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  • Ed Boggess 7:57 am on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Dr. Don Curtis, in his book Human Problems and How To Solve Them, lists some depressing statements which indicate one is bored with life:

    “Life has lost its meaning for me — I’m fed up”
    “That gripes me — Everything’s a mess”
    “I’m bored stiff — Everything bugs me”
    “I’m sick and tired of it all — Life is the same old stuff”

    Many of us have heard these same kinds of statements. Actor George Sanders wrote in his suicide note several years ago – “I am bored with living.” Why is it we try everything but the right thing to find joy in life? Why not try God? We’ve tried everything else: work, education, travel, entertainment, drugs, booze — none have given the happiness we seek. So, why not try God? This is Just-a-Minute.

     
  • Randal 2:36 pm on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Going to the house of friends to watch Brazil play again in the World Cup. This is about the only sports games that I watch, once every four years, Brazil in the Cup. We’ve even missed — sorry, Americans — the US play in the Cup. We don’t have any TV reception at home, so this gets us out of the house. The Missus is taking potato soup and chocolate muffins to enjoy afterwards. Christians can enjoy clean fun. That’s good for pagans to see. We’re real people and know how to enjoy this life, while watching for the Lord Jesus to sweep us into the next. The key is joyful and thankful holiness. There’s nothing more beautiful to show the world and for the world to see. Even during a ball game.

     
    • Jack 3:01 pm on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, I met these good folk from the Christian Church (Ind.) some 30 years ago and still receive an occasional letter of theirs passed on by a long time friend and mentor of mine that guided, or was it goaded, me into being a Berean. They have been successful in various foreign fields for many, many years.
      I am sending this note because of your’s and David’s comment, “We’re enjoying seeing the World Cup soccer championship games, held in Brazil this time.”

      David and Carol Bayless
      Pass. Pau d’Arco 100 — Coqueiro 67113-190 Ananindeua, PA, Brazil
      davidb57@uol.com.br
      Belém, Brazil

    • Randal 7:30 pm on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, Jack, thanks for the note. I’ve known the Baylesses for many years. They’re good people. He has fought the charismatic movement in the midst of the Christian Church here in Brazil. It’s a shame the instrument continues to be a barrier to fellowship.

  • TFRStaff 7:52 pm on March 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Happiness tied to the intangible 

    Anthony J. D’Angelo stated “Treasure your relationships – not your possessions.” Worldly happiness is so tied to materialism that happiness is almost always a synonym for money. Recall the immortal words of Jesus:

    “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

    As a child, it was my great grandmother who reminded us of the practical truth of the words of the Savior: “There is plenty of cheese in a mousetrap, but you will never find a happy mouse there.” (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 4:00 am on December 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How is your attitude? 

    Harry Perry was told he was dying of leukemia, so he threw in the towel and started to act as if life was over. He quit his job, ruled out marriage, spent thousands on treatments, drank heavily, and spent most of his time alone. He was waiting to die, but he might as well have been dead already.

    Harry’s life was empty, even though he wasn’t dead. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even dying.

    About 5 years after the initial diagnosis, another checkup showed that Harry did not have the disease. He has since then married, bought a home, and quit treatments. He feels great. Nothing has actually changed except Harry’s attitude. When he thought he was dying, he set a course of self-destruction. When he learned he wasn’t a victim of leukemia, he set a course of happy living.

    The application to this story is that some of us may be physically alive; however, mentally dead, meaning our negative attitudes quenches our spiritual joy. We if want joy and happiness, then we must change our attitudes.

    John 15:7-11—”If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; Even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

    Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day
    By Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock
    Warner Robins church of Christ, Warner Robins Georgia
    http://www.wrcoc.com

     
  • docmgphillips 3:42 pm on September 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Joy or Happiness? 

    The two are not the same. Indeed, we are commanded to rejoice, but we are not commanded to be happy. Happiness is an emotional, temporary feeling due to circumstances around us. Joy is that deep inner “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) which only those who are the children of God can truly claim. That is why God’s children can have joy even when it is the darkest night, even when the surrounding circumstances beat us down and engulf us. In John 16:33, our Lord Jesus told us, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” With a promise like that, how can God’s children not be joyful, even when they cannot be happy?

     
  • Michael Summers 11:10 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Joy of the Baptized 

    Joy exploded through my mind as I burst from immersion in the baptistry that evening. I submitted to Christ in baptism decades ago, but memory of that burst of joy remains clear. No one told me to expect that experience. I’ve noticed that many others seem extremely happy after baptism. Sometimes, their expression of joy even makes some people uncomfortable. However, converts in the book of Acts experienced joy also when they obeyed Christ in baptism.

    An Ethiopian government official, returning from worshiping God in Jerusalem, read from the prophet Isaiah as his chariot bumped along the road to Gaza. He did not understand all that he read; however, a passerby joined him and explained how the difficult passages pointed to a man recently executed in Jerusalem, a man that the official’s passenger said had risen from the dead and was God’s Messiah. As the official listened, he learned that immersion in water was part of joining the Messiah’s cause. He noticed a body of water nearby. “Look, here is water,” he said, “what hinders me from being baptized?” After the chariot stopped, he and his passenger went down into the water and the passenger baptized him. Afterwards, the passenger left him, the official went on his way rejoicing (see Acts 8:36-39).

    The official was not unique in his experience of post-conversion joy. A prison guard, awakened by an earthquake that he was sure had freed all his prisoners, learned from two of his prisoners (all had remained in the prison) about this same Messiah, Jesus. After cleansing his prisoners’ wounds, he too was baptized. Then “the jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God – he and his whole family” (Acts 16:34).

    The Apostle Paul wrote to converts in Thessalonica and recalled, “You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit” (1Thessalonians 1:6). This passage makes clear that this joy would continue, but that it would not erase suffering. Christians would still encounter difficulties, some because they had confessed Jesus as Lord, but they would retain hope because of their newfound capacity for joy.

    Galatians 5:22-25 identifies joy among the fruit of the Spirit that identifies those who keep in step with the Spirit because they remain faithful to Christ. Life as a disciple of Jesus may become difficult sometimes because we forget our baptism and the joy we felt as someone brought us up from the water, cleansed from guilt, forgiven of sin, and added by God to Christ’s church. Like the government official, the jailer, Paul and the Thessalonian Christians, remember your baptism. Imitate Christ and faithful Christians. As Paul wrote to another congregation in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-6).

     
  • TFRStaff 8:57 am on May 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Grow in the fruit of joy 

    “Be joyful always” 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

    First, there’s a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is more dependant on circumstances while joy is a fruit of the spirit that we grow in.

    While those whose citizenship is here are wrapped up in the never-ceasing ‘pursuit of happiness’ that leads them down the road to Self, sensuality, and stuff, those whose citizenship is in heaven know the love God has for us in not even sparing his own Son to save us and promising to answer our prayers.

    We can be unhappy, then, while still filled with joy.

    That was our situation last year as both Lori and Timothy fought cancer. Life may have been filled with the day by day trials, but God was good–always! And so joy abounded. That’s why we can have joy even in the midst of great trials–always!

    If some of us have joy hanging from our limbs as shriveled fruit, it is because we have perhaps forgotten what God has done, fixed our eyes on the seen, love Self more than others, or have drifted away from truth. To grow in the fruit of joy, we must recapture the newness, re-fix our eyes on Jesus, renew our love for others, and recommit to truth.

    Are you growing in the fruit of joy?

    Doug Kashorek

    Plattsburgh church of Christ

    http://www.plattsburghchurch.com

    author of Kin of Cain

    a Christian historical fantasy

    http://www.douglaskashorek.com

     
  • Randal 4:42 pm on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    If I say this is for evangelists, you won’t read it, will you? 

    Patience is a virtue for evangelists. A young man cancelled on our study last week the second time in a row. First time, he had to work late. The second time he talked to The Missus, so he didn’t give his reason for cancellation. It would be wrong to think he’s not interested. He might not be, but we can’t give up at this point. Sometimes, people just don’t feel the urgency they should, even though we tell them. Sometimes, too, they let life get in the way. So if we’re not studying, we’re praying for them, right?

    What’s the point of the title of today’s post? Talk of evangelists, and the eyes of many glaze over. “Oh, that’s not me,” they say. “I’m not an evangelist.” And they might even be right. They may not have the gift of evangelism. But isn’t this the purview of all? Rather, they ought to think, “This has to do with the Main Job of the church, I want to learn more, I want to improve my efforts, even though I might not be called an evangelist.” (I’m not even considering full-time evangelists here; some of the best ones I know aren’t supported by churches.) Say something is for evangelists and many saints tune out.

    • Now, sometimes elders and preachers do the church a disservice by calling the saints “church members,” which is not a phrase you’ll find anywhere within the NT. We have elders, deacons, preachers, and then comes that unformed and unclean mass of untrained “members.” The rest of them. Now we even have Distinguishing Titles for our Clergy. The other day I came across somebody—in OUR brotherhood, mind you— who called himself the Lead Minister. Obama said he leads from behind. This guy must serve from up front. Really!

    But I’m beginning to rant, and that’s not PC any more. My point is that, although we say we’re not clergy, we (third person of solidarity) act like it and quack like it. Caramba! We need more restoration in the church, do we not? And no restoration more needed than that of placing evangelism in its rightful place in the church, by everyone.

    Where is today’s Reuel Lemmons? (More …)

     
    • Anil Kumar 7:16 pm on February 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Bro.Randel,

      This is the fact today and I agree.
      I would like to share some of my views regarding the first paragraph of your article.
      The young man who cancelled his study may be right in his reason, and some some times it happens.

      I was thinking of something for long time with a title ” From the other End”. This is nothing thinking from the others point of view. People normally dont have this sence of thinking from others side. If a person who said that he would help us in a partucular issue and could not able to do it, then we obviously come to an opinion that he was decieved us. But how would it be if we first think of his circumstances which he could not able to do it. This is very commonly applicable to all the aspects. But still people generally comes to the negative thought first and will never come back to know fact of the person who cant able to do it. May be the person is righteous and was just feeling shy to show me his face because he could not able to do it for the proper reason. It is surely wrong to think that he is not intereted. May be the third or fouth time he may get the oppurtunity to attend the Study.

      May be the young man is in same circumstnaces or may not. Still we, as Evangelist should not conclude in a negetive way, how ever we pray for him.

      So its a right virtue to every one, especially for the desciple of Christ to give a thought of thinking “From The Other End”

      Anil

    • Stephen R. Bradd 7:24 am on February 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Good thoughts, Randal.

      • J. Randal Matheny 4:20 am on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Anil and Stephen. Another study is set with the young man for 5 p.m. today, and since it’s a holiday, work ought not interfere. Pray he makes it!

  • Randal 6:22 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The latter idea was hotly disputed by a follower. Imagine that!

     
  • TFRStaff 10:17 am on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    • Eugene Adkins 5:45 pm on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well said! I thought of 1 Corinthians 15:58 when I read this – “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

  • Richard Mansel 9:06 am on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    If the message in this photo is correct, what’s the point in going on? Where is hope? Where is peace? Depression would be the only logical answer.

    Thankfully, it is a lie straight from Satan’s blackened heart (John 8:44). We can help ourselves in minor ways, but we must depend on God when we do so.

    “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). 

     
    • Eugene Adkins 10:04 pm on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hard to pull your self up by the bootstraps if you don’t have any boots, huh?

  • Richard Mansel 9:46 am on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Thankful Thursdays! 

    I am trying to start Thankful Thursdays among my friends. How you can help:

    • On Facebook, post about Thankful Thursday and share the ways that God has blessed you.
    • On Twitter, use the hashtag: #thankfulthursday and share it with your followers.
    • Thank the Lord today for all that He has done for you.
    • Share your blessings here in the comments section about what God is doing in your life.
    • Pray that this will encourage the Saints and reach the lost!

    The Lord is worthy of all our praise and more.

    “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You” (Psalm 63:1-3).

     
    • Don Ruhl 4:09 pm on September 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      What a fabulous idea! We tend to complain about everything although we have everything!

  • Richard Mansel 9:10 am on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayer, Pride and Purgatory 

    These three items in the title are on my mind this morning. Let me explain:

    • We all have problems and pains in this world. They are a part of the human condition. As a Christian, we hear that we should give our problems to the  Lord. But what does that mean in a practical sense? How do we accomplish that? Read my discussion and comment, please.
    • I am so proud of the new Forthright Magazine page! It is gorgeous and I pray much good is done in the Lord’s kingdom, as a result. Remember, if you  were a subscriber before, nothing has changed. We hope even more people will subscribe and that our readership will increase. Please pray about this work and frequent the page. And of course, please promote us on your website and add a link, if that would be appropriate.
    • In mid-August, I am to speak on the doctrine of Purgatory for a lectureship. I am reading Dante’s Divine Comedy, where much of the doctrine originates. Your input and information on the false doctrine of Purgatory would be appreciated.  By the way, if you have a major doctrine in your denomination and it isn’t even discussed in the International  Standard Bible Encyclopedia, that is a bad sign. :)
     
  • Richard Mansel 12:19 pm on March 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    We Rejoice 

    We rejoice that we had a baptism this morning. If we are not thrilled and edified to see a soul being immersed into Christ, we need to seriously re-evaluate our spiritual condition. We rejoice for this young man and pray that he has a long, fruitful life in Christ. God be praised!

     
    • Mike Riley 2:27 pm on March 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, we should always be thankful and thrilled that men and women, both young and old have the desire to render obedience to the will of the Lord! May God be glorified and we be edified as a result.

    • J. Randal Matheny 3:59 pm on March 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Amen! Be sure and share it with Rick on baptism365.com

  • Mike Riley 1:31 am on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.

    Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998)
     
    • John Henson 1:23 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amen. And obeying the will of our God and father in heaven.

  • John Henson 4:57 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Great quote from a great book! 

    “If I am content now, where I am, with what I have, with the people I’m with, I will be content wherever I am, with whatever I have, whomever I’m with.” J. Randal Matheny, “Choose! 13 Choices to Transform Your Heart and Soul.” go to http://www.forthright.net.
     
  • Mike Riley 11:09 am on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A Short Poem – “Faith Is The Hand” 

    Faith is the hand that reaches out
    Accepting the love of God;
    Guiding our every daily walk
    As down life’s road we daily trod.

    Faith is the hand that turns the key
    To heaven’s golden door;
    Leading to abundant joy
    And life forever more.

    —Ruth H. Underhill

     
    • Randal 1:40 pm on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, ha, trying this reply in Safari, while I hit the like button on Mike’s choice of poem. Working so far.

  • jimnewy 3:44 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    For today and every Lord’s day. And certainly every day.
    Ps 100 “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.. In this psalm we find a call to come to the Lord with joy, thanksgiving and praise. Why? “For the LORD is good…” – Ps 100:5a.

     
  • Mike Riley 4:41 pm on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What a man accomplishes in a day depends upon the way in which he approaches his tasks. When we accept tough jobs as a challenge…and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen. When we do our work with a dynamic conquering spirit, we get things done.

    Arland Gilbert
     
  • Randal 2:45 pm on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Joy at finding 

    Ed Boggess is minister with the Winchester TN church. He does a daily one-minute radio spot called “Just a Minute.” He posted this today on the church-of-Christ list at Yahoo. (I’ve invited him to do this here.)

    Sometimes the best laid plans go awry. James Ng of Burton, Ohio planned to propose marriage during a hot-air balloon ride. Just as he was prepared to pop the question, the camera case which contained the 1-carat diamond slipped from his hands and fell overboard. James noted that they had just passed a river and determined to search for it. Sonya figured out what was going on, said “yes” and wore a twist tie on her finger. After seven days of thrashing through brush and brambles, James found the camera case and the diamond ring. Just as in the parable of the lost coin, there was plenty of rejoicing. That which was lost had been found. Likewise there is rejoicing in heaven over the finding of one lost soul. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
  • Richard Hill 5:01 am on December 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Pure elation! 

    The experience of two guys on the road to Emmaus tops my list of wish-I-could-have-been-there encounters with Jesus.    Why am I so drawn to this one?  Good question.   Perhaps it’s the side story behind all the big stories or the real life human drama of a couple of average Joe disciples.  Maybe it’s the extremes of hopelessness to elation.  But I always focus in on one line.  It absolutely intrigues me.  “Didn”t our hearts burn within us. . .?” 

    What an experience that must have been!  His identity can be hidden from their eyes, but the power of his words burns in their hearts.  How cool it would have been to have witnessed this amazing encounter from beginning to end—to feel, just for a moment, what they felt.

    Ah, the sad truth is, we can’t go back in time.  We can’t superimpose our presence over this event.   But does that keep us from experiencing what they felt?  Often I have found myself caught up in the stories and teachings of Jesus.  He sees into my heart.  He stumps my own wisdom.   The great Shepherd calls me to be with himself and I come.  His words burn within me.  It is pure elation!

     
  • Randal 7:40 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally! I bopped out my article today at Forthright Magazine, as I sweltered in the heat and fought that wet-rag feeling and mental lethargy that the high temps bring on. You judge if I was successful or not, with Get Out of My Life!.

    I’m trying to decide if it’s going to be useful or not, and I got the feed installed on my personal website, but my FriendFeed account is up if you have any use for it. I couldn’t get it to list the Forthright site, however. Perhaps a sign it doesn’t like the Moveable Type software, who knows?

    The Daily Nudge asks our greatest joy of late. Mine would have to be having my wife and daughter with me, after a lonely weekend. They went on a women’s retreat and I was left staring at two dogs who wanted their biscuits which I couldn’t find and discovered we didn’t have. Good thing I didn’t get devoured by these ferocious beasts. I’ve taken hits for it, but I’ll say it again: pets ain’t family. So my joy was to have the ladies of my life restored to me.

     
  • Daniel Haynes 4:26 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    My greatest joy of late is rediscovering the powerful teaching and encouragement derived from Christ’s assembly singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of song!

     
  • Richard Mansel 3:45 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    My greatest joy of late is renewed health after being sick for much of 2009.

     
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