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  • 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.

  • Eugene Adkins 4:49 pm on 2017-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Did you have a super Sunday? 

    Did you have a super Sunday, or did you exchange it for an evening sitting in front of the TV?

    If your congregation doesn’t have evening services that’s one thing, but if you belong to a congregation with elders who have deemed it fit to have an evening service and you skipped it to watch a game – well, you need to consider your spiritual priorities and obligations.

    And by the way, I had a super Sunday…and I was still able to make it home in time to watch the entire second-half of the game.

    And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV)

    • J. Randal Matheny 5:08 pm on 2017-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      TV, what’s a TV? Was there a soccer game going on?

      • Eugene Adkins 7:06 pm on 2017-02-06 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it was a huge futball game…big North American audience. Brazil must have been blacked out:p

        • J. Randal Matheny 3:12 am on 2017-02-07 Permalink | Reply

          Ah, gotcha, Americans doing their thing.

          • Eugene Adkins 8:40 pm on 2017-02-07 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah, unfortunately…in a world cup sort of way.

  • Eugene Adkins 9:14 am on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Death threat for simply questioning a rule that needs to die 

    A Catholic nun in Spain has found herself on the receiving end of an on-line petition and death threats from her fellow Catholics due to her “controversial” statements on Mary and Joseph’s martial relationship.

    Now what kind of “controversy” could she create in order to receive such treatment? She simply suggested (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 7:18 pm on 2017-01-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Did you know Esther did something for you? 

    Did you know Queen Esther – yes that Queen Esther – did something for you?

    After Mordecai and Esther exchange some serious messages about the newly legislated Persian law concerning the Jews and the seriousness of inviting one’s self into King Ahasuerus’ presence, the Bible says: (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:41 pm on 2017-01-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Multiple judgment days? Not according to the Judge! 

    Judgment of the wicked. Judgment of the righteous. The white throne judgment. All at different times! Says who? Not according to the judgment of the scriptures.

    Not one time is the final judgment day of God, the day which begins with the return of Jesus, referred to in a plural form. It is judgment day – not judgment days.

    I know premillennialism says otherwise. But that doctrine can’t say what it teaches if the scriptures are handled correctly (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:15-16).

    Again, I will say the Bible calls it “Judgment Day” – not judgment days…not one time.

    Did you know the Lord said the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be judged on the same day as the people of (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 2:04 pm on 2017-01-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Understanding the damage of denominationalism but not the cause 

    On my way to worship I listened to a preacher on the radio from a neighboring county talk about the damage denominationalism has done to the church. He was very emphatic with his words and I am convinced he truly believed what he was saying…especially because he was preaching in a very plain way to/at his own denomination (his own words). And because of the things he was saying about fellowship, I am also convinced he understood the damage denominationalism has done to the church when it comes to the unity that God desires (John 17:20-21).

    But despite the fact I believe he understands the damage of denominationalism, I don’t believe he understands the cause.

    Why is that? Because of one thing he said. Now I wasn’t able to write it down when he said it, but what I am about to give him credit for is close enough that I know I am not doing any damage to the point he was making; nor am I worried about twisting it in any way to make my point seem valid.

    The preacher on the radio said, (More …)

    • J. Randal Matheny 4:41 am on 2017-01-30 Permalink | Reply

      Important point you make. I remember a famous Argentine Protestant rail against the division of denominationalism in his book, only to tell people to stay where they are and just not think badly of other denominations.

      I think they want to have their cake and eat it too. They love the power and position of the denominations, but deceive themselves that it’s only a question of attitude, rather than teaching.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:38 pm on 2017-01-30 Permalink | Reply

        Your first paragraph reflects much of the point that was being made. He didn’t want to strive for the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3) – his call was more akin to many of our “enlightened” brethren who place more emphasis on the spirit on unity while ignoring the obvious major doctrinal differences. Overall, it seemed to me a message that was moving more in the right direction. I don’t personally know him, but I can’t keep from thinking that he is somewhat familiar with the church’s plea for unity. Perhaps a step in the right direction will one day lead to two.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:53 am on 2017-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Do not get swept away looking for signs 

    Some people are constantly looking for signs of the spiritual sort. They even do so when it comes to the return of Christ and the judgment that he will bring. But is looking for such signs worth our time?

    Listen to this warning given by Jesus: (More …)

    • docmgphillips 9:36 am on 2017-01-26 Permalink | Reply

      It continues to amaze me that people do not want to believe what the Bible says, but still claim to be Christian…

  • Eugene Adkins 5:00 pm on 2017-01-24 Permalink | Reply
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    If people only treated the day like the way 

    No matter how the plain the Bible is (Mark 13:32), there are some who still try to predict the day of Jesus’ return. If they would only treat the day like they do the way!

    What do I mean by such? Well, have you ever heard anyone try to teach that Jesus (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:30 pm on 2017-01-23 Permalink | Reply
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    The only thing getting left behind in the rapture is the scriptures 

    To believe in the rapture (per premillennial doctrine) you have to leave the scriptures behind.

    Premillennialism teaches that Jesus’ rapturous return will be “silent”, but the scriptures teach that Jesus’ return will be anything but quiet: (More …)

    • docmgphillips 7:34 pm on 2017-01-23 Permalink | Reply

      As usual, my brother, you are exactly correct. Just an example of one of the many errors that come from not reading the Bible for one’s own edification instead of relying on another’s ideas.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:27 pm on 2017-01-24 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the amen.

  • Eugene Adkins 3:59 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Things I will not miss about this world 

    When Job said life in this world comes with trouble (Job 14:1) he meant every word of it.

    While there may be a few things I miss about this world, they are heavily outweighed by the things that I will not miss…not for a second of eternity.

    From dealing with the spiritual adversary of righteousness, to the physical burdens of living in a clay vessel and on into the draining mental strife of knowing that this world could be, should be and is supposed to be better than what it is. I will not miss this world because of them, and because of these: (More …)

    • James McFerrin 6:56 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

      I”m having trouble posting on this site what hasn’t been posted before. Don’t know if it’s site problems or computer problems on my end. I did reboot and was able to post a couple of studies, but tonight’s post is just sitting there doing nothing.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:39 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, James. Let me see what I can figure out.

    • James McFerrin 7:01 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, this reply was directed to Radal Matheny, but both of you are welcome to consider it.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:51 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

        Check your email.

      • J. Randal Matheny 9:44 am on 2017-01-18 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like Eugene has it under control.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:43 pm on 2017-01-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Things I will miss about this world 

    Other than the fact that my list will obviously revolve more around musings meant to produce some humorous thoughts, let me quickly emphasize that when I say I will miss certain things about this world, I’m not talking about any of the things that John plainly warns about (1 John 2:15-17). What I am saying with my list is if God could say his creation was very good before the end of the week (Genesis 1:31) then to me it means there are certain things about this place that can be worth appreciating. And even though I believe God promises eternal life with a new heavens and a new earth to his faithful (2 Peter 3:12-13), I also believe life there will be very different when compared to what we know here. I’m not saying I know all the details of what life in eternity will be like with my list, but I am saying odds are (as they appear to me) a few things here will be missing there. Therefore, here’s my list of things I will miss about this world: (More …)

    • J. Randal Matheny 2:10 am on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

      Once in heaven, I’ll probably forget about my banana-papaya almondshakes, but they sure are tasty!

  • Eugene Adkins 6:32 pm on 2017-01-10 Permalink | Reply
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    An aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross 

    The cross of Christ is essential to the Christian faith. No question about it (1 Corinthians 1:18). But there’s another aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross. So essential in fact, the work of Jesus upon the cross depends upon it as much as it depends upon the work of Jesus on the cross. What is it? (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 3:14 pm on 2017-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    What would you say if you were asked this by your child? 

    Last night, on our way to Bible study, we ended up driving part of the way behind a random driver (after pulling onto the road behind him). For some reason, one that only a young child could understand, my daughter asked, (More …)

    • J. Randal Matheny 5:44 pm on 2017-01-05 Permalink | Reply

      Great application.

    • Ocimar Luiz Anizelli 4:57 am on 2017-01-06 Permalink | Reply

      I would probably say how aimless my life would be Like without his presence in my life.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:32 pm on 2017-01-10 Permalink | Reply

        A purpose in life does tend to change one’s life doesn’t it?

        Thank you for commenting, Ocimar.

  • Eugene Adkins 8:25 pm on 2017-01-03 Permalink | Reply
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    The things that some people stumble over 

    Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” (1 Corinthians 15:12 – NKJV)

    You can almost hear the bewilderment in Paul’s question. There were some at Corinth who had previously obeyed the gospel of a resurrected Jesus Christ (15:1-8, 13-19) but yet they were now stumbling over the idea of the dead being resurrected in the future…or even at all! Unfortunately, the bewilderment of people stumbling over basic gospel principles continues to this day. For example:

    • One may accept a resurrected Jesus, but stumble at the virgin-birth?
    • One may believe that Jesus will return to judge the world, but stumble at the world-wide flood?
    • One may teach that a literal man named Jesus was the second Adam of redemption, but stumble at the teaching of a literal first Adam bringing sin into the world?
    • One may hold to the Bible’s teaching about Jesus walking out of the tomb after three days, but stumble at the world being created in six days?
    • One may be convinced that Jesus died for the sins of the world, but stumble at the existence of a place called Hell?
    • One may place his or her faith in the idea of Jesus living a sinless life, but stumble at the idea of God being able to leave an infallible book that teaches us about it?

    It’s wild! It’s head-scratching! It’s sad! But such examples display only a few of the biblical ideas that “believers” stumble over today. And such examples should serve as a warning-sign to any individual being taught that the former can be trusted while the latter stands in doubt…that’s even if they teach the former can be trusted to begin with.

    When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:54-58 – NKJV)

  • Eugene Adkins 8:09 am on 2017-01-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Good poem about the ironies of Calvary 

    I thought it would be good to share this poem which was published in the latest Bulletin Gold.

    The poem was written by Edd Sterchi, who preaches for the church in Kentucky.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

    The Ironies of Calvary
    By Edd Sterchi

    Man of sorrows, Prince of Peace,
    Son of Joy, Man of griefs,
    Wounded healer, Rejected King,
    Earth’s disdain, Salvation’s wing.
    Friend of sinners, Friendless One,
    Men charge sin to the Holy Son,
    Innocent, yet judged with guilt,
    Had no home, but mansions built.
    The irony Christ was and gave,
    Buried, yet o’ercame the grave,
    The irony Christ makes in you,
    Buried in Him, you’ll rise anew.

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