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8-10-2017 World-Wide Eclipse

“’And it shall come to pass in that day,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight’” (Amos 8:9 NKJV). God predicted a “solar eclipse.” The sun going down “at noon,” the earth darkened “in broad daylight” would be a clear sign to show people their sins. “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him…Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour” (Mark 15:25, 33 NKJV). “Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:45 NKJV). The darkest three hours in human history were when God’s only begotten Son was rejected by sinful mankind. Jesus now is “the light of the world” (John 8:12 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#darkness, #jesus-cross, #solar-eclipse

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8-9-2017 Gospel Light

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJV). This prophecy has nothing whatever to do with a “solar eclipse!” The prophesied “darkness” would “cover the earth,” but a “solar eclipse” only darkens a narrow path on the earth! This prophecy is about “Gentiles” coming to the light, which points to the New Testament Gospel of Christ. Gospel “light” is “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#darkness, #gospel-light, #solar-eclipse

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8-10-2017 World-Wide Eclipse

“’And it shall come to pass in that day,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight’” (Amos 8:9 NKJV). God predicted a “solar eclipse.” The sun going down “at noon,” the earth darkened “in broad daylight” would be a clear sign to show people their sins. “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him…Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour” (Mark 15:25, 33 NKJV). “Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:45 NKJV). The darkest three hours in human history were when God’s only begotten Son was rejected by sinful mankind. Jesus now is “the light of the world” (John 8:12 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#darkness, #solar-eclipse

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3-22-2017 Light And Darkness

“And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:4-5 NKJV). Has anyone who believes in “Evolution” ever come up with an explanation for how “light” separated from “darkness?” Since “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 NKJV), being in “darkness” spiritually describes lives without God’s influence and instruction. Solomon said, “the fool walks in darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13-14 NKJV). Jesus said: “Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going’” (John 12:35 NKJV).  His Gospel calls sinners “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV). “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.

#darkness, #light, #sin

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12-29-2016 Another Year Of Darkness

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5 NKJV).  From the first day of the Creation, God wants us to know the difference between Day and Night, darkness and light.  The prophet Daniel said, God “knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him” (Daniel 2:22 NKJV).  Solomon said, “The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble” (Proverbs 4:19 NKJV).  There are some people who stumbled into 2016, through 2016, and are planning to stumble into 2017.  They haven’t figured out yet, “what makes them stumble.”  Don’t waste another year in darkness!

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

#darkness, #day, #light, #night, #stumble

Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem, right?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and such a saying becomes spiritually personified throughout the scriptures. One place where this is evident is found in Matthew 2 when the light of an uncommon star leads the way unto an uncommon child.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to hope while to another it symbolized a reason to hate.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to rejoice while to another it symbolized a reason to be remorseful.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to praise while to another it symbolized a reason to plot.

To one group the star symbolized a reason to give worship while to another it symbolized a reason to show wrath.

One light caused opposite reactions within the hearts of men, but such a small light would only be a shadow of sorts to the behavior that was on the horizon in regards to this child of Bethlehem (John 3:19-21).

For now we must decide how we will react to God’s leading light and we must choose carefully for the way we see beauty may not necessarily reflect the awe that this former child will produce one day when the star from a distance gives way to the star that will dawn in an up-close and personal way. Even then the “star” will produce different reactions, but this time it won’t be within the power of man to reject what they see!

For when we gave you news of the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, our teaching was not based on stories put together by art, but we were eye-witnesses of his glory. For God the Father gave him honour and glory, when such a voice came to him out of the great glory, saying, This is my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased. And this voice came from heaven even to our ears, when we were with him on the holy mountain. And so the words of the prophets are made more certain; and it is well for you to give attention to them as to a light shining in a dark place, till the dawn comes and the morning star is seen in your hearts;” (2 Peter 1:16-19 – BBE)

#darkness, #jesus-christ, #jesus-birth, #jesus-return, #light

Sermon Starter from Ecclesiastes

“Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun; But if a man lives many years And rejoices in them all, Yet let him remember the days of darkness, For they will be many. All that is coming is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 11:7-8). 

Introduction:

A. Lay out the purpose of Ecclesiastes.

B. Trace the role of the sun in Ecclesiastes.

Three Points:

1. Christians should value the blessings of walking in the light (John 8:12; 1 John 1:7; Ephesians 1:3).

2. Christians should remember the lessons of the darkness [when we have sinned & come through challenges by God’s grace and mercy] (Romans 12:1-2).

3. Christians should be preparing for the future and be ready for judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

I will leave the rest to you.

#christians, #darkness, #ecclesiastes, #light, #sermon, #wisdom