I love Jesus

An area congregation publishes a monthly bulletin for the city’s saints, called “I Love Jesus.” I went to speak there last month by request. My designated topic was biblical authority and instrumental music in worship. I began the first of two lessons with the sentence, “I love Jesus.” And because I love Jesus, I love the truth of Jesus, since he is “the way, the truth, and the life” Jn 14.6. Probably, not a few listeners caught my reference to the title of their bulletin. This year is, for me, the Year of Love. It might seem strange to some to talk about such topics as authority and instruments from a framework of love. But isn’t that the best (and maybe only) framework in which to treat them? And every other spiritual subject as well?

#love #worship #truth

Love rejoices: 1 Corinthians 13.6 VOTD

“Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.”

1 Corinthians 13.6 CSB

Paul’s chapter on love centers the discussion of the need for each member of the body (chapter 12) and the use of gifts for edification (chapter 14).

How does rejoicing in the truth manifest itself?

#love #truth #joy #VOTD

Arguments that sound reasonable

I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments that sound reasonable” Col 2.4.

False arguments are made to sound reasonable. If they didn’t appear to be plausible, no one would believe them. Continue reading

#deceit, #reason, #truth

VOTD: Luke 12.57 ‘Judge for yourselves’

“And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?”

Luke 12.57

Jesus called people hypocrites for not reaching right conclusions.

How does the Lord expect us to “interpret the present time”? v. 56.

#judging #VOTD #truth

Hugh’s News & Views (No Footnotes)

NO FOOTNOTES

By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Moses declared, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). He also affirmed that “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:6). He further stated: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day” (Exodus 20:11). None of these inspired texts have footnotes allowing for the possibility of the evolutionary hypothesis.

The prophet Isaiah said, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Matthew, an apostle of Christ, quoted this passage from Isaiah and applied it to the birth of Christ (Matthew 1:22-23). There is no footnote in the divine text that indicates Christ was actually conceived in the womb of Mary by Joseph or any other man. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #truth

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2-27-2017 Believe The Truth

Only of God’s Bible can it be said: “The entirety of Your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160 NKJV).  Truth matters to God. “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18 NKJV). The only worship that brings people close to God is according to truth. That’s why God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV). On the Day of Judgment, God will see to it “that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12 NKJV).  Without truth, we become unrighteous in our lives. People whose job is to manufacture make-believe fantasies, fake news and false science, will lead us away from the truth.  “Buy the truth, and do not sell it(Proverbs 23:23 NKJV).

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

#fake-news, #false-science, #fantasies, #truth, #unrighteousness

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12-20-2016 Fake News In The News

“Fake news” is in the news, or is it “fake news” about “fake news?” If “news” is “new information about specific and timely events,” then it may, or may not be “true.” Some refuse to face facts: an election is over; there are illegitimate babies and illegal aliens; education is not, actually; profit is not evil and Christians are not hypocrites! “Truth” is “conformity to fact or reality.” Jesus said He came into the world “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37 NKJV).  Pilate replied, “What is truth?” (John 18:38 NKJV).  Pilate represents people who cannot accept reality, so they question “truth” as if it were “fake news.” Since “no lie is of the truth” (1 John 2:21 NKJV), then there is no “fake news” about Jesus Christ in the Bible. Believe it!

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

#fake-news, #news, #truth