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  • Eugene Adkins 7:19 pm on 2016-11-14 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible questions, , respecter of persons,   

    What does it mean that God is not a respecter of persons? 

    Asking what the Bible means by the phrase “God is not a respecter of persons” shows at least a couple of things:

    1. It shows what translation we’re used to reading (or at least which translation we’ve done most of our memorization from…either the KJV or the ASV), and
    2. We’re interested in learning something that we don’t know.

    Read other translations of verses that state our studied principle, such as Acts 10:34 (which in the King James Version says, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”), and you’ll find,

    • Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” (NKJV)
    • So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,” (ESV)
    • Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people,” (NET)
    • Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism” (NIV).

    The word translated as “respecter” (in Acts 10:34) comes from the Greek word “Prosopoleptes” which means, “an acceptor of persons” or “one who discriminates.” In the other places of scripture where the same basic phrase is recorded but a different specific Greek word is used, the meaning of the various Greek words are, for all practical purposes, the same (maybe think of it like the English words great, fine, good and well and their relation). But regardless, when one considers the definition of the Greek word under consideration in Acts 10:34 and then combines that with the way several translators use the word based on the context, it soon becomes rather clear what the phrase “no respecter of persons” means…it means that God has the same standard for every person – and that standard is his to decide and ours to live by accordingly.

    Our position of authority upon the Earth, our fame, our heritage, our race, our height, our hair or eye-color, our wealth, our sex, our education (amongst many other etceteras)…none of these gain anything with God in and of themselves. Some of these things may impress others and buy us some favoritism upon this Earth, but not with God. Some of these things bring different responsibilities in God’s eyes, but none of these things mean that God requires something of us that he will ignore in others when it comes to his righteousness.

    Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” (2 Chronicles 19:7)

    Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)

     

     
    • docmgphillips 7:22 pm on 2016-11-14 Permalink | Reply

      Exactly, Brother.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:23 pm on 2016-11-14 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the amen.

    • Loy Pressley 1:14 am on 2016-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      Act 10:34 “Now Peter opened his mouth and said, In truth, I comprehended that God is not one who shows-partiality” in the Modern Literal Version, the most accurate Bible translation. You can get one at amazon.com, or get an electronic version at http://modernliteralversion.org/.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:35 pm on 2016-11-17 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for chipping in, Loy.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:51 am on 2016-09-02 Permalink | Reply
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    You – and by you I mean you – will go to Heaven 

    A huge spiritual question that some wrestle with is, “Will we know each other in Heaven?”

    There are two answers, but only one can be right for obvious reasons.

    Now each answer can create its own additional questions, but additional questions do not change the original question at hand and whether or not we can know its answer according to the scriptures.

    I for one believe that the Bible overwhelming teaches that… (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 3:34 pm on 2016-08-09 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible questions, Trivia questions   

    Can you answer these trivia questions without using Google? 

    Here are some trivia questions from a handout that a sister in Christ gave me. I thought it would be fun to share a few of them.

    See how many you can get without using Google:

    • Who said, “Is there any taste in the white of an egg?”
    • What hungry man cursed a fruitless fig tree?
    • Who had his wages changed ten times?
    • What two Hebrews were embalmed by Egyptians?
    • Who fell off a seat and broke his neck?
    • Which two disciples did Jesus nickname, “Sons of Thunder”?
    • What was Eve’s other name?
    • Who invited angels to wash their feet?
    • Which disciples were called “Jupiter” and “Mercury”?
    • What archangel had a debate with Satan?

    Feel free to share any answers, or keep them to yourself. Either way, have fun and don’t strain your brain too hard.

     
    • William 11:16 am on 2016-08-10 Permalink | Reply

      1) ?
      2) Jesus
      3) Jacob
      4) Jacob & Joseph
      5) Eli
      6) John & James
      7) Mom
      8) ?
      9) Saul & Barnabas
      10) Michael (sp)

      • Eugene Adkins 5:30 am on 2016-08-11 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, William. Thanks for commenting.

        1) Job (6:6)
        7) Very clever way of putting it, but there’s actually another “name” given in Genesis 5:1-2.
        8) Lot or Abraham (Genesis 18:4, 19:2)

        Good job.

    • Don Ruhl 11:28 am on 2016-08-10 Permalink | Reply

      Job said the first one.
      Jesus did the second one.
      Jacob had his wages changed.
      Joseph for sure, and I think Jacob were embalmed by the Egyptians.
      Eli fell off a chair and broke his neck.
      Jesus nicknamed James and John, “Sons of thunder.”
      Eve was known as the Mother of All Living.
      Abraham invited angels to wash their feet.
      People called Barnabas, Jupiter and Paul, Mercury.
      Michael had a debate with Satan about the body of Moses.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:42 am on 2016-08-11 Permalink | Reply

        Hey bro, good to see you’re getting out from behind that writing desk of your’s to mingle.

        As far Eve goes, you have the meaning of her name right, but the other “name” is found in Genesis 5:1-2 (it’s a tricky one).

        I didn’t realize Abraham did that too. I thought about that situation when I first read the question, but I never looked it up. Lot (Genesis 19:2) was the answer that the sheet had, but apparently Abraham works too. Thanks for that.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:25 am on 2016-08-11 Permalink | Reply

        And meant to say keep up the good work.

  • Eugene Adkins 8:04 pm on 2016-07-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Will any dogs make it to Heaven? A lesson on context! 

    Some say all dogs go to Heaven. Some say none. More than likely you’re one of the two.

    It’s easy to understand why people ask the question, “Do dogs go to Heaven?” A lot of people love their dogs! But then again there is such a thing as cynophobia. And furthermore, there are some individuals who despise any purebred or combination of K9’s that you can imagine.

    I suppose people tend to ask the question under consideration because they project human characteristics onto their dog. This is easy to understand since some dogs are sweet and compassionate to their owners – I mean, they wouldn’t even hurt a flea … but some dogs are vicious to the core, capable of taking the life of a human-being or another animal without any sign of remorse.

    With all that being said, let’s come to a conclusion on this question of dogs and Heaven by looking at what the Bible says about the matter.

    Considering the fact that the word “dog” gets used at least nine times in the New Testament, and every time the word is used it’s in a negative way (with the exception of a possible allusion to puppies being able to make it into God’s good graces (Matthew 15:22-28)), I believe Revelation 22:14-15 plainly settles the issue: (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:39 pm on 2015-11-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Cousin or Nephew? 

    An interesting situation happened this past Sunday morning during our adult class as we were studying the Bible person of John Mark. The situation arose when I asked how Barnabas and Mark were related to each other, and the answer wasn’t as clear-cut as I originally thought it would be. I was under the impression, per my memorization of scripture, that Mark was Barnabas’ nephew, but most translations say Barnabas and Mark were cousins.

    For example:

    “Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)” (KJV)

    Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him).” (NET)

    I’ve checked out the actual Greek word which seems to indicate that the relationship was that of cousins, but, as some commentators point out, it’s possible that the same word could be used for both nephews and cousins…sorta along the lines of father being used for grandfathers and great, great, etc. grandfathers.

    So the question is, have you ever you studied out this situation before? What do you think? After all, I figured a few heads are much better than one in this case.

     
    • Sandi 1:13 am on 2015-12-01 Permalink | Reply

      In Dutch the words are the same for cousin and nephew. The fact that the KJV specifically says he’s the “sister’s son,” means he’s a cousin. I’m curious if it’s that specific in the original Greek.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:29 pm on 2015-12-01 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for pitching in, Sandi.

        The way I take “sister’s son” is that Mark was the son of Barnabas’ sister, and if that’s so it would make Mark the nephew of Barnabas. It is worded funny to my ears though.

        Thanks for that tidbit about the Dutch language. That’s interesting. And it seems that such would have to be the case in Greek for the the KJV to be correct because as far as I can tell, it seems like the word itself means cousin.

        Thanks again.

        • Sandi 10:26 pm on 2015-12-03 Permalink | Reply

          Yes, of course, “nephew.” That’s what I meant, LOL. Really! 🙂 Talk about making a confusing text more confusing.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:42 am on 2015-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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    A picture, a question and story about prayer walk into TFR 

    A picture, a question and a story about prayer walk into TFR…and no, this isn’t a joke (and some would find the use of a double-negative even less funny!).

    The picture: Here’s a rather dizzying picture from my back yard. It’s the branches of my cork-screw willow tree thoroughly covered in ice; and it’sIcy Tangled Mess also my computer wallpaper for now. Unfortunately the ice was enough to break off the top seven or eight feet of this tree.

    The question: How big were Samson’s muscles? Seriously. Every picture drawn of him is comparable to someone who has won the “Mr. Universe” award, but if memory serves me correctly (and maybe it doesn’t) the Bible never describes his physical stature. Did his muscles have to be abnormally large? Perhaps it’s a “useless question”, but then again maybe it’s not. Think about it – it might just be a matter of faith.

    The story: The story isn’t a joke, or then again maybe it is. I don’t remember where I got it from; I’ve had it lying around in the ole’ computer filing cabinet for quite a while. Either way, it’s yours to use to the glory of God’s truth. “A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late! Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late!’ While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again! As she ran she once again began to pray, ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late… But please don’t push me either!’” You know there’s a lesson in there just waiting to be told.

     
  • TFRStaff 5:03 am on 2014-06-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Who is worthy? 

    communion-bread

    Another question perhaps more often asked, “Who is worthy to partake of the Lord’s supper?”

    Our brief answer would be, “No one!” We do not know, nor have we ever known, any who claimed to be or were “worthy” to partake of the Communion, or for that matter “worthy” of any act of worship we practice! (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 8:47 pm on 2013-12-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Christian Worker on the subject of “Are We Prepared?” 

    Here’s a link to a PDF of this month’s Christian Worker. This issue of the Christian Worker examines the topic and question of “Are We Ready?” Please click on the link to open it, and read it with your Bible in hand.

    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…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2013 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:49 am on 2013-12-02 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible questions, , Mount of Olives, ,   

    Where did Jesus say that? 

    I have watched little snippets of the History Channel’s “Bible Secrets Revealed” (at least I think that’s the name of the show) and I am always surprised at one of two things when it comes to their topic and the Bible: 1) how elementary the topics really are, or 2) how the topic doesn’t even exist in the Bible…and let me quickly add another one – 3) how the majority of their revealed secrets revolve around the end of the world.

    For example, when it comes to the elementary aspect, on one episode a person actually says people might be surprised to know that Jesus had siblings. Well I guess they might be surprised if they have never read the Bible because I don’t really see how that’s a Bible secret considering the fact the Bible plainly says that he had brothers and sisters (Mark 6:3).

    But one thing/statement on the show really caught my attention when it comes the other aspects that always surprise me. On the episode that dealt with Jerusalem and how it’s been divided up amongst the world’s religions over the centuries there was person who said that Jesus said he was going to return to the Mount of Olives to begin his reign in Jerusalem. Huh?

    That’s where I need your help because to be perfectly honest I don’t know where Jesus said this. Maybe I’m reading over this “Bible Secret” that’s so plain to the eyes of others. Am I failing to add up some formula in Matthew 24?

    So if you adhere to premillennial beliefs (as the person on the TV obviously did) would you do me a favor and give me a book, chapter, and verse for where Jesus actually said he was going to return to the Mount of Olives and begin reigning as King in Jerusalem. 

    Thanks.      

     
    • Loy Pressley 8:07 am on 2013-12-02 Permalink | Reply

      Premillennialism is false doctrine!
      Try looking at the commentaries on Ezekiel 11:22-25. Barnes has some comments and also Burton Coffman that might shed some light on this. Maybe others, too.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-12-04 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for replying, Loy, and I agree with you when it comes to the end result of Premillennialism in light of the Bible’s teaching.

        Thanks for the scripture reference too. If that’s the best a person can present to support the idea of Jesus returning/reigning first from the Mount of Olives then I’d they say they’d be better off not using that section of scripture.

        And I’m still wondering where Jesus himself said he would do this, because that’s what the “biblical scholar” on TV said. I’ve heard others talk about how Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives and have wondered about the situation in Acts where Jesus ascends and the disciples are told that he would return in like manner, but even there the reference is about the manner in which he will appear and not the place.

        I’m just wondering how something that is so popular (the doctrine of Premillennialism itself) can rest upon a principal of Jesus supposedly saying something when he didn’t say it…at least according to what I have read – or have failed to read, to say it a little more accurately; but then again I guess it follows the same theme with the vast majority of religious beliefs and practices in churches today.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:00 am on 2013-08-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Answering Jehovah’s False “Witnesses” on What Happens to Us When We Die? 

    I found a pamphlet in my door the other day left by a neighboring religious group in my county. I’ve had a few conversations with them in the past, and I suppose I will do so again in the future if the opportunity arises, but this time I wasn’t home so the “paper work” got left behind.

    The pamphlet addresses several spiritually natured questions inside. The title is actually labeled “Would You Like to Know the Truth?” So that at least lets me know what they intend for me to learn from its pages, and on the front page they do reference the right source for finding the truth (the word of God, the Bible – John 17:17) so I’ll give them that much – but one thing that the pamphlet does not give is the truth concerning the answers to the questions that it addresses.

    For example, one question that it asks and answers is “What Happens to Us When We Die?” Here’s the excerpt from the pamphlet that deals with that issue:

    WHY THE QUESTION ARISES: Most of the world’s religions teach that something inside a person continues living after death. Some hold that the dead can harm the living or that God punishes the wicked by condemning them to eternal torment in a fiery hell.

    WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES: At death, humans cease to exist. “The dead . . . are conscious of nothing at all,” states Ecclesiastes 9:5. Since the dead cannot know, feel, or experience anything, they cannot harm-or help-the living. – Psalm 146:3,4.

    see also Genesis 3:19 and Ecclesiastes 9:6,10

    There is one statement/sentiment in this quote that I take no issue with. Although I strongly believe in life after death, I don’t believe in “ghosts” in the way most of the world believes in them so with I’ll agree with them on that topic for the most part. Although I do wonder how they deal with Acts 19:13-16. But anyways, that’s where the no issue and the big issues begin and end.

    Here’s what I want you to get from the point that the pamphlet was trying to make. When a person has to lean heavily on the book of Ecclesiastes to support their doctrine concerning life after death and the condition of the soul that should be an indicator. I’m not putting down the inspiration of Ecclesiastes at all. I’m just saying that Christianity is a religion that is based upon a certain individual who died and then rose from the dead to die no more! You would think that this person’s point of view and teaching on the subject would carry a little more weight in this pamphlet. And I suppose it would if it weren’t for the fact that the words of Jesus would be too much weight for their answer to support.

    Jesus himself drew a clear line in the sand when he boldly said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 – NKJV) Sounds like this one verse knocks out both claims: 1) something does in deed live on after death, and 2) there is a place of punishment for the wicked called hell.

    But now you may be quick to point out that the pamphlet never denied that we will eventually live again after death, or that the pamphlet didn’t deny the existence of Hell, it only addressed the duration of it. Fair enough point, so let’s keep listening to what Jesus said concerning those two issues.

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    • doc 10:13 am on 2013-08-16 Permalink | Reply

      We are studying this on Wednesday night. Great article. I will share.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:04 pm on 2013-08-16 Permalink | Reply

        Good deal. Glad you found it useful.

        Look forward to seeing you comment more often around here, Doc.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:37 am on 2013-06-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible questions, , Prayer Principles, Questions About Prayer, , ,   

    A Thought About Prayer for the Fellows, Fellas and Guests 

    Here’s a thought about prayer that I thought some of you might be interested in commenting on. It comes from an outline I put together for a VBS class on Bible study and prayer.

    “The single goal of prayer isn’t to gain God’s favor or God’s attention – it’s to gain the involvement of God’s will in our life and our life in the will of God.”

    There’s much more to it than what may appear on the surface.

    I’m not saying that prayer shouldn’t be used to ask for necessities or to cry out to God through emotional despair or even thanksgiving. I’m saying this in light of the beginning words of Jesus’ model prayer (your will be done on earth…Matthew 6:10) and Jesus’ comments on the Father already being aware of our needs (Matthew 6:8).

    We have the attention of God (think John 3:16 for a moment), but the question is, “Does God have our attention when it comes to His will?”

    To have our life involved in the will of God and to have the will of God involved in our life should be the primary goal of prayer, should it not? What do you think?

    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 – NKJV)

    You make your request but you do not get it, because your request has been wrongly made, desiring the thing only so that you may make use of it for your pleasure.” (James 4:3 – BBE)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 2:04 pm on 2011-09-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible questions, daily forgiveness,   

    Procedures for forgiveness of daily sins 

    I just noticed this search phrase that led someone to my personal blog: “what are the procedures for forgiveness of daily sins.” Let’s put a question mark on the end of it. How would you answer it, according to Scripture? Take the word “procedures” broadly.

    Another question: What are some “procedures” that some follow that aren’t biblical? Though I’m much more interested in reading answers to the first question.

     
    • John Henson 2:33 pm on 2011-09-01 Permalink | Reply

      Is this an official nudge? Sin is forgiven when one comes into contact with the blood of Christ (Romans 5:9). This occurs in baptism (Romans 6). On a daily basis, as we continue to walk in the light as he is in the light we are continually cleansed from all sin (1 John 1:7).

      • J. Randal Matheny 2:34 pm on 2011-09-01 Permalink | Reply

        You know, John, I thought about that after I sent it. Ought to be, huh? You and I are thinking along same lines. 1Jo 1.7 was the first verse that came to my mind.

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