The Year of Love

People have talked about what kind of year 2016 has been. Tonight in the meeting of the saints starts a series called, “The Year of Love,” focusing on what kind of year 2017 ought to be. We’ll look at love for God, for one’s neighbor, for the family of God, and for the truth.

The starting idea develops from here:

Determine your year ahead

So it ought to be an interesting approach.

#love

The why of creation

This is part of a chapter out of a book I’m writing, entitled (for now) “Total Transformation.” You might find it to be of use.

Man was created in God’s image, in order to know his person and blessing, Gen 1.26-28. As the only creature to bear the divine stamp, man is able to relate to God. “Man meets and talks with God in the Garden of Eden” Gen 2.15-17 (NIBD). Adam and Even walked with God, Gen 3.8.

Because of their sin, they were expelled from the Garden, but the original intent was for them to choose God’s love, not to spurn it. Scripture mentions that God came to walk with them after they lost that privilege, highlighting even more the preciousness of this gift. Continue reading

#creation, #love, #presence-of-god, #relationship-with-god

9-20-2016 Love And Baptism

“And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment” (1 John 3:23 NKJV).  “Love one another” is about the only statement some people think is in the Bible!  They then object to any other “commandment” as “legalism,” not to be obeyed.  John said God gave the “commandment” to “love one another.”  Was God commanding “legalism?”  Jesus said, “that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do” (John 14:31 NKJV).  Was Jesus a “legalist” because He kept God’s “commandment” to “love?” Was Peter a “legalist” when “he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV)?  Why is keeping the commandments of God “legalism,” but not keeping the command to love?

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

#baptism, #commandment, #legalism, #love

9-7-2016 Saints Serving The Poor

There was no Roman Catholic Church in existence when Paul wrote: “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans 1:7 NKJV). They were “distributing to the needs of the saints” (Romans 12:13 NKJV).  Paul was “going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem” (Romans 15:25-26 NKJV).  There is more than just serving the poor, however, for “though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:3 NKJV).   Serving without love “profits nothing.”  Corinthians “hearing, believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV) and were “sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV).

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

#love, #poor, #roman-catholic-church, #saints

WORD OF THE DAY – Wednesday 07 September 2016

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1 ESV)

Смотрите, какую любовь дал нам Отец, чтобы нам называться и быть детьми Божиими. Мир потому не знает нас, что не познал Его. (1-e Иоанна 3:1 Russian)

O LORD my God, dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for spreading your loving kindness around the world. Help us to see through the temporary discomforts and recognize that you are never far from us if we will only stop and take a look at the wonderful ways in which you show your love each day. The greatest of these proofs is the way you specifically call us your children because we trust and obey Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen. Continue reading

#love, #prayer, #wotd

We Be Brethren

Are you the kind of person who has the faith that Abraham had? Are you the kind of saint that is deferential as Abraham was? When Lot and Abraham gathered much in material possessions, it was Abraham who deferred to his younger nephew for a decision to be made (Genesis 13:8-9). In truth, it should have been Lot who deferred, but Abraham was more interested in unity with his family member than he was with regard to protocol. In God’s spiritual family, let us take a lesson from this. Are we (am I) more interested in my way than I am in taking the “lower” position for my brother’s sake? Paul addressed this in Philippians (Phil. 2:3-8). I do believe we know what the lesson is we should make. RT

#abraham, #love, #unity

Love for the present age

Demas deserted Paul, “since he loved the present age” 2 Tim 4.10. In his commentary, Wm. Barclay engages in much speculation about what might have happened to Demas. Love for the present age or world comes in many forms. It is opposed to love of the God who rules for all the ages, who is eternal. He who loves the present age hates the age to come. Living in the present age prevents one from living for the next. Whatever form that love of the present age takes, it sucks out of the room all the oxygen of eternal ambition, it crowds out the search for things above, it dampens enthusiasm for spiritual things. Love for the present age puts man in the center and removes God from the throne. The flesh reigns, the spirit dies, and hope in the redemption of Christ becomes but a faint memory.

#Demas #love #eternity #worldliness