You have received it: Mark 11.24

“For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mark 11.24

Often, when the Lord made a promise to Israel, he put it in the past tense (see Deuteronomy 3.2, for example), to indicate how sure was his word. Jesus does the same about prayer requests.

The Lord is able to bless, and he desires to bless. He bristled when the possessed boy’s father said, “If you can” Mark 9.22-23. The issue is not his ability or desire, but our willingness to believe.

#votd #Mark #prayer #faith

Autobiography by Roy Davison

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Autobiography by Roy Davison

Dear brethren,
Four years ago a friend asked if I would write about various spiritual influences in my life. I began an autobiography, but did not get far….

I decided to publish what has been written, and Lord willing, add to it as time goes by:
http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/AutoBio.html

With Internet publishing it is easy to expand on what has been written.
Hopefully this will be of interest and encouragement to some.
May the Lord bless you.

Your brother in Christ, Roy Davison
http://www.oldpaths.com/RD
http://www.canwebethechurchofthenewtestament.com

#missions #missionaries #biographies

Aug. 20. Christians Are Different from Unbelievers

II Cor. 6:1-18

As he continued his letter, Paul warned the Corinthians about their associates. He reminded them of the importance of constantly being prepared for the judgment. Since tomorrow may be too late, the present is the time that one needs to be prepared.

Paul reinforced his credentials and authority as an apostle before giving the main body of his warning. He was very careful to live in a way that no one would speak evil of the gospel.

There were others, including Timothy who were working with Paul. He opened their lives as an informational letter to the Corinthians by listing their hardships and successes. They were able to see the true character of Paul and his associates and the love that he had for them. Any barrier between them and him would be placed by the Corinthians and not by him. He asked them as his children in the faith to return their affection to him.

God had commanded many times in the Old Testament that His people, the Jews keep themselves from associating with the heathen nations. He did not allow the marriage between Jews and heathens.

As Paul continued his warning, he said, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” He showed the contrasts between Christians and unbelievers. Business associations with people of the world have led many of God’s people into darkness and to the worship of idols (money, pleasure, etc.).

I have seen great heartache and suffering in marriages between believers and unbelievers. So many times, Christians give in to the unbelievers and lose their faith. Their children become confused and refuse to accept the gospel.

Paul said that God wants His people to come out from among those who are of this world. God wants them to be His sons and daughters and for Him to be a Father to them.

#chronological-bible-study

Humble and contrite: Isaiah 66.2b

“I show special respect to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.”

Isaiah 66.2b

The Lord equates humility with respect for his word. The proud resist his instruction. He is not impressed with the builder of temples, v. 1, but with the one who “trembles” at his revelation.

Humility is not an outward defacement, but the inner realization of our place in God’s plan and of his nature greater than man can contain. Humility takes God’s word seriously.

#votd #Isaiah #humility

Aug. 19. Christians Are New Creatures

II Cor. 5:17-21

Paul stated that when one becomes a Christian, he becomes a new creation. He turns away from his old life of sin and has new aims. His new purpose is to live a new life in Christ. As a new Christian, he has been reconciled to God. He then desires to lead others to be reconciled.

Jesus chose the apostles to be ambassadors on His behalf and they received their messages directly from Him. As an apostle, Paul said that he was an ambassador for Christ. He prayed through Christ for man’s reconciliation to God.

Paul reminded the Corinthians that Christ committed no sin, but suffered and paid the price as though He had sinned. In His death, He took our punishment, but it is necessary for us to accept Him through obedience to receive that gift.

#chronological-bible-study

The Bible Lands Museum Exhibit coming to Sparta, TN

Live in Middle Tennessee and looking for an interesting Bible-related weekend road-trip? The Bible Lands Museum Exhibit will be at the West Sparta church of Christ, August 24-26 (Friday-Sunday).

Exhibit highlights will include “The Sea of Galilee Boat” and “The Taylor Prism” (or the Sennacherib Prism) amongst several other interesting replicas and authentic historical items with connections to Bible events and times.

There is no charge. Details including the exhibit times and additional contact information can be found here and a poster of the event can be found here. The website of the exhibit museum can be found here.

#bible-history, #road-trips, #tennessee

Aug. 18. Eternal Reward Overshadows Temporary Persecutions

II Cor. 4:1-5:16

Paul briefly reflected upon his old life of persecuting the church and of his new ministry as an apostle through the mercy of God. He contrasted his open preaching of the true gospel with the deceitful means that his enemies were using to try to discredit his authority.

Satan had caused the unbelievers to continue to have the veil of blindness over their eyes. This prevented the light of the gospel of Christ from showing them the real condition of their souls. Paul had seen the light of the glory of Christ on the road to Damascus and it was that light that he was preaching.

The enemies of Paul had accused him of preaching himself. He stressed that the only self-preaching that he did was, “Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves as your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.” The light of the gospel that he was preaching came from the same God that had spoken light into existence from darkness at the beginning of time. That gospel light now shines in the hearts of Christians.

Paul used another metaphor in addition to light to describe the gospel. He called it a treasure and this treasure is transported in earthen vessels—human bodies, which in turn preach it to those who are lost in sin.

These human bodies suffered many persecutions as they went about their ministry, but were only hindered and not stopped. They were dying as mortals—facing death as Christ did, but the message they preached was giving spiritual life to those who accepted it.

Paul quoted from one of the Psalms, “I believed and therefore I spoke.” He had such a strong faith in Christ, that the insults, beatings and threats of death only made him more determined to spread the gospel of Christ. Even if he died, he knew that the same God who had raised Christ from the dead would also raise him and all of those who followed his teachings.

As he wrote these things to the Corinthians, Paul stated that it was for their benefit that he had endured these persecutions. He reminded them that a person’s fleshly body is undergoing constant weakening and decay, but that the spiritual body is becoming stronger every day.

Paul said that even as unpleasant as persecutions are, they are only a light affliction compared to the eternal glory that is to be enjoyed by the faithful. These earthly trials and tribulations are only temporary, but the spiritual things that one does not even see are eternal.

Since spiritual things are so glorious, Paul turned his attention to his desire to leave this life for eternal life with Christ. He referred to our earthly body as a house or tent in which the soul dwells while we live the physical life. One endures persecutions and the deterioration of this earthly body and yearns as a pupa in a cocoon for the new immortal body that God has prepared for the faithful. As the pupa leaves the cocoon with the body of a butterfly, man’s soul leaves the physical body and puts on an immortal body.

Another reason Paul desired an immortal body was that in the physical body, man is separated from the presence of Christ. He walks by faith and not by sight. When the Christian’s soul leaves the mortal body, it goes into the presence of our Lord and faith then becomes sight.

Paul said that his goal was to be pleasing to God in whatever state he was in. He made a most sobering declaration, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” ALL is an inclusive word! It means you and me! No one will be exempt or overlooked! BE PREPARED!

In view of the many blessings that come through obedience to God, Paul refused to be hindered by his enemies. He also knew of the dire consequences of failing to obey. These motivated him to convince the Corinthians of his sincerity as he presented the gospel to them.

Some of Paul’s enemies had questioned his sanity. He answered this charge by stating that if he was beside himself, it was to promote God and if in his right mind it was for the church. Whatever his mental condition was, he was focused on preaching the gospel and not on promoting himself.

Christ died so that all could have life. The apostle said that he was compelled to preach in order that the Corinthians and others could live.

#chronological-bible-study

Yearn like newborn infants: 1 Peter 2.1-3

“So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness.”

1 Peter 2.1-3

Growth is in the direction of salvation. Without growth, no one can be saved. There are no spiritual infants in heaven. The way to growth is through the word of God.

If you are not growing spiritually, only one solution is possible: repentance. How to yearn for God’s word? Start reading it!

#votd #Bible #1-Peter

Aug. 17. Law of Moses Contrasted with Law of Christ

II Cor. 3:1-18

Since his enemies in Corinth had accused Paul of self-glorying, he used this as an additional opportunity to defend his credibility. They had put themselves forward by producing letters of introduction from various individuals and churches. He did not need letters to show that he was a true messenger of God. People could look at the Corinthian church and others and see the results of his labors without him having to produce letters of commendation.

In order to refute the teaching of these Judaizing teachers, Paul showed the contrasts between the old and new covenants. The old law had been written on stones, but the new law was written on the heart. There was no salvation, but death under the old law, but the new covenant of the Spirit gave life.

After being with God and receiving the Ten Commandments, Moses’ face shone so brightly that the people could not look upon him. This glory was so bright that Moses put a veil over his face so the people could then face him. Paul said that if that inferior law had that much glory, how much more glory the new covenant has. It is the difference between life and death. We are no longer under the Ten Commandment law.

This veil was lifted through the death of Christ. Just as a new federal or state constitution supersedes the old, so did the new covenant of Christ supersede the old Law of Moses. Good parts of the old law are sometimes kept—not because they were of the old law, but because they were included within the new law.

Paul used the veil as an allegory to show the inability of the Jews to visualize the truth of the new covenant. Even though Christ had lifted this veil of blindness, the Judaizing teachers still had it over their hearts when they refused to accept the new covenant. When a person truly seeks Christ, this veil is then removed.

There is still bondage of sin under Moses, but there is liberty from sin through Christ. Paul said that as one looks toward Christ, he becomes like a reflection of Him in a mirror. He indicated that this glory will continue to increase until the end of one’s life.

#chronological-bible-study

Even when they feel unworthy to the calling

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12 NIV)

Блаженны вы, когда будут поносить вас и гнать и всячески неправедно злословить за Меня. Радуйтесь и веселитесь, ибо велика ваша награда на небесах: так гнали и пророков, бывших прежде вас. (Матфея 5:11-12 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the precious gift of life on this new day that arrives with certain highly beneficial promises for all those who trust and obey your beloved Son. Lift up the hands of those who labor hard in teaching and preaching the gospel message. Encourage those who fight the good fight of faith, even when they feel unworthy to the calling, and when they face powerful and bitter opposition to Christ our Lord. What a wonderful Savior you have given us! He urges us to rejoice and be glad in anticipation of a great reward awaiting the faithful. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Don’t Pull That Trigger (Warning)!

Welcome to the ranks another liberal idea that is making the very problem it is aimed at worse: trigger warnings on college campuses. As you may know, faculty these days are encouraged to issue “trigger warnings” for sensitive or controversial topics and reading material. Because we wouldn’t want a vulnerable student to be upset by uncomfortable ideas. (UCLA went so far as to issue guidelines attempting to prohibit potential microaggressive phrases like “America is a melting pot,” “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” “Gender plays no part in who we hire” and “America is the land of opportunity.” For the record, I don’t use trigger warnings of any kind, because I only go in for full-tilt boogie macroaggressions.)

There’s a brand new article just out in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychology by three Harvard psychologists that Charles Murray has tagged as offering the best headline of the year (and thus making life interesting for these three Harvard professors at their next department meeting):

via Don’t Pull That Trigger (Warning)! | Power Line

Hilarious!

#society #microagressions #trigger-warnings

False Assumptions of Transgenderism

By Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT — Proponents of transgenderism and many from the LGBTQ+ community have been arguing for some time that gender is more fluid in nature than previously believed. Researchers have formulated their agenda in concise terms by saying: Continue reading

#johnny-o-trail, #transgenderism

Each carry his own load: Galatians 6.5

“For each one will carry his own load.”

Galatians 6.5

The apostle Paul is all about helping others, even correcting an erring brother so that he not be lost. Jesus said we must love each other. But some things others cannot do for us. There is individual responsibility.

It doesn’t matter what others do, or fail to do, in their responsibility toward God, toward the church, or toward the family. I must do my part. I am responsible and will answer to God for my words and actions. The failures of others do not release me from my load.

#votd #Galatians #responsibility

What does the word Deuteronomy mean?

Remembering what Deuteronomy means is easier to me than remembering how to spell it. It’s that tricky placement of the e and the u at the beginning that gets me every time.

The word Deuteronomy, interestingly enough, does not come from the original Hebrew “title” of the letter (which is basically the beginning of Deuteronomy 1:1 that says “These are the words…“). It actually has Latin (Deuteronomium) and Greek (Deuteronomion) origins. Each of these origins roughly translates to a meaning of “second law”.

Although it is a good literal translation, “second law” isn’t “necessarily” the best way to view the point of the word Deuteronomy, or the letter itself. It’s not a second law insomuch as it is a repeating of the law. A very good way to think about it is found in Deuteronomy 17:18 where you will find the Hebrew word “Mishneh” which means, in the context, “double, copy or repetition“. In other words, “Deuteronomy” is a repeating (Deuteros, or second) of the principals and points (Nomos, or law) that can elsewhere be found in was then the existing foundation of the Law.

In the Deuteronomy letter, Moses is very much concerned with the task of making sure the present generation understands what it is about to gain and why the previous generation did not possess it! He accomplishes this through quick history lessons and by placing an emphasis on the love and loyalty and obedience, as well as the warnings that are given about the lack of such, that God requires through the covenant he is making with them (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

The above points are still pertinent today. Especially when you consider how the Hebrew writer emphasized a “deuteronomy” of these things in Hebrews 3, 4 amongst several other passages too.

#deuteronomy, #word-meanings, #word-study

Aug. 16. Instructions for Dealing with Penitent Sinner

II Cor. 2:1-17

If Paul had returned to Corinth too soon, they would have still been involved in the sins that he had condemned. He explained that their reunion would not be the happy occasion that he was now expecting. The sadness he felt when he wrote the first letter was now replaced with joy because of their repentance.

Paul had received word from Titus that the incestuous man whom he had condemned in his first letter had repented of this grievous sin. He urged the church to forgive and receive this man back into the fellowship because he had been punished enough. To continually isolate the man could discourage him and cause him to go back to his old life.

As Paul continued his letter, he reported how anxious he had been to meet Titus in Troas and how disappointed he was when they missed this meeting. Even though he had a great opportunity to preach at Troas, Paul was so concerned about the Corinthians, he departed and went into Macedonia.

Paul used an allegory of a triumphant king marching home with his captives to express his thanks for hearing of the repentance of the Corinthians. He was happy because of their triumph over this evil.

Preaching of the gospel was compared to the diffusion of the aroma of incense. The aroma became the aroma of death to those who rejected the gospel and the aroma of life to those who obeyed.

Paul stated that his preaching was not like those who “peddled” a false doctrine for personal gain, but that it was sincere as from God.

#chronological-bible-study