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11-15-2017           Man-Made Tradition: Jesus’ Death

In Mark 7:1-3 NKJV: “Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.” Some religious practices “reject the commandment of God” to keep their tradition, as Jesus said in Mark 7:9. Christians remember Jesus’ death every first day of the week in the Lord’s Supper, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26; Acts 20:7 NKJV). The churches of Christ do not wait for a man-made yearly tradition!

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

#first-day-of-the-week, #lords-supper

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11-16-2017  “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41) – Speaks Boldly

Whether Jesus preached that great Sermon on the mount, or in Capernaum’s synagogue, “the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29; Mark 1:22 NKJV). There is a difference between preaching what one knows about the Scriptures, and preaching as an author of the Scriptures. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10 NKJV). No church or preacher today has been given that same boldness to change or privately interpret the Word of God. “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?” (John 7:26 NKJV).

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

#interpretation, #preaching, #scripture

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11-17-2017         Life Without God

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NKJV). God placed clean, honorable sexual relations within marriage, for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV), for “the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13 NKJV).  Those whose lives are devoted only to “sexual immorality” and “passion of lust,” “do not know God.”  Jesus will condemn those who “do not know God,” and “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).

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

#marriage, #sex

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11-6-2017 Why Blame God

Whenever disaster or evil-inflicted events occur, people are quick to blame God for that evil. They ignore 2 important facts: (1) The Devil is real and against us. Jesus went “through death” to destroy “him who had the power of death that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Devil makes death horrible to see. (2) Evil is in the world because people have not listened to God. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28 NKJV). Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV). Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#death, #devil, #disaster, #evil

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11-7-2017 Murdered Murderers

Devin Patrick Kelly, age 26, wounded 24 and murdered 26 innocent souls who were trying to worship God Sunday morning, November 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He fled but died, himself, from a gunshot. Only one death was justified that day: that of the murderer! After the world-wide flood in Noah’s day, God decreed for all mankind: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:6 NKJV). Jesus repeated the principle: “all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52 NKJV). Murder violates God’s Law, and justifies the murderer’s death! Solomon said: “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him” (Proverbs 26:27 NKJV). Murderers who plan, plan their own deaths!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#texas-church-murders

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11-8-2017 No Safe Worship

“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish’” (Luke 13:1-3 NKJV). Pilate’s killing of worshipers showed that there is no guaranteed time or place when people can’t die! Paul later said, “we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21 NKJV). To both Jews and Gentiles, Paul preached, “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#killing, #pilate, #worshipers

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11-9/10-2017 Persecution May Come

“At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1 NKJV). Saul of Tarsus “made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts 8:3 NKJV). God does not promise Christians that no evil will happen to them. David rightly prayed: “Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve” (Psalm 28:4 NKJV). The Apostle John “saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” (Revelation 6:9 NKJV). God promises Judgment to come.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christians, #judgment, #persecution

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10-30-2017 Promise To Return Israelites To Land

When Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, Israelites were “carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah” (2 Chronicles 36:20-21 NKJV). “For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place” (Jeremiah 29:10 NKJV). At the end of those 70 years, “the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia” (Ezra 1:1 NKJV), to return them “to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his own city” (Ezra 2:1 NKJV). To say God’s promise to return Israelites to that land wasn’t fulfilled for 1900 years makes God a liar; their past return a myth; and God’s word meaningless!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#israelites, #promised-land

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10-31-2017 Government Without God

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1 NKJV). When government personnel think that authority is within them, and that they are the source of law, then citizens are under a tyranny. When government bans the mention of God from its properties; bars God’s Book, the Bible, from its educational institutions; and bears down on believers; it has forgotten Who gave it authority! The resurrected Jesus Christ “has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him” (1 Peter 3:22 NKJV). Government without recognizing God’s authority is God-less! ” Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne” (Proverbs 20:28 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#god, #government

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11-1-2017 Bible Over False Prophets

Before a battle with Syria, Israelite kings consulted God. Ahab, the king of Israel, had 400 prophets who told him to go ahead. Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, asked if there was any other prophet to consult. “So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil’” (1 Kings 22:8 NKJV). Micaiah promised, “As the LORD lives, whatever the LORD says to me, that I will speak” (1 Kings 22:14 NKJV). One person who quotes God’s Word outweighs hundreds who do not. Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#false-preachers, #false-prophets

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11-2-2017 Doctrine By The People

“That this is a rebellious people, Lying children, Children who will not hear the law of the LORD; Who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ And to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits’” (Isaiah 30:9-10 NKJV). Once prophets said what people wanted them to say, they no longer preached the Word of God, and people were not obedient to God. The same applies today. Preachers who preach what people want, do not represent the Word of God. Generally, people “will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#people, #peoples-doctrine, #peoples-preachers

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11-3-2017 Worship God, Not Man

“Choose your own church.” “Dress as you please.” “Be entertained in worship services.” These are the appeals made to people who do not want to change. For Moses to approach Him, God said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5 NKJV). Reverential attitudes are reflected by our approach. Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV); and “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). Jesus adds to His church those who obey His will for salvation. Church worship should “offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5 NKJV). Who chose your church?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#church

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10-23-2017 Scared, Of What?

What scares you this time of the year? Is it houses haunted by fake “ghosts and goblins?” Or is it sights and sounds that are not human and hard to identify? Or is it make-believe “zombies,” “vampires,” or “werewolves?” The only time dead people walked the earth again was when Jesus Christ died on the cross, an earthquake opened graves, “and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Matthew 27:52-53 NKJV). They proved Jesus was raised from the dead, not that we should fear the night. If you obey God, then “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet” (Proverbs 3:24 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#resurrection, #vampires, #werewolves, #zombies

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10-24-2017 Jesus Is No Ghost

After Jesus fed a multitude of 5000 men, not counting women and children, with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, He sent His disciples on the sea of Galilee ahead of Him. “But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid’” (Matthew 14:24-27 NKJV). They were afraid when they thought they were dealing with a “ghost,” or out-of-body being, but were mistaken. Faith in Jesus Christ overcomes fear.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#ghost, #miracle

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10-25-2017 Jesus Is No Zombie

“But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay’” (Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV). An “angel of the Lord” opened Jesus’ tomb on the first day of the week. When the women came to His tomb, it was opened, and the angel had to say, “Do not be afraid.” Death is so final, people are afraid to think a body has escaped its tomb. There is a difference in make-believe “Zombies,” and a resurrected body. Jesus was no “Zombie,” for “He is risen,” that is, His is body lived again. The thought of make-believe “Zombies” creates fear, the actual fact of Jesus’ resurrection creates faith! “Do not be afraid.”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#risen, #tomb, #zombie