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The story is told of a civil war soldier who did not want to take sides but remain neutral and be accepted by both sides. He put on a pair of Confederate britches and donned a Union jacket. He was shot in the seat by a Yankee soldier and in the chest by a Rebel soldier and died of the injuries he incurred as a result of trying to be on both sides! Continue reading

#doctrine, #hughfulford, #integrity

8-12-2015 Do You Really Mean It?

Do you really mean it? “For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute” (Hebrews 6:16 NKJV). Swearing, or taking an oath, is bringing in a higher being to make one’s promise sound surer. Christians, however, are told: “But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No,’ lest you fall into judgment” (James 5:12 NKJV). If a person has no intention of keeping his or her word, no “stack of Bibles a mile high” will make their oath mean anything! Whether it involves companies or individuals, athletes or workers, governments or citizens, husbands or wives, many do not keep their word! Society’s integrity needs Christ!

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

#integrity, #oath, #promise, #swearing

6-16-2015 Claiming to be Black!

Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington, claimed to be a black person, when her white parents have revealed she is not! Now her “integrity” and “credibility” are being questioned, as they should be! Saying she was and wishing she was did not make it a fact! There are people who want to be a Christian, claim to be, teach Christian principles, but have not obeyed to be a Christian. “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’” (2 Timothy 2:19 NKJV). “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV). Jesus said, “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.

#black-person, #credibility, #depart-from-iniquity, #integrity, #rachel-dolezal, #white-parents

Forty years ago Tom Eichenberg of Elk Grove…

Forty years ago Tom Eichenberg of Elk Grove, Calif., lost his wallet. He was a student in 1975 at Santa Clara University when it went missing. The college discovered it and returned it to him. It had been sitting in a wall at the student center for 33 years. A construction crew found the wallet in an air duct while renovating the student union. The wallet contained his social security card, a store membership card, a bus pass with 10 cents left on it, and a 1975 draft card. Eichenberg should be happy the workers were honest men. Too often in these days of identity theft, a person is left deep in debt and with a marred reputation. This is Just A Minute.

#honesty, #integrity, #just-a-minute, #lost-and-found

Hillary Gushwa lied to officials of the Miss…

Hillary Gushwa lied to officials of the Miss Ventura County, California beauty pageant. She was married, a Mrs. instead of a Miss! When officials confronted her she claimed she had been on medication that affected her memory and at the time did not recall her wedding. However, subsequent evidence proved she knew full well she was married at the time. She was disqualified and asked to return the crown she had been given. Beauty is a fine thing, but it is nothing without character. A woman may be a vision of beauty but if she cannot be trusted, the vision will likely become a nightmare! This is Just A Minute.

#deceit, #integrity, #just-a-minute

(#198) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:24-Wanna Abet?

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 29:24: “Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.”

Solomon has already judged against agreeing to uphold someone else’s debt (Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26-27; 27:13), now he warns against sharing in someone’s sin! The gang members, driver of the get-away vehicle, owner/renter of a meth lab house, participants in the crime, are all as guilty as the one who actually commits the sin! This proverb shows that the one who shares in “thievery,” for instance, will end up losing his/her honesty and integrity by swearing “to tell the truth, but reveal[ing] nothing.”

The truth of this proverb remains unchanged in the New Testament Law of Jesus Christ: “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22); “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11); “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32). Saul of Tarsus may not have stoned the first martyr for Jesus Christ, Stephen, but Saul protected the coats of those who did the stoning (Acts 7:54-60)! This still bothered him toward the end of his spiritually-productive life (1 Timothy 1:12-16)!

Choose your associates and friends carefully; be well aware of what they’re up to; have the courage to avoid damning situations! They may actually “think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you” (1 Peter 4:4).

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

#bible-study, #christian-living, #guilt, #honesty, #integrity, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #sharing, #sins, #wisdom

a visit from Gabriel

In Daniel 9, Daniel records that when Darius the Mede began to reign over the Chaldeans, he (Daniel) read the prophecy of Jeremiah about the number of years that were left to complete the desolation of Jerusalem. Daniel then uttered one of the humblest, most heartfelt, honest prayers recorded in Scripture. While he was still praying, Gabriel came to him and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.”

Two things here give me chills. First, the phrase you are highly esteemed. Men have speculated for millennia about the nature of events in the spiritual realm. One would think that in such heavenly assemblies, men would be regarded as lowly and weak. What are men in comparison with angels–at least at this point in time? Yet the text here says that Daniel was highly esteemed. Angels held Daniel in high regard. What a compliment paid to the value and worth of those who do what is right in the eyes of God.

Second, the command was issued at the beginning of Daniel’s supplications. They didn’t even wait until he was done praying! Yet it seems that the command could not be issued until he prayed. How many blessings do we miss out on because we simply do not ask?

Lord, give us the courage to pray, the wisdom to know what to pray for, and the integrity that allows us to be heard.

#angels, #daniel, #gabriel, #integrity, #prayer, #wisdom