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  • TFRStaff 8:28 pm on 2017-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    March 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Why Should We Study the Old Testament?) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics you will find:

    • Does the Old Testament Still Have Value (Kevin W. Rhodes)
    • The Old Testament & Inspiration (Cody Westbrook)
    • The Purpose of the Old Testament (Tom Wacaster)
    • Kingdom Prophecy in the Old Testament (Andy Baker)
    • Messianic Prophecy in the Old Testament (Kris Grodaurk)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

    Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

  • TFRStaff 4:26 am on 2016-04-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Old Testament Lessons . . .) 


    For at least ten years (perhaps longer), I have been going to the Green Hill Church of Christ in Mount Juliet, Tennessee to speak for “a month of Wednesday evenings.” August Ruff has served as their faithful and able preacher for well over fifteen years. August and his wife Linda were schoolmates with Jan and me at Freed-Hardeman College back in the 1950s. They are fine folks and have been dedicated workers in the kingdom for many years. It is always a joy to be with them. August has been kind enough to invite me to come again this year. I will begin there tomorrow night, April 6, D. V.

    Through these years of going to Green Hill I have used various themes for my presentations: Remembering Our Roots, Lessons to Inspire and Encourage, Spiritual Things, and various others. Last year all of my lessons centered on Christ. I have not always followed a particular theme, but I have always endeavored to address topics that I thought were relevant. This year I have decided to talk about some “Old Testament Lessons for Today.”

    Christians are governed by the New Testament. We learn how to be saved from sin and become a Christian, how to worship, how the church is to function, and how to live a faithful Christian life from the New Testament. The books of Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews make this abundantly clear.

    Yet, the Old Testament is also the inspired word of God (II Timothy 3:14-17), and in many of the events that occurred in the lives of God’s Old Testament people (the Israelites/Hebrews/Jews) are great lessons for God’s people today (Christians). Paul affirmed: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). With reference to Old Testament history the apostle said, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come” (I Corinthians 10:11).

    With the above in mind, I plan to present the following lessons at Green Hill during the four Wednesday evenings of April. (Note: Five lessons are here highlighted, so one will have to be omitted from the series, but at this point I have not decided which one to eliminate).

    Noah and His Ark (Genesis 6): “Some Advice On Preparing An Ark” “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8), and he and his family were saved from the flood by grace! But Noah still had to build the ark in exact accord with the pattern God gave him, and he did so! “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Genesis 6:22). What advice might Noah have for us today with reference to building an “ark” that will survive the storms of life and take us to God in eternal glory?

    Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3): “Have You Seen A Burning Bush?” From time to time, we all receive important phone calls. What is the most important “call” we shall ever receive? How shall we respond to that “call”? How does God “call” people today (cf. II Thessalonians 2:14)? What responsibilities grow out of that “call”?

    Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (I Kings 10:1-9): “The Half Has Not Been Told.” This was the queen of Sheba’s appraisal of Solomon and his kingdom. Of what spiritual realities may it be said that “the half has not been told”? What about the love of God, the words and works of Christ, the glory of the church, and the beauty of heaven?

    The Cleansing of Naaman (II Kings 5:1-15): “Coming Clean With God.” Who was Naaman? What was his problem? What mistakes did he make early on in attempting to address his problem? What did Naaman have to do to be cleansed of the dreaded disease of leprosy? What has God commanded of us in order to be cleansed of sin? When does that cleansing actually occur?

    Belshazzar and the Handwriting on the Wall (Daniel 5): “Weighed In The Balances And Found Wanting.” The Babylonian Empire had come under the judgment of God and was about to fall to the Medes and the Persians. Belshazzar saw God’s warning of such in the handwriting on the wall. He was told that he had been “weighed in the balances and found wanting.” God has appointed a day in which He will judge the entire world by His Son and the standard of His word (Acts 17:30-31; John 12:48; II Corinthians 5:10). What are some of the things by which we shall be “weighed”? Is there any danger that when that judgment takes place we might be “weighed and found wanting”?

    If you live anywhere in the Mount Juliet, Tennessee, area, come join us on Wednesday evenings at the Green Hill Church of Christ, 11076 Lebanon Road, as we learn from these great Old Testament events.

    Hugh Fulford
    April 5, 2016

    Speaking Schedule:
    April 6, 13, 20, 27: Green Hill Church of Christ, Mount Juliet, TN

  • J. Randal Matheny 9:28 am on 2015-12-17 Permalink | Reply
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    A one-volume commentary on the Old Testament? 

    A question appeared on a closed social media site about commentaries, or a single commentary, on the Old Testament. No information was given about price range nor what type of commentary was desired, only that the person did not have a lot of money. A one-volume commentary on the OT alone is a challenge.

    If the commentary needed is one that expounds the meaning of the text, one might consider something like Paul House’s OT Theology, or even Thomas Olbricht’s He Loves Forever, even though the latter is quite brief. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 10:56 pm on 2015-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    12-2-2015 Salvation Finally Revealed 

    “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4 NKJV). “Our learning” must come from studying the events written in the Bible. God’s plan to save both Jew and Gentile through Jesus Christ, and add the saved to the church of Christ, is in the New Testament, not the Old Testament. Paul wrote that God’s Plan, “in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5 NKJV). Peter commanded Jews, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV); and Gentiles “to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV). Jesus saves “from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • TFRStaff 5:41 am on 2015-08-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Great Lessons . . .) 


    While the Old Testament no longer governs the people of God (we are governed by the new covenant which Christ sealed with His blood, Matthew 26:28), the Old Testament remains a part of the divinely inspired revelation of God to mankind and contains within it many great lessons for people living in the Christian age. Paul wrote: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Following are some important lessons from the Old Testament. (More …)

  • Joshua Gulley 9:00 pm on 2014-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Israel’s land survey 

    I purchased a house last year, and the seller split his larger property into two lots, selling me the smaller of the two. To make this happen, the property had to be surveyed, and a description had to be drawn up specifying the exact locations of the borders. I could describe the borders in one sentence, but the surveyors have to be much more precise. The document they created describes in very technical language the latitude, longitude, angles, curves, etc. from corner to corner of the property, and is quite lengthy. The precision is a result not only of the desire to establish a clear understanding between buyer and seller, but to prevent future disagreements about the exact locations of the border.

    When the children of Israel conquered the land of Canaan, there were twelve tribes. The conquered land had to be divvied up between them. I used to read Joshua 13-21 with dread, trudging through the city names and border descriptions with only the purpose of getting through it. Not so anymore. As I struggle to pronounce dozens and dozens (if not hundreds) of city and village names, I think of the towns, cities, suburbs, metropolises, counties, and states in my own country and the different climates, accents, histories, cultures, landscapes, laws, traditions, products, arts, disciplines, stereotypes, etc. peculiar to each one. I imagine what conversations may have sounded like in ancient Israel. Did the young Issacharians in Tabor ever complain about how there was nothing to do in their town? Did they long for the day when their parents considered them big enough to go with big brother and his friends to Shahazumah where they could fish or swim in the Jordan River (I may be misrepresenting the geography here). Which one of the cities on the Great Sea did people vacation to the most (think of Myrtle Beach or Gulf Shores)? Were Manassehites arrogant like Texans because of the size of their inheritance? Was there trash talk among the tribes about whose land was, as we sometimes say, “God’s country”?

    These 9 chapters are a testimony of the Israelites’ desire for accuracy, understanding, and peace between the tribes. We are given the bare details, but they open up speculation about what life was like as they settled into their new territories. God’s current people have not yet crossed their Jordan. We, too, will settle a new territory one day, but I don’t think we’ll be as concerned about borderlines as they were.

    • Eugene Adkins 7:04 pm on 2014-03-07 Permalink | Reply

      Going in the bulletin! Great way of bringing those “outdated” texts into the A.D. timeline brother.

  • Joshua Gulley 10:48 pm on 2014-02-13 Permalink | Reply
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    the whole counsel of God 

    Joshua 8 records the battle the children of Israel fought against the people of Ai. It is an interesting study in military strategy, but more importantly, the end of the chapter provides a lesson for us regarding our spiritual lives. After the victory, Joshua built an altar, wrote a new copy of the law of Moses, and the nation held a ceremony in which the law was read to the people. According to the last verse of the chapter, “There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel with the women and the little ones and the strangers who were living among them.” It was not enough to know some of the law. The people needed to know ALL of the law. As the Lord told Moses, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

    Lord, make us hungry to glean everything we can from the pages of Scripture, for we do not live by some of Your words, but by all of them.

  • Joshua Gulley 2:05 pm on 2013-12-30 Permalink | Reply
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    then you shall know 

    A phrase that occurs over and over again through the Scriptures is “then you will know that I am the Lord.” There are variations on it, but it can be found throughout the Old Testament, and the concept is present in the New. Sometimes the telltale event is a good thing; sometimes it is bad. What is constant is that God is repeatedly trying to show His people that He is in control, and He will be glorified. The next time you read through Ezekiel, count the times this phrase is used. I am fairly certain it occurs more than fifty times in that one book. It occurred in two of the chapters of my Bible reading today:

    Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, and let them be humiliated and perish, that they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, are the most high over all the earth. (Psalm 83:17-18)

    I will be among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God. (Exodus 29:46)

    Lord, cause us to open our eyes and see all the things You’ve made and all the things You’ve done; and may the way we live reveal this to others: You are the Lord our God.

  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2013-05-07 Permalink | Reply
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    O’Reilly and the Bible 

                    In the mail the other day I received a bulletin from the church in Winter Park, Florida. In this March 17, 2013 bulletin is a discussion regarding Bill O’Reilly and his view with regard to the Bible. (I hardly watch the “O’Reilly Factor” program so I did not see what transpired. I did not have to watch it, however, for Gary summers (bulletin editor) had a part of the dialogue in the bulletin; a dialogue that can be downloaded from the FoxNews website, I understand).

    Bill O’Reilly said to a First Baptist Church preacher (Robert Jeffress of Dallas), “…my belief system is that there is a higher power and that evolution was the way He created the world. Now I was taught in my Catholic school that a lot of stories in the Bible are allegorical. There are stories that, just like Jesus spoke in parables, lessons were put forth…and that a lot of believers (such as myself) don’t take them literally.”

    O’Reilly’s understanding of the Old Testament is less than adequate; if Jesus attested to the credibility of what the Old Testament said and O’Reilly dismisses it as being merely “parabolic,” then he has brought the Lord’s credibility into question (something he rejected quickly). For instance, the Lord said that man was made at the time of the beginning (Matthew 19:4). The beginning of what? When the earth begin to exist. This is either true or not. Many in the science community dismiss this as being out of touch with reality. If it comes down to the Lord or science I will be and stay with the Lord. From one vantage point we can take “reality” as interpreted many thousands of years removed from the events associated with creation, or we can take reality from the One who was there and created it all out of nothing (Hebrews 1:2; 11:3).

    O’Reilly might be (or not) good with political discourse that is of the current day, but his teaching ability with regard to the Bible will lead people astray. RT

    • Russ McCullough 7:47 am on 2013-05-07 Permalink | Reply

      Romanism is built upon an allegorical foundation specifically one built by Origen who viewed all Scripture as being allegorical. Benedict XVI confirmed this in a statement made in 2007. Allegorical interpretive methods gave us Romanism in the 2nd century and has given us the instrument, Saturday night communion and female leadership in the 21st. Allegory is alive and well, sad to say.

    • Gene 11:03 am on 2013-05-07 Permalink | Reply

      O’Reilly will repeat whatever religious instruction he is given with little questioning.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:45 am on 2013-04-24 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About God’s Kingdom 

    In the book of Isaiah, God’s prophet gladly told of a time to come when he said:

    Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:2-4)

    This was a time that looked forward through Isaiah’s eyes, but today this is a time that looks back through Luke’s. For this reason the apostles were told that they would preach the remission of sins to all nations, but they had to first tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high (Luke 24:45-49). In Acts 2 we see the fulfillment of this time when Jews from all around the world were gathered in Jerusalem on Pentecost day, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the apostle Peter preached God’s Law and taught about the resurrected Jesus for the first time to the world. At that time, feet prepared with the gospel of peace went forth to gather the nations into God’s kingdom, into the body of Jesus Christ, the church, by grace through faith. At that time a way of life was being introduced that would bring people, Jew and Gentile, to the Prince of Peace to learn His ways (Isaiah 9:6, Ephesians 2:13-17). That was a wonderful time, and it still is since we now have the opportunity to be joined with God through His Son! And for this reason, Isaiah 2:2-4 is a wonderful Old Testament passage about God’s Kingdom.

  • Eugene Adkins 8:16 am on 2013-03-30 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Worship 

    People living under the New Covenant with God through Jesus aren’t called to replicate or duplicate everything done by our ancestors during their worship of God under the Old Testament, but there are certain aspects of proper worship that God requires today as much as he did then. One of which is found in Psalm 5.7:

    But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; in fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

    Attitude counts when we come to worship! A person can lift up this verse and apply it to present day followers of God without doing it any damage. As the church we are the household of God where God’s mercy is found (1 Timothy 3:15) and when we worship we are to look with respect to the dwelling place of God – the place our eyes desire to see (Revelation 4).

    Many of our own “spirit” problems and many of the denominations “truth” problems could be and would be solved if we only showed the proper fear during worship. Worship directed toward an Almighty God is not meant to be a free-for-all, do as we please, let’s get spiritual or a laissez les bons temps rouler thing. Nor is worship meant to be something done out of a routine where a dependence on pleasing God is based upon something we’re not doing instead of what we are doing!

    Psalm 5:7 shows us that there is meant to be a joy in coming to worship God in remembrance of the great things he has done, and the great things he is going to do. Psalm 5:7 also shows us that there is meant to be a recognition of who we are and who God is, and that when we recognize the difference, fear (a holy respect) will be shown in our hearts and in our actions. This is why Psalm 5:7 is a wonderful Old Testament passage about worship.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:38 am on 2013-03-22 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About The Spirit of God 

    Much like the pre-incarnate Word, when it comes to the Spirit of God in the Old Testament you don’t always see Him mentioned but He’s always there. In fact, this is one of the key evidences that the preaching Levites of Nehemiah’s day used while encouraging a proper revival amongst the people of God. In the midst of a history sermon, while thanking God, they said:

    You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.” (Nehemiah 9:20)

    Notice the order of God’s gifts to Israel’s ancestors. The word of God, bread and water! Reminds me of Matthew 4:4 – which again reminds us about another Old Testament passage. Three characteristics clearly stand out about the Spirit of God in this inspired sermon: 1) He’s good 2) He teaches and 3) He provides.

    The fact that God has always had a desire to do well towards His people and that He has made a way for us to clearly follow reveals the Spirit’s affections not only for order, but also for us! The gift of God is a gift giver. Although the avenue and nature of the Spirit’s gifts have changed throughout the millennia, the purpose, the desire, the result and the source has remained a constant. Heavenly goodness and a heavenly education is what God’s people were given in the past, and it is what God still gives to His people today. For these reasons alone, Nehemiah 9:20 is a wonderful Old Testament passage about the Holy Spirit of God.

    Yet for many years You had patience with them, and testified against them by Your Spirit in Your prophets. Yet they would not listen; therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.” (Nehemiah 9:30)

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  • Eugene Adkins 6:26 am on 2013-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Hope 

    Hope is definitely a vital thread that contributes to the wardrobe of God’s people all throughout history even though is may not always be seen, but then again there are times in the scriptures where hope by far makes up the largest material percentage on the clothing tag. One such place is Job 19:25-27 which says:

    For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

    The only thing that Job had to hold on to was hope. It’s just as true to also say that the only thing holding on to Job was hope. Job’s situation was unique to him, but Job’s situation is also shared by all people who have hope in God. Our body will fade, our mind may grow feeble, our soul may falter. A Redeemer of body, mind and soul. That’s what Job needed, that’s what we need – that’s what we will all get in Jesus. That’s hope, and it’s wonderful.

    Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

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  • TFRStaff 10:11 am on 2013-01-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Courageous Abigail 

    The story of Abigail recorded in 1 Samuel 25:1-44 is shared with many children because of her courage and loyalty to her husband. I think that there might be one or two items we can learn about courageous love from this event.

    • Love is not always about a good feeling, but it is always about commitment. Apparently, Nabal was not a man who evoked good feelings toward himself from others. It seems that he was crude, self-centered, and inhospitable. Yet, Abigail, as his wife, kept her commitment to his well-being. Courageous love reaches out and is persistent in striving to do the best even when the recipient of that love does nothing to deserve such care or compassion.

    • A second thing we learn here is that courageous love acts without hesitation. When we have chosen to love, that commitment becomes part of us. Our mind, emotions, and body, without a second thought, move to perform whatever action is needed. Jesus died for us in anticipation of the our salvation (Heb. 12:2-3).

    • A third lesson is that courageous love does not consider self when others have a need. Abigail had no certainty that David would respond graciously to her pleas. She was willing to sacrifice herself in her efforts. When we act with such love to defend God’s people, or to teach the lost, we do not know the reaction we may receive. But we are willing to accept the possible consequences in order to achieve the right. Jesus taught this very idea in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:10-12).

    Let’s each of determine to have courageous love. The wounds from a friend are true and faithful.

    Sent by email today from Mike Glenn, in his series for youth

    • John T. Polk II 11:05 am on 2013-01-22 Permalink | Reply

      A question: How do such a wonderful woman (beautiful inside and out) become married to such a rotten fellow? I will accept co-authorship with anyone who has the answer in writing a book explaining this. This should put all men who are married to wonderful Christian wives on notice to ask the question: Is it I?

  • Eugene Adkins 6:34 am on 2012-07-20 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s Not Just PETA Who Doesn’t Understand 

    Have you ever wondered why God would ask his people for an animal sacrifice even though he knew it wouldn’t remove sin? You’re probably not the only one. I would suspect that there are plenty of people who do not understand why, or maybe the thought had never occurred before now. Either way, it’s a question worth asking because the answer is worth knowing!

    If you would like to read an article that revolves around answering that question, then click here: “Why Did God Require Animals to be Sacrificed?

    The article revolves around blood, the human heart, sin, sacrifice and the grace of God. For you fellas who preach, it’s basically a written sermon; take what you find useful. For any one else who would just enjoy the question leading to a deeper study on a personal level or the gathering of notes on the topic, there are plenty of places to do both.

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