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  • 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 11:04 am on 2014-05-29 Permalink | Reply
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    (#177) The Proverbs of Solomon 26:1-Wasted R-E-S-P-E-C-T 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 26:1: “As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.”

    Some things don’t even belong together in real life, for God “gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24); and “snow” cannot fall in the hottest part of the year! Another proverb says “Like one who binds a stone in a sling Is he who gives honor to a fool” (Proverbs 26:8), for if a stone doesn’t leave the sling, it is a completely wasted effort.

    “Honor” is “respect, esteem, admiration, reverence,” and God’s rule throughout the Bible is “those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Samuel 2:30); “glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:10-11); “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:24-25).

    It is to be given selectively to people who show it toward God and His Word: “And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen” (Exodus 14:17-18; Psalm 66:1-7); “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down” (Daniel 4:37); “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).

    “Honor” should be given to: “father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2-3), “the presence of an old man” (Leviticus 19:32), church “elders” (1 Timothy 5:17), “all” people (1 Peter 2:17), and “the king” (1 Peter 2:17).

    “Honor” should not go to people just because they are: “mighty” (Leviticus 19:15), “receive honor from one another” (John 5:44), or a “fool” (Proverbs 26:1). It profanes our honor of God when we waste it upon people who “do not seek the honor that comes from the only God” (John 5:44). We should give “honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7). Be careful whom you honor.

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • 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.

  • Stephen R. Bradd 6:53 am on 2011-04-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Quick rain 

    I understand the need for rain, but I much prefer warm, sunny days than cool, wet ones. So, when the rain has to come, may it come quickly & hard–so the sun can come out again!

    Personally, I’d be in favor of it raining (at whatever rate) only while I’m sleeping. But, I suppose the umbrella manufacturers would not like that!

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 5:02 am on 2011-04-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: quick rain or long drizzle? 

    rain and umbrellasHow do you like your rain to fall:  a hard quick rain or a long slow drizzle? We’ve had both lately, in abundance.

    This is an easy nudge, for those who move slowing on Mondays.

    The rain should always remind us of our good and reverend God.

    “He covers the sky with clouds,
    provides the earth with rain,
    and causes grass to grow on the hillsides” (Psalm 147:8 NET).

    Yesterday was a slow day: only one post. Where’d you go, people?

     
  • Mike Riley 10:07 am on 2010-12-08 Permalink | Reply
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    An Example Of Bible Weather 

    In Acts 14:17, Luke records that God “did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (cf. Leviticus 26:4; Deuteronomy 11:14; Deuteronomy 28:12; Job 5:10; Psalm 65:10; Psalm 68:9; Psalm 147:8; Jeremiah 14:22).

    God “did good” by providing the weather needed to produce (1) rain; (2) fruitful seasons; (3) food. Without the changing weather patterns which produce the “fruitful seasons” (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) none of this would be possible.

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:05 am on 2010-12-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Elijah sent Gehazi to the crest of Mt Carmel seven times looking for any rain clouds. Finally, the last time, the answer to his prayer for rain was evidenced by the building thunderhead. The storm developed so quickly that Elijah and his servant had to run as fast as they could to outrace it.

     
  • Ron Thomas 8:51 pm on 2010-11-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Rain, Rain, Rain 

    Our Thanks-Giving, thus far, is rather wet! We arrived in Columbus (OH) about an hour ago. From Illinois to Columbus, it was nothing but wet. The traffic coming over was heavy, with some light spots. I think I have been converted about driving on Thanks-Giving day eve. God-willing, we will depart for Findlay tomorrow morning (roughly a two hour drive).

     
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