True Love

While counterfeit religion gives us a “St. Valentine’s Day;” and worships the mythical pagan gods of “Lupercus,” protector of shepherds and flocks, or “Cupid” (later substituted with the Roman Catholic “Valentine”); and offers commercialized gifts of flowers, candy, or jewelry; I think of Dorwin Stoddard. Dorwin and Mavy were childhood sweethearts who in time married others, but when their respective mates died, they retired back to Tucson, Arizona, re-kindled their romance, and married. As Christians who worshiped with the Mountain Avenue church of Christ, they were beloved.

At a public gathering in Tucson, on January 8, 2011, Jared Loughner, whose works were evil (1 John 3:12), opened fire on the crowd killing 6 and wounding 13. Knowing that Ephesians 5:25 said: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” in a split-second, Dorwin threw himself down on top of Mavy. She was shot 3 times in the leg and he was shot in the head. She survived, he did not. It was not the 17 heart stents that had kept Dorwin alive for 76 years, but his deep, abiding love for Jesus Christ, and Mavy. Mavy will recover from the gunshots and live out her life knowing she has been supremely loved by 2 men, Jesus Christ and Dorwin Stoddard, both of whom gave their lives for her.

While Harlotwood propaganda continues to demean men (with endless “crotchshots,” humiliation, and stupidity) and inflate women’s individuality (fictionalizing them as men’s equals, superiors, or complete without men), suddenly God has thrust into the spotlight a couple who had it right. Mavy was a “helper comparable” to Dorwin (Genesis 2:18), and he loved his wife as his own body (Ephesians 5:28). Here was a husband who so loved his own wife as himself, and a wife who respected her husband (Ephesians 5:33), that he willingly gave his life to keep the best part of him alive.

Do what you wish on February 14, but I think The Day For Love occurred on 1/8/11, when a true “saint” demonstrated before the world what Jesus Christ did for the whole world centuries ago. Indeed, “precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15). Thank God for Dorwin Stoddard.

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1-22-2016 Lucifer Is Not The Devil

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12 NKJV). This is the only reference to “Lucifer” in the entire Bible, and there is nothing in Isaiah 14 to indicate that this refers to Satan or, the Devil. Instead, this is a direct reference to Nebuchadnezzar, for God told Isaiah to “take up this proverb against the king of Babylon” (Isaiah 14:4 NKJV). Verse 12 says nothing about the Devil as a fallen angel, with a goatee, or with evil powers! Everyone who identifies “Lucifer” with the Devil shows ignorant misunderstanding of the Bible. Worldly-minded people have latched onto this mythical misunderstanding in books, TV series, and artwork. Christians must “shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16 NKJV).

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

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1-21-2016 O My God

It was a prayer when David said, “O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed” (Psalm 25:2 NKJV). All 21 times “O my God” occurs in the Bible, people were addressing God. God said through Moses, “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:12 NKJV). New Testament Law “is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane” and “contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9-10 NKJV). “Profane” means like a “doorway or threshold we cross without thinking of it.” Thus, using “O my God” without directly addressing God is “profanity,” and walks over God’s Name without regarding its sacredness. “OMG” cannot be excused either because it is shorter!

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

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1-22-2016 Lucifer Is Not The Devil

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12 NKJV). This is the only reference to “Lucifer” in the entire Bible, and there is nothing in Isaiah 14 to indicate that this refers to Satan or, the Devil. Instead, this is a direct reference to Nebuchadnezzar, for God told Isaiah to “take up this proverb against the king of Babylon” (Isaiah 14:4 NKJV). Verse 12 says nothing about the Devil as a fallen angel, with a goatee, or with evil powers! Everyone who identifies “Lucifer” with the Devil shows ignorant misunderstanding of the Bible. Worldly-minded people have latched onto this mythical misunderstanding in books, TV series, and artwork. Christians must “shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16 NKJV).

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

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12-11-2015 Baby Jesus #3

This time of year, in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, many think everyone is saved, as one of God’s spiritual children, just because Jesus was born. Jesus, however, said it takes more effort than to simply “seek” to enter His kingdom. “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24 NKJV). Then He shows that the many will think they should be allowed in only because, “‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity'” (Luke 13:24-27 NKJV). But we can be reconciled to God by “the death of His Son,” (Romans 5:10 NKJV), not His birth!

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

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10-16-2015 Christian Lives Under Threat

After He was raised from the dead, and before He ascended to His throne in Heaven, 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 NKJV). This is the message of salvation to all who are burdened with their sinful lives. God now “commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31 NKJV). All who obey this Gospel must also know that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV).

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

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Response to “Newsweek”

The first issue of “Newsweek” Magazine under new editorship and ownership featured an attack on the Bible. A response by John T. Polk II will be in the February issue of Gospel Gleaner. Contact it at: gospelgleaner.com

David said about Goliath: “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?…Is there not a cause?” (1 Samuel 17:26, 29)

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One-minute Radio Program

The church of Christ in Oneida, Tennessee sponsors “Words of Wisdom,” a one-minute program Monday-Friday, following the noon news on WECO at 101.3 FM, Wartburg, Tennessee. Live-streaming on the Internet makes this available world-wide. It also follows the 8 AM news on WECO (all-religious) 940 AM. (all times are Eastern). The speaker is John T. Polk II.

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