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4-6-2016 Who Is God #8

On-the-street opinions were ignorant and confused as to who Jesus Christ was: “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” The truth was, “You are the Christ” (Mark 8:27-29 NKJV). Searching history to compare what people have invented and described as their “god” is an ignorant and confusing method of finding God. Bible-believers “know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:4-6 NKJV). Ignoring the Bible keeps people in ignorance!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Prayer, spirituality and finding God

I’m rethinking what to do with the prayer segments we’ve started in the GoSpeak/Forthright family, which tend to get second-tier attention. That obviously is not good. Among possible options is the use of the posterous site, which I really like. This morning I wrote this little poem/hymn of praise, which you might enjoy and use in your private devotion. Or set to music for the use of the church.

• John H. and Mike R. have been contributing to the Twitter United Prayer account. I appreciate them rescuing it from extinction.

• Lipscomb U. has an Institute of Christian Spirituality, or something like that. Except they look more denominational than biblical. Why do works and efforts on spirituality so often go awry? Does it have to do with spiritual navel-gazing?

• Spirituality (not a word that occurs in the Bible, by the way) has to do, profoundly, with mission. A point often missed, since it seems often to be an item for the market rather than for the closet. That is, it’s a commodity to be sold rather than a practice to be lived.

• Then again, spirituality cannot be just a utilitarian wing of church work. It is not a mere tool in a Christian’s arsenal. My definition of spirituality is life in the Spirit, with all that entails. Maybe you have a better definition.

• This morning’s Quick Bible Truths post says something to the effect that the church is the place to find God. A good sister took issue with it on Facebook. Do you have a problem with that phrase as it is? Does it express something foreign to the Word? Is this an objectionable concept?

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