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  • J. Randal Matheny 4:54 am on 2016-01-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayers: John Henson hospitalized 

    Our good brother John Henson was hospitalized in Nashville TN yesterday after an apparent heart attack. Let’s pray the Lord raise him up and restore his health. His daughter said on FB that they were waiting on tests and doctors to hear what the future holds.

    • Eugene Adkins 8:14 pm on 2016-01-02 Permalink | Reply

      Have you heard any updates?

      • J. Randal Matheny 3:33 am on 2016-01-03 Permalink | Reply

        Six hours ago Steven Raspberry posted: “He is stable but still critical in ICU. Had a spell of bleeding and had some transfusions. They corrected the cause.”

  • TFRStaff 7:54 am on 2015-10-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Dan Mayfield as our newest Fellow 

    Please welcome Dan Mayfield, our newest contributor to TFR. We look forward to his insights and perspectives. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:52 am on 2015-02-03 Permalink | Reply
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    It's a small, but still very strange and sad, world 

    This past Sunday, after services at Keltonburg, my family and I, along with one of the elders, went to a neighboring congregation to enjoy a meal given in honor of the congregation’s new preacher and also in appreciation of those who had helped to fill the pulpit vacancy over the last few months. So while we were there I asked one of the members about the new preacher who in turn gave me their name and then pointed them out to me…and wouldn’t you know it, it was TFR’s own, John Henson, all the way down from Michigan right here in middle Tennessee. Small world indeed! I enjoyed getting to talk to John for a few minutes. It’s always neat when you get to put a person to the computer screen. Along with John, I have had the privilege of personally meeting Randal, Barbara, Michael, and John Galloway (hope I didn’t leave anyone out); along with other writers from the Forthright Ezine work.

    I was watching the news the other day, something that doesn’t happen very much, and I heard a lady talking about global warming. She said, and I quote, “We’re not talking about a theory here, we’re talking about a fact.” Strange, I’ve told atheistic evolutionists that I believe there is a clear distinction between a theory and a fact only to be ridiculed by them. Strange indeed.

    Saw a story on an Internet news site that said over 54 or 55 million dollars has already been spent on the trial for the Colorado theater murderer. That’s sad! How can it take that much money to convict someone who clearly, and without a shred of doubt, took so much from people? Unfortunately it sounds more like a system at work than it does justice.

    The world truly is a small place in light of so many common variables, and yet it is still a very strange and sad place due to humanity’s stubbornness and resistance to God’s will in Christ Jesus. May we all take the blessings of life for what they are – blessings! And may we see past the obstacles that block our way to the goal.

    He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:10-13)

    • John Henson 4:49 pm on 2015-02-04 Permalink | Reply

      It was an absolute delight to meet Gene face-to-face, and reminded me of just how wonderful it will be to meet our Lord the same way one day. Thanks, Gene!

  • TFRStaff 3:50 am on 2015-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Please welcome James McFerrin as our newest Fellow 

    Please say a word of welcome to James McFerrin as our newest Fellow on TFR. See his bio on this page: http://fellowshiproom.org/fellows/

    He’ll be posting his Chronological Bible Study this year. He caught us up during the night, so subscribers will see a number of emails in their inbox this morning.


    We’re glad to count on James’s contributions and look forward to accompanying this new journey of commentary.

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:41 am on 2013-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Our sister in Christ and TFR Fellow Glenda Williams said last night that it appears her mother will not last much longer. She said that separations are hard and requested prayer. Glenda has cared for her 102-year-old mother for a long time.

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:08 pm on 2013-11-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to Josh Gulley 

    josh-gulleyWe’d like to welcome Josh Gulley as the newest Fellow here on TFR. Josh teaches chorus at DeKalb County High School in Middle Tennessee and attends the congregation in Smithville.

    Eugene has posted a number of Josh’s articles from the Smithville church bulletin, so he arrives as a figure already familiar to us. And he’s already made his first post today, which we hope will be the first of many edifying articles.

    We had the privilege of meeting Josh earlier this year at Tenn. Bible College’s Spiritual Renewal Lectureship.

    Please make Josh feel welcome.

  • J. Randal Matheny 9:57 am on 2013-09-17 Permalink | Reply
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    We welcome two new TFR fellows 

    Please welcome Sandi Rog and Doc Phillips, our two newest Fellows who will be sharing their perspectives on TFR. (Their bios are on the Fellows page.) In fact, they’ve already made some posts yesterday and today. Eugene is getting them up to speed on using the WP software.

    We look forward to learning from them both and being encouraged by their faith.

  • TFRStaff 1:18 pm on 2012-04-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to Eugene Adkins as the newest TFR Fellow 

    He’s already become a regular, since we’ve not properly introduced him, but you may still welcome Eugene Adkins to TFR. Shortly, we hope to have his bio up on the Fellows page. Eugene does a great job on his blog, and we’ve been delighted with the great contributions he’s made already to TFR.

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:20 am on 2012-03-17 Permalink | Reply
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    TFR grows, challenge to Fellows 

    Fellows Riverside Gardens

    Maybe a nice place to read TFR? Image via Wikipedia

    TFR is gaining ever more readers and subscribers to enjoy the mix of perspectives, viewpoints, insights, and fruits of labors that the Fellows share here regularly. This focused free-for-all is a favorite of many. (Yours, too, maybe? Say so below, if so.)

    • Let me challenge our Fellows, especially those who haven’t posted recently to make at least one post today or tomorrow. Saturdays and Sundays are, not unsurprisingly, our slowest days.

    • If you’re curious about who the Fellows are, here’s the roll call. We have only two pages on the site, the other is the About page, which, for convenience, includes the writing guidelines for the Fellows.

    • Who knows, we might have a new Fellow or two to show their faces before long. Wikileaks hasn’t got a whiff of this yet. And maybe you have a nomination to make, eh? But like candidates for president, the person must really want it. Not that one should be obsessed with it, that would be a bit much.

    • Have a great weekend. Take full advantage of that face-to-face fellowship which even TFR cannot substitute.

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  • J. Randal Matheny 12:43 pm on 2012-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Weylan in Bulletin Digest 

    Congrats to Weylan Deaver, who has an article published in Bulletin Digest, January’s issue, I think. I don’t have the copy with me at the moment. The article is “No Matter What … God Is Not Mad at You.”

    My print copy came in the mail, with December 2011’s issue, a couple of days ago.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:40 am on 2012-01-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to ‘Old Cowboy’ Roy Coffman 

    Please welcome TFR’s newest Fellow, Roy Coffman, who will be sharing some old cowboy wisdom with us. He tired of Facebook (a common tendency these days), so we invited him to share his posts here.

    Roy is from Oklahoma, lives in Omaha, Nebr., and is a preacher with experience in broadcasting.

    We look forward to learning from Roy’s old cowboy experience and insight.

  • J. Randal Matheny 2:20 pm on 2011-06-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Richard Reinhardt Jr. 

    Friends, please welcome our newest Fellow on TFR, joined today, Richard Reinhardt Jr., who preaches with the Tent Chapel church in Blockton, Ia.

    Richard is a friend of Stephen and Ron’s and comes highly recommended.

    Richard says he began working with the Ten Chapel congregation “on May 1, 2011. Much of my time is presently spent working through the World Video Bible School lessons and furthering my education. I am single, but the Lord’s church provides the greatest family a person could ask for. I enjoy most outdoor activities, including walking, biking, and camping.”

    We look forward to Richard’s contributions and to interacting with him. Best I recall, I met Richard at the Southern Ill. Preacher’s Retreat a couple of years ago.

    Good, too, to have another American state represented, and a bellwether one at that, at least, for the presidential elections coming up. But we won’t require any political commentary from him.

    • Barbara Ann Oliver 3:11 pm on 2011-06-13 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Richard. I look forward to getting to know you better.

    • Chad Dollahite 3:51 pm on 2011-06-13 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, brother! We look forward to hearing from you. I’ve been a bit behind lately (and VBS this week isn’t helping any!), but I always check in at TFR to see what’s going on with others. We’re glad you’re here!

    • Richard Mansel 8:52 pm on 2011-06-13 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Richard!

    • stevelucas 8:54 pm on 2011-06-13 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to TFR, a great place to share your thoughts, to develop thoughts and to join the journey with others seeking a closer relationship with God. Hope you find the room both refreshing and uplifting!

    • Richard Hill 1:50 pm on 2011-06-14 Permalink | Reply

      Well Richard, I’m Richard and of you’re familiar with our other brother, Richard. So now there’s Richard M, Richard H, and Richard R. The next Richard must follow the established pattern of a distinguishing last initial.

      And before I forget… Welcome!

    • Stephen R. Bradd 2:58 pm on 2011-06-14 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome aboard, Richard! There are some great brothers & sisters here. You’ll be right at home!

    • Don Ruhl 11:26 am on 2011-06-15 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Richard.

  • J. Randal Matheny 2:11 pm on 2011-04-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Richard Hill’s mother has died 

    Richard shared on Facebook that his mother passed away last night. She had not been well for some time. We send our sympathies to the family and commend them to the comfort of her faith and ours.

    • Richard Mansel 7:36 pm on 2011-04-22 Permalink | Reply

      We are so sorry for your loss, Richard. I lost my Mother in November and it was devastating. May you find comfort in this awful time. God Bless.

    • Mike Riley 10:24 pm on 2011-04-22 Permalink | Reply

      We are sorrowful to hear of the loss of your mother, Brother Richard. May the God of all comfort help you and your family realize that one day, we’ll experience a glorious reunion with our family and friends who have passed on before us.

      What a joy that will be!

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:25 pm on 2011-04-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Mike Riley's father has died 

    Mike tells me that his father passed from this life in the early morning hours today (he was 89 years of age), so he won’t be online for about a week. He’s off to Childress, Tex., tomorrow morning (Tuesday) to be his with  other two brothers and assist them in the graveside service.

    He wrote, “My brother has requested me to do the eulogy, so I will prepare for that as well. I will appreciate any prayers that might be offered for my safe passage to and from Childress, Texas and for my two brothers.”
  • TFRStaff 5:11 pm on 2011-01-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Johnny Polk as newest Fellow 

    TFR's newest Fellow: Johnny Polk

    Please welcome John T. Polk II as our newest Fellow here on TFR. It’s a pleasure to have someone of Johnny’s experience with us. He and I met when we both were speakers at a preacher’s retreat in Ill. (Same place I met Stephen; on that same jaunt, I met Ron and stayed at his house — that trip was special in many ways.)

    Be sure to read his bio on the Fellows page.

    We’re looking forward to Johnny’s contributions. He’s already know to many of us, in his comments here on TFR and, as I recall, one article of his that we’ve posted here.

    • Larry Miles 5:13 pm on 2011-01-28 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome aboard Johnny. Talk to you soon and will see you and Ron and hopefully others at FHU

    • Tim Hester 5:18 pm on 2011-01-28 Permalink | Reply

      Great choice. Johnny is a great friend, Christian, and preacher.

    • Mike Riley 5:57 pm on 2011-01-28 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to TFR, Bro. Johnny. It will be good to get to know you better.

    • John Henson 6:08 pm on 2011-01-28 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Bro.Polk.

    • Barbara Ann Oliver 7:18 pm on 2011-01-28 Permalink | Reply

      Good to have you with us, Johnny! Hope to see you at FHU.

    • Chad Dollahite 8:25 pm on 2011-01-28 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, bro. Polk! Great to have you!

    • Ron 7:12 am on 2011-01-29 Permalink | Reply

      A distinguished man he is – though he roots for the wrong team – and a descendant of the president with the same name.

    • Stephen R. Bradd 10:27 am on 2011-01-29 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome Johnny!

    • Richard Mansel 4:35 pm on 2011-01-29 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, John! You have joined an elite group of saints to do a great work. God Bless you in this new work.

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