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  • John T. Polk II 10:22 pm on 2016-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    5-20-2016 Daily Christianity 

    Jesus “said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23 NKJV).  Jesus taught disciples to pray, “Give us day by day our daily bread.’” (Luke 11:3 NKJV).  In His final week before crucifixion, Jesus “was teaching daily in the temple” (Luke 19:47 NKJV).  To every creature, Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).  Scripture promised, “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV).  Christians followed Jesus because “daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42 NKJV).  Obeying Christ gives someone “daily” work–not “gangs,” “drugs,” or “violence!”

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

     
  • Joshua Gulley 9:45 pm on 2014-03-14 Permalink | Reply
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    rocky mountain low 

    According to the Huffington Post, Colorado is now filled with a puffing host! The article gives the full statistics for the first month of recreational marijuana sales in the Centennial State, along with projected uses of tax revenue from the product. Ironically enough, the first $40 million in taxes is promised away for school construction–now that’s what you call a “higher” education. The Holy Spirit through Paul outlined what is surely a more effective educational strategy:

    For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)

     
    • Eugene Adkins 8:29 am on 2014-03-15 Permalink | Reply

      Somehow endorsed sinful behavior always ends up being licensed in one way or the other “for the children.”

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-01-28 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , drugs, drunk, , fermented, grape juice, liquors, sorcery, spirits, , , witchcraft   

    (#144) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:1-Make That “Toast” – Toast! 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 20:1: “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”

    “Wine” that’s “a mocker,” capable of causing “drunkenness,” is fermented. “New wine” expands by fermentation and could burst an “old wineskin” (Luke 5:37-39). Jesus Christ’s first miracle changed water into “good wine,” or “grape juice,” because the “master of the feast” was not expecting the fresh juice Jesus had made, because the guests had “well drunk” (John 2:1-11), that is, the grape juice they began with had been fermenting while they had been drinking. The only description of the Passover juice Jesus used to represent the blood of His sacrifice is “fruit of the vine,” depicting it as freshly squeezed as possible (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18). Knowing the risk of drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18), Paul advised “a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities” (1 Timothy 5:23). Timothy must have been an abstainer that he would have to be told “a little” could have medicinal use.

    “Strong drink” is that which is fermented to a greater degree, thus stronger in its effects, sometimes known as “liquor or spirits.” The obvious impact is not just drunkenness, but violence.

    “Drunk” is a term referring to a loss of moral judgment, therefore “wine mocks” its user. Noah became drunk, lost his sense of shame, and exposed his nakedness (Genesis 9:20-28); Lot lost his sense of sexual purity and committed incest with his daughters (Genesis 19:30-38); alcoholics  who “linger long at the wine,” and “go in search of mixed wine” lose control of their words, bodily injuries, and memory (Proverbs 23:29-35); government officials lose control of their sense of duty, law, justice and pervert and ignore the laws of the land (Proverbs 31:4-5); religious leaders err in knowledge of God’s Word, and vomit on their tables (Isaiah 28:7-8). In spite of the damage it causes, wine and spirits are freely sold and consumed—how unwise is that? One of the areas of the United States that consumes the most alcoholic beverages is Washington, D.C.! No wonder that government perverts Constitutional Law, because those drunk on power lose their inhibitions by being drunk on alcohol!

    Alcohol is a drug, but other drugs that are abused for their power over a human being are certainly included in the term “sorcery or witchcraft” (the Greek word is “pharmakeia,” a dispenser of drugs). All substances that chemically control a person are included in this discussion, and must be sparingly used, not for “social” purposes!

    All “drunkenness” will be punished on the Judgment Day (1 Peter 4:1-5), because it is a “work of the flesh” that keeps a person from inheriting the “kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38). Clear your mind from the effects of drugs, and cleanse your soul by coming to Jesus Christ.

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

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 5:06 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Sad note in midst of laughter 

    Sorry to interrupt the good replies about what makes you laugh. I do hope you’ll continue with the laughter posts, for life insists on proceeding even in the midst of death. Scott posted this last Friday, and I’d asked his permission to post it here. He got back with me earlier today. I’ve edited it slightly.

    This has been a sad week in our little town. Last weekend some of the local kids got a hold of a prescription pain patch, Fenandyl, and in smoking it, an 11th grade girl passed out and never regained consciousness.

    I spent most of Tuesday at the high school, along with several other preachers, to talk with kids who felt the need. Her funeral was Wednesday. She was 17. Of the other three kids, only one was 18 and he is being charged. The other two, 17-year-olds, may still be charged.

    The pain patch contained several days worth of medicine and when smoked is considered to be 100 times stronger than morphine.

    A child is dead. A mother is mourning her daughter. A school is mourning a classmate. A community is mourning one of their own. Three young people will live the rest of their lives with the knowledge that they had a hand in her death.

    –Scott P. Wiley, Clay City, IN, swileyusa@yahoo.com Blog: http://scotthere.preachersfiles.com

     
    • Laura 5:31 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply

      Very sad, but thank you for sharing. I plan to share with my 15 and 17 year old sons.

    • Mike Riley 5:39 pm on 2010-01-26 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, this is indeed a sad story that illustrates the results of poor choices. This is exactly why we, as parents and grandparents, need to not only teach our children and grandchildren to make wise choices, but consider the consequences of the choices we make in life. Some of those choices result in dire consequences as in this case.

      We’ll be praying that the God of all comfort will be with the families touched by the loss of their loved ones.

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