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7-31-2017 Mixed-up Morals

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV). It’s not enough that some people want to sin and ignore the love of God, but many, it seems, want to condemn any who express concern for their souls. Jesus said, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7 NKJV). Christians should follow Jesus’ example and show compassion on sinners, to “save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 23 NKJV). Concern is not condemnation.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#concern, #love-of-god, #sin

Sinning Against God

The Lord was with Joseph. He was a prosperous man. When Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand, he made him overseer over his house and all that he had. The Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake. Potiphar left all that he had in Joseph’s hand. Joseph was a good man and well favored.

Potiphar’s wife liked Joseph and set her sights on him. She asked him to “lie with her.” Joseph refused and told her that his master, and her husband, had committed all that he had to his care. He reminded her that he was the greatest in his house, and she was Potiphar’s wife. Then he asked the question: “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”  Continue reading

#bible-study, #sin

A difficulty that needs to be addressed

Reflect on Proverbs 18:19 for a moment or two. As you look at the three translations below, it is easy to see that each version conveys the same idea. To separate oneself from another by thought, words and/or actions makes for a difficulty that must be addressed.

The KJV read, A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. The ESV reads, A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. The NET reads, A relative offended is harder to reach than a strong city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a fortified citadel.

What does the word “offended” mean? We are not to understand the word to mean “What she said offended me!”  Instead, what is in view is something much different. One Hebrew scholar used the word “wounded” in this context. A wounded person is one who had been attacked. Another scholar gave this sense, “The proverb is talking about changing a friend into an enemy by abuse” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised). Continue reading

#offense, #sin, #unity

‘Wandered away’ 1 Timothy 5.14-15 VOTD

“So I want younger women to marry, raise children, and manage a household, in order to give the adversary no opportunity to vilify us. For some have already wandered away to follow Satan.”

1 Timothy 5.14-15

The apostle Paul considered laziness and gossip two severe sins that ruined examples.

Fulfilling well our God-given roles brings glory to his name.

#VOTD #Satan #sin

You’re out of the sinning business now

My friend related how she was talking with a Christian when he said he planned to do something that she knew was sinful. Her reply was excellent. “Don’t you do that. You’re out of the sinning business now.”

What is the sinning business? A disobedience to the will of God is sinning. A person who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).

Who can get out of the sinning business? The invitation is open to all. The vilest sinner can be forgiven of their sins. Jesus told the woman in adultery to “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Anyone who has faith in God and obeys His will can be forgiven of their sins. Who? Anybody.

Where can one get out of the sinning business? The Ethopian eunuch was riding in a chariot when God sent Phillip to teach him. The eunuch said, “Here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” He confessed he believed that Jesus was the Son of God. They went down into the water and Phillip baptized him.) He went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:26-39). Where? Anywhere.

Why should one get out of the sinning business? Only those who are sincerely trying not to live a sinful life will go to heaven when they die. There is a way that seems right unto a man but the end is the way of destruction (Proverbs 14:12). We are warned of traveling the wrong path, the way to destruction. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He also said, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33) Why? It’s the right thing to do.

How does one get out of the sinning business? Faith plus obedience equals salvation. The plan is simple:

  • One must HEAR the gospel of Christ (Romans 10:17).
  • One must have FAITH in God. He must believe in God (Mark 16:16).
  • One must REPENT of their sins and desire salvation (Luke 13:3).
  • One must CONFESS that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10).
  • One must be BAPTIZED into Christ for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38).

#sin

‘Separation’ Isaiah 59.1-2 VOTD

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

Isaiah 59.1-2

Israel’s idolatry, immorality, and injustice distanced them from God.

Sin separates from God. This is the definition of spiritual death. The Bible gives one solution.

#VOTD #sin #spiritual-death

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4-28-2017 It Is God’s Word

Sin entered the world when the Devil tempted Eve, and she gave in to it! The Devil questioned God’s Word: “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 NKJV). The Devil contradicted and denied God’s Word: “You will not surely die” (Genesis 3:4 NKJV). The Devil promised humans could know everything God knows: “your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5 NKJV). The Devil has not changed His tactic. Jesus has said His Gospel preached to every creature promises: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). The Devil asks: Has God really commanded water baptism? The Devil says: You can be saved if you’re not baptized. The Devil says: You will know you’re saved as if God has told you. Conquer sin, obey God.

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

#devils-tactics, #sin, #temptation

Secular tip that has a spiritual use – problem solving

I spent the last couple of days in Knoxville on a work-related trip. The trip was useful. I got to listen to several good speakers talking about things that can, could or do affect my day-job.

One speaker discussed the topic, “Best Practice for User Experience.” The topic revolved around tips to keep in mind when creating something that will be used by others. Some of the tips had a great correlating spiritual point that can and should be used by preachers – although a couple of the points aren’t as promising. Not saying the point isn’t true (because it is)…just saying the point needs to be kept in mind due to its poor, but honest, reflection of many listener’s mindsets. Over the next the few days I’m going to share the tips I believe are worth noting.

Tip #1: Continue reading

#preaching-point, #sin, #spiritual-applications, #spiritual-illustrations

When people defend the wrong, it sounds so wacky

Be it politics or the truth of God, when people try to defend a position that is clearly wrong, their justifications sound so weird. Their logic is twisted, their language turns definitions on their head, their positions so unsustainable as to make them a laughingstock. But they still manage to persuade the unwary. Somehow they gain a following. Their promises sound so good. This is not new. It has a long history. Examples abound. King Saul explaining to Samuel why he didn’t fully obey the Lord, in 1 Sam 15, comes quickly to mind.

You might want to cite other such moments from Scripture.

#disobedience, #sin, #wrong

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3-22-2017 Light And Darkness

“And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:4-5 NKJV). Has anyone who believes in “Evolution” ever come up with an explanation for how “light” separated from “darkness?” Since “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 NKJV), being in “darkness” spiritually describes lives without God’s influence and instruction. Solomon said, “the fool walks in darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13-14 NKJV). Jesus said: “Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going’” (John 12:35 NKJV).  His Gospel calls sinners “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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

#darkness, #light, #sin

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1-30-2017 Shame In Nakedness

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:24-25 NKJV). God created Adam, then Eve, and this was the first and last time that nakedness was of no concern. A hetero-sexual marriage relationship should be so open, a husband and wife “become one flesh.”  Since sin entered the world, and Adam and Eve were put out of the Garden of Eden, “shame” has always been associated with nakedness outside of marriage. “None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 18:6 NKJV). God’s people sinned, so God would “uncover your skirts over your face, That your shame may appear” (Jeremiah 13:25-26 NKJV). To be naked in public is shameful!

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

#marriage, #naked, #sin

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1-31-2017 Shame In Sins

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:21-23 NKJV).  Jesus is showing that sin is a heart matter, not completely from the outside influence of neighborhood, city, country, or friends! Half of this list is not in the 10 Commandments, so keeping the 10 Commandments will not save anyone today! People commit murders, adulteries, fornications, or thefts, or blaspheme God because their heart is evil! Christians must: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12 NKJV). God’s Word does not dwell in an evil heart, so “walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us” (Ephesians 5:2 NKJV).

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

#evil-heart, #heart, #sin

January 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Competing Voices)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Competing Voices (Cody Westbrook)
  • Bible Passages (John W. Moore)
  • Faith vs. Doubt (Jason Jackson)
  • Compromise vs. Conviction (Kevin Cauley)
  • Sin vs. Repentance (Pat McIntosh)
  • Complacency vs. Fervency (Jon Williams)
  • Selfishness vs. Selflessness (Rick Brumback)

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.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#complacency, #compromise, #conviction, #doubt, #faith, #inner-voice, #repentance, #resource, #selfishness, #selflessness, #sin, #the-power-of-influence, #zeal

Do you hide from God?

By Doug Kashorek

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden” Genesis 3:8.

Sin. Our culture denies its existence, explaining away every behavior as just a personal choice that the rest of us must tolerate. Those who have fallen from the image of God we were created in (and that’s all of us!) have tried to deny sin, lie about it, justify it, pass the blame for it, or tried to hide it … or ourselves from God.

The truth of what Adam and Eve had done hit them the moment they disobeyed God’s command, so they tried to solve the problem themselves, sewing fig leaves together for a covering.

The transgression of God’s law is a reality and man’s greatest struggle. Sin means death, and God’s temporary solution, until the blood of His Son could flow back through time from the cross, was to make them garments of skin, showing that only death and blood can restore sinners back to the image of God. That they knew the sound of God walking in the garden and hid from Him betrays the guilt they felt. Guilt is good as it prompts us to come into Christ.

Do you hide from God?

http://www.douglaskashorek.com/

#guilt, #sin

Sin Is Good

How can that be? That is how Eve saw the fruit God had forbidden that she or Adam eat. She observed that it was “good for food…a delight to the eyes, and…desired to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6).

It was “good” but it ruined the blessing of life in the garden.

It was “good” but it damaged the first couple’s marriage.

It was “good” but it destroyed a family.

It was “good” but it made worship worthless.

It was “good” but severed man’s intimate relationship with God.

No matter how “good” we may consider sin to be, it will have the last word and it will destroy what is genuinely good.

Through the Bible, January 3

#good, #sin