Hindrance to the weak

“But be careful that this liberty of yours does not become a hindrance to the weak.”

1 Corinthians 8.9

The Corinthians were arrogant and independent. They insisted on exercising their freedom, to the detriment of their brethren. Paul pulls them back to examine their impact on the weak.

How does my use of freedom affect others? Are my actions making others stronger or weaker in faith? Am I aware of how others interpret my words and actions?

#votd #1-Corinthians #freedom

Stir up the latent courage

One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as he promised you. Be very careful, therefore, to love the LORD your God. (Joshua 23:10-11 ESV)

один из вас прогоняет тысячу, ибо Господь Бог ваш Сам сражается за вас, как говорил вам. Посему всячески старайтесь любить Господа Бога вашего. (Иисус Навин 23:10-11 Russian)

O LORD my God, turn your ear to my cries for mercy and forgiveness on this new day. Stir up the latent courage and boldness that is necessary to combat the rampant spreading of evil throughout every nation. Dear Father, as you fought Israel’s battles, be with your people today who follow the Lord Jesus Christ to the best of our ability. Help us to show our love for you by loving others. Exalt the true Christian race as your Israel of today. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ


A word based faith is more than a faith based on word

Biblical faith is an active faith. Our faith won’t move so much as a molehill if it does not move us. You see, a word based faith is more than a faith based on word (James 2:18-20).

A word based faith worships God, pleases God, hears God, travels toward God, trusts God, sows God, remembers God, fears God, values God, marches with God, changes for God, suffers for God and is recognized by God! At least this is what Hebrews 11 of the word of God teaches.

Simply said, a word based faith is doing whatever God has asked us to do in his word, and nowhere does that include having a faith that talks and talks and talks and talks. Talking about what we hear does not justify … doing what we hear accomplishes that (James 2:21-26).

“As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’ So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them. And when this comes to pass—surely it will come—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezekiel 33:30-33, NKJV)

Mar. 18. Deuteronomy, A Book of Law in Review

Deut. 1:1-5

After crossing the Red Sea and escaping the army of Pharaoh, the Israelites were in the wilderness. A journey that was to have taken eleven days took forty years because of the rebellion of the travelers. During those forty years, everyone who had been twenty years of age when they began had died except Moses, Joshua and Caleb. Only Joshua and Caleb would be permitted to enter the Promised Land.

Before entering the Promised Land, Moses reviewed with the children of Israel the events of the previous forty years, including the laws enacted during that time. He attempted to motivate them to obey whereas their fathers had rebelled. Moses concluded his address to the Israelites with a farewell to the people.


They did not really belong to us: 1 John 2.19

“They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.”

1 John 2.19

John refers to false teachers. They denied that Jesus came in the flesh. Separation in teaching must result in separation in fellowship.

The church must be vigilant against false teaching. We must be aware that some will depart from the faith. We must not be disturbed when some leave us. This is as it must be.

#votd #1-John #false-teaching

Mar. 17. Journey from Egypt Reviewed

Num. 33:1-49

The Israelites had left Rameses in Egypt on the sixteenth day of the first month. That was the day after the Passover in which the first born of Egypt died during the tenth plague. They had wandered for forty years in a wilderness and camped at many locations, but they were on the threshold of Canaan. During that time all who were more than twenty years of age when they left Egypt had died except Moses, Joshua and Caleb. Moses would also die before they entered the Promised Land.


I was glad: Psalm 122.1

“I was glad because they said to me, ‘We will go to the Lord’s temple.’”

Psalm 122.1

The writer knew the value of being in God’s presence together with the people of God. To be inside, v. 2, where God has built his abode, v. 3, to pray and praise together, vv. 4-9, is a great joy.

God is in the midst of his family, the church. We gather together to praise God and pray for one another. Does this give me joy? Do I assemble with high hopes?

#votd #Psalms #church #joy

The stellar new life in Christ

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:11-12 ESV)

En él también fuisteis circuncidados con circuncisión no hecha por mano de hombre, sino por la circuncisión de Cristo, en la cual sois despojados de vuestra naturaleza pecaminosa. Con él fuisteis sepultados en el bautismo, y en él fuisteis también resucitados por la fe en el poder de Dios que lo levantó de los muertos. (Colosenses 2:11-12 Spanish RVR1995)

O Lord my God, dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the outstanding gift of life that is never perceived as an ordinary blessing to be taken for granted. Walk with us on every breath we take, so that we will be more sharply aware of your influential presence in our daily routine. Open wide our eyes of faith so that we will be more effective in teaching the truth about the place of baptism in the stellar new life in Christ. Give us wisdom to include in our evangelistic efforts people of every nation, tribe and language group. Forgive us for the times when we may have arrogantly and ignorantly neglected to tell lost souls about the need to receive the grace of Christ by personal faith, repentance and baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ


Mar. 16. Final Preparations for Entering Canaan.

Num. 32:1-42; 33:50-35:34

In every group, there seems to be someone who wants to do things differently than that proposed by the leaders. The children of Reuben and Gad had observed that the territory of Jazer and Gilead were desirable places for their many cattle. After suggesting to Moses, Eleazar and the other leaders their desire to receive their inheritance in that area, Moses was angry and reminded them of the consequences of their rebellion of nearly forty years earlier. He pointed out the unfairness of their accepting their land without helping the other Israelites fight for their inheritance.

The Reubenites and Gadites explained that they would settle their families in the land and proceed to help the remaining Israelites possess their land. This arrangement satisfied Moses and he allowed the children of Reuben, Gad and also a half tribe of Manasseh to settle on the eastern side of the Jordan River.

God instructed the Israelites to drive the inhabitants out of Canaan and to destroy all of their idols and places of worship. If they did not completely drive everyone out, they would, “be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.” God would also, “do to you as I thought to do to them.”

The land of Canaan would be divided among the remaining nine and one-half tribes according to the population of each tribe—larger tribes getting more land than smaller.

God continued to give instructions regarding settling the Promised Land. He pointed out the outside boundaries of the area that the Israelites would occupy. Eleazar and Joshua would be in charge of allotting the various parcels of land with a leader from each tribe assisting.

The Levites, being separated from the rest of Israel for the work of priests did not receive the same type of inheritance as the others. They were to be given forty-eight cities each within parcels of land with boundaries about a half-mile long on each side. Six of those cities were to be cities of refuge—three on each side of the Jordan River.

Taking the life of another person is a serious offence. God defined murder and accidental killing. He provided rules for dealing with each type of death. A person who accidently killed another person could flee to a city of refuge and be safe as long as he remained in that city. It was necessary for more than one witness to testify for a person to be convicted of murder.

After the death of the high priest, one could safely leave the city of refuge and return to his home.


Pure wisdom

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15 ESV)

Более же всего облекитесь в любовь, которая есть совокупность совершенства. И да владычествует в сердцах ваших мир Божий, к которому вы и призваны в одном теле, и будьте дружелюбны. (Колоссянам 3:14-15 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for this new day that already promises more blessings that we ever hoped for or thought to request from your kindness. Bless all your children of faith around the world during these times of unrest for many people. Bind Christians together with love, peace and gratitude. Grant us more of your pure wisdom so that we will humbly and faithfully follow Christ the Prince of Peace. Silence the noisy speech of those who foment hatred and division within the Body of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


Bible class questions for Deuteronomy 15

Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.


  1. Israel’s seven year debt forgiveness program was funded by whom? (Deuteronomy 15:2)
  2. T or F – The responsibility of the people to help the poor was restricted to members of their own tribe? (Deuteronomy 15:7)
  3. What incentive was given to the people to not ignore the responsibility of lending to others in need during the sixth year? (Deuteronomy 15:10)
  4. The fact that the children of Israel were once slaves who left Egypt through and with God’s grace meant they were to treat their freed servant how? (Deuteronomy 15:13-14)
  5. What act/process was to be done when a servant decided, whether male or female, that he or she wanted to remain as a servant in their household after his or her six years of service were completed? (Deuteronomy 15:16-17)
  6. What do you believe is the significance of Israel sanctifying/setting apart the firstborn males of their herds/flocks to God? (Deuteronomy 15:19)
  7. What stipulation was given concerning the firstborn male of the herds/flocks that Israel was to sanctify/sacrifice to God? (Deuteronomy 15:21)

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Mar. 15. Moses’ Final Battle

Num. 31:1-54

Previously, Balak, king of the Moabites, a wicked people who are also referred to as Midianites had attempted to get Balaam to curse the Children of Israel. By the providence of God, that failed. God instructed Moses to prepare for battle against the Midianites. One thousand men from each of the twelve tribes were recruited and sent to war.

All of the men of Midian, including five kings and Balaam were killed. The women, children and all of their cattle and goods were captured and brought to the Israelite camp. Because the women with the counsel of Balaam had caused the Israelites to sin, Moses was displeased that they had saved them. He then had all of the male children and women except virgins killed.

Half of the spoils of war was given to those who fought and the other half went to the rest of the congregation. A portion of those spoils was given to the Lord as tribute.

A count of those who went into battle was taken and it was determined that not one man of them was missing. Were those twelve thousand men able to accomplish all that they did or did God deliver the Midianites into their hands? Go figure.


Revive faith and energy

And now, as you see, the Lord has kept me alive, as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel was journeying through the wilderness; and here I am today, eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was on the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war, and for going and coming. (Joshua 14:10-11 NRSV)

итак, вот, Господь сохранил меня в живых, как Он говорил; уже сорок пять лет прошло от того времени, когда Господь сказал Моисею слово сие, и Израиль ходил по пустыне; теперь, вот, мне восемьдесят пять лет; но и ныне я столько же крепок, как и тогда, когда посылал меня Моисей: сколько тогда было у меня силы, столько и теперь есть для того, чтобы воевать и выходить и входить; (Иисус Навин 14:10-11 Russian)

O Lord God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ we come humbly into your awesome presence on this new day with thankful hearts for the strength you provide for followers of Jesus as Lord. Revive the faith and energy of Christians who are near the age of Caleb. Help all the faithful warriors of Christ to continue being strong examples in word and deed for their families and fellow saints. Give us wisdom dear Lord to clearly see the purpose you have in mind for us as we age according to the calendar. Drive away the fear of uselessness in hearts of believers in all age groups. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


Mar. 14. Various Offerings Reviewed; Laws Concerning Vows

Num. 28:1-30:16

As the time arrived for the Israelites to take the Promised Land, God reviewed the various offerings that He had commanded earlier. In addition to the daily offerings, there were weekly, monthly and seasonal offerings.

Vows are solemn promises that are made to God and man. If a man made a vow, he was bound to fulfill it. Women were also bound to fulfill vows that they had made. However, if the husband learned of a vow that had been taken by his wife, he had the authority to object to it and it would not continue to be binding. The same rule was true regarding an unmarried daughter. Her father could overrule her vow. It was necessary for the husband or father to make his objection to a vow known during the day that he heard of it or it would continue to be binding.


Meaning of Paul’s phrase, ‘in Christ’

Hello, friends, I’m looking for some quotes on the meaning of Paul’s use of the phrase “in Christ” and its equivalents (“in him,” etc.). Yes, whole books have been written on it, but the need at the moment is a paragraph or less.

Also, if someone has a ready-made list of items about the phrase, please send it on or link to it as well. Charts like this one are fairly common among us.

Brother John H. has this short list based on Eph 1. (Ephesians uses the phrase some 27 times.)


BTW, Barry Newton has a great article today called “Churchscape,” about how people choose churches.