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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:24 pm on 2016-07-04 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creational DNA, divine intervention, redemption,   

    God works to save man, but how? 

    Here is my reply, slightly revised, to a question on a discussion list. Perhaps it might be useful to someone somewhere.

    A person asked about God “working on the heart of all living souls at some point in their life, either through divine intervention or through creational DNA.” God does manifest himself in creation. The universe points to God, Psa 19.1-4. Man is answerable to God for this knowledge, which man generally represses in order to worship idols. So Rom 1. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 5:26 am on 2015-12-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Touch . . .) 

    THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND

    Over the years I have used the following poem in various sermons. Most recently I intended to use it in a sermon on “What Christ Means to Me: My Savior,” but time constraints prevented me from doing so. The poem was written in 1921 by Myra Brooks Welch and the story is that she wrote it within thirty minutes. As we come to the close of another year and look forward to a new one, perhaps it would be fitting for each of us to reflect on the message contained in this poem. (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 1:33 pm on 2015-07-11 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: redemption   

    … And you’ll never believe what happened next! 

    I hate stories that include the phrase above, or similar such nonsense, in their titles. Just give me the information, please, rather than such teasers.

    But the problem is, they actually work, because they play off people’s curiosity. Curiosity is a powerful motivator. It rises from a desire to know, which was one of the temptations that Eve gave in to. (More …)

     
    • Tim Hester 1:39 pm on 2015-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I was stuck for something to go on the front page of this weeks bulletin. A good message which I am glad to pass along.

  • Ron Thomas 7:28 am on 2015-05-07 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , redemption, remission,   

    The people of Israel believed in the Lord… 

    The people of Israel believed in the Lord and His two messengers (Moses and Aaron), but as the evidence of affliction arose the belief turned to doubt and lack of direction (Exodus 4:31, 5:20-21). Moses was very discouraged, but the Lord told him to press on. He did. In the Lord’s time the people of Israel were redeemed from Egyptian bondage. LESSON: in the Lord’s time and by His direction redemption, recovery, remission, and reward results.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:56 pm on 2014-09-30 Permalink | Reply
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    No God in Heaven or Earth Exists 

    No god in heaven or earth exists,
    Besides the Lord who made it all;
    Of spirit and truth our God consists,
    Before his throne in awe we fall.

    He’s One in work and heart and mind,
    The Father, the Son, and Spirit three;
    By only his sovereign will confined,
    And love that nailed him on a tree.

    —JRMatheny
    http://cloudburstpoetry.com

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:14 am on 2013-11-09 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , redemption, substitutionary atonement   

    Central truth 

    We have people among us here, highly regarded among many, who’ve said that Jesus didn’t die in our place, as our substitute.

     
    • Eugene Adkins 6:40 am on 2013-11-11 Permalink | Reply

      With a stance like that I’m surprised that they even believe that Jesus died…if they do that is.

      • James Randal 6:42 am on 2013-11-11 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, the resurrection would especially be in danger of their targeting, too.

  • TFRStaff 6:29 am on 2013-08-29 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ad Hominem, , Eternal Punishment, , , , , Nature of the body, Nature of the Soul, , redemption, , , , , , ,   

    The Goodness of God and Eternal Punishment By Wayne Jackson 

    The late Bertrand Russell, a renowned British agnostic, wrote a small publication titled, Why I Am Not A Christian. One of the reasons he cited for his unbelief was that Jesus Christ taught that there is an eternal hell for the wicked.

    Russell could not harmonize Christ’s doctrine about hell with the biblical position of a just and benevolent God; hence, he rejected the teaching of Jesus and inclined toward the belief that there is no God. Russell, who lived a life of reckless abandon, echoed the sentiments of Cain: “My punishment is greater than I can bear.” On that basis, he became a determined opponent of true religion.

    The problem of reconciling eternal retribution with the goodness of God also has had a significant impact on the religious world. Many religions, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and the World Wide Church of God (Armstrongism), have rejected the doctrine of the eternal punishment of the wicked. Even the churches of Christ have had their advocates of this erroneous viewpoint (see Fudge, Smith).

    Ad Hominem Arguments

    An ad hominem argument (meaning, “to the man”) is the type of reasoning that focuses on an opponent’s inconsistency. Let us, at the outset of this discussion, utilize this form of argument in response to the “no hell” theory.

    First, a major premise of the “no eternal punishment” dogma is the notion that such is at variance with true justice. The argument might be framed like this. The Bible speaks of a just and good God; it also teaches the doctrine of eternal hell. These two positions are mutually exclusive. Therefore, the Scriptures are inconsistent and cannot be true.

    We insist, however, that those who thus argue are under obligation to defend their use of the terms “just” and “good.” By whose standard are these character traits to be measured? Critics of the Bible must not be allowed to become “theological dictionaries unto themselves.” Their reasoning is based solely upon their own ideas of how goodness and justice should be expressed.

    If it is true that the Scriptures teach that God has appointed eternal punishment for impenitently evil people, and if it likewise is correct that the Bible affirms the justice and goodness of Jehovah, then it must follow that eternal punishment is not inconsistent with the nature of God. It is at odds only with some men’s perception of goodness and justice.

    Second, no one (skeptic or otherwise) is ready to concede that evildoers are unworthy of any type of punishment. It is recognized that no society could survive in such an atmosphere. Should the rapist, the robber, and the murderer be told: “Admittedly, you have done wrong, but we (society) will not punish you for your crimes. This would be unjust”? Is there anyone who argues that there should be no consequences resulting from criminal conduct? Surely not! It is conceded, therefore, that punishment is not inconsistent with true justice.

    Third, let us take our reasoning a step further. Is it the case that genuine justice can be served even when an evil man’s punishment is extended beyond the time involved in the commission of his crime? Do we, for example, in our criminal justice system, ask the murderer, “Sir, how long did it take you to kill your wife?”—then assign his incarceration accordingly? Would justice be maintained by such an approach?

    Here, then, is the point. True justice, combined with genuine goodness, allows the possibility that a wrongdoer may be required to suffer a penalty that is considerably longer than the duration of his evil. The real issue, therefore, is not punishment per se, or even protracted punishment; rather, it is eternal punishment. The skeptic (or religious materialist) simply wants to tell God how long the penalty is to be! Remember, however, in a system of true justice, the offender is not allowed to set his own sentence.

    Eternal Punishment and a Just God

    Since no one has ever returned from the dead to discuss his or her personal experiences, this issue is not one that can be settled by human speculation; rather, it must be decided by divine revelation. When the relevant biblical data is assembled, it will be seen, even from man’s jaundiced viewpoint, that the fact of eternal punishment is not inconsistent with the character of a righteous God. Our case will be set forth in a series of interrelated propositions. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 4:22 pm on 2013-08-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Lawlessness causes love to grow cold 

    A lesson entitled “Lawlessness causes love to grow cold” has been added to the series “Love is of God” (in text and audio) at this address:

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/058-lawlessness.html

    Dutch version:

    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/058-wetteloosheid.html

    For those who know Dutch and English, I might mention that the English version has an additional section explaining the type of law to which a Christian is subject: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.”

    Also for those who speak Dutch, the series “Can we be the church of the New Testament,” which has been on the Internet for some time in English, has now been added in Dutch as well (text only) at this address:

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

    May the Lord bless you. Roy Davison

     
  • TFRStaff 12:12 am on 2012-12-28 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , redemption   

    The soap that floats 

    There is a well-known brand of soap that has two uncommon qualities. It’s known as “the soap which floats” and is the oldest of the best-sellers. But it wasn’t always that way.

    Years ago this soap was just another brand among many. Then a factory foreman blundered by leaving a batch of new soap unwatched in the cooking vat during noon hour. His lunch was delayed and the soap overcooked.

    Rather than report the mistake and run the risk of dismissal, the foreman decided to make the best of it. He shipped out this new batch anyway. It seemed to clean just as well — although now much lighter.

    The results surprised everyone. Rather than complaints the company was deluged with orders for this floating soap. The foreman was not fired but promoted when he cooperated with company chemists to revise and modify the old formula for “the soap that floats.”

    Blessings sometimes come from blunders. It’s often possible to make something better out of something bad.

    That’s the way God works with us. We don’t often do right the first time, but He’s always ready to salvage the situation no matter how bad we make it. (Rom 8:28)

    “Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

     
  • Larry Miles 9:16 pm on 2012-02-18 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , redemption   

    Redeemed How I Love To Proclaim It! 

    In Eph. 1:7, Paul gives us  some great insights into the  love of  God for mankind. This  verse  mentions “redemption, forgiveness and  grace” among  other truths.  Verse 8  tells us that we  receive these things in abundance.

    Our Heavenly Father wants  us to live  a  full life in His  Son. We sing  songs like “There’s Power In The Blood.”  We must  never forget  how  powerful the  shed  blood of the Lord Jesus is. He  left the  splendor of Heaven to  come down to  redeem us.  He went  willingly to the  Cross and gave  Himself for us.

    -Larry Miles

     
  • Larry Miles 12:00 am on 2011-08-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Praise God We Have Changed Kingdoms 

    Jesus is Coming back for us! This is a reality! Praise the Lord that He has called us out of a “dark world into the light of the Gospel.”

    “For He has rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in who we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)

    Most of us, I’m sure, prefer light to darkness. Without Jesus all of us were in darkness, members, though we might not have known it, in the kingdom of Satan. Our Heavenly Father desires that we all come to a saving knowledge ans has provided the means through His Son, the Lord Jesus. We are glad that we can share in the inheritance He has for us (Col. 1:12)

    The Word of God describes this transformation as changing kingdoms. We have been brought out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel. The terminology used here by Paul is a military illustration. It pictures Rome going into a free country and as a result of waging a war and winning they subdue that nation and take them into captivity.

    But in the spiritual realm, we are the ones in “bondage” and when we accept the Lord Jesus and obey the Gospel, we are “transferred’ (NASB) or “translated” (KJV) or are “conveyed” (NKJV) out of that bondage into the light of the Gospel. But it does not end there. Since we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14) we must put our new found faith to the test.

    We have been called out of that dark kingdom, changed by the light of the Gospel and now have the privilege to go back into that kingdom, now empowered by the Holy Spirit and utilizing the Whole Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20) to help others find their way out.

    We can never work our way into Heaven, but upon salvation, we are to be the best workers the Lord has. So, my fellow believer, while we are waiting and watching for the Lord’s return, let’s be letting our light shine for Him! (I Peter 2:10)

     

     

     
  • Larry Miles 12:01 am on 2011-03-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Give Up Sin 

    I have been taking the verses and chorus of the song “The World All About Me.” In this devotion I want to discuss the question “Why Give Up Sin?” All Christians should be in “an attitude of gratitude” for what the Lord Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for us.

    The second verse of the song starts off with the phrase “The Lord Jesus died my salvation to win:” This should remind us of the great cost of salvation; not to us, but to the Godhead. Our Heavenly Father loved us so much that He sent His Son to die in my place. The song further says “He went in my stead to Calvary and bled.” He took our place; we do not deserve to be saved. We are reminded of the need for the blood of Christ to be shed for the remission of our sins. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 4:36 am on 2011-02-08 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Decision Points, George W. Bush, redemption   

    The purpose of the Bible 

    hugh’s news & Views

    THE PURPOSE OF THE BIBLE

    For my birthday, my son and daughter-in-law gave me a copy of George W. Bush’s Decision Points. I am thoroughly enjoying the book. I have long been a fan of both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. (I often distinguish between them by identifying them as "Big" George and "Little" George). My admiration of them however does not mean that they were right about everything or that I agree with them on everything, only that I respect them and appreciate their values.

    On pages 30-31 of Decision Points, W. writes as follows: "I went to church at Andover [prep school] because it was mandatory. I never went at Yale [undergrad years]. I did go when I visited my parents, but my primary mission was to avoid irritating Mother. Laura and I were married at First United Methodist Church in Midland. We started going regularly after the girls were born, because we felt a responsibility to expose them to faith. I liked spending time with friends in the congregation. I enjoyed the opportunity for reflection. Once in a while, I heard a sermon that inspired me. I read the Bible occasionally and saw it as a kind of self-improvement course. I knew I could use some self-improvement."

    George’s view of the Bible’s purpose is rather common—that it is "a kind of self-improvement course." But with all due respect, that view is perhaps the ultimate expression of "me-itis." It reflects the notion that the Bible’s primary purpose is to tell me how to find the right person to marry, how to be a good husband or wife, how to be a better parent, how to be a good neighbor, how to find the right job (or a better job), how to be financially successful, what I can do to make myself a happy and fulfilled and good person, etc., etc. (More …)

     
    • John Henson 7:55 am on 2011-02-08 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. I remember George H. W. Bush as being an unabashed pragmatist. It is within pragmatism that people delight in “whatever works,” and is the home of relativism and subjectivity. As I watched W’s presidency, it occurred to me the apple hadn’t fallen far from the tree. “Once in a while I heard a sermon that inspired me.” Yeah. That’s pretty me-ish, isn’t it? That Bible really worked, didn’t it, George?

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:06 am on 2010-08-10 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bumper stickers, , , redemption   

    Christianity described 

    Daniel, seems to me that the faith is best described in relational terms. It is above all the restoration of our relationship with God. The great divide among mankind is between those who know him, or are known by him (love that phrase of Paul’s), and those who don’t. Forgiveness is one aspect of that relationship, as is justification, sanctification, and other terms that describe facets of Christ’s redemptive act. Seems also that the best description centers not merely on what has happened to people in the Way, nor what they do, but what God has done in Christ. This is the central event, the main act, the principle truth.

    So my bumper sticker might read: “Christ — where God rights the world.”

     
  • Mike Riley 8:41 am on 2010-06-27 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , magnificent, , , , redemption, , , symbol   

    As in Revelation 4, Revelation 5 is a magnificent scene as well, of prayers and praise to the One who was able to open the book (Revelation 5:5). The book symbolizes God’s eternal purpose for man’s salvation (Ephesians 1:3-14; Ephesians 3:1-11). The “new song” in Revelation 5:9, is the song of redemption. The expression “new song” is one which comes from an expression of gratitude in the heart of man due to some mighty deed (or deeds) of God. We see this expression being used in Psalms 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1.

    In Isaiah, we find that because of the many wonderful works of God (Isaiah 42:5-9), the prophet wanted to “sing unto Jehovah a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth” (Isaiah 42:10).

     
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