February 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Heroes of Faith)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Noah: Obedient Faith in a Wicked World! (Mike Bonner)
  • Abraham: He Who Staggered Not in Unbelief (Cody Westbrook)
  • Barnabas: He Who Met the Need (Don Walker)
  • John the Baptizer: The Most Humble Disciple (Carl McCann)
  • Peter: From a Pebble To a Rock (Clay Bond)
  • Joshua: The Courageous Leader (Bill Burk)

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

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#abraham, #barnabas, #christian-worker, #faith, #john-the-baptist, #joshua, #noah, #peter


5-24-2016 Local Flood, I Think Not

The Flood in Noah’s day substantially changed the complexion of our world, as we know it.  It was not a “local” flood, for God intended to “destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made” (Genesis 7:7 NKJV), and He had “created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV).  Before the Flood, God “had not caused it to rain on the earth,” “but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2:5-6 NKJV).  Animals and plants, and then humans, grew in a virtual “hot-house,” or prime growing conditions.  Since the Flood, God decreed that we have seasons: “Seedtime and harvest…Winter and summer” (Genesis 8:22 NKJV).  Peter said, “the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water” (2 Peter 3:6 NKJV). There was nothing “local” about that flood or its effects.

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

#flood, #local, #noah


5-25-2016 The Flood

In the Flood in Noah’s day “the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered” (Genesis 7:19 NKJV).  “And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man” (Genesis 7:21 NKJV).  “Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive” (Genesis 7:23 NKJV).  With the 8 human souls in the ark, there was “every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort” (Genesis 7:14 NKJV).  The Flood’s immense pressure formed diamonds and coal, and the run-off left scars like the Grand Canyon.  Every culture since has referred to “the flood.”

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

#flood, #noah, #worldwide

Does grace and faith by default do away with water?

Many people in the religious world contend that water has nothing to do with our salvation today because salvation from God comes by grace through faith. In other words, salvation by grace and faith, so it is thought, leaves no room or need for the water, but is that the case?

Did you know that Noah was saved by grace through faith and water? He sure was!

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8)

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” (1 Peter 3:20)

Now if God’s plan of salvation in the past could consist of saving someone by grace through faith and water, then what makes a person think that grace and faith does away with the water today?

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 3:21)

#baptism, #faith, #grace, #noah, #salvation

I read this Saturday morning a Huffington Post…

I read this Saturday morning a Huffington Post opinion piece that intrigued me by its title. I was, however, greatly disappointed and unable to get past his first point without taking the necessary time to address his remarks. This first point he expressed is a pitiful effort at addressing something the Bible says on some topics. I wonder how the other points he sets forth will fare (which I will read in due time)!

The concept that the bible is the inerrant word of God. There are countless contradictions in the bible that are obvious (and many more that are not as evident). One just has to read the bible (not even study it in detail) to find these. I recall a pastor tell me that if the bible is not inerrant then we might as well just throw the whole thing out. The bible is an important book like others books. And inspired by God is a much more accurate manner to describe the bible. However it is far from inerrant. While there are many discrepancies in the bible, here are just a few examples of some; let’s start with Genesis chapters 6-9 about Noah and the flood, there are two stories combined. One account has two, a pair of every kind of animal. Another account says seven pairs of the clean animals and only two of the unclean animals. Another one from the Old Testament is Psalm 145:9 and Jeremiah 13:14 where in the prior God is good and merciful to all and in the latter God will destroy all that worship a different deity.

In the New Testament, Matthew 10:34-36 describes Jesus telling the disciples that He came not to bring peace to the world, but a sword. However, in Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus says to love your enemy. Paul of Tarsus in Galatians 3:28 wrote: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” However 1st Timothy 2:11-15: says “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent…”. Religious scholars unequivocally agree that Paul wrote Galatians but did not write 1st or 2nd Timothy. The historical Paul of Tarsus was well known for supporting women’s equal rights.

RT – This is a pitiful effort by the author at speaking of a contradiction, and at same time trying to muster respectful language of the Bible as “inspired of God.” How can something come from God, who is above the intelligence of humanity, and at the same time be full of contradictions that humanity easily sees, but evidently God did not see?!

He asserts some information and with a wave of the hand declares it to be a contradiction. He, in no way, made a case with regard to Noah, Psalms, Jeremiah, Jesus, or Paul.

How is there a contradiction in Genesis 6-9 with regard to the animals taken on board? He asserts, “…there are two stories combined,” which is totally without merit! Again, with regard to Psalms and Jeremiah he offers nothing but an assertion. How is “God is good and merciful to all” contradicting “God will destroy all that worship differently”? He offers nothing at all, but his own desire to make a declaration; he asserts it!

Then he comes to the New Testament, and the general approach of mishandling the Old, he does again with regard to the New. He completely fails to understand the point of the Jesus in both passages (Matthew 5:43-48 and 10:34-36). Does Jesus use the word “sword” literally? Reading this fellow’s remarks, one can’t tell. However, if one were to actually read the passage in the context in which Jesus spoke, then one can easily see how he uses the word in that context. This is indicative of a prejudiced mind (the author of the Huffington Post piece) who refuses to consider anything but one’s own desired interpretation. Apart from that, how in the world do the words in 5:43-48 contradict this?

His remark relative to Paul in Galatians and Timothy is, likewise, pitiful! Is it truly the case that to be “one in Christ” contradicts God-ordained roles? Then, to make the blatantly false statement that “Religious scholars are unequivocally” in agreement that Paul did not write the letter ascribed to him to Timothy illustrates his ignorance.

I was hoping for something more substantive, but what I got when I read these remarks is a charlatan. Harsh words from me, I know, but he deserves them completely!

#contradiction, #huffingtonpost-com, #mcnamara, #noah, #paul-f, #timothy


4-10-2015 What Is Discrimination #5

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Hebrews 11:7 NKJV). Noah could not obey God in building the Ark without “condemning the world.” What if a State or Federal Law had been passed that told Noah he could not “condemn the world,” but had to permit everyone who wanted to to enter that Ark? Amendment I of the United States Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Discrimination based on moral values is “the free exercise thereof.” “It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment” (Proverbs 18:5 NKJV).

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

#amendment-i, #ark, #condemned, #discrimination, #judgment, #noah, #righteous, #state-or-federal-law, #u-s-constitution, #wicked

Archaeological Evidence for the Flood?


Fox News is reporting that some archaeologists think they have found proof that the Biblical flood did exist.

Through carbon dating of shells found on an ancient shoreline 400 feet beneath the surface of the Black Sea, they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event that happened around 5,000 B.C., he estimated. Some experts believe this was around the time when Noah’s flood could have occurred, ABC said.

Some archaeologists have supported the story of Noah, citing similar details passed along in narratives from Mesopotamian times, notably “the Epic of Gilgamesh.”

“The earlier Mesopotamian stories are very similar where the gods are sending a flood to wipe out humans,” said biblical archaeologist Eric Cline. “There’s one man they choose to survive. He builds a boat and brings on animals and lands on a mountain and lives happily ever after? I would argue that it’s the same story.”

Of course, we know the flood did exist by faith and because we know the Bible is inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We read of the flood in Genesis 6-9.

It would be nice, however, for archaeologists to find something that would prove the veracity of God’s Word.

Are you doubtful or hopeful about the prospects of archaeology proving the truth of the Biblical flood?



#archaeology, #ark, #flood, #genesis, #noah

Thinking Past the Flood

I covered for my wife’s Bible class this morning, teaching middle school children. We were looking at the story of the flood and the Ark.

Something occurred to me. As with so much of the Old Testament, the things that were done happened for more reasons than seemed apparent at the time.

From our perspective, thousands of years out, we see that the flood happened for other reasons than simply to punish mankind for sin. The flood prepared man for the eventual final judgment of God. While the second instance will occur because of fire (2 Peter 3:10), the totality of the destruction of the judgment will far exceed what God accomplished in Genesis. A taste of what God can do, ought to be enough to get our attention!

The Ark prepared man to understand the Church, when it was established. Only those who were righteous and added by God, were allowed into the Ark. A study of the comparisons of the Ark and the Church are profoundly revealing.  In fact, if we examine the Ark and the  Church, several of the persistent misunderstandings people have about the church, disappear.

The story is also a sobering reminder of the wrath of God and the powerful grace of the Father, who saved Noah and his family. We must heed the lessons of the Genesis flood, if we wish to be in heaven for all eternity.

#church, #flood, #genesis, #judgment, #noah

Other than the great patriarch Noah, the…

Other than the great patriarch Noah, there is no one of significance that I can prove I am related to!

#family-tree, #noah

Daily Nudge and Monday news

The Daily Nudge asks the Fellows what if any unique pratice they have in their congregations that may not be seen in others around them. Unique in the sense of fulfilling the commandments of the Lord, not in the Corinthian sense of digressing from them.

For example, in the SJC church, we sing all of our songs in one batch. We have a 20-minute period dedicated to singing. Usually, seven to eight songs are sung in this period. After that, no more singing is done. That’s to avoid using songs as introductions or preparations for other things. The song is an act of worship in its own right. So we value that by singing each song for its own sake.

I have another item to share on unique practices, about Taubaté, but I’ll leave it for later.

Anybody got news today? Plop it down here as a comment (Fellows can start their own post), by clicking on the Reply link in the upper right of this post.

Oh, I’d mentioned in an earlier post (can’t find it now) about preparing a study on what saved Noah, from 1 Peter 3:20-21. That’s now available.

#church-meetings, #news, #noah, #singing