3-6-2017 A Calendar Or The Cross

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NKJV).  It is this fact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that the Apostle Paul was determined to preach.  By following a man-made religious calendar, people have been turned away from that Cross. “Christmas” diverts attention to Jesus’ birth; “Lent” places the emphasis upon human denial; “Easter” skips the cross to Jesus’ resurrection; and “the thief on the cross” makes salvation from a thief rather than Jesus! Bible faith says: “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14 NKJV).

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

#christmas, #cross-of-christ, #easter, #lent, #thief-on-the-cross

Say what? Angels sang in Latin?

That’s what this guy said:

“The Latin expression the angels echoed from the heavens, ‘Gloria in excelsis deo’ is also the refrain from our hearts this Christmas season.”

Chalk up another one for the list of Christmas myths?

#christmas, #latin

Holiday blessing

During these holidays, may you and yours be greatly blessed by the time spent together and by the enjoyment of all the things “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Tim 4.3.

Our prayer is that you may be drawn even closer to the Lord. If you are not in Christ, we pray you may enter the kingdom of God through faith, repentance, and immersion.

If you are already in Christ, we pray the Lord may give you greater appreciation of your salvation, greater love for his leading and his family, and greater opportunity for service as his followers.

We are happy also to share this prayer with you.

I speak both for and to the Fellows here on TFR. Thank you for being a special blessing by your presence here.

#blessing, #christmas, #prayer

What I don’t like about Christmas songs

Yes, I like Christmas songs, but I don’t like all of them. And my dislike often has to do with one thing – what they teach.

The birth of Jesus doesn’t take up a whole lot of territory in the gospels. Not including the veiled references of unbelievers, John basically uses one verse (John 1:14), Luke uses less than three “chapters”, if you count the announcement to Mary and the genealogy tree, to go more in-depth including the angelic announcement to the shepherds in the field (Luke 1-3), and Matthew uses two “chapters” to cover more genealogy, the announcement to Joseph and the gift-giving wise-men account (Matthew 2:1-2).

The biblical account of Jesus’ birth, and its surrounding events, are fairly easy to understand … unless, for some reason, you’re a “Christmas” song.

Many Christmas songs help to promote biblical ignorance by combining Luke’s account of the shepherds, who actually visit Bethlehem the night Jesus is born, and Matthew’s account of the wise-men, who first visit Jerusalem (after the birth of Jesus takes place) and then later present their gifts after finding Jesus in a house, into one mismatched scene.

The simple fact is, whether one tries to sing it or not, the shepherds didn’t have to make room for the wise-men that exciting night in Bethlehem. To some people this may not seem like a big-deal, but truth be told – the truth of Jesus’ birth can’t be told with many “Christmas” songs, and that’s what I don’t like about them.

#christmas, #knowledge-of-the-truth, #singing

I like Christmas Songs. Do you?

I don’t know about you, but I like “Christmas” songs.

I can’t say I like every song, or even most songs that fall into the “Christmas” category, but some of my favorite songs just happen to be songs that are labeled as “Christmas” songs.

I don’t like listening to all of the pop-stars singing to make a buck with their latest “Christmas” album. I may be wrong, but judging by the albums released before and after the nicey-nice holiday studio cut, I don’t think the vast majority of the famous singers really care about the message that surrounds the average “Christmas” album.

I like singing several songs while I’m alone and while I’m with others. Silent Night, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, and O Come All Ye Faithful are songs worth singing. They remind us of an important message (1 Timothy 3:16).

Whether the calendar says it’s December or July, I like singing these songs because they do my heart good, and I hope they do you good as well.

I’m not saying you have to like “Christmas” songs … I’m just saying that I do.

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2 – NKJV)

By the way, if you want to watch one of my favorite video and song combos, you can click here.

#christmas, #opinion, #singing

One thing that “American Atheists” and several Protestant churches will have in common this holiday season

The title of this post may sound a little weird, but assure you that “American Atheists” and several Protestant churches will have something in common this holiday season that you may never fathomed.

What is it?

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#atheism, #christmas, #irony, #protestantism

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