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12-23-2015 No Seasonal Goodwill

This time of the year, many hypocritically speak of “goodwill toward men,” only the rest of the year to speak with false flattery or abusive words toward others. David said: “They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things, Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?” (Psalm 12:2-4 NKJV). It is ignorance and arrogance to think the Lord has nothing to say about it. If you really want “goodwill toward men,” then “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit” (1 Peter 3:10 NKJV).

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

#flattering-lips, #goodwill, #hypocritical

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12-10-2015 Baby Jesus #2

This time of year, in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, many don’t seem to understand some things. For instance, when Jesus birth was announced the shepherds, suddenly there appeared “a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'” (Luke 2:13-14 NKJV)  But Jesus’ birth did not mean there would be “peace” all over the earth. Moses’ Law was “to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:24-27 NKJV). “Peace, goodwill toward men” is for those who are “baptized into Christ.” Do you have that peace?

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

#baptized, #goodwill, #peace, #shepherds