5-24-2017 Graduation To Learning

Many are graduating, or advancing in institutional instruction. Some think they have learned enough to quit learning altogether! Solomon said: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:9 NKJV). You must know that learning is a life-time experience! Solomon could say: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV); “And the complacency of fools will destroy them” (Proverbs 1:32 NKJV). Don’t turn your back on more learning, but education doesn’t begin and end in the classroom. In fact, some try to live their lives in a “class-womb,” by “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7 NKJV). Their treadmill of ignorance leads to nowhere that is good and productive.

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

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Those feelings of loneliness

Do you ever feel alone? When we feel that way, we’re probably not really alone. Feelings don’t do a good job of reflecting reality. They’re a result of our interpretation of events and situations. Since our views of reality are often skewed, our feelings seldom reflect what’s really happening.

But let’s say, for sake of argument, that there are times when we’re really alone. Isolated. Estranged. Closed off from people. What would that be like? How would we really feel? Continue reading

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Life a constant learning process

After 45-plus years of typing and keyboarding according to the proper system taught back then in the public schools, I learned that this too has a right-handed bias. I had always had a bit of problem reaching the number 6 with the index finger of the right hand. Recently, I tried it — against all True and Proper Doctrine of Typing — with my left hand. Problem solved!

But could I adapt easily to reaching the 6 with my left hand, after all these years of forcing the right? I found I could, after just a short time. Continue reading

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What is the Value of Knowledge?


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Some people just never mature

I’ve met several Christians throughout the years who are exactly what I try to avoid being – too “smart” for their own good spiritually speaking! Their “Bible knowledge” is so complete they have no room for growth…and it’s a major turn-off to the majority of people around them without them even knowing it, or caring enough to realize it.

But can’t you know the truth, some may ask? You sure can according to John 8:32! But that knowledge, in its completed form, comes from continuing in the truth – it comes from growing in it (John 8:31; 2 Peter 3:18).

Does that mean we can never know the complete the truth about a particular topic from day one? Absolutely not. Just think about the nameless eunuch of Ethiopia (Acts 8:35-37). But at the same time remember the growth process that the apostle named Peter of Galilee had to experience concerning the possibility of salvation for gentile people years (literally years) after publicly preaching that the benefits of the gospel would reach “those who were afar off” (Acts 2:38-39; Acts 10).

My advice, which I strive to remember to follow myself, to anyone who gets asked a Bible-based question from someone who tells you that they’re not trying to be argumentative but simply asking a question that they’re curious about because of a statement or position that you’ve publicly proclaimed is for you to take the question seriously and try to recognize the validity of the point that the question is raising. Phew! Talk about a run-on sentence. But I suppose run-on’s are needed when you talk about a marathon length problem.

Concerning the sum of the situation, this one thing I have learned: when you are going to ask people to recognize their error you have to be able and willing to do the same with yourself! And the failure to do so reveals a lack of spiritual maturity that becomes obvious to everyone other than the person who stares back at us in the mirror. That’s why we’d all do well to be an Apollos-minded person, and not a Diotrephes.

Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (Acts 18:24-26)

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One Way to Avoid Becoming a Pharisee

Study the interactions between Jesus and Pharisees long enough and you’ll notice that they were more interested in disciplining the Law of God than they were in allowing the Law of God to disciple them!

And if we want to avoid the same fate we must avoid the same mentality.

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13)

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs

(#6) God Gives Wisdom to Those Who Listen 2:1-9

Verses 1-5: The word “if” often is connected by conditions that must be met in order for a “then” to state a blessing or benefit. Since “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7), then it is absolutely essential to obtain knowledge. “Fear” here refers to “respect, awe, reverence” of the Lord. Without respect for the One who possesses the knowledge, the student will not learn! To “understand the fear of the Lord,” and “find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5), a person must meet the following conditions:

Verse 1 – “receive my words;”

“treasure my commands;”

Verse 2 – listen to wisdom;

apply yourself to “understanding;”

verse 3 – “cry out for discernment;”

speak out for “understanding.”

Verse 4 – to “seek” wisdom as one goes after “silver;”

or “search” for wisdom as one would dig for “buried treasure.”

Learning is not automatic, nor by osmosis, but comes only by effort and application, just as the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15. Knowledge requires the infusion of God’s Truth, exercising of the mind, and diligent evaluation of action.

Verses 6-9: “God gives wisdom…” through the following means:

(1) “From His mouth,” comes “every word” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3) which He has written for us to know (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 3:1-2);

(2) “knowledge,” or accumulation of data from all sources, including the Word of God (Colossians 1:9-10);

(3) “understanding,” is comprehension of what is learned (Luke 24:44-47; 1 John 5:20).

God “stores up sound wisdom” for the “upright” who will increase their faith;

God “is a shield,” or defense for those who “walk uprightly” in obeying the Truth;

God “guards the paths of justice,” by showing Divine balanced decisions;

God “preserves the way of His saints,” which is following Christ (Acts 18:25-26; 24:14).

“Then,” and only then, can a person “understand,” or fully grasp:

“righteousness,” or the upright way; “justice,” or honesty with God’s Law; “equity,” or evenness of application to all; “every good path,” which always leads to the right thing to do or say. This list in 2:9 may be close to the “weightier matters” in God’s Law, addressed by Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:23).

Thought: “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” Proverbs 1:5.

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