Did not trust God to do amazing things: Psalm 78.32-33

“Despite all this, they continued to sin,
and did not trust [God] to do amazing things.
So he caused them to die unsatisfied
and filled with terror.”

Psalm 78.32-33

The Israelites had great evidence of God’s miraculous care for them, but they refused to believe that he would continue to do so in the future. Dissatisfied with God’s provisions, they died in the desert unsatisfied in every way.

God satisfies and meets his people’s needs. Let us trust him to care for us in his amazing providence and find our satisfaction in him.

#votd #satisfaction #trust

Hearts and minds of India

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2 ESV)

कयोंकि मैंने यह निश्चय कर लिया था कि तुम्हारे बीच रहते, मैं यीशु मसीह और क्रूस पर हुई उसकी मृत्यु को छोड़ कर किसी और बात को जानूँगा तक नहीं। ( कुरिन्थियों 2:2 Hindi Bible: ERV-HI)

O God Most High ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for shining your face upon those who love you in near and distant lands. Lord, open the hearts and minds of people in the ancient great nation of India so that they will have more opportunities to learn about Christ as Lord. Bless the efforts of missionaries living there and the native evangelists who sacrifice much to travel on behalf of our blessed Savior who brings hope to many millions of hopeless. Overthrow the efforts of many false teachers who have had free rein in many nations to deceive people’s hearts. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

  • India has many official languages and Hindi is an important one as is Urdu, English and several others.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel servant

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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If Christ has not been raised: 1 Corinthians 15.14

“And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty.”

1 Corinthians 15.14

Some people in Corinth denied that people would be raised from the dead. Paul pointed out the implications of that teaching. No resurrection meant Christ would not have been raised. If true, it was all false.

Christ’s resurrection stands as God’s proof that the cross was man’s salvation, that the divine plan was fulfilled. So that we may look forward to our being raised with him.

#votd #resurrection #hope

Until they were stuffed: Psalm 78.29-31

“They ate until they were stuffed;
he gave them what they desired.
They were not yet filled up,
their food was still in their mouths,
when the anger of God flared up against them.”

Psalm 78.29-31

The psalmist told things that fathers were to tell their children, so that they would keep God’s commandments. Because God chose a people did not mean that they could do what they want. On the contrary!

Our desires may be killers, not only because they bring bad consequences, but also because they bring upon us God’s judgment. The church must learn from Israel’s history.

#votd #desire #judgment

Blinded eyes

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34 ESV)

Праведность возвышает народ, а беззаконие–бесчестие народов. (Притчи 14:34 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you dear heavenly Father, for the astounding mystery of life that comes from you and now resides in this mortal body. Save me O my God by shutting the boastful mouths of evildoers. Open the blinded eyes of nations to the shameful sins against others that is allowed to go unpunished. Restore among Christians in all nations a sense of embarrassment regarding sin. Nowadays many contemporary people scoff at the very idea of sin. Draw us nearer to your precious bleeding side that reminds us of the price you paid so that we can appear sinless before you in heaven. Forgive me of my sins as I do my best to forgive others. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Servant

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Great in power: Nahum 1.3

“The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will certainly not allow the wicked to go unpunished.”

Nahum 1.3

Nahum prophesied against Nineveh, capital of the pagan Assyrians. God was concerned with all the peoples of the world. He used them for his purposes, even to punish Israel, but he did not hold them guiltless.

God is the sovereign Lord who reigns over all. He continues to work in the world, though he does not provide us details. But we may know that he works still to promote his purpose to save all peoples.

#votd #Nahum #God

Deploy us to the front lines

They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” (John 8:19 ESV)

They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” (John 8:19 ESV)

O LORD my great and mighty God ~ dear Father in heaven we bring you the highest possible praise from our hearts and lips. Bless all your children of faith with knowledge and wisdom regarding the mundane affairs of this life. Most of all Lord, we request that you deploy us to the front lines of the great spiritual war taking place now between followers of Jesus as Lord and the demonic forces devoted to removing Christ as King. Prepare us to teach the clear and plain truth to young and old alike that the more they learn about Jesus the more they know about you O Father. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.

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Hugh’s News & Views (Fifteen Traits . . .)

FIFTEEN TRAITS OF GENUINE CHRISTIAN LOVE

We Americans use the word “love” in a wide variety of ways. We “love” apple pie, banana pudding, hamburgers, French fries, and sweet tea. (When I lived in Selma, AL and ate at the Downtowner, I became convinced that “sweet tea” was really just one word with two syllables!)

We “love” our country, the state we are from, our hometown, summertime, springtime, fall (some of us even love wintertime and snow!), the mountains, and/or the beach. Continue reading

#1-corinthians-13, #hughfulford, #love

Courage to change

And whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”(Matthew 20:27-28 ESV)

и кто хочет между вами быть первым, да будет вам рабом; так как Сын Человеческий не для того пришел, чтобы Ему служили, но чтобы послужить и отдать душу Свою для искупления многих. (От Матфея 20:27-28 Russian)

O LORD my God – thank you dear Father in heaven for the gift of life on this new day. Give wisdom to everyone who reads your inspired Scriptures in search of eternal life. Help us to have courage to change when necessary so that we are living as obedient servants of Christ our Lord. Cause leaders in all local churches and leaders of nations to learn to be humble servants and utilize the true power of leadership through their service. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Not to condemn the world: John 3.17

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.”

John 3.17

Humanity was lost in sin and condemned because of rebellion against God. There was no hope for man. God’s sending of the Son was a rescue mission. Salvation is the giving of eternal life, v. 16.

The earth will perish. God’s people work to save the world — in this sense, humanity. Few will choose to be saved. But we proclaim the Good News to all and God will choose whom he will.

#votd #salvation #Jesus

In their hearts turned back: Acts 7.39

“Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him. Instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.”

Acts 7.39 CSB

In his defense before the Sanhedrin, Stephen showed how Israelite history proved their resistance to God’s plan in Christ.

Israel did not literally go back to Egypt. But they wanted to return. In their hearts they turned back. Do our hearts wish for the world?

#votd #heart #Acts

Guidance of the Holy Spirit

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:10-11 ESV)

хвалитесь именем Его святым; да веселится сердце ищущих Господа; взыщите Господа и силы Его, ищите непрестанно лица Его; (1-я Паралипоменон 16:10-11 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ dear Father all glorious, we rejoice on this new day because we have Christ Jesus as Lord with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. According to your knowledge of our daily affairs, please be constantly with the faithful followers of Jesus. We earnestly and wholeheartedly seek your help to overcome threats from diabolical enemies of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Not in wrath: Hosea 11.9

“I cannot carry out my fierce anger!
I cannot totally destroy Ephraim!
Because I am God, and not man—the Holy One among you—
I will not come in wrath!”

Hosea 11.9

God is not like man. He controls his emotions. He does not act impetuously. He does not fly off the handle. His judgment is carried out fairly.

We can rest in God’s control not only of all creation, but of himself. His actions toward us are determined by his character, not his feelings. What an example for his creatures!

#votd #God #emotions

The spectacular gift of life

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. (Psalm 5:11 ESV)

И возрадуются все уповающие на Тебя, вечно будут ликовать, и Ты будешь покровительствовать им; и будут хвалиться Тобою любящие имя Твое. (Псалтирь 5:12 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the spectacular gift of life on this new day that dawns with fresh blessings from your heart of pure love. Restore joy and a sense of hope for those young people who may be walking alone through a strange city where no one knows them or cares about them. Protect all believers in Christ by your mighty presence. Shield us from the Devil who has schemes that will surely challenge the strength and sincerity of our loyalty to Christ. Hide us under the shelter of your mighty arms. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The true meaning and purpose of my life

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. (Proverbs 3:13-14 ESV)

Блажен человек, который снискал мудрость, и человек, который приобрел разум, — потому что приобретение ее лучше приобретения серебра, и прибыли от нее больше, нежели от золота: (Притчи 3:13-14 Russian)

O LORD my God – my only hope of salvation surely comes from your loving kindness to all people who continue to trust in your Son. Grant more of the perfect wisdom of Christ to everyone who loves and obeys Jesus as Lord. Help all believers clearly understand that all the material wealth in the entire world is nothing compared to your wisdom. Your wisdom helps me understand the true meaning and purpose of my life on this earth. Help me to keep building my life on the solid rock foundation of your perfect wisdom revealed in the Scriptures. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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