Not God, but a King

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

As far as I am concerned, far be it from me to sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you! I will instruct you in the way that is good and upright. 1 Samuel 12.23

The Israelites had a difficult time remaining faithful to God. They turned aside so often to worship the idols of the nations around them. They even asked for a king to be as the other nations, rejecting God as their king.

God gave them a king, Saul the Benjaminite. However, it was still necessary for the people and the king to continue to obey God to have his blessing. God sent thunder and rain during the wheat harvest to show his disapproval of the request the people had made for a king.

Samuel assured the people that he would continue to pray for them and to teach them. However, he warned them of the dangers of doing evil.

As the people of God, it is just as necessary today, to remain faithful to Him rejecting anything that could serve as an idol and remove Him from the throne of our hearts. Knowledge of the Scriptures is of utmost importance!

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Christians unaware of worldly attitudes

“He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female …?’” Matthew 19:4.

So, just how much of your attitude does the culture control? The culture has really weaponized this Kreeft quote, “Control the language and you control thought; control thought and you control action; control action and you control the world.”

Like the frog that boils as it tolerates each increasing degree, Christians are unaware of how worldly their attitudes have become. In its dogma of ‘man is man’s own savior,’ the false religion of humanism holds government as society’s god and identity politics as its commandments. Our Lord and Savior tells us, however, that we are to “read” to get our doctrine, that it was God who “created” people “male and female,” and that we are able to trust all that the sovereign God wrote “from the beginning.”

This means that topics of which the humanists say “the science is decided” to enforce your adherence, such as marriage, gender, homosexuality, fornication, etc., are really the ones that are controversial. What is decided is everything that God has written about in His inspired Word “from the beginning.”

Who controls your attitude?

Doug Kashorek

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Accept or reject

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Do not treat prophecies with contempt. 1 Thessalonians 5.20

People react differently to the teachings that they hear. Some will accept what is being taught simply because of who is doing the teaching. Others will deny that same teaching for the same reason.

One has a responsibility to examine all teachings and compare them with the Bible. The Bereans were considered more noble than the Thessalonians because they would search the Scriptures to see if the things Paul was teaching were true, Acts 17.11. As a result, many of them believed Paul’s message.

The Scriptures are the guide to know who God is and what he wants of man, 2 Timothy 3.16. They are a light to illumine your path, Psalm 119.105. Paul told the Thessalonians to hold fast to what was good. At the same time, he warned to stay away from every form of evil, 1 Thessalonians 5.21-22. Do not accept something because of who is saying it unless it agrees with the Scriptures.

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Hearts swell with joy

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (John 17:3 ESV)

Сия же есть жизнь вечная, да знают Тебя, единого истинного Бога, и посланного Тобою Иисуса Христа. (От Иоанна 17:3)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for bringing us to another new day that arrives with spectacular blessings that cause our hearts to swell with joy, as we anticipate how we fit into your eternal plan to save humanity from the destruction we have brought upon ourselves. Open the minds of all seekers of life that is indeed life, by spending more time meditating upon the Spirit inspired truth that instructs us to have a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. In his precious name we pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Preconceived ideas

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

The disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved?” Matthew 19.25

A young man had approached Jesus with a question. He had asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus had told him to keep the commandments. The young man responded by asking which ones. It seems that he was trying to pin down exactly what he needed to do. Jesus responded with some of the ten commandments to which the young man affirmed that he had obeyed those laws wholeheartedly. What else did he need to do? In Mark 10.21, it is written than Jesus felt love for him and proceeded to tell him to sell all his possessions, give it to the poor, and come follow him.

The young man went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. His riches were more important to him than following Jesus and that was a problem. Jesus then went on to teach his disciples of the difficulty the rich would have to enter the kingdom. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle! Then who could be saved?

It was a preconceived idea of the time that the rich would go to heaven because they obviously had been blessed. Jesus did not agree with that idea. He taught that God was the one that made salvation possible, not your riches. That truth continues until today! You have to put things in the right order with God and his kingdom as priority!

People have many preconceived ideas about God. Many of them, if not most, are false. Spending time reading and studying God’s word is the only path that will prove whether your preconceived ideas are true. Or false. Will you go away sorrowful?

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Fresh blessings

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:10-11 ESV)

Если заповеди Мои соблюдете, пребудете в любви Моей, как и Я соблюл заповеди Отца Моего и пребываю в Его любви. Сие сказал Я вам, да радость Моя в вас пребудет и радость ваша будет совершенна. (Иоанна 15:10-11 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for your fresh blessings that greet all people on this new day. Grant all followers of your beloved Son to live joyfully in such a manner that our faith in Christ as Lord will be evident to anyone who observes our way of life. Restore a sense of loving obedience in the hearts of all members of churches of Christ. We pray fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Blessed as beneficiaries

And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. (Numbers 21:5-6)

и говорил народ против Бога и против Моисея: зачем вывели вы нас из Египта, чтоб умереть *нам* в пустыне, ибо *здесь* нет ни хлеба, ни воды, и душе нашей опротивела эта негодная пища. И послал Господь на народ ядовитых змеев, которые жалили народ, и умерло множество народа из *сынов* Израилевых. (Числа 21:5-6 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day on which we remember how blessed we are to be the beneficiaries of your amazing grace and mercy that even comes to the worst of us sinners. Help us to never tire of looking upon Jesus on the cross as the only remedy for our sins that deserve the death penalty. We love you Lord for granting us the gift of eternal life as we trust and obey your beloved Son. Remove from our fellowships any who attempt to trivialize the power of the cross. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Never crouch in doubt or fear

Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:41-43 ESV)

Con todo eso, aun de los príncipes, muchos creyeron en él; mas por causa de los Fariseos no lo confesaban, por no ser echados de la sinagoga. Porque amaban más la gloria de los hombres que la gloria de Dios. (Juan 12:42-43 Spanish RVA)

O Lord God, our God who lives and reigns forever and ever! Hear the prayers of all people who cry out to you with sincere praise and petitions for your mercy. Open the minds of all Christians so that we will never crouch in doubt or fear of any enemies of the Cross of Christ. Restore a great sense of confidence in the inspired Scriptures, especially in the minds and public confessions of faith of those who lead local churches and those who publicly proclaim the blessed gospel of our Lord. Humble those who only serve the Lord for personal glory while refusing to follow Christ for eternal life. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Fresh hopes

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Иисус сказал ей: Я есмь воскресение и жизнь; верующий в Меня, если и умрет, оживет. И всякий, живущий и верующий в Меня, не умрет вовек. Веришь ли сему? (Иоанна 11:25-26)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new day that greets all believers with fresh hopes as we anticipate realizing even more blessings that make our joy in Christ complete. Restore within the hearts of all faithful Christians the firm realization that we will never die as we wholeheartedly trust in your beloved Son. Extinguish the flaming arrows of Satan and his minions as the Church continues to wage hot warfare against every form of evil that absorbs many who are weak in the faith of our Lord. We pray with hope in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Many and varied blessings

For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. (Matthew 21:32 ESV)

ибо пришел к вам Иоанн путем праведности, и вы не поверили ему, а мытари и блудницы поверили ему; вы же, и видев это, не раскаялись после, чтобы поверить ему. (От Матфея 21:32 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the many and varied blessings that you daily shower upon all people and especially those who trust and obey Jesus as Lord. Lift up the often feeble hands of those who tirelessly labor to preach the truth in love in places and circumstances where their labors are not acknowledged. Open the hearts and minds of those who hear the truth yet refuse to repent and live as good and faithful servants of Christ. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Response

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Then many of the people, who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and reported to them what Jesus had done. John 11.45-46

People responded differently to Jesus. Lazarus had been dead for four days. Jesus called him out of the tomb. After witnessing this, some believed.

However, there were others who went to the Pharisees and reported what Jesus had done. The reaction of the Pharisees was to acknowledge that Jesus was doing miracles. But, they were afraid of losing their position of power and sanctuary with the Roman government. They were more concerned with stopping him.

Anyone to whom Jesus is presented has a response. How you respond has great consequences that will last for eternity. Will you believe in Jesus and follow him? Or are you more concerned with what you will have to give up or change in your life to be his disciple? The choice is yours.

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We cannot easily comprehend

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.* (John 10:14-15 ESV)

Я Пастир Добрий, і знаю Своїх, і Свої Мене знають. Як Отець Мене знає, так і Я Отця знаю, і власне життя Я за вівці кладу. (Івана 10:14-15 Ukrainian)

O LORD, our great God and King who rules constantly in love forever and ever. Thank you dear Heavenly Father, for shepherding your flock of people who have faith in Christ Jesus as our Lord, King and Good Shepherd. We cannot easily comprehend how anyone who has even once heard about the grace and love of Jesus, could suddenly turn a cold ear to the blessed gospel of salvation. Forgive us for the times when we ignored many great opportunities to expand the influence of your blessed plan of salvation. Ignite a fresh spark of faith in Christ that will turn many sleeping Christians into productive workers of the Lord. Turn upside down and shake out of the church those who have no serious interest in the salvation of souls so that they will repent and not lose their most precious inheritance. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Love that illuminates the heart

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33 ESV)

Итак всякого, кто исповедает Меня пред людьми, того исповедаю и Я пред Отцем Моим Небесным; а кто отречется от Меня пред людьми, отрекусь от того и Я пред Отцем Моим Небесным. (Матфея 10:32-33 Russian)

Almighty God of all grace, peace, hope, joy and love ~ thank you from the depths of our hearts for the brightness of your love that illuminates the hearts and minds of all people – especially those who trust and obey Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. Embolden all faithful Christians so that we will never cease from being open about our faith. Forgive us for times when we may have left our faith at home when going to work or play. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Fresh opportunities

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4-5 ESV)

Ми мусимо виконувати діла Того, Хто послав Мене, аж поки є день. Надходить он ніч, коли жаден нічого не зможе виконувати. Доки Я в світі, Я Світло для світу. (Від Івана 9:4-5 Ukrainian)

Our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the dawning of another new day that brings fresh opportunities to do the Lord’s work. Bless everyone who faithfully follows Jesus as Lord with the wisdom and fortitude to remain busy doing good works that bring honor and glory to our risen King. Remove the scales from the eyes of every believer so that we will follow the light of Christ in doing good deeds that are always right before our eyes, if we will see and follow the perfect example of our Lord who tirelessly gave of himself all the way to the cross. Help us Lord! We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com

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Including those who refuse

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 ESV)

Тогда сказал Иисус к уверовавшим в Него Иудеям: если пребудете в слове Моем, то вы истинно Мои ученики, и познаете истину, и истина сделает вас свободными.(Иоанна 8:31-32 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the many blessings you shower upon all people including those who refuse to recognize your very real existence. Help all faithful believers to devote more time in serious study of the truth found in the Spirit inspired Scriptures that reveal your plan of salvation for all people who trust and obey Christ as Lord. Silence the voices of those who pompously claim that spiritual truth is of no significance. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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