5-17-2017 Humbling History

“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:4-8 NKJV). The “new king over Egypt” must have been taught Egypt’s history without having to admit that Joseph, and his God, had absolutely saved Egypt from complete starvation! How can something so meaningful be omitted from their history books? Life’s lessons may be painful to remember, but they are humbling. “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4 NKJV). Without the humility of history, the pride of the present creates cruel tyrants and dictators. “A proud and haughty man -‘Scoffer’ is his name; He acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24 NKJV).

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

#history, #humility

5-18-2017 Statues Of History

God commanded the Israelites who crossed the Jordan River on dry land to enter the Promised Land, to leave a pile of 12 stones “that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:6-7 NKJV). This monument would cause a new generation to ask this question, and learn a needed lesson. People who remove statues and monuments because they don’t want to be reminded of the past will raise a generation whose curiosity will not be sparked to learn much-needed lessons!

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

#statues-of-history

5-19-2017 Church Assembling

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 NKJV). The word “church” means “assembly,” so when Jesus was raised from the dead, His “disciples were assembled” (John 20:19 NKNV), and before He ascended into Heaven, He “assembled together with them(Acts 1:4 NKJV). Once baptized into Christ to wash away his sins, Saul of Tarsus came to Antioch with Barnabas, and “for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26 NKJV). Only the Devil would convince people they can be Christians without assembling with the saints! Only the Devil would convince people they can be saved by Jesus Christ without needing “church!” Without “church,” sinners are alone!

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

#assembling, #church

5-8-2017 Useless “Religion”

“Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you’” (Acts 17:22-23 NKJV). “Religion” literally means “fearing some deity,” in this case, idols. Some people are “very religious” about the “gods” of: power, sex, money, sports, themselves, or things. “Worship without knowing” the God of Heaven and Earth and the Bible is vain. “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless” (James 1:26 NKJV).

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

#religion, #worship

5-9-2017 Suicide Or Salvation? (1)

“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:3-5 NKJV). Judas saw the Jesus condemned whom he knew was “innocent,” and was “remorseful” (a word showing pain afterward). Jesus had used this very word to show a good result: “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. (Matthew 21:28-29 NKJV). “Godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation” (2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV).

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

#guilt, #suicide

5-10-2017 Suicide Or Salvation? (2)

“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:3-5 NKJV). When Judas realized how bad his betrayal of Jesus was, he turned to the wrong people. He tried to give back the betrayal money to the people he had made the bargain with, but they refused. Remember a lesson from Judas Iscariot: the people who help you sin will not be the people who help you reform! The fleeting moment when Judas’ conscience hurt was met with coldness by the people who were condemning an innocent Jesus!

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

#friends, #suicide

5-11-2017 Suicide Or Salvation? (3)

“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:3-5 NKJV).

The money Judas thought meant so much before this moment, must have sounded cheap, indeed, as it jingled on the floor. Truly, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV). And in the process, have ruined many innocent lives! “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” (Proverbs 22:1 NKJV).

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

#money, #suicide