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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:53 am on 2016-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Upon My Face, Upon My Cross 

    Before you, Lord, I bow my head,
    I know that you in heaven reign;
    Upon my face I fall in dread,
    My many sins become my pain.

    How blessed are we, with blood to save,
    With hope to guide, and love embrace,
    All things possess, your Spirit gave
    A promise soon to see your face. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:24 am on 2015-04-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayers for trip welcome 

    In a bit we take our car to the mechanic, who will keep it during our trip and do some work on it. He’ll leave us at the bus station, where we’ll catch a bus to the airport. We get there quite early this way, but that’s better than more expensive options. Then we catch a plane tonight for Atlanta, then on to Nashville. Then starts the fun. Prayers are welcome for safety and smooth ride.

    God bless you all in your service to him.

    • Tim Hester 11:30 am on 2015-04-21 Permalink | Reply

      If you should be traveling into east Tennessee and you have the time stop and say hello as you pass over the Plateau.

    • John Henson 1:37 pm on 2015-04-21 Permalink | Reply

      Praying for you, brother. The Lord will be with you and protect you.

    • J. Randal Matheny 6:31 am on 2015-04-22 Permalink | Reply

      Arrived US safely, waiting to board flight for Nashville. Thanks for your prayers!

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:41 am on 2013-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Our sister in Christ and TFR Fellow Glenda Williams said last night that it appears her mother will not last much longer. She said that separations are hard and requested prayer. Glenda has cared for her 102-year-old mother for a long time.

  • TFRStaff 6:33 am on 2013-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Transience of the world 

    Show us, O Lord, the transience of the world in the light of heaven, the shortness of time in the light of eternity and the meaning of death in the light of resurrection; through the merits of Christ the Lord. Amen.

    Richard Challoner (1691-1781), Prayer of the Day

  • Richard Mansel 8:54 pm on 2013-05-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Fibromyalgia Awareness: Pray for a Cure 





  • Richard Mansel 9:16 am on 2012-04-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Tidbits and Prayer Requests 

    Hello! I hope all of our readers are doing well. I wanted to share a potpourri of thoughts with you this Friday morning. We appreciate you very much.

    • It is a beautiful sunny day in Southeast Georgia. We ask your prayers that we can get some rain. Our drought is nothing like the Southwest has suffered, but we are double digits below normal for three years. It is sad to see so many ponds dry. Also, continue to pray for rain in the Southwest, they desperately need it.
    • I also ask your prayers for me as I continue battling a neurological condition. The pain has been especially bad, lately. I see a new neurologist in two weeks.
    • I read that the Baptists in Kentucky are having a symposium on Calvinism. They say that only one of the speakers is a Five-Point Calvinist. I wish they would figure out that the Baptist doctrine of salvation is Calvinist-Lite and return to the truth of Scripture on how to be saved.

    BTW, here is a shameless plug for my book on how to be saved.

    • On a lighter note, the 17 year-old son of one of my cousins didn’t know who John Wayne was. Moments like these seriously make you feel old. Likewise, I recently realized that in 2014 it will have been 20 years since I finished graduate school at Freed-Hardeman University. Time flies much too quickly.
    • I am listening to the Bible on digital audio. As I write, I am listening to Acts 11.
    • I am privileged to develop a manuscript on John 21 for the Southeast Georgia Lectureship at Richmond Hill. The lectureship is October 27-28. The last chapter of John is a fascinating study and I look forward to taking it apart and finding the treasures there.

    This Sunday morning I will be speaking on James 3:1, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”

    Of this passage, Burton Coffman writes:

    “James did not seek to discourage any who might have been qualified for such work. As Harper suggested, ‘His words were meant to remind us of our responsibilities, rather than to deter us from our duties.'”

    We must not allow this passage to be a path of rationalization to avoid evangelism. We must all become more knowledgeable about Scripture. What thoughts do you have on this verse?

    For your reading:

    • J. Randal Matheny 12:57 pm on 2012-04-30 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed this. Good quote there, too. Is the lectureship on the book of John? Will there be a book to come out of it?

      • Richard Mansel 1:03 pm on 2012-04-30 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. The congregation does put together a book of all the manuscripts. This year it will be on the last few chapters of John, looking at the last few days of Christ’s life. I think this will be the 8th or 9th year I’ve spoken there. Looking forward to it.

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:14 am on 2011-11-20 Permalink | Reply
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    PRAYER FOR LUKE JENSEN: This from Joy on FB: Please keep Luke Jensen in your prayers. He hasn’t been feeling well, so he went to the Dr. and he has malaria. He began his medicine. Right now he has a temperature of 105.2, so prayers would be appreciated.

  • J. Randal Matheny 3:03 am on 2011-11-20 Permalink | Reply
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    UPDATE ON JIMMIE HILL: Jimmie is out of the ICU and into a room on the surgical floor so he is making wonderful progress! The ICU was necessary but very bright and noisy, so I believe Jimmie is most grateful right now for a little sleep. I’m grateful that the number of tubes sticking into his body is now only 5 (a major reduction). And we are both very gratful for all of your prayers.

  • Richard Mansel 11:03 am on 2011-04-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Praying for Those Endangered by Tornadoes 

    One of the greatest things about Twitter is how you can follow an event happening hundreds or thousands of miles away, as if you were there. I am from the Shoals area of North Alabama. They have tornadoes swarming through the entire area. I have a Twitter list of news organizations and people in the Shoals and I am reading constant updates from the ground there. Three Four people have already died and there are more storms popping up all over. Please pray for them in that area. There are thousands of members of the Lord’s church in North Alabama, as well as much of my family. May God be with them.

    • J. Randal Matheny 8:23 am on 2011-04-28 Permalink | Reply

      We followed from Brazil much of last evening’s drama. We continue in prayer for so many who have lost property, livelihoods, and family and friends.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:38 pm on 2011-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayer: Suely’s son murdered: updated 

    From Joseph McKinney Jr. in João Pessoa, Brazil:

    We are taking our dear sister Suely to Recife today to bury her son. He was murdered. She is torn up, even though her family only told her that he had a motorcycle accident and was in serious condition in the hospital. Dad and Mom are going to tell her the truth before our trip. This will be the worst day of her life. She really needs your prayers!

    UPDATE: Joseph sent this additional information to me:

    His name was Anderson Batista, and we knew him since he was a little kid. His mother was one of the first converts in Recife. He strayed, spent some time in jail, but looked like he was trying to get his life right: visiting the church again, working and taking care of his family. It looks like he got in a fight at a soccer game, and the person came later to his work and shot him in front of his wife.

    The news report he sent me a link to said he was 33.

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:27 pm on 2011-04-12 Permalink | Reply
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    After near death, the baby went home 

    • Yesterday I asked Twitter and Facebook friends to pray for our sister in Christ Paula’s niece, 6 months old, who fell from her stroller and got hung by the neck. The doctor didn’t think she was going to make it. Today, the baby went home. Exams showed no immediate damage, but she’ll go back to the doctor every month for a good while to check for long-term damage. If it weren’t for a neighbor who gave first aid, the baby would not made it alive to the hospital. As it was, we believe the many prayers offered by saints was heard.

    Paula called a few minutes ago and, besides the news about her niece, asked now to pray for her brother and sister-in-law, who seem to be open to hearing the gospel. (More …)

  • John Henson 9:06 am on 2011-03-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Listen to their prayers 

    If you ever want to know what someone believes, listen to their prayers.

    Islamic writers posit that Christians shouldn’t be threatened by the name “Allah,” because it’s the same God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.

    Yet, in the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, it is said by Muslims each day, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.

    The often proffered position that Allah is a related word to “Elohim,” and is, therefore, the God of the Old Testament is misleading. The word, “Allah,” is Arabic for God, and the word, “Elohim,” is a general term for deity in Hebrew. This does not prove that the God of the Old Testament is Allah.

    Indeed, Islam’s concept of God is that he is a hater of men, except for Mohammed and his followers. There are other examples of how the conduct of God and Allah differ. At the creation of Adam, the Quran says God required the angels to worship the first human, and that Satan refused because Adam was a mortal./[1]

    The Old Testament of the Bible does not describe God in these terms. God’s judgment falls adversely on man when he fails to obey the one, true God. Those who obey God are accepted without prejudice (Acts 10:34-35). In addition, God never required angels to worship man. In fact, scripture teaches man was “made a little lower than the angels,” (Hebrews 2:7).

    We should be fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:16). What Muslims say in their prayers and teach in their doctrine say more than soothing words designed to assuage fear.

    [1]/ “The Quran Revealed” Dr. Dave Miller pp. 172

    • J. Randal Matheny 9:10 am on 2011-03-24 Permalink | Reply

      Besides your good content, which I thank you for, that footnoote thingy is cool. Gotta figure out how you did that.

      • John Henson 11:52 am on 2011-03-24 Permalink | Reply

        In Word 2007, there is a “reference” column. Click “footnote,” and enter the info. I often transgress Richard’s rules on Forthright and either omit the slash or put it in the wrong place. I can’t help it. I’m just bad.

    • Jimmy Bagwell 9:16 am on 2011-03-24 Permalink | Reply

      There similarities between the god “Allah” and the God of scripture. However, these “similarities” are only superficial. When one reads the Koran, the characteristics of the god “Allah” are in direct contradiction to those of God. The god of the Koran is NOT the God of the Bible.

    • Jimmy Bagwell 9:23 am on 2011-03-24 Permalink | Reply

      As a side note, I would like to point out that Islam is not a religion but a Theo-political system. As such, it can be challenged if it is protected by the first amendment.

    • Weylan Deaver 9:45 am on 2011-03-24 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t “Allah” the one always appealed to right before a true believer starts mowing down innocents with gunfire?

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:23 am on 2011-02-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Mexican preacher threatened 

    Carol Short in Ohio sent me this on Facebook:

    Received this from our church secretary. Please share this with others, prayers needed for these folks in Mexico: Juan Martinez, a minister in Mexico supported by the Nederland Church of Christ (in the Beaumont area) has requested our prayers. His family must come up with 50,000 pesos, or they all will be murdered. He is not asking for money, just prayers for him and his family’s protection.

    Does anybody have any more information? There was no date or other info on this.

    • Michael 7:43 am on 2011-02-22 Permalink | Reply

      It has been ongoing for a few weeks. He has been getting threats from the Zatas (sp?)-it is one of the roughest groups in Mexico from what I understand. To begin with he was not going to pay the extortion fee as it is difficult to deal with crooks, but since then I believe another minister’s wife has been killed by this group. From what I heard many times they will go after the female leader of the family so he is fearful for the life of his wife and has decided to try to raise the money (mostly on his own I think) in order to pay the extortion fee.
      We send a large amount of spanish literature into Mexico. Mainly for ministers/Christians to use as resources in preaching and teaching and helping in resources to use in local churches. Juan is one of the main cogs in getting the information further into Mexico from what I understand. We send it across through one resource and he gets it pretty early and helps get it into the postal system. We just sent our shipment of resources across the border so we are hopeful he is able to help this go smoothly even though this threat is going on right now.
      This is the information I currently have.

  • Glenda Williams 9:05 pm on 2011-02-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayer for talent increase 

    I prayed and asked God to increase my artistic talent and He did! As a single girl I saw a picture of a sermon chart in the back of a New Testament and decided to paint it on a bed sheet. “The State of Man” was the name of the chart. I went to the dime store and bought stencils to outline the letters, and bought magic markers in the colors I needed. With parents who encouraged me, I set about painting my first chart on a kitchen table.

    My brother is an artist and a sign painter by trade. He saw the stencil outlines and told me I could do it freehand, gave me pointers, and encouraged me to try it. I called brother Steve Hudgins to ask what kind of paint and brushes he used. He gladly shared his knowledge with me. I asked God to bless me with the ability to paint the charts freehand, and in time He did. I then started praying for speed in painting charts. I didn’t want to spend several days painting one chart. Later I painted one in a few hours.

    Prayers and talents have played an important part in my life.

    • Stanley Adams 7:19 am on 2011-02-09 Permalink | Reply

      I am so glad that you are continuing the old art of chart painting. Preachers can still preach great sermons from them without the use of video projectors. But as you found out, it takes time. Maybe you can master 5 to 10 of them and then sell them through the Advocate or regional papers that serve your area, Christian Chronicle goes beyond the nations borders. Here is a nudge to use your talents in teaching the word!

    • Barbara Ann Oliver 9:59 am on 2011-02-09 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! I didn’t know you were so multi-talented! God bless.

    • Tim Hester 6:40 am on 2012-02-05 Permalink | Reply

      Sis. Williams, I am glad to see someone keeping up the old tradition of preaching chart sermons painted on a bed sheet. I grew up listening to my dad preach the bed sheet charts. I have been fortunate to inherit some of my wife’s grandfathers. I have a few in mind I would like to get painted for myself. If you would be interested I would appreciate your e-mailing me and I would send you the pdf file I one to look at.

      Thank you for this great work.

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:52 pm on 2010-10-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Pray for Richard M.’s mom, her health has taken a turn for the worse. Tonight or tomorrow Richard is headed to his parents’ city to be with them.

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