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  • TFRStaff 9:03 am on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Christians born on this day 

    Terry Gardner and Tom Childers have been posting well-known preachers’ births on the Facebook group, “Friends of the Restoration.” Here’s today’s post.

    Preachers born this day (August 31st) include: A. Alsup (1843-1907, one of Ligon’s men); William Franklin Ledlow (1877-1932); Clem Z. Pool (1893-1975); Thomas Howard Sherrill (1899-1980); and Ira Lutts North (1922-1984). Not a preacher, but an important person who is still with us is the remarkable Helen [nee Mattox] Young.

    Perhaps you might know of other worthy saints born on this day, well known or not? Feel free to mention them in the comments section.

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  • Randal 6:10 am on April 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The saddest Sabbath of all 

    EasterLater, Peter gets restless and goes fishing, back to his old job, John 21:3. But now, between the crucifixion and resurrection, they rest, Luke 23.56. Their bodies, at least, if not their minds. That Sabbath must have been the saddest of all, between death and life. They must still be stunned, wondering how it ever happened. Just a week ago the country was at fever pitch as the Lord entered Jerusalem, swept in by the people’s fervor at seeing their Messiah approach the holy city. Events were finally moving toward their proper goal. Then this. Surely it was a dream — the betrayal, the judgment, the torture, the shame of the Skull. The shame of running, hiding, abandoning the Master. Where did things derail, how did it all go so wrong? Oh, the short-sightedness of human eyes!

    We don’t celebrate Good Friday or Easter, but the prevailing religious climate here has me thinking about our Lord’s death. Anytime is a good time for that, is it not?

    I don’t usually mention such things here on TFR, but considering she’s a Prime Mover in all things Forthright/GoSpeak, it’s appropriate to note that Barbara Ann is celebrating a birthday today, as she treks about Costa Rica. Send her your greetings.

    Three Christian ladies passed away this week: Richard H.’s mom, George Bailey’s wife, Ancil Jenkins wife. Sister Elaine Jenkin’s obituary is on BNc, thanks to Dale Jenkins, the others noted on BNc’s Twitter for now. I didn’t know any of them, unfortunately, but I know family members. And knowing those they touched, what wonderful servants of God they must have been.

    On Resurrection morning, it is the women who are up and doing. To them our Lord first appears. They are the first bringers of the News.

    The pigeons are cooing, the sun rising, a few people stirring already. Most will miss the quiet, more pensive hours of the morning. They’ll slide out of bed after the day is already hot and moving. It’s a holiday weekend, after all.

    • Don Petty 7:04 am on April 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, the disciples after His death must have acted about like we of this century would have acted. While it was good, we had hope. When things look gloomy, we return to the material thoughts of the past. Doesn’t it seem as though we should look to Him even more strongly when things seem to have turned dark?
      Don Petty, Lewisville (TX) Church of Christ

    • wolfsrosebud 9:14 am on April 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply


      Good to see something from you. I’ve gotten involved with two on-line poet groups. It’s been interesting… and a ministry. Some people are really messed up. Have a great Easter.

  • Randal 1:10 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: birthday rituals — and news 

    In your house are there any birthday rituals you’ve established? Things you do, places you go, special foods you eat?

    I ask, because three Fellows have kids with birthdays today. (How’s that for a coincidence?) Richard M.’s daughter Sarah celebrates one today (sorry, I don’t know her age). And Weylan and I have a son and a daughter turning 18 today. Leila, however, has made it known that she was born much earlier in the day than Orrin.

    Happy birthday to these three young people and may the Lord bless them richly in their lives for him.

    • Weylan Deaver 2:06 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t realize our kids had the same birthday. Hmmm. We called Orrin this morning and sang to him, but won’t see him till tomorrow evening, as he is back at his grandparents’, and back at his job. Friday night is his big homeschool graduation celebration, for which I’m composing a poem. Then, Saturday, the rest of us (Orrin excepted) will travel on to west Texas for the Pecos River Encampment, where Cheri and I will teach for a week in the hot and dry edge of the desert.

      • J. Randal Matheny 2:27 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yup, it’s been big news at our house lately. Do share the poem with us, post ceremony.

        West Texas, the desert of sand and cactus.

    • J. Randal Matheny 3:11 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Richard tells me Sarah is 17 today.

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