Remove all filth

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. 1 John 3.9

God is holy. If I am a child of God, he is my Father. I cannot practice sin in my life and be holy and acceptable to God. It is a law of creation that a seed produces its kind. Peter writes in 1 Peter 1.23 that we have been born anew from imperishable seed through the word of God. James tells us in his letter, 1.18, that God gave us birth through the message of truth. In verse 21 of the same chapter, James encourages us to remove all filth and evil excess from our lives and welcome the message that has been implanted within us. We hear that message through the preaching of the word, Romans 10.17. The word of God in our lives will keep us from sinning. We see the example of Jesus in Matthew 4.1-11. When he was tempted by Satan, Jesus used the word to overcome the temptations. Reading the word is of utmost importance. For like Jesus, we will want something more than living a life of sin. We will want to please the Father. We will want to obey him.

#risingjoy #1-John #seed


7-20-2015 Are Jews Abraham’s “Seed?”

Why do people listen to what God says at first, but not last? “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” (James 2:21-22 NKJV). God told Abraham, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (Genesis 22:18 NKJV). That “seed” was NOT the Jews, but Jesus Christ. “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ” (Galatians 3:16 NKJV). Everyone who teaches the Jews were Abraham’s promised “seed” are denying God’s inspired Word in the New Testament!

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

#abraham, #jesus-christ, #jews, #seed


3-3-2015   Today’s Jews Are Not God’s Chosen People

In Antioch of Pisidia, Paul preached Jesus Christ: “through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). “The law of Moses” was given only to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 5:2-3) and only until Jesus Christ came: “[the Law] was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made” (Galatians 3:19 NKJV). That promised “Seed” is Christ (Galatians 3:16). Concerning Moses’ Law, Jesus “has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Since Jesus’ death, none of the Jews can claim to be God’s Chosen People. God said, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35 NKJV).

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

#christ, #cross, #israelites, #jews, #moses-law, #seed

Jesus’ two parables of growth

Beginning in Mark 4:26, there are two parables, or similitudes of the kingdom.

Of course, these teachings of Jesus are about the church and how it will grow. It provides a picture of the growth process for the apostles, and also for us.

There are four components of the first similitude.

  1. The farmer only sows. He does not grow the crop (1 Corinthians 3:6).
  2. The growth of the crop is imperceptible.
  3. The growth of the crop is a process.
  4. The harvest will come. Our contribution to this is patience and hope (James 5:7-8).

The second similitude describes the planting and growth of the mustard tree. As in the earlier lesson, the seed must be sown. Seed that remains in the sack does not germinate. Also in Mark 4 is the “Parable of the Sower” which teaches the seed is the word of God that must be sown.

The mustard seed is extremely small, yet the tree that comes from it is extremely large. In the same way so is the church. It starts out small, but can grow.

The produce of the tree has one predominant use: to provide seasoning. The church also has one predominant purpose: to glorify God by bringing forth sons and daughters (Hebrews 2:10).

The mustard tree’s branches house birds and animals. The church houses and protects all who obey the gospel and live faithful lives.

#growth, #seed, #sowing

Genetically modified seed: sinful or acceptable? – JAM

The Anselm Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheldon, North Dakota, voted last November (2010) to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Others have done the same, most leaving because of allowing clergy to be active homosexual; but this time the motive was unique. The members objected to the denomination’s resolution expressing concern over genetically modified seed. A lot of North Dakota farmers use the modified seed and do not believe it is any of the church’s business. I agree with them. With all of the sin and evil burgeoning about us, why make mountains out of molehills? In fact, I’m not sure it qualifies as a molehill. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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