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  • Richard Mansel 5:04 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Motivations for Hating God 

    In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

    How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

    After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. (More …)

    • Karen 5:33 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, this is an excellent article. I will use it in my conversations with people who just do not get it. Some people brush over this horrible time in history like it was not that big of a deal. I think our minds just want to blot it out as one would blot out viewing a horrific crime scene or accident. It is mind-boggling to me how the world witnessed this and allowed it to continue. The thing that people don’t understand is that Jesus was Jewish. His only difference was He was the Messiah, the son of God. If we are the brothers and sisters of Jesus then the Jews are like first cousins to us. Some people bent on hate just can’t understand that.

      • Richard Mansel 7:45 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Karen for your kind words and thoughts.

  • John T. Polk II 8:12 pm on 2016-10-22 Permalink | Reply
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    10-11-2016 Jesus Is Hope In Resurrection 

    Jesus said to Martha, “’I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world’” (John 11:25-27 NKJV).  1) Jesus gives hope for life after this life.  2) To prepare for this, one must be “buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:12-13 NKJV)3)    No other religion can promise so much for so many!

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

  • John T. Polk II 8:10 pm on 2016-10-22 Permalink | Reply
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    10-12-2016 Jesus Is The Messiah 

    A Samaritan “woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He(John 4:25-26 NKJV).  She went into her city “and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:28-29 NKJV).  After they went out and heard Jesus, “they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world’” (John 4:42 NKJV).  Even Samaritans saw that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of the Old Testament.   Only the blind still look for Messiah to come! They should say, “we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21 NKJV).

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

  • John T. Polk II 11:23 am on 2016-10-08 Permalink | Reply
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    10-5-2016 Looking For Messiah 

    Daniel the Prophet prophesied Jerusalem would be re-built and last “Until Messiah the Prince” (Daniel 9:25 NKJV).  Andrew told Peter, his brother, “’We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus” (John 1:41-42 NKJV).   From prison, John the Baptist asked “’Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go and tell John the things which you hear and see’” (Matthew 11:3-4 NKJV).  Proof that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31 NKJV) is found in fulfilled prophecy and the Gospel records of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John.  Everyone who continues to look for “The Messiah” must deny: 1) the Gospel is true; 2) the Apostles knew; and 3) that Jesus has saved anyone!  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.

  • John T. Polk II 2:37 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    3-4-2015    Can Moses’ Law Save Today? 

    God’s Word plainly shows no law before Jesus Christ’s Law was intended to save. “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe” (Galatians 3:21-22 NKJV). The Law of Moses can save no one today, for “if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). To keep the Law of Moses today, severs one from obedience to Christ. “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4 NKJV). It is either Moses or Christ, but not both! The Gospel saves, not 10 commandments!

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

  • John T. Polk II 2:35 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    3-3-2015   Today’s Jews Are Not God’s Chosen People 

    In Antioch of Pisidia, Paul preached Jesus Christ: “through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). “The law of Moses” was given only to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 5:2-3) and only until Jesus Christ came: “[the Law] was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made” (Galatians 3:19 NKJV). That promised “Seed” is Christ (Galatians 3:16). Concerning Moses’ Law, Jesus “has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Since Jesus’ death, none of the Jews can claim to be God’s Chosen People. God said, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35 NKJV).

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

    • Bill Bradley 6:00 pm on 2015-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent work!

    • docmgphillips 10:15 pm on 2015-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      Does not John 14:6 handle this?

    • John T. Polk II 11:12 pm on 2015-03-08 Permalink | Reply

      It should. Unfortunately many seem to think Jesus is a temporary approach to God, but that the Jews are still God’s chosen people! Being “Christian” to them is optional, and the church of Christ to be rejected. I strive to “speak plainly.”

  • TFRStaff 6:04 am on 2012-08-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t Move Away from the Truth (Charles Box) 

    Just before giving in to the pressure of the crowd to crucify our Lord Jesus Christ, Pilate asked one of the most tragic questions of the Bible. In a very cynical way he asked, “What is truth?” In John 18:37-38 we read,

    “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.”

    How tragic and disturbing that Pilate spoke of truth but he had no interest in the truth. How could Pilate judge with truth when he did not know the truth?

    “These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates.” (Zechariah 8:16)

    It would have been great if Pilate had been interested in truth and when he learned it to act accordingly. The same is true of us! “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” (Proverbs 23:23)

    Don’t move away from the truth that the Bible is the word of God. (More …)

  • Richard Mansel 10:51 am on 2012-05-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Christ is in you 

    Scripture is filled with passages teaching that the Lord dwells with His followers. This bond is sacred.

    Salvation is described in the New Testament is existing in Christ and only there can we find spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3). We are baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27) and added to the Church, his body (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23).

    Burton Coffman sums it up succinctly in his commentary on Galatians.

    God is in Christians.
    Christians are in God.
    Christ is in Christians.
    Christians are in Christ.
    The Holy Spirit is in Christians.
    Christians are in the Holy Spirit.
    The mind of Christ is in Christians.
    The word of Christ is in Christians.

    From this, we can clearly see why transformation is so important (Romans 12:1-2). We have a very high calling as God’s people and that brings a lot of responsibility (Ephesians 4:1). Yet, it will all be worth it in the end! Praise be the Lord!

    • Abel nghuushi 7:57 am on 2012-07-12 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to receive this book.( teachers bible) I am a christian in Namibia. and I need to study more about the words of God.

  • Mike Riley 4:26 pm on 2011-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    My Life Without Christ? 

    My life without Christ would consist of the same thoughts the apostle Paul uttered:

    “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 15:19).

  • Richard Mansel 9:16 pm on 2011-01-23 Permalink | Reply
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    The Tale of the Three Trees 

    Ed Melott posted the following parable on a discussion list. The author of the piece is unknown but the story is wonderful and I hope you are edified by it.

    Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

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    • Steve 9:49 pm on 2011-01-23 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, It’s been awhile since I’ve been in TFR or seen any of your postings. It seems a while back you were going to Mayo specialists to identify and resolve your health issues. If resolution has not yet been achieved, may God provide the knowledge and wisdom to those medical professionals who are working on your case.

      • Richard Mansel 9:51 pm on 2011-01-23 Permalink | Reply

        Steve, there aren’t any answers to my health challenges, at present. Thanks for your concern and prayers.

  • Mike Riley 10:36 am on 2011-01-01 Permalink | Reply
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    A New Beginning 

    A new beginning would be when one is baptized into Christ (Galations 3:26-27) he or she becomes a “new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). A transformation or metamorphosis takes place (Romans 12:2), the “old man” of sin is crucified (Romans 6:6) and the “new man” of righteousness emerges (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).

  • Stephen R. Bradd 8:06 am on 2010-11-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Typology: Cities of Refuge 

    While reading in Num 35, an interesting thought occurred to me. It may not be new to you, but it is new to me (so I’ll share).

    The OT cities of refuge were places where the manslayers (i.e., those who killed someone else accidentally) could flee for protection. One stipulation was that they had to remain in one of those cities of safety until the high priest died. That part always struck me as odd–what did the death of the HP have to do with it?

    And then today the light bulb turned on and I’m left wondering: could it have something to do with typology? Under the NT, there is only one place of refuge: one must be IN CHRIST. And, as Hebrews points out so well, our HP never dies! Thus, as one living in the Christian dispensation if I want to remain safe from the consequences of my sins (from the avenger of blood, if you will) I must continually remain in the place of refuge (i.e., faithful in Christ). I can NEVER leave if I want to be saved (Rev. 2:10; Matt. 10:22). There won’t be a new HP coming along to “reset the clock” so to speak.

    I know the conclusion is not new or surprising, but the typology here is to me. Granted, we must be careful not to imagine typology where revelation doesn’t explicitly reveal it. What do you think?

  • Richard Mansel 8:44 am on 2010-08-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Seeing Jesus Through a Helping Hand 

    Justin Imel tells about a disabled boy years ago who sold items on the platform as passengers exited a commuter train. One day, a businessman rushes from the train to meet an appointment and crashes into the boy, spilling the contents of his basket. He leaves, never even looking down. As other passengers pass, trampling his goods, another man stopped. He offered his hand, helped the boy up and gathered his things together. Wiping away tears and dusting himself off, the boy, in a quivering voice, asked, “Mister, are you Jesus?”

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  • Richard Mansel 10:20 pm on 2010-07-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Strength Through Humility 

    No equation of strengths and weaknesses makes someone better than you. Our strengths, mixed with humility, lift us high (James 4:10), while we strive to overcome our frailties through transformation in Christ (Romans 12:1-2).
  • joyjensen 1:05 pm on 2010-04-11 Permalink | Reply
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    When I think of authority, that prompts me to think of submission.

    Christ has all authority, and we are commanded to submit to him, Matt. 28:18.
    We are to submit to the governing authorities, as long as they do not make demands contrary to the will of God, Rom. 13:1; Acts 5:29
    We are to submit to elders, Heb. 13:17
    Wives are to submit to their husbands,, Col. 3:18
    Children are to submit to their parents, Eph. 6:1
    Servants are to be obedient to Masters, Eph. 6:5.

    No matter our age or position in life, there will always be someone in authority above us. Parents need to do a better job instilling into their children proper respect for authority. Too often parents are afraid to be authoritative in the lives of their children. However, learning to respect and submit to authority on a rudimentary level is vital preparation for submitting to various authorities in life, not the least of which is Christ, our ultimate authority. When parents provide godly authority for their children, it enables children to feel secure. Likewise, I feel a great sense of security when I think of Christ, because He is my perfect authority. Anything he requires of me is for my own good.

    On a personal note, living here in Tanzania I do feel a certain amount of trepidation towards those in positions of authority in the world. Many are not interested in truth and justice, but in personal gain. However, I know that Christ will cause justice to reign in the end, and that is where my security lies.

    • Mike Riley 1:10 pm on 2010-04-11 Permalink | Reply

      Great insight and wisdom, Joy. We can “Amen” what you’ve said!

    • jimnewy 1:36 pm on 2010-04-11 Permalink | Reply

      Amen Joy. If we don’t submit to authority then we become the authority. And on what basis do we do that?

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