reason to question whether we truly are saved. We have no basis for assurance of salvation if we are not forgiving people.

Assuming that you are a child of God, if that is the case . . . If you haven’t been with us in this whole series, I hope that you’ll order it particularly so that you can listen to the last few sessions where we’ve talked about how to know that your sins are forgiven. But once your sins have been forgiven and you become a child of God, now you need daily ongoing cleansing and forgiveness in order to maintain open fellowship with God as His child.

If what you believe is true, then what do you do with 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” or “2 Cor 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”? Tell me are these not true?

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diana April 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Thank you Jack for this answer to Harold.

I needed to hear this too. Sometimes I feel like I beat myself up about things I have done or for feelings of being selfish & with this I read, it now makes sense to me how Satan works to make me feel this way. Because it makes me feel unworthy. And, it does make me want to hide from God instead of seeking him more. I can totally see the difference now about how to differentiate the Holy Spirit’s conviction and just plain guilt. Do you have any Bible verses that will help me/comfort me when I go through this?

Thanks in advance.

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Jack Wellman April 16, 2014 at 7:48 am

Thank you Diana for your encouraging comment and I am glad we could help in some small way. I can tell you that the enemy works quietly and behind the scenes, much like this article shows at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/spiritual-attacks-putting-on-the-armor-of-god/ I want you to also read this one my friend that shows how much God loves His children and He understands what we go thru with this at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-does-god-love-us-do-we-really-deserve-it/

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Jack Wellman March 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Thank you Stephanie for your comment and question. I would tell this man how you feel or have you done this already? Being honest is always better. Perhaps his culture may forbid mixed marriages of different nationalitites but if it is meant to be, nothing will prevent what is the will of God. If nothing changes after you have talked with him about how you feel, then take some time away and let him be by himself to see if indeed there are any feelings that he has for you that are more than sister-like love. Maybe this time away from you will really let him know just how much he does care. I hope this helps. I pray for you friend.

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Stephanie April 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Hello, jack if possible can you delete my personal question.
Thanks again Stephanie

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Jack Wellman April 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I will do just as you say Stephanie. Thank you my friend.

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Wolf March 31, 2013 at 2:17 am

Pastor,
Tonight I fell to my knees and ask God to come into my life. I begged for forgivness of my past sins and to help me to resist temptations in the future. I told God how I knew that Christ was born of the Virgin, Suffered, died on the cross and was arisen. How do I know if God heard me and if He did that I am truly forgiven. I so want to be forgiven and have Christ come into my heart and guide me for the remainder of my days. I am willing to give up what ever is required from my Lord. I so want to be forgiving for my sixty years of sins.
Wolf

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Jack Wellman March 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Wolf, I am overjoyed that you have repented and confessed to God your sins and put your trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. For those who believe in Him, they will be saved at His second coming…in fact, they already are saved (John 3:16-17). John 5:24 says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” The fact is eternal life is a present possession as 1 John 3:14 says, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” Notice John says we KNOW. I praise God that He has brought you into the Kingdom of Heaven and you will be with Him forever, from now, until eternity…without end. Amen.

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Vince April 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Jack,

I have a question regarding my fiance and I, as we are preparing to get married in October this year. We met in college and fell in love, and we are both Christians and were saved before meeting. We had sex at the beginning of our relationship, and then we felt terrible about our decisions and sin, and decided to stop until we were married. We have graduated and moved from college and now live together in an apartment, but have kept our promise to not engage in sex until marriage. We just want to stay together and not be apart. I want to know your thoughts on what our decisions early on in our relationship might have an effect in our marriage or the future, even though we have asked forgiveness for what we have done? We wish we could go back and change, and we feel terrible about that. And we have had negative feedback from our family about us living together, but we assure them that that we are not having sex and are trying to follow God’s plan for our lives. I would really appreciate any feedback, as this has really been bothering us for quite some time. We have a great relationship and love each other so much, and we knew that long ago. We couldn’t imagine a life without each other. We stopped having sex because we knew it was a sin and we love each other too much to ever jeopardize our relationship. Thank you for any comments and thoughts!

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Jack Wellman April 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

Hello Vince and thank you for your comment and question. I believe that your family is right and they are along the same lines as what God may believe too that living together without being married is wrong. First off, the temptation to have sex is too great living together and also, the laws of most states say that if a couple lives together for a certain amount of time they are what is called “a common law marriage” and so I believe it is wrong. Why can’t you wait until October? If you are so sure you’re meant for each other then there is no risk is there if you both live separately. What if you had a daughter or son and they decided to live together with another of the opposite sex. How would you feel? Since you both love one another so much and can’t imagine living life without each other then why not wait to live together after you are married in October.

I know you won’t like the answer but if you ask your pastor (if you have a church home that is) I believe he and almost any other pastor or priest would agree that this is sin and God will not bless this situation and the temptation to have sex living together is too great. I don’t recommend it and clearly God is not going to bless this situation at all and is not pleased.

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Vince April 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

Thank Jack, and that is the main issue we have had with family members. They believe that the sexual temptation is too strong, but we have done so for awhile now and we have become very frustrated with everyone accusing us of doing something we chose not to do. Financially it would be extemely difficult to live separately, and we still feel in our hearts that we are honoring our committment to wait for sex until marriage. Sex is the last thing we are concerned with in our relationship, it is an easy sacrifice for us. We have searched the bible and did not find anything concerning living together, only sex before marriage. I know you will still probably not agree, but we have felt very strongly about our decisions and feel in our hearts we are living in a way pleasing to God and have been stressed out having to convince others we are living a certain way and they do not believe us at our word, which really bothers me. I hope I am making sense a little more. Thanks again for any feedback!

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Jack Wellman April 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

I am not accusing you Vince and I am sorry others will but we are commanded to abstain from every appearance of evil Paul wrote. That is, even if it is clean living, we should not appear to be living in sin and appearances of evil create a stumbling block for non-believers as well as new Christians. Your argument from the Bible being silent does not work sir and I am sorry if I offend you…I don’t mean to. The Bible doesn’t say anything about abortion or pedophilia either but we know this is sin. I am telling you from experience that God is not pleased and will not bless this situation. If you are worried about finances and use that reason to justify the means, then you are putting your own needs ahead of God. Have you spoken with your pastor or any pastor or priest? I suggest you do and see if they wouldn’t agree. I beg you not to do this for both of yours sakes. You say you “you feel in your heart we are a living in a way pleasing to God” but our feelings are not truth and we can’t use our feelings to condone our behavior.

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Vince April 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Jack,

Thank you for your advice, i really do appreciate it. And yes I have spoken with my pastor some but not in depth about our living situation. Could you elaborate a little more about what the bible says about living together? It is just hard for us to understand what is wrong about our living together. When you talk about how we should appear to be living in sin, it is just confusing to us how we are responsible for others judgment on us. I am just trying to make sense so you can see how we feel exactly, and I want to understand your thoughts more. Thanks

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Jack Wellman April 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Thank you Vince. I would indeed talk to your pastor and go as a couple to him and not just yourself. I can not show you in Scripture every thing in the Bible that is sin because the Bible gives clear principles about living the Christian faith and just because the Bible does not single out every thing that is sin does not mean that is isn’t. As I said before, neither is pedophilia or abortion mentioned but we know its sin. Perhaps it isn’t in the Bible because it is obvious that a man and a woman are to join together but not outside of marriage. When you share a home for a period of time, many states classify this as common law marriage so the state itself sees you as this. Do you file as a couple on for taxes?

Please talk to your pastor. 1 Thess 5:22 says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” and this gives the appearance of evil, no doubt, even if nothing is happening. I would also turn to Ephesians chapter 5, where Paul indicates that the relationship of a husband and wife is designed to be a picture of Christ and His bride, the church. God takes our conduct in marriage very seriously because it reflects on Him. When God entered into relationship with man, He did so by means of covenants He made with them. So do men and women as couples.

As a long time marriage counselor, let me show you the statistics (even though you may reason “well, that’s not going to happen to us…” but please consider):

1. Those who live together before marriage are least likely to marry each other. Forty percent of couples who live together will end their relationships before marriage.

2. Those who live together before marriage have higher separation and divorce rates. The Journal of Marriage and Family reported marriages that are preceded by living together have 50 percent higher disruption rates than marriage without premarital cohabitation. The Universities of Chicago and Michigan reported that those who cohabit before marriage have substantially higher divorce rates than those who do not; the recorded differentials range from 50 to 100 percent.Researchers from Yale University, Columbia University and the Institute for Resource Development at Westinghouse revealed the divorce rates of women who cohabit are nearly 80 percent higher than the rates of those who do not. The University of Wisconsin at Madisonresearchers report that cohabitors perceived greater likelihood of divorce than couples who did not cohabit before marriage and the longer couples live together outside of marriage, the higher likelihood of divorce.

3. Those who live together before marriage have unhappier marriages. A review of 10 cohabitation studies found that those who cohabit prior to marriage show a significantly lower marital quality and have significantly higher risk of marital dissolution at any given duration. 

Couples who lived together before marriage also separated more often, sought counseling more often and regarded marriage as a less important part of their life than those who did not live together before marriage.

This is more serious than you believe. Share these thoughts with your wife and pastor when you speak to him and see what he says. For more on these cold, hard facts, I beg you to read “The Role of Cohabitation in Declining Rates Marriage” by Bumpass, Sweet and Cherlin, Journal of Marriage and the Family 53 (1991) 913-927

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Andrew April 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hi Jack!

I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I’m looking for a guide book or Bible companion book to help me make more sense of all the genealogies and names I find in the books of Kings and Chronicles. I really want to digest it and learn all I can from it, but it is just so difficult to keep up with all the names!

Thanks in advance,
Andrew

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Jack Wellman April 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

Andrew, thank you sir for your question. I must admit that I usually skip over the genealogies because they can bog me down. They are there as historical references to prove the lineage of Jesus Christ and His authenticity of being of the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as well as in the line of David. I like the ESV Study Bibles called the Reformation Study Bible and the MacArthur Study Bible because the notes give us good information on the lineages without having to go thru them all. I also own a Chronological Bible which puts the Bible in time sequence. Don’t worry about skipping the lineages because they can sometimes slow down our study. I am not saying that they are not important. I also have An Introduction to the New Testament and An Introduction to the Old Testament that I use to supplement my reading and study of the Word. I am glad you have a hunger for the Word of God. That is a sure sign that the Holy Spirit is working in you sir.

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Andrew April 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks Jack!

I do have a hunger for God’s Word. In particular, I enjoy arguing doctrine and correcting faulty interpretation, but sometimes I wonder if I’m really just in love with thinking that I’m right. I’d like to think I can be open minded and willing to admit when I’m wrong. I’ve never been through formal schooling such as seminary, I don’t even have a high school diploma. When I got saved in Feb 2002 I started getting on my knees every night and praying for discernment and understanding from God, reading His Word every day. I can’t recite scripture, can’t recall chapter and verse very well, but I believe I understand the teachings of God’s Word pretty well. I desire to know the truth and to know that I know it. I want to be sure. So I find I’m always going back over doctrines and checking myself on them. God provided me with the discernment and understanding I so craved, and still crave to this day.

I often listen to Christian talk radio and find myself marveling at how much knowledge some of the hosts have! Then I think, I really don’t know much of anything!

I want to have that much knowledge of God’s Word! That’s what impels me to seek greater understanding of the goings on in the Old Testament. Folks like David Jerimiah, Chuck Swindoll, Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley and Hank Hanegraaf have all inspired me to want to know the Bible as well as I can. For all this talk of desiring to know God’s Word to the fullest I can, I find that I struggle even to make it to church. I don’t have many friends, just two or three and none of them are Christians. Up to now, I feel like I have not truly been living for Christ. I feel like I have not been of much use to God. I know for sure there have been times when He has sent people my way and I did my best to be accurate and true with His Word when dealing with/helping those people, but I wish I was more greatly used. I think perhaps because I allow myself to be influenced too much by the world that my capacity is diminished… maybe kind of like Lot with all of his worldly friends.

Well, this was not really the topic I had in mind when I started, but thank you so much for your guidance for studying the Word of Truth. May God bless your richly with mercy and goodness!

Andrew

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Jack Wellman April 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thanks Andrew for such an honest comment and I think it is good to expose false doctrines for we are commanded to do so in the Bible. These teachers, “David Jerimiah, Chuck Swindoll, Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley and Hank Hanegraaf” are excellent sources for the truth and you will find much growth in listening to them. I also like Chip Ingram, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur and others.

I pray God will use you in a powerful way for His glory for that’s what its all about my good friend. Your comments are an encouragement to me.

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Nashyla April 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Hello Pastor Jack,

I was recently baptized and I’m starting to think I wasn’t quite ready spiritually for the journey. I have already back-slided and I was so ashamed i almost cried. I know that God is a forgiving one but i also know that i should have avoided the temptations and been strong enough in my faith to say no. I told a minister in my church and she scolded me. Which made me feel even worse.

Also I don’t know how to pray. I know it sounds weird but im serious. Every time i start praying i feel like an idiot that doesn’t know how to do it properly. I always get side tracked or forget what I’m praying about mid-sentence. I know its because I’m still a baby of Christ but still. It’s been weighing heavy on my mind.

I would just like to know if you can give me any scriptures that i can use for reference regarding my first problem and what you think I can do about my lack of interest when it comes to my religion. Anything you suggest will be valued.

Even if you don’t respond I still thank you for taking the time out to post the order of the bible to read. I tried to read from genesis and stopped halfway. Too much of the son of .. , son of .. son of .. from the land of to the son of stuff for me to actually enjoy it.

Anyways, Thanks in advance again for your response. Greatly appreciated.

Nashyla.

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Jack Wellman April 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thank you Nashyla for your comment. Don’t worry about the so and so was son of…and son of…just skip that part. It’s not necessary to get bogged down on those…but the gospel of John, and 1, 2, and 3rd John are great for new believers or old. The good news is that you are in the Bible and reading it daily and this will renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2) because there is power in the Word of God.

For more on how to pray, check this out. It is a Scriptural based article called How Should I Pray? at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-should-i-pray-a-biblical-analysis/

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Joseph amos May 4, 2013 at 3:11 am

Am realy in love with this media keep it up & may God increase u with unction tu function in diz roll remain bless.

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Reagan May 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Hi jack!
I loved this article but if you don’t mind replying, I have a question. I’m a teen girl and I recently noticed that I haven’t been going to church recently, I sort just kind of forgot about God. But tonight just kind of changed me. I feel as if God told me to come to him and to love him. I reached for my bible and I did not know where to start. To be honest, the bible is very confusing for me. Where do I start to read in the bible for a teen girl who doesn’t necessarily understand everything in the bible?

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Jack Wellman May 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Reagan, and thank you for your comment. Please re-read this article because it gives you a list to begin with which is:

The Gospel of John
The Gospel of Mark
I John
II John
III John
Genesis
Ephesians
Galatians
The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Matthew
I Corinthians
II Corinthians
Romans
Psalms
Proverbs

Also, if you are wanting to get closer to God, you must be in the Body of Christ the church for that is where Jesus is and He is the Head of the Church. There are no lone ranger, solitary, single Christians anywhere in the Bible so you are being disobedient as Hebrews 10:25 says, “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” You need a Bible teacher, a pastor, and other Christians. Just read Romans chapter 12 and I Cor chapter 13 and see if you can do this by yourself. Impossible.

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Reagan May 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Thank you so much!

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Camille May 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hello sir!
I just started reading the Bible and I’m currently reading Matthew. I came across a verse that confuses me somehow:
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (Matthew 6:7 KJV)

I’m afraid I might have misunderstood it, can you elaborate on this, sir? I’m sorry if the answer might be too obvious or if i’m coming off naive, but sir I hope you understand since I’m just 16 years of age and I really want to understand God’s Word the way it should be.
Thank you, sir! Have a good day!
(I hope you will always be open to answer questions!)

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Jack Wellman May 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hello Camille. I am so glad you want to learn more about the Bible and about God Himself. Let me say that this verse refers to repeating the same prayer over and over again and this is vain (meaning, useless, empty) because God wants us to pray specifically to Him and not just repeat words like the so-called “Lord’s Prayer” is. No, this is a model of prayer and He said “Pray like this….” not pray this same prayer over and over again. That is vain repetition and so when you pray, put down people you want to be saved, pray thanksgiving for all He had done for us, pray for God to show you how to share the gospel with others….does this help my friend?

And yes, I will ALWAYS be open to answer question, even if its “I don’t know.” Thank you for visiting us and please do come back again as we have hundreds of articles to help you learn.

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Camille May 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Thank you so much, sir!
Can I ask one more thing though regarding this topic?
When I pray, usually I start with giving thanks, and then adoration, and then i ask for forgiveness, and then i say my wishes, like for His guidance in my studies and everyday life, to keep us safe and the like. And then sometimes i include my worries and pains and ask Him to erase them.
This is pretty much my regular pattern when I pray.
Do you think this is like what the verse said? “Vain repition?”
I also read an article here about how I should pray, and that I should do it and make requests through Jesus’ name. How do I make myself feel it? That I’m asking in Jesus’ name? Can you share a few verses?
I assure you sir I won’t be offended if it will be a yes for my first quesion, actually I want help.

Thank you so much for your time!

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Jack Wellman May 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hello again Camille. These are very good question. One thing I know is that God loves to have His word prayed back to Him like Psalm 51 for example. I love it. You will not necessarily “feel it” but you will know it because God will hear and answer our prayers when we first ask Him for forgiveness and the praise Him and give Him thanks for all He has done. There is nothing wrong with your patter and to include your pains and worries. God wants us to just pour out our heart to Him and be honest like you would your best friend. We have an article just for what you ask called “How Should I Pray? A Biblical Analysis” which tells us the pattern of prayer. Also Nehemiah chapter 1 is a good prayer. I will never be offended by your questions and yes, you did well in starting off your prayers with thanksgiving, adoration, and forgiveness. That is exactly how to pray. Please check out this article to see more on how to pray and I pray that it helps you Camille. Click on the link in this post on the article on how to pray.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-should-i-pray-a-biblical-analysis/

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Camille May 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Again, thank you so much for your help sir!
I read Nehemiah 1 and Psalm 51 and you are very right, sir. Perhaps I should continue reading the Bible so I could find more verses to pray back to Him.
So sir, you donT think how i pray isnt much of a “vain repetition?”
I just read some more articles around a while ago and I read that “vain repetitions” in prayer usually consist of “vain” wishes and insincerity. For example, wishing for one million dollars and be rich and wishing for that everyday.
What do you think, sir?
Again sir thank you sooo much! I’m so sorry if I ask too many questions!
This site is very encouraging.

Jack Wellman May 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Camille…no, vain repetitions are not asking for our pains and sufferings to lesson or to ask God for our needs. To repeat these same needs is not vain (or useless or empty) repetitions but real needs that we all have. Also, you said “wishing for one million dollars and be rich and wishing for that everyday.” but better to pray that God would have His will and His way and it may not be His will to make us rich for Jesus said that it is harder for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven…like a camel thru a needle’s eye. Money has a way of changing us…better to have a little and be happy than to chase after wealth and be concerned about it all the time. Pray above all things that you will glorify Jesus’ name in your life and to be obedient to what He teaches us.

One thing is when you start supporting your church or other ministries or help the poor like thru the Salvation Army which is one of the best charities there are, God will bless those who give and Philippians 4:19 says “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” but it doesn’t say supply all our “wants” but all our needs.

Jesus says in Luke 6:38 to “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

and Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

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Camille May 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Thank you so much, sir. You’ve been very helpful!
I agree so much with the verses you shared. Although we are in need we shouldn’t blame God, instead we should be thankful and sincerely pray since God is very generous and we should be generous with what we have too because everything we have is given by Him anyway.
Thank you again, sir, I’m looking forward to reading more helpful articles on here.
Have a good and blessed day!

AB November 27, 2013 at 1:11 am

Camille, you are off to a very good start in your walk and to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I noticed you referenced the KJV bible and that is the pure, inspired word of God. Other versions sometimes have words with opposite meanings. “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18 KJV). You can read all about the different bible versions in the book New Age Bible Versions. I read the NIV for years and there were lots of verses that just didn’t make sense and seemed the opposite of what God would say. So, it makes sense why I was confused. Those were man’s words, not God’s.

There were also 5 new bible version editors who have lost their ability to speak as punishment from God. Zacharias lost his ability to speak when he didn’t believe when God said he would have a son Luke 1:20 (KJV). That says a lot when these men lost their ability to speak.

Have a blessed day!
AB

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alissa May 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Hello Mr. Williams
My name is Alissa and I have a problem I have been a “Christian” for about 4 years now. But I did not start taking my walk seriously up untill a wanna say the end of last year. Well i started picking and ready my bible taking time to pray all the good stuff. And i have really seen the Lords hand in my life he has chage a lot in me but I have this one sin i keep going back to I really would like to email you personaly if you could please reply I need help and have questions. I know you aee a busy man of God but please spare a couple minutes..
God bless
Ps this page is so encouraging. I always get emails when anyone post a comment and I feel a conection like we all go through things together.

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Jack Wellman May 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Hello Alissa. I am overjoyed you came here. My website email is at: jack@whatchristianswanttoknow.com

Try this and if it doesn’t work, let me know. It should though.

Any, hey, don’t worry….I go by anything. You can certainly call me Jack. Just because I am a pastor doesn’t mean that I am not a train wreck and need of repentance and forgiveness daily. I am at your service.

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alissa May 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Oh sorry its Wellman! So sorry excuse me for some reason i thought I saw Williams

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given July 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

how much time must i give god to pray?, what is the most impotant between abiding in secret place and fellowsip with chistians and if boy is a teenage maybe around 15 is he allowed to date althou he is an christian?

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Jack Wellman July 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Thank you Given for your question. Time is not important but that you do pray is important. Three times a day is what we read that many do pray. I believe we should pray in private, secret, or in a prayer closet as such. For more on just exactly how to pray, read this:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-should-i-pray-a-biblical-analysis/

Now, as for a 15 year old dating, if you are a Christian, and I take it that you are, we are not to date non-believers. It is what is called being unequally yoked. The Bible teaches that Christians should date and should marry only Christians. For more on this from the Bible, please check out this article at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/unequally-yoked-meaning-scriptures-and-lesson/

Thank you for a good question my friend.

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Latoria July 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I am a young woman with three children who is trying desperately to be saved and with for God. I have done things in the past and still do thins now that I know I shouldn’t do but temptation is so strong. I am suffering from depression and find myself questioning why God won’t help me shake it off. I fall to my knees and cry out to him to help me, save me, and help me to overcome feelings of past anger towards my parents, help me shake the bitterness and the feeling of loneliness .i jus feel like no matter how much I cry to him and pray,he ignores me because of my sins.i dnt try to be fustrated because I feel like he doesn’t listen or love me. I’m trying to grow ad learn to trust and have faith in him it its hard when I continue to pray and still feel so down and depressed. Any words of encouragement?

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Jack Wellman July 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thank you for your comment Latoria. Have you spoken with your pastor about this? Do you have a local church? Or are you trying to do this without the Body of Christ, the church? Are you a single mother? You have the hardest job in all the world if you are. We actually have an article about what you are going thru at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/christian-depression-help-biblical-encouragement-and-advice/

You are also doing what you should be….falling on your hands and knees and crying out to God but you need the Body of Christ to come to you to help you in prayer and pastoral counseling. You say you want to be saved…are you not saved right now? Please, now is the time to know what it means to be saved and just how to do it. Please read this next.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

Take heart for God truly loves you and wants to save you and your children. Consider what He thinks aboout YOU!
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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Theresea July 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Reading this has help me so much. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman July 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Thank you Theresea. To me, John is among my favorite authors of the Bible and I could camp out for months in the gospel of John and in 1,2, and 3rd John. I appreciate your words of encouragement.

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Michael August 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Can you make me a list of all the books the Bible from which you should read first to last, similarly to what you did above with John Mark etc. but with every single book? Also I was wondering how I know if I have the holy spirit because I was saved and baptized at 12 but is there a way it’s not there anymore or something because can’t your name be like blotted out of the Book of Life, etc.? Thanks!

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Jack Wellman August 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Thank you Michael for your question. As for the order of reading the entire Bible…I would start with:

The Gospel of John
The Gospel of Mark
I John
II John
III John
Genesis
Ephesians
Galatians
The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Matthew
I Corinthians
II Corinthians
Romans
Psalms
Proverbs
and then 1 and 2 Chronicles, 1 & 2 Kings, then complete the rest of the New Testament, then the prophets. I don’t think the order is that important. I like to be reading chronological in both Old and New Testament. In other words, I start in Genesis and read a few chapters and then in Matthew a few chapters…and keep rotating back and forth and in a year, you could read the whole Bible.

As for having your name erased from the Book of Life, that can not happen. When you read about that, in particular in the Old Testament, this is referring to God taking your life early because of ongoing sin.

As for losing your salvation and having your name taken from or erased from the book of life, I wrote an article that addressed that some years ago and I strongly urge you to read it and print it out and go over the Scriptures. I think it will help you very much gain back any lack of assurance of your salvation. It is called “Can Your Name Be Erased From the Book of Life?” as:

http://everydaychristian.com/blogs/post/can_your_name_be_erased_from_the_book_of_life/

and another article called “Can a Christian Lose Your Salvation?” at

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-a-christian-lose-their-salvation-a-biblical-analysis/

I pray all this helps you Michael.

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Michael August 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Don’t answer my question about losing the Holy Spirit I’ve figured that one out, but may I still have the list on the best order for every book the Bible? Thanks again and sorry for the inconvenience.

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Jack Wellman August 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Got cha Michael. Take care. In my previous post, I have provided a full-Bible reading plan.

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jim August 4, 2013 at 3:36 am

hello Jack,
i just came across your page and have enjoyed tour answers to others who seek God..
my question of Concern is this; i know God wants us in a Church home and i understand why. Accountability, faithfulness to God etc. but what i have problems with is where, what Church… I was not raised in a Church a d finding God afternthe Death of my Brother, getting saved and struggling to learn has all come from asking questions and attending differant denominations. which has brought me to my question. i have Always believed even though i dont fully understand that the word of God from cover to cover was his truth…so i found a Church called the “Seventh day Adventist” because i felt they believed as i do.
although there are things there im unsure of is really Gods plan
such as no jewelry, Sat is the Sabbath not Sunday( actually i have no problem here…but hard to get used too) i was enjoying this Church

any advise is greatly appreciated and welcomed.

Jim

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Jack Wellman August 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

Hello Jim…yes, you are right and we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves (Heb 10:24-25) and so I agree with you on this. Let me speak frankly about the Adventists. A controversy has always surrounded the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church as to their place among the Christian denominations. Are their teachings in line with historic Christianity, or are their aberrant teachings more in line with cultic doctrines? Some of the problems involved for both Christians and the Seventh-day Adventists, when they claim that the “spirit of prophecy” has been in a “special sense manifested through the writings of Ellen White..”

Another distinctive and controversial belief of the SDA church is the topic of the mark of the beast vs. the seal of God. It is well documented that Ellen G. White taught that the Sabbath will be the “great test of loyalty”. Those who observe the false Sabbath (Sunday) will receive the mark of the beast. Those that keep the true Sabbath (Saturday) will receive the seal of God.

For the SDA, the Sabbath is the great test of loyalty. Yet the Bible tells us that the “test” is whether or not one has “Christ in you”. (1 Corinthians 13:5). The SDA apply the seal of God to those who keep the Sabbath, whereas the Bible refers to the seal of the Holy Spirit, for those who are His. (Ephesians 1:13)

The denomination’s founder, William Miller, started telling people he believed that the ‘Second Advent’ (also known as the ‘Second Coming’) of Jesus Christ would occur some time in 1843 or 1844. Obviously Jesus did not come back then and Jesus said that NO MAN knows the day or the hour of His return. When Jesus did not return on various dates Miller suggested — between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844 — his followers initially made some allowance for possible calculation errors.

But Miller confessed his predictions had failed, and he left the movement.

Then, in August 1844 at a camp-meeting in Exeter, New Hampshire, a preacher by the name of Samuel Sheffield Snow — who had been one of Miller’s followers — calculated that the Second Advent would take place on October 22, 1844.Again Jesus did not return, and this non-event has become known in Adventist circles as the ‘Great Disappointment.’

Most of the church’s founders, including James White and Joseph Bates, openly rejected the Trinity and the deity of Christ.

The SDA Church did not officially endorse a “Trinitarian view” until 1946, and it still fundamentally distorts the historic doctrine of the Trinity as expressed in the Nicene Creed.15

Among the greatest issues is that in ’10 Q&A on Seventh-day Adventism’ explains what the SDS Church teaches regarding the heavenly sanctuary:

The blood of Jesus shed on the cross transferred the sins of professing Christians up into heaven, where they are “stored” and defile the heavenly sanctuary.

Jesus’ atonement wasn’t completed on the cross; it continues until he finishes investigating the heavenly “books of record,” maintained by a “recording angel,” that shows the thoughts and deeds of all professing Christians.

One day Jesus will place unconfessed sins back onto the people who committed them, and they will be punished.

But Jesus will place Christians’ confessed sins onto the head of Satan, the scapecoat, and he will be punished for them in the lake of fire.

Thus Jesus will pardon every confessed sin of professing Christians, and the heavenly sanctuary will be “cleansed.”

When Jesus finishes his investigation, Christians who attain perfect obedience must withstand the “Time of Trouble” without Jesus as their intercessor.

Sabbath-keepers will thus refute Satan’s accusations against God and vindicate the fairness of his law.

– Source: What is the Investigative Judgement, 10 Q&A on Seventh-day Adventism, Rose Publishing

Maybe you didn’t know about these issued Jim but I thought that I should tell you, in love, about these things. Thank you for your comment and concerns about this church.

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Angel August 5, 2013 at 2:47 am

Hi. My classmate who is seating beside me, is actually questioning God and the Bible, he asks ‘Is there any proof that God is real?!’ ‘Did anyone see what the Bible says in real life?! None right? Until there’s no proof, I’ll never believe.’
I hate those words that came out in his mouth. I keep on explaining and explaining it to him but he still never believes me.

What shall I tell him for him to believe me that God is real and the Bible is really written by God? That question answers this..

“How will I know if the Bible is written by God?” please answer. Thank You!! And I really need your answer! Thank youuuuu! :))

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Jack Wellman August 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

Hello Angel. In the first place, I am glad that you want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with your friend. We have an article at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-do-we-know-the-bible-is-true-is-it-really-the-word-of-god/

that reveals how the Bible was put together and how we know it is truly the Word of God and not words from men.

As for telling your friend about and to believe in God, you may not know but salvation is fully a work of God. That is God calls those who He predestines (Eph 1) to come to Christ (John 6:44) but He does need laborers to enter into the harvest. The Holy Spirit reveals who Jesus is and that a sinner needs to be saved, to repent, and confess their sins, and then put their trust in Christ. We can pray for God to send this friend or classmate the Holy Spirit but like a seed that goes into the ground, you may not see results for some time and in fact, it may not bear fruit for many years so don’t expect to see immediate results as God is the God of the harvest and we are not.

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Angel August 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Thank you Mr. Jack Wellman! God bless you! :)

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Jack Wellman August 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

You’re very welcome Angel. I am just so happy you care enough to share the good news. You can certainly call me Jack. Take care my friend.

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alfanso bar August 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

hey im having issues with this sin, i keep on asking for forgiveness but after asking for forgiveness later done the day i end up commiting the same sin eveytime, sometimes it makes me feel like not praying our asking for forgiveness cause im going to end up messing up again and yeah its a lust issue

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Jack Wellman August 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

My friend…the good news is that you see the sinfulness of your sin. That is a sure sign the Holy Spirit is working in you convicting you of sin. I daily confess my sins and repent each day. Read of Paul’s struggle, even after conversion, in Romans 7. Please don’t lose heart. The fact that you are struggle to overcome is great. God will never give up on you my friend. Keep fighting the good fight. If a man stumbles God will always be there to pick him up again.

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Jaimee August 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I’ve always loved God. But I am now in my thirties and am starting my relationship with him and reading the bible and educating myself on living my life as a Christian full time w all my heart and not just halfway over the fence. What I am scared and concerned with is that when I was 22 yrs old I divorced my first husband. We had one child and one on the way. He was a usage to me and on drugs. I remarried in 2009 to a wonderful man. But now that I am reading and knowing the bible more I am fearful when it tells me that be cuz I have remarried, I am living in and committing adultery. I did not know any of this prior to my second marriage and I have prayed and repented. Will god forgive me for this? In my soul I believe yes but I want to know if I need to do anything else other than repent?. Thank you in advance for your time and love. Gob bless you all
Jaimee

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Jaimee August 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

Sorry typo in first message.. My first husband was abusive to me and on drugs.

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Jack Wellman August 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

Jaimee, you don’t have to worry about something in the past. When the Devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future (Rev 20). We are all sinners and you cannot unscramble an egg as a good friend told me once. You must make the best of where you are not. The very fact that you are feeling guilty over this is evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in you. Please, you must forgive yourself. Your standard of forgiveness can not be greater than God’s and God promises to forgive us of all our sins (1 John 1:, 2 Cor 4:21) and so you are forgiven if you have asked for it. You are not lost if you have repented and confessed your sins and put your trust in Christ. There is no further need to keep bringing up sins that are past and are forgiven. God takes our sins and casts them into the sea of forgetfulness and then posts a sign “No fishing!” Trust Him. He loves you. You are forgiven.

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Caitlyn September 6, 2013 at 8:13 am

Hello Pastor Jack,
This is a little unrelated to the article, but I have really been struggling with something lately and I have no church or many Christian friends to to turn to, so I was windering if you could help me.
I have been raised as a Christian all my life, and I have always believed in Jesus. However, I have never taken the word of God seriously and have not read my bible. Over the years I have realized this and have tried and tried again to start walking with God but have never been able to do it. I have never been able to keep up with my Bible, living like Jesus, etc. About 4 or 5 times I have reaccpted Jesus into my life because I have done so much wrong…I could not imagine God forgiving me without a clean slate. But each time I fell away from him, and worse off then before. 2 years ago a Youth Leader prayed for me and said God told her there was a glass wall separating us. I could see him there, but I was not with him…these last years I have been very bad off and have suffered with severe depression. I have disobeyed my parents, swore, lusted, and have probably commited almost every sin expect murder or adultey. Worse off, I was a hypocrit because I called myself Christian, but I was not living as one, so I was not a true representation of Christ. This makes me a false prophet. I have heard God hates false prophets and hypocrites..last night I got on my knees and prayed again for God to wipe my slate clean of all the hypocrisy and sins I have commited in the years of calling myself a Chrisitian. This time has felt very different vrom every kther time I have reaccepted Christ. I want so badly to be able to walk with him the way I never could. I find myself never being able to put down my bible because I just want to soak in all the teachings I missed and failed to do. I want to bad to live with the Holy Spirit inside me, and I understand now the full extent of how amazing it is that Jesus died for us. But could God forgive me? I have failed him over and over, and have only gone to him when I needed something. I dont want to be like that anymore, but could he forgive me for my failures and hypocrisy? Is he tired of me? Is he done dealing with me? Last night I did not feel forgiven…is this Satan, or is God really just tired?

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Jack Wellman September 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thank you Caitlyn for your question. Every believer struggles to keep in the word but not getting into the Bible at all is not going to help you feel any better. I don’t always feel like brushing my teeth but I know I need to for my own sake. I got home after work late last night and I also write and give some counsel on this website plus I have a church I pastor at, yet I made time to still read the Bible.

That woman youth leader’s comment troubled me. How can she know your problem with God? She said that there is a “glass wall between you and God.” What does this mean? How can see know what God thinks about you? How can she know what is in your heart? Is she a self-proclaimed prophet? How can she say what your problem is between you and God when God only knows what’s in our heart? I would be cautious of what this woman says. What did your pastor say? Did you talk to him?

Finally, you said that you “reaccepted Jesus into your heart.” This is not really biblical. Either a person is saved or they are not. They are not saved, then lost, then save again or lost. The same goes with when a person says that “they are rededicating their life.” What does this mean? That it wasn’t dedicated before. The terms “rededicated, dedicated, or accepted Jesus or reaccepted Jesus” are not found in the Bible. Neither is I let Jesus into my heart or I gave my heart to Jesus.

Please forgive me if I am trying to straighten this out first but what being saved means is that we are born “from above” (literal language) in John 3:3. God does the saving. We only bring a hand full of sins to the cross and God does the rest. We must repent of our sins, confess them to God, and then put your trust in Chris. It is not giving our heart to Jesus, accepting Jesus (I am more concerned that He would accept ME).

I suggest you try to fast if you have no medical conditions like diabetes. Set your alarm 1 hour earlier and read the Bible and pray in the morning and just before Bed. Start in the Gospel of John. Then move to 1, 2 and 3rd John. If you have no hunger or thirst for God’s Word, the Bible, then determine to read it anyway…even if you don’t feel like it. The Bible has power. It can change us from the inside out mixed with the Holy Spirit’s work. If you keep refusing to read the Bible, I see no hope for change in your life.

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Caitlyn September 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

Thank you for taking the time to reply to me. I do not really know anything else about the woman who said those things…I have only met her once. I do not have a pastor either because my family does not attend church. However, I am attending church this Sunday with a Christian friend, and we’re hoping we can set up a time to talk to her pastor there.
I’m a little confused. I repented my sins, and told God that I want to be able to start new in following him. What I meant is is that I want to finally start being a true Christian. Since I never was before and there’s no such thing as redirection, does this mean I am not saved? I read somewhere that Jesus views hypocrites as non-believers. So technically, I was never a follower of Christ. However, non-believers can be saved?
Sorry to pile you with questions. I feel like I really have not known anything about Christianity at all. I do not know much about fasting, but I will read about it and try it. I do not want to go back to my life before…what I am worried about is that if God cannot forgive me, then I feel like it’s unworthy and hopeless to read the bible, if I am already too late…
Again, sorry to pile you with these questions. I am just so incredibly lost in what it means to be a Christian. Thank you for the fasting suggestion.
Caitlyn.

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Jack Wellman September 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

Thank you Caitlyn. I apologize if I misinterpreted what you said. There is only one sin that can not and will not ever be forgiven and it is not trusting in and believing in Christ as Lord and Savior but what I was trying to say is that you must make a determination to read the Bible and the Devil and his demons will try to keep us out of the Bible. All Christians are under spiritual attack. Non-believers can be saved, yes.

The fact is that we are ALL unworthy, me especially, but God promises to forgive us of ALL of our sins when we confess them and then cleanse us from all our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and we are then seen as having Jesus’ righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). You will do well by attending this church with your friend and scheduling a counseling time with him. You are on the right track. Again, perhaps you can read the gospel of John and 1, 2, and 3rd John for reassurance and these books display the assurance of our salvation. In particular John chapter 10 and 7. Also 1, 2, and 3 John.

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Caitlyn September 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thank you for your reply. It is a relief to know that my hypocritical ways did not desteoy my chance of having a true relationship with God today. I was confused on whether all sins could be forgiven after you have accepted Christ into your life…but it sounds as if I am not too late. I have started reading up on fasting and I feel certain it is what I should do. Although I have repented, that is what I did many times before and failed. By fasting, according to what I read, it helps us learn the lessons of the Day of Attonement. I do not know much about this, but again, what I’ve read, it sounds like I need to learn these lessons. By fasting hopefully I can really dedicate myself to God and start having a relationship with him. Then I can be forgiven and saved…

Thank you for your counsel. I know I am not strong enough to fast on my own with no guidence from a pastor. I am still very confused on how it works and how long I should fast. I am hoping I can talk to him about this and he can give me the information and help me take my first steps into turning my life around. Thank you again. I hope by taking these steps of fasting, repentence, and beginning with the Gospel of John I can become have the relationship with God I have always failed to have.

Kim September 11, 2013 at 2:43 am

Hello Pastor, I’m wanting to start reading the bible as an adult since I wasn’t taught to as a child. I want to follow Gods word and also to improve my life and marriage even though my husband and I are not on the same page about God. We have been together for 6 yrs and married 2 yrs. I was in church on and off as a child with my mom and once I became 16 I worked 3 jobs. until a year ago and Easter Sunday is when I started going to church. I found a church close to home which I really like and have great people in our life group. I just feel like I have a red X on my forehead when I walk on to church. My husband does not go to church with me. He says “it’s boring” but I don’t let that stop me and our 13 month old from going. Our assistant Pastors wife told me to focus on myself and then we will pray for my husband and teach our son. Which I’m fine with that because I have been put through some tough things in my life ESP with my father. So my question is where should I start reading the bible and meditating? Thank you so much in helping start on the right path.

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Jack Wellman September 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

Thank you Kim. I do agree with the Assistant Pastor’s wife. Stay in the Bible and keep praying for your husband to be convicted by the Holy Spirit and take heart, if God can change a pagan kings heart (Prov 21:1) He can change anyone’s.

If you re-read this article, I did outline which books to begin with and I suggest this order of reading, although there are differences of opinion among believers, therefore you can begin with:

The Gospel of John
The Gospel of Mark
I John
II John
III John
Genesis
Ephesians
Galatians
The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Matthew
I Corinthians
II Corinthians
Romans
Psalms
Proverbs

This should be a good beginning and I am thankful that you have a hunger for God and His Word and that you found a good, Bible-believing church.

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Kim September 12, 2013 at 12:36 am

Yes I do recall reading that. Thank you very much.

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Ezra September 20, 2013 at 2:03 am

Hello Pastor,
I’ve been reading through the article and a lot of the questions and the answers that you’ve provided. I apologize if it’s already been said and I just Haven’t taken the time to read it, but when the bible says we will be accountable for sins we don’t confess(at least that’s how I interpreted it) what exactly does that mean? Do we have to say every little thing we do wrong or simply ask forgiveness for all our sins? Thank you for your time and your posts.

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Jack Wellman September 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hello Ezra and thank you for visiting us and for your questions. The very fact that you see your sinfulness as I did too is concrete evidence that the Holy Spirit is convicting you of sin but here is why they call it the Good News: 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of ALL of our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.” (my emphasis added) In fact, 2 Cor 5:21 shows the results of this in us, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Now, as for what we will be held accountable for. We will not be held accountable for sins that we confess (1 John 1:9) and what we will be held responsible for is our works being done for God’s glory or for our own glory this is what Paul wrote about in 1 Cor 3:12-15

“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”

This does not mean you will be judged guilty but what you did in this life, was it for God or for yourself? What we do for Christ will survive the fire and what we do not do or do for ourselves will be burned up. Our works don’t save us but they do follow us to heaven. We are not saved by works but FOR works. We are saved by faith and not works but the faith that does saves will produce works. If a person has repented, confessed their sins and a need for a Savior, pleased for His forgiveness and put their trust in Christ, they are saved….and will not ever have to worry about the guilt of ours sins because Paul says in Rom 5:1 ” since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Does this help make you feel better Ezra? I pray it does.

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Hash November 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Hello Pastor,
I know I’m super late but I was on google and trying to find out ways to read the Bible. I been a “Christian” for all my life but just a few months ago I actually started to live the Christian life. I been going through a depression for about 5 years now and I’m trying to be happy, but I just feel like I can’t be happy. And then I watched a video about “Real Happiness” I can’t remember the pastors name but it really touched me. And I realize that if I seek happiness I won’t find it… It helped me for a while but the depression is back. I wanted to know if you have any suggested verses or books of the Bible that talks about depression.
Thanks!

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Jack Wellman November 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Thank you my friend for your comment. You are right about seeking happiness and not finding it because Jesus never promised happiness but the way is hard and the road narrow and difficult but joy lasts and it brings peace. Here is a great article about Bible Verses for Hard Times that I think will help you at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-for-hard-times-21-uplifting-scriptures/

As for depression, we are most vulnerable to depression when we are:

1. Growing in grace and knowledge

2. Sharing our faith with the lost on a regular basis

3 Overcoming a major sin in our life

Here is another article that many help lift the depression at:
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/christian-depression-help-biblical-encouragement-and-advice/

I pray this helps you my friend and thank you for visiting us.

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Hash November 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Hello Pastor,
Thank You for those wonderful verses and articles. It’s been over a month that I’ve been trying to get over this depression. Unfortunately I couldn’t beat it because the pain is still here. And I know how to stop it but I just can’t seem to let go of the past. Do you have any verses , articles,or books of the Bible about getting over the past and moving on ? Also getting over an addiction, (it isn’t a materialize addiction but addiction of a person)., sort of like idolizing
Thanks in advance
God Bless

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Jack Wellman November 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Hash…great point. Indeed it is like idolizing…it’s like having other gods before the One True God. that’s so true and spot on the mark brother. Great insight. I agree. For more on how to overcome addictions, please check this out my friend.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

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unique November 3, 2013 at 5:54 am

good morning jack have been your replies and I have to say ther good advice so im asking can u give me advice can u tell me what too do cause really I don’t know anymore I try and try so hard to stop lusting and when I lust it leads to masturbation and im sick of it every time I do it I pray afterwards but it give me a day our two im back to same old thing its like no matter how I hard I try, some times I cant even ask for forgiveness cause im back to him again in the same week I already asked for forgiveness of the same sin I do it like 4 to 3 three times a week sometimes and I ask but for forgiveness but and ask for help but it feels like its in vain, sometimes i cant even feel good to go to church cause i have done that sin and im acting like everything is alright and it just feels cause of my lack of believing im forgiven im slipping more and more away from, reading my bible, from praying and further away from god and i just don’t know what to do anymore

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Jack Wellman November 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

Hello Unique. For one thing, you are not alone. If you have a church home, and I pray you do, you can submit “unspoken “ prayer requests. You need an accountability partner too. This is covered in 2 articles and one is at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/ on how to overcome addiction to sexual sins or pornography, which are not the same thing but the application steps given in the article can help.

The other is: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/ which is about how to overcome sin in general. This too gives practical, biblical steps in overcoming sins and especially the stronghold’s of certain addictions. I will pray for you unique an thank you for being so transparent and seeking help. Please stay in touch.

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Brittney November 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Jack,
My husband and I have been together for 3 years. We actually got pregnant before we were married. We married one month before I gave birth to our baby boy on October 1st of this year. I knew before we got pregnant that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him and he feels the same way. I just wanted to know now that we are married does this make it right with God? I never truly asked for forgiveness, and perhaps that is where I should start. I really want to be a better person and truly have the desire to know God and be a good Christian. I also want to set a good example for my son and show him what a good marriage is. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question!

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Jack Wellman November 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Thank you Brittney for your comments and question. This issue comes up a lot so you are not alone. There is nothing you can do about the past but as for forgiveness and God promises to forgive us of our sins once they are confessed (1 John 1:9) so you must believe this and not trust your own feelings. God’s Word is objective truth but our feelings can be subjective and lie to us. Move on now and read this article at the link within this comment on how to forgive yourself. God is a good God that is forgives.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-forgive-yourself-a-christian-commentary/

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Porchea Q DuBose November 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Something came over me today that is incredible! I dont know what made me go to google and type in if im new to reading the bible where should i start but it brought up ur website so i decided to give it a try. So as i continued to read and write down the scriptures u suggested i ran across other things u were saying about running away from god and plenty more but i just want to thank u because i feel like u were talking to me the whole time. I’ve done alot in my 24 years of life that im not proud of but I do wanna better myself and grow to understand what god has planned for me in my life! There’s so many goals i want to accomplish and alot of forgiving that needs to be dealt with like forgiving myself! And if possible i would love to talk more with you so please if you can email me back it would be a honer to here from you again!

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Jack Wellman November 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I am glad you enjoyed the article. If you want to communicate in a more private way for counsel, please click on this link at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/contact/

For more on how to forgive yourself, read this my friend.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-forgive-yourself-a-christian-commentary/

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princess shiela December 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm

hello Mr. Jim .. ahmm I’m shiela 17 years old and I am a new Christian.. I came to cross this site when I was searching about how to read the bible for new Christian’s and I find your site very helpful also your response to the messages above. in this moment of my life I find myself seeking for God, and I was so glad that He started to intervene my life, no i know he was with me all through my life it’s just, just in this year I allowed Him to enter into my life.. He started to work in my life, sometimes when I’m in the church I usually ask to God in my prayers that he’ll keep me in his presence always, cause I can’t explain the joy in my heart whenever I’m with his presence always..
but something’s bothering me I have a Christian friend, and I know that he has a feelings for me. but he never tried to discuss it with me and I’m happy for that because I’m not yet ready to be in any relationship .. we both want to be friends but sometimes I like I’m threating him more than that and so was he to me. God knows how I want to treat him as my brother to the Lord. God knows how I want to seek him first before anything else. I’m just thinking that you could help me. he’s a good person he helped me know God, sometimes we planned to met and we talked about his faith he also shared to me the assurance of salvation. and he was encouraging me to share it too.. but sometimes Im bother by the people who knew us and think that we had a relationship and that feeling makes me think I’m not honoring him and I was just simply confused. i hope you could help me Mr. Jim. thank you and God Bless. :’)

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

My friend, I am overjoyed you have repented and trusted in Jesus Christ. Let me say that the very fact that you don’t feel ready is a sign that you are indeed not ready. Tell this friend that you feel this way. Marriage is a huge step and a permanent relationship. We have an article that may just be the thing for you at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/true-love-how-do-you-know-when-you-find-it/ This may clear up your confusion and if you are “not ready yet” and saying you are “confused” then you are not ready for marriage yet or even dating (perhaps that was what you are talking about in the first place, and if so, my apology). Does this friend of yours attend the same church as you do? Does he attend church at all? Does he read and study the Bible daily? Do you know if he prays and if so, how often? I would not worry about what others think of you and your friend. Frankly, that is none of their business. That is between only you two and God. Please let me know if this helps you. You said you think you’re “not honoring him” meaning God or your friend? What do you mean by who it is you feel your not honoring?

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princess shiela December 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Thank you Mr. Jim for responding to my message .. im so happy I havent tried doing this before.. and thank GOd you responded.. i just want to clear im only 17 years old and i didnt meant marriage when i said im not ready what i meant is being in a relationship.. and im thanking him (my friend)because i know he was controlling is feelings for me .. i know he likes me and he respect me as his friend ..
i once thought that i should end our friendship because i might be disturbed him, his studies and especially his serving with God..
We attended different church. As far as I know yes his reading his bible and do devotional also. Yes i supposed hes praying cause his encouraging me to pray, actually im a new christian and he teaches me how and what is the proper sequence of praying. indeed that is what he said to me too that we should not worry with what others might tell. thank you.. What i meant about not honoring is that our friendship might not be pleasing to God and i also felt that im not treating him as a brother to the Lord. . thank you for the link you shared Mr. Jim im going to read it after my class thank you very much Mr. Jim..

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princess shiela December 16, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Thank you Mr. Jim for responding to my message .. I’m so happy I haven’t tried doing this before.. and thank God you responded.. i just want to clear im only 17 years old and i didn’t meant marriage when i said im not ready what i meant is being in a relationship.. and im thanking him (my friend)because i know he was controlling is feelings for me .. i know he likes me and he respect me as his friend ..
i once thought that i should end our friendship because i might be disturbed him, his studies and especially his serving with God..
We attended different church. As far as I know yes his reading his bible and do devotional also. Yes i supposed hes praying cause his encouraging me to pray, actually im a new christian and he teaches me how and what is the proper sequence of praying. indeed that is what he said to me too that we should not worry with what others might tell. thank you.. What i meant about not honoring is that our friendship might not be pleasing to God and i also felt that im not treating him as a brother to the Lord. . thank you for the link you shared Mr. Jim im going to read it after my class thank you very much Mr. Jim..

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Jenna Martin December 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hello Jack. I won’t try to make this too long for you. When I was little (about 4 years old) I would go to church with my great-grandmother every Sunday. She became sick and wasn’t able to attend anymore. My mom is not a believer in god, so when I would ask if she could take me to church, she wouldn’t. (My family is broken apart so that’s all I could ask in my family then). So, as I got older I didn’t really pay much mind to it… It was my sophomore year in high school that I ran into an old friend (from middle school) who is a believer in god. She introduced me to a lady she knew who was also a believer and she bought me my first bible and I went to her church. At that time, I was going behind my mom’s back to do those things because I knew I wasn’t aloud to. So I stopped… It made me mad and I started doing my own thing, things that could of really messed up my life… Here it is I’m 19 years old now. I am making things better for myself by doing right. I’m glad you posted the helpful way of going about reading the bible because now I can start. I still currently live with my mother and great-grandmother. Going to church is still hard because I live under her house so it’s like braking the rules. I help take care of my great-grandmother because now her condition is worse and she could use the extra help. I do plan on applying to a Christian college because I feel like I will be surrounded by people who are there and want to learn not only academically but spiritually. And I like that it’s a Christian view in the modern classroom… So my question to you is do you have any advice what I can do now? While I’m living at my mother’s house helping take care of my great-grandmother? And since church would be unacceptable towards my mother since I still live under her roof. I pray, and have alone time to talk to him, but I want to do more. And I feel like he is not there sometimes because I don’t do more.

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Jack Wellman December 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Jenna, I am glad that you are wanting to start reading the Bible again but let me ask you, have you repented and confessed your sins…that is repent means turning away from you sins and to serve and obey God and trust in Christ for eternal life. We must seek Him first above family and at all cost (Matt 6:33) and Jesus said in Matthew 10: 37 that “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Since Jesus died for the church and said the gates of hell will not prevail (stop) against it, then you are making a hard choice.

To stay at home from church because your mother says “its against her rules” but you are 19 and an adult and she can’t stop you but I see that you may have to move out if you go to church? Trust God, obey Him and leave the consequences to Him for He has said in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” and you cannot serve or “do more” outside of the Body of Christ the church which we are commanded to fellowship with and how can you grow and serve without being in the Body (Rom 12, 1 Cor 13)?

You cannot serve God with much by yourself I am afraid. You will always “want more” and you can’t ever “do more” I am afraid being a “lone ranger” Christian. I hope I have not upset you but that is based upon biblical counsel my friend.

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Dereck December 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

Hello Jenna,

I believe you have come to the right place. Jack is a great teacher.

Let mew tell you that learning the word of God is a great place to start, then God will show you where to move to next. Whatever you do, do not give-up. God knows your heart. Just keep making yourself available to Him.

Peace and Love

Dereck

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Jack Wellman December 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thanks brother Dereck. You are too kind my friend. I do hope that I can be of some help to Jenna. I believe it is hard to step out in faith but without faith, we can never please God. Thanks my good friend.

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Chey December 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Hi Jack, My name is Cheyenne. I went to chruch when I was younger and stopped because my mom had given up her religion. Eventually, I started going to chruch with my boyfriend’s parents. After a few months, I moved back home, and stopped going to chruch. I am planning on going back in January however, I am currently taking baby steps to change my life back around before my step through the chruch doors.

I was looking into how to read the bible on google, and I feel like I was made to find this page. I love the addvice and I feel like my questions may not be all that new to you, although, I’m a little embarssed to ask these, but I know if I am going to walk with God, I need to know the answers.

I was told that masterbation is “normal” but I was told this by non believers. I feel like it’s a sin, but I can’t seem to find a story in the Bible that can explain my situation. I was told by my boyfriend that our pastor had told him it’s fine, but I can’t seem to believe that.

My next question is how do I began to pray? I’ve attempted to pray numerous times, but I also feel silly because I’m not sure how to start.

I apologize for such a longparagraph, and I thank you in advance for looking at this.

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Jack Wellman December 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

Hello Cheyenne and thank you for visiting us. Let me say that I believe you are not helping yourself by waiting to go to church until you finish your “baby steps”. I am not sure what they means. Many are what are called “babes in Christ” but these babes need to be feed by the teachers and pastors of the Word of God…like in sermons and in Sunday school. The longer you wait the harder it will be to go back to church and besides, we are being disobedient if we forsake the assembling of ourselves (Heb 10:24-25)./

Next, masturbation is sin in my opinion for sex is designed for a man and a woman within the confines of marriage and that masturbation creates a lust in our hearts and lusting in our hearts is equal to adultery, so says Jesus. Besides, I would ignore “non believers” over what is and what is not sin. Talk to your pastor over this…oh yeah, I forgot, you don’t go to church. That is another reason to be there or you will always struggle with sin. You said that “I was told by my boyfriend that our pastor had told him it’s fine.” Not true. Is your boyfriend a believer? If so, then he should know better. If your boyfriend is not a Christian and he does not attend church, then cut off that relationship for we are not to be yoked to with unbelievers. Either you boyfriend is wrong or he is lying.

Finally, how to pray? Rather than going into a long explanation, please check out this article at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-should-i-pray-a-biblical-analysis/ because it shows you how to pray and what is the biblical method of praying taught by Jesus Himself.

I hope all of this helps you in some way.

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cheyenne January 23, 2014 at 6:23 am

Thank you so much! That was very helpfull and I have started to attend church as of January 12thn and I love being back! :D

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Jack Wellman January 23, 2014 at 7:34 am

May God richly bless you there Cheyenne and allow you to grow in His grace and knowledge. Good to hear.

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Tasha February 27, 2014 at 1:58 am

Hello Pastor Jack I have wanted to read the Bible for years and every time I start I never get very far . my husband’s grandparents are true Christians who really have inspired me. Although I know they love me I am always afraid they will become upset with me for some of the questions I might ask thinking we are committing the sins ourselves. My husband and I are recovering addicts and we now have 2 beautiful little girls. Our first just turned 4 and neither was planned but our first I truly believe God blessed me with her to save our lives. If I hadn’t become pregnant I would have surely been dead or in prison. I am about to be 26 years old I didn’t grow up in church like my husband. his family is Pentecostal I’m not sure if it is right for me but we are browsing churches in our area. I was reading through some of the comments and answers and it always makes me feel better when I know I’m not alone. I plan to start reading a few chapters after posting this message I read all the Johns, Mark, James, Jude, Romans, and Acts. I want to start over though just to get a fresh start. one question grabbed my attention though my husband and I were married after only knowing each other 3 months but were living together before that. Our first daughter was for sure after after our marriage but should I ask for forgiveness for the 3 months of us living together? Also the Bible says I can’t remember exactly but something about living in a way that make people think we are sinning. Since we are recovering addicts if we are late on bill or need to borrow a few dollars for diapers for our new addition who is almost 4 months our family assumes we are buying drugs again does that in a way go with that? Winter is a hard time for outdoor work that my husband does. So we get low on cash. And my last question for now is is it true certain movies, books, things like that are sins for example Twilight or horror movies? My husband says they open you up to evil and can make you oppressed. I’m sorry one more when I was a teenager I was involved in seances, witch craft, the ouija board things like that and since I have truly started my journey to living as God wants me to I have horrible nightmares that feel as if I blink and it stops like I was actually awake through it all and sometimes I honestly believe I may have been while others times its as if my soul if the thing fighting. Its always against something I can’t see that is complete evil demons basically and I have read up on the scientific explanation of its my minds way of handling stress but some religious sites believe it could be oppression. I have stopped watching the movies and everything but my husband even though he doesn’t say I believe he feels that is the case. I pray for protection and in the nightmare or whatever it is I try to cry out for Jesus and God and the thing will start hurting me and the pain is so bad I can’t get words out I know this is not a good thing I’m just wondering do you feel it could be something from my past trying to stop me something I allowed to attach to me back then before I knew it was wrong, my subconscious, or is it stress? I have asked my husbands grandparents and they just kind of stared at me with this look of like fear I’m not sure but sometimes I’m afraid to sleep. Their religion is the only one that I know how they feel about those things and I’m not positive what yours is but are there religins that see this kind of thing differently? If it is Satan’s demons what should I do? I know I want to live by Gods terms and I know He loves me and I know he is in my life I have years of miracles to prove that he has been there every step of the way even when I was an addict he was always placing the opportunity for change in my path and saving my life but I get discouraged because of these nightmares if it is demonic spirits why won’t he protect me? Or am I doing something wrong I sin everyday but every night I ask for forgivevess and try not to repeat the sin and I have come such a long way but maybe not far enough. What do you think? I appreciate any inputand like iI said we are looking for an church because I know that will help us so much. I know in my heart God loves me and is with me but my husband and his family have me worried that maybe I have done to many things wrong with the drugs, alcohol, witch craft, and the ouija board which at the time I had no idea was bad the things I have seen though proved it was I stopped using it immediately after things started happening and turned to God, and I didn’t save myself for marriage. I know people have done worse but with me basically worshipping satan without knowing I was can you come back from that? I believed I can but they make me doubt my beliefs sorry this was so long and if you don’t want to answer I completely understand. thank you for taking the time to just read my questions. God Bless!

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Jack Wellman February 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Tasha, I do not want you to worry from what others say about your past. When the Devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. If you have repented, and it looks as if you have, and you have put your trust in Christ, then you cannot be possessed by Satan’s demons but you can experience spiritual attacks. These come most often right after we overcome sin in our life, like your addiction. They also come when we are experiencing growth, which again seems like you are going thru. Be sure to follow up and find a good church home, schedule a visit with your pastor too. Next read this about spiritual warfare at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/spiritual-attacks-putting-on-the-armor-of-god/ and keep reading your Bible, first thing in the morning and last thing at night and the same schedule with prayer and know that there is no sin at all, no matter how much, that God cannot and will not forgive. Now, you must learn to forgive yourself, which is what this article is about at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-forgive-yourself-a-christian-commentary/ Read these two and pray and get into the Bible and talk to your pastor after finding a church home. I think these all will help you. God loves you and forgives you. Now, forgive yourself.

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Kathy March 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

Hello Mr. Wellman ~ thank you for your article. I along with many people have been a Christian all my life but never sat down to read the Bible. Although i go to Church every Sunday i have never fully understood the teachings of the Bible and how they affect my life. I want to learn this….But was at a loss when i opened my Bible and tried to get through Genesis. I am now looking forward to beginning with Mark then on to John, etc….I pray for the guidance to understand and make a difference in my life….This is my ‘this year’s Lenten promise’.

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Jack Wellman March 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

Kathy, I am so thrilled that you are beginning this journey. It takes time to know God’s Word but you are starting in the right place. Genesis is fairly easy to understand once you begin but I like to alternate between the New and the Old Testament and I have determined to read the Bible first thing every morning right after prayer first thing…and that has helped me immensely. May God richly bless you in your study of His Holy Word. PS, please you can call me Jack.

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Kathy March 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Thank you Jack for your kind words, God Bless!

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shellyann March 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

i have some questions and doubts that i would like to understand but im not sure how to approach my problems in life because im tired of the disappointments so i just keep running away to avoid them my initial plan this year is to turn over a new leaf but im finding it very hard to do so

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Jack Wellman March 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Shellyann, thank you for your comment. We all, at times, have doubts, even of those who have been Christians for a very long time. I would first of all speak to your pastor about your desire to “turn over a new leaf” because it will take much prayer and Bible reading and to do this every single day. If you are not committed, then you will not make much progress (Matt 6:33). Life is never guaranteed to be happy or problem free and in fact, the Bible never, ever promises us happiness in this life….but joy in the next. Today, hardships, in heaven, eternal bliss. Please read this article to see why I say that and again, speak with your pastor unless you have already and if so, what did he say? In the meantime, please read this: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-the-bible-promise-happiness/

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rosy March 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Hello Pastor
I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls and my husband is a very lovable person.Though i grew up as a catholic christian and goes to the church every Sunday,i have strong faith in god,i pray well to god.I am looking for a job for few years and recently i had some health issues.i strongly believe god saved me from that and was in continues prayer that time.My husband always asks me to read bible everyday.I wanted to read bible everyday morning…I don’t get enough concentration.sometimes i used to think when i don’t do any sins at all why do i need to read bible?god wont give his blessings with my real prayers?may be i get these kind of thinking because i don’t know where to start to read?may be i get these thoughts because i have seen so many christian people who does sins and then act that they are true devotees to god??Anyway i seriously wanted to get concentration to read bible everyday and that’s my promise for this lent period.Father,please kindly show me the good way for me.
thanks
rosy

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Jack Wellman March 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Hello Rosy. Thank you for your comment and question. I would not worry about what others do and by the way all Christian’s sin including you and me. We are all sinners. YOu said “when i don’t do any sins at all why do i need to read bible?” well reading the Bible will help keep you out of sin…and sin will help keep you out of the Bible. We all find it hard to concentrate but that is the Enemy wanting to block or interfere in our prayers to God. You are not alone in this. I would start with the Gospel of John and then read Genesis. These two seem to go together. One begins before the creation (John chapter 1) and then comes creation Genesis 1.

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rosy March 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Thank you so much for your reply.Now i am cleared.Thank you so much.first thing in the morning i am going to read bible everyday.Take care.
Rosy

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Jack Wellman March 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Rosy, I am so glad we could help you in some way and I thank God for godly women of faith who have a hunger for the Word of God.

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chidinma April 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hello pastor, i would like to know if its a sin to wear trousers as a lady, have jewelry, wear weave and braid hair.

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Jack Wellman April 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I do not believe this is sin Chidinma at all…if someone tells you that, then they may not understand the Scriptures, but having said there are some that think it is not appropriate for church but I am not one of them and you would be welcome at the church in which I am the pastor of. Thank you for your question.

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Pamela Rose Williams April 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hi Chidinma, I saw this comment come in and I just wanted to encourage you that wearing trousers as a lady is not a sin. Having jewelry and braiding your hair is not a sin either. Although some women prefer to wear dresses and long hair and such we must consider practical things sometimes, such as when my husband pastored a church up in Minnesota. In that church we sometimes had folks ride a snow mobile to get there … now I am thinking that had those young ladies NOT worn pants, they would have been quite cold and even possibly quite embarrassed. My husband wrote an article that I posted at my personal website that addresses just this issue. Take a look: http://christianeveryday.com/index.php/why-some-christian-women-wear-dresses-or-skirts-and-long-hair/

By the way, you would be welcomed in our church no matter how you come! Thanks for leaving your comment here at WCWTK. Blessings to you!

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shanica April 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Hello there, i am 20 years old and have not really had a upbringing with god but now for some weird reason i want to know more or just learn alittle bit but dont really know how where to start?

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shanica April 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm

sorry my name is shanica

and what i am is in a whole thing i just got this feeling to research more and learn more about the whole thing.

i dont even know where to start..

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Jack Wellman April 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Shanica, I am so glad you came here and please forgive the late response. In what way can I help you. In the event, if you want to know about how a person can receive eternal life and be forgiven, please read this at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-steps-do-i-take-to-become-a-christian/ Then, here is an article that explains most of the world’s religions and then tells you Who Jesus is at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/who-is-jesus/ It appears that God may be drawing you here for such a time and event as this, to know God on a personal level. This is how many come to know Christ…God the Father draws men and women to Himself (John 6:44). Please, please, let me know if I can be of any more help Shanica. I am at your service.

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Michael May 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Can an experienced Christian please tell me where to continue reading? I did start and finish the above mentioned order. However, the article states, go where you like next, and reread the gospels. Could someone please guide me along; give me your personal opinion on where I should go next, please. Note* I’m a new Christian.

Thank You and God Bless You
Michael

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Jack Wellman May 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Thank you Michael, I am so thrilled that you are reading the Bible. Here is what I suggest. Start in the New Testament at Matthew and read straight through to the Book of Revelation. After that, I would read the Psalms. The New Testament is a great way to actually learn about the Old Testament because the Old Testament is what they taught out of during the New Testament period and Jesus loved quoting the Psalms and the Book of Isaiah. So start at Matthew and go to Revelation and then next to Psalms and then perhaps to Isaiah. I pray this helps Michael. I am so happy you came her sir and I wish older Christians had your hunger and thirst for the Word of God. May God richly bless you my brother in Christ.

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Natalie June 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Hello Jack, thank you SO much for putting this up. I’ve been searching a long time for advice on this subject! I’m 22 and having just finished my college degree, I just now have been able to focus on God and my faith, so this is incredibly helpful. Hopefully, this will increase my understanding of what’s really expected out of me. Many thanks again for the advice, I’m going to start reading John right now!

Blessings, Natalie

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

That’s so wonderful to hear Natalie. I just counseled with a new believer and she dived into Revelation right away and was so confused. I believe that we need to start in the gospels and in Genesis (to see the fall of man and why Jesus’ is needed). I am so glad we could help you and may God richly bless you.

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Adelissa August 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

Hi, I was saved when I was 16 and I believe it was genuine, but somewhere along the way I lost my joy. I have been through great trauma in my life in the last few years (I’m 34) and I struggle with relationships. I feel numb to people and to God and it is tearing me up inside and making me doubt my salvation. I believe with all my heart that Jesus is God in the flesh, died on the cross for my sins and I accepted his free gift of salvation. I just can’t seem to feel his presence though. He is like a faceless entity to me. I don’t feel comfortable around other Christians. I feel like they have it all figured out and I am some sort of fraud. I want to love God and feel His love. I don’t know what is wrong with me. I heard love is a verb so I am trying to do the things he would want me to do (read the bible etc) but I know I need him in my life and I just don’t feel him there if that makes sense. What do I do?

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Thank you Adelissa for your comments and question. Let me say that to believe in Jesus Christ means you have repented and trusted in Christ to save you and you seem to have done that. What I see where you might have doubt is that you insert the word “I feel” and being saved by the blood of the Lamb, which you have been, is not about human feelings. Human feelings are the most undependable of all human emotions. They are so subjective (undependable, unreliable) while God’s truth and His Word is objective (unchangeable). You doubt your salvation (which doubt is also a feeling). You must take God at His Word. Read John 6:37,39 and John 10:28-29 and see why I say you can’t depend on your feelings. Being saved is not about “feeling God’s presence” but about knowing that God cannot lie and you know that Jesus gives to us eternal life (John 3:16) so why would you lose it if it was eternal? You don’t “feel” comfortable around other Christians because you feel they are superior to you. They are not! Read Paul’s struggle with sin in Romans chapter 7. Here is, I believe, the greatest Christian that has ever lived still struggling with doubt but read Romans 8 to see why he knows he isn’t lost (Rom 8:28-39). Is this true or not? Of course its true. It’s in God’s Word and it cannot be broken. Talk to your pastor, the Enemy wants you to fear. Reading the Bible every morning and every evening is the greatest source of ridding yourself of doubt. Read John chapter 6 and 10. Go to church, ignore your feelings, believe what God says, don’t believe your feelings, talk to your pastor, pray daily, read the Word daily and these things will most certainly help you.

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javier November 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I need help I don’t know how to stop lusting I’m afraid to lose my wife every time I make love to her I think about other women that I have been with and some that I have never even been withplease help me

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Jack Wellman July 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Thank you Nousernameavalible for your question. Which other gospels do you mean my friend? The gospel of Judas or of Mary? Could you be specific about these other “twelve gospels?”

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shanica April 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

sorry my name is shanica
and what i am is in a whole thing i just got this feeling to research more and learn more about the whole thing.
i dont even know where to start..

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