Accept praises and request

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16 NIV)

И сказал им: идите по всему миру и проповедуйте Евангелие всей твари. Кто будет веровать и креститься, спасен будет; а кто не будет веровать, осужден будет. (Марка 16:15-16 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ accept our praises and request on this new day. Help every Christian and all churches of Christ, to make and execute plans to obey the command of our Lord to make sure the gospel is being heard around the world. Equip every worker with Bibles in the language that people will understand what they must believe and obey in order to please you and honor Christ as Lord. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

A Christian and a Biden supporter? Repent!

Are you a Christian and a Biden supporter? Repent!

As if there hasn’t already been a dozen immoral executive actions implemented by the supposedly “faithful” Catholic – let this one sink in!

It’s child abuse! We’re talking about the assistant health and human services director of the United States who won’t even say the federal government won’t interfere with the parental rights of a minor child when it comes to sexually mutilating their body.

If this situation doesn’t cut your heart (Acts 2:37) when it comes to the sinful decision you made on election day then nothing that the Biden administration does will be able to cut your cold, calloused and numb heart.

Don’t feign a righteous indignation of being offended concerning your belief about this post being political … be offended by the fact that we’re talking about a government’s most powerful individual that’s endorsing and encouraging sin within the hearts of children and all you can think about is politics!

And some still wonder if the West is actually ripe for the judgment of God.

““But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7 NKJV)

#morality #depravity #government

Power and strength

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11 ESV)

смирил Себя, быв послушным даже до смерти, и смерти крестной. Посему и Бог превознес Его и дал Ему имя выше всякого имени, дабы пред именем Иисуса преклонилось всякое колено небесных, земных и преисподних, и всякий язык исповедал, что Господь Иисус Христос в славу Бога Отца. (Филиппийцам 2:8-11 Russian)

O LORD our God who made heaven and earth ~ thank you for the power and strength that you have used from before the dawn of that first day to make our lives possible and indeed highly desirable. Arouse stronger faith in many people who call upon you for help in times of great danger and in fear of losing some earthly possession, so that they will wholeheartedly seek to know Jesus as Lord and obey the gospel message that leads to eternal life. Help every Christian to lovingly and joyfully speak about our true faith of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Forgive our foolish inhibitions that cause us to pause speaking up for the doctrine of Christ because we may think it might offend someone who doesn’t share our faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Don’t Believe It

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4.1

Do you believe everything that you hear? It can be a very unstable position to be in because, unfortunately, everything that you hear is not true. John warned the early Christians not to believe every spirit. He was referring to teachers and what they teach. Many false prophets had gone out into the world teaching things foreign to God’s word.

How can you know if a teaching is from God? According to John, you have to test it. How do you test it? You have to see if it is in God’s word. The Bereans set a good example to follow. They were called noble because they were open-minded and examined the Scriptures carefully to see if the teachings were accurate, Acts 17.10-11.

The Scriptures are our guide. Paul told Timothy that the holy writings were able to give him wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. They are inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3.15-16.

Do not believe everything that you hear.

#risingjoy #devotional

Front lines and backups, and undoers

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 617 • February 24, 2021

FRONT LINES AND BACKUPS, AND UNDOERS

You may think that last word undoers is out of place in the subject line of this essay but I will show you, before we conclude it that, while undoers may be insidious destroyers and enemies of progress and success, sometimes the undoers are the only real defense against evildoers. Please stay with us until we get to that part of the study. We intend the whole essay to be positive and helpful. We will emphasize first the front lines and backups, the true progressives in the direction of improvement and achievement. Continue reading

#geraldcowan

Spreading grace

…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22 ESV)

быв утверждены на основании Апостолов и пророков, имея Самого Иисуса Христа краеугольным *камнем*, на котором все здание, слагаясь стройно, возрастает в святый храм в Господе, на котором и вы устрояетесь в жилище Божие Духом. (Ефесянам 2:20-22 Russian)

Almighty God, our kind and merciful Father in Heaven ~ thank you Lord for looking upon all Creation with your mercy, and spreading your grace all over the world. Strengthen the faith and resolve of all the faithful who belong to Jesus Christ – not only in name but also in words and deeds. Bless the Body of Christ – the churches of Christ, with the cognizance of the Spirit living and working today to preserve the church for whatever future you have planned for this world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

#davidbinkley #devotional

Preach the gospel of Christ

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 616 • February 21, 2021

PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST

I’ve often been confronted, perhaps you have too, by apparently serious persons – professed Christians as well as agnostics, atheists, and anti-religionists – who say, “Just preach the gospel – nothing else, not politics or culture or tradition or church doctrine but only the gospel of Christ.” It may be persuasive in any and all religions, but it will probably be disregarded in certain cultural and political systems today. There are in fact some theocratic systems where religion and politics are one and the same (theocracy does not apply exclusively to the Judeo-Christian religions). Islam is theocratic. Several of the current “isms” (including both Catholicism and Protestantism) would impose theocracy if they could do it successfully by making their version of the law of God also the law of the land and of the world. Continue reading

#geraldcowan, #geraldcown, #gospel

Hugh’s News & Views (Sinners In The Hands…)

SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD

Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758) was a Congregationalist preacher, revivalist, theologian, and philosopher. Though not a Puritan, he was influenced by the Puritans. He believed strongly in the sovereignty of God and stressed the beauty of God’s holiness. His most famous sermon was “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God,” preached on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut. (Edwards had earlier preached the sermon to his congregation in Northhampton, Massachusetts). In this sermon Edwards emphasized that God calls on men to repent of their sins, and if they fail to do so, they can expect God’s judgment of wrath. It is said that the sermon was so powerful and moving that people wept and cried out, “What must I do to escape God’s judgment?” Continue reading

#hughfulford

The Micah Mandate

A former US presidential candidate, and current US Senator, just asked potential US Attorney General candidate Merrick Garland if he would follow “The Micah Mandate” if he were to become the acting AG of the US Department of Justice.

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#micah, #politics

Love is action

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. 1 John 3.16

Love is essential. The gospel message is that Christians should love one another. It is a test of our faith. John wrote that you can know that you have passed over from death to life because of the love you have for the brethren. Without this love, it is impossible to have eternal life residing in you.

When we see a Christian in need, it is not enough to pray for him, though that is very important. We need to try our best to fulfill that need. Our possessions should be the means by which we serve others by showing compassion. If we cannot fulfill it alone, then we should reach out to others for help.

Jesus set the example for this love with his death on the cross. He did what needed to done. We could not do it on our own. Let us follow his example.

#risingjoy #devotional

Brightness of lovingkindness

And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:42-44 ESV)

І підійшла одна вбога вдовиця, і поклала дві лепті, цебто гріш. І покликав Він учнів Своїх та й промовив до них: Поправді кажу вам, що ця вбога вдовиця поклала найбільше за всіх, хто клав у скарбницю. Бо всі клали від лишка свого, а вона поклала з убозтва свого все, що мала, свій прожиток увесь… (Марка 12:42-44 Ukrainian)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the brightness of your loving kindness toward all people on this new day. Open the hearts of every believer so that all Christians will have a burning desire to sacrificially give to the great work of spreading the good news to all people in the world. Bless those who are poor in the wealth of this world and yet they live as examples of goodness and mercy. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

General vs Specific

The other day, taking advantage of a perceived opportunity to challenge the intellect, my grandmother asked my daughter, “How many oceans are there?”

Without skipping a beat, my daughter answered, “One.”

I told my grandma, “Well, in a general sense, she’s exactly right.”

There are times in religion when people err because we make specific principles act more like general principles, and we make general principles act more like specific principles … then we seek the answer that suits us best.

For example, take Paul’s correction concerning the church’s relationship with people living ungodly lives:

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#balance, #bible-study

Surrounded by glorious beings and heavenly things

And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:7-10 ESV)

И привели осленка к Иисусу, и возложили на него одежды свои; *Иисус* сел на него. Многие же постилали одежды свои по дороге; а другие резали ветви с дерев и постилали по дороге. И предшествовавшие и сопровождавшие восклицали: осанна! благословен Грядущий во имя Господне! благословенно грядущее во имя Господа царство отца нашего Давида! осанна в вышних! (Марка 11:7-10 Russian)

Our Father who lives in heaven surrounded by many glorious beings and heavenly things we cannot speak about in our ignorance of the spectacular glory our blessed Savior lived in before coming to this earth to show once and for all that any human being may inherit an eternal home in Heaven free from all the burdens of sin. We join the throng in singing and shouting our Hosanna’s to Jesus – our glorious king. Awaken a spirit of lovingkindness among all faithful Christians so that we will help friends and/or family in Texas. Thank you Father for the enormous sacrificial gift of your beloved Son and for the honor that he now receives by your side. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

#davidbinkley #devotional

Choice

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2.15-17

What is it that drives you? Do you chase after things and live in a house that is filled to the roof top with things that you rarely use? Do you chase after the latest fad or fashion?

John warned not to love the world or the things that are in it. Jesus taught that you cannot serve two masters, Matthew 6.24. One will always have priority. If that priority is the world, you cannot love God. God will not share his throne with anyone or anything. He alone is God. The things of the world do not come from him.

Which would you prefer to have, something that is here today and gone tomorrow? Or would you prefer eternal life? The choice is yours to make.

#risingjoy #1John

It does not have to be fancy to be useful

I don’t know you or the year you were born, but I can probably guess a toy that you played with as a child – a stick!

A stick was such a popular toy for most people’s childhoods that it was actually voted in to the “Toy Hall of Fame” on November 7th, 2008.

If a toy stick proves one thing, it proves that things do not have to be fancy to be useful.

Many great biblical characters did not grow up in fancy houses, or have fancy jobs, or eat fancy meals, or drive fancy chariots. It’s true that some individuals had it much, much better than others (and do not forget that some of these individuals paid a higher spiritual price for their slice of the upper-crust than their income could afford) but the simple fact of the matter is simple and ordinary people were often used by God to accomplish amazing and extraordinary things through faith.

God is able to use people from all walks of life to accomplish his will for the good, but may we never think that we, or others, are not “fancy” enough to leave a lasting effect on the lives and faith of others around us (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12:41-44 NKJV)

#devotional #little-things