Courage and wisdom

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.* (Colossians 3:12-13 NIV)

Итак облекитесь, как избранные Божии, святые и возлюбленные, в милосердие, благость, смиренномудрие, кротость, долготерпение, снисходя друг другу и прощая взаимно, если кто на кого имеет жалобу: как Христос простил вас, так и вы. (Колоссянам 3:12-13 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ hear the prayers of the people who trust and obey your beloved Son. Grant us courage and the wisdom of your love so that we will wholeheartedly be patient with and forgive one another as we work together in the Vineyard of the Lord. Punish us if and when we become arrogant and unforgiving toward one another so that the world may see Christ living in your children of faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Let’s play a game

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 608 • January 27, 2021

IF THE NEXT ONE WAS TO BE YOUR VERY LAST ONE …?
Ecclesiastes 9:10

INTRODUCTION

There’s a game called “What if it was your last one.” It’s a fun game to play. “What would you do, say, or want if it was to be your very last ___?” You can put anything you want in the blank, if you are asking the question. People usually put some shallow, superficial, or frivolous thing there. Nobody really wants the game to be heavy and serious. The fact that anything might really be your last in any category is a thought that may seldom cross one’s mind. We don’t want to think of anything as being the last we will have. Perhaps we should think about it more often. Continue reading

#death, #geraldcowan, #judgment

A great day

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10.31

How do you bargain with the Creator of all things? How do you argue for justice when God’s son was sacrificed to redeem your soul if you obey God? What excuse can you give to justify yourself when your actions do not obey God’s commands?

God is loving. He will not condemn anyone. He is merciful. In the end, he will save everyone. These are the things that Satan wants us to believe, if we believe in God at all.

Yes, God is loving and alive! He is not an image made of stone or wood that has been made by a man’s hands to be worshiped. He has executed a plan whereby all men might be saved. However, he has warned that not all will be saved, Matthew 7.13-14.

Once you know the truth and insist on continuing to sin, there is no sacrifice left for you, Hebrews 10.26. In your rebellion, be aware that there will be a day of judgment when you will answer to God for your lack of obedience to him and it will be terrifying.

There’s a great day coming!

#risingjoy #devotional #judgment-day

Hugh’s News & Views (Except – Pt. 1)

EXCEPT

(Part 1)

Both the King James Version (1611) and the American Standard Version of the Bible (1901) use the word “except” in a number of vital passages. The word sets forth a condition or situation that must exist in order for a benefit or blessing to occur or in order to avoid the disapproval of God. Other versions use the word “unless” in several of these texts. The point is that except or unless a certain condition is met or is true the matter is not acceptable to the One “with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). Seriously reflect on the following.

Psalm 127:1a – “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” In context, the Psalmist is talking about the building of a family (note verses 3-5). Unless the Lord’s plan and design for the family is followed, that “house” (family) is doomed for failure. Substituting modern sociology and psychology for the wisdom of God where family life is concerned is an exercise in futility. Continue reading

#except, #hughfulford

New day

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)

Учитель! какая наибольшая заповедь в законе? Иисус сказал ему: возлюби Господа Бога твоего всем сердцем твоим и всею душею твоею и всем разумением твоим: сия есть первая и наибольшая заповедь; вторая же подобная ей: возлюби ближнего твоего, как самого себя; на сих двух заповедях утверждается весь закон и пророки. (От Матфея 22:36-40 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for this new day and the pleasant blessings that greet the hearts of believers and even those who refuse to acknowledge your eternal presence. Give us more of the wisdom of Christ who left the glories of Heaven to live among the filth and degradation of this evil and sinful world. Help all faithful believers to come down from their lofty ivory towers and become humble servants to sinners in need of forgiveness and eternal life. Protect us from tricks of Satan as we work to please Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

One nation: Indivisible

I heard a commercial last week from a major news network advertising their special coverage of the President elect’s inauguration.

The special coverage’s title so happened to consist of words from the American pledge of allegiance: “One nation: Indivisible.”

I don’t know about you but to me it sounds like the special coverage’s title included a colon because an ellipses would’ve made it too easy to see the one being forgotten.

Maybe the coverage’s title was a harmless coincident with no ill-intent that intentionally forgot to include the words “under God.” And maybe the warning about “having one foot on a banana peel and one foot in the grave” isn’t worth remembering either … right?

The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17 ESV)

#news #judgment #God

He’s truthful

It’s sad when brethren speak KJV language in the American South. It’s inexcusable when they do it to a foreigner. Here’s what one European fellow said on an alternative social media site, after getting an electronic translation (I’ve not corrected his writing):

I never understood why we use a very old english when we talk about God. Maybe it is to keep the knowledge of God only to certain people who Know and to keep distant other. I think we should all speak a clear and understandable language. That is why I hate KJV.

In a way, when you speak KJV language to somebody else, you become a broker of spiritual truth.

Remind you of 1 John, does it?

#truth #KJV #getreal #read1Cor9

Your caring presence in our mundane affairs

And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” (Matthew 20:17-19 ESV)

Enquanto estava subindo para Jerusalém, Jesus chamou em particular os doze discípulos e lhes disse: “Estamos subindo para Jerusalém, e o Filho do homem será entregue aos chefes dos sacerdotes e aos mestres da lei. Eles o condenarão à morte e o entregarão aos gentios para que zombem dele, o açoitem e o crucifiquem. No terceiro dia ele ressuscitará!” (Mateus 20:17-19 Portugues NVI-PT)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for your caring presence in our mundane affairs that must seem very trivial in comparison with what is happening in Heaven. Touch our hearts and minds with a fresh awareness of how startling it must have been for the Disciples to hear Christ Jesus speak about going through intense suffering and death on our behalf. Forgive us dear Lord for the indifferent and scholarly attitude that we may have taken in the past with regard to these inspired words that are able to bring salvation and eternal life to those who trust and obey Jesus as Lord. Bless your Church around the world with leaders with the perfect wisdom of Christ so that they will lead this generation into greater works of evangelism along with good deeds that reflect or solid belief in the resurrection of the dead. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Blood

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

… how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God. And so he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised, since he died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9.14-15

Blood was needed. A sacrifice was needed. During the old covenant, the blood was from goats and bulls. Along with the ashes of young cows, the blood was sprinkled on the one who had sinned, the one who was unclean, defiled. It consecrated them and provided ritual purity.

Jesus came to fulfill the law. He became the sacrifice whose blood was shed, that we might have life. He was without blemish. His blood purifies our consciences.

We do not have the ability to present ourselves before God as clean and pure. No matter how many good things we do, we cannot erase the fact that we are stained, unclean and impure. We need his blood to cleanse us and to make us pure.

We live under the new covenant of which he is the mediator. I have the choice to answer his call or not. However, to those who choose to answer and obey his call, he will give the eternal inheritance that he has promised will be ours.

#risingjoy #devotional #blood

Good article in an issue of Gospel Advocate

If you have access to the August 2020, Volume 16, Number 8 issue of the Gospel Advocate I would strongly suggest you read an article by Brandon Edwards titled, “What Questions Are You Asking?” … if you haven’t already read it, of course. The article begins on page 25.

The author relates a personal experience about a question he received from someone unfamiliar with the God of the Bible to the importance of asking of simple questions with answers of great spiritual significance and depth.

The whole issue for the month of August was really enjoying to read but the main thrust of the mentioned article really caught my attention.

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6 NKJV)

#Gospel-Advocate #Questions

Better

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that he mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one. Hebrews 8.6-7

Better. This word is used to describe the covenant that Jesus mediates as well as the promises on which it is enacted. What makes it better?

Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. He had no sin of his own, therefore he was able to be our sacrifice, perfect, without blemish. Continue reading

#better, #devotional, #risingjoy

Great rewards in the new world

“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:20-22 NIV)

Юноша говорит Ему: всё это сохранил я от юности моей; чего еще недостает мне? Иисус сказал ему: если хочешь быть совершенным, пойди, продай имение твое и раздай нищим; и будешь иметь сокровище на небесах; и приходи и следуй за Мною. Услышав слово сие, юноша отошел с печалью, потому что у него было большое имение. (От Матфея 19:20-22 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for the grace and mercy that you lavish upon all people in the world and especially to Christians who faithfully obey your beloved Son. Stir up renewed desire and commitment in the hearts of all believers so that more of the faithful will make the great commitment required of this rich young man. Prick the hearts of those who have made this great sacrifice but now look back with longing and regret. Help us to permanently know that whatever we give up in order to follow Christ Jesus will bring great rewards in the new world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Since he had great riches, the “rich young ruler” sorrowfully away from Christ. The new world that Christ promises is available to everyone who trusts and obeys Christ as Lord. Whether rich of poor, we all have stuff keeping us from giving our whole heart to Christ. We must ask ourselves, “Do I really want to be part of the spectacular new world that is far superior than this present world?”

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

16 things you need to know about yourself

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS

Number 607 • January 24, 2021

SIXTEEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOURSELF

Here are sixteen things you need to know about your personal condition. This is not a select or limited list for an exclusive group. It is a universal list. It is not a multiple choice list from which you can choose, accept, or reject items. All items on the list apply equally to all persons, whether they know it or not. Note each item carefully. It may not be easy or comfortable to stay properly focused, but everything on the list applies to YOU. Number sixteen is the application. Continue reading

#geraldcowan, #humanity, #lists, #man

NBC author tells funny joke about the president elect

Believe it or not, this post isn’t political!

I recently read a funny joke, written by an author for NBC, about president elect, Joe Biden.

While discussing Biden’s position concerning abortion, the author said, “Biden is a devout Roman Catholic….

A setup and a punchline in six words takes some talent.

I told you this post wasn’t political … it’s about morality.

#morality #abortion

Hugh’s News & Views (…Worrying?)

“WHICH OF YOU BY WORRYING . . .?”

In a portion of His marvelous Sermon on the Mount dealing with the futility of worry and anxiety, Christ asked the rhetorical question, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature” (Matthew 6:27). Keying off of that question, let us ask the following:

Which of us by worrying…

Can add one year, one month, one week, one day, one hour, or even one minute to our life?

Can bring happiness to ourselves? (Is worry one of the keys to happiness?)

Can bring happiness to a family member? Continue reading

#hughfulford, #worry