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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:13 am on 2016-06-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Anyone near Dyersburg this morning? 

    I’ll be speaking this morning near Dyersburg TN, specifically Newbern, at the Lemalsamac congregation. If you’re nearby, come and be with us. The meeting begins at 10 am. My sermon topic will be, “How to have the love of God in your life.” During the study hour, I’ll share recent news about the GoSpeak effort.

    The church website is not appearing anywhere, but they do have a Facebook page. The building is located on Highway 77 toward Dyer.

    #missions #churches #tennessee

     
    • jsuiter68 7:35 am on 2016-06-13 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for letting us know Randal! I have heard you as a moderator before, but never in “preaching” mode. Your as amazing in the pulpit as you are with the pen! Good to see you all and hope you have a great and productive time this visit. God bless, Jamie

  • John T. Polk II 3:37 pm on 2016-04-12 Permalink | Reply
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    4-15-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #5 

    Before Jerusalem was destroyed, Jesus warned, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5 NKJV).  Bible miracles, however, “are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31 NKJV).  After Jerusalem fell in A.D. 70, many have come establishing churches “in His name,” and also have deceived many.  But God said of false prophets of old: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV.  “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17 NKJV).  Only the Bible speaks the truth.

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:59 am on 2014-08-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Three great stories yesterday and today on BNc, and I didn’t write any of them. 🙂

    http://brotherhoodnews.com/2014/08/07/

    http://brotherhoodnews.com/2014/08/06/

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 9:39 am on 2014-07-01 Permalink | Reply
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    The site at the link below replaces the… 

    The site at the link below replaces the previous one on our fastmail account.

    http://church.tiddlyspace.com

    With the move, it has also been updated rather extensively to reflect the new work in Urbanova January, 2014.

     
  • Richard Mansel 7:33 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Six Things Young Preachers Need to Know 

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    When young men go into the ministry, they are ambitious and hopeful. They dream of saving countless souls and inspiring brethren immediately to become passionate and obedient.

    However, reality soon sets in, and they learn that working with humans is more complicated than they realized. These aspiring preachers learn some harsh lessons in the meantime and struggle until they gain some experience.

    When we embark into a new career, we need copious amounts of guidance, patience and grace until we know what we are doing. With that in mind, here are six lessons that young preachers may not be told in school or when they are in training.

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    • Ron Thomas 7:49 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      I am assuming, Richard, you have in mind “lessons learned and that should be known as a form of guidance” during hard times, and not really anything else concerning the work?

    • Ron Thomas 7:56 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      With that in mind, I will offer a couple of thoughts. First, don’t contribute to the solution unless invited. Second, you don’t always know what needs to be done. When that is understood, then one is able to move slower and easier. These are two things I have learned through the years – among others.

    • Rick 8:01 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      Great, practical article. I heard, just last week, one brother discouraging his son from attending a brotherhood “preaching school.” Said that the brethren from years gone by didn’t need it, and they don’t need it now (I did kindly point out the untruthfulness of that argument, btw). As a graduate of one of them, If preaching schools were good for only one thing (and they ubiquitously have positives and negatives), the experience and influence of seasoned preachers would be it. Congregations and preachers (especially young ones) have expectations, and it takes a while to figure out what those are, and if each party will be willing and/or able to meet them. It takes a tremendous amount of patience, forgiveness and humility to endure the relationship, which I view to be as near to marriage as any other relationship. Again, good thoughts, Richard; and Ron Thomas, nice meeting you a week ago 🙂

  • Ed Boggess 6:38 am on 2011-11-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Churches are sprouting up faster than rabbits can multiply. That is the message from religious pollster George Barna according to the latest surveys. Americans have decided to remove God from the heart and store him in the closet. They are determined to believe what they choose and practice what they want. For every new public hankering there is some enterprising preacher who starts a new church custom-tailored to please their wants and soothe their guilt. If the Bible happens to agree with them, so much the better; but if not, then throw the Bible in the closet too. Becoming a Christian is no longer about conversion and transformation, but how closely can one walk with the devil and still retain respectability. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
  • Richard Mansel 12:27 pm on 2010-10-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Restlessness of Youth 

    My article today discusses the restless nature of youth and how it can ruin their lives. We also need to consider what it can mean to our congregations.

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  • Ron Thomas 7:53 am on 2010-07-27 Permalink | Reply
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    PATTERN THEOLOGY 

    What is it that we mean by pattern? When Moses was told by the Lord to build the tabernacle in accordance with the pattern he saw on the mount (Exodus 25:40), did he have questions in his mind about the meaning of the word pattern? Evidently, some think that he should have; he should have critically reflected and asked the question, “What do we (you, Lord) mean by pattern?”

    If a question needs to be asked about what is in mind when the word pattern is used by a person, then that question (or questions) needs to be asked. If clarity is desired, there is warrant in seeking clarification. However, since the word has a common definition (“a form or model proposed for imitation”), generally the problem won’t be in the meaning of the word, but in the mind of the one asking the question or contemplating on the word. If you make a garment from a “pattern” your intentions are to make that garment after the form or model of that pattern, is it not? Surely it is. Perhaps, within the garment pattern there are “built-in” options that allow for alternative products. The pattern, however, is purchased and used in order to get a desired result, for there is no other reason to use a pattern, is there?

    When the Lord gave direction to Moses on the mountain, He wanted a “cookie cutter” pattern to be followed. To Moses, He gave no option concerning what he was to make. If, to Moses, He gave options, it was the prerogative of the “pattern maker” to give that option; that fact that He did not, however, is important to note.

    How should we use the “pattern” concept with respect to churches today? To begin, we must have a starting point, and that starting point is the New Testament. In the New Testament we can see that churches were established in various communities and those churches were made up in a certain way. Is that a pattern for us to follow? It is if the apostles set the churches up, and they did so by the authority of the Holy Spirit. If there were incidental related to the setting up of the church they are….well, incidentals. I suggest to you that spiritually discerning people can make a distinction.

    A pattern, then, is a form or a model of a desired product. In today’s environment, those who desire to pattern themselves after the New Testament will not only pattern their individual lives after the model of Jesus, but they will desire to be part of a church patterned after the model of the church in the New Testament, the Lord’s pattern.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:09 am on 2010-07-16 Permalink | Reply
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    I’d like to do a “Church of the Week.” Posting a link and a sliver of info on congregations once weekly. Anybody up to taking this on?

     
    • Ron 8:12 am on 2010-07-16 Permalink | Reply

      I think that is a worthy idea, Randal. This can highlight the local works and people.

  • Ed Boggess 11:39 am on 2010-03-23 Permalink | Reply
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    What makes a good community? – JAM 

    According to a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Boulder, Colorado, Holland, Michigan and Honolulu ranked first, second and third in the country as the happiest places to live. Boulder has fresh mountain air and we know what Honolulu offers, but what does Holland, Michigan have besides bitter cold and a struggling economy? Ask the 35,000 citizens and they will reply churches. One resident answered, “Our churches have a lot of good, caring folks in them that are like family to us.” It is a place where faith is at a high and crime is at a low. It is a place where people reach out to help each other and where faith is genuine and applied in everyday life. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:53 am on 2010-02-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge and news 

    Today’s Nudge: What stands out about your congregation? It’s always interesting to hear about positive qualities of the community of saints.

    Our hearts go out to the Chileans, in this moment of grief, shock and tragedy. A Brazilian on business in Chile, according to a newspaper here, said, “It was a giant monster that was going to swallow us, that was the sensation.” We continue to seek news and channels for sending aid.

    Have a blessed First Day today, wherever you are, and may our God protect and preserve you for his purposes.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 3:27 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Singing 

    I like the Bishop Street’s description of this part of their worship:

    Singing: This just might take your breath away. We’re pretty enthusiastic about the privilege of worship in song. If you feel comfortable, please join right in; there are no professionals here, just everybody pouring out hearts to God together. (And don’t worry if you think your voice isn’t quite up to par. If your heart is, that’s what matters.) You might hear quite a variety of song tempos and lyrics and styles, but they all have the intent of praising Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and also of teaching and encouraging each other. This is what we read about, and are commanded to do, in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. (By the way, many people are surprised by the absence of musical instruments. That’s simply because the New Testament only speaks of singing and making melody in the heart, so that’s the pattern we try to follow.)

    The whole page is nicely done.

     
    • Phillip Woeckener 3:38 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

      With regards to instruments:

      Praise the LORD with the lyre; make music to Him with a ten-stringed harp. Psalm 33:2

      Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the lyre, God, my God. Psalm 43:4

      Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and lyre. Psalm 149:3

      Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre. Psalm 150:3

      If you read enough of the Bible you will come to the conclusion that King David would have used Electric Guitar and all other technology that is afforded to us today to Praise God if he had it available at the time. Please don’t discount the use of musical instruments as a necessary part of Praise and Worship. But in the absence of instruments, definitely Praise the Lord with our voices.

      • Randal Matheny 3:46 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

        Phillip, this is not the venue for this discussion. I’d recommend the Bible study forum if you’d like to work through this.

        • Phillip Woeckener 4:15 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

          I’m sorry, but I was told that some can post, but all can reply. If I can’t reply, then what is the point?

        • Randal Matheny 4:34 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

          The site’s target audience are churches of Christ who believe that the NT provides the pattern for faith and practice. Discussions that challenge those things believed among us should be moved elsewhere, such as the forum link provided above. If you find that restricting, you may want to find another place to participate.

        • Phillip Woeckener 4:38 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply

          Perhaps I missed the part about this being a Church of Christ blog post. I’m definitely in the wrong place then.

          Sorry for the interruption. Carry on with the banter.

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