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  • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Follow me as I follow Christ 

    It was the apostle Paul who told the church at Corinth to, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 – NKJV)

    But say this was you speaking to Corinth. Say this was you striving to be the example. What would be the three “top things” that you would hope the Corinthians would see in your life that could be attributed to a major characteristic of the life that Jesus lived?

    Share your thoughts! I’m interested in hearing what you have to say.

    • Randal 6:34 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

      The chapter division here is unfortunate. In context, from the end of chap. 10, Paul wants them to imitate him in saving others. In other words, evangelism.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:43 am on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

        I’m looking at it from the perspective of what does it mean to be a Christian (a.k.a. Christ-like)? It’s what Paul was, so there is obviously an aspect of “when you see Christ in me follow me in it because it’s worthy of being followed as an example”.

        Obviously evangelism would be one with you 😉 but what are two other characteristics in your life that could solely be traced back to you being an example of Christ due to the example of Christ to you?

    • Jack 5:29 pm on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

      In 1 Cor.4:10-17 Paul writes of what awaits a disciple of Christ in the world and what is expected of them using himself as an example for them to follow, (v.16) ” Wherefore, I beseech you, be imitators of me and for that purpose he has sent Timothy to remind them of his ways.

      Paul does not confuse, the Corinthians have behaved badly, this letter is not about “Going…”, but about behaving, living like their Lord as Paul examples. Reiterating the importance of their behavior (10:16), for emphasis , in (11:1) “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

      (1 Cor.4:10-17)
      We are fools on account of Christ; but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honored, but we are despised. To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place, and labor, working with our own hands: when reviled, we bless: when persecuted, we bear: when defamed, we beseech: when we are become as the purgations of the world, the filth of all things until now.
      I write not these things to shame you; but, as my beloved children, I instruct you. 15* For, though you have ten thousand teachers in Christ, yet you have not many fathers; for, to Christ Jesus, through the gospel, I have begotten you. Wherefore, I beseech you, be imitators of me.
      For this purpose I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord: he will put you in mind of my ways, which are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere, in every congregation.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:00 pm on 2014-08-06 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the reply, Jack; but I’m looking for some personal examples that would cause others to follow Christ if they followed a personal habit of yours. Have anything that you can think of?

        • Jack 11:54 am on 2014-08-07 Permalink | Reply

          Personality is inherited, character is made: people, in general, are drawn to what they see is trustworthy; perhaps over simplified, being that which means no harm, does no harm_living the Golden Rule. This opens doors and conversation because that is what is right. Of this, one of the “best” men I have ever known is an atheist_ lives the life every Christian should be living, as does every Mormon I have ever known. The lives of Mormons so overshadows their inane theology that they grow despite it, to our shame.

          The saints are edified by the fruits of the faithful. My health in general failed 12 years ago, yet my participation in the fellowship has neither changed nor faltered, the brethren that love the Lord see
          that and are strengthened. To the weak in faith, meaning not wholly committed, it means nothing,
          As such I am not sure of your overall premise.

          It is easier to love an idea of Christ than it is to take up your cross to follow Him. To love Him more than father, or mother, or sister, or brother, but more importantly to love Him more then self. My first serious
          theological thought came when I was teaching my first adult class, “How much easier it would be to die
          for Christ, than it is to live for Him.”

  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on 2014-07-31 Permalink | Reply
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    10 Random Questions with Spiritual Roots 

    Here are some random questions (some may even call them “nudges”) that actually have a spiritual starting point. Care to answer a few?

    1. If you preach, do you have a “favorite” sermon?

    2. If you don’t preach, is there a sermon that has stuck with you through the years?

    3. Would you consider an “invitation song” offered during worship services a tradition of men?

    4. What do you believe is the number one reason (main contributing factor) behind poor worship service attendance?

    5. If you have a young daughter, would you approve of her dating a young man who doesn’t work?

    6. How many hours of sleep do you average a night (or day, in case you’re a third-shifter)?

    7. How many hours, on the average, do you punch on the ole’ time clock?

    8. Was there one individual person in your life that contributed the most to you becoming a Christian? If so, who?

    9. What you do think is the number thing our prayers should revolve around for our nation (America), or for whatever nation you happen to be living in?

    10. Which is harder for you to do: tell a brother or sister in Christ that they have something in their teeth or telling them that they have sinned against you?

  • Eugene Adkins 6:31 pm on 2014-03-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Looking for a suggestion 

    Most of the time on 5th Sundays we have a Song and Scripture service in the evening. I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned it here before. The gist is that there’s an overall theme that determines the direction and then from there we read some scripture that’s associated with the topic and then follow that with a song to match.

    What I’m looking for is an idea for a theme. In no particular order, other than alphabetical, these are the themes that I have used in the past:

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  • Eugene Adkins 6:34 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply
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    You Tell Me 

    There are some in the brotherhood who are staunchly opposed to talking about the birth of Christ at this time of the year in scripture, in song or even conversation because they claim it’s denominational, but at the same time they staunchly promote using the word Christmas when it comes to trees, cards and presents.

    You tell me, which is more denominational? Talking about the birth of Christ or saying Merry Christmas?

    • James Craven 6:55 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

      Obviously , “talking about his birth” is not “denominational”. Saying the word “Christmas” is denominational , catholic (Christ Mass) , and pagan in origin. I do not say “Merry Christmas” and would prefer we not talk any more or less about His birthday at this time of year. What we do need to do is talk DAILY about His death and resurrection . That is what we are baptized into. J.Craven

      • Eugene Adkins 8:43 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for commenting, James. Do you not think that this is the right time of the year to talk about a topic in which there is a lot of biblical ignorance? I find that it’s a really great opportunity to point to the importance of Bible study in light of the “average manger scene”.

        • James Craven 10:57 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply


          There is never not (double negative intended) a “right time” to discuss every aspect of Jesus ; His foretold and fulfilled birth, His life , teachings , death for our sins and His victory over the grave , etc.

          My fear of you wanting to talk about a particular part of His life at a particular part of the year just because the rest of the world is erroneously doing is so is this:

          We brag in the church of Christ of being “people of the Book” . We like to say we speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent”. We like to say we made it out of the 1000 years+ stranglehold of Latin-only catholicism through a period of reformation and more important to us , restoration. However , then we go around a say words like “christmas” and “easter” that the catholics made up wholecloth and grafted on to pagan holidays so they would appeal to the gaulish , germanic , pagan barbarians.

          After you have studied with the person that darkened your congregation’s door around this time of the year and heard you delivering a “christmas” themed sermon because you felt it was a “unique open door opportunity”, after you baptize them and they ask you “now where is those christmas and easter stories” in the Bible? What do you tell them?

          You can’t say “my family never celebrated as a “religious” holiday and call it CHRISTmas .


          • Eugene Adkins 11:33 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

            You strike while the iron is hot, not when it’s cooled down. I have never presented a “Christmas” sermon in the traditional sense of the word, but I have given several different lessons that revolve around the birth of Christ, which is different than Christmas. For example, this Sunday my planned lesson will be about gifts that come from God (with the main thrust coming from James 1:17), and it will include a reference to Isaiah 9:6.

            Christmas has become a part of the American culture in a way that does not always have to reflect Catholicism. And I believe the church can take advantage of the opportunity it presents much in the same we can talk about the liberty of Christ around Independence Day, about new beginnings in Christ around the New Year, about the rest of Christ around Labor Day and even the resurrection of Christ around Easter without the church recognizing any of these days as a holiday religiously. Just because the world celebrates Easter doesn’t mean I’m not going to remember Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection that day, and when I do it doesn’t have to have anything to do with what the religious world is doing.

            If one were to be converted because of a lesson that revolved around the birth of the Word of God and the truth that it contains then glory to God. But I don’t see in any way how their conversion would have to necessarily have any thing to do with telling them where those “stories” are in the Bible. A person can talk about the birth of Jesus (just like Matthew, Luke, John and Paul did) without it having anything to do with Christmas and the same goes with the resurrection. These topics predate manmade holidays.

            As far as celebrating Christmas without a person observing it religiously, they can do it in the same way that the Corinthians were able to eat meat without acknowledging the pagan god that it was sacrificed to. And don’t forget about Romans 14:5-6 while thinking about topics like this.

            I can appreciate your consistency, which is something others seem to lack concerning the matter.

    • Bernard Barton 7:10 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t support christmas at all-I think of Christ every day of the year_ i don’t celebrate Christmas and I don’t say mery christmas to anyone 12 25 isn’t when Christ was born anyhow-we don’t find the word christmas in the Bible at all-let’s rember Christ’s death, burial & resurrection

      • Eugene Adkins 8:55 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for commenting, Bernard. Have you ever considered that this time of the year may have very unique “opened door opportunities” to use for truth of the gospel, much in the same way that Paul used the Jewish festivals?

    • Will 8:12 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

      It depends entirely on the context and whom you are addressing. Is there not a correct and incorrect way to refer to just about ANYTHING… ? Your question, at least to me, seems insignificant.

      • Eugene Adkins 8:31 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s the signifance: consistency. To not want to (or to tell others not to) talk about the birth of Christ (his birth – not his birthday) during a time of the year when a lot of people (even non-religious people) are thinking about it but also insist that Merry Christmas should be used (along with using Christmas trees, gifts, etc.) in greetings and conversations seems like a big inconsistency to me.

        To avoid one so we don’t sound denominational (which in fact is scriptural) but to use the other (which actually has denominational roots) just doesn’t make sense and therein is the significance of my question.

    • Chris Barrett 8:32 am on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

      My personal opinion is that there is nothing denominational about either one if we are talking about it from a Christian view. As a Christian my family and I remember the Savior’s death every day and thank God for his love for us. Sadly Christmas, Easter, and death of a loved one are the only time some think of our Lord. I love singing songs, sometimes reserved for this time of year, in the summer months just to rebuke this type of thinking. The Savior’s death is the most important, but the rest of his life from birth to death should and will be taught and remembered.

      As for the word’s “Merry Christmas” I make it a point to wish everyone who walks through my doors a Merry Christmas. To me and my family this is a time of year set aside for family. I will be the first to admit with the busy life style a lot of us have its getting increasingly harder as our children grow older to spend more time with them. My parents always made Christmas about family with a big emphasis on children, from my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. We did not celebrate it as religious or anything associated with bible. It was just a time of love and giving to remind us of what we have together.

      We have all seen the sign “Keep Christ in Christmas” . Let’s change that to “Keep Christ in Everything” I think we all agree the world would be a much better place. I thank God for everyone on this site and others like it. I know it’s an encouragement to me and many good thought provoking lessons are taught here. Merry Christmas to everyone.

    • James Craven 12:32 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

      “Christmas has become a part of the American culture in a way that does not have to reflect catholicism.” Who invented the word? “And I believe the church can take advantage of the opportunity it presents…” No thank you , I don’t think that’s what the Restoration was about.

      What is the origin of the phrase “Independence Day” or “New Year’s Day” or “Labor Day” as they are used to describe U.S. holidays? What is the origin of the word “christmas”?

      Did the Corinthians call it “the meal in which we eat meat that was offered to idols but we don’t worship that idol so don’t judge us” meal? Just don’t take my Lord’s name in vain and call it “CHRISTmas”. Please.

      • Eugene Adkins 12:44 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

        So I guess you don’t buy presents for anyone at this time of the year then?

        • James Craven 12:55 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

          I do not give any more or less gifts to anyone “at this time of the year” than I would give to them at any other “time of the year”.

          Was that a response to one of my comments?

          • Eugene Adkins 1:13 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

            So you actually buy gifts for your friends and family every single month? But you just so happen to open them around the 25th of December? Or do you not open presents at all in December?

            I had friends whose family belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and they wouldn’t get presents for their birthday or Christmas but about a month or so later they would get a “special” toy. They did the samething with fireworks. Never made sense to me.

            So you actually give the same amount of presents through out the year to your family as you do in December? That’s some consistency I’ve never seen before.

            What do you call the December presents, and do you have a tree? If so, what do you call it?

      • Eugene Adkins 12:51 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

        And by the way, you’re completely ignoring the point about the meat that the Corinthians ate and the point of Romans 14.

        Using the biblical narrative of the birth of Christ to teach others in no way harms scripture – it uses it. And to sit by and waste an opportunity to help someone see the truth is a waste of an opportunity. I suppose you would’ve told Paul to ignore the Jewish feasts and the opportunities they provided since their observance isn’t required under the NT. Paul became what he needed to become to win others to Christ, as long as it didn’t sin against God, and using this time of the year as an opportunity to teach others doesn’t sin against God.

        • James Craven 1:10 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

          Let’s look at you original question in your blog.

          If I was sitting in your congregation one Sunday near Christmas and you preached on the “birth of Christ” , I would not say to myself “you harmed scripture”. However , I would feel uncomfortable about it on behalf of any unbaptized/ denominational visitors that might be present. If you prefaced it by saying , “here’s what the world thinks about the word “christmas” and this time of year but what does the Bible say about the birth of Jesus?” , I would no longer feel uncomfortable on their behalf but If you asked me personally (and you did by posting this blog) , I would tell you that if you have to preface it , why do it. I know that leaves you in a no-win situation and that’s why I wouldn’t do it.

          • Eugene Adkins 1:29 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

            My friend, if we stopped and explained every jot and tittle to visitors about what we’re doing in worship and how it’s different from the denominational world we’d have to do all explaining and no worshipping. I didn’t grow up in the churches of Christ, and the first time I visited and saw the Lord’s Supper being taken it was a shock to me cause it never occurred to me that anyone other than the Catholics observed it every Sunday. But it wasn’t the church’s responsibility to explain how their observance was different than how other people observed it. It was just their responsibility to observe the truth of the matter. And when it comes to the birth of Jesus I can talk about it without having to explain every nuance of how others are wrong to every single person. I can just preach the truth and use the opportunity to create other opportunities.

    • James Craven 1:31 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

      I call “presents” , “presents.

      I do not put trees INSIDE my house “at this time of the year” or at any other time of the year. Do you? What do you “call it”? What does it represent to you? Do you know and understand the pagan origins of the “christmas tree”?

      • Eugene Adkins 1:35 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

        So you mean to tell me that it’s just a coincidence that your family gets together in December and opens presents?

        • James Craven 1:39 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

          I live in the SAME house with my wife and daughter , it’s not a coincidence! And as I have said before , we buy things for our daughter ALL year long , her birthday is in may if it makes any difference in the conversation we are having.

      • James Craven 1:35 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

        I’m glad I attend a congregation that does explain every Sunday morning before we partake in the Lord’s Supper what we are about to observe and partake in.

        • Eugene Adkins 1:49 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

          I’m not calling you a liar but I doubt very, very seriously that you explain how all the other observances are wrong when it comes to the Lord’s Supper. You’d be there over an hour just explaining that.

          So no other family or friends come over in December, and you only buy gifts for your wife and daughter, and you just so happen to buy and open gifts in December but it has nothing to do with America’s observance of Christmas???

          The only way you can be consistent with your word is to not buy gifts at all for the month of December. And again, please keep Romans 14:5-6 in mind when it comes to what you’re trying to bind in others. We’re taking about personal observances, not church requirements.

        • James Craven 1:52 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

          You got me , I have a friend whose birthday is Dec.9 , and I have bought him a gift before. I will go forward this Sunday , and I promise I will never buy him a gift again.

          • Eugene Adkins 1:57 pm on 2013-12-18 Permalink | Reply

            Sarcasm isn’t appreciated, and you’re starting to sound like someone who strains out the gnat but swallows the camel.

    • docmgphillips 12:53 pm on 2013-12-19 Permalink | Reply

      I am a little late, but I have two cents, also. My family has never celebrated Christmas as a religious holiday, but always as a secular holiday. (By the way, holiday comes from “holy day.”) Same with Easter. In fact, we celebrate several special days as secular holidays, even Valentine’s Day. We give thanks to the Lord every day, but we still celebrate Thanksgiving Day. I am afraid we “throw out the baby with the bath water” too often. It seems to me that few celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday any more, even thought they absolutely do give lip-service to the idea. Christmas and Easter have become no more religious than Labor Day or Independence Day in our society.
      Personally, yeah, it does kind of niggle at me when we have a nativity sermon at Christmas; however, if everyone in town is, in some way, tuned to think about Christ at that time, what is the real harm in using that to tell them the truth?

      • James Craven 4:41 pm on 2013-12-20 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, well, then if everyone else is doing it …

        • Eugene Adkins 5:43 pm on 2013-12-20 Permalink | Reply

          James, I’ve told you that I appreciate your consistency but you’re only consistent to a certain extent. You giving gifts in December under the guise of “well, I give gifts at other times of the year too” is just that – a guise. Most people give gifts at different times of the year but they also recognize the real reason they’re giving them during December – because of the holiday. And to the majority it’s a secular holiday full of traditions that have nothing to do with celebrating the birth of Jesus!

          The thing that you’re failing to see is that your sarcastic remark applies to you too because guess what your family is going to be doing this month – opening presents! And you know why? Because everyone else is doing it.

    • James Craven 10:52 am on 2013-12-21 Permalink | Reply

      When did I ever say I give gifts in December , because it’s December? You asked me if I “buy presents for anyone at this time of the year”. I responded “I do NOT give any more or less gifts to anyone at “this time of the year”. Remember it is you that finds some significance to the month of December , not I. You missed the whole point of my “sarcastic” remark of my childhood friend that I haven’t seen in 20 years. In fact , I will NOT be buying “gifts/presents” for anyone this month.

      I have answered every question you have asked me , even when it got far afield of your original blog question to which I was originally responding. Why did you not answer my question about whether YOU put a tree INSIDE your house at “this time of the year”? What do you call it? What does it represent to you? What is you definition of idolatry? I think the readers of this blog would like your answers to these questions.

      • Eugene Adkins 11:56 am on 2013-12-21 Permalink | Reply

        Listen closely James, because I’m going to say this very slowly since you’re more interested in arguing and acting self-righteous than you are actually listening to what’s being said and what the Bible says about the principle. I’m not going to argue with you anymore; I’ll just remind about what the Bible says about matters like this:

        One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.” (Romans 14:5-7)

        Individuals have rights than can be used without forcing it upon the church as a whole. I understand that you’re weak in this area of understanding, so I will not force anything upon you to which you do not agree; but at the same time you must recognize that a person can participate in cultural customs without that custom violating any scriptural principles – and talking about what the scriptures say about the birth of Jesus and giving gifts to friends and family do not violate any tenor of scripture whatsoever!

        I would be very careful about using insinuations that paint me or anyone else who talks about the birth of Jesus and gives gifts to others at this time of the year as idolaters! You’ll be judged the way you judge, and right now you’re judging without righteous judgment because it has no basis from the scriptures at all.

        You don’t have to celebrate Christmas in any form or fashion if that’s what you choose to do, but you can also do that without being judgmental and a jerk to others. If you want to act like a Jehovah’s Witnesses, have at it. I’d say more but unfortunately it would probably bounce off like a rubber ball that hits a brick wall.

      • Eugene Adkins 12:05 pm on 2013-12-21 Permalink | Reply

        I hate it when I do this, but one more thing. You do know that a JW would call you an idolater for giving others a birthday present right? But unlike the way you’re judging me and my personal rights, I in fact believe that you have that personal right and that you can use it without violating any scriptural tenor even though some do with their behavior. You see, James? Do you finally get it?

        And I also bet, metaphorically speaking, that God Bless America around the 4th of July must sound like nails on a chalk board to you, huh?

    • James Craven 11:09 am on 2013-12-21 Permalink | Reply

      ” MOST people give gifts … but recognize the real reason(?) they’re giving them during December – because of the holiday.” What holiday? CHRISTmas ?!?

      I am so glad I am not “MOST” people. I am a member of a “called out of the world” people.

      “… to the MAJORITY it’s a secular(?) holiday full of traditions that have nothing to do with celebrating the birth of Jesus.”(CHRISTmas!?!)

      Then you won’t mind me asking you to not take my Lord’s name in vain and call it CHRISTmas.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:47 am on 2013-09-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Bully Pulpit or Something Else? 

    I don’t know if you have seen this video, but take a look and come back and leave a comment describing your thoughts with 50 words or less…if you can keep it to that.

    I thought it might get some interesting dialogue going.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:09 am on 2013-03-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: A Question About Grace 

    God’s grace is truly dynamic!

    I was thinking about the grace of God and wondered to myself (and now to you), “Does God’s grace cover sins because it converts souls, or does it convert souls because it covers sin?”

    What do you think? It is one or the other, or is it both?

    Think about it and chip in. I have my answer, but I’d love to hear yours!

    • Ron Thomas 2:57 pm on 2013-03-28 Permalink | Reply

      God’s grace teaches us to deny ungodliness(Titus 2:11-12), thus God’s grace has us to deny the continuation of our sins and then He covers them. Otherwise, it seems to me that both would work.

      • Eugene Adkins 10:02 pm on 2013-03-28 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ron. Titus 2:10-12 is exactly the place I was thinking of when it comes to sins being covered because of our conversion by grace. On the other hand I was thinking of the woman in Simon the Pharisee’s house when it comes to being converted by God’s grace because it covers (Luke 7:36-48). She desired God’s grace through Jesus because she knew/believed that it would cover her sins, i.e. she was “converted” simply because God’s grace gave her the opportunity to have her sins covered.

        I don’t know if dichotomy is exactly the right word to describe what I was getting at, but I believe dynamic hits the nail pretty close to the head. Thanks again.

    • Don Ruhl 3:48 pm on 2013-03-29 Permalink | Reply

      I would say that it does both like faith. Faith saves us, but it also keeps us saved. Faith converts our souls, covering our sins simultaneously, but the turning of our souls from sin increases our faith.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:34 pm on 2013-03-29 Permalink | Reply

        I agree that the answer is both. I hope no one sees my question as splitting a hair that’s not there. Maybe it’s kinda like asking which is more important in keeping a paper up on the fridge – the magnet or the metal underneath.

        It’s just interesting to me how both the options are the right answer but the answer can depend upon the perspective. For one who wants to be closer to God, the covering of sins is the benefit. For those who want to have their sins covered, being closer to God is the benefit (see the Titus and Luke reference made to Ron).

        It was just an interesting, entertaining and entreating thought to me. Thanks for chipping in, Don.

        • Don Ruhl 11:37 am on 2013-03-30 Permalink | Reply

          I do not think it is splitting a hair, but just helping us to probe deeper in the things of God.

  • Eugene Adkins 4:05 pm on 2013-02-17 Permalink | Reply
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    My Sunday Morning Sermon 

    I continued the sermon series that I started last week in John’s gospel. This week’s title was “Things Are Looking Up”

    I used John 1:14-18 to talk about how the “Word of God” got “Wrapped Up”

    I used John 1:19-28 to talk about how John “Spoke Up” about the Messiah

    I used John 1:29-34 to talk about how God’s will started “Opening Up” for John

    After some expository/exegete preaching from these verses with those headings I used them to make some applications for us. Here’s a little bit:

    1) There’s a good reason to get wrapped up in the story we read about Jesus. That’s because He cares. We have a mediator who feels for us because He felt for us (Hebrews 4:15-16).

    2) We need to be willing to speak up and go on the record for Jesus. If John was willing to speak up for the coming Messiah then we should be willing to speak up for the Messiah who has come (Matthew 10:32-33).

    3) If we want God’s will to open up for us then we need to open up His word. Faith in Jesus is found only in the word of God (Romans 10:17) and if we want to learn about the will of God for our lives when it comes to the Lamb of God then we need to open the word that teaches us all about it.

    I’m trying to figure out a way to post this sermon’s (and last week’s) audio to the website. I can get the audio file off of my phone and onto my computer, but from there it’s a little more tricky for me. I’m no techie but I’m trying.

    • J. Randal Matheny 6:09 pm on 2013-02-17 Permalink | Reply

      Looks good! If you’re hosted on wordpress.com, you’ll have to upgrade to be able to post an audio file. If you lack for options, I can put you on FPress/Posterous, and you can email it to there, then link to it.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:14 am on 2013-02-18 Permalink | Reply

        That’s what I pretty much figured out. As far putting them on FPress/Posterous I can email them to you for you do as you like, but I don’t want you to have to go out of your way for this. It’s nothing that needs/has to be done; I was just playing around with some new tech and thought I would give it a shot.

  • Eugene Adkins 5:52 am on 2013-01-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: What Do You Know About The “Tech”nical Gospel? 

    I have some tech questions:

    Does anyone know of any good, free Bible related apps?

    Also, do you know of any apps (and things like podcasts) that are put out by the brotherhood?

    If you have found one (or several) to be particularly useful in your studies, share what you know.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:33 am on 2012-12-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Why Does God Encourage Children to be in Subjection to their Parents? 

    It’s not really open for debate – from the 10 Commandments of Moses’s Law, to the 6th Chapter of Ephesians, to the scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees concerning the personal care (or the lack thereof) for their parents and ultimately God in Mark 7, God says children must take note of their parents when it comes to writing the chapters of their life story.

    So here’s the nudge: Why is this such an important issue to God, and what about honoring parents who do not care for God or for His way of life?

    I’d love to hear your answers, especially to the later part since so many young people (including Christians) deal with this family situation in our culture today.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:26 am on 2012-11-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge…What Song Would Jonah Have Sung? 

    I didn’t ask (maybe I should have), but I don’t think Randal will mind if I use a “nudge” to try and get some conversation going this morning. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen one anyways. So here you go. Let me know what you think.

    One of the amazing things to me about some of God’s people recorded in the Bible was their ability to sing in hard or even perilous times. Take Paul and Silas for the easiest example. Shackled in a stinking prison with open wounds on their body – and they’re singing at midnight…loud enough for other prisoners to hear them. Wow!

    Here’s the nudge, if you so choose to participate: One person that comes to mind when it comes to facing a perilous time is Jonah. I know the scriptures say nothing about him singing, and I’m not trying to make them say it; but if Jonah was to have sung a song in his temporary jail cell, what do you think it would have been? For example, I think he could’ve sung, “Where Could I Go?” This is especially true when it comes to the chorus that echoes, “Where could I go, O where could I go, Seeking a refuge for my soul? Needing a friend to save me in the end, Where could I but to the Lord?

    What say ye when it comes to what sang he?

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:57 am on 2012-03-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Road-trip essentials 

    Road tripAnswer if you dare: List your must-haves for a successful road trip, especially if it’s unusual. Why do you consider it essential?

    With the hassle of air travel, perhaps the road trip is experiencing a revival, would you say? Unless fuel prices are keeping people home.

    Thanks to plinky for today’s Nudge question.

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    • Weylan Deaver 9:04 am on 2012-03-23 Permalink | Reply

      Coffee is good (though not as good as the kind Randal drinks in Brazil). And a sense of humor, especially in a mini-van full of teens.

      • Chad Dollahite 11:10 pm on 2012-03-24 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed, Weylan…it’s nearly a must! I’ve had some of that Brazilian coffee (via David Fowler), & it’s pretty stout stuff. I did discover, quite by accident, that to get the best flavor out of it, you have to use an old-school percolator. It was pretty good before, but when I used that old percolator, it was really good!

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:17 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: Confess a wasteful habit 


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    Plinky suggested this Nudge today: Confess a wasteful habit of yours.

    Doesn’t matter what’s being wasted, be it time, paper, gas, room heat, you name it. What do you do exactly that causes something to be wasted?

    If confession is good for the soul, who knows but it may also be good for the budget and the environment?

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    • Rick Kelley (@rickkelley365) 8:33 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

      Here goes: I run the water the whole time I brush my teeth. *wiping brow* I feel better. 🙂

    • Eugene Adkins 4:14 pm on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t always clean my plate.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:47 am on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge: What magazine to be editor of 

    Here’s a little Nudge for Fellows and friends, coming from a suggestion on Plinky:

    If you could be an editor for any magazine, which would you choose? It can be print or ezine, religious or other. Be sure to tell us why you chose as you did.

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    • Richard Mansel 9:55 am on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy where I am. If I was paid it would be even better. 🙂

    • Eugene Adkins 5:51 pm on 2012-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      It would be something similar to Bulletin Digest whether in print or on-line. I love collecting articles that are short in length but long in the lasting department for our spiritual hearts, minds and lives. Bulletins can be such a powerful tool when they’re properly used. I love seeing bulletins with more Bible lessons than congregational updates.

      But that’s just me 🙂

    • Ron Thomas 3:50 am on 2012-03-09 Permalink | Reply

      Having never thought of this before a quick thought that comes to mind – apart from the local bulletin – is the Carolina Messenger (http://carolinamessenger.com/). David Pharr has been very kind to me through the years in printing many articles that I have submitted. Consequently, I have a bias in that direction. Moreover, I like the editorial policy that David has been operating under: a strong proponent of what the Scriptures teach, a refusal to become engaged in hobbies, and a measured tone In all. **** In my biased opinion, David does a fantastic job. When he “hands over” the editorial position, I am hopeful that the new editor will follow the same and that he will be a man of the Carolina’s.

  • Stephen R. Bradd 9:55 am on 2012-02-10 Permalink | Reply
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    I love to laugh & enjoy good humor! Occasionally, I mistakenly take it too far (with folks who don’t share the same liberal sense of humor).

    My sense of humor is broad. The Three Stooges really tickle my funny bone, but I’m open to any type of clean humor (whether “intellectual” or “stupid” humor). This is one reason why I enjoy preachers’ meeting so much. 🙂

    My favorite all-time line–Moe says (as a serious compliment) to Larry–“Ya know, for a guy with no brains, you’re a genius!!”

  • Richard Mansel 4:29 pm on 2012-02-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudge, Nudge, Smirk, Smirk 

    Randal asked if we have a sense of humor. I’ve been told I have a good one. I love humor and can’t resist it. I have funny thoughts running through my head most of the time.

    I have what is called a dry sense of humor that can be described as observational. I can usually rift off of the things I see around me quite easily. I also love witty repartee. It helps to read a lot to have more ammunition.

    I am often thinking of funny replies to what people post on Facebook. But I try to resist. 🙂

    I love puns and smart humor. I see humor in almost everything. I can sit at WalMart or watch TV and think of almost non-stop jokes. I always wanted to be on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

    Crude humor doesn’t have a place with me. In fact, my creed is, “Humor should amuse, not abuse.” I don’t believe in cruel humor because the Golden Rule dictates my life. If I don’t like it, I’m not doing it to others. Hence, I don’t taunt or cruelly mock others because I don’t want them turned on me.

    Getting laughs with crude talk is too easy and therefore pointless. It’s like one comedian said about performing his comedy routine to a drunk audience. “If you make them laugh it doesn’t count. They’re drunk. They’re always laughing.”

    It is disturbing that true humor is almost dead in popular culture. All they have left is the crude, easy joke. I think that either says something about the intelligence of the entertainment business or the public. Or, both.

    I am dismayed that so many people fail to see humor in Scripture. In fact, some people see it as offensive to even suggest that there is humor in God’s Word. It is somehow sacrilegious.

    How can you read Elijah mocking the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), Balaam and the donkey (Numbers 22) and Micaiah and Ahab (1 Kings 22) and a host of others without laughing?

    Job was so frustrated with the rants of his ignorant friends that he said, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!” (Job 12:2). I find this funny but have pointed that out to congregations and they just stare at me. Maybe that says something about my humor.

    Besides women like a man with a sense of humor. Or, so I’ve been told.

    • Mike Riley 6:29 pm on 2012-02-09 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, Oh, to have the humor of the dog in the above picture you posted! HA! HA! (:

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