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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:35 am on 2016-07-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The more we think about it 

    Not everything is solved by thinking. Sometimes we can think too long or hard. In some ways, the more we think, the more we complicate the simplicity of the Good News. As soon as understanding occurs, action is necessary. Thinking can be an attempt to stall and balk at obedience.

    This is not an argument against thinking. We must use the mind — more than we do, usually — to comprehend the truths of God. We must separate human religion from divine revelation. But this is not a hard or protracted process. Once the Word is understood, obedience must soon follow, else the old man rises up to object and obstruct.

    #thinking #obedience #simplicity

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:24 am on 2015-11-06 Permalink | Reply
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    For Thees and Thous 

    These sentiments are heard now and again and deserve some thought.

    I cannot hear your news for thees and thous,
    Your strings of memorized verses make me drowse;
    I’ve yet to hear a single text explained
    Within its setting — aren’t you people trained
    To teach the unlearned down on their simple level?
    I need to know how I can beat the devil,
    Devote my life to God, fire up my hope,
    And with my stumbling failures learn to cope.
    In Bible class and sermon I’d like to learn —
    To know the open word of God I yearn.

    JRMatheny

     
    • Morris G. Monkus 6:58 am on 2015-11-06 Permalink | Reply

      Personally, I do not believe a thee or thou ever stopped anyone from learning. I have been reading the thees and thous for many years now. I was saved by listening to the preaching from a book that was full of thees and thous and I have been blessed many times over the years by reading the same book.

      Thees and thous responsible for keeping someone from learning is a total false statement and a false assumption in my opinion. I believe this deserves some serious thought.

      • Tim Hester 7:29 am on 2015-11-06 Permalink | Reply

        Morris G. Monks I would have to agree with you. As a small boy I wasn’t only taught to understand the thees and thous in the Bible but also the proper use of them in prayer. I still address God with the more formal thee and thou when I pray.

        • Morris G. Monkus 8:30 am on 2015-11-06 Permalink | Reply

          Tim, I have actually heard some make fun of those that used thees and thous in prayer. I thought it was pathetic that someone would do that – especially since God has honored so many prayers that have been addressed to Him in that way.

          Thank you for your response.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:55 pm on 2015-05-07 Permalink | Reply
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    In a word: Phrases for meditation 

    God deserves praise, not because he possesses an ego, but because by praise of him we discover purpose of life.

    If you’re too busy to pray over your meal, you’re too busy to eat. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:35 am on 2013-03-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Simple Answer to a Complex Question 

    Then one of them, a lawyer, asked [Jesus] a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”” (Matthew 22:35-36)

    Imagine how depth that conversation could’ve gotten. On one side you have a lawyer (“expert”) of the Law and on the other side you have the author of it! But the man wasn’t given a complicated answer. In reality he was given an extremely simple answer. So what command was this lawyer told was the greatest off all? The answer was love.

    Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

    Although their subject was wrong, the Beatles had the right answer with their song, “All You Need Is Love.” When all the religious complications are said and thoroughly mixed, tangled and tied, the simple answer to following God always has been and always will be loving him. God himself can be a complex subject, and there are times when spiritual topics can become complex as well, but the path that leads to God, although it may be difficult to follow at times, will always be lit with love proceeding from him, but to follow it we must be willing to walk on, in and according to it by the love that proceeds from us.

    This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)

     
    • John Henson 11:39 am on 2013-03-16 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s put this one in the bulletin, too. Great job!

      • Eugene Adkins 6:13 am on 2013-03-19 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, John. I appreciate that. I preached a sermon on this topic last Sunday night and it was received well too.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:26 pm on 2010-01-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Here’s a good starter for Americans and other high consumers: 21 Things We’re Learning to Live Without.

     
    • Mike Riley 8:44 pm on 2010-01-23 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, some really smart, common sense choices here! The less emphasis placed on physical “things,” will result in more emphasis being placed on spiritual values. And this is good for the future growth of the church.

      • Randal Matheny 10:22 pm on 2010-01-23 Permalink | Reply

        I thought about that too, Mike. The “worldy cares” or “worries of this life,” as NLT puts it crowd out the good seed of the word of God. When we clean out the former, the Lord finds space to work and bless.

  • Mike Riley 3:48 pm on 2009-12-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.

    Albert Einstein
     
    • 1happyfarmer 3:21 am on 2009-12-23 Permalink | Reply

      As we make plans to move I am very motivated to dump the clutter and find simplicity. Here’s a quote I have on my FB page:
      Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
      Antoine de Saint-Exupery
      Thanks for yet another reminder of what must be done!
      Isn’t it interesting? Problems often are the greatest motivators for improving lifestyles, making amends and achieving success.

      • Randal Matheny 9:25 am on 2009-12-23 Permalink | Reply

        Richard, for some reason your comment had to be approved, but we gotter done.

        Ah, simplicity, that elusive beast! If when you simplify and throw out some of your library, throw it this way. No, wait, I’ve too many books now, so just send me a list and I’ll tell you which ones to throw south.

        Good quotes, both. I got rid of a bunch of papers the other day. Now, only 4 billion more to go.

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