11-30-2016 God Never Fails

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” (Psalm 18:30 NKJV).  God’s Word has been proven true every time He has spoken.  The written Word of God, correctly understood, has never been wrong.  “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6 NKJV). People who think God has let them down or broken His Word, need to re-study the Bible.  “Thus says the LORD: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD’” (Jeremiah 17:5 NKJV).  People may repeatedly let us down, but God never has, and never will; and yet we’ll continue to vote for and trust those same people, and disbelieve in the God of Truth!

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

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July 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (We Need Strong Preachers!)

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • We Need Strong Preachers! (Tom Moore)
  • Faith is the Victory! (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Word of God is Able! (Richard Melson)
  • Every Aquila Needs His Priscilla (Carl McCann)
  • What Preachers Need from Elders (Andy Baker)
  • Iron Sharpens Iron (James Nash)
  • Strength Through Spiritual Exercise (Bill Burk)

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.

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Faces sometimes tell a lot more than we might think. Though we may try at times to hide our feelings, those who know us best can often tell by our eyes, the setting of our jaw, or other facial expressions how we truly feel. Such was the case with Nehemiah while serving as cupbearer for King Artaxerxes who noticed he had “sadness of the heart.” (Nehemiah 2:2) Our countenance can also be read by the world around us. As Christians, what is it telling them? Are we so somber that some think we have been drinking pickle juice? Are we down in the mouth as if all has been lost? Or is there the GLOW OF JOY AND PEACE that comes from TRUSTING GOD? Continue reading

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Isn’t it hard to be for those who are against us? There are some situations where perhaps we would like to just let people have it, whether that be a verbal tongue lashing or a fist to the face. However, are we not glad God has been for us even when our choices have gone against His Will? (note Romans 5:6 & 8) Though His judgment is to be taken seriously, for the present He offers the opportunity to repent and be drawn to a closer walk with Him. Therefore, considering how much FORGIVENESS WE HAVE RECEIVED from God, are we being MINDFUL OF BEING AS MERCIFUL toward others as He has been toward us? (note the parable of the unmerciful servant recorded in Matthew 18:23-35) Praise God for His gracious mercy.

Because it has been a few years, I can’t even remember the book I read it from, but what has stuck in my mind is the author’s mentioning of four responses to actions that may have been directed against us. The choices were that we could either curse it, nurse it, rehearse it, or reverse it. It was the author’s choice of words which have helped me remember them. Which of these we follow through with will impact the manner in which we treat others.

Remember Paul’s exhortation where we read. . .

“(14) Bless those who persecute you; bless and DO NOT CURSE THEM. . . . .(17) REPAY NO ONE EVIL FOR EVIL, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. (18) If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (19) Beloved, NEVER AVENGE YOURSELVES, but LEAVE IT TO THE WRATH OF GOD, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:14 & 17-19 ESV)

Some things may be easier to forgive than others. There are also some life incidents or situations difficult to remove from our mind. It is not foolish to live mindful of what we draw our life into and what situations might best be avoided. Still, forgiveness from the heart is important not only due to the impact it will have on how we treat others, but also because of what we are able to release from our own life as we LEAVE IT TO GOD to deal with things according to His mercy and will. If we can trust God with other areas of our life, let us also trust Him in this. By doing so, our life load will remain much lighter. Leaving repayment to God, He will bless us for our service to others and ultimately call to account those who have refused His Ways!


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