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  • John T. Polk II 3:54 pm on 2016-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    4-18-2016 Salvation And Worship 

    “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16 NKJV).  Jesus began His public preaching in a Jewish synagogue. A “synagogue” was a local Jewish worship place.  “Custom” is what He was brought up doing:  going to “church!  People who obey the Gospel will worship with the saved.  The people who were told to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV), “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized.  That church of Christ began 3000 strong, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42 NKJV).  Salvation brings one into church worship.

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

  • Eugene Adkins 9:14 am on 2016-02-12 Permalink | Reply
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    When Jesus dealt with 12 angry men 

    Jesus faced his own version of 12 angry men one time. And the kicker is, the angry men were his own disciples!

    Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)

    I don’t know exactly what made the disciples feel so miffed, but one thing that I know for sure was that the only person more unhappy than the twelve was the one who desired to receive the children.

    God forbid that God’s own people would set up roadblocks in the path that leads to God’s kingdom. And God forbid even more that the roadblocks come in the form of spiritual baby-gates that hinder a child from coming to the arms that were spread out on a cross for them.

    Jesus indeed faced his own version of 12 angry men, but the verdict of the case could not have been clearer.

    #challenges-of-discipleship, #children, #jesus

  • John T. Polk II 12:27 pm on 2016-01-15 Permalink | Reply
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    1-12-2016 What Law Did Jesus Fulfill 

    “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV). Jesus, then, gave 6 quotes from the Law of Moses which He contrasted with His own Laws (Matthew 5:21-48). After He was raised from the dead, “He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45 NKJV). Once fulfilled, the Law of Moses was removed by Jesus’ cross. “He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJV).

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

  • Eugene Adkins 7:09 am on 2016-01-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Dear Calvinist friend 

    Dear Calvinist friend,

    What does it mean to sigh?

    In case you’re not familiar with the meaning, the technical definitions are: 1.) (as a verb) to emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling, and 2.) (as a noun) a long, deep, audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.

    To say the least, practically speaking, sighing is a very human emotion that mixes frustration and pain and the overwhelming sensation of unbelief at the situation that can accompany either or both.

    Did you know Jesus sighed? More than once according to scripture. But one time in particular is found in Mark 8:12 which says, “But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”

    Why did Jesus sigh in Mark 8:12? I mean that wasn’t just a sigh in the flesh there – it was a God in the flesh sigh that went all the way down to his spirit!

    Well, think about the situation that he was facing.

    Sign after sign after sign after sign had already been given to the people (just read John’s gospel – not to mention the miracle that Mark had just covered) but the entire culmination of those signs couldn’t be anything but one big sigh on the part of Jesus because of the unbelief on the part of the people!

    Why would Jesus sigh if the people couldn’t help but be caught in unbelief at that time? Better yet, why would Jesus be caught in a state of frustrating unbelief if the people weren’t capable of doing what he desired of them? Either way it’s a good question. How could Jesus not believe what he was hearing if the people couldn’t believe in what he was doing?

    My Calvinist friend, I hope you understand what I’m about to say when I think of the damage that the doctrine of irresistible grace has done to the truth of free-will and the responsibility that comes with it in the eyes of many of its followers…sigh.

    • noblethemes 8:15 pm on 2016-01-24 Permalink | Reply

      Good point made using an interesting example, one I’ve never before heard. All the best to you w/blessings!

      • Eugene Adkins 6:23 am on 2016-01-26 Permalink | Reply


        Thanks for taking the time to comment and for commenting with kind words. I’m glad you found the thought to be truthful and useful. That’s not a combination that fits for everyone…especially when you’re talking about Calvinism.

        • noblethemes 6:31 am on 2016-01-26 Permalink | Reply

          . . . even more especially when you’re talking TO Calvinists! LOL 😉

  • TFRStaff 3:01 pm on 2016-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Why do we love Jesus? 

    A new lesson in English and Dutch has been added to the Old Paths Archive: “Why do we love Jesus?


    “Waarom hebben wij Jezus lief?”


    Thank you very much to those who sent a response to my question: Why do you love Jesus? I quoted some of the replies (anonymously) to enrich the lesson.

    May we all grow in our love for Jesus during 2016,

    Roy Davison

  • Ron Thomas 5:43 am on 2015-12-25 Permalink | Reply
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    A refugee is defined as a person forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

    Martin O’Malley (Democratic candidate for President of the United States) said Jesus was refugee (“Remember: Jesus was refugee child who fled death gangs.”).

    Was Jesus a refugee? It is true that Jesus’ step father (Joseph) fled the wrath of Herod when Herod sought the death of the One that he felt threatened his position as king over the Judean province (Matthew 2:1-18).

    Is that a refugee in the same sort of way that some are fleeing from other countries? A refugee in large quantities or in small numbers is still a refugee. There is a significant difference, however, in the two accounts.

    First, one dealt with salvation history, that is, the Lord’s plan to save man from his own personal sin which leads to eternal destruction (Romans 6:23).

    Second, it was the Lord’s sending of the family of three to the location wherein they went.

    Third, it was the Lord who provided the means they used to get to their location of safety.

    Fourth, Joseph and Mary returned to the land of Israel because of the very point of salvation.

    Fifth, the refugees in today’s context are not the same. Whether this country accepts or does not accept is in direct relation to Islamic ideology that seeks to destroy American culture.

    Perhaps there are other reasons that one might bring to our attention that contrasts the two scenarios. Whether there is or not, like many political candidates (Republican and Democrat), when one thinks that something related to Jesus can be used in his or her favor, He is wielded.

    Jesus was not a refugee in the context of today, but as He was then, He is today the only Savior given to man whereby one can be saved (Acts 4:12).


  • John T. Polk II 4:13 pm on 2015-12-16 Permalink | Reply
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    12-18-2015 Jesus, More Than Meet The Eye 

    Peter reminded Christians of Jesus, “whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8 NKJV). Peter was there when Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29 NKJV). The Bible describes everything about Jesus Christ we need to know to love Him, His: character, personality, compassion, doctrine, motive, knowledge, power, wisdom, dedication, and purity. Everything, that is, except His physical appearance. The churches of Christ in the New Testament, Christians, never had statues, pictures, or any physical representation of Jesus Christ; only what was revealed in written Scriptures. According to Jesus’ statement, and Peter’s letter, the Holy Spirit intended that everyone look inside Jesus to be like Him.

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

  • TFRStaff 5:42 am on 2015-12-15 Permalink | Reply
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    December 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in Prophecy II) 

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

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • Deuteronomy 18:15-19—A Prophet Like Moses (Bryan Hodge)
    • Genesis 49:10—Until Shiloh Come (Cody Westbrook)
    • Jeremiah 23:5-6—A Righteous Branch (Steven Lloyd)
    • Psalm 40:6-10—I Delight to do Thy Will (Bill Burk)
    • Psalm 22—The Cross (Troy Spradlin)
    • Psalm 16—The Resurrected Christ (Tom Moore)
    • Zechariah 13:1—The Fountain for Sin and Uncleanness (Rob 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.

  • TFRStaff 8:18 am on 2015-10-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus taught religious freedom 

    “Jesus taught religious freedom.” An article by this name with audio has been added to the Old Paths Archive.

    May the Lord bless you.

    Roy Davison

    #audio, #bible, #freedom, #jesus

  • John T. Polk II 11:27 am on 2015-08-15 Permalink | Reply
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    8-13-2015 Jesus Was Home-Schooled 

    “Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22 NKJV). So began the education of the greatest, purest man who ever lived. “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:40-41 NKJV). By age 12, Jesus knew enough to sit “in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions,” astonishing them “at His understanding and answers” (Luke 2:46-47 NKJV). During the next 18 years, Jesus “was subject to” Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:51). He was “home schooled” with God and His Word uppermost in His life. That worked for Him!

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

  • John T. Polk II 10:53 am on 2015-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    6-3-2015 What Is YOUR “Truth?” 

    Jews delivered Jesus to Pilate as an “evildoer.” Jesus claimed His kingdom was “not of this world” and to “bear witness to the truth.” “Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?” (John 18:29-38). Pilate’s decision was, “I find no fault in Him at all.” Pilate’s decision was based upon “the truth.” “The truth” did not depend on whose heart it came from, but from absolute facts. “Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?” (Proverbs 22:20-21 NKJV). Each person does not determine their own “truth.” Don’t ask, “what is YOUR truth,” but ask, “have you learned “the truth?” Truth in, truth out.

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

  • Eugene Adkins 6:00 am on 2015-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Why I love the gospel according to John 

    I love the gospel according to John. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying anything remotely negative about the synoptics; but John’s gospel is raw truth for a spiritually cooked world.

    John set the religious world straight in the first-century when it came to who Jesus was, and it’s something that his letter still does to this day. It amazes me how the succinctness of his writings on the only begotten Son of God, who came to be the sinless Lamb of God, can correct pages, and even centuries, of religious error and confusion in only one, two or three verses.

    For example, I read a comment the other day that tried to paint Jesus as someone who sinned because he was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Their line of thought was that since God cannot be tempted to do evil, and Jesus was tempted to do evil in various ways while in the wilderness, it must therefore mean that Jesus was not God-in-the-flesh due to his temptation, and that Jesus actually sinned by being tempted in-and-of-itself. Besides the fact that Hebrews 4:14-16 teaches that Jesus was tempted, without actually giving into those weaknesses and sinning himself in order that he might be our compassionate high-priest who is able to identify with the weaknesses that we struggle with, thanks to John’s gospel we know that it was Jesus himself who challenged his accusers (people who were angry that Jesus claimed that God was his father) to convict him of sin if they could (John 8:46). It was a challenge that went unanswered! All it takes is one verse from John’s gospel to settle whether or not Jesus was a sinner and capable of being offered for our sin as the sinless Lamb of God.

    I also saw another comment/article the other day that tried to disprove the Deity of Jesus based upon an observation that presented several scriptures that refer to God as the sole creator of the universe, the earth and everything that is contained within each of them. To further their point, they even referred to the scriptures where Jesus himself made reference to God as the creator of man and woman in the beginning without making any reference to himself. These points would be fine and well if it weren’t for what the rest of the scriptures teach on the subject. Case in point, there’s a couple of verses in John’s gospel that just so happen to mention that Jesus (the Word) was at the beginning and that nothing that was made without him (John 1:1-3). So again, all it takes is a couple of verses from John’s gospel to settle the issue.

    John’s gospel was written for a time when a lot of people were questioning just who Jesus was…a time that’s a lot like today, and that’s why I love his letter that teaches people about the good news of Jesus Christ!

    This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.” (John 21:24-25)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:31 am on 2015-03-03 Permalink | Reply
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    An illustrative preacher 

    Jesus was not only a preacher of illustrations, he was an illustrative preacher.

    Jesus didn’t fall into the “do as I say and not as I do” category. Besides the personal claims that he made about himself, this “follow what I’m doing and what I’m teaching” mentality was the main distinction between his ministry and the ministry of the majority of his contemporary Jewish leaders. Jesus’ adversaries couldn’t convict this rabbi of sin in word or in deed. He even challenged them to do so, and then made a preaching point out of it! (John 8:46)

    This element of Jesus is not only what separated him from the preachers of yesterday, it’s an element that still does so. After all, it’s easier to give illustrations in a sermon than it is to be an illustrative sermon isn’t it? Telling stories are one thing, but giving someone something to talk about in a good way is a different thing all-together. And yet a living illustration is what we’re called to be (Matthew 5:14-16).

    Remembering that Jesus was an illustrative preacher is why I follow him; it’s why I try to not get too stuck on me. I try to be a good example but I know who the example is.

    Jesus’ illustrations still teach basic principles to his listeners to this day (think the good Samaritan, the blind following the blind, the prodigal son, and many more than what this space allows), but these illustrations have the effect that they do because he didn’t only teach with illustration – he taught by illustration.

    The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,” Acts 1:1

  • TFRStaff 6:01 am on 2015-01-20 Permalink | Reply
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    The Blessed! 

    When John was in prison, he sent some of his disciples to Jesus. Though he acknowledged Jesus was the One he had been given the mission of preparing the way for by the sign shown at His baptism (John 1:32-34), it seems John was desiring some confirmation. Perhaps he had that need because, being in prison, things may not have appeared to be going according to expectations. Personal expectations have a way of causing questions to arise and for some it even leads to discarding entirely the proofs that confirm. Therefore, Jesus sent the followers of John back to relate what they had heard and had observed of the power of Jesus.

    We read. . .

    (4) And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: (5) the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. (6) And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (Matthew 11:4-6 ESV)

    Who else had power to do such? On another occasion, some who refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah were urged by Him to at least “believe the works” (John 10:38) because it was those works done in His Father’s name that bore witness about Him. (John 10:25) In spite of the personal Messianic expectations held by some, God’s plan was unfolding as He intended and Jesus was to be acknowledged for Who He was and is!

    There are many today who refuse to accept Jesus as the Messiah and Savior of the world. Some even claim to be offended when His name is mentioned. They don’t mind prayers being ended with “AMEN”. They may not even mind God being addressed in the prayer because that reference has come to mean different things to different people. However, to bring the Name of Jesus into it narrows things down more than some are willing to accept. Still, it must be learned what the Lord’s place is between us and the Father. (John 14:6) In Him is found the path to blessing both now and forevermore.

    As Jesus stated, blessed is the one who is not offended by Him. Unfortunately some are missing out on the blessings associated with Him now and the hope relative to the place for eternity He has gone to prepare. May our life reveal the difference Jesus is presently making in our life so that others might be drawn to the power that can make all the difference for them as well.


    “teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. http://www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

  • Eugene Adkins 6:42 am on 2015-01-09 Permalink | Reply
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    The free and the cost 

    Jesus freely fed thousands.

    Jesus freely healed an untold number of people.

    Jesus freely gave signs that pointed to who he was.

    Jesus freely gave his blood to cleanse a lost humanity from sin.

    But Jesus also said to count the cost if we’re going to follow him.

    “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?” (Luke 14:26-30)

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