In His Praise — October 28, 2018

“No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.” (Romans 8:37-39)

This is the good news for today — a promise of God’s presence always with us  — sustaining us, protecting us and helping us to overcome anything life might throw at us! A promise that nothing can separate us from this loving Father and a promise that through His love we can be strong!

What a wonderful loving God we serve!

In His Praise — October 21, 2018

God is our defender, protector, guide and stay! God is unbreakable and unshakeable! There are not a lot of things that we can depend on in this ever changing world. Relationships fail, jobs are lost, health declines; but our Heavenly Father never changes. His love for us is real and lasting. His desire is to bless us and provide the very best for us. 

God’s own Word tells us in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Again in  John 16:33, Jesus reminds us, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 Choose salvation today and become a child of God and you too will have a friend that will never leave or change, someone that will always love you and always desire the very best for you. Jesus is that someone and He stands ready to accept you and free you from the burden of sin. 

What wonderful good news!

In His Praise — October 14, 2018

A wonderful promise is found in Romans 10:13. Paraphrasing this verse it says, “everyone that calls on the name of Jesus will be saved”, not might be saved or if you follow all the directions you could be saved. It says you will be saved simply by calling on Jesus. 

When the surrounding verses are read, we find that Paul is talking about different kinds of people. Here he names Jew and Gentile, but the message is that anybody may receive salvation. Christ died on the cross to provide saving grace for all people. Race, gender, occupation , education or any other difference make no difference to God. When we ask Jesus in our hearts and accept His salvation it is a sure thing. We become one of many in the great family of God.

Now that is good news!

In His Praise — October 7, 2018

The good news today comes in the form of a poem by Charlotte A. Stere. It is entitled Glorious Exchange.

I brought Him all my sorrow

And all my falling tears;

I brought Him all my loneliness

 And all the wasted years.

He took them all upon Himself,

With all my load of sin,

And gave me in exchange His love,

His joy, His peace within.

He took away my sorrow

And gave me back a song;

And now my heart can only praise

My Savior all day long.

In His Praise – September 30, 2018

In the Old Testament we read about how the Lord provided for the Israelites as they journeyed to the Promised Land. He provided protection for them from the Egyptians and other enemies. He provided guidance and direction  for them, and when they  didn’t have food the Lord provided fresh manna for them each day. The Bible even says that during the forty years that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, their clothes never wore out! You would think the Israelites would be grateful, but at times they were not. They grumbled about having to travel so far, they doubted that God was going to protect them and they complained when they got tired of eating manna.

Sounds little familiar doesn’t it? God is so good to us, He provides all we need and even more and yet we too grumble and complain. But the good news is that God is forgiving and loving. Even though it displeases Him for us to be so ungrateful, He is always willing to forgive us when we come to Him with a repentant and contrite heart. Our relationship with our Heavenly Father is immediately restored when we accept His forgiveness. 

Thank you, Lord, for being so good to us and for always loving us.

In His Praise – September 23, 2018

If you are a Christian, you may feel as if you are different from other people. Other people may look at you differently too. From the world’s viewpoint Christians think, act and react in different ways from non-christians.

Truthfully, Christians are different. Through faith in Jesus Christ we have hope for eternal life in a perfect place. We have trust in a heavenly Father that cares for us and provides for us each day. This great God we serve gives us direction for our lives. Through prayer and His Holy Word (Bible), He communicates with us and speaks to our hearts. Those that do not know the Lord have no hope for an eternal life and do not have the peace and joy of serving a loving God.

Yes, Christians are different from the world, the Almighty God is our Father! He puts His light in us to make others see us as different and uses that light to draw others to Him. So be happy when the world doesn’t quite understand you. You are a child of God and that is great news!

In His Praise — September 16, 2018

The good news today from East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church is found in Ephesians 4:20 where it says that God is able to do more for us than we can even ask for or imagine. Isn’t that a wonderful promise?! All the things we wish for and think we need are nothing compared to what the Lord has in mind for us. 

So do not doubt, have faith in God.  Trust His mighty plan for your life, pray for direction and listen for God’s answers; and then praise God as the blessings begin to flow. 

Don’t let doubt creep in and destroy your faith. Believe and trust God to do what His word declares. He is more than able and is willing to bless you beyond anything you can imagine.

In His Praise — September 9, 2018

“Come now. let us settle this matter,” says the Lord, “Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) This is the good news from East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church for today. This verse from the book of Isaiah is a wonderful promise of assurance from our Lord.

Even though we have sinned (and we all have) God says that He will take those sins away and make us clean and pure before Him. All He asks is that we come to Him and accept this great salvation. 

Isn’t God is good to make becoming His child so simple and easy? He loves us that much! And that is good news to celebrate!

In His Praise — September 2, 2018

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2) These are the first words recorded in the Bible. They tell of an earth much different than the earth that we know today. That earth had no form and was empty, dark and chaotic. It sounds like a pretty unpleasant and lonely place. But if we continue reading the story of creation in the book of Genesis we find that just a word from God changed everything! God spoke and created light, and made night and day. God continued speaking into existence the sky, plants, animals and humans.  Our God is truly awesome!

But let’s think about the world we live in today. Many times our world may seem empty, without hope or purpose. Problems and stress may cause us to feel our lives are just a chaotic mess. We may not be able to see beyond the dark path on which we travel. But, there is good news! Just as God spoke and brought order and beauty in the beginning, His word can still bring transformation, hope, direction and joy today. He is still the same awesome, mighty God!

Remember the great God that created heaven and earth is our God, He loves us and wants good for us.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Let God into your life and experience the change He can make. 

In His Praise — August 26, 2018

Today was Installation Day for new Sunday School teachers and Officers, as well as committee members for the upcoming church year. It is a blessing to see new faces taking on responsibilities in the church and see those more experienced leaders still willing to lend a helping hand. It truly takes everyone doing whatever God has lead them to do to make the church (the body of Christ) work well.

There are times though when everyone feels overwhelmed by responsibilities or duties, not only in church work, but also in our daily lives. In Colossians 3:23 we read, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for men.”

These are encouraging words for us to think about. Working for God will always reap a good reward. God sees the things we do and He knows our hearts. If we seek to honor Him with our every effort, He is pleased and one day we will hear Him say “well done”. 

That is good news!!