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  • Eugene Adkins 4:33 pm on 2017-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Somebody other than his three friends went to Babylon with Daniel 

    As we began our lesson this morning during Bible class, someone made a simple but good point about Daniel’s request for God’s help concerning Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Their point was that God was with Daniel even in Babylon. That’s a point worth thinking about!

    God had not “stayed at home” in Jerusalem when the captivity began. God was willing to follow Daniel to Babylon because Daniel was willing to follow God in Babylon.

    So while we may think Daniel only had three close friends travel with him as he left the earthly Zion behind … the fact is, Daniel had at least four.

    “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?” (Jeremiah 23:23 NKJV)

    • J. Randal Matheny 5:04 pm on 2017-03-12 Permalink | Reply

      Could we pull in the last phrase of Mt 28.30 here?

      • Eugene Adkins 5:24 pm on 2017-03-12 Permalink | Reply

        Good verse. If the shoe fits…

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:16 pm on 2017-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    God works to create dependence 

    God works in the life of his saints to strip away all false sense of power and ability to cope. He drives us to a single-minded dependence upon his providence. He nurtures in us, by experiences and trials, that clarity of mind that, instead of reacting with panic, turns automatically to trust in his care. He demonstrates that he continues to uphold his people as he has in the past, still fulfilling his promises—not that we should expect miracles, like those done by the Lord Jesus Christ and his apostles, but that we must by all means know that he never fails to supply our needs and to equip us for his work in this world.

    • Karen 11:00 am on 2017-03-09 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve learned that, for myself, peace only comes in a difficult situation when I have fully given everything totally to God, and I depend on Him for the strength and ability to get through it. When I think that I alone have the power to handle a problem, I usually fail. God is my anchor. He keeps me spiritually and emotionally safe if I trust him with everything.

      • J. Randal Matheny 3:24 pm on 2017-03-09 Permalink | Reply

        Amen to that, Karen!

        • James McFerrin 7:55 pm on 2017-03-11 Permalink | Reply

          Note to Kathy: In reply to your recent request on my post of Mar. 11, please email me ntpromsie@gmail.com.

          • James McFerrin 7:58 pm on 2017-03-11 Permalink | Reply

            Correction: Karen. I could not get my reply to you to go through on my post.

  • Richard Mansel 5:04 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Motivations for Hating God 

    In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

    How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

    After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. (More …)

    • Karen 5:33 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, this is an excellent article. I will use it in my conversations with people who just do not get it. Some people brush over this horrible time in history like it was not that big of a deal. I think our minds just want to blot it out as one would blot out viewing a horrific crime scene or accident. It is mind-boggling to me how the world witnessed this and allowed it to continue. The thing that people don’t understand is that Jesus was Jewish. His only difference was He was the Messiah, the son of God. If we are the brothers and sisters of Jesus then the Jews are like first cousins to us. Some people bent on hate just can’t understand that.

      • Richard Mansel 7:45 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Karen for your kind words and thoughts.

  • Eugene Adkins 5:54 am on 2016-12-27 Permalink | Reply
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    The number 5, the book of Jeremiah, the word time, and the gospel 

    Here are five interesting scripture references in the book of Jeremiah from the NKJV where the word “time” is used: (More …)

    • clkministries 8:00 am on 2016-12-27 Permalink | Reply

      hahaha I agree with you, Bro. Adkins. Making concessions like this is very dangerous and could lead to the downward spiral of apostasy. We have to pray for these men because they are continually attack by high-level spirits.

      On a whole, do you believe mega church pastors are on the right track, or are most starting to veer from the Truth?

      • Eugene Adkins 9:06 pm on 2016-12-27 Permalink | Reply


        I’m assuming that you are commenting this post (http://fellowshiproom.com/born-again-without-the-virgin-birth/). The format of this blog requires a commenter to click on the actual post and then reply. If someone just clicks reply from the main page, the comment does not get assigned to the correct post. I wish there was a way to fix this problem, but as far as I understand it is a flaw with this particular page theme.

        About your question though, I would say that I can’t speak with any personal experience about mega church “pastors” since I don’t know any, but going on what I hear taught when I read their writings or hear them on TV/the radio I would say that it seems as if a lot of them fall into the category of teacher’s who seek to teach what’s popular instead of what is right. Because of that approach it seems like it is rare to find a mega church “pastor” that properly condemns sin because calls for repentance do not seem to sell many books or garner much positive attention when it comes to TV ratings. That and the insistence on choosing a church of one’s choice seems to tend toward an indifferent attitude toward any strong position when it comes to sound biblical doctrine on topics such as becoming a Christian, acceptable worship, God’s grace, the nature of the church, church leadership, and other denominational ideas that have a negative effect on many people’s ability to rightly understand God’s word (2 Timothy 2:15).

        Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment.

  • John T. Polk II 8:01 pm on 2016-11-23 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: globalists, God, megalomaniacs   

    “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations… 

    “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:10-11 NKJV).  Have you noticed how “peace treaties,” “global initiatives,” and megalomaniacs all fade out and fall apart?  There is no power organization of “globalists” that God will allow to take over His world, for it is God Who “removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21 NKJV). As King David wrote: “The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1 NKJV).  While we think, by politics and elections, we grant power, government’s “power” is “given you from above!” (John 19:11 NKJV). A government that recognizes and protects “unalienable rights” that come from God, is best for all concerned!

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

  • John T. Polk II 7:56 pm on 2016-11-23 Permalink | Reply
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    11-25-2016 So Goes The Nation 

    “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it” (Jeremiah 18:7-10 NKJV). Could it be, that enough Americans realized the evil that had descended upon the country, and turned from it, so that God spared it from disaster?  And, could it be, that same God will benefit the country, until people refuse to obey His voice, and do evil, again?

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

  • Eugene Adkins 7:19 pm on 2016-11-14 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , God, respecter of persons,   

    What does it mean that God is not a respecter of persons? 

    Asking what the Bible means by the phrase “God is not a respecter of persons” shows at least a couple of things:

    1. It shows what translation we’re used to reading (or at least which translation we’ve done most of our memorization from…either the KJV or the ASV), and
    2. We’re interested in learning something that we don’t know.

    Read other translations of verses that state our studied principle, such as Acts 10:34 (which in the King James Version says, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”), and you’ll find,

    • Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” (NKJV)
    • So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,” (ESV)
    • Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people,” (NET)
    • Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism” (NIV).

    The word translated as “respecter” (in Acts 10:34) comes from the Greek word “Prosopoleptes” which means, “an acceptor of persons” or “one who discriminates.” In the other places of scripture where the same basic phrase is recorded but a different specific Greek word is used, the meaning of the various Greek words are, for all practical purposes, the same (maybe think of it like the English words great, fine, good and well and their relation). But regardless, when one considers the definition of the Greek word under consideration in Acts 10:34 and then combines that with the way several translators use the word based on the context, it soon becomes rather clear what the phrase “no respecter of persons” means…it means that God has the same standard for every person – and that standard is his to decide and ours to live by accordingly.

    Our position of authority upon the Earth, our fame, our heritage, our race, our height, our hair or eye-color, our wealth, our sex, our education (amongst many other etceteras)…none of these gain anything with God in and of themselves. Some of these things may impress others and buy us some favoritism upon this Earth, but not with God. Some of these things bring different responsibilities in God’s eyes, but none of these things mean that God requires something of us that he will ignore in others when it comes to his righteousness.

    Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” (2 Chronicles 19:7)

    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)


    • docmgphillips 7:22 pm on 2016-11-14 Permalink | Reply

      Exactly, Brother.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:23 pm on 2016-11-14 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the amen.

    • Loy Pressley 1:14 am on 2016-11-15 Permalink | Reply

      Act 10:34 “Now Peter opened his mouth and said, In truth, I comprehended that God is not one who shows-partiality” in the Modern Literal Version, the most accurate Bible translation. You can get one at amazon.com, or get an electronic version at http://modernliteralversion.org/.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:35 pm on 2016-11-17 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for chipping in, Loy.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:06 am on 2016-10-12 Permalink | Reply
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    A marvelous invention, the paragraph 

    The paragraph is a marvelous invention. Within a visual unit of words and sentences a principal idea is captured and featured. Over the centuries the size of paragraphs has shrunk, but some still protest over single-sentence blocks.

    Not all prescriptions for paragraphs function in all types of writing. But everyone works with some definition and concept of the paragraph. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:55 am on 2016-09-16 Permalink | Reply
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    The Bible declares—twice—that God is ‘deceptive’ 

    We teach our children the prayer, “God is good, God is great.”  How about we include in that prayer, “God is deceptive”? The Bible declares it not once, but twice. (More …)

    • johntpolkll 7:08 am on 2016-09-16 Permalink | Reply

      “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7:2). “Judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy” (James 2:13). “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).

      • J. Randal Matheny 7:31 am on 2016-09-16 Permalink | Reply

        Great verses that reinforce!

  • Eugene Adkins 3:54 pm on 2016-08-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Question for self-reflection 

    Based on the following verse, what you would say you have learned from God that you didn’t know before you met Him?

    And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

    You can share your thoughts or keep them to yourself; either way I hope the question spurs some sort of personal reflection.

    • J. Randal Matheny 4:11 pm on 2016-08-14 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot remember a time when I was not taught the truth about God. From childhood I heard the Word and prayed to the only living and true God. (This I consider an unmixed blessing.) So I cannot answer your question in the way it was framed.

      Permit me to frame it this way: What have I learned from God in that time?

      To put it briefly, that God is good, and all he does is good, Psa 119.68; that the Lord is patient, but his patience has limits, 2 Pet 3.9; that God is just and justifier of the faithful, Rm 3.26; that God gives his fullness, in Christ, to all who seek him, Eph 3.19; that God loves and empowers and dwells with those who love him, Jn 14.23.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:20 pm on 2016-08-14 Permalink | Reply

        Fair enough, but I think you’re answering the question in the sense that I was looking for.

        For instance, were it not for your knowledge of God you would not know the true essence/reality of love (1 John 4:8).

        When it comes to the question, it matters not when you came to know him (although I completely understand what you’re saying), but rather what you know because you know God, and what would be missing were it not for that knowledge.

        Thanks for sharing those verses.

        Have a blessed night.

  • John T. Polk II 6:43 pm on 2016-05-27 Permalink | Reply
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    5-26-2016 Understanding God 

    “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 NKJV).  God is not in the Creation, but His handwork clearly shows that He has left His imprint all over the place!  “Understood” literally means, “using your intelligence!”  The evidence is in the Creation, but we must draw the conclusion!  David said: “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1 NKJV).  Paul declared: “God, who made the world and everything in it” (Acts 17:24 NKJV).  Jeremiah spoke as we should when he said: “Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD; Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven” (Lamentations 3:40-41 NKJV).

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

  • Eugene Adkins 7:15 am on 2016-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Opened – Squinted – Shut 

    And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:19-20)

    God bless America? From the mouth of politicians that encourage sexual confusion within the hearts and minds of children? What God would be satisfied in blessing a nation that’s too confused to know where its children should go to the bathroom?

    America has opened, squinted and tightly shut our eyes to what the light of God’s grace plainly reveals. Even the ostriches are laughing at the eagle with its head in the ground right above the leaking septic tank!

    When godless politicians speak of God blessing America today, they do so in the same vein that Israel’s leaders of old did when they spoke of the temple being in their presence…never mind the need for repentance and righteousness, God bless America is the American motto and a motto is all the light that we need!

    The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord!’” Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.’” (Jeremiah 7:1-4)

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:55 pm on 2016-04-16 Permalink | Reply
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    A personal question answered, again, and rhetorical questions not needing answers 

    Last night, a brother in Christ — an American visitor — asked us if we had any plans to return to the US. It’s a question we still get now and again. And we’re happy to answer it.

    My personal website once sported a FAQ, where this question was answered, since it qualified for the status of a FAQ. I’ve simplified that site, so it’s no longer there.

    But the short answer is: We have no plans to return.

    That doesn’t mean we won’t have to, at some point. But after spending more time here than there, and with more still to do here than ever before, it seems the right thing to remain.

    And “have to” is a relative viewpoint, is it not? I’ve known not a few missionaries who left the field because of lost financial support. I don’t question their decision nor their motives. We’ve been in the same boat. We took, however, a different route.

    Life brings changes. (Or, better, life is change.) All the children are out of the house and far away. We’re grateful for them. Age creeps up on us and our relatives. Frailty, accidents, illness, death, are all possibilities. (They always were, if we think about it.) (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 11:06 pm on 2016-04-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , false scientists, God   

    3-28-2016 Who Is God #1 

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV). And He knew what He was doing, “For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other’(Isaiah 45:18 NKJV). All science supports this fact, for true scientists only study this marvelous Creation. False scientists have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). Above all the rest of His Creation, “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27 NKJV). Don’t let anyone make you think or live like you’re just an animal.

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

  • John T. Polk II 11:04 pm on 2016-04-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blindness, , God,   

    3-29-2016 Who Is God #2 

    Comparative Religions study what people have believed, not why. The assumption is that all religions are the same, and invented by the people themselves. Therefore, whatever “god,” system of “worship” and “rules of living” people observe are simply human expressions from an inner desire. Whether taught as a university course or a television special, it is a willful blindness to actual facts. At the burning bush, Moses said Israelites will ask the name of who sent you, “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you'” (Exodus 3:13-14 NKJV). The word “LORD” (all capital letters) in Exodus 3:15 represents “I AM,” and was the name of the Israelite God. Jesus quotes this passage as absolutely true! Comp. courses make Jesus a liar!

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

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