In His Praise — January 6, 2019

Welcome to 2019! The following good news was found in a church bulletin.

 “Recipe For a Happy New Year”

Take twelve whole months. Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy. Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty or thirty-one  different parts, but don’t make up the whole batch at once. Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience, one part of courage, and one part of work. Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness. Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation, and one good deed. Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cup of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love. Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile, serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness. 

You are bound to have a Happy New Year!

In His Praise — December 30, 2018

What kind of year has 2018 been for you? What kind of changes took place in your life? Was it all good or were there some struggles along the way? Most people can probably remember some good and some bad times, some happy and some sad times. 

It is all part of life.

 In James 1:2-3 we read “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever  you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing of your faith develops perseverance.” Does that mean we should celebrate when something bad happens in our lives? I don’t think that is what was meant when James was inspired to write these words. God knows that this life is difficult and it is not always pleasant, but these words from James can reassure us that God is always in control even in the bad times. As we trust Him, our faith will grow and we will be drawn closer to our Lord; and that will bring rejoicing.

As we look forward to 2019, we can be assured that there will be again be good and bad times to face. But the good news is that our Lord will walk with us and he can give us joy and peace.

In His Praise — December 23, 2018

 Jesus’ birth is the reason we celebrate Christmas. It is almost too much to comprehend that God deliberately sent a part of Himself to became human and to come to earth. How awesome it is to think about Christ leaving the glory of heaven, being born as a baby, growing up in a family, having friends and neighbors, living a perfect life and then dying to provide salvation for everyone’s sins. It is too wonderful to fully understand! We can never quite grasp the awesomeness of God.

But God’s Son did came to us! Jesus came not only to save us from sin, but also to give us peace and hope. He is our advocate and intercessor before God.  He is our friend and brother. He is our help in times of trouble; He is our joy.

Jesus, Son of God — “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. (Isaiah 9:6b)

Yes, Jesus has come and so we celebrate Him!

Share the good news!

In His Praise — December 16, 2018

There is power in the name of Jesus! That is the good news for today. I John 4:4 says  “…the one who is in you is greater than the one that is in the world.” That means that if you are a child of God, you have Jesus in you and the devil  (who is in the world) no more has control over you. 

This baby, Emmanuel,  that we celebrate at Christmas, that Jesus that went about doing good , healing and saving people, that Redeemer that took on the sins of the world and died that each of us could have forgiveness, that Savior that rose to life has claimed you. 

At the mention of the name of Jesus demons flee! In the name of Jesus diseases are healed! In the name of Jesus problems are solved! In the name of Jesus situations are changed! What once was confusion and controversy becomes peace and joy! Yes the name of Jesus is powerful! 

As we enjoy our Christmas celebrations this year do not forget the power that came to earth as a small baby. That Jesus wants to be your Lord and Savior. He can and will change the circumstances of your life and give you joy, peace and contentment. He loves  you that much!

In His Praise — December 9, 2018

Christmas  for many is a time of gift giving and receiving. We think we need to find that perfect gift for friends and family. People spend hours and many dollars shopping in stores and online trying to find that special gift. We want to please, delight and wow the recipient. But the truth is that although these gifts are nice and even very special, they will not last forever. Everything on this earth will rust, corrode or fade away over time.

There is only gift that will be sure to last for eternity. Only one that will never rust, corrode or fade. It is also the only gift that is free to everyone. It is always just what everyone needs.

This wonderful gift that cannot be bought is the gift of Jesus’ salvation. This Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of God’s Son, take a moment to remember what that really means to mankind. Jesus came to earth to live as a human. He took our sins and wrong doings on Himself. His death and resurrection gave us the free gift of salvation, all we need to do is ask His forgiveness and accept His love.

This good news is that simple!

In His Praise – December 2, 2018

The season of Advent has begun in our churches. Advent is a time when we prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus. It is a wonderful time of the year, as we enjoy all the sights and sounds of Christmas, and worship our Lord as we remember the the true meaning of the holiday. 

In Isaiah the birth of Jesus the Savior was foretold and again in Matthew 1:23 we read that a son will be born and He will be called “Immanuel”, which means “God with us”. Imagine that! God came down from heaven, to be with us! That has to be real love.

Not only did Jesus come on that first Christmas, He is still with us today. That good news should give us real reason to celebrate! Through all the years, through all the tears, through all the good times, through all the bad times, whatever comes into our lives we have hope because God came to us so many, many years ago. His love for us will never end. 

So as we prepare our homes for this Christmas celebration, let us also prepare our hearts. Jesus came into this world as a baby, He grew and went about doing good. He died on the cross to save us from our sins and then rose to life again that we would have a way to heaven and eternal life. 

What better news can we share with others than to say that “God is with us”!

In His Praise — November 25, 2018

Rev. Phil Nickles’s sermon today was titled “Don’t Recycle Your Problems”. We were reminded that God’s word is full of promises that are meant for His children. His promises are real and true and when we believe them and leave our problems with God He will move us in a new direction, so we do not 

“recycle” the same problems  over and over again.

Isn’t it good news to know that we have a God so mighty and yet so caring that we can bring any and all our problems, situations, and worries to Him and He can change them.

Some scriptures to help remind us of God’s goodness are found in Judges 6:12, John 16:33, Romans 8:28 and 2 Peter 1:4.

Thank you God for your good, good news!!

In His Praise — November 18, 2018

The Good news today from East Point C.P. Church is found in Philippians 4:19. There we find a promise for us that says, “ And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” 

Unlike us God is good all the time, not just during the holiday season. Everyday we have blessings for which we should thank God. Our lives, health, food, clothing, homes, families, provisions for life, friends, church and the list can on and on, but the point is that God blesses us with all that we need and even more. 

For this we should continually give Him thanks and praise. God is great and God is good, all the time. Thanks be to God!

In His Praise — November 11, 2018

Today is Veteran’s Day and East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church would like to thank all the veterans and military people that help protect our country. Soldiers are special people. They must be brave, committed, selfless and determined to do their best.  Not everybody can be a soldier. Soldiers go through training and spend time learning skills that help them to do their jobs well. We could even call them warriors. Warriors that fight for right and help protect our freedoms. 

In the book of Judges we hear a story of another kind of warrior. In chapter 6 of this book, we read about a man named Gideon. Gideon’s people were being oppressed and mistreated. Now Gideon did not think of himself as a warrior, but an angel of the Lord appeared to him and called him “mighty warrior” (vs. 12). As many of us would have probably reacted, Gideon’s response was that of doubt. He pointed out that his family was weak and that he was unimportant. But God answered by reassuring Gideon that He was with him and that he would be successful in battle for the Lord. By believing and trusting the Lord Gideon did become a mighty warrior for God.

We’re like Gideon sometimes. We feel inadequate, unimportant, small and useless. But when God calls us for service and we follow, we can be mighty warriors for Him. On our own we are can do nothing, but God will supply whatever we need to accomplish the work He gives us to do.

 Now that is good news!

In His Praise — November 4, 2018

Hatred, mistrust, discord — these are all too common today. We see examples everyday of  divisions among groups. People take sides over almost anything, opinions of others are not respected, unkind words are spoken and hurtful actions are taken. This has become the “way of the world”. Even among Christians  there can be differences that cause people to leave churches or even cause churches to split. 

But what does the Bible have to say about such behavior?  First of all, we need to know that discord is not of God, it is the work of Satan. His desire is to cause conflict, confusion and to lie. (see John 8:44). God desires peace, harmony and good for all His children.  God tells us that it is “good and pleasant when brothers live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). 

So as children of God we are called to strive for unity. It may not always be easy, but the good news is that we don’t have to face these challenges on our own. By reading God’s word and being grounded in it and by praying and trusting His guidance we can be a light to others, we can bring peace and harmony as we share our love for God in this world.