Open minds

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38 ESV)

Услышав это, они умилились сердцем и сказали Петру и прочим Апостолам: что нам делать, мужи братия? Петр же сказал им: покайтесь, и да крестится каждый из вас во имя Иисуса Христа для прощения грехов; и получите дар Святаго Духа. (Деяния 2:37-38 Russian)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you, Lord, for the precious gift of life on this new Lord’s day. Revive us again by the power of your great love for all people. Search our hearts Lord and cleanse our consciences of any vile thing as we repent and look to Christ for cleansing from sin. Open the minds of those people today who may be searching for the truth regarding eternal life. Embolden those who declare the gospel so that every preacher will speak the whole truth regarding sin, forgiveness, and eternal life. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

*David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister*
Cedar Key Church http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com

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With trembling hearts: David Binkley

*And Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites about the heaps. Azariah the chief priest, who was of the house of Zadok, answered him, “Since they began to bring the contributions into the house of the Lord, we have eaten and had enough and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed his people, so that we have this large amount left.” *(2 Chronicles 31:9-10 ESV)

И спросил Езекия священников и левитов об этих грудах. И отвечал ему Азария первосвященник из дома Садокова и сказал: с того времени, как начали носить приношения в дом Господень, мы ели досыта, и многое осталось, потому что Господь благословил народ Свой. Из оставшегося [составилось] такое множество. (2-я Паралипоменон 31:9-10 Russian)

O LORD my God, we come into your august presence on this new day with trembling hearts that are full of love for you because of your many loving benefits showered upon all people. Help us to continue growing in wisdom as we read, meditate upon and put into practice the great teaching and examples of Christ and his chosen apostles. Help every believer in Jesus as Lord, to have a heart like your chosen people in the days of Hezekiah. Bless our offerings of service to Christ and accept the gifts we make to the work of the local Church. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

*David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister*

Cedar Key Church http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Willing to turn their hearts

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor. (Matthew 27:1-2 ESV)

Когда же настало утро, все первосвященники и старейшины народа имели совещание об Иисусе, чтобы предать Его смерти; и, связав Его, отвели и предали Его Понтию Пилату, правителю. (От Матфея 27:1-2 Russian)

O LORD God, our refuge and strength ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for the amazing grace that is for the benefit of all people who are willing to turn their hearts to your beloved Son. We can never conceive of the magnitude of your love for every person on earth. Our mind and mouths often fail us when we attempt to comprehend and communicate to others how much Jesus loves us and how much we love our Lord and Christ. Give all faithful followers of Christ a renewed boldness so that we will not disguise our faith in public conversations. Exterminate the efforts of the enemies of Christ who attempt to elevate human wisdom above the perfect wisdom of our Lord. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Our emotions are mixed

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2 ESV)

Напоминаю вам, братия, Евангелие, которое я благовествовал вам, которое вы и приняли, в котором и утвердились, которым и спасаетесь, если преподанное удерживаете так, как я благовествовал вам, если только не тщетно уверовали. (1-е Коринфянам 15:1-2 Russian)

O LORD God Almighty ~ hear the prayers of all people who love and obey your beloved Son as Lord and King. Our emotions are mixed as we consider all the news about people becoming sick and dying from this invisible yet deadly virus. We understand that nothing in all creation is hidden from your sight – including the smallest piece of matter, or the biggest lie emanating from demonic beings devoted to Satan. Thank you, dear Lord, for the blessed gospel that brings hope of eternal life to all who hear, believe and remain obedient to Christ. Lord, we strongly desire to be able to worship and work close together with other Christians who have the same faith. Lord Jesus, according to your mighty power and will for us, overthrow this coronavirus so that the Church for which Christ died may once again assemble and encourage one another to greater works for Christ than we ever dreamed possible. Forgive us for those days when we enjoyed the freedom to assemble and instead skipped church like naughty children. We fervently implore you in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Restore respect

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:19-21 ESV)

И притом мы имеем вернейшее пророческое слово; и вы хорошо делаете, что обращаетесь к нему, как к светильнику, сияющему в темном месте, доколе не начнет рассветать день и не взойдет утренняя звезда в сердцах ваших, зная прежде всего то, что никакого пророчества в Писании нельзя разрешить самому собою. Ибо никогда пророчество не было произносимо по воле человеческой, но изрекали его святые Божии человеки, будучи движимы Духом Святым.(2-e Петра 1:19-21 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you, dear Heavenly Father, for the wonders of your great love for all people in the world – even those who refuse to acknowledge your existence. Lord, open the eyes of faith to people who live in spiritual darkness without the hope that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Restore wholehearted respect for the Scriptures, so that people will seize this time of not having or even allowed to do their normal jobs and become serious students of your precious message that is for all people in the world. Snuff out the influence of those false leaders who throw cold water on the final authority of your Word. Cut off their voices so that young people will be able to grow up with deep respect for the Bible as the source of truth, faith, hope and love and all things that are of the utmost importance in this life in good times and bad. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Wisdom and courage to live what we profess

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV)

Отже, будьте наслідувачами Богові, як улюблені діти, і поводьтеся в любові, як і Христос полюбив вас, і видав за нас Самого Себе, як дар і жертву Богові на приємні пахощі. (ефесян 5:1-2 Ukrainian)

Our Father who is in heaven ~ your name is holy and precious to all who love and obey your beloved Son. Grant us wisdom and courage to live what we profess. Guide us as we pay more close attention to the working of your Spirit in convicting sinners as the gospel message is proclaimed to people lost in the darkness of sin. Lift up the arms of those who daily exert their strength to bring about peace and love among Christians and families. Silence the evil influence of anyone who may be suggesting that the painful and bloody sacrifice of Christ on the cross never happened, or that everyone is going to heaven even if they do not trust and obey Christ as Lord. Fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Arouse the sleeping energy

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14 ESV)

Теперь послушайте вы, говорящие: ‘сегодня или завтра отправимся в такой-то город, и проживем там один год, и будем торговать и получать прибыль’; вы, которые не знаете, что случится завтра: ибо что такое жизнь ваша? пар, являющийся на малое время, а потом исчезающий. (Иакова 4:13-14 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you, dear Father, in heaven, for the pure love you demonstrate for underserving humanity on each and every new day as you patiently wait for repentance to come into sincere hearts. Open the closed minds of many even today who refuse to acknowledge your beloved Son whom you have appointed over all things in heaven and earth. Arouse the sleeping energy among the Church for which Christ died so that more attention will be given to saving souls who are presently doomed for a hopeless eternity because of their refusal to trust and obey Jesus as Lord. Help the people who are responding to the physical needs of their neighbors even at risk to their own health during this coronavirus pandemic. Protect the minds of believers so that we will not allow daily news events to drag us down into the negative attitude of people without hope. Give us wisdom during this time as we press hard to control our emotions. We pray fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Make this virus go away

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 ESV)

Если Я заключу небо и не будет дождя, и если повелю саранче поядать землю, или пошлю моровую язву на народ Мой, и смирится народ Мой, который именуется именем Моим, и будут молиться, и взыщут лица Моего, и обратятся от худых путей своих, то Я услышу с неба и прощу грехи их и исцелю землю их. (2-я Паралипоменон 7:13-14 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ hear the cries of your people who trust in your great love for humanity and especially those who love your beloved Son. We are not even certain of what to ask as we consider the near plague proportions of the current coronavirus. We love you Lord and we trust in your will for this planet and the future of all people. Give wisdom and courage to all who trust in Christ, who has been given all authority. Give us the courage to use all our skills to help poor widows and orphans and our neighbors who may live near or far away. According to your will, please make this virus go away and if not, increase our faith so that we may not be moved as we hear how this coronavirus is spreading. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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An optimistic eye

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Pero ustedes son linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo que pertenece a Dios, para que proclamen las obras maravillosas de aquel que los llamó de las tinieblas a su luz admirable. (1 Pedro 2:9 NVI)

O LORD my God ~ hear our prayers and requests, dear heavenly Father who dwells in marvelous and unapproachable light. Bless your chosen race of Christians, wherever we may be found on this earth you assigned for us to live, in good times and harsh. Grant us the mental and spiritual strength to continue thinking and acting with an optimistic eye toward our fellow human beings and especially toward those who belong to Christ our Lord. Give wisdom to all the governing authorities in America and other nations so that we may live in peace even while going through physical and mental stagnation. Help us to walk in the light of truth and love. We plead in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Without prejudice

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. (1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ESV)

Все мне позволительно, но не все полезно; все мне позволительно, но не все назидает. Никто не ищи своего, но каждый пользы другого. (1-е Коринфянам 10:23-24 Russian)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you, Lord, for the amazing grace and mercy that comes daily without prejudice to all creation. Grant us wisdom to more fully grasp the freedom of conscience that is inherent in all followers of Christ. Help us to be engaged each day in thinking about and working for the betterment of our friends and neighbors instead of selfishly wasting valuable time on spoiling ourselves. We pray and wait for your help in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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We pretended to know more

If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. (1 Corinthians 8:2-3 ESV)

Кто думает, что он знает что-нибудь, тот ничего еще не знает так, как должно знать. Но кто любит Бога, тому дано знание от Него. 1-е Коринфянам 8:2-3 Russian)

Almighty God, dear Father in heaven ~ we hallow your name that is above every name. Thank you Lord, for generously supplying all of our basic needs. There are so many mysterious things that exist in the world you have given us to inhabit and rule over it as human beings. Forgive us for the times when we have pretended to know more than we can possibly know without the wisdom of Christ the Lord. Protect us from the deadly virus that is a present to our lives and even our basic freedoms. Send us medical workers who believe in you and will use the wisdom you give them by your Spirit to search, research and discover a cure for this virus that threatens all people. We understand that our days are numbered. But, we ask that you give us loving hearts for one another as we look for that day when Christ Jesus will suddenly appear. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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On the cusp of falling

All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. (Exodus 35:29 ESV)

и все мужья и жены из сынов Израилевых, которых влекло сердце принести на всякое дело, какое Господь чрез Моисея повелел сделать, приносили добровольный дар Господу. (Исход 35:29 Russian)

O LORD my God – hear our prayer dear Father in heaven as we come into your presence with songs on our lips and in our hearts. Lift up the countenance of those who are on the cusp of falling from your grace because of unbelief based upon current events in various parts of the world. Grant us the wisdom of Christ so that we will be a part of those brothers and sisters in Christ who willingly bring the best of what we have in order to spread the borders of the Kingdom of Christ. Shame those who have repeatedly held back the best for themselves instead of offering the Lord our first-fruits. Help us Lord to discover the blessings of giving. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Prayer: Leaning toward bitterness

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. (Luke 6:32 ESV)

И если любите любящих вас, какая вам за то благодарность? ибо и грешники любящих их любят. (Луки 6:32 Russian)

Our Father who is in heaven ~ thank you, dear Lord, for making it possible for people in all the nations to call upon your holy name. O Lord God, help everyone today whose faith is wavering or leaning toward bitterness because of the current pandemic sweeping across our nation and the world. Forgive us Father for times when we strived to build friendships with people only if it would benefit our agenda. Replace such childish thinking and behavior with the wisdom of your pure love that seeks our joy and peace. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Exhilarating sights, sounds, and scents

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. (1 Corinthians 4:5-6 ESV)

Thế thì, đừng đoán xét ai trước kỳ Chúa đến. Ngài sẽ làm sáng tỏ những bí mật đen tối và phô bày những mưu mô trong lòng người. Lúc ấy, chính Đức Chúa Trời là Đấng sẽ khen thưởng mỗi người tùy công việc mình. Thưa anh chị em thân mến, vì lợi ích cho anh chị em, tôi đã áp dụng những điều này cho chính tôi và A-bô-lô để anh chị em noi gương chúng tôi. Chớ vượt quá lời đã chép; để không ai trong anh chị em sinh kiêu ngạo, theo người này chống lại người kia. (1 Cô-rinh-tô 4:5-6 New Vietnamese Bible)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the exhilarating sights, sounds, and scents that remind us of your abiding love for all creatures who love to sing you praises. Be with everyone who is doing the best they can to live according to your most holy and perfect word that directs us to walk in the steps of the Savior. Lead us, Lord, to someone today who has lost their way and give us the wisdom to speak and act toward them with the sincere love of Christ. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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His perfect plan

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11 ESV)

Ибо никто не может положить другого основания, кроме положенного, которое есть Иисус Христос. (1-е Коринфянам 3:11 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ we cry out to you from the depths of our hearts on this new day on which we positively expect more blessings from your merciful kindness to those who trust and obey your beloved Son who offers eternal life to all who obey his perfect plan. Give an extra measure of the perfect wisdom of Christ as we struggle to make sense out of the daily news regarding measures political leaders are taking in the fight against a coronavirus. Grant wisdom to all leaders in America and every nation beset by this virus. Help all faithful believers to remember that a more dangerous virus of false teaching is also sweeping the earth and if believed it will cause many to lose their home in heaven. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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