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  • John T. Polk II 1:26 pm on 2016-10-28 Permalink | Reply
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    10-27-2016 “False Witness” Voting 

    One of the reasons God hates “A false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:19 NKJV), is because, “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV).  Once the “lies” are proved wrong, the social media and Propaganda Press will continue to pass them along as if they were facts or truth! Under Moses, God’s judicial rule was “the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 19:18-19 NKJV).  A “false witness” should receive the punishment he or she wanted to happen to their victim! It’s an ignorant vote, often wrong, when it is based upon “false witness.”

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:52 am on 2016-10-20 Permalink | Reply
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    10-20-2016 Deny, Deny, Deny 

    Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me” (Luke 22:34 NKJV).  When he was pointed out, Peter did deny his association with Jesus.  The rooster crowed, Jesus looked at Peter, “So Peter went out and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:62 NKJV).  The truth was still true, though Peter denied, denied, and denied it.  It was when Peter “wept bitterly,” that he showed that he still had a conscience that knew right from wrong.  There are those, though, who speak “lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2 NKJV).  These have no tears of remorse, speak lies to your face (or investigative committee!), and have no feeling of conscience left.  No truth can point the way for someone who will deny, deny, deny, without repentance!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 1:41 pm on 2015-12-31 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , homophobe, Islamaphobe, , lies, , water salvationist   

    12-30-2015 Labels Are Not Arguments 

    The Devil doesn’t deal with truth and its defense, but retaliates with lies, labels, slander, and blasphemy. Since “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV), preaching God’s Word brings forth a torrent of misrepresentations. Preaching: “baptism doth also now save us” from 1 Peter 3:21 brings the slander of “water salvationist;” or, Jesus’ statement, “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female'” in Matthew 19:4 brings the blasphemy of “homophobe;” or, after Jesus raised a widow’s dead son, we conclude with the crowd, “‘A great prophet has risen up among us’; and, ‘God has visited His people’ (Luke 7:16 NKJV), would label us “Islamaphobes.” “Whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18 NKJV).                                                                                     
    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ

    #blasphemy, #homophobe, #islamaphobe, #labels, #lies, #slander, #water-salvationist

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:53 pm on 2015-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    2-26-2015           Propaganda? 

    Propaganda is “deceptive or distorted information that is systematically spread,” that’s another way of saying, a lie repeated over and over and over. “Advertising” or “marketing” can become propaganda if its intention is to deceive. “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV). People who are given propaganda which has little, or no, fact behind it, will “endlessly” repeat it, thinking they have been given truth. Jesus warned, “They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV). Whatever people repeat that contradicts God’s Truth is a “lie,” “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4 NKJV). Jesus said the Devil is the “father” of lies (John 8:44 NKJV).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:51 pm on 2015-02-25 Permalink | Reply
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    2-25-2015           Liar, Liar 

    Of the Devil, Jesus Christ said, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV). A “lie” is falsified or misrepresented truth. A “false witness who speaks lies” is one of seven things God hates, and so should we all. Politicians seem to be as confused as the man who crucified Jesus, Pontius Pilate, who asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Schools are wanting to raise a generation of “liars” if they teach children “there are no wrong answers.” It’s sad to see a government leader who cannot remember the truth. A wise government leader, Solomon, said, “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5 NKJV). Make-belief is not the “truth.”

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-01-17 Permalink | Reply
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    (#139) The Proverbs of Solomon 19:9-To Tell The Truth About Lies 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 19:9: “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.”

    Bearing “false witness” is the same as a “lie.” This is not the same as someone who misunderstands, isn’t sure, or otherwise is innocently ignorant of the facts. A “false witness” (liar) is stating as fact that which is intended to avoid the truth about someone or something. Since it is “Satan who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9), God hates “a false witness who speaks lies” (Proverbs 6:19), and so should every righteous person (Psalm 119:104-“Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way;” Psalm 119:163-“I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law”). Since we cannot know everything, as God does, we must rely upon witnesses to give us facts upon which to make our decisions. As we sift through human statements, God’s witness is always right, best, and objective. Other proverbs uphold this: “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5); “A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity” (Proverbs 19:28); “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 25:18).

    “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28). And the tragedy is many will hear the man who speaks endlessly on a subject about which he has been sorely misinformed. “Evolution” is one of these subjects based entirely upon “false witness,” as there is no scientific fact, no passage of Scripture, and no common sense known to mankind that establishes any, or all, of the “lie.” “Global Warming” (now, “Climate Change”) is another subject about which only “false witnesses” are sure, while weather scientists and observers demonstrate that, for many decades, there is no “global warming” directly caused by humans (or occurring at all!). And God’s decree in Scripture (Genesis 8:22) continues to be obeyed throughout His Earth, regardless of media propaganda contrariwise. Since Satan is “the accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10), then “gossip” about fellow humans is bearing “false witness” not based upon fact or our personal knowledge.

    Jesus Christ was crucified by “false witnesses.” “Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying, ‘We heard Him say, “I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.”’ But not even then did their testimony agree” (Mark 14:55-59). Jesus never said that of the “temple made with hands” but spoke “of the temple of His body” (John 2:19-22).

    There is so much “false witness” being passed around, established truth centers around Jesus Christ, Who said, “for this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). Everyone who follows Jesus Christ will be truthful with him/herself, and with others, because “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2013-12-06 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , excellent speech, , lies, , prince, , trickle-down corruption   

    (#121) The Proverbs of Solomon 17:7-When the Wrong Speak Right 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 17:7: “Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.”

    Since “fools” can be anyone who don’t obey God’s Word, and are, therefore, wicked, then “excellent speech” (wise words, intelligent language, truthful talk) is out of place coming from them. “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:8-13). Though “a fool” may say good things, perhaps even the truth, it is only by good works those words are confirmed.

    God challenges the right of wicked people to even speak God’s Word: “But to the wicked God says: ‘What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?’” (Psalm 50:16-17) Jesus Christ spoke to the Jews of His day in the same way when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Jesus challenged “demons” in the same way: “Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him” (Mark 1:34). No one who is unwilling to obey God is qualified to teach, preach, or otherwise represent God’s Word to anyone!

    This proverb (17:7) more harshly judges a “prince” (ruler, government leader, or dominant figure), from whom everyone expects equity, fairness, and truth, who uses deceitfulness and lies! Politicians who cannot remember what they have promised (or don’t care!) are worse than “fools” who at least try to say the right things! People look to their government for good guidance, hence, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Certainly, the less said, the easier it is to remember what has been said! “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23). Trickle-down corruption certainly takes its toll: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed” (Isaiah 9:16). As long as people vote in liars, there can never be good government!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-17 Permalink | Reply
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    (#88) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:28-A Kingdom Divided Against Itself (Matthew 12:25) 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:28: “In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.”

    While the Israelites were united under Solomon’s God-blessed rule in their Promised Land, the queen of Sheba said: “Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness” (2 Chronicles 9:8). After Solomon died, their kingdom divided when Rehoboam “did not listen to the people” (1 Kings 12:15), then “all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them” (1 Kings 12:16), and they killed his tax collector (1 Kings 12:17-18). When people see their leaders do not listen to them, they try a different government leader, as Israel did with Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:25-33), often with worse consequences! Government leaders should follow the Word of God (Deuteronomy 17:18-20), because “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). All rulers who believe in their own sovereignty and power have succumbed to their self-deceit, because, as Paul said, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1). Without acknowledging God’s authority the government is corrupt. “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days” (Proverbs 28:15-16). Certainly, one should not accept nor be taken in by the rich delicacies offered by the king (Proverbs 23:1-3).

    A few ways leaders keep their people in line include: (1) murdering their opponents, (2) constant propaganda of lies, (3) forced labor or (4) limiting the population. Examples of each include: (1) Tyrannies and dictatorships always fear the masses, and often seek to annihilate their opposition within their own land: Egyptian Pharaoh and Israelites (Exodus 1:7-12); Mohammedans/Moslems against Jews, Catholics, and Bible-believers; Roman Catholic Inquisition for hundreds of years; Joseph Stalin in Russia; Benito Mussolini in Italy; Adolph Hitler in Europe; Mao Tse-tung in China; Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; their names are legion, and their victims number in the hundreds of millions. (2) This was done by (1); and today includes the constant mantras of “Global Warming,”  “Evolution,” “World Economy,” “Carbon Footprints,” “Bigger Government Necessity,” “Broken Medical System,” “Radical Right-wingers,” “Crazy Bible-believers,” ad nauseum. (3) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:13-15); those mentioned in (1); economic slaves (Proverbs 22:7). (4) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:16-22-the God-fearing midwives refused to murder innocent born babies!); the genocide of abortion (including partial abortion); government-backed “euthanasia;” government-controlled medical care; et al.

    Countries ruled by a minority, who do not listen to their majority population, will suffer “downfall.”

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-07-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Studies in the Book of Proverbs #18: What God Hates 

    (#18) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

    6:16-19: (4) Don’t Jump Into The Deep End!

    “The world” God loved and gave His only begotten Son for (John 3:16) was humanity, not the globe, itself! But everybody in that “world” is lost unless, they, individually, accept and obey the offer to be saved through His Son (Mark 16:15, 16), for “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19).

    Verse 16: God wants no one to be lost (2 Peter 3:9), but here are seven sins that God “hates.” An “abomination” to God is something that He judges horrible, shameful, immoral, disgusting, for which He has intense dislike, or hatred. There is no way anybody can consider him/herself safe, saved, loved, or forgiven who practices these sins. In fact, God hates those who decide to practice evil (Psalm 5:4-6).

    Verse 17:

    “A proud look:” Having an inflated opinion of oneself so that others are “beneath.” This comes from a degraded opinion of others, for whatever reason. “The wicked” have this look (Psalm 10:4), the young can develop this (1 Peter 5:5), a “generation” can have this (Proverbs 30:13), and so can politicians (Acts 12:20-24). It fits into a whole list of sins from “the last days” of the Jews in the First Century (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

    “A lying tongue:” Lying is “but for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19), therefore it is not eternal truth. Since the Devil fathers all lies (John 8:44), then all liars will be Hell-bound (Revelation 21:8). God opposes false prophets (Ezekiel 33:8-9), and those who change His commandments in His Word (1 Timothy 4:1-5), for He makes lies have consequences (Hosea 10:13). Lying is deliberate tampering with truth either by adding falsehoods to it or hiding some of the truth from honest inquiry. This is not the same as not knowing all the truth (Acts 3:12-21), which may end in sin.

    “Hands that shed innocent blood:” Babies are purely “innocent,” for unborn babies have done neither “good nor evil” (Romans 9:11). The “innocent” are listed with the “righteous” (Exodus 23:7), and it is an idolatrous society who “sheds innocent blood” (Psalm 106:34-39), as the Jews proved who crucified Jesus Christ (Acts 13:26-30). Those who “persecute” Christians “do not please God” (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

    Verse 18:

    “A heart that devises wicked plans:” God is ready to forgive those who are willing to repent and “be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38), but never to those whose hearts “devise wicked plans” (are set on finding wicked ways). This was the prevalent attitude that caused God to destroy the earth by flood in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:5), and describes complete corruption.

    “Feet that are swift in running to evil:” These are “ambulance-chasers” of sin, finding attraction to anyone and everyone who has committed evil offense against God and man. Solomon has already warned his son of these people (Proverbs 1:15-16).

    Verse 19:

    “A false witness who speaks lies:” Lies used against others show reckless disregard not only for one’s own soul, but for others’ reputation, character, goods, or person. This phrase includes gossip, slander, defamation, whispering, back-biting, and anything else designed to falsely place a stigma on someone else (Proverbs 25:18; Romans 1:28-32). Even the courts of the land are hostile to this, calling it “perjury.” Sound Gospel Preachers will never stoop to such an abomination, or call it keeping the church pure.

    “And one who sows discord among brethren:” The Word of God seeks to bring people together in Jesus Christ (John 17:20-21; Ephesians 4:1-6) because “how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) The sowers of “discord” are working to directly destroy what God’s Gospel can achieve. Division in the churches of Christ never happen because of what the Bible says, but because of those who magnify and exploit differences, slights, misunderstandings, ignorance, and feelings over Scriptures. Since love is the “bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:14), sowers of discord attack the very heart of churches of Christ, and must be marked and avoided (Romans 16:17-18).
     All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
    • esther4491 9:07 am on 2013-07-03 Permalink | Reply

      Good read !!!

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  • Ed Boggess 8:23 am on 2011-04-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Excuses, excuses; you hear them every day! – JAM 

    This is Just-a-minute with Ed Boggess. The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police sponsored a contest for the “wildest excuse ever” by traffic violators. One entry was “my husband wasn’t speeding. I always have him drive slow when he’s drunk.” Another: “I was trying to get home before I ran out of gas.” Another: “I was in church when they started to pass the plate and I realized I forgot my wallet. I’m trying to get home and back to church.” But the winner was: “I’m trying to lose weight. The faster I drive, the more afraid I become and that helps burn calories.” But the bottom line is an excuse is nothing more than a lie wrapped in tissue paper!

     
    • Bernard Barton 8:32 am on 2011-04-08 Permalink | Reply

      I have heard all kinds of excuses why members don’t attend church services-but the reason they don’t
      attend is because “they don’t want to”-excuses won’t fly anymore especially when you face the Lord at judgment day

    • Richard Hill 11:21 am on 2011-04-08 Permalink | Reply

      I conned, well encouraged, Danny Groh, J.E. Miller, Peter Bumpass to sing the song, Excuses, with me for our puppet ministry. If I can first, find it, and then second, figure out how to post it, I’ll try to provide it for your listening entertainment.

      Thanks for your posts. I really enjoy them!

    • Rick Kelley 2:52 pm on 2011-04-08 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never heard the “tissue paper,” one; I’ve heard that an excuse is a lie with a suit on! Good thoughts.

  • Ed Boggess 8:17 am on 2010-11-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Is it OK to lie? – JAM 

    How important is telling the truth to you? The fact is people lie! In fact recent research in Great Britain by the Science Museum of London revealed that Brits average from two to three lies a day: men three a day and women two a day. Before you wag your finger and cluck your tongue at our friends across the sea, consider that over 70% of Americans told CNN on George Washington’s birthday this year that surely George did indeed tell lies. The fact is that lying has become a way of life with many. But its prevalence does not justify its practice! Lying is a sin, a scourge and a curse. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
  • Ed Boggess 12:01 pm on 2010-04-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Religious hucksters – JAM 

    An enterprising snake-oil salesman can still make a fortune. The Moscow Literary Gazette reports a father and son team in the Ukraine amassed a small fortune by selling ordinary tap water. They claimed it had special healing powers. So many people wanted to visit the village that a new but route was set up. But this is not surprising. Religious hucksters have been duping religious folks for years. Whether it is a fake-healing tent preacher, or a diamond studded electronic evangelist, if you shout your message loud enough and long enough, someone will believe you. Paul said, “though I or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:8,9). This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

     
  • Mike Riley 11:05 pm on 2010-04-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Favorite Biblical Prayer 

    My favorite biblical prayer comes from the Proverb writer in Proverbs 30:8-9:

    “Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
    Give me neither poverty nor riches –
    Feed me with the food You prescribe for me;
    Lest I be full and deny You,
    And say, “Who is the Lord?”
    Or lest I be poor and steal,
    And profane the name of my God.”

     
    • John Henson 12:40 pm on 2010-04-15 Permalink | Reply

      You’re absolutely right, Mike. Not only is this a beautiful prayer, but also it’s a tough one, too. Not many people (in or out of the church) would have enough courage to pray this. I believe the apostle Paul echoed this prayer when he said, “And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.”

      • Mike Riley 10:22 pm on 2010-04-15 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I’m sure the apostle Paul was very familiar with this prayer.

  • Richard Mansel 7:21 pm on 2009-11-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Simplifying the Process 

    Most of the Biblical doctrines that people claim are too difficult to understand are actually concepts that they have no problem with in everyday life. Everyone understands only having one right answer when it comes to a secular subject. But when asked to apply this simple fact to the Bible, their brains become scrambled.

    Everyone knows why patterns are necessary but when the subject arises in terms of the New Testament, the very idea becomes hopelessly confusing. Being under one covenant at a time is so simple that a small child can understand it. But frame the same concept in a Biblical sense and the greatest minds in the religious world turn to mush.

    These truths prove two things: First, the fleshly human mind will rationalize anything that contradicts its desires. Second, Satan’s lies are phenomenally successful.

    Let us not allow Satan to cloud our minds and obscure the glories of God’s Word (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7).

     
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