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  • J. Randal Matheny 9:09 pm on 2017-02-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Take up the shield of faith 

    “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” Eph 6.16 NIV.

    A shield provides protection. We need protection from the evil one. He is the devil, the father of lies and a highly successful warrior against the sons of man. He always takes aim in order to bring us down spiritually. Our protection from the evil one is faith. This faith must be taken up. It must be used. We must put our faith into play in order for it to protect us. Faith is useless to us if not taken up.

    How do we take up the shield of faith? By practicing the word of God. By obeying the commandment of God. By believing the promises of God. By proclaiming the salvation of God. By putting first the kingdom of God.

    Faith is active. It bids us to take hold of its power. Without it we cannot be successful against the evil one. Without it we cannot be successful in the victory of God.

  • TFRStaff 6:32 am on 2017-02-17 Permalink | Reply
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    February 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Heroes of Faith) 

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

    Here are the topics you will find:

    • Noah: Obedient Faith in a Wicked World! (Mike Bonner)
    • Abraham: He Who Staggered Not in Unbelief (Cody Westbrook)
    • Barnabas: He Who Met the Need (Don Walker)
    • John the Baptizer: The Most Humble Disciple (Carl McCann)
    • Peter: From a Pebble To a Rock (Clay Bond)
    • Joshua: The Courageous Leader (Bill Burk)

    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.

  • 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.

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:43 pm on 2017-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    My Search 

    Simple faith, the goal of searching,
    Life with center and circumference,
    That single word of fullest meaning,
    Limitless love for one and all.

    —JRMatheny http://randalmatheny.com

  • John T. Polk II 7:00 pm on 2016-09-22 Permalink | Reply
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    9-22-2016 The Work Of Faith 

    Jesus said “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35 NKJV).  “Broken” means to “nullify, undo, or deprive of authority.”  The Bible does not contradict itself, and one command is not cancelled out by other commands.  “Faith” is commanded when the Bible says, “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5 NKJV).  But “faith” is a “work.”  “Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent’” (John 6:28-29 NKJV).  No Scripture dealing with “works” would cancel out obeying the command to work at faith!  Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).  No contradiction here!

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

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:42 am on 2016-09-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Get it directly from the source 

    sourceNothing like getting it directly from the source. In matters of the spirit, we can be content with nothing else.

    Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ, unmediated by human interpretation. A happy result of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman is this word of the townspeople to her: (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:53 am on 2016-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Upon My Face, Upon My Cross 

    Before you, Lord, I bow my head,
    I know that you in heaven reign;
    Upon my face I fall in dread,
    My many sins become my pain.

    How blessed are we, with blood to save,
    With hope to guide, and love embrace,
    All things possess, your Spirit gave
    A promise soon to see your face. (More …)

  • Ron Thomas 5:11 am on 2016-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Romans 5 Theology 


    1. Justification is by faith (C-4), Abraham illustrating this, it is by faith that one enters into the spiritual realm of God’s grace; in this realm there is peace and hope (5:1-5). When a person responds in obedient faith, as with Abraham, God declares that one righteous (justified). One’s positive response to God brings knowledge and understanding, but it also brings rejoicing. This is all in relation to how God looks upon His creation.
    2. It is hardly likely that one will sacrifice himself for another, though there may be a rare occasion for this to occur (5:6-7). God, however, did this for man when he was (is) a sinner, one who is blackened by the evil of missing the righteous mark of God (5:8). Thus, the rejoicing is not in what the individual did, but what God did (5:6-11).
    3. Man was thrust into the realm of death (sin) as a result of what Adam and Eve did in the Garden.(a) For a period of time, sin and death reigned (from Adam to Moses) without there being any codified law given to man, any name (or nation), whereby this problem plaguing man could be addressed. Those who lived during that time faced death, which was (and is) the consequence of sin.(b) Then the Law of Moses was given to man, but only to a specific people, starting with Moses, who in turn gave this to the Hebrew people (or Israelites). Still, sin and death reigned, only this time, the Lord gave a temporary remedy/solution to addressing it. (c) Before the Law of Moses was given to man, each person who lived faced the consequence of sin, which was (at the very least) physical death. Paul said, however, they had no sin “imputed” or counted against them. (d) Once the Law was given to a specific people (Israel, or the Hebrew people), it was to those people who God called upon to own up to the consequences of sin, their own sin (5:12-14). They were given information/knowledge from God and came to understand what sin was (is) and why it stood against God. The issue/problem of sin in life was initially addressed by God.
    4. Sin was not a gift to man, but now there is a gift from God that thoroughly and completely addresses the problem of sin in the life of man, all men (women) everywhere (5:15-17). No matter the comprehensive nature of sin’s stain against man (which brings God’s judgment), “grace abounded much more” (5:18-21).


    1. This “Abrahamic response” is Paul’s point in this chapter. One has peace and hope when justification comes from God as a result of one’s faith or trust in God (5:1-2). (a) Thus, while the Law of Moses educated (brought knowledge and understanding) a specific people, it also brought knowledge and understanding of God’s judgment to the same people when His Law was violated. (b) Jesus, on the other hand, brought something that could save man from God’s judgment, a judgment that will surely be experienced by those who reject what He brought (5:9; cf. Acts 17:30-31). (c) However, whether one was declared guilty by the codified law (Law of Moses), or whether one was guilty without such a Law, Jesus came to save both! This means that both Jew and Gentile can be saved (cf. Acts 4:12).
    2. In the remainder of the chapter Paul makes the point for the significance of Law in God’s plan of salvation and judgment. (a) Sin was in the world, but the penalty of sin (physical death) was only that which was counted against man. (b) There was another penalty for sin that was not counted against those who had no codified Law from God, a law that declared a righteous and moral standard of measurement. That other penalty was God’s wrath, or eternal separation of Himself from the individual man guilty of sin.(c) This is called the second death, which is a spiritual death.
    3. Death is the penalty that came to man because of the deed of one man (Adam in the Garden). Life is the reward (promise) that came to man because of deed of one Man (Jesus). How, then, can one get free from underneath this burden of sin/death? One must die to sin.

    For similar studies on Romans 1-4, please see my site http://www.rv85.net.

  • John T. Polk II 11:00 pm on 2015-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    12-4-2015 New Birth Order 

    “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). No better example of this is found than Jesus’ statement: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Baptism is into Jesus’ death. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Any salvation offered before baptism is without the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. If not, why not? There is not one passage of Scripture where baptism and salvation/remission of sins are mentioned together that places salvation before baptism. If salvation comes to a sinner without being baptized into Jesus’ death in order to obtain remission of sins, then, as far as their “salvation” is concerned, “Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

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

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:21 pm on 2015-11-17 Permalink | Reply
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    I See It Not 

    I see it not, but feel it on my skin,
    The clouds roll back, to let the sunshine in,
    And then they close, and shut the sunshine out,
    I see and feel the drops that fall about.

    I cannot see the Holy Spirit move,
    His presence by his fruit the saint can prove;
    In clouds the Son will turn our faith to sight,
    And all will feel the judgment God will write.


  • John T. Polk II 9:47 pm on 2015-09-28 Permalink | Reply
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    9-25-2015 Weddings Are Essential 

    A “wedding” is the procedure that, according to God, brings a man and a woman together, “and the two shall become one flesh.” Jesus added, “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6 NKJV). Jesus Wedding Parable (Matthew 22:1-14) began with: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come” (Matthew 22:2-3 NKJV). A “wedding” is simply a ceremony that recognizes God’s teaching and an admission that God is involved. By living together without a “wedding,” people have only refused to make “faith” a part of their commitment! Why aren’t you married?

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

  • John T. Polk II 10:49 am on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply
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    8-28-2015 Only God Is 

    “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth” (Psalm 33:6 NKJV). A short summary of the Creation found in Genesis chapters 1 & 2. Only God was “In the beginning” with power enough to bring all this into existence. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV). “For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:9 NKJV). In Genesis 1, after the 10X “God said,” the entire world and its organizing rules, were brought into reality. Origin and Design did NOT come through the “god of Time,” a.k.a. “Evolution,” but only through the living God.

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

  • Eugene Adkins 4:00 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Does grace and faith by default do away with water? 

    Many people in the religious world contend that water has nothing to do with our salvation today because salvation from God comes by grace through faith. In other words, salvation by grace and faith, so it is thought, leaves no room or need for the water, but is that the case?

    Did you know that Noah was saved by grace through faith and water? He sure was!

    But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8)

    By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

    who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” (1 Peter 3:20)

    Now if God’s plan of salvation in the past could consist of saving someone by grace through faith and water, then what makes a person think that grace and faith does away with the water today?

    There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 3:21)

    • docmgphillips 8:13 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. Unfortunately, we are a “milk” generation, and need more lessons on the basics.

    • marciasettles 8:52 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on A Mom Looking Up.

    • marciasettles 9:03 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply

      6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 1 John 5

      • Eugene Adkins 6:31 am on 2015-08-24 Permalink | Reply

        Great scripture reference, Marcia. And thanks for the reblog too. I appreciate that.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:57 am on 2015-07-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Bad situations don’t equate to being forsaken 

    There are times when the situations of life can make a person wonder if they’ve been forsaken by the God that they have trusted. Things ranging from health scares to family issues to financial crises can strain our understanding of God’s promise to never leave or forsake us (1 Kings 8:56-58, Hebrews 13:5). But when one considers many of the people that we read about in God’s word, we can see that bad situations don’t equate to being forsaken by God:

    • Joseph was thrown down into an old dry pit
    • Jonah found himself down in the belly of a whale
    • Jeremiah was thrown down into an old muddy pit
    • Daniel was cast down into a lion’s den

    Various things were going on in the lives of these people, and their experiences were for various purposes, but regardless of how they may have felt about their circumstances at the time, none of them were forsaken by their God.

    When the river of peace seems to have been swapped for the overwhelming floods, remember that the same God who made walls out of the Red Sea and who cleared a path through the flood stage Jordan River still stands by our side. Temporary circumstances, no matter how endless they may feel, cannot separate us from the love of God that’s found through Christ Jesus.

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:35-39

  • John T. Polk II 10:51 am on 2015-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    6-4-2015 Can You Handle “The Truth?” 

    Do you believe “the truth,” or what someone has told you as truth? Jesus told a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well what her life had been like, and she perceived that He was “a prophet.” She told her fellow citizens what had happened. “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did’ (John 4:39 NKJV). After Jesus taught them for two more days, “many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world'” (John 4:42 NKJV). Can you handle “the truth?”

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

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