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  • TFRStaff 10:53 am on 2016-10-29 Permalink | Reply
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    UPLift motivational mail list is back, reenergized 


    After a year of silence, the UPLift email list is back! The motivational list is a service of the GoSpeak / Forthright ministry.

    Twice or three times a week, subscribers receive exclusive content designed to motivate, edify, encourage, and illustrate the practice of God’s will.

    The list is announcement-type, meaning there are no discussions, no avalanche of emails in your inbox.

    A forum link is included in emails for those who want to comment or discuss the content.

    The list is low-volume, so your inbox won’t get overloaded.

    Using FreeGroups.net dependable service, UPLift is sent in plain text, which means you have no worries about viruses.

    To subscribe, send an email from the address you wanted subscribed, to uplift-join@freegroups.net.

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:46 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Your most motivational Bible verse 

    What is the Bible verse that you keep coming back to, that gives you a lift when you’re down, that provides you comfort in your trials, that drives you to God in your sorrow? Please share it in the comments, with reference and text.

    • Chris Barrett 4:45 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, just one? Ok then I’ll type them one at a time : )
      I always find myself starting with Titus 1:2 “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began”………….I love the fact that the Apostle Paul used the word’s “who cannot lie”. God’s word is binding to us in the promises and punishments set forth in the Scripture.
      2 Timothy 3:16-17 “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.
      But my personal pick me up is John 14:2-3 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”………………….. In short, keep running the race, as Paul would say. The prize at the end is better than anything you can imagine!

      • J. Randal Matheny 6:55 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply

        Good ones, Chris, thanks for sharing these. Interesting to see the different verses that speak to different people.

    • James McFerrin 8:41 pm on 2016-02-21 Permalink | Reply

      I also have more than one, but this one possibly gives me some the most hope. (I Jn. 1:7) “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.”

  • TFRStaff 5:44 pm on 2015-12-31 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , gospel preaching, motivation, personal goals,   

    My Dreams Have Shrunk 

    When I was younger, I had awesome dreams. In my “awakening” (a deeper sense of awareness I came to some years after I became a Christian), when I faced my first opportunities as a fledgling preacher, it seemed I had the world at my feet – no, not due to any sense of accomplishment or ability on my part, but because I believed the message I was bringing was “The” power – the walls of evil would crumble before it if I just stayed out-of-the-way and gave folks the unvarnished truth. I was literally amazed that anyone who heard it was able to resist it – or, even worse, would reject it and act contrary to it. As time (and my own experience) went on, I came to see that it was not only possible, it was likely! It took me some years, but I finally came down to earth. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:15 pm on 2015-11-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Everyone a motivator 

    In the preface to his book Bring Out the Best in People, Alan Loy McGinnis wrote,

    … virtually everyone is a motivator in one situation or another—when we’re persuading a friend to lose weight, or giving a pep talk to our kids, or trying to help a batter out of a slump, we’re motivators. Either we are doing it poorly or we are doing it well.

    Christians are motivators, in a real way. They are not mere educators. They want people to do something, obey the gospel. They not only tell people what God has done in Christ and what each person must do to be saved — information —, but they also encourage and exhort so that people will be moved to act — motivation. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 10:50 am on 2014-08-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Love the main point 

    You probably don’t know that I have a little online biz card and now mini-blog, to which, because of ease of posting, I’m adding my UPLift material and Cloudburst Poetry comments and background. So today, the designated day for an offering of the former, you get this:


    Love at the Peak. On 1 Corinthians 13. I hope this material will become part of a book, second in the series to my Choose!. Time will tell. May you be lifted up today by this little sample.

    • Beth Johnson 10:43 pm on 2014-08-19 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I do appreciate the study and the new way of getting it out to people. Keep up the good work.

      • Randal 4:37 am on 2014-08-20 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Beth!! I pray it might be helpful in some small way.

  • J. Randal Matheny 10:54 am on 2011-06-11 Permalink | Reply
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    THEREFORE. That’s how the verse begins that Richard H. posted today, in most versions. (Some of us are memorizing these verses in the 100 Days of Scripture.) NET has “So then.”

    The discussion prior to the verse, which serves as its conclusion, was about the existence and nature of the resurrection. One disservice we to to Bible verses is pulling them out of context, as if they floated down to us by themselves.

    “So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58)

    Since there is a resurrection, life after death, that means our work will have an eternal effect. What a great stimulus to be outstanding in the Lord’s work!

    Chapter divisions also throw us off, frequently. One of those great works of the Lord follows hot on the heals of this verse: to offer as we’ve been prospered.

    The therefores matter, because they link motivation to action.

    • Richard Hill 7:37 am on 2011-06-12 Permalink | Reply

      Well said.

      I’m teaching I Corinthians 15 this morning. I’ll try a hit-and-run with “baptized for the dead.” My intention is not to get stuck there! This last part of 1 Corinthians is such a great section of Scripture.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:07 am on 2010-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    What type of posts here? 

    One of the Fellows asked me if a certain type of post was allowed on TFR. I thought to myself that I needed to define further for them what types of posts are good to post and what types I don’t like to see.

    But on the heels of that thought came another: I trust each of the Fellows implicitly and think they have good judgment on what will contribute to the site.

    If I gave them guidelines, it might inhibit them from using their creativity and good judgment.

    The only guidelines they’re going to get, then, are these:

    • Does it edify the readers?
    • Does it add something to the readers’ knowledge, motivation or sense of fellowship?
    • Does it provide a challenge, a perspective, a nugget of truth to be savored and cherished?
    • Does it point the readers to Christ and his sacrifice?
    • Does it explain, illustrate or illuminate something of the nature or character of God?

    How about if the readers chime in about those posts they’ve found most helpful or encouraging or stimulating? Or the type of posts they’d like to see or see more of? What say you, dear reader?

  • Laura 6:00 pm on 2010-01-23 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , beliefs, , motivation,   

    Are we like whitewashed tombs? 

    “Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes!” This statement was posted on the Internet with following comments commending the author as being insightful. I agree in the strictest sense of the word — the first dictionary definition of the word is, “observable activity in a human or animal”. However it totally ignores the relationship between out thoughts, feelings and beliefs and how we behave. The second dictionary definition, “the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli” points toward this relationship.

    The statement seems to ignore this relationship and rather reinforces the commonly held false belief that it doesn’t matter what one thinks, feels, or believes: all that matters is what one does. This could not be further from the truth and contradicts Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5. Jesus here teaches that while the old law focused on bad behavior, we need to focus on getting our hearts right — that is, get our thoughts and feelings under control. If we control our thoughts and feelings, we will not behave badly.

    It is sad to see such misunderstandings in the world. But sometimes I wonder if members of God’s household do not think this way at the core. If we do, are we not like white-washed tombs?

    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27

    • Mike Riley 8:53 pm on 2010-01-23 Permalink | Reply

      Laura, I’ll agree that “behavior is what a man does,” but what he “thinks”, “feels”, or believes, directly influences his behavior.

  • Mike Riley 10:22 pm on 2009-12-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

    T.S. Elliot
  • Mike Riley 4:03 am on 2009-12-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes!

    Milton Berle
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