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12-5-2017          Baby Jesus

This time of year, many celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but do not seem to understand some things.  For instance, God’s Son was born to a woman who did not believe in abortion.  Though not the “mother of God,” Mary was chosen to bring forth the body for God’s Son.  “The angel Gabriel” said to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35 NKJV).  Had she feared for her own life, reputation, or future at work, she could have been scared into an abortion, but instead, she feared God.  No righteous person can consistently accept the birth of the precious Jesus and believe that abortion is alright.

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

#abortion, #birth-of-jesus

When non-believers believe in the Bible but don’t noel what they’re talking about

It’s amazing how non-believers can believe in the Bible (or at least like to quote it) when it’s advantageous to their cause but still not know what they’re talking about.

Take for example this story. A story that chides and corrects and criticizes Donald Trump for “not believing in the virgin birth” (due to a “tweet” in which he “erroneously” referred to Joseph as Jesus’ father) all the while it uses the names God and Jesus in a very flippant and unholy manner.

What exactly did the President say … or tweet rather? Continue reading

#birth-of-jesus, #christmas, #jesus, #twitter

Born again without the virgin birth?

A well-known “mega-church pastor” has supposedly ignited some controversy over his comments concerning the birth of Jesus. I haven’t listened to the sermon, but it seems as if the sum of the matter would be that the “pastor” doesn’t mind if an unbelieving person doubts the virgin-birth of Jesus as long as they believe in his death and resurrection.

I could say a lot about this gnat and camel situation, but I believe I will sum up my thoughts like this: 1) If an individual can believe that someone left this world by “walking” out of a tomb after being three-days-dead then how does his entrance into this world become the unbelievable stumbling block, and 2) If an individual refuses to acknowledge, through faith, God’s work in the birth of Jesus then how can that individual’s faith acknowledge God’s work when it comes to being born-again?

All in all, I can appreciate one’s interest in presenting Jesus to a lost world, but I can’t appreciate one’s interest in dismissing what those shepherds found so long ago.

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” (Luke 2:15-18)

#birth-of-jesus, #compromise, #doctrine, #doubt

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8-29-2016 The Savior’s Start

“An angel of the Lord” told shepherds, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12 NKJV).  The shepherds said: “’Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us. And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger’” (Luke 2:15-16 NKJV)1) This is about the birth of Jesus, and has nothing to do with a “Christmas;” 2) The shepherds saw “a Babe,” “born” that very day.  The “wise men” were nowhere around; 3) God’s “Savior” was born in Bethlehem, not Mecca!

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

#birth-of-jesus, #christmas, #wise-men