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  • J. Randal Matheny 8:23 pm on 2016-06-06 Permalink | Reply
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    A prayer request and an observation 

    First, request for prayers for a sister in Christ, Ana Lucia, from Rio who was involved in a bus accident here in the city, on the interstate highway, between 4 and 5 am. Her femur is broken in four places. She just came out of surgery.

    Second, it’s encouraging to see how the family of faith, from another city and state, are willing to help their brothers and sisters in Christ. I see it rather often here. Perhaps because the Brazilian brotherhood is smaller, or maybe it’s a cultural thing, but people respond to needs with generosity, often at great personal cost.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:07 am on 2016-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    What books on love by our people? 

    What books do you know of written by our people on the subject of love, especially, the love of God? (I’m not looking for books on marriage and family.)

    I have one in Portuguese, that examines 1 Cor 13. I can’t recall any others, offhand.

    Article suggestions are fine, I suppose, but they ought to be longish and more in-depth, rather than devotional. Still, a book would be gold.

    • Eugene Adkins 3:28 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

      Good question. Too bad I don’t have a good answer. Most of my library is commentary with few topical books…at least when it comes any “salt-worthiness”.

    • Eugene Adkins 3:42 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

      For what it’s worth, I got to looking through some stuff and I found a folder of outlines from a “Standing in the Gap Lectureship” on the topic of “Biblical Love” that was held at the Nesbit church of Christ back in 2013. You might want to see what you can find over the net.

      • J. Randal Matheny 4:35 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve checked the GA and 21stCC sites, found some items there. Hard to know, other than places like those, the quality of other books.

  • J. Randal Matheny 9:23 am on 2013-04-05 Permalink | Reply
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    First the church, then the world 

    On QBT today, this tidbit:

    The NT tells saints to give preference to God’s people, then to others. “Always pursue what is good for one another and for all.” 1Th 5.15

    One can see this preference also in Gl 6.10: “So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.”

    Are there other verses you can think of that show this church-first attention when it comes to the saints’ good works and love?

    • Weylan Deaver 1:38 pm on 2013-04-05 Permalink | Reply

      I take the Judgment scene painted in Matthew 25:31ff. to be centered on how members of the church treat each other–not how they relate to the world. Jesus is talking about either doing or not doing certain things to his brethren (and equating that to doing/not doing those things to him, personally).

    • Brett Christensen 3:52 pm on 2013-04-05 Permalink | Reply

      Other verses which spring to my mind are: Romans 12:10; Acts 2:42, John 13:14 & 1 John 3:16.
      Being devoted to one another in brotherly love, being devoted to the fellowship of believers, laying down our lives for each other — these point to a priority for our brethren, without excluding love for unbelievers.

    • Ron Thomas 4:23 pm on 2013-04-05 Permalink | Reply

      The “Let us” passages of Hebrews, come to mind.

    • Eugene Adkins 8:20 am on 2013-04-06 Permalink | Reply

      “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)


      “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;” (Romans 12:10)

      …oops, didn’t see Brett’s Romans reference, but at least I still got John 13:35 🙂

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:35 am on 2010-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Lend a hand to a brother 

    Because of a situation at hand, we’ve removed the info. Please email me for details.

  • Mike Riley 12:11 am on 2010-07-14 Permalink | Reply
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    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

    Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968), from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
  • J. Randal Matheny 12:42 pm on 2010-05-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Millington TN church appeals for flood help 

    The church in Millington, north of Memphis, has made an appeal for help, both for their people and for the community. Read and help here.

    And don’t forget John Henson’s sister-in-law and her family in Antioch, who also lost it all in the flood.

  • Richard Mansel 2:06 am on 2010-01-29 Permalink | Reply
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    My Look at the Brotherhood 

    I don’t have much to add to what has already been said. Weylan’s Deaver’s words resonate with me.

    What is the state of the brotherhood? Fractured. The faithful are gaining ground for God. The faithless are giving up God’s ground. The factious are fighting over ground God doesn’t even want.

    Our congregation is growing and I see congregations opening up after being closed. Being on Facebook with hundreds of brethren has created a new dynamic. You find out what is going on in other places of the brotherhood and I see a lot of conversions. Brethren are busy and striving to follow God.

    There are plenty of people in the church who are flirting with danger. Their curiosity and jealousy of the denominations leads them into the land of apostasy.  Their untucked attitudes and demeanors are striving to become more worldly in hopes that they can lead people…where, exactly? Not to Christ!

    Unsanctified doctrine and behavior does not lead people to sanctification. I see profanity on the rise among preachers and God’s people in general. That troubles me. Preachers are enamored and reverential toward denominational false teachers and that is having repercussions all over the brotherhood.

    I pray that the brotherhood can remain strong and stave off a split that is being instigated by brethren on the extreme right and left wings of the Church.

    If you ask me, the main things that the brotherhood needs are more brethren who are allowed to be full-time writers, better publications and an enhanced level of sanctification among the brethren. May God be praised in everything that we do!

    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 4:03 pm on 2010-02-01 Permalink | Reply

      YES! Amen. God bless you for these words. I am convinced of exactly the same. That quote from Weylan Deaver and absolutely right.

    • Richard Mansel 10:55 pm on 2010-02-01 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Scott.

  • Mike Riley 3:38 pm on 2010-01-28 Permalink | Reply
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    What is the State of the Brotherhood? It’s in a state better than our country is in – but not much better. Just as in government, we have “liberals” in the church that continue to present various teachings, not in accord with the New Testament.

    There are churches of Christ who so want to be like the denominations round about them, that they’ll sacrifice Bible truth in order to engage in their unauthorized practices (1 Samuel 8:19-20; Colossians 3:17). However, this should be no surprise to us today, because Paul and Peter predicted this would occur (Acts 20:29-31; cf. 2 Peter 2:1-3).

  • John Henson 3:06 pm on 2010-01-28 Permalink | Reply
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    What is the state of the brotherhood? 

    Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of Congress, the Cabinet, the honorable Justices of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen.

    The state of our brotherhood in Christ is exactly how Jesus described it in Matthew 13:24ff. There are the members who are like the good crop sown into the field, and there are the tares. There is positive news, however. There will be a harvest.

    “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father,” (Matthew 13:43a). May God hasten that day.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:04 am on 2010-01-28 Permalink | Reply
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    State of union, church 

    I’ve been reading some comments, from right and left, about President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. None of them positive. Seems he pleased no one on either side of the aisle.

    But my point for mentioning it is that a couple of years ago, I asked some folk to provide a perspective on the state of the brotherhood.

    I’m wondering if the Fellows might like to update that from 2006. Where are we now? Where are we headed? What are the challenges, the opportunities, the dangers, the safe zones, the high and low points?

    Maybe this should have been the Daily Nudge?

    UPDATE: Let it be so. The Daily Nudge now reads: “What is the State of the Brotherhood?”

  • John Henson 4:46 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    What makes me laugh? 

    Up until Sunday, it was the Three Stooges. I loved their slapstick routine. Even though it was always the same, it was still funny to me.

    But on Sunday, after our second afternoon class in prayer, I heard three brethren who had never led a public prayer in their lives lead their first. One of them actually led the closing prayer. It was something simple he had written, but it was beautiful. After he closed and the crowd began talking, I was standing in the back of the auditorium ready to “shake out” the congregation. First, a smile came upon my face as I thought how far this brother had come. Then, I began to chuckle. And, then, I began to laugh.

    • Vicki Matheny 5:49 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply

      It is a neat feeling to see someone that has taken either a small step or a giant leap forward!

      • jdh2010 2:35 am on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

        Yes’m it does. It was great for our congregation, but it was also wonderful to see these men smiling the smile of achievement on their faces. They’ve found a way to publicly express their thanksgiving to God. In my world, there can be no greater privilege or joy. Thanks for the comment.

    • Richard Hill 1:49 am on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

      John, I’m with you on Three Stooges (especially Curly), but more importantly I’m talking about your young men stepping into their leadership roles. In the last 5 or 6 months it’s been happening a lot at the Eureka church of Christ.

      First time public scripture reading, leading prayer, table talk at Lord’s Supper and 3 guys divided the sermon time to give sermonettes! I was so proud I thought my buttons were going to pop off! (Proud in a good way, of course. )

      It’s the kind of stuff any elder loves to see from the young men.

      • jdh2010 2:32 am on 2010-01-27 Permalink | Reply

        You’re so right, brother, on both counts. Thanks for your comments.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:56 pm on 2010-01-16 Permalink | Reply
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    This invitation is almost a year old, but it’s still as fresh as the day I wrote it and the need as great.

    To further that awareness and to cultivate that solidarity, BNc was born. And as a part of that mission, we invite you to partner with BNc. Dub yourself a BNc patron. You need no one’s permission to work on behalf of this effort to strengthen our sense of brotherhood. Here are some ideas what you can do.


    Our good sister Barbara A. Oliver is now Managing Editor, and she’ll second the invitation.

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