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9-29-2017 Do You Hear The Sheep’s Name?

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (John 10:1-3 NKJV). There is only one door for the “sheep.” Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Any other salvation plan came from “a thief and a robber.” When Jesus calls “his own sheep by name” it is “Christian” (Acts 11:26). Are you waiting to hear your “denomination” called? Just be a “Christian.”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Inconsiderate Doesn’t Describe It!

Every year without fail the news will talk about a charity that gathers Christmas toys and other gifts for children and the elderly. And every year without fail the news will talk about someone breaking into that charity’s storage place and stealing everything that had been gathered for others.

No honor among thieves they say – no honor within them it should be.

Inconsiderate doesn’t describe it! I struggle to find a word befitting of the thief without finding a word that’s not befitting the language that Christian’s are called to use. A callous on the heart on the heart is what they have, and a knot on the head is what they deserve.

Were they never a child? I guess it doesn’t matter. Why worry with the past when greed controls your future I suppose. Maybe because their future will soon be their past, and the present that they’ll be stuck with will be one that they bought themselves.

He who is cruel to the poor for the purpose of increasing his profit, and he who gives to the man of wealth, will only come to be in need.” (Proverbs 22:16 – BBE)

#christmas, #inconsiderate, #thief

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #19: Don’t Jump Into The Wrong Bed!

(#19) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

6:20-35: (5) Don’t Jump Into The Wrong Bed!

There was no sexual sin listed previously in what God hates, but Solomon’s wisdom here and next clearly shows that God is adamantly against violation of His Marriage Law (Genesis 2:24), for “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

Verses 20-23: Deliverance

The purpose of parental, Scriptural wisdom is so the “son” can make his own informed, right decision. Heed, don’t rebel; make this your constant adornment; make this your own thoughts, for good judgments. To see the right way, the “son” needs lamp, light, and leading.

Verses 24-25: Damage

The woman who disregards the sacredness of sex only within marriage is “evil.” Her enticing words should be rejected (Proverbs 2:16; 5:3-4; 7:5, 21) because  “flattering lips” shows a “double heart” (Psalm 12:2-3). “Lust” is animal desire, not love! It is a serious mistake to think that it is (2 Samuel 13:1-17). One who follows lust alone abandons the human dignity which includes reason, and becomes an animal in heat or rut! Lust originates within the heart, rather than from external circumstances (Mark 7:20-23). “Her beauty” is not described, for the most alluring feature of a woman is not her physical, but her intentional design. The “allure” with painted eyes just calls attention to her interests. Focus on her evil intent, not her outer distractions.

Verses 26-33: Destruction

This type of woman is the predator, the man the prey who will pay dearly if he proceeds. How closely can a man be to fire without being burned; and how far can he walk across burning coals (NOT by the trick of walking fast, with calloused feet, or chemical protection!). Fire burns, and an “evil woman” damns to Hell! As certainly as fire burns, adultery condemns! A “thief” is still to be condemned (Exodus 20:14; John 10:10; Romans 13:8-10), yet if motivated by “starving” (self-preservation), it is understandable, not excusable. The thief must repay (Exodus 22:1-15), possibly up to 700%, all that he owns! The stupid adulterer, however, has NO self-preservation motive for his action, but only self-interest, and there is NO sympathy or pity for him, at all. He “destroys his own soul,” wounds will come to his body (whether punishments or STDs), and he loses his reputation (verses 32-33). Emphasis has shifted from the stupid man going in to a prowling woman, to a prowling man who stupidly goes in to “his neighbor’s wife.” Marriage limits are ignored in either case!

Verses 34-35: Dissatisfaction

Her husband’s “jealousy” is his rage without mercy “in the day of vengeance” (or day of reckoning). There is NO amount of repayment for this fouling of his marriage purity. He may never “be appeased” (or satisfied) though offered “many gifts.” God demanded the death of both parties in the adultery (Leviticus 20:10), which law Jesus honored by not condemning the one party brought to Him (John 8:1-11). A husband has been violated when adultery occurs and may never recover his trust in that wife again. This kind of loss of confidence caused God to condemn the southern kingdom of Judah (Jeremiah 7:8-15).

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

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Self-entrapped! – JAM

Solomon said long ago, “Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.” The proverb means simply – most of the time we are foiled by our own mischief. In Cranberry, PA, near Pittsburg a thief disguised himself by wearing a Pluto dog mask to rob a Mini Market. Things didn’t turn out the way he planned however. He was forced to flee empty-handed when the clerk could not bring himself to stop laughing at the disguise. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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Reflections At The Cross – A Contrast Of Two Thieves

In response to today’s nudge, Here’s an article I wrote contrasting the attitude of the two thieves that were crucified along with our Lord:

http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/07/10/a-contrast-of-two-thieves/

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He Got caught! – JAM

Derrick Johnson, 28, popped into a Kansas City gas station opened the cooler and grabbed a hand full of goods before running and shouting “Catch me if you can.” This had been going on over a period of three months and on a daily basis until Johnson was shot and killed by the station manager. Evidently Johnson thought he could go on forever thieving and mocking those from whom he stole. But as Moses declared long ago, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” If you shoot dice with the devil, you can count on throwing snake eyes. If not at first, certainly before you are through. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#catch, #just-a-minute, #thief