4-11-2017 The Valley of Opinion

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8 NKJV).  In this country, we value opinion over facts and truth.  There are far more “opinion polls” than there are “fact-checkers.” Make this proverb plainer, “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV).  The only way to live a good, strong life is to “fear the LORD and depart from evil.”  “Fear” is “respect,” and “depart” is to leave it off.  “But, I think” is no substitute for: “I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments” (Psalm 119:59-60 NKJV).  The Valley of Opinion is in the Land of the Lost.

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

#opinion

VOTD: Deuteronomy 12.8-9 “What seems best”

“You must not do like we are doing here today, with everyone doing what seems best to him, for you have not yet come to the final stop and inheritance the Lord your God is giving you.”

Deuteronomy 12.8-9

Moses told Israel how to worship God once they arrived in the promised land.

What seems best to man is seldom if ever what God wants. Why is that?

#opinion, #votd, #worship

I like Christmas Songs. Do you?

I don’t know about you, but I like “Christmas” songs.

I can’t say I like every song, or even most songs that fall into the “Christmas” category, but some of my favorite songs just happen to be songs that are labeled as “Christmas” songs.

I don’t like listening to all of the pop-stars singing to make a buck with their latest “Christmas” album. I may be wrong, but judging by the albums released before and after the nicey-nice holiday studio cut, I don’t think the vast majority of the famous singers really care about the message that surrounds the average “Christmas” album.

I like singing several songs while I’m alone and while I’m with others. Silent Night, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, and O Come All Ye Faithful are songs worth singing. They remind us of an important message (1 Timothy 3:16).

Whether the calendar says it’s December or July, I like singing these songs because they do my heart good, and I hope they do you good as well.

I’m not saying you have to like “Christmas” songs … I’m just saying that I do.

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2 – NKJV)

By the way, if you want to watch one of my favorite video and song combos, you can click here.

#christmas, #opinion, #singing

9-8-2016 Your Own Opinion

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV).  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” except, that is, when truth is involved!  Personal preference is not the same as truth.  Favorite colors, hair styles, school majors, football teams, or cars may vary, because there is not the same one for everybody!  But no one is entitled to the “opinion” that stealing can be right!  “Stealing” something that  belongs to someone else without their permission is wrong.  “Thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19 NKJV).  Our opinion about it does not change the fact of the theft or the wrongness of it.  Our opinion must never be confused with “truth.”   The words “what I think” must not override “what God says!”

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

#opinion, #stealing, #think

9-9-2016 Opinion About Salvation

“A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16 NKJV).  “A fool” is anyone arguing against this moral distinction between good and evil, and “is self-confident” without God’s approval.  People may say, “I know I’m saved, regardless of what you show me in the Bible!”  Solomon said: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).  When Jesus says to “every creature,” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), how can anyone “know they are saved” if they claimed “salvation” before being baptized?  Salvation is not man’s to claim, but God’s to give, and on His terms!  “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV).

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

#fool, #opinion, #salvation, #self-confident, #wise

9-8-2016 Your Own Opinion

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16 NKJV).  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” except, that is, when truth is involved!  Personal preference is not the same as truth.  Favorite colors, hair styles, school majors, football teams, or cars may vary, because there is not the same one for everybody!  But no one is entitled to the “opinion” that stealing can be right!  “Stealing” something that  belongs to someone else without their permission is wrong.  “Thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19 NKJV).  Our opinion about it does not change the fact of the theft or the wrongness of it.  Our opinion must never be confused with “truth.”   The words “what I think” must not override “what God says!”

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

#opinion, #truth

Is God Racist?

A certain segment of the American population has succeeded in perpetrating the notion of “political correctness” (PC) across a broad base of society. This ideology has infiltrated politics, education, and religion. While touted as a manifestation of “compassion” and “respect” for those with whom one disagrees, the fact is that PC seeks to silence any expression of disagreement that is not in line with its covert agenda.     Read >>

#agendas, #apologetics-press, #character-of-god, #opinion, #political-correctness, #truth