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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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.

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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.

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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.

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