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1-11-2017 Cruelty To Animals

“Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds; For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations” (Proverbs 27:23-24 NKJV).  Man’s dependency upon animals calls for attention to their care.  Even though “natural brute beasts [are] made to be caught and destroyed” (2 Peter 2:12 NKJV), humans should not mistreat animals. Many murderers, as children, mistreated animals. Animals are made to sacrificially give benefit to humans. “The lambs will provide your clothing, And the goats the price of a field; You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food, For the food of your household, And the nourishment of your maidservants” (Proverbs 27:26-27 NKJV).  It is a foolish rancher who neglects or hurts his herds.  “A righteous man regards the life of his animal” (Proverbs 12:10 NKJV). Respect for God’s Creation shows respect toward God.

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

#animal-care, #humans

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5-31-2016 Animal Rights Or Humans Wrong?

“A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel” (Proverbs 12:10 NKJV).  God wants us to be kind to our working animals.  “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain” (Deuteronomy 25:4 NKJV).  John Deere tractors may run on ethanol (or corn!).  But “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27 NKJV).  Humans, not animals, are made in the image of God.  Jesus said God feeds birds, then asked, “Of how much more value are you than the birds?” (Luke 12:24 NKJV).  Though a gorilla protected the child who fell into his Cincinnati Zoo enclosure, the child’s safety and life was worth more than the gorilla’s!

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

#cincinnati-zoo, #gorilla, #humans, #image-of-god, #kind-to-animals

Learn the Scriptures and the People

One can be a devoted student of Scripture and yet not understand the people to whom they minister. We must not be cloistered in our hole, failing to interact with others. The Bible student who is not also a student of human nature, misses the other half of the equation.

The ultimate goal of  Bible study is two-fold.  First, we desire heaven as our own future destination. Secondly, we want to inspire others to take the same path. How do we do the latter if we know nothing of our subjects?

We need to be very attentive to the ways and motivations of human beings. We must study how they think and react to certain ideas. Study the culture and know what turns people’s heads. In so doing, we become better armed when we reach out to people.

There is danger in this method, of course. Nietzsche is credited with saying, “When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back into you.” If we will learn the culture, we must not let it drag us into its web of deceit.

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#evangelism, #humans, #study, #teaching, #wisdom, #word