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  • disciplerami 7:13 am on 2016-12-23 Permalink | Reply
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    The handicap of being smart 

    It’s hard for a smart man to enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s not directly stated in the Scriptures, but it’s true nevertheless.

    We remember that Jesus said, “It’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” I have thought that “smarts” or intellectualism is equally as much of a hindrance as riches are to going to heaven.

    The Gospel does not lend itself to pleasing the materialistic proclivities of man. Not to influence, not to nobility, not to strength, not to wealth, and not to intellectualism. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 5:02 am on 2016-08-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Default Mindset) 


    According to computer technology and terminology, a “default” is “a pre-selected option or a pre-designed value or setting.” For example, when I started typing this article the page appeared in the format that I had previously designated for the settings I would like for all the pages to have when I type these essays. I do not have to re-set the borders of the pages, the type style, the font size, etc. each time I compose an article. All of these things have already been determined and “saved” to the default setting for all “News and Views” essays. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 8:41 am on 2013-02-27 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Willingly Thoughtless’ (Mike Glenn) 

    Our text about thoughtfulness today is found in Amos 6:1-6. Being thoughtful about what God wants us to do includes being thoughtful about priorities.

    In our text God pronounces woe on those who act blissfully ignorant of the awful spiritual conditions of their own people. They were not asking themselves if God was happy with them. They were not examining themselves in regard to keeping the law of God.

    They “put far away the evil day.” That is, they were willingly thoughtless about the spiritual tragedy around them. They acted as if everything was fine and that there would never be a day of consequences for their selfishness. They lived lives of self-indulgence and not lives of service to God. They lived for pleasure with their thoughts being about themselves and trivial matters rather than the spiritual.

    You might ask, what did God expect them to do? What can one or two persons do if the majority does not care? How can we change a nation, a church, our extended family or friends? (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:43 am on 2013-02-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Head Knowledge VS Heart Feelings? 

    To justify their beliefs people try to make the mind and the heart get into a spiritual fight. You begin to talk to them about what the word of God teaches concerning salvation and other issues but when they don’t like what they hear or see, they quickly turn and say, “You are teaching that God’s word is written only in biblical text and can only be known through reading of that text” or something else to that effect. They attempt to say that one’s heart (which can be thoroughly confused) knows better than what one plainly reads with the eyes (which can be rightly divided through study – 2 Timothy 2:15).

    Now I will be first to say that God’s word simply memorized does an individual no good! The devil quoted scripture to Jesus after all. And Jesus quoted previously recorded scripture when He condemned those who were near to God with words on the lip but far away in the heart in Mark 7:6-8. So, God’s word must be planted within our heart just as the parable of the sower teaches in Luke 8. But what people who rely upon the “heart overruling the mind” miss in that parable (and the rest of God’s word) is that it is the word of God that stirs/begins the growth process in the heart. The heart can have good soil, which is essential, but good soil doesn’t produce seed or a crop by itself – it allows the seed to grow to produce the crop. In Mark 7 it was the emotions of the people in their hard hearts that steered them away from keeping God’s word in their heart. If we want to please God we must do so by allowing His word to get our hearts and minds on the same page.

    People who rely solely upon emotions for a right relationship with God are trusting the weight of their soul to an undependable structure. Paul said in Romans 10:1-3, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” (emphasis mine). The Jewish people had a heart for God, but their heart lacked a proper knowledge of God! Now how were they missing God’s righteousness? They were missing God’s righteousness because they rejected the knowledge of Jesus and His Gospel. In the same letter to the church at Rome, Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17 – emphasis mine). If you, through faith, desire to do God’s righteousness in the heart, it will be because you have been exposed to it through His word (Romans 10:17).

    Topics like this are frustrating because when a person reads about God putting His law into our hearts (Hebrews 8:10) they try to use that as a justification to avoid what the word teaches and that just simply is not true. God desires that we allow His law to grow continually in our hearts, but sadly, what people miss is that before that can happen we must learn what the law says to begin with! That’s why the very next verse (8:11) in Hebrews says, “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know me, from the least to the greatest” meaning that, unlike the previous covenant that people were a part of simply by being born (Hebrews 8:9), God’s law and covenant with the church is entered into when a person is born again into it through the new birth that comes from hearing the gospel, believing the gospel and obeying the gospel (John 3:3-5, Acts 18:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

    When one rejects the knowledge of God’s word for the “knowledge/emotions” of one’s own heart they are following the same path that God warned His people about in Hosea 4:6 when He said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.”

    Head knowledge and heart feelings are not meant to be enemies when it comes to God’s word. There is no way to be saved other than by believing the gospel with our heart (Romans 10:9-10), but our heart must be taught what to believe (Romans 10:14-15). Salvation isn’t about a fight between our heart and mind, it’s about stopping our fight against God and submitting to His revealed will so we can reveal His will in us (Romans 12:1-2).

    And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30)       

  • TFRStaff 5:11 am on 2012-09-06 Permalink | Reply
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    • Loy 6:10 am on 2012-09-06 Permalink | Reply

      What is the meaning of “overrated” in the above? “Heart” as used in more than 100 verses in Scripture, means much more that just emotions.

    • J. Randal Matheny 6:32 am on 2012-09-06 Permalink | Reply

      The limits of the tweet made it difficult to be clear. People put much emphasis on the heart as the seat of the emotions. You’re exactly right, which is the point of the tweet as well. Thanks!

  • John Henson 7:52 am on 2011-05-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Thy Word 

    “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee,” (Psalm 119:11).

    How can a person put God’s word inside the mind without memorizing it?

    There is a story from the 19th Century about a courtroom in Murfreesboro, Tennessee that, one day, had no Bible. The court clerk was in a quandary to find one so witnesses could give sworn testimony. The judge said, “Just have the witnesses place their hands on Jones’ head. He’s a member of the church of Christ and those people know enough scripture to be a Bible themselves.”

    True story or not, there’s a truth in it. Years ago, children in Bible classes were required to memorize scripture. People knew many verses by heart, if not whole books of the Bible (yes, it is possible to memorize an entire book of the Bible if you want). Now, however, it’s difficult to find a class requiring memorization. Why?

    How can a person put God’s word inside the mind without memorizing it?

    “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

  • John Henson 7:24 am on 2011-05-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Protect Your Mind 

    My mother once told me it was not a good idea to walk through life with my “heart on my sleeve.” She meant that if live my life easily offended, I’d never be happy.

    When Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 10 about having your heart in your right hand, he didn’t mean the same thing my mother meant.

    Solomon wrote, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left,” (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NKJV). Solomon had been making a contrast between the actions of the spiritually foolish and the wise. Most warriors hold a sword in the right hand. The right hand, therefore, was a symbol of power and defense.

    A spiritually wise man remembers to protect his heart (or mind). The fool doesn’t care what takes possession of his thinking.

    The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV).

    “Taking every thought captive to obey Christ” is a good way to protect our minds from the onslaught of all the evil philosophies and wicked things in the world. A.W. Tozer wrote, “America has lost its ability to blush.” A drought of Bible thinking and conduct has caused many to lose sight of spiritually important things and adopted evil as the way. We must not allow ourselves to be swept along with it.

    Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect,” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Don’t allow the world to force you into its mold. Protect your mind.

    • Glenda Williams 11:26 am on 2011-05-25 Permalink | Reply

      John, I forwarded your article link on to our two children this morning. Though they are grown and on their own, your article was something I wanted to share with them. Thanks. Job well done.

  • John Henson 10:22 am on 2011-01-13 Permalink | Reply
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    There are people who have wild mood swings.

    There are those who battle depression and bipolar disorders whose moods vary frequently. The first person I met with bipolar disorder was fine while on medication, but when the meds ran out, the moods would be starkly different and suddenly change.

    Thanks to God, my moods are fairly positive. There are times when I wonder if I’m doing any good, but after reading God’s word and prayer, I’m better.

    For most people, unnecessary worry changes their outlook. There are temporary things in this life that appear sometimes to be major and aren’t. There are some things we can’t change. In any event, it’s best to let the Master have our worries and remember he’s for us always. That’s a good remedy, isn’t it?

    • Mike Riley 10:48 am on 2011-01-13 Permalink | Reply

      John, like you, I worked with a bipolar person for two years. As long as she was on her meds, she was ok, but when she didn’t take them, she was a terror to work around. She finally left on her on and went on to finish her education, and I was certainly glad she did. I felt sorry for the people who had to work with her. She almost drove me to drinking. 🙂

  • Mike Riley 10:09 am on 2010-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Ushering Out The Old – Welcoming In The New 

    How will I usher out 2010 and welcome in 2011? About the same as Ron. To me, one day is just like another, no matter what the calendar might say. More than likely, I’ll be up composing my next article for my blog, either in my mind or on paper.

  • John Henson 10:46 am on 2010-12-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Think on things above 

    One of our greatest opportunities each day is to think about things from God’s perspective, to develop thinking things as God would.

    The Apostle Paul wrote, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God,” (Colossians 3:1-3 ESV).

    “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” This may be easy to say, hard to do, some think. Things on the earth force their reality upon us. But the realities of God and heaven are just as true and have even more force.

    If we want heaven to be our eternal home, then we should cultivate spiritual thinking and make spiritual things the most important things in our lives. If we start thinking of things above we will:

    1.    Place real treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).

    2.    Build a surer, more permanent foundation for our lives (Matthew 7:24-27).

    3.    Lay a secure hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12).

    4.    Help ourselves to avoid Satan’s call to sin. Higher thoughts take us away from the base thoughts where sin lies (Proverbs 15:14).

    5.    Always have an attitude of submission where true salvation is (Romans 12:3).

    Seek those things that are above. Set your minds your minds on things that are above. That is surely good advice for the child of God.

  • Mike Riley 9:38 am on 2010-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    What Smells Related To “Clean”? 

    Lysol disinfectant comes to mind immediately. It kills so many germs (99.9% it claims). Everything does seem to smell “clean” after using it.

    Read about it: http://www.epinions.com/content_194392985220

  • Mike Riley 10:05 pm on 2010-06-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

    John Wooden, Head basketball coach for the UCLA Bruins
  • Mike Riley 7:05 pm on 2010-06-29 Permalink | Reply
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    A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

    G.K. Chesterton, English essayist and poet (1874-1936)
  • Mike Riley 10:34 am on 2010-06-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Who I Miss Most? 

    This is an easy question to answer – my grandmother. She’s been gone from this life since the summer of 1989, but her godly influence still speaks to me in my mind and spirit today (Hebrews 11:4).

    Thank you Lord for godly women, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

  • John Henson 1:18 pm on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply
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    What’s on your mind? 

    Facebook, twitter, and other social networks all want to know what’s on your mind. In your “status,” the line at the top of your profile in Facebook, the question is unavoidable.

    So, let’s ask the question… what is on your mind? For many, job or work is the predominant thought. One person complains the weekend was not long enough and going back to work was too soon. Others are glad to be back because the weekend was too stressful.

    Some people think about personal matters. Thinking about love, family relationships, who’s going to be the “hot” date this weekend preoccupies the minds of some.

    Is eternity ever on your mind? There is more to this existence on earth than just this old world. Just look into a starry-night’s sky. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made,” (Romans 1:20 ESV). Because there is a God, there is an eternity, because God is eternal. There is no doubt that living on this old earth is just not all there is. There is more. There is eternity.

    And, if there is an eternity, then at some point each of us must decide where we will live after this life is over. Is something like this ever on your mind? Do you ever think what your destination in eternity might be? The Lord Jesus Christ said there are only two destinations after the judgment.

    In Matthew 25, there is a view of the judgment and the assignment of destinations by the judge ― Jesus. The population of people who have ever lived in the world ― that means you and me ― will be separated into two groups. One group will be admitted into the blessings of heaven for eternity. Here’s what Jesus said about the other group: “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life,” (Matthew 25:48).

    When you stand before God in the judgment, do you know which group you’d belong to? Some people think they know. Some would say, “God is all loving and can’t condemn anyone, therefore, I’m saved.” But, is that what Jesus said? Some people say, “Well I believe, so I know I’m saved.” Are they? Doesn’t one need to obey the commands of God to be saved (Romans 6:17-18)?

    What’s on your mind?

    • Mike Riley 1:43 pm on 2010-06-15 Permalink | Reply

      John, great article and great thoughts! Empty pews in our auditoriums are testimony to the sad fact that not many members of the church are really thinking about either judgment or eternity.

    • Richard Hill 1:26 am on 2010-06-16 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the post, John. You expressed with clarity the most important consideration in life. Where will we spend eternity.

      I couldn’t help but think about the eternal aspects of both heaven and hell and the eternal aspects of both the blessing of heaven and the punishment of hell. Some are fudging on this idea by saying hell is an eternal place of punishment, but we are completely annihilated when we hit the lake of fire.

      If that’s the case where’s the eternal part of the individual’s punishment?? If those condemned to hell are incinerated into oblivion in a split second I feel hard pressed to call that eternal punishment. Maybe those who believe this doctrine need to change it to split second punishment.

      Thanks for clearly stating this truth. We must not soften the truth of God’s Word in order to feel better about the plight of the lost. The hard fact of eternal punishment might be the very motivation that brings about a change of heart.

      • John Henson 9:41 am on 2010-06-16 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the good words, brothers.

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