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5-2-2017 Repent Of Protesting

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7 NKJV). Why are street mobs in the United States now immediately branded “a protest” against some present Government policy. Politically though, while the “Tea Party” Movement gathered momentum, and Trump was being selected, the gatherings were simply termed, “angry,” and “right-wing.” Why aren’t today’s street mobs termed “angry,” and “left-wing?” Interesting, isn’t it, that news depends upon the viewpoint of the one writing it? Bible objectivity shows when even enemies of the Gospel are quoted. His betrayer, Judas Iscariot, said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4 NKJV). Pontius Pilate’s wife called Jesus “that just man” (Matthew 27:19 NKJV). At the cross, the soldiers said, “Truly, this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54 NKJV). Can “angry” protesters today admit they are wrong?

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

#angry, #protesting, #right-wing

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1-20-2017 Professional Protesting

Proverbs 29:22 NKJV says:An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.” Protestors, frequently, are angry, disgruntled people who are reduced to base language (cussing and profanity!) and debased activity (destroying and stealing others’ property!)  Proverbs 16:28-29 NKJV says: “A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good.” The person who hires and pays for professional “protestors” is “perverse!” The enticement is the pay, for which unscrupulous people will do almost anything! Proverbs 1:10 NKJV said: “My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.”  They all need Jesus Christ in their lives, for Colossians 3:8 NKJV says: “now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” Live for Christ, not protesting!

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

#angry, #perverse, #protestors, #violent

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(#59) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:16-Keep A Lid On It!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:16: “A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.”

The contrast is with a “fool” who is quick to explode, and a “prudent man” who can control his temper. “Wrath” is the “shame” of the second phrase. Losing control of one’s thoughts, words, and actions makes a person a “fool,” and everything done or said in that condition shows total weakness, not strength! Policemen and Soldiers should show strength “under fire.” Road rage or foot rage, it is all the same. All athletes that erupt or benches that empty, demonstrate what weaklings they are. Whether involving an “ex,” a “former” spouse or friend, or provoked child, domestic disputes that end in violence are committed by a “fool.” Wrathful explosions are always from wimps, never from winners! Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-Nego were stronger than Nebuchadnezzar who was “full of fury” and cast them into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:13, 19). Saul of Tarsus was “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord” (Acts 9:1) until he ran up against Jesus Christ (Acts 9:3-20). Jesus Christ was the epitome of “prudent,” “who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23).

Other proverbs that express this include: “A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated” (Proverbs 14:17); “He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly” (Proverbs 14:29); “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1); “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32); “A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again” (Proverbs 19:19); “Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul” (Proverbs 22:24-25); “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls” (Proverbs 25:28). Like an unprotected city, “an angry man” has no defense for what he says and does! Medals for Bravery should be given to each person who “rules his spirit,” as Purple Hearts should be given to those who have to live with “a quick-tempered man.” Don’t learn the ways of an angry man by using “harsh words,” rather master the art of “a soft answer.” This wisdom from above for Christians is summarized by James: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#angry, #bible-study, #fool, #harsh-word, #jesus-christ, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #prudent, #quick-tempered, #rage, #road-rage, #temper, #weakness, #wimps, #wisdom

The Saddest Kind of Persecution

We expect persecution from the world since they do not understand what we are about as Christians (John 15:18-19; 2 Timothy 3:12).

They mock us about our beliefs and will do what they can to destroy our faith in God. Having spent a decade in retail it is painfully obvious how  Satan works. If you have a Christian and ten non-Christians at a job, guess who will most often be asked to work on Sunday? Yes, you guessed it.

With persecution, we need to be very aware of the presence of Satan (1 Peter 5:8). If we realize that he is behind the persecutions, I think think we can psychologically handle it better. We will realize that our persecutors do not know they are being used as puppets to advance Satan’s agenda.

However, the saddest form of persecution comes from our own brethren. I’ve heard people in brotherhood schools mock the truth with gusto. I’ve read brethren on discussion groups ridicule and torment those who follow God’s Word.They become furious at the very suggestion that we restrict ourselves to God’s simple Word.

They viciously attack sound brethren, ripping them to shreds before the entire world. They even mock the very words of God by elevating the culture and the ways of man above the inspired Writ (2 Timothy 3:16-17). They find God far less frightening than their friends who stand outside of Christ.

There is really nothing more nauseating than so-called “brethren” declaring war on God’s people. Their persecution is more chilling and painful than anything people in world can do. Let us pray for them and avoid their viciousness, so we will not lose our focus on joy and evangelism.

#angry, #evangelism, #nudge, #sound, #trutth

‘Wives’ of Catholic Priests Speak Out Against Celibacy

Looks like there are some pretty angry women out there questioning the soundness of the Catholic doctrine regarding celibacy. Hopefully, they’ll start questioning some other false teachings that originate from their Catholic Papa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100602/lf_afp/vaticanpopereligionabusewomen

#angry, #celibacy, #doctrine, #false, #originate, #pretty, #questioning, #sound, #women

Something Different

The best I can tell, today’s nudge asks what is unique about us. This would be my ability to write and to dig deep into human nature and ideas. This leads to consternation from some. On discussion groups or in discussions with people, I see things that others/they do not see, about what they are saying. Many people act subconsciously without realizing why they are doing so. Emotional people are more likely to be guilty of this. Therefore, they can quickly become irrational and lash out in anger.

It I difficult when you can see ahead, and other can’t. They will not separate themselves from their emotions and allow their emotional eyes to see.

Likewise, I seem to have the ability to step back and see things dispassionately. This is apparently rare. People take everything personally and cannot see things that are happening to them or see their actions, because of their taut emotions. It is similar to a wounded animal. They can bite the human that they love more than anything, because they cannot separate themselves from the pain.

If people would only develop this skill, so many relationship problems would abate.

I have a ton of faults, weaknesses and insecurities, but some things I do well and I thank God for that.

#angry, #emotional, #human-nature, #writing

Anyone can become angry. That is easy. B…

Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.

Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), from the Nicomachean Ethics

#angry, #degree, #easy, #person, #purpose, #time, #way