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We usually postpone the very things that ought to be done immediately. As a result, at the end of each year, we find a large deposit of unfinished business on hand. Thus, we enter each new year with the same old problems, weaknesses, failures and fears. Why don’t we determine that [this year] should be different? Let’s make this the year we really “turn over a new leaf” and blaze down the trail of life victoriously. As Jesus so aptly mentioned in Luke 2:49, may we, too, be busy in the Father’s service! Let this be the year… (Read More)
Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics every Thursday.
He provides us some wise words of exhortation as to what to teach our children during the upcoming New Year.
In his article, he emphasizes the wasteful mindset that exists in our educational establishment as well as in our country. In his native country, India, waste was virtually unheard of – everything that could be used was used.
One of the messages that resonate from “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is that God is in control! Several clever descriptions from the Apocalypse reveal this truth. (Read More)
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Being an old farm boy, I can really appreciate this article by Brother Jonathan Jones:
He makes a perfect analogy of feeding cows and calves, to the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.
We must preach and teach the saving gospel of Christ where folks of all backgrounds can understand it, otherwise we’re just spinning our wheels.
I have dreams for 2010 and meditations on 2009. Join me as I build sandcastles. Share your thoughts on my ruminations. Feedback is always helpful.
The Daily Nudge asked yesterday, and remains today, about the Fellows’ new year’s resolutions, if any. Seems to be a common practice among us, and somebody somewhere has probably traced it back to a Christian origin of seeking to grow and progress more and more in love and faith and good works. I wouldn’t be surprised.
I’m still thinking on mine. My main one tends in the direction of getting the Word into people’s ears and, then, one hopes, hearts. Not only the teaching and preaching, but the reading. I’ve dealt with that in several places here and there on the web. As Paul told Timothy, to “concentrate on the public reading of Scripture” (1 Tim. 4:13 ISV).
We assume since everybody has a Bible that they read it. Bad assumption there. Even today, with the brazillions (heard that joke?) and gazillions of Bibles running out of our ears, its content is not getting into our ears much better than when Scripture was handwritten and the rare copies kept in the synagogue.
Back to resolutions. The New Testament Bible reading schedule I’m touting ends the year with 1-2 Thessalonians. Both appropriate since they talk about the end times and growing and progressing more and more in view of the end.
And from that reading, I offer this prayer for all my friends and readers today:
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say” (2 Thes. 2:16-17 NET).
Over six years ago when my little mother moved in with us following a serious stroke, I looked at my husband, Douglas, and asked how are we going to do this. He said, “Glenda, we’ll have to take one day at a time.” That is all we have, isn’t it? It surely makes life a lot easier to not have to be concerned about tomorrow, but to just concentrate on today.
My friend, Carl S. Sims, preacher of the Main St. church of Christ, Manchester, TN, recently did a workshop for a group of preachers. He told them to take a piece of paper and list the hours in the day in a line. Each hour they were to write down how they spent that hour. At the end of the day they could look and tell how they were using their 24 hours. God wants us to use our time wisely.
Carl Sims is the most disciplined individual I have ever met. He is a soul winner. Just the other day he told me they have baptized 86 this year. We immediately want to know what he is doing, don’t we? He gets up and reads his Bible first thing every morning. He has been reading through the New Testament from one to two times a month for over twenty years. He also reads in the Old Testament. Some days he will have as many as five Bible studies in a day, and some start as early as 8:00 A.M. He uses the Ivan Stewart Three Lesson Bible course. You may contact Carl to receive a FREE DVD of him teaching Christians how to use this study, and learn to do it yourself! The church telephone number is 931-728-3306. Tell him I encouraged you to call and request a copy. You’ll be so glad you did!
Why don’t we set as our New Year’s resolution a goal to get up one hour earlier every day and read nine chapters in the New Testament? In 29 days at that rate we will have read through the New Testament. I like to pray before I start reading and ask God to help me to absorb and understand what I am about to read that I might in some way be a soul winner. May God bless each of you in this new year. May we all use our time wisely.
My New Years resolution is to find better time/more time to pray. I have tried to use the morning time to pray after my breakfast or in the evening before bedtime. This seems to be the only time I have that is quiet. But, there are times that other things move into this time, therefore robbing me. Therefore I am resolved to solving this problem.
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Have been working on the BNc site, with a couple of new stories, as well as lots of new links on that page, and a new calendar of events, with three new items there. You can suggest events of regional, national and international interest (hint).
And, if I can get to it by year’s end, a major editorial is in the works for BNc/FMag/TFR, etc. Before the company comes tomorrow.
For anyone interested, I send out daily a meditation from Scripture via e-mail. If this is something that you think might help in your Christian walk, join our mailing list
Besides the good lesson with the title above, this is the neatest thing: the audio is accompanied by text, or closed captions. But don’t pause it; I had to do that (the wife was heading out to the fruits-and-veggies store), and the CC got confused. Still a good deal. From our good brother Roy Davison, in Belgium.
Here are some Bible-based resolutions from Bro. Nicholas Stacks’ blog that are very practical for the New Year:
Sharpening The Iron: http://sharpeningtheiron.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-new-years-resolutions.html
Note the highlighted letters that spell two thousand ten. That’s using the old noggin!
TFR gains another Fellow today (could Fella be the feminine form?). Glenda Williams, whose name we’re all familiar with by now, after her reading schedule and Bible chart sheet, besides my link to her background story on her blog, has graciously consented to join us as a poster. I only know her through the Internet. And we’ve been in contact for perhaps a year, maybe a bit more. But that’s enough to know what a warm and generous spirit she is. She’ll bring many a Christian grace to the site here. Please say a welcome to Glenda.
Oh, and for those Fellows who I didn’t actually welcome but just threw them out there into TFR, my apologies. We were still in the start-up stage and the rush was on the getting things going. I should have done by you better.
First of all, I want to thank Tim Lewis for giving me the idea for this post. As is often the case when one is preaching the Message of God’s Word to an audience, a grain of truth finds its way into a heart in a way that the messenger may not be aware of or even intended. In pointing out the sad truth that some have a hard time believing that God could love them because their sin is so grievous, I was encouraged to think of my own life and admit what I knew to be true, but, like everyone else, sometimes have a hard time remembering. God loves me! Thanks, Tim. (Read More)
I’ve listed a few resolutions on my blog http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/12/17/suggested-new-years-resolutions-for-2010/. However, if I were to reduce all of those down to one resolution, it would be this one:
To be more like Christ, as the apostle Paul so profoundly stated in Galations 2:20:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
If I am willing to pattern my life after Christ, I will be spiritually successful this coming New Year.
Mark and Mike have posted on distance learning and the Internet. OVU hosts an expert speaker Jan. 7 who will address, among other things, how web technology is revolutionizing education. Ought to be an interesting presentation. One wonders if the audio or video will be made available.
G. E. Watkins has a new sermon outline on “The Origin of Sin,” dealing with its pre-eden origin, its origin on earth (Eve) and within the individual. For a taste, in the temptation with Eve, he mentions Satan’s three tactics. Here’s one:
Satan implies unfair treatment. It seems as if Satan said to Eve, “Surely God has not given you such an unfair restriction.” Today, Satan is having his way with us when he can convince us that in living the Christian life we are burdened, mistreated and deprived.
Well worth some quiet meditation on how sin thrives among and within us.
This in the last issue of the Streetsboro,Oh., church bulletin, taken from the Fulton County Gospel News, author is Tom Wacaster:
Now, here is the truly disappointing thing about my three hours at O’ Hare. I did not see a single Bible on the shelves of that store, or any other store in that terminal. There were books on the occult, mystic magic, the new age movement, and even the Koran. But not one single copy of a Bible could be found. There were magazines to tempt the sensual pleasures, newspapers that will give you the “truth” on extraterrestrial beings in New Mexico, and “how to” books on desert survival or how to become a contestant on a game show, but no Bible. After less than five minutes perusing the shelves, I decided that my time could be used more profitably by going to my gate and reading from my Bible. For the next two hours I feasted upon the word of God, reminded myself of His great love for me, and read of that heavenly home that awaits the faithful when this life is over. Truly, I can’t think of a better way to have spent three hours at O’Hare.
A sign of the times, unfortunately, that the writer could not find a Bible in O’Hare airport. As it’s very absent from much of American society …
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A friend in TX helped me find such a way. He said he was reading 1st John. I said that won’t take too long. He informed me that his method was to read it multiple times. His objective–read it 15 or 20 times. I’ve latched onto this idea. It keeps me from getting bogged down, helps me gain new insights each time through and gives increasing clarity on the big picture. Something else I like about this particular method. It likely emulates the way the early Christians absorbed a letter.
Here’s the main thing. Read the undiluted Word of God for all it worth this next year. You and everyone around you will be greatly blessed.
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A New Year
Adam B. Cozort
If two thousand ten is like two thousand nine,
Opportunities will abound for the Lord’s work to shine.
But if the latter year is not like the first,
Will it be better or will it be worse?
The good news, my brethren, is it does not matter,
For our God will be with us for worse or for better.
As we usher a new year in once again,
God will remain with us as He has always been.
However, our God requires action from us.
Will you be counted among those He can trust?
Will you stand with the faithful on the front line of battle,
or will you try to just stand in the back and prattle?
As we start this new year the time is at hand,
To present God’s Word to all that we can.
Will you stand faithful and use all your might,
To stand for what is godly, true, and right?
There is no individual God does not want.
None who cannot help with the task from the front.
In this new year our task should be clear:
To spread the Gospel both far and near.
Will you resolve to put God first in your life,
Whatever the conflict, whatever the strife?
To resolve to fulfill our Lord’s commands,
Even if it makes you unpopular with friends.
The new year approaches, it has reached the front door.
It is time to decide what you will use this year for.
Will you come with me and stand by my side,
To hold up the banner, to fight and not hide?
With God on our side who can stand in our way?
Only ourselves, if we choose not to stay.
If daily Bible reading plans seem daunting to you, check this one out. I’ve posted it to my website, since it reflects much of what I’ll be doing in 2010. The big deal on it, though, is that you read one chapter a day, only on weekdays.
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What does the new year hold? Trying to keep my household above water financially, writing more Bible study articles, and devoting more time to prayer, asking God’s guidance and direction for my life, and the life of my family.
Some ambitious people read the New Testament once a month. Glenda Williams (again, full of ideas and Christian action; we’ve got to get her posting here) sent me this PDF reading schedule, which is basically reading nine chapters a day for 29 days to get the job done. The actual PDF was put together, she says, by Ben W. May of Andalusia, AL. Are you up to this? New Testament Monthly Bible Reading Schedule
In January 1982 we moved into the old farmhouse. In January 2010 we plan to move again if it all comes together. I’m sure getting tired of all this moving. It’s a big change.
Our daughter, her husband, and my granddaughter, will live in the farmhouse. In June they expect to be joined by one more little person bringing our total number of grandchildren to two. We are excited with this change as well.
Our church family continues to grow and mature. Many of our kids have made their way back home, some with spouses in tow. We have been transformed from a little country church concerned about surviving to a small thriving church with great potential. Our young singles, couples and families are proving themselves very responsible and making the most of every opportunity to grow. They are stepping up and stepping into responsible roles across the board. For this we thank God and ask he use our church family to his highest glory. This change and the promise for the new year excite me most.
How neat. Didn’t find a place to comment, but I really like this.
“What does the New Year hold” is a good question to ask. On one side it makes us wonder what positive things are to be shared and bless us. On the other side we wonder about the negative. Then I think, “What will be, will be”. There are some things I am looking forward to. I am looking forward to by brother Jim Reyna retuning home next month from his 90 day recovery period after is liver transplant. I look forward to continuing to find benevolent people and congregations to help in his financial needs. I look forward to a sister I am close to recovering from cancer. I am looking forward to the passing of a dear brother, He is close to dying of cancer that he has fought for over ten years. Presently I could get a phone call at anytime that he has passed on. I would rather know he is in the arms of the saints in heaven than for him to continue on here in his present condition. As the year unfolds I hope to be back here to relate more.
Hard Sayings (6)
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! (Isaiah 5:22-23)
It is not often noticed in Scripture that there is a difference between the words “wine” and “strong drink.” In every case where “strong drink” is mentioned, it is always in the negative; not so with the word “wine.” It is also interesting that the words “strong dink” is translated “beer” in the New English Translation (NET). What is the point? Why is it that some, including Christians, would want to be associated with that which the Lord speaks negatively about? Some, I suppose, just want to be associated with what they consider “happiness” (or a good time) more than they desire to enjoy life in a godly way. It is a struggle for all, but a struggle worth enduring for the life of the saint. I wonder if on Judgment Day those who enjoy their alcohol will desire it then!