In His Praise — July 15, 2018

In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 the Apostle Paul lists some sins that he says are wicked and the doers of these things will not “inherit the kingdom of God”. That is a pretty sad and disheartening thing to say to someone. But if we read the next verse (11)we hear the good news that Paul wanted to share. Here he says that some of the Corinthians were guilty of these sins, but they had been “washed, sanctified,and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” In other words, they had been made right with God, their sins taken away.

That is good news for us today too. No sin is too great for Jesus to forgive. No wrong is too bad that His salvation cannot cover it. No mistake is so terrible that the love of God cannot help us through it. When we ask for and accept salvation, Jesus sets us right in the eyes of God. His blood washes away our sins and we then are sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus!

As it is written in 2 Corinthians 5:17 , “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, and the new has come!” What great good news!

In His Praise — July 8, 2018

Jesus loves you and me! Think about that thought for a moment and let it sink in. We Christians can become so complacent with this truth that we forget how wonderful it really is.

Jesus, God’s own Son, came to earth! He left all the splendors of heaven and came to a dying world with one purpose and that was to seek and save those that were lost (Luke 19:10). That means all humankind, you and me. 

We have never done anything to deserve this salvation nor can we ever earn it. It is a gift, given freely, simply because we are loved by the Almighty God! 

 Now that is that great news! Share it with someone today.

In His Praise — July 1, 2018

With the Fourth of July just around the corner many of us are making plans for celebrations and well we should celebrate our country’s independence and the freedoms we enjoy. Backyard barbecues, trips to the beach or lake and watching fireworks are sure to be on the agenda for a lot of people. Independence Day is a wonderful holiday and we should be proud to live in such a great country.

But there is another kind of independence for which we should be thankful; and that is  the freedom we can have in Christ. When Christ died on the cross and rose to life again, He conquered death and the grave for us. We now have the liberty to live life to the fullest as forgiven people – the burden of sin gone from our lives. We have assurance that there is eternal life to look forward. We have joy, hope and peace in our lives that is indescribable! As Jesus says in John 10:10. “The thief (Satan)  comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and may have it to the full.”

Isn’t that good news that we should celebrate everyday of the year!

In His Praise — June 24, 2018

We hear a lot about being and staying connected in today’s world. From the internet to our personal lives there is always something for which we need to connect. We want a clear connection on our phones and other devices, we want to be able to connect with  friends, family and colleagues whenever we desire. 

 Sometimes these connections are clear and strong and sometimes they are not, sometimes we lose a signal and our call is dropped. Many are good, helpful and worthwhile relationships (connection) and some are not, like when we receive an unwanted telemarketer call. 

But there is one connection that everybody needs and should strive to have in their life and that is a connection with our Heavenly Father. When we are saved from our sins and begin a relationship with Jesus Christ our connection to God is established. The good news about this connection is that it will never end. This connection will never lose a signal or power and God will never change His mind about it.  God not only know us, He is with us everyday, all the time!  And that’s the best news of all!

 

In His Praise — June 17, 2018

Happy Father’s Day! Today at East Point CP Church we honored our earthly Dads with a special family breakfast. Later Rev. Nickles brought a great message, sharing the attributes of a Godly father; and the good news that God is the best Father of all.

Here are some of the points that Bro. Phil made:

Faithful — Godly fathers are faithful to their families, just as God is always faithful to us when we call on Him.

Action – Godly fathers are men of action, they take care of their loved ones. God took action when He saw that we needed a Savior and sent Jesus.

Teacher- Earthly fathers teach their children by example. God is always willing to teach us what we need to know and help us become more like Him.

Hope – Godly fathers hope for the best for their children, and we can always place our hope in the Lord.

Example -Godly fathers set good examples for their children, just as God through Jesus set an example for us.

Reliable — Good fathers are reliable and are available for their family. God is always reliable and always available for us.

We love our earthly fathers, enjoy the time spent with them and cherish the memories of those that are no longer with us, but it is even better to know that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us, that will always be with us and will someday take us to live with Him forever!

In His Praise — June 10, 2018

 The good news today is found in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

In these verses we find assurance that we can talk to God through prayer and bring all our problems, requests, and praises to Him. When we give all our concerns to God, He in turn gives us a peace that we cannot even understand, but we will feel it in our hearts and mind. 

These and other promises from God are real. Let’s share the good news with others!

In His Praise — June 3, 2018

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Thus begins the well known hymn, “Amazing Grace”. Sung by millions, its words  hold a powerful message of good news. Good news that salvation cannot be earned, it is a gift from the Lord Almighty. Good news that God’s grace (love) covers a multitude of wrongs. Good news that His grace can carry us through every kind of hurt, danger or hardship we may face, and His grace will someday take us to heaven to spend eternity with Him. 

Yes, God’s redeeming grace is truly amazing! He loves us in spite of our unlovable nature and is willing to give us a new life that is full of His joy, peace and contentment. 

Thank you, Lord, for your amazing grace!

In His Praise — May 27, 2018

The good news today is that God loves and cares for us all the time, He is always good and He is always available to us. 

Even when it seems that no one cares or that everybody is against us, God is still there. During troubling times, He is there to comfort and direct us. During lonely times, He is there to be our friend and confidant. He always desires good for us and will always listen when we call upon His name.

In Psalm 142, David speaks of a time when he felt alone, weak, hurt and betrayed by others (vs. 3-4).  But David knew who to look to. In vs. 5 – 7 he cried out to God for help and relief. David knew that God was with him, that God loved him and that God would help him. David knew the peace that only God can bring to a situation.

God has that same peace for us today. When you feel small, unloved, hurt, alone and abandoned remember that God is only a prayer away. Call out to Him and express your feelings to Him. Let the  Holy Spirit fill your heart and mind with the joy and peace that only God can give.

In His Praise– May 20, 2018

The good news today is a reminder that as Christians we have help with us at all times. That help is the Holy Spirit. Here is a list of  some of the things the Holy Spirit does for us.

  1. He dwells within us at all times. (John 14:17, 1 Cor. 6:19, Romans 8:16, 2 Timothy 1:14)
  2. He guards our salvation and assures us we belong to God. (Romans  8:16, 2 Cor. 1:22, 5:5))
  3. He gives us hope and peace during difficult times. (Romans 14:17, 15:13, 1 Thess. 1:6)
  4. He gives strength and endurance during trials. (Eph. 3:16)
  5. He brings conviction. (John 16;8, 1 Thess. 1:5)
  6. He provides power over temptation. (Galatians 5:16)
  7. He grows us into holiness. (1 Peter 1:2)
  8. He helps us pray. (Rom. 8:26-27, Eph. 6:18, Jude 20)
  9. He gives wisdom for decision making. (Eph. 1:17)
  10. He provides understanding of God’s word. (1 Cor. 2:9-16)
  11. He guides and directs into specific events. (Acts 13:4, 16:6, Rev. 17:17)
  12. He calls us unto salvation. (Eph. 4:4)
  13. He gives us confidence over fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  14. He gives us the right words to speak about God. (Acts 1:8)
  15. He gives every believer spiritual gifts. (1 Cor. 12:7, Heb 2:4)
  16. He frees us from the letter of the law and gives us the spirit of the law. (2 Cor. 3:16-18)
  17. He grows the fruit of the spirit within us. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Thanks be to God for His wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit!

In His Praise — May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day! What a privilege it is to be a mother and what a blessing it is to see Christian mothers. God thought motherhood was important enough that He chose a special young woman, Mary, to be the mother of His very own son.

Jesus could have come to earth in any way He desired, He is all-powerful, but God’s plan was for Jesus to come as a little baby, born to a human mother. We may not think of it often, but God’s plan spoke volumes about how we should view motherhood. It is a God-given privilege and responsibility that should not to be taken lightly. 

When the angel informed Mary that she had been chosen to give birth to the holy Son of God, she of course did not quite understand how all this was to come about , but Mary trusted God and submitted herself to His service. She gladly accepted her role as mother and was blessed because of it (see Luke 1:41-56).

We too are blessed when we accept the role of motherhood. No, we are not going to have the Son of God, but every child is a blessing sent from God. Motherhood is a gift from God full of love, joy and untold blessings. If you are a Christian mother, thanks be to God for you. If you know someone who is struggling with the blessing of motherhood, perhaps you can encourage them and share this good news.