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10-26-2016 Supporting Arrogance

When the Law of God was read, King Josiah “tore his clothes” in repentance (2 Chronicles 34:19 NKJV).  When Scripture was read to his son, King Jehoiakim, “cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words” (Jeremiah 36:23-24 NKJV).  Who would better run the country: one who hears and heeds God’s Word, or one who detests and destroys God’s Word?  “The man of sin…opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God” acting like a “god” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NKJV).  Vote for one listening to Bible-believers.

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

#bible-believers, #gods-word, #heeds

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2-1-2016 Gang Violence

Gang violence is an on-going problem. “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war” (Psalm 140:1-2 NKJV). The most effective way to change human behavior is by teaching God’s Word, for, when it is received, hearts are changed. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word” (Psalm 119:9 NKJV). “From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works” (Psalm 33:14-15 NKJV). “Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133 NKJV). “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!” (Psalm 119:11 NKJV). “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.

#gang-violence, #gods-word

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1-6-2016 Stop The Violence

When violent murders have occurred, well-meaning people take to the streets, appealing to the murderers to “Stop The Violence.” Signs and slogans will not make much difference, nor will more government programs, for these are “band-aids” that cannot cure. Instead, why not preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ who said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 NKJV)? Not any other religious text can claim what the Bible claims: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV). Only God’s Word changes hearts from within. “Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house” (Proverbs 17:13 NKJV).

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

 

#gods-word, #peacemakers, #stop-the-violence

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3-5-2015             Is the Bible a Human Book?

David said in Psalm 18:30 NKJV:As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Skeptics [Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, 1-2-15] may say: “The Bible is a very human book. It was written, assembled, copied and translated by people. That explains the flaws, the contradictions, and the theological disagreements in its pages.” Obviously, they have never read: “prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). It is one thing to speak blasphemously about God’s Word, it is quite another to prove it. “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6 NKJV).

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

#bible, #blasphemously, #contradictions, #gods-word, #human-book, #skeptic

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(#196) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:18-Be Happy

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 29:18: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.”

“Revelation” (“vision” in the King James Version) refers to God’s inspired Word. As God miraculously led His people, he spoke to them through a “prophet:” “So the LORD said to Moses: ‘See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land’” (Exodus 7:1-2). Moses then became “the prophet” (Numbers 12:6-8) through whom God’s Law was given (Deuteronomy 34:9-12), and by following that written Law, the nation of Israel would remain separate from other peoples (Joshua 23:6-8). After Moses, unless God inspired a prophet to call the people back to that written Law, they forgot God: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). “Then the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation” (1 Samuel 3:1).

King Zedekiah is an example of what this proverb is saying: “He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 36:12). Even though Christ’s Law has been given, people sin when they made to think there is no Law of God that applies to them: “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled” (Titus 1:15).

The New Testament is the written Law of Christ and God has not had a prophet since it was written: “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37). Whatever people say to demean, diminish, or destroy their confidence in God’s Word does not change God’s Word: “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit” (Jude 17-19). Christians are admonished: “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:13-14), because God’s written Word is our Judge, for Jesus said: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).

Where sin abounds is a fertile field for preaching and teaching the Word of God, for Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17).

“The revelation” from God is in our Bible – Be “happy!”

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

#bible, #bible-study, #gods-word, #happy, #obedience, #preaching, #prophet, #proverbs, #revelation, #vision

Without the Word of God

A friend recently pointed out a verse that explains some of our problems today:

Where there is no Word from God, the people cast off restraint.  (Proverbs 29:18)

When did America begin her downward spiral?  When we threw God out of our schools…then children heard less about Him.  They were no longer exposed to God’s Word in a public setting; sadly, their parents quit going to church and they did not hear God’s Word there, either.  With nothing to guide them in the strait and narrow way, they grew up not knowing what God would have them do.  Soon, abortion was an acceptable form of birth control; euthanasia was an acceptable way to avoid caring for aging parents; homosexuality was just s good as heterosexuality; marriage was of no consequence; children outside of marriage became so common that now there are as many babies born to unwed mothers as there are to married ones.

What is the answer?  Every Christian has GOT to be willing to stand up and be counted for God.  Political correctness is a sin, because it denies what God has taught us.  We may be laughed at, we may be both persecuted and prosecuted, but if we are to claim to be children of God, we MUST stand up and be counted on the side of righteousness.  When some subject comes up, are you willing to stand up and stand firm for the Word of God?

#defend-the-truth, #gods-word, #stand-firm

Sermon Snippet from John 5:31-47

Here’s a point that I’m going to use in tomorrow’s sermon from John 5:31-47 that could be used in a lot of other places:

God’s word doesn’t pick sides – it makes them (Leviticus 19:15Deuteronomy 1:17, John 5:39)

A thought like that can cause us to think about, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) in the right way.

#bible-study, #choices, #gods-word, #judging, #sermon-snippet-from-john-5