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  • J. Randal Matheny 5:14 am on 2017-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    A taste of home 

    If, on the report I made yesterday, you read between the lines, you might have figured out that the first place we went after arrival from Brazil in the US last month was … a Brazilian restaurant. Our son Joel drove from Henderson to Nashville to pick us up at the airport and that restaurant is a taste of home for him. So we were happy to indulge his desire.

    The name of the restaurant is “Café Mineiro.” (See photo of The Missus and me in the restaurant here.) “Mineiro” is one who is from the state of Minas Gerais. Joel was born in that state’s capital, Belo Horizonte, where we lived our first 10 years in Brazil. (More …)

  • Ron Thomas 12:00 pm on 2017-02-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Walking the Well-Traveled Path (A Word to the Wise) 

    The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul (Proverbs 16:17, NKJV). Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life. No man can go to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). This means that if a person desires heaven, then he must listen and obey Jesus. We all travel on a highway through life; it is the desire of many to arrive at a destination that is restful and pleasant. The thoughtful person even desires that place to be heaven. But it won’t be heaven if he/she does not listen to Jesus and obey. The reason for this is simple: The Lord gave directions as to how to get there, but if a person hears nothing of those directions, then no possibility of arrival exists. Even if one did listen, but then changed her mind about listening further, the result will be straying from the less traveled path the Lord walked on, and onto a path well-traveled by many who don’t know where they are going. RT

  • Eugene Adkins 3:59 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Things I will not miss about this world 

    When Job said life in this world comes with trouble (Job 14:1) he meant every word of it.

    While there may be a few things I miss about this world, they are heavily outweighed by the things that I will not miss…not for a second of eternity.

    From dealing with the spiritual adversary of righteousness, to the physical burdens of living in a clay vessel and on into the draining mental strife of knowing that this world could be, should be and is supposed to be better than what it is. I will not miss this world because of them, and because of these: (More …)

    • James McFerrin 6:56 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

      I”m having trouble posting on this site what hasn’t been posted before. Don’t know if it’s site problems or computer problems on my end. I did reboot and was able to post a couple of studies, but tonight’s post is just sitting there doing nothing.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:39 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, James. Let me see what I can figure out.

    • James McFerrin 7:01 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, this reply was directed to Radal Matheny, but both of you are welcome to consider it.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:51 pm on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

        Check your email.

      • J. Randal Matheny 9:44 am on 2017-01-18 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like Eugene has it under control.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:43 pm on 2017-01-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Things I will miss about this world 

    Other than the fact that my list will obviously revolve more around musings meant to produce some humorous thoughts, let me quickly emphasize that when I say I will miss certain things about this world, I’m not talking about any of the things that John plainly warns about (1 John 2:15-17). What I am saying with my list is if God could say his creation was very good before the end of the week (Genesis 1:31) then to me it means there are certain things about this place that can be worth appreciating. And even though I believe God promises eternal life with a new heavens and a new earth to his faithful (2 Peter 3:12-13), I also believe life there will be very different when compared to what we know here. I’m not saying I know all the details of what life in eternity will be like with my list, but I am saying odds are (as they appear to me) a few things here will be missing there. Therefore, here’s my list of things I will miss about this world: (More …)

    • J. Randal Matheny 2:10 am on 2017-01-17 Permalink | Reply

      Once in heaven, I’ll probably forget about my banana-papaya almondshakes, but they sure are tasty!

  • Glenda Williams 2:15 pm on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about knowing each other in heaven 

    By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

    Every thoughtful person who has suffered in grief because of the death of dear friends and loved ones is interested in this question.

    The Bible teaches that we are made in the image of God, and we have an eternal soul (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7). Death is the separation of the physical body and the spiritual soul (James 2:24). At death the body returns to the dust and the soul to God who gave it (Eccl. 12:7).

    Most people believe that there will be recognition after death, and not only is it reasonable, but the Bible teaches it.

    The apostle Paul looked forward to associating with fellow Christians in heaven. Paul spoke of Christians as his “joy and crown” (Philippians 4:1), who would bring “rejoicing…In the day of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 1:14).

    In 1 Thessalonians 2:10, Paul spoke of Christians as being his hope, joy and cause for rejoicing in the presence of the word at his coming.

    In 2 Corinthians 4:14, when Paul tells that God “shall present us with you,” certainly does not sound like they will be strangers.

    In Luke 16:19-31, there was recognition of the rich man and Lazarus, and remembrance of their former life.

    In 2 Samuel12, David’s son died and he said he could not bring his son back, but he could go to him. Surely this shows that he would know his own son, and his relationship with his own child would be more special than that with other children.

    These truths should give us hope and comfort as we prepare for eternity. Preparation is the key in going to heaven along with faithful service to God. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

  • TFRStaff 2:07 pm on 2016-10-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Only Ones) 


    Following His earthly ministry, Christ returned to heaven to prepare a beautiful eternal home for the saved (John 14:1-3). It has often been said that “heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” While the Lord is not willing that any should be lost (II Peter 3:9), the fact remains that not everyone will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus also spoke of a place prepared for the devil and his angels and said that the lost would be assigned to that place (Matthew 25:41). (More …)

  • TFRStaff 3:39 pm on 2016-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (New Heavens) 


    The Holy Scriptures are abundantly clear as to the ultimate destiny of this present physical universe, including the heavens and earth where mankind now lives. The apostle Peter wrote: (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:51 am on 2016-09-02 Permalink | Reply
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    You – and by you I mean you – will go to Heaven 

    A huge spiritual question that some wrestle with is, “Will we know each other in Heaven?”

    There are two answers, but only one can be right for obvious reasons.

    Now each answer can create its own additional questions, but additional questions do not change the original question at hand and whether or not we can know its answer according to the scriptures.

    I for one believe that the Bible overwhelming teaches that… (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:41 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Two times only, in two different senses 

    You may see this elsewhere, but here’s something cool—and of vital importance. The Greek word monē (abode, dwelling place) is used only twice in all the NT: John 14.2 and John 14.23. In the first, Christ prepares for us heavenly dwelling places. So we ought to prepare ourselves so we can be received into them. In the second, God is seeking, today, dwelling places on earth—in the hearts of men. So we ought to prepare ourselves to receive him, and the Lord Jesus, by loving obedience. Only when he takes up his residence in us on earth, will we be able to reside with him in eternity.

    #obedience #heaven #presence-of-god

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:08 am on 2016-01-21 Permalink | Reply
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    How is heaven different? 

    I’m in an online discussion with a non-Christian. Right now we’re talking about heaven. The most recent question is this:

    So how is being in heaven any different than knowing the magnificence of God now? Do we develop a better understanding or appreciation there?

    Sometimes the simplest questions can be the most challenging. As far as I can tell, the question is quite sincere.

    I’ve given a short answer already. How would you answer this?

    • Eugene Adkins 9:00 pm on 2016-01-21 Permalink | Reply

      Great question.

      I would explain it somewhat by using an analogy along the lines that we can hear about something like the Grand Canyon and even see a picture of it but nothing does it justice the way viewing it in person does. I think that analogy could tied to many earthly examples to help us understand how that principle could apply to the heavenly realm.

      One thing for sure is that when people in the Bible (whether Ezekiel or John or the very few others that are mentioned in scripture) got a glimpse of the heavenly, their expectations fell far short of the reality (Isaiah 6:1-6 for example).

      John 1:18 also comes to mind. And I think Hebrews 8:5 shows that (although a portion of the heavenly has been revealed/explained now through Jesus) there are still so many things that cannot possibly be grasped in any sort of a complete way until the heavenly portions themselves are further revealed, seen and enjoyed by our own eyes (2 Timothy 4:8).

      Hope that helps.

  • TFRStaff 2:33 pm on 2015-11-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Heaven) 


    Heaven is, and always has been, the highest hope of multiplied millions. This hope has brightened the way and lifted the heart of king and peasant, rich and poor, slave and free, educated and uneducated of all races, tribes, tongues, and nations. The patriarch Abraham “looked for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). King David had his grief for his deceased child assuaged by the hope that “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (II Samuel 11:23). The followers of Christ in New Testament times were obsessed with the confident hope and expectation of heaven. The apostle Peter confidently wrote: “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth (a new realm of life, hf) in which righteousness dwells” (II Peter 3:13). (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 11:09 am on 2015-09-15 Permalink | Reply
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    9-4-2015 Visits to Heaven 

    Jesus Christ said: “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21 NKJV). Jesus also said: “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father” (John 6:46 NKJV). In the Book of Revelation, John wrote: “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne” (Revelation 4:1-2 NKJV). Jesus is the only One who has seen God and come to earth to tell about it. John is the only one to whom Heaven was revealed. Everyone who thinks they have gone to Heaven must be mistaken! Jesus promised those who overcome may enter Heaven, NOT those who mistakenly think they have!

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

    • James 3:10 pm on 2015-09-15 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget about the “man” Paul speaks of who was caught up to the third heaven.

      • John T. Polk II 12:12 pm on 2015-09-17 Permalink | Reply

        James, You’re astute to remember Paul’s vision of a visit to Paradise (2 Corinthians 12:1-4). However, he was not permitted to reveal any of what he saw, only that it does exist. That, and for sake of the extra time to explain this meant I had to leave it out. This radio program is only 1-minute long. Thanks for your response.

  • John T. Polk II 10:47 pm on 2015-07-16 Permalink | Reply
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    7-15-2015 Hades or Heaven? 

    Jesus said the rich man “died and was buried,” “And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:23 NKJV). Though dead, his soul was in “Hades,” not Heaven, and stayed there. “Hades” means “unseen,” and holds departed souls until the Day of Judgment. Jesus taught that Lazarus was in Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:23). “Hades,” then has a place where the good “are comforted” and the bad are “tormented” (Luke 16:25) separated by “a great gulf fixed” (Luke 16:26). When Jesus died, Peter preached that God did not leave His “soul in Hades” (Acts 2:27), but “raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30). After death, we will await the Day of Judgment in “Hades.” All souls do not go to Heaven.

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


  • John T. Polk II 10:42 pm on 2015-07-16 Permalink | Reply
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    7-13-2015 Heaven and Back 

    From time to time, someone claims to have died, gone to Heaven, and returned to tell about it. According to Jesus Christ, only one has been in Heaven and come to earth to tell about it: “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (John 3:12-13 NKJV). Since “God is in Heaven” (Psalm 115:3), and “No one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18 NKJV), then those who think they have must be mistaken. God’s Word on the subject is the last word. At the “last trumpet” the dead are resurrected and changed (1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV), not before!

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


  • Glenda Williams 8:09 am on 2015-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about preparing for eternity? 

    From the desk of Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

    “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).

    Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

    “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

    The above verses with others, and the entire tenor of God’s word, tells us of the necessity of making preparation to meet the Lord in heaven, and to escape hell. God has made every provision necessary for the salvation of everyone through the gift of His Son. And, Jesus was willing to sacrifice in His dying upon that old rugged cross, that we might be forgiven of our sins.

    Even though God has provided the gift of salvation to everyone as the Bible states, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,” (Titus 2:14), God requires our faith and obedience.

    Jesus stated the necessity of obedience when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Jesus also encourages us to follow the narrow way that leads to life, because there are few that do so. But, He says there are many who travel the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).

    It is true that “heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people,” and that “not everyone talking about heaven will necessarily go there.”

    We must make preparation by obeying the Lord as the Bible teaches. Jesus tells us we must have faith in Him as the Son of God; that will lead us to repent of our sins; to confess that Jesus is the Son of God before men; and to be baptized into Jesus death to have our sins forgiven as they are washed away in His precious blood (John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21).

    Are you preparing for eternity?

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