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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:01 am on 2017-01-08 Permalink | Reply
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    From bad to worse (1 Kings 16) 

    That might be an appropriate title for chapter 16 of 1 Kings: “From Bad to Worse.” Abandonment of the Lord produced debauchery, murder, division, idolatry. The chapter shows divine justice being carried out in the midst of a nation’s perfidy. Here are a few lessons from the chapter. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 6:10 pm on 2014-05-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Fear God! 

    Lessons by this title have been added to the Archive:



    Some teach that we ought not to fear God.

    Yet the word fear is used in connection with God more than 300 times in the Scriptures, both in the Old
    and in the New Testament. Everyone on earth is commanded to fear God! Let us perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

    May the Lord bless you.
    Roy Davison

    • Eugene Adkins 8:31 pm on 2014-05-07 Permalink | Reply

      “And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”” (Acts 24:24-25)

  • TFRStaff 4:17 pm on 2013-06-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Beware of dogs … and people! 

    A new lesson by this title has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch, in text and audio:



    Many dangers threaten us, the greatest of which are spiritual.

    May the Lord bless you.
    Roy Davison

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:11 am on 2013-02-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Preachers, teachers: Post your sermons, lessons (and a cartoon) 

    We invite preachers (and Bible school teachers too, why not?) to post a synopsis of your lessons today. Please share the main idea, the “so what?” of your lesson(s) especially. You can do this in the comments, or email us and we’ll give the lesson its own post.

    TFR Fellows, of course, are expected to make their own posts.

    To encourage you, this little cartoon:


    Some encouragement, right?!

    • mtmcvb 6:26 am on 2013-02-17 Permalink | Reply

      Lord’s Supper lesson will focus on 1 Cor. 11:24,25 and the word remembrance. A seldom used word in the greek testament. Also used in Hebrews 10:3. Under the OT remembrance was primarily of guilt and sin. Under the NT remembrance is primarily of Christ and his sacrifice to take away our guilt and sins. Some commentators say that while the greek word may be used as a synonym for other words translated remember, this one has an inference that the remembrance comes from within the individual rather than being instigated from without. This seems to go along with 1 Cor. 11:26 — we proclaim his death with our participation of his memorial. We actively proclaim our joy and thanksgiving.

  • John T. Polk II 4:08 am on 2013-01-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 78 

    Vs. 1-8 state the purpose of the Psalm is to tell “the generation to come” what not to do;

    Vs. 9-72 review past lessons from the written Word of God.

    Teaching now the lessons of the past to “the generation to come” (verses 4, 6) is the main work God gives to parents. Instead of arrogantly, ignorantly cursing one’s father or not blessing one’s mother (Proverbs 30:11-14), we must learn from whatever their mistakes were what not to do in those instances (1 Corinthians 10:1-12). “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise” (Proverbs 12:15). “A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent” (Proverbs 15:5). “A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart” (Proverbs 18:2). A fool has opinions, but doesn’t listen to lessons of the past. A word to the wise is sufficient.

    Verses 1-8: Jesus’ use of parables was explained by quoting verses 1-2 (Matthew 13:34-35). The generation that had “dark sayings of old” (lessons deeply contained in Scripture) taught to them should have acted better than they had (verses 2-3), for God had done “wonderful works,” “established a testimony in Jacob,” and “appointed a law” in Israel for fathers to teach their children (Verses 4-6; Exodus 12:1-28; Deuteronomy 4:1-10; 6:7). If this was not done, it produced another “stubborn and rebellious generation” (verses 7-8).

    Verses 9-72: In the Wilderness, they quit fighting too soon (verse 9; Exodus 17:8-16), ignored His Law (verse 10; Joshua 5:6), forgot His works (verse 11; Numbers 14:11). The miracles God did (verse 12) starting in Zoan in Egypt (Numbers 13:22) included: dividing the Red Sea (verse 13; Exodus 14:21), leading with a cloud and fire (verse 14; Exodus 13:21), and giving water from rock (verse 15-16; Exodus 17:6). Israelites responded by: more sinning, rebellion, testing God, and questioning God’s provision (verses 17-19; Numbers 11:4), provoking Moses to strike the rock (verse 20; Numbers 20:11), more unbelief (verse 21-22; Numbers 11:1). God gave them “manna” (verses 23-25; Exodus 16:2-36), meat (verses 26-31; Numbers 11:31-34), forgiveness when asked (verses 32-38; Numbers 14:18-20). “Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue” (verse 36). Lip service can never deceive the God “who searches the minds and hearts” (Revelation 2:23). The Israelites repeatedly failed in faith (verse 39-41; Hebrews 3:8-19). Verses 42-53 refer back to what God had done to deliver Israel out of Egypt in the Book of Exodus chapters 9-14. Verses 54-66 summarize the conquest of the Promised Land in the Book of Joshua, by God’s help (verse 54-55; Joshua 13:17). Verses 56-66 speak of the days in the Book of Judges, when Israel had failed to clear away all idolatry (Joshua 13:13; 16:10) and became idolatrous themselves (Judges 2:10-23). Verses 67-72 illustrate that God’s plan was carried out, even when Israel demanded a king instead of God’s judge to lead them (1 Samuel 8:4-22), for God used “the tribe of Judah,” “Mount Zion” (Jerusalem), and “David” through whom Jesus Christ would later come (Micah 5:2; Matthew 23:36-39; Romans 1:3-4).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:30 am on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Cold Harbor Road Lectures E-book 

    Here I was sitting and snacking on Doritos with The Missus’s homemade almondaise, with a cup of Twining’s green tea with mint, and I noticed the cup I was drinking from was my memento from the Cold Harbor Rd. Lectureship in Mechanicsvlle, Va., in 2005. I spoke there then. (Wow, so long ago!).

    The date for the lectureship back then was Nov. 3-6. Today is the 15th. I figured they must have finished up with this year’s event by now. So I scooted over to their website and, indeed, it was held the same dates this year.

    With a difference: You can now download the text of the lectures in PDF format, from their lectureship page. Highly recommended.

    • Jo Ann S. 4:40 pm on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe this… Without going into all the ‘back road stuff’…I was raised in that ‘ZIP CODE’…How close you were. You may have passed Fairmount Christian Church where many of my relatives go. Between there, Liberty Christian Church, Pole Green Christian, Mechanicsville Church of Christ, Gethsemane Church of Christ… All of my stomping ground and churches I grew up in, praises to God and my Grandmother. Amazing how far and wide we all can stretch throughout this universe and, yet, we all connect through God and His Love. Blessing Randall!!! Hang onto that cup 🙂

      • J. Randal Matheny 4:45 pm on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Jo Ann, I will hang on to it, for sure. Was a great time there with the good brethren. I don’t remember Fairmount, nor the others, since I was riding along and chatting the whole time. And of course it’s been six years, during which an old man’s memory fades quickly. Thanks for chiming in.

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