“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1.18
Salvation has three tenses: past, present, and future. Paul says we are being saved. God continues to preserve us and save us from temptation, from the power of sin, from the wiles of Satan.
We have need of constant vigilance. This is not a reason for worry, but for peace of mind, because God’s power is more than sufficient. How am I trusting in God to save today?
#votd #1-Corinthians #salvation
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“Manoah said to the Lord’s angel, ‘Please stay here awhile, so we can prepare a young goat for you to eat.’”
Man wants to detain God and his representatives. Something in his nature senses his need for the divine presence. If the angel brought good news, what else might he do, how else might he bless his house?
God’s presence with us is his promise, and our prayer for ourselves and others. “… the God of love and peace will be with you” 2 Cor 13.11. It is the focus of all our efforts.
#votd #Judges #presence-of-God
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 NIV)
Аврам поверил Господу, и Он вменил ему это в праведность. (Бытие 15:6 Russian)
O LORD God of Abraham, all the prophets; and hallowed Father to the chosen apostles of Christ and all faithful followers of Jesus as Lord. Help all Christians to become better students of your Spirit-inspired Word that reveals your perfect plan of salvation to all people. Help us all to emulate the obedient faith of our leader Abraham. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr.
Cedar Key Church
“The chief priests and the experts in the law heard it and they considered how they could assassinate him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching.”
Fear of the Lord’s words and actions caused the Jewish authorities to miss the great opportunity before them, to welcome Jesus as the promised Messiah. They wanted power and saw it slipping from their grasp.
Fear is one of the greatest motivators. Fear of the wrong thing can lead to some of our greatest mistakes. What fears have you identified in your life?
#votd #Mark #fear
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Acts 10:34-35 ESV)
Петр отверз уста и сказал: истинно познаю, что Бог нелицеприятен, но во всяком народе боящийся Его и поступающий по правде приятен Ему. (Деяния 10:34-35 Russian)
Hear the prayers of your children O LORD my God! Dear Father, we come to you night and day – hoping with expectation. We believe that you hear the prayers from the sincere hearts of the faithful who genuinely fear your awesome power and love for those intent on doing acts of righteousness to the glory of your beloved Son. Lead us to souls like Cornelius, who live right here in the USA but may not be part of our social circle. Forgive us for times we ignored any neighbors. May your will be done in all things in the blessed name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr.
Cedar Key Church
“But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God?”
1 Timothy 3.5
Family life is a demonstration of a man’s ability to care for others. For this reason elders must be family men. They must be proven in the home, before being placed in care of God’s church.
Elders are not businessmen. Never look to their success as professionals or in business. Such people often make the worst shepherds. Ask, how do they treat other people, especially their own household?
#votd #1-Timothy #elders
“When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns.”
Jesus sent out the Twelve on a limited preaching tour. He gave them many instructions. Then he himself went about proclaiming the kingdom of God. He dealt with doubts and rejection.
Jesus was all about reaching the lost, in life and in death. How do I demonstrate this objective in my spiritual life?
#votd #Matthew #mission
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 NIV)
І сказав Бог: Створімо людину за образом Нашим, за подобою Нашою, і хай панують над морською рибою, і над птаством небесним, і над худобою, і над усею землею, і над усім плазуючим, що плазує по землі. І Бог на Свій образ людину створив, на образ Божий її Він створив, як чоловіка та жінку створив їх. (Буття 1:26-27 Ukrainian)
O LORD our God ~ thank you for the informational words of life that we discover in the Spirit revealed Scriptures. Bless all souls living today with a desire to know more about Jesus and the perfect plan of salvation available to all who will trust and obey Christ in faith, repentance and baptism. Restore genuine honor for the way you made humanity. Help parents and other responsible adults to teach and demonstrate our understanding that humans are either male or female. Dear Father, help us to rid the world of the contrary ideas of those who deceive young people into being unhappy with their birth gender. Give us wisdom to accept this fact while we remain on earth. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr.
Cedar Key Church
“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” Acts 2:41.
Jesus had declared to Nicodemus that those who would enter the Kingdom of God would have to be born from above through water and the Spirit. After the work of His death and resurrection were accomplished, ten days after he ascended into heaven, the time had come. The church that was bought with His blood, that He had promised to build, was established with the second birth of three thousand souls.
What a unique beginning. Nothing of this earth had ever had such a start. Earthly businesses and organizations begin and end, sometimes surrounding a dynamic person or idea. Even copycats of the Lord’s church crumble and fall with the injection of the ideas of men.
Because Jesus’ Kingdom is from above with a heavenly start from the purpose and foreknowledge of God and the enduring Word of God, the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Men, countries, and ideologies have tried to destroy it, but they are impotent against the gospel.
Have you been born of water and the Spirit? Have you been added to Jesus’ blood-bought body, the church?
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“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5.17
Christians have a new reality in Christ. Even their perspectives about others change, v. 16. Their hopes, their dreams, their purpose in life are all new. They now work for reconciliation, vv. 18-21.
We get into Christ by baptism, Rom 6.4. Not by the passage of time, but by conversion, do we experience something new. With man, there’s never anything new, Eccl 1.9. With God, every day is a new day.
#votd #2-Corinthians #new-life
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2 ESV)
В начале сотворил Бог небо и землю. Земля же была безвидна и пуста, и тьма над бездною, и Дух Божий носился над водою. (Бытие 1:1-2 Russian)
All powerful and loving Father in heaven ~ thank you for the astounding gift of life that includes the possibility for all people to experience many of the awesome wonders of everything you made for humanity. Forgive us by your sacrificial grace and mercy for times when we failed to acknowledge your perfect plan for all creation. Give us a new heart of obedience during this new year according to your great plan. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr.
Cedar Key Church
HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY OF LIFE
Today marks the beginning of another year. As we so often say, it is hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly. The inevitable march of time continues unhalted. We cannot hold back the hands of the clock or the pages of the calendar.
As we enter the New Year what is our greatest need? If one is not a child of God, that person’s greatest need is for salvation from sin by obedience to the gospel and a commitment to a faithful walk with God (see Matthew 16:26). But beyond this, what do we need as we enter 2019? Is it not hope? Hope for ourselves? Hope for our families? Hope for our country? Hope for our world? Hope for the church of God? Do we not all desire a greater and brighter hope as we start another leg of the journey of life? Continue reading
“The Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night, ‘Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent, because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you, because I have many people in this city.'”
Many people had already been immersed in Corinth, and opposition was fierce. The door of opportunity, however, was still open. People were receptive. Paul should continue to proclaim the gospel. The Lord foresaw still more conversions.
We do not have today visions from the Lord about a city’s receptivity. We do have his mission. “… when God gives a man his task to do, he also gives him the power to do it. In the presence of God Paul found his courage and his strength” (Wm. Barclay).
#votd #Acts #mission
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.”
What Paul preached came from God. It alone is true. Therefore, it cannot be modified in any way. Whoever changes it stands under God’s condemnation, because he gave it to save.
Is what the Bible says the only truth about God and plan of redemption? Yes! No other book, no other message, carries the divine stamp. Philosophies and theologies are useless to save.
#votd #Galatians #gospel