Autobiography by Roy Davison

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Autobiography by Roy Davison

Dear brethren,
Four years ago a friend asked if I would write about various spiritual influences in my life. I began an autobiography, but did not get far….

I decided to publish what has been written, and Lord willing, add to it as time goes by:

With Internet publishing it is easy to expand on what has been written.
Hopefully this will be of interest and encouragement to some.
May the Lord bless you.

Your brother in Christ, Roy Davison

#missions #missionaries #biographies

You have received it: Mark 11.24

“For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mark 11.24

Often, when the Lord made a promise to Israel, he put it in the past tense (see Deuteronomy 3.2, for example), to indicate how sure was his word. Jesus does the same about prayer requests.

The Lord is able to bless, and he desires to bless. He bristled when the possessed boy’s father said, “If you can” Mark 9.22-23. The issue is not his ability or desire, but our willingness to believe.

#votd #Mark #prayer #faith

Humble and contrite: Isaiah 66.2b

“I show special respect to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.”

Isaiah 66.2b

The Lord equates humility with respect for his word. The proud resist his instruction. He is not impressed with the builder of temples, v. 1, but with the one who “trembles” at his revelation.

Humility is not an outward defacement, but the inner realization of our place in God’s plan and of his nature greater than man can contain. Humility takes God’s word seriously.

#votd #Isaiah #humility

Yearn like newborn infants: 1 Peter 2.1-3

“So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness.”

1 Peter 2.1-3

Growth is in the direction of salvation. Without growth, no one can be saved. There are no spiritual infants in heaven. The way to growth is through the word of God.

If you are not growing spiritually, only one solution is possible: repentance. How to yearn for God’s word? Start reading it!

#votd #Bible #1-Peter

Even when they feel unworthy to the calling

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12 NIV)

Блаженны вы, когда будут поносить вас и гнать и всячески неправедно злословить за Меня. Радуйтесь и веселитесь, ибо велика ваша награда на небесах: так гнали и пророков, бывших прежде вас. (Матфея 5:11-12 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the precious gift of life on this new day that arrives with certain highly beneficial promises for all those who trust and obey your beloved Son. Lift up the hands of those who labor hard in teaching and preaching the gospel message. Encourage those who fight the good fight of faith, even when they feel unworthy to the calling, and when they face powerful and bitter opposition to Christ our Lord. What a wonderful Savior you have given us! He urges us to rejoice and be glad in anticipation of a great reward awaiting the faithful. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ


False Assumptions of Transgenderism

By Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT — Proponents of transgenderism and many from the LGBTQ+ community have been arguing for some time that gender is more fluid in nature than previously believed. Researchers have formulated their agenda in concise terms by saying: Continue reading

#johnny-o-trail, #transgenderism

Each carry his own load: Galatians 6.5

“For each one will carry his own load.”

Galatians 6.5

The apostle Paul is all about helping others, even correcting an erring brother so that he not be lost. Jesus said we must love each other. But some things others cannot do for us. There is individual responsibility.

It doesn’t matter what others do, or fail to do, in their responsibility toward God, toward the church, or toward the family. I must do my part. I am responsible and will answer to God for my words and actions. The failures of others do not release me from my load.

#votd #Galatians #responsibility

Truth that saves

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV)

Если имею дар пророчества, и знаю все тайны, и имею всякое познание и всю веру, так что могу и горы переставлять, а не имею любви, –то я ничто. (1-е Коринфянам 13:2 Russian)

O LORD my God, you are my hope and trust on this and every new day! Thank you for my very life that resides in this mortal body that will be changed so that I may serve you forever in your most holy and awesome presence. Fill my soul, mind and body with the knowledge and presence of your loving nature that was revealed to this lowly world when you sent your beloved Son to rescue us from our lost condition. Open my heart to be like Christ whenever I make a new friend or encounter a situation where my eyes see a poor family in need of food or clothing. Most of all dear Father, give me your Spirit so that I may speak the truth that saves in a plain and convincing manner. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


Hugh’s News & Views (Parachurch Organizations)


Several months ago, a faithful and able preacher of the gospel emailed me about his concern over the direction the Lord’s church is taking with reference to parachurch organizations. I hasten to say that this brother is not a reactionary, a hobbyist, a crank, an opposer of good works, or one who is hypercritical. He is a veteran, seasoned, balanced gospel preacher who spent several years teaching Bible in a Christian high school. But he is concerned about the direction he sees the church going in “outsourcing the work of the church to human organizations.” Continue reading

#hughfulford, #parachurch-organizations

Their loved ones are addicted

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12 ESV)

Надежда, долго не сбывающаяся, томит сердце, а исполнившееся желание–как древо жизни. (Притчи 13:12 Russian)

Almighty God, thank you dear heavenly Father for this new day that arrives with some good and some bad news. Give your children special wisdom to sort out the good from the bad and to make the most of all situations. Awaken within the hearts of the hopeless that you love them and desire the best for every human being. Help those who have fallen off the deep-end, to have a clear mind along with the realization that they are ultimately responsible for their behavior and must suffer the consequences. Give patience and wisdom to those who suffer because their loved ones are addicted to alcohol or drugs. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church


The Lord and his holy word are being mistreated: Jeremiah 23.9

“Here is what the LORD says concerning the false prophets: My heart and my mind are deeply disturbed. I tremble all over. I am like a drunk person, like a person who has had too much wine, because of the way the LORD and his holy word are being mistreated.”

Jeremiah 23.9

God’s prophet is disturbed to see the unfaithfulness and godlessness of Israel. (NLT understands the last phrase to indicate the severity of God’s judgment.) The sin of Israel pains him deeply.

It takes a holy person obedient to God’s will to be upset over disobedience. Such anguish leads him to urge the people to repent.

#votd #Jeremiah #word-of-God

Leave me alone: Job 10.20

“Are not my days few? Cease, then, and leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort, …”

Job 10.20

Job attributed his sufferings to God. In this chapter he has questions for the Creator. He thinks if God will leave him alone, he might find some comfort. But it is God who protects him.

We may not suffer like Job, but we have questions and also attribute to God what he is not responsible for. God always desires and works for our good. Faith understands this.

#votd #Job #God

For our benefit: Hebrews 12.10

“Our human parents disciplined us for a little while, as it seemed best to them, but God does it for our benefit so that we can share his holiness.”

Hebrews 12.10 CEB

Suffering should be seen as God’s discipline, because he loves us. He always works for our benefit. What he does for us is far above and beyond what our human parents did.

How is God’s disciplining me right now? Am I aware that I ought to use my difficulties to grow and become more like God? Am I sure that God does all for my benefit?

#votd #Hebrews #discipline

Positive hope in a bodily resurrection

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! (Job 19:25-28 ESV)

А я знаю, Искупитель мой жив, и Он в последний день восставит из праха распадающуюся кожу мою сию, и я во плоти моей узрю Бога. Я узрю Его сам; мои глаза, не глаза другого, увидят Его. Истаевает сердце мое в груди моей! (Иов 19:25-27 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ hear the prayers from hearts full of faith in many different languages. Thank you dear Father in heaven, for the kindness and love you constantly demonstrate toward all creation. Bless everyone who daily honors your beloved Son in their routine affairs of this life. Give us the confidence of our faith so that we will never miss an opportunity to proclaim our positive hope in a bodily resurrection, and then being given a new body that will last forever and ever in your presence. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ


Strong wings and lightning speed

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV)

Имейте нрав несребролюбивый, довольствуясь тем, что есть. Ибо Сам сказал: не оставлю тебя и не покину тебя, так что мы смело говорим: Господь мне помощник, и не убоюсь: что сделает мне человек? (Евреям 13:5-6 Russian)

O LORD my God who lives and moves in eternal glory, strength and love. Hear the humble prayers from your children of faith. Bless all people in the world with full knowledge of the hope of eternal life. Help everyone to wholeheartedly trust and obey Jesus as Lord. Give strong wings and lightning speed to those workers who are bound and determined to tell the Good News to this generation. Help us not to be held back due to love of our possessions which are rapidly fading away. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ