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.

In His Praise — July 4, 2021

Welcome to “In His Praise!”

Happy 4th of July! Today we celebrate freedom. Americans enjoy a lifestyle of rights and privileges that many others in the world can only dream about. God has richly blessed our country and for that we are thankful. He has also blessed us with freedom from sin and the consequences.

Freedom is truly a God-given right and should never be taken for granted. But like the saying goes, “to whom much is given, much is required”. As Christians we have a responsibility to use our freedoms  in the right way.  Galatians 5:13 instructs us to do just that; “You, my brothers, are called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love.”

As we celebrate today, let us let God’s freedom from sin forever ring in our lives and let us be that light that will bring others to this saving freedom.

In His Praise — June 27, 2021

Welcome to “In His Praise!”

Most of us desire to do good. As Christians, we want to always do and say the right things. But, we are human, and we sin from time to time. That should not keep us from striving to be better people though. 

God’s word gives us a quick prayer that can be uttered any time we feel weak. It is found in Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

What beautiful words and what a loving God to give them to us. He knows that in spite of our good intentions we will fail occasionally. He has given scripture to encourage us, guide us and help us to become more like Him. 

In His Praise — June 20, 2021

Welcome to “In His Praise!”

Today we remember and honor dads and we give thanks for those godly men in our lives. East Point C.P. Church wishes each of you a blessed and happy Father’s Day!

Being a good father can be a daunting task at times, but our heavenly Father gives guidance and encouragement all throughout His word. One such scripture is found in Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Thank you Heavenly Father for your love and guidance and thank you for sending Christian men to be earthly fathers. 

In His Praise — June 13, 2021

Welcome to “In His Praise!”

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” Zephaniah 3:17. 

What beautiful words! This promise was made to the God’s people in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. But today’s Christians are God’s people too and the good news is that we too can claim this promise. 

What a blessing to know that we are so treasured by our Heavenly Father that He will protect us, find joy in us, soothe us when troubled and sing a happy song over us! What an amazing God we have that loves us so much. 

We cannot totally comprehend His great love for us, but what a blessing to know that it is always there and never changes! Thank you, Father God!

In His Praise — June 6, 2021

Welcome to “In His Praise!”

It has been said that prayer is the Christian’s most effective weapon. Why is praying so powerful? 

First of all, what is prayer? Simply stated, prayer is communicating with God. Prayer opens up the channels so that we can speak directly to the Almighty and, most importantly, so that God can speak to us. It may not be an audible voice that we hear, but God speaks to our hearts and our minds. He gives us forgiveness, direction, solace, courage, and peace. 

The scriptures teach us that with God all things are possible. (See Luke 1:37 and Jeremiah 32:17) When we talk to this all powerful, all knowing, loving God we are accessing all of HIS might. So even if we are in a seemingly impossible situation, God can change things. All He wants from us is to trust and to believe in Him. Romans 8:31 says,”If God be for us, who can be against us?” What powerful words!! 

James 5:16b says this about prayer, ‘The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Jesus told His disciples, “…whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”,  Mark 11:24. Prayer is powerful!

So when life takes it toll, when problems come, and when the war is raging remember that God is only a prayer away. He is ready to equip us to fight  the battles and give us the victory. We can put on His whole armor and stand against anything the devil furls at us, Ephesians 6:10 – 18, and, He will “do  immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”, Ephesians 3:20.