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  • John T. Polk II 10:04 am on 2016-01-27 Permalink | Reply
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    1-27-2016 Once Saved, Not Always Saved 

    There are many who think they have been saved and sealed so that they cannot sin and be lost. “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10 NKJV). “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1 NKJV). If God’s written Word is obeyed, people would not willingly choose to remain in sin. But Christians may sin. Paul wrote “to the church of God in Corinth” to “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 1:2; 10:12 NKJV). “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall” (Hebrews 4:11 NKJV). Those who can enter “that rest” can “fall,” hence the warning.

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

  • TFRStaff 4:27 am on 2015-10-19 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gordon-Hogan, , negligence, sin   

    The most dangerous sin 

    By Gordon Hogan — A young mother left her baby in the shade of a big tree and went on her way working in the field nearby. Being busy, she forgot her child. When she finally returned, the summer sun had been shining for some time in the baby’s face and blinded it for life. The mother meant no harm, but she and her baby had to pay heavily for her neglect.

    The Bible repeatedly warns of the danger of neglect.

    Of all sins, the sin of negligence is the most dangerous. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 5:18 am on 2015-09-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Worst use of Romans 6:23 I’ve ever heard 

    Go ahead and sit a spell with me, this may take a minute or two.

    Ever heard of the TV show “Ask a Pastor”? Neither had I until the other day. I caught an episode coming on a religiously natured channel and decided to watch it for curiosity sake. The premise of the show was rather simple: call a phone-number to ask a host and a panel of five “pastors” a Bible question and they would try to give an answer from the scriptures.

    Although I’m not too fond of the show’s title (due to the confusion that most of the religious world has with the word pastor and preacher), I must admit that I liked the general basis for the show: Bible question? Get a Bible answer. Sounds fair enough to me.

    But what I was curious about was the level of “ecumenical understanding” the show was going to have. The reason I say this is because the panelists, with the exception of one, were from evangelical churches with names that I had never heard of. So that left me wondering about what would happen if a question was asked that crossed the doctrinal wires of the panelists? Would there be disagreement? Would there be an attempted rebuttal? How balanced would they be in their approach to the scriptures? Surprisingly enough to me, it didn’t take long for me to see how this would play out. (More …)

    • jdh2010 5:38 pm on 2015-09-13 Permalink | Reply

      The doctrine of a “temporary hell” has been taught in several ways by many people all of them wrong. 2 Thessalonians 1:9.

    • James 12:15 pm on 2015-09-15 Permalink | Reply

      I thought maybe he was going to argue that wages just don’t last forever!

  • John T. Polk II 10:44 am on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply
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    8-25-2015 No Total Depravity 

    For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NKJV). The “death” Adam brought into this world was physical death, as a consequence of his sin, for God had said, “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17 NKJV). If “in Adam all die” means everyone inherits his sin, then “in Christ all shall be made alive” has to mean everyone is saved. If not, why not? Then why does God now command “all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV)? The Bible NEVER teaches inherited sin at birth!

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

    • Morris G. Monkus 12:08 pm on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply

      Why do you think that man did not die physically and spiritually when they sinned?

      • John T. Polk II 1:28 pm on 2015-09-01 Permalink | Reply

        They did, and we as a consequence of that. Death is a separation (James 2:26), NOT an annihilation! When God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, they were separated from God (sin, Genesis 2:16-17; Isaiah 59:1-2), and separated from the “tree of life” (physical death, Genesis 3:17-19, 22-23). Jesus Christ is the only one who can give us hope that we may be saved and be with God, this time, forever (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Thanks for asking.

  • John T. Polk II 2:37 pm on 2015-03-07 Permalink | Reply
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    3-4-2015    Can Moses’ Law Save Today? 

    God’s Word plainly shows no law before Jesus Christ’s Law was intended to save. “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe” (Galatians 3:21-22 NKJV). The Law of Moses can save no one today, for “if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). To keep the Law of Moses today, severs one from obedience to Christ. “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4 NKJV). It is either Moses or Christ, but not both! The Gospel saves, not 10 commandments!

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

  • John T. Polk II 12:58 pm on 2015-02-02 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , immature, movie-speak, shades of gray, sin   

    2-3-2015             One Shade of Sin 

    “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV). Those who cannot tell the difference between “good and evil” are: 1) ignorant of the Bible; 2) immature in Bible knowledge; 3) morally weak. “Good and evil” don’t mix. “50 Shades of Gray” is movie-speak for “Sin,” “and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:15 NKJV).

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

  • Ed Boggess 9:29 am on 2015-01-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Pastor Walter Steen started the “God Will Provide Tax Service” in the spring of 2005. But he ended up serving fifteen months in prison. Pastor, prophet or preacher, it makes no difference. If you break the law, you will pay the price. Even if you get away with something now, the Lord knows what is going on and there will be a payday, and “the wages of sin is death.” Pastor Steen pleaded guilty before a Detroit judge to tax fraud in August (07). Prosecutors said of the 1578 returns he did, 1573 claimed refunds whether they had one coming or not. Evidently the devil is in the details. When will we learn that if you dance with the devil, you will have to pay the piper? This is Just A Minute.

  • TFRStaff 6:49 pm on 2014-09-04 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , divine commandments, , sin   

    Ways of disobeying God (What the Bible says about …) 

    “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).

    “All unrighteousness is sin” (1 John 5:17). (More …)

  • 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.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:03 am on 2014-06-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Bitterness: the bite that keeps on biting 

    Bitterness has a way of getting into the human soul. It breeds hate. It tastes foul, but it creates a longing for more of what isn’t needed.

    Bitterness declares war!

    Work relationships, family ties, dear friends, and even brothers and sisters in Christ have all been severed by the bite of bitterness.

    Personal experiences that get personal – the essence of bitterness. But what’s the answer to avoiding such a problem? It’s the tough stuff called mercy – the essence of Christ!

    We all have things in our past, and even in our present and future to come that can and will bog us down spiritually if we’re not careful…if we’re not forgiving and if we don’t seek the peace of Jesus.

    Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;” (Hebrews 12:14-15)

    • Don Ruhl 9:43 am on 2014-06-21 Permalink | Reply

      Great title to your article!

    • Esther Lee 1:57 pm on 2014-06-21 Permalink | Reply

      So very true Eugene and yes there is a sermon in there for sure.I plan to forward this to some folks that need to see this.So glad you posted this .I have tried to reach them,but to know avail.

  • TFRStaff 8:38 am on 2014-05-26 Permalink | Reply
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    May 2014 Issue of Christian Worker 

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

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • Why Some Men Must Be Marked (Fred House)
    • Balaam (Sam Willcut)
    • Is Dancing Sinful? (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)
    • Am I Saved or Lost? (Guy N. Woods)
    • Modesty Is for Men Also! (Carl B. Garner)
    • Excuses (Lynn Blair)
    • Sin Is Still Sin! (M. Floyd Bailey, Jr)
    • This We Must Accomplish (John W. Moore)
    • Only in Jesus (Wayne Jones)
    • Comfort for Troubled Hearts (Mike Vestal)

    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 © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

  • Eugene Adkins 1:41 pm on 2014-04-18 Permalink | Reply
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    The Lord isn’t looking for an excuse, He’s waiting for a confession 

    Often times, in relation to the sins that we commit, it is easy to find ourselves offering an excuse, or even rationalizing the sins that we have committed against God, our self and others. But the Lord isn’t looking for an excuse, an explanation or a personal justification when it comes to our sin. He’s waiting for a confession. There’s nothing that we can add that He doesn’t already know. There’s nothing that we can diminish that He won’t be aware of. To be made clean – we must come clean.

    As one surveys the word of God there are individuals who stand out Goliath-high amongst the rest. At the risk of leaving many people out, there is, not specifically in order, Seth, Enoch, Job, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Amran, Jochebed, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Ruth, Samson, Samuel, Nathan, David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Asa, Hezekiah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Nehemiah, Zacharias, Elizabeth, John the Baptizer, Joseph, Mary, Simeon, Anna, Peter, James, John, Thomas, Paul, and Apollos. And in the words of Hebrews 11:32, time would fail me to mention the names of others who are worthy of such consideration. And what causes these individuals to stand out amongst all of the people that we read about in the Bible? It wasn’t because they were perfect! It was because they were willing to confess their imperfections – they were aware of their own sinful shortcomings in the face of a righteous and eternal God.

    Being human isn’t necessarily an excuse for the wrongs that we commit, but thanks be to God for His mindfulness of our human frailties. And with that thought in mind, when it comes to confessing our sin, what are waiting for?

    Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” (Luke 18:9-14)

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    • John Henson 10:33 am on 2014-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      This is going into our bulletin TODAY. Thanks, brother!

      • Eugene Adkins 10:43 am on 2014-04-19 Permalink | Reply

        Good deal, John. Thanks for the kind words.

        I just noticed a word that got left out. Let me fix that real quick.

  • TFRStaff 4:34 am on 2014-04-16 Permalink | Reply
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    God is greater than you to forgive 

    The scripture for today, April 16, is Hebrews 4:16 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

    Anyone who has lived very long has committed some sin they hope no one ever finds out about. Some people have committed many such sins. Sometimes because of that one “big” sin or the constant repetition of a particular “big” sin, people punish themselves by putting words in God’s mouth. They say, “God could never forgive me for that.” Perhaps you can never forgive yourself, but God is greater than you.

    Jesus told Peter we must forgive our brothers 70 times 7. If kept literally, that would mean we’d have to forgive the same sin 490 times. It is figurative for forgiving all the time. 1st Corinthians 13, the “love chapter” of the Bible, says, “Love … keeps no record of wrongs.” Let us not only forgive others, but let us help people who cannot forgive themselves.

    God is a God of mercy.

    Mum Katheryn [Haddad]

  • TFRStaff 10:57 am on 2014-04-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Lead us not into temptation 

    New lessons in English and Dutch by this title have been added to the Old Paths Archive.



    Similar lessons were published in 2001 in text form only. They have been rewritten and audio has been added.

    May the Lord bless you.

    Roy Davison

  • Joshua Gulley 10:45 pm on 2014-03-03 Permalink | Reply
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    spiritual rash 

    If you’ve ever had a rash, your experience may have gone something like this: you notice yourself scratching at the irritated part of your skin and it dawns on you that it’s been itching a lot. You realize the rash is there. You put cream of some kind on it to treat it and make a conscious effort not to scratch it. Your concentration on not scratching it makes it itch more. You hold yourself back, but your self control eventually breaks down and you scratch feverishly until it attains that raw, hot, yet strangely soothing painful sensation that you know deep down means it’s going to be twice as bad tomorrow. You’re relieved for a moment, yet you know that you’ve done the worst thing you could have done to it.

    Sin is sort of like that.

    Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)

    For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want…. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:19,24-25)

    Lord, give us the self control to let Your Spirit dictate our actions when we are in the throes of temptation.

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