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  • John T. Polk II 10:59 pm on 2017-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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    2-14-2017 Love Is Not A Valentine 

    The idol gods Lupercus and Faunus – the Roman God of Agriculture, and fictional Romulus and Remus, were celebrated with the “Feast of Lupercalia. The Roman Catholic Church simply added this to their other adopted idolatry by giving it some association to their church! Valentine’s Day is that celebration. Love has been reduced to a day of gifts, cards, candy, and jewelry, but the Bible concept has been entirely lost to the public. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV). “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 NKJV). Love is that voluntary choice to see that good is done for others, because “Love does no harm to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10 NKJV). Not for a day, but for a life.

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

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:47 am on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Key verse of 1 Corinthians? 

    Yesterday, I posted Nelson Smith’s comment on 1 Cor 16.14: “Everything you do should be done in love.” After reading again the conclusion of the letter, with its emphasis on love, it makes a body wonder if this verse might not serve well as the key verse to the entire letter.

    As we wrote some years back for the 21st Century Christian Adult Bible Quarterly, the problem behind the problems in Corinth was arrogance. It was almost as if the word of God had originated with them, 1 Cor 14.36, so free did they feel to modify it. Chapter 13, that towering declaration on love, is central to the discussion on gifts. Paul puts love forward as the solution.

    So, in a way, doing all in love serves as an excellent summary statement of what the apostle has been writing throughout his letter. It is the ultimate arrogance killer, 1 Cor 8.2, and the path to being known by God, 1 Cor 8.3. So we must “pursue love” 1 Cor 14.1.

    Love is not love until it motivates and permeates everything we do.

    • Eugene Adkins 9:17 am on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply

      So what you’re saying is 1 Corinthians 13 wasn’t originally written for marriage ceremonies?

      • J. Randal Matheny 9:57 am on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply

        Shhh! Don’t tell anybody and ruin the ceremony industry.

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:59 pm on 2017-02-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Nelson Smith comments on 1 Corinthians 16.14 

    “Let all your things be done with charity (agape-love).”

    ” Short verse — short comment. Do your own thinking on this and see what you make of it. It tells me that love is the very thread with which the fabric of the universe is woven. God is ‘above all, through all and in all.’ (Eph. 4:6) But to the Corinthian Christians this would be a tender rebuke for as Paul’s epistles to them show, many (if not most) of the things they had done and were doing had not been done with love. It is also meant for us for we (especially Christians) too are obligated to do all our things with love. There are no exceptions if we are to do God’s will. A self-examination with respect to motivation for the things we do and the attitude with which we do them may be surprising and even profitable to us. Think on this and you will be surprised how much ‘COMMENT’ will grow out of your thinking.”

    —Nelson M. Smith, Agape Study Manual, p. 211

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:43 pm on 2017-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    My Search 

    Simple faith, the goal of searching,
    Life with center and circumference,
    That single word of fullest meaning,
    Limitless love for one and all.

    —JRMatheny http://randalmatheny.com

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:05 pm on 2017-01-01 Permalink | Reply
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    The Year of Love 

    People have talked about what kind of year 2016 has been. Tonight in the meeting of the saints starts a series called, “The Year of Love,” focusing on what kind of year 2017 ought to be. We’ll look at love for God, for one’s neighbor, for the family of God, and for the truth.

    The starting idea develops from here:

    Determine your year ahead

    So it ought to be an interesting approach.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:00 am on 2016-10-02 Permalink | Reply
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    The why of creation 

    This is part of a chapter out of a book I’m writing, entitled (for now) “Total Transformation.” You might find it to be of use.

    Man was created in God’s image, in order to know his person and blessing, Gen 1.26-28. As the only creature to bear the divine stamp, man is able to relate to God. “Man meets and talks with God in the Garden of Eden” Gen 2.15-17 (NIBD). Adam and Even walked with God, Gen 3.8.

    Because of their sin, they were expelled from the Garden, but the original intent was for them to choose God’s love, not to spurn it. Scripture mentions that God came to walk with them after they lost that privilege, highlighting even more the preciousness of this gift. (More …)

    • Eugene Adkins 7:20 am on 2016-10-03 Permalink | Reply

      Check this out: http://fellowshiproom.com/out-of-the-mouth-of-babes-4/
      It happened before you did your post, but not too long before. After I read your post I thought it might add a little bit more food for the thought.

      • J. Randal Matheny 7:30 am on 2016-10-03 Permalink | Reply

        I started my lesson last night talking about the “Why?” phase that children go through.

        I just sent the link to your daughter’s question to a group of Brazilians who speak English.

  • John T. Polk II 7:02 pm on 2016-09-22 Permalink | Reply
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    9-20-2016 Love And Baptism 

    “And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment” (1 John 3:23 NKJV).  “Love one another” is about the only statement some people think is in the Bible!  They then object to any other “commandment” as “legalism,” not to be obeyed.  John said God gave the “commandment” to “love one another.”  Was God commanding “legalism?”  Jesus said, “that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do” (John 14:31 NKJV).  Was Jesus a “legalist” because He kept God’s “commandment” to “love?” Was Peter a “legalist” when “he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV)?  Why is keeping the commandments of God “legalism,” but not keeping the command to love?

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

  • John T. Polk II 8:27 am on 2016-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    9-7-2016 Saints Serving The Poor 

    There was no Roman Catholic Church in existence when Paul wrote: “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans 1:7 NKJV). They were “distributing to the needs of the saints” (Romans 12:13 NKJV).  Paul was “going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem” (Romans 15:25-26 NKJV).  There is more than just serving the poor, however, for “though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:3 NKJV).   Serving without love “profits nothing.”  Corinthians “hearing, believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV) and were “sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV).

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

  • TFRStaff 10:36 am on 2016-09-07 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Wednesday 07 September 2016 

    See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1 ESV)

    Смотрите, какую любовь дал нам Отец, чтобы нам называться и быть детьми Божиими. Мир потому не знает нас, что не познал Его. (1-e Иоанна 3:1 Russian)

    O LORD my God, dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for spreading your loving kindness around the world. Help us to see through the temporary discomforts and recognize that you are never far from us if we will only stop and take a look at the wonderful ways in which you show your love each day. The greatest of these proofs is the way you specifically call us your children because we trust and obey Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen. (More …)

  • Ron Thomas 3:25 pm on 2016-09-01 Permalink | Reply
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    We Be Brethren 

    Are you the kind of person who has the faith that Abraham had? Are you the kind of saint that is deferential as Abraham was? When Lot and Abraham gathered much in material possessions, it was Abraham who deferred to his younger nephew for a decision to be made (Genesis 13:8-9). In truth, it should have been Lot who deferred, but Abraham was more interested in unity with his family member than he was with regard to protocol. In God’s spiritual family, let us take a lesson from this. Are we (am I) more interested in my way than I am in taking the “lower” position for my brother’s sake? Paul addressed this in Philippians (Phil. 2:3-8). I do believe we know what the lesson is we should make. RT

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:15 am on 2016-07-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Love for the present age 

    Demas deserted Paul, “since he loved the present age” 2 Tim 4.10. In his commentary, Wm. Barclay engages in much speculation about what might have happened to Demas. Love for the present age or world comes in many forms. It is opposed to love of the God who rules for all the ages, who is eternal. He who loves the present age hates the age to come. Living in the present age prevents one from living for the next. Whatever form that love of the present age takes, it sucks out of the room all the oxygen of eternal ambition, it crowds out the search for things above, it dampens enthusiasm for spiritual things. Love for the present age puts man in the center and removes God from the throne. The flesh reigns, the spirit dies, and hope in the redemption of Christ becomes but a faint memory.

    #Demas #love #eternity #worldliness

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:10 am on 2016-06-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Love and be known 

    knowledge-booksAn old song says something to effect that “to know you is to love you.” They must have gotten that from the Bible, with a twist. Paul says, “But if someone loves God, he is known by God” 1Cor 8.3.

    The apostle to the Gentiles was swatting down those who touted knowledge as the great value of the Way, who said that what you know makes you important. The only thing that knowledge does, by itself, is to puff you up, or, as we say where I grew up (which is where I am now), give you the big head. It makes you conceited. It does nothing for your brother in Christ. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:30 pm on 2016-06-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Love fills every lack, because it is the generator of all the Christian virtues. In this way, love is able to make us co-participants of the divine holiness. Spiritual and personal growth of each one of us is not related to our gifts, knowledge, or talents, but with our learning to love as God loves.

    —João D’Arc

    #love #spiritual-growth #christian-virtues

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:57 am on 2016-06-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Three recent ‘loves’ come together 

    Three things happened recently, none directly related to the others, that cause me to bring them together, because of their subject.

    One, Nelson Smith wrote a 475-page book that looks at every appearance of “love” in the NT, some form of the Greek words agapao/agape. I received a copy of it two days ago.

    Two, Ron T. ends his remarks on the recent HuffPo article critical of the church with a thought on the nature of love. Seems to be a proper way to end a review of that article.

    Three, I’m reading a Brazilian brother’s book on the love that transforms. He uses 1 Cor 13 as the basis for his work.

    I don’t know the history of the copy of Smith’s book in my possession. It was apparently in some library, perhaps of some congregation. A library pocket and card, with no indication of ownership, are still on the inside back cover. The card is blank; no one ever checked it out. (It could be the second or third or fourth card, replacement for one or more previous cards, but I have my doubts.) The 1997 book is in very good condition, a sign that it was little used. (If the library card came from a private library, we’ll assume differing study habits rendered this simple work unnecessary.)

    All that to say this: I can stand to study more and apply better the love of Christ in my life. Do we meditate carefully over a reference to love whenever it appears in a Bible text, or do we skim over it to get to the supposed important points more to our interest?

    One post-NT writer said others observed of Christians, “See how they love each other!” Jesus said our mutual love is our badge to the world. “Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another” Jn 13.35.

    James pulls in the OT commandment, following the Lord Jesus, and dubbed it the royal law, the defining quality of our treatment of others: “But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well” Jas 2.8.

    Showing to everyone, friend and enemy, the love of God is the ultimate DNA test of sonship: “Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete” Mt 5.48 CEB.

    Love lasts. All else fades. We may not be reading books or articles about love, but let us highlight it in our Bibles, see it in our heavenly Father, and imitate that selfless, sacrificial love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    #love #HuffPo #books

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:07 am on 2016-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    What books on love by our people? 

    What books do you know of written by our people on the subject of love, especially, the love of God? (I’m not looking for books on marriage and family.)

    I have one in Portuguese, that examines 1 Cor 13. I can’t recall any others, offhand.

    Article suggestions are fine, I suppose, but they ought to be longish and more in-depth, rather than devotional. Still, a book would be gold.

    • Eugene Adkins 3:28 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

      Good question. Too bad I don’t have a good answer. Most of my library is commentary with few topical books…at least when it comes any “salt-worthiness”.

    • Eugene Adkins 3:42 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

      For what it’s worth, I got to looking through some stuff and I found a folder of outlines from a “Standing in the Gap Lectureship” on the topic of “Biblical Love” that was held at the Nesbit church of Christ back in 2013. You might want to see what you can find over the net.

      • J. Randal Matheny 4:35 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve checked the GA and 21stCC sites, found some items there. Hard to know, other than places like those, the quality of other books.

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