Hugh’s News & Views (The Crippling Of The Church)

THE CRIPPLING OF THE CHURCH

All Christians want to see the church grow and do well. The early church in the book of Acts experienced tremendous growth in spite of immense persecution. The church in the early years of the restoration movement spread like wildfire across the Western Reserve, into the South, to the plains and prairies, and on out to the West Coast as the plea for apostolic Christianity and the effort to be Christians only without denominational affiliation struck a responsive chord with hundreds of thousands of sincere people. Continue reading

Our future close to our hearts

By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones. (Hebrews 11:22 ESV)

Верою Иосиф, при кончине, напоминал об исходе сынов Израилевых и завещал о костях своих. (Евреям 11:22 Russian)

Almighty God, our most holy, merciful and righteous Father in heaven ~ help us Lord on this new day as we hear of many more who doubt the certainty of eternal life. Restore the faith of those who are growing cold in the faith of Jesus as Lord. Thanks you Lord, for reminding us of the faith of your servant Joseph, who was sold into slavery in a foreign land and yet never forgot your plan. Help every Christian to hold our future beautiful and eternal home close to our hearts. Bless all new believers and other citizens of the Kingdom to remain good examples as we march toward the New Jerusalem. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.

Cedar Key Church

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The righteous holds to his way: Job 17.9

“But the righteous man holds to his way,
and the one with clean hands grows stronger.”

Job 17.9

Was Job speaking ironically here, in the midst of his despair? Was he throwing back in the face of friends what they were saying? Or was this statement a glimmer of hope before all hope died?

Job’s friends had good thoughts, but bad application. May we see in Job what God wants: for man to know him. May that truth hold us to our way and cause us to grow stronger.

#votd #Job #righteousness

Hugh’s News & Views (Sins Of Presidents)

SINS OF PRESIDENTS

Back on November 13 of last year I sent out a “News & Views” titled “Sins of Preachers.” One of my readers suggested that I needed to also write about the “Sins of Presidents.” He thinks I should especially be “calling out” President Trump for his sins. He is not one of Trump’s fans, although he acknowledges that the president has done some good things, but also some bad things. I am curious as to how he thinks that is any different from any other president. They all have been human, and they all have done some good things and some bad things! Continue reading

So that you may teach them: Exodus 24.14

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandments that I have written, so that you may teach them.'”

Exodus 24.14

The giving of the 10 commandments was a historic moment, perhaps second only to the crucifixion of Christ. God wrote down his will, in order that it be taught to the people.

As God’s written will, Scripture is meant to be taught. If you have received it, you are responsible to teach it. Who are you teaching?

#votd #Exodus #teaching

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Desire to seek for unity

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (Acts 10:36 NIV)

Он послал сынам Израилевым слово, благовествуя мир чрез Иисуса Христа; Сей есть Господь всех. (Деяния 10:36 Russian)

O LORD God, our blessed Father in heaven ~ your power and might remains unchallenged as seasons and years come and go. Lift up the feeble hand of your children who are living by faith in your beloved Son – our Messiah. Bless the people who are fleshly Israel with the life changing knowledge that Jesus is also their Prince of Peace. Give Christians around the world desire and strong will to ardently seek for unity among all children of faith through in Christ as Lord. Abba Father, silence the influence of the voices of Satan who oppose Jesus as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.

Cedar Key Church

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So you may have fellowship: 1 John 1.3

“we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

1 John 1.3 NRSV

This appears to be John’s purpose statement for his letter, along with v. 4. It’s about fellowship with the One who came in human form, so that all, accepting the gospel’s truth, could be one with God and with him.

To have fellowship with God, Christ, and his people, he must be proclaimed. What are you doing right now to proclaim Christ?

#votd #1-John #fellowship

A real and close relationship

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8 ESV)

И Писание, провидя, что Бог верою оправдает язычников, предвозвестило Аврааму: в тебе благословятся все народы. (Галатам 3:8 Russian)

O LORD my God, I come before you on this new day with fear and trembling as did those in ancient times. Thank you for giving us your Son who has taught us to call upon you in a more familiar manner as our Father. Considering the magnitude and frequency of my sins, this always seems so awkward that you will regard me as your child. Please lead me as you led Abraham long ago into a very real and close relationship with you and your magnificent Son. We are so blessed to have the presence of your Spirit dwelling among the saved in this day and time. Magnify the efforts of everyone who dares to leave the peace and security of home, in search of souls who are starved to hear about your message of grace to all people on earth. Help us Lord before it is too late and the door is shut. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.

Cedar Key Church

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Increase faith: Luke 17.5

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’”

Luke 17.5

Perhaps impressed with the need for continued forgiveness, the Twelve ask for greater faith. The desire is a good one. It is an ancient desire, one that many feel today. Jesus gave a good reply, v. 6.

Am I waiting for greater faith in order to act? Perhaps I need to act now in order to have greater faith. Start now! Do your duty, vv. 7-10.

#votd #Luke #faith

When we felt so high and mighty

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 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 15:1-3 ESV)

Мы, сильные, должны сносить немощи бессильных и не себе угождать. 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. (Римлянам 15:1-3 Russian)

Dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new day and the awareness of your very real presence in our lives as we voluntarily follow Jesus as Lord and Messiah. Rattle our senses so that we aware of those around us who are suffering, or just in need of a friend to help or simply have a conversation with. Please forgive us for the times when we felt we were so high and mighty that we would never stoop to suffer in order to help someone in need. Let us feel the stinging insults that our blessed Savior experienced and yet continue to forgive and serve others. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.

Cedar Key Church

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You yourselves are our letter: 2 Corinthians 3.2-3

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.”

2 Corinthians 3.2-3

How did Paul recommend himself to the Corinthians? By the converts made. His credentials consisted of the gospel in the hearts of saved men and women.

People like to have their names on university or hospital buildings. They love diplomas hanging on walls. The true measure of a servant of Christ is work done among people for salvation.

#votd #2-Corinthians #identity

An urge to receive your grace

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)

Бо я пересвідчився, що ні смерть, ні життя, ні Анголи, ні влади, ні теперішнє, ні майбутнє, ні сили, ні вишина, ні глибина, ані інше яке створіння не зможе відлучити нас від любови Божої, яка в Христі Ісусі, Господі нашім! (римлян 8:38-39 Ukrainian)

O LORD God, my dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the extremely gracious mercy that you shower upon your children of faith on this new day. Influence the hearts of every sincere follower of Christ so that those on the outside will also have an urge to receive your grace. Make a mockery out of those who use human reasoning to deceive those who are wholeheartedly trusting in our Lord for eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.

Cedar Key Church

#david-binkley

New Book

To all who have pre-ordered my latest book Restoration News and Views I sincerely apologize for the unusually long delay in getting the book from the publisher. He has run into a number of scheduling problems, but hopefully the book will be available by the time of the Freed-Hardeman University Lectures the first week of February.

If you placed an order with me last year at Polishing the Pulpit, be assured that I still have your name and address and will be sending the book to you as soon as it is available. For others who may be interested in ordering a copy, please provide me with your name and mailing address. The book consists of a collection of original essays on the restoration plea, restoration principles, and restoration personalities. It will sell for $10.00, plus S & H, but do not send any money until you receive the book.

Again, thank you for your patience.

Hugh Fulford

People who belong to Christ today

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. (Romans 4:13-14 ESV)

Ибо не законом даровано Аврааму, или семени его, обетование–быть наследником мира, но праведностью веры. Если утверждающиеся на законе суть наследники, то тщетна вера, бездейственно обетование; (Римлянам 4:13-14 Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father, the God of Abraham, Christ’s chosen apostles and everyone who walks in the same obedient manner of faith as our spiritual ancestors. Teach us by your blessed Spirit inspired word – that people who belong to Christ today are those who trust and obey your instructions. Open the eyes of Christians today so we all agree that true Israel consists of those who walk by faith in the one blessed Messiah of Jews and Gentiles. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.

Cedar Key Church

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As long as I live: Psalm 146.2

“I will praise the Lord as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist!”

Psalm 146.2

Man is concerned with how long he can live. God’s people are concerned with praising and fear him for as long as they live. One’s life may be long, but futile.

People in the world’s “Blue Zones” live longer, so there is great interest in what they do to love so long. People in God’s Kingdom have eternal life. How interested are you in it?

#votd #Psalms #eternal-life