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  • J. Randal Matheny 8:32 am on 2016-10-26 Permalink | Reply
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    The world is but a thought away 

    You probably know people who came to Christ late in life or saints who fell away and repented only after years had passed. All of them lament, to one degree or another, the time wasted in the world.

    They know how short life is. They are also aware of how much there is to learn and to do in the kingdom of God. They don’t let their regrets immobilize them, however. They are often among the most dedicated servants of the Lord.

    We should embrace these former time-wasters. They can help us to see the preciousness of opportunity, the value of time, the urgency of faith. (More …)

    • Karen 11:17 am on 2016-10-27 Permalink | Reply

      From this former time-waster and latecomer, I would like to say thank you for this article. It encouraged me. I know it took me a long time to find my way home, but God is allowing me the opportunity to serve Him now, and I am so thankful for His patience, love, and mercy to me. Please pray that I will never look back, and spend the rest of my life living for Him and pleasing Him in all I do!

      • J. Randal Matheny 11:19 am on 2016-10-27 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Karen, I was inspired to write this after reading an article in Portuguese that a friend sent me. He had fallen away from the Lord for some years. Be sure of our prayers!

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:06 am on 2016-10-12 Permalink | Reply
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    A marvelous invention, the paragraph 

    The paragraph is a marvelous invention. Within a visual unit of words and sentences a principal idea is captured and featured. Over the centuries the size of paragraphs has shrunk, but some still protest over single-sentence blocks.

    Not all prescriptions for paragraphs function in all types of writing. But everyone works with some definition and concept of the paragraph. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:04 am on 2016-09-14 Permalink | Reply
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    The most exciting find of all (and it’s not bacon) 


    There must have been no greater exclamation among the Jews of the first century than that which Andrew declared to his brother Simon and what Philip told his friend Nathaniel: “We have found the Messiah!” Jn 1.41, 45. One can feel the excitement in those words. The NET Bible rightly ends it with an exclamation point. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:14 pm on 2016-09-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Another step forward for this 7-year-old effort 


    Almost seven years ago, Forthright Press launched The Fellowship Room as a group weblog of saints who could contribute and interact at will. (Here’s the first post.) In that time this modest effort has grown to include more than 11,400 posts by over 30 Fellows over the widest range of topics related to faith and discipleship in a fallen world.

    Today, we take yet another step forward, with a new dot-com domain, which recently became available, and an installation on our own hosting. Several advantages now appear thanks to the move. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:33 am on 2016-08-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Meanwhile, during the Olympics 


    Yours Truly with three new evangelists in Pimentas church, Guarulhos, Brazil

    Even though we still feel sluggish getting back into our Brazil routine, after our US trip, the month of August filled up with events, every weekend. Three of the four are teaching opportunities outside of our region: the ordination of three evangelists (last Sunday), a marriage seminar, and a day-long seminar on order in worship and discipline in the church. (More …)

    • Joel Matheny 9:40 am on 2016-08-10 Permalink | Reply

      To be fair, only the basketball teams are staying on the cruise ship. Also, the men’s basketball team has not stayed in the Olympic village since 1992 when American NBA players started going to the Olympics.

    • James McFerrin 9:36 pm on 2016-08-10 Permalink | Reply

      Three days a week? I thought preachers only worked three hours on Sundays and one hour on Wednesdays.

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:47 am on 2016-08-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Listening as spiritual art 

    hearListening is a spiritual art. It is the beginning of salvation. Many saints often begin the steps of salvation with hearing the gospel: “hear, believe, repent, etc.” That’s the blessed and necessary starting point.

    The great Jewish recitation is the Shema, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” Deut 6.4 ESV. They say these are a faithful Jew’s last words. Supposedly, those last words have been the main words of a faithful life. In the Old Testament to hear means to obey. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:38 pm on 2016-07-13 Permalink | Reply
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    The ease of obedience 

    The commandment of Christ appears to be difficult when we consider it from a human point of view. The natural man feels repulsion at selfless service. The unregenerate person finds the will of God a hard thing to do. Those who fulfill their own desires, even if they wear the name of Christ, respond only with great effort to bearing his cross. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 9:19 am on 2016-07-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Life a constant learning process 

    After 45-plus years of typing and keyboarding according to the proper system taught back then in the public schools, I learned that this too has a right-handed bias. I had always had a bit of problem reaching the number 6 with the index finger of the right hand. Recently, I tried it — against all True and Proper Doctrine of Typing — with my left hand. Problem solved!

    But could I adapt easily to reaching the 6 with my left hand, after all these years of forcing the right? I found I could, after just a short time. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:46 am on 2016-06-29 Permalink | Reply
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    The problem of sports 

    A political writer thinks that sports might be the solution to keep the USA from falling apart. LeBron the savior. More likely, the sports industry is part of the problem, or a manifestation of the American ailment, at least. Sports figures can’t even provide a proper model for children, must less can sports serve as a unifier.

    Used to, sports was touted as a means of helping youth learn self-discipline and positive values.That was before the screaming parents, I suppose, ready to abuse coaches and sponsors of teams. In spiritual terms, youth do need self-discipline, now more than ever, but with athletes resorting to doping, that doesn’t seem to work out so well. (More …)

    • Wes Dawson 3:01 pm on 2016-06-29 Permalink | Reply

      I agree that preaching the gospel is the only real solution to the problems of the world. I find it disturbing when a Christian’s solution is “vote the rascals out”. I learned the hard way that campaigning and voting simply exchanges one set of rascals for another. I no longer campaign or vote, but I do preach the gospel.

    • James McFerrin 9:28 pm on 2016-06-29 Permalink | Reply

      I also visited the GA Store for the first time about six months ago. If you met Melissa McFerrin, you met our granddaughter-in-law. She is a welcome addition to our family.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:10 am on 2016-06-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Love and be known 

    knowledge-booksAn old song says something to effect that “to know you is to love you.” They must have gotten that from the Bible, with a twist. Paul says, “But if someone loves God, he is known by God” 1Cor 8.3.

    The apostle to the Gentiles was swatting down those who touted knowledge as the great value of the Way, who said that what you know makes you important. The only thing that knowledge does, by itself, is to puff you up, or, as we say where I grew up (which is where I am now), give you the big head. It makes you conceited. It does nothing for your brother in Christ. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 10:34 am on 2016-06-02 Permalink | Reply
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    God loves you, regardless. His commands permit fellowship. 

    white-gloveGod loves you, regardless. His commands are conditions to enjoy his presence, for he is holy and whoever approaches him must be purified through obedient faith in the blood of Christ. His commands are not requirements for love. He loved you before you sinned, and after. It is his love that reaches out to you and invites you to obedience. His love comes before your obedience, not after.

    Humans make behavior a condition of love. To earn love you must do this or that, or be perfect in some way. God does not do this. His commands put us in a position to receive forgiveness. His commands are themselves an expression of his love. (More …)

    • According to Greta 12:30 pm on 2016-06-02 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to have stumbled upon your blog. It is something that most of us struggle with, the guilt of our sins- not being able to feel loved when we sin. I guess it is something that we learn as our faith increases.

      • J. Randal Matheny 1:48 pm on 2016-06-02 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Greta. Guilt pretty much kills a feeling of self-worth, which impacts our view of what God must think of us, doesn’t it? Growth in faith will certainly help us work through this. Thanks for the comment.

    • ofhisgloryblog 11:22 pm on 2016-06-02 Permalink | Reply

      AMEN. Hallelujah
      God Bless you friend.

    • Danielle Smith 4:47 pm on 2016-09-26 Permalink | Reply

      “Two common misunderstandings diminish the love of God. One, that we must earn his love through our perfection. Two, and perhaps the more common one today, that God’s love is permissive of any action and dismissive of obedience. Both are deadly to our relationship to him, turning his love into either pettiness or permissiveness.”


  • J. Randal Matheny 6:18 am on 2016-05-25 Permalink | Reply
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    A Fall wedding in the cold South—on Saturday 

    weddingOn Friday we’re off to cold weather, heading south, to the city of Curitiba. It’s almost winter time here, and people say it dips below freezing there. In the southern hemisphere, going south is like going north above the equator — it gets colder. And here, it feels colder, since houses have no indoor heating.

    My assigned task is to give away a bride. Cosma’s parents are both deceased, and she invited me to do the honor. She lived in SJCampos for some time, and Vicki and I became close to her.

    Unlike American weddings, The Missus and I will remain standing up front during the ceremony. Must wear comfortable shoes, I hear tell two suits will officiate. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:52 am on 2016-05-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Random thoughts…otherwise known as corollaries to one guy I know 

    Here’s some random thoughts…or maybe corollaries. I don’t know – you decide.

    A few days ago I decided to sit down with my four-year-old daughter and show her some Three Stooges videos. She’s a fan now. The first thing out of her mouth was, “Why isn’t there any color?” The last thing was, “I want to watch the 3 Stewards again.” I can think of a Bible lesson about 3 stewards where one acted like a stooge. Can you? Here’s a hint (Matthew 25:14-30).

    Speaking of stooges, have you ever wondered what a real life “high place” would look like today? Read this and you’ll see.

    Since “politics” is now on the table, I heard that the court-system has decided that North Carolina’s bathroom-bill is unlawful because it “violates” the civil-rights act. Talk about a civil-wrong! So members of the opposite sex now have a “civil-right” to use the bathroom of their choice? How can we boycott the courts along with Target? And don’t forget to pray.

    Speaking of prayer, when’s the last time you thanked God for answering your prayers? If you pay attention to most prayers in the Bible you’ll see that thanksgiving was as much a part of the prayer as asking for reasons to give thanks. I know it’s not November, but thanksgiving is never a bad attitude to have.

    Things that seem out of season aren’t always so bad. There are a lot more than 4 seasons out there! So enjoy the blessings of life in the middle of the burdens, and use the yoke of Jesus to carry the burdens in the middle of good times. Sow for a spiritual harvest and look for low hanging fruit at the same time.

    Well, I don’t know if my list is technically a corollary line-up, but I don’t think they’re hardly as random as I sometimes think they are.

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:11 am on 2016-04-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Joy and tears and the heart of Philippians 

    Paul’s letter to the Philippians is known, appropriately, as the letter of joy. The topic is an important keynote, all the more so because Paul was in prison when he wrote it. So it is noteworthy when, at one point in the letter, Paul says he writes “with tears.” Do you know what it is that causes his tears, and why the subject brings him to tears? Read Php 3.

    Philippians is less known as a letter of mission cooperation. Paul opens and closes with thanksgiving for their participation in his effort. This literary technique, called inclusio(n), marks their financial gifts as a major theme of the letter. Perhaps we don’t notice it because we lack the missionary spirit the Philippian saints had, or because we’re reading commentaries whose authors don’t have it and therefore treat it briefly. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:15 am on 2016-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Fleshing out conversion 

    turn-signalWe hold half-formed ideas about many words. For some, conversion hides one of those nebulous meanings. Its basic meaning is turning or change.

    Think of converting an automobile motor from gasoline into natural gas. In order to do what it could not before, some things have to be tinkered with. And what it did before, it does no longer. To convert it over is not a complicated process, but not anyone can do it.

    Converting a soul from sin and self, from the world and the flesh, in order to know and serve God is not only a personal decision on the part of the person, but a job only the Creator can undertake. (More …)

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