The crystal-clear path that leads home

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. (Psalm 45:17-20 ESV)

Праведен Господь во всех путях Своих и благ во всех делах Своих. Близок Господь ко всем призывающим Его, ко всем призывающим Его в истине. Желание боящихся Его Он исполняет, вопль их слышит и спасает их. Хранит Господь всех любящих Его, а всех нечестивых истребит. (Псалтирь 144:17-20 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you merciful, most holy, and righteous Father in heaven ~ we are amazed when we consider how much you love those who love and obey your beloved Son. Forgive us dear Father for those times in this mortal life when our minds and deeds have wandered away from the righteous way that you expect from us. Lead us today into the crystal clear path that leads home to joy now and our never-ending home in Heaven. Expose those who falsely teach that all people will inherit eternal life regardless of their devotion to Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Why are you persecuting me? Acts 9.4

“He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'”

Acts 9.4

In a special vision, Saul, persecutor of the church, saw the Lord Jesus, who asked him why he persecuted the Lord. What is done to the church is done to the Lord.

The church is Christ’s body. In judgment he wills say, “… just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me” Mt 25.40.

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Tangled vines of worldliness and discontent

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 ESV)

Y el mismo Jesucristo Señor nuestro, y Dios nuestro Padre, el cual nos amó y nos dio consolación eterna y buena esperanza por gracia, conforte vuestros corazones y os confirme en toda buena palabra y obra. (2 Tesalonicenses 2:16-17 Español RVR1995)

Almighty God, our eternally strong, wise and merciful Father in heaven ~ thank you, Lord, for showing us your kindness in so many wonderful and eye-opening ways. Give us a portion of your perfect wisdom as we read and obey your inspired word that is a lamp to lead us. Help everyone who has become lost in the tangled vines of worldliness and discontent, to come home in sincere repentance to your strong arms of comfort. Give all followers of Christ a sense of hope, joy, peace, and comfort while humbly serving our Lord. Extinguish the false light of worldly wisdom that promises hope but delivers misery and death. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Not in idle talk, 1 Corinthians 4.20

“For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power.”

1 Corinthians 4.20

Man talks, God transforms. The Corinthians loved oratory and philosophy, but none of that saved. In fact, it only divided and destroyed. The gospel unites and redeems.

It is time for the church to get away from politics, social issues, and material help. It is urgent that we stick with the gospel. This and this alone is our mission and our power.

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Our chief aim in life

Those who sow in tearsshall reap with shouts of joy!He who goes out weeping,bearing the seed for sowing,shall come home with shouts of joy,bringing his sheaves with him. Ps. 126:5-6 ESV

Сеявшие со слезами будут пожинать с радостью. С плачем несущий семена возвратится с радостью, неся снопы свои. (Псалтирь 125:5-6 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ dear most holy and awesome Father in heaven, you have done and continue to do so many great things for us! Thank you, Lord, for teaching us each day how to walk in truth and love. Encourage those who are daily sowing the precious seeds of the gospel of Christ our Lord. Be with their families and friends in the difficult times when their labors are opposed by local authorities. Encourage the Body of Christ to do more to sow gospel seeds during whatever time we have remained in this earthly life. Help us to make it our chief aim in life to encourage our family, friends, neighbors and those far away in distant lands to lovingly obey the good news message of Jesus Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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All lives are mine, Ezekiel 18.4

“Indeed! All lives are mine – the life of the father as well as the life of the son is mine. The one who sins will die.”

Ezekiel 18.4

God gave man life, breathing into him at creation. All belong to him, and he will judge all. No one can assume that right. God knows what each one deserves.

How we blame others for our sins! v. 3. But we will answer for what we have done. God cannot be deceived by our games.

#votd #Ezekiel #judgment

Understandable words that teach us

Your word is a lamp to my feetand a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 NRSV)

Слово Твое–светильник ноге моей и свет стезе моей. (Псалтирь 118:105 Russian)

Most holy and righteous God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for providing understandable words that teach us and guide us by day and by night. Forgive the foolish thinking that has sometimes led us to put more trust in the words of some human sage than in your inspired words of life. Your word reveals your heart of lovingkindness and challenges us to be more like your beloved Son who has already conquered death, hell, and the grave. Teach us to love your enlightening Scriptures more than we cherish any other published documents of mere men. Guard our minds against blind spiritualists who do not know the Way of Truth and Life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Flagrant sins, Psalm 19.13

“Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant sins; do not allow such sins to control me. Then I will be blameless, and innocent of blatant rebellion.”

Psalm 19.13

The psalmist wants to please God, v. 14. He knows that keeping the Word will guide him to do that, vv. 7-11. He will commit errors, v. 12, but he prays he will never be consciously rebellious.

Where do we cross the line from inadvertent error to blatant sin? Premeditation may well define it, Rm 13.14.

#votd #Psalms #rebellion

Clear minds

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. (Genesis 6:11-12 NKJV)

І зіпсулась земля перед Божим лицем, і наповнилась земля насильством. І бачив Бог землю, і ось зіпсулась вона, кожне бо тіло зіпсуло дорогу свою на землі. (Буття 6:11-12 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you, dear Father, in heaven, for the fullness of your love and grace on this new day you grant us to live on the earth you created for your creatures. Help all people of faith and reason to be more proactive in conquering hatred, uncontrolled anger and outright violence against one another. Grant all faithful followers of Jesus clear minds so that we use plain and intelligible language when presenting our arguments before or against points of contention with those who don’t view matters of conscience precisely as we do. Give victory to those who advance genuine peace that surpasses ordinary human knowledge. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (“The Fool Has Said . . .”)

“THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS HEART . . .”

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1a). This text is not talking about the avowed atheist who blatantly denies the existence of God. Rather, it is talking about the practical atheist who, while confessing with his mouth that he believes in God, nevertheless in his heart and by his life denies the reality of God. Of such people the apostle Paul wrote: “They profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16).

There are many of these kinds of fools in the world at large, in the various religious organizations formed by men, and even in the church of our Lord. Consider the following. Continue reading

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Uplift in emotions and intellect

May the LORD give you increase,you and your children!May you be blessed by the LORD,who made heaven and earth! (Psalm 115:14-15 ESV)

Нехай вас розмножить Господь, вас і ваших дітей Благословенні ви в Господа, що вчинив небо й землю! (Псалми 114:22-23 Ukrainian)

Our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you, Lord, for the exhilarating uplift we receive in our emotions and intellect as we read and sing these ancient inspired songs of praise! Bring joy and gladness into the hearts of all people in the world who love Christ Jesus your beloved Son. Help Christians everywhere to use all our energy and resources to bring joy and happiness into the lives of the poor and helpless living around us. Stifle the efforts of those who ignorantly resist helping the poor and brokenhearted. Grant us wisdom as we seek more opportunities to sow seeds of truth in love. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Don’t strike rash bargains with God

“And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering’” Judges 11:30-31.

The Bible never glosses over the bad points of God’s people seeking to serve Him. Jephthah was rough around the edges to be sure. He also had a lot of worthless fellows that attached themselves to him. But, unlike Abimelech, he seemed to legitimately want to serve God. This should encourage us as we see God using someone imperfect in His service.

But, unlike Jephthah, we should trust in God and His salvation, never-ending love, and constant concern for us rather than seeking to strike rash bargains with God that we often don’t intend to keep. Even if we were to keep a vow, the fact that we felt we had to make it in the first place indicates that God is into making deals rather than operating out of love. This cheapens God to the status of a pagan god.

We won’t ever know if Jephthah actually sacrificed his daughter as a burnt offering.

But we should not vow but instead trust God to love us.

Douglas Kashorek

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They mocked him, Matthew 27.29

“and after braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand, and kneeling down before him, they mocked him: ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’”

Matthew 27.29

Hardened Roman soldiers had seen it all. As the crushing arm of imperial power, they laughed at small-time attempts to overthrow the government. To them, Jesus was just another failed revolutionary.

Jesus not only died, but suffered humiliation in our stead. Our attempts at self-rescue are ridiculous. But in his humiliation we discover our salvation.

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Patch up broken relationships

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. (Matthew 12:25 NKJV)

Но Иисус, зная помышления их, сказал им: всякое царство, разделившееся само в себе, опустеет; и всякий город или дом, разделившийся сам в себе, не устоит. (Матфея 12:25 Russian)

Most holy, just and righteous God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for this beautiful new day that is running over with even greater evidence of your constant presence among us creatures to whom you have given such great responsibilities. Thank you Lord for the gift of your Son who shares our burdens when they become too heavy go bear. Help all believers in Christ to do more today to patch up broken relationships in our churches, our families and communities. In the precious name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Lift up the most fallen soul

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.At an acceptable time, O God,in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. (Psalm 69:13 ESV)

А я молитва моя до Тебе, Господи, в часі Твоєї зичливости; в многоті милосердя Твойого подай мені відповідь про певність спасіння Твого, (Псалми 69:14 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God and Savior ~ thank you for the daily reminders of your steadfast love that has the power to lift up the most fallen soul who feels they have lost all hope. Open the gates of heaven for those who place their trust in you O God by demonstrating true love for your beloved Son. Lift us up to that higher plane where we may live a meaningful and respectful life with Christ as Lord. Humble those who approach your throne with a self-assured sense of arrogance. Wash us clean in the blood of Jesus as we repent of sins. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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