In His Praise — November 29, 2020

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This page has always been about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. It is important that people hear about the mercy and saving grace of our Lord. East Point C.P. Church strives to reach out through its members and share this good news to anyone we can. 

People need to hear that they are loved, cared for and are special. People need to hear that there is a God that wants to give them forgiveness of their sins and set them on a new path that leads to eternal life with Him in heaven. They need to know that it only takes their confession and belief in Jesus to acquire this new life. (See John 3:16, Romans 6:23 and  2 Corinthians 5:21) This is the good news we want everyone to hear.

But there is also some bad news that people need to hear. It is that refusing to let this loving God in your life and resisting the mercy and forgiveness He offers will also lead to a path. This path is not a good one. This path will lead to eternal damnation in hell. 

Hell is a real place of continual torment. It was created for Satan and his angels when they rebelled against God and left heaven, but the scriptures teach us that eternal hell is also the destiny for those that do not accept Christ’s salvation. (See Matthew 25:41 – 46, Matthew 13:49-50, and Revelation 20:12-15)

Please, if you do not know Christ as your personal Savior, take time right now to confess your sins to Him, ask for forgiveness and accept His salvation.  Romans 10:9 says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

What a great gift to receive during this Christmas season!  And what good news to share with others!

In His Praise — November 22, 2020

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“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”. 2 Corinthians 9:15

A lot of emphasis is placed on gratitude this time of the year and we should all be thankful for so many things. But the most wonderful gift that we can all claim is being a part of the family of God.

Jesus died on the cross to pay the cost for our sins and wrong doing. He rose again to life, and because of His actions we have a path to salvation or saving from our sins. All He asks is that we confess that He is Lord and believe in our heart that He died for our sins and was raised again to  life and we will be saved! (Romans 10: 9-10)

Sounds simple, but what a gift we receive in return! Our sins wiped away, our lives changed forever, eternal life in heaven and Jesus as our best friend.  

When you count your blessings this Thanksgiving season and everyday, remember to thank God for His indescribable gift of Jesus.

In His Praise — November 15, 2020

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What a mighty God we serve! He loves us, cares for us, provides for us and forgives us when we come to Him with a repentant heart and ask for His mercy. The Bible is filled with promises and if you are a child of God these promises are for you!

For one reason or another we so often  forget or are negligent to claim these blessings that the Lord has for us. But the Bible teaches us that if we pray in Jesus name and believe He hears our requests and is willing to grant our need. (John 14:13) Also in Hebrews 4:16, we are encouraged to “approach the throne of grace with confidence.” 

What a great message of encouragement for each of us and for each of us to share with others. 

Thank you, Lord!

In His Praise — November 8, 2020

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It has been said that with great privilege comes great responsibility. We, as children of God, have the great privilege (blessing) of Jesus being our high priest. He intercedes, advocates and mediates for us (Hebrews 7:25, John 2:1 and 1 Timothy 2:5.) This is a great blessing, giving us the privilege and assurance that our prayers are heard by God Himself.

Because we are so blessed, we too have a responsibility to intercede for others. When we pray we should alway remember to lift up the lost, those in need and even those that do not realize they need God. Our intercessory prayers are important and Jesus hears and presents them to the Father. We may never know how our simple requests and concerns may touch someone else’s life. The Bible tells us in James 5:16b, “The prayer of the righteous man is powerful and effective”.

There are souls to be saved and lives to be changed for God and the results may be just a prayer away.

In His Praise — November 1, 2020

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The Adult Sunday School Class at East Point CP Church has been studying the book of Exodus for the last several weeks. The study is taking us from the time that God freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery to the time they were lead into the Promised Land. It has been a very interesting and thought provoking study. Much of the writings have focused on Moses; his special relationship with God and his leadership of the people.

Moses  was specially chosen by God for the task of leading His people. During his journey Moses  had more than one “mountain top experience” with God. God spoke directly to him through a burning bush, from the top of Mt. Sinai and through prayer. Moses sought God’s guidance and wisdom in order to lead the Israelites and to provide for their needs.

Thinking of the ways that Moses communicated with God, how Moses was allowed in God’s very presence, we might say that he enjoyed a unique privilege. We might think that God has reserved this kind of relationship for only a chosen few. 

But  we would be wrong. Thanks be to God the scriptures reassure us that we too can talk to God as a friend. We too can come into His presence. We too can receive guidance and wisdom to complete the tasks He gives us.  

Hebrews 4:16 and 10:19 reassures us of this.

In His Praise — October 25, 2020

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There is a children’s song by William A. Kramer that goes like this:

“In our work

And in our play,

God is with us everyday.

Therefore I shall never fear

For our loving God is near.”

There is a lot of good news in this simple lyric. And it’s not just for the young.  This little song reminds us  that no matter where we are and no matter what we are doing  God is always close by. He never leaves us, he always loves us and we have nothing to fear when He is near.

Hebrews 13:6 says we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

 Romans 8:38-39 reassures us like this: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So when life gets scary and your confidence is shaken hold tight to these words. God will not leave you;  He will hold your hand and see you through.

In His Praise — October 18, 2020

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Do you enjoy getting invitations for things?  If you’re like most people it depends on what kind of  invitation it is. A friend might invite you to dinner, a teenager may wait excitedly to receive an invitation to the prom or a business person may  hope for an invitation to join a particular club or civic group. Other times we receive invitations to activities like birthday parties or celebrations of weddings or anniversaries. These events are usually enjoyable and we like sharing the time with others. 

Sometimes, though, we get invitations from companies wanting to sell something like a new vehicle or “give” us a credit card. We are bombarded at times with telemarketers “inviting “ us to buy their product. These types of invitations are not always what we need or want and can be annoying.

Invitations are all around us, some good, some bad. This world is full of offers from which we must choose daily. Some we will accept joyfully, others we will discard and ignore and our lives will change very little as a result of our decision.

But there is one invitation that should not be ignored or discarded. This invitation will change our lives completely and it will give us more joy, peace and satisfaction than we ever thought possible. It is Jesus’ invitation to each of us for salvation. It is found in Matthew 11:28-30 and says this, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Similar verses are found in Isaiah 11:1-2 and in Revelation 22:17.  

Jesus’ invitation is simple and real; and it is available to every person. All we need to do is accept it.

In His Praise — October 11, 2020

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“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers…” Philemon 1:4

Today was Pastor Appreciation Day at East Point C.P. Church and this verse came to mind. It is  a blessing to be have a dedicated, God-called minster in our church. His job is not always easy and I am sure he spends countless hours praying and studying and preparing sermons, not to mention the time spent visiting the sick, counseling the troubled and witnessing to those that are lost.  All this and more for seemingly little or no reward. It can be discouraging, difficult and stressful.

But for a truly God-called minster the reward is not found in material things. It is rather found in knowing that the gospel is being preached, seeds are being planted and that lives are being changed for God. The joy is found in serving God.

Rev. Phil Nickles is such a minster. He is excited to serve the Lord and is preaches the gospel as God leads him. He is filled with Holy Spirit and it shows in the way he lives each day- always ready to help, always ready to witness, always ready to pray with you and for you.

Today we thank God for you, Bro. Phil, and pray that God will continue to bless you and your family as you endeavor to serve Him.

In His Praise — October 4, 2020

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The good news today is that we can be sure that God loves us. We can be certain that His people, His creations, are important to Him and that He desires a relationship with each one. 

How do we know this? First and foremost, God sent His precious Son, Jesus, to share His love and compassion and then die for the sins of every human being throughout the world, throughout all time! 

How amazing is it that the Lord of the universe would consider us such a treasure! We do not deserve any of this love and certainly cannot earn it, but our merciful and loving God gives it freely. He calls to us to be His children and walk with Him everyday. He wants to bless us in every way possible! Ephesians 3:1 says it like this,”How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!”

How wonderful to be a child of the Almighty God and feel the security and blessings of His love!

In His Praise — September 27, 2020

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What is harmony? We might think of musical harmony; voices or instruments blended so that the sound is pleasant to hear. We might also think of harmonious relationships where everyone is getting along; there is no fighting or discord. We want this kind of atmosphere in our homes, our workplaces, and in our relationships with others. Being in harmony makes life more pleasant and easier. It is good to work toward having harmony in our lives.

But most importantly we should be in harmony with God. We can do this by walking close to our Lord, by talking to Him everyday through prayer and studying His Word and by listening for His guidance and direction. A right relationship with God will bring wholeness or completeness to our lives. It will give us peace and will influence our health (physically, emotionally and mentally). But most of all it will give us salvation. Once we accept this salvation, it can never be taken away, we will have a promise of eternal life in heaven and  forgiveness of our sins. Harmony with God brings peace, joy and fulfillment to our lives. 

To receive this harmony you need only to ask for it. Confess your sins to Jesus and repent (Read Romans 10:9-10). Let Him enter your heart and the love and harmony you feel in your life will be so real that you will want to share the good news with others.