In every place: 1 Corintians 1.2 VOTD

“to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”

1 Corinthians 1.2

The greetings of Paul’s letters often reflected subjects and themes he would deal with in the body. First Corinthians appeals to a uniform practice in all the churches.

What does it mean to have one Lord?

#Lord #1-Corinthians #VOTD

‘Jesus was praying’ Luke 11.1 VOTD

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'”

Luke 11.1

Jesus’ own prayer instilled in his disciples a dissatisfaction with theirs, apparently, and a request to be taught.

What is there to see in Jesus’ prayer life to desire and emulate?

#VOTD #prayer #Lord’s-prayer


3-29-2016 Who Is God #2

Comparative Religions study what people have believed, not why. The assumption is that all religions are the same, and invented by the people themselves. Therefore, whatever “god,” system of “worship” and “rules of living” people observe are simply human expressions from an inner desire. Whether taught as a university course or a television special, it is a willful blindness to actual facts. At the burning bush, Moses said Israelites will ask the name of who sent you, “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you'” (Exodus 3:13-14 NKJV). The word “LORD” (all capital letters) in Exodus 3:15 represents “I AM,” and was the name of the Israelite God. Jesus quotes this passage as absolutely true! Comp. courses make Jesus a liar!

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

#blindness, #comparative-religion-courses, #god, #lord

The Lord Sheds a Tear

     When you are on the road traveling and it happens to include a Sunday, do you stop and worship with the Lord’s church in the particular community you are in? Some do not because it is not convenient; some do not because they are not close by; some do not because they did not plan very well; and some do not because their love for the Lord is not all that strong. In fact, it is likely the case in all the reasons offered that one’s love for the Lord is not that strong.

The word “forsaking” in Hebrews 10:25 has to do with abandonment. Some think they can miss the services of the Lord’s church and not be anywhere close to abandonment of the Lord Himself. This is a mistaken notion. If one has chosen to miss (forsake) on that one particular occasion, then abandonment has occurred to that degree. Abandonment is not only an action, but a frame of mind. When we leave the presence of a child (for instance) it is merely the first step toward abandonment.

In this context (Hebrews 10), the saints are to gather together for the express purpose of worshipping the Lord and in order to encourage one another. When one chooses to miss (forsake/abandon) for a vacation, a child’s ballgame, a family picnic, work piling up, or any other number of reasons, who is the one actually hurt in this case? It is not the Lord; the one who misses (abandon/forsakes) is the one who is hurt (more than they know), but it is the Lord who sheds a tear for the one who cares so little.  RT

#attendance, #forsaking, #lord, #tears

The LORD is my shepherd

Started a series on the 23rd Psalm today and focused entirely on this phrase.
Explored different nuances of the phrase by emphasizing any one of the 5 words.
We talked about sheep & people and good & bad shepherds.
We explored the notion of just how big the universe is (with a 3 min video that zoomed out from the Earth and ended up beyond the Milky Way) per Psa 8:3,4–why does God even care about us? Why would He even want to be our shepherd? Do we care about an ant on the sidewalk? No, yet He cares for us and wants to be our Shepherd.
Rom. 6:20-23 – unlike sheep, we get to choose our master (either sin or righteousness). Choose wisely.
Exo. 21:5,6 – OT mark of a slave; pics of marked sheep (ears); we will have the marks of our owner (either the marks of sin or the marks of a servant following after Jesus)–Matt 16:24-26; 6:24; 7:21-23.

#lord, #psalm-23, #shepherd

Taste and see – JAM

This is Just-A-Minute. “Just try it, it’s not bad!  Go on, try it, you’ll like it!” I remember those words. It might have been green peas, asparagus, or liver and onions! I vowed to never taste them. But the real trouble came when I slept over at Dick Kost’s house. He was my best friend. I remember one breakfast, they had brains and eggs! I was a Post Toasties kid; a “snap, crackle, pop” boy and brains and eggs was no breakfast of champions! I remember Mrs. Cost saying, “Just try it, you’ll like it!’ and Mr. Cost pitched in, “It tastes like chicken!” I still won’t eat chicken! Long ago David wrote, “taste and see that the Lord is good”. These words came at one of the most challenging and troubling times in his life. Yet he said, “taste and see”. I’ve tasted and I can testify the Lord is good!

#good, #just-a-minute, #lord

The Fundamentals – The Church

The other day I received in the mail Ministry magazine, a publication of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It comes free to the office (how we begin to get it, I do not know). In the publication was an article titled, “Find the right church” (January 2011, pp. 13-16). The focus of the article was on helping “pastors” find the right church for them with respect to employment. The title, however, is more illustrative of a frame of mind.

From this I gave thought of how a great many people view the church. The church is an institution that one can take or leave, depending upon the whims of the person. Since they think in a denominational sort of way, this is not far from the truth of the matter. However, when one thinks in terms of a biblical position, those who leave the church or take it somewhere the Lord did not purpose for it to go, this is a catastrophic sentiment. Since the Lord established the church (Matthew 16:13-19), only He can determine anything about it. Those who have false ideas about the church need to consider all over again what the teachings of Scripture.

Such a teaching that we are part of a larger denominational entity is biblically false! The Lord’s church is strongly opposed to denominationalism for by its very nature denominationalism is fragmented into to contrary doctrines: contrary to Scripture and contrary to one another. There is more to the Lord’s church than just believing Jesus is Lord, that He died and was resurrected, and His second coming is pending.

The Lord’s church is a necessary institution because 1) Jesus established it (Matthew 16), 2) it was in the mind of God in eternity (Ephesians 3), 3) by it the manifold wisdom of God is declared to all creation (Ephesians 3), 4) through it the local members receive much edification (Acts 14:22), and 5) its benevolent spirit radiates the glory of God (Galatians 6:7-10).

It is a shame when men and women, professing to be Christian, do not know what the Lord said about His body, the institution of which they are, supposedly, members. The church is the blood-bought institution of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are saved are members of His body and members of no man-made institution. It is a challenge to each of us to faithfully live the life of Christ, to faithfully speak the words of Christ, and to cheerfully, lovingly, gently, but firmly share the message of Christ with others. Remember, only those who are members of His church will be saved because there are no saved people outside the Lord’s church!

#church, #denominations, #jesus, #lord, #saved

Philosophy in Life

I have no simple “mission statement” like we used to live by in the USA, but there is a philosophy that I live by. First, the only real pattern in my life is the Lord. Second, whatever knowledge of any substantive value I can gain will come from God’s word. Third, I am not as smart as some might think; neither am I as uninformed as others might think. Fourth, the fewer words spoken the better. Fifth, other people don’t think like me and it is quite unfair for me to attribute to them my way of thinking. Sixth, the grass in never greener than the place I plant my roots.

There are other thoughts that come to mind, but the ones above are adequate to express a philosophy in life.

#lord, #pattern, #philosophy