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  • J. Randal Matheny 9:09 pm on 2017-02-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Take up the shield of faith 

    “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” Eph 6.16 NIV.

    A shield provides protection. We need protection from the evil one. He is the devil, the father of lies and a highly successful warrior against the sons of man. He always takes aim in order to bring us down spiritually. Our protection from the evil one is faith. This faith must be taken up. It must be used. We must put our faith into play in order for it to protect us. Faith is useless to us if not taken up.

    How do we take up the shield of faith? By practicing the word of God. By obeying the commandment of God. By believing the promises of God. By proclaiming the salvation of God. By putting first the kingdom of God.

    Faith is active. It bids us to take hold of its power. Without it we cannot be successful against the evil one. Without it we cannot be successful in the victory of God.

  • Chad Dollahite 10:39 am on 2012-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Illustration: Service, Activity 

    “In the battle of life it’s not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done it better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high of achievement; and who at worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have tasted neither victory nor defeat.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

    What about us?  Are we involved in the Lord’s work?  Are we “in the arena” in the local congregation, or are we the critic standing on the sideline?  Brethren, let’s “get in the arena”!!!

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:18 am on 2011-12-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Be a doer, not a talker 

    Tremendous article on doing what you want and should. I read it once, going for second time. I don’t know anything about the site other than this article that I read, but I’ll risk recommending it to you. Obviously, one needs to fit this into the spiriitual motivation and will of God, but it’s very pratical. http://is.gd/be_a_doer

    • Mike Riley 9:40 am on 2011-12-01 Permalink | Reply

      Some very good practical advice in the article. In the “Make time for the things you want to do” paragraph, the sentence, “You have to carve out time to do this stuff” jumped out at me. No matter what we set out to do or accomplish, the management of our time is of utmost importance (Ephesians 5:14-17). Setting priorities as to what’s important in our lives, will dictate “how” we use that time effectively (Matthew 6:33).

  • Larry Miles 9:39 am on 2011-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Love In Action 

    There are countless instances in God’s Word where the words on our title have application. Many of God’s servants in the past and many today fit the bill. Christianity is a religion of action. Since we have “been raised with Christ,” we are to live our lives daily for Him!

    We read about such an individual in Paul’s Epistle to Philemon. In Philemon 1:5 we have these words: “hearing of your love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints.” Paul is commending Philemon for living out his faith.

    As is the case, Philemon’s genuine love and faith in and towards the Lord Jesus resulted in his love for others. (Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:6 and 1 John 3:14). Some other instances of hearing about the love and service of believers in the New Testament is found in 2 John 1:4 and 3 John 1:3-4

    In Philemon 6, as a result of his love and faith in and for Jesus, Philemon shares his faith. He becomes a “doer as well as a hearer” of God’s Word (James 1:22). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep on (keep on keeping) My commandments.” (John 14:15).

    This results in a life where one’s faith rubs off on those around him. Folks see you serving God and knowing that it is real for you can motivate others to seek to serve Jesus more and more.

    It can result in striving to reach the lost and strengthening  the saved. It will motivate us to help the lost find their way out of the “kingdom of darkness and be conveyed to the kingdom of the Son of His love.”

    You can, like Philemon, have a joy in your life because of the love you show, first of all to Christ, and then to others.

    -Larry Miles May 18, 2011

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:16 am on 2011-01-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: new actions 

    The Gospel of Mark shows Jesus as a man of action, so we’ve begun the NT readings with that gospel (more on that later). So what new action have you taken today, now that Jan. 1 is out of the way, and we’ve started the first full week of the year?

    Don’t tell what you are going to do or intend to do, but what you have done. (I was going to do lots of things I never got around to doing.)

  • Mike Riley 4:34 am on 2010-02-08 Permalink | Reply
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    We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts…. Self-government means self-reliance.

    Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president (1872-1933)
    • Randal Matheny 10:41 am on 2010-02-08 Permalink | Reply

      Terrific quote, Mike. How human that people want their cake and want to eat it, too!

  • Mike Riley 12:07 am on 2010-01-24 Permalink | Reply
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    The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

    Charles Lamb, English essayist (1775-1834)
    • jimnewy 1:02 am on 2010-01-24 Permalink | Reply

      Amen! This is the way I like to dgood deeds.

      • jimnewy 1:12 am on 2010-01-24 Permalink | Reply

        The above should read “do good” not dgood.

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