Power and strength

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11 ESV)

смирил Себя, быв послушным даже до смерти, и смерти крестной. Посему и Бог превознес Его и дал Ему имя выше всякого имени, дабы пред именем Иисуса преклонилось всякое колено небесных, земных и преисподних, и всякий язык исповедал, что Господь Иисус Христос в славу Бога Отца. (Филиппийцам 2:8-11 Russian)

O LORD our God who made heaven and earth ~ thank you for the power and strength that you have used from before the dawn of that first day to make our lives possible and indeed highly desirable. Arouse stronger faith in many people who call upon you for help in times of great danger and in fear of losing some earthly possession, so that they will wholeheartedly seek to know Jesus as Lord and obey the gospel message that leads to eternal life. Help every Christian to lovingly and joyfully speak about our true faith of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Forgive our foolish inhibitions that cause us to pause speaking up for the doctrine of Christ because we may think it might offend someone who doesn’t share our faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Don’t Believe It

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4.1

Do you believe everything that you hear? It can be a very unstable position to be in because, unfortunately, everything that you hear is not true. John warned the early Christians not to believe every spirit. He was referring to teachers and what they teach. Many false prophets had gone out into the world teaching things foreign to God’s word.

How can you know if a teaching is from God? According to John, you have to test it. How do you test it? You have to see if it is in God’s word. The Bereans set a good example to follow. They were called noble because they were open-minded and examined the Scriptures carefully to see if the teachings were accurate, Acts 17.10-11.

The Scriptures are our guide. Paul told Timothy that the holy writings were able to give him wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. They are inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3.15-16.

Do not believe everything that you hear.

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Spreading grace

…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22 ESV)

быв утверждены на основании Апостолов и пророков, имея Самого Иисуса Христа краеугольным *камнем*, на котором все здание, слагаясь стройно, возрастает в святый храм в Господе, на котором и вы устрояетесь в жилище Божие Духом. (Ефесянам 2:20-22 Russian)

Almighty God, our kind and merciful Father in Heaven ~ thank you Lord for looking upon all Creation with your mercy, and spreading your grace all over the world. Strengthen the faith and resolve of all the faithful who belong to Jesus Christ – not only in name but also in words and deeds. Bless the Body of Christ – the churches of Christ, with the cognizance of the Spirit living and working today to preserve the church for whatever future you have planned for this world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Love is action

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. 1 John 3.16

Love is essential. The gospel message is that Christians should love one another. It is a test of our faith. John wrote that you can know that you have passed over from death to life because of the love you have for the brethren. Without this love, it is impossible to have eternal life residing in you.

When we see a Christian in need, it is not enough to pray for him, though that is very important. We need to try our best to fulfill that need. Our possessions should be the means by which we serve others by showing compassion. If we cannot fulfill it alone, then we should reach out to others for help.

Jesus set the example for this love with his death on the cross. He did what needed to done. We could not do it on our own. Let us follow his example.

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Brightness of lovingkindness

And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:42-44 ESV)

І підійшла одна вбога вдовиця, і поклала дві лепті, цебто гріш. І покликав Він учнів Своїх та й промовив до них: Поправді кажу вам, що ця вбога вдовиця поклала найбільше за всіх, хто клав у скарбницю. Бо всі клали від лишка свого, а вона поклала з убозтва свого все, що мала, свій прожиток увесь… (Марка 12:42-44 Ukrainian)

Most holy and awesome God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the brightness of your loving kindness toward all people on this new day. Open the hearts of every believer so that all Christians will have a burning desire to sacrificially give to the great work of spreading the good news to all people in the world. Bless those who are poor in the wealth of this world and yet they live as examples of goodness and mercy. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Surrounded by glorious beings and heavenly things

And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:7-10 ESV)

И привели осленка к Иисусу, и возложили на него одежды свои; *Иисус* сел на него. Многие же постилали одежды свои по дороге; а другие резали ветви с дерев и постилали по дороге. И предшествовавшие и сопровождавшие восклицали: осанна! благословен Грядущий во имя Господне! благословенно грядущее во имя Господа царство отца нашего Давида! осанна в вышних! (Марка 11:7-10 Russian)

Our Father who lives in heaven surrounded by many glorious beings and heavenly things we cannot speak about in our ignorance of the spectacular glory our blessed Savior lived in before coming to this earth to show once and for all that any human being may inherit an eternal home in Heaven free from all the burdens of sin. We join the throng in singing and shouting our Hosanna’s to Jesus – our glorious king. Awaken a spirit of lovingkindness among all faithful Christians so that we will help friends and/or family in Texas. Thank you Father for the enormous sacrificial gift of your beloved Son and for the honor that he now receives by your side. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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It does not have to be fancy to be useful

I don’t know you or the year you were born, but I can probably guess a toy that you played with as a child – a stick!

A stick was such a popular toy for most people’s childhoods that it was actually voted in to the “Toy Hall of Fame” on November 7th, 2008.

If a toy stick proves one thing, it proves that things do not have to be fancy to be useful.

Many great biblical characters did not grow up in fancy houses, or have fancy jobs, or eat fancy meals, or drive fancy chariots. It’s true that some individuals had it much, much better than others (and do not forget that some of these individuals paid a higher spiritual price for their slice of the upper-crust than their income could afford) but the simple fact of the matter is simple and ordinary people were often used by God to accomplish amazing and extraordinary things through faith.

God is able to use people from all walks of life to accomplish his will for the good, but may we never think that we, or others, are not “fancy” enough to leave a lasting effect on the lives and faith of others around us (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12:41-44 NKJV)

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The highest hope for this mortal life

The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13 ESV)

И будет у вас кровь знамением на домах, где вы находитесь, и увижу кровь и пройду мимо вас, и не будет между вами язвы губительной, когда буду поражать землю Египетскую. (Исход 12:13 Russian)

O LORD my God, the highest hope for this mortal life. Help everyone who has faith in your beloved Son to have our faith kindled so that the many accounts of your power and majestic glory resonate deep within our hearts. Stir up our faith even as we remember the mighty way you freed your people Israel from the long period of slavery. Free up those who are enslaved to the pleasures of this earthly life so that the promised land of Heaven will become a reality as more people turn to Christ in childlike obedient faith. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Into your presence

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18 ESV)

Тогда придите–и рассудим, говорит Господь. Если будут грехи ваши, как багряное, –как снег убелю; если будут красны, как пурпур, –как волну убелю. (Исаия 1:18 Russian)

Most Holy and Righteous God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for inviting us into your presence so that even the hyper critical skeptic may argue their case before your august court of holiness. Forgive our foolish ways as we humble ourselves and seek forgiveness for our crimson red sins that stymie our ability to live a joyful and productive life. Free us from the burden of sin as we put our trust in the sacrificial blood of your One and Only Son who suffered on the cross so that we might turn our hearts in your direction and live forever. Restore the Spirit filled joy of salvation in the hearts of everyone who is now putting Christ in the first place. We earnestly pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Into your presence

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18 ESV)

Тогда придите–и рассудим, говорит Господь. Если будут грехи ваши, как багряное, –как снег убелю; если будут красны, как пурпур, –как волну убелю. (Исаия 1:18 Russian)

Most Holy and Righteous God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for inviting us into your presence so that even the hyper critical skeptic may argue their case before your august court of holiness. Forgive our foolish ways as we humble ourselves and seek forgiveness for our crimson red sins that stymie our ability to live a joyful and productive life. Free us from the burden of sin as we put our trust in the sacrificial blood of your One and Only Son who suffered on the cross so that we might turn our hearts in your direction and live forever. Restore the Spirit filled joy of salvation in the hearts of everyone who is now putting Christ in the first place. We earnestly pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Hearts overflowing with gratitude

Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:33-34 ESV)

І побачили їх, коли плинули, і багато-хто їх розпізнали. І пішки побігли туди з усіх міст, та й їх випередили. І, як вийшов Ісус, Він побачив багато народу, і змилувався над ними, бо були, немов вівці, що не мають пастуха. І зачав їх багато навчати.(Марка 6:33-34 Ukrainian)

Our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you dear Lord for this new day, upon which we have so many reasons for our hearts to overflow with gratitude. Thank you Lord, for sending your beloved Son to this world as a way to connect earth and Heaven through his many miracles and teaching that is superior to any philosophy ever heard in any age of the earth. Help all Christians to live in such a manner of life that our lives will reflect Christ in us even though we often feel unworthy to even wear his name. Increase our confidence in Christ as we are helped by the Holy Spirit. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Every effort

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you. 2 Peter 1.10-11

The path to the entrance to the eternal kingdom is not an easy one. It requires effort, energy, and constant growth. The gate that leads to life is narrow and few will find it, Matthew 7.13-14. You cannot sit back, do nothing except go with the flow or follow the crowd, and achieve it.

Jesus taught that the kingdom must have first place in your life, Matthew 6.33. You must pour your interest and energy into making it a priority. The necessities of this life, food and clothes, will be provided. But you must invest in the kingdom.

How can you know the procedure to grow in God’s kingdom? It is found in God’s word. Peter gave part of the answer in 2 Peter 1.5-8. You cannot remain still. You must be adding things to your faith. Excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly affection, and unselfish love will help you to be effective and productive in your pursuit to draw closer to Jesus.

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Extravagant gift

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14 ESV)

Моисей сказал Богу: – Вот, я пойду к израильтянам и скажу им: «Бог ваших отцов послал меня к вам», а они спросят: «Как Его имя?» Что мне ответить им? Бог ответил Моисею: – Я Тот, Кто Я Есть. Скажи израильтянам: «„Я Есть“ послал меня к вам». (Исход 3:13-14 Russian NRT)

Our dear Heavenly Father – the great I AM, in whom we trust for eternal life and all provisions for the journey as we wander her below. Thank you Lord for the extravagant gift that you gave to every person in the world who is willing to accept it by trusting and obeying Christ as Lord. Open our minds eyes to behold with a sense of joyful wonder as we faithfully look upon Jesus who identified himself as the I AM. Reveal the imposters of truth – who constantly reduce our blessed Savior to merely another human. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Able to know Christ more clearly

But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:63-64 ESV)

Иисус молчал. И первосвященник сказал Ему: заклинаю Тебя Богом живым, скажи нам, Ты ли Христос, Сын Божий? Иисус говорит ему: ты сказал; даже сказываю вам: отныне узрите Сына Человеческого, сидящего одесную силы и грядущего на облаках небесных. (Матфея 26:63-64 Russian)

O LORD My God ~ thank you dear Father in heaven for this new day that arrives with fulfillment of many precious promised blessings for saints who are devoted to remaining faithful to Jesus Christ your beloved Son. Give us wisdom as we read and meditate upon the inspired Scriptures so that we will be able to know Christ more clearly and follow his teaching and examples. Prepare our hearts to always be prepared in thoughts and deeds for the spectacular coming of Christ. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Wander

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone turns him back, he should know that the one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5.19-20

According to James, it is possible for a Christian to wander from the truth and lose their salvation sending their soul to death. Paul agreed that someone could be discovered in some sin and need to be restored with a spirit of gentleness, Galatians 6.1.

It is not always easy to correct others. However, it may be necessary. The attitude with which you approach someone who is in error may make the difference between the person repenting or being lost forever. It must be done with firm love, showing the error with the scriptures, 2 Timothy 3.16.

While it is not easy to correct someone, many times it is even harder to be the one being corrected. How do you react when someone comes to correct your behavior? Do you get angry? Do you react in a negative way and allow your pride to make you arrogant? Do you make excuses for your behavior? It is important that you remember that your brother or sister in Christ loves you and does not want you to lose your soul.

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