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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:47 am on 2017-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    I believe in life after death 

    I answered a question about life after death here:

    http://www.votable.com/p/VGM

    I also shared this answer, with a slight edit, to readers of UPLift.

    http://randal.us/#UPLift

     
  • Eugene Adkins 5:10 pm on 2017-01-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Remembering the real stars of 2016 

    Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

    About this time of year, the media, in various forms, will usually share a list of “celebrity-status” stars that they believe need to be remembered due to their passing from this world during the last calendar year.

    With all due respect to the “stars” who make those afore-mentioned lists, I would like to say to my brothers and sisters in Christ who lost loved ones this year that if your loved one placed their faith in Jesus, and they served God’s kingdom through the church (Matthew 5:16), then remember that God has not, and will not, forget the life and contribution of the spiritual star whom you held so dear.

    For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Hebrews 6:10)

    The world is not impressed with the small and unknown. To be a “star” of the world, you have to be a famous, big-time mover-and-shaker who knew how to make the headlines. But all such headlines and works will cease to be profitable once this life is done. But this is not so with the people of God.

    God notices the “small and unknown.” When God’s stars pass from this world, they truly rest from their works (Revelation 14:13). But their works are seen in those who carry on by sharing the same light of God’s truth and righteousness which was so important to them. And in that light, which shines from one generation to the next, the real stars of this world will continually be remembered by God, and by those who knew them, until the return of the brightest light that humanity has ever seen (John 8:12).

    Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 9:44 am on 2016-11-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Why we’re perennially shocked at deaths in large numbers 

    Photo illustration only, not of the crash mentioned below.

    Photo illustration only, not of the crash mentioned below.

    Almost an entire professional soccer team, with a gaggle of journalists and flight crew, perished Nov. 29 as they were arriving for the South American Cup in Medellin, Colombia. The team came from southern Brazil. Many of the journalists were well known nationally. Everyone is in shock over the loss of 71 lives. Only six survived.

    Apparently, electrical failure was reported by the captain before the plane, owned by a Bolivian company, fell from the sky.

    The loss of life is tragic. There is reason to be sad and to mourn. I wrote a short devotional piece, on DeusConosco.com, to help people deal with this moment. (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:57 am on 2016-11-23 Permalink | Reply
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    When we opened our eyes this morning 

    empty-bedOne out of eight Americans die in their sleep. Surprisingly, one study found that people with sleep apnea are no more likely to do so than others. There’s a perception that the elderly die in their sleep more often than others. And, of course, there’s the dreaded Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

    In the Bible, people died in war, from sickness, of old age, and from personal violence such as murder. Just like today. The first sin we have record of outside of Eden was premeditated murder. Many died as a direct result of sin — think of Nadab and Abihu, Korah, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira.

    All death is a consequence of sin in the world. It was not a part of God’s original design. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:44 am on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply
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    8-25-2015 No Total Depravity 

    For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NKJV). The “death” Adam brought into this world was physical death, as a consequence of his sin, for God had said, “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17 NKJV). If “in Adam all die” means everyone inherits his sin, then “in Christ all shall be made alive” has to mean everyone is saved. If not, why not? Then why does God now command “all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV)? The Bible NEVER teaches inherited sin at birth!

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

     
    • Morris G. Monkus 12:08 pm on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply

      Why do you think that man did not die physically and spiritually when they sinned?

      • John T. Polk II 1:28 pm on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply

        They did, and we as a consequence of that. Death is a separation (James 2:26), NOT an annihilation! When God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, they were separated from God (sin, Genesis 2:16-17; Isaiah 59:1-2), and separated from the “tree of life” (physical death, Genesis 3:17-19, 22-23). Jesus Christ is the only one who can give us hope that we may be saved and be with God, this time, forever (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Thanks for asking.

  • John T. Polk II 10:54 am on 2015-05-09 Permalink | Reply
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    5-4-2015 Let’s Keep Jesus In Baptism 

    Why are people “dirty” when there is so much water on earth? Are they clean because they simply SAY they are clean? Isn’t it because they have not followed the principle of applying soap AND water?

    Why are people still in their sins, even though they have SAID they were saved before they were washed in the blood of Jesus’ death? “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4 NKJV). Cleansing from sins is applying Jesus’ blood in baptism. Jesus’ blood is the soap of the soul, and water baptism is where it is applied.

    Let’s Keep Jesus In Baptism!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 6:34 pm on 2015-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    3-10-2015 One-Way Life 

    Zechariah 12:1 NKJV: “Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.” Each one of us has an individual spiritual part within that is who we really are. We die when this spirit leaves our body: “The body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26 NKJV).  “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJV).  There is no return of our spirit to the earth, in any form, and we only pass this way once for there is no second chance after this life. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV), not another life on earth.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 6:33 pm on 2015-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    3-9-2015 Is It Your Time to Die? 

    Some think “when it’s your time to die, there’s nothing you can do about it.” David wrote: “LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah Surely every man walks about like a shadow” (Psalm 39:4-5 NKJV). To “measure my days,” means we should count our birthdays to remind us “how frail” we are. This expression does NOT say, “God has predetermined the length of every life,” BUT we need “to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NKJV). We should “number our days” but nothing says that God has our days numbered!

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

     
  • Glenda Williams 7:53 pm on 2015-03-05 Permalink | Reply
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    My brother is dying with bladder cancer. We visited him yesterday probably for the last time this side of eternity. My heart has been heavy since that visit, and today I wrote this poem as I thought of him and what he would say to me, his little sister.

    When I become a memory
    Think of me with a smile.
    Tears may fill your eyes,
    But only let it be for a little while.

    Remember all the good things we did.
    Remember when I was at my best.
    Remember only the good times
    And let go of all the rest.

    Remember when I was healthy
    And so full of life,
    Remember me young and happy,
    With a life free of strife.

    When I become a memory
    And am no longer here with you,
    Smile and be happy and remember
    My love for you is true.

    -Glenda Williams 3-05-2015

     
  • Glenda Williams 10:09 pm on 2015-01-04 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2015, , death, ,   

    Ready or not time is swiftly passing 

    2015 is here. It will take me a while to get accustomed to writing that date, but I will. Time marches on. It waits for no one. It reminds me of a game we played as children, when we yelled, “ready or not, here I come.” We often ask, “Where does the time go?” It’s moving along slowly but surely. Ready or not, it is coming if the Lord allows the world to stand.

    Are we ready? You might think, “Well, what difference does it make?” As time marches on each of us is growing older. We are one step closer to the grave, to eternity. That’s the difference it makes.

    When Hayes Funeral Home in Elba has a new body, they send me an announcement by email. I always feel a sense of dread in opening the email, afraid it might be someone I know. Often times it is someone I know. Death waits for no one. Friends and loved ones are going out into eternity, ready or not.

    Let’s look at our spiritual growth during the past year. Let’s ask ourselves some serious questions:

    Did we grow spiritually last year?
    Are we closer to the Lord than we were a year ago?
    Did our knowledge of the Word of God increase?
    Did we devote more time to doing the Lord’s work this past year? Did we visit more? Did we talk to anyone about their soul? Did we help anyone in need? Did we give of our means as He would have us do? Did we attend the services of the church faithfully? Did we lead anyone to the Lord? Did we try?

    Dr. Phil McGraw will often say, “The best way to determine future behavior is to look at past behavior.” I hope that is not true with our spiritual life. I hope that each year we will resolve to grow spiritually by studying our Bibles, by praying, by faithfully attending the services of the church, and by serving our fellowman with the goal of leading them to Christ.

    When I was young, the Chuck Wagon Gang sang a song that I love. The chorus Is:

    “I want my Lord to be satisfied with me.
    I want my life to be what He’d have it be.
    And when I come to that great eternity,
    His smile will say He is satisfied with me.”

     
  • Glenda Williams 3:24 pm on 2014-12-06 Permalink | Reply
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    I want to wear Daddy's shoes when I grow up 

    The mother and young son were at the funeral home to view the body of her husband and the father of their 9-year-old son. She made certain her loved one was dressed in his finest pair of jeans, shirt, tie, and newest pair of tennis shoes. The young boy looked up at his mother and asked, “Mommy, can I keep Daddy’s shoes? I want to wear them when I grow up.” She agreed they could exchange them with another pair, and he could indeed save his daddy’s best tennis shoes.

    They went back home and found another pair of shoes and took them back to the funeral home. The young boy took the shoes to the funeral director. Handing them up to him, he said, “I want to put these on Daddy and keep the shoes he has on. I want to wear them when I grow up.”

    Knowing the family, I know the love the little fellow had for his daddy. The daddy that died way too early in life, due to health complications. No doubt he was his best friend. It’s a long, hard story…the story of their lives.

    The shoes. A pair of Nikes probably bought at a thrift store, or at a tremendous bargain somewhere. They were far too big for the young boy to wear, but they belonged to someone he wanted to be grow up and be like. Wearing his dad’s shoes one day would bring him closer to the man he loved, to the man he admired, to the man he wanted to be just like.

    What about the shoes you wear? You may have bought them at the finest store. You may have paid a high price for them. They may be from the finest manufacturer, and made from the finest leather, but what about the person who wears them? Is there anyone that would go to such lengths to walk in your shoes?

    It all depends on how you are walking each day, how you are living, and the example you are setting. Are you living in such a way that your child would think it an honor to have your shoes when you are gone? Are you living in such a way that your child would want to remove your shoes from your cold body and save them so they could wear them years later when they grow up…even if they are just a plain pair of tennis shoes?

    Ah, the example we are setting daily in front of others, and especially those inside our homes. Our example will live on long after we are gone.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:00 am on 2014-10-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Hope delayed is not hope denied 

    Think about John 11 for a moment. It’s the chapter that contains Lazarus’ death, burial and resurrection.

    Well the chapter begins with Lazarus’ sisters sending Jesus an urgent message. To paraphrase it they said, “Please come because the one you love is really, really sick and you’re the only hope we have.” If you’re familiar with the story you know what happens. You know that Mary and Martha’s hope is delayed, and this delay in hope creates a sorrow that struggled to understand how things could have worked out the way they did in light of how they had hoped it would work out.

    But this delay was just that – a delay. And the delay eventually gave way to an amazement that changed the way they viewed hope. Hope was no longer an immediate expectation that could be dashed, but rather it was being trained to become an essential part of their enduring faith; their experience was creating an element within them that strengthened their resolve in the face of temporary disappointments while pointing to an undeniable future.

    There may be times when our hope seems to be denied. And there may be times when it seems like the resulting disappointments are too much to bear. But remember that there’s a difference between something being denied and something being delayed.

    We don’t have to understand all the questions – we just need to keep our faith in the answer that we’ve been given by Jesus.

    Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)

     
    • Don Ruhl 8:57 am on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      Your title alone says it all. Also, the beginning of your last sentence we need to get into people’s thinking, that we do not have to understand all the questions, or know all the answers, that way of thinking we also need to implant into the minds of the people we serve, and into our own minds.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:51 am on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don.

        This is a snippet of sorts from one of two lessons that I did from John 11. My whole theme in John’s gospel has been the Son of God, eternal life and the unbelief that keeps us from it. In the two lessons my point revolved around the differences between the disciples and the unbelieving Jews. The disciples did not always understand but they wanted too because they believed Jesus had the answers even if the answers didn’t always make sense to them; the unbelievers on the other hand didn’t want to understand no matter how plainly anything was ever told to them (cf. 10:24-25). So my two lessons from John 11 revolved around the same theme: the difference between not understanding and not believing. I used God’s love as the first topic and Jesus’ authority over death (a.k.a. our hope) as examples of how things in life may not always make sense when it comes to our questions, but through faith in Jesus as the answer we can have the answer that helps to settle the questions/doubt that can become the unbelief that separates us from the eternal life that Jesus offers.

        Started preaching there, but I just wanted to expound on it since your second sentence hit close to the actual point(s) I made in my lessons.

        • Don Ruhl 9:00 am on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

          Sounds very interesting! I hope the brethren grow mightily in their own faith as a result of your teaching on this material.

    • Jack 12:45 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      But when Jesus heard [it], he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it. (John 11:4)

      I stir up, in the way of putting you in remembrance, your pure mind, to be mindful of the words spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the Lord and Saviour by your apostles; knowing this first, that there shall come at [the] close of the days mockers with mocking, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For from the time the fathers fell asleep all things remain thus from [the] beginning of [the] creation.”

      For this is hidden from them through their own wilfulness, that heavens were of old, and an earth, having its subsistence out of water and in water, by the word of God, through which [waters] the then world, deluged with water, perished. But the present heavens and the earth by his word are laid up in store, kept for fire unto a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But let not this one thing be hidden from you, beloved, that one day with [the] Lord [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Jehovah does not delay his promise, as some account of delay, but is longsuffering towards you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
      (2 Peter 3:1b-9)

  • TFRStaff 7:15 am on 2014-07-29 Permalink | Reply
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    SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 3 of 3) 

    As Jeremiah referred to a deliverance having a significance that would supersede the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, we have noted the spiritual deliverance we ourselves have received in Christ. However, as Israel was freed from the bondage of one nation and Jeremiah referred to the bringing out from “all the countries” where God had driven His people (Jeremiah 16:15), is there another deliverance of significance by which we can be encouraged?

    God’s sovereign power to deliver was displayed in the past at various times and in various ways. His power to deliver in the past is to be a source of encouragement for the present. That power to deliver is also to encourage us regarding the future!

    Jeremiah spoke of a drawing from many countries. Jesus noted a drawing from all directions. God has planned a great deliverance, a time when He will gather all the redeemed from the four directions of the earth to be with Him forever. As surely “As the LORD lives” He will bring such a deliverance.

    Jesus stated. . .

    (26) And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. (27) And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” (Mark 13:26-27 ESV)

    What a grand gathering that will be! What an awesome deliverance of which to be a part!

    One of the glorious pictures our Lord gave of joining with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the eternal kingdom of God is as follows:

    “And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29 ESV)

    From all directions God draws and will draw His people, delivering them from the bondage of sin in this world and placing them in His eternal kingdom. We should look forward with great anticipation for our final delivery from this realm. In the meantime let us keep in mind the “marker of the past”, the deliverance God made possible through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. . .

    “and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10 ESV)

    Praise God He has made it possible for us in Christ to encourage ourselves as we say, “As the LORD lives who has delivered me from my sins and the fear of death and will also bring me into His glorious eternal presence!”

    Have a great day ANTICIPATING THE MOST SUPREME DELIVERANCE OF ALL!

    “teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. http://www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

     
  • Eugene Adkins 9:35 am on 2014-07-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Only one person's death can change you eternally 

    Be it a family member or friend or even a stranger, the death of an individual has the power to change people.

    It can cause us to better appreciate the little things. It can cause us to become more patient. It can cause us to let go of burdens from our past. It can cause us to strive to be a better person.

    But only the death of one man has the power to change us eternally!

    For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

     
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