In His Praise — March 7, 2021

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As Christians we are told to share the gospel with others.  Jesus died to bring salvation to all people and as His disciples we should always be ready and willing to share this good news with the lost.  

But witnessing to others is not always easy. Some may ignore the message, others may question it. Still others may flatly refuse to hear it. It can be discouraging and it may seem that we are not winning anyone to Christ.

But, an encouraging word is found in Isaiah 55:11. In this verse  God says”… my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” 

So do not give up, do not become discouraged. Keep on sharing God’s word and the message of salvation. We may not see the results with our own eyes, but God promises that seeds that are planted in His name will come to fruition and when His word is faithfully spoken it will fulfill His purpose.

Thanks be to God!

In His Praise — February 28, 2021

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Listening to the news and paying attention to current events in today’s world can be somewhat unsettling, to say the least. It would be easy for the devil to get a foothold in our lives and cause fear and panic to be in control. 

But, as Christians, we can be comforted and encouraged by these words from Jesus found in John 17:15, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” Hallelujah! Jesus has already prayed for us and asked God to protect us. What a comfort! What a wonderful Savior!

More reassurance is found in Paul’s writing to the Thessalonians. “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one,” 2 Thessalonians 3:3.

Praise God! We have hope and can live confidently that we are under the care and protection of the Almighty! What of earth can harm us?

In His Praise — February 21, 2021

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The Bible is full of promises from God and all of them are good news to hear and apply to our lives. God’s words are real. He always has the right answers for us and we can trust that He will always do what He says.

 Today Rev. Nickles shared  Jeremiah 32:40, where God, speaking about His children said, “I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them,” . WOW!! What a promise! Let that soak in for a minute. If you are a child of God, He has promised that He will never stop doing good for you!

Isn’t that wonderful news? Isn’t that something for which to praise God? Doesn’t that just make you want to shout!? 

God is so good, and He always will be. He never changes His mind or goes back on His word. He loves us so much. Let’s praise Him by sharing this love with others.

In His Praise — February 14, 2021

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It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Everywhere you look there are advertisements for something that is sure to let your sweetheart know how much you love him or her. Millions of dollars are being spent this weekend on candy, cards, flowers, gifts, trips and so many more things in an attempt to express love to those in our lives that mean so much to us. Now there is nothing wrong with letting others know how special they are or how much they mean to us. The Bible teaches us to love one another.

But let’s be sure to share the good news of the ultimate show of love with others too. There are many verses in the Bible about God’s love,  here are  just  two: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”, 1 John 4:10.

Also in 1 John, chapter 3, verse one, we can read “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!”

No one will ever love us more than God does, He is love (1 John 4:16).  His love is patient, kind and compassionate, (Psalm 103:8) and nothing can ever separated us from this love (Romans 8:35). 

What a great message to share with the world. Let’s tell everybody how much God loves them!

In His Praise — February 7, 2021

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The good news today is found in two verses of scripture and speaks of the love that our Heavenly Father has for each one of us.

 We begin with 2 Peter 3:9, which says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Although we may not respond to His call to repent immediately as we should, God is patient with us. He keeps on wooing us and giving opportunities to turn to Him.

More reassurance of this great love is found in the familiar words of John 3:16, “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.”  

Call upon the Lord today, confess your sins  and be saved. (See Romans 8:9 – 13) Jesus died for you and me. He only can give salvation. He waits patiently to hear from you. Don’t make your loving Savior wait any longer. Give your heart to Him today.

In His Praise — January 31, 2021

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Life can be tough. Problems can seem insurmountable. Pain and temptation can surround us. There may seem to be no answer for our troubles. There is no one to turn to that cares enough to even listen. We feel hopeless and helpless.

But good news and hope are found in these words from Psalm 40:1-3. 

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 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. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”

When the world fails you, when mankind is not so kind, when no one else cares, God cares. Talk to Him, He hears your prayers. Listen to Him, He wants to lift you out of the bad place you are in and set your feet on a new, solid foundation. He will give you a new song to sing, a new outlook filled with praise for Him.  You then can be a light in the world and cause others to turn to the Lord.

In His Praise — January 24, 2021

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The “pursuit of happiness” is one of the rights stated in the preamble of the constitution of the United States. “We the people” have a right to seek happiness. But what does it take to make we humans really happy? Good jobs, plenty of money, health, family, friends, leisure time spent doing what we want? There is nothing wrong with any of these things, but many times those that seem to have everything in life are the most unhappy. Everyone suffers sickness from time to time. Everyone loses a loved one in their life. Everyone struggles with problems; and the list goes on and on. One might conclude that there is no real happiness.

But wait, there is hope and there is good news! Romans 15:13 tells us “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Real joy comes from trusting in God. Through the Holy Spirit we can be filled with  joy and peace.  Through the Holy Spirit God can cause our hope to overflow.

 Isn’t this great news? When we trust God for our happiness He doesn’t just give us little bit of joy and peace, He fills us all the way up and our hope will then be so much it overflows into all the parts of our lives and can be shared with others.

God is good!

In His Praise — January 17, 2021

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The good news today is found in the book of Psalms. These verses reassure God’s children that we are never alone, that we are protected and that God’s love is forever. 

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forever more.” Psalm 125:1-2 

Praise God for these wonderful words of comfort and peace. As a child of God we are protected, sheltered and strengthened by our Almighty Father. What an awesome promise to receive! The God of the universe, the creator of all the world loves His children so much that He surrounds us with His protection, not just now, but forever more.

Thank you Lord!

In His Praise — January 10, 2021

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“But now, this is what the Lord says…

Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;… For I am the Lord your God.” Isaiah 43:1-3

Sometimes we need to be reminded of just how great our God is. In these verses from the book of Isaiah, God is promising safety to the Israelites, His people. Although these words were recorded thousands of years ago, Christians can still claim them today. 

As His children today, we may still have to undergo trials and dangers. We may feel that we are drowning in the problems of life and that the evil that lurks wants to destroy us, but we have this great promise to which to cling. It will give us hope, assurance and courage to go forward. 

Praise be to God, we belong to the King and He will never leave or forsake us!

In His Praise — January 3, 2021

Welcome to “In His Praise!”

Happy New Year and thanks be to God for a new beginning! It is our prayer that 2021 is filled with blessings from above and that God’s love is felt and shared with the world. 

May our prayer always be the words of this familiar Doxology:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Praise Him above you heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Amen