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  • Eugene Adkins 6:53 am on 2017-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Do not get swept away looking for signs 

    Some people are constantly looking for signs of the spiritual sort. They even do so when it comes to the return of Christ and the judgment that he will bring. But is looking for such signs worth our time?

    Listen to this warning given by Jesus: (More …)

     
    • docmgphillips 9:36 am on 2017-01-26 Permalink | Reply

      It continues to amaze me that people do not want to believe what the Bible says, but still claim to be Christian…

  • Eugene Adkins 5:00 pm on 2017-01-24 Permalink | Reply
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    If people only treated the day like the way 

    No matter how the plain the Bible is (Mark 13:32), there are some who still try to predict the day of Jesus’ return. If they would only treat the day like they do the way!

    What do I mean by such? Well, have you ever heard anyone try to teach that Jesus (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:30 pm on 2017-01-23 Permalink | Reply
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    The only thing getting left behind in the rapture is the scriptures 

    To believe in the rapture (per premillennial doctrine) you have to leave the scriptures behind.

    Premillennialism teaches that Jesus’ rapturous return will be “silent”, but the scriptures teach that Jesus’ return will be anything but quiet: (More …)

     
    • docmgphillips 7:34 pm on 2017-01-23 Permalink | Reply

      As usual, my brother, you are exactly correct. Just an example of one of the many errors that come from not reading the Bible for one’s own edification instead of relying on another’s ideas.

      • Eugene Adkins 4:27 pm on 2017-01-24 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the amen.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:26 am on 2015-12-25 Permalink | Reply
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    The Last Days 

    By J. Randal Matheny © 2015

    Grateful are we to live in the last days,
    In the fullness of time, when Jesus Christ was born
    Of a virgin, God in the flesh, when humble praise
    Broke out among shepherds, the holy kingdom torn
    From Israel, and given to those who’ll bear
    The fruit of God. The days of mystery
    Have ended. Now’s the reign of the true Heir,
    The Seed of the Gospel. The kingdom’s key
    Is offered to all. The call of the Lamb is strong,
    He chimes the hour to watch. He bids take sides.
    No neutral ground can be held—’tis right or wrong—
    He brings a sword, the faith a house divides.
    The lines are clear, shall we draw back and blur
    The truth? Or speak because we love our Lord?
    The priceless pearl is ours — shall we prefer
    The home’s comforts, or the eternal reward?
    The King returns! The Sovereign seeks his own!
    The morning dawns, angelic trumpets ring!
    We greet his appearing, in clouds, on cherub’s wing!
    What glory to rise with him and see his throne!

     
  • TFRStaff 5:36 am on 2015-11-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Second Coming . . .) 

    THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

    The second coming of Christ is an often discussed Bible subject. In spite of this, there is much misunderstanding and speculation about that glorious event. Following are some clear Bible facts about Christ’s second coming.

    1. Christ, indeed, will come again. To His apostles He said, (More …)

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:56 am on 2015-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    The Bible ends with Jesus promising, “Surely I am coming quickly!” and John added, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” I must chime in with the apostle, “Lord, come, come now; the sooner, the better!” Surely, these are days like the days of Noah. No one can dispute that these are times like the times of Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah. So what did Jesus mean, “Surely, I am coming quickly!” Of course, it might mean soon. But it has been nearly two thousand years since he spoke, so that isn’t it. It can also mean, suddenly and unexpected. I believe that is what Jesus meant. When people are distracted with temptation and involved in sin, Jesus will come as a thief in the night. If Jesus wants all saved, then why come without warning? The answer is simple; to get a genuine reading of what we care about. The faithful steward is always prepared, day or night. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • marciasettles 9:57 am on 2015-03-11 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on A Mom Looking Up.

    • sandirog 11:10 pm on 2015-03-11 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I’m ready for Christ to come get us. This world is going downhill.

    • RichardS 11:44 pm on 2015-03-11 Permalink | Reply

      Times are getting bad but they are not as bad as the days of Noah and Lot. In Noah’s day the world would not listen to Noah and in Lot’s day the people of Sodom & Gomorrah would not listen to Lot. Today there are still people that are obeying the gospel and many are seeking the truth. So the harvest is still going on, even though it is not as fruitful as it used to be. When the harvest is over then the Lord will come.
      I pray that all who are seeking the truth find it before the Lord does come back.

  • Ed Boggess 8:33 am on 2014-07-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Have you ever heard of the Premillennialist? Someone says, what is that big word– Premillennialism? Well, “pre” means before; “millin”- means 1000 years; “ism” – means doctrine. It is the teaching that Jesus Christ is coming back to the earth, this one we are on right now, and he is going to rule in Palestine on David’s literal throne, a 1000 years. There are many people who believe this doctrine. It is not a true doctrine; it is false. There is no place in the Bible where it ever says that Jesus will set his foot back on this earth. In fact, contrary to this, the Bible says in 2 Peter 3:10-14, this earth will be done away with. Our Lord is reigning NOW–He is NOT going to reign. Matthew 28:18 says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Jesus is reigning NOW. This is Just-a-Minute

     
  • TFRStaff 10:25 am on 2013-12-05 Permalink | Reply
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    In or out? 

    “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” Revelation 1:8.

    Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end. From everlasting to everlasting, He is, was, and is to come. He is the Almighty.

    The beleaguered church of the 1st century needed to hear from their Savior and be reassured that He’s still in control and that His sacrifice makes us win in the end.

    The church of the 21st century needs to hear that as well. Throughout the Bible, history (or His Story) unfolds showing Jesus not only as the One through whom all things were made, but the Savior and the Judge of the world He has created.

    In Revelation, written at the end of the first century, Jesus is the slain Lamb of God and the Rider on the White Horse. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Root, the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. He is the Bridegroom welcoming His bride, the church. He gives access to the tree of life for those who have washed their robes while pronouncing condemnation to those outside the City. He’s coming soon. He knows whose are his.

    Are you in or out?

    Doug Kashorek

    Plattsburgh church of Christ

    http://www.plattsburghchurch.com

    author of Kin of Cain

    a Christian historical fantasy

    http://www.douglaskashorek.com

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:55 am on 2013-09-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Random Monday Morning Podium Thoughts 

    I’d like to request prayers on behalf of a brother at Keltonburg. His name is Ron C. and he was in an auto accident this past weekend which left him with a fractured neck, 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a badly broken arm, a broken wrist, a badly broken leg and a broken foot. He is doing well for his situation but he is in a lot of pain and he has a long road of recovery to go including at least one other surgery and a lot of rehab.

    Last night was a great night at Keltonburg. We had two responses to the word. One baptism and one request for prayers. Plenty of reasons to smile and twice the number of hugs to give.

    While putting together some notes for my sermon I came to appreciate the meaning of a section of scripture a little bit more. 1 John 3:1-3 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

    In connection to the return of Jesus, John mentions that whoever has the hope of Jesus’ return purifies himself just as Jesus is pure. With that thought I made a connection to the point that we can be ready for Jesus’ return by living for it. The idea being that when our hope is set on the return of Jesus then our drive in life will be to live a life that’s actually ready for His return. So in other words, without a desire to live a life of purification, because of the hope of the second coming of Christ, there will be no purification of our life. We cannot live like a child of God and a child of Hell at the same time. I used these thoughts in connection to 2 Peter 3:11 which says, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” where Peter is driving home a point that deals with a lifestyle choice based upon the hope of Jesus’ return.

    I’m already behind on my “normal” workload for this week but is a preacher ever really ahead of his work?

    Try to look for the providence of God in your life today – and have a great Monday.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 9:05 am on 2013-01-10 Permalink | Reply
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    No date so defining for me as today 

    baptism-dead-worldToday is my spiritual birthday. On this day back in 1971 I was united with my Lord. Many dates are important to me, but none so defining as today. I am who I am because of the decision made that day. Not made, actually, but realized. The desire was present long before that.

    My baptism should have happened earlier than at 14 years of age, but my timidity as a youngster held me back. When, that is, if I write an autobiography, it will make for an interesting story. I was the tenth of 10 responses that Sunday morning in the Stonewall church building, set among the Arkansas cotton and soybean fields. The preacher, who normally preached calm and positive lessons, decided a strong dose of hell was needed to jar loose a group of unmoved youth. He was right.

    When all the other motivations are in place, and maybe when they’re not, fear is a great motivator. Fear of “the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” Mt 10.28 NET, especially.

    • Our third precious grandchild was born yesterday afternoon, after a day and a half of agonizing waiting. It might have been a bit tough on the mother in labor, too. This is our oldest son’s first. Our second son forged ahead with two. We hope to visit the newest family addition before long.

    • The FPress website is down. Again. Methinks we’ll be moving from our host server when the account expires. Isn’t technology a wonderful thing, when it works?

    • By coincidence I ran into this yesterday, George Washington’s first inaugural speech as president.

    … there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the oeconomy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained … (More …)

     
  • Richard Mansel 9:14 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Boom! 

    We felt and heard a loud boom in Southeast Georgia at 8:30 AM this morning. I went outside and looked around because I thought the building might come down. It was felt an hour away in two directions. Stations in Savannah are working on figuring out what it was.

    It is very disconcerting when something like this happens. It reminds me that a final day will come (Revelation 20:11-14). As today, we will be going about our lives and suddenly it will wake us from our routine and stupor. With certainty, a price will have to be paid when the Lord returns with a boom (2 Thessalonians 5:1-6; 1 :7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52, et al).

    Will we be ready?

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 9:20 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, you live, as do we and the Taubaté residents, in a military area. I suspect in both instances that may likely be the explanation. Good link to the last day.

      • Richard Mansel 9:25 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

        That seems the most likely explanation but that has been checked and that wasn’t it. No one knows, yet. Savannah TV stations and others are trying to track it down. It was felt too far away for it to be from the base. Thanks, brother.

        • J. Randal Matheny 9:35 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

          Ah, OK, nobody here even mentions the army base as a possibility. Loud silence, know what I mean?

        • Richard Mansel 10:39 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

          “Air Force & GEMA confirms loud boom was a sonic boom from Air Force pilots training off the coast of Brunswick.” We are an Army area. We don’t think of the Air Force here.

      • Richard Mansel 9:37 am on 2012-03-15 Permalink | Reply

        A lot of things are being considered. We hear artillery here all the time but this didn’t sound like what we are accustomed to. I understand what you mean. 🙂

  • 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 2:00 am on 2011-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    How Do We Know Jesus Is Coming Again? (Part 2) 

    The Testimony of the writers of the Epistles.

    All throughout the Epistles we have the teaching that Jesus is coming again. In I Thessalonians 1:10 the Christians at Thessalonica and we today are told to “wait for His Son from Heaven.” In I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul assures us that “the Lord Himself” will come back for us. We have the same admonition in Titus 2:13. We must be looking for the return of the Blessed Hope.

    But while we are admonished to be a people who are always on the alert an d looking for His coming, we must also be a people who are active in His service. We must be waiting and watching every day, but also we must be a people, who because we are saved, are working for the Lord in His Kingdom. We must be thankful to have been called out of a kingdom of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel. (Col. 1:13-14)

    Since we are now in the light of the Gospel, we must be seeking to help the lost find their way into the light of the Gospel. We must also be found seeking to strengthen the saved.

    Keep looking up! Jesus may come today! This attitude must translate into greater service. It must motivate us to love the lost more and concentrate our labors in that behalf.

    These passage have established the authority that Jesus is coming back! Do we know when? No, we do not. But we know that according to Romans 13:11 “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than we first believed.”

     
  • Larry Miles 12:01 am on 2011-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    How Do We Know Jesus Is coming Again? (Part 1) 

    The Testimony of the Lord Jesus

    We have the testimony of the Lord Jesus Himself in John 14:1-4. In telling the Disciples of His upcoming death He gave them the promise that He would come back for them.

    The Testimony of the Holy Angels

    At the Ascension we have the comforting words of the holy angels. In Acts 1:11 they give the Eleven these great and comforting words: “why do you gaze up into the sky? This SAME Jesus who you see go up into Heaven will return in like manner.” This passage, along with the one in John and others in the New Testament tell us that Jesus will keep His word and come back for us personally.

     
  • Larry Miles 7:43 am on 2011-07-31 Permalink | Reply
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    How Do We Know Jesus is Coming Again? (Intro) 

    As is the case in dealing with Biblical matters, we want to have authority for what we believe and teach we must look for a “thus says the Lord.” We must not rely on tradition, opinions, church history and the like as a basis for believing in and eating the Word of God.

    We read in Psalm 119:89 “Your eternal Word stands firm in Heaven.” (NLT) It must be our aim to be like the “Bereans” in Acts 17 who were commended because “they searched the Scriptures…” So, what is the authority we have in God’s Word that Jesus is coming again?

    Should Christians be looking for the return of the Lord Jesus? Can we know when He will return for His Church? The answer to the first question is a resounding yes. On the second question posed, the Bible says we cannot know the time He will return.

    There have always been those in the history of the Church who have tried to pinpoint the time of the Lord’s return. Those who have done so have brought reproach and ridicule upon the Lord’s Church by their actions.

    In light of the fact that we cannot know the timing , what should be our attitude be in regards to the fact He is coming again as He promised? The Bible is full of many promises of the return of Jesus for His own.

    We have the testimony of Jesus Himself, the testimony of the holy angels, and the testimony of the writers of the Epistles to validate this promise; He is coming again! Just one verse and one instance of testimony should and would be enough for a faithful Christian, but the fact that there are numerous accounts in the New Testament of this hope, reality, and promise should reinforce our faith in the Word of God.

     
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