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11-9/10-2017 Persecution May Come

“At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1 NKJV). Saul of Tarsus “made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts 8:3 NKJV). God does not promise Christians that no evil will happen to them. David rightly prayed: “Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve” (Psalm 28:4 NKJV). The Apostle John “saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” (Revelation 6:9 NKJV). God promises Judgment to come.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christians, #judgment, #persecution

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10-13-2017 What God Is Able To Do

John the Baptist told the Jews, “do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones” (Matthew 3:9 NKJV). Under the Gospel of Christ, Jews, “if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Romans 11:23 NKJV). And to Christians, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV). God is able to by-pass the Jews, save obedient Israelites, help Christians serve Him. The issue is never what God is able to do – but what are you willing to do? 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.

#christians, #gentiles, #jews

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12-21-2016 Fake Divisions Of Faith

“Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren” (Acts 14:1-2 NKJV).  Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ is effective, but not everyone will be converted.  “Unbelieving Jews,” who are Jews who refuse to believe that Jesus is the Christ, and therefore reject the New Testament, caused most of the city to be “divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles” (Acts 14:4 NKJV).  It’s easy to create confusion in peoples’ minds though the Gospel is clear and understandable. “The brethren” are now called “Christians” (Acts 11:26 NKJV).  The Christians were not divided, but the public opinion about them was. Only accept the Apostles’ New Testament!

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

#christians, #confusion, #divided, #unbelieving

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12-16-2016 Getting Jesus Right-No Mass

The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ.  A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NKJV).  A “tradition” is “a practice handed down, or passed along,” so Christian “traditions” must come from the Apostles, themselves.  No “tradition,” then, that cannot be found in God’s New Testament, should be practiced by Christians, for “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV).  In the New Testament, Christians did not: 1) celebrate Jesus’ birth; 2) say He was born during some pagan time change of seasons; 3) mix up Bible events; 4) mix Bible records with myths or fairy tales! Take Christ out of the mess of “Mass!”

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

#christians, #mass, #traditions

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10-24-2016 Making Worse Get Better

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:12-13 NKJV).  Christians will be persecuted, because the wicked won’t change by themselves.

1) “Evil” in mankind is described by David: “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips” (Psalm 140:1-3 NKJV).  2) “Imposters” are people who live by their art of deception.  Paul told Timothy how to deal with such: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).  The wicked get worse if we don’t openly teach the Bible!

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

#christians, #evil, #imposters, #persecution, #worse

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10-7-2016 There Are No Judeo-Christians

“Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law” (Galatians 5:2-3 NKJV). Clearly, Christians must not go back to Moses for their religious duties.  There are people who claim to preach Jesus, believe in Jesus, and obey Jesus, but add the obligations of Moses.  They must: 1) be like Jews, keeping all of Moses: 10 commandments, fleshly circumcision, animal sacrifices, religious feasts and days; and 2) know their “Christian faith” amounts to nothing!  Paul said, “if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV).  Jesus took Moses’ Law “out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14 NKJV).  Celebrating any of that “old law” today rejects the cross of God’s Only Begotten Son!

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

#christians, #jews, #moses

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9-30-2016 God Exists 2

Without the God of the Bible, no one can explain:

1) The Creation: Of world-wide oceans, God “fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’” (Job 38:10-11 NKJV); 2) The Bible: After all efforts to ignore or destroy it, “the word of the LORD endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25 NKJV); 3) Jesus Christ: God in the flesh, “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:8-9 NKJV); 4) Christians: “who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19 NKJV).  Can “atheism” explain these?

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

#christians, #creation, #god-of-the-bible, #jesus-christ, #the-bible