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  • Eugene Adkins 6:17 pm on 2017-03-21 Permalink | Reply
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    The end goal is the end 

    Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11 NKJV)

    The end goal is the end. By this I mean the beginning is trumped by the end. The middle is trumped by the end. The end of the matter, whatever the matter may have been in our eyes or the eyes of others, matters to the furthest extent … because, after all, that extent is the end.

    The finish line is always the goal for the right-minded runner who begins the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). The course will challenge that goal. But the end must remain the goal, or else the run will turn into a walk, which turns into standing idle, which turns into sitting for a break, which turns into not getting back up. If this happens the end will not be the goal we originally had in mind. Keep the end in mind!

    Job didn’t know how the book of Job would end. But James’ admonition is given with the understanding that we know how the story ended! And if, in the midst of trials and troubles, we keep the end in mind (by that I mean the end God has in mind for us – 2 Corinthians 5:1), we can know how our book will end too.

    Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:38-39 NKJV)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:35 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Beauty and the … Earth Beast 

    Don’t fail as Christian parents by bringing your children to see Disney’s latest remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:06 pm on 2017-03-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Unconscious bias targeted with biased symbols – LOL! 

    The irony of liberalism can be too much at times – especially when it comes to feminism.

    Melbourne, Australia is putting the brakes on the western culture’s “unconscious gender bias” with its new … wait for it … (More …)

     
    • James Pasley 2:34 am on 2017-03-17 Permalink | Reply

      I read today that milk is now racist.

      • Eugene Adkins 3:03 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply

        Weird. You can add food coloring to make it any color you like…or syrup.

  • Eugene Adkins 4:33 pm on 2017-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Somebody other than his three friends went to Babylon with Daniel 

    As we began our lesson this morning during Bible class, someone made a simple but good point about Daniel’s request for God’s help concerning Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Their point was that God was with Daniel even in Babylon. That’s a point worth thinking about!

    God had not “stayed at home” in Jerusalem when the captivity began. God was willing to follow Daniel to Babylon because Daniel was willing to follow God in Babylon.

    So while we may think Daniel only had three close friends travel with him as he left the earthly Zion behind … the fact is, Daniel had at least four.

    “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?” (Jeremiah 23:23 NKJV)

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 5:04 pm on 2017-03-12 Permalink | Reply

      Could we pull in the last phrase of Mt 28.30 here?

      • Eugene Adkins 5:24 pm on 2017-03-12 Permalink | Reply

        Good verse. If the shoe fits…

  • Eugene Adkins 6:47 pm on 2017-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Unless you live outside of the USA (or in Arizona and Hawaii) you must read this article! 

    If today is 3/11/2017 you really need to read this article. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:45 pm on 2017-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Randomly Ordered Thoughts 

    On my way home I noticed the wording on the road-sign for the Church of God. For some in the religious world, the sign made a pretty bold statement. It said, “God’s grace demands right living.” According to the scriptures that statement is doctrinally sound (Titus 2:11-12, Colossians 3:15). See how easy it would be to settle the overwhelming number of divisions that denominationalism has caused if only we would go by the right standard? If it’s true it’s not new!

    From the mouth of babes…I asked my five-year-old daughter yesterday if her ear was sore. She confidently said, “No.” About five seconds later she said, “I don’t even know what sore means.” Ignorance by itself doesn’t get us into trouble as much as ignorance that wants to remain that way (John 9:39-41).

    Men from Mars are chauvinistic. Women from Venus are feminist. Men and women made of the Earth know each are made in the image of God, and God’s image carries with it responsibilities that will outlast fickle times that believe changing the culture equates to changing the truth (Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 5:33). (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:08 am on 2017-03-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Atheistic argument proves too much 

    “Proving too much” is a philosophical phrase applied to an argument that seems to make a valid point until you realize the point is so broad that it is not able to remain true when the obvious is pointed out. There are variations on the exact phrasing of the definition, but the point is always the same – you prove too much and the result is you prove nothing.

    I recently read an on-line article that discussed the feelings of some atheistic parents after one of their children embraced religion. As with most on-line stories there was a comment section, and as with most on-line stories involving atheism and any form of faith the comments were predictable to say the least.

    Out of all the comments, one stood out to me – but it wasn’t original to the commenter. I have seen roots of the comment (which was presented as a passive argument in this case) used multiple times. And unfortunately I am sure it will continue to be used despite the fact the comment proves nothing by proving too much. In fact, the “challenge” of the comment can be logically answered with fewer words than it takes to propose the argument.

    The argument under consideration is (More …)

     
    • Don Ruhl 7:47 am on 2017-03-07 Permalink | Reply

      Their argument would also apply to evolution. A baby does not believe in evolution until someone teaches him it happened.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:55 pm on 2017-03-07 Permalink | Reply

        You’re being too fair with the proposition to be commenting on the Internet.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:09 pm on 2017-02-27 Permalink | Reply
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    A characteristic worth imitating that John learned from the wilderness 

    John the baptizer was a man accustomed to “wide open spaces” to say the least (Luke 1:80). And I believe several personal characteristics came from his experience of living outside the “city limits” of Jerusalem…or any other area of Jewish pop-culture of the day for that matter. Of these characteristics was the obvious lack of concern for the wants of society.

    With organic locusts and honey on his plate, and a camel-hair coat and leather belt for a wardrobe, I think it’s safe to say John wasn’t worried about keeping up with the Herod’s when it came to cuisine or clothing. John was more interested in God’s desire for his life than he was in trying to get God interested in some worldly desire.

    Am I saying it’s wrong to have a closet with several changes of camel-hair-free clothing or a refrigerator with a steak in it? Nope. I’m not saying that at all.

    What I am saying is that John was more interested in having an effect on his culture for God’s sake than he was in allowing his culture to influence his pursuits in life. And I’m saying that we could all learn the lesson that the wilderness no doubt helped to teach John – we will not take anything with us that our pop-culture considers to be so important when our body feeds the grass and the flowers that the locusts and bees enjoy.

    And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”” (Luke 12:15 NKJV)

     
    • James Pasley 1:54 pm on 2017-03-07 Permalink | Reply

      It is so hard to be in the world and not become part of it or at least be influenced by it. I think that is why Jesus prayed for us to have the help from God to be able to do it.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:03 pm on 2017-03-07 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right. Romans 12:1-2, as well as several other references, shows that a mindset that seeks God’s point of view is necessary to avoiding worldly influence. When we fail to follow God’s leading light we fail all together, plain and simple however sad it is (Ephesians 4:17-24; 5:14-16).

        Thanks for commenting, James.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:04 pm on 2017-03-07 Permalink | Reply

        Also meant to say that John did what he did because he was focused on being a witness to the light I referenced above (John 1:6-9).

  • Eugene Adkins 8:25 pm on 2017-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Confusing spiritual mercy with a lack of physical justice 

    It seems as though many people in the religious world do not know the difference between spiritual mercy triumphing over spiritual justice and spiritual mercy that ignores physical justice – even to the extent that child molesters are given a pass from deserved prison time simply because they wear a collar around their neck!

    “…Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.” (Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy)

    “Penalties” including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry? The reality of such a “penalty” is nothing but a prime example of what it means to confuse mercy with a lack of physical justice. It would do an injustice to the phrase “slap on the wrist” if someone were to use it in connection to the “penalties” listed above.

    Spiritual mercy is God’s business, and such a mercy can be found by meeting his requirements regardless of the sin that has been committed.

    Physical justice is the responsibility of those who are in authority upon the Earth. Without physical justice there is no law; only anarchy. And when such justice is blatantly ignored by those in authority, the victim is forced to suffer an injustice twice…once at the hands of the criminal, and again at the hands of the “authority” who perverts the very definition of the word justice with their less than paltry judgment.

    The justice being ignored by the Vatican’s pope is not something that has been incurred by a speeder, a jay-walker, someone stealing so they can eat, or even two consenting adulterers. The crime was the institutionalized sexual assault of children! And a lack of cuffs around the wrist due to a collar around the neck perverts the concept of mercy triumphing over judgment by denying physical judgment a chance to even take place.

    ““Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 9:15 pm on 2017-02-23 Permalink | Reply
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    1 Bulletin with 3 articles worth reading 

    Here’s a link to a PDF of a bulletin from a sister congregation in a neighboring county.

    The bulletin contains three articles with titles: Well-Scrubbed Individuals, Who Are Our Real Heroes, and The Tongue is Ugly….

    All three of these articles are doctrinally sound, they are very practical in nature, and to top it off they are manageable in length. So in other words, the articles hit the “bulletin-trifecta” as far as I am concerned. All of them work great for personal edification, for sharing with others, or for devotional thoughts/sermon ideas (that last one is for those of you who can use one of those every now and then).

    Hope you find these articles to be as beneficial as I did.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 8:08 pm on 2017-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunday is not the Christian Sabbath 

    Millions of people in Christendom are completely unaware of the fact that they are not amenable the 10 commandments. The lack of knowledge and understanding goes even to the extent that many of these individuals confuse the first of day of the week with the seventh day of the week by referring to it as the “Christian Sabbath.” But ignorance does not change reality, and reality says that the first day of the week is not referred to as the “Christian Sabbath” in any single verse of the New Testament.

    The seventh day Sabbath had a purpose for the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 5: 2-4, 12, 15) and that purpose came to an end when the Law of Moses was replaced with the Law of Christ (Galatians 3:11, 24-25; Hebrews 8:6-7). The rest for God’s people under the New Covenant is not a single day of the week – it is the laborious induced hope of a continual reward of rest in the heavenly presence of God (Hebrews 4:8-11).

    Go ahead and enjoy some physical rest. There is nothing wrong with resting in and of itself. But when it comes to resting (or worship) there is no need to confuse others when it comes to the relationship of the 10 commandments and the New Covenant by referring to the first day of the week as any sort of “Sabbath” other than a personal one that is not bound as a commandment upon the church as a whole by God (Romans 14:5-6).

    Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)

     
    • docmgphillips 1:15 pm on 2017-02-21 Permalink | Reply

      It never fails to amaze me that even among us, there is a tendency to cling to the OT. How can we not see the truth?

      • Eugene Adkins 6:27 am on 2017-02-23 Permalink | Reply

        As a kid, I remember being taught Sunday was the day of rest. I don’t think I was being taught this maliciously. I think it was taught in order to place an emphasis on the importance of recognizing God in worship every Sunday … hence that “natural” connection/association between the Christian treating/recognizing/remembering the first day of the week like the Jew remembered the Sabbath.

        Because of that, I don’t think it’s so much about clinging to the OT as it about looking for ways to make an impression on people’s minds.

        While I think something obviously needs to be done to try and get people (even within the church) to understand the importance of worship on a consistent basis (instead of the once every other week, or worse), I don’t think the way to do it is by making the first day of the week something that it is not. Two wrongs do not make a right.

  • Eugene Adkins 4:06 pm on 2017-02-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Internet streaming radio station 

    Here’s a congregation’s website that streams GBN along with supplemental material of its own on a local radio-station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    If you have open Internet access available at work you could listen to it no matter what shift you’re punching the time-clock.

    Here are the details about the radio-station provided on the congregation’s website: (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:11 pm on 2017-02-15 Permalink | Reply
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    The church doesn’t need any TMZs 

    When a brother or sister in Christ tells you something in confidence, make sure it goes no further.

    Gossip is a gallow that kills morale, trust and love.

    Some fancy themselves on being the local church’s reporter! They always have the scoop and they’re ready share what they’ve heard through the grapevine or straight from the horses’ mouth. But simple fact of the matter is – God despises the grapevine of gossip that betrays trust and the talker who destroys fellowship amongst his people (Proverbs 6:16-19).

    The church doesn’t need any TMZs! So if that’s what we’re in the business of listening to other’s problems for, then wisdom says we better shut down the shop before we sell a multitude of things that cannot be bought back.

    A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” (Proverbs 11:13)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:09 pm on 2017-02-13 Permalink | Reply
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    What are some ways a father can provoke their child to wrath? 

    Last week’s Gospel Advocate Foundations course (Adult Bible Study) discussed Ephesians 6:1-9.

    This section of scripture includes the admonition to fathers which says,

    “… fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4 NKJV)

    After asking the provided question in the booklet for this verse, the class teacher followed up with his own question. I believe his question was/is a very important one. He asked, (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:57 pm on 2017-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    The difference between biblical sowing and reaping and karma 

    Many people confuse the biblical topic of sowing and reaping with the concept of karma. But a clear distinction can be seen when one understands the big picture point of view that the Holy Spirit is trying to get across.

    While it may not be the most specific definition of karma, most people think of karma as a concept that says, “Do good and good will happen to you; do bad and bad will happen to you.” Unfortunately, this is also the understanding that most people have when it comes to the topic of biblical sowing and reaping. And because this is the case, most mistakenly associate the two teachings in a very interchangeable way.

    The Bible does indeed include warnings and examples of the “do good and good will happen to you; do bad and bad will happen will happen to you” concept. Examples include: (More …)

     
    • Don Ruhl 7:25 am on 2017-02-10 Permalink | Reply

      This is a relevant post. Thanks. Also, is Karma a part of Hinduism or Buddhism? If so, how does it fit into those religions and when we acknowledge Karma, are we acknowledging something that has implications that are unbiblical or even anti-biblical?

      • Eugene Adkins 10:55 am on 2017-02-10 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks brother.

        Karma is a big part of those two religions. That’s why I referred to a definition similar to the way “most people think about it” instead of a more specific definition. The specific definition has to do with the way our actions affected us in our “previous life” and how they will affect in our “future lives” as well.

        In my opinion, I’d say the average person uses karma to acknowledge the “proper” religion about as much as the average person celebrates Halloween the way it was originally intended…but that being said, while I believe in the sowing and reaping that people associate with karma, I personally do not use the word, at least not on purpose, because of its association with the two religions you mentioned. Can’t say everyone who uses the word is doing wrong on purpose, doctrinally speaking, but I think “sowing and reaping” is the best way to view/discuss things.

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