Bringing it to pass: 2 Kings 19.25

“Certainly you must have heard!
Long ago I worked it out,
In ancient times I planned it;
and now I am bringing it to pass.
The plan is this:
Fortified cities will crash
into heaps of ruins.”

God spoke to King Hezekiah about Sennacherib, king of Assyria, that all he did was by the Lord’s design. The pagan king’s arrogance, then, was unwarranted.

What God plans he causes to happen. Every plan of his reaches its successful conclusion. His plan for us, his people today, will be fulfilled. What a relief and joy!

#votd #2Kings #God

Jun. 21. Jesus Appears to Some of the Eleven

Mk. 16:14; Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-25

After the report of the disciples from Emmaus, Jesus appeared in a locked room before the apostles, except Thomas. They were eating supper and had locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jews.

One can imagine that those assembled were discussing the events of the last three days. They were concerned about Judas, one of their own, who had betrayed Jesus. Future plans were in a state of turmoil. The various reports of those who had seen Jesus had confused them even further. They just could not believe that a man could rise from the dead even though He had said that He would.

When Jesus appeared, the disciples were not just scared; they were terrified because they thought that they had seen a spirit. He rebuked them because of their unbelief and then showed them evidences that He indeed was a Man. “Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.”

At that time, Jesus gave what might be called a preamble to the Great Commission. He had come to establish the New Testament and now was ready to send the apostles to proclaim its provisions.

As a symbol of the baptism the apostles would receive soon, Jesus breathed he Holy Spirit on them.

Through the teaching of the New Testament, the apostles would have the power to forgive or retain sins. However, they could not just say, “Your sins are forgiven.” They had to work within the framework of the commands of God as found in the New Testament.

Sometime after Jesus had left, Thomas returned. When he had heard the news that the other disciples had seen Jesus, He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

#chronological-bible-study

Jun. 20. Two Disciples Preach Jesus to Jesus; He also Appears to Peter

Mk. 16:12, 13; Lk. 24:13-35

Late that day, a disciple named Cleopas and another disciple were walking along the road to their home in Emmaus seven miles from Jerusalem. They were discussing the events of the crucifixion. As they walked, a Man came up to them and asked what they were talking about and why they were the so sad.

They replied, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

The Man asked, “What things?”

They explained to the Man the things regarding Jesus of Nazareth and how they had hoped that He would redeem Israel (free them from Roman rule). The men related that the chief priests and rulers had condemned Him to death and had crucified Him.

As the Man listened intently, the disciples further explained that it had been three days and some of the women of their group had found Jesus’ tomb empty and that angels had told them that He was alive.

At this point, the Man scolded the two for their unbelief of the prophets and the fact that the Christ must suffer these things and enter into His glory. He then began at Moses and the prophets and reviewed the Scriptures concerning the Christ.

The Man was about to depart into the evening, but the disciples urged Him to spend the night with them. He accepted their invitation and as He sat down to eat, He took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them.

At this point, the two disciples realized that they had been talking with Jesus and He vanished from their sight. They felt foolish and blind because they had not known Jesus as they had talked with Him and He had taught them from the Scriptures.

The two disciples immediately went back to Jerusalem to report to the eleven and to the others with them that they had seen the risen Christ. Even though all of the apostles were not present and there were other disciples there, the term “eleven” was a figure of speech to refer to the apostles as a unit. Thomas was not there and Peter and possibly John seemed to be absent as well.

It was also reported that Simon (Peter) had seen Jesus. The apostles and those with them did not believe the men. They still did not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.

We should be eager to share the good news of the risen Savior like these two disciples did.

#chronological-bible-study

One verse answer (One Church)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of the church’s nature when it comes to its numeric state. It is quite controversial in many circles to insist that the existence of any more than one church is wrong. Controversy on Earth aside, the issue is settled in the eyes of Heaven! All one has to do is read Ephesians 4:4 where the Bible says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;

The fact that there is one body, which is the church (Ephesians 5:23, 30; Colossians 1:18), is no more open for debate than the one Spirit, the one hope, the one Lord, the one faith, the one baptism or the one God and Father (Ephesians 4:5-6). People may not like the way it makes us feel in light of the numerous bodies in the religious world around us, but feelings and facts aren’t always agreeable. And when it comes to being in agreement with the scriptures and the numeric value (whether literal or relational) of the church, there is only one option.

#one-church, #one-verse-answer, #religious-division

Careful with our speech

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (Titus 3:1-2 ESV)

Напоминай им повиноваться и покоряться начальству и властям, быть готовыми на всякое доброе дело, никого не злословить, быть не сварливыми, но тихими, и оказывать всякую кротость ко всем человекам. (Титу 3:1-2 Russian)

O LORD my God, dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the light of your word on this new day. Bless every person who is searching the Scriptures for answers to the difficult questions of this life. Help me and all Christians to be careful with our speech about those whom you have placed in authority among the nations of the earth. Help us to maintain the reputation of people who are busy doing good deeds. Wash our minds of hateful thoughts that often translate into disrespectful speech about and toward those whom you also love. Lift us up as we sincerely repent. Turn us around to be useful servants in the Kingdom of Christ for however many days you desire. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Hugh’s News & Views (Language Of Ashdod)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

THE LANGUAGE OF ASHDOD

One of the great hindrances to the restoration and advancement of original, apostolic Christianity and the church of which we read in the New Testament is the use of Ashdodic language (i.e., denominational terminology in an attempt to convey biblical concepts and/or biblical terms in a denominational sense).

In about 450 B.C., after the return of the people of Judah from the Babylonian Captivity (which God had brought on them as punishment for their rebellion against Him), we read these words: “In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. And half their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke according to the language of the other people” (Nehemiah 13:23-24).

The Lord’s people today, just as the people of Nehemiah’s day, live among a “mixed people.” Our world is one of many religions, including many “brands” of professed Christianity. Great care has to be exercised not to be influenced by the unbiblical concepts and terminology of the denominational world around us. The late Guy N. Woods often spoke of the importance of God’s people maintaining “a pure faith and a faultless practice.” Such a faith and practice will be reflected by the proper use of biblical terminology and the refusal to use denominational terminology. Continue reading

#hugh-fulford

Is your pocket buttoned?

A serviceman wrote about a bit of unintended comedy during a company inspection at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S. Army’s guided missile school.

The inspection was being conducted by a full colonel. Everything had gone smoothly, until the officer came to the man standing just next to the soldier who recalled the incident.

The colonel stopped, looked the man up and down and snapped, “Button that pocket, trooper!”

The soldier more than a little rattled, stammered, “Right now, sir?

“Of course, right now!” was the reply.

Whereupon the soldier very carefully reached out and buttoned the flap of the colonel’s shirt pocket.

For some reason, peculiar to our human nature, it is always easier to see the unbuttoned pockets of others than it is to see our own. Splinters in other people’s eyes seem to be more obvious than planks in our own eyes. “Why do you peer at the speck in your brother’s eye and overlook a log in yours?” (Matthew 7:3).

—Hugo McCord

Thank you, Lord, for helping our self-control with lessons like the one above.

Thought For Today to Brighten Your Day

Glenn, Mercedes & Lauren Hitchcock

Peninsula church of Christ, Hampton, Va.

#glenn-hitchcock

Jun. 19. Guards Report to the Jewish Rulers

Mt. 28:11-15

Meanwhile, the guards were faced with a dilemma. They had failed in their mission to prevent the removal of the body of Jesus. Punishment for this could well be their deaths.

The guards returned to the chief priests and reported everything that had happened. After hearing the account of the things that had taken place, the chief priests were so hardened in their hearts that they refused to accept the resurrection of Jesus even when they had this overwhelming evidence.

Money supposedly solves many problems. After the chief priests had consulted with the elders, they paid the guards off with a “large sum of money.” They then instructed the guards to say, “His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.” If the governor were to hear about them sleeping on duty, the chief priests would defend the guards before him.

The cover-up story the soldiers were instructed to tell had some very serious problems of credibility. If they had been truly asleep, how could someone come and roll the heavy stone away and steal Jesus’ body without waking at least one of the guards if not all of them? They would not have been able to tell the chief priests “all the things that had happened” if they had been asleep during that time.

After receiving the money from the chief priests, the soldiers left and did as they were instructed.

#chronological-bible-study

Close the mouths of deceivers

Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 18:31 ESV)

Отвергните от себя все грехи ваши, которыми согрешали вы, и сотворите себе новое сердце и новый дух; и зачем вам умирать, дом Израилев? (Иезекииль 18:31 Russian)

O LORD my God, everyone who loves your Son rejoices with glad hearts because of our salvation! Thank you dear Father, for the gift of life in the Kingdom of Christ! Give us a new heart and a new spirit as we turn from sin to follow the righteous way you make possible for anyone willing to trust and obey the teachings of Christ and follow him as Lord and King. Close the mouths of those deceivers who go around teaching parents that their baby is born carrying the sins of their parents. Help every person to take responsibility for our own sins and seek your gracious forgiveness as we sincerely repent. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

One verse answer (Jesus’ Nationality)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of Jesus and his nationality. Due to their racist disposition, some people deny the “Jewishness” of Jesus. While the attitude may not be corrected, the argument can easily be defeated by something that Jesus said about himself.

While discussing topics of a spiritual nature, Jesus responded to a question that revolved around religious and national perspectives with, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22 NKJV)

Being Jewish, in and of itself, does not make one right with God. Neither does being Jewish make one wrong with God. But saying that Jesus was not Jewish due to a personal disdain toward an entire race of people creates a mindset that ignores the heart of the matter, as well as an attitude of ignoring the plain language of the scriptures that will spread to other topics.

#jesus, #one-verse-answer, #racism

Jun. 18. The Disciples Are Told of the Resurrection

Mk. 16:10, 11; Lk. 24:9-11; Jn. 20:18

When Mary and the other women told the apostles about seeing the risen Jesus, they did not believe her. “Their words seemed to them like idle tales.”

Even after being with Christ for two and three years, the apostles were not expecting His resurrection. They had not been the threat to steal His body that the Jewish leaders had feared when they asked for a guard for His tomb.

#chronological-bible-study

Jun. 17. The Risen Jesus Appears

Mt. 28:9, 10; Mk. 16:9; Jn. 20:11-17

Suddenly, Jesus appeared and became His own Messenger. He asked Mary Magdalene why she was weeping and for Whom was she seeking.

Failing to recognize Him and thinking that He was the gardener, she thought that He had taken Jesus’ body to another location. She said, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Mary offered to move Jesus’ body because she and the other women were on a mission to do what they could for Him and embalming Him was the final thing that they could do.

When Jesus called her name, Mary immediately knew Him. She went to tell the disciples that she had seen the Lord and to relate the things that He had said to her.

After seeing Mary, Jesus met the other women on the road and greeted them. He said, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

#chronological-bible-study

Know God’s good and perfect will for all humanity

Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. (Amos 5:14 ESV)

Ищите добра, а не зла, чтобы вам остаться в живых, — и тогда Господь Бог Саваоф будет с вами, как вы говорите. (Амос 5:14 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ Dear Father, hear the prayers of faith from the hearts of your children on this new day! Stir up sincere desires for all things good in the minds and actions of leaders in families, churches, and society. Be with us Lord as we put forth diligent efforts to know your good and perfect will for all humanity. Defeat those teachers and preachers who seek to persuade people to follow their own wisdom instead of the perfect way revealed in Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

June 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Tom Wacaster)
  • Jesus: The Sinless Sacrifice (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Joy of Forgiveness (Logan Summers)
  • Soberly, Righteously, Godly (Tim Ayers)
  • Heaven, the Home of the Saved (Mike Bonner)
  • Responding to Heaven’s Invitation (Russell M. Kline)
  • To Seek and Save the Lost (John Grubb)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-living, #christian-worker, #forgiveness, #heaven, #jesus, #obedience-to-god, #salvation, #sin

Jun. 16. The Empty Tomb!

Mt. 28:1-8; Mk. 16:1-8; Lk. 24:1-8, 12; Jn. 20:1-10

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other women came to Jesus’ tomb to finish embalming His body. It was very early in the morning and still dark even though the sun was rising.

As they approached the tomb, the women were wondering who would roll the stone away from the tomb for them. A great earthquake solved this problem. An angel from the Lord had descended from heaven and had rolled the stone back from the door and was sitting on it.

While the Roman guards were frozen like dead men, the women trembled with fear. In all of the confusion, Mary Magdalene left the others and went to get Peter and John and she neither saw the angels nor went inside the tomb.

The angel told the other women to not be afraid because Jesus had risen as He had said that He would. He then invited them to go inside to see where Jesus had lain.

As the women entered the tomb, they saw another angel sitting on the right side and again, they were startled. This angel also told them not to be afraid because Jesus of Nazareth had risen. “See the place where they laid Him.”

The angels told the women to, “Go tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

As the women left, they were in a state of shock, wonder, amazement and great joy at the things they had just seen and heard.

Peter and John ran back to the tomb with Mary coming along behind them. By the time they had reached the tomb, everyone had left. John, being younger outran Peter, but he did not go inside until after Peter had entered.

It was noteworthy that the linen cloths were lying by themselves and the handkerchief that had been around the head of Jesus was folded by itself. No grave robber would have been that careful and neat.

After seeing these things, Peter and John went back to their own homes, not fully understanding the Scripture that had said that Jesus must rise again from the dead.

Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb after everyone else had left. In a state of confusion and turmoil, she bent down and looked into the “empty tomb.” It wasn’t empty.

Two angels were sitting inside, one at the head and the other at the foot where Jesus had lain. They asked Mary why she was weeping and she said, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

#chronological-bible-study

Loving respect for the teaching of Jesus

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. (Hebrews 12:25 ESV)

Смотрите, не отвратитесь и вы от говорящего. Если те, не послушав глаголавшего на земле, не избегли наказания, то тем более не избежим мы, если отвратимся от Глаголющего с небес, (Евреям 12:25 Russian)

O LORD my God, in whom millions of people have set our hopes! Thank you for sending your beloved Son to live among us; and presently his great power holds everything together by his word. Restore the attitude of complete loving respect for the teaching of Jesus Christ revealed to us in the Spirit inspired Scriptures. Silence the mouths of those who promote their prophet, papa, preacher or angel as equal or superior to Christ our Lord who purchased the church with his blood. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

** Today’s picture is a beautiful teaching poster in the entry room of Slavyansk Church of Christ. Thanks to our dear sister Anna Ushakova aka Lord’s Sheep for helping adults and young people appreciate Christ’s teaching in Matthew 6:33 about seeking God’s kingdom in the first place.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley