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.
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.
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!
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.
“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 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.
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!!
Our congregation enjoyed a time of fellowship this afternoon with a church picnic. It was fun to visit with friends and family and enjoy getting to know visitors. God blessed us with great weather, good food and happy times together. From young to not so young, everyone enjoyed the relaxing time.
God is good in so many ways! For that we are thankful!
Are you familiar with the man called Job in the Bible? There is a whole book about him in the Old Testament. Job was a Godly man and God had blessed him with a fine family, health and wealth. It seemed that Job had everything one might desire. But God allowed all of Job’s earthly possessions to be taken from him. He lost his family, his wealth and his health.
Can anybody relate to this story? Many times in life it seems that things are going just the way we want and then something happens to change our situation. We may not lose everything like Job did. But sickness, loss of a job, a death of a family member can have a devastating effect on us. In times like these we may be tempted to blame God or turn away from Him, but let’s take a closer look at Job and perhaps we can learn from him.
Job’s friends questioned what he had done to deserve such treatment. Job’s wife encouraged him to curse God and die. But Job remained faithful to God. In chapter 27, verse 8 Job says, “For what hope has the godless when he is cutoff.” Job knew that God would not change, that God was still with him and that God was his hope and strength. Although Job’s circumstances had changed, his relationship with God had not. It was that faith and hope that got Job through his trials.
Now what does this story have to do with us? We too go through trials and tribulations. It may seem that all is lost or there is no one that cares. But God is always there to help and to see us through difficult times.
God never changes and never leaves us and that is good news!