Accept praises and request

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16 NIV)

И сказал им: идите по всему миру и проповедуйте Евангелие всей твари. Кто будет веровать и креститься, спасен будет; а кто не будет веровать, осужден будет. (Марка 16:15-16 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ accept our praises and request on this new day. Help every Christian and all churches of Christ, to make and execute plans to obey the command of our Lord to make sure the gospel is being heard around the world. Equip every worker with Bibles in the language that people will understand what they must believe and obey in order to please you and honor Christ as Lord. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Power and strength

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11 ESV)

смирил Себя, быв послушным даже до смерти, и смерти крестной. Посему и Бог превознес Его и дал Ему имя выше всякого имени, дабы пред именем Иисуса преклонилось всякое колено небесных, земных и преисподних, и всякий язык исповедал, что Господь Иисус Христос в славу Бога Отца. (Филиппийцам 2:8-11 Russian)

O LORD our God who made heaven and earth ~ thank you for the power and strength that you have used from before the dawn of that first day to make our lives possible and indeed highly desirable. Arouse stronger faith in many people who call upon you for help in times of great danger and in fear of losing some earthly possession, so that they will wholeheartedly seek to know Jesus as Lord and obey the gospel message that leads to eternal life. Help every Christian to lovingly and joyfully speak about our true faith of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Forgive our foolish inhibitions that cause us to pause speaking up for the doctrine of Christ because we may think it might offend someone who doesn’t share our faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Don’t Believe It

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4.1

Do you believe everything that you hear? It can be a very unstable position to be in because, unfortunately, everything that you hear is not true. John warned the early Christians not to believe every spirit. He was referring to teachers and what they teach. Many false prophets had gone out into the world teaching things foreign to God’s word.

How can you know if a teaching is from God? According to John, you have to test it. How do you test it? You have to see if it is in God’s word. The Bereans set a good example to follow. They were called noble because they were open-minded and examined the Scriptures carefully to see if the teachings were accurate, Acts 17.10-11.

The Scriptures are our guide. Paul told Timothy that the holy writings were able to give him wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. They are inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3.15-16.

Do not believe everything that you hear.

#risingjoy #devotional

Front lines and backups, and undoers

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 617 • February 24, 2021

FRONT LINES AND BACKUPS, AND UNDOERS

You may think that last word undoers is out of place in the subject line of this essay but I will show you, before we conclude it that, while undoers may be insidious destroyers and enemies of progress and success, sometimes the undoers are the only real defense against evildoers. Please stay with us until we get to that part of the study. We intend the whole essay to be positive and helpful. We will emphasize first the front lines and backups, the true progressives in the direction of improvement and achievement. Continue reading

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Spreading grace

…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22 ESV)

быв утверждены на основании Апостолов и пророков, имея Самого Иисуса Христа краеугольным *камнем*, на котором все здание, слагаясь стройно, возрастает в святый храм в Господе, на котором и вы устрояетесь в жилище Божие Духом. (Ефесянам 2:20-22 Russian)

Almighty God, our kind and merciful Father in Heaven ~ thank you Lord for looking upon all Creation with your mercy, and spreading your grace all over the world. Strengthen the faith and resolve of all the faithful who belong to Jesus Christ – not only in name but also in words and deeds. Bless the Body of Christ – the churches of Christ, with the cognizance of the Spirit living and working today to preserve the church for whatever future you have planned for this world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Preach the gospel of Christ

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 616 • February 21, 2021

PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST

I’ve often been confronted, perhaps you have too, by apparently serious persons – professed Christians as well as agnostics, atheists, and anti-religionists – who say, “Just preach the gospel – nothing else, not politics or culture or tradition or church doctrine but only the gospel of Christ.” It may be persuasive in any and all religions, but it will probably be disregarded in certain cultural and political systems today. There are in fact some theocratic systems where religion and politics are one and the same (theocracy does not apply exclusively to the Judeo-Christian religions). Islam is theocratic. Several of the current “isms” (including both Catholicism and Protestantism) would impose theocracy if they could do it successfully by making their version of the law of God also the law of the land and of the world. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Sinners In The Hands…)

SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD

Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758) was a Congregationalist preacher, revivalist, theologian, and philosopher. Though not a Puritan, he was influenced by the Puritans. He believed strongly in the sovereignty of God and stressed the beauty of God’s holiness. His most famous sermon was “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God,” preached on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut. (Edwards had earlier preached the sermon to his congregation in Northhampton, Massachusetts). In this sermon Edwards emphasized that God calls on men to repent of their sins, and if they fail to do so, they can expect God’s judgment of wrath. It is said that the sermon was so powerful and moving that people wept and cried out, “What must I do to escape God’s judgment?” Continue reading

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Love is action

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. 1 John 3.16

Love is essential. The gospel message is that Christians should love one another. It is a test of our faith. John wrote that you can know that you have passed over from death to life because of the love you have for the brethren. Without this love, it is impossible to have eternal life residing in you.

When we see a Christian in need, it is not enough to pray for him, though that is very important. We need to try our best to fulfill that need. Our possessions should be the means by which we serve others by showing compassion. If we cannot fulfill it alone, then we should reach out to others for help.

Jesus set the example for this love with his death on the cross. He did what needed to done. We could not do it on our own. Let us follow his example.

#risingjoy #devotional

Brightness of lovingkindness

And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:42-44 ESV)

І підійшла одна вбога вдовиця, і поклала дві лепті, цебто гріш. І покликав Він учнів Своїх та й промовив до них: Поправді кажу вам, що ця вбога вдовиця поклала найбільше за всіх, хто клав у скарбницю. Бо всі клали від лишка свого, а вона поклала з убозтва свого все, що мала, свій прожиток увесь… (Марка 12:42-44 Ukrainian)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the brightness of your loving kindness toward all people on this new day. Open the hearts of every believer so that all Christians will have a burning desire to sacrificially give to the great work of spreading the good news to all people in the world. Bless those who are poor in the wealth of this world and yet they live as examples of goodness and mercy. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Surrounded by glorious beings and heavenly things

And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:7-10 ESV)

И привели осленка к Иисусу, и возложили на него одежды свои; *Иисус* сел на него. Многие же постилали одежды свои по дороге; а другие резали ветви с дерев и постилали по дороге. И предшествовавшие и сопровождавшие восклицали: осанна! благословен Грядущий во имя Господне! благословенно грядущее во имя Господа царство отца нашего Давида! осанна в вышних! (Марка 11:7-10 Russian)

Our Father who lives in heaven surrounded by many glorious beings and heavenly things we cannot speak about in our ignorance of the spectacular glory our blessed Savior lived in before coming to this earth to show once and for all that any human being may inherit an eternal home in Heaven free from all the burdens of sin. We join the throng in singing and shouting our Hosanna’s to Jesus – our glorious king. Awaken a spirit of lovingkindness among all faithful Christians so that we will help friends and/or family in Texas. Thank you Father for the enormous sacrificial gift of your beloved Son and for the honor that he now receives by your side. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Choice

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2.15-17

What is it that drives you? Do you chase after things and live in a house that is filled to the roof top with things that you rarely use? Do you chase after the latest fad or fashion?

John warned not to love the world or the things that are in it. Jesus taught that you cannot serve two masters, Matthew 6.24. One will always have priority. If that priority is the world, you cannot love God. God will not share his throne with anyone or anything. He alone is God. The things of the world do not come from him.

Which would you prefer to have, something that is here today and gone tomorrow? Or would you prefer eternal life? The choice is yours to make.

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Shooter’s mistakes

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 615 • February 17, 2021

SHOOTER’S MISTAKES — THE SHOOTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHOT —

The parables selected for this essay — whether invented by me or adapted from something told by others – have been told by me before. There’s no law that every story told or every sermon preached or printed has to be original and used but once. Sometimes it takes repeated hearings before the intended message is understood and absorbed. As we sometimes say in cliché, “If at first you don’t get your point across, try again – repeat as necessary.” Second shots may hit what first shots miss. Other pointed lessons may be learned from the same illustration. Jesus repeated some of his parables and other lessons. So did apostle Paul. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (If)

IF

“If” is a little big word—little in the number of letters it comprises, big in its consequences. It is often used in the Bible to set forth a necessary condition with which one must comply in order for a particular promise, benefit, or blessing to occur. Consider the following.

1. Jesus declared: “If you continue (abide, ASV, NASB) in My word, then you are My disciples indeed” (John 8:31). Turning that statement into a negative question, what would be the result of one not continuing (abiding) in the word/teaching of Christ? Is it not abundantly clear that a person must continue in the teaching of Jesus in order to be a true disciple/follower of Him? Continue reading

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The highest hope for this mortal life

The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13 ESV)

И будет у вас кровь знамением на домах, где вы находитесь, и увижу кровь и пройду мимо вас, и не будет между вами язвы губительной, когда буду поражать землю Египетскую. (Исход 12:13 Russian)

O LORD my God, the highest hope for this mortal life. Help everyone who has faith in your beloved Son to have our faith kindled so that the many accounts of your power and majestic glory resonate deep within our hearts. Stir up our faith even as we remember the mighty way you freed your people Israel from the long period of slavery. Free up those who are enslaved to the pleasures of this earthly life so that the promised land of Heaven will become a reality as more people turn to Christ in childlike obedient faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Room for all

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 614 • February 14, 2021

ROOM FOR ALL
A Gospel Sermon. Text: Luke 14:12-24.

A song by Ira F. Stamphill emphasizes that “there’ is room at the cross for you” and for all who are willing to come to it and seek its benefits, chief among which is salvation from sin and its consequences. Jesus sets no limits on the invitation he wants extended in his name. He instructs those who speak for him to teach everyone what he has said and encourage them to believe and receive what he has done for mankind. Go everywhere in the world and preach to everyone in the world the gospel message – those who believe it and respond properly to (as in being baptized) will be saved (Mark 16:15-16). Teach and make disciples in all nations, all parts of the world, properly baptizing them and teaching them to obey and continue in all the things taught by Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), proclaim the need for repentance and forgiveness of sins everywhere in the world (Luke 24:47). Do not exclude anyone who is willing to come to Christ to share drink the water of life which he provides (Revelation 22:17). Emphasis: Whosoever – that is everybody – who, by his own will and choice comes to Christ seeking life in him will find there is room for him. There is nobody the Lord does not want to come to him and be saved by approaching God through him (Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me all …, John 14:6 nobody comes to God the Father except by me). He came to seek and save all who are lost (Luke 19:10) and cannot be fully satisfied and content as long as anyone remains unsaved. No matter how many come to the Lord there will always be room for more. Compare Luke 14:22 “Lord, we have done as you said, and still there is room.” Of course this does not mean he will save everyone. He will not and cannot save those who reject him and refuse his offer and his invitation. But even then he will grieve over the loss (Matthew 23:37-38, Luke 19:41 “wept over (the city).” Most of the world is and will be unsaved, but not because the Lord wants it that way. Continue reading

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