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12-29-2016 Another Year Of Darkness

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5 NKJV).  From the first day of the Creation, God wants us to know the difference between Day and Night, darkness and light.  The prophet Daniel said, God “knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him” (Daniel 2:22 NKJV).  Solomon said, “The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble” (Proverbs 4:19 NKJV).  There are some people who stumbled into 2016, through 2016, and are planning to stumble into 2017.  They haven’t figured out yet, “what makes them stumble.”  Don’t waste another year in darkness!

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

#darkness, #day, #light, #night, #stumble

Faith Must be in the Right Things

Sometimes things happen that are perfect illustrations of what you have just preached. Tonight was one of those times.

Today, I preached twice on faith and how we must trust God in prayer and walk in faith like Abraham. As we were leaving the parking lot, we were startled by a sudden appearance.

Our Church building is on a highway, which is lined on both sides by sidewalks. The road is straight for many miles and people walk and ride bicycles down the sidewalks.

However,  when we were leaving, it was dark. As we were almost at the entrance and about to pull out into the highway, we saw a blur and a man zipped by on a bicycle. It scared all of us in the car!

Be clear on the situation here: We have a black man wearing dark gray clothes on a black bicycle riding fast down a sidewalk at night. He saw my white car and didn’t slow down because he had faith that I would see him. Instead, he should have asked HOW I was supposed to see him!

We must have faith in God (Hebrews 11:6) because God is all-powerful (Jeremiah 32:17) and all-knowing (1 John 3:20). He is loving, gentle and compassionate and has created heaven for us to stay for all eternity (John 14:1-6), if we are His children (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4).

Faith in fallible human beings is nothing like God. We can love and trust certain people in our lives, knowing they can let us down despite their best intentions (Romans 3:23). We must give them the latitude to be human without allowing their inherent weaknesses to destroy our faith in them.

Faith in people who don’t know or care anything about us is foolish.

The man on the bicycle had a misguided faith that could have ended his life. Accordingly, it was a faith that was in vain. As he zoomed past driveways and businesses, was his faith such that he refused to stop, no matter what? That would be absurdly reckless!

Be aware that God is always worthy of our faith. However, faith in man is often a dangerous proposition. This is why we do not allow children to make these kinds of decisions because they do not understand the evils and dangers that exist in the world. When we are adults and we still don’t understand, we are a danger to ourselves and others.

 

#danger, #darkness, #faith, #night

What Keeps Me From Sleeping?

Many things keep me from sleeping at night. For example, night before last, my wife couldn’t go to sleep because she was hungry (being a diabetic), so I cooked breakfast at 4:00 in the morning.

At other times, I lay in bed – my mind thinking of everything in the world, that may or may not happen. After asking God to take care of all those problems that may or may not happen – I finally am able to sleep soundly.

#diabetic, #hungry, #night, #problem, #sleep

Any Preparation For Sunday?

What are my Saturday nights like? How about Saturday morning? Along with some other members of the Montana St. congregation, I’m preparing to go to our local Veteran’s Home this morning to give a devotional message to the residents there. Many times, there are more folks in attendance there than at the church building, so it’s rather refreshing to see so many older folks in attendance. We try to offer them a word of encouragement from the Lord’s Book, offer a couple of prayers, sing a couple of hymns, and then thank them for coming. It really brightens up their day as well as ours.

I also leave the residents copies of my devotional lesson, so they can study it along with their Bibles.

If I’m the preacher of the hour on Sunday, I usually study my already prepared lesson on Saturday afternoons, so that the message will be fresh on my mind. If I’m the song leader for the Sunday morning service, I always prepare my song list on Saturday afternoon as well. I’m a great believer in the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared.”

#attend, #church, #devotional, #encourage, #morning, #night, #prayer, #prepare, #resident, #saturday

My spot to be alone with God is my libra…

My spot to be alone with God is my library/office. Since I’m a late night person, I find the distractions of the day are usually gone during that time of the evening. Because of that quiet atmosphere, I can better meditate on God’s word and communicate with Him in prayer.

#atmosphere, #communicate, #library, #meditate, #night, #office, #prayer, #spot

Morning or Night Person?

I am a morning person. I am up most of the time around 4:00 AM, no alarm. After some coffee and medication I am on my knees in prayer for about 20 mins. Then more meds. and breakfast. I use my PC for Bible study and eat my breakfast at the same time. By 6:00 AM I am ready for a short nap because of the meds. Then off to the shower. This is pretty well my routine 7 days a week. This also makes me a person of routine, which is fine with me. I like to know what Im going to be doing and when I’m going to do it.

#morning, #night

Morning or Night Person

Everybody knows I am a night person. Douglas says I come alive around 10:00 PM. I do a lot of my writing at night. I enjoy getting up around 5:00 AM to read my Bible, and then head back to bed for an extra nap before my little mother (soon-to-be 99) gets up. I am trying to do better about getting to bed earlier.

#morning, #night

Morning or night person? Either works fo…

Morning or night person? Either works for me. I can stay up late and be quite productive when I need to. I typically get up early (5:30ish). When I hit the pillow at night, I’m out almost immediately. When the alarm rings in the morning, I hit the floor running. 6.5 – 7 hours of sleep is perfect for me. I feel like I’m wasting time if I’m in bed longer than that.

#morning, #night

A morning or night person? I’m definite…

A morning or night person? I’m definitely a night person. It’s the time when there are no interruptions, and I can totally concentrate on praying to the Lord, reading the Scriptures, writing an article, or just reflecting on the day’s activities.

#concentrate, #interruption, #night, #person, #pray, #reflect, #writing

I find I think best in the quiet of the …

I find I think best in the quiet of the evening. We would get the children ready for bed by 8pm, and that would leave a few hours to study and meditate before resting and then doing it all over again. That may be changing, however, as teenagers like to stay up at night and make mind-jarring noise.

#night