In His Praise — April 25, 2021

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The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. This invitation is found in some of the last verses recorded in the Bible, Revelation 22:17. 

Isn’t it interesting that God ended His written word with an invitation to anybody that wants to receive the gift of life? God wants everyone, anyone, to have a chance to accept His salvation. Jesus died for the sins of all people, so that we might receive forgiveness.

In a world where everything seems to come with a price and deals are usually too good to be true, God is offering the best gift He has, free of charge. You don’t have to qualify, you don’t have to apply and wait for an answer, you don’t have to stand in line for your turn. God offers immediate salvation to all who ask for it. It is free to anyone that will accept Jesus as their personal savior. 

Just open your heart. He’s calling you to “come” to Him.

In His Praise — April 18, 2021

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“We can do nothing to make God love us more, and we can do nothing to make God love us less. It is always there, and it is consistent…”  These profound and true words were penned by Mark A Lacey, a writer for Bible Expositor and Illuminator. 

Many in our world have spent their lives with change and insecurity being the norm. They have never felt a love that never changes or goes away or is not based on someone else’s mood or mindset. 

But with God it is different. His love never changes, His love never goes away. We can’t earn it, nor can we do anything to increase or decrease it. God loves us despite our sins, nothing is too bad for Him to forgive. His love will never end nor will He withdraw His love from us. It surrounds us all the time. Psalm 121:8 says, “the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more.” 

What a great God! How wonderful is this love He has for us! Accept this gift today and let God wrap you in His secure arms and fill you with joy and contentment.

In His Praise — April 11, 2021

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There is good news found in Romans 5:8. Paraphrasing this verse, we hear that when we were still sinners God’s love for us was so great that He sent Jesus to die for our wrongs. The apostle Paul wrote these words to people in Rome thousands of years ago, but thankfully, they apply to people today too.

Throughout history mankind has sinned and rebelled against God; refusing to worship and obey Him as we should and going astray. But God lovingly provided a way for reconciliation. That way is through Jesus Christ.

Because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection we can have peace with God. His blood covers all our sins and grants salvation. We can now have a new life of hope and can draw near to God in prayer and worship.

In His Praise — April 4, 2021

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Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter today. We remember that Jesus rose  from death to life on this day and in doing so conquered death and the grave for all of us. Because of the love of Jesus and His sacrificial death we are given the free gift of salvation. 

John 3:16 says, “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.” 

What wonderful gifts to celebrate — salvation and life eternal in heaven. No words could ever express the gratitude we should feel toward our Lord for His great love and mercy for us. 

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, today would be great day to accept His gift of salvation. Let Jesus into your heart, let Him forgive you of your sins and take away your burdens. Let Him give you eternal life in heaven. 

Jesus was born, lived, died and lived again to provide a pathway for all people (John 10:10b and John 14:19b).  He showed His love for us when He died in our place.

Thanks be to God! Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed!

In His Praise — March 21, 2021

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“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

As spring is beginning and we once again witness the miracles of the season, we too can join the psalmist in praising our Lord and Savior. Flowers and trees are budding, baby animals are being born, the weather is warming  and we just feel more alive after the cold winter. 

We praise Him not only for the beauty of nature, but for so much more — life, family, friends, provisions, and especially a relationship with Jesus.  Every breath we take, every heartbeat that we have is a gift  and gives us more reasons to worship and praise our Heavenly Father.

Each new day brings not only new opportunities to serve Him, but also new blessings for us to enjoy. God is good, and we thank Him and rejoice in His love for us.

In His praise — March 14, 2021

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There is a story recorded in the book of John, chapter 9 about a man that was born blind. He had never been able to see and now as an adult he spent his days sitting by the roadside begging for handouts. As Jesus and His disciples were walking passed him one day, the disciples took notice of him, and so did Jesus! 

Jesus not only noticed him, He had compassion for him and restored the man’s sight! Jesus simply made some mud with His own saliva and put it on the man’s eyes and instructed him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. When the man did this, he could see! What joy must have filled his heart to be able to see the world around him and his family and friends for the very first time in his life!

When the religious leaders of the day heard about this miracle and found out that Jesus had performed it on the Sabbath, they begin to try to question the man and his parents.   Who healed you?  How were you healed? Is this Jesus a prophet or a sinner? 

After the second round of questioning the man finally said, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know, I was blind , but now I see.” John 9:25  What a wonderful testimony! This man may not have understood all that had happened to him, but he knew one thing for sure, Jesus had restored his vision and nothing could take that away from him.

Isn’t it great to know that this compassionate Jesus is still the same today. When we face troubles, sickness, or hurts that seem to break us, Jesus is still there to restore us. When we are lost in our sins and have no way out, He saves us. He strengthens us to face each new challenge, He heals us, and He puts the broken pieces of our lives back together. 

Hallelujah! We too, can now say with confidence, “this I know , once I was blind (broken, sick, lost)  but Jesus came and changed all that”.

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!