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12-8-2016 God Hears “Help!”

“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners” (Psalm 146:5-7 NKJV).  God gives “help,” a word meaning “to run at a cry.” The Creator God is the source of life, truth, justice, food, and freedom. In the Apostle Paul’s vision “A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:9-10 NKJV). God hears cries of “Help!” for either physical or spiritual needs.

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

#creator, #god, #help

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3-4-2016 God Is Creator Of Order

The magnificent design and order to life demands faith in the Creator God. Jesus pointed to inherent order in agriculture when He said: “the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come” (Mark 4:28-29 NKJV). Such order is impossible without law from a Higher Power. God decreed, “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22 NKJV). Abraham “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder (Greek word, “technician, craftsman”) and maker (Greek word, “artisan, framer”) is God” (Hebrews 11:10 NKJV). Truly, the “technology” of life is impossible and nonsensical without the All-powerful, All-intelligent Creator God!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#creator, #design, #higher-power, #order

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6-30-2015 Against Nature

According to Romans 1:22-25, when people worship and serve the Creation instead of the Creator, as in the idolatrous doctrine of Evolution, they have “uncleanness in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.” When people have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie” (Romans 1:25), they abandon God’s rules for what is “natural.” “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Romans 1:26-27 NKJV). God created humans either male or female. The ungodly go against “nature.”

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

#against-nature, #creation, #creator, #idolatrous-doctrine-of-evolution, #natural-use, #shameful, #vile-passions

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Psalm 135 Which God Should We Worship?

There is no assigned author, time, or place for this Psalm, but it certainly brings together elements from a few other Psalms to show God is above all “gods!”

Verses 1-4 call for God’s People to praise Him;

Verses 5-18 mention why God is Supreme;

Verses 19-21 make a second call for God’s People to praise Him.

Verses 1-4: Look at what the LORD has done to distinguish His Name: (1 His “Servants” in “the house of the LORD” know He is “good” (Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God,” Matthew 19:17); (2 “Praises to His Name” are to be sung, “for it is pleasant” (that is, it is a joyful response to His Name); (3 God chose “Jacob” (whose name was changed to) “Israel” (not Ishmael!) “for His special treasure,” through whom will come Jesus Christ (Luke 1:26-33).

Verses 5-18: The LORD is “great,” and “above all gods,” because: (Verses 5-7) He is All-Powerful (does as He pleases); Creator and Ruler of Earth (including heaven, earth, seas, deep places, water cycle, lightning in rain, wind from His “treasuries”). One God over all Creation, unlike idolaters who need many “gods” for one Creation! (Verses 8-12) He created and blessed the Israelite Nation by “signs and wonders” ending in the death of “the firstborn of Egypt” (man and beast! Exodus 9-12); defeated all the Canaanite nations for Israel to have the “Promised Land” (Book of Joshua); gave Canaan to Israelites as long as they obeyed Him (Deuteronomy 29). (Verses 13-18) NO idol has begun to accomplish as much for their people as God has for His! Idols are the product of human planning and carving, made in the image of a human (mouths, eyes, ears, none of which work because there is no breath of life!). God made humans in His own image (Genesis 1:26). Humans may become godly, but idolaters, those who trust idols, become cold, unfeeling, and blind, deaf, and dumb (or speechless).

Verses 19-21: Because God is Creator, All-Powerful, Ruler over human history, He deserves the praise and blessing from the “house of Israel,” “house of Aaron,” “house of Levi,” and all “who fear the Lord” should “bless the LORD.” The living God deserves, and should receive, all praise and blessing from those whom He has helped.

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#all-powerful, #bible-study, #bless-god, #book-of-psalms, #creator, #daily-bible-reading, #god, #idols, #obedience, #praise-god, #ruler, #worship