After you suffer for a while

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5.10

Suffering. Nobody likes it. No one wants to suffer. Sometimes when a person becomes a Christian, they think that their suffering is over. Life is going to become a bed of rose petals. Yet the Bible teaches differently. Mathew 5.11 teaches that a person is happy or blessed when they are persecuted for righteousness. Persecution is suffering. God allowed Satan to take everything from Job: his family, his wealth, and his health. That is suffering. In Acts 5.17-41 we read where the apostles are put in prison and eventually beaten. But they left the council rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of Jesus. James tells us in James 1. 2-4 that the testing of our faith (suffering) produces endurance and endurance helps us to mature and be perfect or complete in our faith, not lacking in anything. Whenever we are suffering, our attitude should be one of joy. We should search for the lesson that we are to learn and grow from the situation. Did you notice what happens after you suffer for a little while? God will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. That is cause for rising joy!

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Love through the fog

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.” Titus 3.4-7

There is nothing that I can do to stand before God on my own merit. I cannot stand before him with a list of good deeds that he should stamp with his approval to let me enter his kingdom. John 3.16 tells us that God so loved the world, mankind, that he gave Jesus as a sacrifice for my sins. It was not my good deeds that allow me to stand before God for I had messed up with all the things I had done that were not good. But, because of his mercy, God took the initiative. His kindness and love shine through the fog of deception that I weave around my mind telling myself that I am good. I am washed clean by baptism and renewed by the Holy Spirit. God is not miserly! He pours his Spirit out on us in full measure through Jesus. His grace justifies me! I did not deserve it, but he gave it to me anyway. I become an heir of eternal life. God makes that possible. I can be confident of the expectation of life eternal in heaven.

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Perform greater works

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:7-9 ESV)

Впрочем близок всему конец. Итак будьте благоразумны и бодрствуйте в молитвах. Более же всего имейте усердную любовь друг ко другу, потому что любовь покрывает множество грехов. Будьте страннолюбивы друг ко другу без ропота. (1-e Петра 4:7-9 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you dear Heavenly Father for the brightness of your everlasting love on this new day. Lead all believers in Christ as Lord to perform greater works that demonstrate our sincere love and respect for one another. Save the Church from the worldly ambitions of those who are self-promoters and do things that bring personal glory and financial gain. Open our eyes to see the harvest of dying souls waiting for evangelists to share your Word and encourage sinners to receive Christ as Lord by obeying the blessed gospel. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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New day arriving

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV)

Благословен Бог и Отец Господа нашего Иисуса Христа, по великой Своей милости возродивший нас воскресением Иисуса Христа из мертвых к упованию живому, к наследству нетленному, чистому, неувядаемому, хранящемуся на небесах для вас, (1-e Петра 1:3-4 Russian)

Almighty God, our awesome Heavenly Father ~ thank you, dear Lord, for this new day that is arriving with evidence that our hopes are not in vain. Bless your people who obediently and with great expectations follow Christ Jesus as Lord. Silence the voices of those who dare to pour cold water on this highest calling of human life – the eternal life that is our right to hope for, as we keep in step with the leading of our Savior. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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A child of God by adoption

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8.14,15

Adoption. Being accepted into a family of which we were not originally a part. We know many families who have adopted children. Years ago, we had a woman who came from Europe to adopt a baby here. She stayed in our home for a month while waiting to get the proceedings finalized. The adoptive mother took care of the baby as if it were her own. Indeed, the child was finally legally made a part of her family. In Romans 8, Paul tells the Roman Christians that there is something we must do. We are under obligation to do it. We must put to death the deeds of the flesh in our bodies to be able to live. On my own, that is impossible. But I can do it with the Spirit of God working in me, changing me. If I am led by God’s Spirit, I am a child of God by adoption. I call him “Father.”

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Humble prayers

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:3-5 ESV)

Ибо и мы были некогда несмысленны, непокорны, заблуждшие, были рабы похотей и различных удовольствий, жили в злобе и зависти, были гнусны, ненавидели друг друга. Когда же явилась благодать и человеколюбие Спасителя нашего, Бога, Он спас нас не по делам праведности, которые бы мы сотворили, а по Своей милости, банею возрождения и обновления Святым Духом, (К Титу 3:3-5 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ hear the humble prayers of your people in need on this new day. Thank you, Father, for granting us another opportunity to demonstrate the newness of life that we have in Christ by doing deeds of kindness as we seek and find opportunities to serve others. Awaken the consciousness of those who preach, teach and comment on your word to lift up the immutable commands and promises regarding being born of water and the Spirit in water baptism. Bless all leaders of the church with your pure wisdom and guidance to ensure that more souls will surrender to your good and perfect plan of salvation by trusting and obeying Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (A. G. Freed)

A. G. FREED

Arvy Glenn Freed was born August 3, 1863 in Saltillo, Indiana. His parents were Joseph and Elisa Hayes Freed and his mother was a relative of President Rutherford B. Hayes. He became a Christian early in life, but the date of his baptism into Christ does not seem to be known. Soon after obeying the gospel he began to preach.

A. G. Freed was educated in the common schools of Indiana and graduated with distinction from Valparaiso University. In 1889 he moved to Essary Springs, TN to help start Southern Tennessee Normal College. He began to preach and to debate extensively throughout west Tennessee and north Mississippi. On June 1, 1895 he married Cora Belle Baynham of Lafayette, KY, one of his former students. Two children were born to this union—Arvy Baynham Freed on August 10, 1898, and Martha Belle Freed Primme who lived for several years in New York City but whose date of birth I have not been able to identify. Arvy Baynham Freed lived only fifteen months and died on November 13, 1899. The baby is buried in Henderson, TN. Continue reading

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On our best day

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (1 Timothy 1:15 ESV)

Верно и всякого принятия достойно слово, что Христос Иисус пришел в мир спасти грешников, из которых я первый. (1-е Тимофею 1:15 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ in whom we can come each day with fresh expectations because you have done and continue to do so much to remain our rock and refuge. Remind everyone who assumes the awesome responsibility of sharing the gospel message of truth and love. On our best day, we are merely broken and shattered clay jars that Christ has redeemed from sin are repairing and allowing us to shine again to the glory of our precious Lord and Savior. Bring us down to our knees when we behave with an air of arrogance that is unbecoming of a good and faithful servant of the Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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I must change

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth. Ephesians 4.22-24

When a person is taught to obey the truth, changes have to take place. There are things that we must quit doing because it is sin. We are taught what those things are. Earlier in chapter 4, Paul talks about the life that the one who does not know God lives. They are tied to deceitful desires which corrupt us and keep us in a state separated from God. We have to pass from the old man to the new man. We must be renewed in the spirit of our mind. I cannot continue to act and think like I once did. I must change. I must tell the truth instead of the white lie. I must watch what I say that it be edifying. I must try to serve other people instead of myself. I must die to myself and live for God in Christ. I become a new creature, a new man. One that is created in God’s image. God is righteous and holy. So must I be. It is not relative to my situation. It comes from truth, God’s truth. How do I know God’s truth? By hearing and reading it. It is within my grasp. I just have to make the effort.

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Focus on the spiritual realm

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3.2,3

It is so easy to get caught up in the mundane things that we have to do on a daily basis. Our work, our studies, our lives become the focus so often of our thoughts and consequently of our actions. For us to change, we have to take a step back and look up. These things are indeed important. But they are not the most important! Paul encouraged the Colossians to keep thinking about things above. Our focus needs to be on the spiritual realm which is where the true value of our lives needs to exist. Why? Here on this earth there is so much evil in existence. We get discouraged so easily with the barrage of negative information that we receive. We can come to the conclusion that it is not worth the effort to live for God. It is so easy to focus on that and lose sight of the fact that we are not of this world. Even the day-to-day same-old same-old can take our focus off of what is important and become drudgery! Which can lead us to forget where our focus should be. In Hebrews 12.2 we are encouraged to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the pioneer (he paved the way) and perfecter (he completed the task) of our faith. He has already walked the path and he can show us the way! That is cause for joy.

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Continue to shower people with love

King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” (Acts 26:27-28 NKJV)

Веришь ли, царь Агриппа, пророкам? Знаю, что веришь. Агриппа сказал Павлу: ты немного не убеждаешь меня сделаться Христианином. (Деяния 26:27-28 Russian)

O God Most High ~ we come before you on this new Lord’s Day with confidence that you will continue to shower people who follow your Son with your steadfast love and faithfulness. Thank you, dear Father, for giving us your trustworthy Spirit-inspired writings that lead us on the path to Heaven, as we remain faithful to Christ Jesus. Give wisdom to all who use the Word to teach, preach, plead and pray that lost souls will obey the blessed gospel of Christ while time remains. Awaken the latent minds of those who continue to put off making the decision to eagerly accept Jesus with a sincere heart. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hard-hearted to love and grace

To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23 ESV)

Но, получив помощь от Бога, я до сего дня стою, свидетельствуя малому и великому, ничего не говоря, кроме того, о чем пророки и Моисей говорили, что это будет, то есть что Христос имел пострадать и, восстав первый из мертвых, возвестить свет народу Иудейскому и язычникам. (Деяния 26:22-23 Russian)

Our Father who is in heaven ~ hallowed is your name. Spread the borders of the Kingdom of Christ to all the nations. Raise up leaders in the Church who will make bold progress in training and sending out those who will teach the truth in love. Help them to establish and strengthen local churches according to the will of Christ our Lord. Open the blind eyes of those who have become hard-hearted to your message of love and grace that is for all people. Expose the enemies of the gospel by the lucid light that shines on the pathway to heaven. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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How to deal with situations according to truth

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with its practices and have been clothed with the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created it. Colossians 3.9,10

Earlier in chapter 3, Paul had listed sins that the Christians were to remove from their lives. Interesting that in this verse, he specifies not to lie to one another. As a Christian I must strive to change my ways from sinful deeds to righteous ones. That includes my tongue. James 3.1-6 warns us about the power of the tongue. It is capable of great good as well as extreme damage. In one of my jobs in the past, I met a young woman who had lied so much that she no longer knew what the truth was. She would contradict herself repeatedly during any conversation. To avoid conflict, many times we will tell a little white lie. What I need to remember is that in God’s eyes, no lie is little. It is a lie, a sin. What if someone you know is doing something that is sinful? Do you have the courage to speak up and stand for the truth or do you tell yourself that it is none of your business? As a Christian, I must change from the old way of life. For some of us, that is more difficult. But as a new man I have that ability. I am renewed in knowledge. I learn how to deal with situations according to truth. Jesus gives me that capacity. I am renewed according to his image. He makes it possible.

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Putting off baptism

And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ (Acts 22:16 NKJV)

Итак, что ты медлишь? Встань, крестись и омой грехи твои, призвав имя Господа Иисуса, (Деяния 22:16 Russian)

Our Father in heaven, your name is holy in our hearts and we hope that all people now living will call upon you today with their needs, distresses and praise for your goodness and mercy. Help us, Lord, as we implore others to trust and obey Jesus Christ whose shed blood washes away the sins of the faithful. Help those who have been putting off baptism for whatever reason to heed the teaching of our blessed Savior that he gave the apostles and is now part of your Spirit-inspired word for all to see and know what to do. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Renewing my mind

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Romans 12.2

There is much dissatisfaction, strife, and unhappiness in the present world. Here in our city alone, we have had several people to commit suicide. One would think that it would affect more adults, but we have had a young man in his early teens that jumped out of a window from the 12th floor. The world is the realm where sin is rampant. Despair and hopelessness abound. Paul tells his readers to not be conformed to this present world. I do not have to give in to the negative. But how do I resist such influence? I resist by renewing my mind through the word of God. God’s will is good, well-pleasing and perfect, complete. The neat thing is that this word can transform my life. It will change my life if I let it. By renewing my mind, I can test and approve what God’s will is. I do not have to guess. I can know. Now that is something worth sharing!

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