Absolute devotion to purity

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. (Luke 11:23 ESV)

Кто не со Мною, тот против Меня; и кто не собирает со Мною, тот расточает. (Луки 11:23 Russian)

Dear loving Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the constant way that you pay attention to all your creation today and always. Arouse all Christians to the truth that Christ our Lord does not permit us to straddle the fence regarding our spiritual commitment! Revive our latent sense of absolute devotion to the purity of the Body of Christ. Help us to be constantly on guard against evil influences of Satan that encourages compromise with profound immorality. Weaken the prevailing voices that call for neutrality when our Lord demands wholehearted devotion to the more perfect way. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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The life of his animal

“A righteous person cares for the life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.”

Proverbs 12.10

As a creature made by God who created all good things, the righteous show their goodness in treating well even the animals under their care.

Animals are not equal to humans, but they do deserve proper care. A sign of wickedness is lack of compassion for those under one’s responsibility.

#Proverbs #votd #animals

Our daily spiritual, physical and emotional welfare

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 NRSV)

Иисус сказал ей в ответ: если бы ты знала дар Божий и Кто говорит тебе: дай Мне пить, то ты сама просила бы у Него, и Он дал бы тебе воду живую. (Иоанна 4:10 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you, dear Father, for the uplifting knowledge that you are concerned about our daily spiritual, physical and emotional welfare. Open the eyes of people whose hearts are cold to the truth that when we sincerely love and obey Jesus as Lord, we have the greatest possible gift of your grace. Help us to no longer feel empty and without specific worthwhile goals. With Christ within, we understand that your Holy Spirit is living within us and helping us to remain satisfied and joyful as we plod along through the daily affairs of this life. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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The daily habit of reading

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. (2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV)

Ибо похвала наша сия есть свидетельство совести нашей, что мы в простоте и богоугодной искренности, не по плотской мудрости, но по благодати Божией, жили в мире, особенно же у вас. (2-е Коринфянам 1:12 Russian)

Most holy and awesome God – our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the breath of life on this new day that sparkles with many surprise blessings you have in store for the people who love Jesus your beloved Son. Help us, Lord, to watch our thoughts and actions so that we can say at the end of the day that we have lived with a clear conscience. Help believers everywhere to continue the daily habit of reading the Spirit-inspired Scriptures. Protect us from the ferocious and deceptive attacks of Satan who attempts to infiltrate the minds of the elect. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (Texts Used Out Of Context)

TEXTS USED OUT OF CONTEXT

Context has to do with the setting and circumstances in which an event takes place or a statement is made. By ignoring context events can be misinterpreted and statements can be misunderstood. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in today’s world. A man may have made a statement (or be charged with having made a statement), and without knowing the context of his statement, he may be accused of saying and believing something that he neither said nor believes.

In studying the Bible it is important to observe the context of all that it says. Sometimes statements of scripture are lifted from their context and made to teach things that the inspired writer never intended to teach. The statement taken out of context may, indeed, set forth a truth that is taught elsewhere in scripture but not in the text cited. To use a passage out of context is unjustifiable, because as the old hermeneutical saw goes, “A text taken out of context is a pretext.”

Following are a few of many examples that could be given of using a text of scripture out of context. Continue reading

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Destroy cynicism and criticism

Once God has spoken;twice have I heard this:that power belongs to God,and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.For you will render to a manaccording to his work. (Psalm 62:11-12 ESV)

Однажды сказал Бог, и дважды слышал я это, что сила у Бога, и у Тебя, Господи, милость, ибо Ты воздаешь каждому по делам его. (Псалтирь 61:12-13 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ accept our highest praise for your incomparable power and unequaled steadfast love. Thank you, dear Father, for sending your One and Only Son to live among us as a human in order to help us comprehend the mercy and grace you are offering to all people in the world. Give all followers of Christ as Lord a measure of your power and faithful love. Destroy cynicism and criticism in the minds and speech of those purporting to present the gospel message to lost souls around the world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Your kindness to shine brighter

For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!Let your glory be over all the earth! (Psalm 57:10-11 ESV)

бо Твоє милосердя велике воно аж до неба, а правда Твоя аж до хмар! Піднесися ж, о Боже, над небо, а слава Твоя над всією землею! (Псалми 57:11-12 Ukrainian)

Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven, hallowed is your name in all the earth! Give us more of your perfect wisdom that enables faithful Christians to communicate your message of salvation in a truthful and loving manner. Cause your merciful kindness to shine brighter than the sun to all people on earth. Help leaders in your Church to engage followers of Christ in good deeds that glorify your name. Humble those leaders who foolishly attempt to exalt themselves. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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To live and work in harmony

God is our refuge and strength,a very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, (Psalm 46:1-2 ESV To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.)

Бог нам прибежище и сила, скорый помощник в бедах, посему не убоимся, хотя бы поколебалась земля, и горы двинулись в сердце морей. (Псалтирь 45:1-3 Russian) ^^Начальнику хора. Сынов Кореевых. На музыкальном орудии Аламоф. Песнь.^^

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the merciful kindness and inestimable value of the grace that you shower upon all people on this new day. Bless all faithful followers of Christ, regardless of where they may reside. Ignite a burning desire among all your children of faith to live and work in harmony in order to obey the command of our Lord to publish the Good News message to all mankind in our lifetime. Destroy the influence of voices that attempt to divide your glorious church that honors Christ before this evil world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Choosing disciples for noble tasks

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” (Acts 9:10 ESV)

А в Дамаску був учень один, на ймення Ананій. І Господь у видінні промовив до нього: Ананію! А він відказав: Ось я, Господи! (Дії 9:10 Ukrainian)

Most holy God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for this new day and the innumerable blessings that daily arrive at our doorsteps packaged by your love. Thank you Father for choosing disciples around the world for noble tasks. Help us to answer your call to serve in an obedient manner that may cause us personal discomfort and loss of security. Send workers into the harvest fields of the world so that the blessed gospel message will be heard by people with trusting faith in your inspired word. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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He will prove the world wrong, John 16.8-11

“And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment— concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

John 16.8-11

These are the subjects of the Holy Spirit. He revealed the word of truth. Awareness of wrong is necessary to put one on the road to righteousness.

Jesus had to return to heaven in order for the Holy Spirit to come. We are blessed to have his truth in Scripture. How precious is that truth to me?

#votd #John #Holy-Spirit

Rescue from a meaningless life

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. (Micah 7:18-19 ESV)

Хто Бог інший, як Ти, що прощає провину і пробачує прогріх останку спадку Свого, Свого гніву не держить назавжди, бо кохається в милості? Знов над нами Він змилується, наші провини потопче, Ти кинеш у морську глибочінь усі наші гріхи. (Михей 7:18-19 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for rescuing me from a meaningless life with no hope based upon the truth that Christ brought to this mundane world where sin abounds and grows in its universal influence. Your grace and lovingkindness toward all sinners is more than amazing. Help me Lord to rediscover the delights of your tender mercies and do more to inform lost souls about the brightest hope index that is always higher that the DOW, Gold funds, or any other earthly treasure chest. In the most valuable and precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church

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Rebellious house, Ezekiel 12.1-2

“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, you are living in the midst of a rebellious house. They have eyes to see, but do not see, and ears to hear, but do not hear, because they are a rebellious house.'”

Ezekiel 12.1-2

The Lord gave this preface to the prophet before requiring him to act out an object lesson before the people. Their rebellion dulled their spiritual senses. For that, they would go into exile.

Such dullness to spiritual truth is common today. People don’t want to do God’s will. They want their own religion to give them immediate comfort. Am I one of them?

#votd #Ezekiel #rebellion

Hugh’s News & Views (“If You Build It . . .)

“IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME”

The title is the popular adaptation of a quote from the movie “Field of Dreams,” released in 1989. The original statement was, “If you build it he will come,” and came from a voice in a “vision” that Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) had while walking in an Iowa cornfield. The voice said that if Ray would build a baseball diamond in the cornfield, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, an old baseball player who Kinsella idolized, would come. This is the essence of the “vision” and the origin of the quote, but it has now been 30 years since I saw the movie, which I remember as a good one.

The quote has become a metaphor for building something that will attract people to it. Businesses believe “if we build it they will come.” Churches also “buy into” this philosophy. That a church needs a place to meet is logically inferred (Hebrews 10:24-25), but where a church meets is a matter of judgment and expediency. There was a time when church buildings were simple, modest, and functional. In time, they tended to become large and ostentatious, appealing to the fleshly pride of the members. Continue reading

#evangelism, #hughfulford

The habit of saying blessing at meals

Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. (Matthew 14:19 ESV)

І, звелівши натовпові посідати на траві, Він узяв п’ятеро хліба й дві рибі, споглянув на небо, поблагословив й поламав ті хліби, і дав учням, а учні народові.

O LORD our God, hear our prayers dear Heavenly Father on this new day you have given us. Thank you for fresh air, clean water, good soil for the farmers and food that is produced by your generosity. Restore among followers of Christ as Lord, the regular habit of saying the blessing at meals. Lord, bless the food that we receive on this new day to the nourishment of our bodies and use our bodies to help spread the Good News about our salvation and the genuine hope of eternal life in your glorious presence. Shame those who mock Christians for our habit of praying in public and private. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Encouragement Note June 2019

BY CHRISTOPHER UNDERWOOD

How many secrets do I have that God does not know? By my last count, there are exactly zero secrets that I have that God does not know. That can be a comfort when my prayers are made and the Holy Spirit helps to intercede for my own thoughts (Romans 8: 26, 27). The comfort is in my own failing there is God using his power to help me and guide me. It makes for a positive future in my life. Continue reading

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