Through him (Jesus) then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:15-16 ESV)
Итак будем через Него непрестанно приносить Богу жертву хвалы, то есть плод уст, прославляющих имя Его. Не забывайте также благотворения и общительности, ибо таковые жертвы благоугодны Богу. (К Евреям 13:15-16 Russian)
O LORD God, my dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for blessing me on this new day with the desire on my heart to give you the highest possible praise. Thank you Lord for the very air I breathe and the strength to continue doing something meaningful for the sake of the gospel message that you have announced to all people. Embolden me on this day to open my mouth and speak the blessed name of Christ Jesus in love and with deepest respect. Bless my loved ones who suffer from various ailments so that they may once again also serve you with wholehearted joy. May your good will be done in all things in your beautiful creation that sadly has become a domain of wickedness. Help those who love truth and righteousness to flourish. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
Lysol is a popular disinfectant cleaner. It has the potential to prevent some serious, if not fatal, infections in humans.
While it comes in an attractive can, Lysol was not made to be admired on a shelf. It was made to be used. Lysol that is never sprayed or applied to any surface will never prevent anything. To gain the effectiveness of the product, it must come out of the can.
The gospel comes in a container, too. It is packaged inside a human being. Paul said the gospel, which is God’s power unto salvation, resides in jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7). It is not meant to stay there. As long as the gospel sits in the jar, it cannot save anyone. It cannot fight sin and its consequences. If the gospel is released, it has the power to save and the power to prevent sin.
The gospel must be applied to the heart of someone. It must come out of the clay jar! The gospel hidden in the heart of a child of God and has never seen the light of day is like someone buying a can of Lysol and placing on a shelf to be admired. It won’t make a difference unless it comes out.
Jesus said, “If you continue on My Word, you are my disciples indeed.” (John 8:31) He also said that any who reject His Word would be judged by that Word. (John 12:48) A short time later, He said “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) Then He asked, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Okay, so we all know we must obey what Jesus said to be pleasing to Him. But many in the world will argue that that is different from what the apostles taught. Is it? Really? Let us investigate what else Jesus said.
Jesus, Himself, said: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever. (John 14:16) But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring to your remembrance whatever I have said to you. (John 14:26) And when the Comforter has come, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26) ”
We are also taught, in II Timothy 3:16, that “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God…” Taking these verses together, we can easily see that Jesus commanded us to follow His Words, that He promised the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide them, and that the Holy Spirit inspired them what to write. Therefore, all things found in the writings of Peter, Paul, James and Jude are inspired and are binding upon us today.
What say ye?
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV)
We all have a past.
If we are saved then we were saved from something.
If we are a member of God’s church then at one time we were a member of the world.
Don’t have a past you say? Then you don’t have a future with God!
The thought that Paul shares in Ephesians 2:1 keeps arrogance and haughtiness out of our lives. It reminds us about the importance of humility. It tells us that we were on track for Hell, but God’s grace changed our destination (Ephesians 2:4-9).
Forget this and we become like the Pharisee named Simon (Luke 7:36-50).
Our present is not meant to be our past; our past is not meant to control us. But that does not mean we should forget it to the extent that we lose the benefit of remembering it and allowing it guide our new life in Christ.
“in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:2-3 NKJV)
Mt. 5:17-48; Lk. 6:27-36
Jesus pointed out contrasts between His teaching and that of the Old Testament and the traditions of the Jews. He stated that He did not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill or make their teaching about Him come true.
Some of the contrasts Jesus pointed out dealt with anger, adultery, swearing and oaths, retaliation and love. He introduced each topic with, “You have heard…but I say.” These were new concepts and He expected the apostles to grasp and teach them to others.
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 ESV)
Так говорит Господь: да не хвалится мудрый мудростью своею, да не хвалится сильный силою своею, да не хвалится богатый богатством своим. Но хвалящийся хвались тем, что разумеет и знает Меня, что Я–Господь, творящий милость, суд и правду на земле; ибо только это благоугодно Мне, говорит Господь. (Иеремия 9:23-24 Russian)
O LORD God, our kind and merciful Father in heaven ~ thank you for this new day that dawns with brand-new blessings and huge challenges for those who sincerely follow your Son. Bring us to our knees whenever we begin to think we are wise in our own eyes, or that our physical well-being is due to our superior genetic makeup, or that we are the very epitome of the self-made man. Help me dear Lord to completely appreciate, long for and trust in your perfect wisdom in all things. Guide my every decision today and always so that I will practice the most liberal form of doing righteous deeds with the purest motive of your everlasting love. Lord, you own the cattle on a thousand hills, and nothing good is impossible for you. Help all my brothers and sisters in Jesus to make and execute greater and more noble plans to spread the knowledge of your supernal heavenly kingdom to every person on the earth during this generation. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
Because of the great influence that the followers of Jesus have in the world, He referred to them as salt and light. He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they many see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”