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  • John T. Polk II 11:15 am on 2017-02-10 Permalink | Reply
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    1-30-2017 Shame In Nakedness 

    “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:24-25 NKJV). God created Adam, then Eve, and this was the first and last time that nakedness was of no concern. A hetero-sexual marriage relationship should be so open, a husband and wife “become one flesh.”  Since sin entered the world, and Adam and Eve were put out of the Garden of Eden, “shame” has always been associated with nakedness outside of marriage. “None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 18:6 NKJV). God’s people sinned, so God would “uncover your skirts over your face, That your shame may appear” (Jeremiah 13:25-26 NKJV). To be naked in public is shameful!

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 9:14 am on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Death threat for simply questioning a rule that needs to die 

    A Catholic nun in Spain has found herself on the receiving end of an on-line petition and death threats from her fellow Catholics due to her “controversial” statements on Mary and Joseph’s martial relationship.

    Now what kind of “controversy” could she create in order to receive such treatment? She simply suggested (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 8:29 pm on 2016-12-12 Permalink | Reply
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    God hates divorce because he loves people 

    God’s prophet said it plainly so long ago – the Lord hates divorce (Malachi 2:16).

    But why? The answer is because (More …)

     
  • TFRStaff 5:37 am on 2016-06-24 Permalink | Reply
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    June 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Strengthening Families) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • Why Strong Families are Important (Ben Moseley)
    • A Solid, Spiritual Foundation (Cody Westbrook)
    • How to Create a Distinctly Christian Family (Glenn Colley)
    • Husbands, Be Husbands (Jon McCormack)
    • Wives, Be Wives (Luanne Rogers)
    • Training Our Children (Matthew Gibson)
    • Serve the Lord Together (Michael Bonner)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:39 am on 2016-05-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , marriage, time and chance,   

    5-9-2016 Graduation Skills 

    When people graduate from High School or University, they should be looking ahead at life. Solomon made it simple in Ecclesiastes 9:9-11.  Plan to: 1) “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life”—i.e., be in a close, stable marriage; 2) “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”—i.e., work hard at honorable work; 3) “I returned and saw under the sun that-The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all”—i.e., everything is not under our personal control-live with it.  One is not alone in marriage; diligent work is rewarded and appreciated; life levels the “playing field” for everyone. Good advice!

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

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:07 am on 2016-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Marriage advice worth heeding 

    When asked about his rule for marital success on his 50th wedding anniversary, it is has been said that Henry Ford replied with,

    “Just the same as in the automobile business: stick to one model.”

    Sounds like some advice worth heeding for any culture that’s being wrecked with a sell or trade-in mentality towards marriage.

     
  • Glenda Williams 7:11 pm on 2015-12-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Looking backwards suggestions 

    Douglas & Glenda Wedding picture

    My heart is overflowing with thanksgiving as Douglas and I approach next weekend when we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.

    The Bible says “life is a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” That is the way we feel as we look back on our married years, or even our life in general. I imagine that you feel the same way if you are in the older generation. It may be that you, like I, wonder how Christmas has “slipped up” on us so fast. It seems it comes earlier and earlier every year. A day, a month, a year, yea even a lifetime, is like a vapor that appears for a little while and then “whoosh” and it is gone.

    We hear people say, “Oh, if I had my life to live over, I would do so and so,” or “If I could go back…” But we can’t go back. There is no redoing life. It is a one-time shot, and we have to give it our best to gain the best life here and in the life to come.

    So what would I suggest for a person looking at the beginning of their life? Let me think… (More …)

     
    • The Isaiah 53:5 Project 7:17 pm on 2015-12-12 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent words of advice and happy anniversary. My wife and I are almost halfway to 50 and it seems sometimes like it has only been a few short years. We are indeed like a vapor and we do need to make the most of our time.

      God bless,

      James

  • John T. Polk II 1:54 pm on 2015-11-25 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , marriage, obey the gospel, passion of lusts, ,   

    11-24-2015 Life Without God 

    For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 NKJV). God placed clean, honorable sexual relations within marriage, for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV), for “the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13 NKJV). Those whose lives are devoted only to “sexual immorality” and “passion of lust,” “do not know God.” Jesus will condemn those who “do not know God,” and “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV).

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

     
  • Glenda Williams 3:29 pm on 2015-10-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Advice applicable for all 

    I enjoy keeping up with friends on the Internet. Facebook has been a very enjoyable experience for me. I don’t do Twitter or any of those other popular sites.

    This past week I saw an excellent scripture reference come across my desk that I wanted to share with you.

    Diane Stark wrote the following and titled it “Crushes.”

    When my daughter had a crush on a boy, I asked her to place his name in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6.

    She did. Sean is patient and kind; Sean does not envy or boast; Sean is not arrogant or rude. Sean does not insist on his own way; Sean is not irritable or resentful; Sean does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

    She frowned. “I saw him pick on another boy in the hallway. I guess he wasn’t very kind.” She began to rethink her interest in him.

    This verse has not only given my daughter greater discernment about others, but it also has helped her reflect on her own behavior. I asked my daughter to substitute her own name into that passage. Then I explained that when we become more like Jesus, we become the right type of person for someone else to like.”

    I think this is excellent advice for our children, or anyone, to try. We might like to insert our own name in the scripture and see how we measure up and if we are the right type of person for someone else to like.

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:49 pm on 2015-09-28 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adulterers, fornicators, , marriage,   

    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.

     
  • John T. Polk II 9:47 pm on 2015-09-28 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ceremony, , man and woman, marriage,   

    9-25-2015 Weddings Are Essential 

    A “wedding” is the procedure that, according to God, brings a man and a woman together, “and the two shall become one flesh.” Jesus added, “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6 NKJV). Jesus Wedding Parable (Matthew 22:1-14) began with: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come” (Matthew 22:2-3 NKJV). A “wedding” is simply a ceremony that recognizes God’s teaching and an admission that God is involved. By living together without a “wedding,” people have only refused to make “faith” a part of their commitment! Why aren’t you married?

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:46 am on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Eve's sin, marriage, , Women's Liberation   

    8-26-2015 Women’s Liberation 

    Eve’s sin brought this consequence upon all women: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you” (Genesis 3:16 NKJV). Paul endorsed this in 1 Corinthians 11:8-9, 12 NKJV: “For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man…For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman.” It was through women fulfilling their God-made person that, Jesus Christ, Himself came to save us, for “God sent forth His Son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4 NKJV). Women are saved the same as men: faith plus baptism (Galatians 3:26-29). “Women’s Liberation” is NOT from marriage or Motherhood, but from sin, in Jesus Christ.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:24 pm on 2015-07-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: father and mother, , marriage, two sexes,   

    6-29-2015 Created Equality 

    Jesus Christ taught “that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6 NKJV). In endorsing the Creation in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, Jesus taught: (1) Creation, not Evolution, started our world; (2) God created only two sexes, “male and female;” (3) everyone born must have had a “father and mother;” (4) God only joins together “a man” and “his wife;” (5) no human law or decree has ever, or can ever change this! “Marriage” is not in the U.S. Constitution, but is in the Bible!

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

     
  • Ron Thomas 4:39 pm on 2015-06-26 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: equality, marriage, ,   

    Marriage Equality Day 

    Happy Marriage Equality Day!

    We are happy to be one of the Christian denominations who blesses same-sex marriage and respects the identities of LGBT people.

    Love always wins. We are thankful the Supreme Court ruled on the side of love. Blessings to all of the loving couples who can now legally affirm the love God already affirms.

    There will be more posts from UCC officials and the UCC newsroom today. Until then, enjoy your Pride and marriage equality celebrations!

    This tweet from the United Church of Christ (UCC) was posted today. There are some certain things to be said about it. 1) The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) having made a decision in favor of same-sex marriage is certainly NOT Christian. Thus, that which the UCC supports is not Christian either. Moreover, the fact they are self-identified as a “Christian denomination” is not something that is God-ordained. 2) Love most certainly did NOT win. Love seeks that which is best for the other person, and the perfect standard of love is only that which resides in God. God did not and does not sanction same-sex marriages (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  3) The attribution of a man-made definition of love to God is as egregious and ignorant (unlearned) as one who as a self-identified atheist who says he believes in God!

     
  • Glenda Williams 1:29 pm on 2015-05-06 Permalink | Reply
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    I understand. I really do. 

    I watched the Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner Friday evening on ABC’s 20/20. Surely by now most everybody knows Bruce has decided after becoming a very successful Olympic Gold Medalist, husband and father of several children, that at the age of 65 years is he going to have a sex change from a man to a woman probably in a year. He wants everybody to be understanding. I understand. I really do.

    I understand that in the beginning God made man. He made Adam in His own likeness. He made him to have dominion over all the creation of the earth. (Genesis 2:7)

    I understand that God saw that Adam needed a helper, a woman, and He made Eve from a rib taken from the side of Adam. Eve was a weaker vessel, but she would fulfill Adam’s needs. (Genesis 2:18-25)

    I understand that God made man and woman and told them to multiply and replenish the earth. (Genesis 1:28; 9:1)

    I understand that man and woman sinned by disobeying God’s plan for their lives in the beautiful Garden of Eden when Eve listened to Satan and ate of the forbidden fruit. As a result of this sin nothing was ever the same for man again. (Genesis 3:1-24)

    I understand that God is perfect, He makes no mistakes. He will not take our sinful ideas and actions lightly. Punishment is promised for those who disobey Him. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

    I understand to disobey God, to say by our actions, “God, you made a mistake when you made me the way I am, and I’m going to correct your error,” is like spitting in the very face of God, our great Creator.

    I understand to support individuals who openly disobey God is condoning their actions.

    “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God”
    (Heb. 10:31).

     
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