Incomparable value

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44 ESV)

Еще подобно Царство Небесное сокровищу, скрытому на поле, которое, найдя, человек утаил, и от радости о нем идет и продает всё, что имеет, и покупает поле то. (Матфея 13:44 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord, for the amazing gift of life in or presence on this new day. Bless with the comfort of your Spirit to all children of faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and especially those who are suffering in nations where they are viewed as outcasts even among their own family and friends. Open our minds so that we will recognize the incomparable value of the treasure of truth that brings eternal life to all who trust and obey Christ. Drown out the negative attitudes and influence that many people have toward your message of grace and mercy. We pray fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Courage and wisdom

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.* (Colossians 3:12-13 NIV)

Итак облекитесь, как избранные Божии, святые и возлюбленные, в милосердие, благость, смиренномудрие, кротость, долготерпение, снисходя друг другу и прощая взаимно, если кто на кого имеет жалобу: как Христос простил вас, так и вы. (Колоссянам 3:12-13 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ hear the prayers of the people who trust and obey your beloved Son. Grant us courage and the wisdom of your love so that we will wholeheartedly be patient with and forgive one another as we work together in the Vineyard of the Lord. Punish us if and when we become arrogant and unforgiving toward one another so that the world may see Christ living in your children of faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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New day

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)

Учитель! какая наибольшая заповедь в законе? Иисус сказал ему: возлюби Господа Бога твоего всем сердцем твоим и всею душею твоею и всем разумением твоим: сия есть первая и наибольшая заповедь; вторая же подобная ей: возлюби ближнего твоего, как самого себя; на сих двух заповедях утверждается весь закон и пророки. (От Матфея 22:36-40 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for this new day and the pleasant blessings that greet the hearts of believers and even those who refuse to acknowledge your eternal presence. Give us more of the wisdom of Christ who left the glories of Heaven to live among the filth and degradation of this evil and sinful world. Help all faithful believers to come down from their lofty ivory towers and become humble servants to sinners in need of forgiveness and eternal life. Protect us from tricks of Satan as we work to please Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Your caring presence in our mundane affairs

And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” (Matthew 20:17-19 ESV)

Enquanto estava subindo para Jerusalém, Jesus chamou em particular os doze discípulos e lhes disse: “Estamos subindo para Jerusalém, e o Filho do homem será entregue aos chefes dos sacerdotes e aos mestres da lei. Eles o condenarão à morte e o entregarão aos gentios para que zombem dele, o açoitem e o crucifiquem. No terceiro dia ele ressuscitará!” (Mateus 20:17-19 Portugues NVI-PT)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for your caring presence in our mundane affairs that must seem very trivial in comparison with what is happening in Heaven. Touch our hearts and minds with a fresh awareness of how startling it must have been for the Disciples to hear Christ Jesus speak about going through intense suffering and death on our behalf. Forgive us dear Lord for the indifferent and scholarly attitude that we may have taken in the past with regard to these inspired words that are able to bring salvation and eternal life to those who trust and obey Jesus as Lord. Bless your Church around the world with leaders with the perfect wisdom of Christ so that they will lead this generation into greater works of evangelism along with good deeds that reflect or solid belief in the resurrection of the dead. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Great rewards in the new world

“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:20-22 NIV)

Юноша говорит Ему: всё это сохранил я от юности моей; чего еще недостает мне? 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. Услышав слово сие, юноша отошел с печалью, потому что у него было большое имение. (От Матфея 19:20-22 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for the grace and mercy that you lavish upon all people in the world and especially to Christians who faithfully obey your beloved Son. Stir up renewed desire and commitment in the hearts of all believers so that more of the faithful will make the great commitment required of this rich young man. Prick the hearts of those who have made this great sacrifice but now look back with longing and regret. Help us to permanently know that whatever we give up in order to follow Christ Jesus will bring great rewards in the new world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Since he had great riches, the “rich young ruler” sorrowfully away from Christ. The new world that Christ promises is available to everyone who trusts and obeys Christ as Lord. Whether rich of poor, we all have stuff keeping us from giving our whole heart to Christ. We must ask ourselves, “Do I really want to be part of the spectacular new world that is far superior than this present world?”

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Sunlight of your love

Then he *(Abraham)* said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place. (Genesis 18:32-33 ESV)

Авраам сказал: да не прогневается Владыка, что я скажу еще однажды: может быть, найдется там десять? Он сказал: не истреблю ради десяти. И пошел Господь, перестав говорить с Авраамом; Авраам же возвратился в свое место. (Бытие 18:32-33 Russian)

O LORD God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Father for the sunlight of your love that shines brighter each day as we put our wholehearted trust in your beloved Son who shows us the way to eternal life. Help all faithful Christians to have the boldness of our faith to petition you as Abraham gives a great example. Lord, if it is your will, save America from the self-destruction of Sodom by raising up faithful leaders in the Church, our families, the courts, the schools and every institution making and defending just laws. Restore knowledge of your word among those who lead. We pray with hope in Jesus name, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
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Trembling emotions

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.* (John 13:1 ESV)

Перед праздником Пасхи Иисус, зная, что пришел час Его перейти от мира сего к Отцу, *явил делом, что,* возлюбив Своих сущих в мире, до конца возлюбил их. (От Иоанна 13:1 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ most holy, kind, and loving Heavenly Father, we come most respectively before your presence with trembling emotions due to our own human weaknesses. Change all your people who obey Jesus as Lord so that we will never be embarrassed to say we love each other and take actions based upon our love that is patterned after the love you have for all people. Drive away the bitter hatred that has taken over the hearts and minds of many people including those who wear the name Christian. Forgive us dear Lord and help us to be quick to forgive others. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Prayers for peace

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 ESV)

Просите, и дано будет вам; ищите, и найдете; стучите, и отворят вам; ибо всякий просящий получает, и ищущий находит, и стучащему отворят. (От Матфея 7:7-8 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ we offer you the highest possible praise from our hearts and voices on this new day. Hear our prayers for peace and orderly behavior among all faithful followers of Christ Jesus as Lord. Give us your pure wisdom so that we will think, speak and write clear thoughts that will provoke more brotherly love in the Church and in our nation and the world. Help all who are in positions of authority to speak and act with the kindness and patience that we see in your actions toward all mankind. Forgive us Lord, for the times when we have hastily blurted out words before taking care to consider whether it hurts or heals. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Deep and abiding respect

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.(Genesis 2:24 KJV)

Потому оставит человек отца своего и мать свою и прилепится к жене своей; и будут одна плоть. (Бытие 2:24 Russian)

O LORD God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the precious gift of life that makes our mortal flesh a living being. Help every person to open their hearts to your eternal truth about the beauty and sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. Bring shame to all those who espouse that it is possible for two people of the same sex to be married. Bring back deep and abiding respect for the Spirit inspired Scriptures that contain words that lead to eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Joy on the last day

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV)

Та боюсь я, як змій звів був Єву лукавством своїм, щоб так не попсувалися ваші думки, і ви не вхилилися від простоти й чистости, що в Христі. (2 до коринтян 11:3 Ukrainian)

Most holy and wise Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the exhilarating gift of life that brings joy on the last day of this year. Bless all sincere followers of Christ Jesus as Lord to seek ways to be united in truth and love. Protect your children of faith from the deceitfulness of Satan, the enemy of all people. Help us, Lord, to be more careful about what we think about each day so that we will not relent in the true faith of Christ. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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More of Christ’s perfect wisdom

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV)

Но *Господь* сказал мне: ‘довольно для тебя благодати Моей, ибо сила Моя совершается в немощи’. И потому я гораздо охотнее буду хвалиться своими немощами, чтобы обитала во мне сила Христова. Посему я благодушествую в немощах, в обидах, в нуждах, в гонениях, в притеснениях за Христа, ибо, когда я немощен, тогда силен. (2-е Коринфянам 12:9-10 Russian)

O LORD MY GOD ~ Thank you dear Heavenly Father for the power of your grace and mercy toward all people especially those who love and obey Christ Jesus. Give us more of the perfect wisdom of Christ that Paul of Tarsus demonstrated in his life as a servant of our Lord. Help all servants of the Gospel to remain strong under duress, and instead of complaining, keep growing in the strength that comes from the power of Christ. Hold up the hands of leaders in the Church who stand by those servants of the Word when they are treated shamefully. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Keeping distance from Christ

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV)

При сем скажу: кто сеет скупо, тот скупо и пожнет; а кто сеет щедро, тот щедро и пожнет. Каждый [уделяй] по расположению сердца, не с огорчением и не с принуждением; ибо доброхотно дающего любит Бог. (2-е Коринфянам 9:6-7 Russian)

Hallelujah Oh LORD our God ~ dear Heavenly Father, from the depths of our hearts we express our amazement that the Maker of the heavens and earth counts us worthy to become your children by wholehearted faith in your beloved Son. Open the minds eye of those who prefer to keep their distance from Christ as Lord because they prefer the pleasures of sin above the joys of the higher spiritual experience of belonging to Christ with positive hope of eternal life in indescribable places that Christ is preparing for those who love and obey him. Bless everyone abundantly who choose to give bountifully to the work of the Church in spreading the Gospel message to all the world and doing deeds of kindness that honor Christ our Lord. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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The most expensive gift

And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. (Joshua 14:10-11 ESV)

итак, вот, Господь сохранил меня в живых, как Он говорил; уже сорок пять лет [прошло] от того времени, когда Господь сказал Моисею слово сие, и Израиль ходил по пустыне; теперь, вот, мне восемьдесят пять лет; но и ныне я столько же крепок, как и тогда, когда посылал меня Моисей: сколько тогда было у меня силы, столько и теперь есть для того, чтобы воевать и выходить и входить; (Иисус Навин 14:10-11 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ we praise your most holy and righteous Son along with other faithful Christians on this new Lord’s Day. Thank you dear Heavenly Father for making the most expensive gift that has ever been given and you gave your beloved Son to all the world. Open the hearts of seekers of salvation to the Good News about Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior for all people. Give us renewed courage like that of Joshua and Caleb, since many of us are at that time when society wants to put us out to pasture. Help all seniors in the Church to rise up and continue doing deeds that help spread the gospel and deeds of kindness that verify our faith in Christ who went about doing good while on this earth. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Church sleeping

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16 ESV)

Придя же в страны Кесарии Филипповой, Иисус спрашивал учеников Своих: за кого люди почитают Меня, Сына Человеческого? Они сказали: одни за Иоанна Крестителя, другие за Илию, а иные за Иеремию, или за одного из пророков. Он говорит им: а вы за кого почитаете Меня? Симон же Петр, отвечая, сказал: Ты–Христос, Сын Бога Живаго.(Матфея 16:13-16 Russian)

Dear Heavenly Father, our only true and living God ~ thank you for this new day and the many opportunities to share our knowledge of and faith in your beloved Son as our Lord and Savior. Wake up your Church that is sleeping in so many places around the world and completely unengaged in telling people the story of Christ our Lord who brings forgiveness of sins and the very real hope of eternal life. Open the minds and mouths of every Christian so that our tongues will no longer be stuck to the roof of our mouths, but more people will learn about Christ through the confessions of sincere believers. We ardently pray in the precious name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister*

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Incredible gift of life

Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NRSV)

Бодрствуйте, стойте в вере, будьте мужественны, тверды. Все у вас да будет с любовью. (1-е Коринфянам 16:13-14 Russian)

Most holy God – our dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the incredible gift of life on this new day that brings even more awareness of how great it is to be your child by faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Renew the strong and courageous faith of all believers who understand your message of love and forgiveness for all who obey the blessed gospel message. Bless Christians in all nations with courage to openly live according to the teaching and examples of Christ. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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