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8-25-2017 The Eclipse Preparation

Just knowing a total solar eclipse was coming August 21, 2017, people changed their lives to prepare for it. The Bible tells us that our entire world will eclipse someday. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (2 Peter 3:10-11 NKJV). To help us prepare, Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#solar-eclipse, #world-eclipse

A couple of 2017 full solar eclipse pics

Hardly a better day to live in middle Tennessee because the eclipse lived up to its hype and it was definitely worth the price of admission!

These pictures were made from still-shots off my camcorder, so they’re not the greatest … but they’re still neat.

Regardless of quality, I guarantee no picture can compare to what it looked like with my own set of eyes; nor can words really describe.

One picture captures the “diamond ring” effect, while the other is the “plain ole'” view of the full eclipse.

       

#eclipse, #pictures, #solar-eclipse, #tennessee

Solar glasses and souls

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9 NKJV)

Unfortunately, not a few in the religious world are under the impression that all people who claim to speak for God are actually speaking the truth of God. Furthermore, there are some who refuse to believe that some individuals intentionally pervert the truth of the gospel. Truth be told, as it is seen in the above scripture reference, claiming to speak for God does not equate to speaking the truth of God; nor do all individuals care about the people they teach any more than the doctrine they use as food. And I can prove it with a simple analogy!

Have you heard about the eclipse thing that will happen on Monday, August 21st? The news has been talking about it the last two months! And you know what else the news has been talking about for the last two months? Insufficient, fraudulent and dangerous solar glasses that have been sold under the guise of proper, authentic and safe ways of watching the eclipse.

There are people selling solar glasses, fully aware of their product’s short-comings, willing to sacrifice the eye-sight of people for as little as two dollars! And if people are willing to do that with someone’s physical eye-sight, why should it be a surprise if some are willing to so the same thing spiritually speaking (2 Peter 2:1-3, 18-22)?

If you’re going to watch the solar eclipse, be safe and test the solar glasses you’re going to use. And if you’re going to listen to someone teach about God’s word, be safe and test what they teach with God’s word.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  (1 John 4:1 NKJV)

#false-teachers, #solar-eclipse, #spiritual-analogies, #spiritual-illustrations

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8-11-2017 No Natural Sign

There is a difference between “natural” happenings and “miraculous” events. “Now the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD’” (Exodus 10:1-2 NKJV). God’s miracles stand out as “signs,” because there is nothing on earth like them! The ninth plague in Egypt was a “darkness which may even be felt” and lasted “for three days” (Exodus 10:21, 23 NKJV). A “solar eclipse” which is predictable and natural is not a “sign” or a “miracle!”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#miracles, #natural, #solar-eclipse

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8-10-2017 World-Wide Eclipse

“’And it shall come to pass in that day,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight’” (Amos 8:9 NKJV). God predicted a “solar eclipse.” The sun going down “at noon,” the earth darkened “in broad daylight” would be a clear sign to show people their sins. “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him…Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour” (Mark 15:25, 33 NKJV). “Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:45 NKJV). The darkest three hours in human history were when God’s only begotten Son was rejected by sinful mankind. Jesus now is “the light of the world” (John 8:12 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#darkness, #jesus-cross, #solar-eclipse

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8-9-2017 Gospel Light

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJV). This prophecy has nothing whatever to do with a “solar eclipse!” The prophesied “darkness” would “cover the earth,” but a “solar eclipse” only darkens a narrow path on the earth! This prophecy is about “Gentiles” coming to the light, which points to the New Testament Gospel of Christ. Gospel “light” is “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#darkness, #gospel-light, #solar-eclipse

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8-9-2017 Gospel Light

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJV). This prophecy has nothing whatever to do with a “solar eclipse!” The prophesied “darkness” would “cover the earth,” but a “solar eclipse” only darkens a narrow path on the earth! This prophecy is about “Gentiles” coming to the light, which points to the New Testament Gospel of Christ. Gospel “light” is “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#gentiles, #gospel-light, #solar-eclipse