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  • TFRStaff 3:57 am on 2017-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    1 Corinthians 4.17 

    “For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church” (NET).

    What perspectives, lessons, and applications do you see for this verse? One important truth in this verse is that the teaching done in Christ applies to everyone: “everywhere in every church.”

  • TFRStaff 5:45 am on 2016-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Reading Gleanings) 


    “The major division in biblical material is between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The law of Moses is addressed to all people that came out of Egypt (Exod 20:2). Neither I nor my ancestors came out of Egypt. The law was a controlling force until Christ came (Gal 3:19). Paul is explicit that we are no longer under the custodian (Gal 3:25). The bond was nailed to the cross (Col2:14). Hence, I do not determine in specifics what I should do by the law of Moses. At the same time, I recognize that there is much admonition of value in the Old Testament. It should not be thrown out. It should be studied and its admonitions heeded (1 Cor 10:11; Rom 15:14; 2 Tim 3:15-16)” (Dr. Jack P. Lewis, in the chapter on “Biblical Interpretation” from his book Basic Beliefs, p. 47). (More …)

  • TFRStaff 6:37 am on 2014-06-13 Permalink | Reply
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    June 2014 Issue of Christian Worker 

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

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • The New Testament’s “Pattern of Worship” (Dave Rogers)
    • Social Drinking (Sam Willcut)
    • Do Not Quit Writing (Tommy Kelton)
    • The Doctrine of Christ (William Woodson)
    • Tradition or Truth? (Michael Light)
    • Much Wine? (Tracy Dugger)
    • Can Worship Be Vibrant and Meaningful without Becoming Faddish and Unscriptural? (Tom Holland)
    • What Does It Mean to Preach Christ? (Billy Bland)
    • The Drag of Discouragement (Bill Burk)
    • Involvement (Bobby Liddell)

    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…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    (#169) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:19-20-Imitation of Life 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 24:19-20: “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked; For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.”

    This proverb echoes what David had said in a Psalm: “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:1-5).

    Since “envy is rottenness to the bones” (Proverbs 14:30), and ends at death (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6), and was the motivation for the Jews’ condemnation of Jesus (Matthew 27:17-18), and contradictions of the Gospel of Christ (Acts 13:45), then it is clearly coming from a carnal mindset and condemned as sin (1 Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:19-21). The person who envies has allowed someone else to become a standard to be reached, while ignoring the standards God has given. The Jews felt Jesus had become more popular and influential than they were, and were willing to ignore God’s Law given through Moses and have Jesus unjustly condemned and killed!

    According to James 3:13-17, envy is “earthly, sensual, demonic,” and is accompanied by “confusion and every evil thing.” To become “envious” of someone else’s language, beauty, skills, situation, or possessions, kills the Christian’s ability to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). The person who is envied becomes an idol to be imitated, but those who follow Jesus Christ should be our model: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1); and never let evil be our goal: “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 11). If we pattern ourselves like the wicked, we will receive their reward!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

  • Ron Thomas 12:29 pm on 2011-08-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Divine Pattern 

    The church in the New Testament, though, does not allow us to accept or reject issues and doctrines as we like. In fact, it calls upon us to accept the Lord and His way since He is the Author of eternal salvation. “Think of it – a DIVINE church. To many people, especially those who have been disappointed by a church member, the church is anything but a divine institution. However, let us pause for reflection. When we talk about the church in the Bible we are talking about a pattern or an ideal – yea, a pattern or an ideal for our reproduction. This is almost axiomatic for since the Bible is a DIVINE book anything within would be of divine origin. But, wait just a minute! IF THERE IS A DIVINE PATTERN FOR ME TO FOLLOW, AM I NOT MORE THAN PRESUMPTUOUS TO FOLLOW ANYTHING ELSE? What would it mean for me to fabricate my own pattern and call men to follow it when all the while there is a divine pattern awaiting my use?” (Don Dewelt, The Church in the Bible, p. 18).

    • Mike Riley 3:26 pm on 2011-08-25 Permalink | Reply

      Good thoughts, Ron! Fabricating one’s own pattern, wouldn’t be a good idea (Gal. 1:6-10).

      • Ron 4:59 am on 2011-08-26 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Mike. Don DeWelt (deceased) was a Christian Church preacher, professor. When some in the brotherhood want to speak against a NT pattern and be aligned with the Christian Church, it’s worth noting that even some there understand the NT concept.

  • Mike Riley 10:07 am on 2010-12-08 Permalink | Reply
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    An Example Of Bible Weather 

    In Acts 14:17, Luke records that God “did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (cf. Leviticus 26:4; Deuteronomy 11:14; Deuteronomy 28:12; Job 5:10; Psalm 65:10; Psalm 68:9; Psalm 147:8; Jeremiah 14:22).

    God “did good” by providing the weather needed to produce (1) rain; (2) fruitful seasons; (3) food. Without the changing weather patterns which produce the “fruitful seasons” (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) none of this would be possible.

  • Ron Thomas 6:13 am on 2010-12-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Philosophy in Life 

    I have no simple “mission statement” like we used to live by in the USA, but there is a philosophy that I live by. First, the only real pattern in my life is the Lord. Second, whatever knowledge of any substantive value I can gain will come from God’s word. Third, I am not as smart as some might think; neither am I as uninformed as others might think. Fourth, the fewer words spoken the better. Fifth, other people don’t think like me and it is quite unfair for me to attribute to them my way of thinking. Sixth, the grass in never greener than the place I plant my roots.

    There are other thoughts that come to mind, but the ones above are adequate to express a philosophy in life.

  • Mike Riley 7:53 am on 2010-11-09 Permalink | Reply
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    The Best Thing About God In 1 Corinthians 

    In my view, the best thing about God, is found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 1, where Paul emphasizes the fact that “the power of God” is closely associated with the “preaching of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:16).

    To those who have no desire to know, understand, or continue to pattern their lives after the instructions found in the saving gospel of Christ, the preaching of the cross is to them “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:21-22).

  • Ron Thomas 7:53 am on 2010-07-27 Permalink | Reply
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    What is it that we mean by pattern? When Moses was told by the Lord to build the tabernacle in accordance with the pattern he saw on the mount (Exodus 25:40), did he have questions in his mind about the meaning of the word pattern? Evidently, some think that he should have; he should have critically reflected and asked the question, “What do we (you, Lord) mean by pattern?”

    If a question needs to be asked about what is in mind when the word pattern is used by a person, then that question (or questions) needs to be asked. If clarity is desired, there is warrant in seeking clarification. However, since the word has a common definition (“a form or model proposed for imitation”), generally the problem won’t be in the meaning of the word, but in the mind of the one asking the question or contemplating on the word. If you make a garment from a “pattern” your intentions are to make that garment after the form or model of that pattern, is it not? Surely it is. Perhaps, within the garment pattern there are “built-in” options that allow for alternative products. The pattern, however, is purchased and used in order to get a desired result, for there is no other reason to use a pattern, is there?

    When the Lord gave direction to Moses on the mountain, He wanted a “cookie cutter” pattern to be followed. To Moses, He gave no option concerning what he was to make. If, to Moses, He gave options, it was the prerogative of the “pattern maker” to give that option; that fact that He did not, however, is important to note.

    How should we use the “pattern” concept with respect to churches today? To begin, we must have a starting point, and that starting point is the New Testament. In the New Testament we can see that churches were established in various communities and those churches were made up in a certain way. Is that a pattern for us to follow? It is if the apostles set the churches up, and they did so by the authority of the Holy Spirit. If there were incidental related to the setting up of the church they are….well, incidentals. I suggest to you that spiritually discerning people can make a distinction.

    A pattern, then, is a form or a model of a desired product. In today’s environment, those who desire to pattern themselves after the New Testament will not only pattern their individual lives after the model of Jesus, but they will desire to be part of a church patterned after the model of the church in the New Testament, the Lord’s pattern.

  • Mike Riley 9:20 am on 2010-07-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Where is our confidence in the day of judgment? (1 John 4:17). If we pattern our lives after Christ (1 John 2:3-6), we should have confidence in the day of judgment. The previous verse (1 John 4:16), tells us that we must continually “dwell” in God’s love in order to maintain that confidence.

    That successful “dwelling” is also contingent upon our confessing Christ as God’s Son (1 John 4:15), and the keeping of God’s commands (1 John 3:24). Another criteria for our having confidence in the day of judgment is for us to maintain God’s standard of moral purity in ourselves and in our everyday living (1 John 3:2-3; cf. 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:13-16).

    All of the above can only be achieved “through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

  • Richard Hill 11:50 am on 2010-05-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus Takes on the Religion Establishment 

    “Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father’s house a marketplace!” John 2:16 (NET)

    These were the words of an irate Jesus. It happened when he saw a place God intended for prayer turned over to a bunch of scammers. Their intent—to rip off worshipers.

    Jesus took worship seriously. This is the one thing, the only thing, that ever provoked him to violence—someone messing with worship.

    What can we learn from this incident? Make worship what God intended.

    Don’t fake it. Don’t make it about you. Don’t make a mockery of it. Don’t deviate from God’s pattern.

    • Laura 11:57 am on 2010-05-06 Permalink | Reply

    • Sandra Moore 12:53 pm on 2010-05-06 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, May I borrow part of this to post on my FB page? Giving credit where due of course.

      • J. Randal Matheny 1:47 pm on 2010-05-06 Permalink | Reply

        Very good, isn’t it? Sandra, there’s also the link you can add. See “Permalink” in upper right above the title of the post, or copy the link embedded in the post title itself.

      • Richard Hill 3:07 pm on 2010-05-06 Permalink | Reply

        Sandra, please use it as you see fit. All to God’s glory.

  • Mike Riley 12:55 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply
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    There are two verses about obedience in Romans 6:17-18-NKJV that are significant:

    “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

    We must obey “from the heart” that form [pattern] of doctrine that Paul preached and taught (1 Cor. 2:1-2; cf. Gal. 6:14; Philippians 3:7-10). What was the pattern? The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4). We die to sin, we are buried in the watery grave of baptism, and then we rise to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-4).

    What a beautiful picture of salvation!

  • Richard Mansel 3:36 pm on 2010-03-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Honoring God’s Plan of Salvation 

    Honor God’s Plan of Salvation

    By Richard Mansel


    A. Honoring God’s Word brings to mind two key issues:

    1. Protecting the purity of the Word so that others can have the same opportunities.

    a. 2 Kings 22:8ff – Hilkiah finds the Book of the Law. Josiah enacts it.

    b. We can allow the same thing to happen today, if we are not diligent.

    2. The sobering responsibility that we have as we teach and live God’s Word

    B. We want to discuss these two themes in light of honoring God’s Plan of Salvation.

    C. Our mindset is very important.

    (More …)

    • Mike Riley 3:48 pm on 2010-03-06 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, this is a great outline. Do you plan on posting it to your blog?

    • Richard Mansel 3:56 pm on 2010-03-06 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Mike. I don’t really do anything with my blog anymore. I just post things here. I plan on posting more sermons. I am honored that you found it worthwhile.

    • Richard Mansel 4:32 pm on 2010-03-06 Permalink | Reply

      This sermon was delivered for the 2009 Preacher’s Files Lectureship.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:14 pm on 2010-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Is there a pattern in the NT? 

    Today I received in the mail four copies of Phillip Owens’s booklet, “Is There a ‘Pattern’ in the New Testament that God Wants Us to Follow?” Though Owens is of the non-institutional persuasion, it is mentioned in passing only on the first page.

    He has some good things to say, in the face of supposedly patternless people who disparage those of us who teach that the New Testament does present a pattern for faith and practice.

    Here are a couple of quotes:

    Though each [New Testament] letter was initially sent to specific individuals and churches concerning local circumstances (see I Tim. 1:1-2; Gal. 1:1-2), they were intended to be circulated among others, read in the assemblies (Col. 4:16; I Thess. 5:27), and applied to every circumstance that was related (see I Cor. 1:1-2; 4:17; 4:17; 16:1).

    How do we know what to do, or “uncover this pattern”? First, Jesus’ teachings, attitudes seen in His actions and words, and His desires are examples for us to follow in every way (see Matt. 7:24-29; Col. 1:27; I Pet. 2:21). Since Jesus said that His words would form the authoritative basis of judgment for every person, He implied that His words were authoritative until the end of time (see Matt. 7:21-23; Jno. 12:48). We are to live as if Jesus were living in us by His teachings (Col. 3:1-4; Gal. 2:20). As we often and rightly sing, “He the great example is, and pattern for me.”

    You can request a free copy of this 20-page booklet at this website.

  • Mike Riley 5:40 pm on 2010-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    How do you organize your prayers? Like Ron, there is no set organized pattern in my daily prayer life. The Montana Street congregation has a prayer list that contains all of the members who are in need of prayer, and we do pray for them as a congregation and individually as well. We do call and visit our members who are confined to their homes, plus make provisions for them to take the Lord’s Supper on the Lord’s Day.

    If you’re talking about the organization of each individual prayer, I usually petition the Lord for helping us to reach the lost, for providing the needs of members who are sick and in the hospital, and for missionary efforts that we support as well as those efforts of other congregations world-wide. My prayer includes wisdom for our government and military leaders, not only in our country, but for every country, so that we might live in a peaceful environment.

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