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  • Randal 11:41 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Beautiful Bible with no chapters or verses 

    Very interesting project here, a shame it’s not an updated Bible version:

    http://www.bibliotheca.co/

    There are a few Bibles out there with just the text, no chapter or verse divisions or notes or other distractions. Are you aware of any of these? If so, please provide a link or description on the comments.

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:51 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    (#200) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:1-6-The Who 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-25:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:1-6: “1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel-to Ithiel and Ucal:  2 Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have the understanding of a man. 3 I neither learned wisdom Nor have knowledge of the Holy One. 4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know? 5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”

    v. 1: Agur is unknown, but was a teacher to “Ithiel and Ucal.” His utterances, however, have been preserved as Holy Spirit-revealed truth (2 Peter 1:20-21) and as a Prophet with God’s Wisdom, like Amos (Amos 7:14-15)!

    v. 2-3: This statement is a confession that these thoughts (Proverbs 30:1-33) are the revelation from God, like Paul later stated (Galatians 1:11-12). Humility is a hall-mark of all who submit to God: “The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground” (Psalm 147:6); “(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)” (Numbers 12:3); “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-7).

    v. 4: The answer to all of these questions can only be: God, for He, alone, has power over the Created Earth (Psalm 104), and He, alone, can inspire the writing of His Word through men (1 Corinthians 2:7-13).

    v. 5-6: The Word that God has spoken and written proves to be “pure,” without any taint of untruth. David had said this: “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). So, also, did Jesus define His spiritual family: “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21). Paul said it is the source of faith: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Just because some choose not to believe in God’s Word doesn’t change a thing in God’s Word: “For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: ‘That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged’” (Romans 3:3-4).

    Don’t believe what others say the Bible says, but receive “the word with all readiness, and search “the Scriptures daily” to find out “whether these things” are so (Acts 17:11).

     All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:11 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    In 2006 Smithsonian.com published an article on Mary Schweitzer’s revolutionary discovery of soft-tissue from inside the leg bone of a 68-million-year-old T-Rex dinosaur. The trouble is soft-tissue which included red blood cells would have long before decomposed if the fossil is indeed 68 million years old. Thus, the discovery runs contrary to what we have all been taught about when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Evolutionists are scrambling to offer an explanation, however as of yet, nothing satisfactory has been offered. Might the answer be found in Genesis one and dinosaurs are no older than mankind and other created species? This is Just-A-Minute.

     
    • Sandi Rog 10:40 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Amen! I’m homeschooling my kids and we just did a great study on dinosaurs. Kyle Butt’s book “Dinosaurs Unleashed” is an excellent source for this study. We loved it!

  • Eugene Adkins 6:57 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Family Bible, Family History,   

    Do you have a family Bible? 

    I read an interesting story yesterday about the creation of a family Bible database by the Tennessee Public Library for the general public. According to the story, among the family Bibles there is one in the database that dates back to 1538. Neat stuff!

    I have one family Bible that belonged to my great-grandfather, from my father’s side of the family, that traces the family genealogy back to my great-great-great-grandparents who would’ve lived back in the early 1800′s. The Bible only has the dates of their death recorded and not their birth, but since my since great-grandparents were born in the very early 1900′s, the math of two earlier generations would fit somewhere around the early 1800′s more than likely.

    Do you have a family Bible with similar information?

     
    • Gene 7:08 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I wish I did. I always love seeing others’ and reading how far back they go. I’m a 1st generation Christian in my family, at least as far back as my great grandparents on one side, so if we ever have a family Bible it will have to be one that my wife and I start. Thanks for the link.

      • Eugene Adkins 7:16 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Same here with the Christian aspect, as far as I know.

        One day, Lord willing, you will be one of those great-great-great-grandparents, and the early 2000′s will sound to others like the early 1800′s sounds to us, so starting a family could be a neat and new family tradition.

  • Randal 8:00 am on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Forever Bible 

    Interesting project for KJV, NIV, and ESV versions, though I’d like to know more about who’s behind it. They’re apparently attempting to fund it through kickstarter.

    http://www.theforeverbible.com/

    Maybe I can put a bug in the ear of the NET Bible people to do an edition in this Forever Bible.

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:17 am on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    On a wall at the front entrance of Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia there is a carving of a Stegosaurus dinosaur along with other modern animals. The was built in 1191 A.D. However, the first Stegosaurus fossils weren’t discovered until 1877. If dinosaurs became extinct 60 million years ago, how did the Cambodian craftsman sculpt an image of a Stegosaurus on the temple wall? There is no question that it is a Stegosaurus with the distinctive raised plates along its back. Creationists believe man and dinosaur co-existed. Thus it would easily be possible that people could have seen a live Stegosaurus and created this carving as a result. This is Just-A-Minute

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:16 am on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    (#199) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:27-Sticks and Stones and Intimidation 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 29:27: “An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”

    There has always been bitter antagonism between those who practice evil and those who practice good. The explanation for the first murder in the world (Genesis 4:1-15) is clearly given in the New Testament: “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks” (Hebrews 11:4); “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:10-13).

    Which is exactly why it is useless and wrong for those who follow God’s Way (the righteous) to seek the approval and acclaim from the worldly. Ungodly teachers refuse to let righteous students get good grades if they have written truthfully about the Bible, Jesus Christ, or moral goodness! Ungodly entertainers ridicule the righteous who speak out from their honest, godly convictions! Ungodly parents punish and discourage their righteous children from Bible classes or studying the Word of God! Ungodly propagandists who use overwhelming headlines to “beat back” any and every attempt of the righteous to uphold and defend the existence of God! Ungodly Evolutionists and Global Warming fanatics who falsely label as “unscientific” any and all who use scientific facts to debunk and discredit those attacks on Bible faith! Ungodly accrediting boards set materialistic standards which, when “Christian Schools” accept and meet those standards, have made “Christian schools” nothing more than another worldly school!

    Jesus offered His reward to the righteous: “Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:07 am on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Good article on the role of a preacher’s wife 

    Too bad you can’t say this for every article out there but I found this one to be interesting and truthful.

    Thought some of you preachers around here who happen to be married might find it to be the same.

     
  • TFRStaff 4:18 am on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Things I’ve Lived To See–Pt. 2) 

    SOME THINGS I HAVE LIVED TO SEE IN THE CHURCH (Part 2)

    Following are some of the things I have lived to see in the church of our Lord:

    • For many (including preachers) to view the church as just another denomination and to speak of it in denominational terms.
    • For people (including preachers) to leave the church for a denomination, believing that in so doing they had not left the spiritual body of Christ, His church, but had only “switched denominations.” (More …)
     
    • Jack 4:01 pm on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Amen, and so what was prophesied has come to pass… 1 Peter 1:1-4

  • Weylan Deaver 11:25 am on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    “A terrorist could not more efficiently slit the throat of an innocent victim, than the issue of human sexuality has cut the throat of evolutionary theory. And, the innocent victims are members of the human family upon whom this false theory is continuously promulgated.”

    Dick Sztanyo in “Graceful Reason, Studies in Christian Apologetics,” p. 183
     
    • Jack 2:51 pm on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Somewhere above my job description.

  • Ed Boggess 9:57 am on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Sometimes we talk about how someone died suddenly, without warning. One lives in sin and rebellion against God, then they are suddenly destroyed. 1 Thess 5:3 says, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child and they shall not escape.” There is no forewarning, no herald, no trumpet call, no scheduled appointment. Suddenly, silently, in a moment death strikes and destruction comes. It’s only a few months since the tornado ripped though Huntsville leaving death and destruction behind. The one thing I heard over and over by newscasters, weathermen, victims who lived through it – “without warning, without warning.” That is how God’s judgment will come upon the stub¬born and unprepared. This is Just-a-Minute.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:03 am on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Bible Riddle 

    A classic!

    A rooster lays an egg at 6:00 AM. When does the farmer find it?

    Need some help? Read Matthew 7:13-23 and look for the answer that best fits the riddle.

    Have a blessed week studying the word of God.

     

     
    • James Craven 10:25 am on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Never. Roosters do not lay eggs , hens do.

    • James Craven 10:29 am on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Or … “few (and I do mean FEW) there are who find it.”

  • Ed Boggess 8:33 am on July 18, 2014 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

     
  • Randal 7:41 am on July 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accessories, material objects   

    This from official WP Daily Post. How would you reply?

    Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. Dorothy had her red shoes. Batman had his Batmobile. If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?

     
    • Mike Riley 10:49 pm on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What Object? My well-worn Bible would be their answer.

      • Glenda Williams 10:11 pm on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Great answer, Mike.

    • Glenda Williams 10:10 pm on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This really makes us stop in our tracks and think, doesn’t it? I guess people would associate the computer with me these days. On it I can search the Bible, prepare Bible lessons, watch Gospel Broadcasting Network, write articles, and communicate with friends and the world. But I still want a pair of red shoes.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:14 am on July 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem, right? 

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and such a saying becomes spiritually personified throughout the scriptures. One place where this is evident is found in Matthew 2 when the light of an uncommon star leads the way unto an uncommon child.

    To one group the star symbolized a reason to hope while to another it symbolized a reason to hate.

    To one group the star symbolized a reason to rejoice while to another it symbolized a reason to be remorseful.

    To one group the star symbolized a reason to praise while to another it symbolized a reason to plot.

    To one group the star symbolized a reason to give worship while to another it symbolized a reason to show wrath.

    One light caused opposite reactions within the hearts of men, but such a small light would only be a shadow of sorts to the behavior that was on the horizon in regards to this child of Bethlehem (John 3:19-21).

    For now we must decide how we will react to God’s leading light and we must choose carefully for the way we see beauty may not necessarily reflect the awe that this former child will produce one day when the star from a distance gives way to the star that will dawn in an up-close and personal way. Even then the “star” will produce different reactions, but this time it won’t be within the power of man to reject what they see!

    For when we gave you news of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our teaching was not based on stories put together by art, but we were eye-witnesses of his glory. For God the Father gave him honour and glory, when such a voice came to him out of the great glory, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased. And this voice came from heaven even to our ears, when we were with him on the holy mountain. And so the words of the prophets are made more certain; and it is well for you to give attention to them as to a light shining in a dark place, till the dawn comes and the morning star is seen in your hearts;” (2 Peter 1:16-19 - BBE)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 9:35 am on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Only one person’s death can change you eternally 

    Be it a family member or friend or even a stranger, the death of an individual has the power to change people.

    It can cause us to better appreciate the little things. It can cause us to become more patient. It can cause us to let go of burdens from our past. It can cause us to strive to be a better person.

    But only the death of one man has the power to change us eternally!

    For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:37 am on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    A stitch in time saves nine, the proverb says. So now David Hedman is cashing in on earthquake readiness. EPI-Center Corporation is a small company in Palo Alto, Calif. that is trying to cause a rumble with its peace of mind catalog for earthquake-conscious Californians. One of the tremor specials offers a pre-packaged week’s supply of food for two, including shrimp creole, chicken salad, lemonade and eggs. Another special offers a shakeproof flashlight that is powered by a power cell that lasts 10 years. I guess they are expecting a rather long quake. All of this is being pandered on the Boy Scouts’ motto –”Be prepared.” The tragedy is that many will prepare for every catastrophe known to man –floods, hurricanes, quakes, eruptions– but never give the greatest catastrophe of all a second thought. Amos said, “Prepare to meet thy God.” What are you doing to be ready for that day? This is Just-a-Minute

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:07 am on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    (#198) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:24-Wanna Abet? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 29:24: “Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.”

    Solomon has already judged against agreeing to uphold someone else’s debt (Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26-27; 27:13), now he warns against sharing in someone’s sin! The gang members, driver of the get-away vehicle, owner/renter of a meth lab house, participants in the crime, are all as guilty as the one who actually commits the sin! This proverb shows that the one who shares in “thievery,” for instance, will end up losing his/her honesty and integrity by swearing “to tell the truth, but reveal[ing] nothing.”

    The truth of this proverb remains unchanged in the New Testament Law of Jesus Christ: “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22); “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11); “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32). Saul of Tarsus may not have stoned the first martyr for Jesus Christ, Stephen, but Saul protected the coats of those who did the stoning (Acts 7:54-60)! This still bothered him toward the end of his spiritually-productive life (1 Timothy 1:12-16)!

    Choose your associates and friends carefully; be well aware of what they’re up to; have the courage to avoid damning situations! They may actually “think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you” (1 Peter 4:4).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:17 am on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    (#197) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:19-21-Are We Pampered Servants? 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 29:19-21: “A servant will not be corrected by mere words; For though he understands, he will not respond. Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. He who pampers his servant from childhood Will have him as a son in the end.”

    The term “servant” indicates someone who works for someone else, and though Moses was “a servant” in God’s House, Jesus took “the form of a bondservant” (Philippians 2:7), He was “a Son over His own house, whose house we are” (Hebrews 3:5-6), that is, the church of Christ (1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 1:22-23). Jesus’ obedience under Moses’ Law (Hebrews 5:8-9) is our example for obeying Jesus’ Law (Matthew 28:18-20).

    It is a disobedient servant who will not follow carefully-worded instructions, so that “though he understands, he will not respond” with obedience. No one has become a servant of Christ by confessing to be saved before being baptized (buried) into the death of Jesus (Romans 6:1-7); no servant of Christ ever added mechanical instrumental music to the singing required in worship (Ephesians 5:19-20); no servants of Christ ever murdered to expand the church (John 18:37; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6); no servants of Christ enjoyed the recreation of fleshly appeals (Romans 13:13-14)!

    There is no hope for “a fool” (one who disobeys God) unless he/she repents and obeys God’s Will. One who is conceited must become humbled in order to learn obedience to God: “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:18). The person who is “hasty in his words” is trying to justify him- or herself, rather than listening to what must be changed to please God. “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him” (Proverbs 18:13). No one can “testify” their way to salvation without doing what God says!

    A pampered servant will soon “think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3). This is why all those who have been taught that once they’re saved, they’re always saved, and cannot lose their salvation become spiritually arrogant, thinking they are “bullet-proof!” “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Paul addressed that attitude (and doctrine!) when he wrote: “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4).

    Jesus Christ said to His disciples: “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:16-17). Truly, as Paul wrote, “if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:42 am on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Until 1987 there was a red brick prison in Berlin, Germany known as Spandau. It housed only one prisoner, Nazi war criminal, Rudolph Hess. He wandered the halls of that lonely prison 43 years until one day he strangled himself. The one thing unique about Hess that causes one to shudder is that he never felt any remorse for the horrible crimes he committed. His last public statement was made at the Nuremberg trials and he said that he had always been a faithful follower of the Fuhrer. He said, “I regret nothing. If I were to begin again I would act as I have acted…” What makes a man refuse to admit that he is wrong, that he has broken a law or committed a crime. One word – pride! Rudolph Hess was a proud man and that pride prevented him from ever admitting that he had been guilty of barbarous savagery. Pride is not a problem isolated to a far-away prison in Germany, it may be found in our hearts as well. This is Just-a-Minute.

     
  • John Henson 9:06 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Story of Gabriel Paul 

    One of the most terrible battles of the U.S. Civil War was Gettysburg. It was among the five bloodiest battles of the war. More than 160,000 men were engaged in the battle. Many people believe the Battle of Franklin killed more general officers, but nine were killed at Gettysburg.

    One of the generals who was mortally wounded in the battle was Gabriel Paul. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1834. Much of his prewar service was against Mexico in the 1840s. When the War Between the States came in 1861, Paul was a major in the 8th U.S. Infantry in New Mexico. While his classmates were promoted to the rank of General, Paul was a colonel commanding a small brigade from that state.

    After being promoted to brigadier general, Paul was in command of the first brigade of the second division at Gettysburg. While leading his troops, he was struck in the head and severely wounded. The wound left him blind and caused terrible headaches he suffered every day.

    But, Paul didn’t quit the army. Others were wounded and went home, but as soon as Paul could walk he began administrative duties as a breveted brigadier general. His wife led him to and from work every day. The headaches increased in severity and were accompanied by seizures, but Paul kept serving his country. Then, at the age of 77 — 22 years after he was shot– Paul died from the wounds he had suffered at Gettysburg.

    Most people know about U.S Grant and Robert E. Lee in the Civil War. Many know about Pickett’s charge and George Thomas, the Rock of Chickamauga. Many never heard of Gen. Gabriel Paul. Paul wasn’t a political officer. He wasn’t “in” the army. No, his life was the army.

    When we look at our lives, are we just a member of the church, or is the church in us? Are we just a part of the organization, or is our life the church? It’s easy to see. All that is needed is just a good look.

    Jesus said, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it,” (Matthew 16:25 KJV). Are you willing to lose your life in Christ as Paul gave his to the military? Just being in the army won’t do. Your life must be the Lord’s army.

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:43 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Nancy Gibbs in Time Magazine wrote a summary of the data of the effects of the modern feminist’s movement on happiness among females. “Among the most confounding changes of all is the evidence, tracked by numerous surveys, that as women have gained more freedom, more education and more economic power, they have become less happy. No tidy theory explains the trend, notes University of Pennsylvania economist Justin Wolfers, a co-author of The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness. “We looked across all sectors — young vs. old, kids or no kids, married or not married, education, no education, working or not working — and it stayed the same,” he says of the data. “But there are a few ways to look at it,” he adds. “As Susan Faludi said, the women’s movement wasn’t about happiness.” (copied)

     
    • Sandi Rog 5:36 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I know why I’m not terribly grateful for the feminist movement. I’m now forced to work outside the home, earning money for my family so we can survive, because society/pricing is now based on a double-income family. I’d rather be focused on my children, my home, and more importantly my husband. Imagine how wonderful it would be to stay home and that’s all you have to worry about. Your husband can come home to a home-cooked meal. You, your kids and hubby sit down for dinner around the table and ask how each other’s day went. Find out how everyone is doing spiritual. That’s what God intended.

      We’ve screwed it up, and now people who don’t have mothers are messed up, and because mother’s are unhappy, the father’s high-tail it, and even worse, father’s are slowly losing their position in society as protector, provider, and as “needed.” At the same time, if women had been appreciated to begin with, not belittled (“You throw like a girl”), and valued (“Get me something to eat, woman!), the feminist movement would’t have had to happen.

      So, the way I see it . . . it’s all the men’s fault. :-)

      • Mike Riley 3:55 pm on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Sandi, I tend to agree with you. It is the man’s fault for abdicating his God-given role, thus causing women to have to assume the responsibility of the man, relative to the home as far as the discipline and teaching is concerned (Ephesians 6:4). God never intended for that to happen, but as you stated, “we’ve screwed it up.” It seems that man always wants to “fix” something that doesn’t need “fixing.” God designed the home to work perfectly, but unfortunately we are not perfect creatures. And the fact that “some” women (notice I said “some”) relish the idea of being in charge and running the show, so to speak.

  • Ed Boggess 7:13 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The waterspider skates across the surface of the pond oblivious to the vastness of his world. He may climb a twig or venture ashore a few yards and return to brag to his fellows about his adventure into the brave new world. But for all his confidence, he cannot know the depth beneath his feet, let alone the expanse that stretches beyond his horizons. Here is man, in his own conceit, born and nurtured by his own perception of conquering his world. He smiles smugly at his own accomplishments, and marvels at his own wis¬dom. In his pride he forgets God. But who was it that called forth the universe? And what is man but a microscopic speck on a freckle of creation. 0 Lord remind us of our frailty, speak to use of our minuteness, let us understand the brevity of our lives, teach us to humble ourselves in the presence of thy awesomeness. May we learn to stand in reverence at thy majesty. This is Just-a-Minute.

     
  • TFRStaff 5:25 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Things I Have Lived To See) 

    SOME THINGS I HAVE LIVED TO SEE IN THE CHURCH

    (Part 1)

    I have known and been associated with the church of Christ for over sixty-five years, since 1948, when my father left the Methodist Church, obeyed the gospel, and became a member of the church of which we read in the New Testament, the one spiritual body of Christ. For some sixty of those years I have endeavored to preach the gospel of Christ and to plead with people to be Christians only without denominational affiliation. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 8:02 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Soul-searching questions, by Charles Box 

    Paul exhorted the Philippian Christians to diligence and seriousness in the Christian life. His teachings to these brethren provide us with some soul searching question. He wrote,

    “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without com­plaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God with­out fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:12-17)

    Ask yourself these questions and give an honest answer.

    Are you being obedient to God in life?

    Christians must be diligent and serious in their Christian obedience. Paul wrote, (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:52 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Bible Riddle 

    7 months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days?

    Need a hint? Nothing wrong with that; it wouldn’t be a Bible Riddle without the scripture reference anyways. Check out Acts 7:1-23. You’ll find the answer in there somewhere.

    Have a blessed day.

     
    • James Craven 6:44 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      ALL of them have AT LEAST 28 days.

    • James Craven 12:04 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Or in answering in light of the Acts 7 reference , ALL 12 of them. (As in 12 patriarchs.)

  • Ed Boggess 6:55 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    . Did you ever wonder how bats are able to fly through a pitch-black cave in the middle of the night & never collide with the walls of the cave or any other obstacle? Scientists did, & after research, they determined that bats have a built-in radar system. As the bat flies, he sings a shrill high note, too high for the human ear to detect. Vibrations are bounced back to the bat’s ears which locate the object in the way. Thus he is able to swerve and avoid the collision.
    Your life is like that also. Jesus said life is governed by the radar principle. “The measure you give is the measure you get,” Jesus said (Mt 7:2). If you are mean & ugly to people, likely they will be mean and ugly to you. If you are considerate & thoughtful, you will receive like measure. This is Just-a-Minute.

     
  • John T. Polk II 6:00 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    (#196) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:18-Be Happy 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.”

    “Revelation” (“vision” in the King James Version) refers to God’s inspired Word. As God miraculously led His people, he spoke to them through a “prophet:” “So the LORD said to Moses: ‘See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land’” (Exodus 7:1-2). Moses then became “the prophet” (Numbers 12:6-8) through whom God’s Law was given (Deuteronomy 34:9-12), and by following that written Law, the nation of Israel would remain separate from other peoples (Joshua 23:6-8). After Moses, unless God inspired a prophet to call the people back to that written Law, they forgot God: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). “Then the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation” (1 Samuel 3:1).

    King Zedekiah is an example of what this proverb is saying: “He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 36:12). Even though Christ’s Law has been given, people sin when they made to think there is no Law of God that applies to them: “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled” (Titus 1:15).

    The New Testament is the written Law of Christ and God has not had a prophet since it was written: “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37). Whatever people say to demean, diminish, or destroy their confidence in God’s Word does not change God’s Word: “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit” (Jude 17-19). Christians are admonished: “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:13-14), because God’s written Word is our Judge, for Jesus said: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).

    Where sin abounds is a fertile field for preaching and teaching the Word of God, for Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17).

    “The revelation” from God is in our Bible – Be “happy!”

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Randal 8:50 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    I ASKED THE LORD

    I asked the Lord to seek and search,
    And do in our midst a mighty thing;
    He brought a man and his son to church,
    That none, to date, had been able to bring.

    God bends the human will to move,
    No hand is waved, no word is said;
    His touch of a heart, by prayer to prove,
    Is greater than turning a stone into bread.

    JRMatheny

     
    • Jack Wirtz 11:03 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that GOD raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!” However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; “THEIR VOICE HAS GONE OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.” (Romans 10:8-18)

  • Eugene Adkins 11:19 am on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    In Memory of Christine Adcock 

    A promise beyond comprehending; a promise that will require an experience to fully grasp the depth of Jesus’ words when he relayed that “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” (Revelation 21:4)

    While I believe that there is a modern and present day application concerning the oft quoted words of comfort, I also know that the deepest aspect will be brought to light at a later time. For there will be no tears in Heaven, but the Earth is a much different place.

    The knowledge and memory of Paul’s words when he told the Thessalonians that he did not want them, “…to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14) definitely says that the pain and tears do not come from no assurance of Jesus’ work, but rather from the hurt of loss and sorrow that pierces the heart because of love.

    My mother-in-law, Christine, will be sadly and painfully missed for now, but not forever. She has been a blessing beyond measure for the 16 years that I have known her. This causes me to only ponder the pain that her daughter of 31 years and husband of 55 years feel within their heart. But she was a matriarch to us, and to many others who were not her own flesh and blood, which leaves us with a certain joy. A mother-in-law in respect to the technical side – but a mother in every other way to me.

    My words will always fail to describe her to those who did not know her personally but my heart will not forget what it was like, which leaves my mind to wonder what it will be like when I get to meet her again in a place where tears of joy will even be a thing of the past.

    She loved the God of the Bible, the church that she supported and her family that was so dear – and love is what we strove to give in return. Lord willing, her influence will continue to be seen for at least another generation to come through us and her granddaughter.

    Thank you to those of you who kept her and my family in your prayers during her time of physical trial. God bless you.

    One more thing, I don’t know her name but the woman that Paul spoke of in Romans 16:13 must have been a lot like the woman that I was proud to call my mother in my own way.

    Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

     
    • Randal 11:22 am on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Eugene, so sorry to hear about your loss. Please be assured of our prayers for your comfort in the Lord. Please convey our sympathies to your wife and all the family.

      • Eugene Adkins 11:24 am on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. And thanks for sharing this venue that allowed me to express a few of my thoughts.

    • Loy Pressley 11:43 am on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So very sorry about your loss. Our prayers are for you and yours.

    • Jon Galloway 2:16 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So sad to hear of your loss but happy that she was faithful in the Lord. I look forward to meeting her one day.

    • kenandjean92 9:39 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So sorry for your loss. May the God of mercy and grace, bless and comfort all of you

    • James 10:56 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Blessed are those that die in the Lord.

    • Jack 7:29 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So sorry for your loss and rejoice in the wonderful memories of her faith..

      Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Ro.12:15)

      • Eugene Adkins 7:34 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Jack. And yes, you’re right, there are many wonderful memories of her in multiple ways including her faith.

  • Randal 6:22 am on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Great Things Are Happening 

    Randal:

    This is somebody I know …

    Originally posted on Musings of a TCK:

    I don’t know how many of you reading this know that I’m part of the church of Christ in Mt. Juliet. I can tell you this right now, I’m so thankful I am. This week is what we call our yearly stateside campaign. Usually a team would go to another state and knock doors and set up Bible studies. This year, we’re doing it in our own community in Mt. Juliet(for more info check out the website http://12questions.net/). We’ve done two days of door knocking so far and it’s been awesome!

    I want to talk about my experience door knocking today. I had never done it with such a large and organized group before. I can definitely say it’s way out of my comfort zone. I’m not the type of person that gets energized by meeting new people. I’m an introvert, so I get nervous and it drains my energy…

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  • TFRStaff 5:00 am on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel” Exodus 19.5-6 ESV.

    These verses are chosen at random. Feel free to comment on them and discuss them in the comments area.

     
    • Jack 8:10 am on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hebrews 8:6-13
      But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant He mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. For HE finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares JEHOVAH, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in MY covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares JEHOVAH.

      For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares JEHOVAH: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their GOD, and they shall be MY people.

      And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know JEHOVAH,’ for they shall all know ME, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” In speaking of a new covenant, HE makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

  • Eugene Adkins 2:54 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Thank you for your prayers 

    The surgery on my mother-in-law was somewhat successful. With the odds not in his favor the surgeon was still able to open up the 80% blockage in one of the main vessels coming off of her aorta (in her stomach area) with three stints. Small step, but one in the right direction. Time will tell how much has been accomplished and how much further there is to go.

    Thank you to everyone who took some of your time to say a prayer on her behalf!

     
  • TFRStaff 11:37 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4.19 NIV.

    Today’s verse was chosen at random. Feel free to comment on it and discuss its meaning and application.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 10:17 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayer Request 

    My mother-in-law, Christine, is in need of prayers.

    She is at an extremely vulnerable stage right now. There was a surgery attempt yesterday that was not successful in any way. A follow-up surgery is going being performed right now. If this attempt doesn’t go well there will not be any options left, unless something dramatically changes.

    She is in severe pain, so please pray for some deliverance in one way or another. This is a time of great stress that the family has been preparing for but preparation only goes so far.

    She has and will always mean so much to me in many ways, so please take a moment to say a prayer on her behalf.

    Thank you.

     
    • Randal 10:21 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Count on our prayers.

      • The Churches 10:31 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Praying for your mother-in-law.

    • Sandi Rog 11:32 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sending up prayers.

    • Esther Lee 12:06 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So sorry to hear this Eugene! I will definitely be praying for her and all of yo.r family. We know God answers our prayers and He will do what is best for your mother-in -law. May God relieve her pain.

    • John Henson 1:33 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m praying for her, brother. Please let us know if there’s anything more we can do.

    • ubcky4 4:05 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      praying for the Lord to show His loving care towards her in making it possible to the surgery to work for her. Our God is still He that healeth us. He knows what we need and has asked us to pray for them. Lord’ you healed me when I was down and terribly sick, Please, visit the sister who is lying down helpless but for your fatherly care and attention. Amen.

  • Randal 6:19 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Many scholars believe that the gospel of Mark was written first, and that may be so, although there is no definite proof that can be given for that position. Regardless of which gospel was written first, Matthew is first in the canon.

    Do you have any reasons why it might have been put first?

    We obviously do not have access to any records of those who, by the providence and wisdom of God, collected the inspired books and put them in the order in which we now have them. But there may be some indications, as we consider the collections of books, to help us understand that process.

    Any ideas?

     
    • Jack 8:26 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As far back as evidence goes, Matthew was regarded as the writer of the First Gospel, and his book was also accepted as authoritative Holy Scripture, written under divine inspiration.
      Lenski New Testament Commentary – Lenski New Testament Commentary – The Interpretation of St. Matthew’s Gospel.

    • Vicki 8:38 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Since it is believed that Mathew was written to the Jews, it seems appropriate that it would be placed first. The apostles were instructed to go to the Jews first.

    • Eugene Adkins 9:36 am on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Might be because of the way Matthew starts off the bat with the genealogy. I think there’s some apparent importance behind that.

      I think Vicki’s answer is a good one too.

    • James 12:02 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe the gospels are just in reverse alphabetical order. ;)

      • Randal 1:40 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        John, I’ve also been blessed in that respect, to be able to see each gospel in its own perspective and with its own emphases.

        I’m sorry to say my Life of Christ class in college was barely a notch above a Sunday school class.

    • John Henson 1:38 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      In my recent class at Heritage, our text taught Mark was written first, but it was clear there was little (or no) evidence to prove it. It makes little difference. I think it’s interesting that our class taught the gospels in stand-alone fashion, unlike my “Harmony of the Gospels” class at Lipscomb back in the 60s. In my opinion, the class I had at Heritage was superior to that. I enjoyed it more and learned to appreciate all the gospels individually instead of trying to prove a “harmony” of some kind.

    • Matt Ashby 9:18 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      There’s a lot of evidence that Matthew and Mark were written from the same previous writing. Q theory suggests that one came before the other (usually Mark, but the theory leaves it open for Matthew as well); but my recent studies regarding the Hebrew version of Matthew suggests that Matthew either kept a type of journal (in Hebrew) of Jesus’ life OR, more likely, wrote his gospel in Hebrew and, from that, were crafted a Greek version of the book (not translated by Matthew, thus a few errors in the text) and a Mark gospel which recounts the same stories/ideas but to a different audience. My class on the synoptic problem at Harding suggested that either Mark or Matthew likely wrote the first gospel account, but didn’t give enough evidence for either one to be sure. But I do see LOTS of evidence that Matthew was originally Hebrew.

      However, that’s a bit of a digression. The question was regarding why it is first in the canon. Second century writers gave 3 reasons: 1. They thought it was the oldest. 2. They felt it was the most important, since it was so thorough and kept a better timeline. 3. Since it focused on the fulfillment of Hebrew scripture to a Hebrew audience, it was felt to best fill the first place in the canon.

      There are likely other reasons, but of the findings I had, those are they.

      • John Henson 3:00 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        In my view, “Q” theory is another form of the “Documentary Hypothesis.” We studied this in our class, but I believe it should be rejected. Most of those who support it are with “The Jesus Seminar,” a liberal group whose idea of interpretation of the scripture is by anonymous vote.

  • Randal 12:56 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Disposing of unuseable Bibles 

    A Baptist pastor suggests a “liturgy” and burial for damaged copies of the Bible. Didn’t know Southern Baptists did liturgy, but times are a-changing, and that’s beside the point. Much of what he says is spot on. Baptists can get some things right.

    Here’s the question for you: How do you practice, or suggest, disposing of Bibles that are damaged or no longer useable? Or is a question that doesn’t deserve much thought? Just chunk it in the trash?

     

     
    • John Henson 1:07 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never thrown one away. Some have disappeared.

      • Randal 2:19 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You must (1) buy top-notch quality and (2) handle them very carefully. :)

    • Frances 2:41 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      We ship them to Guyana, South America. Years ago, a young preacher in New Amsterdam was asking for song books. My husband said, all we have to get rid of are old, with some torn pages and the backs are loose. The young preacher looked my husband straight in the eye and said, “Damaged song books are better than no song book at all!” We need to realize that damaged Bibles are better than no Bible at all! A 42 year old man had been given a Bible in an Amerindian village, and he said, “This is the first time in my life I have had a Bible in my hands.

    • Eugene Adkins 3:04 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Tough one for me. I’ve never thrown one away; not even the little New Testament ones that got a little more than rough. I don’t think it’s a sin to throw one away but for me it’s tough.

      Good question.

      • Randal 3:06 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I, too, have a hard time pitching a Bible, Eugene. I wind up giving them away. Or stowing them somewhere. More for my kids to do when I kick the bucket, yes?

    • Lisa C. 3:07 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Do you have a website where my family can send my Bible collections to when I’m gone?

      • Randal 3:10 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Lisa, that’s a great question, and we’ll see if some of our Fellows might find a place. If Frances is following this thread, maybe she can also share.

      • Frances 3:23 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Mission work in Guyana, South America among the Amerindians, if you are interested.

        • Randal 3:25 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink

          Frances, do you have a contact, name, phone number, website, something somebody can use to make good on their offer to donate? Thanks for sharing this.

    • Frances 4:47 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Amerindian Missions ~ Guyana
      Jerry O. Davidson, Missionary
      Summerdale church of Christ
      P.O. Box 314
      Summerdale, AL 36180
      251 626 9578

    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 3:23 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When we have left over Lord’s Supper, I pray over it as a common meal, and I consume it or dispose of it. I get this idea for sanctifying food with prayer from 1 Timothy 4.3-5. Likewise when a Bible is falling apart, I thank God for its use and bury it. May it nourish the ground for another good purpose and produce.

      • Randal 5:10 pm on July 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Scott, I like the comparison to the Lord’s supper, and your procedure.

  • Ed Boggess 10:02 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    On a session of the television series Family Feud the question was asked, who do you turn to to make the most important decisions in life? One hundred people had been interviewed and their answers were first- spouse, second- parents, third – boyfriend/girlfriend, fourth – children, and fifth – God. God came in last. Are you surprised? I’m not. God comes in last in most lives today. God ought to be the first one consulted in making the big decisions of life. It is a matter of priority. The reason many do not consult God first is because God is not first in their lives. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he said, Love God first. God should and must come first in our lives. Any other place than first place is the wrong place. This is Just-a-Minute

     
    • kenandjean92 10:32 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sad to think that something like “Family Feud” had to bring it to the surface where we as a nation have come to.

  • John Henson 9:37 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    God is not Blind 

    Jerusalem suffered the effects of poor leadership. As Judah lost its liberty in its deportation to Babylon, Ezekiel detailed the terrible things poor leadership had done to the country.

    God began the list of leadership atrocities with Judah’s religious leaders: her priests. The Lord said the priests were guilty of doing violence to the law and of profaning holy things. How had they done this? They had simply taken those things they were supposed to respected as God’s word and treated them as if were every day matters. God is not blind to people who disrespect his will.

    Some church leaders do the same thing. They take the assembling of the church and treat it as if it was nothing special. They refuse to make sure the church knows that the worship of God is not just “business as usual,” but is the solemn worship of God. It is not play time. It is not a time for thinking of business or taking care of emails or anything else we do during the week.

    God didn’t leave out the civil government. He said, “Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain,” (Ezekiel 22:25 NASB). The government of Judah had done what many worldly governments were doing. They terrorized the people instead of caring for them and they destroyed peoples’ lives for money. God is not blind.

    Judah’s government was destroyed in its removal to Babylon. Does our current government think it can engage in gross misconduct and God will not care? The government takes trillions of dollars from its citizens each year, and when it is asked why the economy is ruining the country they don’t know! This nation’s government should remember God is not blind.

    The prophets of Judah did a complete whitewash job for the princes, telling the people that everything was progressing well. On the surface things did look fine. Under the surface, however, the nation was crumbling. It had allowed evil on a vast scale to devour the people. The princes used the prophets to give them the “spin control” they needed to maintain power. Sound familiar in our day? God is not blind.

    What was the result of all this malpractice and malfeasance? God said, “The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice,” (Ezekiel 22:29 NASB). People had learned the lesson its leadership had taught and they were copying it word-for-word. Evil on a nationwide scale begets evil throughout the nation. God is not blind. He dispensed with Judah. He may do the same with us.

    When leadership fails, people suffer for it. God will pay them the wages they have earned (Romans 6:23).

     

     

     
  • Randal 8:45 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    • Jack Wirtz 12:48 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      ​ But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of GOD bestowed in the assemblies of Macedonia; that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty has abounded to the riches of their [free-hearted] liberality. For according to [their] power, I bear witness, and beyond [their] power, [they were] willing of their own accord, begging of us with much entreaty [to give effect to] the grace and fellowship of the service which [was to be rendered] to the saints. (2Co8:14)

      To come to the aid of the brethren in need.

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