They speak from the world’s perspective: 1 John 4.5

“They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world’s perspective and the world listens to them.”

1 John 4.5

The false teachers circulated among the Christians, but they had different origins. Speaking (teaching) from the world’s perspective was a sign their origin was the world.

False teachers can be found in the church today, but they teach a different doctrine that comes from the world. This is why they must be rejected.

#votd #1-John #doctrine

Trustworthy saying: 2 Timothy 2.11

“This saying is trustworthy: If we died with him, we will also live with him.”

2 Timothy 2.11

Five times in his letters to evangelists Paul uses the phrase about trustworthy sayings. It indicates an essential truth. Some think verses 11-13 were taken from an ancient hymn. To die with Christ is to accept any suffering so that people can be saved, v. 10.

Christ died to save others. So do we. His task is ours. We embrace hardship for his mission. This is the calling of every follower. Are you willing?

#votd #2-Timothy #suffering

Pure joy of salvation

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11 ESV)

Сие сказал Я вам, да радость Моя в вас пребудет и радость ваша будет совершенна. (Иоанна 15:11 Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the inner peace and joy that we truly experience on this new day because of your love for those who have chosen to follow your beloved Son. As I ponder over what it means to have full joy, please grant me that pure joy of your salvation. Strike down the efforts of those who seek to throw cold water on those who are on-fire for Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#david-binkley

Because I do not love you? 2 Corinthians 11.11

“Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!”

2 Corinthians 11.11

Paul did not allow his motivations to be questioned. He insisted that he acted from love of the brethren and from what was best for their faith.

Expressions of love among Christians are common, because they are pure. Such expressions reflect the true state of their relationships.

#votd #2-Corinthians #mutual-love

We preach about: 1 Corinthians 1.23

“but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles”

1 Corinthians 1.23

Mattered not what others thought about the Good News of Christ. Paul knew it was the only way to salvation.

Does every subject of ours relate to Christ crucified on the cross for our sins? Is he the center of our faith and message?

#votd #1-Corinthians #crucifixion

Hugh’s News & Views (Bible Facts About The Church . . .)

BIBLE FACTS ABOUT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

1. It was established by Christ (Matthew 16:18).

2. It was purchased with the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28).

3. It was the culmination of God’s eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:8-12). Continue reading

#church, #hughfulford

Eat at home: 1 Corinthians 11.34

“If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you assemble it does not lead to judgment. I will give directions about other matters when I come.”

1 Corinthians 11.34

Meals eaten with the Lord’s supper, as Jesus ate with the disciples at Passover, became a motive for division. Paul puts a stop to them.

Abusing and disobeying God’s laws leads to a sentence of condemnation. We must be careful to follow the Lord’s model of faith, practice, and work.

#votd #1-Corinthians #judgment

Power over death

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, (John 11:25 NRSV)

Иисус сказал ей: Я есмь воскресение и жизнь; верующий в Меня, если и умрет, оживет. (Иоанна 11:25 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ dear Father in heaven, hear our praise and thanksgiving on this new day as we struggle to comprehend life without end. Thank you for the power over death that your beloved Son demonstrated while on this earth. Moreover, his power over sin that separates us from you. Open the hearts of people whom you have prepared to hear the good news message that brings eternal life. Confuse the message of enemies of the Cross while multiplying the good seed of the pure word. Forgive us Lord for times when we spoke our opinion rather than presenting the power of Christ our Savior. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#david-binkley

Work quietly: 2 Thessalonians 3.12

“Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3.12

Idle people involve themselves in disorderly conduct, v. 11. Paul orders them to go to work. Christians should not depend upon others.

Many today look to governments for handouts or to parents for support. Paul’s command comes from the Lord himself, not his own opinion.

#votd #work #2-Thessalonians

Courage with wisdom

“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. (John 5:28-29 NIV)

No os asombréis de esto, porque llegará la hora cuando todos los que están en los sepulcros oirán su voz; y los que hicieron lo bueno saldrán a resurrección de vida; pero los que hicieron lo malo, a resurrección de condenación. (Juan 5:28-29 Spanish RVR 1995)

Most holy and awesome God, my dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord, for the gift of life along with everything we need and more than we can think to ask. Grant us courage along with wisdom to live each day actively engaged in obeying the teachings of Christ our Lord. Open our eyes to see the needs of the poor who live nearby. Open our hearts of compassion and love for all people especially the so-called outcasts in all nations. Wake up all followers of Christ to cease pretending to be like Christ by simply going to church and start now performing acts of kindness that honor our King. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Many sons to glory: Hebrews 2.10

“For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Hebrews 2.10

God’s project is to bring many sons to glory. Christ’s followers become God’s children by obedience. Jesus’ death brings them life in God’s family. Glory is the very presence of God.

What is fitting for God? AMP says “an act worthy of His divine nature.” It was by his initiative and mercy.

#votd #Hebrews #glory

Smiling upon your creation

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10 ESV)

Так само, кажу вам, радість буває в Божих Анголів за одного грішника, який кається. (Луки 15:10 Ukrainian)

Our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for smiling upon your creation by night and day. Lift up the broken-hearted who are in the depths of sorrow because of un-repented sins. Give all people the courage to turn away from sinful behavior and toward the perfection shown us by our Lord Jesus Christ in whom we trust for eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Roy Davison: What is the truth about God?

New lessons on this topic are in the Old Paths Archive. Sadly, some of our young people are turning away from God and into immorality. Pray with me that this lesson will be helpful to some.

What is the truth about God?
http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/god.html

Wat is de waarheid over God?
http://www.waarheidovergod.nl

May the Lord bless you.
Roy Davison

#God #truth #audio

What comes out defiles: Mark 7.15

“There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”

Mark 7.15

Not food, but thoughts, words, and acts that come from the heart are what soil a man’s soul and make him unfit for God’s presence.

What are sources of defilement that the mind can be influenced by? What thoughts and attitudes displease the Lord? How can I be purified today?

#votd #Mark #defilement

Christians Should Be Like Groundhogs

By Johnny O. Trail — It is amazing to consider what one can learn from a children’s book. At one time my son, Noah, liked for me to read from his book Groundhog Gets A Say. Since February is when we celebrate Groundhog Day, I took special notice of what Noah’s book had to say about groundhogs. As I read to him when he was younger, I was convinced that Christians need to be more like groundhogs.

Did you know that groundhogs move about seven hundred pounds of rock and dirt a day? No one should ever accuse a groundhog of being lazy (Swallow 2007). Many farmers have complained about the manner in which their barns and hay sheds have been undermined by families of groundhogs. It is amazing to think of such a relatively small animal moving such a large volume of dirt and rock. There are two principles that Christians can glean from this fact. Continue reading

#groundhogs, #illustrations, #johnny-trail