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11-25-2016 So Goes The Nation

“The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it” (Jeremiah 18:7-10 NKJV). Could it be, that enough Americans realized the evil that had descended upon the country, and turned from it, so that God spared it from disaster?  And, could it be, that same God will benefit the country, until people refuse to obey His voice, and do evil, again?

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

#god, #nation, #turns-from-evil

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2-18-2016 War And The Fear Of God

The Israelites divided into Northern and Southern Kingdoms, Jehoshaphat king of Southern Judah, attempted political correctness, by trying to get along with everyone. Jehu, God’s prophet, said, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you” (2 Chronicles 19:2 NKJV). However, because Jehoshaphat obeyed the LORD in other matters, God helped him in a war. “And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD” (2 Chronicles 20:18 NKJV). “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel” (2 Chronicles 20:29 NKJV). A nation stays in war because it has not put “the fear of God” in its enemies.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#enemies, #fear-of-god, #nation, #war

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(#108) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:12-13-Governing the Government (#3)

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 16:12-13: “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right.”

Verse 12: An “abomination” with God is as bad as anything can be: in Proverbs alone, it is used in some 19 verses. For “kings to commit wickedness” is the same with God as: a perverse person (3:32), The Big Seven (pride, lies, killing the innocent, wicked planning, eager participation in evil, bearing false witness with lies, sowing discord among brethren, 6:16-19), dishonesty in business (11:1), justifying the wicked and condemning the just (17:15), prayer from one refusing to listen to God (28:9), in short, “whatever is highly esteemed among men” (Luke 16:15).

What can government leaders do that is “wickedness?” (1) They are pleased that their people act wickedly, like Ephraimites who “make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies” (Hosea 7:3). Samuel had shown where this will end when he said, “if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king” (1 Samuel 12:25); (2) Manasseh encouraged: foreign religions, idolatry, child sacrifice, superstition, immorality, shedding innocent blood (2 Chronicles 33:1-10; 2 Kings 21:16). Not all “laws of the land” are “righteous.”

To establish a throne (or seat of power) requires “righteousness,” or respect for God and His Principles, throughout the nation (top to bottom), for “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is against him who causes shame” (Proverbs 14:34-35).

Verse 13: “Righteous lips” on government leaders are but a faint, distant memory for most people, but should remain a goal with every vote! Even wicked Israelite King Ahab, put pressure upon the prophet, Micaiah, by saying: “”How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” (1 Kings 22:16) Speaking what is right is the only solid foundation of any nation or kingdom! The King of Kings has established His spiritual kingdom entirely upon truth, for He told the Roman, Pilate: “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).

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

#abomination, #bible-study, #god, #king, #nation, #obedience, #proverbs, #righteousness, #wickedness

America is changing and the change is picking…

America is changing and the change is picking up speed. On the front page of the USA Today Aug 10th (2011) an overview of the last two decades revealed our nation is changing socially, culturally, geographically, racially and ethnically. Taking the biggest hit is the traditional family with a mom and a pop and one or more children. Crowding out the traditional family is a grab-bag of alternatives that include multi-generational households, solo households, unmarried couples, fewer children, on and on. Some may look on this a progress, but it looks like retrogress to me. We are on a down-hill slide and the only thing that will turn it around is a return to what made America strong to begin with – faith in God and respect for the Bible as the actual word of God. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#changing, #jam, #just-a-minute, #nation

Soliciting Prayers

I ask your prayers for the following things:

1. I ask that you pray for this site, that it will be a great influence on the Web, for those in search of truth.

2. Pray, if you will, for J. Randal Matheny, as he is the United States looking for support for his mission work in Brazil.

3. I am enduring some health challenges and I solicit your prayers, as well.

4. Pray for our nation, as the economy worsens and our foreign policy faces increasingly difficult situations. These are desperate times and we need to be diligent in prayer for good.

5. Pray for our troops and their families.

6. Pray for all Christian writers, who seek to spread God’s truths.

7. Pray for Mike Dyer and Nell Jenkins, both of which have heart problems and Brent Pollard, who is battling cancer.

What else can you offer?

#cancer, #heart-problems, #missions, #nation, #prayer, #randal-matheny

A nation, as a society, forms a moral pe…

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.

Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to George Hammond, 1792

#moral, #nation, #person, #responsible, #society

“Nation spinning out of control” – JAM

USA Today’s James Gannon on the editorial page said: “Americans are living with daily angst because, from the economy to health care policy, our nation is spinning out of control.” Borrowing a line from the television series “V” – “There is no normal anymore!” – he pointed out that a large majority of us believe the country is on the wrong track. There is a sense that our culture is growing more violent, more crude and more frightening. Our normal has sunk so subnormal that when someone rises to normal, others think it is abnormal! What is needed is not another stimulus package; what is needed is for people to return to faith in God. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#nation, #normal, #violent