When one comes back to the truth, this happens …

Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him backlet him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20 NKJV)

What results from one returning to the truth out of error? No less than four things (according to the above verses); plus one I can’t keep from including:

  • a personal blessing
  • a reversal (a personal and honest acknowledgement) that leads to freedom from the trap of the particular error
  • salvation (deliverance) from the cost of the error (spiritual death)
  • the hiding (a veiling, or doing away with the knowledge) of a multitude of sins
  • a reason for the angels of Heaven to rejoice!

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”” (Luke 15:10 NKJV)

#conversion, #james, #repentance

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6-20-2017 Insane Opposition

Christians must try to teach Bible truth and correct “those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV). Those who contradict Bible place themselves in opposition, and need to “know the truth,” because some are not “straightforward about the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:14 NKJV). They are ensnared of the Devil and need to “come to their senses,” or be sane, again! The Devil’s doctrine “captivates,” but knowledge of God’s truth, frees a person to do God’s will.” Repentance is that change of heart that will make the difference. God “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#gospel, #opposition, #repentance

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6-14-2017 When Bad Happens

When bad things happen, the Devil has influenced many people to ask: “Why did God do this, or let this happen?” The Devil, not God, does evil things. “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You” (Psalm 5:4 NKJV), “there is no unrighteousness in Him” (Psalm 92:15 NKJV). Instead, God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV). “‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live’” (Ezekiel 33:11 NKJV). The King of Nineveh understood that God wanted their repentance, for he asked: “Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?” (Jonah 3:9 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#bad-things, #repentance

What’s Needed

The world is full of long complaints—
Disciples, too, make loud lament
Against half-hearted, lukewarm saints—
What’s needed is that I repent.

#poetry #quatrain #repentance

Staying on the right path

There was a man who bought himself a new hunting dog. Eager to see how the dog would perform, the hunter took him out one day, hoping to track some big game. Sure enough, the dog picked up the trail of a bear! The hunter was excited, and thought, “I really have a hunting dog now!”

However, the dog suddenly stopped, sniffed a while, and then turned and headed in another direction. The hunter soon realized a deer had crossed the path of the bear, and the dog was now trailing the deer. While on the deer’s trail, the dog caught the scent of a rabbit, that, somewhere along the line, had crossed the path of the deer. Now the dog was trailing the rabbit.

On and on the dog went, and finally, the tired, breathless hunter caught up with his “prize” dog, only to find it triumphantly barking down a small hole. Investigation revealed the hole was the home of a mouse.

Sometimes we are like that hunting dog. We’re often distracted by things which cross the path we’re traveling in life. We find ourselves pulled in this or that direction, not remaining on the right path. We start out right, but end up off-course.

Christians are sometimes pulled off the right path by the cares, riches and pleasures of life (Luke 8:14; 1 Timothy 6:9, 10; Hebrews 10:24-25). Some let various experiences pull them away—sickness, financial loss, death, or being mistreated by another.

If you have been pulled away from the right path, ponder the path of your feet (Proverbs 4:26), and arise, and come back today (Luke 15:18).

Charles Pugh III, Voice of Truth International, Vol. 7, published in “The Sower,” 2017-05-14.

#focus #repentance #distractions

‘While you can’ Isaiah 55.6 VOTD

“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.”

Isaiah 55.6 NLT

The prophet called Israel to repentance while there was still time.

How does that prophetic call apply today?

#VOTD #repentance #seekGod

Habits change: U.S. bottled water sales tops soda

bottled-water

Doctors, researchers, and health officials have been telling the public to cut back on soda consumption for years, and it appears that people have been listening. Soda no longer tops the list of Americans’ favorite beverages; it has been replaced by bottled water. —via Soda is No Longer America’s Favorite Beverage

Is it because doctors, researchers, and health officials have been warning about the dangers of soft drinks for years? Perhaps so. It’s hard to say. That they are bad for health is a no-brainer. A can of Coke has 9 teaspoons of sugar. That’s just for starters.

People change habits because they see dangers on the one hand and benefits on the other. Continue reading

#habits, #holiness, #repentance