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  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on February 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , blessing, , oil, , squander, ,   

    (#156) The Proverbs of Solomon 21:20-Where To Discover Oil 

    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 21:20: “There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.”

    “Desirable treasure” and “oil” are signs of God’s blessings, but are for “the dwelling of the wise.” God blesses the “wise,” or those who obey Him, as Solomon wrote: “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19). “Oil” (pressed olives but not petroleum!) was among the plentiful bounties of the Promised Land for the Israelites (Deuteronomy 8:7-10), and was used for burning in lamps (Exodus 27:20-21), dedication of sacred items (Exodus 40:9-11), dedication of kings (1 Samuel 16:11-13), and was included in many sacrifices in Moses’ Law (Leviticus, Numbers). God blesses those who are dedicated to Him.

    It takes a “foolish man” to “squander it.” Those who refuse to live by God’s code of conduct will “waste” (literally, scatter, throw away) whatever possessions and life he or she owns (Luke 15:13)! Jesus Christ used “foolish virgins” to show what happens to those who make no provision to keep their lamps burning with oil (Matthew 25:1-13): they are unprepared to go in to the wedding, and once the door is closed, they are left outside. What good does it do for God to bless a fool, who will not learn from those blessings to love and worship the God who gave them?

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

  • Eugene Adkins 6:34 am on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blessing, , , Team Work   

    Give Someone an Ataboy…or an Atagirl 

    A little bit of encouragement can go a long way! And that’s good because it just so happens that a long way is how far many of us have to go.

    See if you can give an “ataboy” or an “atagirl” to someone today.

    Here’s some “ataboy’s” that I wanted to pass along with some links to boot:

    • Great job John T. Polk II for completing his posts on Psalm 1 through Psalm 150! Here’s the link to his last installment. – P.S. this praise is biblically (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and not the type of praise John talks about in the Psalm 150 :)
    • Great job Stephen Bradd on a great Mother’s Day article on Audio Evangelism called “Shame to His Mother.”
    • Great job Mike Benson on an awesome post about the power and influence of godly women posted on Forthright. I’m going to put this in our bulletin soon.
    • Great job Don Ruhl on encouraging us to put our self in the shoes of another Bible character in another one of his short but challenging posts from his “Twice Blessed” devo’s.

    I would add others but I’m out of time, but I would like to quickly say to those of you who work hard to present the truth over the web: Great Job and Hang In There – you never know who your work may be encouraging.

    And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” (Acts 4:36-37 – NKJV)

    • J. Randal Matheny 7:56 am on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for mentioning these, especially our Fellow John P., for doing the Psalms. I failed to acknowledge his faithful execution of this fine task. I mention him here since it was all done on TFR. You’re right on your shout-out to the others as well.

      • John T. Polk II 12:52 pm on May 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your comment. I was on vacation for a week, and determined to “unplug.” The Lord willing, I’ll begin a Gospel Meeting Thursday, but am home for tomorrow. I do plan to begin a study of the Book of Proverbs soon, though. God be with you.
        John T. Polk II

    • John T. Polk II 12:53 pm on May 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for your comment. Keep up your good work.
      John T. Polk II

  • Ron Thomas 7:09 am on September 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Pet Blessing 

    In a local church i east central Illinois the FUMC (First United Methodist Church) will conduct its first ever “blessing of the pets. This will occur at a local park, and all pets need to be restrained.


    Not surprised, however. When man-made corrupted religion promotes itself to the community such things are done. While the Lord loves all His creation, for whose benefit is this being done? Is your pet important to you? Do you want the Lord to bless your pet? Then go to the Lord in prayer and He will do exactly that. To have a service like this cheapens the nature of the word “service” in such a religious context.

    • Stevelucas 10:10 am on September 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ron, along the same thought, have you read or heard of blessing a house or building? First saw it a few years back. Do we have an example of an inanimate item being blessed by God, or rather, is it related to living people? I just did a google search of house blessings and it appears Catholicism has the market on it, based on their website. http://www.thesacredheart.com/bleshme.htm

      It must be time to get off the computer and go do something for the Lord!

      • Ron 5:24 am on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        That’s incredible! Thanks for the site, Steve.

  • Mike Riley 9:38 am on March 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blessing, , , , flesh, , , , , , , , ,   

    An Action And A Reaction 

    When I think of an action and a reaction, I immediately think of Galations 6:7-8 (NKJV), where Paul states:

    “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

    If we engage [sow] in the immoral vices of this world, i.e., “the flesh” (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galations 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10), we will not inherit the blessings of eternity (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galations 5:21; Ephesians 5:5). But, if we choose to follow [sow to ourselves] the teachings of the Bible that the Holy Spirit has provided for us, i.e., “the Spirit,” we will reap or inherit those eternal blessings that God has promised all of those who love Him (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Note the action of sowing and the reaction of reaping in this principle.

    To go along with Galations 6:7-8, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) regarding our giving:

    “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

    The same principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) holds true in our giving. If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully (cf. 2 Corinthians 8).

    God’s principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) is simple. It’s putting the principle into practice that is difficult for many folks, including those in the Lord’s church.

  • Mike Riley 9:05 am on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blessing, , express, , memorize, peradventure, , , unequal, verily,   

    Blessings In Using The KJV 

    For me, the one main blessing in using the King James Version through the years, has been the ease of memorization. Because of it using the King’s English (the Thee’s, Thou’s, verily, peradventure, etc.), it makes for easy memorization: http://www.songsofscripture.com/King-James-Version.html

    Another blessing is the great reverence toward God that the KJV text presents. It’s beauty of reverential expression is unequaled: http://www.solagroup.org/articles/historyofthebible/hotb_0015.html

    Here is a history of the KJV: http://www.bible-researcher.com/kjvhist.html

  • Randal 4:52 am on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Nudge: compliment or blessing — and news 

    Did you ever receive, especially in your early years, a compliment or blessing from someone that made a big difference in your life? By blessing I mean that someone spoke of a great future for you, much as the ancients blessed their progeny and foresaw for them great things. Share the details of who and what.


  • Ed Boggess 7:04 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Assisi, blessing,   

    “Blessing of the pooch”? – JAM 

    As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd. A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and horses, is led to Catholic churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This custom is conducted on St. Francis of Assisi Day, October 4th. This year the USA-Today carried a picture of a German shepherd getting blessed and titled it: “the blessing of the pooch.” While the ceremony is a cause for ridicule in the media and mockery among unbelievers, it should be admitted that the practice is entirely unbiblical and beneath serious Christian practice. Jesus blessed children, not pets, be they pooches or penguins. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

  • Randal 1:43 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Blessing always includes the power to bless others.

    Andrew Murray, Living the New Life
  • Richard Hill 11:46 pm on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Momma Quoted Scripture 

    It wasn’t just a verse or two. Momma quoted any number of scriptures to me. The first Psalm was among the most frequent. She must have thought there were some things I especially needed to hear.

    What better Psalm to tell a child? Everyone talks about the good life, but this is the real deal! Better to learn it early on, as the Preacher says, “before the evil days come.”

    1 Blessed is the man
    Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
    2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
    3 He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
    And whatever he does shall prosper.

    4 The ungodly are not so,
    But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
    5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
    Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

    6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
    But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

  • Mike Riley 1:04 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , baptize, blessing, , , , hesitate,   

    Length Of Time To Become A Christian? 

    Like Randal, I grew up in the church. And like Randal, I was a timid child as well, so I hesitated in being baptized until I was 15 years of age (Jan, 1960). My grandmother was always my great encourager, and thankfully, she was in the audience the Sunday I was baptized into Christ. What a blessing it was to have her witness the occasion. I look forward to seeing her again in eternity!

  • Randal 10:07 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    My gospel blessings 

    Mike is right that there are too many blessings to pick one. In a word, salvation has to be it, to know God again, walk in his presence, enjoy his fellowship. So basic, that one.

    But let me go to another blessing of the gospel, and that is the amazing privilege of sharing in the gospel’s proclamation. That we, as fallible mortals, have been made partners with God (see 2Cor 6:1 in NLT) in the task of communicating the salvation that has been offered to all mankind leaves me breathless at the goodness and wisdom of the Lord.

    To know that the Lord uses me to bring another soul to salvation, that he has chosen every single child of his to enter into the labors and sufferings of Christ, that the joy of redemption is increased by our participation in God’s mission — this too is a blessing and a marvel and a reason for praise and thanksgiving.

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