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DocReits September 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

Thank you Pastor Jack for this thought provoking article. This time my gears came to a halt when you stated:

“We must take up, not our cross, but Christ’s cross and do it daily.” You qualified what Christ’s Cross was by stating, “That means that you and I should put our own interests behind the interests of others” as Christ did by dying for others.

Amen! I paused a moment upon my first reading because I have always thought of Christ’s Cross as being this incredible weight which contained all of the sin of the world, past, present and future, ” and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed”(1 Pet 2:24).

Then it hit me that we are one with Christ in death and Resurrection. We are buried with Christ in baptism, our sins nailed to His Cross(Col 2:12-14), and that we now with Christ complete the mystery of God hidden throughout the ages of man, which is now revealed… being God in Christ and Christ in man(Col 1:26,27).

So being “little Christs” we do, through Him, take up our/His Cross by denying ourselves and following. You always make me think, Pastor Jack, and I thank you for that.

Blessings,

DocReits

Jack Wellman September 11, 2014 at 8:01 am

THanks Doc and of course, you help me grow too my brother. Your such an encouragement and were the only one to comment on this so I appreciate that. It is a daily battle for me brother.

paul June 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

Thank You very much for the explanation. I’m not confused that myself, like many others, are often guilty of “over-analyzing” what Christ taught. As evidence by us being here in search of answers of truth.
I read recently in the “Complete Jewish Bible” about how easy it is for our faith interpretation to be distracted by the “legalities”(mans’ interpretations). There is an underlying argument among many Christian churches about which interpretation is most accurate, to the point of the denomination often, ridiculing and pushing away the follower’s if they don’t fully comply with distorted versions of their legalities.
I once had pastor get upset when I asked a new member “Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?” outside/after a service as I welcomed our new brother to our church with a handshake and a smile. As Christian laymen, several of us realized that the pastor had great intention, but was actually trying to induct a new member with a “repeat after me these words” philosophy. We could clearly see that our new brother was never offered a simple opportunity to use his own words, to clearly offer his own intention, to profess his faith in our Lord from his own tongue.
I was verbally scolded by the pastor that day during a bakery sale outside the church when he overheard my comment. This Pastor took my actions defensively and was offended that his method was questioned (although I never directed this at him in any way). I know he meant well and was confounded in his own good intentions. It reminded me of a just a taste of how Jesus must have felt with the well educated Pharisees, they were so caught in “legalities” that they had missed the point of being saved. The top religious figures became threatened by our Lord’s presence because our Lord diminished their grab for power and control.
Our Lord made it so simple that even I can follow his lead.
What we are judged on comes from our hearts… from our hearts we speak with our tongue in each transaction with each other. It is not “innate depravity” and a struggle to become free from a sinful beginning, but rather we were taught that we are each born free of sin as children, so it is the struggle of keeping our God close in our shirt pocket, like a pair of sunglasses, as we traverse the day like children. We do this in the Love and Joy of knowing that our daily adversities and opportunities are God’s way of interacting with us to see if we will TRUST him in HIS solution or celebration.

Jack Wellman June 12, 2015 at 11:28 am

Thank you Paul for your very gracious and insightful comment. This pastor handled it wrongly in my opinion and being a pastor myself, I think he should not have taken offense at your earnest desire to help this man receive Christ as Lord and Savior. My compliments to you sir that you cared enough about his soul to reach out to him. I do agree with you that this new person should not be led to faith by repeating after the pastor. No one is ever saved by repeating what is called “the sinner’s prayer” or by filling out a decision card or walking down the aisle. I person is only saved when they repent (turn away, forsake their sins) and trust in Christ. You did the right thing and I thank God that there are men like you brother.

Jack Wellman June 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Paul, as Doc previously noted, there is some concern that he and I also have about your comment that ” It is not “innate depravity” and a struggle to become free from a sinful beginning, but rather we were taught that we are each born free of sin as children.” This is completely contrary to the Scriptures. Please, when you have time sir, read this article that is full of biblical evidence to prove that indeed, every human ever born was born into sin and even more so, we were even conceived in sin so we are never free until the Son sets us free. Please read this to see why I can say this with authority sir. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-are-we-born-sinners-a-bible-study/ And please forgive my negligence in responding so late Paul.

DocReits June 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Hi Paul,

Great comments! I was with you until the end of your comments which started here:

“What we are judged on comes from our hearts… from our hearts we speak with our tongue in each transaction with each other. It is not “innate depravity” and a struggle to become free from a sinful beginning, but rather we were taught that we are each born free of sin as children, so it is the struggle of keeping our God close in our shirt pocket, like a pair of sunglasses, as we traverse the day like children. We do this in the Love and Joy of knowing that our daily adversities and opportunities are God’s way of interacting with us to see if we will TRUST him in HIS solution or celebration.”

Who are you referring to who taught us, ” that we are each born free of sin as children”?… and that we are not “innate(ly) depraved? Do you believe that God is “within us” before salvation, and that we are simply on a search mission to discover Him? Do you believe in hell(a place of eternal torment) that all men are condemned to, as soon as we take our first breath?

Just curious. Blessings!

DocReits

KP De Jager October 18, 2015 at 12:29 am

Thank you pastor Jack
please ad me to mailing list I am stirred by your bibe study and comments

Jack Wellman October 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

Thank you KP. For us to be added to your emailing list, go to where it says “Free eBook for “15 Answers to Questions on Heaven, Hell, and End Time.” Do you see it on our main webpage? It’s about halfway down.

michael ciaramitaro February 18, 2017 at 12:11 am

I have been a christian for over 20 years but a lukewarm one at that.I want to give my life to the lord but I am scared that I won’t be any better than I was before.If someone asked me if I was a christian I would say it proudly but I feel I would have a problem witnessing to people especially in todays world.I hate to say this but I am a coward.I was picked on as a kid through junior high to high school and do not have much of a self esteem.My age is 46 and I want to be strong.God Bless.

Jack Wellman February 18, 2017 at 9:13 am

Hello Michael. I think many of us are shy Christians and are afraid to step out and do what Jesus told us to do (Matt 25:34-40) and very few are helping prisoners, feeding the poor, visiting the sick and so on, and doing nothing for Jesus, so talk to your pastor about this. Try to get into a ministry and you won’t believe how your confidence will grow and by witnessing to others, each one is a bit easier.

A disciple of Christ October 24, 2017 at 7:41 am

Oh hello, Luke 9:23NIV says ““Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
‭‭http://bible.com/111/luk.9.23.niv

To my understanding, Jesus was talking about his disciples. I mean in a way you could say that we can refer it to everyone, but you can’t deny yourself if you’re still going back to your ways. I think it more of an everyone should know, but not everyone will truly seek him out

Kuda Ketlogetswe November 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

Thank you Pastor Jack for the well explained article, that had a lot of answers I have been searching for.I really do thank God for leading me to this article.

Jack Wellman November 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

Hello Kuda. You are so kind. Thank you for the encouragement.

Tradd February 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Thank you for that great article. I just finished listening to Howard Pittman’s nde testimony called “Placebo” how the modern church is asleep. It was good. I realized I am truly not walking with the Lord as strong as I should be. I also need to pray that I truly stay repentant. I struggle with a porn addiction so any prayer is welcomed. I just want to be free because I feel that is my Achilles heal. I also want to get stronger about witnessing and sharing Christ since that is our job.

Brent Cooper July 6, 2018 at 9:13 pm

look up WIT ministries, Paul and Jenny Speed God bless you

simon Gatluaj September 23, 2019 at 5:47 am

very good message , am very interested for kids Teacher ,thanks for finding your message please can you help me ,some encouragment words , how to build small kids.





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