In His Praise — July 26, 2020

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How great is our God? There is no sin He cannot forgive, no hurt He cannot heal, no wrong He cannot right. As the song says, “What a mighty God we serve.” 

When the world looks scary and overwhelming, we can rejoice in the knowledge that we have a Savior that has overcome the world. (see John 16:33)  When our problems seem hard to bear, Jesus invites us to come to Him for relief and rest. (see Matthew 11:28-30). Most importantly, because we need salvation, God provides it for us through His Son, Jesus Christ – “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,” John 3:16.

What good news to share with the world today! God loves you and wants you to be His child.

In His Praise — July 19, 2020

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Being a child of God has many benefits, most importantly being saved from our sins and gaining eternal life in heaven. It is such a blessing to know that our future is secure, that we have a permanent home with Jesus that will last forever.

But what about while we are still here on earth? Life is not always easy or simple or fair. The world is not a safe place many times. We all have had unpleasant experiences, some even have lived through horrific times. But, as a child of God, we are assured that even in hard or terrible times, we are not alone.

Romans 8:35 asks these questions,
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine or nakedness, or peril or sword?”

Verse 37 – 39 continues “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Praise God for these wonderful words of encouragement and hope! Jesus is always near, and we can reach Him anytime when we lift our hearts in prayer and praise.

In His Praise — July 12, 2020

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We live in a lost and fallen world and things seem to be getting worse all the time. What are Christians to do when it seems the news is filled with nothing but bad news? What are we to do when it seems that all we hear about is violence, anger and destruction. Evil is running rampant in our world today. It may seem that good people are out numbered and have no voice. But don’t lose hope, there is good news!

Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they will see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

God sees and He knows about all the wrong in today’s world, but He is counting on Christians to be His light to those that do not know Him. It is our responsibility to go about promoting good, setting a Godly example and sharing the gospel with those that do not know our Lord and Savior. 

These verses do not call us to travel great distances or to make eloquent speeches.They do not tell us to make signs and march around and shout at others. They simply tell us to let God shine through in all we do and in so doing, others will begin to praise the Lord too. 

So when you feel the news of the day getting you down or causing you to feel helpless, remember, we just need to stand firm in our belief and stay focused on giving God first place in our lives. Let His love shine through in all our actions. We have a Mighty God that will take our small efforts for Him and turn them into great blessings for others, and one soul at a time will be won to Christ.

In His Praise — July 5, 2020

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“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets”, Psalm 50:1.

What a powerful verse of scripture! When things seem out of control we are assured that God is still in control. He who created the earth and all the universe keeps all things on course by His word. He calls the earth forth as a kind father calling a child and He watches over the earth and all its inhabitants everyday, all day.

What comfort and joy this verse of scripture should bring to our hearts! It is good to be loved so much by such a mighty God!

In His Praise — June 28, 2020

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The good news from East Point C.P. Church today is a verse from Psalm 118:14. These Bible words say, “The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”

These words give us encouragement, hope and assurance. No matter how weak we feel we are, as Christians we know we can always depend on strength from the Lord. He stands ready and willing to help us when we call out to Him. 

When we’re sad or afraid, He will put a song in our hearts and can cause the darkest circumstances to become brighter. Remember Paul and Silas in prison? They sang praises and an earthquake freed them! (Acts 16:25-31)

And what gives us cause to sing? The salvation that the Lord alone can bring to our lives.  With God’s help we can overcome any situation or circumstance. With His salvation we can be forgiven of our sins and be made clean and whole again.

Accept this salvation today and let God be your strength to face life. Let Him  put a joyful song in your heart and let Him give you eternal life with Him.

In His Praise — June 21, 2020

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Today we celebrate fathers. There are all kinds of dads. Many are biological dads, some may be adopted or stepdads. Still others could be a friend or relative that is a role model or surrogate dad. Whatever kind of dad you are, we say Happy Father’s Day to you and thank you for all you do. May you know the Lord and feel His guidance as you love and nurture your children.

This is our prayer for you: 

Lord, thank you for fathers and their special place in the life of the family.

Grant that the fathers of our church and nation learn and accept the unique role you have given them.

Give them the spiritual discernment to lead their children to know God as Father through faith in Thee. 

We pray that fathers will have the wisdom to express your truth in such a way that their home will be a heaven on earth because you are in it.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

Amen

In His Praise — June 14, 2020

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How important is it to read and study the Bible? Among other things, the Bible is God’s ordained word, it gives guidance for daily life, it tells us what we need to do to have eternal life and it tells the story of Christ.

The Bible is full of promises from God to us. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that when God’s word is spoken it accomplishes things.  It is powerful, true and trustworthy. God’s word is one thing that will never change and can always be depended on. 

So, how important is it to read and study the Bible? It is very important! Reading God’s word will draw us closer to our Lord. It will strengthen us for our daily lives and cause us to grow in our faith.  God’s promises found throughout the Bible can give us hope, guidance, encouragement, and determination to go forward. As we grow more grounded in His word, our walk with Him will become closer. 

So take time everyday to read a portion from the Bible. Meditate on God’s words and pray for understanding. You will be blessed and, maybe even a little surprised, by how good it makes you feel.

In His Praise — June 7, 2020

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The good news from East Point C.P. Church today is that we are alive and doing well. Covid-19 may have kept our doors closed for awhile, but praise be to God, in person church services began again 3 weeks ago and the Lord just keeps on blessing.

 Things are not completely back to normal yet – we still try to practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer, and make masks available. There’s not much handshaking or hugging, but members are happy to be together. The choir is not in the choir loft, but the congregation sings with joy and thanksgiving. Rev. Nickles is bringing great messages from the Lord and attendance is increasing each Sunday. 

We really don’t know how long these safety precautions will be in place, but we do know that God is good and He is working in mighty ways to bring people to Him. He has opened new avenues from which to share the gospel. He has moved people to come to church that have not been before and people have a new zeal about serving the Lord.

The blessings just keep being poured out upon us!

As we continue on during this troublesome time, let our prayer always be “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21.

In His Praise — May 31, 2020

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Congratulations to all the graduating seniors out there! Although this spring has held some unexpected turns for everyone, we know that life still goes on. The class of 2020 will certainly have graduations memories that no one else has experienced. But still you graduated, you have passed a milestone and now you can move on to the future. 

A future that will  continue to be full of surprises and twists and turns. There will be ups and downs. There will be successes and failures, but life will go on. You may struggle from time to time, but the key to being happy and satisfied is putting Christ first in your life and letting Him guide you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

God loves you and wants to bless you; and He will, when you give Him first place in all you do.

Congratulations from the East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Family! May God richly bless you.

In His Praise — May 24, 2020

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Isaiah 59:19b says. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (KJV)

What encouragement these words can bring! Many times in life we feel “flooded” by the trials and hardships we are enduring. But knowing that we have a God that cares for us and will help us brings comfort and courage.  

This is worded alittle differently in the New International Version of the Bible. Here it says that the enemy will come like a ‘pent-up flood”. That’s pretty strong! But the next phrase says that God’s breath drives it along or puts it to flight!

Praise be to such an all-powerful God!  He never leaves us to fight battles on our own, He never forgets us or deserts us. His very breath is mightier than any thing the devil might throw at us and He stands ready to help us when we call on Him!