“That this is a rebellious people, Lying children, Children who will not hear the law of the LORD; Who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ And to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits’” (Isaiah 30:9-10 NKJV). Once prophets said what people wanted them to say, they no longer preached the Word of God, and people were not obedient to God. The same applies today. Preachers who preach what people want, do not represent the Word of God. Generally, people “will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Gayle Potter was a fascinating man. I didn’t know all this stuff about him. He led an interesting life. More than that, he was an encourager of missions and to missionaries. We knew him during our contact with the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene TX.
He passed away earlier this month. Read his obituary here.
REMEMBERING ED TEMPLE
And who, you ask, was Ed Temple? Well, for 41 years he was the women’s track and field coach at Tennessee State University, a predominantly black university in Nashville. Mr. Temple passed from this life on Thursday, September 22, 2016, two days past his 89th birthday. Continue reading
In my years of endeavoring to preach the gospel of Christ, I have had the privilege of knowing and associating with the finest people on earth. Among these is a whole host of faithful gospel preachers, some well known in the brotherhood of Christ, others not so well known, but all of them men of tremendous dedication and commitment to the cause of Christ. This week, in keeping with my intention to write from time to time about ordinary, everyday people I have known and loved, I want to tell you about a simple, down-to-earth gospel preacher by the name of Charles P. Smith, Sr., but known simply as Charlie Smith. Continue reading
We’ve received word that bro. Claiborne’s health has taken a turn for the worse. He is now in hospice care. He is not eating, is very weak, and is not expected to live much longer, according to news received from the family and passed on to us. Please remember him and his family members in prayer at this moment.
SHORTY AND GRACE
From time to time, I like to write about some of the great Christians I have known, loved, and appreciated over the years. A few months ago, I wrote about James (Brother Jim) Shelby of Clarksville, Tennessee whom I knew back in the mid-1960s. Today, I want to tell you about James Heulan (Shorty) Lowrey and his wife, Grace, whom I knew in Mobile, Alabama in the 1970s.
Heulan stood at least 6′ 6″ tall. Hence, he was known affectionately as “Shorty.” Grace, on the other hand, was a real “shorty,” probably no more than 5′ 1″ tall. But they were a perfect match for each other in every way that counted. They never had any children. Shorty was a master craftsman and worked for Delchamps, a well-known chain of supermarkets along the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Gulf Coast. Grace worked at home, when she was not working in the Teachers’ Supply and Resource Room at the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ! Grace was blessed with many skills, including the art of writing poetry. Continue reading
It is hard for me not to have death, departure, and the other side on my mind these days, and rightfully so, after just losing my mother whom I had cared for full-time for over six years. She had lived in our home over ten years. We were always close, but those precious years made us grow even closer. A few years ago I started journaling things mother said and did and shared them on Facebook, a social media on the Internet. People fell in love with mother and looked forward to reading the almost daily posts. Now they write to tell me how much they miss reading them.
In my thoughts about death, departure, and the other side, I think about the thoughts we have when a person dies. There may be rejoicing because “the old coot is finally gone and out-of-the-way,” or because they are “out of their pain,” or because we know they are now happy in their long-awaited home in heaven. There may be happiness because we know we will be reunited with them and all the saved ones in glory. Continue reading