What is my Identity?

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Recent movements in our culture have generated new discussion about how we as human beings identify ourselves.  People are being told that having their gender identity forced upon them is unnatural, and they should have the ability to choose their identity.  There was a story back in July of this year on theBlaze.com’s website (click here) and the headline of the article informed the reader that the mother of a child in Canada is wanting her daughter registered as gender unknown.  The mother’s philosophy is she wants the child to choose their gender as they grow up.  The question one must ask is, “Why not stick to the natural gender the child is born with?”

In the United States, there is an identity crisis taking place and who would have ever thought that we would have to discuss the idea of choosing our gender identity?  As New Testament Christians, what does our response need to be?  How might we reach out to these people who are truly in an identity crisis?  My first suggestion to you is we need to take time to get to know these people.  We need to take time to listen to their story and find out why they have an identity crisis.  By taking the time to get to know them, we demonstrate to them that we care for them both physically and spiritually.  Isn’t that what Jesus did in John 4?  Before He told her who He was, He demonstrated through talking with her that He cared for her and her eternal salvation.  If we follow this same model, we will begin to have a similar effect on those around us.

My second suggestion is once we demonstrate to people who have an identity crisis that we care for them, we need to show them that by becoming a New Testament Christian, their identity is in Christ.  Consider what Paul said in Colossians 3:3, “For you died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God.” By giving people this hope, they will be able to begin a proper healing process.

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Why me, Lord?


Visible satellite image of Hurricane Harvey from the G.O.E.S. East satellite on August 25, 2017, at 10:07 a.m. EDT.

On May 1-2, 2010, a 500-year flooding event struck Middle Tennessee. Over a 48-hour period, 16” of rainfall fell causing significant flooding and altering the lives of thousands of people.  I remember this event very well because it left a significant impact on Cheatham County, Tennessee.  I recall talking with people about the event and in several instances, those who were effected asked, “Why me, Lord?”

I dare say that there are people asking themselves the same question in parts of Texas today.  On Friday, August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category four hurricane bringing 30”-40” of rainfall over a period of four days. Experts claim that when the total damage survey is conducted that the cost of damage from Harvey will exceed that of Hurricane Katrina.  When we think back to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and other damaging weather events, how should someone approach the situation?  Again, the natural human reaction is to get upset and throw our fists up at the Lord in an upset manner.  Often a person’s faith can be so tainted after a damaging severe weather event that they give up on God completely.  What should our response to a difficult situation be?

The writer of James comments on the trials of life that we are going to face in this life, and in verse three it says, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” The Lord does not cause difficult situations to occur in our life. Rather, He allows difficult situations to occur to mold us into the image of His Son. If you have experienced the damaging effects from hurricane Harvey, let me submit to you that instead of looking at the situation in a negative light, observe it from a positive light.  Use this difficult time as a way to show those around you your faith in your Lord and Savior. By your example, you might have an eternal impact on someone’s life.

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Do Not Rely On The “Do Nots”

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to be an assistant manager at a local Pizza Hut.  One of the things that Pizza Hut thrived on was the quality of their products and the satisfaction of their customers.  The quality of the pizza is dependent upon a process that takes place.  First, the pizza must have ingredients placed on it in a specific fashion.  Second, the pizza would be placed in an oven to cook at the proper temperature.  Third, the pizza would be taken out of the oven, boxed up and placed in a warmer.  However, what if one of these steps was compromised? Someone could easily use the logic that says, “Well you did not say do not add extra cheese”.  Then the instructions were not properly followed.

Instructions are given to clearly say what is to be done.  This is seen in the Bible when God lays out how He wants the children of Israel to offer burnt sacrifices.  God says to Moses, “Speak to the children of Israel” (Lev. 1:2, NKJV), and He says this so that the children of Israel would clearly know what God expected them to do.  He lays out in chapter one how the animal is supposed to be sacrificed.  He talks about how the animal is to be killed and how the meat is to be laid on the altar.  God is very detailed on how He expects the process to be followed and the content that is included in the sacrifice.  With this idea in mind, one can see that God expects His children to follow what He says.

People in our world today neglect the fact that God cares about what we do.  Often in conversation people might say, “The Bible does not say do not use instrumental music”. However, the Bible has clearly laid out what is expected.  Therefore, that eliminates any other option.  As Christians, let us strive to stick to God’s word in a way that shows that we respect what He says. By doing this, we will show that we trust our heavenly Father.

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Who Am I?


My name is Tyler Binkley and this is a blog that is going to be updated weekly. The purpose for this blog is to provide spiritual thoughts that challenge the New Testament Christian to grow in their faith.  I was born and raised in Ashland City, TN where I attended the Bearwallow Road church of Christ congregation. After I became a Christian, I became involved with teaching Sunday school, assisting in Vacation Bible School, leading singing, and preaching when needed.  After graduating from high school, I attended Austin Peay State University before transferring to Western Kentucky University (WKU) to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology.  I was fortunate to fulfill this dream by graduating in the Fall of 2014.  While I was in college at WKU, I attended the Lehman Avenue church of Christ congregation where I was involved with leading singing, teaching Sunday school, leading college devotionals, and I was fortunate to share the gospel with several college students.  It was during this time that I discovered a passion and love for working with college aged kids.  

Since graduating from WKU, I currently live in Karns, TN where I have been attending the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies. I am currently scheduled to graduate in December and I am looking forward to getting more involved in college ministry once I graduate. My hope and prayer is that I will be able to begin ministering to the college kids at WKU after graduation. When I am not in school or studying my Bible, I enjoy watching the weather, hiking, and spending time with friends. My hope and prayer is for you to utilize this blog to grow in your christian faith.  

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Being A Christ-Like Servant


One of the greatest stories that we read about in the New Testament is the account of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet found in John 13:1-17.  Starting in verse 5 and ending with verse 6 we read, “After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.  Then He came to Simon Peter.  And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”  I enjoy the question that Peter asks Jesus.  This was certainly a relevant question to ask because here you have the Son of God washing the feet of apostles literally taking on the form of a servant.  Jesus goes on to say in verse 15, “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”  What was Jesus’ point for washing the disciples’ feet?  It was to show them that as followers of Christ, they are to take the form of servants and as Christians, we are called to follow this same practice today.

On Saturday, August 15, a few of the college students from the Church of Christ Student Center at Western Kentucky University participated in Move-In day.  This day was the first opportunity for incoming freshman to start moving in, kicking off the beginning of Master Plan.  During the move-in day, we had the opportunity to help several people move into their dorms and seeing how happy they were was truly a blessing and encouraging.  For those of you who are students at WKU and are looking for a great group of Christian friends to be associated with, feel free to check out the Church of Christ Student Center:  http://orgs.wku.edu/thecocsc/ Feel free to email us also at: thecocsc@wku.edu.  We are here to assist you in your spiritual needs.

If you are reading this and you are a Christian, let me challenge you to definitely follow the example that Christ has given us.  By being that Christ-like servant.  I love the passage over in Philippians 2:3-4 which says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interest of others.”  When we as Christians take on that form of a servant, it allows us to do two things: 1) it allows us to show people that we care about them and 2) it helps us to take the focus off of self.  Finally, taking on the form of a servant helps to remind that we serve an almighty God who loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16  Let me encourage you once to be a Christ-like servant and you will have a blessed life that will prepare you for eternity.

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No Compromise Even When Things Get Hot

Good afternoon everyone. My name is Tyler Binkley and this will be the first of many blog posts to come.  To find out more about who I am, click here.  The main audience for this blog is going to be students who are college age because this is the time when most young Christians (according to research) fall away from the faith.  This blog will help college aged Christians remain on the straight and narrow path.

This past weekend, the college group at Lehman Avenue church of Christ and I had the opportunity to go the Arnold church of Christ Youth Rally held in Arnold, Missouri.  The Youth Rally started Friday (August 7) and ended Saturday (August 8).  Steven Hunter, who is the Associate Minister at Lehman Avenue, was the speaker and he preached a series of lessons from the book of Daniel that fell under the theme “Being Who God Wants Me To Be”.

One particular lesson that really stuck out to me was from Saturday morning and the title was: “When Things Get Hot”.  The lesson text was centered around Daniel chapter 3.  In this chapter we read about the ever so popular story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.  In verse 3, we read where King Nebuchadnezzar had set up an image and verses 4-5 tell us: “Then the herald cried aloud, To You it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up;”.

Immediately we see a problem here.  Idolatry.  King Nebuchadnezzar has created this golden image and at the sound of a trumpet he wants everyone to worship it.  In verse 6, we are told that if people choose not to worship the image when the trumpet is sounded, that same hour they are to be cast into a burning fiery furnace.  Now dropping down to verse 12, King Nebuchadnezzar is informed that there are certain Jews who he appointed to be over Babylon by the names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego who are not worshiping this golden image.  In his anger, King Nebuchadnezzar calls for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to come before him and he tells them in verse 15: “Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made, well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that god that shall deliver you out of my hands?”

Let me ask you this question.  If you were standing before a high authority such as King Nebuchadnezzar, and were asked this same question, what would you say?  Would you be fearful and bow before the image?  Or stand up for God?   I love the response that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego give in verse 16 about halfway through: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer thee in this matter” verse 17: “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of thy hand, O king.”  Did you catch the assurance that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego had in verse 17?  They were certain that God would deliver them from the midst of the fiery furnace.

In verse 18 (and I’m paraphrasing) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego tell King Nebuchadnezzar that they would not be bowing to the image nor worshiping his gods.  In his anger in verses 19-22, Nebuchadnezzar commands that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego be cast into the fiery furnace.  We read in verse 22 that the fire was so hot that the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to the furnace were killed instantly due to the heat.  Verse 24 we read that King Nebuchadnezzar is astonished because he sees not 3 but 4 people in the fiery furnace.  The story is concluded when King Nebuchadnezzar calls for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego and they walk out from the fiery furnace unscathed.  When the other people saw this they were greatly astonished and in verse 29, King Nebuchadnezzar makes a decree that anyone who speaks evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego shall be cut into pieces and their houses shall be made a dunghill.

This lesson stuck out to me because in the world we live in today, it is so easy for us to compromise our faith.  Especially on a college campus.  It is so easy for us to support or do things that we know is not right.  Why is that?  It is due to the fear of being in the minority and not of the majority.  However, think back to the story we just talked about.  Do you think Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were in the minority?  Absolutely.  Through their faith and trust in God however, they overcame the majority.  This is how our faith as Christians should be today.  We should not fear to be in the minority because as Christians, we are seeking a heavenly country.  Not an earthly country.

We sing a song:

“This world is not my home I’m just a-passin’ through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

As Christians, let us not compromise our faith just because the world wants us to.  Let us stand for the things that are far greater and that will help us reach a heavenly reward.

Arnold Youth Rally

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I am here to tell my story and help others find the truth as I have. As a Christian and lover of the Word, I aim to search the Bible to find “Purely the Truth” and share it with the world. If you have any questions or suggestions of subjects you’d like to see discussed, feel free to email me at tylerbinkley615@gmail.com.

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