16 things you need to know about yourself


Number 607 • January 24, 2021


Here are sixteen things you need to know about your personal condition. This is not a select or limited list for an exclusive group. It is a universal list. It is not a multiple choice list from which you can choose, accept, or reject items. All items on the list apply equally to all persons, whether they know it or not. Note each item carefully. It may not be easy or comfortable to stay properly focused, but everything on the list applies to YOU. Number sixteen is the application. Continue reading

#geraldcowan, #humanity, #lists, #man

Glory up in smoke: Isaiah 10.16 VOTD

“For this reason the Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies, will make his healthy ones emaciated. His majestic glory will go up in smoke.”

Isaiah 10.16

The prophet foretold the judgment against Assyria. The power of man would be destroyed. In a single night, God decimated the Assyrian army, Isa 37.36.

What we prize on earth can be lost in a moment. What in this world do you derive pride or pleasure from?

#glory #man #VOTD


9-24-2015 Marriage is for All Times

Marriage was begun by God. “Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:22-23 NKJV). Before the Flood in Noah’s day, Jesus said, “they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark” (Matthew 24:38 NKJV). “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage” (Luke 20:34 NKJV). In every age, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV). Why aren’t you married?

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

#adulterers, #fornicators, #man, #marriage, #woman


(#142) The Proverbs of Solomon 19:22-Be A Man, Son

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 19:22: “What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar.”

“Kindness” is evenness of temperament, constant return of goodness, consideration of others. It is a universally-recognized, timeless, and desirable, trait in humanity. “Love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4), and uninspired people see its wisdom: “It’s nice to be important, it’s more important to be nice” (Anon); “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” (Aesop); “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses” (Confucius); “Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see” (Mark Twain); “A kind word is like a Spring day” (Russian proverb); “Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns” (Anon).

It is a man-trait, especially, because it takes a real man to be strong enough to return good for evil. “See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all” (1 Thessalonians 5:15). Kindness is a show of strength, but often mistaken for weakness. Regardless of who persecuted Jesus Christ, or how, He was more of a man than they, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:21-24).

“A poor man is better than a liar” shows that poverty should not be used as an excuse for immorality. “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich” (Proverbs 28:6).

The God of the Israelites was: “Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them” (Nehemiah 9:17). Jesus Christ based one of His best-known commandments upon this characteristic of God: “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil” (Luke 6:35). Christians should develop the same characteristic: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (Colossians 3:12-13).

God’s kindness extended through Jesus Christ should touch a sinner’s heart (Titus 3:3-4), and the sinner should kindly return toward God (Acts 16:22-34). “Be a man, Son,” obey the Gospel today (Mark 16:16), and make this a kinder world!

Cruel words can make us cry, but so can deeds of kindness.

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

#bible-study, #evil, #kindness, #man, #nice, #proverbs, #strength, #unthankful

Can't They Make A Pen That Writes?

If folks can put a man on the moon, why can’t they make a ball point pen that writes (every time)?

When I buy groceries and begin to write a check – the pen doesn’t write, or the ink skips where you can’t read the writing. It’s always been amazing to me, that the more simple a thing is, the more complicated man makes it.

Do you think that’s the reason why folks seemingly can’t understand the Bible — because they make something that is relatively simple (the gospel) complicated?


#amaze, #ball, #check, #folk, #grocery, #ink, #man, #moon, #pen, #point, #reason, #simple, #skip, #understand, #write, #writing

The Most Colorful Historical Figure

In my view, the most “colorful” (key word) historical figure of all time would have to be Will Rogers, the Oklahoma cowboy whose creed was, “I never met a man I didn’t like”: http://www.willrogers.org/wrbio.html

See also: http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ro-Sc/Rogers-Will.html and Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers

Will Rogers catches my attention because of his “down-to-earth” common sense philosophies and his love of the common man, a characteristic which our present-day politicians need to emulate.

Here’s some of the wisdom of Will Rogers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR_VAirKE9I

#colorful, #cowboy, #creed, #figure, #historical, #man, #time, #view

Ah but a man's reach should exceed…

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”

Robert Browning

#exceed, #grasp, #heaven, #man, #reach

A New Beginning

A new beginning would be when one is baptized into Christ (Galations 3:26-27) he or she becomes a “new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). A transformation or metamorphosis takes place (Romans 12:2), the “old man” of sin is crucified (Romans 6:6) and the “new man” of righteousness emerges (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).

#baptized, #beginning, #christ, #creation, #crucified, #emerge, #man, #new, #old, #righteousness, #sin, #transform

A real man

I am calling it a night shortly. Tomorrow, at 0-dark-30, my wife and I will arise and head back to Illinois. Expectations are that in the AM the rain tonight will be treacherous because it will be below freezing.

I saw a headline on DRUDGE where Putin called the American actor Dicaprio a real man. I have been thinking about that already, but not about the actor, and especially not about a government leader giving his evaluation of an actor! In my little corner of the world, it is a topic of some thought. In any case, I thought it might be interesting to hear what others thought a real man actually is and does.

Also, you might tell us how your Thanks-Giving holiday went.

#man, #travel

The True Test Of Civilization

The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops – no, but the kind of man the country turns out.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

#census, #city, #civilization, #kind, #man, #test, #true

The last congregation that I visited was…

The last congregation that I visited was the Northside congregation here in El Paso. I was impressed with the young man (30+ years) who conducted the adult Bible class on Proverbs chapter 1. He was very knowledgeable of his subject matter and asked the class some penetrating questions that caused us to actually think. It was a refreshing class to say the least.

#adult, #class, #conduct, #congregation, #impressed, #knowledge, #man, #penetrate, #subject, #think, #young

Imagination was given to man to compensa…

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

Francis Bacon

#compensate, #console, #humor, #imagination, #man, #sense

Every man, at the bottom of his heart, w…

Every man, at the bottom of his heart, wants to do right. But only he can do right who knows right; only he knows right who thinks right; only he thinks right who believes right.


#believe, #bottom, #heart, #know, #man, #right, #think

The one-talent man in our congregation

Our one-talent man could become so much more than what he is, but he just isn’t interested or devoted to the Lord enough to develop his one talent.

The one-talent man in Matthew 25 is one of three servants given funds according to their separate abilities. There was one who was given five talents, a two-talent man and the man given just one talent. The point of the parable is that two of the servants developed their ability and were profitable servants because of their devotion. The one-talent man went and buried his money. He is called wicked and lazy because he had ability he refused to use to the glory of his Lord.

Taken as a whole, this chapter of Matthew points to a right and a wrong way to prepare for the coming of Christ. The five wise virgins  prepared to go into the marriage feast. The five foolish were not. The five-talent man worked diligently to develop his abilities in the Lord’s service and was rewarded. Likewise the two-talent man prepared himself for his Lord’s coming, but the one-talent man would not. Through mendacity and carelessness, he showed a lack of devotion.

We have such a one-talent brother, as almost every congregation has. He is very good dealing one-on-one with people, but he never uses that talent. For some reason no one is able to explain, he has buried that talent in the ground. He could bring many lost to Christ with his skills dealing with people, but he does not.

How do we encourage him to dig up his talent and put it to profitable use before the Lord comes?

#man, #servant, #talent

A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.

A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.

Raymond Hitchcock

#laugh, #man, #poor