‘Fear God’ Ecclesiastes 12.13-14 VOTD

“Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. For God will evaluate every deed, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

Ecclesiastes 12.13-14

The book sounds like an adolescent trying out all kinds of ideas. God lets us see Solomon’s experiments in life.

Solomon’s life started out well and went downhill. His book starts at the bottom and finishes at the top.

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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. Continue reading

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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.

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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. Continue reading

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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.

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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.

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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

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