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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:24 am on 2015-10-18 Permalink | Reply
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    First day of the week is special for Christians 

    Today, the first day of the week, is a special day for Christians. On this day Jesus Christ arose. On this day the Lord appeared to his followers. On this day he ascended into heaven.

    One wonders if on this day he will return to claim his people. (More …)

     
    • Tim 9:11 am on 2015-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      Amen. I always enjoy eating with others of like faith in Christ.

      While any day that Christians gather is important it is more important to properly read and understand scripture. The phrase “mia Sabbaton” means first of Sabbaths. Each time you find this phrase in the New Testament it is in the Spring of the year and is a specific Sabbath. Check it out. By the way, try to ignore how some major groups observe the Sabbath today. Their observance and what is found in scripture are two entirely different things. May your study be blessed.

  • TFRStaff 3:18 pm on 2015-06-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (“Name” Of The Church) 

    THE “NAME” OF THE CHURCH

    (Note: This essay was planned for a later date but because it dovetails so well with last week’s article I have decided to run it this week. hf)

    On one occasion, Leonard Johnson, one of the founders of what is now FaulknerUniversity in Montgomery, Alabama, was preaching in a gospel meeting in a small Alabama town. One night he preached a sermon on the church. In the midst of his sermon brother Johnson said, “Now within the next four to five minutes I am going to tell you everything the New Testament says about the name of the church.” For the next four to five minutes brother Johnson was completely silent. He did not utter a word. Then he said, “There you have it everything the New Testament says about the name of the church!” (More …)

     
    • Loy Pressley 4:03 pm on 2015-06-08 Permalink | Reply

      You make too much out of it, only because the denominations make much out of it. Surely, we are not dependent on what the denominations do for our reactions and our beliefs? Are we??

    • docmgphillips 5:26 pm on 2015-06-08 Permalink | Reply

      Could this be the reason that, in the past and even occasionally today, the sign does NOT say “Church of Christ,” but rather says, “The Church of Christ meets here?”

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:24 am on 2015-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    We need them all 

    The Lord Jesus Christ taught multitudes, discipled small groups, talked one-on-one. He also took time away from people to be with his Father.

    His followers do likewise. They find time alone with their God. They shine their light in the midst of a dark world. They make it a priority to meet with their family in Christ. (More …)

     
  • Glenda Williams 11:05 pm on 2014-11-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Mama said, "Everybody needs a church home…" 

    Mama didn’t have a high school diploma, but she was wise beyond her years. I’ve often thought had she been allowed to go to college, she would have been a great success at whatever she chose to do. With 17 brothers and sisters, she had to stay home after finishing the ninth grade to help out with things around home. She and I went to the same country school.

    One of the things mama taught me as a teenager was the importance of having a church home. I recall we were in the kitchen of our small country home when she said, “Everybody needs to be a member of a church. Then if they have a death or some trouble, they will have people who will help and support them. People that don’t have a church family don’t have people to help when they have trouble.”

    She had already taught me the distinctiveness of the church of Christ. She said, “Jesus built one church. There’s just one.” I knew early on the church He built was the One that wore His name, and the only one we can read about in the Bible. Denominations hadn’t come into the picture when Jesus established His church, the first church. She taught me this long before we started going to worship regularly. That’s a long story, and for another time.

    It’s true. Everybody needs a church home and for multiple reasons. Let’s consider some for a minute.

    1. We need a church home for salvation. Jesus gave His life as a sinless sacrifice for us that we might live with Him eternally in heaven one day. We can’t separate Christ and the church (Acts 5:23).

    2. We need a church home for fellowship. Christians are like family members. They laugh with us when we laugh, and they cry with us when we cry. They will stand beside us all the way. People seldom get into trouble when fellowshipping with followers of Jesus (John 17:12; 1 John 1:3).

    3. We need a church home for spiritual growth, to learn more of God’s word. Preachers and teachers spend endless hours preparing Bible lessons to teach others about the Lord, to increase the listener’s knowledge. We need a church home to be built up in the faith (Acts 2:42-47).

    4. We need a church home to obey the command to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). David said, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).

    5. We need a church home for comfort in difficult times (2 Corinthians 1:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11).

    The Lord intended the local church to provide much of the support and encouragement we need as His disciples.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:13 pm on 2014-10-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Things that go bump in the church (video sermon by Steve Higginbotham) 

     
  • Ed Boggess 10:19 am on 2014-06-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Some church members are not so much concerned with walking in the light as they are with performing in the limelight. They have never got a handle on the fact that God has no sons that are not servants. They go to church regularly enough and are actively involved, but going to church will no more make you a Christian than going to the garage will make you an automobile. To be born again, you must be converted and become as children–humble and lowly. The self-seeking Christian is like the mythical unicorn – there “isn’t” any such animal! We have too many saints in stained-glass windows and not enough of them in shoe-leather. This is Just-a-Minute

     
  • TFRStaff 3:47 am on 2013-11-14 Permalink | Reply
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    One church 

    Mark T. on a church discussion list responded to a sincere, but doubting question about “the” church and there being only one. Mark’s reply shows how simple the truth is.

    Colossians 1:24 – the church is also known as the body.

    Ephesians 4:1-6 – there is only one body, so there must be only one church.

    I Corinthians 1:10 – there are to be no divisions among believers – all are to speak the same thing.

    Galatians 1:6-9 – there is only one gospel; all others are to be rejected regardless of their source.

    Matthew 7:21-23 – many who think that they’re saved will be surprised that they’re lost.

    The current denominational system is NOT what Jesus intended to establish.

     
    • docmgphillips 9:02 pm on 2013-11-17 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, and if everyone would forego man’s doctrines (Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7) and take an open-hearted look at the Gospel, we could all unite into the one body God intended, couldn’t we?

  • Eugene Adkins 6:52 am on 2013-10-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Good story to illustrate why it’s important to serve within the church 

    Here’s a neat story called “A Growing Church” that was passed along to me in an email. The email originated with a brother named Dave Hart, but the illustration itself was marked as “Author Unknown” so I don’t have any other “credit” to pass along for it. Also, the word “bus fare” may be a little “dated” or “out-of-place” depending upon where you live but it can be updated or changed easily to make this a very applicable illustration for any congregation today when it comes to church growth and the importance of serving our brothers and sisters in the church:

    An elder called on a member of the church for a social visit. The conversation turned to the work of the church. They talked of the progress that had been made and how the Lord had blessed their efforts through the past years. Yet both agreed that other things were needed.

    “It seems to me,” said the member, “That the church is always needing something. Every time we meet, there is a plea for more giving and more workers.”

    “You are right, my brother,” replied the elder. “The church is always needing something. I had a little boy who needed something. One week it was shoes, another clothes, then lunch money, bus fare, spending money. I thought he asked too much. He hasn’t asked for anything for years now. He quit needing anything from me. You see, he died one night. And there are times when I would give anything to hear him ask for something just once more. I realized after it was too late, how much happiness I found, even in his begging. Perhaps you have never missed the church. It has always been there when you needed it, and you have taken it for granted. Frankly I confess I did not know how little I did for my son until it was too late.

    So it is with the church. As long as the church stands, it will have needs. When it quits needing something, it will be dead. A dead church cannot offer a living hope to a dying world. The church that has no needs fills none.”

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:03 am on 2013-09-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Churches are crossing borders into previously untried ground. Stained glass and steeples are out and coffee shops and strip malls are in. Blue jeans and shorts are replacing suits and dresses. Some will look down their noses at these efforts to reach into previously untouched and unreached population segments. But we should remember that Jesus went where the people needed help. At least one of these leading the way said, “We break with tradition, but we don’t break with scripture.” One thing we need to remember, when Samuel assumed Eliab was God’s chosen, the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance, for the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” This is Just-A-Minute

     
    • docmgphillips 9:39 am on 2013-09-16 Permalink | Reply

      Having been to Namibia several times, I can appreciate your remarks. However, I do have one caveat: I do object to the shorts and flip-flops we are seeing in a church service, particularly on Sunday and Wednesday nights. I am not saying you have to wear a suit and tie every time, but “play clothes” are not “giving of your best to the Lord.”

  • 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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-13 Permalink | Reply
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    (#69) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:14-Don’t Say We Weren’t Warned! 

    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 13:14: “The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.”

    “A fountain of life” expresses a constant supply of that which is essential to life. Municipal water supplies seem to have replaced cisterns and wells, nevertheless the point is that we all die without some source of drinking water. Spiritually-speaking, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Since all of God’s “commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172), then everyone striving to be righteous will receive “the word with all readiness” and search “the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things” are so (Acts 17:11). David said with God “is the fountain of life,” and it is through His Word that spiritual life springs eternal. This is what Jesus meant to the woman at the well: “’Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’ The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw’” (John 4:13-15).

    An exact parallel to this proverb is in Proverbs 14:27: “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.” “The fear of the LORD” is the same as “the law of the wise.” Reverence and awe for God and His Word go hand-in-hand. Many have gone astray who think they “fear God” but ignore or violate His commandments; likewise, others think they have reverence for God’s Word but profane and desecrate His Person and Name. No one “fears God” without keeping His commandments. Many have thought they had faith in God while rejecting: baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38); the churches of Christ which Jesus established and “purchased with His own blood” (Matthew 16:18; Romans 16:16; Acts 20:28); clear Scripture on marriage (Mark 10:2-12); and repentance from sins (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

    The purpose for “the fear of the LORD” and “the law of the wise” is “to turn one away from the snares of death.” Nowhere does God promise to save anyone in their sins who do not repent. The common slogans, “God loves me just the way I am;” “I know I’m saved regardless of what you say the Bible says;” “you have no right to ‘judge me’ or my way of life;” have never been taught by God in His Word! In 2 Peter 3:9, we are told, God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” There is “absolutely” no justification for those who “continue in sin” (Romans 6:1), but only for those who die to sin and, by baptism, bury their dead body in Jesus’ grave (Romans 6:2-7). Having listed the overwhelming “desire to be rich,” and “the love of money” being “a root of all kinds of evil,” Paul commanded, “But you, O man of God, flee these things” (1 Timothy 6:9-11). “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, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26). If we are not saved, it is not because God hasn’t given proper instruction or warning!

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

     
  • TFRStaff 4:22 pm on 2013-08-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Lawlessness causes love to grow cold 

    A lesson entitled “Lawlessness causes love to grow cold” has been added to the series “Love is of God” (in text and audio) at this address:

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/058-lawlessness.html

    Dutch version:

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/058-wetteloosheid.html

    For those who know Dutch and English, I might mention that the English version has an additional section explaining the type of law to which a Christian is subject: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.”

    Also for those who speak Dutch, the series “Can we be the church of the New Testament,” which has been on the Internet for some time in English, has now been added in Dutch as well (text only) at this address:

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/kunnenwij.html

    May the Lord bless you. Roy Davison

     
  • TFRStaff 11:00 am on 2013-07-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Our prime directive 

    “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” 1 Peter 2:9.

    Why would God choose you, make you a royal priesthood, a holy nation, make you belong to Him? After all, what’s in it for a perfect God to take on such an imperfect, sinful bit of dust? Eight words are tucked into this verse – “that you may declare the praises of him” – that are easily overlooked, but tell of our prime directive as the church. Evangelism. Telling the good news.

    What is it? It’s that He has called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. We who were not a people are now the people of God. Once we who had not received mercy have now received mercy. We who were lost in sin without hope have been found and now have hope. Separated from God’s love, we have been brought into His embrace once again. We have been given, so we should freely give. We are loved, so we tell of His love. It’s our prime directive.

    Do you declare the praises of Him?

    Doug Kashorek

    Plattsburgh church of Christ

    http://www.plattsburghchurch.com

    author of Kin of Cain

    a Christian historical fantasy

    http://www.douglaskashorek.com

     
  • Ron Thomas 8:00 am on 2013-06-26 Permalink | Reply
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    JUDGMENTAL 

    Are you judgmental? This is much easier to be guilty of than one realizes. We all have opinions, and we think our opinions are right. Thus, when we are asked, some of us can come across in a rather judgmental way. The topic of discussion does not matter. I have heard it countless times that any conservative republican is a legalistic and narrow-minded radical, or a liberal democrat does not have any rationality to him (her), and neither does that one live by a moral code higher than self. Comments like these are not helpful to serious conversation.

    Christians are not immune to such sentiments. There are many who will talk about “our” church as being the only faithful congregation around. Some will talk against another’s church concerning their unfaithfulness and eternal destiny. This is not wise; the truth of it (or not) may be obvious, but who determines this? Is it anyone of us (2 Timothy 2:19)? My encouragement to one an all is simply this: judgment belongs exclusively to the Lord; those who fail to obey His will, will experience that soon enough. Our responsibilities lie with helping another understand what the Bible teaches and encourage all to obey it, and this includes you and me. RT

     
    • Will 8:12 am on 2013-06-26 Permalink | Reply

      What you say has validity, but we are also to make RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS… and for that reason some will discredit us or even call us unkind and uncaring.

    • Dave Henderson 8:19 am on 2013-06-26 Permalink | Reply

      Well said Ron Thomas, very well said. And you are so right. Being judgmental is an attitude; not a trait unique to any particular perspective. This post made me think about how I present myself in private and in print. Thank you for posting.

    • Ron Thomas 1:43 pm on 2013-06-26 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, that is right, Will (John 7:24). I know it is possible to misconstrue my words, but the bulletin space only allowed for so many words. I try hard to apply that which I wrote, but I must admit, I could do better.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:38 am on 2013-06-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Where Are We Sitting? 

    It’s a wonderful thing to have individuals visit the services of the church. It’s a privilege to have them as our guest. And as a guest nothing more is asked of them other than to ask questions if they so desire. But it seems as if there is some confusion by some within the church as to the difference between the responsibility of a member and the responsibility of a guest. This isn’t a new question, but when it comes to attending worship and Bible study and our overall lifestyle, we must ask if we’re only at the services or are we actually apart of the body, for there is a world of a difference between the two. So where are you sitting – in the pews or in the body, and are you sure about that?

    For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

     
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