Open cold hearts

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3:10 ESV)

І побачив Бог їхні вчинки, що звернули зо своєї злої дороги, і пожалував Бог щодо того лиха, про яке говорив, що їм учинить, і не вчинив. (Йона 3:10 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, dearly beloved Father in heaven ~ I am certain that only a foolish person says there is no God! Increase faith among citizens of every nation on earth. Your words are always wise, pure, true and beneficial to everyone who reads and obeys your Son in whom we put our trust for salvation. Open the cold hearts of those who have wandered so far from you that they have forgotten how kindly you have led us through the darkest moments in our lives. Give wisdom to leaders in all the local churches and leaders in civil society so that they will repent from thinking, saying and doing anything remotely evil before it is too late. Help those who preach not become discouraged when it seems no one is listening to God’s warnings. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Hugh’s News & Views (A Personal Update)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

A PERSONAL UPDATE

On July 1, I completed a five year part-time (but regular, every Sunday morning) ministry with the Mitchellville, Tennessee Church of Christ in Portland, Tennessee. This is my third time to “retire” from regular, every Lord’s Day preaching.

On July 30, 2000, I retired from forty-two and one-half years of full-time ministry. But on the first Sunday of January 2001, I began preaching every Sunday for the church in Adams, Tennessee. After one year at Adams, I began preaching every Sunday for the LaGuardo Church of Christ in Wilson County, Tennessee and continued there for ten years. My only reason for leaving Adams to go to LaGuardo was because of the distance in the commute from my home in Gallatin, Tennessee to Adams. I loved (and still love) the wonderful people at Adams and have conducted four gospel meetings with them during and after my one year ministry with them. Continue reading

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Forgive our foolish ways

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21 ESV)

Ибо невидимое Его, вечная сила Его и Божество, от создания мира через рассматривание творений видимы, так что они безответны. Но как они, познав Бога, не прославили Его, как Бога, и не возблагодарили, но осуетились в умствованиях своих, и омрачилось несмысленное их сердце; (Римлянам 1:20-21 Russian)

O LORD my God, Thank you for your steadfast love O Lord that gives us hope on this new day that arrives with bright and glorious signs that you love all people. Make clear our understanding, dear Father, that you desire everyone to obey your Son and flourish now and in eternity. Overthrow the human efforts of those who minimize the sacred importance of your Word that offers full and free pardon to every sinner, no matter what language or nationality. Forgive our foolish ways of not always giving our Lord Jesus Christ proper credit in every detail of our salvation. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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People rejected what is good: Hosea 8.3

“But it is too late.
The people of Israel have rejected what is good,
and now their enemies will chase after them.”

Hosea 8.3 NLT

NLT supplies the first phrase to communicate the shift from verse 2, as to why Israel will not received their requested help. In fact, it will be God who sends the enemy against them.

Rejection of what is good is to “push aside” God himself. It brings God’s rejection of such people. God’s patience has an ending point. Refusal to repent brings punishment.

#votd #Hosea #rejection

Be my witnesses: Acts 1.8

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.”

Acts 1.8

The book of Acts follows this program of witnessing to the world. The verse is key to the book. The Holy Spirit empowered the church to proclaim the gospel. They spoke about Jesus.

We continue the work of proclaiming Christ to the world. This is Jesus’ mission for the church in every age. It is an essential identifying mark of the church.

#votd #Acts #mission

When we look down on a fellow human being

For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head. (Obadiah 15 ESV)

Ибо близок день Господень на все народы: как ты поступал, так поступлено будет и с тобою; воздаяние твое обратится на голову твою. (Авдия 15 Russian)

O LORD my God, Master of earth and the farthest heavens ~ Lord, you proved your authority over the wind and the waves when you lived among us as the Nazarene. Give leaders of all nations the common sense and wisdom befitting a leader to understand that you will hold all people of the earth accountable for our deeds toward one another. Forgive our foolish and often arrogant ways when we look down upon a fellow human being. Fill us with the Spirit that teaches us to be humble and faithful servants of Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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He will never be shaken: Psalm 112.6

“For he will never be shaken; others will always remember one who is just.”

Psalm 112.6

This acrostic psalm provides a picture of the obedient person and the blessings of the godly. It mirrors the previous psalm which focuses on God’s great deeds.

God shakes the world, but nothing shakes him. Those who obey him are not shaken either. How much we need to remember who we are and what blessings are ours!

#votd #Psalms #godliness

When we put heads on the pillow at night

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 16:7-8 ESV)

Благословлю Господа, вразумившего меня; даже и ночью учит меня внутренность моя. Всегда видел я пред собою Господа, ибо Он одесную меня; не поколеблюсь. (Псалтирь 15:7-8 Russian)

Most holy and awesome Lord God Almighty ~ thank you dear Father, for this new day that arrives with opportunities to allow our faith grow stronger through study of your word, and righteous deeds of kindness. Bless all your children of faith who do our best to follow your beloved Son in whom we trust to take us into eternity where we will never grow old. Give us wisdom as we expose ourselves to more of your word when we put our heads on the pillow at night. Overthrow the attempts of anyone who would attempt to snatch the enlightening word from the heart of those seeking to know Christ – the Way, Truth and Life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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More and more

“As for me, I will hope continuously and will praise you more and more.”

Psalm 71.14 ISV

This verse is the center of the psalm. The author is an old man, but he maintains hope that God will still help against his enemies. His experiences lead him to the Lord.

God is for every stage of life. The longer we live, the more his life should occupy our hearts. Rather than become jaded, God’s power moves us to speak to those who are younger, v. 18.

#votd #Psalms #aging

In the Midst of Suffering

By: Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT — They had just placed membership, but were very infrequent at church. I wondered what the situation was with this family that had just moved into the community. After some investigation, I learned they moved into the Middle Tennessee area so they could be closer to Vanderbilt Hospital.

The father of the family, Greg[1], had a terribly bad and rare disease called, Syringomyelia, which was best treated at Vanderbilt Hospital and by their specialists. “Syringomyelia is a condition characterized by a fluid-filled cavity or cyst known as a syrinx that forms within the spinal cord.”[2] Up until the time of his death, he was in the hospital for approximately eight months solid being treated for this condition. As the evangelist in the church they worshipped with, I would make regular visits to Vanderbilt Hospital to offer words of encouragement and support. Little did I know that I would be the one edified by this family who was about to endure the suffering of the family patriarch. Continue reading

#disease, #glorify-god, #gratitude, #suffering

Become such as I am: Acts 26.29

“Paul replied, ‘I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.'”

Acts 26.29

The apostle Paul used his time before King Agrippa, when he was supposed to offer his defense, to proclaim the gospel. He was open about his purpose to save others.

Do we spend our time making friends before proclaiming the gospel, thinking that we must build relationships first? Or are we open about our purpose, to teach others how to be saved?

#votd #evangelism #gospel

All creation in praise

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. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12 ESV)

А всі, хто надію на Тебе складають, хай тішаться, будуть вічно співати вони, і Ти їх охорониш, і будуть радіти Тобою, хто любить ім’я Твоє! Бо Ти, Господи, благословлятимеш праведного, милістю вкриєш його, як щитом! (Псалми 5:12-13 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, dear heavenly Father ~ accept the sincere praise we offer from our hearts and minds on this new day as we join all your Creation in praise of your goodness and mercy! Fill our hearts with your love that transcends any human concept of love. Protect all your people who faithfully follow Jesus as Lord. Bless the preaching and teaching of your Word as it reaches the ends of the earth. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Satan continues to deceive

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

Придите ко Мне все труждающиеся и обремененные, и Я успокою вас; возьмите иго Мое на себя и научитесь от Меня, ибо Я кроток и смирен сердцем, и найдете покой душам вашим; ибо иго Мое благо, и бремя Мое легко. (Матфея 11:28-30 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for this new day that already sparkles with undeniable evidence of your creative genius and loving care for all creation. Help all believers to be united in love toward one another. Stir up our minds so that we will be aware that Satan continues to actively attempt to deceive the elect of every generation. Yes, make us always aware that even believers in Christ as Lord often wander from the fold of safety! Revive a greater appreciation for lost souls so that Christians keep offering those whose hearts are broken by sin, the invitation of Christ to follow him for eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Pleasure day and night: Psalm 1.2

“Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.”

Psalm 1.2

In this introductory psalm, this verse serves as the summary of the righteous person who serves the Lord. The wicked follow their own plans, thoughts, and ways, v. 1.

Few are they who can be described by the verse above. Can I? If I don’t fit here, then Psa 1.1 is where I belong.

#votd #righteousness #obedience #Psalms

Spectacular sights and sounds

he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. (Matthew 9:24-25 ESV)

сказал им: выйдите вон, ибо не умерла девица, но спит. И смеялись над Ним. Когда же народ был выслан, Он, войдя, взял ее за руку, и девица встала. (Матфея 9:24-25 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ dear Father in heaven, you have done so many great things us! Thank you Lord for the spectacular sights and sounds of the birds in the morning as dawn of a new day awakens. Open our minds with the clarity of the wisdom of Christ so that we will never hesitate to share our beliefs in the Jesus as Lord and Christ. Open the blind eyes of those who have never explored the truth about Jesus of Nazareth. How he clearly revealed his heavenly power by doing many great miracles such as raising the dead. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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