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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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)

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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. Continue reading

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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.

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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. Continue reading

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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.

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