Was Jesus a racist, a Jewish supremacist?

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 629 • April 14, 2021

A PREJUDICED, RACIST JESUS?

QUESTION: Was Jesus a racist, a Jewish supremacist? He called a Canaanite woman a dog and said we shouldn’t give holy things to the dogs. But he accepted all Jews as the chosen people of God even if they were sinners and didn’t accept him as Messiah. Continue reading

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Blessed as beneficiaries

And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. (Numbers 21:5-6)

и говорил народ против Бога и против Моисея: зачем вывели вы нас из Египта, чтоб умереть *нам* в пустыне, ибо *здесь* нет ни хлеба, ни воды, и душе нашей опротивела эта негодная пища. И послал Господь на народ ядовитых змеев, которые жалили народ, и умерло множество народа из *сынов* Израилевых. (Числа 21:5-6 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day on which we remember how blessed we are to be the beneficiaries of your amazing grace and mercy that even comes to the worst of us sinners. Help us to never tire of looking upon Jesus on the cross as the only remedy for our sins that deserve the death penalty. We love you Lord for granting us the gift of eternal life as we trust and obey your beloved Son. Remove from our fellowships any who attempt to trivialize the power of the cross. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Hugh’s News & Views (The)

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Preachers sometimes preach what are known as “all scripture sermons” – sermons in which no human comment of any kind is made, but in which a number of scriptures are arranged in such an order as to tell a single story, present a particular truth, or teach an especially important lesson.

In this week’s “News & Views” we are presenting without comment a number of important biblical texts in which “the” is used to emphasize something of particular significance. According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, “the” is a definite article functioning as an adjective. It is used to specify persons or things, and is restrictive and limiting in nature. We would be wise to note a number of biblical texts in which it is used and the person or thing to which it is applied. Please give attention to the following. (All quotations are from the New King James Version). Continue reading

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The error of first century Calvinists

How wrong are twenty-first century Calvinists? They are as wrong as first century Calvinists!

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a man, although being born blind, received his sight by grace through faith in Jesus’ commands was harshly and erroneously told:

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Never crouch in doubt or fear

Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:41-43 ESV)

Con todo eso, aun de los príncipes, muchos creyeron en él; mas por causa de los Fariseos no lo confesaban, por no ser echados de la sinagoga. Porque amaban más la gloria de los hombres que la gloria de Dios. (Juan 12:42-43 Spanish RVA)

O Lord God, our God who lives and reigns forever and ever! Hear the prayers of all people who cry out to you with sincere praise and petitions for your mercy. Open the minds of all Christians so that we will never crouch in doubt or fear of any enemies of the Cross of Christ. Restore a great sense of confidence in the inspired Scriptures, especially in the minds and public confessions of faith of those who lead local churches and those who publicly proclaim the blessed gospel of our Lord. Humble those who only serve the Lord for personal glory while refusing to follow Christ for eternal life. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Fresh hopes

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Иисус сказал ей: Я есмь воскресение и жизнь; верующий в Меня, если и умрет, оживет. И всякий, живущий и верующий в Меня, не умрет вовек. Веришь ли сему? (Иоанна 11:25-26)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new day that greets all believers with fresh hopes as we anticipate realizing even more blessings that make our joy in Christ complete. Restore within the hearts of all faithful Christians the firm realization that we will never die as we wholeheartedly trust in your beloved Son. Extinguish the flaming arrows of Satan and his minions as the Church continues to wage hot warfare against every form of evil that absorbs many who are weak in the faith of our Lord. We pray with hope in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Many and varied blessings

For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. (Matthew 21:32 ESV)

ибо пришел к вам Иоанн путем праведности, и вы не поверили ему, а мытари и блудницы поверили ему; вы же, и видев это, не раскаялись после, чтобы поверить ему. (От Матфея 21:32 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the many and varied blessings that you daily shower upon all people and especially those who trust and obey Jesus as Lord. Lift up the often feeble hands of those who tirelessly labor to preach the truth in love in places and circumstances where their labors are not acknowledged. Open the hearts and minds of those who hear the truth yet refuse to repent and live as good and faithful servants of Christ. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Response

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Then many of the people, who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and reported to them what Jesus had done. John 11.45-46

People responded differently to Jesus. Lazarus had been dead for four days. Jesus called him out of the tomb. After witnessing this, some believed.

However, there were others who went to the Pharisees and reported what Jesus had done. The reaction of the Pharisees was to acknowledge that Jesus was doing miracles. But, they were afraid of losing their position of power and sanctuary with the Roman government. They were more concerned with stopping him.

Anyone to whom Jesus is presented has a response. How you respond has great consequences that will last for eternity. Will you believe in Jesus and follow him? Or are you more concerned with what you will have to give up or change in your life to be his disciple? The choice is yours.

#risingjoy #devotional

Do not profane or take God’s name in vain

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 627 • April 7, 2021

DO NOT PROFANE OR TAKE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN

FROM THE QUESTION BOX: Is the use of the words “Oh my God,” or “for God’s sake” blasphemy against God? Is blasphemy worse than taking God’s name in vain?

Some would consider these terms blasphemous because they refer to God. But blasphemy is not a religious word as such. It means to speak irreverently against someone and can include outright slander and defamation. It implies an untruth or invalid charge though not necessarily a vulgarity. Nobody should be blasphemed although anybody could be. God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the name of God and the doctrine of God can be blasphemed (Rom.2:24, 1 Tim.6:1, etc). Men can also be blasphemed or spoken of in derogatory terms (Matt. 12:31-32, Mark 3:28). Some may think blasphemy is too strong a term for our language now unless it is a matter of cursing or somehow denigrating God or divine persons and things. But there are no degrees of blasphemy. Any vain, empty, or profane mention of God, any speaking against God in any way is blasphemy. Continue reading

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We cannot easily comprehend

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.* (John 10:14-15 ESV)

Я Пастир Добрий, і знаю Своїх, і Свої Мене знають. Як Отець Мене знає, так і Я Отця знаю, і власне життя Я за вівці кладу. (Івана 10:14-15 Ukrainian)

O LORD, our great God and King who rules constantly in love forever and ever. Thank you dear Heavenly Father, for shepherding your flock of people who have faith in Christ Jesus as our Lord, King and Good Shepherd. We cannot easily comprehend how anyone who has even once heard about the grace and love of Jesus, could suddenly turn a cold ear to the blessed gospel of salvation. Forgive us for the times when we ignored many great opportunities to expand the influence of your blessed plan of salvation. Ignite a fresh spark of faith in Christ that will turn many sleeping Christians into productive workers of the Lord. Turn upside down and shake out of the church those who have no serious interest in the salvation of souls so that they will repent and not lose their most precious inheritance. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

#davidbinkley #devotional

Love that illuminates the heart

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33 ESV)

Итак всякого, кто исповедает Меня пред людьми, того исповедаю и Я пред Отцем Моим Небесным; а кто отречется от Меня пред людьми, отрекусь от того и Я пред Отцем Моим Небесным. (Матфея 10:32-33 Russian)

Almighty God of all grace, peace, hope, joy and love ~ thank you from the depths of our hearts for the brightness of your love that illuminates the hearts and minds of all people – especially those who trust and obey Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. Embolden all faithful Christians so that we will never cease from being open about our faith. Forgive us for times when we may have left our faith at home when going to work or play. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Evil influence

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

But they did not obey, and Manasseh misled them so that they sinned more than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed from before the Israelites. 2 Kings 21.9

Judah had good kings and then had bad kings. Hezekiah had been a good king. Hezekiah had been struck with a terminal illness. The Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him to put his house in order. However, the Lord had extended his life in answer to Hezekiah’s prayer for healing.

It would seem that during that last fifteen years, something happened to Hezekiah. When visited by a delegation sent from the king of Babylon, he welcomed them and showed them everything that was in his palace. He was later chastised by Isaiah and told that his descendants would be taken into captivity by the king of Babylon. Hezekiah was only concerned with having peace during his lifetime, 2 Kings 20.19.

During the last 15 years of his life, a son was born to Hezekiah. Manasseh was only twelve years old when he became king. He was a horrendous king. You can read about some of his atrocities in 2 Kings 21.1-7. He had sinned more than the Amorites, the nation that God had given to Israel to conquer. Disaster would befall the kingdom of Judah because of Manasseh and his influence on the people to turn to idolatry.

The people did not obey the Lord. They were influenced by an idolatrous king. Even though one more king would appear who obeyed the Lord, Josiah, the kingdom of Judah is eventually overthrown by Babylon.

Obedience to God is important! Watch who you follow after.

#risingjoy #obedience

Roy Davison: Jesus is the morning star!

Jesus is the Morning Star!

Articles have been added to my page in the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch.

A new day is dawning! Continue reading

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Prodigals need to leave the pigpen

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 626 • April 4, 2021

PRODIGALS NEED TO LEAVE THE PIGPEN
Luke 15:11-24

Poet Robert Frost said, somewhat cynically, “Home is a place where, when you have to go there they have to take you in.” Maybe that was the rule in his home but it is not universally true. Continue reading

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Fresh opportunities

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5 ESV)

Ми мусимо виконувати діла Того, Хто послав Мене, аж поки є день. Надходить он ніч, коли жаден нічого не зможе виконувати. Доки Я в світі, Я Світло для світу. (Від Івана 9:4-5 Ukrainian)

Our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the dawning of another new day that brings fresh opportunities to do the Lord’s work. Bless everyone who faithfully follows Jesus as Lord with the wisdom and fortitude to remain busy doing good works that bring honor and glory to our risen King. Remove the scales from the eyes of every believer so that we will follow the light of Christ in doing good deeds that are always right before our eyes, if we will see and follow the perfect example of our Lord who tirelessly gave of himself all the way to the cross. Help us Lord! We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com

#davidbinkley #devotional