A world hostile to God

“However, men obstinately refuse to change their lives, even before the most eloquent warnings (20-21). This is the world in which we live: a world hostile to God even in its core, a world that prefers to make for itself its own ‘idols’ and establish its own models of behavior.” Continue reading

#gospel, #mission, #world

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4-21-2016 Take It To The Streets

Violence in the streets is of great concern to puzzled survivors.  But, there is no amount of discussions, panels, candles, demonstrations or government intervention that can deal with the problem.  The problem is sin and evil, but without God’s explanation and guidance, no one can help.  When sin had entered the world, Cain killed his brother, Abel, because he “was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John 3:12 NKJV).  Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives evil sinners an opportunity to change their lives for good.  Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

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

#evil, #gospel, #sin, #violence

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3-24-2016 We Didn’t Start The Fire

Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, But the upright seek his well-being” (Proverbs 29:8-10 NKJV). Only scoffers, who reject God’s Word, “set a city aflame,” that is, hurt and destroy, as happened in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016. Jesus said the Devil “was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44 NKJV), so regardless of the group name, only the Devil would claim responsibility for such slaughter! Those responsible should become as Assyria, “fallen by the sword, Who caused terror in the land of the living” (Ezekiel 32:23 NKJV). The response should be: “preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

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

#city-aflame, #gospel, #murderer, #terror

Challenges to the church in Cuba

This letter, by a person who visited Cuba recently, points up some of the challenges that the Lord’s body faces in Cuba. Not only economic but social. Continue reading

#cuba, #evangelism, #gospel

Hugh’s News & Views (Inconvenient Truth)

INCONVENIENT TRUTH

In 2006 Davis Guggenheim produced a documentary film of former vice-president Al Gore’s campaign to educate people about global warming (more recently referred to as climate change). The title of the documentary was “An Inconvenient Truth.” Regardless of one’s view about the subject matter of that documentary, it is a fact that the Bible sets forth truth that many find inconvenient and which they wish to evade or “explain away.” Continue reading

#gospel, #hughfulford, #progressives, #truth

What if people of the world were like you?

Reading an old journal entry, I noted where someone graciously commented to my wife and me that, if people were like us and our children, the world would be a much better place. The person was kind. I recalled then one takeaway or lesson, and have since thought of two more. Continue reading

#corollaries, #evangelism, #gospel, #reincarnation

Italian gospel radio broadcasts now online

“Hear the good news!” This is the translation of “Ascoltate La Buona Notizia,” the name of a new website that has been added to the Old Paths group for the church in Polermo, Italy: Continue reading

#audio, #gospel, #italian, #radio

Hugh’s News & Views (Conversion Of A Baptist . . .)

CONVERSION OF A BAPTIST FAMILY

A few weeks ago I received an interesting email from my friend and fellow gospel preacher Raymond Elliott of Prattville, Alabama. Raymond told the story of the conversion of Andrew Jackson and Lonia B. Harden and their family from denominationalism to the purity and simplicity of New Testament Christianity. I was so impressed with the story that I asked Raymond for permission to use it as a “Hugh’s News & Views.” He gladly granted permission. The fascinating story follows in Raymond’s words. Continue reading

#alabama, #conversions, #gospel, #hughfulford

Prayer: friend’s mission trip

A devoted brother in Christ will travel Thursday to a city with no church to teach a person interested in living according to Jesus’ principles in the 21st Century. If you’d like more info on his trip, see this link:

http://gospeak.tiddlyspace.com/#MinasMissionTrip3105

May God use this opportunity to bring the gospel to yet another location where it has yet to be heard.

#evangelism, #gospel, #missions

Links and one-liners

  • Lots of stories lately on Brotherhood News: http://brotherhoodnews.com/.
  • Baptisms in our parts last Monday: http://gospeak.tiddlyspace.com/#AlcidesAndSilvia3102
  • Plans full-steam for US trip April 21. Hope to see you there.
  • Pay insults with blessing. If our Lord could do it, so can we.
  • Spend time with people in person. Virtual is good, but lacking.
  • The gospel is simple. So is evangelism. Don’t complicate it.
  • Can a leopard change his spots? Dunno, but a sinner sure can rid himself of sin.

#gospel, #links, #one-liners

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3-13-2015 Where Angels Dare Not Go

God’s angels cannot change the Gospel requirement Jesus set: “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). Paul wrote: “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” (Galatians 1:8 NKJV). The Devil mis-represented Scripture to teach that an angel would keep Jesus from harm if He threw Himself off “the pinnacle of the temple” but Jesus replied “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God’” (Matthew 4:5-7 KJV). We must always let God’s Word tell us what angels can and cannot do.

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

#angels, #baptism, #gospel, #harm, #tempt

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3-4-2015    Can Moses’ Law Save Today?

God’s Word plainly shows no law before Jesus Christ’s Law was intended to save. “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe” (Galatians 3:21-22 NKJV). The Law of Moses can save no one today, for “if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). To keep the Law of Moses today, severs one from obedience to Christ. “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4 NKJV). It is either Moses or Christ, but not both! The Gospel saves, not 10 commandments!

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

#10-commandments, #christ, #fallen-away, #gospel, #moses-law, #righteousness, #sever, #sin

In the news…

I know where you can read about an interesting story that involves a group of political activists guilty of conspiracy, crony-ism, false arrest, desertion, prosecutorial intimidation, assault, a paroled murderer, a scape-goat who was silenced with capital punishment and a thief who changed his ways.

Where can you read a story like this? In today’s newspaper? Nope. On the top Internet news site? Not there.

Try the last couple of chapters in each of the four gospels.

And make sure you read far enough into the story to see how it ends.

#good-news, #gospel, #news-story

If repentance is not part of the gospel, how can it stand in its place in Lk 24.47?

Some among us affirm that faith, repentance, and baptism are not a part of the gospel, that only the bare facts of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are the gospel, as per 1Co 15.1-3. (They do this, apparently, to get rid of baptism as a requirement for salvation. Citing this text is problematic, but we’ll let that pass for now.)

If however their affirmation is indeed the case, how is it that in Lk 24.47 repentance is used to stand for the entire gospel? Continue reading

#forgiveness-of-sins, #gospel, #gospel-requirements, #repentance

The gospel of the grace of God

A lesson by this title has been added to the Old Paths Archive in text and audio, and in English and Dutch.

“The gospel of the grace of God”

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/063-grace.html

“Het evangelie van de genade Gods”

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/063-genade.html

This is a compendium of Paul’s teaching on grace in his letter to the saints at Rome.

A compressed version is appearing as an article in the December 2014 issue of the Canadian publication, The Gospel Herald http://www.gospelherald.org/ which has the grace of God as its theme.

Pray with me that this material will help souls throughout the world gain a greater understanding of the marvelous grace of God.

May the Lord bless you.

Roy Davison

http://www.oldpaths.com/RD

#audio, #gospel, #grace