Fall seven times

Meditate on this verse:

Indeed a righteous person will fall seven times, and then get up again, but the guilty will collapse in calamity, Proverbs 24.16.

Offer this prayer:

Father, keep me from falling. But if and when I do fall, give me the grit to get up again. Keep me on the way, in the light, behind the Lord Jesus.

Savor this thought:

God takes our weakness into account. The gospel contains every provision for our continued forgiveness.

Take this action:

Identify those moments when you are most prone to falling. God doesn’t want you to fall, 1 John 2.1. What justifications do you use for falling?

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Those who refuse to surrender their will

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

(1 Corinthians 13:3 ESV)

И если я раздам все имение мое и отдам тело мое на сожжение, а любви не имею, нет мне в том никакой пользы. (1-е Коринфянам 13:3 Russian – RSV)

O LORD My God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for granting us the privilege to have a familial relationship with you because we heard and obeyed the invitation of your beloved Son – Jesus our Lord and Christ. Thank you for the gift of salvation that is accompanied by help from your Spirit. More than anything dear Lord, we need an abundance of the sacrificial love that characterizes the deeds of Christ while he was on this earth. Bless the young people who are turning in faith and repentance to Christ as Lord all over the earth. Stir up a fresh zeal for more evangelism among nations who do not know you in the manner that leads people to follow Christ with trust and enthusiasm. Stop the constant banter of criticism toward the blessed message of the cross of Christ by those who themselves refuse to surrender their will to the will of our glorious Savior. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Cities in ruin

Meditate on this verse:

I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said, “Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated, and houses are uninhabited, and the land is ruined and devastated, and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place, and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned, Isaiah 6.11-12.

Offer this prayer:

Sovereign God, what ruin sin brings about! Keep sin away from us that many lives may be spared!

Savor this thought:

God is just. He throws down sin. Even his special people are not spared. He carries forward his plan.

Take this action:

Give yourself to God that he may cleanse you. Speak his word to others as he commands you to do.

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We confess our unworthiness

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:11-12 ESV)

Essas coisas aconteceram a eles como exemplos e foram escritas como advertência para nós, sobre quem tem chegado o fim dos tempos. Assim, aquele que julga estar firme, cuide-se para que não caia! (1 Coríntios 10:11-12 Portuguese NVI-PT)

Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven ~ we join with others who use their minds and mouths to glorify your most holy name that is holy and has been and will be holy forever and forever! Accept our worship and devotion to your beloved Son Immanuel – our blessed Savior Jesus. Continue to abide with us Lord, as we continue to devote our lives to the glory of Christ. We confess our own unworthiness to bear your name, but we do so along with other sinners who have found redemption by trusting in the gospel message about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and our obedience to his teaching. Pick us up when we fall dear Father and squash the work of Satan that is designed to destroy our faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Counting my blessings is a frightening activity

“So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours” Matthew 25:25.

Often I find that counting my blessings is a frightening activity because God has given me so much and is expecting much from me in return. It’s the principle of—if much is given, much is expected. It truly makes me wonder if I’m doing all that I can for His Kingdom and Name or if there are ways that I’m squandering my time and resources.

A ‘talent’ in the parable is, of course, a unit of money, but it’s easy to see just how the ready application of this heavenly lesson is that God wants us to bring Him a return on the spiritual blessings He has entrusted us with. And, while each of us as individual Christians and collectively as the body of Christ, need to examine our investment, it is easy to ask ourselves how we are or aren’t using the temporary, physical blessings for His Kingdom and His Name.

We each have food, clothing, and shelter, but beyond the basics, we have cars, possessions, and jobs. God has entrusted you to place you where you are in life with what you have. The church has buildings, grounds, and a bank account.

Are you/we investing or burying y/our talents?

Doug Kashorek

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Proactive love

Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge, but anyone who loves God is known by him. (1 Corinthians 8:2-3 NRSV)

So aber jemand sich dünken läßt, er wisse etwas, der weiß noch nichts, wie er wissen soll. So aber jemand Gott liebt, der ist von ihm erkannt. (1 Korinther 8:2-3 German Luther 1545)

O LORD my God, your majestic splendor is unlike anything mortals can ever come close to comprehending while in these earthbound bodies. We enthusiastically praise your profound wisdom that we are eager to possess, according to your will for our lives. More than anything dear Lord – help us to grow in proactive love for you and the guiding light of the Spirit-inspired Scriptures. Pure love – your most admirable quality, sometimes seems out of reach because of the many base human desires and ambitions that pull us down and often conflict with your perfect plan for each person. Protect us from the antagonistic schemes of Satan so that we may live in loving harmony with one another. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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New day that shines bright

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, (1 Corinthians 1:4 ESV)

Непрестанно благодарю Бога моего за вас, ради благодати Божией, дарованной вам во Христе Иисусе, (1-е Коринфянам 1:4 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for this new day that shines bright because of the perfect gift of your love. Forgive us Lord for ever thinking we did anything to deserve your grace that created a plan of salvation for all people. Help those who hear and obey the Gospel message to live faithfully as a follower of Jesus Christ until death. Bless your church around the world. Shield Christians from Satan’s destructive attacks that are designed to divide and destroy the Body of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Drown out the noise

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” (John 18:36 ESV)

Иисус отвечал: Царство Мое не от мира сего; если бы от мира сего было Царство Мое, то служители Мои подвизались бы за Меня, чтобы Я не был предан Иудеям; но ныне Царство Мое не отсюда. (От Иоанна 18:36 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the many proofs of your invisible and powerful presence in our lives on this another new day. We do not deny the existence of wind since we can experience the comfort of a gentle breeze as well as the destructive and power of wind storm. Open the cold hearts of many cynics, critics and doubters to the very real nature of your Spirit in the seen and unseen world of ours. Bless all the citizens of the Kingdom of Christ who are presently living in this created world as part of the visible and invisible Church for which Christ died. Drown out the noise and effectiveness of those false teachers who elevate themselves to the place of a puppet king over the glorious kingdom of Christ, whom we serve with loving devotion. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Encouraging proof

You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. (Galatians 4:13-14 ESV)

І знаєте ви, що в немочі тіла я перше звіщав вам Євангелію, ви ж моєю спокусою в тілі моїм не погордували, і мене не відкинули, але, немов Ангола Божого, ви прийняли мене, як Христа Ісуса! (До галатів 4:13-14 Ukrainian)

Dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new Lord’s Day that dawns with encouraging proof that you are alive and concerned about our welfare. Restore respect among governing authorities for this day that is set aside as a day to give honor and glory to your beloved Son. Help Christians to overcome the lure of staying away from worship in favor of recreational activities. Help all messengers of the Gospel Lord, to remain faithful to spreading the gospel even when circumstances have stranded us in a difficult place. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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When we decided who is worthy of hearing the gospel

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. (James 2:1 ESV)

Братия мои! имейте веру в Иисуса Христа нашего Господа славы, не взирая на лица. (Иакова 2:1 Russian)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord, for the amazing grace that intend for all mankind in all generations. Forgive our foolish ways of thinking and behaving when we may have decided who is worthy of hearing the gospel message based upon the color of their skin, their language or their economic status. Open the hearts and minds of all people to the tremendous amount of grace and mercy you have available for all people who will trust and obey Christ Jesus as Lord. Help us Father, to see the value of every soul as you do from heaven. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Worshiping idols but sure of God’s blessing

“Then Micah said, ‘Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest’” Judges 17:13.

Two wrongs don’t make a right—yet this is what Micah and most of the world believes today. Micah stole some money from his mother and restored it to her with a confession. This bright spot in the tale dims quickly as his mother dedicates the money to the Lord by having a carved metal idol made with it. Micah then puts it in a shrine in his house along with an ephod and household gods and installs his sons as priests.

How could straying so far from God’s commands be pleasing to God? The text explains that, like today, everyone did what was right in his own eyes. It was a ‘tolerant’ society in which each sets up his own standard for life and God’s standard, if not forgotten, is just a loose guideline. This is clear when Micah finds a Levite as the Law demands to minister, not at the tabernacle but before his idol, and then proclaims that he’s certain that God will now prosper him.

If we do not return to God’s Word for our faith, life, and worship in our very ‘tolerant’ society, we are just like Micah—worshiping our idols but sure in our minds of God’s blessing.

Are you Micah?

Doug Kashorek

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Wonderful and amazing blessings

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. (Luke 4:31-32 ESV)

Он пошел в галилейский город Капернаум и по субботам учил там народ. Люди изумлялись Его учению, потому что в Его словах ощущалась власть. (От Луки 4:31-32 Russian NRT)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord, for this new day that must surely hold some wonderful and amazing blessings for all faithful followers of Jesus as Lord. Thank you for the uplifting teaching of Christ that serves to light our way through the many challenges of this life. Guard us by your astonishing and inspired word. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (What Happens When . . .)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE OBEYS THE GOSPEL?

The expression “obey the gospel” may not be familiar language to many, but to those acquainted with the Scriptures it is recognized as the expression of a great spiritual truth. Peter wrote, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God (Christians, the church – I Timothy 3:15, hf). And if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (I Peter 4:17). As if in anticipation of that question Paul had earlier warned that at the second coming of Christ He would take “vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Thessalonians 1:8). In his letter to the Romans Paul plainly stated: “But they have not all obeyed the gospel” (10:16). The American Standard Version says, “But they did not all hearken to (heed, NASB) the glad tidings” (another term to refer to the gospel, hf). Continue reading

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Artificial barriers removed

For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (Galatians 6:15-16 ESV)

Ни обрезание, ни необрезание не имеют никакого значения. Главное – это быть новым творением! Пусть со всеми, следующими этому правилу, будут мир и милость, и со всем Божьим Израилем. (К Галатам 6:15-16 Russian NRT)

Almighty God ~ thank you Dear Father for the boundless tender mercy that you shower upon all people – especially those who love your Son. Give wisdom to people wherever grace is found, so that we will refrain from judging others over artificial barriers that you have removed. Save the church from bitter wrangling that concentrates on fault-finding while the harvest fields remain ripe. Send out reapers who will go with love regarding the new birth. Help us to continue watching and waiting for that great day of harvest. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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MOST: Paul describes Tychicus

Meditate on this verse:

As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information, Colossians 4.7 NASB.

Offer this prayer:

Heavenly Father, make me worthy of such fine descriptions as Paul made about Tychicus. Help me to dedicate myself to the saints. Lead me to work alongside dedicated laborers in the Kingdom. Hold me up to serve the gospel without fail.

Savor this thought:

Dedication is a rare trait that will make you stand head and shoulders above others in God’s eyes.

Take this action:

Find a way you can help someone do a task today, rather than taking your own initiative.

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