Strong resolution to make right choices

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 ESV)

потому что Бог определил нас не на гнев, но к получению спасения через Господа нашего Иисуса Христа, умершего за нас, чтобы мы, бодрствуем ли, или спим, жили вместе с Ним. Посему увещавайте друг друга и назидайте один другого, как вы и делаете. (1-е Фессалоникийцам 5:9-11 Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father, our Lord God Almighty ~ hear the prayers of your children of faith on this new day. Give us a strong resolution to make the right choices as we travel through this life with all its obstacles. Help us to have compassion for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world so that we might be an encouragement to those who are being persecuted by forces loyal to the Devil. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

The ones who will possess the land: Psalm 37.9

“Wicked men will be wiped out, but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land.”

Psalm 37.9

Man must do his part: rely on the Lord, rather than attempt to make things happen. (Think Abraham and Sarah.) God will do his part: bless and fulfill the terms of the covenant.

To inherit the earth, or possess the land, is to receive the full promise of God to his people. To receive it, the question is: How much do we rely on the Lord?

#votd #Psalms #land

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Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2 NASB)

вийде Пагінчик із пня Єссеєвого, і Галузка дасть плід із коріння його. І спочине на Нім Дух Господній, дух мудрости й розуму, дух поради й лицарства, дух пізнання та страху Господнього. (Ісая 11:1-2 Ukrainian)

Most holy and righteous Heavenly Father ~ thank you, dear Lord, for the power of your message that is available to millions of people in this world today. Open the hearts of everyone who hears your message of grace that is intended for all people. Give those who hear the precious Spirit inspired word the wisdom and courage to act with haste to trust and obey Jesus as Lord. While time remains, help all faithful Christians to assume responsibility to maximize the spiritual gifts you shower upon the Church. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Make the path level: Proverbs 4.26

“Make the path for your feet level, so that all your ways may be established.”

Proverbs 4.26

One must weigh one’s options, consider the right course, engage in practical planning, in order for one’s ways to be sure. Proper thought is needed. Lack of it is disastrous.

Evaluation and planning call for input. Scripture and the church best provide it. The world wants us to listen to it. We must counter its influence.

#votd #Proverbs #thought

If only: Numbers 14.2

“And all the Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, ‘If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had perished in this wilderness!'”

Numbers 14.2

The dissatisfaction of Israel found expressive ways to make known the sharp displeasure they felt toward God’s representatives and toward God himself. Their wish would soon come true: they would die in the wilderness.

Grumbling and arguing keep us from being blameless and pure children of God, Phil 2.14-15. Complaining kills spiritual life. Is yours dying?

#votd #complain #Numbers

In a way that we can learn

And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy,and blind their eyes;lest they see with their eyes,and hear with their ears,and understand with their hearts,and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9-10 ESV)

И сказал Он: пойди и скажи этому народу: слухом услышите–и не уразумеете, и очами смотреть будете–и не увидите. Ибо огрубело сердце народа сего, и ушами с трудом слышат, и очи свои сомкнули, да не узрят очами, и не услышат ушами, и не уразумеют сердцем, и не обратятся, чтобы Я исцелил их. (Исаия 6:9-10 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you, Lord God Almighty, for revealing yourself by the written word to all humanity in a way that we can learn what you expect from creatures made in your image. Help every person who hears the message of the Gospel to make the right moral choice by choosing to wholeheartedly follow the teachings and examples of Christ Jesus. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Left to test: Judges 3.4

“They were left to test Israel, so the Lord would know if his people would obey the commands he gave their ancestors through Moses.”

Judges 3.4

God tested Israel by leaving some pagan nations in the land. Unfortunately, they failed the test, permitting themselves to be influenced to commit idolatry and immorality.

Every test ought to be seen as an opportunity to demonstrate faithfulness to God. He desires to see us pass tests with flying colors.

#votd #Judges #tests

Hope for something good to happen: Micah 1.12

“Indeed, the residents of Maroth hope for something good to happen, though the Lord has sent disaster against the city of Jerusalem.”

Micah 1.12

One of the cities in the path of Sennacharib, Maroth hoped vainly for something good to happen, even in the face of disaster. Wishful thinking would be their destruction.

God speaks, making his will plain. People stand in the shadow of judgment and wish things were different. Will I listen to God or feed vain hopes?

#votd #Micah #wishful-thinking

Hugh’s News & Views (Were The Twelve Apostles . . . ?

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

WERE THE TWELVE APOSTLES EVER BAPTIZED?

After Christ had been crucified for the sins of the world, buried, and resurrected, He appeared to His apostles and charged them to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). The Book of Acts shows the apostles being faithful to that charge. They preached the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles, and commanded them all to be baptized (Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48).

But were the twelve apostles themselves ever baptized? I know of no passage of scripture that speaks specifically of the baptism of any of the original twelve apostles. Thus, the question of their baptism is sometimes raised, and while it has no bearing on one’s salvation today, it is an interesting question to consider.

We know that the apostle Paul—“as one born out of due time,” (I Corinthians 15:8)—was baptized to have his sins washed away (Acts 9:10-19; Acts 22:16; Acts 26:12-19). We also know that following the suicide of Judas Iscariot, when the disciples met to choose the one to take his place that Peter said, “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up, one of these must become a witness with us of the resurrection” (Acts 1:21-22). It is interesting that there were two qualifications one had to meet in order to be an apostle: 1) Accompanied the other apostles from the baptism of John the Baptist, 2) A witness of the resurrection of Christ. Why the requirement to have been with the other apostles “from the baptism of John”?

John the Baptist came to prepare a people for the coming of the personal, earthly ministry of Christ. He came to “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17), to “go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways” (verse 76). In preparing the people for the coming of Christ, John preached repentance and baptism (Matthew 3:1-6), a “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Mark 1:4). Jesus Himself, though without sin (I Peter 2:22), submitted to John’s baptism (Matthew 3:13-17). He did this in order to avoid the appearance of there being two teachers from God (John and Jesus), with one being out of step with the teaching of the other! Jesus was baptized of John the Baptist in order “to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15), and all of God’s commandments are righteousness (Psalms 119:172).

Since John’s mission was to prepare a people for the coming of Christ, is it not reasonable that when Jesus began to choose His apostles He chose them from among people who had prepared for His coming rather than from among those who had not prepared for His coming? In the light of His own baptism by John, it seems highly unlikely that Jesus would choose those who had not submitted to John’s baptism.

Still further, Luke tells us that the “Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him” (John the Baptist) (Luke 7:30). Is anyone so naïve as to believe that Jesus chose men to be His apostles who had rejected the counsel of God by refusing to submit to the baptism of John the Baptist?

God communicates His will to mankind in the Scriptures by various kinds of statements (declarative, imperative, hortative, interrogative, etc.), by divinely approved actions (examples), and by logical conclusions (necessary inferences). I believe that when all the Bible information about the work of John the Baptist is assimilated and when all the qualifications of an apostle of Christ are considered, we may necessarily infer that, yes, the twelve apostles were all baptized with the baptism of John the Baptist!

John’s baptism was later superseded by the baptism commanded by Christ in the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38). Those receiving John’s baptism before the inauguration of the great commission received a valid baptism that continued to be valid after the inauguration of the baptism of the great commission. But, those who received John’s baptism after the inauguration of the great commission received an out-of-date and invalid baptism, and were required to be baptized again “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:1-7).

All people today must hear and believe the gospel of Christ, repent of their sins, and be immersed in the name of Christ for the remission of sins (Romans 10:17; John 8:24; I Corinthians 15:1-5; Acts 2:38). While we can be confident that the original twelve apostles of Christ were all baptized with the baptism of John the Baptist for the remission of their sins (Mark 1:4) in preparation for the coming of Christ in His personal, earthly ministry and the shedding of His blood for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:28), the thing about which we should be most concerned is whether we have been baptized with the baptism commanded by Christ for the remission of our sins.

Hugh Fulford

May 14, 2019

Speaking Schedule:

May 18-19: Mentor Church of Christ, Mentor, OH

(Note: On Saturday, May 18, I will speak four times at the Men’s Day program of the Mentor church where our son serves as one of the elders. On Sunday morning, May 19, I will speak to all adults at the morning Bible school hour and preach at the morning worship service. We look forward to these times with the Mentor congregation, and to a few days with our son and his family. There will be no “Hugh’s News & Views” next week).

They could not: Luke 9.40

“I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.”

Luke 9.40

While Jesus was being transfigured (glorified), nine of the disciples apparently tried to glorify themselves rather than serve their Lord and help their fellow man. They failed to do the very thing Jesus had given them authority and power to do.

The world needs our message. We have been given the authority and power to teach. Will we fail?

#votd #Luke #gospel

Your faith is useless: 1 Corinthians 15.17

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins.”

1 Corinthians 15.17

Denial of the resurrection undermines the entire gospel. The power of God is shown in raising Jesus from the dead. In this way he provided proof of the value of the cross.

No part of the gospel may be denied. It all stands or falls together. The Incarnation, the Crucifixion, the Ascension, the present Reign of Christ in the church, his Second Coming, are essential elements of God’s Good News.

#votd #1-Corinthians #gospel #resurrection

Spirit of the antichrist: 1 John 4.3

“but every spirit that refuses to confess Jesus, that spirit is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world.”

1 John 4.3

One test of belonging to God was the teaching about Jesus, his deity and humanity. Whoever denied it (spirit=teaching) was not only wrong, but belong to the present evil forces arrayed against God.

God’s truth is clear. To teach different is to “refuse” to confess Jesus. The truth must be welcomed and obeyed. To what spirit do I belong?

#votd #1-John #doctrine

Hugh’s News & Views (Great Gospel Preachers . . . (Pt. 9)

GREAT GOSPEL PREACHERS OF THE PAST

(Part 10: E. R. Harper and Jack Meyer, Sr.)

E. R. HARPER (1897-1986). Ernest Rosenthal Harper was born on August 27, 1897 in Enola, AR, the oldest of four sons born to William and Sarah Harper. Following the birth of the third son, William Harper was converted from denominationalism to original, New Testament Christianity. Ernest himself was baptized into Christ in 1914. He grew rapidly in the faith and wanted to attend a Christian college and become a gospel preacher. He rented five acres of land, and with the help of his family he raised enough cotton to enter Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, TN where he laid the foundation for the great work he would to do for the rest of his life. Continue reading

If the Lord is with us: Judges 6.13

“Gideon said to him, ‘Pardon me, but if the Lord is with us, why has such disaster overtaken us? Where are all his miraculous deeds our ancestors told us about? They said, “Did the Lord not bring us up from Egypt?” But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian.’”

Judges 6.13

Gideon had difficulty in reconciling Israel’s situation and the Lord’s promise of blessing for his people. A common expectation is that God only blesses.

In the new covenant, the Lord’s blessing is spiritual, not material. Suffering is part of the work we do. Especially today such questions as Gideon’s are inappropriate.

#votd #Judges #suffering

Who has created these things?

New articles have been added to the English and Dutch websites on the truth about God.

“Who has created these things”? (Isaiah 40:26)
http://www.whatisthetruthaboutgod.com/creator.html

“Wie heeft dit alles geschapen”? (Jesaja 40:26)
http://waarheidovergod.eu/schepper.html

You might consider advertising these websites in local newspapers and in house to house distribution of literature:

WWW.WHATISTHETRUTHABOUTGOD.COM
WWW.WATISDEWAARHEIDOVERGOD.EU

To get contacts, include information about your congregation.

Please pray that this material will strengthen and bring about faith in God.

May the Lord bless you.

Roy Davison