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11-29-2017                 No Bible Myths

“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV).  Peter, James, and John had seen what took place on that Mount of Transfiguration that is recorded in Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; and Luke 9:28-36.  It is important that we know: (1) the written accounts of this are accurately recorded; (2) Peter, as an eyewitness, verified that event in Christ’s life on earth; (3) God had spoken from Heaven to point out Jesus as “My beloved Son. Hear Him.”  The Bible is not full of “fables” (the Greek word is “myths”), and should not be treated as such.  What is written in the Bible should not be “jumbled up” as if it doesn’t matter, and outside stories must never be added into the Bible text.

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

#myths, #transfiguration

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11-20-2017         Thanksgiving Without God?

It’s impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank!  The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3 NKJV)(1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so:  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV)(2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4 NKJV)(3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6 NKJV).

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

#god, #pure-conscience, #thanksgiving

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11-21-2017         Thanksgiving Is A Mouthful

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks” (Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV). Surely we can see that filthy, smutty, dirty language that spews from a person’s heart cannot be canceled out by an hour or a day of “thanksgiving.”  Jesus made this very clear when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34 NKJV). “Thanksgiving” should not be confined to a day, but to a way of life, and a change of heart. David said: “I will wash my hands in innocence…That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 26:6-7 NKJV).

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

#filthy-language

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11-22-2017         Black Friday

“Black Friday” is the current term for those who are greedy for gain, both merchants and customers. It has become the “feeding frenzy” for shoppers, some of whom camp out to get the “early bird” specials, though the old adage says “the early bird” only gets worms!  Solomon said, “He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live” (Proverbs 15:27 NKJV).  It is troubling to the families of both customers and clerks to not be able to enjoy family time to thank God for the blessings they already have. Solomon also said: “There is nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 NKJV).

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

#black-friday, #gain, #greedy

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11-24-2017                 New Birth Order

“Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). No better example of this is found than Jesus’ statement:  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Baptism is into Jesus’ death. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Any salvation offered before baptism is without the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. If not, why not? There is not one passage of Scripture where baptism and salvation/remission of sins are mentioned together that places salvation before baptism. If salvation comes to a sinner without being baptized into Jesus’ death in order to obtain remission of sins, then, as far as their “salvation” is concerned, “Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV).

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

#baptism, #jesus-blood

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11-13-2017                 Worldly Living

Christians “should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). People who are “alienated from the life of God” are:  clueless as to what life is really about; can’t see beyond their own lusts; are ignorant and not worldly-wise; and blind to what is good and decent.   Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus’ message to the lost is: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Jesus died for you, live for Him, and then Thank God.

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

#blindness, #ignorance