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  • TFRStaff 4:31 am on 2015-03-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (Revelation) 


    (Part 2)

    The scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are inspired (“breathed out of God”) and are an infallible account of God’s dealings with man down through the ages. The Bible sets forth the gradual unfolding of the grand scheme of redemption that was brought to fruition by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and the setting up of His spiritual kingdom, the church. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 5:40 am on 2015-03-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (Inspiration) 


    The Scriptures affirm of themselves that they all were “given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16). “Inspiration” literally means “breathed out of God.” The words of the Bible (Holy Scripture) were “breathed out of God” into the writers so that what they wrote was, in fact, the word of God. The apostle Peter declared that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21). (More …)

  • TFRStaff 4:29 pm on 2014-09-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Honest searching of our spiritual heart:€“ Question #1 

    Do you believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and that it is without error? ( ) Yes ( ) No

    My answer is YES! The Bible itself claims to be the inspired word of God. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 1:02 pm on 2014-04-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Inspired men with a passion 

    The scripture for today, April 15, is 1st John 4:15 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

    “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

    The New Testament was written by people who walked and talked with Jesus. They saw his miracles, they heard his amazing words. They were eyewitnesses. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 7:28 am on 2014-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The New Testament 

    A good summary statement on “The New Testament as Scripture” by Francis Van Tate, in New Testament Survey, by Don Shackelford, ed.

    The New Testament was given by inspiration of God and has been transmitted down through the ages and restored in a trustworthy fashion; therefore, when it is correctly translated and properly interpreted, its message is the exclusive doctrine of Christ and God’s required moral standard” (p. 39).

    Are there any parts you might tweak?

  • Richard Mansel 11:27 am on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Views on Inspiration 

    Open Bible 01

    In R.C. Sproul’s book, Can I Trust the Bible? he discusses the issue of inspiration and whether it was dictation or whether each writer was allowed to express their own personality/writing style.

    He summarizes with this:

    “We do not know the process by which inspiration was given. But because of inspiration, no matter how God brought it about, every word of Scripture carries the weight of God’s authority.”

    1. Do you agree with him?

    2. Can we truly know how it was done?

    3. What are your views on this issue?

    • preachercarter 11:57 am on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply

      I certainly agree with the idea that no matter the way God chose to inspire the same weight should be applied. Having said that I firmly believe that God used the personality of the authors rather than dictating word for word.

    • Joseph Richardson 12:20 pm on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply

      It’s clear that every writer of Scripture had his own personality and style.

    • Ron Thomas 3:33 pm on 2013-07-18 Permalink | Reply

      Agreeing with both above, I would add this – the Scriptures are inspired, but not every word is of the same weight. Compare John 8:58 with 11:47.

    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 5:48 am on 2013-07-19 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot agree that we do not know the process. We know that God revealed the message to the Apostles and prophets, which Truth is to be understood when we read (Eph. 3:3-5). We observe that each man expressed the influence of Christ’s Truth and the Christian spirit in their own words (1 Thess. 1:1-4). This is much like David and the OT prophets. We know that in writing in their own words after receiving revelation that they were further guided by the Spirit without error (1 Pet. 1:12, 2 Pet. 1:21, 1 Thess. 2:13). According to 1 Corinthians 2, every word revealed to the Apostles to every word communicated is from the Holy Spirit even the personal ones (2:13). There is no revelation of scripture that is from one’s own interpretation (2 Pet. 1:20). The scriptures are thus inerrant in this process because otherwise the Gospel would be perverted (Gal. 1:6-9, 2 John 9).

    • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2013-07-19 Permalink | Reply

      I was going to refer to several of the verses that Scott referred to. Let’s see if I can word my response a little differently 🙂

      It’s clear that the writers/speakers didn’t always clearly understand everything they were teaching (1 Peter 1:9-12, Daniel 7:15, Acts 2:39 – think the attitude still shown toward gentiles with the Acts reference).

      But there was something about the process that seems to be recognizable to those who were miraculously prophesying for God (1 Corinthians 14:32,37; 2 Peter 2:10, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Chronicles 24:20, Ezekiel 11:5).

      Since God used people with emotions and various experiences in life these things definitely led to their personality being involved in the process. Just think about all of the experiences of David’s life that became types and shadows of Jesus’ experiences recorded in the Psalms. The same could be said about Moses and others who penned many of God’s books for His people.

      Great questions.

  • Ron Thomas 4:00 pm on 2011-10-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Blog on Inerrancy 

    In the Lord’s church, I do not hear much on the topic of Biblical Inerrancy. That is, I do not hear much that calls it into question. In rural congregation it is less of a challenge than in urban environment. You might find this topic of interest, a good summary discussion it is.

  • Laura 2:01 am on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply
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    The Precious Book Divine 

    How precious is the Book divine,
    By inspiration giv’n!
    Bright as a lamp its precepts shine,
    To guide my soul to heav’n.

    Holy Book divine!
    Precious treasure mine!
    Lamp to my feet and a light to my way
    to guide me safely home.

    It sweetly cheers our drooping hearts,
    In this dark vale of tears;
    Life and light and joy imparts,
    And quells our rising fears.

    Holy Book divine!
    Precious treasure mine!
    Lamp to my feet and a light to my way
    to guide me safely home.

    This lamp, through all the tedious night
    Of life, shall guide our way,
    Till we behold the clearer light
    Of an eternal day.

    Holy Book divine!
    Precious treasure mine!
    Lamp to my feet and a light to my way
    to guide me safely home.

    I love this song as arranged by L.O. Sanderson, and it seems few know it. Anyone know where I can get a good recording of this hymn? I’d like to use it in a gospel meeting series I filmed.

    • Mike Riley 1:05 pm on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply

      Laura, here the hymn being sung on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8bLt17sCYQ

      • Mike Riley 1:45 pm on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t spell this morning. The first word should be “hear.”

        • Laura 1:55 pm on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Mike. I saw that one. I also have one from a prior PF lecture, but it sounds like there are only men present in the assembly. I’m looking for something full sounding, with all the singing parts, and of a decent recording quality to embed in a production quality video. I’ve got this kind of quality on a lot of other songs. This song just isn’t a popular one so there aren’t a lot of recordings that I can find. I’m wondering if someone maybe has a CD with it on it. Perhaps i could buy the CD and get permission to use it. I’ve exhausted my sources for online downloads and CDs.

    • John Henson 1:22 pm on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply

      “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God,” (1 Corinthians 1:24 ESV).

    • Mike Riley 4:42 pm on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply

      Laura, here’s the “What Do The Scriptures Say” website where you might get in touch with the McCoy Family Singers and see if they’ve recorded this song on one of their CD’s.



    • Barbara Ann Oliver 7:14 pm on 2010-06-16 Permalink | Reply

      Laura, back in the late 60’s – 70’s the Harding Chorus recorded that song (conducted by brother Davis). You might be able to contact the Harding Bookstore and get a copy. It was magnificent.
      Also, I have a contact in Memphis who is related to the Sanderson family. I will check with her to see if they have a way of getting you a good copy.

  • Mike Riley 2:40 pm on 2010-02-27 Permalink | Reply
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    My most positive word today? The word, “steady.” Years ago, we had a member of our congregation by the name of Tom Porterfield, who has since gone on to be with the Lord. When I would ask him every Sunday morning how he was doing, he would reply with a simple, “I’m steady.”

    Brother Tom was indeed “steady.” Even though he was up in years, he’d be present at every worship service of the Lord’s people. He was truly an inspiration and godly example of “steady” service to the Lord, and we greatly miss his presence when we assemble today.

    Brethren, like brother Tom, may we be found to be “steady” – “Steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58-NKJV).

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