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  • Eugene Adkins 6:52 am on 2015-12-29 Permalink | Reply
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    A very good show about architecture in Jerusalem 

    I was channel suffering the other night when the title of a show (Time Scanners) caught my attention. The info for the episode referred to the walls of Jerusalem during Jesus’ time being examined so I decided to check it out. The short of the long is I’m glad I did. It was an excellent and enlightening show. There’s a lot that I could say about it but instead I would encourage you to watch it for yourself. The episode is nearly an hour-long so you may have to come back later, but if you do I don’t think you’ll regret it. I don’t watch a lot of PBS but every once in a while their programming does an excellent job.

    Here’s a link to watch it over the web, and here’s a description of the episode from the website:

    Jerusalem: In this show the team sets out to explore the epic building legacy of Jerusalem. From the vast walls of the Temple Mount, to the incredible man-made mountain of Herodium, they plan to use cutting edge 21st century technology to analyze constructions made at the time of Christ. Given unique access to scan the iconic Wailing Wall, and travelling deep into the dangerous West Bank, the team treks across Jerusalem and beyond on the trail of King Herod’s remarkable building ambitions, discovering new revelations about just how good his ancient builders were and answering long held mysteries about Herod’s magnificent structures.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 5:18 am on 2015-09-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Worst use of Romans 6:23 I’ve ever heard 

    Go ahead and sit a spell with me, this may take a minute or two.

    Ever heard of the TV show “Ask a Pastor”? Neither had I until the other day. I caught an episode coming on a religiously natured channel and decided to watch it for curiosity sake. The premise of the show was rather simple: call a phone-number to ask a host and a panel of five “pastors” a Bible question and they would try to give an answer from the scriptures.

    Although I’m not too fond of the show’s title (due to the confusion that most of the religious world has with the word pastor and preacher), I must admit that I liked the general basis for the show: Bible question? Get a Bible answer. Sounds fair enough to me.

    But what I was curious about was the level of “ecumenical understanding” the show was going to have. The reason I say this is because the panelists, with the exception of one, were from evangelical churches with names that I had never heard of. So that left me wondering about what would happen if a question was asked that crossed the doctrinal wires of the panelists? Would there be disagreement? Would there be an attempted rebuttal? How balanced would they be in their approach to the scriptures? Surprisingly enough to me, it didn’t take long for me to see how this would play out. (More …)

     
    • jdh2010 5:38 pm on 2015-09-13 Permalink | Reply

      The doctrine of a “temporary hell” has been taught in several ways by many people all of them wrong. 2 Thessalonians 1:9.

    • James 12:15 pm on 2015-09-15 Permalink | Reply

      I thought maybe he was going to argue that wages just don’t last forever!

  • Eugene Adkins 6:54 am on 2015-05-22 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ABC's TV series Of Kings and Prophets, , , TV   

    Presenting the story without presenting the lesson 

    It seems as though, at least to me, that a certain element within Hollywood has decided to take several shots at producing Bible based media. To some people this is a good thing, but has Hollywood actually become Holywood within the last couple of years? I think not! That’s why when I take a step back and consider the source from which these “spiritual” waters are being drawn, the thing that bothers me is the duplicitous nature of these programs that the average person is completely blind to. You see, the media version is presenting the story without presenting the lesson, as their commercials and televised programs obviously reveal. Because sex, violence, betrayal and drama sells (I mean what major time-slot show doesn’t revolve around these principles?), and because the Bible contains plenty of sex, violence, betrayal and drama, Hollywood has decided to try and cash-in on what it considers to be the embarrassing, but also oh so carnally delectable and promotable, portions of the holy scriptures. It’s nothing but a backhanded compliment and attempt to exploit the very book, and the very God, that they abhor.

    When someone presents the salacious story without presenting the spiritual lesson, they make their point and reveal their intentions at the same time.

    “…They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 12-13)

     
  • Ed Boggess 10:35 am on 2015-03-13 Permalink | Reply
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    How do you go about converting America to accept homosexuality as an alternate sexual norm. Back in 1989, a psychologist and an advertising executive set out to redefine the homosexual movement. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen outlined their plan in After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s. They spelled out a strategy that is now being followed that is calculated to make the aberrant behavior appear as normal as possible. Judging by the television network shows, their plan is being followed to the letter. Not a night goes by that at least one TV show and often several broadcasts this corruptness. It has become so commonplace that I find myself turning the channel or the TV off more than ever before. While that works for me, I know that in most homes the perverseness will be allowed to run its course and the result over time will accomplish a climate of acceptance to that which has always before this generation been contrary to nature and deserving of condemnation. I object but I doubt my solitary voice joined with others here and there will make much difference. But of one thing I am confident, America is begging for judgment! “Wherever the corpse is, there will the vultures circle.”

     
  • John T. Polk II 6:36 pm on 2015-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    3-11-2015 We Are Not In Despair 

    “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19 NKJV). By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers!  But if we listen to God: Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV).

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2015-02-11 Permalink | Reply
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    I know what I saw, but I trust what I heard 

    I’ve watched a commercial several times (and perhaps you’ve seen it too) that centers around customers literally cutting their cellphone bills in half with various tools such as a sword, a wood-saw, and other mechanically powered cutters. A couple of the mechanical devices (a chainsaw and a hedge trimmer) caught my attention when I noticed that each of them had a power-cord attached (meaning they were electric) but the commercial had the sound effects of the gasoline powered versions. For those of you who have ever used a gas-powered version of these tools you know they sound nothing like the electric version!

    The commercial reminded me of a story from the Old Testament (Genesis 27:18-23) when one individual was deceived because he failed to trust what he heard over what was presented to him through his other senses. Another principle it reminded me of from the New Testament was that we are to walk by faith and not by sight, and faith comes from believing what we hear in the word of God (2 Corinthians 5:7, Romans 10:17).

    If you’ve seen the TV commercial, I thought some here might find it useful for a devotional.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:49 am on 2013-12-02 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Mount of Olives, , TV   

    Where did Jesus say that? 

    I have watched little snippets of the History Channel’s “Bible Secrets Revealed” (at least I think that’s the name of the show) and I am always surprised at one of two things when it comes to their topic and the Bible: 1) how elementary the topics really are, or 2) how the topic doesn’t even exist in the Bible…and let me quickly add another one – 3) how the majority of their revealed secrets revolve around the end of the world.

    For example, when it comes to the elementary aspect, on one episode a person actually says people might be surprised to know that Jesus had siblings. Well I guess they might be surprised if they have never read the Bible because I don’t really see how that’s a Bible secret considering the fact the Bible plainly says that he had brothers and sisters (Mark 6:3).

    But one thing/statement on the show really caught my attention when it comes the other aspects that always surprise me. On the episode that dealt with Jerusalem and how it’s been divided up amongst the world’s religions over the centuries there was person who said that Jesus said he was going to return to the Mount of Olives to begin his reign in Jerusalem. Huh?

    That’s where I need your help because to be perfectly honest I don’t know where Jesus said this. Maybe I’m reading over this “Bible Secret” that’s so plain to the eyes of others. Am I failing to add up some formula in Matthew 24?

    So if you adhere to premillennial beliefs (as the person on the TV obviously did) would you do me a favor and give me a book, chapter, and verse for where Jesus actually said he was going to return to the Mount of Olives and begin reigning as King in Jerusalem. 

    Thanks.      

     
    • Loy Pressley 8:07 am on 2013-12-02 Permalink | Reply

      Premillennialism is false doctrine!
      Try looking at the commentaries on Ezekiel 11:22-25. Barnes has some comments and also Burton Coffman that might shed some light on this. Maybe others, too.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-12-04 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for replying, Loy, and I agree with you when it comes to the end result of Premillennialism in light of the Bible’s teaching.

        Thanks for the scripture reference too. If that’s the best a person can present to support the idea of Jesus returning/reigning first from the Mount of Olives then I’d they say they’d be better off not using that section of scripture.

        And I’m still wondering where Jesus himself said he would do this, because that’s what the “biblical scholar” on TV said. I’ve heard others talk about how Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives and have wondered about the situation in Acts where Jesus ascends and the disciples are told that he would return in like manner, but even there the reference is about the manner in which he will appear and not the place.

        I’m just wondering how something that is so popular (the doctrine of Premillennialism itself) can rest upon a principal of Jesus supposedly saying something when he didn’t say it…at least according to what I have read – or have failed to read, to say it a little more accurately; but then again I guess it follows the same theme with the vast majority of religious beliefs and practices in churches today.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:57 am on 2013-10-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Glorified Violence and the Disrespect it Shows for Life 

    We live in a blood thirsty culture, or so it seems anyways. If it’s not “reality TV” at the top of the charts then it’s a show that reeks with violence. Examples abound but examples aren’t worth the effort to type.

    With Halloween around the corner the adoration for bloodshed will only increase with “haunted houses, mansions, prisons and woods” and whatever else you can think of that will charge an admission fee to expose an untold number of minds to things that should not be entertaining in any way!

    Glorified violence shows a blatant disrespect for life and it should not be celebrated in the human heart under the guise of excitement or drama.

    Do you want to see the true horror of violence? Look at the pictures that were taken by the Nazi’s during the holocaust! Look at the pictures taken during a real life war! Situations like these reveal the horrible nature of violence in a way that can’t be ignored! And if these aren’t enjoyable then why should any scene that recreates such horrors find anymore pleasure in our heart?

    I read a sad and heart-wrenching story this morning on a congregation’s newsletter about a sister in Christ who was beaten to death by her husband because she had converted to Christianity. And now the man is promising the same fate to anyone else who converts. It hurts my heart to think of what that woman, who was created in the image of God, endured during the last moments of her life. And how could any person who’s living without a numb heart not feel the same way? But yet there will be a TV show on tonight here and around the world that will glorify such behavior and people are going to enjoy it. Why?!

    Whatever a culture consumes for entertainment will consume that culture, and in case you haven’t noticed there’s no lack of disrespect for human life on the airwaves so why should we expect anything different to show up on our spiritual EKG?

    He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7-9 – NKJV)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:07 am on 2013-09-17 Permalink | Reply
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    The Frustration of Falling Short 

    I’ve been a fan of the TV show “Ninja Warrior” long before it ever came to shores of America for a couple of reasons.

    1) It looks like fun!

    2) It looks like a lot of fun!!

    But at the same time I know the competition is serious business. Major, major training goes on. People’s lives are revolutionized, physically speaking, because of their desire to complete the physically and mentally grueling four-stage course. Thousands of people, including professional athletes, have attempted to conquer the feat lying before them to reach the top of “Mt. Midoriyama” but a very, very, very limited few have actually reached their goal.

    If you watch the show very long you’ll know one thing to be true – to fall short of your goal is to fall frustratingly short in a way that words can hardly describe! You see, if don’t already know, you only get one shot per year. Your run has to be perfect for it’s all or none!

    I hear a spiritual application in that!!!

    To fall short, well the spiritual application there is about as clear as day to anyone familiar with the word “sin” itself. But in case you don’t know, the word “sin” literally means, “to miss the mark, or to fall short of the standard.” And when it comes to life a standard from God has been given and it requires perfection. His righteousness is the standard and our sin causes us to fall miserably short of the goal!

    Yet when we, as Christians, fall short, slip, have a misstep or a momentary break in our concentration we have one who is there to pick us back. We have one who is willing and able to allow His righteousness to win the victory at Mt. Zion for us! We have a Savior who completed the courses of life and he completed them perfectly for us as Paul said in Romans 3:22-26: “…For there is no difference;  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

    But at the same time this Savior expects us to train, to fight, to run and to encourage others as they compete on their way through the stages of life and that’s why God’s word encourages us to stay in the game, to keep on keeping on even when failure comes our way. Jesus has the won the victory for us. He has the met the standard on our behalf. But He will not make us get up and He will not make us finish if we do not want to. And in that I say let’s keep going, competing and running toward the rest that will be found on top of Mt. Zion by faith our faith in Jesus lest we know what it feels like to fall frustratingly short of it all!

    Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (Hebrews 4:1-2 – NKJV)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:41 am on 2013-04-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Random Thoughts 

    I watched the final episode of The History’s Channels “The Bible” last night. In my humble opinion, which is based upon what a person would actually read in the Bible, the further into the Bible the show got, the worse it got! There were a couple of moments that were done really well last night, but for the most part it seemed as if the directors, producers, actors or whomever, had decided that there wasn’t much point in following what the Bible actually says and instead decided to follow what they think the Bible says or what they think it should say. This is so very unfortunate because the TV show that was supposedly meant to educate people has only added to the growing sources of biblical ignorance that are so readily available…goes to show you that there’s more than more way to waste millions of dollars on error.

    I got an email this weekend about a product called the TV Guardian. Does anyone know much or anything about this product? The makers/sellers claim that it has the ability to filter out foul language from TV shows and movies. I talked to one brother who’s in the satellite business and he said that he had seen them before but he wasn’t really able to give me a thumb’s up or down. If you know anything about the product, speak up because if it does 90% of what it claims I think it would be worth the money.

    Have you ever thought about how God not only sees what we do during the day, but that He also sees what we dream at night?

    I saw a member of the catholic “hierarchy” get interviewed on CBS’ Sunday Morning yesterday. I hope they realize there’s a difference in “hierarchy” and “heirarchy.” They have one, but they don’t have the other! I also heard the man push the false catholic notion that the church “moved” from Jerusalem to Rome. Of course the church moved to Rome, just like it moved to Ephesus, Corinth, Berea, etc. Now what the man meant is that the “mother” church moved from Jerusalem to Sinai…I mean Rome. The Christians in Galatia were reminded about the origins of the church, an origin that the catholic church can’t lay claim to (Galatians 4:21-26). And by the way, may we never forget that the church has only one Head, and the Head of the church sits upon His throne in Heaven because He carried a wooden cross to victory – not a gold one (Colossians 1:18, Acts 2:29-36).

     
    • Galt Church of Christ 6:54 am on 2013-04-01 Permalink | Reply

      The tv guardian does work most of the time, but not always. However, I ditched it years ago. The shows which include vulgarity are not worth my time – even if I don’t have to ‘hear’ the words. The ideas and violence, are still all there. Save your money and just avoid all shows that have questionable content.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:17 am on 2013-04-01 Permalink | Reply

        I am particularly picky of what shows I and my family watch, but there are times when a devise like this could be useful I believe. I don’t know of very many shows, save something like Jeopardy, that doesn’t have questionable content whether it be blatant or suggestive in nature. For example, the History Channel’s “The Bible” got a lot of things wrong about the Bible, but one thing that I believe it got right many times was the violence. So although it got much of the dialogue wrong, the violent content could’ve been much more graphic if they had chosen for it to be.

        I agree 100% that shows with blatantly profane and foul themes should be avoided, but there are times when TV shows (like Myth Buster’s or even American Pickers for example) are great educational shows but something like the TV Guardian could make it more enjoyable and palatable to watch.

        Thanks for the advice on the product.

        • Stephen R. Bradd 10:52 am on 2013-04-01 Permalink | Reply

          I’ve owned 2 TV Guardians for about 10 years or so. I still like them very much. TVG is as perfect as the closed captioning feed is. We leave ours on the strictest setting (except when watching religious videos, where it continually mutes “Jesus Christ”, etc.). There are a number of “decent” movies out there (PG) that contain some level of profanity. TVG takes care of it beautifully. It can be set to mute the volume for the sentence containing the bad words AND it can be set to display an alternative phrase on screen simultaneously. I’m sure the versions they are selling now are different than the old ones I own, but I highly recommend them for any Christian family.

          As a side note, I used to own some Clear Play DVD players as well. The concept was great but the players never held up very long. I was very disappointed.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:44 am on 2013-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    History Channel’s “The Bible” TV Show 

    I was waiting to see if anyone would do any reviews or write a basic post about History’s latest “biblical” blockbuster. I guess it’s been about as popular and intriguing with the fellows as it has been with me, but I thought it would be worth the time to have a review in TFR about it.

    The couple of times that I have watched the show it has been sorely lacking something that I would consider to be key with the whole title and all. Graphics? It’s got that! Drama? It’s got that too! Buzz? Can’t deny that! Bible based lines and actions? Let’s just say it seems like the majority of their script writers didn’t take the lead from the original screen play.

    Now I understand that the show tried to cover a lot of ground in a quick manner, but that’s no excuse for a TV show whose producers feel that they have been “called” by God to do what they’re doing. I also understand (like the original 10 Commandments movie) that they are times when things have to be filled in with subjective calls. Things like wardrobes, sets, lighting, “extras”, dialogue for when larger gaps of time occur…etc. But what I don’t understand is why objective, clearly stated words and actions have to be ignored. Let me give an example. In the scene where Moses and the children of Israel cross the Red Sea, the “Bible” (the show) has Moses walk out into the water and strike it with his stick! I guess they were thinking of Numbers 20:8-11 instead of Exodus 14:15-16 because there the actual Bible says something totally different from what appeared on the small screen:

    And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (NKJV – emphasis mine)

    How much clearer can it be? How confusing is that? How can that not be exciting enough? Some may think this is only a small technicality, but I say if you’re going to name your TV show after the greatest book to have been written then the show should follow the book that its name bears. That’s not to mention the rest that they got wrong with the Red Sea scene biblically speaking. There was plenty!

    I am glad that the show has people talking about the Bible; maybe it will cause people to look up what they see on TV in the scriptures – but I am afraid if they do they might not recognize what they’re reading. The TV show may be good for “entertaining” people when it comes to the Bible, but the show comes short when it comes to “educating” people on the Bible.

     
    • Stephen R. Bradd 7:29 am on 2013-03-19 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Eugene. I’ve only seen the first 2 episodes. I enjoyed it, though I agree with your review. I think I may use this series in the future as an exercise with the family. We’ll watch a scene of the movie and then critique it, noting the good, the bad, & the liberties with the text. It could be used this way as a good teaching tool, though it is too bad they didn’t try harder to get as many details right as possible.

      • Eugene Adkins 8:36 am on 2013-03-19 Permalink | Reply

        Good idea. I actually had a conversation with people at Keltonburg about all the stuff we noticed, so it definitely can help a person stay sharp on what’s been read.

    • Ron Thomas 3:47 pm on 2013-03-19 Permalink | Reply

      I saw the first segment and was not all that encouraged by what I saw. It had enough Bible in it that it gained much attention by some to say it is accurate, but I failed to see it that way.

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