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  • John T. Polk II 9:49 pm on 2015-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    7-10-2015 Re-Enactment or Remembrance? 

    The Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached to the Jews in Jerusalem that “Jesus of Nazareth” had been: “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it” (Acts 2:22-24 NKJV). We can read, study, and learn the lessons of the cross of Jesus Christ. No re-enactment can adequately portray it. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV). But no one should hate the Romans for doing it! Love Jesus for the memory. History is not to promote hate, but to learn.

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

  • Richard Mansel 7:33 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Six Things Young Preachers Need to Know 


    When young men go into the ministry, they are ambitious and hopeful. They dream of saving countless souls and inspiring brethren immediately to become passionate and obedient.

    However, reality soon sets in, and they learn that working with humans is more complicated than they realized. These aspiring preachers learn some harsh lessons in the meantime and struggle until they gain some experience.

    When we embark into a new career, we need copious amounts of guidance, patience and grace until we know what we are doing. With that in mind, here are six lessons that young preachers may not be told in school or when they are in training.

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    • Ron Thomas 7:49 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      I am assuming, Richard, you have in mind “lessons learned and that should be known as a form of guidance” during hard times, and not really anything else concerning the work?

    • Ron Thomas 7:56 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      With that in mind, I will offer a couple of thoughts. First, don’t contribute to the solution unless invited. Second, you don’t always know what needs to be done. When that is understood, then one is able to move slower and easier. These are two things I have learned through the years – among others.

    • Rick 8:01 pm on 2013-05-16 Permalink | Reply

      Great, practical article. I heard, just last week, one brother discouraging his son from attending a brotherhood “preaching school.” Said that the brethren from years gone by didn’t need it, and they don’t need it now (I did kindly point out the untruthfulness of that argument, btw). As a graduate of one of them, If preaching schools were good for only one thing (and they ubiquitously have positives and negatives), the experience and influence of seasoned preachers would be it. Congregations and preachers (especially young ones) have expectations, and it takes a while to figure out what those are, and if each party will be willing and/or able to meet them. It takes a tremendous amount of patience, forgiveness and humility to endure the relationship, which I view to be as near to marriage as any other relationship. Again, good thoughts, Richard; and Ron Thomas, nice meeting you a week ago 🙂

  • John T. Polk II 11:13 am on 2012-04-17 Permalink | Reply
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    “Titanic Lessons” 100 years after! Power Point Presentation 


  • John Henson 12:39 pm on 2012-02-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Lessons from Gideon 

    I. God takes humble people and makes them great. Judges 6:11-12

    II. Those who chase the things of the world will be discouraged. Judges 7:20-23.

    III. We must do God’s will no matter the odds. Judges 7:7, 12, 20-21.

    IV. The Country was in Quietness for 40 years. (and Isaiah 32:17; John 14:6).

    (Yes, there are certainly more than just four points. But, aren’t they good points?)

  • Richard Mansel 8:57 am on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply
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    More Lessons From the Civil War 

    My article today examines the Civil War and the lessons we can learn from that terrible conflict. We examine the effects of racism, prejudice, hatred and division.

    The sesquicentennial of the Civil War began on April 12th. In the intervening years, have we learned the major lessons from the war? We can quickly say that we have, because we have not had another internal war on our own soil. Yet, our speedy answer may betray us.

    The Civil War was not an isolated event occurring in a vacuum. It happened because of reasons and motivations. If we have the same attitudes today, even without engaging in combat, we have learned nothing.

    As an avid student of the Civil War, I see many more lessons than I described in the article.

    For example, on both sides of the conflict, completely unqualified men were given the responsibility to lead troops when they did not possess one iota of ability to do so. It was a hopeless situation for the troops and countless numbers of men died, as a result. Why were they installed as high officers? They were successful businessmen, so certainly they could lead troops. The folly of such a decision had fatal results.

    The implications for the church are obvious. How many churches have installed men as elders simply because they were successful businessmen? These congregations overlooked the qualifications for a man to be an elder and made a political appointment, instead. The results, sadly, are the same. The army loses its way and people die.

    Another lesson we learn from the Civil War is that without the proper tools, no Army can succeed. In the second half of the War, the Confederate troops were constantly in survival mode. They routinely ran out of supplies as the Union cut off their supply routes. In time, they were without shoes, clothes, food and weapons.

    As God’s people, if we do not utilize the tools/weapons God has given to us, we will run out of supplies, as well. We will be defenseless if we fail to wear our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17). We need the fruits of the Spirit and the lessons of God’s Word with us all the time. When we leave them behind, we haven’t a chance. Moreover, if the pulpit is bereft of Godly teaching and it is missing from our homes, then we find ourselves without any means to defend ourselves.

    Finally, the Confederates fought with extraordinary courage and did things that they had no right to do with their emaciated bodies, tattered clothes and poor supplies. They fought with everything that they had. If we can separate ourselves from why they were fighting, they are an astonishing example or what courage, strength and resolve can accomplish.

    We need that resolve as Christians because we face an Army that APPEARS to be an overwhelming foe. Naturally, there is a difference because we have the Lord fighting for us (Hebrews 13:5).

    On the other hand, the Union Army suffered defeats in the beginning because they were overconfident and under-prepared. We can find ourselves in the same position if we do not arm ourselves with God’s Word. We must be humble before God, understanding our weaknesses, and committed to righteousness and evangelism. God’s grace and mercy cannot help us, if we try to fight Satan on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9). Allow God to empower you and fight ahead of you every day (Romans 12:1-2).

    What other lessons can we remember?

    • nick gill 9:15 am on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t assume God is on your side because your reading of Scripture seems to support your endeavor. Come to Scripture humbly, and seek to be on God’s side, rather than trying to recruit Him for your endeavors.

    • Dave Dugan 10:26 am on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      Richard what about some of our brethren that are still
      fighting the civil war. I went to a brother’s home and there was a bust of Andrew Jackson on top of the TV. I thought that was interesting and asked him about it; I got an earful of “the south shall rise again” from this brother. Some never learn the lessons of war. Some never learn the lessons of Christianity either.

    • Tim Hester 12:26 pm on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      Dave, I know many Christians who display pictures, plaques, statuettes, etc… of War Between The States themes but they don’t look for the south to rise again. Is one wrong for remembering his heritage and the things his forefathers for which his forefathers died? Although as Richard pointed out many officers who were not leaders plaqued both the north and the south but on the other hand some of the greatest military minds in history were on both sides. I have a small figurine of Stonewall Jackson by my bed because I admire him as a person and a leader of men.

    • Weylan Deaver 3:20 pm on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve done a bit of study on the War–even took an undergraduate class on it at FHU. My great-great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Truesdell, fought for the Union in Company D, 47th Missouri Infantry. But I’m from the South, and my distant cousin, Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, and I share the same great(x)-grandfather in Shadrack Forrest. Relatively speaking, I’d say the Civil War was civil–at least to a degree (Gen. Sherman, excepted)–compared to the way wars are prosecuted today (e.g. with terrorist bombers, I.E.D.s, and the outrageous killing of civilians, women, children). At least back then you had men trying to abide by codes of honor and wage campaigns according to standards of behavior emanating from a society in large part closer to the Scriptures than 21st century America. Many on both sides held to high moral ideals, though I suspect gallantry and chivalry were weighted more heavily on the Southern side. As you pointed out, neither side had a godly attitude toward blacks, and that is inexcusable. But, to me, the Confederate view on states’ rights is increasingly vindicated as we are, today, subjected to an ever encroaching government that runs roughshod over the Constitution. That the North won does not mean they had everything (or even most things) right. I’ve got no problem with either side paying tribute to its heritage with a picture of Stonewall Jackson or Lee or Grant or Lincoln. No problem with statues, parks and schools named in their honor, or Confederate flags flying, etc. I named my youngest son Forrest, after the Southern general. I’m no racist. I’m not re-fighting the Civil War. I take no responsibility or blame for the way blacks were treated by either side back then. Neither am I accepting unconstitutional mandates from today’s Washington. I would not doubt divine providence was involved in the war’s result, to the further outworking of God’s greater plan for the good of the church, though it is interesting to imagine how things might be different today had it gone the other way. I assume slavery would have played out, even had the South won.

  • John Henson 8:31 pm on 2010-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Lessons from a future king 

    King Saul and 3,000 of his men pursued David, the anointed son of Jesse. But, instead of David becoming Saul’s victim, it was the young man of Judah with Saul’s life in his hands.

    David had two chances to kill Saul (1 Samuel 24 and 26), but didn’t. What can be learned from David’s actions?

    1. Don’t listen to men. Listen to God (1 Samuel 24:1, 6; 26:1, 9). In both instances, Saul was stirred to pursue David and try to kill him by the voices of his men. David, on the contrary, would not listen to those who advised him to kill the king. Why do people listen to the voices of men instead of listening to God in the Bible? David realized Saul’s life belonged to God. He decided to let God deal with Saul in His way.  Oh, how different our lives would be if we listened to God in His word!

    2. Let God decide the important matters in your life. Saul took matters into his own hands, but David let God reign (1 Sam 24:11-12; 26:10-11). Children of God should realize God knows best and He should be trusted.

    3. David’s actions drew blessings even from Saul who was trying to kill him (1 Samuel 24:16-17; 26:21, 25).  David was, indeed, a man after God’s own heart. Shouldn’t our example be the same?

    4. David did not want to bear the guilt for killing Saul. Are we bearing the heavy guilt for the sins we’ve committed? Jesus has the only solution — obedience to the gospel and a faithful life (Acts 22:16).

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