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12-11-17     Look Back, But Don’t Re-live

 Do you “live in the past?” “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this” (Ecclesiastes 7:10 NKJV). When we have only good memories about the past, we (1) have faulty memories, and (2) probably haven’t learned much. Life is a great teacher, but lessons come from both good and bad. “Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:10 NKJV). It is important to know that “God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15 NKJV). Christians have learned that “we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles–when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries” (1 Peter 4:3 NKJV). Good people don’t want to go back!                                                       This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.        

#lessons, #life, #live-in-the-past

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12-13-17             One Miracle For One Prophet

God’s Prophet today is none other than Jesus Christ. After Jesus fed 5000 men (not counting women and children!) with 5 barley loaves of bread and 2 small fish, then gathered up 12 baskets full (more than He started with!), “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world’ (John 6:14 NKJV).  God made it clear, with such an overwhelming miracle witnessed by thousands, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  “And many of the people believed in Him, and said, ‘When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?'” (John 7:31 NKJV).  God has not given such miraculous demonstrations to endorse anyone else as His Prophet.  Jesus’ miracles should lead us to Him and no other.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus-miracles

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12-4-2017   False Teachers “Suppose” Their Doctrine

It is a false teacher who “does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ” and are “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself” (1 Timothy 6:3-5 NKJV).  False teachers: (1) refuse to accept Jesus’ “wholesome” doctrine, such as, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV)(2) are corrupt in mind, and void of “the truth,” and therefore “turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4 NKJV); (3) “Suppose” their doctrine is right while it is contrary to plain, Bible teaching, such as: being a Christian but not in the church of Christ; being saved before being baptized into Jesus’ death; worshiping God with entertainment and not sacrifices.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#corrupt, #false-teachers

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12-5-2017          Baby Jesus

This time of year, many celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but do not seem to understand some things.  For instance, God’s Son was born to a woman who did not believe in abortion.  Though not the “mother of God,” Mary was chosen to bring forth the body for God’s Son.  “The angel Gabriel” said to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35 NKJV).  Had she feared for her own life, reputation, or future at work, she could have been scared into an abortion, but instead, she feared God.  No righteous person can consistently accept the birth of the precious Jesus and believe that abortion is alright.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#abortion, #birth-of-jesus

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12-7-2017          Be Merry Without Alcohol!

“Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy” (Romans 13:13 NKJV). These are terms that describe company parties, conventions, frat parties, bars and taverns, Christmas and New Year Eves, or proms. This verse teaches us to behave as if others can see us in the daytime; therefore NOT with rioting and dulled judgments in alcohol and drugs; NOT sexual excesses and perversions; NOT with quarrelling and jealousy! “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:14 NKJV). “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27 NKJV). Christians will, and should, choose not to!           This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christmas-parties, #drunkenness, #lewdness

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11-27-2017                          Salvation Finally Revealed

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4 NKJV). “Our learning” must come from studying the events written in the Bible. God’s plan to save both Jew and Gentile through Jesus Christ, and add the saved to the church of Christ, is in the New Testament, not the Old Testament. Paul wrote that God’s Plan, “in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5 NKJV). Peter commanded Jews, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV); and  Gentiles “to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV).  Jesus saves “from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jew-gentile

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11-28-2017         Why Is There No More “Peace on Earth?”

Angels announced at Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14 NKJV) Why, then and now, is there not “peace on earth?” It is because there are not more men of goodwill! More preachers should preach Christ “because of goodwill” toward men (Philippians 1:15). “Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Ephesians 6:5-7 NKJV).
Peace on earth only happens in those who follow the Prince of Peace.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#angels, #peace-on-earth

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11-29-2017                 No Bible Myths

“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV).  Peter, James, and John had seen what took place on that Mount of Transfiguration that is recorded in Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; and Luke 9:28-36.  It is important that we know: (1) the written accounts of this are accurately recorded; (2) Peter, as an eyewitness, verified that event in Christ’s life on earth; (3) God had spoken from Heaven to point out Jesus as “My beloved Son. Hear Him.”  The Bible is not full of “fables” (the Greek word is “myths”), and should not be treated as such.  What is written in the Bible should not be “jumbled up” as if it doesn’t matter, and outside stories must never be added into the Bible text.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#myths, #transfiguration

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11-20-2017         Thanksgiving Without God?

It’s impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank!  The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3 NKJV)(1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so:  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV)(2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4 NKJV)(3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#god, #pure-conscience, #thanksgiving

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11-21-2017         Thanksgiving Is A Mouthful

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks” (Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV). Surely we can see that filthy, smutty, dirty language that spews from a person’s heart cannot be canceled out by an hour or a day of “thanksgiving.”  Jesus made this very clear when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34 NKJV). “Thanksgiving” should not be confined to a day, but to a way of life, and a change of heart. David said: “I will wash my hands in innocence…That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 26:6-7 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#filthy-language

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11-22-2017         Black Friday

“Black Friday” is the current term for those who are greedy for gain, both merchants and customers. It has become the “feeding frenzy” for shoppers, some of whom camp out to get the “early bird” specials, though the old adage says “the early bird” only gets worms!  Solomon said, “He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live” (Proverbs 15:27 NKJV).  It is troubling to the families of both customers and clerks to not be able to enjoy family time to thank God for the blessings they already have. Solomon also said: “There is nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#black-friday, #gain, #greedy

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11-24-2017                 New Birth Order

“Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). No better example of this is found than Jesus’ statement:  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Baptism is into Jesus’ death. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Any salvation offered before baptism is without the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. If not, why not? There is not one passage of Scripture where baptism and salvation/remission of sins are mentioned together that places salvation before baptism. If salvation comes to a sinner without being baptized into Jesus’ death in order to obtain remission of sins, then, as far as their “salvation” is concerned, “Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #jesus-blood

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11-13-2017                 Worldly Living

Christians “should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). People who are “alienated from the life of God” are:  clueless as to what life is really about; can’t see beyond their own lusts; are ignorant and not worldly-wise; and blind to what is good and decent.   Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus’ message to the lost is: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Jesus died for you, live for Him, and then Thank God.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#blindness, #ignorance

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11-14-2017         “Faith Only” Doesn’t Confess Christ

John 12:42-43: “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” “Many” “rulers” among the Jews “believed in” Jesus as the Christ, but “did not confess Him,” though Jesus made it clear about confession. “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9 NKJV). Faith only, without confession, receives “the praise of men,” but not the “praise of God.” It’s pitiful to see people whose faith does not obey.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#believe, #confession, #faith-only