Easy availability of Scriptures

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

(1 John 3:21-22 ESV)

Возлюбленные! если сердце наше не осуждает нас, то мы имеем дерзновение к Богу, и, чего ни попросим, получим от Него, потому что соблюдаем заповеди Его и делаем благоугодное пред Ним. (1-e Иоанна 3:21-22 Russian)

O LORD my God, hear the prayers of every person who has faith enough to cry out to you in praises of thanksgiving and sincere requests. Thank you dear Father for the easy availability of your Scriptures that contain the greatest treasure on earth – the keys to eternal life through faith in your beloved Son. Help all the Transformed of the earth to live in such a righteous manner that the gospel message will remain the most attractive story in print. Give us lucid minds so that we will retell the great story of love over and over to people who are in need of salvation and hope that never dies. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

#david-binkley #gospel

Not purposeless: 1 Thessalonians 2.1 VOTD

“For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, about our coming to you—it has not proven to be purposeless.”

1 Thessalonians 2.1

When the gospel is preached, God brings forth fruit. The truth is not without effect. Paul recalled the conversion of the Thessalonians. His work among them was the best answer to critics who charged him with disinterest or hidden motives.

How does our work show our purpose and motives? How can you be sure that the gospel will bear fruit?

#gospel #mission #VOTD

Nothing Satan threw at them worked

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” Acts 8:4.

This statement has always run counter to what I’ve observed in the my two decades of ministry. If evangelism is to happen, then every factor in people’s lives have to be perfect. After things are going well in the marriage, with the kids, with finances, at work, and with friends, then life is stable enough to think about telling someone else about Jesus. But, as long as even just one piece of our life’s puzzle is out of place, then we shrink back into ourselves to lick our wounds and figure it out.

Guess how often Satan is going to make sure that you have a struggle going on if it will keep God’s people from preaching the gospel? Always.

Not Christians in the first century! Like coals of a fire when a large log is thrown onto them, they spread and catch onto other tinder. How frustrated Satan must have been during the early decades of Jesus’ church! Nothing he threw at them worked; those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.

How could that be us again? We tell of other things that are important to us. The gospel must become important. Our faith must grow.

Are you telling the gospel?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#evangelism #devotional #struggles #gospel

Went around: Acts 8.4 VOTD

“Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word.”

Acts 8.4

All except the apostles were forced to leave Jerusalem because of the persecution launched after Stephen’s death.

The Good News is what got them persecuted, but because all the saints understood that they had been give a mission by the Lord, they continued to proclaim it.

#gospel #mission #VOTD

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6-20-2017 Insane Opposition

Christians must try to teach Bible truth and correct “those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV). Those who contradict Bible place themselves in opposition, and need to “know the truth,” because some are not “straightforward about the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:14 NKJV). They are ensnared of the Devil and need to “come to their senses,” or be sane, again! The Devil’s doctrine “captivates,” but knowledge of God’s truth, frees a person to do God’s will.” Repentance is that change of heart that will make the difference. God “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#gospel, #opposition, #repentance

By God’s standards: 1 Peter 4.6 VOTD

“Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.”

1 Peter 4.6

God’s standards are to suffer in the flesh and finish with sin (v. 1), to do his will (v. 2), and to refuse the pressure of what non-Christians desire (vv. 3-4), on whom judgment will come (v. 5).

What is the purpose of the gospel?

#gospel #spiritual-life #VOTD

VOTD: Romans 16.23

“Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus the city treasurer and our brother Quartus greet you.”

Romans 16.23

Hospitality in the New Testament is a missionary function.

How can you use your home to further the gospel?

#gospel, #homes, #mission, #votd

David Binkley prayer: 2 Cor 5.18-19

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Все же от Бога, Иисусом Христом примирившего нас с Собою и давшего нам служение примирения, потому что Бог во Христе примирил с Собою мир, не вменяя людям преступлений их, и дал нам слово примирения. (2-е Коринфянам 5:18-19 Russian)

O LORD God, I call upon you, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer and dear Father in heaven in whom I trust for eternal life and for daily sustenance. Thank you Lord for making it possible for the gospel message to reach from Jerusalem to America where it found its way into my heart. Those people who faithfully did their work as ministers of reconciliation brought me hope of everything that is good in this life and the next to come. Be with everyone who works fervently and wholeheartedly to carry this message of truth. Help us to realize fruit from our labors, but if not, may the planted seed bear fruit that sprouts up into eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.
Gospel Minister, Cedar Key FL

#david-binkley, #gospel, #prayer

Supreme Court Justice Warns About Spiritual Dangers

Often when we speak of spiritual threats, we’re mocked or ignored as alarmists. Yet, when someone of great importance and special insight speaks, we should certainly listen and heed their warnings. Continue reading

#gospel, #preaching, #religious-freedom, #teaching

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2-28-2017 Believe And Obey The Truth

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said to Him, ‘The first’” (Matthew 21:28-31 NKJV).  Jesus shows the difference between saved and lost. The first son refused to do his father’s will at first, but “regretted” his decision, changed his mind and obeyed. The second son represents sinners who say they believe, and may even claim they have obeyed, but actually have a “faith only” attitude: without works! Which son has obeyed?  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#faith-only, #gospel, #obeyed

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3-1-2017 The Gospel–Moving Or Movie

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:9-10 NKJV). With these words, Jesus Christ has placed Himself squarely between humanity and Heaven. Any movie-maker in Harlotwood who thinks theirs is “the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life” is “mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29 NKJV). Only God’s love seen in Jesus’ death for our sins, burial, and resurrection can lead a sinner to die to sin, bury sins in baptism for remission, and be raised to walk a new, and renewed, life. All movies have never done this!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#gods-love, #gospel, #oscar

Where’s the urgency?

urgency

Yesterday, a non-Christian and I resumed studying the Bible with a view toward his conversion. He wants to be baptized. His wife is a Christian. He feels left out of participation in worship. He wants to be a part of the body.

He had stopped studying for months. He had an issue that he needed to deal with in his heart. But for all that, he just didn’t feel the urgency, even though he understood the connection between sin and perdition. Continue reading

#corollaries, #gospel, #obedience, #salvation, #urgency

A world hostile to God

“However, men obstinately refuse to change their lives, even before the most eloquent warnings (20-21). This is the world in which we live: a world hostile to God even in its core, a world that prefers to make for itself its own ‘idols’ and establish its own models of behavior.” Continue reading

#gospel, #mission, #world

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4-21-2016 Take It To The Streets

Violence in the streets is of great concern to puzzled survivors.  But, there is no amount of discussions, panels, candles, demonstrations or government intervention that can deal with the problem.  The problem is sin and evil, but without God’s explanation and guidance, no one can help.  When sin had entered the world, Cain killed his brother, Abel, because he “was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John 3:12 NKJV).  Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives evil sinners an opportunity to change their lives for good.  Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#evil, #gospel, #sin, #violence

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3-24-2016 We Didn’t Start The Fire

Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, But the upright seek his well-being” (Proverbs 29:8-10 NKJV). Only scoffers, who reject God’s Word, “set a city aflame,” that is, hurt and destroy, as happened in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016. Jesus said the Devil “was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44 NKJV), so regardless of the group name, only the Devil would claim responsibility for such slaughter! Those responsible should become as Assyria, “fallen by the sword, Who caused terror in the land of the living” (Ezekiel 32:23 NKJV). The response should be: “preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#city-aflame, #gospel, #murderer, #terror