The most high God rules over human kingdoms, Daniel 5.21

“He was driven from human society, his mind was changed to that of an animal, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until he came to understand that the most high God rules over human kingdoms, and he appoints over them whomever he wishes.”

Daniel 5.21

Daniel told Belshaazar the meaning of the writing on the wall. Before, he reminded the king of what happened to his father Nebuchadnezzar. He failed to learn!

What will it take for us to understand who God is and how he rules? Does my life reflect his sovereignty. Do I seek his Kingdom first in all things?

#votd #Daniel #sovereignty

Renewed passion to continue

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:23-24 KJV)

к торжествующему собору и церкви первенцев, написанных на небесах, и к Судии всех Богу, и к духам праведников, достигших совершенства, и к Ходатаю нового завета Иисусу, и к Крови кропления, говорящей лучше, нежели Авелева. (К Евреям 12:23-24 Russian)

O LORD God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the provisions we receive on this new day of our journey through this earthly life. Bless the glorious worldwide church of Christ with a renewed passion to continue following Jesus as Lord since he is the one who shed blood to purchase the church. Help all faithful blood-bought Christians to rejoice when we think about our names being on the roll call in heaven. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Those who hate their lives, John 12.24-25

“I can guarantee this truth: A single grain of wheat doesn’t produce anything unless it is planted in the ground and dies. If it dies, it will produce a lot of grain. Those who love their lives will destroy them, and those who hate their lives in this world will guard them for everlasting life.”

John 12.24-25 GW

Jesus often spoke in paradoxes. We live by dying (to self, to the world). Death occurs through attempts to preserve one’s life. Eternal life is the greatest prize.

How do I practice this necessary death today? How much do I value eternal life? Where do I go to learn to hate my life in this world?

#votd #John #self-denial

Hugh’s News & Views (Leaving The Church . . .)

LEAVING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

(Note: The following was posted on my FB page on September 12, 2019. I have expanded it and send it forth to a wider reading audience as this week’s edition of “Hugh’s News & Views.” It speaks to an extremely important issue, and is somewhat of a sequel to last week’s essay on “Why Do The Liberals Among Us Stay?” Read closely, carefully, prayerfully, and reflectively the following and let it sink in).

When a member of the church of Christ leaves it for a denominational body such as the Disciples of Christ, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church, etc., in their mind they are not abandoning the body (church) of Christ as they view it, nor or they abandoning Christianity. Rather, in their mind they are simply switching from one denomination to another. They see themselves as moving to another church—one that is more in keeping with their changed and/or changing religious views. But such a move on their part reflects that they had a fundamentally flawed concept of the church of Christ to begin with. They started out viewing it simply as a denomination—one of many—one from which they could switch and go to another if they so chose. They never viewed the church of Christ from its New Testament perspective as the exclusive body of Christ, composed of all who have obeyed the gospel of Christ by following the New Testament plan of salvation, and only those who have done so! They never understood it as being the one and only body of Christ to which the Lord adds all the saved (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:4; Acts 2:47). Continue reading

#denominationalism, #hughfulford, #leaving

Bright hopes as citizens

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? (1 Chronicles 17:16 ESV)

Entonces David entró y se sentó delante del Señor y dijo: «¿Quién soy yo, Señor y Dios, y qué es mi familia para que me hayas dado todo esto? (1 Crónicas 17:16 Spanish NBV)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you, Lord for this new day that is already showing clear evidence of your remarkable and loving presence. Hear our prayers of faith as we ponder over the glorious family of believers who faithfully follow your beloved Son as Lord and Christ. We marvel with your chosen servant David of Israel regarding the bright hopes we have as citizens of the Kingdom of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Persuade me

“And Agrippa said to Paul, ‘In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?’ And Paul said, ‘Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am–except for these chains’” Acts 26:28-29.

Agrippa was a somebody. How dare the lowly prisoner, Paul, try to convert a man of power, influence, and wealth?! Yet, that’s what Paul did–to everyone. It didn’t matter how rich or poor, how high or low the station, how much or little time he had to spend with a person. If Paul was in your proximity, you were going to hear the saving gospel of Jesus Christ!

Agrippa seems a little taken back by this. Perhaps it’s Paul’s boldness; perhaps it’s the power of the message that he was hearing. Whatever the reason, Agrippa was squirming in his seat and didn’t want to hear any more.

Alas, today it seems the opposite is true. Instead of sowing the seed on all kinds of soil, we examine the soil first to determine if we believe it receptive to the seed. And, any excuse is enough to justify not preaching the words of eternal life.

Are the Agrippas in your life ever hearing the good news? Who are you making squirm?

Are you persuading anyone to be a Christian?

Doug Kashorek

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#dougkashorek #devotional #persuasion

We are all members of the same body, Ephesians 4.25

“So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other, because we are all members of the same body.”

Ephesians 4.25 GW

Lies do harm. Honesty blesses others. Why then do harm to yourself by lying, since Christians all belong to the body of Christ?

Some people disfigure parts of their bodies. We wonder why they would do this. But many Christians harm Christ’s body with dishonesty and hypocrisy.

#votd #Ephesians #truth

Those who want to destroy the truth

Behold, I have created the smithwho blows the fire of coalsand produces a weapon for its purpose.I have also created the ravager to destroy;no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lordand their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:16-17 ESV)

Вот, Я сотворил кузнеца, который раздувает угли в огне и производит орудие для своего дела, –и Я творю губителя для истребления. Ни одно орудие, сделанное против тебя, не будет успешно; и всякий язык, который будет состязаться с тобою на суде, –ты обвинишь. Это есть наследие рабов Господа, оправдание их от Меня, говорит Господь. (Исаия 54:16-17 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for this new Lord’s Day. Bless all your faithful followers of your beloved Son – Christ the Lord. Grant wisdom and courage to those who faithfully teach the truth while pleading and praying for people to listen, believe, repent and be baptized into Jesus Christ. Hold up the hands of leaders in the churches of Christ as they faithfully use your inspired Scriptures to oppose the efforts of those who want to destroy the truth that brings freedom from sin. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Long leave of absence from academia

And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” (1 Chronicles 14:15 ESV)

и когда услышишь шум как бы шагов на вершинах тутовых дерев, тогда вступи в битву, ибо вышел Бог пред тобою, чтобы поразить стан Филистимлян. (1-я Паралипоменон 14:15 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear heavenly Father for the exhilarating light of your love that makes our uncertain steps much more steady. Open our eyes of spiritual understanding so that we are able to truly see in your word, and believe that your powerful angelic beings are able to use their strength in this earthly plane where we live. Awaken the dull hearts of some leaders in the Church to the power that you have at your disposal. Send reapers out into the harvest fields of this world where souls are dying in ignorance and sin. Cause some of the highly educated officials in Christian colleges, universities and preaching schools to take a long leave of absence from academia and enter the difficult but rewarding work of being on a mission to tell lost souls about salvation through faith in Christ as Lord. Protect those messengers who often go into the battle with their families. Reward them richly with your love, then welcome them home on that glorious Day. Revive our childlike faith that may have grown cold as we are surrounded by so many critical and cynical people in and out of the Church. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

While we wait

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NIV)

и шлем спасения возьмите, и меч духовный, который есть Слово Божие.

(Ефесянам 6:17 Russian)

Almighty God, hear our prayers on this new day. Accept the praises from our hearts and minds as we consider the wonderful good news message that is contained in the Bible which is the Word of God, that you have given people for all nations and during these end times while we wait for the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his precious name, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Fresh hope for success

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 NIV)

사울이 죽은 것은 여호와께 범죄했기 때문이었다. 그는 여호와의 명령에 불순종하고 영매를 찾아다니면서도 여호와에게는 물어 보지 않았다. 그래서 여호와께서는 그를 죽이고 그의 나라를 이새의 아들 다윗에게 넘겨 주셨다. (역대상 10:13-14 Korean KLB)

Almighty God – eternally loving and merciful Father in heaven ~ shine the light of your love upon all people of this earth you created for our dwelling place. Thank you for this new day that arrives with fresh hope for success in life by learning and obeying your word. Give wisdom to all leaders of the various nations so that they will not reject the timeless wisdom contained in your word. Shame those leaders who refuse to look to your Son as the highest authority in this day and time. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Hugh’s News & Views (Why Do The Liberals . . .)

WHY DO THE LIBERALS AMONG US STAY?

If the church of Christ is just another denomination beset with as many sins, shortcomings, failures, and uninformed views as the leftist/progressive members of it say that it is why do they not leave it for “a different denomination,” a better and more perfect one, or at least one that is more in keeping with their views?

If loyal churches of Christ are behind the times because they refuse to adopt instrumental music in the worship of the church, utilize women preachers, admit to being a denomination, or accept as members those who have not been immersed for the remission of sins (or some biblically synonymous reason), etc. why do the leftists stay? Continue reading

#hughfulford, #progressives

The Lord got very angry, 2 Chronicles 36.16

“But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, and ridiculed his prophets. Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment.”

2 Chronicles 36.16

God felt compassion toward his people and the place of his habitation among them, v. 15. But Israel’s rejection short-circuited his compassion. Jerusalem was destroyed and the people suffered.

People today make fun of the Kingdom’s teachers and evangelistas. They will be judged. Do I speak harshly of those who work in the gospel?

#votd #2-Chronicles #rejection

The place where Christians grow

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. (Hebrews 8:1-2 ESV)

Главное же в том, о чем говорим, есть то: мы имеем такого Первосвященника, Который воссел одесную престола величия на небесах и есть священнодействователь святилища и скинии истинной, которую воздвиг Господь, а не человек. (К Евреям 8:1-2 Russian)

Most holy God, our dear Father in heaven ~ O Majesty, we come before you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – our perfect high priest in whom we trust for eternal life. Give courage and protection to those who faithfully bear witness to the truth that brings the good news of salvation. Thank you for giving us the Church – that exists on earth as the place where Christians may grow in spirit and truth while serving as joint priests with Christ in leading souls to the truth that saves. Protect the church from those who may even do lying wonders while disavowing the truth of the Scriptures. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley

Neither believe nor obey, Deuteronomy 9.23

“And when he sent you from Kadesh-Barnea and told you, ‘Go up and possess the land I have given you,’ you rebelled against the Lord your God and would neither believe nor obey him.”

Deuteronomy 9.23

Moses cited several examples of Israel’s rebelliousness. This was but one of many. What God gives must often be fought for. His gifts require faith and obedience.

What is the nature of the rebellious spirit? Are there areas where I demonstrate such a spirit? How willing am I to fight for what God wants to give me?

#votd #Deuteronomy #rebelliousness