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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:32 am on 2016-12-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Determine your year ahead 


    One writer described the year 2016 as the year of disruption. I dare say he’s correct in many ways, speaking as he is from an American perspective. Disruption was true around the world as well, with Brexit, Fidel Castro’s death, China’s growth, Venezuela’s continued death spiral, and a host of other sad tendencies.

    Brazil was no exception. President Dilma was impeached and removed from office. The economy slowed and joblessness grew. Corruption went beserk. (More …)

  • Glenda Williams 10:09 pm on 2015-01-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Ready or not time is swiftly passing 

    2015 is here. It will take me a while to get accustomed to writing that date, but I will. Time marches on. It waits for no one. It reminds me of a game we played as children, when we yelled, “ready or not, here I come.” We often ask, “Where does the time go?” It’s moving along slowly but surely. Ready or not, it is coming if the Lord allows the world to stand.

    Are we ready? You might think, “Well, what difference does it make?” As time marches on each of us is growing older. We are one step closer to the grave, to eternity. That’s the difference it makes.

    When Hayes Funeral Home in Elba has a new body, they send me an announcement by email. I always feel a sense of dread in opening the email, afraid it might be someone I know. Often times it is someone I know. Death waits for no one. Friends and loved ones are going out into eternity, ready or not.

    Let’s look at our spiritual growth during the past year. Let’s ask ourselves some serious questions:

    Did we grow spiritually last year?
    Are we closer to the Lord than we were a year ago?
    Did our knowledge of the Word of God increase?
    Did we devote more time to doing the Lord’s work this past year? Did we visit more? Did we talk to anyone about their soul? Did we help anyone in need? Did we give of our means as He would have us do? Did we attend the services of the church faithfully? Did we lead anyone to the Lord? Did we try?

    Dr. Phil McGraw will often say, “The best way to determine future behavior is to look at past behavior.” I hope that is not true with our spiritual life. I hope that each year we will resolve to grow spiritually by studying our Bibles, by praying, by faithfully attending the services of the church, and by serving our fellowman with the goal of leading them to Christ.

    When I was young, the Chuck Wagon Gang sang a song that I love. The chorus Is:

    “I want my Lord to be satisfied with me.
    I want my life to be what He’d have it be.
    And when I come to that great eternity,
    His smile will say He is satisfied with me.”

  • Glenda Williams 10:00 pm on 2015-01-04 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about our speech? 

    Written by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

    “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who take His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).

    “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word man may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:34-37).

    “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth” (Colossians 3:8).

    At the beginning of a new year there is much talk about “resolutions.” I hope you have made resolutions to improve your life, and with this thought, I wanted to write about our speech as a resolution that we may not normally think about.

    The above verses, and many others in the Bible, warn us about our speech not only in what we say but how we say it. James has much to say about the use of our tongue and shows that our words reveal our character (James 1:19, 26; 3:1-12). Speech is the index of the mind and heart. Some may use vulgar language because of a weak intelligence, thinking they cannot express themselves without using bad language. Yet the dictionary has thousands of good words we can use instead.

    It is a bad, evil habit to curse, swear, use profanity, and use God’s name in vain. We should also be careful and guard against euphemisms as bywords and slang. Some who would not think of cursing, plainly use bywords that are closely akin to cursing.

    Bad language is not only a bad evil habit, but is a sin against God and society. It is a bad example that can and should be stopped. Language is guarded when women or certain people are present, but remember God is always present and hears.

    Our speech should be used in good ways to bless, praise, and glorify God and to be a blessing to our fellow human beings (1 Peter 3:15; 4:11).

  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2013-01-07 Permalink | Reply
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    The beginning of Jesus’ gospel starts with the message and mission of John (Mark 1:1-11), also known as the one who immerses. His message was a message of repentance; he came unto Israel to smooth out the spiritually rough roads that have been trod over the many years of their existence. The road was very rough; not because of anything the Lord had done, but because the people took the Lord’s message and made use of it however they chose. This made for both “potholes,” “buckling” and winding roads. John’s message was a message that smoothed out these rough patches.

    In order to get a new surface there must be a penitent attitude, John said. The attitude of heart that changes one’s thinking will also change one’s behavior. Thus, as one submitted to the “baptism of repentance,” confessing their sins to the God of all glory, a new path was set before each one.

    However, the one of whom John spoke much about came to him in order to be baptized by him; John was a bit reluctant, but after persuasion, he immersed Jesus. Jesus resolved to do the Lord’s will and identify Himself with man. When He came up from the water, it was then that John knew Him to be the anointed of God (John 1:32-34).

    The new year corresponds, also, to a beginning; we are one week inside of it. Perhaps a resolution or two you have made. Let me encourage you to make a resolution to live in accordance with Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (NKJV).

    This approach to living will change your life. RT

  • John Henson 3:13 pm on 2013-01-02 Permalink | Reply
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    David’s Prayer 

    David’s Prayer

    1 Chronicles 29:10ff

    I. David blessed the Lord V10-13

    II. Who am I that God Supplies Everything? V 14-17

    III. Prayer for the people to “fix their hearts” on God. V 18.

    IV. Our Prayer in the New Year?



  • Eugene Adkins 9:03 am on 2013-01-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Are You Making Any Resolutions? 

    Resolutions: some people can’t stand them – others do their best to stand in there with them.

    Are you as an individual making any for this year?

    How about any congregational resolutions? New activities, goals, evangelistic efforts? We have some plans at Keltonburg, how about where you’re at?

    If these things apply to you, speak up, I want to hear them. If they don’t apply to you speak up anyways 🙂

    • J. Randal Matheny 7:59 am on 2013-01-02 Permalink | Reply

      I sorta am making resolutions. That sound wishy-washy? In the congregations here, I’ve proposed 13-13-13 (mocking 12-12-12): Using 13 evangelistic methods in 2013 to win 13 people to Christ.

      • John Henson 3:22 pm on 2013-01-02 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a really good idea. The piece in Brotherhood News from Guy N. Woods on Bible study has some great points on how to study the New Testament effectively, which is another great resolution.

  • Eugene Adkins 3:02 pm on 2012-12-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Some Points On Worship From Malachi Chapter 1 

    Here’s the link so you can read the chapter first…that way the points will make more sense.

    • It’s bad news when news from God is considered a burden because of its audience.
    • It’s not God’s job to forgive – it’s his gift.
    • Don’t confuse receiving God’s favor and then giving gifts with giving gifts and doing God a favor.
    • Dead worship reveals dead hearts.
    • Our expectations with worshipping God doesn’t change God’s expectations of being worshipped.
    • Think worship is too worthless, too boring, too much of a burden, too expensive and too personal – God says too bad!
    • People who take worship for granted take their relationship with God for granted.
    • If we remember why we come together then we’ll do what we came together for.
    • Worship isn’t meant to be a circus – but it’s not meant to be a funeral either!

    Take these points and study Malachi 1 and you’ll find “old lessons” for keeping a “New Year” of worship on track.

    • Richard Burks 8:21 pm on 2012-12-30 Permalink | Reply

      I am struggling with the last item on your list: •Worship isn’t meant to be a circus – but it’s not meant to be a funeral either! When does the jokes, comments made to each other during the service to get a laugh, or things said that has the audience laughing before or during a sermon or lesson become irreverent?

      • Eugene Adkins 8:42 pm on 2012-12-30 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment.

        I don’t believe that humor is wrong per say in and of itself when it comes to a sermon or lesson. If I use humor by way of a joke (which I rarely do intentionally mainly because I’m not good at it) I try to make sure it’s connected to the topic at hand (i.e. to make a point more understandable or relatable); but I am sure that we can take humor too far if we’re not careful. The pulpit must not be confused with a stage of any kind, “stand up” included.

        Does that answer your question, Richard?

    • Richard Burks 10:08 am on 2012-12-31 Permalink | Reply

      These are my thoughts as well. I can not recall any instance when God was to be worshipped where comedy was used. Funny stories are useful to make points more revelant or to introduce a thought or topic. Thanks

  • Ed Boggess 8:25 am on 2012-01-31 Permalink | Reply
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    What resolution did you make for the New Year? In a USA Today snapshot poll 41% said “lose weight”, 11% “get a job”, 8% “make a major purchase”, and 8% “fall in love”. If that doesn’t add up to 100%, it is because 32% said they don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Many have failed so often in past resolutions, that they simply want to avoid the possibility of failing again. But consider those who did resolve. While there is nothing wrong with the categories represented, unless it is that “fall in love” department, there is a serious lack of spiritual consideration. I’m all for losing weight, but why not lose pride and arrogance? I’m all for getting a job, but why not get a deeper sense of commitment to family and God? Instead of making a major purchase your goal, why not make a major life change your mission? Instead of falling in love this year, why not try loving one another? This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

    • Larry Miles 8:49 am on 2012-01-31 Permalink | Reply

      I made a resolution to do a better job of being more regular in my Bible reading schedule-I am listening to the text while looking at it in an on line translation. So, far this has helped me a get a little ahead. I want to come back later and concentrate on some areas for deeper study–keep me in your prayers.

  • The Old Cowboy - Roy Coffman 12:46 pm on 2012-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    An Old Cowboy bit of wisdom today we… 

    An Old Cowboy bit of wisdom today; we humans are a strange lot. We make all kinds of resolutions for the new year to improve ourselves, and we work day and night on projections for our business and the church. We tell our spouse or the kids that we are going to do thus and so, or the more truthful “we’ll see.” In the long run it is easy to say words and make promises. However nothing in life is harder then living them, day after day. It makes you wonder why we flap our jaws and then not take the time or make the effort to make the plans and promises come true. Ya’ll have a good day.

    • Mike Riley 3:21 pm on 2012-01-12 Permalink | Reply

      Roy, flapping our jaws seems to be the order of the day, especially for politicians! LOL!

  • John Henson 10:03 pm on 2011-01-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Gifts for the Church 

    One of the fun things of the holiday season is the giving and receiving of gifts.

    One of my friends received a “Mustang” coffee mug from me. He fancies cowboy hats, buckles and Western things, so when I saw the mug, it seemed perfect for him.

    What gifts can we give the church? Don’t we plan on giving the church anything besides contributions this year?

    In two sermons, I discussed four gifts we can give the church. We can pray for the church to grow and for its members to increase their faith. We can give the church our cooperation in the work that it has to do and with the goals the elders have decided to pursue. We can give the gift of enthusiasm. If a person grows faith, won’t their enthusiasm increase? And, we can give the church our love, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.

    What other gifts can we give the church this year? What do you think?

    • Richard Hill 10:34 pm on 2011-01-03 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, John. This is a great way to present different avenues to improve spiritually. I’ve been hearing many of our members planning to make serious changes to the way they live their lives for Christ. One family has decided to give the gift of hospitality throughout the year. I guess you could say it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

  • Richard Mansel 11:16 am on 2010-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    New Year’s Eve 

    We always have a congregational New Year’s Eve Singing, so I am looking forward to that. Then, I will sleep and spend the afternoon cheering on Alabama in their game against Michigan State on New Year’s Day.

    Received the program for the 2011 Freed-Hardeman Lectureship on the Minor Prophets. It looks good. I wish  I could be there. For those who are able to go, enjoy!

    BTW, I can’t wait for 2010 to be gone. I look forward to 2011 and expect a much better year!

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:30 am on 2010-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Staying out of the way 

    Me, I’ll be staying out of the way of four young girls. The Missus invited three of her friends from out of town (one, out of state), whom I heard talking last night around 3 a.m., to spend the weekend and celebrate the New Year. So that ought to be fun.

  • John Henson 8:09 am on 2010-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    We’ll be singing 

    The Grand Blanc congregation will be doing some singing tonight. While I don’t know if we’ll get to the magic midnight hour, but we will praise God in song for as long as we can. I’m looking forward to seeing our members and the members of area churches, not to mention some of the best food. Everyone has been invited. Why, even Randal, if he starts now, may be able to make it. There are flights into Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Just tell us when you’re landing.

  • Ron Thomas 6:22 am on 2010-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    It is likely I will usher the old out by being in bed, though I may stay up as late as 10:00. I will try to sleep in on Saturday, but even if I have success at that, I will be up early (as most people think of it). If I am up real early (by body clock), I will come into the office and do a bit of work. When my wife wakes we will go in to Crackerbarrell (a favorite for the waist). Then, I will observe my “religious” Saturday by watching games throughout the day.

  • Ron Thomas 10:17 am on 2010-01-18 Permalink | Reply
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    The new year is upon us; not much different than the old year, just a few days older than eighteen days ago, hopefully wiser. Wisdom, truly, belongs to those who love the Lord. many speak of their ability to get along in this world, being wise about its doings, but is that wisdom? No, it can hardly be. The wisdom of this world, if we can call it wisdom, is fleeting and superficial. However, with respect to the Lord, He answers prayers, He protects, He forgives, and it is He that has said: “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” No matter what goes wrong in your life today, the Lord is God! No matter who is in the White House, the Kremlin, or Buckingham Palace, the Lord is God! No matter how you feel, the Lord is God! He is always in control. He is sovereign. Nothing gets by Him. Nothing takes Him by surprise! This is wisdom!

    • Mike Riley 2:19 pm on 2010-01-18 Permalink | Reply

      Ron, Some good thoughts to ponder. Yes, the world’s wisdom doesn’t appreciate spiritual things – its wisdom is indeed fleeting and superficial (1 Corinthians 1:18-23).

    • Avatar 4:36 am on 2010-09-05 Permalink | Reply

      Great post on wisdom.. may God grant us all wisdom… 🙂

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