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  • Richard Mansel 3:49 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Threats to The Great Commission 

    As time and technology progress, we need to abandon our naivete and realize the threats before us. Complaining about the rise of persecutions is normal, but not very productive.

    In these times, courage is required to confront Satan and his forces. Yet, it’s worthless unless it’s combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6), perseverance (Romans 5:3) and the spiritual armament constructed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17). In addition, we must be wise, cautious and perceptive. (More …)

    • Ron Mansel 4:02 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, good article. Ron

      • Richard Mansel 4:09 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much!

    • Karen 6:08 pm on 2017-03-17 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent article! Things do seem to be in a “no turning back” mode right now. I pray for wisdom.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:11 am on 2017-01-11 Permalink | Reply
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    No fake news here 

    The internet is awash with talk of fake news. It almost seems like those who talk most about it are most guilty of it. It wouldn’t be the first time for something like that to happen.

    The whole fake-news brouhaha appears to be politically motivated. Media groups pledge to root it out. They’re the same ones who were in the bag for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Something’s rotten in Denmark.

    But we can expect such things from the world. Corruption and dishonesty are to be found at every turn.

    In matters of the Spirit, however, we look for truth. We spurn human theologies and traditions in order to discover the right path of God. That search must turn to the Bible, where it will find its goal. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 9:46 pm on 2016-12-14 Permalink | Reply
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    12-14-2016 Getting Jesus Right-Bible Order 

    The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ.  A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” David said, “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5 NKJV). Just reading the Bible “in order,” and without myths, builds a powerful, attractive case for us to love and serve Him.  He created our world and us from nothing, led the history of mankind to Jesus Christ, and showed us His love through the cross.  “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9 NKJV).

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

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:55 pm on 2016-11-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Memory requires exercise 

    Last night, in the airport, I asked The Missus for any telephone numbers she could remember of friends. I’d forgotten to take my cellphone. I was thinking that, if I had car problems on the hour-long drive home, at least I’d have some phone numbers written down in my agenda.

    What few numbers I keep are in my cellphone. I couldn’t recall any number at all. Fortunately, she could.

    Like most everything else, memory requires exercise. We complain that we can’t remember things. Our lack of memory is probably due to lack of mental exercise. We depend upon our devices to provide recall.

    Considering our mental laziness, extra effort is needed to remember the Word of God. Things we need to do to remember it? (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:46 am on 2016-07-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Creeds are biblical and necessary, says author 

    At the moment, my life is at a point that I don’t even have time to read, much less reply to, this position of the biblical necessity of creeds. (Yes, I know that sounds ominous about me-self, but do not fear for me.) The title, however, makes clear that the position cuts across a basic thesis of our people. (And, it would seem, that of most people who claim to take the Bible alone as their authority.)

    I’d be pleased to see a good answer given to this, nay, not just one, but many.


    #creeds #creedalism #Bible

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:10 am on 2016-06-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Love and be known 

    knowledge-booksAn old song says something to effect that “to know you is to love you.” They must have gotten that from the Bible, with a twist. Paul says, “But if someone loves God, he is known by God” 1Cor 8.3.

    The apostle to the Gentiles was swatting down those who touted knowledge as the great value of the Way, who said that what you know makes you important. The only thing that knowledge does, by itself, is to puff you up, or, as we say where I grew up (which is where I am now), give you the big head. It makes you conceited. It does nothing for your brother in Christ. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 3:00 pm on 2016-04-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Malchus’ Ear) 


    Even seemingly trivial incidents recorded in scripture often contain great lessons for those who are willing to learn from them. The apostle Paul was absolutely right when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . .” (II Timothy 3:16-17). Consider the following incident recorded in all four of the gospel records.

    “And, suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear” (Matthew 26:51, NKJV). From this text, we do not know who cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest, we do not know the servant’s name, nor do we know which ear was cut off. (More …)

  • Glenda Williams 8:19 pm on 2016-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about the Resurrection 

    By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.bible4676

    During Jesus’ personal ministry while on earth, He repeatedly told his followers that He would suffer and be killed, but then be raised on the third day (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31).

    Jesus said, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up” (Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:33). The disciples were “exceedingly sorrowful” when Jesus told them about what was going to happen to Him, and Peter “began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You’” (Matthew 16:22).

    But still His disciples didn’t understand and comprehend what Jesus was saying. After the death of Jesus His disciples forsook Him and went back to their former way of life before they had met Jesus. But as Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection His disciples remembered what he had told them about His death and resurrection, and they believed and understood.

    In each of the gospel accounts about the life of Christ, near the close of their writings, they each tell about the resurrection of Jesus. Then about 50 days later Peter preached the gospel that included the resurrection (Acts 2:23-24; 29-32). And the resurrection of Jesus was central to the teaching of the early Christians (Acts 4:2; 17:18; 23:6).

    Because of the resurrection the tomb of Jesus is empty, and He has ascended back to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God. Without the resurrection, Christianity would not be a reality and would have no meaning. Thank God for the resurrection of Jesus!

    In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul discusses at length the resurrection of Jesus as the first fruits and showing that there will be a resurrection of all the dead at the last day. Jesus also taught this at John 5:28-29.

    We ought to often reflect on the resurrection of Jesus. Christians do this in the observance of the Lord’s Supper the first day of each week (Acts 20:7).

    Also, in our baptism we are buried and raised with Christ as a likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:3-6).

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:46 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Your most motivational Bible verse 

    What is the Bible verse that you keep coming back to, that gives you a lift when you’re down, that provides you comfort in your trials, that drives you to God in your sorrow? Please share it in the comments, with reference and text.

    • Chris Barrett 4:45 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, just one? Ok then I’ll type them one at a time : )
      I always find myself starting with Titus 1:2 “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began”………….I love the fact that the Apostle Paul used the word’s “who cannot lie”. God’s word is binding to us in the promises and punishments set forth in the Scripture.
      2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
      But my personal pick me up is John 14:2-3 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”………………….. In short, keep running the race, as Paul would say. The prize at the end is better than anything you can imagine!

      • J. Randal Matheny 6:55 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply

        Good ones, Chris, thanks for sharing these. Interesting to see the different verses that speak to different people.

    • James McFerrin 8:41 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply

      I also have more than one, but this one possibly gives me some the most hope. (I Jn. 1:7) “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

  • TFRStaff 5:22 am on 2015-12-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Greatest Evangelist) 


    The word “evangelist” literally means a messenger or bearer of good news. In the New Testament it refers to a preacher of the gospel. The gospel is the good news of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for the sins of all mankind. There is a sense in which every Christian is to be an evangelist. “Preach the gospel by all means; if necessary, use words,” has been attributed to Francis of Assisi (c. 1182 1226), but without verification. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:45 am on 2015-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Why am I a Christian? 

    I am not a Christian because I just want to go to heaven, but because the whole message is true as a complete revelation of God and because the Word is the full engagement of my whole being on every level. Not only does this Word provide me with the ultimate destiny, but its Author gives me the cogent explanation of origin and purpose, the deep satisfaction of heart and soul, and the intimate connection with Deity and Humanity, all of which are lacking elsewhere and utterly impossible for my own capacity to produce or imagine. He brings unity to existence, defines reality and morality, and makes sense of our questions, doubts and ignorance of all things, even if he doesn’t answer them in the present. He holds the key to suffering, injects meaning in what is apparently trivial, produces joy in spite of circumstances, and creates marvelous expectations in just the right measure. All this he has deposited in a single, accessible place: in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And the half has yet been told.

    • Bill mendenhall 7:50 am on 2015-12-13 Permalink | Reply

      It is just the right way to live to interact with other people the golden rule, give and receive. Regardless of the eternal hope. The correct daily way to live is great.

    • docmgphillips 1:12 pm on 2015-12-13 Permalink | Reply

      While the world, in and of itself, points to a Master Planner rather than pure happenstance, nature does not tell us Who the Master Planner is. However, God, in His infinite wisdom, has provided that answer for us in His Holy Word, the Bible. The Bible gives the reason for all good in this world, and gives us assurance that we can be partakers of the ultimate Good if we read, study and obey what we find in God’s Word. Because I believe and obey God’s Word, I am a Christian.

    • Eugene Adkins 7:07 am on 2015-12-14 Permalink | Reply

      I could give several stand-alone reasons as to why I’m a Christian, but perhaps I would answer the question with a question: “Why not (be a Christian)?”

      I often ask this question toward the end of my lessons: “Are you a Christian today? If not, why not?”

  • J. Randal Matheny 10:38 am on 2015-11-02 Permalink | Reply
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    I Looked at the Moon, who Merely Smiled at Me 

    By J. Randal Matheny © 2015

    I looked at the moon, who merely smiled at me,
    The stars on velvet never spoke, but winked,
    I heard but groans and rustling from the tree. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:46 am on 2015-10-25 Permalink | Reply
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    The Lord’s day and the church 

    Not for nothing is the day that the church meets to eat the Lord’s supper called the Lord’s day. It’s not a day to stay home and think about the Lord Jesus Christ, but a day to celebrate salvation in him together. There is no Lord’s day without the church. (More …)

    • Glenda Williams 8:33 am on 2015-10-25 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, this is excellent. I want to use it in our church bulletin right away. Until then, I am sharing it with our bulletin mailing list.

    • disciplerami 3:29 pm on 2015-10-25 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Brother. I preached today on honoring the Lord on His day.

  • TFRStaff 9:44 am on 2015-10-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Fear God always 

    “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)

    God’s goodness is infinite and it is laid up for those that fear the Lord. When we come to fear God, we know He is our Creator. He is our Master or Lord. As we tremble before God, reverence and respect Him, we will do what He tells us to do in His Bible.

    God Bless you today and always. I love you. Charles Box

    #fear #Bible #God #Charles-Box

  • TFRStaff 8:18 am on 2015-10-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus taught religious freedom 

    “Jesus taught religious freedom.” An article by this name with audio has been added to the Old Paths Archive.

    May the Lord bless you.

    Roy Davison

    #audio, #bible, #freedom, #jesus

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