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8-29-2017 Self-identification

Jesus said, “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” (Matthew 19:4-5 NKJV). God’s Creation fact is still true, no matter what people may do. Some “self-identify” as being married: without being married, or fight for dominance not being “one flesh,” or marrying the same sex. Some “self-identify” as transgender, but God’s Creation fact is forever established. Many “self-identify” as Christian, but Solomon asked: “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?’” (Proverbs 20:9 NKJV). “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV). “Self-identification” does not replace Bible and cannot pass the Judgment Day!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#self-identity, #transgender

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8-31-2017  Are You Double-Hearted?

David said: “Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak” (Psalm 12:1-2 NKJV). In this day of “political correctness,” right-words are shouted down and right-actions are condemned. The “godly” and “faithful” may resort to idle speech and flattery “with his neighbor,” hiding within his heart the knowledge of what’s right and the fact he is wrong. This “double heart” is one of sin, guilt, and misery. Christians should pray: “Do not take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts” (Psalm 28:3 NKJV). “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so” (Psalm 107:2 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#faithful, #godly

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9-1-2017  Are You Double-Minded?

Prayers from a doubting heart don’t work. “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:7-8 NKJV). We cannot pray to God and doubt Him at the same time! “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14 NKJV). According to Acts 9:9, 11, Saul of Tarsus spent three days praying and fasting in blindness, but he had no confidence that he was saved until he was told to “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). In Acts 9:18, “he arose and was baptized.” Are you sure you’re saved?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#doubt, #prayer

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September-4-2017  The Time Is Now

When their government oppressed God’s people, the Prophet Elijah asked the timid Israelites, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21 NKJV). Good people cannot survive in a society (or world!) by shrinking away from the inevitable choice: good or evil. Joshua challenged his people: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15 NKJV). Paul wrote there will be “the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel” (Romans 2:16 NKJV). There will be “multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!” (Joel 3:14 NKJV). The “cowardly” will burn in Hell with “all liars” and sinners (Revelation 21:8).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#choice, #good-or-evil

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8-21-2017 Do You Need A Miracle Today?

The Gospel of Christ saves those who believe. “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:21-23 NKJV). “Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23 NKJV). But Jews later said, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?” (John 6:30 NKJV). So we are told, “although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him” (John 12:37 NKJV). The answer to “sign-seekers,” is to “preach Christ crucified.” Bible miracles prove “Jesus is the Christ.”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#miracle, #sign-seekers

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8-22-2017 Lessons From The August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 was not the end of the world, nor the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, nor the cause of some cataclysm. There were some things to remember it for: (1) God’s Creation operates so precisely, that this natural event was predicted, almost to the minute, years ago! (2) Blocked sunlight symbolizes religious spokesmen without truth. “The sun shall go down on the prophets, And the day shall be dark for them” (Micah 3:6 NKJV). (3) Millions of people gathered with no racial slurs, violence, or evil disposition because there were no professional haters nor media headline-chasers present to manufacture problems! Once again, the public puts the lie to fake news! (4) “The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble” (Proverbs 4:19 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#total-solar-eclipse-lessons

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8-23-2017 Mankind’s Moral Eclipse

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12 NKJV). Later, Jesus said, “‘A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going’” (John 12:35 NKJV). Community organizer, Judas Iscariot, brought his mob of betrayal, and Jesus said, “When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness” (Luke 22:53 NKJV). The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a moral “eclipse” by mankind, but it was “God, who raised Him from the dead” (1 Peter 1:21 NKJV). After being eclipsed, like the sun, Jesus still shines!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#moral-eclipse