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  • John T. Polk II 3:13 pm on 2016-04-06 Permalink | Reply
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    4-7-2016 Who Is God #9 

    No one can have a “relationship” with God without Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also'” (John 14:6-7 NKJV). More to the point, Jesus had said, “he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (John 13:20 NKJV). Many people are taught that all they must do to have a relationship with God is pray. But Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23 NKJV). There is no spiritual relationship with God without Jesus Christ, and there is no spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ without obeying His Word.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 3:11 pm on 2016-04-06 Permalink | Reply
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    4-8-2016 Who Is God #10 

    Can people only pray and receive a spiritual relationship with God? Saul of Tarsus certainly had tried for “three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank” (Acts 9:9). But it wasn’t until Ananias said, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). His fervent prayers did not begin his relationship with God until he was baptized to “wash away” his sins. Later, as the Apostle Paul, he wrote, “for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Timothy 1:16 NKJV). The “pattern” for all who believe on Jesus Christ included “baptism” to wash away his sins! Our spiritual relationship with God begins by following the “pattern.”

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:33 am on 2015-06-11 Permalink | Reply
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    6-8-2015 Are You Double-Minded? 

    Prayers from a doubting heart don’t work. “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:7-8 NKJV). We cannot pray to God and doubt Him at the same time! “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14 NKJV). According to Acts 9:9, 11, Saul of Tarsus spent three days praying and fasting in blindness, but he had no confidence that he was saved until he was told to “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). In Acts 9:18, “he arose and was baptized.” Are you sure you’re saved?

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

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:53 am on 2015-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Some time back I sold the farm and moved to town. I traded ten acres for a subdivision; plowed dirt for concrete and asphalt. A wise man once told me, “Children grow far better in plowed dirt than concrete.” I believe he was on the right track. Big cities have always been the center of sordid behavior and compromised values. Whether Rome of old, Paris of recent or New York of present; I’ll take small town living anytime. The trouble is big city living isn’t staying in the big cities! There was a day when small town folks had time to loiter and lounge. Today they post “no loitering” signs and the only thing you get from a lounge is a hangover and a headache. When is the last time you simply paused to think, meditate and pray. No, we are in too big a hurry; late for this, tardy for that! We may sing “take time to be holy”, but few of us do. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Mike Riley 3:47 pm on 2011-03-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Which Of God's Names? 

    When I address God in prayer, I usually begin with “Heavenly Father” or “Dear Father in heaven” which denotes the fact that God dwells in the heavenly realm (Deuteronomy 4:39; Joshua 2:11; 1 Kings 8:27,30).

     
  • Mike Riley 9:22 am on 2010-12-18 Permalink | Reply
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    One Thing To Do Before 2010 Closes 

    Pray that our country’s moral and spiritual values will improve in 2011 due to the teaching of the saving gospel of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16), and that brethren be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”: http://www.just1word.com/bible/verse/1-corinthians_15:58?version=kjv

    And all of the above starts with ME!

     
  • Mike Riley 7:51 am on 2010-07-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The biblical place I’d like to see is the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed and His disciples slept (Matthew 26:36-40).

     
    • Richard Hill 8:36 am on 2010-07-05 Permalink | Reply

      Mike, my in-laws went with George Bailey on a Bible lands trip. One Sunday they had a communion service at the garden of Gethsemane. They said it was very moving to be where Jesus poured out his heart to God ahead of his crucifixion. They were told the old gnarled olive trees were just young trees during Jesus’ time on earth but were actually the same trees.

      • Mike Riley 10:49 am on 2010-07-05 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure it must have been a very moving experience to think that they were in the same location as Jesus was almost 2,000 years ago. WOW!

  • Mike Riley 1:41 pm on 2010-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    A meteorologist would love to have Elijah as his helper, because when he prayed, meteorological changes happened (1 Kings 17:1; 1 Kings 18:42,45; cf. James 5:17-18).

     
  • Mike Riley 1:26 pm on 2010-02-23 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

     
    • Ron 1:28 pm on 2010-02-23 Permalink | Reply

      You seem to be up fairly early now, Mike (El Paso time).

      • Mike Riley 1:36 pm on 2010-02-23 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I am, only because I’m getting ready to go substitute at one of the local school libraries.

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