Arise! Shine! Isaiah 60.1

“Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! The splendor of the Lord shines on you!”

Isaiah 60.1

The book ends, 56.1—66.24, showing the restoration of Israel and the glory of Jerusalem. God calls the city to show its full glory as nations stream into it.

Jesus may allude to this verse in Mat 5.16. Our call, also, is to reflect God’s glory outward, as we are transformed by it.

#votd #Isaiah #promise

Jesus went with him: Mark 5.24

“Jesus went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around him.”

Mark 5.24

The willingness of Jesus to help others is shown in his going with Jairus, the synagogue ruler, to heal his daughter. The Lord is not unmoved by human needs.

Jesus has come to mankind, in the flesh. He also moves in our direction, to satisfy our need, to forgive our sin. Am I moving in his direction?

#votd #Mark #Jesus-Christ

Consecrate yourselves: 2 Chronicles 29.5

“[Hezekiah] said to them: ‘Listen to me, you Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, so you can consecrate the temple of the Lord God of your ancestors! Remove from the sanctuary what is ceremonially unclean!'”

2 Chronicles 29.5

King Hezekiah of Judah restored temple worship. He began with the Levites. Perhaps he saw that they were more conscientious about consecrating themselves than the priests, v. 34.

Before we can worship and work acceptably before the Lord, we must consecrate ourselves by removing all that defiles in our lives.

#votd #2Chronicles #consecration

Faith grown cold

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:24-25 ESV)

Верою Моисей, придя в возраст, отказался называться сыном дочери фараоновой, и лучше захотел страдать с народом Божиим, нежели иметь временное греховное наслаждение, (К Евреям 11:24-25 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you O LORD my God for your countless blessings that appear with the dawning of a new day. Most of all, thank you for the faith in the hearts of believers around the world. Encourage us to realize that our faithfulness to Christ stirs up the consciences of those whose faith has grown cold to the point that it is hardly recognizable. Give us faith like Moses when he boldly gave up life in the king’s palace in favor of advance service to Christ the Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

A bad smell: John 11.39

“Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied, ‘Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, because he has been buried four days.'”

John 11.39

Ever the practical one, Martha thinks of what is, not what can be. She has no idea of Jesus’ intent. She deals with a dead body; he plans to revive.

Am I so caught up in the problem of the hour or the reality of the moment that I cannot see what God desires to do in me and through me?

#votd #John #potential

At the last day

“Now this is the will of the one who sent me—that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father—for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6.39-40

The Father’s will looks past the present, to the last day, to giving eternal life. He is interested in saving every single person. He does so through faith in the Son.

Believing in Christ means trust, faithfulness, and obedience. It means full commitment to the Lord. Does he have that from me?

#votd #John #will-of-God

Hugh’s News & Views (On Dead Men Climbing Ladders)

ON DEAD MEN CLIMBING LADDERS

In an effort to downplay the necessity of taking the steps necessary for being saved from sin and becoming a Christian, it has been asserted that “dead men don’t climb ladders.” But what proves too much proves too little! Using that same “logic,” dead men do not go to the mourner’s bench. Dead men do not “pray through.” Dead men do not kneel down by their radio or television set and “receive Jesus into their heart.” Dead men do not walk to the front at a “Crusade for Christ.” Dead men do not “just believe.” Dead men do not say “the sinner’s prayer.” Yet, all of these are taught as things that a person can do to be saved.

It is rather obvious that a person who is literally and physically dead can do nothing. Physically dead men don’t breathe, eat, think, talk, walk, or work! Neither do they read the Bible! And, it is true that the alien sinner (the sinner who has not been redeemed by the blood of Christ and who has not become a child of God) is said to be “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). But, the fact that a person may be spiritually dead does not mean that he is physically dead and therefore incapable of doing anything to save himself. A person who is spiritually dead but physically alive is capable of hearing, believing, and obeying the gospel which is God’s power to salvation (Romans 1:16). Continue reading

#calvinism, #hughfulford, #salvation

As the crowds were increasing: Luke 11.29

“As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”

Luke 11.29

Jesus was concerned for numbers, as long as those numbers reflected true understanding of God’s will. Otherwise, he worked to pare the numbers down.

Does a concern to please others and fill seats dampen my enthusiasm for the truth and for helping people face their sins?

#votd #Luke #church-growth

God’s wrath: Ephesians 5.6-7

“Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them, …”

Ephesians 5.6-7

Empty words are enticement to sin. Disobedience brings down punishment. Obedience avoids God’s wrath. Saints must avoid participation in sin.

Am I swayed by the world’s persuasive words? Do I diminish the reality of God’s wrath? Do I attempt to reconcile sin with holiness?

#votd #Ephesians #wrath

Peace into every troubled heart

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27 ESV)

Зоставляю вам мир, мир Свій вам даю! Я даю вам не так, як дає світ. Серце ваше нехай не тривожиться, ані не лякається! (Від Івана 14:27 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, thank you dear Father in heaven for this new day that arrives with what may seem to be insurmountable challenges. Yet, I know Lord that with Christ everything is possible and so I ask on behalf of all faithful Christians ~ bring peace into every troubled heart. We all need true peace that springs from our blessed Jesus to true believers in your Holy Scriptures. Not the peace of the babbling pseudo psychologists of this world. Such mock peace fails to prepare the church to interact with non-believers who refuse to acknowledge right and wrong as coming from your eternal wisdom. Help us Lord to behave humbly with the confidence of our faith that comes from the peace you give us. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

I have not turned from my God, 2 Samuel 22.22

“For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.”

2 Samuel 22.22 NLT

David’s victory song celebrates God’s deliverance from Saul and all his enemies. The Lord repaid him for his godly conduct.

One version translates the last phrase, “I’ve done nothing that would separate me from God” (VFL). Have I done anything that would remove me from his presence?

#votd #2Samuel #conduct

In fellowship

By Johnny O. Trail — The term fellowship has come to mean numerous things to various people. Some of the ideas put forth regarding the nature of Christian fellowship are truly sectarian in nature (Romans 16.7; cf. John 17.21). Any view that contradicts the biblical definition of fellowship should be rejected. Suffice it to say that one must ascertain what the Bible teaches about true fellowship. To that end, it becomes apparent that one can be in fellowship with God, Christ, and fellow Christians. Continue reading

#fellowship, #johnnyotrail

Will only a few be saved? Luke 13.23-24

“Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ So he said to them, ‘Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.'”

Luke 13.23-24

Was it a kind concern for others that motivated the question posed to Jesus? The question seemed to expect a positive answer, based on previous teaching of his.

Jesus often did not answer questions with a direct reply. Here, he directs the person not to numbers, but to self. Make sure you are saved. It reminds one of John 21.21-23.

#votd #Luke #salvation

Expand the peace

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV)

Ви Його любите, не бачивши, і віруєте в Нього, хоч тепер не бачите, а вірувавши, радієте невимовною й славною радістю, бо досягаєте мети віри вашої спасіння душам. (1 Петра 1:8-9 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you for the hope that is in my heart today as I consider the brevity of my own life while comparing that with eternal life in your presence. According to your gracious will, give me a greater measure of the mind-boggling joy that is the reward for those who love your beloved Son and trust in him to forgive our sins and bring us into your presence. Give the leaders of this world and leaders of local churches wisdom to expand the peace that results from people surrendering their stubborn will to your good and perfect plan for all humanity. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Restore you to the privilege of serving: Jeremiah 15.19

“Because of this, the Lord said,
‘You must repent of such words and thoughts!
If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me.
If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless,
I will again allow you to be my spokesman.
They must become as you have been.
You must not become like them.'”

Jeremiah 15.19

God speaks to the prophet who recoils from suffering, v. 18. Now Jeremiah must decide if he will return to useful service or not. He must not be like the people, but serve as an example of what they should do.

Saints must be ready to suffer for serving God. They must not become like those to whom they proclaim the gospel. They must preach repentance. At times, they must repent themselves.

#votd #Jeremiah #repentance