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  • J. Randal Matheny 5:46 pm on 2017-03-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Disaster to appease those who desire to be first 

    “Sometimes congregations apply the policy of appeasement toward those who desire to be first. Believing that problems and strife will end by make the one who needs to be first part of the leadership, the congregation will place him in the position of elder or deacon. And in every case, disaster happens. The qualifications for the elders, deacons, and evangelists state that a person must be self-controlled, placing the interests of the Christians and the congregation above their own. We must be very careful not to give a position to a person who acts like they need to be heard and need to be first.” —Brent Kercheville

  • TFRStaff 5:44 am on 2017-03-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (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.

  • James McFerrin 7:13 pm on 2017-03-20 Permalink | Reply

    Mar. 21. Prayers for Deliverance 

    Ps. 140:1-141:10

    As a righteous man, the psalmist approached God with a lament of grief over the actions of evil men, possibly Saul and his armies. Righteous men today have those same struggles with the evil around them. Violent schemes are continually being planned for the destruction both physically and spiritually of the righteous. Like David, we have the Lord for our salvation if we will only trust and obey Him. With confidence, David called for God’s hand to heap punishment upon the wicked and, “The upright shall dwell in Your presence.”

    David recognized that not all of his enemies were other men. Sometimes one can be his own worst enemy. He prayed for God to help him to keep his own mouth and actions from evil words and works. The psalmist also asked that he be open to the chastisement of others on his behalf. As in many of his other psalms, David concluded by calling for the overthrow of his enemies and God’s protection for himself.

  • James McFerrin 8:46 pm on 2017-03-19 Permalink | Reply

    Mar. 20. God’s Omnipotence and Omnipresence 

    Ps. 139:1-24

    The psalmist, David was aware of the presence of God in his every action. Even though God’s knowledge is vast and incomprehensible to man, it is also personal with each individual. He is our maker and protector. One may try to escape His presence, but he is in the highest heavens, deepest caves, brightest days and darkest nights; whether on land or sea—comfort for the righteous and terror for the wicked. God was present at our conception, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” MAN HAS NO RIGHT TO DESTROY THE NEW LIFE THAT GOD HAS CREATED. David closed his psalm with a cry of vengeance against the wicked and a plea for his own guidance “in the way everlasting.”

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:14 am on 2017-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    A taste of home 

    If, on the report I made yesterday, you read between the lines, you might have figured out that the first place we went after arrival from Brazil in the US last month was … a Brazilian restaurant. Our son Joel drove from Henderson to Nashville to pick us up at the airport and that restaurant is a taste of home for him. So we were happy to indulge his desire.

    The name of the restaurant is “Café Mineiro.” (See photo of The Missus and me in the restaurant here.) “Mineiro” is one who is from the state of Minas Gerais. Joel was born in that state’s capital, Belo Horizonte, where we lived our first 10 years in Brazil. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 10:50 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-13-2017 Good & Evil 

    God, through Moses, told Israelites: “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil” (Deuteronomy 30:15 NKJV). Solomon ask God for “an understanding heart” “that I may discern between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9 NKJV). God’s prophet, Amos, said: “Hate evil, love good” (Amos 5:15 NKJV). To Christians, Paul wrote: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9 NKJV). The difference between “good” and “evil” is clearly drawn, described, and determined. Jesus said, “the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29 NKJV). There are not enough “shades of gray” to confuse those who follow God’s Word.

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • John T. Polk II 10:48 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-14-2017 Evil Approved And Good Condemned 

    “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 17:15 NKJV). Approving evil or condemning those who do good are “abomination to the LORD.” That’s as bad as it can get. Rulers are “God’s minister to you for good,” and “God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:3-4 NKJV). What makes it confusing for some people is when government policy or laws become abominable to God. Only the Bible gives a clear description of what is “good,” and what is “evil.” “Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house” (Proverbs 17:13 NKJV).  The Christian, however, must “See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all” (1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • John T. Polk II 10:47 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-15-2017 A Guided Conscience 

    Why study the Bible? It should be to correctly educate our “conscience.” Paul wrote: “for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)” (Romans 2:14-15 NKJV). “Conscience” is our awareness of right and wrong, but it is our guide only when we learn from God’s Word what is right or wrong! People who are not a Christian may do many things right because they have their consciences educated by God’s Word. It would be good if their consciences guided them to what Jesus said must be done to be saved: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • John T. Polk II 10:46 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-16-2017 Little Children To Jesus 

    “Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16 NKJV)1) The “They” who “brought little children” knew Jesus’ “touch” can give direction to precious souls. We’re never too young for Jesus! 2) Children are not “born in sin” or else “the kingdom of God” is made up of sinners! 3) Adults must become trusting “children” who will be taught by Jesus.

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • John T. Polk II 10:45 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-17-2017 Little Children Left Alone 

    “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” (Proverbs 29:15). “The rod” is the last line of discipline to be applied (not the first or only line), but children must be reminded that there is a limit placed on their actions, beyond which they must not go in respect for parental authority. It is “the rod and rebuke” that “give wisdom,” not just “the rod” without explanation and corrective instruction, but not “rebuke” without “the rod.” Unfortunately, in this society filled with divorce and remarriage, custody battles, sexual relations without marriage commitment, a child is “left to himself.” The mother or father who thinks the child can handle things all alone is self-deceived and has abdicated the greatest authority on earth: nurturing a soul. They will give account on the Day of Judgment. Fornication fathers the fatherless!

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • James McFerrin 7:01 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply

    Mar. 19. Messiah Prophesied 

    Ps. 110:1-7

    David turned from lamenting about his enemies to prophesying the coming of the Messiah. Hundreds of years later Jesus, the Messiah did take His seat of honor on the throne of David at the right hand of God. The rod of Christ’s authority came from God. Kings did not become priests. Jesus of the tribe of Judah, instead of the priestly tribe of Levi became both King and Priest eternally after the order of Melchizedek, King of Salem. The Messiah did not depend upon human lineage to the priesthood just as Melchizedek had no earthly lineage to the priesthood. After all of the trials and tribulations of an earthly life, the King, Jesus will be/was triumphant.

  • Richard Mansel 11:53 am on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Supreme Court Justice Warns About Spiritual Dangers 

    Often when we speak of spiritual threats, we’re mocked or ignored as alarmists. Yet, when someone of great importance and special insight speaks, we should certainly listen and heed their warnings. (More …)

  • James McFerrin 8:45 pm on 2017-03-17 Permalink | Reply

    Mar. 18. A Lament of David 

    Ps. 109:1-31

    The psalmist devoted the words of this psalm to uttering curses upon his enemies and those who would mistreat the poor. He called for divine justice against the wicked. In our age of Christianity, those words from David seem harsh as Christians are commanded to have a forgiving attitude and to love one’s enemies as himself. David called upon the Lord for help in his time of persecution. However, he began and ended with words of praise to God.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:07 am on 2017-03-17 Permalink | Reply
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    God protects his own 

    A great lesson in Matthew 2 is that God protects his own. The Lord frustrated Herod’s attempts to kill the newborn Jesus.

    He warned the wise men by means of a dream not to return to Herod, but to go back by another way. “But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road” Mt 2.12 NIRV.

    The Lord’s angel also appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt, in order to get away from Herod, Mt 2.13. (More …)

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