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 – December 27, 2020

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Christmas Day has come and gone. Christmas cards have been mailed and received, presents have been opened and stockings have been emptied. Many happy memories have been made. The day of celebration has passed.

But has it? 

The good news is that the love that was shared when God sent His Son to earth has not ended! As Christians we can and should celebrate and share Jesus’  love everyday.

Jesus birth is just the beginning. He lived on earth for 33 years and during that time Jesus healed the sick, helped the needy and gave salvation to the lost. He “went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38)

So our celebration of Jesus’ birth is not over in a day. We can continue to celebrate our Lord  by serving Him everyday. We too can reach out in His name to the sick, the needy and the lost. We can praise and worship Him everyday. We can keep His peace and joy in our hearts always, and most importantly His gift of salvation cannot be taken away, it is ours to keep forever.

We too can say, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

In His Praise — December 20, 2020

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What is Christmas? 

C is for the Christ Child, born that night to be our light.

                                      H is for Holy is His name.

                                      R is for rejoice with gladness and joy.

                                      I is for Immanuel, God with us.

                                      S is for the star, that led the Wisemen to Him.

                                      T is for the truth and grace that was sent our way.

                                      M is for Mother Mary, laying Him in a manger bed.

                                      A is for angels singing of joy.

                                      S is for salvation that He gives.

Share the good news of His birth!!

Luke 2: 1 -20. 

Merry Christmas from the congregation of East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In His Praise — December 13, 2020

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We are in the midst of  a joyous season called Advent. Advent is the the four Sundays prior to Christmas — the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Advent is a special time  as we remember anew the announcement to Mary, the young virgin, that she would bear God’s own Son. We read again about Joseph, Mary’s fiancee’, and marvel at his faith as he took Mary to be his wife. We hear about angels and shepherds and our hearts are set aglow once again with the wonderful news that the Savior for the world has come!

Although they probably did not fully understand at the time, Mary, Joseph and the shepherds must have felt an excitement  and hope in hearing that the Savior of the entire world was about to be born. How humble they must have felt to be a part of God’s plan for all mankind.

 Yes, Jesus Christ left heaven and came into this world to save humans such as you and me! What a wonder He is, and how deep is the Father’s love for us, His creations! (John 3:16, John 6:39-40) What a wonderful time of the year! 

But the joy and hope do not stop on Christmas Day. Today we can also look forward to a coming of Jesus. Not as a little baby, not to suffer and die for our sins again, but as one that is coming to carry His children home with Him forever. The second coming of Jesus is spoken about often in the Bible. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Hebrew 9:28, Matthew 24:44, Titus 2:13,  John 14:1-3) It gives hope and reassurance to Christians today. 

As we enjoy this Advent season and remember the first coming of Jesus, let us also remember to look forward to the second Advent when Christ will return to earth. May we always be ready and willing to share the good news of His salvation with others, and may we be filled with joy and excitement that we too can be part of God’s plan.

In His Praise — December 6, 2020

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“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those that love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

What a blessing this verse of scripture can be! We see and hear so many negative things everyday that we can easily forget that there is an almighty God that has so much more for His children. According to this word, God has prepared for His children things that we have never seen or heard about or even imagined — and they are all good!

So don’t give in to the world’s negativity. Don’t let satan steal your joy. Look to the Lord and let Him bless you with all the wonderful surprises He has for you in this life and the next.

In His Praise — November 29, 2020

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This page has always been about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. It is important that people hear about the mercy and saving grace of our Lord. East Point C.P. Church strives to reach out through its members and share this good news to anyone we can. 

People need to hear that they are loved, cared for and are special. People need to hear that there is a God that wants to give them forgiveness of their sins and set them on a new path that leads to eternal life with Him in heaven. They need to know that it only takes their confession and belief in Jesus to acquire this new life. (See John 3:16, Romans 6:23 and  2 Corinthians 5:21) This is the good news we want everyone to hear.

But there is also some bad news that people need to hear. It is that refusing to let this loving God in your life and resisting the mercy and forgiveness He offers will also lead to a path. This path is not a good one. This path will lead to eternal damnation in hell. 

Hell is a real place of continual torment. It was created for Satan and his angels when they rebelled against God and left heaven, but the scriptures teach us that eternal hell is also the destiny for those that do not accept Christ’s salvation. (See Matthew 25:41 – 46, Matthew 13:49-50, and Revelation 20:12-15)

Please, if you do not know Christ as your personal Savior, take time right now to confess your sins to Him, ask for forgiveness and accept His salvation.  Romans 10:9 says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

What a great gift to receive during this Christmas season!  And what good news to share with others!

In His Praise — November 22, 2020

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“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift”. 2 Corinthians 9:15

A lot of emphasis is placed on gratitude this time of the year and we should all be thankful for so many things. But the most wonderful gift that we can all claim is being a part of the family of God.

Jesus died on the cross to pay the cost for our sins and wrong doing. He rose again to life, and because of His actions we have a path to salvation or saving from our sins. All He asks is that we confess that He is Lord and believe in our heart that He died for our sins and was raised again to  life and we will be saved! (Romans 10: 9-10)

Sounds simple, but what a gift we receive in return! Our sins wiped away, our lives changed forever, eternal life in heaven and Jesus as our best friend.  

When you count your blessings this Thanksgiving season and everyday, remember to thank God for His indescribable gift of Jesus.