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  • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Follow me as I follow Christ 

    It was the apostle Paul who told the church at Corinth to, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 – NKJV)

    But say this was you speaking to Corinth. Say this was you striving to be the example. What would be the three “top things” that you would hope the Corinthians would see in your life that could be attributed to a major characteristic of the life that Jesus lived?

    Share your thoughts! I’m interested in hearing what you have to say.

     
    • Randal 6:34 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

      The chapter division here is unfortunate. In context, from the end of chap. 10, Paul wants them to imitate him in saving others. In other words, evangelism.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:43 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

        I’m looking at it from the perspective of what does it mean to be a Christian (a.k.a. Christ-like)? It’s what Paul was, so there is obviously an aspect of “when you see Christ in me follow me in it because it’s worthy of being followed as an example”.

        Obviously evangelism would be one with you 😉 but what are two other characteristics in your life that could solely be traced back to you being an example of Christ due to the example of Christ to you?

    • Jack 5:29 pm on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

      In 1 Cor.4:10-17 Paul writes of what awaits a disciple of Christ in the world and what is expected of them using himself as an example for them to follow, (v.16) ” Wherefore, I beseech you, be imitators of me and for that purpose he has sent Timothy to remind them of his ways.

      Paul does not confuse, the Corinthians have behaved badly, this letter is not about “Going…”, but about behaving, living like their Lord as Paul examples. Reiterating the importance of their behavior (10:16), for emphasis , in (11:1) “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

      (1 Cor.4:10-17)
      We are fools on account of Christ; but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honored, but we are despised. To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place, and labor, working with our own hands: when reviled, we bless: when persecuted, we bear: when defamed, we beseech: when we are become as the purgations of the world, the filth of all things until now.
      I write not these things to shame you; but, as my beloved children, I instruct you. 15* For, though you have ten thousand teachers in Christ, yet you have not many fathers; for, to Christ Jesus, through the gospel, I have begotten you. Wherefore, I beseech you, be imitators of me.
      For this purpose I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord: he will put you in mind of my ways, which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere, in every congregation.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:00 pm on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the reply, Jack; but I’m looking for some personal examples that would cause others to follow Christ if they followed a personal habit of yours. Have anything that you can think of?

        • Jack 11:54 am on 2014-08-07 Permalink | Reply

          Personality is inherited, character is made: people, in general, are drawn to what they see is trustworthy; perhaps over simplified, being that which means no harm, does no harm_living the Golden Rule. This opens doors and conversation because that is what is right. Of this, one of the “best” men I have ever known is an atheist_ lives the life every Christian should be living, as does every Mormon I have ever known. The lives of Mormons so overshadows their inane theology that they grow despite it, to our shame.

          The saints are edified by the fruits of the faithful. My health in general failed 12 years ago, yet my participation in the fellowship has neither changed nor faltered, the brethren that love the Lord see
          that and are strengthened. To the weak in faith, meaning not wholly committed, it means nothing,
          As such I am not sure of your overall premise.

          It is easier to love an idea of Christ than it is to take up your cross to follow Him. To love Him more than father, or mother, or sister, or brother, but more importantly to love Him more then self. My first serious
          theological thought came when I was teaching my first adult class, “How much easier it would be to die
          for Christ, than it is to live for Him.”

  • Eugene Adkins 7:07 am on 2014-03-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Loving our Neighbor is no Joke! 

    So a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan are walking down the Jericho road…but there’s no rim-shot that follows this line up. In a lesson about eternal life, loving God and loving one’s neighbor, Jesus tells a story that is still reverberating up to this day, and Jesus’ main point is that loving our neighbor is no joke!

    Loving our neighbor forces us to cross ethnic and racial lines. Loving our neighbor forces us to cross economic and social status lines. Loving our neighbor forces us to cross unconventional and personally uncomfortable lines.

    Hands get dirty when love enters the picture. Resources get used when love enters the picture.  Lives change when love enters the picture. And this is only for those who are willing to show it. Even the self-justification seeking, or maybe we could say excuse giving, lawyer of Moses’ Law had to admit this!

    So the next time we have the opportunity to laugh at the misfortune of those with whom we don’t “gee and haw” we may need to stop and reconsider who the joke may end up being on if we fail to have a heart that sees the seriousness of loving our neighbor.

    If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:20)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 2:43 pm on 2013-03-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Guest Article: iPhones or iDols? 

    The following article is by Josh Gulley. Josh is the son of preacher man, a high school music teacher and member of the church in the same county that I live in, but he’s not a member at Keltonburg…hey, everyone has to have a flaw or two 🙂 Hope you find his words of warning helpful:

    iPhones or iDols?

    Cell phones can be wonderful tools. They have made the world smaller by allowing us to communicate more quickly and conveniently than has ever been possible. Using smartphone technology we can do almost anything, from paying our bills to controlling the lighting and air conditioning in our home while we’re not there. It has made life much easier—no longer must we waste all that energy opening the door or peeking out the window to check the weather: we can do that with just a few touches of the screen. Jesting aside, they have become a useful addition to our lives, and I imagine that there are some children of God who have (as I suppose we should) given Him thanks for the blessings cellular technology has brought to our lives.

    As with every other good thing, however, cell phones can grow on us like warts. Days and weeks pass before we realize that we are touch-screening our lives away. Some of us have perhaps had the experience of turning around and driving miles back to our homes because we were almost to our destination when we realized our phone was not on our person. We feel like the earth’s rotation will stop if we are without our phones for an hour or two. At some point we cease using our phones because our phones are beginning to use us.

    I personally do not have a smartphone (yet), but I know the description above can be true based on simple observation and experiences with other technology. As a teacher in a public school, I constantly have to remind students to put their phones away. If I do this at the beginning of class, within two or three minutes of giving that direction I will see somebody holding their book in just such a way to hide their phone from my sight. I am afraid some of them are drifting into a world where they depend on having that gadget in their hand the way we as humans depend on food and shelter. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:31 am on 2012-10-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Learning to Listen 

    Not only does Jesus’ ability to speak amaze me but also His ability to listen. The prophet, priest and king of God had a message to give, but He also had time to spend to allow others to talk. This wasn’t only true for His followers, but also for His enemies. There’s a thought for you!

    How can we better learn to listen and be more like Jesus?

    I think one way is to remember how we want to be listened to at times. Sometimes we just want someone to listen to us, not necessarily to put a burden on the shoulders of others, but so we can just get something off of our chest. A good preacher and a good listener doesn’t always follow the same name, but it did with Jesus!

    Another way to remember how to be a good listener is to remember the opportunities it can bring to have an effect on someone else’s life with the gospel. The ‘right’ answer can’t be given if we don’t know the ‘right’ question. The idea is novel in a way, but there’s nothing novice about. It takes patience and a heart that sincerely cares about individuals.

    Christ-like is what we’re called to be and I’m still trying to answer that call in more ways than one. Do you know what one of the most important things we have to be willing to do when it comes to that call? We have to be willing to listen!

    No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” (Luke 8:16-18, NKJV)

     
    • Don Ruhl 4:32 pm on 2012-10-16 Permalink | Reply

      There are many amazing things about Jesus of Nazareth, which I suppose that even the Internet itself could not contain all the posts that could be written.

    • John Henson 2:56 pm on 2012-10-19 Permalink | Reply

      Great article and one I’m putting in our bulletin. Thanks!

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