“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.
To me, the most striking phrase of Jesus is, “Have ye not read?” (Matthew 12:3,5; Matthew 19:4; Matthew 22:31; Mark 12:10,26; Luke 6:3).
The religious leaders of Christ’s day had indeed “read” the Old Testament passages that Jesus’ referred to in the above passages, but were more interested in upholding their own “traditions” rather than upholding God’s word (Matthew 15:3,6; Mark 7:8-9,13).
As a result, the Lord called these religious leaders “hypocrites” (Matthew 15:7-8 ; cf. Isaiah 29:13).
Today, our society would call them “reading-challenged.”
Most people love good cooking. I remember my mother busy in the kitchen, especially around a holiday, cooking great things for all of us. We really looked forward to those meals. We knew a day like that would be remembered.
I spend most of the week cooking up good stuff for Sunday. I start getting excited about what I’ll preach and teach early in the process. But when I’ve finished my Powerpoint presentation, I’m pumped! So Sunday is my favorite day of the week, when I get to lay out all the good things I’ve cooked up during the week for God’s people.
If I’m only a cook in God’s kitchen I’ll be happy, for it’s his word that is truly food indeed (John 6:55).
How will I usher out 2010 and welcome in 2011? About the same as Ron. To me, one day is just like another, no matter what the calendar might say. More than likely, I’ll be up composing my next article for my blog, either in my mind or on paper.
How will I organize in 2011? The same way I organized in 2010. Keep my bills organized as to date due, my personal files in alphabetical order, and prioritize my many other duties, one day at a time. I don’t use a planner, pda, or anything else. Mostly, just keep it in my head.
Where is our confidence in the day of judgment? (1 John 4:17). If we pattern our lives after Christ (1 John 2:3-6), we should have confidence in the day of judgment. The previous verse (1 John 4:16), tells us that we must continually “dwell” in God’s love in order to maintain that confidence.
That successful “dwelling” is also contingent upon our confessing Christ as God’s Son (1 John 4:15), and the keeping of God’s commands (1 John 3:24). Another criteria for our having confidence in the day of judgment is for us to maintain God’s standard of moral purity in ourselves and in our everyday living (1 John 3:2-3; cf. 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:13-16).
All of the above can only be achieved “through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Saturdays are like any other day for me. Whatever needs to be done is done. This morning, I’ll go grocery shopping, get my song list ready for the song service tomorrow, write and post another article to my blog, study my adult Bible class lesson to present tomorrow morning, and walk my dog (or rather she walks me!) :).
Any mans life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.
Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)