J Clark Ministries

Two people get married and maybe several years later end up divorced. There are a host of reasons for why this happens which I am not going to discuss in this article.  Whatever reasons people give to “justify” divorce, are they right? Are there cases where divorce and remarriage are perfectly right and the best […]

Have you ever been told that you have to earn your way to heaven? Have you been raised believing that you have to do good works to be right with God?  Do you think that going to church or being “religious” is the way to salvation? Perhaps, you think that you have done so many […]

Even though this article can have very broad applications, I am thinking primarily of conversations in marriage relationships. It is not so much what the issues are, but much more importantly, how the issues are talked about. There are certain words or phrases that need to be avoided when it comes to having a positive and constructive conversation.  If wrong […]

People talk about love all the time, but never define it. Sure, they have ideas conditioned by the culture, but are those concepts accurate? How many people who talk about it could give a definition of what true love really is? Love is often thought of as that between two married people, or having sex, […]

Among all the strife, hatred, and division we are seeing today in the culture, it is all indicative of a lack of character qualities. Building of character is something that many people, probably most for that matter, don’t really give any attention to. People are caught up in their jobs, vocations, family life, and daily […]

A person does not have to clean up their life to be a recipient of God’s grace. Isn’t that good news. Whatever your past has been like, if you come to recognize your sinful ways and nature, and call upon God’s grace, you will experience forgiveness and deliverance. You may have been through broken relationships, […]

Since I was growing up things have changed dramatically in America.  The younger generation knows no differently than how things are now. I will turn 70 next year. It is an entirely different world. When I was growing up there were no control laws, but also mass shootings were extremely rare. living together or having […]

Over the years, I have gained some experience in dealing with anger issues. Did you ever realize that anger can become a habit and pattern of behavior? I had become accustomed to reacting to another person or situation. Anger in itself is not wrong. It is simply an emotion, like any other emotion. What is wrong […]

Did you ever stop and think what will happen in the next ten years? Most people don’t give much thought to that, either on a personal or cultural level. A statement caught my attention recently. Todd Strandberg said in an article, “The world has become so hopelessly overrun with acts of evil, I wonder just how […]

Hate speech, death threats, and name-calling have almost become a new normal. So, what is the answer to this? The Bible connects one’s talk with his or her character. We read in Colossians 3:8-10, “But now you also, put them all aside:anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech out of your mouth.” Do not lie to one […]

A recent headline caught my attention: “Video Game Allows Players To Make Up Their Own Religion, Become Gods.” A game called, “Godhood” is being produced by Abbey Games, and scheduled for release sometime in 2019. The headline pretty much says what the game will do. I then went on Wikipedia and found a heading, “Religion and Video […]

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” America is taking in “huddled masses yearning to […]

What does your future hold? Will your job be replaced by artificial intelligence? Will every move you make be monitored? These are questions the younger generation must grapple with. Writer Matt Ward says, “We are about to reach a technological tipping point, one that nobody on the earth is going to escape from.” Between now […]

I entered a fast-food restaurant recently. There was a kiosk. An employee was helping customers learn how to place an order from it. You then take your “order form” the machine gives you and present it to the person at the counter. A few moments later you are happily enjoying your “happy meal.” We may […]

Imagine having a “humanzee” standing or sitting next to you.  This is the name that psychologist David Barash has given to the joining of a chimpanzee with a human. He says it would not be impossible to do in a laboratory because the two creations share an estimated 99 percent of nuclear DNA. (Source: “The […]

In my previous post I mentioned reading the Book of Proverbs, in the Old Testament. It comes right after Psalms. This book is full of wisdom and truth that does not change no matter the circumstances. It also gives one example of how practical the Bible is, even for today’s culture. So what exactly is […]

Absolute truth: something that is true at all times and in all places, no matter what the circumstances; a fact that cannot be changed. Relativism: the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute. Deception: causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or […]

In 1967 I was part of a group of college students who heard a man by the name of Hal Lindsey speak. He is the author of a book called, “The Late Great Planet Earth.”  Being a part of the younger generation you probably have not heard of it. It tells about things that would […]

Most people, Christians and secular, have probably heard of the anti-Christ associated with the number 666. It is part of the Tribulation Period described in the Book of Revelation. If you read my previous article, “The Younger Generation is in For A Wild Ride,”  I gave several Bible verses which say that there is coming […]

Did you ever stop and ask yourself why the world is the way it is? It is getting worse, not better. I am not trying to be negative here, but in my generation (I am 69 years old) the world has changed dramatically, and not in a good way. This article, in fact this blog, […]

When Billy Graham passed away his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Christian recording artist, Michael W. Smith, sang a song called, “Just As I Am.” This is the same song sung at the end of every crusade that Rev.Billy Graham conducted. The message of this song is that God accepts […]

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.” That was the response of Joy Behar of the television show, “The View,” in response to the statement made by Vice President Mike Pence that he listens to Jesus. Oprah […]

The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  This has become more and more evident lately. Satan worship has increased dramatically. Exorcism is […]

To be very blunt, much of my belief system had not worked. I had read my Bible and prayed for years, but still had the same problems of low self-esteem, anger, and many other issues. While I was at the Presbyterian church, things really started to unravel and I knew I needed help. All these […]