In His Praise — July 4, 2021

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Happy 4th of July! Today we celebrate freedom. Americans enjoy a lifestyle of rights and privileges that many others in the world can only dream about. God has richly blessed our country and for that we are thankful. He has also blessed us with freedom from sin and the consequences.

Freedom is truly a God-given right and should never be taken for granted. But like the saying goes, “to whom much is given, much is required”. As Christians we have a responsibility to use our freedoms  in the right way.  Galatians 5:13 instructs us to do just that; “You, my brothers, are called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love.”

As we celebrate today, let us let God’s freedom from sin forever ring in our lives and let us be that light that will bring others to this saving freedom.

In His Praise — June 27, 2021

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Most of us desire to do good. As Christians, we want to always do and say the right things. But, we are human, and we sin from time to time. That should not keep us from striving to be better people though. 

God’s word gives us a quick prayer that can be uttered any time we feel weak. It is found in Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

What beautiful words and what a loving God to give them to us. He knows that in spite of our good intentions we will fail occasionally. He has given scripture to encourage us, guide us and help us to become more like Him. 

In His Praise — June 20, 2021

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Today we remember and honor dads and we give thanks for those godly men in our lives. East Point C.P. Church wishes each of you a blessed and happy Father’s Day!

Being a good father can be a daunting task at times, but our heavenly Father gives guidance and encouragement all throughout His word. One such scripture is found in Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Thank you Heavenly Father for your love and guidance and thank you for sending Christian men to be earthly fathers. 

In His Praise — June 13, 2021

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“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” Zephaniah 3:17. 

What beautiful words! This promise was made to the God’s people in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. But today’s Christians are God’s people too and the good news is that we too can claim this promise. 

What a blessing to know that we are so treasured by our Heavenly Father that He will protect us, find joy in us, soothe us when troubled and sing a happy song over us! What an amazing God we have that loves us so much. 

We cannot totally comprehend His great love for us, but what a blessing to know that it is always there and never changes! Thank you, Father God!

In His Praise — June 6, 2021

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It has been said that prayer is the Christian’s most effective weapon. Why is praying so powerful? 

First of all, what is prayer? Simply stated, prayer is communicating with God. Prayer opens up the channels so that we can speak directly to the Almighty and, most importantly, so that God can speak to us. It may not be an audible voice that we hear, but God speaks to our hearts and our minds. He gives us forgiveness, direction, solace, courage, and peace. 

The scriptures teach us that with God all things are possible. (See Luke 1:37 and Jeremiah 32:17) When we talk to this all powerful, all knowing, loving God we are accessing all of HIS might. So even if we are in a seemingly impossible situation, God can change things. All He wants from us is to trust and to believe in Him. Romans 8:31 says,”If God be for us, who can be against us?” What powerful words!! 

James 5:16b says this about prayer, ‘The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Jesus told His disciples, “…whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”,  Mark 11:24. Prayer is powerful!

So when life takes it toll, when problems come, and when the war is raging remember that God is only a prayer away. He is ready to equip us to fight  the battles and give us the victory. We can put on His whole armor and stand against anything the devil furls at us, Ephesians 6:10 – 18, and, He will “do  immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”, Ephesians 3:20.

In His Praise – May 30, 2021

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God bless America

Land that I  love.

Stand beside her,

And guide her,

Through the night 

With a light from above.

From the mountains, 

to the prairies,

 to the oceans white with foam.

God bless America,

My home sweet home.

God bless America,

My home sweet home.

“God bless America.” These are familiar words and are spoken often by politicians, soldiers, and ordinary people. We sing them at ball games, we recite them at school and we may even use them  as a battlecry. But do we really take time to think about their deep meaning?  

“God bless America!” Are we praying for God’s divine goodness to be poured out upon our country or are we simply repeating words? There is a big difference.

When we think of this song as a prayer, asking for God’s blessings and guidance, it becomes more than just words. We are intervening for our homeland and petitioning God for His goodness. We are acknowledging that we need God’s sovereignty. We are praying not just for ourselves, but for all Americans and we are praising God for such a good land.

So the next time you sing these words or hear this familiar tune, take a second to think about it. Let us ever be grateful for God’s blessings and always willing to thank Him; and may God continue to bless America.

In His Praise — May 23, 2021

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Today was a very special day at East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church. We celebrated the 100th birthday of our church! There were hugs and laughs as old acquaintances were renewed, stories were shared from the past and new friendships were forged. We thank God for all those that faithfully served in bygone years. Their dedication and desire to follow the Lord  gave us a strong foundation.

We are thankful too, that 100 years is not the end of the story. The congregation of East Point looks forward to the future. We know that there is more work to do.  We must continue to serve God by serving our fellowman. We must continue to spread the message that God is good and salvation is for all that will accept it. We must continue to share His love and be a light in our community and the world. 

 Yes, we are thankful for the last 100 years, but we are also for grateful the future. It is humbling and honoring  to know that God has a plan for East Point C.P. Church  and that His people are a part of that divine plan.

Thanks be to God for the future He has for each of us.

“God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

In His Praise — May 16, 2021

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The good news today is found in 2Peter 3:9 where it says , “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” This verse reminds us of the love and patience our Heavenly Father has for each of us. Although a time will come when this world is gone and we will no longer have a chance to choose salvation, God is allowing as much time for humankind as is possible. Why? Because He loves us and desires that everyone be saved and spend eternity with Him.

What a great God! 

If you do not know the Lord as your Savior, don’t waste another minute. It is simple, “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”, Romans 10:9.

God’s word says it, and His word cannot fail.

In His Praise — May 9, 2021

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Today is Mother’s Day — a special day to remember those we call Mom, Grandmom, Auntie, or just friend. These women have a special place in the hearts and lives of their children. They care for, provide for, protect  and nuture those entrusted to them. A good mother is a blessing.

A faithful Christian mother is a special blessing. Paul reminded Timothy of this positive influence when he mentioned in 2 Timothy about the faith of  Lois and Eunice, Timothy’s grandmother and mother. God created women to be mothers. In fact the first mother, Eve, was given that name , “because she would become the mother of all living things.” (Genesis 3:20) Jesus even uses an example of motherly love and protection for God’s children in Matthew 23:37b – “how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…”

What a wonderful blessing to be called Mother! What an important privilege it is to be that faithful, Godly influence in our children’s lives! 

We are thankful for these blessings and for a God that loves us even more.

In His Praise — May 2, 2021

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Does it seem that there is nothing that is reliable anymore?  Promises are broken,  trusts are lost, what was suppose to be a sure thing turns out to be lies. We live in a world full of insecurities and mistrusts. It can cause us to be skeptical and  to always question the motives of others. It can cause hurt, mistrust and bitterness. If only we could depend on something to be true and lasting!

Well, the good news is that there is something that is true, trustworthy and lasts forever. That is the faithfulness of God!  Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Another word of encouragement is Psalm 119:90a, “Your faithfulness continues through all generations.” Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Most importantly, 1 John 1:9 assures us that when we confess our sins “he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

 God is faithful to keep His promises to us; and we can be secure in His love for us.

How wonderful it is to know that we have such a great God!