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  • TFRStaff 3:14 am on 2017-02-28 Permalink | Reply
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    David Binkley’s prayer: Restore respect for immersion 

    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)

    Неужели не знаете, что все мы, крестившиеся во Христа Иисуса, в смерть Его крестились? Итак мы погреблись с Ним крещением в смерть, дабы, как Христос воскрес из мертвых славою Отца, так и нам ходить в обновленной жизни. (К Римлянам 6:3-4 Russian)

    O LORD our great and mighty God ~ hear the prayers of those who love you and know that you accomplish whatever you desire in any part of the earth, or anywhere else in the universe. Restore respect for immersion in water as an important part of your plan of salvation as it requires obedient submission on the part of the soul seeking a new life in Christ. Disable the mouths and pens of those who jest that there is a way into Christ Jesus that bypasses baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ
    PO Box 417
    Cedar Key, FL 32625

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:24 am on 2016-12-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Holiday blessing 

    During these holidays, may you and yours be greatly blessed by the time spent together and by the enjoyment of all the things “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Tim 4.3.

    Our prayer is that you may be drawn even closer to the Lord. If you are not in Christ, we pray you may enter the kingdom of God through faith, repentance, and immersion.

    If you are already in Christ, we pray the Lord may give you greater appreciation of your salvation, greater love for his leading and his family, and greater opportunity for service as his followers.

    We are happy also to share this prayer with you.

    I speak both for and to the Fellows here on TFR. Thank you for being a special blessing by your presence here.

    • docmgphillips 5:47 pm on 2016-12-25 Permalink | Reply

      Thing is…if the Bible is wrong in any one fact, there is no reason to believe the rest. Personally, I believe the only “untruths” n the Bible are those that are so identified, like in the incident of Ananias and Sapphira.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:37 am on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Try to represent, not impress 

    Through the years many individuals have allowed their public prayers to become repetitive. And while it’s not wrong to include some of the same thoughts each time we pray (1 Timothy 2:1-5, Luke 18:13, as well as the outlined points by Jesus in Matthew 6:9-13 are good examples), if our prayer is nearly verbatim every time we pray on behalf of the congregation then we need to stop and think before we speak.

    Am I saying our prayer must have 50 dollar words and a flow that would make the national poetic society become green with envy? No. I’m not talking about impressing people with our prayer. I’m talking about representing people with our prayer.

    If you know a family has suffered recently, you could mention them. If a family has received good news recently, you could mention that. If you are familiar with the language that is used in reference to God throughout the Psalms, you could use them in connection to the church in asking for God’s help (High-tower, Shield, Strength, Light and Salvation, etc.). If the congregation supports a missionary, children’s homes or other local evangelistic efforts such as House to House, you could mention them. God has already heard the news, but if there’s a major headline news story that you know has the attention of a large percentage of the congregation, you can mention that situation.

    Again, the point isn’t to impress others with our prayer originality or sophisticated sound. The point is to represent those on whose behalf we are praying for, and to simply avoid being so repetitive with our public prayers that the people we are representing know what we’re going say before we even say it.

    Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying,…When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (2 Chronicles 6:3-4; 7:1)

    • tiffanystttt 7:18 am on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply

      Well said. I have frequently said we should avoid vain repetitions with prayer; we are speaking to God the Father, who knows our hearts before we open our mouths. He knows what we need far greater than we do, but He wants to hear our thanksgiving, our praise, as well as our requests. We do too much of the latter and not enough of the former. As the old song says, Count your blessings, name them one by one… why can’t we do this in our prayer, rather than a repetitive, soulless turn of phrase, or (in my humble opinion) worse, count our prayer requests of physical pain and suffering to ease?

      Prayer is our speaking to our Heavenly Father. Do we only see our earthly father as someone to either keep to polite, superficial talk or to repeatedly ask for money & favours?! The way we address the Heavenly Father, it would seem so.

      • Eugene Adkins 8:37 am on 2016-12-15 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Tiffany.

  • Eugene Adkins 9:28 pm on 2016-11-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainy or not, we should be submerged in prayer 

    Most of us in the southeastern US could use one or two million raindrops right now. As of this moment in particular, middle Tennessee is getting a little relief. It makes me wonder if some “Elijah” around here has something against the rain.

    Elijah’s prayerful effect upon the weather was not only noteworthy enough to be included in the Old Testament scriptures – it managed to make its way into the New Testament cannon as well!

    Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 – NKJV)

    To be honest, when it comes to prayer (which is really what James’ point was all about…that combined with righteous living and emphatic purpose) we should all be submerged in it regardless of the weather. At least this is something that I can preach to myself about.

    Pray, pray and pray some more. God wants to hear from us. And if we listen to this point when it comes to God’s will, then God’s will may become intertwined with our own…or perhaps I should flipflop that; regardless, it’s something that God wants us to do.

    Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,” (Luke 18:1 – NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 10:39 pm on 2016-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    11-16-2016 God Limits Himself 

    “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.’ And He said to them, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ They said to Him, ‘Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you ask’” (Mark 10:35-38 NKJV).  Many people come to Jesus with selfish requests, but Jesus called it “ignorant.”  Jesus had said, “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 NKJV), but told James and John, their request “is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared” (Mark 10:40).  No one should tell God to do something that contradicts what He says He will do in the Bible.

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

  • John T. Polk II 10:13 pm on 2016-11-09 Permalink | Reply
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    11-11-2016 Prayerful Preaching 

    “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 NKJV)1) We should attempt nothing without prayer to the Lord.  “You’re in my prayers,” may not be the same as, “Now I pray to God that you do no evil” (2 Corinthians 13:7 NKJV). Specific prayer should be pointed to God. 2) Our desire is for “the word of the Lord” to be freely spoken and taught. Paul requested prayer “that God would open to us a door for the word” (Colossians 4:2-3 NKJV)3) Deliverance “from unreasonable and wicked men” may come in the form of a government election resulting in oppressive restrictions being lifted.  Thank God for answered prayer!

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

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:41 am on 2016-10-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Are prayer websites serious? Or best ignored? 

    In an ongoing effort to get the word out about the Believing Prayer website, I’ve published an article on the Medium site:

    View story at Medium.com

    You might share if your experience is similar.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:19 am on 2016-10-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Is there a ‘church of the future’? 


    Over on my Plink area, I mention a phrase in a prayer read today, asking God to “help us to bring into being your Church of the future.”

    I like the phrase, and then I don’t either. Here’s why I like it. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:02 pm on 2016-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘The granddaddy of all laments:’ Psalm 88 

    By Sean Ashberry

    The Bible is not casual about evil and suffering. The Bible in fact is brutally honest about pain, misfortune, and the challenge it presents to faith. The fact of suffering continues to stand as one of the greatest challenges to the Christian faith. Its distribution and degree seems random and unfair. People have always asked how one might reconcile this reality with God’s justice and his love. Those are fair questions. (More …)

    • Eugene Adkins 8:14 am on 2016-10-08 Permalink | Reply

      We talked about this last Wednesday night while going through Revelation 6 where the martyred souls ask God how much longer will he allow the things to happen that happened to them; God’s reply was to rest and wait because more people would have to suffer and die. It’s then that I brought up the topic that the first paragraph talks about. I reminded the class that God readily tells his people that he works in ways for a purpose that we don’t understand at the moment because we often forget to tie moments together with eternity (Isaiah 55:8-9, 2 Peter 3:8).

      • J. Randal Matheny 8:31 am on 2016-10-08 Permalink | Reply

        Very good!

  • TFRStaff 10:36 am on 2016-09-07 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Wednesday 07 September 2016 

    See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1 ESV)

    Смотрите, какую любовь дал нам Отец, чтобы нам называться и быть детьми Божиими. Мир потому не знает нас, что не познал Его. (1-e Иоанна 3:1 Russian)

    O LORD my God, dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for spreading your loving kindness around the world. Help us to see through the temporary discomforts and recognize that you are never far from us if we will only stop and take a look at the wonderful ways in which you show your love each day. The greatest of these proofs is the way you specifically call us your children because we trust and obey Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 7:04 am on 2016-08-16 Permalink | Reply
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    I thank God every day for… 

    We may have said it our self, or we have heard it used by others after escaping a harrowing event or because someone or something else was delivered from harm when expectations should have said otherwise. What is it? It’s the phrase, “I thank God every day for ….”

    But honestly, is there anything that we give thanks to God for every day?

    I’m not saying that there isn’t anything that we should give thanks for every day. I’m asking if we do as we should be doing.

    When his disciples asked for a lesson on prayer, an expression of need and thanks toward an eternal God for daily provisions was a highlight in Jesus’ lesson (Luke 11:1-3). Likewise, I believe, as I’m sure most the readers here believe, that there are strong elements of daily thanksgiving that are found the Psalms, as well as other places in the Old and New Testament, that place an emphasis on a continually thankful heart that should be repeated in our daily lives (Psalm 107:1). So I don’t believe a lack of daily thanksgiving on our part is due to God not expressing a desire to receive it on his part.

    At the end of the day, or the beginning, when it comes to thanksgiving, it’s not about whether we or someone else talks about thanking God every day for someone or something. It’s about whether or not God actually hears our thanksgiving for that person or thing as often as we say he does.

    How about it? What should we, if we’re not already, start giving thanks to God for every day?

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 6:16-18)

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:34 am on 2016-08-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayer doesn’t have to be long 

    Some softwares and WP themes provide reading time estimates for the posts, based, one supposes, on some average figure of words per minute. They do this, apparently, so you’ll know ahead of time how long of a read it will be.

    In today’s Believing Prayer, I set a one-minute reading time when linking to it on my Hubzilla spot, the more to encourage people to click and read and pray. (OK, so maybe it’ll take two minutes to read.)

    Years ago, a book was published called One-Minute Manager. It purported to help managers act decisively. Though one’s spiritual life cannot be contained in one-minute prayers, neither are they inappropriate.

    Prayer doesn’t have to be long. It does have to be sustained.

  • J. Randal Matheny 9:48 am on 2016-06-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Capable of receiving: Wm. Barclay on 1 Tim 2.4 

    You did know that Barclay’s Daily Study Bible was online, right? Barclay has his detractors, but his work is a great resource. Read his great quote here on 1 Timothy 2.4, below.

    E. F. Brown calls this passage “the charter of missionary work.” He says that it is the proof that all men are capax dei, capable of receiving God. They may be lost, but they can be found; they may be ignorant, but they can be enlightened; they may be sinners, but they can be saved. George Wishart, the forerunner of John Knox, writes in his translation of the First Swiss Confession: “The end and intent of the Scripture is to declare that God is benevolent and friendly-minded to mankind; and that he hath declared that kindness in and through Jesus Christ, his only Son; the which kindness is received by faith.” That is why prayer must be made for all. God wants all men, and so, therefore, must his Church.

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:53 pm on 2016-06-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Boring prayer 

    An email appeared in the inbox about prayer that feels boring. I didn’t read the article, but it lead to some thoughts. When, and why, is prayer boring?

    Generally speaking, I thought immediately of two possibilities: one, because selfishness sees it merely as a way to get things from God; two, because prayer may be limited to ritual language and times.

    What possibilities can you think of as to why prayer might seem boring?


    • Eugene Adkins 6:03 pm on 2016-06-24 Permalink | Reply

      I think one is linked to the ritual language you referred to: near verbatim repetition week in and week out can turn bowing our head into heads nodding.

      Another might be when we’re too “plugged in” to unplug and slow down (Genesis 24:63; Psalm 63:3, 77:12 etc.).

  • J. Randal Matheny 12:38 pm on 2016-05-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Striking the right note 


    Years ago, an elderly couple in a congregation whom we barely knew were often heard to say, “We just want to love everybody.” Their phrase has stuck with me across the decades.

    I don’t know what they meant by it. Did they want to ignore the doctrine of Christ and be, back in that day, all-inclusive? Had they been hurt seeing some harsh attitudes in the body of Christ?

    They were not prominent people in the congregation. Even their attendance may not have been as regular as one might expect. Back then, their phrase didn’t impress me much. It seemed to leave too much out. Maybe they meant to cut away beliefs or actions important to others. Maybe not.

    Whatever they meant by it, they struck the right note. The Way is the path of love, if it is anything. One thing for certain, God just wants to love everybody. And not only wants, but seeks it.

    God sent his Son for salvation. He sent his Spirit for transformation. He sent his Word for sanctification. All in the name of love.

    Maybe that couple was on to more than I knew. (More …)

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