Sparkling evidence of grace

So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (Acts 11:25-26 ESV)

Потом Варнава пошел в Тарс искать Савла и, найдя его, привел в Антиохию. Целый год собирались они в церкви и учили немалое число людей, и ученики в Антиохии в первый раз стали называться Христианами. (Деяния 11:25-26 Russian)

O LORD my God, to you I lift up my soul on this new day that arrives with sparkling evidence of your grace and mercy to all people – especially those who love you and obey your beloved Son. Give us wisdom to recognize valuable workers like Barnabas who worked diligently to encourage the work of the apostle Paul. Help all faithful followers of Christ to unite upon the Spirit inspired name Christian. Moreover, wake us up to the moral responsibility to behave like Christ in all things. Stifle the efforts of those who throw cold water on the blessed work of spreading the gospel to all nations. We earnestly pray in the precious name of Jesus.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Acceptable in God’s eyes

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Acts 10:34-35 ESV)

पेतरॉस ने उनसे कहा: “अब मैं यह अच्छी तरह से समझ गया हूँ कि परमेश्वर किसी के भी पक्षधर नहीं हैं. हर एक राष्ट्र में उस व्यक्ति पर परमेश्वर की कृपादृष्टि होती है, जो परमेश्वर में श्रद्धा रखता तथा वैसा ही स्वभाव रखता है, जो उनकी दृष्टि में सही है. (प्(रेरित 10:34-35 Saral Hindi Bible)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ hear the prayers of praise and thanksgiving from our hearts and minds as we strive to be acceptable in your eyes. Restore passion for saving souls among elders and those faithful evangelist who go into all the world with the saving gospel of Christ. Energize the church so that nothing except your perfect will can hinder dedicated workers who are preparing to cover the earth with the glory of Christ Jesus by announcing Good News to all people. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Constant reminders

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ (Deuteronomy 8:17 RSV)

и чтобы ты не сказал в сердце твоем: ‘моя сила и крепость руки моей приобрели мне богатство сие’, (Второзаконие 8:16-17 Russian)

O Lord my God and King ~ thank you for the constant reminders of your great grace and glory that is served up to all humanity on each new day. Cleanse our hearts O Lord so that we will be able to assimilate your perfect wisdom into our daily mundane routine. Humble us if we begin to boast about earthly success and remind us that we are dependent upon your lovingkindness to help us through each days’ comings and goings. Give us the pure wisdom of Christ our Lord that aids us being humble and faithful servants. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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More clearly comprehend

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:29-32 ESV)

Петр же и Апостолы в ответ сказали: должно повиноваться больше Богу, нежели человекам. Бог отцов наших воскресил Иисуса, Которого вы умертвили, повесив на древе. Его возвысил Бог десницею Своею в Начальника и Спасителя, дабы дать Израилю покаяние и прощение грехов. Свидетели Ему в сем мы и Дух Святый, Которого Бог дал повинующимся Ему. (Деяния 5:29-32 Russian)

O Lord God Almighty ~ help us to more clearly comprehend that you have sent your Son to bring forgiveness of sins and hope of being in your presence forever. Walk with us as we tread cautiously with each step that we take, since we know that we often go in the wrong direction. Stir up the resolve in many that have grown cold toward the knowledge that Christ sets us free from the burdens of sin and death as we follow him in obedient faith. Overthrow the efforts of people who associate with Christians only in order to stir up strife and division. Give us the blessing of faith, hope and love as we encourage one another with the forgiving attitude we learn from Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit whom you give to everyone who obeys Christ. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Trembling hearts

Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:36-37 ESV)

Так Иосия, прозванный от Апостолов Варнавою, что значит–сын утешения, левит, родом Кипрянин, у которого была своя земля, продав ее, принес деньги и положил к ногам Апостолов. (Деяния 4:36-37 Russian)

Almighty God – our Heavenly Father, the creator of all that exists of the visible and invisible. We come into your awesome presence on this new day with trembling hearts as we consider the magnetic power of the gospel message that influenced Joseph Barnabas to become a strong believer in the power of the Way of Christ. Lord, help us to never forget that there are souls waiting in far off lands for someone to come over and share the message of love and grace that is for all people of any and all racial and language groups. Help us Lord to overcome any hesitations we may have about wholehearted Barnabas type obedience to Christ in taking part in the great work of world evangelism. In the mighty and precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Your secure eternal home

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. (John 21:10-11 ESV)

「今とった魚を少し持って来なさい。」 イエスにこう言われて、シモン·ペテロがまっ先に飛んで行き、網を陸に引き上げました。数えてみると、なんと大きな魚が百五十三匹もとれていて、しかも網はどこも破れていません ヨハネの福音書 21:10-11 Japanese Living Bible

O LORD my God, you are very great! Majesty surrounds you in your secure eternal home. Bless those good people who have received the blessing of your grace and mercy somewhere in the world today by the work of your servants. Bless those who tirelessly cast the gospel net of truth, grace and mercy for all who will wholeheartedly trust and obey your beloved son. Strengthen the weak knees and hands of those who have grown tired from casting so that more souls will hear and receive Jesus as Lord. Silence the influence of those who mock and shame those who faithfully work and worship in the Church established by Christ. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Boldly and accurately delivered

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:22-24 ESV)

Мужи Израильские! выслушайте слова сии: Иисуса Назорея, Мужа, засвидетельствованного вам от Бога силами и чудесами и знамениями, которые Бог сотворил через Него среди вас, как и сами знаете, Сего, по определенному совету и предведению Божию преданного, вы взяли и, пригвоздив руками беззаконных, убили; но Бог воскресил Его, расторгнув узы смерти, потому что ей невозможно было удержать Его. (Деяния 2:22-24 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father, for the joy that fills our hearts on this new day as we consider the power of the gospel message that was boldly and accurately delivered on that birth day of the Church of Christ in Jerusalem in the First Century of this era. Help us Lord as we muster courage and fortitude to carry that message of truth and love to people in other nations before the end of time. Upset the comfort zone of those who are at ease in Zion. We pray ardently in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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No hope for joy

But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. (Romans 6:17-18 ESV)

Благодарение Богу, что вы, быв прежде рабами греха, от сердца стали послушны тому образу учения, которому предали себя. Освободившись же от греха, вы стали рабами праведности. (Римлянам 6:17-18 Russian)

O LORD our God, we come before your august presence on this new day upon which we are aware of your amazing grace along with great glory. Help us dear Heavenly Father because we live among all the corruption of this evil world that is stagnant and offers little or no hope for joy unless people turn and obey Christ as Lord who makes it possible to have true joy and peace now while living in anticipation of living forever in your presence. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

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Hearts swell with joy

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (John 17:3 ESV)

Сия же есть жизнь вечная, да знают Тебя, единого истинного Бога, и посланного Тобою Иисуса Христа. (От Иоанна 17:3)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for bringing us to another new day that arrives with spectacular blessings that cause our hearts to swell with joy, as we anticipate how we fit into your eternal plan to save humanity from the destruction we have brought upon ourselves. Open the minds of all seekers of life that is indeed life, by spending more time meditating upon the Spirit inspired truth that instructs us to have a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. In his precious name we pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Fresh blessings

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:10-11 ESV)

Если заповеди Мои соблюдете, пребудете в любви Моей, как и Я соблюл заповеди Отца Моего и пребываю в Его любви. Сие сказал Я вам, да радость Моя в вас пребудет и радость ваша будет совершенна. (Иоанна 15:10-11 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for your fresh blessings that greet all people on this new day. Grant all followers of your beloved Son to live joyfully in such a manner that our faith in Christ as Lord will be evident to anyone who observes our way of life. Restore a sense of loving obedience in the hearts of all members of churches of Christ. We pray fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Blessed as beneficiaries

And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. (Numbers 21:5-6)

и говорил народ против Бога и против Моисея: зачем вывели вы нас из Египта, чтоб умереть *нам* в пустыне, ибо *здесь* нет ни хлеба, ни воды, и душе нашей опротивела эта негодная пища. И послал Господь на народ ядовитых змеев, которые жалили народ, и умерло множество народа из *сынов* Израилевых. (Числа 21:5-6 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day on which we remember how blessed we are to be the beneficiaries of your amazing grace and mercy that even comes to the worst of us sinners. Help us to never tire of looking upon Jesus on the cross as the only remedy for our sins that deserve the death penalty. We love you Lord for granting us the gift of eternal life as we trust and obey your beloved Son. Remove from our fellowships any who attempt to trivialize the power of the cross. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Never crouch in doubt or fear

Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:41-43 ESV)

Con todo eso, aun de los príncipes, muchos creyeron en él; mas por causa de los Fariseos no lo confesaban, por no ser echados de la sinagoga. Porque amaban más la gloria de los hombres que la gloria de Dios. (Juan 12:42-43 Spanish RVA)

O Lord God, our God who lives and reigns forever and ever! Hear the prayers of all people who cry out to you with sincere praise and petitions for your mercy. Open the minds of all Christians so that we will never crouch in doubt or fear of any enemies of the Cross of Christ. Restore a great sense of confidence in the inspired Scriptures, especially in the minds and public confessions of faith of those who lead local churches and those who publicly proclaim the blessed gospel of our Lord. Humble those who only serve the Lord for personal glory while refusing to follow Christ for eternal life. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Fresh hopes

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Иисус сказал ей: Я есмь воскресение и жизнь; верующий в Меня, если и умрет, оживет. И всякий, живущий и верующий в Меня, не умрет вовек. Веришь ли сему? (Иоанна 11:25-26)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new day that greets all believers with fresh hopes as we anticipate realizing even more blessings that make our joy in Christ complete. Restore within the hearts of all faithful Christians the firm realization that we will never die as we wholeheartedly trust in your beloved Son. Extinguish the flaming arrows of Satan and his minions as the Church continues to wage hot warfare against every form of evil that absorbs many who are weak in the faith of our Lord. We pray with hope in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Many and varied blessings

For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. (Matthew 21:32 ESV)

ибо пришел к вам Иоанн путем праведности, и вы не поверили ему, а мытари и блудницы поверили ему; вы же, и видев это, не раскаялись после, чтобы поверить ему. (От Матфея 21:32 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the many and varied blessings that you daily shower upon all people and especially those who trust and obey Jesus as Lord. Lift up the often feeble hands of those who tirelessly labor to preach the truth in love in places and circumstances where their labors are not acknowledged. Open the hearts and minds of those who hear the truth yet refuse to repent and live as good and faithful servants of Christ. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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We cannot easily comprehend

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.* (John 10:14-15 ESV)

Я Пастир Добрий, і знаю Своїх, і Свої Мене знають. Як Отець Мене знає, так і Я Отця знаю, і власне життя Я за вівці кладу. (Івана 10:14-15 Ukrainian)

O LORD, our great God and King who rules constantly in love forever and ever. Thank you dear Heavenly Father, for shepherding your flock of people who have faith in Christ Jesus as our Lord, King and Good Shepherd. We cannot easily comprehend how anyone who has even once heard about the grace and love of Jesus, could suddenly turn a cold ear to the blessed gospel of salvation. Forgive us for the times when we ignored many great opportunities to expand the influence of your blessed plan of salvation. Ignite a fresh spark of faith in Christ that will turn many sleeping Christians into productive workers of the Lord. Turn upside down and shake out of the church those who have no serious interest in the salvation of souls so that they will repent and not lose their most precious inheritance. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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