In His Praise — January 29, 2023

“Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:1

What do these words from Romans 8 mean? What does it mean to to be in Christ Jesus and to be free from condemnation?

It is not really difficult to understand. The inspired writings of the apostle Paul lay out a simple to follow explanation of this verse. It has come to be called the Roman Road to Salvation.

Beginning with Romans 3:10 and 23 we hear that no one is righteous (good) , everyone has sinned. We were condemned to hell for our wrongs. 

Reassurance is found in Romans 5:8 ,though, when we read that
“while we were still sinners,” God sent Jesus to die in our stead. He took our sins away.

Furthermore when we accept this freedom from our sins we can then receive the benefit of eternal life, Romans 6:23. We are no longer condemned by our wrong doings.

Romans 10:9 tells us what we have to do to receive this salvation – “confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Verse 13 of the same chapter says this “Everyone who calls on the the name of Jesus will be saved.”

God wants all people to accept His salvation. He made the path to His saving grace simple to understand and easy to follow. If you do not know the Lord as your Savior, please do not waste another day to claim your freedom from the condemnation of sin. Give all your doubts, fears and wrongs to Jesus and believe that He died and rose for you too. Confess that He is Lord and begin to reap the benefits of joy and peace; and the assurance of eternal life as a child of God!

In His Praise — January 22, 2023

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”

Ephesians 3:20a

Prayer is a wonderful gift that we have been given. Prayer brings us right into the presence of God. Prayer gives us an avenue with which to communicate with the Almighty. Prayer is the channel we use to make requests of, praise, thank and worship our Lord.

There are some points about prayer that seem important to remember:

*We don’t have to be shy or fearful when we pray. We can boldly go before the throne of God to make our requests known and expect to receive mercy and grace. (Hebrews 4:16)

*We can be assured that our prayers are heard when we ask in Jesus name. (John 14:14, 16:23)

*Even when we can’t put into words our needs, God has us covered. The Spirit listens to our hearts and conveys what we feel to our Lord through holy “groaning”! (Romans 8:26-27)

*We should pray expecting a great result because God is able to do more than we can ever imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)

God is so good, all the time!

Thank you Lord for the gift of prayer.

In His Praise — January 15, 2023

“… Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which  are the prayers of the saints.”

Revelation 5:8b

There are many references throughout the Bible about prayer. We can read in the Old and New Testaments about  people praying and how their prayers were answered. Some of the writings in the book of Psalms are prayers. Jesus talked about prayer also and gave us a model to follow. (Matthew 6:5-14) Jesus prayed for Himself, His disciples and for us! (John 17)

Prayer is important in our lives, for it lets us communicate with God. We can approach God with all our thoughts, cares and praises and be sure that He hears us. 

 We can get a glimpse of what prayers look like before God. In Revelation 5:8 we read about a golden bowl full of incense which are the “prayers of the saints”.  Just as these saints prayers rise up before God’s throne, so do ours. He hears our requests, understands our needs and is pleased with our praise.  

God always lovingly answers us and gives us only the best.

In His Praise — January 8, 2023

“One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see.” 

John 9:25b

Jesus went about doing good — healing the sick, raising the dead, sharing His love with those that needed it most. You would think everyone would be rejoicing and praising Him! Yet they did not. 

Once when Jesus restored the sight of a blind man the Pharisees began to question His motives. Jesus had done this great act on the Sabbath and almost any kind of activity was strictly forbidden on the Sabbath. The group of religious leaders questioned the man and his parents extensively trying to find fault with Jesus. Who is this Jesus? How did He do this thing? And why? Instead of rejoicing with the man and worshipping the one that had performed such a mighty act, they chose to criticize, question and doubt the miracle.

Finally after much questioning the man simply replied, I don’t know exactly who Jesus is, but one thing I do know for sure — “I was blind and now I see”.

Hallelujah! What a testimony! Many times we too may not understand all we know about Jesus, but He is still kind and compassionate and He still blesses people in ways that are beyond our comprehension. 

What a wonderful witness it is to be able to simply trust and rest in the knowledge that our God is mighty. We need not understand how or why He loves us so, we just need to acknowledge that He does.  

In His Praise — January 1, 2023

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Happy New Year!

It’s the first day of a new week and the first day of a new year! It’s a new beginning! 

 We serve a God of new beginnings. Look at the stories of Noah and family, Abram who became Abraham, and Job. Look at the disciples who left their work and families to follow Jesus. Think of the thief on the cross that Jesus assured would join Him in paradise. Think of all the lives down through the ages that have been changed by God. Anyone that has accepted Jesus as their Savior has experienced a new beginning. Psalm 40:2 says it beautifully, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

Thank you God for salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you for new beginnings and thank you for making us new in your love.

In His Praise — December 25, 2022

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

John 3:16

As the celebrations of Christmas 2022  come to a close, we at East Point C.P. Church want to wish to all of you a very Merry Christmas! We pray that each of you have received the very best gift of all — salvation through Jesus Christ. 

It is Jesus’ birth in which we rejoice during this season. It is Jesus’ death and resurrection that give us reason to rejoice in all seasons of life. 

His gift of salvation is a treasure that anyone can receive. Through belief in and confession of Jesus all people may receive this free gift. (Romans 10:9-10) How wonderful God is to love us this much!

Thank you God for your indescribable gift! (Paraphrased 2 Corinthians 9:15)

In His Praise — December 18, 2022

“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”

Luke 1:31

Have you ever had someone predict your future? There are people that claim to be able to tell what future events will be, but in reality no one, except God, knows what tomorrow will hold. In Luke we read the words spoken to Mary by the angel Gabriel. God had sent Gabriel to Mary with His message about her future. Mary probably did not fully grasp  all that was being said to her at the time, but she humbly accepted God’s will and praised Him for her part in it.

Mary could be joyful in receiving this message from God because she knew that God’s plans were good and right and that this was more than a prediction — it was a holy promise from God Almighty! 

Mary’s faith, trust and humble submission are good examples for us to follow. When we are called by God for some task that seems enormous and more than we can comprehend, we, like Mary, should just trust. His peace will cover us and then we too can praise the Lord for His goodness and might.

In His Praise — December 11, 2022

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

This Advent prayer was part of our worship service today at East Point C.P. Church. It is very meaningful and directs our focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

God of angels songs and hidden miracles, wing your way into our world,  for we are in need of your presence. 

We have been caught up in busyness, frantic with lists too long and pocketbooks too empty.

We have lost patience and misplaced hope. 

God of heavenly choruses and humble beginnings, wing your way into our hearts.

Let us know a peace that calms unrealistic expectations.

Let us be lifted up by angels’ song and see with new perspective what is truly important.

Let love grow, for after all the presents are opened, what we need is an over-whelming sense of amazing grace.

God of angel songs and humble miracles, wing your way into our lives and fill us with joy.

In the name of the Child of Bethlehem,

Amen.

In His Praise — December 4, 2022

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

This week’s writing focuses on young people. We sometimes forget that God has work for children and youth to do too. We tend to think that only seasoned adult Christians can be leaders or set good examples.

But in Paul’s letter to Timothy, his young protege’, we see that the opposite can be true. Timothy was sent to Ephesus to continue the work of spreading the gospel. Timothy was probably a teenager at the time and was given the responsibility of instructing believers in how they should live. He likely met with some resistance from some that thought him too young and inexperienced to be giving such instructions. 

But the Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy. He prayed for him, and gave him Godly advice and reassurance. Paul’s words surely gave Timothy the confidence that God was leading him and the perseverance he needed to face controversy and to be bold in his witness. God chose Timothy to be a leader in the early church and He used Paul to nurture him.

We, too, can be like Paul and encourage the children and youth in our lives to follow the path that God has for them. The knowledge that God has bestowed upon us can be shared to help the younger generation as they find their way to God. We can encourage them as they take those first steps of faith, we can nurture and love them. Most of all, we can pray for them. 

God has wonderful plans for all of us! Young and old alike have work to do for the Lord and it is all important to God.

In His Praise — November 27, 2022

“You are the light of the world.

… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14, 16

Today is the first Sunday in Advent; the season leading up to Christmas Day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time of renewal and preparation; a time to emphasize and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

As the first Advent candle was lit today in our church service, we were reminded that Jesus is the light of the world and His birth brought light (hope, salvation) into the world. 

In Matthew 5 Jesus says that we, His children, are the light of the world. As Christ’s followers we  have received the light that He brought, and in turn, we must let it shine through in all we do. Jesus instructs in verses 14, 15, and 16 that we are not to hide our light or dim it in any way, but we are to let it SHINE. Why? So that others will see the good deeds that we do and will praise the Father. 

Our light is our witness to the world. So during this Advent season and all year long let’s be that witness for Jesus that shares the good news with others. Let our actions and words show His love and compassion and let others know that Jesus came for them too; that His salvation is for everyone! 

Let’s let  our lights shine, shine, shine!