No sense of shame

As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:15-16 ESV)

Коли ж усі люди чекали, і в серцях своїх думали всі про Івана, чи то він не Христос, Іван відповідав усім, кажучи: Я хрищу вас водою, але йде ось Потужніший за мене, що Йому розв’язати ремінця від Його взуття я негідний, Він христитиме вас Святим Духом й огнем! (Від Луки 3:15-16 Ukrainian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you precious Lord for the sunshine of your love that lifts our spirits on this new day. Open the minds of those who are often hard-hearted toward the life saving message that Christ brings to this brazen world, where no one seems to have any sense of shame about behavior that your word teaches plainly against. Give us more who will boldly and humbly point lost souls to the precious Lamb of God to whom we must ultimately give account. Drown out the voices of false teachers who deceive those lost in the darkness of sin by slyly suggesting that the moral teaching of the Bible is no longer relevant. Help us Lord! In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Point lost souls to Jesus

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 omnipotent ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for the amazing gift of life that makes this earth the most blessed place in all your creation. As you rewarded your faithful servants Zechariah and Elizabeth, hear the prayers of those who faithfully follow Jesus as Lord. Give us more preachers like John the Baptist, who will boldly, earnestly and tenderly point lost souls of this generation to Jesus, your beloved Son and our Savior. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Seeking to know you as one God

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-16 NKJV)

Который есть образ Бога невидимого, рожденный прежде всякой твари; ибо Им создано всё, что на небесах и что на земле, видимое и невидимое: престолы ли, господства ли, начальства ли, власти ли, –все Им и для Него создано; (Колоссянам 1:15-16 Russian)

Most holy and awesome God ~ we come into your divine presence using our spiritual eyesight that enables faithful believers to see the invisible world that Christ the Lord invites us to participate in. Exalt your Son as Creator of the earth and help good people of faith to speak and act in a manner pleasing to Christ our Lord. Open the eyes of those who are seeking to know you as one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Thank you for surrounding us by your glorious protectors who support followers of Jesus as Lord. Open the blind eyes of those who do not yet understand your very real nature that is invisible to the human eye. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Young servants good and faithful

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3 NIV)

А по муці Своїй Він ставав перед ними живий із засвідченнями багатьма, і сорок день їм з’являвся та про Божеє Царство казав. (Дії 1:3 Ukrainian)

O Lord our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for richly blessing those who faithfully follow Jesus as Lord on this new Lord’s Day. Open our hearts in a fresh manner, so that we will see ourselves clearly as children of the most beneficent King ever to walk on the face of this earth. Bless your glorious Church with young servants who will be good and faithful to the leadership of Christ that is revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures. Humble those who have reached old age without ever encouraging a young person to follow Jesus into the next generation – if there is to be an earthly future for the Church of Christ beyond this First Day of the Week. Save us Lord from those who refuse to hear the many proofs that Christ gave regarding his bodily resurrection. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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The vastness of God’s mysterious power

But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” (Matthew 22:29-32 ESV)

Иисус ответил:– Вы заблуждаетесь, потому что не знаете ни Писаний, ни силы Божьей. Воскреснув, люди не будут ни жениться, ни выходить замуж, а будут как ангелы на небесах. Что же касается воскресения мертвых, то разве вы не читали, что сказал вам Бог: «Я – Бог Авраама, Бог Исаака и Бог Иакова»? Он Бог не мертвых, а живых. (От Матфея 22:29-32 NRT)

Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven ~ Thank you Lord for your steadfast love that greets us once again on this new day! Your great compassionate love is evident in the way you care for those who trust in your beloved Son. We are always in awe of the vastness of the mysterious power of your voice that spoke everything that is into being. Restore confident faith in the hearts of all believers that we will be united someday with the faithful who have gone before us to the place where our soul never dies. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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The brightest light that shines

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:28-29 NIV)

Фома сказал Ему в ответ: Господь мой и Бог мой! Иисус говорит ему: ты поверил, потому что увидел Меня; блаженны невидевшие и уверовавшие. (От Иоанна 20:28-29 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ Dear Heavenly Father, you are the brightest light that shines into the dark corners of my mind and cleanses my soul by your perfect word. Ignite a new age of faith and trust in the power of your Holy Scriptures as a source of authority in matters of faith, hope, and love. Bless the testimony of people of faith in the scriptural record of the One who was tortured to death and rose back to life even stronger than those first-century eye-witnesses. Silence the loudmouths of those who falsely claim special wisdom that is outside the realm of what is revealed in Scripture. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Sparkling clear wisdom

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21 ESV)

Иисус сказал ему: если хочешь быть совершенным, пойди, продай имение твое и раздай нищим; и будешь иметь сокровище на небесах; и приходи и следуй за Мною.(От Матфея 19:21 Russian)

Our dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for rescuing us from many deadly traps that Satan cleverly laid in from of us. Grant us more of your sparkling clear wisdom so that we will recognize that our spiritual assets carry much more weight on the balance sheet of life. Be with us today as we clear out any unnecessary cobwebs that prevent us from seeing the brightness of your glory. Lord, have mercy on us on that day when all of our deeds will be reconciled according to your perfect judgment. In the precious name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Magnify the act of water baptism

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 my God, my heart is joyful on this new day because I am putting my trust in the way you preserve the lives of all saints around the world – especially this who are undergoing persecution for confessing faith in your beloved Son. Bless all people in the world with a fresh opportunity to hear and understand the fullness of your grace and forgiveness that is available to everyone. Help everyone who teaches the gospel to magnify the act of water baptism that is a clear picture of our own spiritual death, burial and resurrection. Reveal the deceptiveness of those who dare to make null and void the obedient response of a new and repentant believer in Christ as Lord who desires to be baptized into Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Not common to humanity

Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” (Genesis 13:8-9 ESV)

И сказал Аврам Лоту: да не будет раздора между мною и тобою, и между пастухами моими и пастухами твоими, ибо мы родственники; не вся ли земля пред тобою? отделись же от меня: если ты налево, то я направо; а если ты направо, то я налево. (Бытие 13:8-9 Russian)

O LORD our God – thank you for giving us your precious Spirit inspired Scriptures that teach us about people like Abraham who lived a life of uncommon faith. Grant us wisdom and courage to be able to act toward our neighbors and even enemies with righteous wisdom that is not common to humanity. Bless leaders in the church with such wisdom, so that the true message of amazing grace will be faithfully presented to people seeking to know Christ as Lord. Grant us this pure wisdom that Abraham demonstrated and help us to take the lead in being generous knowing that this earth is not our permanent dwelling place. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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We attempt to number our blessings

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. (Psalm 139:17-18 ESV)

Most kind and loving Father in heaven ~ thank you, dear Lord, for the countless advantages that make a life for all people of faith more enjoyable as we attempt to number our blessings. Bless the nations who recognize your beloved Son as supreme and the Bible as your authoritative word of truth. Still the imaginations of those people who repeatedly reject your eternal existence. Give me a pure and humble heart as I seek to throw out all things that are opposed to your perfect revelation contained in the Holy Scriptures. Continue to guide the thoughts and actions of leaders of the United States of America, so that we as a people will continue to allow freedom of expression that allows more people to search the pages of the Bible and discover the truth that will bring peace, joy, and happiness now and eternal life at the end of days for everyone who trusts and obeys Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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The bright rays of God’s abiding love

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

Все Писание богодухновенно и полезно для научения, для обличения, для исправления, для наставления в праведности, да будет совершен Божий человек, ко всякому доброму делу приготовлен. (2-е Тимофею 3:16-17 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day that opens with the bright rays of the sunshine of your abiding love. Bless all people in the world who trust and obey Christ as Lord in all areas of this life as we look to the future that is being prepared. Awaken within the hearts and minds of every Christian to the inspired Scriptures that contain the trustworthy words of eternal life. Bind us together by love for the truth and devotion to one another in the great battles ahead. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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To the sumptuous feast of salvation

I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:11-12 ESV)

Говорю же вам, что многие придут с востока и запада и возлягут с Авраамом, Исааком и Иаковом в Царстве Небесном; а сыны царства извержены будут во тьму внешнюю: там будет плач и скрежет зубов. (От Матфея 8:11-12 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for watching over us through the night and blessing us with provisions for this new day. Forgive me precious Lord for those times when I have enjoyed the privileges of my citizenship in heaven, but have failed to effectively invite more people to the sumptuous feast of salvation. Awaken the sleeping church of this generation to the cries for workers in the great harvest of souls. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Wiped clean

And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:11-13 ESV)

Увидев то, фарисеи сказали ученикам Его: для чего Учитель ваш ест и пьет с мытарями и грешниками? Иисус же, услышав это, сказал им: не здоровые имеют нужду во враче, но больные, пойдите, научитесь, что значит: милости хочу, а не жертвы? Ибо Я пришел призвать не праведников, но грешников к покаянию. (От Матфея 9:11-13 Russian)

Dear loving God, our kind and merciful Heavenly Father ~ thank you for awakening our passions for honoring your beloved Son as our only true Savior who took our sins upon himself when he suffered that awful death on the cruel cross at Golgotha. Help us to open our doors of hospitality and our hearts of common acceptance to those who do not yet know that the slate listing our sins and theirs is wiped clean by your awe-inspiring grace as we trust and obey Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Quick to forgive

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15 ESV)

Ибо если вы будете прощать людям согрешения их, то простит и вам Отец ваш Небесный, а если не будете прощать людям согрешения их, то и Отец ваш не простит вам согрешений ваших. (От Матфея 6:14-15 Russian)

Our Father in heaven, may your name be hallowed among all people ~ Thank you dear Lord for your precious gift of life and our awareness of your activity in human affairs. Help us not to be passive or uncaring about the spiritual health of ourselves and our neighbors near and far away. Help us to be as quick to forgive others, as we trust in you to forgive our trespasses – that far too often appear on your accounting of our lives. Give us a higher sense of the grace and mercy that Christ teaches, so that we will learn to be sincerely kind to one another. Destroy the deceitful influence of the Devil who wants us to viciously tear each other apart as if we have a right to condemn one another. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church

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Challenges to Christians

But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. (Mark 10:43-44 ESV)

Но между вами да не будет так: а кто хочет быть большим между вами, да будем вам слугою; и кто хочет быть первым между вами, да будет всем рабом. (От Марка 10:43-44 Русский)

Dear merciful and kind Father in heaven ~ thank you, Lord, for giving us this new Lord’s Day and the good health of body and mind to be able to attend worship services with others who love and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Present challenges to Christians so that we will not slumber along with a false sense of security. Bless all those servants of Christ who humbly trudge through situations that some haughty people wouldn’t dare to touch. In the precious name of Jesus,

Amen.David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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