Put on spiritual clothing (Encouragement Note)

BY CHRISTOPHER UNDERWOOD — When the weather gets cold, frequently the weather report reminds people to wear layers to stay warm when outside and to carry emergency kits in vehicles such as blankets, extra coat and water. The local news will show people walking outside without hats, gloves, or heavy coats. The advice may seem frivolous to some who have recently moved from a warm climate and never experienced a winter storm in the Midwest.

With time, most people heed the warning to add warm clothing or quickly find a way to retreat to a land where six inches of snow is not likely to fall as often (Texas, Florida, Arizona, etc.) Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (A Sack Full Of . . .)

A SACK FULL OF “GOLD NUGGETS” FROM MY READING

From time to time I post on my Facebook page some “gold nugget” that I have run across in my reading. This week for my “News & Views” I am sharing several “nuggets.”

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“The story (of Christ and salvation, hf) was plain and easy to tell. There was nothing to do but open my Bible and let it tell to a perishing world the way of salvation. It was not necessary to warp or twist a single sentence” (Samuel Rogers [1789-1877], pioneer gospel preacher, Biographical Sketches of Gospel Preachers, H. Leo Boles, Gospel Advocate Company [1932], pp. 52-53). Continue reading

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Challenges to Christians

But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. (Mark 10:43-44 ESV)

Но между вами да не будет так: а кто хочет быть большим между вами, да будем вам слугою; и кто хочет быть первым между вами, да будет всем рабом. (От Марка 10:43-44 Русский)

Dear merciful and kind Father in heaven ~ thank you, Lord, for giving us this new Lord’s Day and the good health of body and mind to be able to attend worship services with others who love and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Present challenges to Christians so that we will not slumber along with a false sense of security. Bless all those servants of Christ who humbly trudge through situations that some haughty people wouldn’t dare to touch. In the precious name of Jesus,

Amen.David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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My yesterday, today and forever

And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.” (Mark 12:26-27 RSV)

А о мертвых, что они воскреснут, разве не читали вы в книге Моисея, как Бог при купине сказал ему: Я Бог Авраама, и Бог Исаака, и Бог Иакова? Бог не есть Бог мертвых, но Бог живых. Итак, вы весьма заблуждаетесь. (От Марка 12:26-27 Russian)

Most holy and wise heavenly Father ~ thank you, dear God, for your real-time presence in the mundane affairs of creatures made in your image. Along with all creation Lord, we acknowledge our faith in you as our blessed and only God in whom we trust for eternal life. You know my yesterday, today and forever as I beg you to keep me close to your heart as I strive to be more like Christ, your beloved Son. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Love on the rainiest of days

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:24-25 NIV)

Потому говорю вам: всё, чего ни будете просить в молитве, верьте, что получите, –и будет вам. И когда стоите на молитве, прощайте, если что имеете на кого, дабы и Отец ваш Небесный простил вам согрешения ваши. (От Марка 11:24-25 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you, dear Father, in heaven for the sunshine of your love that is evident even on the rainiest of days. Direct my steps today in the direction of someone who has lost their way in life, and untie my tongue so that I will speak the essential gospel words of truth with love. Forgive me of my sins as I now forgive those who have harmed me. Break the cold hearts of those who have vowed to never forgive someone for a wrong they did long ago. Restore the joy of forgiveness in the worldwide church of Christ so that brotherly love may continue to be the banner of our existence. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Remove distractions

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Mark 8:34-35 ESV)

И, подозвав народ с учениками Своими, сказал им: кто хочет идти за Мною, отвергнись себя, и возьми крест свой, и следуй за Мною. Ибо кто хочет душу свою сберечь, тот потеряет ее, а кто потеряет душу свою ради Меня и Евангелия, тот сбережет ее. (От Марка 8:34-35 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ on this new day, I want to thank you, dear Father, for the crystal clear inspired words that Jesus spoke while on this earth created by your great genius and power. Bless every follower of Christ with renewed energy and stronger faith so that we are able to obey the great expectations you have for each Christian. Help me to deny earthly passions and desires in order to give wholehearted attention to carrying my cross as an obedient child. Help me Lord to think about today as if it is the only day I have to serve Christ as Lord. Remove the distractions of those who desire to pull Christians away from the greatest cause on earth of sharing the Good News far and wide. Save the Church established by Christ, from becoming just another earthly institution. Help me to eliminate those things or ideas that may threaten to pull me away from wholehearted service to Christ my Lord and Savior. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (I Am A Christian)

I AM A CHRISTIAN

(Note: The following article was written by Dr. Cecil May, Jr., dean emeritus of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. It appeared as his “Finally, Brethren” column in the October 2019 issue of the Gospel Advocate and is used here by the express permission of the Gospel Advocate company. I highly commend Dr. May’s provocative article to all).

I am a disciple of Christ; I seek to learn from Him and follow Him…but I am not a Disciple of Christ.

I am a methodist; I try to follow the biblical method…but I am not a Methodist.

I am a baptist; I have been immersed in water for the forgiveness of my sins…but I am not a Baptist.

I am catholic; Christ added me to His universal church…but I am not a Catholic.

I am part of an assembly of God; we assemble each Lord’s day…but I am not of the Assemblies of God.

I am presbyterian; my congregation is shepherded by elders (Greek, presbuteroi)…but I am not a Presbyterian.

I am episcopalian; my congregation is overseen by bishops (Greek, episcopoi)…but I am not an Episcopalian.

I am a member of a congregation which is Christian and independent…but I am not of the Independent Christian Church.

I am a member of the church of Christ; He built it and purchased it with His blood…but I am not Church of Christ.

I am a member of the church of God; He purposed it before the worlds began…but I am not Church of God.

By the grace of God, I am a Christian.

Hugh Fulford, November 12, 2019

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Servants to share the burdens

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” (Romans 15:2-3 ESV)

Каждый из нас должен угождать ближнему, во благо, к назиданию. Ибо и Христос не Себе угождал, но, как написано: злословия злословящих Тебя пали на Меня. (К Римлянам 15:2-3 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you for the healing power of your forgiveness that restores joy and peace to every fibre of our being. Grant us wisdom and courage, so that we will always offer ourselves as servants to share the burdens of our neighbors and encourage them in the same way as Christ, who never sinned, offered himself as a substitute for our many sins. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Restore real hope

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Romans 11:33 KJV

О, бездна богатства и премудрости и ведения Божия! Как непостижимы судьбы Его и неисследимы пути Его! (К Римлянам 11:33 Русский)

O LORD =our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for the dawning of another blessing filled day – especially for everyone who trusts and obeys Christ for eternal life. We bow in obeisance before your majestic throne. We fail in our attempts to comprehend how to explain the physical dimensions of the world you created with all the stars planets and the special choice you made for human life of Earth. Bless the preaching of the gospel of mercy and grace, so that all people living now will learn how to restore real hope of eternal life for mortal creatures such as we are. Embarrass the spiritually ignorant smugness of those who arrogantly hold up their weak and erroneous wisdom for creation. Open the eyes of blind teachers to the truth contained in the Holy Scriptures. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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MOST: Always humble and gentle

Meditate on this verse:

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love, Eph 4.2 ICB.

Offer this prayer:

Sovereign Lord, show me the way to humility. May I learn the gentleness of Christ. Soften my hardness of impatience with situations and with others.

Savor this thought:

God’s patience with me frees me to be patient with others.

Take this action:

Recall the ways Christ showed himself to be humble.

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Eternal relationship

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2 ESV)

Итак нет ныне никакого осуждения тем, которые во Христе Иисусе живут не по плоти, но по духу, потому что закон духа жизни во Христе Иисусе освободил меня от закона греха и смерти. (К Римлянам 8:1-2 Русский)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Father for your priceless and unfailing love that never disappoints those who love your Son whom you sent to lead us into an eternal relationship as we remain in step with the Spirit you have given to those who faithfully trust and obey Christ Jesus. Silence those who boast in themselves and show no wisdom of the Spirit in their teaching or their deeds. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Your all-inclusive love

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2 ESV)

Поэтому, получив оправдание по вере, мы имеем мир с Богом через нашего Господа Иисуса Христа. 2 Через Него нам верою открыт доступ к благодати, в которой мы сейчас и стоим. И мы ликуем в надежде на то, что разделим славу Бога. (Римлянам 5:1-2 Русский NRT)

O LORD my God, you are the clear light of salvation to everyone who is searching for truth that brings freedom. Shine the light of understanding for those who are earnestly studying the Scriptures in hope of eternal life. We can never thank you enough for the joyful news of your grace and mercy toward all mankind. Open the hearts of the stiff-necked and hard-hearted souls who have never discovered the meaning of your all-inclusive love that is for all people who obediently choose to receive Jesus by faith. Dull the speech and influence of those who persuade lost souls that they can do some good deeds and demand eternal life as their due. Bless all Christians who exalt the blessed name of Jesus – your beloved Son! In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Rewards with hardships

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:21-23 ESV)

Но ныне, независимо от закона, явилась правда Божия, о которой свидетельствуют закон и пророки, правда Божия через веру в Иисуса Христа во всех и на всех верующих, ибо нет различия, потому что все согрешили и лишены славы Божией, (Римлянам 3:21-23 Russian)

Most holy and righteous God, our dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord, for this new day that is certain to contain rewards, along with some hardships for the faithful followers of Christ Jesus. Help every person who has desire to teach others about the wonderful righteousness that is available to the worst sinner on earth who is willing to receive Jesus by faith in the way a little child receives instructions from their loving parents whom they happily obey. Give us wisdom and knowledge of your inspired Scriptures that make it plain that faith without loving obedience is not faith. Overthrow the very large influence of those teachers who insist on teaching something called “faith only”, which phrase is not in the inspired Word. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (Reflections On Prayer)

REFLECTIONS ON PRAYER

I have always been a person of prayer and have always believed in the power of prayer. More importantly, I have always believed in the one true God of heaven and earth who hears the prayers of His children. Even before my father became a Christian he taught my sister and me the childhood prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” At all three of our meals (always eaten, by the way, at the family table) my father led us in a prayer of thanks for our food. After he obeyed the gospel, it was the practice of our family for my father to read a chapter from the Bible (with the rest of us following along in our own Bible) and to lead us in prayer before we went to bed for the night. It was these home Bible readings, along with the study of the New Testament book by book and chapter by chapter at the little congregation we attended, as well as my own reading, that formed my first acquaintance with the contents of the New Testament. Our congregation had no divided classes (not that we were opposed to them), but we were so small that everyone (children and adults) met in one large class on Wednesday nights and we studied through the New Testament in the above fashion. I think there is much that could be said in favor of ten, eleven, and twelve year old boys sitting in a Bible class with adults, reading the scriptures with them, both asking and answering questions that arise from the text, and making appropriate comments on the text being studied. I know that I will always cherish those sweet and precious memories! Continue reading

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More like Christ

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11 ESV)

Впрочем, братия, радуйтесь, усовершайтесь, утешайтесь, будьте единомысленны, мирны, –и Бог любви и мира будет с вами. (2-е Коринфянам 13:11 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear heavenly Father for the brightness of your love for all people and especially those who have chosen to trust and obey your beloved Son. Help us Lord, as we search for, and experiment with new and better methods of communicating the pure message of the gospel to all people now living on earth in this Twenty First Century. Help us to be more like Christ in the ways we behave toward one another, so that there will be no more new schisms and fissures in the Body of Christ. Help us to make Christ the beginning and end of our faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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