Careful with our speech

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (Titus 3:1-2 ESV)

Напоминай им повиноваться и покоряться начальству и властям, быть готовыми на всякое доброе дело, никого не злословить, быть не сварливыми, но тихими, и оказывать всякую кротость ко всем человекам. (Титу 3:1-2 Russian)

O LORD my God, dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the light of your word on this new day. Bless every person who is searching the Scriptures for answers to the difficult questions of this life. Help me and all Christians to be careful with our speech about those whom you have placed in authority among the nations of the earth. Help us to maintain the reputation of people who are busy doing good deeds. Wash our minds of hateful thoughts that often translate into disrespectful speech about and toward those whom you also love. Lift us up as we sincerely repent. Turn us around to be useful servants in the Kingdom of Christ for however many days you desire. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Hugh’s News & Views (Language Of Ashdod)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

THE LANGUAGE OF ASHDOD

One of the great hindrances to the restoration and advancement of original, apostolic Christianity and the church of which we read in the New Testament is the use of Ashdodic language (i.e., denominational terminology in an attempt to convey biblical concepts and/or biblical terms in a denominational sense).

In about 450 B.C., after the return of the people of Judah from the Babylonian Captivity (which God had brought on them as punishment for their rebellion against Him), we read these words: “In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. And half their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke according to the language of the other people” (Nehemiah 13:23-24).

The Lord’s people today, just as the people of Nehemiah’s day, live among a “mixed people.” Our world is one of many religions, including many “brands” of professed Christianity. Great care has to be exercised not to be influenced by the unbiblical concepts and terminology of the denominational world around us. The late Guy N. Woods often spoke of the importance of God’s people maintaining “a pure faith and a faultless practice.” Such a faith and practice will be reflected by the proper use of biblical terminology and the refusal to use denominational terminology. Continue reading

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Is your pocket buttoned?

A serviceman wrote about a bit of unintended comedy during a company inspection at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S. Army’s guided missile school.

The inspection was being conducted by a full colonel. Everything had gone smoothly, until the officer came to the man standing just next to the soldier who recalled the incident.

The colonel stopped, looked the man up and down and snapped, “Button that pocket, trooper!”

The soldier more than a little rattled, stammered, “Right now, sir?

“Of course, right now!” was the reply.

Whereupon the soldier very carefully reached out and buttoned the flap of the colonel’s shirt pocket.

For some reason, peculiar to our human nature, it is always easier to see the unbuttoned pockets of others than it is to see our own. Splinters in other people’s eyes seem to be more obvious than planks in our own eyes. “Why do you peer at the speck in your brother’s eye and overlook a log in yours?” (Matthew 7:3).

—Hugo McCord

Thank you, Lord, for helping our self-control with lessons like the one above.

Thought For Today to Brighten Your Day

Glenn, Mercedes & Lauren Hitchcock

Peninsula church of Christ, Hampton, Va.

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Close the mouths of deceivers

Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 18:31 ESV)

Отвергните от себя все грехи ваши, которыми согрешали вы, и сотворите себе новое сердце и новый дух; и зачем вам умирать, дом Израилев? (Иезекииль 18:31 Russian)

O LORD my God, everyone who loves your Son rejoices with glad hearts because of our salvation! Thank you dear Father, for the gift of life in the Kingdom of Christ! Give us a new heart and a new spirit as we turn from sin to follow the righteous way you make possible for anyone willing to trust and obey the teachings of Christ and follow him as Lord and King. Close the mouths of those deceivers who go around teaching parents that their baby is born carrying the sins of their parents. Help every person to take responsibility for our own sins and seek your gracious forgiveness as we sincerely repent. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Know God’s good and perfect will for all humanity

Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. (Amos 5:14 ESV)

Ищите добра, а не зла, чтобы вам остаться в живых, — и тогда Господь Бог Саваоф будет с вами, как вы говорите. (Амос 5:14 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ Dear Father, hear the prayers of faith from the hearts of your children on this new day! Stir up sincere desires for all things good in the minds and actions of leaders in families, churches, and society. Be with us Lord as we put forth diligent efforts to know your good and perfect will for all humanity. Defeat those teachers and preachers who seek to persuade people to follow their own wisdom instead of the perfect way revealed in Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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June 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Tom Wacaster)
  • Jesus: The Sinless Sacrifice (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Joy of Forgiveness (Logan Summers)
  • Soberly, Righteously, Godly (Tim Ayers)
  • Heaven, the Home of the Saved (Mike Bonner)
  • Responding to Heaven’s Invitation (Russell M. Kline)
  • To Seek and Save the Lost (John Grubb)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

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Loving respect for the teaching of Jesus

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. (Hebrews 12:25 ESV)

Смотрите, не отвратитесь и вы от говорящего. Если те, не послушав глаголавшего на земле, не избегли наказания, то тем более не избежим мы, если отвратимся от Глаголющего с небес, (Евреям 12:25 Russian)

O LORD my God, in whom millions of people have set our hopes! Thank you for sending your beloved Son to live among us; and presently his great power holds everything together by his word. Restore the attitude of complete loving respect for the teaching of Jesus Christ revealed to us in the Spirit inspired Scriptures. Silence the mouths of those who promote their prophet, papa, preacher or angel as equal or superior to Christ our Lord who purchased the church with his blood. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

** Today’s picture is a beautiful teaching poster in the entry room of Slavyansk Church of Christ. Thanks to our dear sister Anna Ushakova aka Lord’s Sheep for helping adults and young people appreciate Christ’s teaching in Matthew 6:33 about seeking God’s kingdom in the first place.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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People of great faith

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! (Luke 12:27-28 ESV)

Посмотрите на лилии, как они растут: не трудятся, не прядут; но говорю вам, что и Соломон во всей славе своей не одевался так, как всякая из них. Если же траву на поле, которая сегодня есть, а завтра будет брошена в печь, Бог так одевает, то кольми паче вас, маловеры! (Луки 12:27-28 Russian)

O LORD God of Hosts ~ we come before you on this new day with shouts of joyful thanksgiving for all that you have done and are going to do! Open the spiritual eyes of those people who are blinded by their pursuit of peace and happiness only in earthly wealth and fame. Give parents of Christians wisdom to pass along the faith to their children so that any future generations will also live by faith and not only by sight. Help all of us who follow Jesus as Lord to be people of great faith. Use us to encourage those whose faith has grown cold due to sorrows of this life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Millennials And The church of Christ (Hugh Fulford)

MILLENNIALS AND THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Millennials are that generation born roughly between 1980 and 2000. At 80 million, they represent the largest segment of the U. S. population and the largest segment of the U. S. workforce.

I have been doing a bit of reading about the Millennials and their characteristics, and have been thinking about how the Lord’s church might have a special appeal to them if they could be led to have a clear understanding of it. Of course, all people need to know about Christ, His gospel, His church, and the way marked out in Scripture for how the Lord would have all people to live (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Continue reading

#evangelism, #hugh-fulford, #millenials

Putting off the decision

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43 ESV)

Ты укажешь мне путь жизни: полнота радостей пред лицем Твоим, блаженство в деснице Твоей вовек. (Псалтирь 15:11 Russian)

O LORD my God, your name stands for everything righteous and holy! Improve my spiritual sight so that I may more clearly comprehend the magnitude of the saving power of Christ Jesus our Lord. Help everyone who has been putting off making the decision to trust and obey Christ as Lord. Give all people a sharp sense that the Day of our Lord is nearer than we think. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Bringing it to pass: 2 Kings 19.25

“Certainly you must have heard!
Long ago I worked it out,
In ancient times I planned it;
and now I am bringing it to pass.
The plan is this:
Fortified cities will crash
into heaps of ruins.”

God spoke to King Hezekiah about Sennacherib, king of Assyria, that all he did was by the Lord’s design. The pagan king’s arrogance, then, was unwarranted.

What God plans he causes to happen. Every plan of his reaches its successful conclusion. His plan for us, his people today, will be fulfilled. What a relief and joy!

#votd #2Kings #God

Because of my trust in the Beloved Son

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:5-6 NIV)

На Господа здай дорогу свою, і на Нього надію клади, і Він зробить, і Він випровадить, немов світло, твою справедливість, а правду твою немов південь. (Псалми 37:5-6 Ukrainian)

Most holy and awesome God ~ my dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the kindness you give to so many of us undeserving children. Because of my trust in your beloved Son as my guide and shield by night and day, help the little good I may accomplish in this life to shine so that others will see Christ in action and trust and obey Him as Savior and Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Ashamed because of me: Psalm 69.6

“Let none who rely on you be disgraced because of me,
O sovereign Lord and king!
Let none who seek you be ashamed because of me,
O God of Israel!”

Psalm 69.6

Even in the midst of great suffering and opposition, David prays that his humiliation not cause others of God’s people to be disgraced.

God’s people are always concerned that our own experiences and difficulties not prove a stumbling block to others.

#votd #Psalms #influence

Whatever you are doing

“Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3.23-24

Slavery was, and continues to be, one of the most difficult situations to deal with. But God has a word and a solution even for this.

If our reward comes from God, we must work and do our best, regardless of human conditions or relationships.

#votd #slavery #work

Encouragement to those living in the lap of luxury

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, (1 Timothy 6:17-18 ESV)

Богатых в настоящем веке увещевай, чтобы они не высоко думали о себе и уповали не на богатство неверное, но на Бога живаго, дающего нам всё обильно для наслаждения; чтобы они благодетельствовали, богатели добрыми делами, были щедры и общительны, (1-е Тимофею 6:17-18 Russian)

O LORD God, dear merciful and kind Father in heaven ~ I am putting my trust in your great power and love. Help me to live in a manner pleasing to the way Jesus teaches us through the Scriptures. Grant clear and true wisdom that enables me to understand how to accurately send excess earthly wealth ahead to heaven by doing deeds of kindness. Bless Christians living in poor nations, so they do not lose heart. Let their spiritual joy be an encouragement to those living in the lap of luxury. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s photo represents a typical garden in early Spring that with hard work, helps support a family in Ukraine.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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