Fighting to save her babies

We walked silently to the city of the dead Tuesday afternoon to pay our final respects to a loved one. I heard a shrill scream in the stillness. It stopped and started over and over. I searched the area to see what was making the sound and then I spotted her. Right near the funeral home tent and near the velvet covered chairs standing on a small grave-stone was a little mother, a little bird. She was standing alert and any rapid movement near made her scream a warning. Different people were getting too close and she was giving a piercing warning to stay away from her guard. The wind was blowing, a plane was flying overhead, and with the little mother’s piercing scream I didn’t hear much of Doug’s final comments or prayer at the gravesite. But I fell in love with the little mother, the little bird that could have easily blended in with the area. I moved closer and she screamed and fluffed up her feathers. I wanted to see what it was she was so protective of, what it was she would have fought a human being over, what it was she would have given her life to protect. And then I saw her prized possessions, her eggs. Those eggs were hers. She had produced them and she was protecting them at all cost. No one was going to destroy her babies under her watch. Why she would have fought and given her very life to protect those four eggs. Ah, how wonderful it would be if young girls were this protective of the unborn babies they carry in their wombs. Nature teaches us the best way. If little birds have the protective nature such as exhibited by this little mother, how much more should we as God’s highest creation exemplify the same? “I will fight to save my baby” should be the battle cry of all potential mothers. Let no one destroy what you have helped create.

What does the Bible say about showing our faith

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“There is a God in heaven” (Daniel 2:28).

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

“Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:17-18).

One way to show our faith is by defending God and His word. We show our faith each time we express enjoyment or wonder about the beauty of the seasons (Genesis 8:22), or God’s promise of the rainbow (Genesis 9:8-17). Or, talk about the innocence and wonder of a newborn child, or when we give God the credit for some aspect of how the cycle of life works on earth. Also, when we speak of some scientific truth, foreknown by the Bible, before being discovered by mankind such as the circle of the earth (Isaiah 40:22), the paths of the sea (Psalm 8:8), or the fact that the stars cannot be numbered.

These things may seem minor or of no great importance and out of mind when dealing with the struggles of every day living—work, school, health, or just making ends meet at the end of the month. Indeed, life is so full of many things that demand our time, talents, and money. But the truth about God and His word is so important to our daily lives that such thoughts should never be far from our mind (Matthew 6:33).

It is not difficult to defend God when we think of His many benefits in our lives each day, and that all good things come from Him (James 1:17; Psalm 68:19; 103:2).

Do you pray? And when good things happen in answer to your prayers, do you thank God and give Him the glory? These and other things will let everyone know that you know someone other than yourself is in control.

She gave the best she had to give

We visited our daughter and her family in Houston several years ago. Sierra, our granddaughter, was just a little girl. She had given up her bedroom for us to sleep in while there and she moved to a pallet in her sister’s room. When the time came for us to leave we decided to pay Sierra for the use of her room. We were packed and almost ready to go. My Bible was laying on the bed. We called Sierra into the bedroom, thanked her for allowing us to sleep in her room, and told her we wanted to give her some money to express our appreciation for her kindness. She looked at the bills we gave her and hurriedly dashed from the room with her blonde curls bouncing. Soon she came rushing back to our room and slapped something down firmly on my Bible. It was two stickers. She gave us the best she had to give and she gave it freely and gladly. Those two stickers remain on my Bible today. Every time I see them I remember the little girl that gave the best she had to give. Oh, but that we could give so freely of that in which God has richly blessed us.

Apr. 15. Jesus, the Good Shepherd

Jn. 10:1-21

Jesus pointed out to those who had confronted the man born blind that He was the Good Shepherd. He used an allegory of the sheepfold to teach an important lesson on the kingdom. The sheepfold, a place of safety represented the church.

God was the keeper of the door by which Christ, the Good Shepherd would enter with His sheep. Christ also represented Himself as the door through which the sheep, who were His disciples, would enter. Gentiles, who did not count with the Jews, were the other sheep that Jesus would bring into the sheepfold later.

The thief and robber represented the Jewish leadership which opposed Jesus. False teachers, who would put themselves up as equal to God or Christ were represented as the hireling and strangers.

One can enter the sheepfold or church only through Jesus, the Door.

#chronological-bible-study

Stir up stale memories

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14 ESV)

А я не желаю хвалиться, разве только крестом Господа нашего Иисуса Христа, которым для меня мир распят, и я для мира. (К Галатам 6:14 Russian)

Almighty God, dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord, that we human beings are blessed be the crowning achievement of your great creation. Stir up the often stale memories of those who preach and teach the gospel message. May we always make the message clear and plain, that we are nothing except for the sacrificial death of our blessed Christ upon the cruel cross at Golgotha. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

Apr. 14. Contention over the Man Born Blind

Jn. 9:1-41

Sometime later, Jesus and the disciples passed by a blind beggar. It was a common belief that extreme birth defects, such as blindness were caused by sin, either by the parents or by the individual in some sort of preexistent state.

Jesus explained that it was neither the man nor his parents who had sinned, but that he was blind, “That the works of God should be revealed in him.” We do not fully understand how God works, but every person is here for a purpose—maybe for great things or very small.

The Jews questioned the man about how his eyes had been opened. He stated that a Man called Jesus had made clay and anointed his eyes and had told him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. After his faith had led him to obey the commands of Christ, he was healed.

Again, it was the Sabbath when Jesus healed this man. The Jews counted Him as a sinner because He had not kept the Sabbath. Others said that a sinner could not do these signs.

The man’s parents were asked about their son, but fearing that they would be cast out of the synagogue, they refused to get involved. They said, “He is of age; ask him.”

As the Jews continued to press the healed blind man, they asserted that God had healed him because they knew that Jesus was a sinner. The man then made one of the more famous declarations found in the Scriptures. “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”

At this point, the man was cast out of the synagogue. Jewish people were very careful to avoid being cast out of the synagogue because this meant that they would be without country and religion.

After Jesus had heard about the man being cast out and had found him, He introduced Himself as the Son of God. This was a great step forward for the man as he had been cut off from all that had come through Moses and was now being led to all that comes from the Son of God.

It is interesting how this man’s faith in Christ progressed. “A man called Jesus; He is a prophet; A Man from God; Lord, I believe.”

#chronological-bible-study

Hearts that burst with joy

To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23 ESV)

Але, поміч від Бога одержавши, я стою аж до дня сьогоднішнього та свідкую малому й великому, нічого не розповідаючи, окрім того, що сказали Пророки й Мойсей, що статися має, що має Христос постраждати, що Він, як перший воскреснувши з мертвих, проповідувати буде світло народові й поганам! (Дії 26:22-23 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Father for the light of your love that brightens each and every new day. Bless all the righteous saints around the world who find shelter in you. Give all believers in Christ as Lord hearts that bursts with joy on this new day. Help those who continue to teach the truth about Jesus as Savior and only hope for all people in the world. Protect your servants who must sometimes suffer for Christ who suffered that we may enjoy true life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley

How to read the Bible more with little effort

Some browsers (I use Brave) allow you to define what you will see when you open up a new tab. If you’d like a new way to put Scripture always before you, do this:

1. In your browser settings, choose to open “home page” whenever a new tab is opened. (In Brave and, probably, other Chromium derivatives, it’s in General Settings.)

2. Set your home page to this link.

Now, whenever you open a new tab, a random verse from the NET Bible will appear.

Enjoy!

(This is not a substitute for planned Bible reading, but it’s another fine option for getting the Word of God before your eyes, as per Deut 6.6-9.)

#bible-reading, #web-browsers

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

Apr. 13. Jesus Continues to Converse with the Jews in the Temple

Jn. 8:12-59

As He continued to speak, Jesus referred to Himself as the light of the world. This light signified knowledge and life whereas darkness signified ignorance and death. The Pharisees disputed this claim stating that He was testifying about Himself without the required two witnesses to confirm a matter. Jesus pointed out that His own testimony and that of His Father made up the two witnesses.

The great problem with the Pharisees was their inability to separate their concepts of the Messiah as an earthly deliverer with the actual spiritual nature of Jesus.

As He began to tell of His death, the Pharisees again asked Jesus, “Who are you?”

Jesus stated, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He. And that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”

Many believed in Jesus after these teachings, but their faith was weak and short-lived. When He said that the truth would make them free, they said that they were Abraham’s descendants and had never been in bondage. Again, they were confusing the earthly with the spiritual. He was referring to freedom from sin.

Whoever commits or lives in sin is a slave to sin. Through obedience to Christ, one becomes free from sin as long as he does not return to that sinful life.

Jesus continued to point out the sinful nature of His audience. He stated that they could not be children of Abraham because they were trying to kill Him for telling the truth. They were of their father, the devil who was the father of the lie, for he was a liar and murderer from the beginning.

The Jews then argued that they had one Father who was God. Again Jesus said that if God were their Father, they would love Him. They hated Him instead. He also concluded that since He was telling the truth and they were rejecting it, they could not be children of God.

As Jesus discussed His superiority over Abraham, He said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” I AM means timeless existence.

The Jews, thinking that Jesus was blaspheming picked up stones to throw at Him, but it was still not His time. He went out of the temple and escaped again.

#chronological-bible-study

Definition of Evil

Maybe you have already heard this, but I have just recently found it, and I wanted to share.
The theory goes like this: There is no darkness, really. It is simply a lack of light. For example, in a totally dark room, you can light one candle, and there is light. However, in a bright room, you cannot light one “dark” to eliminate the light.
Following this, there is really no evil…it is simply a lack of good, or God.
This goes against what I have always been taught, but, in a way it makes sense. As I look around America today, I see overwhelming evil. But where and when did it become so very bad? When we were growing up, most people at least claimed to read the Bible and believe in God. Today, we have taken the opposite path. We no longer teach Bible in our schools or allow prayer there. Even in the church, we do not study the Bible as we once did. Many of our Bible classes are more “book clubs” than Bible classes. By allowing the “removal” of God, we have made room for evil.
It is really obvious that the evil which surrounds us today in our country is a direct result of the absence of God in our daily lives. If we chose to restore God to His rightful place in our lives, much of the evil would disappear.
What say ye?

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

Live out the simple before you worry about understanding the complex

I have talked to not a few people (often times not Christians) who are more interested in discussing complex spiritual topics than more simplistic topics.

Such mindsets can be more interested in “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” than they are in what Jesus Christ’s gospel reveals about their life.

The issue with placing the complex before the simple is the simple is often times the key to understanding the complex, and more importantly – it doesn’t matter what you understand about the complex if you can’t put the simple into practice!

Perhaps this story will illustrate:

Two cowboys were walking out on the western plains one day when they noticed a set of footprints.

After studying the footprints, one cowboy said to the other, “These footprints were made by three men. One was wearing a black hat, one a straw hat, and the other had no hat. Two had beards, and one had a mustache. Two carried rifles, and one had a six-shooter. One man was married, and the other two were single.”

Amazed, the second cowboy asked, “Which way are they going?” to which the first cowboy replied, “I don’t know; you can’t tell everything from footprints!”

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV)

#devotional-thought, #milk-of-the-word, #spiritual-illustrations

Apr. 12. Jesus Forgives an Adulteress

Jn. 8:2-11

The next morning, Jesus returned to the temple and the people came to hear what He had to say. As He was teaching, the scribes and Pharisees attempted to trap Him into saying something they could use against Him. They thought He would either speak against the Law of Moses or violate the Roman government. He did neither.

According to the Law of Moses, adultery was punishable by stoning a person to death and they had brought a woman caught in the act. Since the Law required the witnesses to cast the first stone, Jesus instructed the one who was without sin to cast a stone at her first.

Convicted of their own sins, they all left—from the oldest to the youngest. Jesus did not approve of the woman’s sin, but forgave her and told her to “Go and sin no more.”

#chronological-bible-study