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  • 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 12:34 pm on 2016-11-12 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Hiding beliefs and convictions’ 

    A comment on Mat 5.16:

    “The policy of obscuration, of hiding beliefs and convictions, is often urged by lukewarm Christians, so-called ‘reasons of prudence and wisdom: gradual accustoming of men to new ideas; deference to the prejudices of good men; avoidance of rupture by premature outspokenness; but generally the true reason is fear of unpleasant consequences to oneself. ‘ To think and act thus is deliberate disloyalty to Christ. Your light, given to you from above, not to be used according to expediency, but to shine; your light, not you, the object being not to make your person prominent, but your Christianity. The Christians, individually and collectively, should perform this task as their steady work. For the light which shall be thrown out from them in every direction, before all men, consists in their good works, the fruits of their regeneration, the proof of their being illuminated by Jesus. These should be seen by the people for a definite reason. All men that come in contact with their works shall be forced to draw conclusions as to the power that inspires them. And so the glory, the honor will be placed where it properly and exclusively belongs, will be given to the Father in heaven. This fact renders the admonition urgent by giving to it its real basis.”

    Paul Kretzmann

     
  • TFRStaff 9:44 am on 2015-10-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Fear God always 

    “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)

    God’s goodness is infinite and it is laid up for those that fear the Lord. When we come to fear God, we know He is our Creator. He is our Master or Lord. As we tremble before God, reverence and respect Him, we will do what He tells us to do in His Bible.

    God Bless you today and always. I love you. Charles Box

    #fear #Bible #God #Charles-Box

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:08 am on 2014-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    How to start the new year 

    In my RSS feed a daily post shares information about some people group who, in the eyes of the organization behind it, has not been reached by the gospel. Now, the organization and I have a different idea of what the gospel is. But I appreciate the effort, and each day I have determined that I will look at the information about the people group selected and pray that the Lord will send workers with the true gospel to them. It’s one way in which I seek to fulfill the Lord’s order to pray for more workers to be sent into the harvest. Besides asking for workers in our own region.

    I’d be interested in hearing how you go about praying about this need. Really interested. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 1:45 pm on 2014-12-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Ted Knight's Edifier: Happy New Year! 

    Beloved, we wish for you a very happy and healthy New Year. We close the year 2014 and nothing can be done to change it. However, we have a new year before us now and we can resolve to make it a great year to the glory of God.

    We pray that you will be blessed with what the Lord knows is best for you, and that you will accept that and march forward to a productive year. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:59 am on 2013-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    (#68) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:13-Pick one: Despise or Fear God’s Word. 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 13:13: “He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”

    “Despises” is a verb meaning “having no regard or respect for.” Another proverb applies this principle to prayer: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). Without exception, either eternal or physical destruction or both, comes to those who reject God’s Word. Jesus also said: “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you–Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47). Though Jesus did not come to be the Judge the first time, He will, at His Second Coming (Hebrews 9:27-28), for He said: “”And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

    There will be no scoffers, agnostics, atheists, immoral, wicked, or perverse people who “will be rewarded,” for they, all, refuse to “fear the commandment” of God. Solomon said this, and then the Apostle Peter also: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14); “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’” (Acts 10:34-35). God’s reward is for those who accept His Word and treat it accordingly: “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Michael Summers 2:39 pm on 2013-07-30 Permalink | Reply
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    The Path to Survival and Success 

    I sometimes parody Robert Frost’s old poem by saying, “Two paths diverged in a wood, and I, I blazed a new trail between them.” One should never let tunnel vision limit their achievements. Just because three options present themselves does not exclude the possibility of a fourth. Creatively pondering what other paths one may take may just prompt recognitions of a new trail.

    Sometimes, however, our trails reach a dead end. A deep chasm looms ahead or a wall blocks our progress. What shall we do? One possibility is to turn around and go back to our starting point. We also might choose to give up. When some people reach this situation in their lives, they attempt suicide. Almost always, other options exist than surrendering. One may try to climb the wall or build a bridge across the canyon. If a wall, we may look to the right and left to see if passageways exist in those directions. We may even be able to build a door in the wall. Seriously, even when it seems that there are none, options usually exist in life. They may not be our first choice; they may require giving up a long-cherished goal. Sometimes the new path leads in a better direction.

    Psalm 37 gives several insights to surviving and thriving when it seems opposition cannot be overcome or that we have run out of options. These include:

    “Do not fret” (verses 1 and 8).
    “Trust in the Lord and do good” (verse 2).
    “Commit your way to the Lord” (includes prayer, verse 3).
    “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”(verse 7).
    “Refrain from anger” (verse 8).
    Keep the word of God in your heart (verse 31).
    Follow good role models (verse 37)
    “Take refuge” in God (verse 40).

    Maintaining calm and trusting reliable counselors (to include God) greatly increase odds for survival and success. Restraining anger and panic is critical. Fear breeds failure. Having a sustained pattern of behavior, especially in scripture study, prayer, and association with other believers, helps but one also needs to learn to wait and to build flexibility. Rigidity paralyzes people when unexpected situations arise. The message of Psalm 37 is that even when situations seem to require new solutions, some basic truths and practices will sustain us. When multiple options exist in life, God’s word will help us navigate the best trail to our destination.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-07-19 Permalink | Reply
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    (#30) The Proverbs of Solomon 10:24-25-Why Are You Running Away? 

    Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 10:24-25:

    “The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted. 25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”

    Wicked people have more reason to live in fear because they do not honor God’s Wisdom in their lives, they naturally assume others also live as they do. Therefore they cannot assume anyone else lives honorably. Other Proverbs show this, as well: Proverbs 28:1: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion;” Proverbs 29:25: “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” A guilty conscience makes one afraid, but one who “trusts in the LORD” feels “safe” and “bold as a lion.” Governments who fear their own citizens will govern badly and fail. Corporations who fear honest competition will resort to dishonorable methods and lose their appeal. The Word of God, and Book of Proverbs in particular, is full of references to “the fear of the LORD,” using “fear” meaning “awe and respect” of God. “The fear of man,” however, brings its own “snare.” The Psalmist said in Psalm 118:6: “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Jesus Christ taught: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). This was echoed in Hebrews 13:6: “So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”  Propaganda Merchants drum home the doctrine of “Fear” of nearly everything and everyone. Harlotwood spews this doctrine in its movies. People who live in fear have difficulty having love, because: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

    Then there are people whose conscience makes them flee for good reason: they have done something worthy of death. Proverbs 28:17: “A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit; Let no one help him.” This follows God’s principle of capital punishment in Genesis 9:6: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.” God’s Law given through Moses continued this relationship in Numbers 35:33: “So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.” Those who are “burdened with bloodshed” would include abortionists, other murderers, inciters of riots, racial hatred propagators, and any other hateful person who prompts violent deaths. Their consciences should disturb them and make them run for cover and hide from right-thinking people, for murder victims must be vindicated by the death of their murderers.

    Contrast this with the “desire of the righteous” who will be rewarded in this life and the life to come. After the “whirlwind” (tornado) of judgment has passed over the land, the “wicked” will have lost all they live for, while the “righteous” will have their honorable “everlasting foundation” upon which to rebuild their lives.

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John Henson 4:21 pm on 2011-08-05 Permalink | Reply
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    God Is Already There 

    God allowed the exile of the people of Judah to Babylon with a desire to teach them he expected better of them than the idolatry and base lack of respect he had seen.

    It was always God’s intention to have a remnant of his people return because he had plans for them. Ultimately, the remnant would return to their homes and, having learned the hard lessons of exile, they would learn to serve God anew as God intended.

    In the prophets, the Lord God repeatedly reassured his people. In one passage, God said, “Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any,” (Isaiah 44:8 ESV).

    When the exile finally came, people were terrified by what they saw and were afraid of what their captors would do to them, yet God continued to reassure his people. He said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” (Jeremiah 29:11).

    It’s easy to be afraid of the unknown. The future seems so uncertain, especially in these difficult times. Whenever we’re tempted to fear, we should remember the God of heaven is with us and wants us to understand he’s on our side.

    It is written, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”(Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV).

    Those who have obeyed God and live their lives in Christ should have no fear of the future. God is already there.

     
    • Mike Riley 4:53 pm on 2011-08-05 Permalink | Reply

      Another good article, John! We don’t know what the future holds, but we know “Who” holds the future (Psalm 41:13; Psalm 106:48).

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:37 pm on 2011-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Where would I be without God? 

    Without God in my life, fears would rule my life, anxieties would overtake me, worries would squelch any joy I might feel in this world.

    Without Christ as Savior and Lord, perfectionism would have me looking down my nose at others. Conceit would judge others and think them stupid or wrongly motivated.

    Without the Spirit indwelling in me, depression would darken my days, for I would find no ultimate purpose, no real meaning, no lasting hope, no pure love.

     
  • John Henson 4:02 pm on 2011-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Matthew 10 "Fear not" 

    There are three instances in Matthew 10 in which Jesus says, “Fear not.”

    In the context of Matthew 10:26, the Master tells his disciples that they will experience the same kind of persecution he did and that they would be hated just as he was. In the same context, Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 10:28 not to fear those responsible for handing out undeserved punishment. He told them, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

    But the quotation I especially like is in the same context. Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows,” (Matthew 10:29-31).

    We should never feel singled out, alone or unnecessarily punished when people persecute us or if we suffer. Jesus loves us and knows everything about us. He even knows the tears we shed (Psalm 56:8). He knows every details of our lives: even the hairs of our heads are numbered, Jesus said.

    Fear not.

     
  • Mike Riley 10:54 am on 2011-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    "Fear Ye Not" – Matthew 10:31 

    In the context of Matthew 10, Jesus is telling his twelve disciples what to expect when they go from city to city, preaching the gospel. He explains to them that the world will hate them because of the message they preach – including those of their own household (Matthew 10:16-22). He then tells them to preach the whole gospel without fear (Matthew 10:26-27), the only person to fear is the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28).

    In Matthew 10:31, He then goes to to say that the disciples are of far more value than that of mere sparrows, therefore, they are not to “fear” what man can do to them – God will take care of them, even in death (Matthew 10:29-31; cf. Romans 8:28-39; cf. Psalm 116:15; Revelation 14:12-13).

    When Jesus rides in our boat, there is absolutely nothing to fear: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/02/05/when-jesus-rides-in-our-boat-2/

     
  • Mike Riley 9:48 pm on 2010-11-25 Permalink | Reply
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    What Is A Real Man? 

    The Nudge is asking what a real man is.

    A real man is:

    1. A man with deep convictions.
    2. A man of boldness.
    3. A man of character and integrity.
    4. A man who does not fear reprisals.
    5. A man who is not willing to compromise.
    6. A man who is willing to suffer for the cause of Christ.
    7. A man of grief and compassion.
    8. A man who is not afraid to proclaim God’s judgment.
    9. A man who is not afraid to rebuke sin.
    10. A man who is not afraid to speak out on morality and ethics.
    11. A man who has a never-give-up attitude.
    12. A man of the Book.

    See article: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/06/25/what-kind-of-men-are-we/

    My Thanksgiving holiday was great except for my terrible cold and my sore right foot due to a bout with gout. No matter – God is still good and still reigns over the affairs of men!

     
  • John Henson 12:38 pm on 2010-08-25 Permalink | Reply
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    What is courage? 

    Doris Miller was born in Waco, Texas in 1919 and would become an incredible example of courage.

    He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939 and was on the USS West Virginia the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His main job was as a cook, but Miller was also the heavyweight boxing champion of the fleet. Miller was doing laundry when the general quarters alarm was sounded. He reported to his combat station, only to find the anti-aircraft gun to which he was assigned had been destroyed.

    After caring for the dying captain of the ship, Miller found a .50-caliber Browning anti-aircraft gun and fired on Japanese planes until the ammunition was depleted. For his heroic action, he was awarded the Navy Cross by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz on May 27, 1942. Miller was killed-in-action later in the war.

    Certainly, Miller didn’t know that day what would happen or what role he would play. To his credit, he didn’t run. Instead, he took the closest available weapon and fought back in the face of incredible fire and possible loss of life. This is the courage for which our country awards its medals. Miller had to be frightened, but wouldn’t quit.

    Sometimes, commendable qualities are best defined by example, like Doris Miller. Thomas, usually known in the New Testament as the doubter, is a great Bible example of courage. In John 11:11-16, Jesus announced Lazarus had died. The Lord wanted to return to Bethany, but the disciples sensed danger. They said, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” (John 11:8 ESV).

    It was Thomas who spoke up and said, “Let us go that we may die with him.” It may have been that Thomas was just as afraid as anyone else, but this one, lone voice speaks up to follow Jesus. Thomas knew what was right and was prepared to do it. He moved past his fear by faith in Christ. That is a great definition of courage.

     
  • Ron Thomas 6:44 am on 2010-07-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Fear what we do not understand 

    The Lord told Saul that his kingdom is given to another because when he was given a task by the Lord, he failed his obligation (1 Samuel 1519). David, a devoted servant of the Lord and with no pretension, carried himself as wisely as a man could, and Saul feared David because of it.

    In this is a lesson for us: people who reject the Lord fear (resist) others who serve him. This fear is the result of their own insecurity and apprehension. They think they know more than they do, and when exposed, they react adversely. Next time you oppose something or someone, be sure you understand what it is that you oppose. You know what it is that you believe and why it is that you believe it; now, do you know what it is that you oppose and why it is that you oppose it?

    “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1, ESV).

    Note those who overreact to a situation. Their overreaction is the result of many things (I suppose), but the very least of which is the lack of knowledge and understanding about that toward which the response is made.

     
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