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  • John T. Polk II 10:50 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-13-2017 Good & Evil 

    God, through Moses, told Israelites: “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil” (Deuteronomy 30:15 NKJV). Solomon ask God for “an understanding heart” “that I may discern between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9 NKJV). God’s prophet, Amos, said: “Hate evil, love good” (Amos 5:15 NKJV). To Christians, Paul wrote: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9 NKJV). The difference between “good” and “evil” is clearly drawn, described, and determined. Jesus said, “the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29 NKJV). There are not enough “shades of gray” to confuse those who follow God’s Word.

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  • John T. Polk II 10:48 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-14-2017 Evil Approved And Good Condemned 

    “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 17:15 NKJV). Approving evil or condemning those who do good are “abomination to the LORD.” That’s as bad as it can get. Rulers are “God’s minister to you for good,” and “God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:3-4 NKJV). What makes it confusing for some people is when government policy or laws become abominable to God. Only the Bible gives a clear description of what is “good,” and what is “evil.” “Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house” (Proverbs 17:13 NKJV).  The Christian, however, must “See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all” (1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 10:47 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-15-2017 A Guided Conscience 

    Why study the Bible? It should be to correctly educate our “conscience.” Paul wrote: “for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)” (Romans 2:14-15 NKJV). “Conscience” is our awareness of right and wrong, but it is our guide only when we learn from God’s Word what is right or wrong! People who are not a Christian may do many things right because they have their consciences educated by God’s Word. It would be good if their consciences guided them to what Jesus said must be done to be saved: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 10:46 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-16-2017 Little Children To Jesus 

    “Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16 NKJV)1) The “They” who “brought little children” knew Jesus’ “touch” can give direction to precious souls. We’re never too young for Jesus! 2) Children are not “born in sin” or else “the kingdom of God” is made up of sinners! 3) Adults must become trusting “children” who will be taught by Jesus.

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  • John T. Polk II 10:45 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    3-17-2017 Little Children Left Alone 

    “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” (Proverbs 29:15). “The rod” is the last line of discipline to be applied (not the first or only line), but children must be reminded that there is a limit placed on their actions, beyond which they must not go in respect for parental authority. It is “the rod and rebuke” that “give wisdom,” not just “the rod” without explanation and corrective instruction, but not “rebuke” without “the rod.” Unfortunately, in this society filled with divorce and remarriage, custody battles, sexual relations without marriage commitment, a child is “left to himself.” The mother or father who thinks the child can handle things all alone is self-deceived and has abdicated the greatest authority on earth: nurturing a soul. They will give account on the Day of Judgment. Fornication fathers the fatherless!

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  • John T. Polk II 10:32 am on 2017-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    3-6-2017 A Calendar Or The Cross 

    “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NKJV).  It is this fact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that the Apostle Paul was determined to preach.  By following a man-made religious calendar, people have been turned away from that Cross. “Christmas” diverts attention to Jesus’ birth; “Lent” places the emphasis upon human denial; “Easter” skips the cross to Jesus’ resurrection; and “the thief on the cross” makes salvation from a thief rather than Jesus! Bible faith says: “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 10:31 am on 2017-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    3-7-2017 Cross-caused Division 

    “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Luke 12:51-53 NKJV).  Jesus had just referred to His crucifixion as His “baptism” (Luke 12:50 NKJV), which can cause dysfunctional family relationships when not everyone in the family believes in His cross.  Today, some call for racial, bloody riots, and deaths, which divides families, instead of appealing to everyone to come to Jesus’ Cross for the love of God. “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)

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  • John T. Polk II 10:29 am on 2017-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    3-8-2017 Misunderstood Cross 

    “And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him’” (Matthew 27:39-42 NKJV). Jesus had said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19 NKJV), and John explained, “But He was speaking of the temple of His body” (John 2:21 NKJV).  To His dying day on the cross, Jews misunderstood, and misrepresented, His actual words.  Since “as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death” (Romans 6:3 NKJV), don’t misunderstand this!

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  • John T. Polk II 10:28 am on 2017-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    3-9-2017 No Baptism, No Cross Of Christ 

    In Corinth, Paul “testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:5). “Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Jesus had said to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name” (1 Corinthians 1:14-15 NKJV).  A sinner’s baptism is “in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV), not Paul’s name. Paul made no change in the Gospel, “lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect” (1 Corinthians 1:17 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 10:27 am on 2017-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    3-10-2017 The Cross Of Christ, Not Circumcision 

    “As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ” (Galatians 6:12 NKJV).  There are people who preach religious practices from Moses just to avoid being persecuted for following Christ. God required fleshly circumcision from Abraham through Moses, but now has changed to a new covenant. “Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law” (Galatians 5:2-3 NKJV). Keeping Moses Law, whether 10 Commandments or circumcision, makes Jews, not Christians! “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anytshing, but a new creation” (Galatians 6:15 NKJV).  “If righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 2:26 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    2-27-2017 Believe The Truth 

    Only of God’s Bible can it be said: “The entirety of Your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160 NKJV).  Truth matters to God. “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18 NKJV). The only worship that brings people close to God is according to truth. That’s why God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV). On the Day of Judgment, God will see to it “that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12 NKJV).  Without truth, we become unrighteous in our lives. People whose job is to manufacture make-believe fantasies, fake news and false science, will lead us away from the truth.  “Buy the truth, and do not sell it(Proverbs 23:23 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 2:24 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    2-28-2017 Believe And Obey The Truth 

    “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said to Him, ‘The first’” (Matthew 21:28-31 NKJV).  Jesus shows the difference between saved and lost. The first son refused to do his father’s will at first, but “regretted” his decision, changed his mind and obeyed. The second son represents sinners who say they believe, and may even claim they have obeyed, but actually have a “faith only” attitude: without works! Which son has obeyed?  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 2:23 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    3-1-2017 The Gospel–Moving Or Movie 

    “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:9-10 NKJV). With these words, Jesus Christ has placed Himself squarely between humanity and Heaven. Any movie-maker in Harlotwood who thinks theirs is “the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life” is “mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29 NKJV). Only God’s love seen in Jesus’ death for our sins, burial, and resurrection can lead a sinner to die to sin, bury sins in baptism for remission, and be raised to walk a new, and renewed, life. All movies have never done this!

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  • John T. Polk II 2:21 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    3-2-2017 The Greater Wisdom In Solomon 

    “And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men-than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations” (1 Kings 4:29-31 NKJV).  The God-given wisdom of Solomon written in the Book of Proverbs is the best psychology book explaining human behavior ever written. Simply put, everyone is either “wise” or “foolish.” “Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (Proverbs 10:14 NKJV). This was hundreds of years before Christ. No Eastern philosophy or religion was equal to it, then or now! That Solomon’s “fame” spread world-wide shows that to be the case.

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  • John T. Polk II 2:20 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    3-3-2017 World-wide Wisdom Of Solomon 

    Solomon “spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:32-34 NKJV). With God’s wisdom, Solomon judged human behavior, wrote songs, understood God’s Creation, and stood out from “all” earthly kings. Solomon spoke “of” trees, animals, birds, creeping things, and fish,” but not “to” them. He was not like some fictional “Dr. Doolittle” where the Creation talks back, or Aesop whose fables teach animals’ words. Solomon was not in charge of Creation, like the made-up goddess “Mother Nature!” World leaders should come to Solomon today!

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