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.
Want to know how to have a good day, everyday? It is simple — keep Jesus at the forefront of your life. Begin and end each day with Jesus in your heart and mind. As you go about your daily activities, fill the hours with thoughts, praise and prayers to Jesus. Study the Bible to be grounded in His word and always be prepared to witness for Him.
When we put Jesus first in our life, He will fill us with so much joy and contentment that there will be no room for unhappiness, self-pity or worry. We will still encounter difficult situations, but with the joy of the Lord in our hearts, we won’t be overcome by troubles.
Praise the Lord! That is good news!
We are faced with choices everyday. Some are easy and routine like what we will eat or what we will wear. Others are more difficult such as who to marry or what job to accept. These and others are just examples of the kinds of choices most people will face in their everyday life.
But there is one very important choice that every human being will make in their life time. That is whether to accept or reject Jesus Christ and His salvation from sin. Sadly many people go through life not giving this decision any thought whatsoever and by doing that they are rejecting Christ.
With Christ there is joy, peace of mind, hope and life eternal. Without Him there is none of these. Oh, a person may think they have everything they need, but in the end nothing on this earth can fill the emptiness in one’s heart or promise an eternal life of joy.
Deuteronomy 30:15 says it like this, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” Sounds like a simple choice doesn’t it? Nobody would want death and destruction. But by not making a choice, that is exactly what they are choosing.
Choose Jesus and salvation and you will be eternally happy! It is the most important choice you will ever make!
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Such simple words, but oh the deep, deep message they carry. These words were spoken by some of the first Christians on the first Easter. Today churches and Christians still use these phrases to celebrate the good news of our resurrected Lord. These seven words sum up the joy and hope we have and the true reason we celebrate Easter.
Jesus Christ gave His own life in payment for the world’s sins (John 3:16). He died and was buried, but He did not stay dead. On the third day, God’s wonderful Son came back to life (John 20) He arose! In so doing He conquered death and the grave. Those that accept this free gift of salvation no longer have to fear death and the grave. We have hope of a future, an eternal life in heaven with our Lord.
So let us truly celebrate Easter because He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Palm Sunday Victory
By Raymond Orner
They cut the branches from the trees
And strewed them in the way
Because they knew their Lord and King
Would come along the day.
They sung hosanna to the King
And praised his holy name-
Now even in this modern day,
We, too, should do the same.
The Christ who came that palm-strewn way
To enter in the gate
Will enter in your heart today,
So do not make him wait.
That palm-strewn path so long ago
Is still a victory sign
That Christ still comes along the way
Into your heart and mine.
The good news today is that as children of God, we are not alone. Not only do we always have the Lord Jesus in our hearts, we also have the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Rev. Nickles preached about this wonderful gift today. Here are some of the points he shared with us:
1)The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. (Luke 11:13, John 16:7)
2)The Holy Spirit is our helper. (Luke 24:49, John 14:16)
3)The Holy Spirit helps us preach, witness and do the things God calls us to do. (Acts 1:8, Romans 15:18-19)
4)The Holy Spirit helps us withstand the evil in this world. (Romans 15:13)
5)The Holy Spirit helps us accomplish the will of God. (John 16:8-11)
6)The Holy Spirit speaks God’s message to us as we study God’s word and pray. (John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:12-13)
7)The Holy Spirit brings light to our lives and into this world. (John 15:26)
8)The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:26-27).
What a wonderful gift the Holy Spirit is and what a wonderful Savior to send Him to us! Praise be to God!
Matthew 6:9-12 is a familiar scripture to most Christians. We refer to it as the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus shared this simple, short prayer with His disciples, and with us, in order to teach us how to pray.
Prayer in essence is talking and listening to God. In the verses just before the Lord’s Prayer begins, Jesus’s instructions are simply this: go to a quiet, private place, and
don’t try to impress anyone with all the words you use. Communication with God is not meant to be complicated or laborious. Prayer should be a time that rejuvenates us, gives us direction and fills us with joy and peace.
In the Lord’s Prayer we are instructed to first worship (hallow) the Lord and ask that His will is done above all else. We can ask for our needs to be met, but Jesus reminds us in verse 8 that God already knows our needs. We are to ask for forgiveness of our sins, but just as importantly we are forgive others that have wronged us. Lastly, Jesus instructs us to ask for direction so that we will not be lead into wrong, and that we will be delivered from the evil one.
So if you ever have think you have trouble praying, remember the Lord’s Prayer. God doesn’t expect perfection in our speech or the use of complicated words. He just wants our heartfelt love and devotion and a willingness to let Him lead us.
Leviticus 17:11 talks about the blood of sacrificed animals being used for atonement for sins. In Old Testament times people were instructed to do this in order to be pardoned from wrong doing. Paraphrasing this verse it says that life is in the blood and sacrificing this blood gives life.
Today we no longer sacrifice animals in order to be forgiven of our wrongs. But blood has been shed for us, that is the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross for each of us! It is almost too much to imagine, but Jesus, in His great love for humankind, gave His sinless, perfect life so that we (who are full of sin) would have a pathway to the Father. Jesus’s blood was shed for you and me!
This salvation that Jesus gives is for everybody that will accept it. No sin is too bad, too deep, or too dark, Jesus’s blood covers everything. Unlike the people of old, we no longer have to repeat over and over our sacrificial routines either. Hebrews 10:10 tells us that Jesus’s sacrifice was made one time and it was and is for all people.
His blood covers all our sins, saves us, and gives us new life!
If you are already a child of God you have a great message to share with others. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, accept His salvation today. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, ask Him into your heart and let His soul-cleansing blood wash over you and bring you new life and new joy.
To talk to someone about accepting Jesus’s salvation you may contact the church @ 256-734-0900 or Rev. Phil Nickles @ 256-347-1199. Our church services are as follows:
Sunday School/Bible Study – each Sunday from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Worship Service each Sunday @ 11:00 a.m.
This world seems to be full of deceit. We hear and, sometimes witness, lies being spoken and untruths being spread. There is mistrust almost everywhere we go. Gossip and rumors turn into full-blown lies, half truths are told to sway opinions and at times the truth is so twisted and distorted that we can no longer recognize it. Yes, this world is a mess!
As Christians this should not surprise us though. The Bible teaches us that the prince of this world, Satan, is a liar. In fact, in John 8:44 Jesus calls Satan the father of lies. Nothing that Satan does is good. He is deceitful and selfish. He subtly tries to steal our joy and confidence by whispering that we’re not good enough or we will never be successful. He will even try to make us doubt our salvation. Satan’s chief aim is to snatch us away from Jesus, the one that truly loves us.
But there is good news in knowing that Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection to life gave the world a path to salvation and when we accept this salvation it can never be stolen from us (John 6:39). Jesus own blood secures our future by forgiving us of our sins and and giving us eternal life with Him. With Jesus as our guide we can discern right from wrong, we can deny the lies of Satan and we can stand strong as a witness for our Lord knowing that we have been made righteous (right-standing) before Him.
And that is the truth!