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DON’T GET TIRED OF DOING GOOD
By David R. Kenney
from the Wadworth OH church bulletin
Jack P. Lewis has a Ph.D. from both Hebrew Union and Harvard University. He is Professor of Bible Emeritus of Harding Graduate School of Religion. He was written over 20 books and many articles. His scholarship is widely respected. He serves as an elder in the church at White Station in Memphis, and he has appeared on the Freed-Hardeman University Lectureship for several years beginning in 1954.
Brother Lewis had previously suffered a fall including a broken shoulder. Some would possibly have cancelled their speaking appointment before a large audience, but not Jack Lewis. He completed his lecture on “Paul’s Visit” in reference to the church at Thessalonica which he presented from the chair on the stage of Lloyd Auditorium at the 2014 Freed-Hardeman University Bible Lectureship. Brother Lewis offered some additional words that I would like to share here. Jack P. Lewis was nearly 95 years of age when he delivered these words: Continue reading
After a great visit with the overseeing congregation (as usual), we made another trip today from central Arkansas to Nashville, back to our son’s house.
Somewhere along the way the rental agency goofed or the travel agency in Brazil failed, and we wound up with an extra-small car. None of our suitcases will fit in the trunk. It runs well enough, but it’s a bit cramped. So I’m still unfolding my body after the several hours in the sardine can.
Good thing we’re not making any of the longer trips out to Texas or up to Illinois.
We can still be grateful that we’re not in the horse-and-buggy days.
Glancing, skimming, surfing. That’s what we do today, mainly. And that lack of focus makes us superficial. We surf spiritually as well. We skim Scripture with quick takes and verse-sized bites. We turn to the visual as often as possible, to the detriment of the audible.
But the Bible emphasizes — and in the plan of salvation we rightly highlight — the need to hear. “Hear, O Israel,” was the instruction from the Lord. Paul reminded the Romans, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” Rm 10.17 ESV. If we see anything, we ought to see the words of Christ in the pages of Scripture. Continue reading
It’s the wrong question for congregations to ask in missions: “Where can we spend our money where it will do the most good?” Man cannot answer that question. The most good may not be produced immediately. Man cannot see how God will use human effort to produce eternal good.
“In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good” Ecc 11.6 ESV.
An old saying warns us not to be the first to adopt a new technology or style, nor be the last to abandon it. There seems to be wisdom here, and a recent experience confirmed it. I cannot save new posts in WordPress’s new dashboard. I just lost most of an article there, after composing it in that software.
Perhaps my aged operating system and browser are not up to date on the technology behind the new system. Is it my fault or WordPress’s that they’ve adopted requirements that some of the millions who use their service do not possess? Continue reading
If someone asked you to name a color of a fruit, you would probably say orange or maybe red. However, in writing to the church at Philippi, Paul talks about fruit that is normally green.
Can you guess what it is? Here is the clue: “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account” (Philippians 4:17). That is right; the “green fruit” is money. There are a number of passages in the Bible that talk about what we should do with our money. The most important thing that our money can do is support the preaching of the gospel. Continue reading
The meaning of “disciple” is not just “follower” or “learner”; it also means someone who wants to be like the teacher.
Where would you go to call disciples? Would you go to the centers of learning and culture? Would you go to places with the largest population?
Five of the twelve Jesus chose were from Bethsaida, which means “fishing village.” It was not a city of arenas, theaters, and gymnasia, but Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Phillip grew up there and that is where they were when Jesus called them to “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Continue reading
We would like to invite you to the second seminar on missions at HCU on February 13 from 6:30-8:30PM. Loy Mitchell and Jeremy Barrier will be our speakers. Please plan to attend, if possible. Please see attached flyer. —Wayne and Janet Barrier
1 COR. 14:26
“LET ALL THINGS BE DONE UNTO EDIFYING”
An E-Letter from Ted & Barbara Knight to our Romanian Family
Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends,
Today in America we are observing what our forefathers designated as a ‘Day of Thanksgiving.’ It is one of our favorite days of the year. School is dismissed, many people are not required to work, and families gather for a time of great food, fellowship, and pleasant memories. I am sorry that in the last few years more emphasis is placed upon shopping, which requires that all the stores are open, and other activities and it seems to me that the focus on ‘Thanksgiving’ is somewhat diminished. But, that is a choice that everyone makes for themselves.
Very early this morning My Lady and I lay in our bed and we began counting our blessings. It seems that the list would be endless and it really is, when you began to put those blessings into words to yourself and someone else, it really makes them come alive. We want you to know something; “Very close to the top of those blessings that we thank God for is our family of Christians and friends in Romania.” In 2014 we will begin our 20th year of work and association with the people of Romania. You will never know what an impact you have made on our lives. There are some people who go into another country and they come home and forget who they met and some of what they did. That is not true of us. We remember the first baptism of Horia and the second one was Ramona Manescu, followed by many others. We remember bible studies and many of you translating for us, the bus rides between Pitesti and Craiova, and the wonderful times of fellowship when our work was done at days end. We could write many pages from the memories that we have of all of you and the love that we have for you. So, on this Day of Thankgiving, please be assured that you are a vital part of our prayer of thanks to God and we pray that many more years of memories will be made.
We pray that God will bless you and keep you lovingly in His arms.
With Much Love,
Ted & Barbara
Slightly am I in the downsizing mode. My efforts pale before the herculean task of ridding The Snuggery of stacks of papers and unneeded and unhelpful books. So, seeing one of the latter lying on a shelf, I tore up and threw away Ketcherside’s book, The Death of the Custodian. Was quite a satisfying experience. I would never give that book away, since it sells out the truth of the gospel.
The eradicative moment reminded me of the Ephesians burning their magic books, a passage I used Monday morning in an evangelistic study to talk about confession and repentance. Some books deserve to be destroyed.
Not sure how I came to be in possession of a copy of Ketcherside’s book. Somebody probably gave it to me hoping to convert me to that toothless version of Christianity. I noted that I had made marks in the book; at least, I assume they were mine, and that I had read it some time in the distant past.
As I opened pages to grab and tear, I saw I had underlined the phrase “love letters from God.” People have used this phrase to try to get away from the Bible as a pattern for life and service in Christ. Made me wonder if Ketcherside was the originator of the phrase.
Speaking of the author, I remember my grandfather Matheny talked about him speaking and debating in Greene County, Arkansas, when, I believe, Ketcherside was on the other extreme, binding rules upon others that God has not bound. My grandfather’s tone of voice was never positive when mentioning him. Continue reading
The World Evangelism School of Missions will be conducting a seminar at Heritage Christian University on Thursday night, September 26th from 6 to 8:30 PM. Gordon Hogan and Wayne Barrier will be making presentations. You are invited to attend. Please invite others to come. See attached.
Also, the date for the 2014 Maywood Missionary Retreat is May 8-10. (The date has been changed back to the original week because of a conflict at the camp.)
We hope to see you in September!
Wayne and Janet Barrier
As many of you know, Vicki and I have lost support again, and after a new count we lack around $1000 per month.
We have a number of days available to speak to your congregation, eldership, or missions committee about the GoSpeak ministry. We are also available to teach or preach. Please check out the calendar for our time through Oct. 16, when we return to Brazil.
Also, please share this email with others whom you think might be interested in the GoSpeak ministry.
I’ve overcome my reluctance to mention this here on TFR since this site and others like Forthright.net and BrotherhoodNews.com depend on the funds from the GoSpeak ministry to continue.
This past weekend, I spoke at the Preacher’s Files Lectureship in Middleton, Tenn. Though it awaits some editing, see the video of my session: “You Can Be Sure of the Power of the Gospel:”