In our pursuit of righteousness

No unbelief made him (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:20-22 ESV)

не поколебался в обетовании Божием неверием, но пребыл тверд в вере, воздав славу Богу и будучи вполне уверен, что Он силен и исполнить обещанное. Потому и вменилось ему в праведность. (Римлянам 4:20-22 Russian)

O LORD my God – we tremble in your presence as we behold the all that you have made by your infinite power and wisdom. Dear Heavenly Father, hear the prayers of your children. In our pursuit of righteousness, help us to have the same trusting faith like your blessed servant Abraham whose life is a testimony for us to learn how to trust and obey Christ as our Lord and Savior. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Not ashamed to wear the name of Christ

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. Correct me, O Lord, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:23-24 ESV)

Знаю, Господи, что не в воле человека путь его, что не во власти идущего давать направление стопам своим. Наказывай меня, Господи, но по правде, не во гневе Твоем, чтобы не умалить меня. (Иеремия 10:23-24 Russian)

Most holy, righteous and loving Father in heaven ~ thank you for the brightness of the glory of your beloved Son in whom we trust for eternal life. Bless all faithful Christians around the world who are not ashamed to wear the name of Christ. Be with us in our worship today as we exalt Christ as Lord in songs, prayers, the Lord’s Supper, giving as you prosper us, and gospel preaching. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Restore love for the Scriptures

There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. (Romans 2:9-11 ESV)

Недоля та утиск на всяку душу людини, хто чинить зле, юдея ж перше та геллена, а слава, і честь, і мир усякому, хто чинить добре, юдеєві ж перше та гелленові. Бо не дивиться Бог на обличчя! (римлян 2:9-11 Ukrainian)

Dear Father in Heaven ~ hear my prayer O LORD as we come before you on this new day. Restore love for the study and application of Scriptures to everyday situations. Help all people to have an opportunity to learn about your beloved Son – Jesus Christ our Lord. Help all faithful Christians to show the way of right and wrong by doing good and forsaking evil. Help us to have a loving respect for those who do not yet know Christ but they faithfully follow their conscience that leads them to do good and shun evil. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Right Criteria

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.” James 2.1

Looks could be deceiving! When this letter was written by James, it was believed that God blessed those who were good with wealth. Apparently, there were those who showed preference for people arriving for the assembly who were dressed in fine clothes, as opposed to people dressed in ragged clothing. Woe to you if you showed up dressed in rags. You could sit on the floor or stand to the side. However, if you showed up in fine clothes, you were given attention and proper seats.

James wrote that this attitude caused one to judge a person based on the wrong criteria. Christians are to treat all people equally! One does not have the ability to know the motive or heart of another person. Just as important, we are to teach everyone that is willing to listen and not prejudge a person’s response based upon appearance. The proper criteria to use is God’s word.

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Teach children from the earliest ages

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20 ESV)

Ибо, что можно знать о Боге, явно для них, потому что Бог явил им. Ибо невидимое Его, вечная сила Его и Божество, от создания мира через рассматривание творений видимы, так что они безответны. (К Римлянам 1:19-20 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the uplifting power of your grace and mercy that is available to all people who will love and obey your Son – Jesus Christ our Lord. Open the minds eye of those whose thinking has been clogged by the refuse of deceitful teaching disguised as truth in the name of science. Help parents and grandparents to teach children from the earliest ages that you are the Creator of everything that exists. Restore respect for the teachings of the Holy Scriptures as the most trustworthy explanation for who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Wake up with knowledge

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! (Acts 28:30-31 NIV)

И жил Павел целых два года на своем иждивении и принимал всех, приходивших к нему, проповедуя Царствие Божие и уча о Господе Иисусе Христе со всяким дерзновением невозбранно. (Деяния 28:30-31 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you, Lord, for allowing me to wake up with knowledge that you are deserving of the highest possible praise that human tongue can express. Continue to lead all people who love your Son in the direction that stands opposed to all the evil that is in the world. Give us more evangelists who will continue to boldly proclaim Jesus as the Way, Truth and Life even when under arrest. Strengthen the faith of those around them who hear, believe and obey Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Receiving Others

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest.” Luke 10.38

Do you receive people into your home? If you do, what is your attitude toward the situation? Do you get anxious about what to feed them? Do you feel that everything has to be just right? I have been on both sides of the situation.

In the past, when receiving someone, I would do a super cleaning, wearing myself out physically. Mentally, I would worry about what to serve and what to do while the guest was in our home. Many times, I was exhausted before they even arrived, being unable to enjoy to the fullest the time they were there. I could definitely relate to Martha in the context of Luke 10.

With time, I have come to realize that the important thing is to make someone feel comfortable while in my home. That does not mean that I have to serve them a huge, special meal. It does mean that I need to give them the attention that they need. That need might be physical, emotional, or spiritual.

I am blessed by inviting others into our home. I have learned to simplify many things so that I do not allow stress to steal my enjoyment of the moment. That makes it more positive for everyone!

#risingjoy #devotional #Luke #hospitality

How to show gratitude to God

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 585• November 22, 2020

HOW TO SHOW GRATITUDE TO GOD

There are four levels of gratitude that one may reach.

  • The level of the lips – saying “thanks,” or some words that convey gratitude. But if the words are insincere they are not valid – they are lies. Lying words may sound good to the one addressed, but they are a discredit to the one who speaks them.
  • The level of the hands – doing something to show gratitude, in response to something done for you or given to you. But if the action is forced or coerced and is not an honest reflection of feelings it too is a lie. The act is good but the motive behind it is not.
  • The level of the heart – actually being grateful. When the gratitude is heartfelt it will show up in the lips and in the hands, sincere and genuine words and acts of appreciation which is …
  • The level of the life – one lives a life of gratitude. Continue reading

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A sense of awe

“To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23 ESV)

Но, получив помощь от Бога, я до сего дня стою, свидетельствуя малому и великому, ничего не говоря, кроме того, о чем пророки и Моисей говорили, что это будет, то есть что Христос имел пострадать и, восстав первый из мертвых, возвестить свет народу Иудейскому и язычникам. (Деяния 26:22-23 Russian)

O LORD my God, we come into your presence with a sense of awe as we think about the many and various ways that you have preserved our life to this new day. Thank you, dear Heavenly Father, for your constant ability to forgive us of our sins. Give us more of the wisdom of Christ so that we will be able to forgive others as we are taught. Embolden all workers for the Lord who labor near or far away so that the light of the gospel will be presented in truth and love. Silence those who minimize the importance of the very real and agonizing death that Christ endured in order to purchase us out of slavery to sin. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Urged to come

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, a God-fearing woman, listened to us. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying. After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, “If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded us.” Acts 16.14-15

Paul and his companions had arrived in the city of Philippi. On the Sabbath, they had gone to a location outside the city gate to the side of the river, where they thought they would find a place of prayer.

Upon arriving, they began to speak with a group of women who were assembled there. Lydia listened to them and the Lord opened her heart to Paul’s message. She responded, being baptized, along with her household.

Lydia opened her home to Paul and his companions. They were already accommodated in another location, but she was persistent in urging that they come to her home.

Christians live in communion with one another. It is an important aspect of the life of the church. The love and service that we share is one of the attitudes that make us different from the world.

#risingjoy #Acts #devotional #hospitality

Proclaim the message with love

“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. (Acts 26:19-20 ESV)

Поэтому, царь Агриппа, я не воспротивился небесному видению, но сперва жителям Дамаска и Иерусалима, потом всей земле Иудейской и язычникам проповедывал, чтобы они покаялись и обратились к Богу, делая дела, достойные покаяния. (Деяния 26:19-20 Russian)

O LORD God of hosts ~ hear our prayers of thanksgiving on this new day! Dear Father, help all people who sincerely follow your beloved Son to stand up and be counted along with the faithful in every generation following the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of our Lord. Give leaders in the local churches to appoint workers who will boldly proclaim the gospel message with love so that sinners will turn to Christ before it is too late. Silence the influence of those who refuse to teach that sinners must repent and wholeheartedly turn to you with obedient faith. We earnestly pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Love is a very complicated thing (II)

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 584 • November 18, 2020

LOVE IS A VERY COMPLICATED THING – Part Two
SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS OF LOVE (AGAPE).

Love EVALUATES the other person. It does not objectify. This is not an attempt to assign a value, but rather the recognition of the inherent worth and value of the person (and all persons). This requires seeing one as a person, not an object or thing. Continue reading

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Love is a very complicated thing (I)

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 583 • November 15, 2020

LOVE IS A VERY COMPLICATED THING – Part One
1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Romans 13:7-10

INTRODUCTION: “Love is the greatest” – sounds so good, sounds so simple, sounds so easy doesn’t it? We should change our statement to read “love is the best.” It certainly is not simple, and you will come to understand that there’s really nothing easy about it. If you were trying to define or explain “love” to someone who did not know our language, how would you go about it? Chances are you would end up trying to define love in terms of what it does, or how it makes you feel. English is sometimes a poor language, in spite of more than 400,000 words in the vocabulary (how many do you know?). That is especially true with the word LOVE, one of our most ambiguous words, one that resists easy or precise definition. One does not love mate, mother, brother, sister, friend, country and apple pie, or a pet in the same way. And how is “Christian love” different from the other kinds of love? Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Some More Things…)

SOME MORE THINGS THE BIBLE PLAINLY SAYS

Continuing from last week, let us note some more things the Bible plainly says.

1. That God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).

2. That through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed (Lamentations 3:22-24). Continue reading

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Has the impact of his mercy hit you?

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks …” Luke 17:15-16.

On the border of Samaria and Galilee, a likely mixture of Jews and Gentiles were brought together by more than just a disease; they all had faith. All ten were calling Jesus ‘Master’ and asking Him to have mercy on them. Jesus didn’t sort them out by who was in the covenant with God. He saw their evident faith in Him to heal them and told them, still unclean with the disease, to show their skin to the priests who could confirm their healing.

By that same faith, all ten went … and on the way all ten were healed. The only one to return and give thanks was a foreigner who didn’t know the Law, the sacrifices, or the temple.

Being thanked meant something to God incarnate! And so we, who have much to be thankful for, not the least salvation and forgiveness from our disease of sin, should, as the song says, “Give thanks with a grateful heart … because He has given Jesus Christ, His Son.”

You’ve obeyed the gospel and been healed from sin, but has the impact of His mercy hit you so that you gave thanks?

Doug Kashorek

http://sermonlines.com

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