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  • Randal 9:48 am on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    If I were to partner with an evangelical association to do my work, would churches have a problem with that? Most of the congregations I’m associated with would. At least, I hope they would. But why is it when brethren partner with an evangelical association to do benevolent work, it’s not a problem. Why is that not a problem, brethren? There are some very wrong things going on in the brotherhood, disturbing in no small degree. It is moments like these that leave me deeply perplexed and pessimistic about the direction of the churches.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    10 Random Questions with Spiritual Roots 

    Here are some random questions (some may even call them “nudges”) that actually have a spiritual starting point. Care to answer a few?

    1. If you preach, do you have a “favorite” sermon?

    2. If you don’t preach, is there a sermon that has stuck with you through the years?

    3. Would you consider an “invitation song” offered during worship services a tradition of men?

    4. What do you believe is the number one reason (main contributing factor) behind poor worship service attendance?

    5. If you have a young daughter, would you approve of her dating a young man who doesn’t work?

    6. How many hours of sleep do you average a night (or day, in case you’re a third-shifter)?

    7. How many hours, on the average, do you punch on the ole’ time clock?

    8. Was there one individual person in your life that contributed the most to you becoming a Christian? If so, who?

    9. What you do think the number thing our prayers should revolve around for our nation (America), or for whatever nation you happen to be living in?

    10. Which is harder for you to do: tell a brother or sister in Christ that they have something in their teeth or telling them that they have sinned against you?

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:43 am on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Geologists following the lead of evolutionists date rock strata by the fossils found within it. However, there are as many exceptions as there are examples. These they label as anomalies; something without explanation. For instance, in the various rock strata that forms the Grand Canyon there is conifer pollen, pollen from evergreen trees, found in every strata from the top to the bottom of the canyon. However, evergreens didn’t evolve until very late, according to evolutionists, and should be found only at the very top. This is just another example of a library of things contradicting evolution that you never hear about. This is Just-A-Minute .

     
  • Eugene Adkins 9:13 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Danger of Peace, Imperfect Peace 

    Often times when a discussion is had between individuals who are on “opposite sides of the fence” about topics pertaining to salvation, key doctrinal differences and even Jesus himself, one side of the dialogue can be quick to defend his or her belief on the basis of the “peace” that is felt within one’s heart.

    For example:

    • when discussing the merits, or rather the lack-thereof, of the sinner’s prayer one may defend their affirmative belief because of the peace that they felt after saying such
    • when discussing the merits, or rather the lack-thereof, of the book of Mormon one may defend their affirmative belief because of the peace that they felt after reading such
    • when discussing the merits, or rather the lack-thereof, of the confession booth one may defend their affirmative belief because of the peace that they felt after admitting such

    While peace is an important, dare I say even vital, aspect of Christianity, if the truth were told, as it is now, one’s feeling of peace does not always equate to one’s possession of said peace.

    Examples of this are abundant within the pages of God’s word. From the cultural mindset of the antediluvian time period (Matthew 24:37-39), to the prophets and people of Jeremiah’s day (Jeremiah 14:10-15), to the willfully ignorant religious individuals that Peter warned about (2 Peter 3:1-12) there has always been and there will always be people who promote the importance and supposed validity of personal peaceful feelings above the true importance and true validity of knowing the peace that comes from possessing a right relationship with the God of the Bible.

    Peace, imperfect peace originates from ignorance, self-fulfilled desires and seared consciences; all of which derive from one’s personal feelings (Proverbs 14:12).  Peace, perfect peace originates from knowledge, the fulfillment of godly expectations and the directions of a properly trained conscience; none of which derive from one’s personal feelings (Philippians 4:6-7).

    The point is that the human heart can be confused and contorted to the point of severe and deadly deception resulting in a feeling of justification regardless of the heart’s error (Jeremiah 17; 2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Timothy 4). This is why true peace is found in knowing, regardless of the ebb and flow of human emotions, that all things are as they should be because all things have been made as they will be by the revealed grace of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Peace, perfect peace is quite different from peace, imperfect peace! So may it be the goal of every God-seeking individual to know the Prince of Peace in a way that the peace of God is not something we feel, but rather something that we have received through the gift of God.

    As he approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!” Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”” (Luke 19:37-44 - NET)

     
  • TFRStaff 7:15 am on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 3 of 3) 

    As Jeremiah referred to a deliverance having a significance that would supersede the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, we have noted the spiritual deliverance we ourselves have received in Christ. However, as Israel was freed from the bondage of one nation and Jeremiah referred to the bringing out from “all the countries” where God had driven His people (Jeremiah 16:15), is there another deliverance of significance by which we can be encouraged?

    God’s sovereign power to deliver was displayed in the past at various times and in various ways. His power to deliver in the past is to be a source of encouragement for the present. That power to deliver is also to encourage us regarding the future!

    Jeremiah spoke of a drawing from many countries. Jesus noted a drawing from all directions. God has planned a great deliverance, a time when He will gather all the redeemed from the four directions of the earth to be with Him forever. As surely “As the LORD lives” He will bring such a deliverance.

    Jesus stated. . .

    (26) And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. (27) And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.” (Mark 13:26-27 ESV)

    What a grand gathering that will be! What an awesome deliverance of which to be a part!

    One of the glorious pictures our Lord gave of joining with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the eternal kingdom of God is as follows:

    “And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29 ESV)

    From all directions God draws and will draw His people, delivering them from the bondage of sin in this world and placing them in His eternal kingdom. We should look forward with great anticipation for our final delivery from this realm. In the meantime let us keep in mind the “marker of the past”, the deliverance God made possible through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. . .

    “and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10 ESV)

    Praise God He has made it possible for us in Christ to encourage ourselves as we say, “As the LORD lives who has delivered me from my sins and the fear of death and will also bring me into His glorious eternal presence!”

    Have a great day ANTICIPATING THE MOST SUPREME DELIVERANCE OF ALL!

    “teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. http://www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

     
  • Ed Boggess 6:36 am on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    How are fossils dated? They are dated by the layer or strata of rock in which they are found. How is a strata of rock dated, geologists date the rock strata by the fossils found within it. Please excuse me if I find that this circular reasoning unconvincing. Then you have what they call anomalies, things that don’t fit, lots and lots of them. For instance, a fossilized tree is found growing through three strata of rock, representing as much as five hundred millions years. That is one old tree! Might we need to take a second look at evolution’s claims to origins? This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • TFRStaff 6:17 am on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (I’m Glad . . .) 

    I AM GLAD I KNOW . . .

    With all the unwholesome and unbiblical changes that I have lived to see take place in the church, I am glad I know . . .

    That God is still in His heaven

    That Christ is still on His throne

    That the Bible is still the inspired, infallible, and authoritative word of God that can be read, handled aright, understood, and obeyed (More …)

     
    • Jack Wirtz 11:15 am on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Brother, you and I know that, but there are millions upon millions who have loved the traditions of men more than Truth Himself.

  • Ed Boggess 10:32 am on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    I visited the Grand Canyon and saw the various rock strata that geologists say took millions of years for the Colorado River to eat away a canyon of that size. I wonder why there aren’t any grand canyons where other rivers flow. The mighty Mississippi flows with far greater volume and force than the Colorado, but there is no grand or even great canyon in the Mississippi valley. Then I discovered how rock strata is formed. 34 years ago Mt St. Helens erupted, leaving a layer of lava and ash. A few days later it erupted again, and then later again. Each of these eruptions left a new strata of rock. Thus, an evolutionist looking at the strata might judge them various millions of years old, when the truth is they were formed within two short years. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • TFRStaff 6:53 am on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 2 of 3) 

    As we noted yesterday, Jeremiah spoke of that which was to be of such significance it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt. (Jeremiah 16:14-15) Has that become the “marker of the past” to encourage us regarding God’s power to deliver? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . .”?

    As Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, he noted the great deliverance we have received; the “marker of the past” that ought to be of supreme significance to us. We read. . .

    (3) Grace to you and peace from god our father and the Lord Jesus Christ, (4) who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (5) to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5 ESV)

    Upon the cross, Jesus made that supreme deliverance possible. The power of His blood has delivered us from our sins. With His sacrifice on the cross He has delivered us from bondage and the fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15) In Christ, we have been delivered from the realm of darkness and brought into “(13) . . . the kingdom of his beloved Son, (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14 ESV)

    What a glorious deliverance through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross! What could be more significant than that? That supersedes any of the deliverances from worldly kingdoms of the past. In Christ we have been delivered from the greatest oppression we could ever be under; the bondage of sin and death.

    Because of Christ’s willingness to go to the cross on our behalf, we can now encourage ourselves as we say “As the LORD lives who brought me out of the bondage of sin and placed me in the realm of all His blessed promises in Christ.”

    Praise God for such a deliverance as He has provided through Christ. It was a supreme deliverance made possible through a supreme sacrifice! The cross — the “marker of the past” — must be kept in mind as we continue to move on in the steps of our Lord.

    Have a great day REJOICING IN THE DELIVERANCE WE HAVE RECEIVED!

    “teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. http://www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:46 am on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Bible Riddle 

    Alright you English majors, what’s the answer to this:

    Which is correct, 9 and 5 is 13 or 9 plus 5 is 13?

    Know the answer? Feel free to share it in the comments! Need a clue? Check out Matthew 5:28-40 and look for the word that bests fits as the answer.

    In case you don’t want to know the answer be careful about clicking on the comments section.

    Have a great week!

     
  • TFRStaff 8:04 am on July 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    7 ingredients in Charles Box’s recipe for spiritual change 

    There are consequences, negative and positive, to the things we think, do, and say in our life. All behavior has built-in consequences. When you choose the behavior you choose the consequence.

    Our daily goal should be spiritual growth.

    “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

    Here are some things that will bring about those positive, spiritual changes. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 7:24 am on July 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 1 of 3) 

    As we read through the Old Testament, a common reminder is that of the deliverance from Egyptian bondage. God’s people had been there for 400 years. They were in need of deliverance and the Living God provided it. When the time came, God raised up His servant Moses to lead Israel from bondage to journey toward the promised land. That deliverance became a marker of the past to remind the nation of God’s power to deliver. The LORD of such deliverance was their LORD; a truth to encourage them as they continued to serve Him. As God’s power had worked to bring the deliverance from Egypt, His power would work on their behalf, so long as they remained in their covenant relationship with Him. The deliverance from Egypt was an event; a monumental part of Israel’s history to be remembered. There is no question as to the significance of that deliverance in how God’s power and sovereignty were displayed in so many ways.

    During the time of the prophet Jeremiah, the following declaration was made through him.

     (14) “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ (15) but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.”” (Jeremiah 16:14-15 ESV)

    Certain events in history and the great milestones associated with one’s own personal heritage remain supremely significant until something of more significance occurs. There are times when a significant marker of the past is replaced by another to be kept in mind to encourage. Jeremiah declared such a change.

    Being heirs of the promise of Abraham we could say that the deliverance from bondage in Egypt is a part of our history too. However, is that the deliverance we celebrate? Is that the MARKER OF THE PAST that stands out with powerful personal significance to us? How about the deliverance Jeremiah spoke of that was to be of such significance that it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt? Or is it some othermarker of the past? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . . ”?

    Lord willing we will note this further tomorrow. For now, meditate on the fact that the same God who was Israel’s Deliverer from bondage in Egypt (and whatever deliverance He spoke of through His prophet, Jeremiah) is the same God we serve today. Delivering His people is still a part of His great plan.

    Have a great day ENCOURAGED BY GOD’S PROVISIONS OF THE PAST!

    teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. http://www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

     
    • Jack Wirtz 1:19 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      YHWH was always there, the time came when Israel realized they were without Hope and cried out to GOD.

      Exodus 2:23-25
      23 Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. 24 So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 And God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.

      Israel’s great marker of their past is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Passover memorial forever.

      Exodus 12:14-28
      14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance. 15′ Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 ‘And on the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 ‘You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance. 18′ In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19′ Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, thatperson shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land. 20 ‘You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'” 21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. 22 “And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning. A Memorial of Redemption 23 “For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. 24 “And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. 25 “And it will come about when you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, that you shall observe this rite. 26 “And it will come about when your children will say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ 27 that you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'” And the people bowed low and worshiped. 28 Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.

      As a Gentile, my great memorial of the past was the first advent of the Christ.

      Ephesians 2:11-21
      11 Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands–12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ,excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought nearby the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He mightmake the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

      And I anxiously await His second advent, that great day of His coming, For GOD has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11)

      • RichardS 9:01 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I find it odd that you call yourself a Gentile and not a Christian especially since you quoted Ephesians 2:11-21. Also, Galatians 3:26-29 is another reason you would call yourself a Christian and not a Gentile.

        • Jack Wirtz 11:16 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink

          Romans 3:21-30
          The Righteousness of God Through Faith. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? IS HE NOT THE GOD OF THE GENTILES ALSO? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

          Of Gentiles also (kai ethnon). Jews overlooked it then and some Christians do now.

          There can be neither (ouk eni). Not a shortened form of enesti, but the old lengthened form of en with recessive accent. So ouk eni means “there is not” rather than “there cannot be,” a statement of a fact rather than a possibility, as Burton rightly shows against Lightfoot. One man (heis). No word for “man” in the Greek, and yet heis is masculine, not neuter hen. “One moral personality” (Vincent). The point is that “in Christ Jesus” race or national distinctions (“neither Jew nor Greek”) do not exist, class differences (“neither bond nor free,” no proletarianism and no capitalism) vanish, sex rivalry (“no male and female”) disappears. This radical statement marks out the path along which Christianity was to come in the sphere (en) and spirit and power of Christ. Candour compels one to confess that this goal has not yet been fully attained. But we are on the road and there is no hope on any way than on “the Jesus Road.” (RWP)

  • TFRStaff 7:37 am on July 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Ashby Camp on the Bible and homosexuality 

    Ashby Camp has added a new study in PDF format about “The Bible and Homosexual Conduct” to his Bible studies page. It can be accessed here, along with others:

    http://www.theoutlet.us/miscellaneousbiblestudies.html

    Ashby is a thoughtful student of the Word. You’ll be benefited by his material.

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:31 am on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    (#201) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:10-The Sin of Hate Speech 

    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 30:10: “Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.”

    David understood what this proverb is about: “Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love” (Psalm 109:1-5).

    All Christians must put away all “evil speaking” (Ephesians 4:31). All non-Christians who blaspheme Christians are suddenly put on notice by this proverb.

    False accusation is the stuff of gossip: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16); “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5); “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28); and it is cancelled by the commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). No wonder, then, that “false witness” is one of the 7 things God “hates” (Proverbs 6:16-19). The unproven, unclaimed, thus false “accusation” placed on Jesus’ cross was: “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Matthew 27:37). Jesus Christ never was, nor will He ever be only “the King of the Jews,” for He is “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15)!

    A Christian is a “fellow servant in the Lord” along with Paul (Colossians 1:7; 4:7), Moses (Hebrews 3:5), John (Revelation 1:1), and angels (Revelation 22:9). What Christians believe and practice must come from the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and produce unity (John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13). However, there are matters about which God has allowed for conscientiousness, where Christians must not falsely accuse one another (Romans 14:1-10). “Vegans” should not condemn those who can eat meats. No one is undermined if: a converted Catholic continued to eat fish on Fridays; a converted Jew may still do no work on Saturday; a converted denominational member still raises hands during a prayer; a converted Muslim woman still covers her head with a scarf, etc. Since Christians are “servants of the Lord,” Paul asks: “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls” (Romans 14:4), then plainly declares: “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself” (Romans 14:7). This does not excuse anyone from continuing immoral, worldly ways into their Christian life (1 Corinthians 5:9-12; 6:9-11), for “those who are outside God judges” (1 Corinthians 5:13).

    Christians must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). God has always kept the line clear between the righteous and the unrighteous (Ezekiel 33:10-20), lest His servant is falsely accused.

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

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:16 am on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Anasazi Indians lived in the Utah area from 400-1300 AD. They recorded their world view with petroglyphs painted on rock. They still exist. At the Natural Bridges National Monument there is a petroglyph that shows a dinosaur, specifically a brontosaurus, with the long tail and small head, clearly painted with desert varnish. It has been dated as early Anasazi art. This example, along with thousands of others that could be cited, raises the question: if dinosaurs became extinct 60-million years ago, how did this Anasazi artist know what a Brontosaurus looked like? Is it possible that we have been sold another of the devil’s lies in the theory of evolution? This is Just-A-Minute

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:02 am on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    In Acts 11:26 God gave a name for the followers of Jesus, the name Christians. Some say it was given in derision by the enemies of Christ. But I don’t believe that for a minute. The word used for “called” is invariably used in scripture for a divine call. What that means is the name Christian is God-chosen, heaven-approved and Spirit-inspired. Any name other than that name is a wrong name and any name more is too much. James asked, “do they not blaspheme that worthy name by which you are called?” If that worthy name is not the name Christian, then pray tell what name could it have been? This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • 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.

     
    • Mark Register 11:51 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The ESV Reader’s Bible. The link is for the imitation leather cover from Amazon.
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1433544113/ref=aw_wl_ov_dp_1_7?colid=3W06Q5LMB3YT&coliid=I12MLH2BQZGBUU

    • Mark Register 11:54 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      • Randal 12:24 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mark, for this fine link. I looked at the video, and the chapter and verse numbers have been removed from within the text and moved to the margin. So it’s a bit of fudging, but certainly a better reading experience.

    • jmregi7837 12:28 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, okay. The way I understood it is that the only chapter and verse numbers are ranges (ie they show the first and last verse on a page). That way you can go to a study bible, etc. and study deeper into what you read.

      • Randal 12:38 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        From the info, it appears that way. But the video shots show them in the margins. Still valid your link, however. Thanks!

    • RichardS 11:55 pm on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I went to the bibliotheca website to check it out. At first glance it seems ok but to me it should be thoroughly checked out before recommending it to anyone. Are you familiar with the creator of this remake of the ASV? Did you know that he, Adam Lewis Greene, was going to include the books of apocrypha in his edition and that he will use YHWH for the name of GOD instead of JEHOVAH, which seems to be the trend in some denominations?

      • Randal 4:42 am on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I’m aware of the approach. We trust our readers to check out any works mentioned here. His work does not include the Apocrypha.

        • RichardS 9:40 am on July 25, 2014 Permalink

          If you go to his website and click on kickstarter you will see where he says that if he gets enough support he will include the books of apocrypha with every set he ships.

  • 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
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    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.”

    • goomerpartt 2:24 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Tomorrow

      • Eugene Adkins 5:52 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, Goomer.

        Tomorrow would be better than today if he doesn’t want to be disappointed, but it’s still not the right answer.

        Check out verse 23 of Matthew 7 for the word that answers the riddle.

        Thanks for commenting.

  • 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
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    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 …)

     
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