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  • J. Randal Matheny 12:55 pm on 2016-04-16 Permalink | Reply
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    A personal question answered, again, and rhetorical questions not needing answers 

    Last night, a brother in Christ — an American visitor — asked us if we had any plans to return to the US. It’s a question we still get now and again. And we’re happy to answer it.

    My personal website once sported a FAQ, where this question was answered, since it qualified for the status of a FAQ. I’ve simplified that site, so it’s no longer there.

    But the short answer is: We have no plans to return.

    That doesn’t mean we won’t have to, at some point. But after spending more time here than there, and with more still to do here than ever before, it seems the right thing to remain.

    And “have to” is a relative viewpoint, is it not? I’ve known not a few missionaries who left the field because of lost financial support. I don’t question their decision nor their motives. We’ve been in the same boat. We took, however, a different route.

    Life brings changes. (Or, better, life is change.) All the children are out of the house and far away. We’re grateful for them. Age creeps up on us and our relatives. Frailty, accidents, illness, death, are all possibilities. (They always were, if we think about it.) (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 4:12 pm on 2015-07-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Secular psychology question with a moral dilemma 

    Check this out if you like. It’s an interesting question posed by a university professor.

    To be honest, the results of the class experiment surprised (and disappointed) me.

    Perhaps there are several spiritual applications that could be made from it for the greater good as well…or at least for our self.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on 2014-07-31 Permalink | Reply
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    10 Random Questions with Spiritual Roots 

    Here are some random questions (some may even call them “nudges”) that actually have a spiritual starting point. Care to answer a few?

    1. If you preach, do you have a “favorite” sermon?

    2. If you don’t preach, is there a sermon that has stuck with you through the years?

    3. Would you consider an “invitation song” offered during worship services a tradition of men?

    4. What do you believe is the number one reason (main contributing factor) behind poor worship service attendance?

    5. If you have a young daughter, would you approve of her dating a young man who doesn’t work?

    6. How many hours of sleep do you average a night (or day, in case you’re a third-shifter)?

    7. How many hours, on the average, do you punch on the ole’ time clock?

    8. Was there one individual person in your life that contributed the most to you becoming a Christian? If so, who?

    9. What you do think is the number thing our prayers should revolve around for our nation (America), or for whatever nation you happen to be living in?

    10. Which is harder for you to do: tell a brother or sister in Christ that they have something in their teeth or telling them that they have sinned against you?

  • TFRStaff 8:02 am on 2014-07-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Soul-searching questions, by Charles Box 

    Paul exhorted the Philippian Christians to diligence and seriousness in the Christian life. His teachings to these brethren provide us with some soul searching question. He wrote,

    “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without com­plaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God with­out fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:12-17)

    Ask yourself these questions and give an honest answer.

    Are you being obedient to God in life?

    Christians must be diligent and serious in their Christian obedience. Paul wrote, (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:37 am on 2012-08-13 Permalink | Reply
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    An Excellent Question 

    In the teenage class we’re finishing up a study book called “The Life of Christ” by Olen Holderby. At the end of the book there are two review sections that go back over all the previous lessons with highlight questions. We started the first section yesterday and there was one question in particular that I thought was an excellent question; I’d love to hear what the fellows, or any other reader, would give as an answer.

    Question: Other than his death on the Cross, what do you think was the greatest suffering of Jesus?

    There are no right or wrong answers – just answers. So what’s your answer to this excellent and thought provoking question?

    • Sandra Moore 6:49 am on 2012-08-13 Permalink | Reply

      I think it must have been the fact that the people that he had created rejected him.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:17 am on 2012-08-14 Permalink | Reply

        I agree. I think rejection would be right at the top of the list. Just think of what He did while looking over the city of Jerusalem before His death. I think that says a lot.

        Thanks for replying, Sandra.

    • doug post 7:25 am on 2012-08-13 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure if you are including the scourging and beating with the cross, but if not, I would add that. Being human, He did experience emotional trauma when His family and friends rejected Him. What human wouldn’t? Perhaps also the emotional shock of His disciples and others not understanding His teaching, especially “simple” teaching. Folks love to say that Jesus kept things simple, especially with illustrations and parables, yet there were many who walked away not being “fulfilled” as some today declare.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:20 am on 2012-08-14 Permalink | Reply

        I think the phrase “death on the cross” is meant to include the scourging. I think the rejection of His family is a good answer; especially when you think about how brothers challenged Him to show himself while they knew that they there were people who were trying to kill Him. Jesus’ lessons were clear enough for people to want to kill Him because they understood who He was saying He was.

        Thanks for replying, Doug.

    • Don Ruhl 10:48 am on 2012-08-13 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that is a difficult question to answer. His beatings and the scourging were certainly horrific. I Sandra Moore touches upon something significant, which I have always thought about when I read John 1.10, 11, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” That must have made Him a man of sorrows, who was acquainted with grief, as Isaiah foretold.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:22 am on 2012-08-14 Permalink | Reply

        It is a toughy ain’t it? I thought about the Isaiah scripture too. I believe there’s more to it than the cross. I think rejection is a good answer – it’s what I thought of. I also thought of witnessing pain would be John. For example, at Lazarus’ grave in John 11. It hurt Jesus to see others He loved hurting.

        Thanks for replying, Don.

    • John Henson 2:38 pm on 2012-08-16 Permalink | Reply

      All of those things were horrendous, but it was “Why hast thou forsaken me,” that brought the Christ to speak.

  • John Henson 10:01 am on 2011-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Difficult situations 

    Some of the toughest questions I’ve heard are those dealing with human situations.

    People can get themselves into some really difficult ones. There are those who have been married and divorced, some more than once.

    Many of these discussions begin with the phrase, “But, what if…”

    What many  have trouble understanding is that while humans are situational, God isn’t. God’s word is objective truth.

    Look at the Ten Commandments. God said, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain,” (Exodus 20:7 ESV). But, some may say, “Lord, you just don’t understand how difficult it is to obey this command. Sometimes my feelings get out of control and I say things that are wrong.” This may be true, but it doesn’t change what God commanded.

    A line is crossed when one decides to violate God’s word even when they believe it is impossible to comply. Therefore, they think there may be some permissible way to avoid guilt and separation from God and transgress God’s word anyway. Don’t ask me how.

    And people can get themselves into some twisted and obtuse situations, too.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:25 am on 2011-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: toughest question 

    What’s the toughest question you’ve ever been asked? Maybe it was a biblical question, or maybe it was personal. Could have been a stranger who asked it, or a member of the family.

    Let’s assume it wasn’t an evil question, like many of the ones Jesus received, in attempts to trip him up, but a sincere one. Maybe it was recent, or it could have been when you were in, say, grade school or high school.

    The field is open.

  • drkenney 3:29 pm on 2010-12-01 Permalink | Reply
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    What would be a recent question for God? The question I would select is neither novel nor has it just been asked once, but I still ask it as the Psalmist and the writer of Hebrews did so long ago: “What is man that You are mindful of him,And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4; Hebrews 2:6, NKJV). I ponder that question often as I consider all that God has blessed me with in my life and wonder just how much the scales are lacking on my side.
  • J. Randal Matheny 1:42 am on 2010-11-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: Questions for God — and news 

    Share a recent question that you have asked God. It can be a why, or a how, or a when. Even a what or a who question. All of these have been asked before, of people of every spiritual stature imaginable.

    Asaph asked two of these questions in Psalm 80: "How long will you remain angry at your people while they pray to you?" (v. 4). "Why did you break down its walls, so that all who pass by pluck its fruit?" (v. 12).

    How wonderful that our God allows such questions!

    And a question for you: what news have you of the saints?

  • Laura 11:52 am on 2010-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Great, Motivating Questions 

    I think the biggest question that has made a difference for me is, “How do you know that is true?” “That” can be anything regarding religious teachings or things in the secular world. It has caused me to always question and seek evidence to back up claims made, whether they be claims about some aspect of the gospel, claims about a person that might defame his/her character, or claims about some new diet pill or similar. I want to make sure that any decision I make is based on truth.

    Along these lines, we had a gospel meeting several years back entitled, Great Questions of the Bible.

    • J. Randal Matheny 12:18 pm on 2010-04-09 Permalink | Reply

      Good one, Laura. That series looks interesting. I’ve spent a number of sermon series on different things that Jesus did or said. A couple of series were the compliments Jesus paid people and the rebukes he gave. Maybe a series on the questions Jesus asked are in order. Anyway, your question is one that needs to be heard more and more, but that fewer want to ask.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:59 am on 2010-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: big question — and news 

    What question plied you in the past has made the greatest difference in your life? The Bible is full of questions, many of them designed to move and motivate people. Like Ananias’ question to Saul: “And now what are you waiting for?” (Acts 22:16). (We’re reading Acts this week, so that book is fresh on the mind.) That’s probably the type in mind this morning, but the Nudge won’t limit it to that. So what big question has big meaning to you?

    Hearing from non-Fellows, from readers who visit, be they first-time or old friends, makes our day. Tell us some news from your part of the world. The Reply link in the upper right of this post just loves to be clicked on.

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