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7-4-2017 Freedom To Obey Christ

There is no such thing as complete freedom. The American Revolution cast off abusive law for the freedom to establish our own law. Since sin is universal, Jesus’ Gospel invites all everywhere to cast off their shackles of sin for the freedom to serve under Jesus’ Law. “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:16-18 NKJV). No one can be freed from sins to do as they please. Liberty is not license or lawlessness!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#freedom, #liberty, #license

Abundance: 1 Corinthians 10.25-26 VOTD

“Eat anything that is sold in the marketplace without questions of conscience, for the earth and its abundance are the Lord’s.”

1 Corinthians 10.25-26

As proof that Christians are free to eat all foods, Paul quotes Psalm 24.1 that all belongs to the Lord, meaning that nothing actually belongs to idols.

According to the context, how is a Christian’s freedom to be used?

#freedom #abundance #VOTD

The shallow nature conscious of its weakness and…

The shallow nature, conscious of its weakness and insufficiency, is always trying to advertise itself and make sure of its being appreciated. The strong nature, conscious of its strength, is willing to wait and let its work be made manifest in due time. Indeed, the truest natures are so free from all self-consciousness and self-consideration that their object is not to be appreciated, understood or recompensed but to accomplish their true mission and fulfill the real work of life.

A.B. Bruce

#freedom, #strength

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5-30-2016 An Annual Memorial

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day for the graves of those who died in the War Between The States.  It became a federal holiday in 1971.  Remembering the war dead each year should remind us how precious is our national Freedom.  Have you noticed, there is no “memorial day” for enemies?  David reminded Israel, “O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished” (Psalm 9:6 NKJV).  It has become devoted to baseball games, racing, grilling, and traveling.  For Christians, the Lord’s Supper is to “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV) every “first day of the week” (Acts 20:7 NKJV), which keeps it fresh!  We don’t decorate Christ’s grave, we celebrate His victory, and ours: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4 NKJV).

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

#christs-grave, #freedom, #lords-supper, #memorial-day, #victory

Jesus taught religious freedom

“Jesus taught religious freedom.” An article by this name with audio has been added to the Old Paths Archive.

May the Lord bless you.

Roy Davison

#audio, #bible, #freedom, #jesus

Free but a slave

“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone to win as many as possible”1 Corinthians 9:19.

In the Old Testament, God provided instructions for the slave who wanted to serve his master for life. He was to go to the doorway and allow his master to pierce his ear with an awl. Continue reading

#freedom, #mission, #salvation

Choosing whom to serve

In yesterday’s e-bulletin, I mentioned the choice that Joshua made to lead his family in service to the Lord (Joshua 24:15). In truth, every person faces the choice every day of whom they will serve. God made us creatures with choice. In making us creatures of choice, he also made us creatures of responsibility. That is, only humans, out of all of God’s creations, are accountable for their actions.

Our slogan, ‘Everyone must do his own work,’ is based on the idea that I alone am responsible for my actions. 2 Cor. 5:10 and John 5:28-29 are personally responsible for the outcome of our life and the location where we spend eternity.

Joshua gave the people of his day a choice: the gods their fathers had served or the gods of the land in which they dwelled or the God of heaven.

Our choices today are also heavily weighted, by sheer number, on Satan’s side. We can serve ourselves through pleasure, comfort, money, convenience, recreation and a host of such matters. Jesus described those who serve these things as rocky and thorny soil. The gospel is received with joy, but worldly desire and comfort soon create a path back to self-serving living.

I believe that some folks get the idea that because God gives us the ability to choose, it means that he gives us the freedom to choose as we want. If that were the case, no responsibility would attach itself to our choices.

Brothers and sisters, our ability to choose sin does not give us freedom to choose sin. As a matter of fact, “the wages of sin is death.” Each of us will give personal account of our own work. So, no matter what others may be doing, I pray that you will always choose to do right.

Everyone must independently do his/her own work.

Mike Glenn

#choices, #freedom, #responsibility