In His Praise — April 4, 2021

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Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter today. We remember that Jesus rose  from death to life on this day and in doing so conquered death and the grave for all of us. Because of the love of Jesus and His sacrificial death we are given the free gift of salvation. 

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that  whoever  believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” 

What wonderful gifts to celebrate — salvation and life eternal in heaven. No words could ever express the gratitude we should feel toward our Lord for His great love and mercy for us. 

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, today would be great day to accept His gift of salvation. Let Jesus into your heart, let Him forgive you of your sins and take away your burdens. Let Him give you eternal life in heaven. 

Jesus was born, lived, died and lived again to provide a pathway for all people (John 10:10b and John 14:19b).  He showed His love for us when He died in our place.

Thanks be to God! Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed!

In His Praise — March 21, 2021

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“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

As spring is beginning and we once again witness the miracles of the season, we too can join the psalmist in praising our Lord and Savior. Flowers and trees are budding, baby animals are being born, the weather is warming  and we just feel more alive after the cold winter. 

We praise Him not only for the beauty of nature, but for so much more — life, family, friends, provisions, and especially a relationship with Jesus.  Every breath we take, every heartbeat that we have is a gift  and gives us more reasons to worship and praise our Heavenly Father.

Each new day brings not only new opportunities to serve Him, but also new blessings for us to enjoy. God is good, and we thank Him and rejoice in His love for us.

In His praise — March 14, 2021

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There is a story recorded in the book of John, chapter 9 about a man that was born blind. He had never been able to see and now as an adult he spent his days sitting by the roadside begging for handouts. As Jesus and His disciples were walking passed him one day, the disciples took notice of him, and so did Jesus! 

Jesus not only noticed him, He had compassion for him and restored the man’s sight! Jesus simply made some mud with His own saliva and put it on the man’s eyes and instructed him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. When the man did this, he could see! What joy must have filled his heart to be able to see the world around him and his family and friends for the very first time in his life!

When the religious leaders of the day heard about this miracle and found out that Jesus had performed it on the Sabbath, they begin to try to question the man and his parents.   Who healed you?  How were you healed? Is this Jesus a prophet or a sinner? 

After the second round of questioning the man finally said, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know, I was blind , but now I see.” John 9:25  What a wonderful testimony! This man may not have understood all that had happened to him, but he knew one thing for sure, Jesus had restored his vision and nothing could take that away from him.

Isn’t it great to know that this compassionate Jesus is still the same today. When we face troubles, sickness, or hurts that seem to break us, Jesus is still there to restore us. When we are lost in our sins and have no way out, He saves us. He strengthens us to face each new challenge, He heals us, and He puts the broken pieces of our lives back together. 

Hallelujah! We too, can now say with confidence, “this I know , once I was blind (broken, sick, lost)  but Jesus came and changed all that”.

In His Praise — March 7, 2021

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As Christians we are told to share the gospel with others.  Jesus died to bring salvation to all people and as His disciples we should always be ready and willing to share this good news with the lost.  

But witnessing to others is not always easy. Some may ignore the message, others may question it. Still others may flatly refuse to hear it. It can be discouraging and it may seem that we are not winning anyone to Christ.

But, an encouraging word is found in Isaiah 55:11. In this verse  God says”… my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” 

So do not give up, do not become discouraged. Keep on sharing God’s word and the message of salvation. We may not see the results with our own eyes, but God promises that seeds that are planted in His name will come to fruition and when His word is faithfully spoken it will fulfill His purpose.

Thanks be to God!

In His Praise — February 28, 2021

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Listening to the news and paying attention to current events in today’s world can be somewhat unsettling, to say the least. It would be easy for the devil to get a foothold in our lives and cause fear and panic to be in control. 

But, as Christians, we can be comforted and encouraged by these words from Jesus found in John 17:15, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” Hallelujah! Jesus has already prayed for us and asked God to protect us. What a comfort! What a wonderful Savior!

More reassurance is found in Paul’s writing to the Thessalonians. “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one,” 2 Thessalonians 3:3.

Praise God! We have hope and can live confidently that we are under the care and protection of the Almighty! What of earth can harm us?

In His Praise — February 21, 2021

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The Bible is full of promises from God and all of them are good news to hear and apply to our lives. God’s words are real. He always has the right answers for us and we can trust that He will always do what He says.

 Today Rev. Nickles shared  Jeremiah 32:40, where God, speaking about His children said, “I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them,” . WOW!! What a promise! Let that soak in for a minute. If you are a child of God, He has promised that He will never stop doing good for you!

Isn’t that wonderful news? Isn’t that something for which to praise God? Doesn’t that just make you want to shout!? 

God is so good, and He always will be. He never changes His mind or goes back on His word. He loves us so much. Let’s praise Him by sharing this love with others.

In His Praise — February 14, 2021

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It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Everywhere you look there are advertisements for something that is sure to let your sweetheart know how much you love him or her. Millions of dollars are being spent this weekend on candy, cards, flowers, gifts, trips and so many more things in an attempt to express love to those in our lives that mean so much to us. Now there is nothing wrong with letting others know how special they are or how much they mean to us. The Bible teaches us to love one another.

But let’s be sure to share the good news of the ultimate show of love with others too. There are many verses in the Bible about God’s love,  here are  just  two: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”, 1 John 4:10.

Also in 1 John, chapter 3, verse one, we can read “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!”

No one will ever love us more than God does, He is love (1 John 4:16).  His love is patient, kind and compassionate, (Psalm 103:8) and nothing can ever separated us from this love (Romans 8:35). 

What a great message to share with the world. Let’s tell everybody how much God loves them!

In His Praise — February 7, 2021

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The good news today is found in two verses of scripture and speaks of the love that our Heavenly Father has for each one of us.

 We begin with 2 Peter 3:9, which 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.” Although we may not respond to His call to repent immediately as we should, God is patient with us. He keeps on wooing us and giving opportunities to turn to Him.

More reassurance of this great love is found in the familiar words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world  that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  

Call upon the Lord today, confess your sins  and be saved. (See Romans 8:9 – 13) Jesus died for you and me. He only can give salvation. He waits patiently to hear from you. Don’t make your loving Savior wait any longer. Give your heart to Him today.

In His Praise — January 31, 2021

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Life can be tough. Problems can seem insurmountable. Pain and temptation can surround us. There may seem to be no answer for our troubles. There is no one to turn to that cares enough to even listen. We feel hopeless and helpless.

But good news and hope are found in these words from Psalm 40:1-3. 

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;  he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”

When the world fails you, when mankind is not so kind, when no one else cares, God cares. Talk to Him, He hears your prayers. Listen to Him, He wants to lift you out of the bad place you are in and set your feet on a new, solid foundation. He will give you a new song to sing, a new outlook filled with praise for Him.  You then can be a light in the world and cause others to turn to the Lord.

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!