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  • TFRStaff 5:09 am on 2016-04-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Lead this prayer on Sunday 

    Leading a prayer in the assembly? Use a prayer from the Believing Prayer website for this Sunday.

    This one follows the general outline of the Lord’s prayer:

    http://believingprayer.com/name-above-all/

    Prepared prayers can be a blessing, avoiding the worn, stock phrases used by so many.

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:37 am on 2016-01-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Frightfully good 

    Note: We continue to pray for our good brother John Henson’s recovery. He continues in ICU in a Nashville hospital. He writes both for TFR and Forthright Magazine.

    Some frightfully good material is coming out of certain quarters among us. Some of it comes from people converted out of the world. They feel the sharpness of the gospel. They know the despair of the darkness and the freedom of the light. They do more than rail at the devil; they ramp up the beauty of redemption and the bounty of God’s plan. They do more than throw a verse at the reader only to launch into strange territory; they engage the text, explore its context, make pungent application.

    I confess to feeling embarrassed by the insipidity of some other writings, especially in the area of devotionals. (Perhaps it’s a case of this pot calling the kettle black.) In the presence of the Almighty God, why offer up pablum that has been repeated so often it only rates yawns? It is one thing to be simple. Simplicity recommends itself every time. It is quite another to be simplistic and bland. (It seems best not to muddy the waters with names and addresses.) (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 1:56 pm on 2015-11-25 Permalink | Reply
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    11-25-2015 Thanksgiving Without God? 

    It’s impossible to have a “Thanksgiving” unless there is someone to thank! The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3 NKJV). (1) God is the only source of blessings to thank, so: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV). (2) Having a “pure conscience,” then: “Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies” (Psalm 40:4 NKJV). (3) Being constantly remembered in prayers, so that: “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:6 NKJV).

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

     
  • TFRStaff 6:31 am on 2015-11-16 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Monday 16 November 2015 

    But you, O GOD my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me! (Psalm 109:21 ESV)

    А Ти Господи, Владико, зо мною зроби ради Ймення Свого, що добре Твоє милосердя, мене порятуй, (Псалми 109:21 Ukrainian)

    O Lord God, our dear heavenly Father ~ we enter your gates with hearts full of praise and thanks for the many merciful ways in which you lead us along the bumpy road of life. Give us more of the perfect wisdom of Christ so that we will keep our minds focused upon your love in all situations. Help us to be quick to forgive and slow to condemn those who offend us. Deliver us from evil! In the precious name of Jesus we fervently pray for your help. Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 12:13 pm on 2015-11-14 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Saturday 14 November 2015 

    And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
    (Hebrews 10:10)

    По сей-то воле освящены мы единократным принесением тела Иисуса Христа. (К Евреям 10:10 Russian)

    O God, our dear heavenly Father, we exalt you above all that exists above and beyond the farthest reaches of the known universe. You are the Creator and Sustainer of life for every being. Thank you for sending your Son who offered his own body as the acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all who will come to him in faith. Help us to be more keenly aware that we no longer need to offer all kinds of sacrifices that never removed sins; since our Savior has cleansed our sins and declared us to be righteous. Give us wisdom so that we will live as those who have been set apart as examples of those who trust and obey Christ as Lord. We pray with hope and love in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 8:12 am on 2015-11-13 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Friday 13 November 2015 

    And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27-28)

    І як людям призначено вмерти один раз, потім же суд, так і Христос один раз був у жертву принесений, щоб понести гріхи багатьох, і не в справі гріха другий раз з’явитися тим, хто чекає Його на спасіння. (До євреїв 9:27-28 Ukrainian)

    O God, our dear Father in heaven ~ we hallow your glorious name in our hearts on this new day as we consider our terminal nature and look forward to our coming king Jesus who now reigns from his regal heavenly throne. We give the highest praise for that Christ your dear Son and our Savior offered himself as the only worthy sacrifice for our many sins. Moreover we look forward to seeing Christ when he comes to take us home to live with him forever. We pray with the joy of faith and hope in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 5:21 am on 2015-11-12 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Thursday 12 November 2015 

    For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.” (Ezekiel 18:32 ESV)

    Ибо Я не хочу смерти умирающего, говорит Господь Бог; но обратитесь, и живите! (Иезекииль 18:32 Russian)

    Hear our prayers on this new day O LORD our God and dear Father in heaven ~ we confess that we have often turned our eyes off the prize that waits for every faithful believer. Stir up within our hearts the realization that no church can repent for my sins, nor any governor, president, king, judge, or any preacher, rabbi, priest or pope. We alone stand before your perfect and holy presence in need of forgiveness. Give us a revived and clean heart and spirit as we turn from sin in sincere repentance. Forgive us of our sins as we forgive others. We earnestly pray in the precious name of Jesus, who took our sins upon himself at the cross where he died. Amen.

    Death is only a door
    Set in a garden wall.
    On quiet hinges it gives at dusk,
    When the thrushes call.
    Along the lintel are green leaves,
    Beyond, the light lies still;
    Very weary and willing feet
    Go over that sill.
    There is nothing to trouble any heart,
    Nothing to hurt at all,
    Death is only an old door
    In a garden wall.

    Death Is A Door
    Nancy Byrd Turner

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 3:36 pm on 2015-11-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Entitlement the opposite of thankfulness 

    “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” Colossians 4:2-6.

    I’ve spent a lot of time and expended a lot of energy to help people before with never an acknowledgment of what it had cost me to do so. And, it’s not that I need to be thanked; I didn’t help them for the gratitude I would receive. But rather, it is the attitude of the person I helped that bothered me. She felt entitled to the help, and so I was simply discharging my duty “owed” to her.

    Entitlement is the opposite of thankfulness. In thankfulness, we acknowledge that the other person (or God) didn’t need to do what he did and that our needs were placed before his own.

    That’s why over and over again we are told to be thankful in the Scriptures.

    Besides the help that God gives you each and every day that He doesn’t need to, He gave us His Son to die in our place on the cross when He didn’t need to. We all had sinned and deserved death. God would have been within His rights to turn His back on us and let us face the consequence of our transgression. But He didn’t. He loved instead. He died to give us eternal life when He didn’t need to. No one’s entitled to heaven.

    Are you thankful?

    Douglas Kashorek

    douglaskashorek.com

     
  • TFRStaff 1:52 pm on 2015-11-11 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Wednesday 11 November 2015 

    As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. (Proverbs 27:19 ESV)

    Як лице до лиця у воді, так серце людини до серця людини. (Приповісті 27:19 Ukrainian)

    O God, our dear heavenly Father ~ we bow before your great and awesome presence on this new day. Help us to overcome any inkling toward putting you to the test as your people have done in ages past. Give us more perfect wisdom to live in a righteous manner so that our innermost thoughts and outward actions will genuinely reflect that Christ is living in us. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 7:39 am on 2015-11-10 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Tuesday 10 November 2015 

    but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25 ESV)

    а Сей, как пребывающий вечно, имеет и священство непреходящее, посему и может всегда спасать приходящих чрез Него к Богу, будучи всегда жив, чтобы ходатайствовать за них. (К Евреям 7:24-25 Russian)

    O Lord God, our merciful and kind heavenly Father ~ hear our prayers of praise and thanksgiving on this new day. We are certainly not without hope as we put our trust in your Son and our Savior Jesus Christ. We are amazed that Jesus left the glory of paradise to become fully human and yet without any sin. Forgive us completely of all our sins as we trust in the blood that was shed at Golgotha on that dark day many years ago. Help us to be more effective in communicating the truth of the gospel with the same love that you have for all people. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 7:30 am on 2015-11-09 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Monday 09 November 2015 

    For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. (Hebrews 7:12)

    Коли бо священство зміняється, то з потреби буває переміна й Закону. (До євреїв 7:12 Ukrainian)

    Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you Lord for the Good News that uplifts our spirits on each and every new day! Grant wisdom to everyone who speaks about Jesus as Lord to understand that Christians are no longer under the old law of Moses. Rather, help us to lift Christ Jesus up before the world as our High Priest, Prophet and King. Bless believers around the world with strength and courage to stand up for the law of Christ that offers salvation, hope and love to all people. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 5:19 am on 2015-11-08 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Sunday 08 November 2015 

    For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17 ESV)

    ибо Агнец, Который среди престола, будет пасти их и водить их на живые источники вод; и отрет Бог всякую слезу с очей их. (Откровение 7:17 Russian)

    Eternal God, our benevolent and kind Father in heaven ~ bless your children on this new Lord’s Day as Christians around the world assemble in worship and praise of your Son, the Lamb who took our sins upon himself. Give us wisdom to follow the leading of our Good Shepherd so that we may enjoy the living water. Help us to be compassionate as you are toward those saints who are going through the fires of suffering for the sake of faith in Christ. We pray with confidence in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 8:30 am on 2015-11-07 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Saturday 7 November 2015 

    Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:1-2 ESV)

    Не вихвалюйся завтрішнім днем, бо не знаєш, що день той породить. Нехай інший тебе вихваляє, а не уста твої, чужий, а не губи твої. (Приповісті 27:1-2 Ukrainian)

    Dear Father in heaven, we love you for your righteous and holy ways and for loving us beyond all human understanding. O Lord, who knows the future of every living being, grant us wisdom to number our days so that we will not become arrogant and tout our feeble strength in comparison to your all encompassing power and glory. Help us as we do our best to make the most of this day you have given us and give wings to the plans we make for doing good in a way that honors Christ our Lord. We fervently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 6:32 am on 2015-11-06 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Friday 06 November 2015 

    Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, (Hebrews 5:8-9 ESV)

    І хоч Сином Він був, проте навчився послуху з того, що вистраждав був. А вдосконалившися, Він для всіх, хто слухняний Йому, спричинився для вічного спасіння, (До євреїв 5:8-9 Ukrainian)

    O LORD our God and dear Father in heaven ~ we come humbly before your presence where our perfect Savior reigns in the dazzling light of your endless love. Thank you for the inspired word that teaches us the importance of being obedient to the teachings of Jesus Christ your Son in whom we trust for eternal life. Help all disciples to be willing to suffer when necessary for the sake of the gospel. Forgive us for the times when we acted in disobedience to your good will for our lives. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
  • TFRStaff 7:04 am on 2015-11-05 Permalink | Reply
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    WORD OF THE DAY – Thursday 05 November 2015 

    Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV)

    Итак, имея Первосвященника великого, прошедшего небеса, Иисуса Сына Божия, будем твердо держаться исповедания нашего. Ибо мы имеем не такого первосвященника, который не может сострадать нам в немощах наших, но Который, подобно [нам], искушен во всем, кроме греха. Посему да приступаем с дерзновением к престолу благодати, чтобы получить милость и обрести благодать для благовременной помощи. (К Евреям 4:14-16 Russian)

    O LORD God, Creator of all creatures that swim, crawl, fly and walk on and in the earth! We stand flabbergasted as we think seriously about our need of a Savior. Even before time, you saw our human need and gave us sinful creatures a Redeemer and Friend by giving us your One and Only Son – Jesus our Lord. We are in need of your grace to help us deal with personal issues that are often far beyond our ability to cope with or comprehend. Give us more of your wisdom as we do our best to be good and faithful servants. We earnestly pray with hope in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

    David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
    Cedar Key Church of Christ

    PO Box 417

    Cedar Key, FL 32625

    Office: 352-477-5050
    Home phone: 352-215-0368
    Cell phone: 352-213-2771

     
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