Your power messenger

And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16-17 ESV)

и многих из сынов Израилевых обратит к Господу Богу их; и предъидет пред Ним в духе и силе Илии, чтобы возвратить сердца отцов детям, и непокоривым образ мыслей праведников, дабы представить Господу народ приготовленный. (От Луки 1:16-17 Russian)

O LORD God of hosts shine your face upon us dear heavenly Father, so that we will be pleasing in your eyes. Wash us and cleanse us as we trust and obey your beloved Son. Thank you for sending your powerful messenger to this earth to shock John’s parents with news that his life will be devoted to speaking words of truth that will make people ready to listen to Christ Jesus. Open the cold and indifferent hearts of people living in this present century to the message of love and grace that brings eternal life to everyone who will listen, believe and obey. Restore total faith and confidence in the power of the gospel to save penitent sinners. Give believing parents a new heart of love for the Lord that is transferable to their children. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The most expensive gift ever imagined

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10:29-31 ESV)

Иисус сказал в ответ: истинно говорю вам: нет никого, кто оставил бы дом, или братьев, или сестер, или отца, или мать, или жену, или детей, или земли, ради Меня и Евангелия,и не получил бы ныне, во время сие, среди гонений, во сто крат более домов, и братьев и сестер, и отцов, и матерей, и детей, и земель, а в веке грядущем жизни вечной. Многие же будут первые последними, и последние первыми. (От Марка 10:29-31 Russian)

O LORD God Shalom ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for sending the most expensive gift ever imagined to every person on the earth you created. Give everyone who follows Jesus the peace that surpasses understanding. Bless those workers for the Lord who have made the high commitment along with their families to serve as instruments of your peace. Humble those who have been struggling to achieve some prominence over their co-workers. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Restore our faith

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. –As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:11, 15 ESV)

Вот что значит притча сия: семя есть слово Божие; — а упавшее на добрую землю, это те, которые, услышав слово, хранят его в добром и чистом сердце и приносят плод в терпении. Сказав это, Он возгласил: кто имеет уши слышать, да слышит! (От Луки 8:11, 15 Russian)

O LORD God, your blessed name endures forever ~ thank you dear heavenly Father for this new day upon which we have the solid foundation of eternal hope in your beloved Son. Restore our faith in your trustworthy word that is indeed the seed from which will sprout eternal life in good and honest hearts. Bless the efforts of faithful preachers and teachers who are committed to teaching the gospel of Christ from your word that is the truth. Overthrow the efforts of the self-willed lying teachers who lead innocent hearts away from eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Faith grown cold

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:24-25 ESV)

Верою Моисей, придя в возраст, отказался называться сыном дочери фараоновой, и лучше захотел страдать с народом Божиим, нежели иметь временное греховное наслаждение, (К Евреям 11:24-25 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you O LORD my God for your countless blessings that appear with the dawning of a new day. Most of all, thank you for the faith in the hearts of believers around the world. Encourage us to realize that our faithfulness to Christ stirs up the consciences of those whose faith has grown cold to the point that it is hardly recognizable. Give us faith like Moses when he boldly gave up life in the king’s palace in favor of advance service to Christ the Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Peace into every troubled heart

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27 ESV)

Зоставляю вам мир, мир Свій вам даю! Я даю вам не так, як дає світ. Серце ваше нехай не тривожиться, ані не лякається! (Від Івана 14:27 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, thank you dear Father in heaven for this new day that arrives with what may seem to be insurmountable challenges. Yet, I know Lord that with Christ everything is possible and so I ask on behalf of all faithful Christians ~ bring peace into every troubled heart. We all need true peace that springs from our blessed Jesus to true believers in your Holy Scriptures. Not the peace of the babbling pseudo psychologists of this world. Such mock peace fails to prepare the church to interact with non-believers who refuse to acknowledge right and wrong as coming from your eternal wisdom. Help us Lord to behave humbly with the confidence of our faith that comes from the peace you give us. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Expand the peace

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV)

Ви Його любите, не бачивши, і віруєте в Нього, хоч тепер не бачите, а вірувавши, радієте невимовною й славною радістю, бо досягаєте мети віри вашої спасіння душам. (1 Петра 1:8-9 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you for the hope that is in my heart today as I consider the brevity of my own life while comparing that with eternal life in your presence. According to your gracious will, give me a greater measure of the mind-boggling joy that is the reward for those who love your beloved Son and trust in him to forgive our sins and bring us into your presence. Give the leaders of this world and leaders of local churches wisdom to expand the peace that results from people surrendering their stubborn will to your good and perfect plan for all humanity. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Where no storms ever threaten

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10-12 ESV)

Бо хто хоче любити життя та бачити добрі дні, нехай здержить свого язика від лихого та уста свої від говорення підступу. Ухиляйся від злого та добре чини, шукай миру й женися за ним! Бо очі Господні до праведних, а вуха Його до їхніх прохань, а Господнє лице проти тих, хто чинить лихе! (1 Петра 3:10-12 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, have mercy on your people of faith who wait patiently for your deliverance from all the evil that continues to pollute the hearts and minds of children and non-conscientious adults. Bless all people who desire to follow in the steps of Jesus with wisdom that enables us to accomplish good deeds that glorify his high and holy name. Dear merciful Father, we know it rains on the just and the unjust in this world. Help all those people who are suffering from powerful storms, to trust in Christ as Christians do our best to render aid to one another and others in need. Calm our spirits as we picture in our mind’s eyes that beautiful land where no storms ever threaten. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The way to connect to the blood that was shed for sin

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)

Неужели не знаете, что все мы, крестившиеся во Христа Иисуса, в смерть Его крестились? Итак мы погреблись с Ним крещением в смерть, дабы, как Христос воскрес из мертвых славою Отца, так и нам ходить в обновленной жизни. (К Римлянам 6:3-4 Russian)

O LORD God, my dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new day that arrives as a reminder of your vast power to transform darkness into light. Open our eyes of understanding to more fully comprehend the power of the gospel of Christ Jesus to transform a sinful person with an obedient heart into a brand new and eternally valuable person. Annihilate the message of those who teach that a believer’s baptism has no purpose in your plan of salvation. Help every person who teaches your doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, to have pure and honest hearts and include the teaching of Christ about immersion in water as the way to connect to the blood that was shed for all sin. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The exhilarating gift of life

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. (Romans 7:21-23 ESV)

Тож знаходжу закона, коли хочу робити добро, що зло лежить у мені. Бо маю задоволення в Законі Божому за внутрішнім чоловіком, та бачу інший закон у членах своїх, що воює проти закону мого розуму, і полонить мене законом гріховним, що знаходиться в членах моїх. (До римлян 7:21-23 Ukrainian)

Our most holy Father who is in heaven ~ thank you for the exhilarating gift of life that emanates from your creative genius and permits us to live and do unusually creative things with our minds. Grant us wisdom on this new day so that we will fill our minds up with the mind of Christ our Lord by keeping our head in your inspired Scriptures each day. Surround your people of faith with a greater sense of right and wrong than the average person. Prevent us from thinking too highly of ourselves and so diminish the influence of your Spirit. Help us to wholeheartedly love righteousness and despise evil. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Allow the light of faith to shine

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.(Philemon 1:4-6 ESV)

Я завсіди дякую Богові моєму, коли тебе згадую в молитвах своїх. Бо я чув про любов твою й віру, яку маєш до Господа Ісуса, і до всіх святих, щоб спільність віри твоєї діяльна була в пізнанні всякого добра, що в нас для Христа. (До Филимона 4-6 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, hear the prayers of your people of faith on this new day that bursts forth with fresh and clear evidence that you made us in your image. Give us clear minds so that we will respond to all the guidance that your Spirit provides for everyone who obeys Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. Give a sense of worthwhile achievement to Christians in small churches and in remote places. Give leaders in large congregations a sense of true humility so that they will never think they are more important in the vast Kingdom of Christ than other followers of Jesus who fight the good fight of faith each day in very difficult circumstances. Expand our combined efforts to allow the light of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to shine more brightly on every continent and islands in the seas. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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No one like him, Philippians 2.19-21

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:19-21 ESV)

We continue to enjoy being in Slavyansk, Ukraine where we are able to assemble with other Christians while giving and receiving encouragement from the Holy Scriptures. Albert Bagdasaryan, the local Gospel Preacher invited me to preach the three Lord’s Days we are here. Our son Zhenya is enjoying time with his son Seva and his wife. He is benefiting from medicines prescribed by a local oncologist. Your prayers are very important! It is a very real pleasure to stay here at Mama Elena’s house while enjoying simple hospitality that is not so common these days. The garden has pretty much played out for the year and most chores involve preparing for the winter that is more than likely on the way.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Open my eyes to see needs

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6 ESV)

Ибо во Христе Иисусе не имеет силы ни обрезание, ни необрезание, но вера, действующая любовью. (К Галатам 5:6 Russian)

O LORD my God, establish your hallowed name all over the earth as more people learn about the priceless gift of your beloved Son in whom we trust for eternal life. Increase the faith of many believers who are standing idly by, while there is so much kingdom work to be done today, before the great day when Christ appears. Open my eyes to see the needs of those who are lost without hope in my own neighborhood. Remove the shackles of pitiful excuses, by giving followers of our Lord perfect spiritual vision and strength that empowers us to do more than ever before to glorify our Savior by sincere loving deeds. Help us to stop simply talking about doing good and begin now to scatter more precious seeds of the kingdom. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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The impact of Scripture

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord. (Zephaniah 2:3 ESV)

Взыщите Господа, все смиренные земли, исполняющие законы Его; взыщите правду, взыщите смиренномудрие; может быть, вы укроетесь в день гнева Господня. (Софония 2:3 Russian)

O LORD our God, hear the prayers of your children on this new day. Guide our thoughts and actions by the impact of your inspired Scriptures and your Holy Spirit. Lead us in the direction where righteousness is flourishing. Help everyone in the world to seriously consider that you have set aside a certain day for the eternal separation of those who have practiced evil, from those who follow Christ in the way of truth. Strike down those who are haughty even toward the way of the Cross that Jesus blazed on our behalf. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Where few people confess Jesus as Lord

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:21-23 ESV)

Но ныне, независимо от закона, явилась правда Божия, о которой свидетельствуют закон и пророки, правда Божия через веру в Иисуса Христа во всех и на всех верующих, ибо нет различия, потому что все согрешили и лишены славы Божией, (Римлянам 3:21-23 Russian)

O LORD God, our kind and merciful Father in heaven ~ dear Lord hear the prayers that pour from the hearts of sincere believers around the world. Expand the borders of the glorious Kingdom of Christ so that in our lifetime, we may see and hear about new Christians in the Middle East and throughout Asia in places where very few people confess Jesus as Lord. Return the hearts and minds of Christians in all nations so that we will work diligently as never before to see that people hear the beautiful Gospel message in their own language from good and faithful messengers whom you send. Turn their tears of sorrow about leaving comforts of home to tears of joy each time a new soul surrenders to Christ as Lord. Forgive us for the wasted years when no one went out reaping with joy in your harvest fields. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Help us to love our enemies

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 ESV)

Бо ми не маємо боротьби проти крови та тіла, але проти початків, проти влади, проти світоправителів цієї темряви, проти піднебесних духів злоби. (До ефесян 6:12 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God and dear heavenly Father ~ hear the prayers, tear filled cries, and loud supplications as we, the sheep of your pasture struggle for meaning in this world filled with the effects of the devil’s influence. We understand the great spiritual warfare that is going on in spheres we cannot visibly witness. But, we do see the impact that Christ our Victor is having in this world as many souls yield to your good and perfect will. Help us Lord to love our enemies as you have taught us and allow your powerful forces to defeat the Satanic forces. Give wisdom to all world leaders. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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