Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. (2 Kings 5:12 ESV)
разве Авана и Фарфар, реки Дамасские, не лучше всех вод Израильских? разве я не мог бы омыться в них и очиститься? И оборотился и удалился в гневе. (4-я Царств 5:12 Russian)
O LORD my God of salvation for all people on earth ~ dear Father in heaven, hear the praise and thanksgiving from my heart on this new day. Calm the fears and trembling emotions of your people who live in dangerous situations where world rulers are opposed to the doctrine of Christ our Lord. Give wisdom clear as a ringing bell to everyone in leadership among local churches. Help all Christians to know for certain that your gracious way of salvation through obedient faith is positively the only sure way from earth to eternal life. Give courage to all who preach with sincere love for truth and lost souls. Elevate your inspired word that contains truth that cannot be diminished even though millions of so-called scholars teach otherwise. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God has made the one as well as the other, so that mortals may not find out anything that will come after them. (Ecclesiastes 7:14 NRSV)
В благополучные дни будь счастлив, а в дни горестные знай: и то, и другое сотворил Бог, чтобы человек не мог постичь того, что будет после него. (Екклесиаст 7:14 NRT)
O LORD God Almighty ~ thank you for making me aware of your active presence in the mundane affairs of humanity. Bless your people of faith who live in various nations with different languages and skin complexions. Give all faithful Christians moral strength and courage to continue fighting the good fight of faith in a world that is increasingly bereft of true faith. Bring a revival of faith among all leaders so that we will be thankful for all circumstances of this life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
“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.'”
Because of the Lord’s revelation, Paul stayed a year and six months in Corinth.
We need courage to speak, because the Lord has many people yet to be saved.
#courage #evangelism #VOTD
(Note: Rarely do I run an essay written by someone other than myself. I can remember only one or two instances in which I have done so. The essay this week was written by my friend David Tant of Roswell [Greater Atlanta], GA. I commend it to all for our thoughtful consideration.)
According to my 9th Grade Revised Latin, the title means “NO BACKBONE.” Physically, this devastates the body, making it impossible to function. This is tragic. But more tragic is spiritual “spina absentia.” This “spinelessness” is too common in the Lord’s body, and we need the “Great Physician” to stiffen the backbone so that the function of the body of Christ might not be impaired. Consider some of the disease’s symptoms.
FAILURE TO DISCIPLINE INFLUENTIAL MEMBERS – Many denominations are reluctant to practice discipline, for this may cause them to lose money, members and popularity. But could it be that some of us (in the Lord’s church, hf) have the same thinking? There are churches where influential members are guilty of flagrant sins, and nothing is done about it. Elders’ relatives, rich folks, preachers’ children, etc., are winked at in their sin because of a “don’t rock the boat” attitude. If such is not a “respect of persons,” and therefore a sin (James 2:1-9), then what is it? Continue reading
In Acts 4, we read of the account of two men standing before the religious leaders of the day, an occasion that was not taken lightly by any that were involved when such a thing like this occurred. The religious leaders not only had moral force, but they could apply a heavy dose of peer pressure, even criminal indictment when the situation demanded it. Acts 4, from their perspective, was such an occasion.
There was some murmuring going on amongst the people, and when they learned about it, those in charge arrested those guilty of causing this disturbance (that is, Peter and John). The disturbance was only in relation to the healing of a man lame since his birth, but the troubling aspect of this disturbance was in direct relation to Jesus, God’s anointed (chosen) one, one who was actually rejected by many of the Jewish people. Rejected as he was, they killed an innocent man.
Still fresh on their minds, the man Jesus and that which He taught, they resolved: “This has to stop!”
After having been arrested, the Lord’s servants were standing before those in judicial authority, being called to give an account of what they did and why. Peter and John stood tall. They gave a direct answer, and then a pertinent application for them (those in authority and the whole community): the authority by which they operated was the same authority they rejected and killed. One day they were going to stand before Him and be judged. This was impressive and insulting to those making inquiry (Acts 4:13). Continue reading
A great lesson in Matthew 2 is that God protects his own. The Lord frustrated Herod’s attempts to kill the newborn Jesus.
He warned the wise men by means of a dream not to return to Herod, but to go back by another way. “But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road” Mt 2.12 NIRV.
The Lord’s angel also appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt, in order to get away from Herod, Mt 2.13. Continue reading
Via Audio Evangelism:
I once read about a man who bragged about cutting off a lion’s tail with his pocketknife. Sounds pretty courageous, doesn’t it? Do you think you could do that? Of course, someone finally asked the man why he didn’t cut the lion’s head off, and he replied that someone had already done that! What initially sounded like a very courageous act really wasn’t anything at all–the lion was already dead!
Today, I’d like us to focus our attention on the subject of courage–genuine courage–specifically as it relates to living the Christian life. First, we need to remember that… (click here to continue reading the post.)