4-17-2017 Work and Salvation

“In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their riches, But the foolishness of fools is folly” (Proverbs 14:23-24 NKJV).  Since God established the “work ethic,” where there is no “labor,” there is no “profit” (earnings). In the Garden of Eden, God gave man a job, “to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15 NKJV). After Adam sinned, God expelled him with a job: “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Genesis 3:19 NKJV). A welfare state, which takes from the workers and re-distributes to non-workers, promotes slothfulness: “The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long” (Proverbs 21:25-26). Salvation is not a guarantee of some spiritual “welfare state.” “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17 NKJV).

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

#labor, #profit, #slothfulness, #welfare-state

4-18-2017 Work Of Creation

Everything on earth had a beginning. Every effect must have an adequate cause. “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4 NKJV), an inescapable conclusion of common sense. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV). What we “see” is material substance, but it was not made from itself!     All scientific evidence and fact prove that matter is not eternal and must have had a beginning. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV). Thus, the Bible begins with one of the strongest proofs possible that there had to have been The Creator: from nothing came something caused by The Power (“God”) who is the uncaused First Cause!

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

#beginning, #matter, #visible

4-19-2017 What God Still Requires

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NKJV).  Before God sent Israel into the Promised Land, He gave Moses this summary of what their part of the covenant required. They were to fear God and keep His commandments, almost what Solomon later said in Ecclesiastes 12:13, and Peter would say in Acts 10:35. Doing this with all our heart and soul has always been the core value of God’s Law, whether through Moses’ or now, through Jesus Christ.  Before God accepts us into Heaven, He still requires this!

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

#fear-god, #obey-commands

4-20-2017 God Has No Future Land Promise

There is no prophecy of Scripture about the Jews returning to their Promised Land that has not already been fulfilled!  Jerusalem was destroyed in the Old Testament, it was “to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years” (2 Chronicles 36:21 NKJV).  God used Babylonians to remove His people for 70 years.  That time ended, “in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing” (2 Chronicles 36:22 NKJV).  No New Testament prophecy promises the Jews that land, again.

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

#jews, #promised-land, #prophecy

4-21-2017 Who Has Seen Jesus?

Jesus is revealed in the Bible – not on an iron, foil on a bottle of cider, a drainpipe, a tortilla, the side of a freezer, a potted asparagus fern, or a shroud of Turin! But, there is NO physical description of Jesus Christ anywhere in Scripture! Every depiction of Jesus, whether as a baby or on a cross, is totally without Scriptural fact, and entirely made-up by someone’s imagination! To Thomas, who had trouble believing that Jesus was raised from the dead, Jesus said: “Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29 NKJV). We are to be looking in the Scriptures for Jesus Christ, not imagining Him in any other place!

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

#see-jesus

4-13-2017 Try, Again

Crimes come from the heart, not the neighborhood.  Jesus Christ said, “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man” (Mark 7:15 NKJV).  Murder, rape, robbery, bullying, violent injuring, sexual sins and blasphemy, Jesus said, “All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:23 NKJV).  More laws on the books, newer housing projects, larger police forces, and longer prison sentences cannot change one heart like Jesus Christ can, for “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 NKJV).  Jesus and the church of Christ want you to try again, with Him.

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

#change-a-heart, #defile

4-14-2017 No Christian “Crusades”

In Luke 9:51-56, Jesus intended to go to Jerusalem and passed through a Samaritan village, and “they did not receive Him.”  His disciples, James and John, wanted to “command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them.”  “But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.  For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them‘” (Luke 9:55-56 NKJV).  The Apostles learned that there is no such thing as a “Christian Crusade.”  People have grossly perverted Jesus’ teaching who justify such, and reporters have grossly misrepresented Jesus Christ who speak of “Christian Crusades.”   Jesus’ kingdom is “not of this world,” (John 18:36).  The Gospel of Jesus Christ converts willing souls, but does not “destroy men’s lives.”

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

#christian-crusades