When we feel down and discouraged

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)

Estas cosas os he hablado para que en mí tengáis paz. En el mundo tendréis aflicción, pero confiad, yo he vencido al mundo. (Juan 16:33 Spanish RVR1995)

Most holy, righteous and merciful God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ hear our prayers on this new day as we come before you with our requests in the precious name of Jesus our Lord. Bless and magnify the publishing of the gospel of Christ that is for all people who desire to know you and your plan to save humanity. Build us up during times when we may feel down and discouraged. Give us the peace that surpasses all understanding! Watch over us and others as we travel today and tomorrow. Amen.

God has watched over our every step while here in Slavyansk, Ukraine. We are sincerely thankful for all your prayers and encouraging words while on this mission trip to our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ and many wonderful children who are now friends for life. God also blessed us with the opportunity to spend time with grandson Seva and his Mama Gelya.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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You who laugh now, Luke 6.25

“Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.”

Luke 6.25

The second and third woes of Jesus reverse fortunes. The woes are for those who live for these things, “those who make merriment … a constant aim” (Fourfold Gospel).

For the partier, eternity will not be a party. Think weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus challenges what it is we live for.

#votd #Luke #woes

Hugh’s News & Views (Silly Women)

SILLY WOMEN

(Note: Before being “jumped on” for the title of this essay by those who may not be all that familiar with biblical language, let me point out (as I do below) that the phrase is from the pen of the apostle Paul. What follows was first posted as an Observation on my Facebook page on Friday, July 5, 2019. I have expanded the material and send it forth this week to a wider reading audience, hoping that it will stimulate thoughtful reflection on the part of all who read it). Continue reading

#gullibility, #hughfulford

I do the very evil I do not want! Romans 7.19

“For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want!”

Romans 7.19

Paul shows the futility of human struggle against sin in this chapter. Man may intend to do go, but he winds up committing the sin he has rejected.

The final declaration of the chapter ends this exercise in frustration. It is a must read. It leads into the rich victory of chapter 8.

#votd #Romans #gospel

Respect for all people

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14 NIV)

Я бачив у видіннях ночі, аж ось разом з небесними хмарами йшов ніби Син Людський, і прийшов аж до Старого днями, і Його підвели перед Нього. І Йому було дане панування й слава та царство, і всі народи, племена та язики будуть служити Йому. Панування Його панування вічне, яке не спиниться, а царство Його не буде зруйноване. (Даниїл 7:13-14 Ukrainian)

O LORD God – your name is hallowed by people around the world who know you as the only true and living God who rules the hearts of mankind. Help us Lord to show proper honor and respect for all people whom you have made to dwell on this earth. Forgive us for times when we may have thought we were somehow a chosen species simply because of the color of our skin or the country where we happened to be born. Bless all people on earth who love your Son as Savior and King and unite us in works that glorify you all over the world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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I will not go back with you, 1 Samuel 15.26

“Samuel said to Saul, ‘I will not go back with you, for you have rejected the Lord’s orders, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel!'”

1 Samuel 15.26

The Lord’s prophet refuses to support King Saul after his disobedience. He flatly informs the king of God’s rejection. The rupture is complete. Saul has a different spirit.

The Lord treats people as they treat him. When we reject his commandments, he rejects us and will no longer help us.

#votd #1-Samuel #rejection

How much you care

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31 ESV)

Не две ли малые птицы продаются за ассарий? И ни одна из них не упадет на землю без воли Отца вашего; у вас же и волосы на голове все сочтены; не бойтесь же: вы лучше многих малых птиц. (От Матфея 10:29-31 Russian)

Most Kind and merciful Heavenly Father ~ we come boldly before your throne of grace and mercy in the name of your beloved Son Jesus our Christ. Help us to never forget how much you care and watch out for all creatures and especially we who are made in your image. Grant all followers of Christ wisdom as we endeavor to whole-heartedly walk in step with your Spirit. Give us caring hearts as we encounter people in need so that we will not behave with cold-hearted indifference toward others. Amen.

Amen.David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Roy Davison’s autobiography

Brother Roy sent the following email:

I began writing an autobiography in 1913 [2013?] after a friend requested that I record important spiritual influences in my life. I was stopped by information overload, however, when I got to my studies at Radville Christian College in Saskatchewan.

Recently I digitized the yearbooks for 1954-1958 which broke the information logjam and gave me a framework to continue.

The autobiography is now finished to the end of my high school days, if you would like to read it.

http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/AutoBio.html

Please pass the web address on to any others you think would be interested.

May the Lord bless you.

Roy Davison

Superior influence of your eternal word of truth and love

And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-19 ESV)

А між терен посіяне, це ті, що слухають слово, але клопоти цьогосвітні й омана багатства та різні бажання ввіходять, та й заглушують слово, і плоду воно не дає. (Марка 4:18-19 Ukrainian)

O Lord my God – Dear Father in heaven, hear the prayers of all people of faith on this new day. Accept our efforts to honor your great and mighty name in the way we respond to the teaching of your beloved Son. Drown out the influence of those other things Christ warns us about by opening our hearts to the superior influence of your eternal word of truth and love. Help us to emulate our Lord by doing acts of kindness each day as we have an opportunity. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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A more clear vision of our mission

Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. (Luke 19:8-9 NRSV)

Закхей же, став, сказал Господу: Господи! половину имения моего я отдам нищим, и, если кого чем обидел, воздам вчетверо. Иисус сказал ему: ныне пришло спасение дому сему, потому что и он сын Авраама, (Луки 19:8-9 Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you from the depths of our hearts for the precious gift of human life on this new day. Help us Lord to more completely appreciate the sincere heart of repentance in this example of one of Jesus’ converts. Give us a more clear vision of our mission to carry the message to places where sin has gone and grace is needed and appreciated the most. Open the hearts of people lost in sin so they will hear the news that is truly good for all people – as it is and has been for even me. Forgive us for times when we may have looked for easy places to work in sowing gospel seeds. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Without Christ

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 ESV)

Не медлит Господь исполнением обетования, как некоторые почитают то медлением; но долготерпит нас, не желая, чтобы кто погиб, но чтобы все пришли к покаянию. (2-e Петра 3:9 Russian)

O God of grace, glory, and mercy – hear the prayers of all who sincerely seek to know you as their Father. Thank you, dear Father, for sending your beloved Son into this world that is currently under a cloud of darkness. Without Christ, we live without knowing your true grand and noble purpose and plan for our lives. Grant us wisdom and courage so that we may live with confidence in our future home that is far superior to the current heaven and earth on its best day. Strengthen the resolve of those who are groping for the way home so that they will make the right turn toward Christ – the only true and living Way. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Hugh’s News & Views (Noah, Daniel, And Job)

NOAH, DANIEL, AND JOB

Ezekiel was a prophet of God who was taken into Babylonian captivity with the first wave of captives around 606 B.C. His prophetic ministry was carried out during the early part of that seventy year period of exile. In a fascinating statement, Ezekiel wrote: “The word of the Lord came again to me, saying: ‘Son of man, when a land sins against me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,’ says the Lord…‘Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast, even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.’” (Ezekiel 14:12-14, 19-20). Continue reading

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Greater works

“‘Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father’” John 14:12.

Wait! Greater works than what Jesus did while He was here on this earth? There’s no doubt that the King of Kings was the servant of servants. He lived servitude: washing feet, touching a leper, raising the dead, multiplying food, curing the sick, teaching the lost, loving the unloved. And then He endured all He did before hanging on a cross for all of us. He is the peak of what a servant should be about.

And yet, He tells us that if we believe in Him not only would we be doing the works that He did but we would do greater works than these. How?

Again, we limit our perspective. We have to open it up by submitting, trusting, and obeying to let God do incredible things through us. After all, His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. Let God do the driving the car of your life and stop grabbing for the wheel. If He can provide eternal life for sinners from His Son’s death, then there’s nothing He won’t do for and through you.

What great works will He do through you if you’re willing to serve?

Douglas Kashorek

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Based on his purpose, 2 Timothy 1.9

“He is the one who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began,”

2 Timothy 1.9

God’s eternal purpose was formed “before time began.” It was granted to us in Christ, based upon his merit, not our own. Through him we received our calling to be his people.

What a marvelous thought that God’s purpose reaches beyond time and includes us in his salvation! Let every day become timeless grace!

#votd #2-Timothy #in-Christ

What replaced it, 2 Corinthians 3.10

“For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it.”

2 Corinthians 3.10

The gospel outshines the law of Moses. The latter has lost all its brilliance next to the surpassing glory of Jesus Christ. He occupies all our attention.

The greater glory of the gospel gives us boldness, v. 12. We let his glory shine in us. We have freedom to become his holy people. We embrace nothing but Christ.

#votd #2-Corinthians #glory