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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:01 am on 2017-01-08 Permalink | Reply
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    From bad to worse (1 Kings 16) 

    That might be an appropriate title for chapter 16 of 1 Kings: “From Bad to Worse.” Abandonment of the Lord produced debauchery, murder, division, idolatry. The chapter shows divine justice being carried out in the midst of a nation’s perfidy. Here are a few lessons from the chapter. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:36 pm on 2016-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    11-18-2016 Jesus Saves Believers Only 

    “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48 NKJV).  Jesus is simply stating that while He lived on earth, He did not make a final judgment against anyone, but He will one day!  The warnings against, and descriptions of, sin are to help us make the right choice. Before He left this earth and went back into Heaven, Jesus also said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16NKJV).

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

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 4:55 am on 2016-11-06 Permalink | Reply
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    The town of Madmen 

    In Jeremiah’s condemnation of Moab, he mentions a number of its cities along the length of the nation, which lay to the east of the Dead Sea. Among them, this one:

    City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed.
    A destructive army will march against you.
    Jer 48.2b

    Madmen is a Hebrew word, not English. It is not where mad men live. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:53 am on 2016-10-20 Permalink | Reply
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    10-19-2016 In The Midst Of Sinners 

    John wrote: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 NKJV).  Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).  John described what it will mean to remain an “unbeliever.”  Jesus said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10:11-12 NKJV).  John showed what will happen to “adulterers and adulteresses.” Jesus said of the devil, “he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV).  John gave the end result for liars. Standing in the midst of sinners without repenting will not pass the Day of Judgment!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:42 am on 2016-02-23 Permalink | Reply
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    2-23-2016 All Discrimination Is Not Condemned 

    According to the dictionary, discrimination involves our “power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent.” In other words, discrimination is our ability to make good judgments. Because it has been tied to the word “racial,” many people are afraid to have it. Discrimination is a non-racial, non-sexual word, and those who make it that way are bullying people from making good moral decisions. God’s Wisdom says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13 NKJV). Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV). We must discriminate!
    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 12:21 pm on 2015-11-17 Permalink | Reply
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    I See It Not 

    I see it not, but feel it on my skin,
    The clouds roll back, to let the sunshine in,
    And then they close, and shut the sunshine out,
    I see and feel the drops that fall about.

    I cannot see the Holy Spirit move,
    His presence by his fruit the saint can prove;
    In clouds the Son will turn our faith to sight,
    And all will feel the judgment God will write.

    JRMatheny

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 6:06 am on 2015-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    The One spurned 

    Ron Thomas makes an important point in one of his articles:

    We must never forget that God is judge and his word is supreme. He will not bend to our preferences nor bow to our desires.

    God will react to us in the way we react to him. If we spurn him, he will spurn us. If we seek him, we will discover that he has sought to receive us into his arms.

     
  • John T. Polk II 11:29 am on 2015-08-15 Permalink | Reply
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    8-14-2015 Truly Neglected Orphans 

    Christians can now pray David’s prayer: the wicked “have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love” (Psalm 109:3-5 NKJV). Judgment upon the wicked may thus be: “Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow. Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; Let them seek their bread also from their desolate places (Psalm 109:9-10 NKJV). While fathers fiddle with their iphones and ipads, with email, LinkedIn, YouTube or Fantasy Sports, their children are “fatherless.” While mothers use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest, their children are “vagabonds, and beg” for love and attention. Children of the wicked, need parenting!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:55 pm on 2015-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    7-28-2015 Judge Not At All? 

    “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:2 NKJV). Was Jesus condemning any and all criticism of behavior? If so, He contradicted His later statement: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-16 NKJV). But Jesus Christ did not contradict Himself. Judgment is a double-edged blade, it cuts both ways. Jesus continued: “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7:2 NKJV). Christians know that God’s Word is the standard of Judgment, and they try to obey it. Hypocrites are those who use Scripture to condemn Christians but make no effort to repent and be baptized for the remission of their own sins!

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

     
    • LaraIngalls 9:18 am on 2015-08-05 Permalink | Reply

      HI, I appreciate your words on judgement and have only one further thought to add. Judges have jurisdiction, but not globally. A British judge is not recognised by the Tennessee courts, for example. God’s jurisdiction is for everyone; a Christian’s jurisdiction is specific to those within the Kingdom, so that we can study to show ourselves approved and, indeed, recognise and call out false teachings; to exhort and support our brothers and sisters; and to help those who stumble to return to the path of Christ.

      Christians get into trouble when they try to judge the world by God’s laws – when the people of the world haven’t even recognised God’s jurisdiction in their lives yet!

      • John T. Polk II 8:38 am on 2015-08-07 Permalink | Reply

        Laralngalls, Thanks for your response. Though “the world” hasn’t submitted to God’s Will, they are held accountable for that very point! “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. (John 3:18 NKJV). “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned'” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

  • John T. Polk II 8:32 am on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    4-10-2015 What Is Discrimination #5 

    By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Hebrews 11:7 NKJV). Noah could not obey God in building the Ark without “condemning the world.” What if a State or Federal Law had been passed that told Noah he could not “condemn the world,” but had to permit everyone who wanted to to enter that Ark? Amendment I of the United States Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Discrimination based on moral values is “the free exercise thereof.” “It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment” (Proverbs 18:5 NKJV).

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

     
    • Loy Pressley 12:09 pm on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for this series. Combined, they make a very good article for our congregation’s weekly bulletin. The lesson is profound and well done.

      May the Lord bless you as you do his will.

      • John T. Polk II 4:51 pm on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your encouragement. Please feel free to use anything I have that upholds and defends the truth of God’s Holy Word. There are other available materials at: johntpolktwo.net
        God bless you for your work and leadership in His vineyard.
        Johnny

  • John T. Polk II 8:30 am on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    4-9-2015 What Is Discrimination #4 

    Solomon said, “a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, Because for every matter there is a time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NKJV). Today, Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV). Skin color is no basis for discrimination, but a moral decision is! If discrimination against skin is opposed along with discrimination against the immoral, then Solomon “saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NKJV). This is “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.”

    Throwing out all “discrimination” because some of it is wrong, destroys the difference between ”good and evil.” Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24 NKJV).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 6:34 pm on 2015-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    3-10-2015 One-Way Life 

    Zechariah 12:1 NKJV: “Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.” Each one of us has an individual spiritual part within that is who we really are. We die when this spirit leaves our body: “The body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26 NKJV).  “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NKJV).  There is no return of our spirit to the earth, in any form, and we only pass this way once for there is no second chance after this life. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV), not another life on earth.

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

     
  • Ron Thomas 5:21 am on 2015-02-21 Permalink | Reply
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    FAIR AND BALANCED 

    Can you be “fair and balanced” in all that your think and do? It is likely you think that you can. This is a reasonable perspective, but not one that is necessarily accurate.

    I recall receiving jury summons a number of times, but only once being in the jury pool where I was interviewed by the lawyer. I made it a point to answer truthfully, giving all indications that I could be fair with the evidence presented in the trial. I was not chosen. I do not know why, but since then I was told that, in part, you were not chosen because you think and live by absolutes, that is, as a Christian. A Christian not chosen because he or she lives by the Lord’s authority and not one’s own?

    This philosophy of life I live by encourages and demands that I interpret life through the lens of God’s righteousness. In other words, things are wrong, or they are right because there is a measurement that is higher than man’s law, or perspective. It is this perspective that should be the foundation of being “fair and balanced.”

    Sometimes, however, one’s philosophy is warped. This was the case in 1 Samuel 23:7 when King Saul interpreted the events in front of him as God’s deliverance of his enemy David. How could Saul be so wrong when on occasions previous to this he had been told by the Lord’s prophet, Samuel, that God has rejected him and chosen another to sit on the throne? Saul was wrong because he deceived himself into thinking that God still might be assisting him in his reign—after all, didn’t God place him on the throne? Since he was there, isn’t it reasonable that God will protect him while on the throne?

    Interpreting life by God’s standard demands that I be “fair and balanced.” That means that I judge all by the same standard, showing no partiality. This is fairness. It is righteous judgment when one takes the information gathered, puts it into the context of the scenario, and renders a verdict. This is balance.

    The challenge for each Christian, then, is to have the determination to do exactly that, not being quick to come to incomplete conclusion, but deliberate to come to righteous conclusions.

     
  • Ed Boggess 10:15 am on 2015-02-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Bangladesh is predominately Hindu. Hindus believe in reincarnation. That is why they won’t eat beef. They wouldn’t want to eat a close relative. So here’s the latest: the government is cracking down on the rustling of “sacred” cattle. Cattle rustlers are smuggling herds of cattle across the border for sale. So the government has provided ID cards complete with photos for each cow, sort of a bovine passport. Herds are stopped at the border and one by one border guards inspect their ID cards. Here is one area that the truth would help. It is appointed unto man once to die, not over and over again. This is Just A Minute.

     
  • Ed Boggess 7:45 am on 2014-08-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Opinions are like noses, everyone has them and they are often poked out front in places where they don’t belong. One of our adult classes is viewing a video series made by one of our brethren. In the series he takes a number of positions that can at best be categorized as his opinion, yet he treats each as if they are a “thus says the Lord”. There is nothing new about this. For decades and more people have been unable to separate their studied judgments from scripture from the scripture itself. While I agree with those studied judgments that make sense to me, I find those that do not make sense outrageously offensive and samples of flawed human reasoning and the pushing of opinions. The trouble with this is no one wants to put me in charge of separating which opinions we should respect as scripture and which to reject. Therefore duly chastened, I suggest we stick to a “book, chapter and verse” “thus says the Lord” approach to what we know is right and wrong and recognize and admit that beyond that we enter the realm of opinion and studied judgment, treat it as thus and allow others room to think for themselves. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
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