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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