Grace was the topic of Rev. Phil Nickles sermon today. God’s grace to be more specific. This grace from God is something we can never earn and do not deserve, but God gives it to us as a free gift because He loves us. Grace has been summarized as God’s unmerited favor toward us.
When we accept God’s grace, things begin to change. We are told in Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation comes through grace. By grace we are forgiven of our sins and are placed in a right relationship with our Lord. We do nothing to earn this forgiveness, we just accept it.
Titus 2:11-12 says to us that this same grace helps us do right and helps us say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions. So you can say that God’s grace strengthens and helps us live a Christian life and be a good witness for our Lord and Savior.
Then in 1Peter 4:10 we learn that grace helps us serve others. When we share with someone about God’s love for them, tell them what God has done for us or reach out in love to perform any small service for someone we are showing God’s grace to the world.
As we remain faithful to God throughout our lives, He will continue to help us grow in grace that we might serve Him more and more. His grace will see us through trials and His grace will sustain us when nothing else can.
It is good news to know that we have such a patient and loving Father that He provides a way for us to come to Him and then helps us grow in His ways as we stay faithful to Him.
GOD is GOOD!
There are times in life when we feel helpless and even hopeless. But the good news is that if we put our faith in God, we need not feel either way. By reading God’s word, praying and listening to Him, God will direct us. He will guide us to a better place and He will bless us as we strive to do His will.
It has a been said that God is the provider of U-turns. So if your life is not going the way it should, look to God. Let Him turn you around and set you on a new path full of joy, blessings and hope. Let Him bless you beyond anything you’ve ever imagined and let His unexplainable peace abide in your heart and life. Let Him love you!
Liberty, freedoms, rights! These are words we hear a lot these days. No one wants their personal rights taken from them. As Americans we have a lot of rights and freedoms that citizens in other countries don’t have and we tend to get upset if someone wants to tread on them.
Our rights and freedoms are very important and this Thursday we will be celebrating the day that commemorates the winning of these freedoms. Independence Day is an important holiday and should mean much more to us than just a day off work or a day to cookout, go to lake or picnic. God has blessed America in so many ways and as citizens of this great country, we benefit daily from all those blessings. For this we need to thank our Heavenly Father.
But there is a more important freedom that we should consider and that is the freedom from sin that only Jesus can give us. Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to become the sacrifice for all sin. He accomplished this by dying on a cross. With this single act of love, Jesus provided salvation for anyone that will accept it. His death and resurrection provide us with the most important freedom we could ever want or need; that is freedom from the bondage of sin.
It is simple to claim this freedom, the Bible tells us “that if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”, Romans 10: 9-10. We can believe the scriptures without a doubt, they are true and “the truth will set you free”, John 8:32b.
What good news to celebrate this Independence Day and everyday!
There are many paths we can follow in life. There are many decisions we can make that affect our future. There are many twists and turns in life that can get us off course. Satan can deceive us by making things that we know are wrong, look inviting. It may seem overwhelming at times.
But thanks be to God, there is hope. When we place our faith and trust in God and ask for His help, He will send it. The Holy Spirit will walk with us each step of the way; guiding our path, directing our decisions and steering us away from evil.
What good news to know that we can be victorious in this life through Jesus Christ! We need only to stay focused on Him, read and study God’s word and pray for direction and discernment. The Holy Spirit will direct our steps and cause us to have a joyful life.
Happy Father’s Day!
On this day we try to express to our earthly fathers all that they mean to us. To have a good christian father is a blessing. Fathers have a great impact on our lives. They influence who we become, the decisions we make, and teach us many life lessons.
But to some who cannot claim this blessing of a christian dad, this day can be very different. Some may have never known their biological dad, some may have a troubled relationship with their father, some may have what is commonly called a “deadbeat dad”. Whatever the reason, not having a good father figure in one’s life has an impact too.
But the good news is that we all have a Heavenly Father, who is always with us. Our Heavenly Father always loves us and always wants the best for us. He teaches us, guides us, and helps us to become the people we need to be. He sent His only son, Jesus, into the world to live and then die for our sins, so that we could become part of His family. Through Jesus’ salvation we can be adopted in the family of God and become His child!
What a blessing that is ! Thank you Father for loving us so much!
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4. This verse is the good news from East Point today.
Even children of God suffer in this world. We have troubles and difficulties, but scripture assures us that through Jesus Christ we are over comers (John 16:33). We may fall down at times, but we will never be defeated because the One that lives in us (the Holy Spirit) is greater than the one that attempts to rule the world (satan). God’s Holy Spirit encourages us, strengthens us, guides us, protects us and fills our hearts with zeal and courage to witness for our Lord.
Thanks be to God for not leaving us alone, and, for sending His very own Spirit to walk along side us day by day.
Read more about the Holy Spirit in John 14:15-31.
GOOD NEWS, YOU ARE A V.I.P! Maybe you don’t think you are anybody important. You may not be wealthy, you may not hold an important job, you may not socialize with the rich and famous. But none of that matters to God, to Him you are a Very Important Person!
Humankind is so important to God that He provided a plan of salvation. He loves each of His creations and desires to have a relationship with each one. How can you know that this is true? The Bible says that even while we were still sinners that God sent Jesus to die for our us, Romans 5:8. Also in Jeremiah 29:11 we read that God has good plans for his children, plans to prosper them and not to harm them.
God loves you dearly. His love for you is everlasting and immeasurable. You cannot earn this love, it is a free gift from our Heavenly Father. You just need to confess your sins, accept His saving grace and then let your heart and life be transformed into something you never thought possible, all because you are so very important to God.
One of the things we do at East Point C.P. Church each Sunday is to have a time for prayer requests and praise reports. Sometimes the prayer requests are for specific needs and sometimes the need may be something too personal to discuss and an unspoken prayer request is given. All requests are important and members continue to pray for each one during the following week. Praise reports are a form of prayer too as we praise and thank God for His intervention, blessings and answers to our prayers.
It is important to pray for each other. In Rev. Phil Nickles sermon today, he emphasized the importance of intercessory prayer. In James 5:16b we are told, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” We may never know what the influence of our prays for others are. But, think about this— how many people have been saved as a result of one earnest prayer for them. How many have been healed, kept safe from harm, given direction, all because someone took the time to bring them before our Father.
What a great privilege we have to be able to lift up others to God! What a great God we have that is always listening and always caring!
A story was told about a tree that was cut down. All that was left was the stump. Some said that the tree’s life was over. Some said that it had served its usefulness and was no longer any good. But it wasn’t long before the tree started to grow sprouts again. The tree was not dead, nor was it useless. God caused new life to come from it. Now once again the tree could grow tall and strong. Perhaps it would be something beautiful to look at or perhaps it would provide shade on a hot day. Whatever its purpose, God had restored it to continue to live and to serve Him.
Sometimes we’re like that tree. Sin cuts us down, Satan tries to kill us. But the good news is that God can and will revive us! God strengthens us, gives us new hope and new life. Like the tree, we too can grow once again. We too can become something wonderful for God.
It is good to know that our loving Father doesn’t give up on us. He is always with us, always loves us, and wants only the best for us.
Today we celebrated Mother’s Day at East Point CP Church probably much like other churches. Kind words were spoken about moms, songs were sung, and children handed out flowers. Mother’s were recognized for all they do and for how special they are to us.
Mothers do a lot for their families and a godly mother is surely a gift from God that should be treasured.
But mothers have a great responsibility too. In Luke 12:48b we read, “… the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Moms are entrusted with nurturing and caring for the next generation of life. What an awesome and sometimes overwhelming task! But what a blessing to know that God will guide, lead and strengthen along the way.
Moms, God sees when you’re tired, weary and stressed out. Trust Him to give you renewed strength. God sees when you’re unsure about your parenting skills and He will give you guidance. God sees when your heart is broken for a wayward child and He hears your faithful prayer and He will answer in His time.
God loves you and always will. So have a Happy Mother’s Day and thank God for the blessing of being a mother.