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  • 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 6:32 pm on 2017-01-10 Permalink | Reply
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    An aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross 

    The cross of Christ is essential to the Christian faith. No question about it (1 Corinthians 1:18). But there’s another aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross. So essential in fact, the work of Jesus upon the cross depends upon it as much as it depends upon the work of Jesus on the cross. What is it? (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 3:14 pm on 2017-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    What would you say if you were asked this by your child? 

    Last night, on our way to Bible study, we ended up driving part of the way behind a random driver (after pulling onto the road behind him). For some reason, one that only a young child could understand, my daughter asked, (More …)

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 5:44 pm on 2017-01-05 Permalink | Reply

      Great application.

    • Ocimar Luiz Anizelli 4:57 am on 2017-01-06 Permalink | Reply

      I would probably say how aimless my life would be Like without his presence in my life.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:32 pm on 2017-01-10 Permalink | Reply

        A purpose in life does tend to change one’s life doesn’t it?

        Thank you for commenting, Ocimar.

  • John T. Polk II 7:58 pm on 2016-11-23 Permalink | Reply
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    11-23-2016 Reasons For Doubt 

    In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus walked across the water to His disciples in the boat.  Peter said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus said, “Come,” and Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus.  However, he became aware of the boisterous wind, and began to sink, he cried, “Lord, save me!” “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:23-31 NKJV).   Do you doubt because: 1) Jesus cannot save? 2) The Bible is not clearly God’s Word? 3) Scoffers have ridiculed this passage? 4) You haven’t taken the time to search these Scriptures thoroughly? This passage disproves all these “reasons” for doubt! Sinners aren’t asked to walk on water, but be baptized in water (Mark 16:16 NKJV)!

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

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 10:38 am on 2016-11-26 Permalink | Reply

      This article was published in the Brentwood CA congregation’s bulletin.

  • TFRStaff 1:58 am on 2016-11-13 Permalink | Reply
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    The best of life 

    By Charles Box— The theme of the Bible is salvation through Jesus.

    Man was created for fellowship with God. Before sin came, Adam and Eve enjoyed God’s companionship. But, after they sinned they hid themselves.

    “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)

    The best of life comes when men walk with God. God does not force His fellowship upon mankind. He has always given man the choice of life or death.

    “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

    The Lord has shown His love for us by giving Himself for our sins. Jesus died on the cross to make atonement possible. We need Jesus! God bless you today and always. I love you.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:53 am on 2016-10-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus’ tomb opened? It never closed! 

    This story is headlined with the words, “Jesus’ Tomb Opened for First Time in Centuries.”

    I know what they’re trying to say, but my first thought was, “Jesus’ tomb hasn’t been closed in nearly 20 centuries.”

    Humanity has a habit of desiring material spiritual shrines (almost sounds like an oxymoronic statement there). We seek to make the intangible something tangible.

    I’m not saying God has never asked his people to make something that is physically visible and spiritually important at the same time. God indeed directed the children of Israel (and several others before them when it came to altars) to build the Tabernacle and all of its complementing features such as the altar, the washing basin and the rest of the furniture that went inside the most important tent that fleshly Israel traveled with from the wilderness right into the promised land. But God had a purpose for the Tabernacle’s meaning that went far beyond what could be seen with the eyes. And that purpose was fulfilled after God-in-the-flesh came and tabernacled among his people in person, and then atoned for their’s and our sins, ultimately leaving behind an empty tomb that has refused to be closed two millennia.

    My point is that when it comes to us (as spiritual Israel), God has not asked his people to make a shrine out of any supposed “holy-site” today. God has not asked for this because we do not need this. And the reason we do not this is because our holy-site is a sight that has yet to be beheld.

    Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:6-12 -NKJV)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 4:53 pm on 2016-10-11 Permalink | Reply
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    The 3 declarations of 1 John chapter 1 

    Here’s a trend involving the word declare in 1 John chapter 1 (NKJV) that I noticed last Sunday night during the scripture reading.

    John’s first declaration is that eternal life was personified in Jesus Christ:

    • the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us –” (vs. 2)

    John’s initial declaration is made for the purpose of declaring to others that we are able to enjoy the same fellowship that he has with God:

    • that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (vs. 3)

    John’s final declaration is that this fellowship opportunity being made available through the gospel is a relationship with an ever holy and unchanging God:

    • This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (vs. 5)

    Summed up, 1 John 1:1-5 is declaring that the message of salvation is meant to be 1) shared, 2) understood and 3) life-changing.

    Such may be the reason why John ends his letter by saying:

    And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” (1 John 5:20-21)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:57 am on 2016-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Self-centeredness is cast aside in Christianity 

    The cross of Christ was in the center of the three crosses the day Jesus was crucified (John 19:17-19), but it’s not because Jesus was self-centered (Mark 15:27-28).

    From his birth to his death, Jesus led a life of self-denial (Philippians 2:5-8). This self-denial wasn’t denial for the purpose of denial in-and-of-itself. Nor was Jesus’ self-denial for purpose of making himself the center of attention (John 14:10). Jesus’ self-denial was for the purpose of helping others and glorifying his father in Heaven (Acts 10:36-38; Matthew 5:16).

    Self-centeredness must be cast aside to follow Jesus. Look at the context of Paul’s, “Let this mind be in you…” statement in Philippians 2:5. The context is getting rid of self-centeredness (Philippians 2:1-4). It’s then that Paul proves his point by using Jesus as an example as to why the church at Philippi (and us today) should look beyond their own circle of self when it comes to dealing with others.

    But in case you have some unreasonable reason that causes “Paul’s words” to carry no weight with you – keep Luke 9:23 in mind and get over yourself.

    We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:1-7 – NKJV)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:24 am on 2016-09-26 Permalink | Reply
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    The day Calvary’s crown was made 

    Do you know the day that Calvary’s crown was made? (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 5:58 am on 2016-08-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Self-Righteous need not apply 

    In God’s true kingdom, an individual is not turned away from being served, or from serving, based on his or her ethnicity, birthplace, race, spoken language or nationality.

    In God’s true kingdom, the only individual that need not apply (which is different from not being wanted) is the self-righteous; for the self-righteous will never realize how bad he or she needs Jesus…who just so happens to be the only way one can find his or her self in God’s kingdom to begin with (Colossians 1:12-14).

    If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:6-8)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:50 am on 2016-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus helps us even to this day 

    In order the show the superiority of trusting and following Jesus over the former covenant, the writer of Hebrews makes a comparison between the service of Jesus as our High Priest and the Levitical priesthood by saying:

    Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:23-25)

    Many of us may think Jesus accomplished everything he sought to accomplish after he ascended to the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:229-36), but the writer of Hebrews enlightens our mind by showing us that Jesus still helps us even to this day as our High Priest before the Father in Heaven.

    By the time the Hebrew letter had been written, thousands of Levitical priests had come and gone, but now, for nearly 2,000 years, Jesus has unchangeably stood as an intercessor for us, his people, and until the day the Father decides to send the Lord back, Jesus will continue to stand as the sole High Priest for our soul.

    For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.” (Hebrews 7:26-28)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:54 pm on 2016-07-12 Permalink | Reply
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    One of the toughest commands of Christianity – hands down! 

    According to this news story, one police officer practiced what I consider to be one of the toughest commands of following Jesus – hands down!

    I don’t know if the officer was, is or ever will be a Christian, but I know that turning the other cheek is no easy task.

    Turning the other cheek goes against every basic feeling that follows being wronged on whatever level you can imagine. Turning the other cheek calls for a level of self-denial that’s uncomfortable. Turning the other cheek puts us in a place that appears vulnerable. Turning the other cheek is counter-culture to practically every culture that has ever existed. To the world, turning the other cheek reeks of weakness.

    But regardless of what the world initially thinks of the idea known as turning the other cheek, the world takes note of the discipline and patience that it takes to carry it out…whether the individual is in a place of authority or not.

    Considering the last two paragraphs, it’s no wonder Jesus delivered his challenging command of turning the other cheek during his “kingdom of God outline” speech. I mean, what in the sermon on the mount is easy to follow when it comes to the way we naturally feel in many of life’s situations? And what part of Jesus’ sermon still doesn’t catch the world’s attention when it’s seen played out?

    You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)

     
    • docmgphillips 5:24 pm on 2016-07-19 Permalink | Reply

      Although we are born free of sin, it is the nature of man to sin once he reaches the age of accountability. Therefore, it always seems easier to man to do what comes naturally. The only way to please God is to go against our own nature and learn to obey the will of God.

      • Eugene Adkins 8:06 pm on 2016-07-19 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Doc,

        I hear ya on the nature pov, but in this context I think the denial that Jesus is calling for goes beyond a denial of what is sinful. The “eye for an eye” stipulation that allowed for justice to be enacted and followed out wasn’t sinful (it came from God after-all), but Jesus was/is calling his people to view justice for self as something that God’s hand takes care of and not our own. I think that concept of denial is what Jesus had in mind, and not necessarily any thing sinful; similar to fasting…it’s not sinful to eat what God is willing to give, but denial for a time encourages greater dependency upon God (Matthew 4:4); no less is true when it comes to payback (Romans 12:17-21).

        Thanks for chiming in brother.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:42 am on 2016-07-11 Permalink | Reply
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    So you don’t need the Bible to know Jesus, huh? 

    Don’t need the Bible to know Jesus, you say? Well how is it that you came to know about Jesus to begin with?

    • Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.” (Romans 16:25-27)
    • Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
    • And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 18:27-28)
    • and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:15-17)
    • So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.” (Acts 28:23)
    • Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”” (John 1:45)
    • Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.” (Luke 18:31)

    So when it comes to what you know about Jesus, what are you going to tell me about him that you didn’t learn from the very Bible that you supposedly don’t need to know him?

    So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 8:51 am on 2016-05-21 Permalink | Reply
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    What Jesus is bringing with him at his revelation 

    When most people hear the phrase “the revelation of Jesus Christ”, they think about unsealed scrolls, trumpets of judgment, bowls of wrath and images that conjure up bone-chilling fear.

    When a Christian hears the phrase “the revelation of Jesus Christ”, the Spirit of God wants us to think about the word…grace.

    This may be hard to imagine when you consider the title and the contents of the New Testament’s last book, but if we understand (and live out) the principles of the preceding books of God’s covenant, then we will be less than surprised at what Jesus brings with him at his revelation – we’ll rejoice.

    Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” (1 Peter 1:13)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:54 am on 2016-04-29 Permalink | Reply
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    The Judge Who Wants Us To Succeed 

    Close to a year ago I read a story about a judge who spoke to a defendant standing before her after she recognized him as a childhood classmate.

    Several days ago there was a follow-up on the story with a very interesting twist. As the defendant was being released from jail, the judge was actually there to meet him with a hug. Talk about a judge who wants someone to succeed!

    Now that I mention it, there is actually a judge, who will be everyone’s judge, that wants us to succeed – and his name is Jesus.

    Despite the fact that we’re all individuals and law-breakers who deserve to be found guilty (Romans 3:23), the judge of the world (2 Corinthians 5:10) wants to know us, and he wants us to receive a leniency of the highest order in order that we may live eternally in him and with him (John 6:37).

    The next time you think no one wants you to make it, think about the judge who stretched out his arms wide for you upon the cross and who wants to greet you with the greatest hug ever given as we pass from this life to the next (2 Corinthians 5:8).

    Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

    #day-of-judgment, #jesus, #jesus-as-judge, #spiritual-analogies

     
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