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  • J. Randal Matheny 9:39 am on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Confession: This time it’s different 

    What follows is something of a confession. Through the years, I’ve felt no shame or embarrassment to invite churches and individuals to financially support our efforts in missions. In the past, I’ve joyfully extended that invitation, believing fully in our task, as I still do. After several occasions, however, where we have lost larger amounts of monthly support, that ease of asking, that freedom to invite, has been lost. Perhaps it’s partly age, partly feeling tired of the process of fundraising, which I am no professional at doing, nor do I wish I were.

    We no longer have a wide base of contacts among Christians, after so many years on the field. In recent years, our friends have heard our pleas several times. How can we then place yet another burden upon them? (More …)

    • Karen 10:51 am on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know if it’s appropriate for me to reply to this article, but I am speaking from my heart. Randal and Vicki are sort of my heroes. Long story, but because of their prayers, perseverance, and endless email discussions, I am now a Christian. I had been Catholic a large part of my life, but I was baptized last September and now am a member of the church of Christ. The journey was hard but rewards are awesome!
      My point of this reply is to note that even though Randal was a continent away, I was a part of his mission field via internet. One soul. Then I got to pray for another person in Brazil who also eventually became a Christian. Another soul. Now there are three others in their late teens who are going to church with me every Sunday. Two have rededicated their lives, and the third may be baptized soon. 5 souls. It’s a loving circle that originated by a single missionary in another country.
      How much does a soul cost? I guess as a new Christian I just do now understand these things, like how a thriving mission has lost a major amount of funding. It makes no sense when that is one of the basic commands given to us by Jesus. (Mt.28:19-20). We hear the last part of verse 19 a lot, but emphasis is seldom put on the first part. Sorry this was so log; I didn’t mean to “preach”, but a missionary from Brazil helped to save my life and my soul, and I am forever grateful.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:40 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply

        Well said, Karen.

    • James Pasley 5:19 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply

      Karen, thanks for your reply. It is always a blessing to hear good news even if it is in more than 5 words. Just one thought about the lost financial support: there is always more to do than there is money or time to do it. Each congregation is approached by multiple good (I want to emphasize the word good) mission works and they cannot afford to support them all, so they must choose some and reject others. In other situations, sad as it may be, a congregation’s giving may drop for some reason (loss of jobs, members moving away, members dying, members income dropping, inflation and rising costs, etc.) and they may be unable to continue financially supporting all of the work they once did. I am sure that the financial support Randall lost does not mean that those Christians no longer love and support him and his work, just that they are not able to with their dollars.

      • Katen 10:20 am on 2017-03-17 Permalink | Reply

        Oh no! I didn’t know there was a 5 word rule; sorry! Now I have to break it again! 🙂 I hope my reply did not offend anyone. That was not my intention. I did not mean to be disrespectful of the circumstances of others, and apologize that I did not make that clear. I know it is hard to make decisions when there are many good causes and not enough funds. My point was that sometimes there is a lot more going on behind the scenes than is indicated by statistical reports. My prayer is that God will provide a way for all those missions that help bring people to Jesus.

        • Karen 10:35 am on 2017-03-17 Permalink | Reply

          …and the reply was from Karen not Katan. I really should wear my glasses when I type!

          • Eugene Adkins 3:02 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply

            Comments like the one you made aren’t limited to any number of words. No law against words of Christian love, even in the digital age (Galatians 5:22-23).

    • James McFerrin 6:55 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply

      Karen, I attempted to reply to your recent comment on my post and for some reason, it seems that it did not go through. You asked about accessing the posts beginning at Genesis. My reply was that you could find them under “Chronological Bible Study” on the right side of this page or you can email me at ntpromise@gmail.com and I will send them to you.

  • TFRStaff 8:47 am on 2017-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Davison: To God be the glory in the church! 

    How does the church glorify God?

    To God be the glory in the church!

    God zij de heerlijkheid in de gemeente!

    I pray that these lessons will bring glory to God and help people understand how the church glorifies God.

    May the Lord bless you.
    Roy Davison

  • Eugene Adkins 6:26 am on 2014-02-21 Permalink | Reply
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    More Glory 

    Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.” (Hebrews 3:1-3)

    You can’t technically count on one hand the number of individual people that God used as “book markers” as he brought his plans for humanity to fruition, but regardless of that, Moses still stands amongst the tallest of those that the holy scriptures make mention of. God used Moses to reveal heavenly glories that were previously unknown as a whole to the people of God. He stood as a model of humility, meekness, wisdom, strength and faith. If one were to actually read Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy you will see that Moses led the people of God in jaw dropping ways. But all this being said, this same Moses was quick to fall on his face whenever he came before the glory that was to come!

    If we were to say that Moses stands head and shoulders amongst the builders of God’s people when it comes to glory (and he does) then it’s just as right to say that Jesus’ feet are off the ground that Moses removed his sandals for (because he did). A refusal to acknowledge the glory revealed through Moses didn’t do away with the glory, and a refusal to acknowledge the greater glory of God revealed through his son doesn’t diminish the results of his work – a house of God built upon a foundation that stands as strong today as the day that it was built (1 Timothy 3:14-16). Jesus entered the world with a proclamation of glory and he left the world with a glory to be proclaimed. And glory still be to his name for it!

    Living as the patriarchs and living under the law of Moses will not do what the son of God has done – revealed a more glorious way through a more glorious house built by a more glorious name that leads to a more glorious land. And when we get to that place through all of that glory, there will be even more glory to consider and behold.

    For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” (Hebrews 3:4-6)

    • Shelly 6:51 am on 2014-02-21 Permalink | Reply

      As followers of Christ, we are so blessed to have His Word to teach and inspire us today as well as His amazing grace. Be blessed today and find a way to bless someone else!

  • Ron Thomas 5:36 am on 2012-01-09 Permalink | Reply
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    A Reflection of God’s Glory 

    Paul said that for him to live is Christ, but to die is gain. This is an interesting remark. How many of us look forward to leaving this life and going on to the next? Many of us will answer the question in the same way that Paul did, and why shouldn’t we? Yet, Paul knew that he would continue on in this life when he wrote what he did to the Philippians. Since he was convinced that he would continue on in this (his) present physical life – even while he was currently in prison – he knew he was doing so in order to benefit the Philippians (among others). Our life is a benefit to, and for whom? Let us all, as Paul told the church at Philippi, have our lives reflect God’s glory.

    • John Henson 9:04 am on 2012-01-09 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, Ron. The world tries to influence people to avoid even thinking of death, but Paul said “to die is GAIN.” Many people, even in the church, don’t look at it this way. Then, there’s the billions of dollars spent each year to preserve the body and make death as inevitable as possible. I’m no fan of death, but it’s the attitude that I believe we’re both discussing.

  • Mike Riley 8:00 am on 2010-07-07 Permalink | Reply
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    What has encouraged me lately in my faith? When I read about all of the imperfections of people in both Old and New Testaments, and how God used them for His glory, I’m greatly encouraged, because I realize my own imperfections, knowing that the Great Potter is still molding and shaping me into the kind of person He wants me to be – http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/07/clay-in-the-potters-hands/.

    I pray that I’ll remain that pliable clay in His hands and not hardened clay through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13).

    • John Henson 5:23 pm on 2010-07-07 Permalink | Reply

      Great article in the preachersfiles, brother. I’m reminded we must allow God to make us into what he wants. After all, he’s the potter and we are the clay. Thanks, Mike.

  • Mike Riley 2:58 pm on 2010-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    The last compliment someone paid me? A few months ago, a lady at work told me that she appreciated the good Christian example that I was setting before her and others. When a non-Christian tells you that, you know you are letting your light so shine before men, accomplishing good for the Lord’s glory (Matthew 5:14-16).

  • Richard Mansel 3:51 pm on 2010-01-11 Permalink | Reply
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    My Mission Statement 

    My personal favorite verses for 2010 are also the motivation for my preaching and writing.  Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

    This should be the mission statement of every Christian and congregation. If we seek, in everything that we do, to bring glory to Christ, the mission of our Lord will be empowered and will change the world!

    Always remember: This isn’t about us.

    • Tim Archer 4:07 pm on 2010-01-11 Permalink | Reply

      I love those verses and particularly like the thought of using them as a statement of purpose.

      Grace and peace,
      Tim Archer

    • Nick Gill 4:12 pm on 2010-01-11 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent! Mine is:

      But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58 ESV)

    • Shane Robinson 2:45 pm on 2010-01-12 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always condered Colossians 1:28 as the Christian’s purpose statement: Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

      I consider 2 Timothy 2:24-25 to be the purpose statement of a minister of the gospel: And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.

    • Richard Mansel 4:50 pm on 2010-01-12 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for your input, Shane.

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