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Jack Wellman July 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

David, this is so powerful. What a testimony to God’s faithfulness and the “hounds of heaven” pursuing you and running you down so-to-speak, to show you your calling. I am so inspired by this sir and truly thank God for you and your effective work in the labor of love for the Lord and for this website. Words just can not express…and when words can not express, I am sure you can by sign language! Thank you.

Bert savarese July 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm

There really is a huge need fr those who do sign to reach the deaf community about homosexuality & it’s development. I wish there were more who were willing to work in mission fields of America. We don’t all have to go to Africa! But we surely need those who will lead the captives to truth…..

God bless you fr obeying his cal!

jerry July 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

David I love to hear storys like this it touches my heart to hear the experences that God has led people thru when we get down and feel we have failed God we can draw on those experences to give us strength many times he will lead us back to those times in our minds to let us know he still loves us and is still with us and it gives us strength to go on .

Joel July 30, 2013 at 3:52 am

So inspiring!
Truly God’s purpose and plan will always be done in His perfect time. And when it happens, no less for sure that God would always be on our side. As He (God) promised that He (Holy Spirit – John 14:16-17) will always be with us. He will never leave nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5-6), (Deuteronomy 31:6-8). God has so much to bless you more sir! Joel:D

Sung August 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

Dear Brother David,

What an amazing testimony. I couldn’t stop crying not only because of your trust in God and His will but also because your circumstances (and your age) are so similar to mine. I am 43 (a few months younger than you) and I too owe much to the church bus ministry. And although I don’t have a special talent like sign language, I now serve as a pastor of a small church in Redding, CA. I answered His call 3 years ago and haven’t looked back. I will be praying for you, your ministry and family. May God bless what you’re doing and praise the Lord for your service in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! You are an inspiration to be sure.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I like to hear people say God guided me to do a special mission.
This tells me God is present in that person.
I was brought up a strict RC and the Pope was the boss and you did what he said, you had a ticket to heaven.
Even when you went to the confessional box if you committed a Mortal sin you were on the road to Hell. There was one nice priest who could understand and he never said that. Every one quid up outside his Box.
In all the time I went to church and confession I had no feelings whatsoever. I might has well send a brick in my place.
I prayed to God in my on words but still no sign at all from God. I spiralled right down into no mans land.
I am coming up to 65 yrs old,and about 2 yrs ago I was sitting on the couch and something very profound happened to me. The words coming out of my mouth was not me I spoke just like a priest,and I could see everything. Too many things happened to call it coincidence.
Then I realized it was God he opened my eyes to everything that was wrong. I new I was a sinner at school.
I remember Jesus saying seek and you shall find and I did,but I did not know what the knocking on the door meant,and just a couple of night`s ago I found out what it was. I must stress I was not looking for it. The answer was in an email.
I knew what this email was but something made me scroll down to the bottom,and there was a link to it that explained everything. This was God`s work not coincidence.

Jack Wellman August 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Amen Mr. Cotton. What a joy to hear from you. One man wrote us and asked if God tempts people. I said Thank you for your question to What Christians Want to Know. Does God tempt mankind and lead them into temptation? No. The Lord’s prayer seems to say “and lead us not into temptation” but what Jesus is really saying is “God keep us away from temptation.” The old King’s English didn’t always communicate the Scriptures easily and are sometimes hard to understand today. For a better and more in depth look, please read this article of ours called Does God Tempt People to Sin? at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-god-tempt-people-to-sin

James 1:13-14 is clear about this saying “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed..”

I am overjoyed to hear from you sir, even though this is not my article but I hope you have forgiven me sir because of my often shortcomings in answering peoples question. I must remain humble and on my face before God and esteem others better than myself. Forgive me since I have not always done that Mr. Cotton.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

There is nothing to forgive Jack.
I was in shock at your reply,and I took a screen shot of it.
When I got off the internet I read it over and over,and I thought this is not the Jack I know.
I evan still thought that you were still a good man,and that you were definitely not sinning at all. I could not figure it out, then I fell into depression.
You have taught me a lot Jack, which I understood when you explained something to me. I am feeling tearful that I have you back Jack with Joy. I think evan St Peter and St Paul fell out with each other,but they both came to there senses,and ended up like brothers. This is from my heart Jack I have great respect for you,and I always will. We are both trying to get to the same place(Heaven) that`s what counts. I hope that this makes you feel better,because it has made me feel better. God is still in you Jack that`s how I know.

Jack Wellman August 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I can not wait to meet you Anthony my brother on that Great Day our Beloved Redeemer’s Day (but must wait) and I pray for the King of that Kingdom to come quickly. I am so much richer for knowing you and I know that I will weep with joy to meet our Loving Savior and part of that joy will be to meet you in person my brother.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I am pleased to hear that you are in good spirits Jack.
I hope you are right. I thought of that too weeping together in joy. I am still carrying that heavy cross that I told you about.
It`s living on your own with no friends that`s the killer,but I am not giving up.
Yes I fully agree with you being richer.
I think that`s the key words you just have to look at the marriage vows(Which most people forget about,Till death do us part) God is definitely in you Jack,and I knew He always was.

Jack Wellman August 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I can not imagine and won’t pretend to, how difficult it must be living alone. I know that our future in eternity will overshadow what we experience today my good friend. As for God being in me, perhaps He can enter thru the clay vessel that has cracks in it much easier! LOL I truly see that He lives in you my brother.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

You are quite right Jack about the future in eternity will overshadow it. I have got to get there first.
The main thing is you have to do everything yourself. My GP treats it has an illness,and the last time I saw him he suggested that I should get a support worker. Thinking about it I think I should.
The Holy Spirit keeps me up,it`s not me.
I do not know how you do what you do sometimes, being a Pastor,and writing posts on this site. Thanks Jack for your words.

Jack Wellman August 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Thanks my good friend. I don’t know how I do it either, no wait, yes I do…it is God who strengthens me. I can do nothing without His help and honestly, there are times when I feel I can not even get out of bed. I have to work, I write for this site, I pastor a church, I have a family and am a father and grandfather and so we know who gets all the glory to use a vessel like me…it is God!

Concerning you have the help of a support worker, I think that’s a great idea. Even in my job, I need other co-workers support, my family’s support, God’s support most of all, and so I think you are right. Thank you for your encouragement my good friend.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

Well I never knew that Jack. You have definitely got a lot on your plate. It`s enough being a Pastor.
I suppose you get joy from your grandchildren,because when I see them all my problems disappear
Has you say God supports you,and me.
Thats what I mean about God being in you, this proves it by your action`s and all the things you after remember about what people have said,and you have got to remember who said what to you. Yes God is there for you by all the tasks you have Jack.

Jack Wellman August 6, 2013 at 6:53 am

You are spot on Anthony about grandchildren…we have so much to be thankful here that there is no time to complain because truly, we are all having it much better than we deserve and your friendship is part of that “better” my friend. Thank you for your encouragement.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I was just wondering Jack with all the work that you do.
You must get stressed out,so do you get a break.
A catholic priest does it`s called a retreat.
I have been to one on a weekend it was called Minister Acres.
It set in woodlands with it`s own grounds.
It`s dead peaceful. The thing I remembered was a giant painting of St Paul`s Conversion. This happened, everybody gives each other a letter at the end of your stay,and inside mine was the same picture has it was on the wall?

Jack Wellman August 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

I love the idea Anthony. Your priest is so right. I need such a thing. Unfortunately I have no vacation at my work place….last night didn’t get home till midnight and I am getting ready to go in again today too….Yes, I do get stressed out but then it makes me pray to God for strength to go on.

I would love to see that St. Paul’s Conversion painting…wow,, that would be so awesome. Thanks my good friend. I do need a retreat for sure my friend. Thank you for being my friend and brother in Christ and caring enough to mention this retreat.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Well I am very surprised about that. What about say if you are ill what happen`s then.
Religion is declining because there is only one parish priest to say mass in two or three parishes. To prove it`s getting worse I asked a priest something quite a while ago,and he said it`s my day off. I told him this is new`s to me,and i said you go on retreat. He did not answer me,and I just walked away. This was before I came to this sight. Can you answer me this Jack can you prayer to God in your own words,and which ONE do you prayer to Jesus, God,and the Holy Spirit. I keep getting confused about this Jack.

Jack Wellman August 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Thanks brother. I have no vacation at the place that I work. I must work there anyway. If I get sick then I stay at home and don’t get paid. I don’t get sick often (surprisingly) but do go in when I am sick sometimes (non-contagious type).

About prayer, I pray to God the Father, in Jesus’ name (usually at the end but sometimes to begin with but always pray to the Father) and the Holy Spirit sometimes translates our groans or pauses in our thoughts when we don’t know what to say ) like Romans 8:26 says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”

For more on how to pray Anthony, please check out this article I wrote some time ago about how we are to pray, who we are to pray to and what order our prayers should be and it is based upon the template of the Lord’s Prayer. Please let me know if it helps…the link below is the article How Should I Pray? at:

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

Mr Anthony Cotton August 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

So in brief do you say in the name of Jesus, God will you forgive me from all my sin`s The Holy Spirit is the One you ask for spiritual strength,He is sort of a mind reader has you say God wants us to know what we want to prayer for.
I know one thing for sure the Holy Spirit has helped me,because the action`s I wanted happened.
I was on a site which I visit now and again. It`s just like this one,and it is called got Questions.org. I have just received a booklet all the way from Colorado Springs. It`s about all what you have said Jack,but while you are reading the article if it comes to a quote you put your cursor over it,and it shows you the quote from the bible.
The Catholic Church has messed me up with the Commandments,and I keep thinking that the 3rd Commandment is Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.
The guy on the site is trying to find me a bible teaching church. I have just read about Baptism immersing you in water means you have been buried in Christ,and the action coming out of the water is Christ`s Resurrection. I never new that. So if I was baptized a Catholic is that still OK. The Church Of England is just like the Catholic Church almost. I have just caught on how important a Bible Church is. I wished there was a bible teaching church where I lived. I am really annoyed that the Catholic Church didn`t teach me that.
I am really desperate to go to a church like your`s Jack,and it`s upsetting me. I have just broke down about this Sorry.

Jack Wellman August 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

My good friend, since we know that baptism never saved anyone, it is not the fact that you were baptized in a certain way but in Whom you put your trust as Savior and since that is Jesus Christ, I see no problem with your security in Him. I too so wished you were near our church and that you would be a blessing to us all I have no doubt. I see the Spirit working in you in so many ways that it is not working in many in our church right now and so wished that we had more men of faith like you. You have no concerns about being presumptious in your life and that is taking advantage of our freedom in Christ and using it to sin. That is most certainly not you and that is why I feel so strongly about your conversion and that this seal of God by the Holy Spirit is unbreakable (Eph 1 and 2).

Mr Anthony Cotton August 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Thanks Jack for clearing the Baptism issue up. I thought you had to be baptized again.
It`s making me very stressed out that there is not a church near me who uses the bible to teach.
It`s has plain has the nose on your face to teach God`s word from the bible. Like John Piper he does not go around like a catholic priest doing ceremonial things.
He picks a topic from the bible,and then he discusses to the congregation,and I suppose if you do not understand it he would explain it to you in a more simple way.
I have watched him,and now and again he looks at the bible very briefly,and then he uses his own words to explain.
That`s the sort of church I want. He teaches the Word of God.

Jack Wellman August 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

John Piper is one of the most solid teachers of God’s Word there is. His website, DesiringGod.org has free sermons, free notes and outlines. If you are watching this man of God, there are few better. I listen to his sermons on free mp3’s to learn and grow myself and it never fails, I always learn from him. This mornings sermon I gave I am going to try to upload to You Tube as I have several sermons on it in case you are interested. Thanks brother. Here’s a quick link for them at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJackWellman

Let me know what you think brother.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I went to there site to watch his video that I typed in by Topic.
I went to the link that you provided Thats Great Jack!!!
Yes you can get them on mp3`s but I like watching his body language and facial expressions. He is very intense.
I am wondering about this Jack if you went to the site to watch him on a Sunday would it qualify to keep the Sabbath or would you have to be there in person. I have kept about 4 of his video`s. In this day and age I think it should qualify to see it has keeping the Sunday Holy being the way I am. Thanks again for the link Jack.

Jack Wellman August 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

My dearest brother. I think in your case, you are keeping the Sabbath holy and assembling, in spirit, with the body of believes. Yes, I do like watching Mr. Piper’s expressions as he is so alive and vibrant. You can tell that this man is so very passionate about the Word of God and taking it with fear, trembling, and reverence. Indeed my brother, you are keeping it holy and you are such a blessing to me that it brings tears of joy to me. I mean that in all sincerity Anthony. Oh, how I wish I could meet you and embrace you my brother.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm

You are quite right describing Mr Piper`s expressions.
In the past going to a catholic church was a chore,and so did many other people, in fact a lot of people left the church before the mass was finished I was one of them.
I would never leave Mr Piper`s service for the very reasons you said.
The catholic church`s mass is far to ceremonial,and to be quite honest like me a lot of people were bored.
We went because if you missed mass deliberately,and you died you would go to hell. This made you to go mass out of fear. Which I think Jesus would have something to say about it.

Jack Wellman August 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

How sad my good friend. I just so much enjoy giving messages and posted my last one and I saw that I have a lot of expressions but I also saw that my last one I had some pauses that may have been uncomfortable in my sermon. I was thinking….wondering what I should say next, but I have not the gift that Mr. Piper has and sadly, if a church makes one go out of fear, then they are going for the wrong reasons. That was so sad about the church you mentioned and I know that may be why some left early.

I believe Jesus would be angry at this type of compulsory, out-of-fear attendance. I believe we should do this for our sheer joy and love for our Savior for just how much He did for us. Thanks brother.

Mr Anthony Cotton August 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Yes I agree with you Jack fully
While I was at school we learnt the catechism,then the teacher asked you the next day. When he asked me I could not answer sometimes,and you got the stick twice.
I evan got that Alopecia through it. This applied to everybody.
My mother went down to the school and went to the headmaster the teacher got a right telling off he never bothered me again.
A man was passing the Vatican,and he said I wonder what Jesus would have thought about this.
To get rich quick you just have to kidnap the Pope because he has a lot of very expensive stones on his garments.
In those days they ruled by fear I don`t know what they do now it is very sad the way they did things,and still do.





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