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  • TFRStaff 5:19 am on 2016-12-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Christ . . .) 

    CHRIST IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS

    The New Testament book of Hebrews draws many striking contrasts between Moses and Christ, the law of Moses and the gospel of Christ, the old covenant/testament and the new covenant/testament, the Jewish tabernacle/temple (physical structures) and the church (a spiritual house), and Judaism and Christianity. Key words and phrases used throughout this book are: “better,” “greater,” “more than,” “more excellent,” “greater and more perfect,” and similar terms of comparison. In every instance, the purpose is to show the superiority of Christ and Christianity to Moses and Judaism. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:57 am on 2016-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Self-centeredness is cast aside in Christianity 

    The cross of Christ was in the center of the three crosses the day Jesus was crucified (John 19:17-19), but it’s not because Jesus was self-centered (Mark 15:27-28).

    From his birth to his death, Jesus led a life of self-denial (Philippians 2:5-8). This self-denial wasn’t denial for the purpose of denial in-and-of-itself. Nor was Jesus’ self-denial for purpose of making himself the center of attention (John 14:10). Jesus’ self-denial was for the purpose of helping others and glorifying his father in Heaven (Acts 10:36-38; Matthew 5:16).

    Self-centeredness must be cast aside to follow Jesus. Look at the context of Paul’s, “Let this mind be in you…” statement in Philippians 2:5. The context is getting rid of self-centeredness (Philippians 2:1-4). It’s then that Paul proves his point by using Jesus as an example as to why the church at Philippi (and us today) should look beyond their own circle of self when it comes to dealing with others.

    But in case you have some unreasonable reason that causes “Paul’s words” to carry no weight with you – keep Luke 9:23 in mind and get over yourself.

    We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:1-7 – NKJV)

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:23 pm on 2016-09-29 Permalink | Reply
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    9-30-2016 God Exists 2 

    Without the God of the Bible, no one can explain:

    1) The Creation: Of world-wide oceans, God “fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’” (Job 38:10-11 NKJV); 2) The Bible: After all efforts to ignore or destroy it, “the word of the LORD endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25 NKJV); 3) Jesus Christ: God in the flesh, “humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:8-9 NKJV); 4) Christians: “who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19 NKJV).  Can “atheism” explain these?

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:24 am on 2016-09-26 Permalink | Reply
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    The day Calvary’s crown was made 

    Do you know the day that Calvary’s crown was made? (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 11:04 am on 2016-09-14 Permalink | Reply
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    The most exciting find of all (and it’s not bacon) 

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    There must have been no greater exclamation among the Jews of the first century than that which Andrew declared to his brother Simon and what Philip told his friend Nathaniel: “We have found the Messiah!” Jn 1.41, 45. One can feel the excitement in those words. The NET Bible rightly ends it with an exclamation point. (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 6:07 am on 2016-09-13 Permalink | Reply
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    What should our focus be? 

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    Our focus should be on loving and serving God. Our aim should be that of going to heaven when we die.

    Many are focused on material things. Even in religion the focus is on entertainment, show and fun; instead of on God the Bible, truth and service. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on 2016-07-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Interesting Greek word in 2 Peter 1:19 

    And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;” (2 Peter 1:19)

    The interesting Greek word (at least to me) that is translated as “morning star” in the NKJV, BBE, ESV and NET, and as “day-star” in the KJV and ASV is φωσφόρος, and in the New Testament it’s unique to 2 Peter 1:19.

    Now, in case you can’t read Greek, spell the word out in English and it would be something along the lines of, “phōsphoros.”

    And in case you don’t remember anything about phosphorus from your High School physical science classes, phosphorus does a couple of things very well; one of which is that it burns brightly! Such is the reason why the Greek word “phōsphoros” literally means, “light bearing or light bringing.”

    The Greek word in 2 Peter 1:19 can also refer to the planet Venus due to the planet’s orbiting characteristic in relation to the Earth which causes Venus to appear brighter in the morning than in the evening.

    Either way, the apostle Peter’s point is clear – Jesus (who is the topic of the context’s confirmed prophetic word) is the bright and morning star whose light will cause our hope to become a reality regardless of how dark it may be before the dawn. Perhaps this thought is why the song writer of “He’s the Lilly of the Valley” follows up that reference with the proclamation of Jesus being the fairest of 10,000 to our soul.

    I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:18 am on 2016-05-25 Permalink | Reply
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    A Fall wedding in the cold South—on Saturday 

    weddingOn Friday we’re off to cold weather, heading south, to the city of Curitiba. It’s almost winter time here, and people say it dips below freezing there. In the southern hemisphere, going south is like going north above the equator — it gets colder. And here, it feels colder, since houses have no indoor heating.

    My assigned task is to give away a bride. Cosma’s parents are both deceased, and she invited me to do the honor. She lived in SJCampos for some time, and Vicki and I became close to her.

    Unlike American weddings, The Missus and I will remain standing up front during the ceremony. Must wear comfortable shoes, I hear tell two suits will officiate. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:28 pm on 2016-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    5-16-2016 Jesus Christ, Super 

    Jesus warned, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26 NKJV).  So you knew something bad was happening when the “rock opera” titled, “Jesus Christ Superstar” hit the big screen in 1973.  It dealt with the last 6 days of Jesus’ earthly life, told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, and treated Jesus as if He were anything other than “super.” It emphasized His humanity without Deity, and ended without His bodily resurrection by which Deity overcame all humanity!  Since that time, children have clamored for some “super hero” who overcomes anything.  Jesus said, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV), and so does “he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:5 NKJV).                              

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

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:15 am on 2016-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Fleshing out conversion 

    turn-signalWe hold half-formed ideas about many words. For some, conversion hides one of those nebulous meanings. Its basic meaning is turning or change.

    Think of converting an automobile motor from gasoline into natural gas. In order to do what it could not before, some things have to be tinkered with. And what it did before, it does no longer. To convert it over is not a complicated process, but not anyone can do it.

    Converting a soul from sin and self, from the world and the flesh, in order to know and serve God is not only a personal decision on the part of the person, but a job only the Creator can undertake. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 3:41 pm on 2016-04-12 Permalink | Reply
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    4-12-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #2 

    When divisions began over allegiance to men other than Jesus Christ, Paul asked: “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:13 NKJV).  There are religions that ignore or reject Jesus as the Christ.  Apollos “vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 18:28 NKJV).  It is ignorance of the Scriptures, not the Scriptures themselves, that has let people follow other religious leaders than Jesus Christ.  The Scriptures reveal only One who had died “for our sins.”  The Scriptures reveal only one “name” for people to be baptized into.  Confusion has occurred over those who reject the Bible to uphold their own choices.  God is not to be blamed, nor the Bible branded as causing religious division.

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

    #divisions, #jesus-christ, #religions, #scriptures

     
  • John T. Polk II 3:13 pm on 2016-04-06 Permalink | Reply
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    4-7-2016 Who Is God #9 

    No one can have a “relationship” with God without Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also'” (John 14:6-7 NKJV). More to the point, Jesus had said, “he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (John 13:20 NKJV). Many people are taught that all they must do to have a relationship with God is pray. But Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23 NKJV). There is no spiritual relationship with God without Jesus Christ, and there is no spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ without obeying His Word.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 1:13 pm on 2016-02-02 Permalink | Reply
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    2-2–2016 Moses Proves Jesus 

    Jesus told Jews in His day: “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47 NKJV). (1) “And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD” (Exodus 24:4 NKJV). This was more than 10 Commandments. The original writings of Moses’ had been copied, but Jesus had complete confidence in those copies. (2) “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear” (Deuteronomy 18:15 NKJV). Moses’ prophecy was specifically fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. (3) Teaching that the Old Testament is only myths and fables denies the truthfulness of Jesus Christ! The Devil denies the Word of God!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 12:29 pm on 2016-01-15 Permalink | Reply
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    1-11-2016 Can Moses Save 

    Jesus was asked: “‘Which is the first commandment of all?’ Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these'” (Mark 12:28-31 NKJV). No one has ever received authority to raise any other of Moses’ commandments over and above these first two. The 10 Commandments do not include these two, and therefore, cannot save anyone, then or now. Keeping Moses’ 10 Commandments today is to reject Jesus Christ, for He said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15 NKJV). Jesus, not Moses, saves today.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:00 pm on 2016-01-06 Permalink | Reply
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    1-7-2016 Sacrificial Hero 

    Knoxville’s Zaevion Dobson, forever 15, threw himself between his friends and gang gunfire, and died December 17, 2015. His family and friends will remember Jesus’ statement: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13 NKJV). Zaevion died a hero among violent cowards. His friends are alive because of his bravery.

    Heaven’s Jesus Christ, forever, threw Himself between His friends and eternal Hell-fire, and died on a cross in 33 A.D. Those who are saved by His sacrifice always know Jesus: “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness” (1 Peter 2:23-24 NKJV). So we who “were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death” to “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us” (Romans 6:3; Ephesians 5:2 NKJV). Jesus Christ is the “hero” to all who are saved through Him.

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

     

     
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