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  • TFRStaff 6:35 am on 2017-02-03 Permalink | Reply
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    January 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Competing Voices) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics you will find:

    • Competing Voices (Cody Westbrook)
    • Bible Passages (John W. Moore)
    • Faith vs. Doubt (Jason Jackson)
    • Compromise vs. Conviction (Kevin Cauley)
    • Sin vs. Repentance (Pat McIntosh)
    • Complacency vs. Fervency (Jon Williams)
    • Selfishness vs. Selflessness (Rick Brumback)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

    Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:52 am on 2016-12-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Born again without the virgin birth? 

    A well-known “mega-church pastor” has supposedly ignited some controversy over his comments concerning the birth of Jesus. I haven’t listened to the sermon, but it seems as if the sum of the matter would be that the “pastor” doesn’t mind if an unbelieving person doubts the virgin-birth of Jesus as long as they believe in his death and resurrection.

    I could say a lot about this gnat and camel situation, but I believe I will sum up my thoughts like this: 1) If an individual can believe that someone left this world by “walking” out of a tomb after being three-days-dead then how does his entrance into this world become the unbelievable stumbling block, and 2) If an individual refuses to acknowledge, through faith, God’s work in the birth of Jesus then how can that individual’s faith acknowledge God’s work when it comes to being born-again?

    All in all, I can appreciate one’s interest in presenting Jesus to a lost world, but I can’t appreciate one’s interest in dismissing what those shepherds found so long ago.

    So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:15-18)

  • John T. Polk II 7:58 pm on 2016-11-23 Permalink | Reply
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    11-23-2016 Reasons For Doubt 

    In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus walked across the water to His disciples in the boat.  Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus said, “Come,” and Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus.  However, he became aware of the boisterous wind, and began to sink, he cried, “Lord, save me!” “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:23-31 NKJV).   Do you doubt because: 1) Jesus cannot save? 2) The Bible is not clearly God’s Word? 3) Scoffers have ridiculed this passage? 4) You haven’t taken the time to search these Scriptures thoroughly? This passage disproves all these “reasons” for doubt! Sinners aren’t asked to walk on water, but be baptized in water (Mark 16:16 NKJV)!

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

    • J. Randal Matheny 10:38 am on 2016-11-26 Permalink | Reply

      This article was published in the Brentwood CA congregation’s bulletin.

  • John T. Polk II 8:33 am on 2015-06-11 Permalink | Reply
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    6-8-2015 Are You Double-Minded? 

    Prayers from a doubting heart don’t work. “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:7-8 NKJV). We cannot pray to God and doubt Him at the same time! “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14 NKJV). According to Acts 9:9, 11, Saul of Tarsus spent three days praying and fasting in blindness, but he had no confidence that he was saved until he was told to “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). In Acts 9:18, “he arose and was baptized.” Are you sure you’re saved?

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

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:02 am on 2010-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: reinforced faith — and news 

    In yesterday’s reading of John 20, Thomas was given the opportunity to put his finger into the wounds of Jesus and, by this, believed from having seen Jesus. So today’s Nudge asks: what opportunity has God given you to reinforce your faith in the Lord and in his gospel?

    While you think on that, have you a piece of news of saints, water for thirsty souls from a distant land?

    • Steve 5:27 pm on 2010-07-09 Permalink | Reply


      Though I’ve become a regular fan and follower of TFR the past few months, I’m still a bit uncertain when to, and, well, when not to, make comments. Since it appeared like a slow day from your regular contributors, allow me to shed some digital ink.

      Several years ago I was humbled when asked to serve the congregation as an elder. Since that time I’ve been blessed to, with the Lord’s lead, provide spiritual leadership/sheparding with the congregation. As an eldership we’ve had our peaks and valleys. The two greatest peaks have been assisting a child of God to put on Christ and witnessing the effective spiritual development of family members. One such occasion of the later occurred recently over an extended beverage break. I must admit, when the member requested an opportunity to share coffee and discuss some issues on his heart, my mind drifted back to past experiences with the brother, when such sessions might involve listening to extensive venting and then helping the brother look for ways in which we can grow from such experience. This time, however, the brother expressed concerns and potential solutions about our new preacher’s unsuccessful attempt to locate housing thus far. How does such reinforce my faith in the Lord: simply by answered prayers which demonstrate the melding of the hearts of the congregation to lovingly view situations as Jesus would. Such reminds me how Jesus is alive and well and active in the hearts of many. To seek resolutions that solve the situation, now that’s what Jesus wants us to do. Praise God again and again for his ever present Love and his Nudging of fellow Christians into spiritual maturity!

      • J. Randal Matheny 5:45 pm on 2010-07-09 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Steve, you’re welcome to jump in any time. Comments always welcome.

      • Richard Hill 7:51 am on 2010-07-12 Permalink | Reply

        Steve, seeing spiritual growth in others is so exciting, but also easy to miss since it doesn’t fall under the category of instant gratification. It takes a careful consideration of past behaviors and present ones. It’s a blessing God gives us to enjoy, but we have to be on the lookout for it. I glad to hear about your positive experiences and I pray they will multiply.

  • Mike Riley 12:35 pm on 2010-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    My favorite angelic appearance? When Gabriel appeared to Mary telling her about the blessed event that was to soon occur (Luke 1:26-38). We can plainly see Mary’s strong faith in vs. 38. She never doubted the angel’s proclamation.

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