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  • Eugene Adkins 9:28 pm on 2016-11-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainy or not, we should be submerged in prayer 

    Most of us in the southeastern US could use one or two million raindrops right now. As of this moment in particular, middle Tennessee is getting a little relief. It makes me wonder if some “Elijah” around here has something against the rain.

    Elijah’s prayerful effect upon the weather was not only noteworthy enough to be included in the Old Testament scriptures – it managed to make its way into the New Testament cannon as well!

    Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 – NKJV)

    To be honest, when it comes to prayer (which is really what James’ point was all about…that combined with righteous living and emphatic purpose) we should all be submerged in it regardless of the weather. At least this is something that I can preach to myself about.

    Pray, pray and pray some more. God wants to hear from us. And if we listen to this point when it comes to God’s will, then God’s will may become intertwined with our own…or perhaps I should flipflop that; regardless, it’s something that God wants us to do.

    Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,” (Luke 18:1 – NKJV)

  • Eugene Adkins 12:38 pm on 2016-11-20 Permalink | Reply
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    The one verse that shows the difference between the world’s and the Christian’s reason for thanksgiving 

    There may be a lot of people this coming Thanksgiving day who aren’t Christians that will be sitting down to a “bigger turkey” than what’s on any of our tables, but there are some blessings in life that only a Christian can be thankful for, and there’s one verse that proves it: (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:49 am on 2015-07-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Video clip worth watching 

    You may have already seen this video as it begins to make its major rounds in the media and on the Internet, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s one worth watching.

    There are so many spiritual applications that could be made in connection to this “caught-on-camera-moment” that most people should be able to immediately think of a few points and scriptures. On top of that, a video like this can pull at the heart-strings of any parent worth his or her salt. And taking the reality of the moment for what’s it worth is something that shouldn’t be missed – that being how wonderful the little, and often taken for granted, blessings of life really are.


  • TFRStaff 9:35 am on 2014-12-11 Permalink | Reply
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    How to determine the extent of our riches? 

    How rich are you? You may think that this is a foolish question because you do not feel rich at all. In fact, most of us feel rather poor when we consider the status of our life materially. In all honesty I believe that most of us are richer in material things than we realize.

    If the only riches that we have are material and physical, we are not rich at all. And, if we are striving to become rich in those areas, we are losers for sure. In 1Tm 6:6-12 teaches us about the danger or riches and the blessings of pursuing spiritual things. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 8:00 am on 2014-06-09 Permalink | Reply
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    (#184) The Proverbs of Solomon 27:7-Are You Too Full To Eat? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 27:7: “A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”

    When people are driven by hunger, it is surprising what they think is “sweet,” or tasty and edible, even something “bitter!” But when people feel full and “satisfied,” hardly anything would taste good, not even sweet “honeycomb!” Parents cannot make a child eat unless the child is hungry; food advertising is designed to create a sense of hunger; cultural dishes reflect how desperate the society was when the recipe was determined.

    This has tremendous spiritual application. After delivering the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, and providing for them 40 years in the Wilderness, God warned them as they entered The Promised Land: “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest-when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied”…”then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth… “Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish ” (Deuteronomy 8:10-20). People who “have it good” don’t think they need God, but they do!

    The gravest danger to the church of Christ specifically, and America generally, is self-serving self-satisfaction and self-justification. People who have been convinced their own approval of religious practices is all that matters don’t seem to care whether God approves or not! They think they are “full” and even God’s blessings are not “sweet” enough to cause them to eat the Word of God! False preachers have convinced people they are saved before being baptized “into Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:3), and they think they are full with salvation and don’t need the baptism that saves (1 Peter 3:21)!

    Jesus’ disciples, however, are those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6), but those who make Him sick, say “‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). These sickening Christians don’t see the need to attend Bible classes, hear sermons with an open heart (Luke 24:27, 32), or strive to learn more of God’s Word through “diligence” (2 Timothy 2:15). Bible preachers, accurate worship services, faithful good deeds, Jesus Christ, Himself, cannot draw people who are “satisfied” without them! Jesus must be lifted above all “satisfied” people in order to “draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32).

    Are you drawn to Jesus by the Word of God?

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

  • Eugene Adkins 6:50 am on 2014-02-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Thankful for… 

    Yeah, I know that this isn’t the time of the year when we’re supposed to talk about what we’re thankful for but I’m going to talk about it anyways.

    I’m thankful for family and friends who encourage me to do right. For family and friends who make doing the right thing easy. For family and friends who enjoy the company of fellow Christians. For family and friends who love me with a Christ-like love.

    The world doesn’t care for me. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out in the world with “good” hearts – but what that does mean is that the world isn’t interested in the welfare of my soul. The welfare of my belly, of my house, of my children? Sure, there are people who care about those things and I’m glad that they do for the sake of our society. But they don’t care about my soul, or else they wouldn’t be in the world. And the welfare of my soul outweighs the welfare of all else.

    It’s easy to take those who are closest to us for granted, but once a little bit of space of time and distance and the world enters the picture then we quickly remember who means what to us and who we really mean something to.

    Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:34 am on 2013-12-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Glad to have this means of communication for TFR and the Fellows’ content 

    blessings of communicationI tried the P2 theme that we use here, as well as a number of spinoffs and child themes, on my personal blog. Didn’t work quite so well, but I may come back to the idea later.

    I wound up using the Writr theme, which is nice, but not everything I need (want?) in a theme. Never satisfied, are we? You can take a peek at the new theme here.

    The P2 theme has been quite good for our needs here at TFR. There are a few bugs, but that’s par for the course when it comes to software. (It’s the norm for MS, but that’s another battle.) WordPress is an amazing tool to have at our disposal.

    So in all, we’re thankful to have this means of communication. And to have our Fellows contributing their good content.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on 2013-12-19 Permalink | Reply
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    My Marriage 

    My in-laws recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary! That leaves me and my wife about…um, only 45 years behind. Due to life’s brevity I don’t know if we’ll ever meet or beat that number, but I do know that I’d like to try.

    My marriage is the best thing that’s happened to me upon the ole’ floating blue orb. It opened the door to so many good things that even a giant of Gath wouldn’t have enough fingers or toes to count them all with.

    A right relationship with God, a wonderful daughter, and a home that I want to come back to after work. These only make up the bucket that holds all of the drops of happiness that my marriage has brought to me. What more could I ask for? But none of it just happened. I had to want it and my wife had to want to give it – and vice-versa! Fairy tales end with the wedding kiss but real life just begins with it. And real life is, for the most part, what we make of it. Sure there are “pot holes” that may be out of our control on any road, but the road to a successful marriage is found by staying on the road and out of the ditches.

    Fight hard for your marriage fellas, and don’t forget where the gift of a godly woman comes from – or what she’s worth!

    House and wealth are a heritage from fathers, but a wife with good sense is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 19:14 – BBE)

    Who may make discovery of a woman of virtue? For her price is much higher than jewels. The heart of her husband has faith in her, and he will have profit in full
    measure.” (Proverbs 31:10-11 – BBE)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2013-08-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Smile, Smile, Smile and Smile for the Camera 

    Sometimes kids try to pass along a message in their own way…I guess my daughter wants me to smile more. Hey, better here than on the couch!

    Smile for the Camera

    No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.” (Psalm 127:3-CEB)

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:31 am on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply
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    This is the life 

    A holiday. A slow rain. Earl Grey tea. Home-made biscuits with (real) butter and sorghum molasses. Peaceful quiet.

    • Stevelucas 8:13 am on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      What is it you are celebrating this fine Tuesday?

    • John Henson 10:48 am on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      Out of the frying pan and into the fire!

    • J. Randal Matheny 10:49 am on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      True, but it did finally put them on the road to a more democratic government. After Vargas, and after the military regime in the 60s and 70s.

    • Stevelucas 5:20 pm on 2011-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      To extend John’s thought: Frying pan / Fire / Matheny’s arrival and the proclamation of Heaven & Hell. So then, surely some have been cooled / soothed / quenched from the water aligned with God’s salvation. Ok, enough of my extension……

  • Richard Mansel 9:46 am on 2011-09-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Thankful Thursdays! 

    I am trying to start Thankful Thursdays among my friends. How you can help:

    • On Facebook, post about Thankful Thursday and share the ways that God has blessed you.
    • On Twitter, use the hashtag: #thankfulthursday and share it with your followers.
    • Thank the Lord today for all that He has done for you.
    • Share your blessings here in the comments section about what God is doing in your life.
    • Pray that this will encourage the Saints and reach the lost!

    The Lord is worthy of all our praise and more.

    “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You” (Psalm 63:1-3).

    • Don Ruhl 4:09 pm on 2011-09-15 Permalink | Reply

      What a fabulous idea! We tend to complain about everything although we have everything!

  • John Henson 8:52 am on 2011-07-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Counting Blessings 

    One of my Facebook friends posted on her wall today the following: “I was going to complain about how hot it is.. then I realized that at least: 1.) it isn’t 109 degrees; 2.) I’m not 5,700 miles from home; 3.) I’m not dressed in a full ABU uniform and helmet and carrying 70+ lbs.; and 4.) there is very little chance that anyone will shoot at me or that I might drive over a bomb in the road today! Thanks to all who serve.”

    It’s easy to complain about the heat, high prices, gas prices and a government that can’t get anything done. I hear that on Facebook, Twitter and face-to-face with people every day. But, few are the times when people say, “Stop and count your blessings.”

    The Apostle Paul wrote, “in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NET).

    So, in case you haven’t heard it yet, THANK YOU, LORD for the wonderful weather we’re having, for the challenges we face that build us up and make us rely on you, and for all of the blessings you give us each day!

  • TFRStaff 5:09 am on 2011-04-04 Permalink | Reply
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    TFT: Try Counting Your Blessings 

    By J. P. Crenshaw, Plainview, Texas

    Of all the means at our disposal in which we might spend a few mo­ments, possibly none is more enjoyable or profitable than counting our blessings.

    “Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and for­get not all his benefits” (Psalms 103:2). When you are ill which of your count­less benefits does your mind turn to first? I think of having such a good, clean, comfortable bed; just the right amount of clean cover; tile needed food for strength and recovery; and many  other such blessings belonging to my room.

    Then maybe your mind will turn to the fact of personal contact. How wonderful it is that, in spite of every handicap, you still have the chance to influence so many people who enter your room from time to time. Not very many circumstances of life offer the impressive opportunities that come to the shut-in. Paul did most of his remarkable writing from the prison cell. Let that thought remain in your mind today when you read one of his letters. It will add greatly to your apprecia­tion of the uplifting thought you find there to picture him in a much more unpleasant circumstance than your present one as he finds it possible to write such inspiring messages.

    “The trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye might be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:3-4). Maybe you have been chosen to show those close to you how a Christian can use adversity. Here is an opportunity frequently overlooked. I suppose that there is no other road to perfection but the one over which you are now traveling. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:24 pm on 2010-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy new year 

    Friends and Fellows, may 2011 be the year of great blessing from God, that you might be an even greater blessing to people than you have been so far, to the glory of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Great things come to those who throw themselves into the hand of God and into his service, so I am confident that he will uphold and uplift you in wonderful ways. Thanks for walking with me during a part of this journey. I look forward to our stepping together further along the path in the next year.

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:17 am on 2010-12-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Story and blessing 

    Let me catch up with a couple of nudges at once.

    On the question about a story parents tell: my mom says my nose was always in a book. When I was reading the real world didn’t exist for me. She could call me and I’d be so engrossed in the book, I’d not hear or respond to external stimuli. She’d complain to my dad, and he’d tell her to leave me with my books, since they represented education and that would be my key to a better life, meaning out of the cotton fields. (But I swapped one harvest field for another, whose rigors are as great as the first.)

    On the nudge about compliments or blessings: when I was 12 or 13, during a conversation with the preacher in our small country congregation, he told me he thought I would make a great elder someday. I remember vividly that Saturday as I sat behind him in the auditorium, folding bulletins, in near disbelief at his words, but seeing a new horizon as something to strive for. Though I’ll probably never be an elder, his words encouraged me to see the possibilities of future service in the kingdom. My dad had always encouraged me to preach, and though I resisted that vision initially, the preacher’s words, coming as they did from someone outside the family, helped to cement my father’s guidance toward usefulness to the Lord.

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