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

#books, #corollaries, #evangelism, #grandchildren, #jesus-christ, #weddings

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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.

#heros, #jesus-christ, #superstar

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

#conversion, #corollaries, #jesus-christ, #offering, #poetry, #renewal

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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

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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.

#jesus-christ, #pray, #relationship-with-god

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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.

#10-commandments, #jesus-christ, #moses, #myths-and-fables, #prophecy

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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.

#10-commandments, #jesus-christ, #moses

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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.

 

#hero, #jesus-christ, #zaevion-dobson

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. Continue reading

#blessing, #jesus-christ, #poetry

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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

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.

#jesus-christ, #testimonies

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.

#bethlehem, #birth-of-christ, #christian-worker, #jesus-and-the-scriptures, #jesus-christ, #king-jesus, #kingdom-of-christ, #lineage-of-jesus, #messianic-prophecy, #old-testament-lessons, #suffering-servant, #virgin-birth

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.

#intercession, #jesus-christ

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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.

#jesus-christ, #peter, #petra, #petros, #rock, #successor

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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.

#church-of-christ, #head-of-the-body, #jesus-christ, #peter