Because of faithfulness: Habbakuk 2.4

“Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, but the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness.”

Habbakuk 2.4

The greedy Babylonians, sent by God to judge Judah, will eventually fail. In the coming oppression the faithful will survive.

Quoted three times in the New Testament (Rom 1.17; Gal 3.11; Heb 10.38), the passage urges all trust in God’s sovereignty and to be faithful as he works out his plan.

#votd #faithfulness #Habbakuk

Encouragement Note April 2018

by Chris Underwood — I would like to think that there is more treasure than troubles in the homes we live.

Treasures such as love, faith, hope, prayer, kindness, consistency in the faith we have in Jesus Christ.

Treasure such as communication, compassion, and clarity of thought.

Treasures such as forgiveness, sacrifice, a smile, and sincere words of appreciation.

Each treasure when magnified by the treasure in God is magnified 30, 60 or 100 times when done in obedience to his will. It makes the home and the church the greatest treasure until the day the Lord returns to call us home to heaven.

Where your treasures so is your heart. Are you adding more treasure today in word and in deed?

Pray we all can grow in allowing treasure of the spirit of God. Pray God help us from falling down as we continue to add treasures, and reduce or eliminate as troubles come.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

Have a great day.

#encouragement-note #home

Apr. 22. Jesus Attends the Feast of Dedication and Is Nearly Stoned

Jn. 10:22-42

Each winter, the Jews observed the Feast of Dedication (Now known as Hanukkah about Dec. 19th or 20th on our calendar). This eight-day feast was instituted to commemorate the renovation and purification of the temple in the year 165 BC. The Syrians had desecrated it during the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes. Jesus traveled back to Jerusalem to observe this feast.

Since the Jews were expecting the Messiah to free them from Roman oppression, they pressed Jesus again to declare Himself.

Jesus reminded them that He had already told them, but they did not believe. The miracles that He had performed showed that He was the Son of God and that if they had been His sheep, they would have believed Him.

When Jesus said, “I and My Father are one,” the Jews took up stones to stone Him. He stated, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”

The Jews replied, “For a good work, we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

According to the Law of Moses, blasphemy was a capital offence and was to be punished by stoning. When they attempted to arrest Jesus, He escaped again because it was still not the time for His death.

Jesus retreated to Bethabara about twenty miles east of Jerusalem in the area of Perea. It was there that John the Baptist had begun his ministry and had baptized Jesus. Many people believed in Him there because the things that John had said about Him were true.

#chronological-bible-study

Apr. 21. Parables of the Kingdom

Lk. 13:18-21

Jesus repeated a couple of parables that He had taught before. The mustard seed is the smallest of the garden, but it grows to an enormous size. This indicated that the kingdom or church would start small, but would grow to a large size.

Leaven represented the influence of Christians in the community. They make a difference in everyone they contact.

#chronological-bible-study

My ways in comparison with the beloved Son

O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? (Psalm 130:2-3 ESV)

Господи, почуй же мій голос! Нехай уші Твої будуть чулі на голос благання мого!Якщо, Господи, будеш зважати на беззаконня, хто встоїть, Владико? (Псалми 130:2-3 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for the sunshine of your love that brightens the hearts of downtrodden people around the world. Have mercy on me as I consider my ways in comparison with your beloved Son. Help all Christians to shine with an attitude of grace and mercy toward those who feel like they will never see your kindness. Cripple the hands of those who go around keeping records of the sins of others. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

You never know what you may find in a fortune cookie

Most people enjoy fortune cookies. You don’t have to take all of them seriously to get a kick out of them!

Matter of fact, every once in a while the fortune is actually worth listening to.

Not too long ago, I got a cookie that said, “An ounce of care is worth a pound of cure.” It’s a little different from the version I’m used to hearing, but who could argue with what it is saying?

A few weeks later I got another cookie that said, “Do not be overly judgmental of your loved one’s intentions or actions.” I suppose the saying could even be applied to the actions and intentions of your “not-so-loved” ones too.

A few days ago, I opened a cookie and I found, “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” It really, really rang a bell for some reason.

You never know what you may find in a fortune cookie when you open it and read what it has to say … but then again you never know what you may find in the Bible if you open it and read what it has been saying for thousands of years (Deuteronomy 8:32, Matthew 4:4).

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38 NKJV)

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24 NKJV)

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV)

#food, #scripture, #wisdom

Apr. 20. Jesus Heals Deformed Woman

Lk. 13:10-17

As Jesus had done many times, He was teaching in a synagogue on a Sabbath when He saw a woman who had been handicapped with a severe body deformity for eighteen years. He called her to Himself and said, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” Observe that the woman had to come to Jesus to receive this blessing.

The ruler of the synagogue spoke to the crowd instead of Jesus because He had healed the woman on the Sabbath. Jesus called him a hypocrite because of the great difference between healing the woman and their practice of watering their animals on the Sabbath.

He had blessed a woman instead of an animal and had freed her from a disease instead of a stall. This put the ruler to shame and pleased the people.

#chronological-bible-study

Apr. 19. Jesus Teaches about Prayer

Lk. 11:1-13

Jewish rabbis gave their disciples forms of prayer which were to teach them how to pray. Jesus had previously given instructions for prayer in the sermon on the mount. His disciples thought that they needed more teaching and asked Him again to teach them to pray.

Some of the points in the model prayer that Jesus taught recognized the deity of God and that we are His children. If one is not committed to obeying God as He is obeyed in heaven, he should not expect Him to hear his prayer. Disciples should trust in Him to care for their daily needs, both physical and spiritual. A person however cannot expect his sins to be forgiven if he is unwilling to forgive those who sin against him. Jesus also taught that we should pray for deliverance from temptation and the tempter. Prayer should be persistent but be delivered to God according to His will.

Many people traveled at night to avoid the heat of the day. Jesus taught that if a selfish man would give food to a hungry traveler late at night and an evil man would give good gifts to his children, God who is generous would give to His people who ask, the best of all gifts, the Holy Spirit.

#chronological-bible-study

Apr. 18. Jesus Visits Mary and Martha

Lk. 10:38-42

As Jesus traveled around Judea, He came to Bethany, which was near Jerusalem. While visiting in the home of His good friends Mary and Martha, He taught another lesson on priorities. He pointed out to them that even though physical needs were important, spiritual matters, which could not be taken from them were more important

#chronological-bible-study

Overthrow false teachers

Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. (John 3:22-23 NIV)

А Іван теж христив в Еноні поблизу Салиму, бо було там багато води; і приходили люди й христились, (Від Івана 3:23 Ukrainian)

O LORD of hosts! Dear Father in heaven, bless faithful people everywhere who call upon the name of Jesus Christ as Lord. Overthrow the efforts of those false teachers who distort the teaching and example of Christ regarding the mode of baptism. Magnify the efforts of sincere seekers of eternal life as they may willingly travel miles in order to find enough water to immerse a repentant believer for the remission of sins. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Apr. 17. The Good Samaritan

Lk. 10:25-37

Many people neither believed in nor understood the concept of eternal life. One of those was a lawyer who wanted to test Jesus by asking what he should do to inherit eternal life.

Jesus answered his question with a question of His own, “What is written in the law?”

The lawyer replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

As the lawyer saw that he was trapped, he attempted to justify himself by asking, “Who is my neighbor?”

Jesus used this occasion to teach a great lesson on humility and service to others. He told a story of a man who was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho and was robbed and left half dead.

Three men came along and saw the man in this pitiful condition.

The first man was a priest, a person who because of his religious prominence should have helped out, but he passed by on the other side.

A Levite, who as a temple minister had the responsibility of service, came by and looked, but also passed by on the other side.

The third person who saw the man was a hated Samaritan. This Samaritan had compassion and dressed his wounds and took him to an inn and stayed with him until the next day. As he departed, he left money with the innkeeper and stated that if he spent more than that, he would repay him when he returned later.

Jesus then asked the lawyer, “Which of these three men do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

The lawyer could see himself in the priest and Levite as one who knew the law, but did not obey it, but he answered, “He who showed mercy on him.”

In order for the lawyer to inherit eternal life, Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”

#chronological-bible-study

Hugh’s News & Views (I Cannot Go . . .)

I CANNOT GO TO CHURCH TODAY

In over sixty years of preaching the gospel, I have been both amazed and amused at the excuses people can make for not attending the services of the church. The following poem was posted by Tom Childers on the “Friends of the Restoration” Facebook page on July 21, 2016. According to Tom, it was adopted from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. Continue reading

#church-attendance, #hughfulford

Our highest praises

And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Luke 13:23-24 ESV)

Некто сказал Ему: Господи! неужели мало спасающихся? Он же сказал им: подвизайтесь войти сквозь тесные врата, ибо, сказываю вам, многие поищут войти, и не возмогут. (От Луки 13:23-24 Russian)

O my LORD God – dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for the amazing gift of life on this new day. We bring our highest praises for your abiding presence among us even when humanity has fallen to new lows. Arouse a new sense of urgency in the hearts and minds of Christians. Help all who teach and preach do so with the mind of Christ so that those who hear will learn the truth – that there is only one door and one treasure that leads to eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Apr. 16. The Seventy Sent out and Return

Lk. 10:1-24

After the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus spent the next few weeks before the Feast of Dedication teaching in the area of Judea. He sent an advance party of seventy disciples to prepare the way.

Their mission was similar to that of the twelve, who had gone on the limited commission about six months earlier. They were to go in pairs to heal the sick and preach the message, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

Since these disciples would be staying in private homes in the cities, they were to travel lightly, taking neither money nor provisions. They were to eat and drink whatever was set before them and to lodge in the same house as long as they were in that city.

If the people of a city refused to accept the disciples, they were to shake the dust off themselves as a symbol of God’s rejection of that city in the final judgment.

As Jesus instructed the disciples, He expressed the unity between God and His believers. “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

When the disciples returned from their mission, they were very joyful. They reported that even the demons were subject to them in the name of Jesus.

The disciples had seen and heard things to which prophets and kings had looked forward and had not seen and heard. Jesus pointed out that they should rejoice instead, that their names were written in heaven.

#chronological-bible-study

Why didn’t they bring him to Jesus?

From time-to-time you find people in the gospels bringing others to Jesus (Matthew 9:1-2; Mark 2:2-5; John 12:20-22), but in Mark 10:46-48 you will find quite the opposite!

The religious crowd following Jesus to Jerusalem actually wanted the blind and beggarly Bartimaeus to stop calling out for Jesus. They actually commanded him to hush!

Why didn’t they bring Bartimaeus to Jesus?

Perhaps, and I’m only saying perhaps because I do not know, it was because they were not following Jesus for the right reasons themselves. It’s not like that was something new during Jesus’ ministry (John 6:26, 66). And it’s not like that multitude was going to follow through on their chants of “Hosanna!” (Matthew 27:21-23).

Do you hear a lesson in that church?

Are we failing to bring people to Jesus because we’re not following him for the right reason to begin with?

Just a thought … or is it?