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  • Eugene Adkins 4:49 pm on 2017-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Did you have a super Sunday? 

    Did you have a super Sunday, or did you exchange it for an evening sitting in front of the TV?

    If your congregation doesn’t have evening services that’s one thing, but if you belong to a congregation with elders who have deemed it fit to have an evening service and you skipped it to watch a game – well, you need to consider your spiritual priorities and obligations.

    And by the way, I had a super Sunday…and I was still able to make it home in time to watch the entire second-half of the game.

    And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV)

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 5:08 pm on 2017-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      TV, what’s a TV? Was there a soccer game going on?

      • Eugene Adkins 7:06 pm on 2017-02-06 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, it was a huge futball game…big North American audience. Brazil must have been blacked out:p

        • J. Randal Matheny 3:12 am on 2017-02-07 Permalink | Reply

          Ah, gotcha, Americans doing their thing.

          • Eugene Adkins 8:40 pm on 2017-02-07 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah, unfortunately…in a world cup sort of way.

  • Eugene Adkins 10:13 am on 2016-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Wake up, get up and show up at Bible-study tomorrow 

    When you hold a Bible in your hands, do you know how much it cost?

    I’m not looking for a fiscal answer. The Bible cost more than any financial total that can be tallied.

    Long before any red-letter edition was published, pages of the Bible were colored red . That’s because the book we can hold in our hands cost men and women their lives. Some died at the hands of false-Christians and others at the hands of violent unbelievers. Regardless of who took their life, men and women of the past gave their life because they had faith, a desire for the common man to read the word of God, and a love for God’s message.

    Consider that, and then consider how the church has a hard time getting Christians to show up and study the Bible today. Some congregations don’t even have Bible-study classes. Brothers and sisters – that’s a problem!

    The Bible is the best-seller that most Christians aren’t sold on studying. Do you see the irony?

    Wake up, get up and show up at Bible-study tomorrow.

    I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:15-18)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:11 am on 2015-12-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Not like a husband looking for his socks 

    The seeking of Mt 6.33, of God’s kingdom and righteousness, is no half-hearted search, like a husband looking unsuccessfully for his socks only to appeal quickly to his wife for help. It engages the entire being, to “pursue” (NET) or “strive” (NRSV), exactly as love for God should be with the whole mind, heart, soul, and strength. Less than this is not an effort worthy of God.

    Warming a pew for a few minutes on a Sunday morning (or even three times a week) is not the equivalent to this seeking, either. Ritualistic believers who think these minimal requirements will get them under the wire will be spewed out from the Lord’s mouth come judgment day.

    Let no one deceive himself. Make no mistake about it.

    The Lord Jesus wants disciples of his, followers in his footsteps to carry the cross, not adherents to a religion, nor believers in rote and ritual. The distinction is well made by use of the word “seek.”

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:43 am on 2015-12-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Interesting take on Matthew 6:33 

    One of my elders spoke up with an interesting take on Matthew 6:33 last night.

    The verse says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

    The comment on the verse, or something very very similar to it, was, “The problem is that people think that God should make them number one on his list instead of us making him number one on our list.

    The comment is true indeed. Often times, perhaps even in our own mirror, it’s not very hard to see people who think that God should “drop everything” for them without the individual having any interest in picking up a single cross for Christ (Matthew 10:37-38).

    Seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness is truly a mighty call from the highest points of Heaven that still finds its way into the deepest valleys of the Earth. It’s a call that urges us as followers to find ways to put God and his ways first in our life. It’s a call for priority. And that means it’s a call that distinguishes the difference between what we believe God owes us and what we owe God.

    Before I finish my thought I want quickly point out that it is God indeed who has taken the first step in every way that’s needed to secure a right relationship with him (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:19). But to say that no reaction from our side of the relationship is needed misses the point of a relationship…especially when it comes to the Lord and disciple variety (Luke 6:46-49).

     
  • Ed Boggess 10:02 am on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply
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    On a session of the television series Family Feud the question was asked, who do you turn to to make the most important decisions in life? One hundred people had been interviewed and their answers were first- spouse, second- parents, third – boyfriend/girlfriend, fourth – children, and fifth – God. God came in last. Are you surprised? I’m not. God comes in last in most lives today. God ought to be the first one consulted in making the big decisions of life. It is a matter of priority. The reason many do not consult God first is because God is not first in their lives. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he said, Love God first. God should and must come first in our lives. Any other place than first place is the wrong place. This is Just-a-Minute

     
    • kenandjean92 10:32 am on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Sad to think that something like “Family Feud” had to bring it to the surface where we as a nation have come to.

  • Ed Boggess 7:38 am on 2014-07-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Sometime ago, Gary Lutes and his two sons were rescued from a West Virginia cave after being lost for five days without food and water. They suffered from dehydration and hallucinations while hop ing for rescuers. They sat quietly quoting scripture and praying for help. Gary later reported, “It sure made things seem insignif¬icant, things I felt were important before. Job, pressure, things like that. I thought to myself if I ever get out of here, what do these things mean?” When we are flat on our back, that is when we look up. Psalm 120 says, “in my distress, I cried to the Lord and he heard me.” Why does it take some kind of tragedy or desperation to get our attention? We need to pause and think, and consider what deserves first place in our lives. This is Just-a-Minute.

     
  • TFRStaff 9:43 am on 2014-06-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Despite fear, they first took care of what was most important 

    “Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both morning and evening sacrifices” Ezra 3:3.

    I can think of no better description of what it takes to be a Christian in today’s world. The refined remnant was returning from 70 years of exile. They knew their sin and God’s grace that allowed them to return to Jerusalem that was laid waste. (More …)

     
    • Pamela Winterrowd 12:45 pm on 2014-06-20 Permalink | Reply

      I was going to ask if this is Plattsburgh, NEW YORK…then I clicked on your link and got my answer. Small world! I lived in Plattsburgh for a few years as a child; military family. Otis Yale Murphy was the preacher then.

  • TFRStaff 5:30 pm on 2014-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Does God occupy the first place in our lives? 

    Does God occupy the first place in our lives?

    A lesson on this vital question has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch, in text and audio.

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/firstpla.html

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/eersteplaats.html

    May the Lord bless you richly.
    Roy Davison

     
  • TFRStaff 6:00 am on 2014-01-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Focus) 

    HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

    KEEPING OUR SPIRITUAL FOCUS

    Cleon Lyles was one of the great pulpiteers in churches of Christ in the mid-twentieth century. Frequently, brother Lyles would begin a sermon by saying, “Now let’s think about some things before we think about some other things.” This was his way of saying that before we can understand some things there are some other things on which we need to gain some clarity.

    As Christians, we know what we need to think about most in life: 1) God, His greatness, goodness, power, love, mercy, grace, care and protection; 2) Christ, His life, teaching, death for our sins, burial, resurrection, ascension, coronation, reign, intercession, and second coming; 3) the church, the privilege of membership in it and our involvement, service, spiritual growth, and worship experienced therein. These are the things that we want to think about and give priority to in our lives. I believe that the vast majority of Christians are sincere in their faith and really do want to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:18 am on 2013-05-28 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s hard to find something when you’re not looking for it 

    English: Gentaur schedule

    I just can’t find the time to attend the worship services of the church some say. That’s funny, somehow the time is still found to go to work everyday, to go to the movies, to go out to eat, to go and visit with friends and family, to go to the grocery store, to go to the bank, to go and pay the utility bills, to go on vacation, to go outside to cut the grass or work in the garden, to go to the doctor, or to go to the barber or beautician. On and on we could go. So yeah, I guess it’s hard to find something when you’re not looking for it.

    Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 – CEB)

    #attendance, #excuses, #priorities, #time, #worship

     
    • Weylan Deaver 1:13 pm on 2013-05-28 Permalink | Reply

      If God is not my priority on earth, then why should I think I would enjoy heaven, where all those other activities/distractions are removed from the picture?

  • TFRStaff 4:47 am on 2013-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Consider Your Ways (BibleTalk) 

    The prophet Haggai wrote concerning the children of Israel, “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:6).

    The Israelites were apparently working hard but not gaining very much. What was it that prevented them from prospering according to their efforts?

    Back in verse 2, the Israelites declared that even though the temple of the Lord needed repair, now was not the time to do it. They were too busy taking care of their own homes to worry about the house of the Lord. But God rebuked them for this attitude in saying, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste” (1:4)?

    Too often Christians today put off doing the work of the Lord because they think their family obligations cannot wait. Sometimes taking care of the church building is put off because everyone is too tired from working at their secular jobs all week. Visits cannot be made because there are chores to do around the house.

    We seem to forget the words of Christ who said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27).

    Taking care of our family and work obligations are very important but certainly not more important than the work that our God gives us to do. Our lives should revolve around service to God not service to home.

    In Christ, Steve Preston

    Sign up for BibleTalk, short messages from God’s word, by sending an email to bibletalk-subscribe@freegroups.net or on the web at http://www.freegroups.net/groups/bibletalk.

     
  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2013-01-24 Permalink | Reply
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    He Sees Very Well 

    It is so easy for us to be caught up in the affairs of this life. We have been around long enough to understand this because, occasionally, we are guilty of it. Since this life is all that we know, when another comes along and tries to tell us about another life that we ought to live, there is a bit of reluctance on our part.

    Those of us who identify ourselves as Christians try to balance family and commitment to God. We try to make a difference by being a stalwart for what is right; being positive, however, when so many are negative, and being an anchor when the boat wants to drift is not easy. Nevertheless, we go to events and participate, throwing our support behind it one hundred percent. This is done for the family.

    The devoted Christian, on the other hand, throws himself onto the Lord and His cause. He is interested in the affairs of this life, but he is more interested in the Lord’s affairs. He has seen how there are many Christians who have been taken captive by Satan to divide their time and commitment, and he has seen them lose. What makes this especially sad is how the family take priority over the Lord.

     
  • Chad Dollahite 1:40 pm on 2012-04-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Illustration: On the Way to the Barn… 

    There’s an old story about a farmer who one morning decided to plow the south forty acres.  His tractor needed oil, so he started for the barn to get it, but on the way noticed that the pigs hadn’t been fed.  Near the corn crib was a pile of sacks, reminding him that the potatoes were sprouting.  But, on his way to the potato pit, he passed the woodpile and remembered that the kitchen stove was burning low.  While picking up the wood, he saw that one of his chickens was ailing, so he dropped the wood to doctor the chicken…and so it was till the end of the day, and he still hadn’t oiled the tractor or plowed the south field.

    Is your Christian life like this trip to the barn?  Do you have grand visions of great service that never gets done?  Have you found too many “other things” to do that interfere with your goal of being a productive servant in God’s kingdom?

    The only way you and I will “get to the barn” of Christian service is to get our priorities in order.  The farmer in the story didn’t have any priorities.  He just flowed with the tide of events around him.  Our life contains plenty of “pigs to feed,” “wood to cut,” and “chickens to doctor.”  But, we can’t allow them to get in our way of serving God.  If we will make the commitment and extend our effort, God will make a way for us to “get to the barn.”    —George Miller

    Thy servant went out into the midst of the battle; and, behold, a man turned aside, and brought a man unto me, and said, Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver. And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” (1 Kgs. 20:39-40a)

     
  • John Henson 9:56 pm on 2010-06-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Situations 

    Situations rule many people.

    Tonight, as we were starting the car, we found out the battery was dead. They can make a sensor that can tell how much oxygen is going into the car’s engine, but they can’t make a light or send a message to say the battery is dead.

    It didn’t matter much. We went out to eat with four of our dear church brothers and sisters and didn’t worry about it. The Lord will help me iron things out.

    “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” (Matthew 6:33a). If Judy and I do that, the Lord will take care of the rest. All I have to do is trust and obey. If Jesus is the center of our lives (he never changes you know), then what situation is there that can really affect us?

    Want to change your life from nursing situations to having the confidence to meet life head on? Make Jesus the center of your life and find out what peace of mind is all about (Romans 5:1).

     
    • Mike Riley 10:49 pm on 2010-06-27 Permalink | Reply

      John, I believe you are on track about making Jesus the center of our life.

  • Stephen R. Bradd 6:03 pm on 2010-03-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Which Disturbs You More? 

    Which disturbs you more:
    A scratch on your new car or a person who is lost in sin?
    Missing work or missing a worship service?
    Your garden not growing or the church not growing?
    Housework that is neglected or the Lord’s work that is neglected?
    Your children absent from public school or from Bible school?
    Not paying your bills on time or not giving as you are prospered?
    Not getting the newspaper read or not opening up your Bible daily?
    Missing your favorite TV program or missing mid-week Bible study?
    Not getting to spend much time in leisure or not spending much time in prayer?
    Being unprepared for a vacation or being unprepared for eternity?

     
    • Mike Riley 7:46 pm on 2010-03-13 Permalink | Reply

      Stephen, some great soul-searching questions that you’ve presented here. Thanks for causing us to think about our answers!

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