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Michael Kampff November 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Enlightening as always, Pastor Jack. Loved this: “It’s not what we can get out of church but what we can put into church and giving of ourselves is serving others.” I pray I may be a conduit of His love in the world.

Jack Wellman November 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thank you so much my friend. I have heard way to often that the pastor did this wrong or the choir was horrible and I didn’t get much out of church today and many who do not attend tend not to get much out of church but what is the real reason we are there?

1. We are commanded to assemble ourselves (Heb 10:25)
2. We are there to worship God and to worship means to give praise to He who is worthy.
3. We are there to grow in grace and knowledge
4. To serve one another (Rom 12, 1 Cor 13, etc.)

What we give is what it is about and not what we get. I see that as a major stumbling block for many in the church and sadly, God must not be pleased at all but they don’t think about this….I try to remember what happened to Korah who grumbled at Moses and basically was the same as grumbling against God (Num 16). Ouch!

Michael Kampff November 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Amen!

Patricia Schneider February 16, 2014 at 5:29 am

Another terrific article with Scripture, Pastor Jack!

I would appreciate your advice & perhaps some suggestions on a recent decision I made. Have prayed earnestly about this, yet two of my siblings in Christ of our ‘New Life Community Church’ have ‘chastised’ me.
As you’re aware, I’m hearing-impaired & need to lip-read folks to comprehend what’s being said. (PRAISE OUR LOVING FATHER I AM NOT DEAF!! THANK YOU, FATHER!!!)
Well, shortly before the New Year, I was becoming sooo frustrated not being able to appreciate Sunday’s services because of these goofy ears. So, after much praying, I decided only to attend when Communion is served (1st. Sunday of every month.)
Chatted with my sister, Millie, on Skype, who suggested looking for wireless headphones w/microphone on whomever is speaking, in this case, our Pastor Don. Well, it seems they’re not available here in USA. Gary & I will go back to the place visited years ago to see if the hearing-aids have improved. (The last one only worked for about a week, then all these whistles, which I couldn’t hear, started doing its thing. Plus, the hearing-aid wasn’t working properly, so we didn’t buy it at $1,100. Of course we lost our $100 deposit. You believe Pastor Don said the Church will pay for a hearing-aid that does work?! Prices have gone up, around $1,500 now. Grrr~.)
In your opinion, Pastor Jack, should I attend Services every week? How do I handle the absurd frustration? Can’t even hear the music a lot of times, ‘though Gary tells me the volume is “normally loud enough.” Yeah~tell that to these goofy ears~! LOL!
About the ‘two siblings who have chastised me’…Ginny & Jim, oh, I just love them to pieces, Pastor Jack! They’re in their 80’s, married for some time. The way Ginny tries to ‘rebuke’ me is just endearing. (And BOTH of them wear hearing-aids! Hee-Hee!)
When I told Gary, he replied that my reasons are none of their business, that they were “from the older generation of Church members.” I laughed, Pastor Jack, telling Gary, “Sweetie, WE are the older generation!” Pastor Don Brown understands, oh, he’s really a terrific preacher as Gary interprets for me at home. (And from the few times I was able to lip-read him.)
God’s wonderful blessings and graces be showered upon you, Pastor Jack, your family & your ministry!!!
Love from your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

Jack Wellman February 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Hi Patty my good friend. I am sorry for such frustration and your humbleness is truly remarkable and a testimony to your yielding to the Holy Spirit. I would say that since you are a member of the church and the church is the Body of Christ then they church helping you is great. God will always bless the giver (the church in this case) more than the recipient so I see nothing wrong with it. As for how often to attend church, I would say whatever your conscience tells you, that you should do for the Spirit of God confirms to us, usually thru our conscience, what we should and should not do. I am glad you have a wonderful church home and that your pastor is a good one. That is such a blessing that you cannot imagine for many have not such a luxury as having a godly man behind the pulpit. Before I head off to work, after my sermon and Sunday school let me say that you should go as often as you feel led to by the Spirit and I thank God for women of faith such as you.

Patricia Schneider May 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack!
Gracious, I AM a slowpoke anymore. You answered me back on February 16, 2014 and here it’s now May 13! (Haven’t made the time to read all parts of the newsletter, but put them into a folder to read whenever. Gotta start changing that routine! LOL!)
Thank you ever so much, Pastor Jack, for your edifying, kind, and understanding words!! My spirit feels at peace about this decision I’d made.
Good news, though!! By changing pews to under a speaker, (which is next to our church band), not only can I HEAR the music, but can comprehend about 70-80% of Pastor Don’s words! Would be 100% if he weren’t so expressive with his arms, covering his face where I can’t lip-read! Hee-Hee! Why Gary & I never thought of doing that…we must be ‘losing it’ in our ‘ole age!! LOL!

You mentioned “if I felt being led by the Spirit” & following my conscience, usually I am NOT being disobedient to our Father God. Oh, Pastor Jack, Father & I have such a loving, terrific relationship now. Our precious Savior’s, JESUS, sacrifice on Calvary Tree not only paid the ransom for our sins, but RECONCILED us to our Father!! HALLELUJAH!!! (And to think I used to be petrified of Father?! Oh, how blind I was, Pastor Jack! THANK YOU, FATHER DEAR!!! THANK YOU, SWEET JESUS!!!)
Always, God’s blessings & His graces be showered upon you, Pastor Jack, your family and your ministry!!
Forever your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

Jack Wellman May 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Hi my sister in Christ. So good to “hear” from you again my good friend. We are all still growing my friend…I am blind in many ways still but God is still patient with me but you are such a treasure and I covet such godly women such as you in the church where I am the under shepherd to the Great Shepherd. Thanks for your prayers and I thank God for you and Gary.





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