Many people feel unloved, unsure and insecure about their future. We live in a world that often equates human worth with status in life. Some may think that having a five year plan for the future, having a prestigious job, driving the fanciest car or wearing the most fashionable clothes is the answer to security, hope and love.
All of these things are nice to have, but none of them can bring lasting love, confidence or security into our lives. Jesus Christ is the only one that can fill our lives completely and give us true purpose.
He can give hope when we’re hopeless, help when we’re helpless, direction when we’re lost and strength when we’re weak. Romans 15:13 says, “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.”
This verse is good news that we can believe and trust. We can be confident that God will do what He promised. As we trust His word, our lives will be changed. He will fill us with joy and peace and our lives will overflow with hope.
The month of December has begun and at our church, as well as many others, it is a season called Advent. Advent is the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day when we remember and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is a wonderful time of renewal and remembrance. We decorate, we light candles, we sing Christmas carols, we read the story of Jesus birth and remember His life. We prepare our hearts once again to worship and adore the Newborn King.
But, why did Jesus leave His perfect heavenly home and come to earth to live among humans in an imperfect world? Why did He give up all the riches of heaven to live a lowly life as a carpenter’s son and then as an itinerant preacher? Why did He suffer beatings and ridicule and then die on the cross for all mankind? The answer is simple, Jesus came to find YOU!
Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” That’s us! Before Christ came, lived and died for us, we were lost with no hope. Jesus Christ gives us hope. He seeks to save you and me and everyone. He desires that we spend eternity with Him and has even prepared a place for us. It says so in John 14:2-3.
So during this Advent season let the good news of Jesus’ birth give you new hope, let it give you new desires and a new life in Him. Let it remind you how much you are loved.
The Son of God gave His life for you and He wants to be your Savior.
Jesus loves us that much!
This week most of us will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a time we gather with our family and friends and hopefully focus on our many blessings. But one day is not enough to remember all the blessings that we receive from our Heavenly Father. Of course, we should be grateful everyday.
Today Rev. Nickles shared a message about gratitude. He read scripture from Chronicles 16:34, Luke 17:11-19 and Philippians 4:11 that teach us that gratitude is an attitude. As children of God we are highly favored and blessed in so many ways that we lose count of all that we receive. We have a loving Father that cares for us, a Savior that died for us, and the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Trials still come our way, but knowing that we have victory through Jesus Christ is a blessing that we can be thankful for everyday. Showing our gratitude in our actions is one way to say thank you to our Lord.
Fear can be a powerful force. It can get control of your mind, motives and outlook and when it does you have no peace or security. Fear can steal your happiness, it can ruin relationships, and it can keep you from becoming all that God intended you to be.
But the good news is that we don’t have to live in fear. God tells us in Isaiah 43:1 that he has created us and he has formed us. He tells us not fear because he has redeemed us and called us by name and we belong to him.
What joy and peace it is to be a child of God and receive these blessings! It is so simple to do too, just believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, tell Him you repent, confess Him as your Lord and Savior and accept the salvation He has for you (Romans 10:9 – 10). Let His love come into your heart and enjoy the new life He has for you.
So the next time life shakes your confidence and your path becomes hard and long, don’t give up, don’t become afraid, don’t let satan have the victory. Remember you have a Heavenly Father that loves you and cares about you. He knows your name and He wants to give you the very best.
The good news today from East Point is that God loves you and we at East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church love you too.
It was demonstrated today that within our congregation are those that love unconditionally and pray without ceasing. There are those that go the extra mile to help one in need and patiently stand by to support.
Life is not perfect, there are all kinds of ups and downs and problems to face. But with the help of the Lord and the support and love of good Christian friends, life’s burdens can be easier to bear.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Did you know that God is interested in you? Yes, you, and me! God desires to listen to us, commune with us and walk with us through each step of our day. We don’t have to worry about having the right words to say. God just wants to hear our praises, our requests, and our confessions. He wants to listen to our inmost thoughts and fears. God listens not just to our words, but to our hearts also and he knows exactly what we need.
God wants us to listen to Him too. When we sit quietly and meditate on His word, think about His might and about His great love for us we will begin to feel God move in our lives. We will begin to see our prayers being answered and His will for our lives will become clearer.
Isn’t it wonderful to know the we serve such a God? He is loving, caring, and merciful to His children.
Thank you, Father!
Our good news today is found in Philippians 3:12 – 21. Here Paul is encouraging his Christian friends to stay focused on the goal set before them as God’s children. That goal was to live a life worthy of their calling as Christians and to one day enjoy eternal life in heaven, where everything is perfect. Paul encouraged them by saying that although he tried, he himself was not perfect and never would be perfect in this world. The Philippians would never be perfect in their lives either, but they could be confident in their future and know that Jesus was there with them every step of the way.
As part of God’s family, we too should strive for perfection in our lives. But because we live in a fallen world, we will never reach perfection here on earth. Hinderances in life cause us to get off the path sometimes. The devil places stumbling blocks in our way which may even cause us to lose our way. But Jesus is always right with us. He will never lose us; He will never let us go; He will never give up on us!
Our goal then as Christian is the same as the Philippians which received Paul’s letter long ago. We too should not give up. We need to stay focused on the goal, stay grounded in God’s word and keep going. With God’s guidance and help, we too will reach our goal and will enjoy a perfect eternity with our Lord and Savior!
There is a hymn that we sing from time to time at East Point C.P. Church called, “I Know Whom I Have Believed”. To paraphrase the words, the song simply says, “I don’t know why God loved me so much that He gave His only Son to die for me, I don’t understand how this saving faith works, but I know it brought peace to my heart and I don’t know how the Holy Spirit moves to convict people of their sins, but, I do know whom I believe and I do know that I can trust Him to keep whatever I have committed to Him.”
So what do we commit to God? Our lives, our work? These are important to us. Then there are things that are even more important, we might even call them treasures. Such treasures are our families, our children, our friends, or our health. All of these are good and precious.
How do we protect our treasures against the evils of the world? It seems that there are always forces that try to destroy and tear down. But just as the song says, we can stand firm in faith knowing that if we have committed our all to God, He will keep it. God is not wishy-washy, He doesn’t say one thing and do another. God always keeps His promises and He never changes His mind.
What good news to know that if we commit our lives and all that we have to Him, we can be assured that it is safe. God will never lose it nor will He forget about it. We can trust that He always has us covered with His mighty hands.
“Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him, we will also live with him.
If we endure, we will also reign with him,
If we disown him , he will also disown us;
If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
2 Timothy 2:11-13.
These words were written by Paul to the young minister, Timothy. Paul’s words were meant to encourage and strengthen Timothy in his work for the Lord. Receiving such a letter from his mentor must have been welcomed news for Timothy.
We too need encouragement from time to time. In this passage Paul is telling Timothy, and us too, to persevere. No suffering in this world is worth more than the reward we have in heaven. If we die while suffering we will begin our eternal life with Jesus. If our present circumstances seem hard, just remember that one day we will reign will the Lord in heaven. Never give up on serving God for even when our faith is weak, God is still faithful and will not forget us.
Thank you, God, for this good news. Thank you for using Paul to share it, in his life time, with the next generation. Help us to continue to be your witnesses and share your words of encouragement with our children and grandchildren that they too will be your witnesses.
There are many in the world today that do not have all they need to survive. Many are poor, homeless or hungry. Many times we can help remedy these physical problems. We can donate needed supplies, we can provide safe housing, maybe even provide jobs for people. As Christians we are called upon to help our fellowman whenever possible.
But even when all physical needs are met, people can still feel empty and lack joy in their lives. Many who are wealthy and seemingly, “have everything money can buy” are still not happy. Riches and pleasures may bring joy for a short time, but eventually “things” stop working, relationships end, money runs out and the thrills we once knew are gone.
So many times we hunger and thirst for things of the world, that bring no lasting satisfaction.
There is an emptiness in our souls that can only be filled by the love of Christ. Only by accepting His salvation can we be fully satisfied. The good news is that when we repent from our sins and accept Christ salvation our lives can be changed immediately! Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
No longer do we need to look to the world to make us happy and complete. Happiness and contentment will come from within. Only the joy of knowing the Lord will bring this peace and fulfillment.