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Is “Christian” a label for anyone who believes…

Is “Christian” a label for anyone who believes anything about Jesus Christ? “So it was that 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).  The resurrected Lord (and not the baby Jesus!) said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV). To be a “Christian” one must:    1) observe all that Jesus commanded.  But He nowhere “commanded” that we observe His birth; 2) assemble with the church.  What church? The church of Christ is the only one in the New Testament; 3) remember, “Christian” is not hyphenated nor applied to everyone who claims to be one!

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

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12-22-2016 Living A Christian

The Holy Spirit wants Christians “to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” (1 Thessalonians 4:11 NKJV)1) To “lead a quiet life,” is to be a “peacemaker” (Matthew 5:9 NKJV), as Jesus said. Paul explained: “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18 NKJV). 2) “to mind your own business” (m.y.o.b.) means you deal with yourself. This does not cancel preaching the Gospel “to every creature” (Mark 16:15 NKJV), but making their life’s decisions for them.  3) “to work with your own hands” means self-supporting, not living off your parents.  This sounds like spiritual “rugged individualism,” and that’s exactly what God requires!  No statistical “millennials” here! Living like Christians ought, doesn’t leave time for laziness, whining, or being supported by parents or government handouts!

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

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Joy and tears and the heart of Philippians

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is known, appropriately, as the letter of joy. The topic is an important keynote, all the more so because Paul was in prison when he wrote it. So it is noteworthy when, at one point in the letter, Paul says he writes “with tears.” Do you know what it is that causes his tears, and why the subject brings him to tears? Read Php 3.

Philippians is less known as a letter of mission cooperation. Paul opens and closes with thanksgiving for their participation in his effort. This literary technique, called inclusio(n), marks their financial gifts as a major theme of the letter. Perhaps we don’t notice it because we lack the missionary spirit the Philippian saints had, or because we’re reading commentaries whose authors don’t have it and therefore treat it briefly. Continue reading

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Why am I a Christian?

I am not a Christian because I just want to go to heaven, but because the whole message is true as a complete revelation of God and because the Word is the full engagement of my whole being on every level. Not only does this Word provide me with the ultimate destiny, but its Author gives me the cogent explanation of origin and purpose, the deep satisfaction of heart and soul, and the intimate connection with Deity and Humanity, all of which are lacking elsewhere and utterly impossible for my own capacity to produce or imagine. He brings unity to existence, defines reality and morality, and makes sense of our questions, doubts and ignorance of all things, even if he doesn’t answer them in the present. He holds the key to suffering, injects meaning in what is apparently trivial, produces joy in spite of circumstances, and creates marvelous expectations in just the right measure. All this he has deposited in a single, accessible place: in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And the half has yet been told.

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2-17-2015           Mardi Gras

Roman Catholics may celebrate the three-day Carnival (which means lustful, fleshly, activity) which is followed by Mardi Gras (Tuesday of excess), a totally sinful “blowout” before the hypocritical 40-day Lent Fast Season. No Christian would observe any of this because Christians are told: “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:13-14 NKJV). No Christian has God’s permission to celebrate Mardi Gras, and any church who gives sanction to such is not a church of Christ! Nor will any church of Christ follow a religious calendar that includes such as this. Giving up something for Lent is NOT penance for willful sin!

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

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Bible reading is directly related to spirituality.

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Some church members are not so much concerned…

Some church members are not so much concerned with walking in the light as they are with performing in the limelight. They have never got a handle on the fact that God has no sons that are not servants. They go to church regularly enough and are actively involved, but going to church will no more make you a Christian than going to the garage will make you an automobile. To be born again, you must be converted and become as children–humble and lowly. The self-seeking Christian is like the mythical unicorn – there “isn’t” any such animal! We have too many saints in stained-glass windows and not enough of them in shoe-leather. This is Just-a-Minute

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