A shooter in the Iuka…

A shooter in the Iuka MS hospital’s emergency room killed himself this afternoon. He had threatened to kill people in the hospital. My mother-in-law is in a room there. No information yet about his identity or motives. Iuka is my wife’s hometown.

#violence

Violence: Psalm 12.5 VOTD

“‘Because of the violence done to the oppressed, because of the painful cries of the needy, I will spring into action,’ says the Lord. ‘I will provide the safety they so desperately desire.'”

Psalm 12.5

In a time of faithlessness, David appeals to the Lord and receives his promise of rescue.

The Christian’s safety is in his spiritual security. He will suffer persecution, but nothing can reach or destroy his heavenly inheritance.

#violence #safety #VOTD

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6-15-2017 Take It To The Streets

Violence in the streets is of great concern to puzzled survivors. But, there is no amount of discussions, panels, candles, demonstrations or government intervention that can deal with the problem. The problem is sin and evil, but without God’s explanation and guidance, no one can help. When sin had entered the world, Cain killed his brother, Abel, because he “was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John 3:12 NKJV). Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives evil sinners an opportunity to change their lives for good. 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.

#evil-works, #streets, #violence

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2-17-2017 Fighting God

“When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it(Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 NKJV). If Solomon, the wisest man of the Old Testament, did not know everything God does on Earth, what makes us think we can? God proved “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:32 NKJV). Those who have only hatred and violence for the elected officials are fighting against God! If not, why not?

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

#elected-officials, #hatred, #violence

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5-20-2016 Daily Christianity

Jesus “said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23 NKJV).  Jesus taught disciples to pray, “Give us day by day our daily bread.’” (Luke 11:3 NKJV).  In His final week before crucifixion, Jesus “was teaching daily in the temple” (Luke 19:47 NKJV).  To every creature, Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).  Scripture promised, “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV).  Christians followed Jesus because “daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42 NKJV).  Obeying Christ gives someone “daily” work–not “gangs,” “drugs,” or “violence!”

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

#christianity, #daily, #drugs, #gangs, #violence

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4-21-2016 Take It To The Streets

Violence in the streets is of great concern to puzzled survivors.  But, there is no amount of discussions, panels, candles, demonstrations or government intervention that can deal with the problem.  The problem is sin and evil, but without God’s explanation and guidance, no one can help.  When sin had entered the world, Cain killed his brother, Abel, because he “was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John 3:12 NKJV).  Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives evil sinners an opportunity to change their lives for good.  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.

#evil, #gospel, #sin, #violence

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4-29-2015 Street Crime

David prayed, “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men” (Psalm 140:1 NKJV). Solomon gave a reason for that, “A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good” (Proverbs 16:29 NKJV). Destructive violence in a land of laws is not the way of “Justice.” “The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice” (Proverbs 21:7 NKJV). The people who call for “justice” but preach violence are against “justice.” “Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking” (Proverbs 24:1-2 NKJV). Whether a city, state, or country, or a neighborhood gang, advocates of violence and plundering are nothing but lawless criminals!

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

#justice, #lawless-criminals, #plundering, #violence, #violent-man