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  • Eugene Adkins 8:09 am on 2017-01-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Good poem about the ironies of Calvary 

    I thought it would be good to share this poem which was published in the latest Bulletin Gold.

    The poem was written by Edd Sterchi, who preaches for the church in Kentucky.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

    The Ironies of Calvary
    By Edd Sterchi

    Man of sorrows, Prince of Peace,
    Son of Joy, Man of griefs,
    Wounded healer, Rejected King,
    Earth’s disdain, Salvation’s wing.
    Friend of sinners, Friendless One,
    Men charge sin to the Holy Son,
    Innocent, yet judged with guilt,
    Had no home, but mansions built.
    The irony Christ was and gave,
    Buried, yet o’ercame the grave,
    The irony Christ makes in you,
    Buried in Him, you’ll rise anew.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 12:52 pm on 2014-12-19 Permalink | Reply
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    This We Know 

    by J. Randal Matheny

    Let faith not shake from false reports,
    We know the truth that never fails;
    The facts about Jesus fill our mind,
    And satisfy the search for meaning.

    The rebellious refuse to bow the knee,
    Imprisoned by their prized passions;
    Their doctrines open the door to sin,
    Inclusive grace more clever than God’s. (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:56 pm on 2014-09-30 Permalink | Reply
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    No God in Heaven or Earth Exists 

    No god in heaven or earth exists,
    Besides the Lord who made it all;
    Of spirit and truth our God consists,
    Before his throne in awe we fall.

    He’s One in work and heart and mind,
    The Father, the Son, and Spirit three;
    By only his sovereign will confined,
    And love that nailed him on a tree.

    —JRMatheny
    http://cloudburstpoetry.com

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:50 pm on 2014-07-13 Permalink | Reply
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    I ASKED THE LORD I asked the Lord… 

    I ASKED THE LORD

    I asked the Lord to seek and search,
    And do in our midst a mighty thing;
    He brought a man and his son to church,
    That none, to date, had been able to bring.

    God bends the human will to move,
    No hand is waved, no word is said;
    His touch of a heart, by prayer to prove,
    Is greater than turning a stone into bread.

    JRMatheny

     
    • Jack Wirtz 11:03 pm on 2014-07-13 Permalink | Reply

      But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that GOD raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!” However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; “THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.” (Romans 10:8-18)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:30 am on 2014-05-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Morning silence 

    rain

    Silence
    Of morning's birth,
    No baby's cry awakes
    The dawning light of tender life,
    But clouds laden with cares
    Dropped in the dark
    Their tears.
    
    —JRMatheny
    
     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:09 pm on 2014-05-22 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boko Haram, , Christian poetry   

    Boko Haram 

    When girls should play with dolls,
    They’re nabbed and forced to marry,
    To change their deity’s name—
    A burden no child should carry.

    JRMatheny

     
    • docmgphillips 8:24 pm on 2014-05-22 Permalink | Reply

      I have thought of writing on this group, but have not…yet. It truly amazes me that some can say, “Allah is the same as God. They just worship differently.” What blasphemy! We need to pray that they learn the truth…both for the sake of the world and for their own souls.

    • Olusegun Akinwale 12:57 am on 2014-05-23 Permalink | Reply

      It’s so pathetic the way things are now, can’t just imagine what the innocent children are going through…

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:53 pm on 2014-04-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Easter, That Yearly Date 

    Easter is not biblical

    Easter, that yearly date,
    Appeared some centuries late;
    The Christians first observed
    That weekly supper, unnerved
    By pagans’ hateful threats.
    But worldliness begets
    Desire to imitate
    An attractive fleshy trait.
    And so in time arose
    That the faith resembled its foes.

    JRMatheny

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:32 am on 2014-03-21 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christian poetry, , United Nations   

    Happy World Poetry Day! Go read some poetry at these links 

    world-poetry-daySo declared the UN in 1999 that March 21 would be known and celebrated as World Poetry Day, in case anybody is interested in the doings of that discredited body.

    They have high aims for it: (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 5:53 pm on 2014-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Your Bible version 

    Stack-of-BiblesYOUR BIBLE VERSION

    Your Bible version, even if
    King James himself decreed it,
    Will do no good, in covers stiff,
    If you never bother to read it.

    J. Randal Matheny

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:35 am on 2014-01-05 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christian poetry, nighttime   

    Night and day 

    night-day-dawn

    by J. Randal Matheny

    The deepest dark gives way to growing light,
    The scattered stars concede to the power of one;
    Men give their strength to tasks within their sight,
    The pondered thought and night of rest are done.

    Were prayers and pleadings said upon their beds?
    On words and works of God did men reflect?
    Did gratitude prevail in pillowed heads?
    Was pardon sought for some benign neglect? (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:48 am on 2013-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    A Poem about The Lordship of Jesus 

    Here’s a little poem that I wrote about the Lordship of Jesus this morning. I didn’t really have enough time to come up with a proper title, so if you can think of one that fits really well pass it along in a comment. I hope you find it useful for something.

     

    It goes without saying, there is no doubt

    Jesus is Lord of all, He’ll return with a shout

    He’s the Light of the world, shining brightly for all

    But have you closed your eyes, sadly ignoring His call?

     

    If your answer is yes, then with your heart repent

    Quit fighting His grace; allow your resistance to relent

    For if we remain stubborn, spurning the grace-filled call

    Then we’ll one day we’ll see, that He’s truly Lord of all!

     

    So walk in the light, for that way is safe

    He’ll help us along, He’ll watch over our fate

    But if we delay, and walk not in the way

    We will still take a knee, but in a whole different way!

     

    And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:8-11)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:58 pm on 2013-09-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh, Blessed Moment with the Saints 

    A quick little poem I wrote this evening after church.

    Oh, blessed moment with the saints,
    For wearied hearts renewed!
    We lay aside our small complaints,
    For heaven’s wholesome food.

    Assembled, we hear God’s still voice,
    Reminded once again
    That we have reason to rejoice
    In Him the great Amen!

    Together, tongues unite in song,
    And wills in Jesus’ blend;
    To these redeemed we all belong
    For ages without end.

    JRMatheny

     
  • TFRStaff 7:22 am on 2013-07-31 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christian poetry,   

    Speak Gently 

    Speak Gently

    Speak gently; — it is better far
    To rule by love than fear;
    Speak gently, — let no harsh word mar
    The good we may do here.

    Speak gently to the young, — for they
    Will have enough to bear;
    Pass through this life as best they may,
    Tis full of anxious care.

    Speak gently to the aged one,
    Grieve not the care-worn heart;
    The sands of life are nearly run,
    Let them in peace depart.

    Speak gently to the erring ones,
    They must have toiled in vain;
    Perchance unkindness made them so;
    O, Win them back again!

    Speak gently, — ’tis a little thing
    Dropped in the heart’s deep well:
    The good, the joy, that it may bring,
    Eternity shall tell.

    —Bates (The Gospel of the Kingdom edited by Hugh Croskery, 1878)

    “Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

     
    • Pieter reneg8or@live.com 2:56 am on 2013-08-02 Permalink | Reply

      Lead by example……….. Follow the examples set by leaders………

      Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Philippians 3:2

      12 I wish those agitators would go so far as to castrate themselves! Galatians 5:12

      33 You snakes, you offspring of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Matthew 23:33

      23 But Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get away from me Satan! You are trying to make me do wrong. You are not thinking the way God thinks, but the way people think.’ Matthew 16:23

      “Jesus kindly requested them to refrain from trading in the temple and he assisted them in relocating their desks to an adjacent building, gave them His business card and invited them to make use of His expertise in truning religion into commerce. He patted them on the shoulder, bade them well and left discreetly”

      Huh??

      • Eugene Adkins 7:20 am on 2013-08-02 Permalink | Reply

        “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:1-3 – NKJV)

        “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,” (2 Timothy 2:24-25)

        ““Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”” (Matthew 12:18-21 – ESV)

        There is a difference between speaking to those who are in need of encouragement, in need of sympathy, in need of patience, and in need of teaching due to genuine questions, and dealing with those who seek to harm the soul of individuals and the health of God’s church. 2 Timothy 2:15 very much applies to the poem and the comments/point you’re trying to make.

        • Pieter reneg8or@live.com 7:46 am on 2013-08-02 Permalink | Reply

          As long as those using kind and gentle words also have those same qualities in their hearts. From experience, I know that kind and gentle words sometimes carry destructive sentiments. What I am saying is that we need to be true, not false, when speaking kindly or gently.

          Also, there is a reality around Jesus that isn’t as rosy as the teachings at Sunday school would have it. Also note that the harsh words always were aimed at the religious, not at non-believers.

          -original message- Subject: [New comment] Speak Gently

    • Pieter reneg8or@live.com 2:05 pm on 2013-08-02 Permalink | Reply

      I have heard pastors insult demons, fallen angels, etc. Neither God nor any angel ever did this and the apostle John even warned against this. Speaking respectfully even goes that distance. Yes, I have pointed out how leaders did it and in contrast to what we were being told or taught.

      One cannot be rude and make friends 😀

      One also never should feed cyanide with sugar coating. Not all who read here will respond and I am sure that some outside of Christianity struggle to team up with Christ because of well-spoken yet damaging words spoken in a polite manner.

      Yes, let us be german but also truthful. And to religious, I prepay my apologies but my diplomacy does not stretch that far. Other people find me to be compliant and decent, yet three decades taught me to be economical with grace where the false brethren abound.

      At least on this blog, I am confident that none will be offended as all here, I think, are true, real Christians.

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:25 am on 2013-07-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Acts 2.40 in verse 

    From a Very Ancient Blog:

    http://random.antville.org/stories/48256/

    Somebody wrote the entire NT, I think, in verse. That’s a bit much for me.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:05 pm on 2013-07-16 Permalink | Reply
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    The world’s unsteady eye 

    The world’s unsteady eye
    Will see, then pass you by;
    Be not dismayed
    When interests fade,
    For God looks from on high.

    JRMatheny

     
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