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  • John T. Polk II 2:21 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    3-2-2017 The Greater Wisdom In Solomon 

    “And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men-than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations” (1 Kings 4:29-31 NKJV).  The God-given wisdom of Solomon written in the Book of Proverbs is the best psychology book explaining human behavior ever written. Simply put, everyone is either “wise” or “foolish.” “Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (Proverbs 10:14 NKJV). This was hundreds of years before Christ. No Eastern philosophy or religion was equal to it, then or now! That Solomon’s “fame” spread world-wide shows that to be the case.

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

  • John T. Polk II 2:20 pm on 2017-03-04 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aesop, Doolittle, Mother Nature, , wisdom   

    3-3-2017 World-wide Wisdom Of Solomon 

    Solomon “spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:32-34 NKJV). With God’s wisdom, Solomon judged human behavior, wrote songs, understood God’s Creation, and stood out from “all” earthly kings. Solomon spoke “of” trees, animals, birds, creeping things, and fish,” but not “to” them. He was not like some fictional “Dr. Doolittle” where the Creation talks back, or Aesop whose fables teach animals’ words. Solomon was not in charge of Creation, like the made-up goddess “Mother Nature!” World leaders should come to Solomon today!

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

  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2017-02-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Wealth and Wisdom (Word to the Wise) 

    How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver (Proverbs 16:13, NKJV). The value of wisdom above wealth is obvious to any and all mature people. The value of wisdom helps one make proper use of what is possessed. Unfortunately, there are an untold number of people who value material possessions to the point they are consumed in thinking about them. Whatever value there might be in material things, in comparison with godly wisdom it pales! How can it not pale? Wisdom is great, but godly wisdom is greater still! With godly wisdom one knows the direction of life and the destination after life is over. With godly wisdom one knows how to handle the nuances of life because the Lord has set the proper course for each of us. Yes, it is true, there are some circumstances in life where one may not know what to do, but none of those circumstances will pertain to how to live morally, because the saints know how to live. He lives for God. Wisdom and understanding is FAR better than material wealth.


  • Ron Thomas 6:14 am on 2017-01-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Counsel for Young and Old 

    1. Hear & Heed (Romans 10:17)
    2. Seek & Anchor (Colossians 3:1)
    3. Hide & Prevent (Proverbs 4:23)
    4. Bless (Matthew 5:16)
    5. Preach & Live (2 Timothy 2:15)
    6. Rejoice & Value (Philippians 4:4)
    7. Meditate & Direct (2 Corinthians 13:5)
    8. Resolve (Colossians 3:5)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:14 am on 2016-11-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Being smart with our money 

    So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.” (Luke 16:8 – NKJV)

    Smart money is money that has been used wisely. And while it may shock some, Jesus was big on the idea of God’s people being smart with their money.

    True enough that Jesus’ financial advice included making the right investments in Heaven as opposed to solely here on Earth (Matthew 6:19-21), but Jesus also emphasized the importance of being wise with the money that we use during our stay on Earth. He even did so to the extent that he told a story that ended up praising a steward’s wise use of his master’s finances. Not once did Jesus praise the steward’s moral character…but he did praise the steward’s smart use of money to get ahead with others. And I can’t help but get the impression that Jesus would love for us to combine good moral character with the good use of our money (and by that I mean the money God has given to us as stewards while we live upon this Earth).

    Jesus taught that we need to control our money as much as we need to avoid allowing our money to control us. To do that with have to be sensible with our cents.

    We need to avoid foolish spending trends like the “tiny home” hot real estate move that often costs anywhere from 25% to 200% more per square foot to own. We don’t need to buy something only because it’s on sale…it doesn’t matter how much we “save” if we spent something on something when we needed nothing to begin with. We do not need to get attached to name-brands that enjoy living off of reputation and not quality. These examples are only a few of the impulsive spending habits that can afflict us. And impulsive spending leads to predictable financial problems.

    Jesus had a lot to say about money; and Jesus had a lot to say because finances can not only ruin our eternal life, it can ruin our temporary one too!

    Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:11-12)

  • J. Randal Matheny 9:06 am on 2016-11-03 Permalink | Reply
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    7 points on practicing the principles of Proverbs 22 

    Oh, that was alliteration overload.


    Source: http://randal.us/#PracticingProverbs22

  • Eugene Adkins 5:51 pm on 2016-06-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Did you know that Solomon warned about Twitter? 

    Did you know Twitter has been around thousands of years? King Solomon even warned about the trouble it could get you into:

    Do not curse the king, even in your thought; do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom; for a bird of the air may carry your voice, and a bird in flight may tell the matter.” (Ecclesiastes 10:20)

    Who says Solomon’s wisdom was only good for the times that he was living in? Definitely not anyone who’s found their selves regretting the amount of trouble that 140 characters or less can cause!

  • Eugene Adkins 7:04 am on 2016-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Out of the mouth of babes 

    By American standards, I live in a very modest home: About 1,200 square feet; vinyl siding; metal roof; nothing too terribly fancy on the inside; but I am fortunate enough to have two bathrooms. Bathroom number one is off the “master” bedroom while bathroom number two is on the other side of the house. This layout has basically determined that one bathroom “belongs” to my wife, leaving the other bathroom for myself.

    “What does my floor plan have to do with wisdom?” you may be wondering as you consider the title of this post. I can easily explain.

    My daughter was only two-years-old at the time when she shared this bit of wisdom that I’m about to share with you…a bit of wisdom that seems to be quickly disappearing from the American culture today.

    One morning I walked into the bathroom (the one off the bedroom) while my wife and daughter were in there only to be greeted with, “You’re in the girl’s bathroom, daddy. You’re supposed to use the boy’s bathroom.”

    It’s amazing to me how a two-year-old girl was able to show more wisdom and common sense than a two-hundred-year-old nation!

    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

  • John T. Polk II 9:02 am on 2016-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    3-10-2016 The Rule For Civilization 

    The Wisdom of God speaks: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth” (Proverbs 8:13-16 NKJV). Without the Wisdom of God, therefore: (1) There is no moral standard for arrogant attitudes and filthy language; (2) There is no solid advice for good judgments and sound reasoning; (3) There is no Divine authority for government! Jesus told the Roman, Pilate, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11 NKJV). The rule of Law and Order for Civilization is the Wisdom of God!
    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

  • Glenda Williams 11:35 am on 2016-02-02 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about life’s burdens 

    By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

    Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

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  • Eugene Adkins 6:50 am on 2016-01-27 Permalink | Reply
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    A good example on the wisdom of holding our tongue! 

    I can’t say the thought is original to me, but it’s more than worth passing along:

    You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut.

    It think that’s one good example on the wisdom of holding our tongue when the time calls for it.

    He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13:3)

  • TFRStaff 2:10 pm on 2016-01-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Advice . . .) 


    As we begin another year of life perhaps we can find some wisdom and encouragement for the New Year in the following “Advice From An Old Farmer.” I do not know its author, but he sounds like a man of vast experience and great wisdom. A friend posted it a few weeks ago on his Facebook page. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:27 am on 2016-01-03 Permalink | Reply
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    Do all of this, and then — only then — you will understand 

    The world and many in Christ are stupid. So says Prov 2.1-5. When our people can sing worldly lyrics all day long, but have trouble coming up with one or two verses by memory, according to Solomon, they are stupid.

    My child, if you receive my words,
    and store up my commands within you,
    by making your ear attentive to wisdom,
    and by turning your heart to understanding,
    indeed, if you call out for discernment—
    raise your voice for understanding—
    if you seek it like silver,
    and search for it like hidden treasure,
    then you will understand how to fear the Lord,
    and you will discover knowledge about God.

    Do you see this happening among us? With some, yes. With many others, it is not. These are seeking other things, and it shows.

    Don’t be stupid. Make a scene and get wisdom. Be a mental hoarder of the word of God. Be obvious about knowing Christ. Make fearing the Lord your absolute and only priority.

    Only by doing all of this will we get a handle on what it means to be a Christian.

    #wisdom #seek #Proverbs #effort

    • marciasettles 9:28 am on 2016-01-03 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on A Mom Looking Up.

    • Michelle 8:20 pm on 2016-01-03 Permalink | Reply

      Those who are TRULY in Christ are not stupid, if they receive the words of the Most High and hide His commandments with them. This is not happening among God’s chosen the so called Blacks the Negroes, Hispanics and Native Americans. ). It’s not surprising that when it comes to OUR PEOPLE are eluded to the things of the world. Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness (our people are in the wilderness) and said, if you bow down and worship me, I will give you the things of this world.
      Question: What are they are seeking? What they are seeking is the reason they have no understanding.
      Question: What does it mean to fear God? According to Ecclesiastics 12:13?
      Question: What is Religion? The Bible and all that God has commanded His people to follow and endure isn’t a religion. Religion created their gods using the bible such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. All the scriptures are inspired by God of the Holy Bible KJV 1611 with the Apocrypha, translated by King James (a black man). He is the ONE and ONLY TRUE GOD. Christian Scholar translated the scriptures and taught their own doctrine to fit their religion- Christianity- Their god resembles Caesar Borgias (The white Jesus Christ). This is white supremacy and man creating God in his own image; Islam- Stole the Bible The prophet Muhammad couldn’t read or write, so he went the chosen people of God to receive their learnings and went and created the god called Allah. When the Quran was dictated from Gabriel to Muhammad he had his scribe to write the Q’uran which has no prophesies in it. Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the nation of Islam was taught by Wallace Fard Muhammad a white man. Muslims, and the nation of Islam bow down and worship that stone in Mecca.(1 Peter 2:8 AND Duet 28:64 Jeremiah 2:27). Judaism- does not believe in Jesus Christ; and has blasphemed His name in all sorts of ways. The Jews in Israel today are known as the synagogue of Satan. So their god is Satan (Revelation 3:9)
      Question: When was CHRISTIANITY introduced in America? founded and by whom and for what reason? (Hint: Rise of the Roman Empire and their emperors) Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; Slavery? When the God of Israel sent His Chosen People into captivity on SHIPS; (During the Transatlantic Slave Trade) according to Duet 28:15-68?
      Fearing the Lord is our absolute and only priority, and if we do, “THIS” then will we receive all of what Proverbs 2: 1-5, starting with the first verse, and throughout the BIBLE.
      Question: Who is God’s CHOSEN PEOPLE according to 1 Peter 2:9; Genesis 17:7, Duet 7:6-11 and Numbers 25:13
      Question: How long does an “everlasting” covenant last throughout a generation?
      In Duet 28 because of our disobedience, God sent us into captivity and gave us over to our enemies and serve them in all our needs, such as food, water, clothes, EVERYTHING! And they would put a yoke of iron upon our necks until we were destroyed mentally as a nation of people, our nationality, But if we hearken diligently unto His voice and observe all “THIS” which He commanded that day, then God would set OUR PEOPLE on high and above all nations on the earth.
      We are in the last days and God is waking up His people. There will be a Change of Blessings and A Change of Nation for many who will hearken and observed all things the Most High has commanded.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:55 pm on 2015-05-07 Permalink | Reply
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    In a word: Phrases for meditation 

    God deserves praise, not because he possesses an ego, but because by praise of him we discover purpose of life.

    If you’re too busy to pray over your meal, you’re too busy to eat. (More …)

  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2014-11-05 Permalink | Reply
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    (#210) The Proverbs of Solomon 31:8-9-Listen to Your Mama About Words 

    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 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 31:8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

    Step up and speak up for those who are less fortunate, specifically those who have: no voice, no parent, no justice, or no necessities of life. It is emphatic and an action of mercy to help the helpless. All leaders of government should admit that: “Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne” (Proverbs 20:28). God has always required this of His people: “You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15); “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17); “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

    The “speechless” are those who have no voice or ability to defend themselves. They are easily victimized by all who would misrepresent their case;

    Those “appointed to die” are people without possessions or permanence. According to the Hebrew expression, these may be strangers just passing through or orphans who cannot support themselves. God is mindful of such and required this of Israelites (Deuteronomy 10:17-19). Solomon wisely ruled: “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard” (Proverbs 21:13). Never was this clearer than when Israelites were taken from their Promised Land because: “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger” (Ezekiel 22:29);

    “Judge righteously” should be the outcry of all of God’s people. All judges and legal personnel should hear this command. Jesus has said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24), for “in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5);

    “Plead the cause of the poor and needy,” for they cannot afford their own defense. The “poor and needy” are NOT those who demand their “right” to have the same possessions as those who have worked for what they have! The essentials of food and clothing are NOT in the same category as video games, big screen TV’s, cable, Internet, cars, or brand-name clothes!

    No nation or people will stand when citizens have little or no recourse for their grievances!

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

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