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  • TFRStaff 4:57 am on 2017-03-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Encouragement Note: On failure, weakness, the way back 

    Note: The following text is from Chris Underwood, from Chicago. Chris is in SJCampos for three months working with Embraer. It’s been a pleasure to have him in the congregations here. He sends out a monthly “Encouragement Note” and graciously allowed us to share it here.

    “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ―Mary Tyler Moore

    Romans 5:2-4 “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”

    No one plans at an early age to lose a child, to become an alcoholic, fail in marriage, file bankruptcy, lose their faith in God, or find a point in their life trying to figure out how I got myself in this much trouble. Failure happens to all of us at some level physically or spiritually. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 5:44 am on 2017-03-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Learning How To Walk) 

    LEARNING HOW TO WALK

    One of the first major accomplishments of a little child is learning how to walk. As an infant he is totally dependent on others, but as he gets a little older he learns how to turn himself over, to get up on his hands and knees, and to begin to crawl. Later, he is able to pull himself up to a table or a sofa or a chair and begin to take those first faltering steps and to toddle around. Soon he is able to walk.

    This has its spiritual parallel. We enter the family of God, the church, as newborn babes (Hebrews 5:13; I Peter 2:2). Early in our Christian life we depend on others to help us get around. But, as we learn and grow, we reach the point where we can stand on our own two feet and walk the Christian walk. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 8:28 pm on 2017-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    March 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Why Should We Study the Old Testament?) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics you will find:

    • Does the Old Testament Still Have Value (Kevin W. Rhodes)
    • The Old Testament & Inspiration (Cody Westbrook)
    • The Purpose of the Old Testament (Tom Wacaster)
    • Kingdom Prophecy in the Old Testament (Andy Baker)
    • Messianic Prophecy in the Old Testament (Kris Grodaurk)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

    Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • TFRStaff 5:24 pm on 2017-03-13 Permalink | Reply  

    WORD OF THE DAY – Monday 13 March 2017 

    None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— (1 Corinthians 2:8-9 ESV)

    яку ніхто з володарів цього віку не пізнав; коли б бо пізнали були, то не розп’яли б вони Господа слави! Але, як написано: Чого око не бачило й вухо не чуло, і що на серце людині не впало, те Бог приготував був тим, хто любить Його! (1 до коринтян 2:8-9 Ukrainian)

    Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the rich blessings showered upon followers of Christ along with enough struggles to remind us of your constant loving care and our personal responsibility to do your will to the best of our ability. Help us to constantly lean upon Christ our Lord who is such a close friend of humans that we cannot imagine how others would mock him and even kill him with no mercy. Forgive our foolish ways as we have mercy to those in the grips of Satan by leading them to see the truth of the gospel. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ
    PO Box 417
    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 2:19 pm on 2017-03-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Fence Straddlers) 

    FENCE STRADDLERS

    The story is told of a civil war soldier who did not want to take sides but remain neutral and be accepted by both sides. He put on a pair of Confederate britches and donned a Union jacket. He was shot in the seat by a Yankee soldier and in the chest by a Rebel soldier and died of the injuries he incurred as a result of trying to be on both sides! (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 7:58 am on 2017-03-11 Permalink | Reply  

    WORD OF THE DAY – Saturday 11 March 2017 

    He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (1 Corinthians 1:30 NRSV)

    От Него и вы во Христе Иисусе, Который сделался для нас премудростью от Бога, праведностью и освящением и искуплением, (1-е Коринфянам 1:30 Russian)

    O God of grace and glory, our dear heavenly Father ~ accept our deepest and fervent adoration of you – the only true and living God. Thank you for bringing salvation to all people who obey the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Bless leaders in all the churches of God around the world who faithfully and boldly continue to teach and live the truth that brings life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ
    PO Box 417
    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 6:02 am on 2017-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (” . . . A Cause?”) 

    “IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?”

    The story of David and Goliath is known to every child who has ever attended Sunday School. It is found in the 17th chapter of the Old Testament book of I Samuel, and is the exciting story of how one who was “but a youth” (verse 33) killed with a single stone shot from a sling a Philistine giant who was over 9 feet tall (verse 4).

    Before his encounter with the giant, David had been tending the sheep of his father Jesse. But Jesse wanted young David to visit his three older brothers who were soldiers in the Israelite army, see how they were doing, and take provisions to them and their captain. When David arrived at the Israelite encampment he learned of the challenge of Goliath. “Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us” (verses 8-9). Of course, Goliath believed no one could win in a battle with him! (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 8:10 pm on 2017-02-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Is Genesis History? – Encore Presentations This Thursday and Next Tuesday 

    If you saw “Is Genesis History?” last week, then chances are, you walked away from the theater as thrilled as we were to see biblical truth taught regarding Creation and a young Earth in such a spectacular way. Thanks to people like you, the movie was the #1 film in the U.S. on Thursday. The movie was such a success that two encore showings of the film have been granted: this Thursday and next Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Check http://isgenesishistory.com/theaters to see if a theater near you will be showing the film again. Read >>

     
  • TFRStaff 4:30 am on 2017-02-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Malapropisms . . .) 

    MALAPROPISMS AND THINKING ABOUT THE CHURCH

    Likely, I should be among the last to write under the above heading. I did not grow up in a family that always used correct grammar or that always used a word in the right sense. All who speak and write are susceptible of inadvertently using the wrong word, to being “off” in their thinking, and to not expressing themselves either orally or in writing as clearly as they might like. Yet, those of us who speak and write to advance the cause of Christ should strive for accuracy—in our thinking, in our speaking, and in our writing.

    A malapropism is “misusing words, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.” Many years ago in Clarksville, Tennessee I was preaching on the Lord’s Supper and made mention of a congregation that had two large silver “gobblers” from which the fruit of the vine was served—one for each side of the two sections of pews in the auditorium! I, of course, meant two large silver goblets. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 3:14 am on 2017-02-28 Permalink | Reply
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    David Binkley’s prayer: Restore respect for immersion 

    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)

    Неужели не знаете, что все мы, крестившиеся во Христа Иисуса, в смерть Его крестились? Итак мы погреблись с Ним крещением в смерть, дабы, как Христос воскрес из мертвых славою Отца, так и нам ходить в обновленной жизни. (К Римлянам 6:3-4 Russian)

    O LORD our great and mighty God ~ hear the prayers of those who love you and know that you accomplish whatever you desire in any part of the earth, or anywhere else in the universe. Restore respect for immersion in water as an important part of your plan of salvation as it requires obedient submission on the part of the soul seeking a new life in Christ. Disable the mouths and pens of those who jest that there is a way into Christ Jesus that bypasses baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ
    PO Box 417
    Cedar Key, FL 32625

     
  • TFRStaff 2:18 pm on 2017-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (. . . Racial Church History) 

    A PIECE OF RACIAL CHURCH HISTORY

    In 1964 my family and I moved to Clarksville, Tennessee in order for me to serve as minister of the Madison Street Church of Christ. I was 26 years old and ambitious, but hopefully ambitious to serve the Lord on a wider field of opportunity. Clarksville was the home of a state university (Austin Peay) and a sprawling Army base (Fort Campbell).

    When I moved to Clarksville the Madison Street church had between 400 and 500 members (considered to be a fairly large congregation as churches of Christ go), with a Sunday morning attendance commensurate with the membership. Of course, the attendance included children too young to be Christians, adult non-members, as well as visitors from the community, including a number of students from Austin Peay. Joe Morgan was president of the University and one of the church’s elders. Several other Austin Peay faculty were members at Madison Street. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 6:32 am on 2017-02-17 Permalink | Reply
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    February 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Heroes of Faith) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics you will find:

    • Noah: Obedient Faith in a Wicked World! (Mike Bonner)
    • Abraham: He Who Staggered Not in Unbelief (Cody Westbrook)
    • Barnabas: He Who Met the Need (Don Walker)
    • John the Baptizer: The Most Humble Disciple (Carl McCann)
    • Peter: From a Pebble To a Rock (Clay Bond)
    • Joshua: The Courageous Leader (Bill Burk)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

    Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • TFRStaff 5:25 am on 2017-02-14 Permalink | Reply
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    . . . Farm Kid 

    LETTER FROM A FARM KID

    (The following is a letter a farm kid wrote home soon after joining the Marines. It has been around for a while, but I thought I would share it with my readers this week. Perhaps it will bring a smile to your face as we go through the winter doldrums. Be sure to read all the way to the surprise ending and enjoy.)

    Dear Ma and Pa: (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 8:37 pm on 2017-02-07 Permalink | Reply
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    “Is Genesis History?” the movie 

    A ONE-NIGHT EVENT IN THEATERS

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 ONLY

     

     

    A wide range of sharable advertisement materials and a “Find a Theater” tool are available here.

     
  • TFRStaff 6:35 am on 2017-02-03 Permalink | Reply
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    January 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Competing Voices) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics you will find:

    • Competing Voices (Cody Westbrook)
    • Bible Passages (John W. Moore)
    • Faith vs. Doubt (Jason Jackson)
    • Compromise vs. Conviction (Kevin Cauley)
    • Sin vs. Repentance (Pat McIntosh)
    • Complacency vs. Fervency (Jon Williams)
    • Selfishness vs. Selflessness (Rick Brumback)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

    Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
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