Wonderful and amazing blessings

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. (Luke 4:31-32 ESV)

Он пошел в галилейский город Капернаум и по субботам учил там народ. Люди изумлялись Его учению, потому что в Его словах ощущалась власть. (От Луки 4:31-32 Russian NRT)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord, for this new day that must surely hold some wonderful and amazing blessings for all faithful followers of Jesus as Lord. Thank you for the uplifting teaching of Christ that serves to light our way through the many challenges of this life. Guard us by your astonishing and inspired word. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (What Happens When . . .)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE OBEYS THE GOSPEL?

The expression “obey the gospel” may not be familiar language to many, but to those acquainted with the Scriptures it is recognized as the expression of a great spiritual truth. Peter wrote, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God (Christians, the church – I Timothy 3:15, hf). And if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (I Peter 4:17). As if in anticipation of that question Paul had earlier warned that at the second coming of Christ He would take “vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Thessalonians 1:8). In his letter to the Romans Paul plainly stated: “But they have not all obeyed the gospel” (10:16). The American Standard Version says, “But they did not all hearken to (heed, NASB) the glad tidings” (another term to refer to the gospel, hf). Continue reading

#hughfulford, #obedience

Oct. 15. Various Prophecies Regarding Zion and Others

Is. 33:1-35:10

Isaiah continued to speak against the evil nations. Those who had plundered and dealt treachery against Israel would become recipients of that same treatment. However, the righteous are humble and submissive to God. They will be forgiven for their iniquity.

The prophet described the vengeance that God would take upon the nations that had been in rebellion against Him. Edom was named as a representative of those nations. They would die in a great slaughter and their land would grow up in thorny weeds and be occupied by wild animals.

The blessings of the righteous were likened to the freshness and new life of a desert after a refreshing rain. Jesus, several hundred years later opened the eyes of the blind, unstopped the ears of the deaf, gave strength to the lame and put words into the mouths of the dumb/mute. There would be a highway for the righteous to travel in safety. “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing…sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

#chronological-bible-study

Artificial barriers removed

For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (Galatians 6:15-16 ESV)

Ни обрезание, ни необрезание не имеют никакого значения. Главное – это быть новым творением! Пусть со всеми, следующими этому правилу, будут мир и милость, и со всем Божьим Израилем. (К Галатам 6:15-16 Russian NRT)

Almighty God ~ thank you Dear Father for the boundless tender mercy that you shower upon all people – especially those who love your Son. Give wisdom to people wherever grace is found, so that we will refrain from judging others over artificial barriers that you have removed. Save the church from bitter wrangling that concentrates on fault-finding while the harvest fields remain ripe. Send out reapers who will go with love regarding the new birth. Help us to continue watching and waiting for that great day of harvest. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Oct. 14. Prophecies Against Babylon and Others

Is. 13:1-14:23; 21:1-17

Approximately two hundred years before it occurred, Isaiah prophesied the fall of Babylon. Babylon had been a great and powerful empire, but they also had worshipped idol gods instead of the living God. Various other idol worshipping kingdoms who had opposed Israel had been warned by the prophets of impending destruction. The Lord instructed Isaiah to declare the fate that would also befall the Babylonians. He described the cruel events that would occur during the attack against them by the Medes. Babylon would be destroyed never to be rebuilt.

The result of Babylon’s overthrow would allow Israel to return to their own land as their captivity would end and their captors would become their servants. Mighty Babylon would be humiliated and join their previous victims and become as they were in defeat. The land would be at rest and happy.

Babylon’s destruction was further described by the prophet as he saw a distressing vision of their fall. Elam/Persia and Media would form a coalition to attack and conquer the mighty Babylon. Treachery and plunder would be rampant. The images of their idol gods unable to save them would be broken as the true God inflicted His punishment upon the evil kingdom. Isaiah continued his prophecy by pronouncing doom against the Edomites and Arabians.

#chronological-bible-study

He carries that weight with him all the time

Tears filled my eyes as I looked into the eyes of a dear friend from long ago. “Where is the lady youbrought to the church?” I asked. She told me and then said, “But it is my husband I’m concerned about.” I asked for more information and she shared how he had become a Christian a few years back. She said he reads his Bible for hours at a time, and worries about all the years he didn’t attend church, wasn’t a Christian, when they were raising their two children. “He carries that weight with him all the time,” she said.

I asked about their grown children and she said the girl attends services but their son doesn’t come at all. The strain in her voice as she talked about their precious children told me she also carries the weight as she recalls the years she begged her husband to come to church with her. We were there. We knew what was going on but he was too busy with his work and fun times to consider living for the Lord. She came. She was faithful, but the children needed their daddy to come also. They needed his example. “The best example for a child is the same sex parent,” Dr. Phil McGraw always says. Their daughter is faithful and their son is not. 

Guilt. Webster states guilt is a sense of having committed a wrong. No doubt God has forgiven this father for his sins but he is having trouble forgiving himself. “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

When a baby is born into a family that child deserves to be pointed toward heaven by the teaching of the parents. They are to be loved and molded into a person devoted to God. Parents are to “train up a child in the way it should go,” as the Bible states. Too often young people have not been taught the direction themselves and have nothing to offer in teaching their own offspring. Thanks be to God that this Christian woman set the example before her husband and was faithful, and by her example he became a Christian. 

Tears filled my eyes as I remembered those years and thought of her faithfulness and the good she has done. I held her and said, “Pray. There is power in prayer.” I hope they are both praying for the return of their wayward son and somehow God will remove the guilt that his daddy is carrying all the time.

#christian-living, #guilt

What does the Bible say about the Christian’s calling

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you werecalled” (Ephesians 4:1).

“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” (Hebrews 3:1).

“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21).

“Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

People are called by the gospel to become Christians (2 Thessalonians 2:14), and as Christians we have a “heavenly calling” that involves our walking “worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

What does it mean to call on the Lord to be saved? Obviously it does not mean to pray for salvation by calling the Lord’s name because Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). We see then that to call on the Lord means to obey what He has told us to do.

To be forgiven of sin and prepare to go to heaven, we must:

  1. Believe in Jesus as God’s Son (John 8:24);
  2. Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3); 
  3. Confess our faith in Jesus as God’s Son (Matthew 10:32-33);
  4. Be baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27).
  5. Live as faithful children of God

Jesus said, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).  

 

#bible-study

God can use us all

I am reading the letters that the apostle Paul wrote now and enjoying them very much. It made me think about Paul and him being, what he called, the chief of sinners when he was persecuting Christians.While on the road to Damascus. He was one we probably would have given up on for much less than what he did to persecute Christians. But God can take the meanest, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. That’s what He did with Paul, and just look at what a change Paul made. 

Look where Paul came from: He was born in Tarsus, educated in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. He was a tentmaker by trade. He approved of Stephen’s death and persecuted Christians to their death.

Look where Paul was going: Paul was on his way to Damascus with a couple of friends taking letters written to fellow Jews in Damascus, to arrest Christians and take them back to Jerusalem to be punished. 

Look how Paul was stopped: As he was traveling and coming near Damascus, about midday a bright light from the sky flashed suddenly around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?” 

Look how Paul changed: He asked the Lord, “What shall I do, Lord?” and the Lord told him to get up and go into Damascus, and there he would be told everything that God had determined for him to do. He was blind and his companions took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.

Ananias, a devout man according to the Law and was highly respected by the Jews living there. He came to Paul and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight,” Ananias told him that the God of our ancestors had chosen him to know his will, to see his righteous Servant, and to hear him speaking with his own voice. He said he would be a witness for him to tell everyone what he had seen and heard. Then he told him to arise and be baptized and wash away his sins calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:1-16).

Look at the wonderful servant of God Paul became: God used Paul mightily from that day forward. He was a missionary in love with the Lord. He wrote letters to the churches which take up much of our New Testament.

The thing I am thinking about is that God can take the scoundrel, the vilest of sinners, the dirtiest, the ugliest among us and make us clean. He can forgive and forget. That person can become a great servant of God. Let us look at each person we meet through the eyes of our Lord and see in him a soul that is worthy of being saved, and let us go about teaching him the precious gospel of Christ.

#bible-study, #practical-lessons

What does the Bible say about the church of Christ

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16).

Jesus said, “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18).

“…the church of God which He purchased with His own

blood” (Acts 20:28).

“There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4). God “gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).

“And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).

Often, as in the above verses, Christ’s spiritual body is referred to as “the church” because there were no denominational churches as we have in the world today. The church is also designated as the “house of God,” “bride of Christ,” “church of the firstborn’. These references do not refer to different churches, but to God’s one spiritual kingdom. Each of these Bible designations glorifies God and His Son Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament foretold that the church would be set up during the days of the Roman kings in the city of Jerusalem. Acts chapter 2 shows these events taking place, and for the first time we read of the church being in existence on the earth as people were added to it by the Lord.

We never read in the Bible of anyone ever “joining” the church of Christ, but when people obeyed the gospel the Lord added them to His church.

As the Bible tells of these predictions that were made hundreds of years in advance, we read of them being “at hand” or soon to happen. At Mark 9:1, Jesus said he was speaking to some who would not die until the kingdom came with power. Jesus told the apostles to wait int he city of Jerusalem until they received “power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Acts 1:8 tell they would receive this power when the Holy Spirit came. The Holy Spirit came as recorded in Acts 2, so that is the time when God set up His church.  

 

#bible-study, #church-of-christ

Notes on Colossians 4.7

As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information, Col 4.7 NASB.

Today’s MOST Bible verse is Col 4.7. Most Bible versions prefer translating the Greek word διάκονος as “minister” rather than its general sense, “servant.” Why is that? (A few, mostly off-versions, translate it as “deacon.”) Are they tainted by a clergy mindset, since “minister” has become an official title? Or is it simpler, considering that the third noun is σύνδουλος, which most translate as “fellow(-)servant”, and the versions prefer not to translate it a slave, to avoid “servant” twice in the same phrase? NASB doesn’t have a problem with that, however. Continue reading

#colossians, #servants, #tychicus

MOST: Paul describes Tychicus

Meditate on this verse:

As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information, Colossians 4.7 NASB.

Offer this prayer:

Heavenly Father, make me worthy of such fine descriptions as Paul made about Tychicus. Help me to dedicate myself to the saints. Lead me to work alongside dedicated laborers in the Kingdom. Hold me up to serve the gospel without fail.

Savor this thought:

Dedication is a rare trait that will make you stand head and shoulders above others in God’s eyes.

Take this action:

Find a way you can help someone do a task today, rather than taking your own initiative.

#most #Colossians #Tychicus

Oct. 13. Egypt Receives Another Warning; Jehoiachin Released from Prison

Ezek. 29:17-21; II Kn. 25:27-30; Jer. 52:31-34

A couple of years after Ezekiel’s vision of the restoration of Israel and the temple, he received another warning regarding Egypt. Since Nebuchadnezzar had helped God punish Judah for her sins, He had promised wages to Babylon in the form of victory over Tyre. That victory was only partial as Tyre had only been crippled and not totally destroyed. Egypt’s previous warnings had been ignored and God was ready to allow Nebuchadnezzar to punish another sinful nation for Him. Egypt would be conquered by Babylon.

After many years of power, King Nebuchadnezzar died and his son, Evil-Merodach succeeded him. Soon after becoming king, Evil-Merodach released Judah’s king, Jehoiachin from prison during his thirty-seventh year of captivity. The new Babylonian king allowed Jehoiachin to have special privileges in his household for the rest of his life.

#chronological-bible-study

Type and antitype

Type and antitype help us to understand spiritual realities.

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, John 3.14-15.

That is all!

#Bible #crucifixion

Oct. 12. Laws of the Temple and Resettlement Concluded

Ezek. 46:1-48:35

The Lord continued to describe in Ezekiel’s vision the various offerings and sacrifices that would be made by the people in the new temple after their return from Babylonian captivity. Their civil ruler and the leader of worship would be the prince. He would be the only person allowed to enter the temple through the eastern gate. It would be in that area that he would perform princely duties. Whenever the people would enter the temple, they would be required to go out through the opposite gate.

The prophet’s vision made a remarkable change. He was taken to the eastern door at the front of the temple and saw a shallow ankle-deep stream of water flowing from beneath the eastern threshold of the temple. After moving a relatively short distance, the flowing water had become a river that he could not cross. It flowed into a salty sea and turned it into fresh water that was full of life. That vision is indicative of the abundant salvation that can be found in our Lord Jesus Christ, the King that came many years later.

Attention was then turned toward allocating land to the returning tribes of Israel. The restored Israel would have approximately the same boundaries as they did during the times of David and Solomon. After describing the borders of the land, the Lord stated the borders of the twelve tribes and also the allotments for the temple and the surrounding areas for the priests, Levites and prince. The rebuilt Jerusalem would have three gates on each side. They would be named for each of the twelve tribes. “…and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.

#chronological-bible-study

God’s superior way

Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered. (2 Chronicles 31:20-21 ESV)

І зробив Єзекія так, як це, по всій Юдеї. І робив він добре й угодне та справедливе перед лицем Господа, Бога свого. І в усякому ділі, яке він зачинав, у роботі Божого дому, і в Законі, і в заповіді, щоб звертатися до Бога свого, робив він усім своїм серцем, і мав успіх. (2 хроніки 31:20-21 Ukrainian)

Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven ~ hear our prayers on this new day that you have given us so that we have another brand-new opportunity to do good works that glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the efforts of all faithful Christians who are wholeheartedly striving to expand the good influence of your superior way. Grant us wisdom and courage Lord as we daily encounter opposition from the Devil. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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