10 life imperatives

  1. Stay grounded in the goodness and power of God, and grateful for his blessing. You know: “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food.”
  2. Don’t say, do, or buy anything stupid. Three things to stay zipped up: your mouth, your pants, and your purse.
  3. Don’t be extreme about anything, except putting God first in your life and following the Lord Jesus to the letter.
  4. Do first things first. Prayer and the Bible before facing the world. Work before play. Sowing liberally before expecting a harvest.
  5. Bide your time. Oaks require years to mature. Weeds pop up overnight.
  6. There’s something to learn every day and from every person you meet.
  7. Share the best you have, which is the fullness of God in Jesus Christ.
  8. Never underestimate the power of the gospel and the power of your word on behalf of Christ. Speak up!
  9. Be motivated by love, and let that motivation be always in evidence.
  10. Pay the price of preparation, share the pain of suffering for the gospel, revel in the grace of salvation.

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2-5-2016 Christian Athletes

With Middle & High School basketball tournaments, College “March Madness,” High School & College football playoffs and bowl games, and the professional “Super Bowl,” nearly everyone should understand this Scripture: “if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5 NKJV). We know that spectators haven’t trained, practiced, and played during the season to be able to participate in these competitions. Paul said: “Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7 NKJV). No one should get the trophy who violates “the rules.” Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV); AND, “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death” (John 8:51 NKJV). Are you following His rules?

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

#athletes, #rules