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  • John T. Polk II 9:36 am on 2015-05-27 Permalink | Reply
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    5-28-2015 God versus “Climate Change #3 

    Paul warned: “O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge– by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21 NKJV). “Climate Change” is one of the recent “contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge.” Science can only deal in what may be demonstrated, and the age of the Earth and weather patterns cannot be demonstrated but merely “guesstimated.” “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). “Climate Change” has no “evidence,” but only wild guesses and estimates to support it. “Climate Change” is founded upon “blind faith” but the Bible faith has factual “evidence” to support it! If “the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:14).

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

     
  • Glenda Williams 1:23 pm on 2015-05-06 Permalink | Reply
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    We need more people like my daddy in the church 

    I didn’t think too much about it when I was first married, and mother told me what my Daddy was doing. Lately I have thought quite a bit about Daddy. Let me share what I am talking about.

    Daddy had been out of fellowship with the church for over 30 years. One Sunday he walked down the aisle and confessed his sins and was restored in full fellowship to the church. We need more people who are willing to do what my Daddy did.

    Daddy stopped drinking, smoking and cursing when he was restored. He set a perfect example in just doing it. He gave his life to the Lord a year before Doug and I married in 1965, and never looked back. So don’t think it can’t be done. I know it can, because my Daddy did it. We need more people like my Daddy.

    Daddy drove, and mother rode. She never learned to drive, and it didn’t really bother her. Daddy and mother were always early to the services of the church. They didn’t come in late. We need more people like my Daddy.

    Daddy was honored to serve. The church at Elba ordained Daddy a Deacon. I can understand that. Daddy was a serving member of the church. On Sundays he looked around on the ground to see if there were any new fire ant beds, and come Monday he was there first thing treating them. He didn’t want the people to be stung by those little fellows. We need more people like my Daddy who see things that need to be done and do them without being asked.

    Daddy was a carpenter. No doubt today in the Elba church building there are things that my Daddy built to help make the work of the church more efficient. He used his talents in the Lord’s work. We need more people like my Daddy in the church.

    Daddy took part in the worship of the church. I remember hearing him pray for the first time. He waited on the Lord’s table. He led in prayer. He greeted visitors. We need more people like my Daddy in the church.

    Daddy went with Harris Winston to help teach people the Bible in the privacy of their homes. He did the best he could to lead others to the Lord. We need more people like my Daddy in the church.

    I like to think about my Daddy. We need more people like him in the church.

     
  • James McFerrin 8:19 pm on 2015-04-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Faith/Grace/Obedience/Walking in the Light 

    Below, is the text of a Bible lesson that I taught Sunday morning, Apr. 12, 2015 at the State Line church of Christ. I hope everyone finds this study informative and comforting, but also alarming if you are NOT walking in the light with God.

    James

    FAITH/GRACE/OBEDIENCE/WALKING IN THE LIGHT 4-12-15

    I. INTRODUCTION There is great misunderstanding and disagreement among our friends and even among ourselves regarding the roles that faith, grace and obedience occupy in our lives. Is faith in Christ the only thing necessary for our salvation? What does grace have to do with our salvation? If God wants everyone to be saved, He being all powerful should be able to give us executive clemency without us having to obey. Right? Since there is no sin in heaven am I doomed to torment if I die right after committing a sin? I’m sure that all of us have wondered about these things at various times in our lives. Hopefully, we will have a better degree of understanding and comfort about these issues after studying the following Scriptures.

    II. Rom. 10:1-17 Paul stated in his letter to the Roman Christians the importance of faith/believing. He also mentioned the importance of confessing that faith. It’s obviously important to preach the Lord Jesus to those who have not heard about Him. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”

    III. Eph. 2:1-22 In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul reflected upon the sinful nature of man. God is a just God. He severely punished sinful people during the Old Testament era because of their failures to follow Him. In addition to being just, God is also loving and merciful. He desires that all would be saved. His love, mercy and desire for our salvation led Him to send His Son to serve as a sacrifice for our sins by shedding His blood on Calvary’s cross. Sinful man has done nothing and will never do anything that will “earn” salvation. If our works saved us through their merits, salvation would not be free, but earned. It is a free gift and gifts are not earned. HOWEVER, there are certain conditions or commands that must be met prior to qualifying to receive God’s grace. If one is to enjoy these blessings, it is necessary to be in Christ—in His body—the church.

    IV. Jas. 2:14-26 Empty words do not show faith—faith is made known by the kinds of acts that a person performs. Even the demons believe in the one God and tremble, but that is not sufficient to please Him. Abraham and Rahab are examples of some who showed their faith by their works of obedience. “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

    V. Rom. 5:12-6:23 A person with more sins than another receives a greater measure of grace than the one with fewer sins. There are those who seem to teach that one may sin freely and God’s grace will cover those sins. It is hard to live without “slipping up” and sinning, but to sin freely makes a mockery of His grace. Paul stated, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” As one repents of his sins when becoming a Christian, his old sinful man dies to sin. This dead man of sin is symbolically buried in baptism just as Christ was buried. He then symbolically rises as a newborn Christian to walk a new spiritual life just as Christ rose to walk a new spiritual life. Even though a Christian may occasionally stumble and sin, if he has died to sin, he has stopped willingly living in sin or for sin.

    VI. I Jn. 1:1-2:6 How can one be assured that he is saved? According to John, the person who says that he has not sinned is a liar and that makes God a liar—strong words. There are no sins in heaven. God is referred to as light. John stated that one cannot claim to walk with God if he is living in the darkness of sin. A true child of God walks in fellowship with Him according to His word even though he sometimes falls. As long as one keeps his trust in the saving power of the blood of Christ and walks accordingly, that blood continually cleanses all of those sins. This is a most reassuring and comforting thought. LET US CONTINUE TO WALK IN THE LIGHT!!

     
  • Ed Boggess 12:22 pm on 2015-03-02 Permalink | Reply
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    The jailor asked, What must I do to be saved? Paul said, Believe on the Lord and you will be saved. If you take that verse alone, you might decide salvation is a “faith only” proposition. But looking at the verse in context, shows it involves more than a mental choice or assent. The next few verses show that Paul provided more instruction. As a result the jailor took Paul and Silas, washed their stripes and was immediately baptized by them. The next verse tells us that what the jailor did, he did it “having believed”. What that means is the jailors actions including being baptized was a part of his believing. Faith is not static or fixed; it includes more than just a mental assent. Believing so as to be saved includes confession and baptism as well. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:50 pm on 2015-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    2-24-2015           Atheism Equals Ignorance 

    The evidence for God’s existence is so abundant that an atheist can believe there is no God only by denying all the scientific evidence concluding with, God Is. Atheists are as Gentiles, “in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). Instead of “faith,” an atheist has a “vacuum.” “Atheist,” is a word meaning “without faith in deity” and they are known for what they do not or cannot know. “Ignorance” is defined as “the absence of knowledge.” It is practically impossible for any atheist to ridicule a believer’s “faith” because a Bible-believer has evidence for that faith, but an atheist is reduced to denial!

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

     
    • Linuxgal 6:07 am on 2015-02-26 Permalink | Reply

      Give me the single best piece of evidence for your faith, so I can see if your judgment is correct that my heart is blinded.

      • John T. Polk II 8:31 am on 2015-02-26 Permalink | Reply

        Genesis 1:1=the effect (the created world) demands an adequate cause (God).

        • Linuxgal 11:05 am on 2015-02-26 Permalink | Reply

          I object to your methodology where you assert the necessity of a cause for every effect (which, by the way, is falsified by the observation, via the Casimir effect, of the creation of virtual particles in the void) but when you trace it back to your creator deity, you suspend the requirement. An eternal universe would be a simpler hypothesis than an eternal creator, because it would eliminate the intermediate step of creation.

      • LaraIngalls 12:46 pm on 2015-03-03 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Linuxgal

        Kindly indulge me, and provide me the single best piece of evidence for your faith in evolution/ atheism? I have yet be informed of one single, scientific method validated instance of one species evolving into another. Adaptation is something entirely different, so please don’t talk about bacteria that become resistant bacteria (and thus still bacteria, not a new species); or talk about a finch with a thicker beak (but still a finch).

        Kindly provide me with your single best piece of evidence. Then I can share mine.

    • John T. Polk II 7:41 am on 2015-03-01 Permalink | Reply

      The Casimir Effect is a theory (which remains unproven!) that assumes: a vacuum is full of unending, unusable electromagnetic waves, which can draw two mirrors toward each other! To accept such a fanciful theory as fact is the stuff of Science Fiction! Belief in unscientifically-proven theories requires blind faith.
      Scientific facts are: no matter is eternal; there has to be a beginning for everything (Hebrews 3:4) and the Earth shows clear “footprints” that it began. Therefore, there cannot be a materially physical explanation for the Creation. Genesis 1:1 sums up this scientific solution.

    • Linuxgal 8:01 pm on 2015-03-03 Permalink | Reply

      First of all, I don’t have “faith” in evolution, I understand it to be true.

      Evolution means a species undergoes genetic change over time. We can sequence the DNA of various species and analyze these sequences to arrange them into a phylogeny (evolutionary tree) which shows a hierarchy of features, beginning with vertebrae, proceeding to jaws, digits, eggs, hair, placenta, thumbs, and so on. If evolution is not true, and every species is created to exist in its niche by a master designer, then there would be, for example, no need for men to develop their testes inside their abdomen and then permit them to descend outside of the body, which makes them vulnerable to developing hernias. The reason it happens in human beings is that the adaption was first used by our fishlike ancestors, and we fall under that phylogeny, that tree I mentioned above.

    • John T. Polk II 7:52 am on 2015-03-04 Permalink | Reply

      May I assume, then, that my reply to your use of the Casimir Effect adequately disproved your major premise that “matter is eternal?” And, since you have ignored my argument that scientific facts uphold Genesis 1:1, then you have decided to defend the “doctrine of Evolution” which, itself, unscientifically assumes that “matter is eternal.” Thus, you have moved from one gross assumption to another which is based upon the previous assumption. This is the very definition of “blind faith.”
      The “doctrine of Evolution” teaches that “genetic change over time” crosses the “species” line and creates a whole new “species.” This has never been found to be true, either in a laboratory or in a fossil. That “doctrine” has absolutely no proof of the eons of time necessary for an improbable “genetic change” to occur. And the “doctrine” fails to prove that such “genetic change” has occurred or could survive, if it did occur! The Creation lines remain uncrossed until this very day. “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory” (1 Corinthians 15:39-41 NKJV).
      The “doctrine” is based upon man-made, artificial, imaginary charts, “phylogeny (evolutionary tree),” into which “the DNA of various species” is re-aligned and forced into a “false witness” which is then treated as if it were proven fact! “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV).
      The process by which our birth bodies develop, either with men or women, has nothing whatever to do with “our fishlike ancestors,” but is the maturing process by which we are prepared to multiply. Do you know of any “fishlike ancestors” who “develop their testes inside their abdomen and then permit them to descend outside of the body?” If not, then you have no parallel case that supports your use of the term “fishlike ancestors.” How unscientific can you be?
      The Creation speaks of God’s “wisdom” in every design and detail (Proverbs 8:22-31). If you would objectively (i.e. scientifically) examine it, you, too, would be in complete awe of God and His power.

  • John T. Polk II 7:58 am on 2015-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    2-20-2015           Science Depends Upon “Faith” 

    Scientific conclusions stated as fact can be a matter of “faith” because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). Science says “no two snowflakes are alike.” Have they examined every snowflake that has fallen on us this week? No. But every snowflake they have examined is different, therefore a reasonable conclusion is “no two snowflakes are alike.” The evidence they have points to a conclusion beyond their sight. That’s exactly how we know God exists: the overwhelming evidence we have demands the conclusion that only God could have done it. “He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). Make sure your “faith” has facts first.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:56 am on 2015-02-20 Permalink | Reply
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    2-19-2015           God Is The First Cause 

    The Bible makes statements that point to external data, and that makes it a “Christian evidence” textbook. For example, every effect must have an adequate cause.  “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4 NKJV); “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV). All scientific evidence and fact prove that matter is not eternal and must have had a beginning. The Bible begins with one of the strongest proofs possible–“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV). Only God could cause nothing to become something. The “big bang” is a “popped bubble.”

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 11:21 am on 2015-02-12 Permalink | Reply
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    2-12-2015           Reserved Seats for Judgment 

    When some movie portrays pure lust of the flesh and uncleanness, then those who finance it, make it, act in it, and buy tickets to see it have despised the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He inspired the Apostle Peter to warn us ahead of time that “the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority” (2 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV). The Israelites who died in the wilderness did so because “the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it(Hebrews 4:2 NKJV). Will your lust for uncleanness overcome your faith in God’s Word?

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

     
  • Ron Thomas 9:52 am on 2014-12-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Good Intentions and a LI Medium 

    In the local paper is an interview with a Long Island Medium. Her name is Theresa Caputo. She is a Roman Catholic; she tries to help those who are grieving as a result of loved ones who died. In order to receive her “assistance” a petitioner must pay $175 per hour for a private consultation. Among many efforts to justify her belief and practice she says, “You know how many people have gone back to their faith because of coming to see me?” As a Roman Catholic, she makes it plain that she believes in God, and it does not matter whether one is Catholic, Protestant, or Jew – she is trying to assist others to “regain” their faith when such traumas happen.

    I wonder what “faith” she has in view. It certainly is not biblical faith, thus it is not a saving faith. The faith that is in view, it seems to me, is that which corresponds to 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

    Apart from the Scripture referenced above, there is another appropriate principle that fits well with being deceived by Satan; it is, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7, ESV).

    Her good intentions will not merit her one thing from God. The only way to be saved by the Lord Jesus is to submit oneself to His authority, and seek not to help people in ways that the Lord opposes.

     
    • John Henson 1:07 pm on 2014-12-27 Permalink | Reply

      Faith comes from the word of God (Romans 10:17). Certainly she has a belief system, but faith is not simply believing in something (Hebrews 11:1; Romans 6:17f). While I don’t know how she comes to her idea of faith, I do understand that people think of faith as something that is miraculously experienced, tnough that is not what the Bible teaches. Thanks for the article!

      • Ron Thomas 1:13 pm on 2014-12-27 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the words, John. Appreciate them very much.

        On Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM, The Fellowship Room wrote:

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  • J. Randal Matheny 5:47 am on 2014-12-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Will God answer my distress call? 

    In the darkest moments, when the Psalmist cries to God for help, his words of despair are permeated with a deeper belief that God is there and that God will answer. He believes, against all appearances, that God will hear him.

    Rescue me from the mud! Don’t let me sink!
    Deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep water!
    Don’t let the current overpower me!
    Don’t let the deep swallow me up!
    Don’t let the Pit devour me!
    Psa 69.14-15 NET

    Confusion may reign, the hurt may throw him at the foot of death, circumstances may appear hopeless, but underneath it all lies a bedrock of faith in the benevolent purpose of God.

    Many are the reasons why he possesses such a faith, but its essence derives from his knowledge of history, his own and his people’s. God is faithful. He holds to his promises. He has never failed his people.

    Israel told the story of her creation and redemption time and again to her children. That story was preserved in Scripture.

    Let the church tell, without shame nor revision, the inspired story of the faithfulness of God in Christ. It is this history, contained in the pages of Scripture, that will secure us to the Rock and feed our hope in the darkest hour.

     
  • TFRStaff 4:22 am on 2014-08-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Let us pursue the knowledge of God 

    A new lesson has been placed in the Old Paths Archive, in text and audio, and in Dutch and English.

    Let us pursue the knowledge of God
    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/know.html

    Laten wij ernaar jagen God te kennen
    http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/kennis.html

    May the Lord bless you richly.
    Roy Davison

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:51 am on 2014-07-23 Permalink | Reply
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    (#200) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:1-6-The Who 

    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 10:1-25:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:1-6: “1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel-to Ithiel and Ucal:  2 Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have the understanding of a man. 3 I neither learned wisdom Nor have knowledge of the Holy One. 4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know? 5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”

    v. 1: Agur is unknown, but was a teacher to “Ithiel and Ucal.” His utterances, however, have been preserved as Holy Spirit-revealed truth (2 Peter 1:20-21) and as a Prophet with God’s Wisdom, like Amos (Amos 7:14-15)!

    v. 2-3: This statement is a confession that these thoughts (Proverbs 30:1-33) are the revelation from God, like Paul later stated (Galatians 1:11-12). Humility is a hall-mark of all who submit to God: “The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground” (Psalm 147:6); “(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)” (Numbers 12:3); “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-7).

    v. 4: The answer to all of these questions can only be: God, for He, alone, has power over the Created Earth (Psalm 104), and He, alone, can inspire the writing of His Word through men (1 Corinthians 2:7-13).

    v. 5-6: The Word that God has spoken and written proves to be “pure,” without any taint of untruth. David had said this: “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). So, also, did Jesus define His spiritual family: “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21). Paul said it is the source of faith: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Just because some choose not to believe in God’s Word doesn’t change a thing in God’s Word: “For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: ‘That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged’” (Romans 3:3-4).

    Don’t believe what others say the Bible says, but receive “the word with all readiness, and search “the Scriptures daily” to find out “whether these things” are so (Acts 17:11).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 3:47 am on 2014-06-10 Permalink | Reply
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    (#185) The Proverbs of Solomon 27:8-Where Did You Find Greener Grass? 

    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 27:8: “Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.”

    “A bird that wanders from its nest” has no protection from predators, no provisions for its babies, and no purpose in life. The “nest” is an important base of operation to which a bird may return that gives it reasonable security. The idea of the bird that “wanders” is one that leaves its purpose to chase after insecure and dangerous ways.

    Through the Prophet Jeremiah, God asked His people: “Why do you gad about so much to change your way?” (Jeremiah 2:26). Surely this highlights a restlessness in humans that produces ruin.

    Since everything God Created was “very good” (Genesis 1:31), why did Adam and Eve desire the only thing God didn’t give to them (Genesis 2:15-17)?

    Since God only made one woman to be married to one man (Genesis 2:22-24), why does an individual seek more than one spouse (Genesis 4:19; 28:9; John 4:16-18)?

    Since God only created humans to be “male and female” (Genesis 1:27), why would either physical, birth-sex try to become the other one, either by a surgical operation or by practice (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)?

    Since obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes a person “a new creation” (John 3:5; Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 5:17), why would anyone want to use that as an excuse for leaving spouse and children (1 Corinthians 7:16-24)?

    Since God specifies what spiritual sacrifices Christians must offer in worship (Hebrews 13:15-16; Colossians 3:16; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2), why would anyone think He would be pleased with anything else?

    Wandering away from God’s “nest” of rules never produces a better life. Jesus said He came “that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). There is no “other” gospel or variation of Jesus’ Gospel that is better than what we have in the Bible: “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-10).

    The grass is never greener outside God’s commandments!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:01 am on 2014-06-05 Permalink | Reply
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    (#182) The Proverbs of Solomon 27:1-Who Knew? 

    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 27:1: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

    Even the calendar is cause for humility! Who knew yesterday what would be today’s final: weather result? Stock Market margins? Family sickness and death? Earthquake or storm damage? Job benefit or loss? Accident tally? Sports results?

    Truly God proves to know much more than we do, for “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). All we can do is “number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), that is, realize that every day we live brings us closer to death (Hebrews 9:27). “Boasting” is talk that has no substance, in other words, the person doesn’t know what he/she is talking about! “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17). It is not wrong to plan ahead, but it is wrong to think those plans are completely within our power to bring them about! Calendar humility is a reason to “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).

    There is nothing in Scripture that gives prior warning to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, for He taught: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:6); “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42); “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44); “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). ALL who have set the day or times for Jesus to return have been TOTALLY FALSE, completely discredited in their Bible knowledge of this event, and proven to not be a Prophet of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)!

    Because we are ignorant about “tomorrow,” and the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, why not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and then plan “if the Lord wills?” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

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

     
  • TFRStaff 8:52 am on 2014-04-17 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: faith, immutability of God,   

    Things Change — God Doesn’t 

    ===== Thursday’s Thought For The Day (Apr. 17, 2014) =====

    THINGS CHANGE — GOD DOESN’T

    A family went to one of those restaurants where the walls are plastered with movie memorabilia. The grandmother went to see the hostess about reserving a table. When she returned, she found her 10-year-old granddaughter staring at a poster of Superman standing in a phone booth. She looked puzzled.

    “She doesn’t know who Superman is?” she asked her husband.

    “Worse,” he replied. “She doesn’t know what a phone booth is.” (More …)

     
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