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

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David Binkley’s prayer: Restore respect for immersion

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)

Неужели не знаете, что все мы, крестившиеся во Христа Иисуса, в смерть Его крестились? Итак мы погреблись с Ним крещением в смерть, дабы, как Христос воскрес из мертвых славою Отца, так и нам ходить в обновленной жизни. (К Римлянам 6:3-4 Russian)

O LORD our great and mighty God ~ hear the prayers of those who love you and know that you accomplish whatever you desire in any part of the earth, or anywhere else in the universe. Restore respect for immersion in water as an important part of your plan of salvation as it requires obedient submission on the part of the soul seeking a new life in Christ. Disable the mouths and pens of those who jest that there is a way into Christ Jesus that bypasses baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
PO Box 417
Cedar Key, FL 32625

#baptism, #prayer, #salvation

Holiday blessing

During these holidays, may you and yours be greatly blessed by the time spent together and by the enjoyment of all the things “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Tim 4.3.

Our prayer is that you may be drawn even closer to the Lord. If you are not in Christ, we pray you may enter the kingdom of God through faith, repentance, and immersion.

If you are already in Christ, we pray the Lord may give you greater appreciation of your salvation, greater love for his leading and his family, and greater opportunity for service as his followers.

We are happy also to share this prayer with you.

I speak both for and to the Fellows here on TFR. Thank you for being a special blessing by your presence here.

#blessing, #christmas, #prayer

Try to represent, not impress

Through the years many individuals have allowed their public prayers to become repetitive. And while it’s not wrong to include some of the same thoughts each time we pray (1 Timothy 2:1-5, Luke 18:13, as well as the outlined points by Jesus in Matthew 6:9-13 are good examples), if our prayer is nearly verbatim every time we pray on behalf of the congregation then we need to stop and think before we speak.

Am I saying our prayer must have 50 dollar words and a flow that would make the national poetic society become green with envy? No. I’m not talking about impressing people with our prayer. I’m talking about representing people with our prayer.

If you know a family has suffered recently, you could mention them. If a family has received good news recently, you could mention that. If you are familiar with the language that is used in reference to God throughout the Psalms, you could use them in connection to the church in asking for God’s help (High-tower, Shield, Strength, Light and Salvation, etc.). If the congregation supports a missionary, children’s homes or other local evangelistic efforts such as House to House, you could mention them. God has already heard the news, but if there’s a major headline news story that you know has the attention of a large percentage of the congregation, you can mention that situation.

Again, the point isn’t to impress others with our prayer originality or sophisticated sound. The point is to represent those on whose behalf we are praying for, and to simply avoid being so repetitive with our public prayers that the people we are representing know what we’re going say before we even say it.

Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying,…When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (2 Chronicles 6:3-4; 7:1)

#prayer, #public-speaking, #tips-for-worship

Rainy or not, we should be submerged in prayer

Most of us in the southeastern US could use one or two million raindrops right now. As of this moment in particular, middle Tennessee is getting a little relief. It makes me wonder if some “Elijah” around here has something against the rain.

Elijah’s prayerful effect upon the weather was not only noteworthy enough to be included in the Old Testament scriptures – it managed to make its way into the New Testament cannon as well!

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17-18 – NKJV)

To be honest, when it comes to prayer (which is really what James’ point was all about…that combined with righteous living and emphatic purpose) we should all be submerged in it regardless of the weather. At least this is something that I can preach to myself about.

Pray, pray and pray some more. God wants to hear from us. And if we listen to this point when it comes to God’s will, then God’s will may become intertwined with our own…or perhaps I should flipflop that; regardless, it’s something that God wants us to do.

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,” (Luke 18:1 – NKJV)

#blessings, #elijah, #prayer, #rain

11-16-2016 God Limits Himself

“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.’ And He said to them, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ They said to Him, ‘Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you ask’” (Mark 10:35-38 NKJV).  Many people come to Jesus with selfish requests, but Jesus called it “ignorant.”  Jesus had said, “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 NKJV), but told James and John, their request “is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared” (Mark 10:40).  No one should tell God to do something that contradicts what He says He will do in the Bible.

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

#ignorant-requests, #prayer

11-11-2016 Prayerful Preaching

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 NKJV)1) We should attempt nothing without prayer to the Lord.  “You’re in my prayers,” may not be the same as, “Now I pray to God that you do no evil” (2 Corinthians 13:7 NKJV). Specific prayer should be pointed to God. 2) Our desire is for “the word of the Lord” to be freely spoken and taught. Paul requested prayer “that God would open to us a door for the word” (Colossians 4:2-3 NKJV)3) Deliverance “from unreasonable and wicked men” may come in the form of a government election resulting in oppressive restrictions being lifted.  Thank God for answered prayer!

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

#answered-prayer, #prayer, #preaching