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  • J. Randal Matheny 4:13 am on 2015-12-11 Permalink | Reply
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    More Blest to Give 

    More blest to give than to receive,
    Said Him who gave it all;
    By death this truth I can believe,
    And hear from Him my call. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:52 pm on 2015-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    12-1-2015 Fulfilled Prophecies 

    Peter’s second sermon to the Jews in his day said: “Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities” (Acts 3:24-26 NKJV). Jesus came and fulfilled what the Old Testament prophets had spoken and written, after they spoke and wrote it. Otherwise, there is no such thing as fulfilled prophecies. It is important to notice that the prophecies came first, then the fulfillment in “these days” of Jesus Christ. Notice, also, that the Gospel was preached to the Jews first, then to us.

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

    #fulfilled, #jesus-christ, #old-testament-prophets, #peter

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:51 am on 2015-11-27 Permalink | Reply
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    What Jesus means to me 

    Three days ago, the creator of a powerful software project asked for input on an upcoming release announcement. He wanted people to chime in about what that project meant to them, for possible citation in the announcement.

    Many good things were said, and I added my two cents. Surely it made him feel good, and as I read all the statements, it made me feel good being a part of that project.

    Testimonies can be overdone, but they’re an important part of any project. Even the divine project.

    So here are the project creator’s own words, tweaked for a spiritual sense:

    Consider this thread your chance to tell the world about Jesus and what he means to you.

    Please give this invitation that we make here some thought and do share in the comments below.

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 6:02 am on 2015-11-28 Permalink | Reply

      What does Jesus mean to me? The old song comes to mind:

      Jesus is all the world to me,
      My life, my joy, my all;
      He is my strength from day to day,
      Without Him I would fall.
      When I am sad, to Him I go,
      No other one can cheer me so;
      When I am sad, He makes me glad,
      He’s my Friend.

      Paul said in Col 3.4 that Christ “is your life.” That’s a good summation. In him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” Col 2.3. In chapter 3.11 he says that “Christ is all.”

      Without Christ, I’m a do-nothing, a be-nothing, a know-nothing. He not only gives me life, but purpose, hope, meaning, power, and direction. He is the reality, all else is shadow.

  • TFRStaff 6:45 am on 2015-11-13 Permalink | Reply
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    November 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in Prophecy) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Don Walker)
    • Genesis 3:15 (Cody Westbrook)
    • Isaiah 7:14 (Wayne Jackson)
    • Micah 5:2 (Carl McCann)
    • Isaiah 53 (Clay Bond)
    • Daniel 7:13-14 (Kevin Rhodes)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • TFRStaff 6:23 am on 2015-11-10 Permalink | Reply
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    A perfect ministry of intercession 

    “From his exalted heavenly position, the Lord conducts a perfect ministry of intercession on behalf of those who approach God through him (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; 1 Jn. 2:1). Though Christians (e.g., 1 Tim. 2:1-2) and even the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26-27) are said to intercede or make petitions for others from earth, Jesus is the only heavenly intercessor mentioned in Scripture.”

    —Ashby L. Camp, Feet Firmly Planted, 75.

     
  • John T. Polk II 3:37 pm on 2015-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    9-28-2015 Peter or Jesus Christ 

    The Holy Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul referred to the Israelites in their wilderness wandering when he said they: “they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4 NKJV). The New Testament Greek word here for “Rock” is “petra.” Peter had confessed that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus replied, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:16, 18 NKJV). “Peter” is “petros,” and “rock” is “petra.” Jesus had named Peter “petros” (John 1:42 NKJV) which avoids confusion. The church of Christ is built upon Jesus, NOT Peter! There is NO “successor” of Peter who heads the church of Christ!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:50 pm on 2015-09-28 Permalink | Reply
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    9-23-2015 The Head of The Church 

    The Holy Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul wrote of Jesus Christ: “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18 NKJV). There is only one spiritual head of the spiritual body of Jesus Christ: Jesus Himself. All others who claim to be are wrong! No Apostle, not even Peter, took Jesus’ place as the head of the church of Christ. Peter even called Jesus “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4 NKJV), and Paul condemned as divisive anyone who claimed “I am of Cephas(1 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV). Any church with a different “head” is not the church of Christ over which Jesus Christ is the head! Millions of misguided members and a media blitz does not make truth out of a lie!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:46 pm on 2015-09-28 Permalink | Reply
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    9-14-2015 Jesus Not Moses 

    The Apostle Paul’s first recorded sermon reminded the Jews that God used their forefathers until Jesus Christ came. Those envious Jews put Jesus to death, but God raised Him from the dead (Acts 13:30 NKJV), no more to return to corruption (Acts 13:34 NKJV). Jesus, thus, was the firstborn to be raised from the dead, never to die again. “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). The Law of Moses provided no forgiveness of sins, like Jesus. God raised Jesus, not Moses, from the dead. The 10 Commandments today cannot save!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:38 am on 2015-09-21 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jesus Christ, , oral traditions, , written Scriptures   

    9-11-2015 Why Were Scriptures Written? 

    “Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed” (Luke 1:1-4 NKJV). (1) Luke’s “orderly account” would make certain what Theophilus had only heard (i.e. “oral traditions,” or “gossip”); (2) This written Scripture completes the “word delivered;” (3) This “orderly account” was to certify truth distinguished from “many” other narratives; (4) “Certainty” of faith came from sure, written “scripture” and not from any other source!

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

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 8:57 am on 2015-09-19 Permalink | Reply
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    A Friend Indeed 

    A friend indeed is Jesus,
    Our every need he meets,
    Our hearts he fills with blessing,
    And powerfully thrills the soul. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:38 am on 2015-08-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Why I am a Christian 

    I’m a Christian for no less than two reasons, and these are two reasons that every Christian should be able to give:

    • I believe I am who Jesus says I am – someone who is lost without him and in need of his healing (Luke 19:10, Mark 2:17).
    • I believe Jesus is who he said he was – the bread of life, the light of the world, the door to salvation, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the way, the truth and the life, and the true vine for the people of God (John 6:35, 8:12, 10:9, 10:11, 11:25, 14:6, 15:1).

    The list may sound like a simple version of theology to some, but I’m just fine with that.

    The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.” (John 4:28-30)

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    • RichardS 3:54 pm on 2015-08-27 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t want to sound too technical but shouldn’t your second point say- I believe Jesus is who He says He is- since your first point is in the present tense?

      • Eugene Adkins 3:58 pm on 2015-08-27 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t really pay attention to that. But since you mentioned it, I was looking at it from the point of view of when the scriptures were recorded for us…which is past tense, unlike myself which is still present tense 😉

  • TFRStaff 2:18 pm on 2015-08-16 Permalink | Reply
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    August 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Foundational Principles) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • Jesus, Our Saviour (Cody Westbrook)
    • Hear Sam (Willcut)
    • Believe (Mike Vestal)
    • Repent (Mike Bonner)
    • Confession of Faith (Jerrod “Boogie” Doss)
    • Baptism (Robert Jefferies)
    • Living a Faithful, Growing, Godly Life (Rob L. Whitacre)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:48 pm on 2015-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    7-20-2015 Are Jews Abraham’s “Seed?” 

    Why do people listen to what God says at first, but not last? “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” (James 2:21-22 NKJV). God told Abraham, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (Genesis 22:18 NKJV). That “seed” was NOT the Jews, but Jesus Christ. “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ” (Galatians 3:16 NKJV). Everyone who teaches the Jews were Abraham’s promised “seed” are denying God’s inspired Word in the New Testament!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:47 pm on 2015-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    7-21-2015 Is The Kingdom To Come? 

    Why do people listen to what God says at first, but not last? Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a statue which God’s Prophet, Daniel, interpreted. Nebuchadnezzar was its head, history shows us Persians were next, then Greece, then Rome, which had many “kings.” “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44 NKJV). Jesus came in Roman days, and is now “King of kings” (Revelation 17:14), Who “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13 NKJV). There is no kingdom yet to come!

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

     
    • John Henson 9:33 pm on 2015-08-03 Permalink | Reply

      It is truly amazing how many people misunderstand this, even though the apostle Paul explained it clearly.

  • TFRStaff 10:03 am on 2015-07-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Learning Obedience 

    “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Heb. 5:8).

    The Bible is clear that Jesus has “all power … in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). So why would a being with all power need to learn obedience? It might have something with the salvation of mankind. (More …)

     
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