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.

In His Praise — October 4, 2020

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The good news today is that we can be sure that God loves us. We can be certain that His people, His creations, are important to Him and that He desires a relationship with each one. 

How do we know this? First and foremost, God sent His precious Son, Jesus, to share His love and compassion and then die for the sins of every human being throughout the world, throughout all time! 

How amazing is it that the Lord of the universe would consider us such a treasure! We do not deserve any of this love and certainly cannot earn it, but our merciful and loving God gives it freely. He calls to us to be His children and walk with Him everyday. He wants to bless us in every way possible! Ephesians 3:1 says it like this,”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!”

How wonderful to be a child of the Almighty God and feel the security and blessings of His love!

In His Praise — September 27, 2020

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What is harmony? We might think of musical harmony; voices or instruments blended so that the sound is pleasant to hear. We might also think of harmonious relationships where everyone is getting along; there is no fighting or discord. We want this kind of atmosphere in our homes, our workplaces, and in our relationships with others. Being in harmony makes life more pleasant and easier. It is good to work toward having harmony in our lives.

But most importantly we should be in harmony with God. We can do this by walking close to our Lord, by talking to Him everyday through prayer and studying His Word and by listening for His guidance and direction. A right relationship with God will bring wholeness or completeness to our lives. It will give us peace and will influence our health (physically, emotionally and mentally). But most of all it will give us salvation. Once we accept this salvation, it can never be taken away, we will have a promise of eternal life in heaven and  forgiveness of our sins. Harmony with God brings peace, joy and fulfillment to our lives. 

To receive this harmony you need only to ask for it. Confess your sins to Jesus and repent (Read Romans 10:9-10). Let Him enter your heart and the love and harmony you feel in your life will be so real that you will want to share the good news with others.

In His Praise — October 20, 2020

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As the weather has begun to change from summer to fall, I started thinking about changes we see in our lives. It has been said that the only thing we can be sure of is change itself. There is a lot of truth in those words. From the time we are born until we take our last breath, we experience change to some degree. Babies grow into children, children grow into teenager and teenagers grow into adults. Our minds and bodies change all through life. As we learn new things, new talents, and have new experiences our lives transform.

We see changes in the world around us too. Some of these are good such as advancements in medicine and health, or improvements in communication. Education changes continually and it seems as though one can barely keep up with updates in technology!

Then there are changes that are not good, like the decaying of  family life and morals.  Church attendance is down and murder, theft, and all kinds of crime are on the rise. Brotherly love seems to be nonexistent. Neighbors don’t know each other anymore, let alone trust each other. 

These changes and others can weigh heavy on our lives and minds. But there is good news! There is One that never changes and never will. That is Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus is our constant in a world of change. He loved us before we were even born; He will love us until we die and throughout eternity. He is with us through every situation in which we find ourselves. He is there to guide us, strengthen us, and help us. Most of all He loves us and His love never changes or goes away. 

Accept this love today and let the Savior reassure you, give you stability and confidence as you navigate the changes of this world. 

In His Praise — September 13, 2020

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“Everyone that calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,” Romans 10:13.

 Isn’t this good news? Isn’t this great and exciting news? Isn’t this THE BEST news?!!

It is such a blessing to know that God loves us and sent His precious Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and provide salvation. It is wonderful to know that all we have to do is “believe with our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus died for our sins and was raised again to life.” (Romans 10:9)  

This blessing is not for a select few that meet certain criteria, but, thanks be to God, it is for everyone and anyone that “calls on the name of the Lord”. God loves us all, no matter what our past looks like or what our future may hold. God loves each person and wants to give His salvation to all.

What a good news message to share with the world!

In His Praise — September 6, 2020

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“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This wonderful promise comes from Luke 6:38. 

When I read this verse I imagine rice being poured into a jar and when it’s full, shaking the jar and packing the rice so the jar can hold even more and then pouring more rice until the jar is overflowing and the rice spills out everywhere. If we think of rice as blessings, that is what God is promising us — to pour out more blessings than we can hold! 

God loves us and wants to bless us, he sees the things we do — our good deeds, our charitable giving. But He also sees the attitude of our hearts. Sometimes we give out of obligation or duty, we don’t give freely or we might expect something in return. God wants charity to be a natural response in our lives. He wants us to give because we love Him and our fellowman and He wants us to remember that every blessing flows from Him and to joyfully share with others.

As we go through each day, may we find more and more ways to share and give to others. May God’s love shine through in our generosity and when the blessing began to flow to us, may we always give God the glory and thanks.

In His Praise — August 30, 2020

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The other day God brought to my mind an old song that I learned in the 70’s. It is called “Pass It On”. The first verse goes something like this, 

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going and soon all those around can warm up to its glowing. 

That’s how it is with God’s love. Once you’ve experienced it, you spread His love to everyone.

 You want to pass it on.” 

In this time of discord, violence and hatred we may wonder what we as Christians can do to make a change. Watching the nightly news seems to only be discouraging and sometimes depressing. We may even begin to think that this world is a lost cause and feel like giving up. But, Galatians 6:9 has these encouraging  words,”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

So what does that mean to each individual Christian? It means – start that spark, plant that seed, keep doing those acts of kindness and keep on praying and sharing God’s love.  Don’t give up or give in. We may not reach everybody, but God has promised a harvest. 

We just need to pass the good news on.

In His Praise — August 23, 2020

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A Prayer for Our Schools

O Holy God, the time has come for school to begin. As the children begin their studies, we ask a blessing upon them. 

Bless all who will teach and interact with our children in the coming days, weeks and months. Give them wisdom to find inspiration for each child. Give them energy, creativity and love that will make their work a blessing to our children.

O Lord of Life and Love, bless all school administrators that they may be faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to their care. Make them fair and merciful, able to do their crucial work with a spirit of grace and compassion.

O God, bless each parent, grandparent, guardian and caregiver; that each one would seek opportunities to grow in knowledge and love  for you. Grant that they would see you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly.

And, O Lord of Life and Love, bless our cherished children. Keep them safe, keep them excited, keep them seeking to learn more and to develop their gifts. Grant that through their studies, they will gain the tools to grow in love, faith and service to you.

In Jesus name, Amen.

In His Praise — August 16, 2020

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Today’s good news is taken right from the sermon that Rev. Phil Nickles delivered today. Rev. Nickles was speaking on the subject of purifying one’s heart and God gave him four points that he shared with the congregation. 

They are:

1)Pray – talk to the Lord, praise Him, thank Him and express your needs.

2) Meditate – think about God’s goodness and His word.

3) Study – read the Bible everyday and try to better understand what it says to you.

4) Spend time alone with Jesus – have a quiet time for just you and Jesus, let Him speak to your heart and refresh you.

James 4:8a says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” By following these simple steps we will be drawn closer to God; and what a blessing that He then will come closer to us!