Jan. 20. Jesus Cleanses Temple at First Passover of Ministry

Jn. 2:13-25

Many years earlier, God, through Moses had attempted to get King Pharaoh to release His people from Egyptian slavery. God had sent nine plagues against the Egyptians and each had failed to win their freedom. The tenth plague against Pharaoh and the Egyptians was the death of the firstborn.

In order to save the Israelites from this plague, God required them to place the blood of a lamb on the doorposts and lintels of their houses. That night, when He passed over the houses sprinkled with blood, He spared their firstborn. God established the Passover as an annual feast to commemorate their deliverance from Egypt.

When Jesus arrived at the temple to observe the Passover, He was most unhappy with what was taking place in the house of God.

Since many of the people had to travel a great distance to Jerusalem, it was not easy to bring their Passover sacrifices with them. As a convenience, traders had located in various parts of town to supply those needs and make change for the temple tax. Unfortunately, some had taken over the outer court of the temple for their markets, defiling the house of God. Using a whip, Jesus drove them out and overturned the tables of the moneychangers.

The Jews were angry with Jesus and asked Him for a sign or reason for His actions. He made a prophetic statement regarding His death and resurrection: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” These words were used against Him three years later.


Indelible ink of the Spirit

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33 ESV)

Но вот завет, который Я заключу с домом Израилевым после тех дней, говорит Господь: вложу закон Мой во внутренность их и на сердцах их напишу его, и буду им Богом, а они будут Моим народом. (Иеремия 31:33 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you Father, for granting us the joyful experience of lifting up our hearts in praise to you on this new Lord’s Day. Bless Christians around the world who love to faithfully sing praises that express our undying trust in Christ as Lord. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who lives in us as we remain in step with your holy Scriptures. Write your law in our hearts with the indelible ink of the Spirit. Destroy the deceitful efforts of those dogs who love to raise doubt in the hearts of believers in your Holy Scriptures. We pray fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


Jan. 19. Jesus’ First Miracle

Jn. 2:1-12

Shortly after meeting Philip and Nathanael, Jesus and His mother were guests at a wedding in Cana. Since Cana was about ten miles north of His home in Nazareth and Mary was also invited, those being married were probably close friends of His family. A very embarrassing moment happened at the wedding party. They ran out of wine!

Knowing the divine nature of Jesus, Mary probably felt that He could save the day. She informed Him of the situation and He rebuked her for trying to get Him involved in something that wasn’t His problem. However, Mary told the servants to do whatever He told them to do. This is excellent advice for us today

After commanding the servants to fill six stone water pots with water, Jesus told them to take some of it to the master of the feast. The master did not know where the wine had come from, but he was amazed that it tasted better than the first. There is some question about the alcoholic content of this wine. Since there are many admonitions in the Bible against drinking alcohol, and Jesus did no sin, one can conclude that this wine was non-alcoholic.

Jesus, His mother, brothers and disciples left Cana and went to Capernaum and stayed a few days until time to return to Jerusalem for the annual Feast of the Passover.


Prosperity common to all believers

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 2 NKJV)

Возлюбленный! молюсь, чтобы ты здравствовал и преуспевал во всем, как преуспевает душа твоя. (3-e Иоанна 2 Russian)

O LORD, God of my salvation ~ many glorious things are spoken about the worldwide un-denominational church of God founded by your beloved Son in whom we trust for mortal and eternal life. Help us to enjoy the prosperity that is common to all believers even in times of persecution. Stifle the influence of those who falsely espouse that prosperity for believers applies only to physical and monetary success. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


Jan. 18. Jesus’ First Disciples

Jn. 1:35-51

John the Baptist was standing with Andrew and John, two of his disciples one day. He saw Jesus and pointing Him out to them, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God.” Since John was preparing the way for Him, these two disciples left him and followed Jesus.

Andrew brought his brother, Simon (who would later be called Peter) to Jesus. The next day, Jesus found Philip and Philip brought Nathanael (Bartholomew) to Him. He then had five disciples who would work with Him during His ministry.


After you suffer for a while

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5.10

Suffering. Nobody likes it. No one wants to suffer. Sometimes when a person becomes a Christian, they think that their suffering is over. Life is going to become a bed of rose petals. Yet the Bible teaches differently. Mathew 5.11 teaches that a person is happy or blessed when they are persecuted for righteousness. Persecution is suffering. God allowed Satan to take everything from Job: his family, his wealth, and his health. That is suffering. In Acts 5.17-41 we read where the apostles are put in prison and eventually beaten. But they left the council rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of Jesus. James tells us in James 1. 2-4 that the testing of our faith (suffering) produces endurance and endurance helps us to mature and be perfect or complete in our faith, not lacking in anything. Whenever we are suffering, our attitude should be one of joy. We should search for the lesson that we are to learn and grow from the situation. Did you notice what happens after you suffer for a little while? God will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. That is cause for rising joy!

#risingjoy #1-Peter #suffering

Jan. 17. John Introduces Jesus to the World

Jn. 1:29-34

Various Scriptures proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God. John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus and at this point in his ministry, he pronounced that Jesus was, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” He further stated, “And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”


Love through the fog

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.” Titus 3.4-7

There is nothing that I can do to stand before God on my own merit. I cannot stand before him with a list of good deeds that he should stamp with his approval to let me enter his kingdom. John 3.16 tells us that God so loved the world, mankind, that he gave Jesus as a sacrifice for my sins. It was not my good deeds that allow me to stand before God for I had messed up with all the things I had done that were not good. But, because of his mercy, God took the initiative. His kindness and love shine through the fog of deception that I weave around my mind telling myself that I am good. I am washed clean by baptism and renewed by the Holy Spirit. God is not miserly! He pours his Spirit out on us in full measure through Jesus. His grace justifies me! I did not deserve it, but he gave it to me anyway. I become an heir of eternal life. God makes that possible. I can be confident of the expectation of life eternal in heaven.

#risingjoy #Titus #grace

Perform greater works

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:7-9 ESV)

Впрочем близок всему конец. Итак будьте благоразумны и бодрствуйте в молитвах. Более же всего имейте усердную любовь друг ко другу, потому что любовь покрывает множество грехов. Будьте страннолюбивы друг ко другу без ропота. (1-e Петра 4:7-9 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you dear Heavenly Father for the brightness of your everlasting love on this new day. Lead all believers in Christ as Lord to perform greater works that demonstrate our sincere love and respect for one another. Save the Church from the worldly ambitions of those who are self-promoters and do things that bring personal glory and financial gain. Open our eyes to see the harvest of dying souls waiting for evangelists to share your Word and encourage sinners to receive Christ as Lord by obeying the blessed gospel. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


Jan. 16. Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness

Mt. 4:1-11; Mk. 1:12, 13; Lk. 4:1-13

The Spirit then led Jesus into the wilderness for a test to determine how well He could withstand temptations. During these forty days, He did not eat. Afterward, He was hungry and the devil tempted Him three times. Jesus responded each time by quoting Scripture. The defeated devil left Him for a more opportune time and as far as we know, he never tempted Jesus again.


New day arriving

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

Благословен Бог и Отец Господа нашего Иисуса Христа, по великой Своей милости возродивший нас воскресением Иисуса Христа из мертвых к упованию живому, к наследству нетленному, чистому, неувядаемому, хранящемуся на небесах для вас, (1-e Петра 1:3-4 Russian)

Almighty God, our awesome Heavenly Father ~ thank you, dear Lord, for this new day that is arriving with evidence that our hopes are not in vain. Bless your people who obediently and with great expectations follow Christ Jesus as Lord. Silence the voices of those who dare to pour cold water on this highest calling of human life – the eternal life that is our right to hope for, as we keep in step with the leading of our Savior. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


Able to go home

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3.20,21

Do you like to travel? Living in a country that is not where you were born and raised can give you a better perspective at times. When we are citizens of one country and travel to another, you do not have the same rights as a native of the country. Of what country are you a citizen? Paul’s says that we are citizens of heaven. We sing “This world is not my home. I’m just a passing through.” We also hear people often say that “There is no place like home.” How true that is! The Christian is a citizen of heaven! We await Jesus’ return to be able to go home. There is going to be a huge transformation to take place upon his return. This body of mine that is sick, broken, and imperfect will be changed by his power into a glorious body similar to Jesus. I will travel to the heavenly city of which I am a citizen. I will go home!

#risingjoy #heaven #Philippians

Jan. 15. Lord’s Ministry Begins; Jesus’ Baptism

Mt.3:13-17; Mk. 1:9-11; Lk. 3:21, 22

Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John in the Jordan River. At first, John objected to baptizing Him, saying that he needed to be baptized by Jesus. Jesus explained that it was necessary in order to fulfill all righteousness or to do God’s complete will.

After Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and lit upon Him. God endorsed Him by a voice from heaven that said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”


A child of God by adoption

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8.14,15

Adoption. Being accepted into a family of which we were not originally a part. We know many families who have adopted children. Years ago, we had a woman who came from Europe to adopt a baby here. She stayed in our home for a month while waiting to get the proceedings finalized. The adoptive mother took care of the baby as if it were her own. Indeed, the child was finally legally made a part of her family. In Romans 8, Paul tells the Roman Christians that there is something we must do. We are under obligation to do it. We must put to death the deeds of the flesh in our bodies to be able to live. On my own, that is impossible. But I can do it with the Spirit of God working in me, changing me. If I am led by God’s Spirit, I am a child of God by adoption. I call him “Father.”

#risingjoy #Romans #adoption

Humble prayers

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:3-5 ESV)

Ибо и мы были некогда несмысленны, непокорны, заблуждшие, были рабы похотей и различных удовольствий, жили в злобе и зависти, были гнусны, ненавидели друг друга. Когда же явилась благодать и человеколюбие Спасителя нашего, Бога, Он спас нас не по делам праведности, которые бы мы сотворили, а по Своей милости, банею возрождения и обновления Святым Духом, (К Титу 3:3-5 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ hear the humble prayers of your people in need on this new day. Thank you, Father, for granting us another opportunity to demonstrate the newness of life that we have in Christ by doing deeds of kindness as we seek and find opportunities to serve others. Awaken the consciousness of those who preach, teach and comment on your word to lift up the immutable commands and promises regarding being born of water and the Spirit in water baptism. Bless all leaders of the church with your pure wisdom and guidance to ensure that more souls will surrender to your good and perfect plan of salvation by trusting and obeying Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church