What replaced it, 2 Corinthians 3.10

“For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it.”

2 Corinthians 3.10

The gospel outshines the law of Moses. The latter has lost all its brilliance next to the surpassing glory of Jesus Christ. He occupies all our attention.

The greater glory of the gospel gives us boldness, v. 12. We let his glory shine in us. We have freedom to become his holy people. We embrace nothing but Christ.

#votd #2-Corinthians #glory

Empower all those who faithfully share the gospel

O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:25-26 ESV)

Отче Праведний! Хоча не пізнав Тебе світ, та пізнав Тебе Я. І пізнали вони, що послав Мене Ти. Я ж Ім’я Твоє їм об’явив й об’являтиму, щоб любов, що Ти нею Мене полюбив, була в них, а Я в них!… (Івана 17:25-26 Ukrainian)

Almighty God, dear righteous Father in heaven ~ thank you for this new day upon which we observe and give you thanks for unexpected and lavish blessings that encourage peace and comfort for the followers of Christ as Lord. Empower all those who faithfully share the gospel, to do so with total confidence that we are loved by you. With Christ Jesus living in us, help us to make brotherly love – not bitter rivalry, become the symbol of this generation of Christians around the world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Aug. 24. Various Messages and Laments; Idols vs God

Jer. 16:1-17:27; 8:4-10:16

God spoke to Jeremiah on a personal note. Because of the upheaval that was soon to overtake Judah, Jeremiah was not to marry nor bring children into that wicked world. In many cases, it is better to refrain from having children because of the calamities that would overtake them. That era in Judah’s history was such a time. Jeremiah was also forbidden from partying and feasting with the Judeans. Many times, when confronted with punishment, man in seeking to justify himself will ask, “What have I done?” The prophet was to remind them of their fathers’ sins of forsaking God for other gods and refusing to obey His law. Moreover, He stated, “And you have done worse than your fathers…so that no one listens to Me.” In like manner, God would not listen to their cries. They would be cast out of the land. In order to preserve a pathway for the Savior to come, God would eventually allow Judah to return. It was also prophesied that the Gentiles would come. That did take place hundreds of years later as the gospel of Christ was preached to the Gentiles.

Men who trust other men instead of God were contrasted with those who do trust in the Lord. Judah had trusted in Egypt and other foreign alliances instead of God to deliver them from their enemies. They were like a shrub planted in the parched desert. When the blessings of rain come, they fall elsewhere and the shrub continues to thirst for water. However, the man who does trust in God is like a tree planted by the river. Even without rain, its roots reach out and draw in sufficient water for it to thrive and yield fruit. Man cannot live without God. We must have air, water and food and they all come from Him. Even more important is the salvation of one’s soul. Without God, there is no hope. However, He is longsuffering. Judah was offered another opportunity to repent. If they would keep the Sabbath and the offerings and sacrifices associated with it, He would relent and allow Judah and Jerusalem to remain. BUT they would not hear.

Jeremiah had called upon Judah many times to repent, but they had refused to heed his words. The cycles of nature act at their given times without being commanded. Judah had refused to act even though they had been commanded. Those inactions would result in their just punishment. Instead of preaching the word of God, the priests and prophets had spoken lies to the people. They would receive the same punishment as would be meted out to the people whom they had led astray. In another attempt to get the people to repent, Jeremiah called out to them, “Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves…Because we have sinned against the Lord.” The invading Babylonians were depicted as vipers coming upon them. Some of the saddest words in all of Scripture were then penned. “The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!” It was too late.

As Jeremiah viewed and spoke to Judah, he had two extreme emotions. Seeing the eminent destruction that was upon them caused the prophet to weep floods of tears. On the other hand, their disobedience and refusal to hear his words caused him to want to get far away from them. Their lips were full of lies and deceit. The Lord reiterated His displeasure with Judah as they had forsaken His law and followed their own hearts and false gods. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom…But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me…For in these I delight,” says the Lord. God would punish the circumcised Judeans, who were actually uncircumcised in the heart at the hands of the uncircumcised nations around them.

The prophet, Jeremiah contrasted the futility of idols with the power of God. Celestial bodies are His handiwork, but they are unable to hear man’s calls. Wooden idols are just that—wood with decorations. They can neither do evil nor good. Silver and gold are pleasant to behold, but there is no power in them. The metalsmiths were put to shame by the futility of people worshipping their images. Idols created nothing and are not eternal. They are breathless and the product of errors. God is called the King of the nations. He is the true God, the living God and the everlasting King. “At His wrath the earth will tremble…” He made the earth by His power and established the world by His wisdom. God—not Baal is in control of the complete universe. “The Lord of hosts is His name.”

#chronological-bible-study

In Maysville, Alabama this Sunday

Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m., I’ll be speaking, for the last time this trip, at the Maysville, Ala., congregation, outside Huntsville.

Subject: “I just want to go to heaven.” We’ll include some perspectives from our work in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

If you’re in the area, come be with us. Our son Micah and his family meet here.

Sunday afternoon, Vicki and I will travel to Mount Juliet, Tenn., to visit son Joel and family before our return to Brazil Aug. 28.

We thank friends and family for all your kindnesses. It has been a memorable trip in every way, beginning with daughter Leila’s wedding Aug. 10.

More to come in our monthly newsletter next week, Lord willing.

#alabama, #brazil, #missions

Our future in your hands

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. (John 21:12-14 NIV)

Иисус говорит им: придите, обедайте. Из учеников же никто не смел спросить Его: кто Ты?, зная, что это Господь. Иисус приходит, берет хлеб и дает им, также и рыбу. Это уже в третий раз явился Иисус ученикам Своим по воскресении Своем из мертвых. (От Иоанна 21:12-14 Russian)

Our dear Father in heaven, we come before your presence on this new day to hallow your name as greatest before any so-called gods of human invention. You are the only true and living God who gives life and holds our future in your hands. Thank you, Lord, for sharing your beloved Son with this evil world so that even those who have lost all hope may once again find grace and mercy by turning from a life of sin and make the serious life-long commitment to trust and obey Christ Jesus as Lord. In the precious name of our risen Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

My heart is crushed, Jeremiah 8.21

“My heart is crushed because my dear people are being crushed. I go about crying and grieving. I am overwhelmed with dismay.”

Jeremiah 8.21

The weeping prophet felt the weight of Israel’s sin. The Lord had told him to tell the people the consequences that will follow. There is a solution, v. 22, but they have refused it.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s rejection. Do I feel the burden of people’s sin to the point of offering them the solution of God’s salvation?

#votd #Jeremiah #compassion

Aug. 23. Hardships Abound

Jer. 45:1-5; 14:1-15:21

Living for the Lord means making personal sacrifices. They may be political power, social prestige, material possessions or other desirable associations. God has not promised that everything would be easy for His people. Jeremiah had been promised safety, but he was also put into prison. Baruch seemed to be an influential person in Jerusalem, but he chose to work closely with Jeremiah as his scribe instead of seeking high office. Even with God’s promises, one sometimes becomes discouraged and depressed. Jeremiah was instructed to write to Baruch regarding his despondency. He was reminded that Judah was going to be broken down and plucked up. However, his life would be preserved wherever he went.

Hardships began to arise in Judah. Drought was drying the land and preventing the growth of crops and grazing for their cattle. Jeremiah pled for the people, but God replied, “Do not pray for this people, for their good.” People would be dying from the famine, pestilence and attacks by the sword. False prophets were stating that those things would not happen, but God said, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name.” He further stated that those prophets and the people would be consumed by the things that they had said would not happen.

Jeremiah continued to plead for the people. To add further emphasis to His decree, God stated that if even Moses or Samuel were to stand before Him, His, “mind would not be favorable toward this people.” Many times, under similar circumstances, the people would confess their sinfulness and repent. God would withdraw the punishment that was befalling them. However, He stated, “I am weary of relenting!” His punishment would be administered to the fullest degree. Their punishment had been promised earlier during the days of the wicked king, Manasseh. Jeremiah’s continual pleading for Judah took a personal turn as he lamented his own birth. He even questioned God’s reliability as he asked, “Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, As waters that fail?” Sometimes, the best of men need reprimanding. God stated, “If you return, Then I will bring you back…But you must not return to them.” With all of the calamity that would befall Judah, God reassured Jeremiah, “I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, And I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.” Those should be words of comfort to us as we attempt to live Christian lives amid a wicked world.

#chronological-bible-study

It hurled truth to the ground, Daniel 8.12

“The army was given over, along with the daily sacrifice, in the course of his sinful rebellion. It hurled truth to the ground and enjoyed success.”

Daniel 8.12

Daniel prophesied of the last days, when the temple worship would be desecrated. The verb “hurl” here in context connotes violence and force. At times, sin gains the upper hand.

How is truth cast down today? Am I guilty of doing so? Or, am I a witness to it? Does seeing truth defeated in a situation discourage or dismay me?

#votd #Daniel #truth

Aug. 22. Jeremiah Shown Symbols; Writes Scroll

Jer. 13:1-14; 18:1-17; 36:1-32; 25:1-14

Many of the biblical writings are in parables and symbols. Symbolically, God had wrapped Israel and Judah around His waist as one would use a sash or loincloth. They had refused to hear and obey Him, but had turned to false idol gods. To demonstrate the deteriorated condition of His people, God instructed Jeremiah to place a sash in a rock near the Euphrates River for a period of time. Upon returning after many days, Jeremiah saw that the sash had rotted and was good for nothing—so shall be the pride of Judah and Jerusalem as they would be cast out of their land. Another symbol that He used was filled wine bottles. As people are destroyed by drunkenness, in like manner, the inhabitants of Jerusalem would suffer the same fate.

Since pottery vessels were widely used, there are many references in the Scriptures to potters and their wares. Sometimes during the turning of a new piece of pottery on the potter’s wheel, a hard lump of clay would cause a malformed vessel. With the hard clay removed and as long as the remaining clay was pliable, it could be reformed into a more usable product. God’s power to shape lives is limited only by the pliability or willingness of one to accept in repentance His “molding on the potter’s wheel.” He is the Potter; we are the clay. The “clay of Judah” had become too hard to mold; therefore, they had been rejected as a useless piece of pottery. It is up to us as individuals and as nations to be willing to yield to the hands of God.

In the fourth year of King Jehoiakim, God instructed Jeremiah to write His words on a scroll. Baruch became the penman who recorded the words that God had spoken to the prophet. Since it seems that Jeremiah had been banned from speaking in the temple, he instructed Baruch to read the words of the scroll in the temple to the people during a day of fasting. In time, during the fifth year of the king’s reign, the contents of the scroll were read in the house of the Lord during a time of fasting and passed up the chain of command to the king. With fear coming upon the princes, they sent Jeremiah and Baruch into hiding to escape the wrath of the king. As an act of defiance, Jehoiakim burned the scroll. One may ignore the word of God. He may attempt to destroy it by cutting it out or burning it, but His message and its consequences WILL remain. Baruch was given another scroll to rewrite God’s message and, “there were added to them many similar words.”

Jeremiah’s message from God stated that since the Judeans had not heeded His words urging them to repent, they would be invaded by the “families of the north…and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon.” That desolation would not only include Judah, but other nations around them. “And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” At the conclusion of the seventy years as Judah would be freed, Babylon would also be punished for her evil ways.

#chronological-bible-study

Love daily observable

For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, (2 Peter 3:5 ESV)

Бо сховане від тих, хто хоче цього, що небо було напочатку, а земля із води та водою складена словом Божим, (2 Петра 3:5 Ukrainian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the love you have for all creation! This love is daily observable to anyone willing to take a closer look with faith in your powerful and enduring word. Restore faith in the inspired Scriptures that contain information necessary to make new people from what has been polluted by the base lusts of this world. Protect the minds of children around the world who will be attending school soon in places where your Word is not always welcome. Give wisdom and courage to all who teach your word, to seek more opportunities to train up a new generation who will love and obey your word and share it with their families. Magnify your blessed word of truth all over the world while time remains so that more people may enjoy eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Aug. 21. Judgments on Philistia and Egypt

Jer. 47:1-7; 46:1-12

The Philistines were long-time adversaries of God and His people. In all of man’s intelligence, he still refuses to accept the truth that God will have the last word against evil. Jeremiah informed them that their Babylonian destructors would come from the north like a rushing water. The noise of horses and chariots would be so intense that fathers would even rush to escape and leave their children behind. God’s vengeance would be thorough as the sword of Babylon would not be sheathed until His purpose was completed.

Egypt had also been a powerful long-time adversary of God. Many centuries earlier, they had enslaved the Israelites. In later years, Judah had attempted to make alliances with them against other powers. Their dependence upon foreign powers instead of having faith in God was causing Judah many problems, but they continually refused to rely upon Him.

As God’s plan for punishing Judah began to take shape, Egypt was becoming weaker and facing struggles against Babylon. Jeremiah pointed out that Nebuchadnezzar would recapture the lands that Egypt had taken only a few years earlier. The remaining strength of Egypt and her allies would not be sufficient to withstand the fury of the Babylonians and their shame would be heard among the other nations.

#chronological-bible-study

What does the Bible say about being ready when Jesus comes

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr. 

“He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

Jesus is preparing mansion in heaven for His faithful people and is coming back to take us there (John 14:1-3). But when He returns He will come as our judge, and not as our Savior as He was when He came the first time (Matthew 25:31-46).

When Jesus comes again it will be unexpected as a thief in the night, and the earth will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10-11). The resurrection will take place (John 5:28-29), and the Christians, with those still living, will be changed and receive an incorruptible body (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). Then all Christians shall be caught up together “in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

We must realize the necessity of preparing for eternity in this life because there will not be a second chance when Jesus comes again. As the Bible teaches, we must be obedient now because we are told, “now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

To be forgiven of sins we must obey Jesus by faith, repentance, confession, and baptism, and then live the life of a Christian as a follower of Jesus. The only way we can be blessed eternally is to “die in the Lord” (Revelation 14:13). The only way to be in the Lord is to be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:26-27).

When Jesus comes again suddenly we shall be judged and rewarded according to the life we have lived (Hebrews 9:27). We dare not delay obedience to the gospel of Christ.

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no one has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own; live, love, toil with a will. Place no trust in the morrow, for the clock may then be still.”

The tragedy of waiting for tomorrow to obey Jesus is seen when we realize that Christ may come today!

#jesus-christ, #jesus-2nd-coming

I love you more

For some time we have been trying to help a homeless young man get his life on the right track. Recently he was about to leave our home and as he gathered up his things from the front porch, I was standing at the door watching him and said, “I love you.” Immediately he said in return, “I love you more.” I’ve never had that said to me before and it took me by surprise because I truly believe he does love me. He just doesn’t know how to show it, probably never had anyone to tell him they love him…maybe ever, but he said he loves me more than I love him. 

I couldn’t help but think that no matter how much we love a person, Jesus is the one who can truly say, “I love you more.” He said he loved us more by…

…leaving the beauties of heaven to come to this earth to live as a mortal man,

…coming to this earth and facing the hardships of man

…having no place to lay His head

…being spit upon

…being whipped or scourged by sinful man

…being commanded to carry his own cross up the hill of Golgatha

…being nailed to the old cross

…suffering the pain associated with the nails, the ridicule, the hate, the disgust of those who wanted nothing more than to watch Him die.

…enduring the humiliation of the cross.

…enduring the six agonizing hours hanging suspended between heaven and earth.

…seeing his accusers wagging their tongues at him and yet being able to say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

We stand in awe of our Savior. We love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us. Yes, he truly “loved us more.” May we never forget it was He who loved us first before we were ever formed in our mother’s womb. It is He who blesses us with unlimited blessings days without end and it is He who stands at the door ready to welcome us home and back into His fold when we are ready. May we always stand ready to show the world that we indeed “love Him more.”

#jesus-christ, #love-of-christ

What does the Bible say about Christ coming again?

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men ofGalilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:9-11).

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7).

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).

Jesus will come unexpectedly as a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10).

When Jesus came the first time, He came as our Savior, but when He comes again He will be our judge (John 5:22; Acts 17:31). When Jesus comes again all will be raised in the resurrection (John 5:28-29). There will not be a long span of time between the resurrection of righteous and wicked. At Matthew 25:31-36, Jesus describes His coming again; His separating the righteous and wicked; and the Judgement Day.

2 Peter chapter 3 tells us, “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

Nothing is more reasonable than the coming of the end of time, and nothing is more clearly taught in the scriptures. Yet there are people who live as though Jesus never came to provide salvation from sin for us, and that things discussed in this article will never take place. But it is a subject that we need to think about seriously, and make preparation for heaven as we obey and live for Jesus.

2 Peter 3 also tells us of scoffers who will not believe that Jesus is coming again. They say things have continued the same, but Peter reminds them that this is not true because of the flood during Noah’s day. Are you ready for the Judgement Day? We can help you if you are not. God bless you all.

#bible-study, #jesus-christ

Hugh’s News & Views (What We Learn . . .)

WHAT WE LEARN ABOUT GOD IN NEHEMIAH 9

On Sunday morning, January 20, 2019, at the Nashville Road Church of Christ in Gallatin, TN, Charles Williams preached a great sermon from Nehemiah 9 about our awesome God. Charles served as the pulpit preacher at Nashville Road for 18 years and continues as the church’s minister of involvement. He is a great student of the Scriptures, a great preacher, a great teacher, and a wonderful friend and brother in the Lord. Jan and I are privileged to be members of this wonderful, loving church. Following are the highlights of his outstanding sermon. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #nehemiah