Unauthorized person: Numbers 1.51

“Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites must take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be reassembled, the Levites must set it up. Any unauthorized person who approaches it must be killed.”

Numbers 1.51

God gives definite responsibilities to specific people. He has always done this. The Levites, and they alone, were tasked with taking down and setting up the tabernacle in the wilderness.

Did others have the ability to do what the Levites were supposed to do? Absolutely! But they were not authorized to do it. The same principle applies today for elders, men in worship, support of widows, etc.

#votd #Numbers #responsibility

Your words supported those who stumbled: Job 4.3-4

“Look, you have instructed many; you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled, and you have strengthened the knees that gave way.”

Job 4.3-4

Eliphaz recognized how much Job had helped others. He made wise use of his tongue. He knew the power of words. He encouraged, taught, corrected, and guided.

The world says words don’t matter. But God created the world with words. The Son became the Word. God’s word has power, and so do our words. How have you used your words lately?

#votd #Job #words

The hard lesson

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

Но Господь сказал мне: ‘довольно для тебя благодати Моей, ибо сила Моя совершается в немощи’. И потому я гораздо охотнее буду хвалиться своими немощами, чтобы обитала во мне сила Христова. (2 Коринфянам 12:9 Russian)

O LORD God Almighty ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day on which we may boldly come before your most holy presence because of the power of your Son that emboldens us. Humble us by your mighty hand so that we will learn the hard lesson that we have no power to battle Satan without the inner strength provided by our Lord Jesus Christ. Awaken all faithful Christians to the need for humble and sincere repentance for acting with independent and often arrogant attitude. In the precious name we pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Naked: Genesis 3.11

“And the Lord God said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’”

Genesis 3.11

Nakedness is shameful because man is sinful. Disobedience ruins his relationship with God. Sin brings shame and distance and many consequences unforeseen when the temptation is offered.

Only when we understand the consequences of our sin can we see the error of our ways. What consequences have you suffered? How and when have you been able to avoid temptation?

#votd #Genesis #disobedience

Two for a penny: Matthew 10.29

“Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”

Matthew 10.29

Jesus guarantees that his messengers are not forgotten by the Father when they encounter resistance to the Good News. They need not question whether God has forgotten them.

The argument is from the lesser to the greater. God knows what happens to his creatures. So he will care for his most important creation: his children. Do you believe this as you share the Gospel?

#votd #Matthew #will-of-God

Hugh’s News & Views (Why Do You . . . ?)

“WHY DO YOU PREACH LIKE THAT?”

Only rarely do I use an article written by someone else for my weekly “Hugh’s News & Views.” I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have done that since the inauguration of this column back in November of 2010. However, the following article by Don Loftis is such a fitting sequel to last week’s article on “Hanging Out Our Dirty Laundry For All The World To See” that I have chosen to use it for this week’s edition of my “News & Views.” Don has recently retired from full-time ministry after serving the Old Hickory (TN) Church of Christ for over 20 years. The article is taken from a reprint of it in the November 15, 2018 issue of the bulletin of the Calvert City (KY) Church of Christ. I heartily commend Don’s words of truth and soberness to all of my readers. (hf). Continue reading

Hindrance to the weak

“But be careful that this liberty of yours does not become a hindrance to the weak.”

1 Corinthians 8.9

The Corinthians were arrogant and independent. They insisted on exercising their freedom, to the detriment of their brethren. Paul pulls them back to examine their impact on the weak.

How does my use of freedom affect others? Are my actions making others stronger or weaker in faith? Am I aware of how others interpret my words and actions?

#votd #1-Corinthians #freedom

Stir up the latent courage

One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as he promised you. Be very careful, therefore, to love the LORD your God. (Joshua 23:10-11 ESV)

один из вас прогоняет тысячу, ибо Господь Бог ваш Сам сражается за вас, как говорил вам. Посему всячески старайтесь любить Господа Бога вашего. (Иисус Навин 23:10-11 Russian)

O LORD my God, turn your ear to my cries for mercy and forgiveness on this new day. Stir up the latent courage and boldness that is necessary to combat the rampant spreading of evil throughout every nation. Dear Father, as you fought Israel’s battles, be with your people today who follow the Lord Jesus Christ to the best of our ability. Help us to show our love for you by loving others. Exalt the true Christian race as your Israel of today. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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They did not really belong to us: 1 John 2.19

“They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.”

1 John 2.19

John refers to false teachers. They denied that Jesus came in the flesh. Separation in teaching must result in separation in fellowship.

The church must be vigilant against false teaching. We must be aware that some will depart from the faith. We must not be disturbed when some leave us. This is as it must be.

#votd #1-John #false-teaching

I was glad: Psalm 122.1

“I was glad because they said to me, ‘We will go to the Lord’s temple.’”

Psalm 122.1

The writer knew the value of being in God’s presence together with the people of God. To be inside, v. 2, where God has built his abode, v. 3, to pray and praise together, vv. 4-9, is a great joy.

God is in the midst of his family, the church. We gather together to praise God and pray for one another. Does this give me joy? Do I assemble with high hopes?

#votd #Psalms #church #joy

The stellar new life in Christ

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:11-12 ESV)

En él también fuisteis circuncidados con circuncisión no hecha por mano de hombre, sino por la circuncisión de Cristo, en la cual sois despojados de vuestra naturaleza pecaminosa. Con él fuisteis sepultados en el bautismo, y en él fuisteis también resucitados por la fe en el poder de Dios que lo levantó de los muertos. (Colosenses 2:11-12 Spanish RVR1995)

O Lord my God, dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the outstanding gift of life that is never perceived as an ordinary blessing to be taken for granted. Walk with us on every breath we take, so that we will be more sharply aware of your influential presence in our daily routine. Open wide our eyes of faith so that we will be more effective in teaching the truth about the place of baptism in the stellar new life in Christ. Give us wisdom to include in our evangelistic efforts people of every nation, tribe and language group. Forgive us for the times when we may have arrogantly and ignorantly neglected to tell lost souls about the need to receive the grace of Christ by personal faith, repentance and baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Pure wisdom

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15 ESV)

Более же всего облекитесь в любовь, которая есть совокупность совершенства. И да владычествует в сердцах ваших мир Божий, к которому вы и призваны в одном теле, и будьте дружелюбны. (Колоссянам 3:14-15 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for this new day that already promises more blessings that we ever hoped for or thought to request from your kindness. Bless all your children of faith around the world during these times of unrest for many people. Bind Christians together with love, peace and gratitude. Grant us more of your pure wisdom so that we will humbly and faithfully follow Christ the Prince of Peace. Silence the noisy speech of those who foment hatred and division within the Body of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Revive faith and energy

And now, as you see, the Lord has kept me alive, as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel was journeying through the wilderness; and here I am today, eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was on the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war, and for going and coming. (Joshua 14:10-11 NRSV)

итак, вот, Господь сохранил меня в живых, как Он говорил; уже сорок пять лет прошло от того времени, когда Господь сказал Моисею слово сие, и Израиль ходил по пустыне; теперь, вот, мне восемьдесят пять лет; но и ныне я столько же крепок, как и тогда, когда посылал меня Моисей: сколько тогда было у меня силы, столько и теперь есть для того, чтобы воевать и выходить и входить; (Иисус Навин 14:10-11 Russian)

O Lord God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ we come humbly into your awesome presence on this new day with thankful hearts for the strength you provide for followers of Jesus as Lord. Revive the faith and energy of Christians who are near the age of Caleb. Help all the faithful warriors of Christ to continue being strong examples in word and deed for their families and fellow saints. Give us wisdom dear Lord to clearly see the purpose you have in mind for us as we age according to the calendar. Drive away the fear of uselessness in hearts of believers in all age groups. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Constant watchfulness over all creation

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

А теперь во Христе Иисусе вы, бывшие некогда далеко, стали близки Кровию Христовою. (Ефесянам 2:13 Russian)

Most holy and gracious God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the kindness and mercy we receive from your constant watchfulness over all your creation. Open the hearts of every person who is wandering around lost like a ship without a rudder. Light the fires of faith in the minds and hearts of all followers of Jesus so that the treasure of the gospel message may be known to those seeking your grace and mercy. Forgive us for the times when we kept the message to ourselves and neglected those who have wandered far from home. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (Hanging Out Our Dirty Laundry . . .)

HANGING OUT OUR DIRTY LAUNDRY FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE

Without question, when Christians have personal disputes and differences with each other Jesus taught that those disagreements should be settled privately and brought to the attention of the church only when all one-on-one and other conciliatory efforts had failed (Matthew 18:15-18). Unfortunately, this divine counsel is not always followed, often to the embarrassment and detriment of the church of God. Continue reading