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11-6-2017 Why Blame God

Whenever disaster or evil-inflicted events occur, people are quick to blame God for that evil. They ignore 2 important facts: (1) The Devil is real and against us. Jesus went “through death” to destroy “him who had the power of death that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Devil makes death horrible to see. (2) Evil is in the world because people have not listened to God. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28 NKJV). Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV). Jesus said: “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.

#death, #devil, #disaster, #evil

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12-9-2016 Profane Pleas

“Profanity” literally means “making it as common as a doorsill.”  Few give a passing thought to a doorsill when crossing it.  That is exactly the attitude toward God’s Name that is forbidden.  When Israel used to be God’s chosen people, He said: “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:12 NKJV).  Jesus’ New Law teaches Christians to pray: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Luke 11:2 NKJV). It is only when Bible history is ignored that people profane God’s Name.  Constant “OMG’s” profanes God.  When disaster comes, how can a profane person mean it when he says: “God, help me”?  If we wish to call on God to help, don’t profane His Name. “The LORD is for me among those who help me” (Psalm 118:7 NKJV).

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

#disaster, #omg, #profanity

Acts of Kindness

A friend I grew up with, posted the following note on Facebook and she gave me permission to re-post it here. Kathy Thompson Gifford is a dear friend in Florence, Alabama and she recently helped someone in need in Phil Campbell, Alabama after the disastrous April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

Kathy wrote the following:

Friends,

As I write this, I am drying my eyes over something that came in the mail today. I was so moved, I just felt compelled to write it down.

A day or two after the April 27th tornadoes that devastated our state, I (like many of you) learned that a young boy, Ethan Knox, (who I never had the chance to meet), aged 10 years died in the tornado in the Phil Campbell area. A kind, charitable man (also who I have never met) made thousands of people aware of Ethan’s death and his family’s dire financial situation in the face of the loss of their son & grandson, in addition to their home and possessions.

The kind gentleman is Mr. Don Parker. Mr. Parker found it in his heart to give all of us a chance to serve this family by giving money to pay for Ethan’s funeral, grave marker and provide some financial assistance to Ethan’s family. I, like many of you, sent in my small contribution, feeling warm inside about being given the opportunity to help this family. I was also feeling such a great sense of loss for Ethan’s family, as well as feeling incredibly blessed to have been spared and not be the parent dealing with the loss of a precious child.

That, I thought, was the end of the story for me. Until today.

This evening, after coming home from work, I went out to get the mail. In my box was a small envelope, addressed to Rodney and me, from a family in Phil Campbell, whose names I did not recognize.  The small envelope contained a thank you note from the family of Ethan Knox. Inside it, was a picture of Ethan, a handsome blonde haired boy. Ethan was only 10 years old when he left this Earth for his heavenly home. Ethan didn’t know me, but, he has touched me profoundly.  In the midst of their grief and loss, Ethan’s family had the grace to thank those who helped in a small way. It wasn’t necessary. But, it sure felt good.

God has a way of letting us think we are helping and blessing others, when in the end, through our service and obedience, we end up being the ones who are blessed. I thank you God for blessing me in such a special way, that I will never forget. Please keep little Ethan safe in your arms until he can be reunited with his family again in Heaven.

What a touching tribute! We never know what small acts of kindness can do in the lives of others. We always need to be people who are thankful, appreciative and eager to share that with others. Acts of kindness do not have to be random, they can be a way of life.

 

#disaster, #kindness, #tornadoes

Disasters

Michael Brooks helps us understand the true tragedy of natural disasters.

#disaster, #haiti