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  • Eugene Adkins 6:55 am on 2016-06-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Watching the replay for ourselves 

    I spotted a spiritual lesson in the middle of a historic basketball game last night that was too good not to pass along.

    Two players, under the goal, were vying for position when the referee whistled one player for a foul. Well, the accused player couldn’t believe that he would be guilty of such an accusation! The open hands of an innocent plea and a disagreeable disposition of unbelief followed suit…that was until the player looked up at the arena’s replay screen which clearly showed his arm locked around the arm of his opponent; hence: a foul had indeed been committed, he was guilty as charged, he stopped arguing with the referee, and he got back to work.

    The lesson is this: when we look at the gospel and see an error in our lives, there’s no point in arguing with God against it – just look at the replay screen, repent, and get back to work.

    So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:19-25)

     
  • Ed Boggess 3:14 pm on 2015-02-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Forty years ago Tom Eichenberg of Elk Grove, Calif., lost his wallet. He was a student in 1975 at Santa Clara University when it went missing. The college discovered it and returned it to him. It had been sitting in a wall at the student center for 33 years. A construction crew found the wallet in an air duct while renovating the student union. The wallet contained his social security card, a store membership card, a bus pass with 10 cents left on it, and a 1975 draft card. Eichenberg should be happy the workers were honest men. Too often in these days of identity theft, a person is left deep in debt and with a marred reputation. This is Just A Minute.

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:07 am on 2014-07-17 Permalink | Reply
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    (#198) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:24-Wanna Abet? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 29:24: “Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.”

    Solomon has already judged against agreeing to uphold someone else’s debt (Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26-27; 27:13), now he warns against sharing in someone’s sin! The gang members, driver of the get-away vehicle, owner/renter of a meth lab house, participants in the crime, are all as guilty as the one who actually commits the sin! This proverb shows that the one who shares in “thievery,” for instance, will end up losing his/her honesty and integrity by swearing “to tell the truth, but reveal[ing] nothing.”

    The truth of this proverb remains unchanged in the New Testament Law of Jesus Christ: “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22); “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11); “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32). Saul of Tarsus may not have stoned the first martyr for Jesus Christ, Stephen, but Saul protected the coats of those who did the stoning (Acts 7:54-60)! This still bothered him toward the end of his spiritually-productive life (1 Timothy 1:12-16)!

    Choose your associates and friends carefully; be well aware of what they’re up to; have the courage to avoid damning situations! They may actually “think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you” (1 Peter 4:4).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-11-14 Permalink | Reply
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    (#107) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:11-Governing the Government (#2) 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 16:11: “Honest weights and scales are the LORD’S; All the weights in the bag are His work.”

    God expects the principle of honesty to apply in business, especially when government has set the standard for measurements. “The bag” from which a weight would be placed on a scale should have diligently been measured with honesty, so that the transaction would be completely above board. Under Moses’ Law, God commanded: “You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume. You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:35-37); “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light. You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. You shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure, that your days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who behave unrighteously, are an abomination to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 25:13-16). Honesty should be followed, whether in or out of the home. An entire society that honors God’s Will could expect honest “weights and scales” as its standard. Customers should be able to pump gas, buy supplies, or wear clothes that are precisely measured by uniform standards. False labeling, deceptive packaging, short-weighted product, bait-and-switch tactics are some of the ways dishonesty is practiced. Other proverbs show God’s displeasure for dishonesty: “Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 20:10); “Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, And dishonest scales are not good” (Proverbs 20:23).

    The Law of Christ continues to apply this principle in such verses as: “Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven” (Colossians 4:1). God’s principle of “honesty” will be followed and encouraged throughout every godly society.

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • TFRStaff 8:11 am on 2013-10-30 Permalink | Reply
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    What Are We Teaching Our Children? 

    “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The way that our children should go is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). What our children should never depart from is the world of God. That word will keep them strong, happy, and productive citizens of the country in which they live. More importantly, it will keep them faithful to the Father with full assurance of a place in heaven one day. Sadly though there are many parents that are teaching their children things they ought not to learn.

    While grocery shopping in our local “super” mart, I happened to notice a mother with a young boy in the buggy she was pushing. They were both eating a snack size bag of Cheetos. A few minutes later I was in the fruit and vegetable section and again saw the same mother and son eating. This time however they were sharing a banana. Being thoroughly disgusted at what I had just witnessed, my thought turned to the child and what he was being taught. One thing is certain, that young boy was not being taught to respect the property of others.

    According to our God, stealing is a sin. The command “Thou shalt not steal” is found not only in Exodus 20:15 but also in Matthew 19:18, and Romans 13:9. 1 Cor. 6:10 even more emphatically shows the evilness of stealing: “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” That mother in the “super” mart was teaching her child something that will keep him from gaining eternal life with God.

    If a child learns that it is okay to take a piece of fruit from the store without paying for it what will keep them from stealing something else even more valuable. Once a child learns that taking what is not theirs is an acceptable way to gain possessions, then they also learn that hard work is pointless. They will learn that honesty is a trait only religious zealots possess.

    Jesus taught that “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things” (Matt. 12:35). Perhaps that mother did not intend to teach her child to steal but that is exactly what she was teaching him. We must always be aware of what we are teaching our children not only by what we tell them but also by what we show them. God does care about what we are teaching our children.

    In Christ, Steve Preston

    http://associate.com/groups/bibletalk

     
    • Michael Summers 11:51 am on 2013-10-30 Permalink | Reply

      Two questions: Are you sure that they did not intend to keep the wrappers and banana peels so that they could pay for them when they checked out at the register? Does someone who observes such behavior have an ethical obligation to ask the eating shopper their intent and/or to report their “shoplifting?” Thank you for your timely post; the issue you address in this post is quite important.

    • Don Ruhl 10:38 am on 2013-10-31 Permalink | Reply

      Consider whether Proverbs 22.6 deals with whether we raise our children to be Christians or not, as opposed to the meaning being whether we take into consideration the character of the child as we train them to do various things in life. I did a class on this: http://grantspasschurchofchrist.com/2013/07/19/class-when-the-seemingly-innocent-suffer-what-does-proverbs-22-6-mean/

      When you go to that web site, you will notice two outlines, because I was finishing one class, and then starting another. Also, please download the file McGuffey and Proverbs 22.6. It is very insightful.

      Don Ruhl

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-07-26 Permalink | Reply
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    (#35) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:3-6-What Levels “Haves” with “Have-nots” 

    Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 11:3-6: “The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the  perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. 5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.”

    “Integrity” is associated with “blamelessness” and “uprightness,” all of which are combined in terms like “honesty,” “consistency,” “purity,” “devoutness.” God described David, “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22), to Solomon: “Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel’” (1 Kings 9:4-5). In fact, David asked God to judge him on the basis of his “integrity” (Psalm 7:8); although Job had lost everything, he kept his “integrity” (Job 2:9); and Christian “young men” should show “integrity” in doctrine (Titus 2:6-8). Other proverbs stress that a poor person who walks with “integrity” is better than a “fool” (Proverbs 19:1) or the “rich” (Proverbs 28:6), and, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7). Those who are “poor” and spend their time feeling sorry for themselves because others are “rich,” need to learn that having “integrity” makes them far more acceptable to God than any other quality! To King David, walking “in integrity” gave him confidence (Psalm 26:1).

    It is pitiful to see and hear the plethora of false prophets and deceitful speakers who fan the fires of victimization, emphasizing the difference between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” when if they taught God’s Wisdom, “integrity” would strengthen the hearts, confidence, and goodness of all who would walk in it. The contrast drawn in Proverbs 11:3-6 shows that the “wicked” will fail and fall because of their own “perversity” (twistedness), “unfaithfulness” (failure to obey God), trust in the purchasing power of “riches” (1 Timothy 6:17), “wickedness” (lack of Wisdom or goodness), “lust” (narrow-minded concerns about their own desires above others). All preachers, politicians, parents, and professors should be about educating and overseeing everyone with “integrity,” and forget all about their quest for power and influence in any other way!

     All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-07-24 Permalink | Reply
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    (#33) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:1-Cheaters, Beware! 

    Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 11:1: Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.

    Whatever is “an abomination to the LORD” is as despicable as anything can be, for that places it along with: dabblers in the supernatural, Deuteronomy 18:9-12; prostitution, Deuteronomy 23:18; perverse heart, Proverbs 11:20; lying lips, Proverbs 12:22; everyone proud in heart, Proverbs 16:5. “Dishonest scales” certainly fit in that list. God’s Law through Moses was very explicit about this matter: “You shall not have in your bag differing weights, a heavy and a light. You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. You shall have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure, that your days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who behave unrighteously, are an abomination to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 25:13-16). Anyone who carries “differing measures,” or different weights, is planning to deal unfairly with someone, somewhere, sometime. The “all who do such things” means the practice is wrong, no matter if someone is poor, disadvantaged, under a “glass ceiling,” prosperous, an official of a government, tax assessor, tax collector, manufacturer, or all such “excuses.” When people plan to “buy and sell and make a profit” (James 4:13), it should never be as God condemned in Amos 8:5: “Making the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by deceit.” The “ephah” would have measured the produce and the “shekel” the money to purchase it. Shortening the measurement and acting as if the money amount was larger within a transaction is abominable to God! That describes today’s making the container look the same size but putting less inside; artificially inflating costs by printing more money without value; raising “minimum wage” for the same or less work; shortchanging customers; raising prices while lowering benefits in contracts; or any of the myriad of ways the wicked will invent to “profit.” God’s “fair labor law” was that the “poor and needy” laborer should be paid when the work was done (Deuteronomy 24:14-15), not at the convenience of the employer, regardless of ethnicity! Other proverbs uphold this: Proverbs 20:10: “Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD;” Proverbs 20:23: “Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, And dishonest scales are not good;” probably best summarized in Proverbs 20:14: “‘It is good for nothing,’ cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.” Minimizing the product’s worth to get a good buy shows intent to deceive. Honest discounts, coupons, merchant sales, or actually factory defective products offered at low prices are not included in this proverb, however. Honest truly applies to economics as well as to words, deeds, relationships!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • TFRStaff 12:57 pm on 2013-07-06 Permalink | Reply
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    No joke 

    So she says, “___.”

    Then he says, “___.”

    Get it?

    Making things up as you go along is no joke. Not in politics, not in marriage, not in faith.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 1:30 pm on 2013-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    One Honest Man! 

    One of the most honest people (if not the most honest in many ways) that Jesus ever dealt with is found in Mark 9:17-27.

    Who is this man? We don’t much about him, but we know enough. He was a father who needed help for his child. He was a man caught in a situation that he could not fix by himself. He was a man who was heading in the right direction when he came to Jesus.

    So what makes this man so honest? It was his willingness to admit his weakness!

    Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”” (Mark 9:23-24).

    The man knew he needed stronger faith. The man knew that pride would get him nowhere in this situation. The man knew there was only one place to go, not only for his child, but for himself as well. That’s why this man was one honest man!

    This isn’t an opportunity to talk about how a person can do whatever they want if they just have the faith. It’s an opportunity to learn that if God wills something to be done, then He can provide us with the faith to see it through – if we’re willing to be honest with Him that is.

    Just how honest, brothers and sisters, are we willing to be with ourselves? Lord, help us with our unbelief!

    For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:3)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:30 am on 2012-10-01 Permalink | Reply
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    A Quarter and A Christian 

    I got this story sent to me in an email not too long ago. I’m sure it’s just one of those “chain like” emails that gets around a lot, but I thought there may be some here who had not read it. I used it last Sunday in Keltonburg’s bulletin. I don’t know the author but the story makes a great point. I hope someone can use it.

    Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’ When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, ‘Here, you gave me too much change.’

    The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes’ he replied. ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’ When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’

    Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard – and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself ‘Christian.’

    Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

     
  • Richard Mansel 2:28 pm on 2010-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Deception 

    Stan Mitchell wonders if we would deceive others to make more money or gain an advantage. Read more.

     
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