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  • John T. Polk II 10:53 am on 2016-12-23 Permalink | Reply
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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.

     
  • John T. Polk II 3:40 pm on 2016-04-12 Permalink | Reply
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    4-13-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #3 

    “But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands” (Psalm 115:3-4 NKJV).  Combining man-made “gods” with The “God in Heaven” only creates confusion and hides the truth.   Peter warned the churches of Christ of the “false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1 NKJV), then gave the solution, to “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:2 NKJV).  Combining man-made “prophets,” with holy prophets only creates confusion and hides the truth.  The Bible solves confusion, but does not create it!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:11 pm on 2015-12-16 Permalink | Reply
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    12-16-2015 Whose Denominations Are They? 

    “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV). Then, who is? Jesus had prayed over the Apostles: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21 NKJV). The Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Christ in Corinth: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10 NKJV). If there are splits, divisions, or denominations among believers, they are NOT OF GOD!

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:30 am on 2015-01-13 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: confusion, , Tennessee State Lottery   

    Lottery commercial tells player to thank the wrong person 

    I’ve got to be honest about my feelings toward the Tennessee State Lottery, as well as any other lottery program (as if you haven’t figured this out with my other posts on the topic), – it gets on my nerves!

    The lottery program preys on the poor. It helps to keep the poor right where they are in life, financially speaking. In fact, the state of Tennessee’s lottery program has made so much money off losers…I mean players, the state has decided to begin a program that will pay for the first two years of a student’s higher-education at any state community or technical college…something that I’m sure the college boards were ecstatic about.

    Now, am I against people getting a chance to get an education that could help to prepare them for a good, and hopefully honest, job? Not at all! What I’m against is the veracious appetite of the lottery program and who it targets. Let me explain to you what I mean in case you don’t already get it.

    The latest State Lottery commercial that’s been hitting the radio airwaves features a man thanking all of the people standing in line in front of him who didn’t buy the “winning ticket” for a particular lottery game. In other words the commercial is trying to tempt people who don’t play at all, or at least who don’t play often enough in the lottery’s eyes, to start buying a ticket more often by making them think that they would’ve won if they would’ve only bought that ticket…because “the next ticket” is always going to be the winner in the mind of the player, right? The commercial goes on to end by reminding people that it only takes a dollar or two to win thousands.

    Here’s my problem with that commercial, and ultimately the lottery program: one, the “winner” is thanking the wrong person – he should be thanking all the losers who gave up their money to stand in line to play a “game” with odds stacked against them; and two, the average lottery player doesn’t spend a dollar or two – they end up spending ten or twelve every other day, or whenever they get their check from their employee or from the government…after all, the lottery’s huge surplus of money is coming from somewhere and I doubt it’s coming from the employees of the lottery program.

    So if you’re a lottery player in the state of Tennessee and you win your scratch-off game, don’t thank me because a single dollar of your winnings didn’t come from my pocket – thank the player standing in line in front of you who bought losing ticket after losing ticket after loosing ticket….for every one or two players to win it takes thousands of players who lose.

     
    • Chris Barrett 5:14 pm on 2015-01-13 Permalink | Reply

      Eugene I couldn’t agree more. Look at the money the lotto execs make, plus the money spent on advertisement. I thank God everyday for where I am now because there was a time in my life when I was willingly ignorant of this situation. I sold “lotto” tickets the first year they were available. The clever names, beautiful colored scratch offs, and the illusion of winning is Satan working at his best. It was never the successful or well off person coming in buying the scratch offs. Don’t get me wrong there were some, but hands down the best customer for $1.00 scratch off is the poor. THATS WHY THERE ONLY A DOLLAR. And your busiest lotto day other than Powerball hands down is the 1st & 3rd. When those on fixed income are getting there checks cashed. I could rant about this for a while but let me leave you with the story that changed my mind. I watched a guy on pay day Friday take his just cashed check and buy beer, cigs, and gamble. BECAUSE THE LOTTO IS A GAMBLE. He left broke that night. Monday his wife, whom I’ve known most of my life, came and asked me privately for diapers and money for some medicine. I gladly gave her what was needed because at that moment she made me see how I was in sin for enabling such activity. Even though she had no idea she was doing so. There are other story’s but that’s the one that done it for me. I pray for anyone who struggles with gambling, and addiction of any kind. Giving thanks to God everyday that I get to serve Him and that He gave me time to repent.

      Thank you to The Fellowship Room, you, and all the other writers. I enjoy so much getting to read all of your works. THANK YOU

      • Eugene Adkins 8:32 pm on 2015-01-13 Permalink | Reply

        Chris, thanks for sharing your experience and I appreciate you mentioning those who struggle with this and other issues. I second your prayers and your personal thanks.

        I’m glad that The Fellowship Room has been a blessing to you. Thank you for the kind words and for the occasional comments that you make.

  • Richard Mansel 9:57 am on 2012-08-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Misunderstanding the Hatred Concept 

    I was told that if I didn’t like homosexuality, then I hated homosexuals and wanted them to die.

    So, I went to a restaurant with a buffet and selected the foods I liked and put my plate back at my table.

    I went back to the buffet and screamed, “I hate you! I hope you die!” at all the foods I didn’t like. The owners quickly called the police.

    I guess I don’t understand the entire hatred concept after all.

     
  • Richard Mansel 8:19 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Are We Confused? 

    If we adamantly preach from the pulpit that the Lord’s Church should not have a choir, then why do we joke from the pulpit about preaching to the choir? Do we just like to confuse people?

     
    • Ron Thomas 8:21 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply

      Some words can be used in different contexts to convey a significant point. I think this is one of those words. The word “choir” to me is not a troublesome word. As you would say (presumably), I do the same, the congregation is the Lord’s choir.

      • Richard Mansel 8:28 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply

        True. However, are we certain that everyone in attendance understands the nuance? No.

        • Ron Thomas 8:36 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply

          This is true, and it is fair to ask as you have. That also applies, however, to the many other words that are used by people in a local or larger setting.

        • J. Randal Matheny 9:12 am on 2012-02-14 Permalink | Reply

          I’d think people understand, since it’s a figure of speech quite well known.

  • Ron Thomas 6:05 am on 2011-06-26 Permalink | Reply
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    “…because though most people hardly know what they believe, they are militant in their stance.”

    “Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism: What is the truth,”Frank Raj, The Washington Times (6/26/2022)
     
  • Ron Thomas 10:21 am on 2010-05-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Is there any wonder….? 

    Is there any wonder why we are confused?

    Psychiatrists Consider More Changes to Sexual Definitions

    The American Psychiatric Association is planning to once again change its manual that doctors use to diagnose mental illness. And the public comment period for the changes to the group’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is drawing to a close.

    Susan Wright, spokesperson with a sexual activist group called the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, said her organization is eager to see changes made concerning sexual issues such as cross-dressing and fetishes. “We know it’s not a mental illness; it’s just a different way to have sex,” she said. “As long as it’s consensual and as long as you’re not harming someone, it should be perfectly fine.”

    Geremy Keeton, a licensed marriage and family therapist who helps clients dealing with issues of sexuality and sexual addictions, disagrees with changing the definitions. “These disorders are progressive, and early diagnosis and early treatment prevent more havoc in individuals’ lives,” he said. “We’re robbing individuals of early treatment by changing the thresholds for diagnosing these disorders. … This is obviously about normalizing non-normative sexual behaviors. We’re hearing that from the sexual-activist groups in their memos, in their e-mails and in their own talking points.”

    In contrast to its relaxed proposals regarding these sexual behaviors, there is a news link on the APA’s Web site to an article that labels bullying as a “mental health problem,” along with several other links on the topic. [CitizenLink.com, APA.org]

    This from the Pastor’s Weekly Briefing (PWB), May 7, 2010

     
    • Laura 10:25 am on 2010-05-07 Permalink | Reply

      Sodom and Gomorrah. We’ll not be long in getting there.

      • Ron 10:29 am on 2010-05-07 Permalink | Reply

        Sometimes I wonder if we have not already arrived.

  • Ron Thomas 1:30 pm on 2010-04-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Confusion. When Aaron built (molded) the golden calf, he built an altar to eat and proclaimed a feast to the Lord (Exodus 32:5). This happened to Aaron, is it any wonder why it happens to the multitudes even today?

     
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