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!
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”!
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!!
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!
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!
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.
“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!
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!
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!
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.