In His Praise — September 12, 2021

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, …” Proverbs 17:6

If you are blessed to be a grandparent, congratulations, and Happy Grandparent’s Day! Being a grandparent is an awesome and delightful experience. It is a privilege that some will never enjoy. It is life changing; and it is a blessing that is indescribable! Most grandparents that I know will do almost anything, within reason, for their precious little ones. 

It doesn’t stop when these little ones grow up either. Grandparents may purchase that first car for them, support them in all kinds of activities, or help them open their first bank account.  Grandparents seem to always understand and have an ear to listen. Grandparents proudly tell about their grandchildren’s accomplishments throughout life. Their successes in school and work, their triumphs, the good decisions they make and the good people they turn out to be can all be bragging points for grandparents. The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is truly special. 

Being a grandparent is not only a blessing from God, but also a great responsibility. Today’s children are exposed to more stress, trauma, tough decisions, bad environments and evil than any generation before them. So what can we as Christian grandparents do to help our future generations deal with the world? The answer is found in Psalms 145:4, “One generation will commend your works to another…”

Our job (responsibility) as grandparents is not only to spoil these  precious ones, but more importantly to teach them about God and His love. We should share our faith with them. We should set an example so they learn to pray, to listen to and read God’s word, to apply it to their lives as they grow and to always to know that they are loved by an almighty and caring God that calls them His own.

In His Praise — September 5, 2021

Good news!! God keeps His promises!! His word is true, trustworthy and unchangeable! You can depend on it to be right all the time. 

Speaking of Abraham’s faith Paul says this, Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,  but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” Romans4:20-21.  You see God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of many descendants. This might not seem like a big thing to some, but it was a very big thing for Abraham and his wife Sarah. God had made this promise to Abraham while he and Sarah were still young and in the childbearing years, but as time went on, Sarah did not have any children. In fact she was around 90 years old and Abraham was about 100 when they finally did have a child, Isaac. Although in the human mind it seemed all but impossible for them to have an offspring, Abraham continued to believe that God’s promise was true and trustworthy and that He would never change His mind and take it back.

What does this have to do with us today? We, like Abraham, can still trust the Word of God. It is still true, trustworthy and unchangeable. When we read our Bible and hear a promise from God we can know for sure that it is real. We, just like Abraham, must be faithful and believe that what God has promised He will do. 

If we are in a seemingly impossible situation, read Luke 1:37, and BELIEVE  IT!

If we think our old way of life can never change, read 2 Corinthians 5:17, and BELIEVE IT!

If  danger is near, run to God and read Psalm 91:1-2 and BELIEVE IT!

If we think that we have sinned too much for God to forgive us, read John 3:16, Acts 16:31 or Titus 2:11-12 and BELIEVE IT!

God is so good and wants all the best for you and me. Just believe Him.

In His Praise — August 29, 2021

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

What makes you happy? What brings joy to your life? There are many different answers to these questions. Some may say a satisfying and successful career, others my name things like family, friends, good health or a comfortable living. All of these answers are true and there is no reason one would not strive to attain them all. But even if a person does not possess any of the above mentioned  blessings, he or she can still be happy.

True happiness comes from knowing the Lord. Walking daily with the Him, communing through prayer and reading and applying His word to our lives brings  joy, peace and contentment.  Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit talked about in Galatians 5:22.  Jesus instructs us in John 15:10-11 to obey God so our joy will be complete. (Paraphrased)

God doesn’t want us to suffer through a life full of burdens and sadness, He wants to fill us with joy. Things will go wrong in this life, but we still have reason to rejoice and praise God. God loves us. He forgive us of our sins and gives eternal life with Him when we accept His salvation through Jesus Christ. 

“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad , you righteous; sing all of you who are upright in heart.” Psalm 32:11

In His Praise — August 22, 2021

Words of peace, encouragement and assurance are the good news from East Point C.P. Church today.  There are many disturbing and even frightening things happening in the world  but God gives His children hope and help to deal with this life.

 Proverbs 18:10 reminds us that we can call on the name of the Lord and find safety; “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Chapters 3, 4 and 5 of Psalms all talk about God’s care and protection. 

 Zephaniah 3:17 assures us of God’s peace when it says “he will quiet you with His love.” 

Assurance that God will help us fight when we must is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. Paul says to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”  Being grounded in God’s word and trusting completely in His power will give us victory over evil. Further on in that same section of scripture we are told that when we have done all that we can, “to stand”.  Stay faithful to God, even if we can’t see the victory. God will not leave us and will continue to strengthen us.

Finally in Matthew 6:13b, in the prayer that Jesus taught, we are are told to pray for deliverance from the evil one. Jesus knows that life is hard and sometimes unsettling and downright dangerous at times, but He hears our prayers and will always answer  when we call upon Him.

In His Praise — August 15, 2021

Have you noticed that everybody is the world is different? Of course you have, it is a silly question. There are male and female, young and old, short and tall, thin and not so thin. There are also people of different races and ethnic backgrounds, different cultures and languages. We have different personalities, talents and abilities; and may have different opinions and that’s ok. God has made each person uniquely different and special. Psalm 139:14 praises Him for this very special blessing when it reads, “… I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. 

Even though we are each created differently, it is wonderful to know that God loves us all the same and sent Jesus to be the Savior for all people. We are reminded of this in  John 3:16, 1 John 2:2, 2 Corinthians 5:15, and Hebrews 10:10.  If Jesus sees us as unique and special enough to give His life for, we should also look at our brothers and sisters in Christ with this same love and appreciation. 

We read too in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 that Christians make up the body of Christ and just like our human body, each part has a different purpose. A hand cannot do what an eye does, but it is still an important part of the body. So it is with the family of God. We each have a unique and special job to do. Each one is important in the work of the church and each one is important to God. 

God in His infinite love and knowledge has created a varied and  special human race. He loves you just as you are and has given each person abilities and talents to use for His glory.

In His Praise — August 8, 2021

“Blessed beyond measure” , this is a phrase we hear often. It is a reference to Ephesians. 3:20, where Paul writes, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” .

Have you ever considered all the goodness that God bestows on each of us?  It is easy to see the blessings of health, life, family and friends. We know that God guides us, protects us and keeps us safe from harm. We ask for these blessings daily and we are truly grateful for them. 

But what about the blessings that we don’t really recognize. According to the above verse of scripture, God is able to do more than we can ask and even imagine! Philippians 4:19 assures us that God will meet all our needs, according to His riches in Christ Jesus. (Paraphrased) Let that promise sink in! What a wonderful Father to look beyond our meager requests and pour out so much more!

If God blesses us more than we can ask or imagine and He meets all our needs, then it seems that God blesses us when we don’t even know it. He may have kept us safe from a danger that we didn’t know about, or maybe we have been exposed to a terrible sickness, but never got sick, or perhaps a business deal didn’t work out, but in hindsight it was for the best. All these and more are acts of God in His children’s lives. 

Let us never forget to thank God, not only for the blessings we ask for and receive, but also for those He so graciously pours out on us without our knowledge.

In His Praise — August 1, 2021

Good News from East Point C.P. Church

August 1, 2021

Here we are at the beginning of a new month. The year is over half gone and new activities are beginning to take up space in our lives and minds. Things like a new school year, football games and other fall activities. Maybe you are beginning a new job after being off because of the pandemic, maybe you are starting anew in a different city or maybe you have lost family or friends and are beginning to build a new life without them. Life is full of changes and new beginnings.  Some are happy and some are sad, but one thing we can be sure of is that God’s love for us will never change or leave us.

God loves and protects His children and will walk with them through the valleys as well as the mountaintops of life. We need only to look at the familiar 23rd Psalm to be assured of this. Here we hear that God (Jesus) cares for us, he provides for us, he guides us, restores us, protects us, blesses us and has prepared a place for us to be with Him forever.  

Thank you Father for being so kind and loving!!

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.

He guides me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

In His Praise — July 25, 2021

In His Praise!

Good News from East Point C.P. Church

July 25, 2021

DO YOU KNOW THE LORD? This is a simple inquiry, but the answer means everything. It is the most important answer that you can ever give. It effects the rest of your life here on earth and more importantly, it effects your eternal life.

I do not know of anybody that would deliberately choose to go to hell. But by ignoring this invitation you are choosing death over life, hell over heaven . It just that  simple! 

And it is just that simple to change things too! Acts 3:19 says to repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away (paraphrased). Romans 10:9 says “if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.” That’s it!! A simple choice!

Choose life eternal today. Choose forgiveness over condemnation. Choose blessings from a loving Heavenly Father. You will never be sorry that you  chose to know the Lord.

Some other scriptures you can read about God’s saving grace are Mark 16:16, Luke 19:10, John 3:16, Acts 4:12,  and Ephesians 2:8-9.

In His Praise — July 18, 2021

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 119:24

These words can be a comfort to those going through troubled times, a reassurance to those that have lost hope and a praise to all of us as we awaken to a new day and a new beginning. Let us always rejoice in each new start we are given and go forward with the confidence that God is with us and has everything under control. 

In His Praise — July 11, 2021

Welcome to “In His Praise!”

“…God is love…”, 1 John 4:8 and 16.  What beautiful and true words! Most of us have either spoken them or heard them sometime in our life, but do we really comprehend what these three simple words mean and how great our God’s love is for each of us?

We can turn to scripture to begin to scratch the surface of understanding. First of all, we find in John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 that God’s love for us will save us from sin and eternal damnation. Because He loved us enough to send Jesus to die for our sins, we can be forgiven and enjoy eternity with Him. His saving love is a gift that none of us deserve or can earn.

That’s not all, though, God’s love protects us (Psalm 5:11-12 and Psalm 36:5-7). His love never ends, (Lamentations 3:21-23).  We cannot be separated from God’s love, (Romans  8:35-39) and God’s love is immeasurable, (Ephesians 3:18-19). What a wonder our great God is to be so full of love for His creations! We scarcely can take it in.

But in return we are to reflect this great love and share it with others. Galatians 5:22-23 teaches us that the fruit of the spirit includes love. 1 John 4:11 – 12 also says that since God loved us, we ought to love others so that His love is made complete.

Thanks be to God for His goodness and love to us and may we always strive to share His love with the world.