Strengthen faith

Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. (Romans 11:22 ESV)

Итак видишь благость и строгость Божию: строгость к отпадшим, а благость к тебе, если пребудешь в благости *Божией*; иначе и ты будешь отсечен. (Римлянам 11:22 Russian)

Most holy and awesome God, our merciful Heavenly Father ~ thank you for drawing us to yourself by the power of your grace and love. Strengthen the faith of all followers of Christ as Lord so that those living in the darkness of sin may see hopeful evidence of Christ living in ordinary humans. Help all Christians from every nationality to realize our oneness in Christ and encourage one another to remain faithful so as not to lose our eternal reward. Stop the mouths of those who continually teach the non-scriptural doctrine of “once saved always saved.” We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Amazing gift of life

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7 ESV)

так говорит Господь Саваоф, Бог Израилев, всем пленникам, которых Я переселил из Иерусалима в Вавилон: стройте домы и живите [в них], и разводите сады и ешьте плоды их; берите жен и рождайте сыновей и дочерей; и сыновьям своим берите жен и дочерей своих отдавайте в замужество, чтобы они рождали сыновей и дочерей, и размножайтесь там, а не умаляйтесь; и заботьтесь о благосостоянии города, в который Я переселил вас, и молитесь за него Господу; ибо при благосостоянии его и вам будет мир. (Иеремия 29:4-7 Russian)

O LORD God Almighty ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for the amazing gift of life that we never take for granted. As you have faithfully led us in the past, help all children of faith in your beloved Son to remain faithful in all circumstances. Renew our trusting faith in your word that always comes true. Give joy to leaders in the Church so that no matter what evil may be plotted against Christians, we will always exalt and obey Christ, our blessed Savior and Lord. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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In search of help

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:24-25 ESV)

Бедный я человек! кто избавит меня от сего тела смерти? Благодарю Бога моего Иисусом Христом, Господом нашим. Итак тот же самый я умом моим служу закону Божию, а плотию закону греха. (К Римлянам 7:24-25 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ as I lift up my eyes in search of help in this earthly life, I once again acknowledge that the only help in dealing with the problem of sin is to remain faithful to my Lord Jesus Christ whom you gave out of love for all people in the world. Open the hearts of those who seek eternal life to realize their need to repent, and trust and obey Christ in baptism. Help those who preach the gospel to rely upon your word without feeling the need to insert human ideas that turn people away from dependence upon your grace and mercy. Shut the mouths of those who preach only a feel good message without warning of the need to rely upon your Spirit inspired word in our struggle with sin. Dear Father in heaven, turn our minds to you. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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In our pursuit of righteousness

No unbelief made him (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:20-22 ESV)

не поколебался в обетовании Божием неверием, но пребыл тверд в вере, воздав славу Богу и будучи вполне уверен, что Он силен и исполнить обещанное. Потому и вменилось ему в праведность. (Римлянам 4:20-22 Russian)

O LORD my God – we tremble in your presence as we behold the all that you have made by your infinite power and wisdom. Dear Heavenly Father, hear the prayers of your children. In our pursuit of righteousness, help us to have the same trusting faith like your blessed servant Abraham whose life is a testimony for us to learn how to trust and obey Christ as our Lord and Savior. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Not ashamed to wear the name of Christ

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. Correct me, O Lord, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:23-24 ESV)

Знаю, Господи, что не в воле человека путь его, что не во власти идущего давать направление стопам своим. Наказывай меня, Господи, но по правде, не во гневе Твоем, чтобы не умалить меня. (Иеремия 10:23-24 Russian)

Most holy, righteous and loving Father in heaven ~ thank you for the brightness of the glory of your beloved Son in whom we trust for eternal life. Bless all faithful Christians around the world who are not ashamed to wear the name of Christ. Be with us in our worship today as we exalt Christ as Lord in songs, prayers, the Lord’s Supper, giving as you prosper us, and gospel preaching. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Restore love for the Scriptures

There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. (Romans 2:9-11 ESV)

Недоля та утиск на всяку душу людини, хто чинить зле, юдея ж перше та геллена, а слава, і честь, і мир усякому, хто чинить добре, юдеєві ж перше та гелленові. Бо не дивиться Бог на обличчя! (римлян 2:9-11 Ukrainian)

Dear Father in Heaven ~ hear my prayer O LORD as we come before you on this new day. Restore love for the study and application of Scriptures to everyday situations. Help all people to have an opportunity to learn about your beloved Son – Jesus Christ our Lord. Help all faithful Christians to show the way of right and wrong by doing good and forsaking evil. Help us to have a loving respect for those who do not yet know Christ but they faithfully follow their conscience that leads them to do good and shun evil. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Right Criteria

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.” James 2.1

Looks could be deceiving! When this letter was written by James, it was believed that God blessed those who were good with wealth. Apparently, there were those who showed preference for people arriving for the assembly who were dressed in fine clothes, as opposed to people dressed in ragged clothing. Woe to you if you showed up dressed in rags. You could sit on the floor or stand to the side. However, if you showed up in fine clothes, you were given attention and proper seats.

James wrote that this attitude caused one to judge a person based on the wrong criteria. Christians are to treat all people equally! One does not have the ability to know the motive or heart of another person. Just as important, we are to teach everyone that is willing to listen and not prejudge a person’s response based upon appearance. The proper criteria to use is God’s word.

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Teach children from the earliest ages

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20 ESV)

Ибо, что можно знать о Боге, явно для них, потому что Бог явил им. Ибо невидимое Его, вечная сила Его и Божество, от создания мира через рассматривание творений видимы, так что они безответны. (К Римлянам 1:19-20 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for the uplifting power of your grace and mercy that is available to all people who will love and obey your Son – Jesus Christ our Lord. Open the minds eye of those whose thinking has been clogged by the refuse of deceitful teaching disguised as truth in the name of science. Help parents and grandparents to teach children from the earliest ages that you are the Creator of everything that exists. Restore respect for the teachings of the Holy Scriptures as the most trustworthy explanation for who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Truth comes from totality

The whole story reveals all of the truth; not standalone snippets. This doesn’t mean standalone snippets are not true. It means until the whole story is available for consideration, the details cannot be compared to each other in totality so that the whole truth can be known (Proverbs 18:13).

It’s kind of like when a parent asks their child if they’re telling the whole truth. A little here without a little there leaves us without the sum total, right?

The scriptures are a source of record even to atheists, but to be fully useful, even to theists, the scriptures must become a source of truth. This only comes by allowing the entirety of the Bible to tell the entirety of God’s will. This is like comparing puzzle pieces sitting in a box to puzzle pieces that have been placed together.

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Wake up with knowledge

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! (Acts 28:30-31 NIV)

И жил Павел целых два года на своем иждивении и принимал всех, приходивших к нему, проповедуя Царствие Божие и уча о Господе Иисусе Христе со всяким дерзновением невозбранно. (Деяния 28:30-31 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you, Lord, for allowing me to wake up with knowledge that you are deserving of the highest possible praise that human tongue can express. Continue to lead all people who love your Son in the direction that stands opposed to all the evil that is in the world. Give us more evangelists who will continue to boldly proclaim Jesus as the Way, Truth and Life even when under arrest. Strengthen the faith of those around them who hear, believe and obey Christ as Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Receiving Others

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest.” Luke 10.38

Do you receive people into your home? If you do, what is your attitude toward the situation? Do you get anxious about what to feed them? Do you feel that everything has to be just right? I have been on both sides of the situation.

In the past, when receiving someone, I would do a super cleaning, wearing myself out physically. Mentally, I would worry about what to serve and what to do while the guest was in our home. Many times, I was exhausted before they even arrived, being unable to enjoy to the fullest the time they were there. I could definitely relate to Martha in the context of Luke 10.

With time, I have come to realize that the important thing is to make someone feel comfortable while in my home. That does not mean that I have to serve them a huge, special meal. It does mean that I need to give them the attention that they need. That need might be physical, emotional, or spiritual.

I am blessed by inviting others into our home. I have learned to simplify many things so that I do not allow stress to steal my enjoyment of the moment. That makes it more positive for everyone!

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A sense of awe

“To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23 ESV)

Но, получив помощь от Бога, я до сего дня стою, свидетельствуя малому и великому, ничего не говоря, кроме того, о чем пророки и Моисей говорили, что это будет, то есть что Христос имел пострадать и, восстав первый из мертвых, возвестить свет народу Иудейскому и язычникам. (Деяния 26:22-23 Russian)

O LORD my God, we come into your presence with a sense of awe as we think about the many and various ways that you have preserved our life to this new day. Thank you, dear Heavenly Father, for your constant ability to forgive us of our sins. Give us more of the wisdom of Christ so that we will be able to forgive others as we are taught. Embolden all workers for the Lord who labor near or far away so that the light of the gospel will be presented in truth and love. Silence those who minimize the importance of the very real and agonizing death that Christ endured in order to purchase us out of slavery to sin. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

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Urged to come

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“A woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, a God-fearing woman, listened to us. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying. After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, “If you consider me to be a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded us.” Acts 16.14-15

Paul and his companions had arrived in the city of Philippi. On the Sabbath, they had gone to a location outside the city gate to the side of the river, where they thought they would find a place of prayer.

Upon arriving, they began to speak with a group of women who were assembled there. Lydia listened to them and the Lord opened her heart to Paul’s message. She responded, being baptized, along with her household.

Lydia opened her home to Paul and his companions. They were already accommodated in another location, but she was persistent in urging that they come to her home.

Christians live in communion with one another. It is an important aspect of the life of the church. The love and service that we share is one of the attitudes that make us different from the world.

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Proclaim the message with love

“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. (Acts 26:19-20 ESV)

Поэтому, царь Агриппа, я не воспротивился небесному видению, но сперва жителям Дамаска и Иерусалима, потом всей земле Иудейской и язычникам проповедывал, чтобы они покаялись и обратились к Богу, делая дела, достойные покаяния. (Деяния 26:19-20 Russian)

O LORD God of hosts ~ hear our prayers of thanksgiving on this new day! Dear Father, help all people who sincerely follow your beloved Son to stand up and be counted along with the faithful in every generation following the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of our Lord. Give leaders in the local churches to appoint workers who will boldly proclaim the gospel message with love so that sinners will turn to Christ before it is too late. Silence the influence of those who refuse to teach that sinners must repent and wholeheartedly turn to you with obedient faith. We earnestly pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

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Has the impact of his mercy hit you?

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks …” Luke 17:15-16.

On the border of Samaria and Galilee, a likely mixture of Jews and Gentiles were brought together by more than just a disease; they all had faith. All ten were calling Jesus ‘Master’ and asking Him to have mercy on them. Jesus didn’t sort them out by who was in the covenant with God. He saw their evident faith in Him to heal them and told them, still unclean with the disease, to show their skin to the priests who could confirm their healing.

By that same faith, all ten went … and on the way all ten were healed. The only one to return and give thanks was a foreigner who didn’t know the Law, the sacrifices, or the temple.

Being thanked meant something to God incarnate! And so we, who have much to be thankful for, not the least salvation and forgiveness from our disease of sin, should, as the song says, “Give thanks with a grateful heart … because He has given Jesus Christ, His Son.”

You’ve obeyed the gospel and been healed from sin, but has the impact of His mercy hit you so that you gave thanks?

Doug Kashorek

http://sermonlines.com

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