Short exhortations

You might be interested in this short exhortation on wanting heaven for yourself and for others:

It’s a part of a series, called “O Soul,” that you just might see published later this year in a little bitty book.

It’s spiritual self-talk that I need to hear. I pray it speaks to you as well.

If you want, you can sign up to the site for them, but you’ll get other micro-posts as well. Just be aware of that.

#exhortation #links #spirituality

Relationship comparison to an old barn

With this link you can read a great article from Glad Tidings of Good Things by Neil Richey called, “Relationships are like old barns”.

Whether you’re a farmer or not, the point is too simple to not understand.

The illustration gets tied to family relationships but any relationship worth having can easily be involved.

It’s worth reading and sharing with others.

#house-to-house, #links, #spiritual-illustrations

Sin cannot be controlled nor contained

Which is the more dangerous sin, the one that creates a chemical dependency, such as drugs or alcohol, and destroys a body, or the one that creates an emotional or behavioral aberration, such as envy or complaining, and twists a person’s spirit?

via The more dangerous sin – Walking with God

This is a shameless plug for my devotional article today. I invite you to read it and comment with your perspective.

#links, #sin

More than a kind word is needed

At the bottom of the side column has been added a donation link. We did that last year over on Forthright Magazine, and now we’ve added one here.

For several reasons, a bad economy one of the principal among them, support continues to fall. So it becomes necessary to appeal to our good readers.

The link takes you to a GoSpeak page where a PayPal option is also available.

#donations, #links, #support

Lordship of Christ and conscience: great links


This article, by an evangelical professor in Australia, deserves a more careful reading than it’s been given, but at first glance, it appears to be stimulating and accurate: Kyrios Christos: The Lordship of Jesus Christ Today. I’m interested in hearing your reactions. Is there anything amiss in it that you can see? Continue reading

#conscience, #links, #lordship-of-christ

Links and one-liners

  • Lots of stories lately on Brotherhood News:
  • Baptisms in our parts last Monday:
  • Plans full-steam for US trip April 21. Hope to see you there.
  • Pay insults with blessing. If our Lord could do it, so can we.
  • Spend time with people in person. Virtual is good, but lacking.
  • The gospel is simple. So is evangelism. Don’t complicate it.
  • Can a leopard change his spots? Dunno, but a sinner sure can rid himself of sin.

#gospel, #links, #one-liners

Some links to articles and other sites you might be interested in

Read a great article yesterday, with a good attention grabbing title, written particularly for preachers. If you preach I think it’s worthy of your consideration…it reminds us of a few basic guidelines just in case we’ve forgotten about them.

There is a very good post on Apologetics Press about the role of men and, particularly, women in the church. It’s a lengthy read due to the nature of the topic but it’s an article that can be gleaned for notes; especially the section on the  “office of a deaconess” in case you’re not familiar with the typical arguments presented with that topic.

For those of you who are interested in adding some older circulated books of the spiritual nature that are sourced and written by various authors about various topics to your personal library, you can check out this website that I found a couple of weeks ago. The site has a long list of titles (literally hundreds of them) and the vast majority of them are under 5$. According to the site’s host, Michael Wilk, these books are coming out of his personal library that he’s looking to clear out. P.S. – I’m not getting any kick-backs here; I just know there are several book chomping readers that browse the pages of TFR and I thought some might be interested since the site has books and other materials that I’m sure are out of print by now, thus making the materials difficult to find but not necessarily “old” or useless in scope.

Speaking of TFR, some of you regular readers here may not be familiar with TFR’s good ole’ buddy from the American west coast, and former “Twice Blessed” article writer for Forthright Magazine, Don Ruhl and his blog-site called “Email Devotionals“. I know it’s easy to get bogged down with daily articles in your email in-box, but with Email Devotionals, Don keeps achieving the same goal that he accomplished with Forthright – two, quick and to the point Bible based articles every day.

If you ever know of a good website associated with the brotherhood with resources worth passing along, make mention of it in the comments. Someone might be blessed with it!

#books, #church-leadership, #devotional-articles, #links, #preaching, #role-of-women

On FPress, our wish and prayer for you in 2014

Here it is:


#links, #prayer

Random Thoughts (and a few links) for the Weekend

Doc Phillips, who is one of the fellows here in TFR, wrote a post on his congregation’s blog that includes some powerful examples of some individuals hunger for the word of God and then makes a couple of applications for the American culture to consider. Check it out sometime. I’m going to use it in our bulletin soon enough.

It has been said and asked, and rightly so, “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” (Proverbs 23:5) Talk about a timeless truth that still preaches! In a recent story about the Navy’s first supercarrier, the USS Forrestal, it was revealed that this ship, which once wore the title of the world’s biggest ship ever built, could be set to be sold for a penny – yes, I said one little lowly ole’ American penny! The ship “which took an estimated $217 million — nearly $2 billion in today’s dollars — to build” didn’t necessarily see its value fly away, but it sure did sink like a rock while staying afloat, didn’t it?

The “pope” recently took action against a “bishop” who was living in a multi (and I mean multi) million dollar residence according to this story. It was said that “pope” “Francis has made clear he expects his bishops to live simply, setting as an example his own humble lifestyle.” I guess that’s his way of saying no one is allowed to live in a more expensive residence or carry a bigger cross made of solid gold than him!

This coming Sunday morning in Bible class we’re going to look at the basic layout of the Tabernacle of God that Moses and the children of Israel built. We started the study last week and I think it’s going to continue to be a profitable one. The Tabernacle has a lot of shadowy, not dark but shadowy, lessons that can be revealed and learned by today’s Christians through the light of the Gospel (Hebrews 8:5; 9:9, 23 and 2 Corinthians 3). From learning to have the proper mindset toward sin, God and the atonement that He offers to the way that Jesus can be seen in the Tabernacle’s furnishings I’m looking forward to studying this series out with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Look for a way to help someone see the Way today!

#links, #pope, #random-thoughts, #riches, #tabernacle, #the-word-of-god

A Few Reading Suggestions

I don’t know if the congregation that you’re a member of has a subscript to Gospel Minutes or not, but if they do and you haven’t read last weeks article by Clem Thurman then I thoroughly suggest that you do so (Vol. 62, No. 42 – October 18, 2013). The article is called “Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow” which is a reference to a verse of scripture in the book Isaiah. Brother Thurman does an excellent job addressing the short comings of our modern-day culture and the answers to life that it seeks through any avenue other than God. If your congregation doesn’t have a subscription to this good paper then try to find a nearby brother or sister who can “loan” you theirs.

Are you looking for a “Halloween themed” devotional? Try the article I posted this morning on Keltonburg Preacher called “Don’t Let Your Sweet Tooth Trick You.” There’s enough room in it to go a couple of different directions. It’s a little similar to the point that Randal made in his latest post on Forthright called “A not-so-happy birthday card” which I also encourage you to check out if you haven’t yet done so.

Are you looking for some “meat of the word” reading about the nature of Jesus? Check out this article that I read yesterday by Wayne Jackson. It comes with the spiritual calories so get ready to exercise those spiritual senses (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Have a great day!

#bible-devotionals, #forthright, #god, #gospel-minutes, #links

Great Link to a Website full of Bible Teaching Resources

Here’s a link to a great resource for Bible charts that I didn’t previously know about. I had posted two or three of these charts here in TFR before without knowing where they came from simply because I got them in an email. The reason that I checked the site out is because someone had told me about the unfortunate passing of the site’s creator (Donnie Barnes) and the name “Barnes’ Bible Charts” rung a bell because of the name that was attached to the bottom right hand side of the charts that I had previously posted.

I thought some of you here in TRF might be interested in having this site saved as a favorite in your browser due to the vast (and I mean vast) number of topics that these charts cover. To me, the greatest way to remember this brother’s work would be to use it however it may be used to help others understand the word of God.

#bible-chart, #bible-study, #links, #resource

All things virtual

tfr-things-virtualHere’s a little item that has been well received, my original (aren’t they all?) quatrain, “When It Rains.”

My sis now does the bulletin for the congregation where she is a part. She asked me for links to my online material, to publish. Imagine that! I gave her this link (pretty complete) and this one, and this one. You might find something in those to fit your church bulletin.

TFR doesn’t have a Facebook page or group, but our sponsor does, Forthright Press. Do give it a Like.

Our area congregations, so closely related in the faith, have a single site and Facebook page. In our meeting this afternoon in Taubaté, a couple of guys thought it a good idea to have a Facebook page just for that congregation. I told them to have at and have fun.

With the two brothers here from tomorrow through Saturday, and Brazilian brothers coming all throughout the week to talk, the week will be busy and I’ll not be around the Internet as much. Carry on without me! You’ll probably do even better without me distracting you.

Have a blessed week!

#internet, #links

Give Someone an Ataboy…or an Atagirl

A little bit of encouragement can go a long way! And that’s good because it just so happens that a long way is how far many of us have to go.

See if you can give an “ataboy” or an “atagirl” to someone today.

Here’s some “ataboy’s” that I wanted to pass along with some links to boot:

  • Great job John T. Polk II for completing his posts on Psalm 1 through Psalm 150! Here’s the link to his last installment. – P.S. this praise is biblically (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and not the type of praise John talks about in the Psalm 150 🙂
  • Great job Stephen Bradd on a great Mother’s Day article on Audio Evangelism called “Shame to His Mother.”
  • Great job Mike Benson on an awesome post about the power and influence of godly women posted on Forthright. I’m going to put this in our bulletin soon.
  • Great job Don Ruhl on encouraging us to put our self in the shoes of another Bible character in another one of his short but challenging posts from his “Twice Blessed” devo’s.

I would add others but I’m out of time, but I would like to quickly say to those of you who work hard to present the truth over the web: Great Job and Hang In There – you never know who your work may be encouraging.

And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” (Acts 4:36-37 – NKJV)

#blessing, #encouragement, #links, #team-work

Suggestions needed for academic Bible study links

Friends and Fellows, I’m considering opening up a new section on The Christian Hub for academic Bible study sites by brethren. I have one in mind, even though it might be a few shades away from what we’d like to see, and would like to have at least three or four more to add.

For clarity (a few people need this), here are the requirements:

  • Sites frequently updated (at least weekly)
  • By faithful brethren, not denominationals,
  • With RSS feed absolutely essential
  • On biblical studies with a technical or academic approach.

Suggestions should not include devotions, sermons, bulletin articles, or Bible class material. No citations by Vine or Thayer.

Do we have three or four of these out there somewhere?

#bible-research, #links, #theological-studies

Tenderness towards immorality

Cheney did it, now Portman, other politicians as well. A child announces he’s homosexual, and the parent suddenly finds compassion in his heart to accept and approve of the new status. Such tenderness towards immorality happens in many a family. Parents often accept adultery after their children shack up. This is just one example of worldliness in the church that I take a shot at in my editorial today over on Forthright Magazine.

• Doesn’t it thrill you to hear of others studying the Bible with the lost? I heard it three times yesterday. Already I heard it once today, also, from a sister in Christ, in Qatar, reaching out to Brazilians who are looking for a church. She and others are worshiping in a home. Pray they may have good success.

• It’s one thing to insist on the old paths, which we do, and quite another to recycle old sermons and classes to the point that no new insights are allowed to seep through. It’s hard to know if there’s laziness involved, or pandering to the brethren, or a confusion as to what faithfulness to the Lord’s teaching is.

• The GOP and conservatives within and without are mired in discussions about rebranding and rebuilding the party. They want to win the hearts of a greater percentage of the American populace, but many disagree how to go about it. I don’t know much about politics. I find it almost as confusing as the study of economics. But I do know slightly more about the Bible and outreach. Not much, but a bit. We need such a discussion about how to win more people to and with the gospel of Christ. Some are still in 1611 mode, which won’t go far in 2013 to reach the lost. (Am I on my soapbox again?)

• Speaking of conservatives, Bill O’Reilly will speak at a Faulkner Univ. fundraiser in Sept. I’ve never seen the point behind inviting such people, but I understand that the masses love big names and pay to rub elbows with them. As far as I know, all the so-called Christian colleges do this. At what point, however, do we give in to the society or hold to a higher standard? For what in the world does a Christian have to do with the likes of O’Reilly or Rice or their ilk? (Am I in the kickative mood today?)

• Many versions have an almost deterministic rendering of Pro 20.24. An example is NASB: “Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way?” One might read this to mean that, since God has already chosen what’s going to happen to you, there’s no use in trying to figure it all out. (The CEV has exactly this idea. It’s hard to know if it or the EXP is worse here.) So the NLT rendering caught my attention, and I used it today for QBT: Continue reading

#corollaries, #links, #love, #proverbs