Hugh’s News & Views (Humble Beginnings)


In the Millennial Harbinger of January 1842 (Volume VI, Number I), Alexander Campbell, one of the leading voices in pleading for a restoration of original New Testament Christianity, looked back to the earliest days of the movement and gave a recap of a sermon he preached “under an oak” some eight miles from Bethany, Virginia (now West Virginia) in June of 1811 when he was 22 years old. Below are excerpts from the article by Campbell in which he gives the background to his sermon titled “Humble Beginnings.” Following that are excerpts from the sermon itself in which Campbell set forth some of the principles upon which he and others were launching out in the establishment of an independent congregation based on the New Testament alone. This was before any of the group had come to be immersed. (“We were all then Pedobaptists,” Campbell acknowledges, meaning they had been sprinkled as infants or very young children), thus indicating the infancy of the movement. Excerpts are in Campbell’s own words (as well as his spelling and punctuation), not the words of some Restoration Movement historian giving his spin, twist, or “interpretation” of what Campbell wrote and said about the event. Continue reading

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5-17-2017 Humbling History

“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:4-8 NKJV). The “new king over Egypt” must have been taught Egypt’s history without having to admit that Joseph, and his God, had absolutely saved Egypt from complete starvation! How can something so meaningful be omitted from their history books? Life’s lessons may be painful to remember, but they are humbling. “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4 NKJV). Without the humility of history, the pride of the present creates cruel tyrants and dictators. “A proud and haughty man -‘Scoffer’ is his name; He acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24 NKJV).

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

#history, #humility


7-10-2015 Re-Enactment or Remembrance?

The Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached to the Jews in Jerusalem that “Jesus of Nazareth” had been: “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it” (Acts 2:22-24 NKJV). We can read, study, and learn the lessons of the cross of Jesus Christ. No re-enactment can adequately portray it. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV). But no one should hate the Romans for doing it! Love Jesus for the memory. History is not to promote hate, but to learn.

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

#crucified, #hate, #history, #jesus-of-nazareth, #lessons, #love, #re-enactment


5-25-2015 Pentecost Re-enactment?

The 12 Apostles were gathered together on the Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection. “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4 NKJV). According to the Bible, this Pentecost experience has never been repeated. What Peter saw at Cornelius’ house was the only thing like what had come on the 12 Apostles “at the beginning” (Acts 11:15). Gathering in Jerusalem today on a Pentecost to try to share in the same experience would be as useless as returning to a battlefield on Memorial Day, expecting to fight the past battle! What has passed in history cannot be repeated, nor should we expect it to be!

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

#history, #memorial-day, #pentecost

He keeps a detailed record, makes history

notesIn his column today, my good friend Mike Brooks writes in “History” that he keeps a detailed record of his movements in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Anybody else do this? I’ve been hit and miss on doing something similar, but then I’m here all the time.

Still, I could have done a better job. After all, nobody’s going to write my biography, so my records are going to be it. And when I’m in my retirement rocker, I may want to recall what happened.

In this article, Mike has a great application of this habit in spiritual terms.

I’ve known Mike since around 1980. Good brother. Ask God’s blessing on his work and family. And do read the article.

#eternity, #history


(#161) The Proverbs of Solomon 22:28-The Sin Of Revisionist History

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 22:28: “Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.”

There is a good reason God lets older people come before younger ones: to pass along wisdom learned from experiences! The lesson from history is that we should learn from history! The term “landmark” refers to memorials, surveyor marks, or boundaries that define territory that has been established for a reason. Since the flood in Noah’s day, God has established “the boundary” for water, so that a world-wide flood will never occur again (Psalm 104:6-9). When God sent the Israelites into their Promised Land, He specified its boundaries (Numbers 34:1-15). Moses’ Law, therefore included the command to respect their “neighbor’s landmark” (Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17), also called “the ancient landmark” (Proverbs 23:10-11). God’s wrath was upon those who disregarded those landmarks (Hosea 5:10), and His appeal was for them to “set up signposts, make landmarks” (Jeremiah 31:21). People who tear down or disregard landmarks are destined to be confused and lost.

There is a concerted effort to tear down history’s lessons and highlights in textbooks, and teach children to disregard where they have come from. It is an alienated and foreign nation that does not respect its roots. In the United States of America, the “ancient landmark” which our “fathers have set” is the Declaration of Independence and Constitution with its Bill of Rights. Tear this down and all the good governing of the past is for nothing. Historical signposts and landmarks tell a people where they have been and where they could go.

The history of the churches of Christ is told in the New Testament and can be traced throughout the centuries until now. All those who disregard the beginning history are confused and lost. “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin” (Romans 6:3-6).

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

#bible-study, #boundaries, #history, #landmarks, #practical-lessons, #proverbs

Are We Weighted Down?

The army of Alexander the Great was advancing on Persia. At one critical point, it appeared that his troops might be defeated. The soldiers had taken so much plunder from their previous campaigns that they had become weighted down and were losing their effective-ness in combat. Alexander immediately commanded that all the spoils be thrown into a heap and burned.

The Hebrews writer admonished, “Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience [endurance; steadfastness; perseverance] the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). The race before us is the Christian life. How often do we, like the “foolish Galatians,” allow things of this world to hinder us from our enduring faithfulness to God? If we are not careful we will allow such things as work, recreation, education, retirement plans, hobbies, and even our families weight us down and impede our growth and pursuit of the prize of the high calling of God (Philippians 3:4).

As Alexander commanded his armies, we must not simply store in another place those things that hinder us from our fighting the good fight, but we must cast them aside and completely remove them from our lives— regardless how precious they may seem! Consider the results for the armies of Greece: “Alexander’s men complained bitterly but soon came to see the wisdom of the order. Someone wrote, ‘It was as if wings had been given to them—they walked lightly again.’ Victory was assured.” Remember, “No man can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24).

#bible-applications, #faithfulness, #history, #spiritual-analogies, #spiritual-distractions, #spiritual-race, #spiritual-renewal