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  • TFRStaff 4:32 pm on 2016-03-20 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blessings of God, , God, , greatness of God, , justice of God, , ,   

    March 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Our Great God) 

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

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • His Great Holiness (Mike Vestal)
    • Our Great God (Cody Westbrook)
    • His Great Love (Dave Rogers)
    • His Great Power (John W. Moore)
    • His Great Mercy (Jason Rollo)
    • His Great Justice (Stephen Wiggins)
    • His Great Blessings (Kris Groda)

    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…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:12 am on 2016-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    All the Time 

    God is good, all the time,
    Even when we are not;
    God is great, glory sublime,
    Let him by all be sought!

    God protects, going and doing,
    His sleepless help is near;
    While his good will we’re pursuing,
    Nothing we need fear.


  • J. Randal Matheny 5:49 am on 2016-01-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Gambling a lose-lose situation 

    Yesterday, some sap in the greater Los Angeles area won Powerball’s 1.5 billion dollar prize. He’ll now become the gambling industry’s poster boy for the poor man’s tax, impoverishing more still those who can least afford to let go of their money. The money he pockets came directly from millions of others who cherished his hopes. Does he consider that his winning meant their loss? Probably not. Gambling is truly a lose-lose situation. Even the winner is a loser. But isn’t that the way the world works?

    A billionaire gave some advice to the winner of the lottery. Say no to friends and family. Apparently, he’s telling the newest member of his exclusive club to refuse all requests to share the wealth.

    Suddenly, the winner will have the most loving extended family and will gain many new friends. “Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend” Prov 19.4 HCSB. Money moves the world. (More …)

    • Eugene Adkins 7:03 pm on 2016-01-14 Permalink | Reply

      On the lottery…the news was reporting that the lottery was raking in 1 million dollars a minute. I guess we know why they could spare a mere 1 1/2 billion. Neal Pollard wrote a good article on the lottery today (https://preacherpollard.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/check-those-lottery-numbers-closely/).

      On the clothes question/point…I think the commentator made a great point. Identity is key to the context. I also like to think about it in the way that Jesus’ story did when the clothing was referred to in Luke 15:22. In that context, the Father’s robe covered up the evidence of the son’s past life in the far country and it displayed to all who saw it just what family the son belonged to. I think the identity point (and don’t uniforms prove that clothing says something about who we are) hits closest to home, but I still like the forgiveness aspect that can be seen from the lesson in Luke 15.

      • J. Randal Matheny 3:32 am on 2016-01-15 Permalink | Reply

        Good point on the clothes. I also thought about the woman touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. His clothes were, shall we say, but an extension of himself.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:45 am on 2015-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Why am I a Christian? 

    I am not a Christian because I just want to go to heaven, but because the whole message is true as a complete revelation of God and because the Word is the full engagement of my whole being on every level. Not only does this Word provide me with the ultimate destiny, but its Author gives me the cogent explanation of origin and purpose, the deep satisfaction of heart and soul, and the intimate connection with Deity and Humanity, all of which are lacking elsewhere and utterly impossible for my own capacity to produce or imagine. He brings unity to existence, defines reality and morality, and makes sense of our questions, doubts and ignorance of all things, even if he doesn’t answer them in the present. He holds the key to suffering, injects meaning in what is apparently trivial, produces joy in spite of circumstances, and creates marvelous expectations in just the right measure. All this he has deposited in a single, accessible place: in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And the half has yet been told.

    • Bill mendenhall 7:50 am on 2015-12-13 Permalink | Reply

      It is just the right way to live to interact with other people the golden rule, give and receive. Regardless of the eternal hope. The correct daily way to live is great.

    • docmgphillips 1:12 pm on 2015-12-13 Permalink | Reply

      While the world, in and of itself, points to a Master Planner rather than pure happenstance, nature does not tell us Who the Master Planner is. However, God, in His infinite wisdom, has provided that answer for us in His Holy Word, the Bible. The Bible gives the reason for all good in this world, and gives us assurance that we can be partakers of the ultimate Good if we read, study and obey what we find in God’s Word. Because I believe and obey God’s Word, I am a Christian.

    • Eugene Adkins 7:07 am on 2015-12-14 Permalink | Reply

      I could give several stand-alone reasons as to why I’m a Christian, but perhaps I would answer the question with a question: “Why not (be a Christian)?”

      I often ask this question toward the end of my lessons: “Are you a Christian today? If not, why not?”

  • John T. Polk II 9:30 pm on 2015-11-30 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Abraham Isaac Jacob, God, , Paris   

    11-16-2015 The Paris Murders 

    No one who can murder civilians, like happened in Paris, France on November 13, 2015, serves the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus Christ! After miraculously healing a lame man, Peter preached: “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses” (Acts 3:13-15 NKJV). The Old Testament God is the New Testament God who now speaks through His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2), Who said, murders are an evil “that come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:20-23 NKJV).

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


  • John T. Polk II 1:56 pm on 2015-11-25 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: God, , pure conscience,   

    11-25-2015 Thanksgiving Without God? 

    It’s impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank! The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3 NKJV). (1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV). (2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4 NKJV). (3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6 NKJV).

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

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:27 am on 2015-11-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Of what does praise consist? 

    Praise focuses on the person of God and his actions. It is not a listing of one’s blessings. Praise details the character of God and follows his plan of redemption through history. It describes his nature and worships his work and word. Praise is personal, but not restricted to self, for it recognizes the purpose of God for all peoples and especially for the body of Christ. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 8:12 am on 2015-10-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Speak to others of the glory of God’s kingdom 

    Christians must talk about God’s mighty power and make known to others His powerful acts.

    “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.” (Psalm 145:9-12)

    As children of God we should delight to tell others about Christ and the salvation that is in Him. Let us speak to others about the glory of God’s kingdom and talk to them about His mighty power.

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

    #God #evangelism #Charles-Box

  • 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 6:06 am on 2015-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    The One spurned 

    Ron Thomas makes an important point in one of his articles:

    We must never forget that God is judge and his word is supreme. He will not bend to our preferences nor bow to our desires.

    God will react to us in the way we react to him. If we spurn him, he will spurn us. If we seek him, we will discover that he has sought to receive us into his arms.

  • TFRStaff 8:22 am on 2015-10-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Children of Your Father 

    By Steve Vice, Forest Park Church of Christ

    It is only natural that children want to be proud of their parentage and ancestry. It would be discomforting for most to know that they were the offspring of the mass murderer Pol Pot, or the son or daughter of the serial killer Ted Bundy. It is not something most would put on a tee shirt and wear proudly in public. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 10:43 am on 2015-09-21 Permalink | Reply
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    9-8-2015 Labor Day 

    The Central Labor Union desired a rest day for workers in 1882, which became a Federal Holiday in 1884. Under Moses’ Law, God told Israelites: “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work” (Deuteronomy 5:13-14 NKJV). Men originated a yearly rest day, God had a weekly rest day. Solomon said: “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 NKJV). A “Labor Day” that doesn’t remember God is wasted. Jesus said: “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27 NKJV).

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

  • TFRStaff 6:34 pm on 2015-08-25 Permalink | Reply
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    God Is Faithful 

    God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor. 1:9).

    No less than 10 times in the New Testament is God referred to as faithful. The word translated faithful means to be trustworthy, sure, true.

    Our God is trustworthy. He will do exactly what He says He will do. God has always been faithful. He cannot be any other way.

    In order for us to fully live for God we need to believe He will do for us what He said He would do. Sarah, the wife of Abraham, gave us a great example by receiving “strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).

    God promises eternal life to all who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9). Do you believe it? You should because our God is faithful.

    In Christ, Steve Preston


  • J. Randal Matheny 7:55 pm on 2015-05-07 Permalink | Reply
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    In a word: Phrases for meditation 

    God deserves praise, not because he possesses an ego, but because by praise of him we discover purpose of life.

    If you’re too busy to pray over your meal, you’re too busy to eat. (More …)

  • Glenda Williams 8:55 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about partiality?
    By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

    The impartiality of God means that God is fair and the same to everyone. He is absolutely free from any bias, prejudice, and in no way does He give preference or favor to anyone above another.

    The scripture states, “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).

    Other scriptures continue, “For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; 1 Peter 1:17; Deuteronomy 10:17).

    Christ is our example in this and everything (Matthew 22:16; 1 Peter 2:21).

    Since there is no partiality with God and Christ is our example, it is not surprising that the Bible teaches that we are to show no partiality. For example, God told judges not to show partiality in their judgments (Deuteronomy 1:16-17; 16:18-19). James 2:1-9 tells us that we are not to be partial and that it is sinful to do so.

    Here the Bible describes ways in which we are not to show partiality.

    God is impartial:
    1) Because He has given one book of guidance, the New Testament for all (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
    2) Because he wants all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). But He will not force anyone to be saved, but saves those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
    3) Because He requires the same conditions for salvation for everyone. To become a Christian God requires faith (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6); repentance (Luke 13:3-5); Acts 2:38; Confession (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10); and baptism (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Peter 3:21).
    4) Because He has only one church (body) to which He adds all people who are saved (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 2:16; 4:3-6).
    5) Because He has one pattern of worship for all to follow (John 4:23-24). On the first day of the week Christians are to assemble to sing, pray, study, give, and partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 5:19).

    Some think that because of their sinful ways they cannot be saved, but since God is impartial He will save all who obey Him.

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