5-22-2017 Cyber-bullies

“Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood; But I will meditate on Your precepts” (Psalm 119:78 NKJV). This is a good verse with which to discuss “cyber-bullying.” “The proud” have power because they deceitfully lure, and verbally abuse, others on public media. When that happens, we should simply say, “You’re opinion of me is not as important as God’s opinion is.” The point is, they don’t know you and you don’t know them through their lies. “Cyber-bullies” mistreat by wrongfully made statements, that are “falsehood” (a.k.a. “lies). Jesus said the Devil is the father of lies (John 8:44 NKJV), so they have actually identified themselves. Don’t spend so much time on social media such as Facebook or Snapchat, where liars abound, but rather “meditate” on God’s Word. The Bible will tell you what God really thinks about you…and it’s good!

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

#cyber-bullies, #liars

5-23-2017 Transgender-ism

Who decides what sex your child is? Jesus Christ said: “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female’” (Mark 10:6 NKJV). The history of mankind has rested in this simple, biological fact. One must turn away from normal humanity to alter God’s plan! Regardless of what parents do to influence their choice, once conception has taken place, parents have no say in the matter. Before birth, a child “has not done any good or evil” (Romans 9:11 NKJV). After birth, a child hasn’t learned “to refuse the evil and choose the good” (Isaiah 7:16 NKJV). Some parents feebly leave such a decision to the child! Don’t be confused: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV).

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

#male-and-female, #transgender-ism

5-24-2017 Graduation To Learning

Many are graduating, or advancing in institutional instruction. Some think they have learned enough to quit learning altogether! Solomon said: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:9 NKJV). You must know that learning is a life-time experience! Solomon could say: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV); “And the complacency of fools will destroy them” (Proverbs 1:32 NKJV). Don’t turn your back on more learning, but education doesn’t begin and end in the classroom. In fact, some try to live their lives in a “class-womb,” by “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7 NKJV). Their treadmill of ignorance leads to nowhere that is good and productive.

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

#class-womb, #fools, #graduation, #learning

5-25-2017 Wrongful Violence

“Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked” (Exodus 23:7 NKJV). God has maintained His hatred for everyone who kills those who are “innocent and righteous.” Those who enlist, encourage, and otherwise, endorse mass killings, such as occurred in Manchester, England have put themselves as far away from God as is humanly possible! “The LORD tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates” (Psalm 11:5 NKJV). No one can be devoted to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and be violent against “the innocent and righteous!” Jesus said of the violent, “that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me” (John 16:2-3 NKJV). Misguided violence is still violence!

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

#england, #manchester, #violent

5-26-2017 God versus “Climate Change

 

Paul warned: “O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge– by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21 NKJV). “Climate Change” is one of the recent “contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.” Science can only deal in what may be demonstrated, and the age of the Earth and weather patterns cannot be demonstrated but merely “guesstimated.” “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). “Climate Change” has no “evidence,” but only wild guesses and estimates to support it. “Climate Change” is founded upon “blind faith” but the Bible faith has factual “evidence” to support it! If “the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:14).

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

#climate-change, #false-knowledge

5-29-2017 An Annual Memorial

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day for the graves of those who died in the War Between The States. It became a federal holiday in 1971. Remembering the war dead each year should remind us how precious is our national Freedom. Have you noticed, there is no “memorial day” for enemies? David reminded Israel, “O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished” (Psalm 9:6 NKJV). It has become devoted to baseball games, racing, grilling, and traveling. For Christians, the Lord’s Supper is to “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV) every “first day of the week” (Acts 20:7 NKJV), which keeps it fresh! We don’t decorate Christ’s grave, we celebrate His victory, and ours: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4 NKJV).

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

#lords-supper, #memorial-day

5-16-2017 Doubtful Faith

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31 NKJV). Jesus walked on water to the Apostles’ storm-tossed boat. Peter’s faith let him step on the water with Jesus, but his concern for the storm caused “doubt.” “Doubt” is from a word meaning “pulled in two directions.” Doubt is like “malware” that holds “faith” for “ransom.” Peter’s confident faith in Jesus had let him overcome the storm. Jesus also said: “everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40 NKJV). But when we look around through slanted news headlines, police reports, or public media, at what people are doing, we “doubt” whether Jesus saves, or people can be saved! Has your faith “doubted?”

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

#doubt, #malware