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  • Richard Mansel 5:04 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Motivations for Hating God 

    In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

    How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

    After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. (More …)

    • Karen 5:33 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, this is an excellent article. I will use it in my conversations with people who just do not get it. Some people brush over this horrible time in history like it was not that big of a deal. I think our minds just want to blot it out as one would blot out viewing a horrific crime scene or accident. It is mind-boggling to me how the world witnessed this and allowed it to continue. The thing that people don’t understand is that Jesus was Jewish. His only difference was He was the Messiah, the son of God. If we are the brothers and sisters of Jesus then the Jews are like first cousins to us. Some people bent on hate just can’t understand that.

      • Richard Mansel 7:45 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Karen for your kind words and thoughts.

  • TFRStaff 3:14 am on 2017-02-28 Permalink | Reply
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    David Binkley’s prayer: Restore respect for immersion 

    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)

    Неужели не знаете, что все мы, крестившиеся во Христа Иисуса, в смерть Его крестились? Итак мы погреблись с Ним крещением в смерть, дабы, как Христос воскрес из мертвых славою Отца, так и нам ходить в обновленной жизни. (К Римлянам 6:3-4 Russian)

    O LORD our great and mighty God ~ hear the prayers of those who love you and know that you accomplish whatever you desire in any part of the earth, or anywhere else in the universe. Restore respect for immersion in water as an important part of your plan of salvation as it requires obedient submission on the part of the soul seeking a new life in Christ. Disable the mouths and pens of those who jest that there is a way into Christ Jesus that bypasses baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ
    PO Box 417
    Cedar Key, FL 32625

  • Eugene Adkins 7:18 pm on 2017-01-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Did you know Esther did something for you? 

    Did you know Queen Esther – yes that Queen Esther – did something for you?

    After Mordecai and Esther exchange some serious messages about the newly legislated Persian law concerning the Jews and the seriousness of inviting one’s self into King Ahasuerus’ presence, the Bible says: (More …)

  • disciplerami 7:13 am on 2016-12-23 Permalink | Reply
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    The handicap of being smart 

    It’s hard for a smart man to enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s not directly stated in the Scriptures, but it’s true nevertheless.

    We remember that Jesus said, “It’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” I have thought that “smarts” or intellectualism is equally as much of a hindrance as riches are to going to heaven.

    The Gospel does not lend itself to pleasing the materialistic proclivities of man. Not to influence, not to nobility, not to strength, not to wealth, and not to intellectualism. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:25 am on 2016-12-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Where’s the urgency? 


    Yesterday, a non-Christian and I resumed studying the Bible with a view toward his conversion. He wants to be baptized. His wife is a Christian. He feels left out of participation in worship. He wants to be a part of the body.

    He had stopped studying for months. He had an issue that he needed to deal with in his heart. But for all that, he just didn’t feel the urgency, even though he understood the connection between sin and perdition. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 1:58 am on 2016-11-13 Permalink | Reply
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    The best of life 

    By Charles Box— The theme of the Bible is salvation through Jesus.

    Man was created for fellowship with God. Before sin came, Adam and Eve enjoyed God’s companionship. But, after they sinned they hid themselves.

    “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)

    The best of life comes when men walk with God. God does not force His fellowship upon mankind. He has always given man the choice of life or death.

    “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

    The Lord has shown His love for us by giving Himself for our sins. Jesus died on the cross to make atonement possible. We need Jesus! God bless you today and always. I love you.

  • TFRStaff 2:07 pm on 2016-10-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Only Ones) 


    Following His earthly ministry, Christ returned to heaven to prepare a beautiful eternal home for the saved (John 14:1-3). It has often been said that “heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” While the Lord is not willing that any should be lost (II Peter 3:9), the fact remains that not everyone will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus also spoke of a place prepared for the devil and his angels and said that the lost would be assigned to that place (Matthew 25:41). (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:59 am on 2016-10-17 Permalink | Reply
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    The cross of Christ produces humility 

    It’s hard to look down on others when we’re looking up at the cross of Christ.

    That thought isn’t cliché – it’s rock solid truth. If Jesus died for us as an individual (and he did) and we didn’t deserve it (because we didn’t) then that means Jesus died for everyone else who deserves it no less than we did. And because of that we should want other people to find the same grace that we have found at the foot of the cross of Christ. A thought like that is what Paul was trying impress upon the mind of Titus and then unto the individuals whom Titus would be teaching (Titus 3:1-7).

    Furthermore, this mentality isn’t a new expectation by God because of the cross of Christ; the mentality was consummated at the cross, but it didn’t originate there (Isaiah 57:15). God has always had the right to create his own standard of forgiveness, and his conditions are non-negotiable: 1) admit we’re wrong and take his offer to be made right, or 2) stay stubbornly wicked or self-righteous and earn what’s coming (Romans 3:23-27, Romans 6:23).

    Humility is a must to follow Jesus. Humility is a must to be right with the Father. Humility is a must to allow the Spirit of God to work on us in a good way. And humility is a must when it comes to dealing with other people.

    None of this means there’s no such thing as a righteous judgment (John 7:24), but what it does mean is that if we can’t see what humility is trying to teach us while looking up at the cross then we must be too busy looking down on other people.

    I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14 – NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 7:04 pm on 2016-09-22 Permalink | Reply
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    9-19-2016 Can Baptism Save? 

    Gospel salvation commands sinners to, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).  Some people will say almost anything to keep you from being baptized like that.  But what about John the Baptist’s baptism?  Paul explained:  “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus” (Acts 19:4 NKJV). Jesus asked the question: “The baptism of John–was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me” (Mark 11:30 NKJV).  If John’s water baptism was “for the remission of sins,” how say some that “baptism cannot save at all?”  If John’s water baptism was authorized by God, how say some that “water baptism is of the Devil?” As Jesus said, “answer me!”           

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • John T. Polk II 8:25 am on 2016-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    9-9-2016 Opinion About Salvation 

    “A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16 NKJV).  “A fool” is anyone arguing against this moral distinction between good and evil, and “is self-confident” without God’s approval.  People may say, “I know I’m saved, regardless of what you show me in the Bible!”  Solomon said: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).  When Jesus says to “every creature,” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), how can anyone “know they are saved” if they claimed “salvation” before being baptized?  Salvation is not man’s to claim, but God’s to give, and on His terms!  “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • TFRStaff 6:49 am on 2016-07-08 Permalink | Reply
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    13 Objections to Baptism by Dave Miller, Ph.D. 

    Some churches historically have taught that water immersion is the dividing line between the lost and the saved. This means that a penitent believer remains unforgiven of sin until buried in the waters of baptism (Romans 6:4). Much of the denominational world disagrees with this analysis of Bible teaching, holding instead that one is saved at the point of “belief,” before and without water baptism. Consider some of the points that are advanced in an effort to minimize the essentiality of baptism for salvation. Read >>

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:24 pm on 2016-07-04 Permalink | Reply
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    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 …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:18 am on 2016-05-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Chose one of these statements. Your eternal life depends upon it. 

    In an article called, “Obedience Unlocks God’s Power,” a popular evangelical writer states:

    While effort has nothing to do with your salvation, it has much to do with your spiritual growth.

    This is the standard evangelical disclaimer about obedience. If you read anything by evangelicals, you’ll see similar statements all over the place. Now this: (More …)

    • D. H. Johnson 9:45 am on 2016-05-14 Permalink | Reply

      Randy, you are absolutely right about choosing the right version that comes from the correct Greek copies. It makes me wonder why absolute specific obedience to every detail is required TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN, but after we become a Christian, sin is acceptable. If loving God is keeping his commandments (1 Jn 5:3), how much do we love him if we keep one command? Two? Three? How many commands are we to obey if we love Him with all our heart, soul and mind? God makes a covenant, but for some reason it is not necessary for God’s children to keep ALL of the commands of that covenant. The Israelites kept many of the commands of God, and Jesus testified they kept the Sabbath, Feast Days, and even tithed! However he also testified that not one of them kept that covenant (John 7:19). Why? They were warned that unless they kept ALL of the commands of the Covenant, he would curse them (Deut 28;1; 15). If we keep all the law but offend in one point, are we not guilty of all (Jas 2:10-12)? What is so hard about keeping all the commands of God (1 Jn 5:3)? We claim to follow the Great Commission, but how many plan to ‘observe ALL THINGS whatsoever’ Jesus commands us? Should we not apply the same principles of obedience to God’s children that we apply to the unbeliever so that he can become a Christian?

      • Humberto 5:57 pm on 2016-05-15 Permalink | Reply

        “…but after we become a Christian, sin is acceptable

        lol, who said that?

    • Carol Vinzant 9:52 am on 2016-05-14 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Randy, I, for one, REALLY appreciate your devoting your writing to the elements of salvation that really matter! We are in the most ecumenical phase ever, since the restoration of the church. Most think we of churches of Christ, ( including many of our own members are thinking this way) are too picky and only focus on baptism. I believe we began to focus on baptism because it was what was being omitted. We all should recognize the difference in “effort” and “obedience.” Of course we should NEVER forget FAITH on our part, and GRACE as God’s gift to us. Anyone who can read and understand the Bible cannot miss the fact that GOD wants Obedience to His WORD…..We should NEVER take away nor add to God’s Word. (Rev. 22: 18, 19).Even Moses did not get to go into the promised land due to disobedience and what EFFORT he had manifested! (We know Moses IS in Heaven with God, and got to view Canaan, and later was on the Mount of Transfiguration.)
      “Preach on, Brother,” and may we simply TRUST and OBEY.

      • Humberto 6:01 pm on 2016-05-15 Permalink | Reply

        I second your comment. <3

        Well said. Abiding Jesus words is easy. People complain too much and they have forgot the simple and essential baptism.

    • fd4tht 10:40 am on 2016-05-14 Permalink | Reply

      Of course, none of those folks would argue that you must “obey” God to grow, or to acquire forgiveness when you sin. Even the “sinner’s prayer” requires compliance. Repentance is obedience. Leave it to the devil to skew terms and leave a trail of deception. Thanks for the persistence.

    • Timothy Hall 10:43 am on 2016-05-14 Permalink | Reply

      Clearly stated, Randal. By juxtaposing Warren’s statement with Scripture’s you show the serious contrast between the two positions. God has been so gracious to offer salvation; why would we ever quibble over His terms?

  • TFRStaff 3:00 pm on 2016-04-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Malchus’ Ear) 


    Even seemingly trivial incidents recorded in scripture often contain great lessons for those who are willing to learn from them. The apostle Paul was absolutely right when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . .” (II Timothy 3:16-17). Consider the following incident recorded in all four of the gospel records.

    “And, suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear” (Matthew 26:51, NKJV). From this text, we do not know who cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest, we do not know the servant’s name, nor do we know which ear was cut off. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:33 am on 2016-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Speak to save 

    God saves people when the gospel is taught to them.

    Only through speaking the gospel can people be saved. Without speaking, no salvation occurs. A good example is not sufficient. Others must be taught, Ac 11.14; 1Th 2.16. —QBT

    Much talk, ironically, is given to how useless words are. (More …)

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