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

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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

In His Praise — November 1, 2020

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The Adult Sunday School Class at East Point CP Church has been studying the book of Exodus for the last several weeks. The study is taking us from the time that God freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery to the time they were lead into the Promised Land. It has been a very interesting and thought provoking study. Much of the writings have focused on Moses; his special relationship with God and his leadership of the people.

Moses  was specially chosen by God for the task of leading His people. During his journey Moses  had more than one “mountain top experience” with God. God spoke directly to him through a burning bush, from the top of Mt. Sinai and through prayer. Moses sought God’s guidance and wisdom in order to lead the Israelites and to provide for their needs.

Thinking of the ways that Moses communicated with God, how Moses was allowed in God’s very presence, we might say that he enjoyed a unique privilege. We might think that God has reserved this kind of relationship for only a chosen few. 

But  we would be wrong. Thanks be to God the scriptures reassure us that we too can talk to God as a friend. We too can come into His presence. We too can receive guidance and wisdom to complete the tasks He gives us.  

Hebrews 4:16 and 10:19 reassures us of this.

In His Praise — October 25, 2020

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There is a children’s song by William A. Kramer that goes like this:

“In our work

And in our play,

God is with us everyday.

Therefore I shall never fear

For our loving God is near.”

There is a lot of good news in this simple lyric. And it’s not just for the young.  This little song reminds us  that no matter where we are and no matter what we are doing  God is always close by. He never leaves us, he always loves us and we have nothing to fear when He is near.

Hebrews 13:6 says we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

 Romans 8:38-39 reassures us like this: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So when life gets scary and your confidence is shaken hold tight to these words. God will not leave you;  He will hold your hand and see you through.

In His Praise — October 18, 2020

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Do you enjoy getting invitations for things?  If you’re like most people it depends on what kind of  invitation it is. A friend might invite you to dinner, a teenager may wait excitedly to receive an invitation to the prom or a business person may  hope for an invitation to join a particular club or civic group. Other times we receive invitations to activities like birthday parties or celebrations of weddings or anniversaries. These events are usually enjoyable and we like sharing the time with others. 

Sometimes, though, we get invitations from companies wanting to sell something like a new vehicle or “give” us a credit card. We are bombarded at times with telemarketers “inviting “ us to buy their product. These types of invitations are not always what we need or want and can be annoying.

Invitations are all around us, some good, some bad. This world is full of offers from which we must choose daily. Some we will accept joyfully, others we will discard and ignore and our lives will change very little as a result of our decision.

But there is one invitation that should not be ignored or discarded. This invitation will change our lives completely and it will give us more joy, peace and satisfaction than we ever thought possible. It is Jesus’ invitation to each of us for salvation. It is found in Matthew 11:28-30 and says this, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Similar verses are found in Isaiah 11:1-2 and in Revelation 22:17.  

Jesus’ invitation is simple and real; and it is available to every person. All we need to do is accept it.

In His Praise — October 11, 2020

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“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers…” Philemon 1:4

Today was Pastor Appreciation Day at East Point C.P. Church and this verse came to mind. It is  a blessing to be have a dedicated, God-called minster in our church. His job is not always easy and I am sure he spends countless hours praying and studying and preparing sermons, not to mention the time spent visiting the sick, counseling the troubled and witnessing to those that are lost.  All this and more for seemingly little or no reward. It can be discouraging, difficult and stressful.

But for a truly God-called minster the reward is not found in material things. It is rather found in knowing that the gospel is being preached, seeds are being planted and that lives are being changed for God. The joy is found in serving God.

Rev. Phil Nickles is such a minster. He is excited to serve the Lord and is preaches the gospel as God leads him. He is filled with Holy Spirit and it shows in the way he lives each day- always ready to help, always ready to witness, always ready to pray with you and for you.

Today we thank God for you, Bro. Phil, and pray that God will continue to bless you and your family as you endeavor to serve Him.