When the shades of night approach

Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46 ESV)

Иисус, возгласив громким голосом, сказал: Отче! в руки Твои предаю дух Мой. И, сие сказав, испустил дух. (Луки 23:46 Russian)

O LORD our faithful and holy God ~ we bring you the highest praise and thanksgiving for this new day upon which we are allowed to witness many wonderful blessings and challenges that strengthen our faith when we struggle to overcome Satan. Help us not to have fear when we see the shades of night approaching. Take our mortal souls home to the place Christ is preparing for all the faithful. Help us to speak the truth in love about your amazing grace to other sinners hoping to inherit eternal life while trusting and obeying your beloved Son. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The hard lesson

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

Но Господь сказал мне: ‘довольно для тебя благодати Моей, ибо сила Моя совершается в немощи’. И потому я гораздо охотнее буду хвалиться своими немощами, чтобы обитала во мне сила Христова. (2 Коринфянам 12:9 Russian)

O LORD God Almighty ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day on which we may boldly come before your most holy presence because of the power of your Son that emboldens us. Humble us by your mighty hand so that we will learn the hard lesson that we have no power to battle Satan without the inner strength provided by our Lord Jesus Christ. Awaken all faithful Christians to the need for humble and sincere repentance for acting with independent and often arrogant attitude. In the precious name we pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Stir up the latent courage

One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the LORD your God who fights for you, just as he promised you. Be very careful, therefore, to love the LORD your God. (Joshua 23:10-11 ESV)

один из вас прогоняет тысячу, ибо Господь Бог ваш Сам сражается за вас, как говорил вам. Посему всячески старайтесь любить Господа Бога вашего. (Иисус Навин 23:10-11 Russian)

O LORD my God, turn your ear to my cries for mercy and forgiveness on this new day. Stir up the latent courage and boldness that is necessary to combat the rampant spreading of evil throughout every nation. Dear Father, as you fought Israel’s battles, be with your people today who follow the Lord Jesus Christ to the best of our ability. Help us to show our love for you by loving others. Exalt the true Christian race as your Israel of today. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The stellar new life in Christ

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:11-12 ESV)

En él también fuisteis circuncidados con circuncisión no hecha por mano de hombre, sino por la circuncisión de Cristo, en la cual sois despojados de vuestra naturaleza pecaminosa. Con él fuisteis sepultados en el bautismo, y en él fuisteis también resucitados por la fe en el poder de Dios que lo levantó de los muertos. (Colosenses 2:11-12 Spanish RVR1995)

O Lord my God, dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the outstanding gift of life that is never perceived as an ordinary blessing to be taken for granted. Walk with us on every breath we take, so that we will be more sharply aware of your influential presence in our daily routine. Open wide our eyes of faith so that we will be more effective in teaching the truth about the place of baptism in the stellar new life in Christ. Give us wisdom to include in our evangelistic efforts people of every nation, tribe and language group. Forgive us for the times when we may have arrogantly and ignorantly neglected to tell lost souls about the need to receive the grace of Christ by personal faith, repentance and baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Pure wisdom

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15 ESV)

Более же всего облекитесь в любовь, которая есть совокупность совершенства. И да владычествует в сердцах ваших мир Божий, к которому вы и призваны в одном теле, и будьте дружелюбны. (Колоссянам 3:14-15 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for this new day that already promises more blessings that we ever hoped for or thought to request from your kindness. Bless all your children of faith around the world during these times of unrest for many people. Bind Christians together with love, peace and gratitude. Grant us more of your pure wisdom so that we will humbly and faithfully follow Christ the Prince of Peace. Silence the noisy speech of those who foment hatred and division within the Body of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Revive faith and energy

And now, as you see, the Lord has kept me alive, as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel was journeying through the wilderness; and here I am today, eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was on the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war, and for going and coming. (Joshua 14:10-11 NRSV)

итак, вот, Господь сохранил меня в живых, как Он говорил; уже сорок пять лет прошло от того времени, когда Господь сказал Моисею слово сие, и Израиль ходил по пустыне; теперь, вот, мне восемьдесят пять лет; но и ныне я столько же крепок, как и тогда, когда посылал меня Моисей: сколько тогда было у меня силы, столько и теперь есть для того, чтобы воевать и выходить и входить; (Иисус Навин 14:10-11 Russian)

O Lord God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ we come humbly into your awesome presence on this new day with thankful hearts for the strength you provide for followers of Jesus as Lord. Revive the faith and energy of Christians who are near the age of Caleb. Help all the faithful warriors of Christ to continue being strong examples in word and deed for their families and fellow saints. Give us wisdom dear Lord to clearly see the purpose you have in mind for us as we age according to the calendar. Drive away the fear of uselessness in hearts of believers in all age groups. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Constant watchfulness over all creation

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

А теперь во Христе Иисусе вы, бывшие некогда далеко, стали близки Кровию Христовою. (Ефесянам 2:13 Russian)

Most holy and gracious God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the kindness and mercy we receive from your constant watchfulness over all your creation. Open the hearts of every person who is wandering around lost like a ship without a rudder. Light the fires of faith in the minds and hearts of all followers of Jesus so that the treasure of the gospel message may be known to those seeking your grace and mercy. Forgive us for the times when we kept the message to ourselves and neglected those who have wandered far from home. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Perfect wisdom

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV)

ибо нищие всегда будут среди земли твоей; потому я и повелеваю тебе: отверзай руку твою брату твоему, бедному твоему и нищему твоему на земле твоей. (Второзаконие 15:11 Russian)

Merciful, kind and gracious Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord, for the priceless gift of life on this new day. Bless the followers of Jesus around the world with enough goods for this day and some to generously share with the poor. Grant more of your perfect wisdom to leaders in local congregations in the House of God, so that contributions will be used to the honor and glory of Christ our King. Shame those who wear the name of Christ but keep their hands tightly closed. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Open the minds of the comfortable

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5 ESV)

И не сим только, но хвалимся и скорбями, зная, что от скорби происходит терпение, от терпения опытность, от опытности надежда, а надежда не постыжает, потому что любовь Божия излилась в сердца наши Духом Святым, данным нам. (Римлянам 5:3-5 Russian)

O LORD God, our blessed Savior and hope of all mankind ~ thank you for bringing us safely to this new day with awareness of your abiding Spirit. Thank you for the temporary struggles of this life that often take away our strength to press on in the battle against Satan and his minions. Revive our faith, hope and love as we daily throw ourselves before your throne of mercy. Open the minds of those who are comfortable being lost in the darkness and futility of a sinful life. Give us wisdom to say the right words from your Sprit inspired Word that may turn sinners to listen to Christ for salvation. Restore good health to those who are unable to function properly due to illness. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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We have so much to share

That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (Romans 4:22-25 ESV)

Тому й залічено це йому в праведність. Та не написано за нього одного, що залічено йому, а за нас, залічиться й нам, що віруємо в Того, Хто воскресив із мертвих Ісуса, Господа нашого, що був виданий за наші гріхи, і воскрес для виправдання нашого. (римлян 4:22-25 Ukrainian)

Our great, most holy, righteous and merciful God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for blessing faithful Christians around the world with abundance so that we have so much to share. Fan the flames of faith that may becoming cold in the hearts of some followers of Jesus who have not recently witnessed the power of your Word in transforming the hearts and minds of sinners into saints. Grant us wisdom so that our faith will be more like that of Abraham who went when you said go, and who stopped when you said stop. Guide our thoughts and words so that we properly present the good news about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Excite the passions

“‘This people honors me with their lips,but their heart is far from me;in vain do they worship me,teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”(Matthew 15:8-9 ESV)

Оці люди устами шанують Мене, серце ж їхнє далеко від Мене! Та однак надаремне шанують Мене, бо навчають наук людських заповідей… (Матвія 15:8-9 Ukrainian)

Our dear Father in heaven, we join with other followers of Christ around the world as we hallow your blessed name above all names. Help us Lord to remain faithful to the doctrine of Christ without feeling compelled to invent elaborate forms of worship that may only satisfy human desires. Excite the passions within the hearts of true believers to live each day with the love of Jesus as the highest form of motivation. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Giving generously without holding back

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NIV)

Дающий же семя сеющему и хлеб в пищу подаст обилие посеянному вами и умножит плоды правды вашей, так чтобы вы всем богаты были на всякую щедрость, которая через нас производит благодарение Богу. (2 Коринфянам 9:10-11 Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father ~ our hearts overflow with thanksgiving on this new day. Watch over Galina as she struggles with some lingering bad cold or bronchitis. Heal her according your good will for all people in the world. Bless everyone who gives generously without holding back so that the work of spreading the gospel of live and eternal life with flourish at this very time. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The generation that refused to be intimidated

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)

Но, получив помощь от Бога, я до сего дня стою, свидетельствуя малому и великому, ничего не говоря, кроме того, о чем пророки и Моисей говорили, что это будет, то есть что Христос имел пострадать и, восстав первый из мертвых, возвестить свет народу Иудейскому и язычникам. (Деяния 26:22-23 Russian)

O LORD my God, our hope is in your faithfulness today and forever! Your name is blessed in the hearts of people around the world. Bless all your children who are walking by faith in Christ Jesus as Lord. Send out bold proclaimers of the radiant gospel light, so that people in all nations will have an opportunity to hear, believe and obey our risen Christ as their Savior. May this present generation of Christians be known as the ones who refused to be intimidated by the skeptical, cynical and critical attitudes of unbelievers. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Defeat those who divide

But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:19-20 ESV)

А Йосип промовив до них: Не бійтеся, бо хіба ж я замість Бога?Ви задумували були на мене зло, та Бог задумав те на добре, щоб зробити, як вийшло сьогодні, щоб заховати при житті великий народ! (Буття 50:19-20 Ukrainian)

Our Father who is in heaven ~ thank you for the bountiful blessings that you shower upon us on this new day. Give us wisdom that is as pure and insightful as the wisdom Jesus utilized while on this earth. Dear Lord, help us to avoid the weak tendency to retaliate and try to even the score when someone has done us harm. Guide us in the right way that is kind and generous like the way Joseph treated his brothers. Defeat the efforts of those who constantly strive to divide the Body of Christ by making idols of their pet opinions. Lead them to repent and work to bind up the wounds of division. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The certainty of your promises

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:12-13 ESV)

ибо нет другого имени под небом, данного человекам, которым надлежало бы нам спастись. Видя смелость Петра и Иоанна и приметив, что они люди некнижные и простые, они удивлялись, между тем узнавали их, что они были с Иисусом; (Деяния 4:12-13 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the certainty of your promises on this new day. Open wide the doors of opportunity for spreading the message of salvation that will set good people free from slavery to sinful lives. Embolden everyone who proclaims the truth that makes us free. Bless all followers of Jesus Christ of Nazareth with joyful and gracious hearts. Stir up the consciouses of those who have grown cold in their service for our Savior. Lead them to repent and become courageous workers in the vineyard of the Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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