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  • John T. Polk II 10:54 pm on 2017-02-18 Permalink | Reply
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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.

  • John T. Polk II 10:22 pm on 2016-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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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.

  • John T. Polk II 3:50 pm on 2016-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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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.

  • John T. Polk II 10:47 am on 2015-05-09 Permalink | Reply
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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.

  • John T. Polk II 7:54 am on 2014-07-09 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bloodthirsty, enmity, , interference, , , , violence, , ,   

    (#194) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:8-10-We Didn’t Start The Fire 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 29:8-10: “Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. 10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, But the upright seek his well-being.”

    Who burns down the town, keeps things stirred up, and promotes hatred? NOT those who follow God’s Will, the “wise,” and “upright,” but the “scoffers,” “fools,” and “bloodthirsty.” A “scoffer” “acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24) and hates those who correct him (Proverbs 9:8). A “fool” “despises his father’s instruction” (Proverbs 15:5); starts quarrels (Proverbs 20:3); “trusts in his own heart (Proverbs 28:26); and “walks in darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:14). Since “the devil” “was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44), then “The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man” (Psalm 5:6); who “shall not live out half their days” (Psalm 55:23); and “hate the blameless” (Proverbs 29:10).

    Wars of retaliation in the Middle East, violence approved and conducted by a religion, or fighting by forces of interference in other countries’ affairs, are all under the direction of the Devil! Only those who are in rebellion against God and His righteousness would “set a city aflame,” that is, hurt and destroy someone’s homeland. Arguing with “scoffers” and “fools” never settles the matter, which is why “Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools” (Proverbs 19:29).

    The answer to all the violence in the world is NOT United States “police action,” but the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Jesus left His disciples with these assurances: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27); “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 6:33); and this was offered to the Gentiles “The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ–He is Lord of all– that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:36-38).

    Jesus Christ 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). “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity” (Ephesians 2:14-16). So we boldly say to the scoffers, fools, and bloodthirsty people in this world: “Tear down this wall” by obeying Jesus Christ as Lord.

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

  • TFRStaff 6:44 am on 2013-10-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Peacemaker or Peace-Breaker 

    Percival Wilde once described a man with these memorable words: “He made enemies as naturally as soap makes suds.” Think about soap and suds for a moment. You don’t have to work very hard to get soap to make suds. Just mix a little water with the soap and agitate it slightly — and presto — out come the suds. Some people are like that. They make enemies easily. Agitate them ever so slightly and they are ready to go to war, if not with weapons at least with words. It just seems to be in some people’s nature to make and see other people as enemies. Thousands of years ago the psalmist found himself living around people who didn’t care about getting along with others — “My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. I am for peace; But when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:6-7). Sadly, daily headlines and simple observation reveal that our own world is populated by far too few who are for peace and far too many who are for war. The proof of that is all around us. The God Christians worship is called the “God of peace” (Romans 15:13). The Christ Christians seek to follow was described by a prophet as the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). And the gospel Christians preach to the world is referred to in the Bible as the “gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15). All the more tragic, then, that we live in a world at war. Unless you are from another planet and just arrived today, you know there is war between nations. And here at home in America there is a lack of peace on our streets. The FBI “crime clock” reports a violent crime is committed every 23.5 seconds (huffingtonpost.com, 1/16/13). We are disgusted and stunned that violence now frequently enters the hallways and classrooms of our public schools, turning them into war-zones and killing fields. TV programming is saturated with violent acts. In many homes in America children and spouses are abused and even murdered. And thanks to “a woman’s right to choose,” violence has invaded and destroyed even the peace of the womb, making the womb, statistically, the most dangerous place to live in America. As some anonymous wag has noted, the most amazing thing about someone being arrested for disturbing the peace these days is that they found any peace to disturb.

    How challenging, then, the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called the children of God.” God’s children are known for trying to make peace. Now, while there is more to being a child of God than being a “peacemaker” (see John 3:3-5; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:37-38, etc.), there certainly is not less. That’s why an inspired writer directed us bluntly in Hebrews 12:14 to “Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” To be God’s sons and daughters is to take on His nature. And the gospel forcefully demonstrates His nature is to make peace, even when the cost is supreme (see Ephesians 2:12-17 and Colossians 1:20). It is no surprise then that Romans 14:19 lays down this directive to Christians: “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” Christians must seek to make peace, even as we wage “the good warfare” and “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 1:18; 6:12). Get real and search your heart: are you making war or peace? Are you a peacemaker or a peace-breaker? Think about it.

    Dan Gulley – Smithville Church of Christ

  • Eugene Adkins 6:57 am on 2013-10-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Glorified Violence and the Disrespect it Shows for Life 

    We live in a blood thirsty culture, or so it seems anyways. If it’s not “reality TV” at the top of the charts then it’s a show that reeks with violence. Examples abound but examples aren’t worth the effort to type.

    With Halloween around the corner the adoration for bloodshed will only increase with “haunted houses, mansions, prisons and woods” and whatever else you can think of that will charge an admission fee to expose an untold number of minds to things that should not be entertaining in any way!

    Glorified violence shows a blatant disrespect for life and it should not be celebrated in the human heart under the guise of excitement or drama.

    Do you want to see the true horror of violence? Look at the pictures that were taken by the Nazi’s during the holocaust! Look at the pictures taken during a real life war! Situations like these reveal the horrible nature of violence in a way that can’t be ignored! And if these aren’t enjoyable then why should any scene that recreates such horrors find anymore pleasure in our heart?

    I read a sad and heart-wrenching story this morning on a congregation’s newsletter about a sister in Christ who was beaten to death by her husband because she had converted to Christianity. And now the man is promising the same fate to anyone else who converts. It hurts my heart to think of what that woman, who was created in the image of God, endured during the last moments of her life. And how could any person who’s living without a numb heart not feel the same way? But yet there will be a TV show on tonight here and around the world that will glorify such behavior and people are going to enjoy it. Why?!

    Whatever a culture consumes for entertainment will consume that culture, and in case you haven’t noticed there’s no lack of disrespect for human life on the airwaves so why should we expect anything different to show up on our spiritual EKG?

    He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7-9 – NKJV)

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-08-28 Permalink | Reply
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    (#58) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:14-There Is NO Silent Satisfaction 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 12:14: “A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.”

    Satisfaction with “good” cannot be hidden in the heart, but expressed in words, for which God will “recompense” (payback). Each one who expresses satisfaction with the good they have, will have good come back. Other proverbs which express this include: “A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence” (Proverbs 13:2); “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, From the produce of his lips he shall be filled” (Proverbs 18:20); “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). We say what we intend, and “the fruit of the mouth” that plans to do good, will provide, that is, follow through with action. Those who can only speak “violence” are telling everyone around them of their intentions. This is what gangsters, politicians, racists, demonstrators, and mass murderers do: they state what they intend, and then follow through with their acts of “violence.”

    If we appreciate the good God gives every one of us, we must not be silent with our thanksgiving to Him. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6); “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18); “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). God will admit no one “into His gates” who cannot give thanks for all He does. Jesus Christ cleansed 10 lepers, but only one returned “giving thanks” (Luke 17:12-19), and Jesus noticed by asking, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” God notices all who do not give Him thanks for all of our blessings. People are “without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:20-21). But so, also, do the husbands, wives, children, relatives, preachers, brethren, partners, bosses, workers, waiters/waitresses, clerks, stockers, and everyone not now specified, deserve to expect to be “thanked” for the good they do for us. In “the last days” leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D.70, being “unthankful” is included in the list of sins committed, and “from such people turn away” is the warning (2 Timothy 3:1-5). If we are thankful, it may surprise us how often it will be returned!

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

  • Eugene Adkins 7:12 am on 2013-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Jesus 

    There is definitely more than one wonderful verse about Jesus in Isaiah but one that I don’t hear referenced very much is Isaiah 59:17. There the scripture says, “For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.

    Some may shy away from this verse because of the reference to violence. But one should not be afraid to use this verse in connection with the gospel. Jesus refrained from using justice filled violence while subjecting himself to the justice of God and the unjust violence of men and women here upon the earth, but Jesus’ life here on Earth is over and when Jesus returns it won’t be a picnic for the enemies of God much to contradicting advice given by all the “universalists” out there.

    Jesus is the slaughtered Lamb of God for our sins, but Jesus is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah for unrepentant sinners!

    since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 – NKJV)

  • Ed Boggess 8:58 am on 2012-03-13 Permalink | Reply
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    When money becomes the number one factor in deciding what is and isn’t televised, it is not surprising to see sex and violence dominating the offerings. Alfred Schneider, one-time Vice-President of ABC told a group of Florida college students that violence was profitable and that ABC had no intention of changing their practice. In fact regarding violence there seems to be a contest to see who can more graphically portray the blood and guts of brutality and the more degraded the nature of the crime the better. Moreover, regarding sex, it is simply “no bars held”. The envelope has been pushed until the contents are openly displayed. Lucille Ball, the former queen of decent and clean comedy, said, “They don’t care how dirty it gets, as long as it makes money.” What they call the profit factor, the Lord calls greed. What they call a business decision is actually a moral decision. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:50 pm on 2011-10-25 Permalink | Reply
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    Gaddhafi’s dead (poem) 

    In Libya another tyrant was felled,
    Cruel, despised Gaddhafi’s dead!
    He ruled by fear, by the sword expelled
    From power, from rebel violence bled.

    By the heavy sword men live and die,
    Their hands of blood allow no peace;
    Though one is gone, yet more will vie:
    We mourn to see their tribe increase.

    • Mike Riley 9:47 am on 2011-10-26 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t guess Gaddhafi ever read this maxim: If we live by the sword, we’ll die by the sword (Matthew 26:52).

    • John Henson 8:20 pm on 2011-10-29 Permalink | Reply

      “By the heavy sword men live and die, their hands of blood allow no peace…” I love it! Too true!

  • Ed Boggess 11:16 am on 2010-04-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Shocked? – JAM 

    A few years ago, customers at a bar clapped and cheered as several men gang-raped one of the women customers. These are days when sin waxes worse and worse, when tragedy becomes comedy, when we laugh when we should weep, when we are amused when we should be amazed. Our generation is so bombarded by sin, sex and violence, that nothing shocks us anymore. We have been brainwashed and desensitized. But, there are some things we have no right ever to get used to! What we think is a broadening of the mind is really a stretching of the conscience. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

    • John Henson 1:19 pm on 2010-04-28 Permalink | Reply

      “What we think is a broadening of the mind is really a stretching of the conscience.” What a great, true and scholarly statement!

  • Richard Mansel 8:00 pm on 2009-12-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Drawing Christ on a Cross – Demented? 

    An eight year-old child has been suspended from school and urged to get a psychological evaluation [before he can return to school] because he drew Christ on a Cross. He was asked to draw something that came to mind when he thought about Christmas. Read  more of this astounding article.

    These kinds of overreactions can drive people to the Cross. We must keep preaching and teaching of the loving Savior who died for all (Romans 5).

    This is a result of living in an increasingly secular society that is hostile to Christianity. One that has too many lawyers and lawsuits. Zero tolerance crates a situation where all reason and logic is discarded and everyone is guilty.

    • Randal Matheny 8:43 pm on 2009-12-15 Permalink | Reply

      First reaction is, what can one expect of Massachussetts, but these kinds of horror stories are occurring everywhere, and will probably increase because of the growing secularism that brings on such hostility. As you say, the only remedy is the preaching of the gospel.

    • Mike Riley 11:14 pm on 2009-12-15 Permalink | Reply

      It seems that paranoid behavior exists in folks who have far too much secular education, but not much spiritual education (cf. Romans 1:21-22).

      • joe 11:52 pm on 2010-01-09 Permalink | Reply

        The reference to a secular society is chilling to me for two reasons. One, it sounds a lot like the comments made by jihadists in defending their murderous actions. Two, it suggests that people do have the right to choose that path. Perhaps, if persons such as youself did a better of teching the gospel, the secularism you so decry would not be so widespread. If our society is becoming too secularized, t is YOUR fulat because YOU have done such lousy job of spreading the gospel. What would have done with all these secularists? Would you have them rounded and imprisoned or executed. I truly believe that you and people like you are coming very close to that belief.

        • Richard Mansel 12:08 am on 2010-01-10 Permalink | Reply

          Joe, you appear to be eaten up with anger at someone and it is affecting your worldview. I am sorry that you have become bitter. We need to pray for you.

    • Joe 11:59 pm on 2010-01-09 Permalink | Reply

      I write on this board as one who spent four yours as a bible major at Freed-Hardeman whose study of the bible at that esteemed institution revealed it to be nothing more than a fabrication of man and is used as a crutch by weak minded persons who cannot think for themselves.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:37 am on 2009-12-04 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Faulkner University, violence   

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) – Faulkner University locked down its campus yesterday, Dec. 3, after a threat appeared on Facebook, a social networking site on the Internet.


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