Love daily observable

For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, (2 Peter 3:5 ESV)

Бо сховане від тих, хто хоче цього, що небо було напочатку, а земля із води та водою складена словом Божим, (2 Петра 3:5 Ukrainian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the love you have for all creation! This love is daily observable to anyone willing to take a closer look with faith in your powerful and enduring word. Restore faith in the inspired Scriptures that contain information necessary to make new people from what has been polluted by the base lusts of this world. Protect the minds of children around the world who will be attending school soon in places where your Word is not always welcome. Give wisdom and courage to all who teach your word, to seek more opportunities to train up a new generation who will love and obey your word and share it with their families. Magnify your blessed word of truth all over the world while time remains so that more people may enjoy eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Children learning about love

The LORD is good,a stronghold in the day of trouble;he knows those who take refuge in him. (Nahum 1:7 ESV)

Благ Господь, убежище в день скорби, и знает надеющихся на Него. (Наум 1:7 Russian)

O LORD God, our dear kind and merciful Father in heaven ~ we come into your presence on this new day with heartfelt thanks for every gift you supply that meets our every need as we journey through this earthly life. Bless the children around the world who are learning about the love you have for each of them. Thank you for those young people who choose to trust and obey Christ at an early age. Protect them from the fiery darts of the evil one who is ought to destroy faith on earth. Lead aging Christians back into the fold of grace and mercy where there is love, joy and peace along with comfort of the Spirit. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Responsible for representing our Lord

God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.(Ephesians 1:20-21 NRSV)

которою Он воздействовал во Христе, воскресив Его из мертвых и посадив одесную Себя на небесах, превыше всякого Начальства, и Власти, и Силы, и Господства, и всякого имени, именуемого не только в сем веке, но и в будущем, (Ефесянам 1:20-21 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for the gift of life on this new Lord’s Day! Be with Christians around the world who assemble in worship today to give honor and glory to our risen Lord and Christ Jesus. Help us to live each day with the awareness that we are responsible for representing our Lord to people of the world who are often looking for any inconsistencies in how we live versus what we teach. In the precious name of our gracious and powerful King – Christ Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Engaged in acts of kindness that require sacrifice

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16 NRSV)

Не забывайте также благотворения и общительности, ибо таковые жертвы благоугодны Богу. (Евреям 13:16 Russian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ where you live and move and have being ~ thank you for loving us even when we do not live up to your high expectation. Your expansive grace and mercy is almost beyond our comprehension. We often wonder how you can love us so much even in our sins! Help all Christians to prove our love for your Son, in the way we remain engaged in doing acts of kindness that require some personal sacrifice. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Harmful habits that dominate behavior

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 ESV)

Иисус отвечал им: истинно, истинно говорю вам: всякий, делающий грех, есть раб греха. Но раб не пребывает в доме вечно; сын пребывает вечно. Итак, если Сын освободит вас, то истинно свободны будете. (Иоанна 8:34-36 Russian)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Father in heaven! Thank you Lord for the kindness that you demonstrate daily toward creation – especially mankind who you made in your own image. Help everyone who has come to realize their addiction to drugs, alcohol or other harmful habits that dominate their behavior. Give patience and goodwill to those loved ones who struggle to help those enslaved to all kinds or unrighteous behavior. Forgive us for times when we may have simply condemned the person without offering to help. Encourage those who are feeling lonely and helpless in their sinful life. Help us Lord, and all Christians to practice kindness and forgiveness. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Peace based upon submission to the authority of Jesus

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)

но будьте друг ко другу добры, сострадательны, прощайте друг друга, как и Бог во Христе простил вас. (К Ефесянам 4:32 Russian)

А ви один до одного будьте ласкаві, милостиві, прощаючи один одному, як і Бог через Христа вам простив! (До ефесян 4:32 Ukrainian)

Most kind and loving Father in heaven ~ we come into your awesome presence on this new day with thankful hearts. Your name is renowned all over the earth where men and women dare to consider the hopelessness of life on earth without the hope you give us for eternal life. Grant peace based upon the superior wisdom of Christ our Lord to the leaders of nations who are quarreling over ancient boundaries. Help leaders in the church to seek peace with one another based upon submission to the authority of Jesus through the word. Help everyone to ardently and honestly forgive one another as you forgive us who trust in the blood that Christ shed on the cross. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Astounding blessings

“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. (Luke 12:8-9 ESV)

Говорю вам: каждого, кто открыто признает Меня перед людьми, того и Сын Человеческий признает перед Божьими ангелами, а кто отречется от Меня перед людьми, от того и Я отрекусь перед Божьими ангелами. (От Луки 12:8-9 NRT-Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the astounding blessings that are coming our way because of your infinite grace and mercy toward creatures made in your image. Great us moral courage equal to the challenges that daily come to our confession of faith in your beloved Son as our Lord and Master. We can almost hear the joyful noises made in your presence by those who remained loyal to Jesus even while others weakly surrendered to the enemies threats. Help us O Lord to be a source of help and encouragement to our brothers and sisters who live in lands where Christ is not viewed as King and the Spirit inspired Scriptures are considered as myths. Lead us in the way of truth. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

** We had a more than wonderful Lord’s Day worship here in Slavyansk with the brothers and sisters. Following worship we enjoyed a time of snacks and fellowship. We spent greater amount of time with the young students and later went outdoors with them to play a few games and enjoy summertime in Ukraine. Some have not heard an update about Galina’s health and with great risk of being help accountable for discussing her health – I only say that she is well and was determined that nothing was going to keep her home in bed come Sunday morning. We have been running in many directions since then. It is now Tuesday around noon here in Ukraine. We have been able to visit with Seva several times, gone to a movie with him and just been hanging out together when we can. A few pictures of him with us are posted on mine and Galina’s Facebook pages. Today we are preparing to go with Galina’s brother to the cemetery where Zhenya and his grandparents are buried. The most embarrassing and disturbing things happened this past Sunday. One of a preacher’s nightmares…. The visiting preacher who had agreed to come out and preach in my absence this past Sunday – didn’t show up. No one was notified and I will forever have mud on my face. I’m sure he must have had serious complications and I’ll forgive him. (and remove him from my list) 🙁

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Cedar Key Church

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Time off from fellowship

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. (Acts 20:7 ESV)

А дня першого в тижні, як учні зібралися на ламання хліба, Павло мав промову до них, бо вранці збирався відбути, і затягнув своє слово до півночі. (Дії 20:7 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you, dear Father, in heaven for this new Lord’s Day on which followers of Christ the Lord meet in sweet communion. Bless Christians around the world with opportunities to share our faith. Protect our brothers and sisters who live in nations where they are considered enemies by some of their own countrymen. Open doors of opportunity to speak the truth in love to those willing to hear, believe and obey the good news message of salvation. Awaken Christians in nations where they have complete freedom to assemble, yet they seek time off from the righteous fellowship of believers. Smother the influence of those who falsely persuade others that the Lord’s Supper is not an essential matter for the followers of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Earthly wealth turning sour

Why should I fear in times of trouble,when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,those who trust in their wealthand boast of the abundance of their riches? (Psalm 49:5-6 ESV)

Чому маю боятись у день лихоліття, як стане круг мене неправда моїх ошуканців, які на багатство своє покладають надію, і своїми достатками хваляться? (Псалми 49:6-7 Ukrainian)

Most holy and awesome God, thank you, dear Father, for the outstanding gift of life on this new day. Protect the innocent elderly widows who often unbeknownst to themselves fall victim to the schemes of those who take false advantage of the uncertainty of earthly riches. Help your people of faith to cease being in awe of those who arrogantly put their hopes in earthly wealth that is already turning sour. Bless the faithful who keep watch day and night on the certainty of true eternal wealth that is your reward to those who follow Christ Jesus as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

**We are in Sloviansk, Ukraine and look forward to seeing some of the young people and all others at church tomorrow. We already met our sister Galina on the street yesterday while walking Seva home to his apartment after an afternoon at the movies – Angry Birds (dubbed Ukrainian) It was all fun and great exercise and fresh air! Please shower the Father in heaven with prayers for our Galina Binkley who is having some complications resulting from the surgical procedure she went through a few days prior to us embarking on this trip.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Overcome negative habits of cynicism and criticism

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;bind them around your neck,write them on the tablet of your heart.Then you will win favor and a good namein the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV)

Да не покинут тебя любовь и верность; обвяжи ими свою шею, запиши их на дощечке сердца. Тогда ты найдешь расположение и доброе имя у Бога и у людей. (Притчи 3:3-4 NRT)

Most holy and infinitely wise Father in heaven ~ hear the prayers of hope from your children of faith on this new day. Help us to overcome the negative habits of cynicism and criticism towards the pure and true innocence found in the beloved Scriptures that are a reliable source for guidance in this life on earth. Help all followers of Christ to be more sharply prepared to defend the pure faith that has been given to all humanity. Tear down the walls of bitterness and envy that exists between people of like precious faith. Cause our hearts to seek unification in the Body of Christ through devotion to the gospel message so that more lost souls will see the Way to eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Bringing about a great conversion of souls

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2 Corinthians 9:10 ESV)

A Той, Хто насіння дає сіячеві та хліб на поживу, нехай дасть і примножить ваше насіння, і нехай Він зростить плоди праведности вашої,

Almighty God, our eternal Father who watches over people in all nations and language groups who love and adore your beloved Son. Grant us enough wisdom to understand more fully that the money under our control is the seed that you supply to be used for the purpose of bringing about a great conversion of souls to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of all people. Bless the church for which Christ died, with enough courage and sound thinking to undertake greater works than ever before while there is still time to act. Cause the grace you have given this generation to be multiplied in ever-increasing numbers as brave souls continue to spread the message of truth and love to all people. Bring a quick end to small and negative thinking among some Christians so that we will begin to use our houses, lands, businesses, cash on hand, money in the bank and any other assets for the purpose of enlarging the borders of your blessed kingdom. Fill our hearts with your love! In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

We arrived to Slavyansk yesterday after an overnight train ride from Kiev. We were able to spend a little time filled with hugs and laughter with precious Seva and his Mama and Aunt. Today we took care of some necessary details for getting connected to the Internet, getting a hair-cut and doing some grocery shopping. We also had time to make arrangements with our brother Albert Bagdasaryan for me to preach each Sunday at the Slavyansk church. Tomorrow we plan to meet with Anna to go over plans for Bible Camp. Thanks for many prayers!

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Over all the magnificent universe

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 7:14 ESV)

і впокоряться люди Мої, що над ними кличеться Ім’я Моє, і помоляться, і будуть шукати Ім’я Мого, і повернуть зо злих своїх доріг, то Я вислухаю з небес, і прощу їхній гріх, та й вилікую їхній Край! (2 хроніки 7:14 Ukrainian)

Almighty God, our eternally strong and merciful Father in heaven ~ thank you for the exhilarating gift of life. Open the eyes of all human beings to the fact of your creative genius and guidance over all the magnificent universe. Grant wisdom to all people who love you and honor your beloved Son. Help us to see ourselves in the true mirror of our soul – your blessed word that contains wisdom to help us return to the foundation of truth and righteousness. Encourage those who use your word as the basis for calling this generation to repentance. Squash the impact of those naysayers who falsely philosophize that truth is relative according to base human desires. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Sincere repentance

Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:9-10 NKJV)

Теперь я радуюсь не потому, что вы опечалились, но что вы опечалились к покаянию; ибо опечалились ради Бога, так что нисколько не понесли от нас вреда. Ибо печаль ради Бога производит неизменное покаяние ко спасению, а печаль мирская производит смерть. (2-е Коринфянам 7:9-10 Russian)

O LORD my God, thank you for your amazing grace and mercy on this new day! Restore the joy and hope in the hearts of those dear souls who languish in godly sorrow over sin as they cry out to you for mercy and forgiveness with sincere repentance. Help us to throw off the heavy weight of sin through repentance that brings forgiveness by the blood of Christ our Lord. Wash away any regrets over the loss of any so-called joys of this world. Give wisdom and courage to all who preach the gospel so that the poor in spirit will always hear a call to repent. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Those of you who regularly read this WORD OF THE DAY devotionals are aware of our commitment to helping spread the gospel in the Former Soviet Union – especially in the independent nations of Ukraine and Russia. To that end, thanks to some room on a credit card, we have our “ducks in a row” (doctors put on hold, guest preachers, tickets, teaching materials shipped ahead) for this upcoming journey for the Lord. God willing, we depart from Orlando to Kyiv, this coming Monday 8.5.2019. Then after a train ride to the east of Ukraine, we’ll be on the ground in Slavyansk by Wednesday. Thanks for every prayer!!! We are due back on September 5, 2019.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Time to get our house in order

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25 ESV)

Промовив тоді Ісус учням Своїм: Коли хоче хто йти вслід за Мною, хай зречеться самого себе, і хай візьме свого хреста, та й іде вслід за Мною. Бо хто хоче спасти свою душу, той погубить її, хто ж за Мене свою душу погубить, той знайде її. (Матвія 16:24-25 Ukrainian)

Most holy and righteous God, our dear Father in heaven ~ Thank you for the daily reminders of your abiding presence in the mundane affairs of creatures made in your image. Grant wisdom to young and old alike that it is now time to get our house in order with Christ our dear Lord in the first place in all matters pertaining to now and eternity. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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Restore our absolute confidence

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John 1:5-6 ESV)

И вот благовестие, которое мы слышали от Него и возвещаем вам: Бог есть свет, и нет в Нем никакой тьмы. Если мы говорим, что имеем общение с Ним, а ходим во тьме, то мы лжем и не поступаем по истине; (1-e Иоанна 1:5-6 Russian)

O LORD our God, help us dear Heavenly Father as we struggle through the murky waters of this world of sin and death. Restore our absolute confidence that Christ Jesus is indeed victorious because of his sacrificial death on the cross. Help us to reach lost souls who are starving to know you. Give us wisdom to teach with truth and love while demonstrating our own faith by our works. Forgive my sins while I in turn forgive those who sin against me. Help me not to hold grudges while realizing that this only causes my soul harm. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church

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