Fresh hope for success

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 NIV)

사울이 죽은 것은 여호와께 범죄했기 때문이었다. 그는 여호와의 명령에 불순종하고 영매를 찾아다니면서도 여호와에게는 물어 보지 않았다. 그래서 여호와께서는 그를 죽이고 그의 나라를 이새의 아들 다윗에게 넘겨 주셨다. (역대상 10:13-14 Korean KLB)

Almighty God – eternally loving and merciful Father in heaven ~ shine the light of your love upon all people of this earth you created for our dwelling place. Thank you for this new day that arrives with fresh hope for success in life by learning and obeying your word. Give wisdom to all leaders of the various nations so that they will not reject the timeless wisdom contained in your word. Shame those leaders who refuse to look to your Son as the highest authority in this day and time. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (Why Do The Liberals . . .)

WHY DO THE LIBERALS AMONG US STAY?

If the church of Christ is just another denomination beset with as many sins, shortcomings, failures, and uninformed views as the leftist/progressive members of it say that it is why do they not leave it for “a different denomination,” a better and more perfect one, or at least one that is more in keeping with their views?

If loyal churches of Christ are behind the times because they refuse to adopt instrumental music in the worship of the church, utilize women preachers, admit to being a denomination, or accept as members those who have not been immersed for the remission of sins (or some biblically synonymous reason), etc. why do the leftists stay? Continue reading

#hughfulford, #progressives

The Lord got very angry, 2 Chronicles 36.16

“But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, and ridiculed his prophets. Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment.”

2 Chronicles 36.16

God felt compassion toward his people and the place of his habitation among them, v. 15. But Israel’s rejection short-circuited his compassion. Jerusalem was destroyed and the people suffered.

People today make fun of the Kingdom’s teachers and evangelistas. They will be judged. Do I speak harshly of those who work in the gospel?

#votd #2-Chronicles #rejection

The place where Christians grow

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. (Hebrews 8:1-2 ESV)

Главное же в том, о чем говорим, есть то: мы имеем такого Первосвященника, Который воссел одесную престола величия на небесах и есть священнодействователь святилища и скинии истинной, которую воздвиг Господь, а не человек. (К Евреям 8:1-2 Russian)

Most holy God, our dear Father in heaven ~ O Majesty, we come before you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – our perfect high priest in whom we trust for eternal life. Give courage and protection to those who faithfully bear witness to the truth that brings the good news of salvation. Thank you for giving us the Church – that exists on earth as the place where Christians may grow in spirit and truth while serving as joint priests with Christ in leading souls to the truth that saves. Protect the church from those who may even do lying wonders while disavowing the truth of the Scriptures. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Neither believe nor obey, Deuteronomy 9.23

“And when he sent you from Kadesh-Barnea and told you, ‘Go up and possess the land I have given you,’ you rebelled against the Lord your God and would neither believe nor obey him.”

Deuteronomy 9.23

Moses cited several examples of Israel’s rebelliousness. This was but one of many. What God gives must often be fought for. His gifts require faith and obedience.

What is the nature of the rebellious spirit? Are there areas where I demonstrate such a spirit? How willing am I to fight for what God wants to give me?

#votd #Deuteronomy #rebelliousness

Expand the borders

Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. (1 Chronicles 4:10 ESV)

И воззвал Иавис к Богу Израилеву и сказал: о, если бы Ты благословил меня Твоим благословением, распространил пределы мои, и рука Твоя была со мною, охраняя меня от зла, чтобы я не горевал!.. И Бог ниспослал ему, чего он просил. (1-я Паралипоменон 4:10 Russian)

Our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for watching over us through the past night. Be with us today as we go from place to place and keep our feet from danger as we pray and trust in Christ Jesus our Lord. Expand the borders of the glorious Church in each local body and the worldwide Body of Christ, so that more people will be saved from the deadly consequences of sin. Help those laboring to publish the gospel message to always do so in truth and love. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Restore public singing

And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away. (Nehemiah 12:43 ESV)

В тот день они принесли великие жертвы и радовались, потому что Бог даровал им великую радость. Женщины и дети тоже радовались. Крики радости в Иерусалиме были слышны далеко вокруг. (Неемия 12:43 Russian NRT)

O LORD my God in whose word we solidly trust for eternal guidance. Hear the prayers of your children dear Heavenly Father. Open our mouths and fill our lungs with songs of praise that will tell the world how much we love and adore our Lord and King, Christ Jesus. Grant wisdom to leaders in all churches of your people, so that they will do everything possible to restore public singing of joyful and heartfelt praises so that no one ever doubts the sincerity of our faith in you and our love. Shame those who are ashamed to give Christ the highest praise from our hearts and lips! In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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You can read and understand, 2 Corinthians 1.13

“For we do not write you anything other than what you can read and also understand. But I hope that you will understand completely”.

2 Corinthians 1.13

Paul defends himself against accusations that he is being equivocal in his communications and, hence, dishonest. He appeals to his directness and clarity as proof.

Scripture can be understood. Those who apply themselves can know what it says, even though removed from the original setting. Am I throwing up barriers (excuses?) to comprehension?

#votd #2-Corinthians #perspicuity

No one can compare to me! Isaiah 47.10

“You were complacent in your evil deeds; you thought, ‘No one sees me.’ Your self-professed wisdom and knowledge lead you astray, when you say, ‘I am unique! No one can compare to me!’”

Isaiah 47.10

The prophet denounced the arrogance of Babylon. The Lord used Babylon to punish Israel, v. 6, but they showed them no mercy. Now, destruction would fall on them, v. 11.

Do I remember that God sees all? Do I believe that I am so special that I can sin without being punished? Is my wisdom leading me astray?

#votd #Isaiah #self-deceit

18 years ago

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, (Ephesians 1:15-17 ESV)

Посему и я, услышав о вашей вере во Христа Иисуса и о любви ко всем святым, непрестанно благодарю за вас [Бога], вспоминая о вас в молитвах моих, чтобы Бог Господа нашего Иисуса Христа, Отец славы, дал вам Духа премудрости и откровения к познанию Его, (Ефесянам 1:15-17 Russian)

Most holy God, we come before your holy and glorious presence on this new day with thanksgiving in our hearts that we have the assurance of eternal life as we trust and obey our Lord Jesus Christ in all things. Bless all people around the world whom you are calling to Christ as the blessed gospel is published in a clear and plain manner. Comfort the families who remain victimized by the atrocious murders carried out against people of America on this date 18 years ago. May your peaceful word of reconciliation find its way into the hearts and minds of those who plan such murderous schemes. Bless the President of the USA and those who assist him, with wisdom to lead America in peace and prosperity according to your will for all people. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

The sun’s oppressive heat, Isaiah 49.10

“They will not be hungry or thirsty; the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, for one who has compassion on them will guide them; he will lead them to springs of water.”

Isaiah 49.10

Through his prophets, the Lord provided many vivid pictures of how he would bless the people of Israel after their restoration to the Land. These are suggestive of spiritual blessing, also.

Christians do not have the physical promises given to Israel. They look forward to greater things. What pictures of eternal life does my mind cherish?

#votd #Isaiah #blessing

Hugh’s News & Views (What I Believe . . .)

WHAT I BELIEVE AND WHY I BELIEVE IT

The apostle Peter wrote: “[B]ut sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15, American Standard Version).

These words are directed to every Christian, and every Christian has an obligation to know what he believes and why he believes it and to effectively communicate that belief to others “with meekness and fear (humility, reverence, respect, hf).” In fulfillment of that divine requirement I set forth below some of the fundamental things I believe and why I believe them. They are stated succinctly with relevant scripture citations given to back up my reasons for believing them. I respectfully ask my readers to check the scripture references for what they say about the matters mentioned. Continue reading

#belief, #hughfulford

Many young people

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. (John 16:22-23 ESV)

Так и с вами, сейчас у вас время скорби, но когда Я снова вас увижу и вы обрадуетесь, никто больше уже не отнимет вашей радости. Тогда вы не будете спрашивать Меня ни о чем. Говорю вам истину: Отец даст вам все, что вы ни попросите у Него во имя Мое. (От Иоанна 16:22-23 NRT)

Most holy and wise Father in heaven ~ thank you for the rich and unexpected care we received over the past few days as you brought me and Galina safely back across the continent of Europe and the Atlantic ocean to be home with our neighbors here in Cedar Key. Thanks, dear Lord, for the many young people and their families and friends we had fellowship with doing the joyful work of sharing the saving gospel of Christ. Watch over each child and their families while we are away. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

The righteous person escapes, Proverbs 12.13

“The evil person is ensnared by the transgression of his speech, but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.”

Proverbs 12.13

Evil is full of lies, obfuscation, half-truths, and self-interest. The righteous person is honest, true, transparent, unselfish. Righteousness pays!

For all the talk of how evil has the advantage, it’s really not true. In the end, evil suffers from its own undoing. God is in control and rewards the righteous!

#votd #Proverbs #evil

The world’s mantra

“Then 3000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, ‘Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?’ And he said to them, ‘As they did to me, so have I done to them’” Judges 15:11.

There’s a lot of avenging going on here. Samson’s wife was given to his best man because he didn’t like being tricked into giving up his riddle. So he sent 300 foxes with lit torches tied to their tails into the Philistines’ standing grain. So they burned his wife and her father. So he “struck them hip and thigh with a great blow.” So they made war on Judah. So he willingly let 3000 Judaites bind him so he could strike down 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey.

The world operates in this way, its mantra being ‘as they did to me, so have I done to them,’ but Christians know that vengeance belongs to the Lord and turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, and give the cloak as well as the tunic. We don’t wage war as the world does. Rather, in weakness we persuade men and take every thought captive for Christ.

Do you act as though Satan is still ruler over us or that Christ has defeated sin and death?

Douglas Kashorek

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#vengeance #devotional #other-cheek