Clarence DeLoach in hospital

Clarence DeLoach is a brother well known in some circles. He lives in Cookeville TN. This note was shared just now in the Willow Ave. congregation’s bulletin:

Clarence DeLoach is now at the CRMC Rehab Center (Blue Roof) and improving.

No other details were given.

For him a prayer or two would not be unwelcome at the moment.


Prayers for Jim Newsted’s wife Linda

Our brother Jim Newsted was a Fellow here on TFR several years back. His wife Linda is in hospice care. Please pray for the family.

Jim was always open about his past struggles in understanding the unconditional love of God. He was a great Barnabas for us (one of his self-identified gifts), and we pray he continues to be so.

#fellows, #prayers

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. Continue reading

#faith, #poetry, #prayers

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.

#prayers, #travel

Our sister in Christ and TFR Fellow Glenda…

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.

#fellows, #friends, #prayers

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

#eternity, #prayers, #transience

Fibromyalgia Awareness: Pray for a Cure





#awareness, #fibro, #fibromyalgia, #prayers

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:

#books, #forthright, #gossip, #prayers, #rain, #reading, #salvation, #writing


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.


UPDATE ON JIMMIE HILL Jimmie is out of…

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.

#jimmie-b-hill, #prayers

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.

#alabama, #florence, #prayers, #shoals, #storms, #tornadoes

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.

#brazil, #prayers

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. Continue reading

#acts-study-bible, #invitation-songs, #poetry, #prayers

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

#fruit, #prayers, #understanding

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.

#mexico, #persecution, #prayers