Wherever men many travel

But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. (Hebrews 8:6-7 ESV)

Но сейчас Христу поручено служение, которое намного превосходит служение земных священников, потому что Он – посредник лучшего завета Бога с человеком, основанного на лучших обещаниях. Если бы первый завет был без недостатков, то не было бы нужды во втором. (К Евреям 8:6-7 Russian NRT)

Our Father in Heaven ~ most holy is your name throughout the entire world and wherever men may travel. Dear Father, thank you for exalting your beloved Son to be our mediator between us sinful people and your august presence. Hear our prayers of faith with hope that you will continue to grant faithful Christians the help needed in order to live in such a manner that outsiders will see the genuineness of our faith. Silence the voices of those who constantly use criticism and innuendo to throw darts at those preaching the gospel of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

#davidbinkley #devotional

Hugh’s News & Views (Clippings, Gleanings…)

CLIPPINGS, GLEANINGS, AND REFLECTIONS

A Smile

A smile is such a funny thing, it wrinkles up your face,

And when it’s gone you have to find its secret hiding place.

But far more wonderful it is to see what smiles can do,

You smile at one, he smiles at you,

And so one smile makes two.

And since a smile can do so much by cheering hearts of care,

Let’s all just keep on smiling

Till smiles go everywhere. Continue reading

#hughfulford

If the blind lead the blind, nobody is safe

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 658 • July 18, 2021

IF THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, NOBODY IS SAFE

Jesus said, “If the blind try to lead the blind shall they not both fall? (Luke 6:39). An unknown commentator has added: “If the leader stumbles and falls over an obstacle his blind followers will stumble and fall over him.” In any case, if the leader is blind and the followers are blind everybody is in danger, nobody is safe. In this little essay I want to make an application of this to teachers and students. Blindness is a metaphor of ignorance, the lack of knowledge and understanding. I was going to suggest that if the ignorant teach the ignorant shall not ignorance remain and increase for both? Then I thought, perhaps ignorance is an offensive word to use here, so I’ve decided that, to avoid offending anyone who reads this, I will use unknowing in place of ignorant. “If the unknowing teach the unknowing, both will remain unknowing.” But I will probably add something later about the repugnance and arrogance of willful and purposeful ignorance.. Watch for it. Continue reading

#bible, #geraldcowan, #truth

How would you describe the result of being lost?

There are several words that can describe the result of being lost but I’ll let this inscription on the walls of Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave speak for itself:

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#eternity, #hell, #spiritual-illustration

Bless elders with wisdom

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:1-2 ESV)

Отже, я свідкую тобі перед Богом і Христом Ісусом, що Він має судити живих і мертвих за Свого приходу та за Свого Царства. Проповідуй Слово, допоминайся вчасно-невчасно, докоряй, забороняй, переконуй з терпеливістю та з наукою. (2 Тимофію 4:1-2 Ukrainian)

O LORD God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ we lift up your most holy name on this new day as we consider the joy of belonging to the Body of Christ. Give all men who preach the gospel to rely upon the Spirit inspired word that is able to enlighten people in any part of the world about your grace and mercy that brings salvation to those who sincerely have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and obey his teaching. Bless elders with righteous wisdom so they will send out qualified workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. Give everyone wisdom as we study your word so that we will be able to give an answer to anyone who asks about our faith in Christ. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

#davidbinkley #devotional

How long has mankind been digging for metals and jewels?

It’s evident from Genesis 3:17-19 and Genesis 4:2, 12 that mankind has been digging for food from the beginning, but when did we start digging for non-edibles?

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#history, #wealth, #wisdom

Evidence of love

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 ESV)

Старайся представить себя Богу достойным, делателем неукоризненным, верно преподающим слово истины. (2-е Тимофею 2:15 Russian)

O LORD GOD, our dear Heavenly Father – thank you Father for the kindness and love that we receive on this another day that is already running over with evidence of your steadfast love. Shine upon those younger preachers who are dedicating themselves to the proclamation of the gospel of Christ. Give them the good common sense to remain faithful to knowing and teaching about your eternal plan of salvation using the entire Holy Scriptures. We ardently pray in the precious name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

#davidbinkley #devotional

Hugh’s News & Views (Certainty: …Acts)

CERTAINTY: THE BOOK OF ACTS

Last week we saw that in his Gospel account, Luke wrote to Theophilus that he “might know the certainty of those things in which [he had] been instructed” (Luke 1:4). Over and over, throughout the Gospel record, Luke spoke of certain men, certain women, certain groups (Pharisees, Sadducees, et. al.), certain places, certain days, certain parables, certain events, and other certain things, etc. One would have to be spiritually blind to miss Luke’s emphasis.

When Luke came to his second volume, the Book of Acts (also addressed originally to Theophilus, but preserved by the grace and providence of God for all people thereafter), his emphasis on certainty continues. Travel with me this week through the exciting Book of Acts, the only divinely inspired account we have of the history of the early church and the record of what God wants His church to be and do in all ages until the end of time. Continue reading

#certainty, #hughfulford

Mark 16:16

by Owen D. Olbricht

When I was in Northfield, NJ in the eighties, a former teacher of a Northeastern US seminary visited our Wednesday evening Bible class. We happened to enter a discussion of Mark 16:16. He affirmed that a person was saved when he believed, and then was baptized afterward as a physical expression of an inner grace, and that failure to believe and not failure to be baptized, would bring about condemnation.

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#baptism, #gospel-of-mark, #word-study

Smother the candles

For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV)

что Сам Господь при возвещении, при гласе Архангела и трубе Божией, сойдет с неба, и мертвые во Христе воскреснут прежде; потом мы, оставшиеся в живых, вместе с ними восхищены будем на облаках в сретение Господу на воздухе, и так всегда с Господом будем. Итак утешайте друг друга сими словами. (1 Фессалоникийцам 4:16-18 Russian )

Most holy and righteous God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for this another day upon which you are blessing your creatures made in your image, with self-awareness and desire for eternal life. Bless all faithful Christians with wisdom to live each day as if it is our last, to prepare for the glorious appearing of Christ the Lord. Give spiritual wisdom to leaders in all faithful churches of Christ so that truth will always be taught to young and old and shared with the rest of the local community and around the world. Help us Lord to let our lights burn brightly while time remains. Smother the candles of those who pervert the gospel and give false hopes to people who are not obeying the gospel. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

#davidbinkley #devotional

The futility of man’s wisdom

Man’s wisdom is as fallible, if not more so, than the wisdom’s source! And lest I be accused of sexism, don’t worry ladies, the thought applies to women too.

I acknowledge the distinction of fallibleness between ourselves and our thoughts only because the faults of a humble man pale in comparison to the haughty; nonetheless, to err is human and our “wisdom” alone proves it.

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#wisdom, #word-of-god

Hugh’s News & Views (Certainty: …Luke)

CERTAINTY: THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

In reading the divinely inspired historian Luke—both his account of the life of Christ (the Gospel of Luke) and his account of the history of the early church (the Book of Acts)—it is interesting to note how often he uses the words “certain” and “certainty.” One would have to read these great portions of scripture with a blind eye to miss the emphasis that Luke places on the concept conveyed by these two words. (Luke, incidentally, was second only to the apostle Paul [by a mere .5%!] in the written amount of the New Testament). Continue reading

#hughfulford, #luke

It’s too soon to quit (2)

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 657 • July 8, 2021

IT’S TOO SOON TO QUIT – Part 2

On April 15, 2020 in my Personal Periodical, Number 515 I suggested It’s Too Soon to Quit. I’ve had a few conversations and several additional thoughts about that essay in which, for the most part, I tried to suggest that there may be a path forward, a way to success, even though the way seems dim and prior attempts have failed. We allow the discouragement of difficulties, setbacks, and failures to defeat us – but we aren’t always defeated: sometimes we just quit. Is there a way to keep going? We can be encouraged or discouraged by others. Our attitude and example will affect the outcome, for others as well as for ourselves. We who ought to be encouragers are sometimes discouragers who cause others to quit. The spiritual concern is the most important thing for us, the one thing above all others is to make sure the final outcome of our lives is with God, not without Him. As apostle Paul said, pressing toward the mark in the high upward calling of God (Philippians 3:12-14) should be the most urgent activity in our lives. Continue reading

#geraldcowan, #perseverance

Evil-minded persons serving the devil

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 ESV)

Бог мой да восполнит всякую нужду вашу, по богатству Своему в славе, Христом Иисусом. (Филиппийцам 4:19 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day that arrived with powerful winds and rains that remind us of your never-ending blessings that you shower upon those who love your beloved Son. Your merciful kindness encourages us to do good! Reignite a sense of absolute devoted love for Christ Jesus as Lord in the hearts of every believer and especially in those who have been or are being deceived by evil-minded persons serving the devil. In Christ name we earnestly pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

#davidbinkley #devotional

Hugh’s News & Views (John Grisham And…)

JOHN GRISHAM AND THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

John Grisham is a lawyer turned author who has written 35 legal novels, one work of non-fiction, and seven novels for young readers. He is an excellent writer and always tells a fascinating, page turner story. I have read most, if not all, of his books and seen a number of the movies based on his works. My closest high school friend, college roommate, and best man at my wedding—Wayne Emmons—had a bit part in one or two of Grisham’s movies. I recently completed Grisham’s latest book, A Time for Mercy, a Father’s Day gift from my son and daughter-in-law. I keep thinking that Grisham cannot top his last one, but he always seems to manage to do so. Continue reading

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