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  • J. Randal Matheny 5:33 am on 2016-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Speak to save 

    God saves people when the gospel is taught to them.

    Only through speaking the gospel can people be saved. Without speaking, no salvation occurs. A good example is not sufficient. Others must be taught, Ac 11.14; 1Th 2.16. —QBT

    Much talk, ironically, is given to how useless words are. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 12:23 pm on 2016-01-15 Permalink | Reply
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    1-13-2016 Willful Ignorance 

    On January 7, 2016, Edward Archer shot and wounded a Philadelphia policeman. Archer was wearing a Muslim cloak, confessed he did this “in the name of Islam;” and his mother said he was a Muslim. But Philadelphia Mayor, James Kenney, said: “In no way, shape or form does anyone in this room believe that what was done represents Islam.” There are people who are “willfully ignorant” (2 Peter 3:5), that is, they refuse to see, or admit to, the facts. Peter was discussing “scoffers” who reject the abundant evidence for the world-wide flood in Noah’s day, but this applies to anyone who willfully refuses to accept plain truth. Jesus Christ said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), and the willfully ignorant will claim “baptism has nothing whatever to do with salvation.” Jesus said, “if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV).

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

  • John T. Polk II 11:00 pm on 2015-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    12-4-2015 New Birth Order 

    “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). No better example of this is found than Jesus’ statement: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Baptism is into Jesus’ death. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Any salvation offered before baptism is without the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. If not, why not? There is not one passage of Scripture where baptism and salvation/remission of sins are mentioned together that places salvation before baptism. If salvation comes to a sinner without being baptized into Jesus’ death in order to obtain remission of sins, then, as far as their “salvation” is concerned, “Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

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

  • TFRStaff 9:14 am on 2015-09-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Free but a slave 

    “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone to win as many as possible”1 Corinthians 9:19.

    In the Old Testament, God provided instructions for the slave who wanted to serve his master for life. He was to go to the doorway and allow his master to pierce his ear with an awl. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 4:00 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Does grace and faith by default do away with water? 

    Many people in the religious world contend that water has nothing to do with our salvation today because salvation from God comes by grace through faith. In other words, salvation by grace and faith, so it is thought, leaves no room or need for the water, but is that the case?

    Did you know that Noah was saved by grace through faith and water? He sure was!

    But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8)

    By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

    who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” (1 Peter 3:20)

    Now if God’s plan of salvation in the past could consist of saving someone by grace through faith and water, then what makes a person think that grace and faith does away with the water today?

    There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 3:21)

    • docmgphillips 8:13 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. Unfortunately, we are a “milk” generation, and need more lessons on the basics.

    • marciasettles 8:52 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on A Mom Looking Up.

    • marciasettles 9:03 pm on 2015-08-23 Permalink | Reply

      6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 1 John 5

      • Eugene Adkins 6:31 am on 2015-08-24 Permalink | Reply

        Great scripture reference, Marcia. And thanks for the reblog too. I appreciate that.

  • TFRStaff 4:14 am on 2015-06-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (For Whom . . . Effective?) 


    The Scriptures are abundantly clear that Christ died for the sins of all mankind, all the way from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the last soul that shall be born on the earth. The Holy Spirit, through the writer of the book of Hebrews, shines His “spotlight” on this truth and unequivocally states, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). Paul declared, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men . . .” (Titus 2:11). (Emphasis mine in both texts, hf). (More …)

  • TFRStaff 8:58 am on 2015-04-25 Permalink | Reply
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    April 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Godliness) 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • “God Was Manifest in the Flesh” (Tom Moore)
    • “Great is the Mystery of Godliness” (Sam Willcut)
    • “Justified in the Spirit” (Trent Kennedy)
    • “Seen of Angels” (Kris Groda)
    • “Preached unto the Gentiles” (Bobby Burris)
    • “Believed on in the World” (Sean Embree)
    • “Received up into Glory” (Jacob Rutledge)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:52 am on 2014-12-02 Permalink | Reply
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    So you want to debate who's going to Heaven? 

    A popular topic to debate, or at least it once was, is what a sinner must do to be saved.

    The answers to the proposition vary across the board: do nothing, do more good than bad, simply believe that Jesus rose from the dead, say a prayer, get baptized, etc.

    Some of the answers are given to stand alone, while some answers include a mixture of do this but not that.

    But common sense says all the options can’t be true no matter how skillfully the debaters present their case. So what’s a person to do? Well let me give the answer to settle all the questions:

    though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,” (Hebrews 5:8-9)

    So you want to debate who’s going to Heaven? Don’t take it up with me – take it up with the words of Jesus (John 12:48).

    Whether a person accepts the answer or not, Hebrews 5:8-9 says the debate has been settled for a very long time now.

  • TFRStaff 4:50 am on 2014-10-12 Permalink | Reply
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    The purpose of the New Testament 

    By Douglas M. Williams, Sr — “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

    “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).

    The New Testament tells us of the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies of the coming of Christ, and the establishment of the church that provides salvation for us. Prophecies and the teachings of the New Testament show us that the message of the Bible is about Christ and the salvation He made possible for us. (More …)

    • RichardS 1:09 am on 2014-10-13 Permalink | Reply

      If you could convince the denominational world of that fact you would be doing a great thing.

  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply
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    The Resurrection and the Thief on the Cross 

    There are many in the denominational world who quickly go to the “thief on the cross” to negate what the Lord said with regard to the importance/necessity of baptism in water for salvation. That we might have in front of us what the Scripture teaches, note what Peter said: “Baptism, the counterpart of that, saves you to-day (not the mere washing of dirt from the flesh but the prayer for a clean conscience before God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21, Moffat’s Translation).

    We see the godly importance of water baptism. Many deny this, however. What is normally asserted by those with a taught disposition against the Lord’s command is that baptism (in water) is a “figure” (KJV), and not really actual. In other words, baptism for salvation is figurative, not actual. To support this assertion, the remark will be made concerning the thief on the cross: “He was not baptized, but asked the Lord to remember him when he went into paradise. That means that one does not have to be baptized in order to be saved.” (cf. Luke 23:39-43)

    This is, sadly, a mistaken way of thinking. The Lord said that baptism saved, and shall we listen to anyone who speaks contrary to this? Some do, and they feel justified with that which they have been taught regarding the thief on the cross.

    Consider what Paul said about salvation, and how this applies to the thief. “…because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, NET). There are two things required by Paul in this passage. First, one must confess that Jesus is Lord; that is, acknowledge His “Lordship” over one’s personal life. Second, one must believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Looking at Luke 23:42, one might easily agree that the thief on the cross did confess Christ, but what about the second requirement the Holy Spirit puts forth for salvation? Could the thief have believed that? Hardly!

    What this goes to point out is that the thief on the cross was not amenable (accountable) to what the New Testament teaches for salvation.

    • Randal 6:29 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent, Ron.

      • Ron Thomas 6:36 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

        You are very kind, Randal. Your words are very meaningful.

        On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 6:29 PM, The Fellowship Room wrote:


    • Richard Mansel 8:07 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      This is great work, Ron. But diligent students usually produce quality fruit.

      • Ron Thomas 8:13 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

        Appreciate your encouragement, Richard. Thank you

        On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM, The Fellowship Room wrote:


    • Lance Mosher 8:49 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Ron. This was well put. Also consider how 1 Peter 3:21 says baptism is an appeal “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The thief could not have made this appeal, just as he was unable to confess and believe it. Similarly, Paul says that rising out of the grave of baptism is “as Christ was raised from the dead” (Romans 6:1-7). The thief could not have been saved in this same manner.
      When people asked Jesus about eternal life before the Cross, He referred them to the Law (Matthew 19:16ff). After the resurrection, He pointed to belief and baptism (Mark 16:16). Hebrews 8:6-13; 9:15-17.
      Keep serving Him!

    • Gary Knuckles 8:49 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      A very good point to make! Good job, Ron.

    • Janice Horne 10:08 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent! Thanks for this concise explanation. The religious world is mistaken about a number of points of doctrine because they do not rightly divide the word of truth. Knowledge and understanding result in wisdom. Keep up the good work!

    • sandirog 11:43 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      Very good post. Thank you. 🙂

      • Ron Thomas 12:54 pm on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I would identify you by name, but I am afraid to. Is it Sandi, Sandy, or sandirog?

    • Allen Dutton 9:49 am on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Ron for your article. We encounter the same arguments here in Brazil. Jesus was still alive when He said those words to thief on the cross. The Old Law was still the law. No baptism for salvation under the Old Law. We live under the New Law where baptism for salvation is the law. Compare 1 Peter 3. 21 with Acts 2. 38 for example. God bless you.

    • Effiong, Y.E 4:15 pm on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

      I love it when we talk about the Baptism as one of the tools to salvation.God bless you immensely

    • Weylan Deaver 11:03 am on 2014-10-04 Permalink | Reply

      Good point!

    • Jim Key 8:03 am on 2014-10-06 Permalink | Reply

      Brother Marshal Keeble, one of the brilliant preachers of my parents generation said that in denying baptism one in effect changes the very words of Jesus in Mark 16:16 from: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…” to “he that believeth and is NOT baptized shall be saved.”

      Interesting word, “NOT.”

      Satan made very effective use of the exact same tactic in Gen 3:4. (From NRSV) Gen 3:3 Eve’s statement: “but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.'”

      Satan’s reply in Gen 3:4: “But the serpent said to the woman, “You will NOT die…”

      Ron’s thoughts lead directly into Paul’s discussion in Romans 6.

      Rom 6:3-4
      Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

      At the time of the thief’s confession, could he have been baptized into the death of Jesus before Jesus died?

      Rom 6:4
      Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

      At the time of the thief’s confession could he have been buried with Christ by baptism before Jesus had been buried?

      Could the thief have been raised to walk in newness of life before Christ has been raised from the dead by the glory of the Father?

      A question to the individual who denies (opposes) baptism.

      If they were there 2000 years ago on the day of Pentecost preaching to the crowd and hundreds of voices cried out, “…what shall we do?” How would those that deny baptism have answered?

      Peter said: “Repent Ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

      The denier? ” ‘Repent Ye, and [fill in in the blank: call on the name of Jesus, confess Jesus as the Son of God, let Him into your heart, …]; and Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

      Suppose you had been one of those individuals in the crowd that day that heard Peter’s message, how would you have responded?

      The record in God’s Word: “They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added (unto them) in that day about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:4)

      The baptism denier: “”They then that received his word [fill in the blank: prayed the sinners prayer, confessed the name of Christ, said, “no need to be baptized”, …]

      And finally for those that would claim the name of Christian remember the Biblical definition of “Christian” as given in Acts 11:26, “… the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

      Disciple = Christian and Christian = Disciple. A disciple does not argue theology with the Master. A disciple does not twists or deny the words of the Master. A disciple does not question the wisdom of the Master.

      There are many that wear the name Christian, but are not true disciples. They want Jesus to be their friend and savior but deny Him as their Lord and Master. Based on the definition in Acts 11:26, these are simply admirers or perhaps fans of Jesus, but certainly not disciples and therefore not Christians.

      Matt 7:21 – “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. “

  • Ron Thomas 7:00 am on 2014-09-26 Permalink | Reply
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    "Going to Church" 

    “Going to church” is not a matter of going to the building as some sort of check off list. It is not a matter of “works religion.” Gathering together with the saints is much more than that. The saints in the 1st century did so (Acts 20:7), and Paul exhorted the saints in Corinth to do the same (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 4:17). Those who love the Lord won’t be any place but where the Lord desires, and for the reasons the Lord desires.

    Here are some points for your consideration:

    1. Matthew 16:13-19. Jesus “built” (established) His church.
    2. Ephesians 1:22-23. Jesus is the head of His church, His body.
    3. Ephesians 4:4. There is one body (church).
    4. Ephesians 5:23-32. The church is the saved. Paul wrote to the local body (in Ephesus); he did not delineate between the local, visible, invisible, and/or universal church.
    5. Hebrews 10:19-31. After a lengthy discussion on the differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit gives a number of exhortations in this section: a) the saints are to draw near with a true heart (10:22), b) the saints are to hold fast their confession (10:23; cf. Romans 10:9-10), c) the saints are to consider one another (10:24), d) the saints are not to forsake (abandon) the assembling together (10:25); this is your “go to church” if you will. With this in mind: e) to sin willfully is to crucify the Son of God afresh (10:26), f) it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (10:31).

    With these things in mind – what’s hard to understand? For one who doesn’t want to understand, maybe it’s the heart that is hard.

  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2014-09-24 Permalink | Reply
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    What does it mean to be justified by faith? We know the Bible teaches it, and it might be that we are quick to give a correct answer, but what does it mean? In Romans 4, the apostle Paul gives an illustration to help us understand what it means to be justified by faith. In the previous chapter, Paul made clear that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (3:23), and but a little further ahead he states that sin leads to one’s spiritual death (6:23). Sandwiched between these two thoughts is an illustration from the life of Abraham to help us understand what the Holy Spirit wants us to know.

    A great many people will tell you that to be justified by faith means to pray what is known as the “sinner’s prayer,” but that is not what Paul said. In fact, what is commonly known as the “sinner’s prayer” is not even found in the Bible, much less did Abraham know anything about it. In Romans 4 we learn that to be justified by faith means do what Abraham did. Let me explain.

    Abraham trusted in God. This trust in God was Abraham’s total reliance on God to accept what he offered. What did Abraham offer? His heart. But this was not all that he offered. In Genesis 15, the Lord attributes to Abraham justification because Abraham not only believed (trusted) God, but obeyed Him as well. Twice we learn that Abraham obeyed when he was told by the Lord to do particular things. First, he was told to pick up his family and depart for a land he knew nothing about (Genesis 12). Second, he was told to keep covenant with God by having all the males in his family circumcised (Genesis 17). In both cases, there was nothing easy about that which was required of him. To complicate matters more for Abraham, the Lord promised Abraham that from his wife would come a son. Some had doubts. For Abraham, however, though he may not have understood how such a thing could occur with a woman past the normal time of child-bearing—Abraham was fully convinced and did not waver in unbelief (Romans 4:19-21).

    What does it mean to be justified by faith? It means that one fully trusts God and obeys Him in everything He said. Why would anyone want to call Jesus Lord, but then not obey Him (Luke 6:46).

    • Barbara Ann Oliver 10:02 am on 2014-09-24 Permalink | Reply

      Great article, Ron

    • Ron Thomas 11:00 am on 2014-09-24 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Barbara

    • Jack 5:33 pm on 2014-09-24 Permalink | Reply

      ” Therefore walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of GOD. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:16-24)

  • TFRStaff 1:53 pm on 2014-09-20 Permalink | Reply
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    One more soul in heaven, and one less soul in hell 

    By Larry Pasley — When God loved us enough and we loved Him back, it meant one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell, John 3:16.

    When we love someone enough it can also mean, one more soul in heaven and one less soul in hell, John 15:12-13. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 2:21 pm on 2014-08-13 Permalink | Reply
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    (#205) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:24-28-Learn From The Little People 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:24-28: “There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces.”

    It is a truly foolish person who fails or refuses to see that the living God has incorporated intelligence and wisdom into His Creation, and that there is NO TRUTH to the blind, unscientific, ungodly false doctrine of Evolution! What the willfully ignorant professors of Evolution attribute to blind chance, the Bible points out as yet another example of the wisdom of God. “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew” (Proverbs 3:19-20). Even the least of His Creation shows us His brilliant planning. In a society bulked-up with athleticism, wisdom is often unnoticed!

    “The ants” are not known for their strength (although for their size, it is tremendous!), but for the wisdom of continual preparation for the future. This intelligence shows us that we should be industriously preparing for the future with what we have at the present. “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-8).

    “The rock badgers” (possibly rabbits, conies, or hyraxes) build no houses for themselves, but use the solid rock “crags” for their protection. Under Moses’ Law, an unclean animal (Leviticus 11:5), noted for living in the hills (Psalm 104:18), this is probably the “rock badger.” The wisdom of using what God provides for our protection should be applied to our soul salvation, also. “Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.’ They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed” (1 Peter 2:7-8).

    “The locusts” descend upon grain fields “in ranks” and can completely consume the crops. This is done without “a king,” that is, orderliness is their “natural” disposition. They have been used by God as punishment upon a nation (Exodus 10:12-14; Psalm 105:34-35) only to be blown away by a wind (Exodus 10:19). They may also be useful for food (Mark 1:6). They show the wisdom of being organized and what that can accomplish. When people unite, they can overpower almost anything (Judges 20:11)! Voters need to realize their potential power!

    “The spider” can build its webs anywhere, even “in kings’ palaces.” Artistically designed, devastatingly efficient, spiders’ webs show the wisdom of persistently applying design wherever we are for whatever we need to do, and hope for its success. Though easily destroyed, spiders’ webs will be immediately rebuilt showing us the persistence of hope, for once the web is built, the spider waits for its victim to be caught in it.

    Jesus used “the birds of the air,” “lilies of the field,” and “the grass of the field” to teach us not to be anxious (Matthew 6:25-30). The wisdom in God’s Creation can provide useful lessons, if we have not been blinded by the stubborn ignorance of those who make their money promoting Evolution. Jesus said, “if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:14).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

  • John T. Polk II 7:56 am on 2014-08-05 Permalink | Reply
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    (#202) The Proverbs of Solomon-30:11-14-Generation D(estroyed) 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 30:11-14: “There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. 13 There is a generation-oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.”

    After Jacob had worked 14 years to “earn” his wife, his father-in-law, Laban, said, “I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake” (Genesis 30:27). “Experience” is a great teacher, and often, a hard teacher. It has been truly said, “Happiness will never come to those who do not appreciate what they already have.” “A generation” without the experiences of life becomes (v.11) Loveless; (v.12) Hypocritical; (v.13) Arrogant; and (v.14) Cruel, and will need few enemies, for it will self-destruct. Children whose world consists of a video screen, whose mind is filled with make-believe, and whose heart seldom connects with real people, have no experiences to help them grow, and become slaves who serve without conscience! It is a lost generation that never sees “the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied” (Ecclesiastes 3:10).

    Verse 11: Those who disrespect the two who gave them life will not appreciate The God, His plan, and the life they have been given, “For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God” (1 Corinthians 11:12). Although the prevalence of divorce and single-parenthood has shattered the “DNA” of marriage, and taught successive generations this disrespect, those who turn to God’s Way will start a new generation of parental respect. It is when sin abounds that “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).

    Verse 12: It is difficult, almost impossible, for one to see one’s own sins. To such a generation, God send Jeremiah to say: “’For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,’ says the Lord God. How can you say, ‘I am not polluted’” (Jeremiah 2:22-23). The Apostle Paul wrote: “For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:4). Any generation that is known for major problems with drunkenness, irresponsibility, sexually-transmitted diseases, drug abuses, recklessness, and hatefulness (Titus 3:3) has its hands full and should not be pointing fingers at the previous generation(s)! Jesus Christ condemned those who “outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:28).

    Verse 13: Jesus Christ described this attitude when He said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:29-33) While a generation may protest against their parents sins, it becomes guilty of its own sins, many of which are even worse than before (1 Kings 16:25)!

    Verse 14: The cruelty is seen because they don’t care about the “poor” and “needy.” Selfishness is so narrow-minded that it cannot admit, nor allow, others to benefit who have greater needs. Jesus Christ said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation” (Matthew 23:14)!

    A generation may be changed if enough of them “are converted and become as little children…Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4). Obeying the command to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” will let a soul “Be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:38, 40).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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