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!
God is love and we are to let His love flow through us to everyone. Think about that statement for a minute. It is not always easy to truly love everybody. There are people that are just annoying to be around, there are those that are simply unlikeable, there are those that are filled with hate and do unkind things to us. We would call them our enemies.
But God’s word says to love our enemies, and pray for those that persecute you (Matt.5:44). This can be a difficult command to follow. How can we love someone that really cares nothing for us or that wishes only bad for us?
It is possible only by the grace of God. With God’s help and His love in our hearts we can love those unlovable people in our lives. We can show them kindness and compassion. After all isn’t that what Jesus did for us. When we were lost in our sins and separated from the love of God we were in essence enemies of God (Romans 5:10). But Jesus death on the cross and resurrection changed all that. Because of God’s love for us (His enemies) we can be saved and become His friend and part of His family.
With God’s help we can show love and compassion to our enemies and perhaps they too will come to know Jesus.
Now that is good news!
Have you ever stood on the beach with your back to the ocean as the waves come rushing in? Most of the time you will be knocked down. Anyone that has been to the beach can probably say that this has happened to them at one time or another. It is usually not a fun experience to be blindsided by such a force. But, on the other hand, if you turn and face the ocean you can see the waves coming toward you. Then you can jump the waves and you will rise above them.
Rev. Nickles used this analogy today to explain that trials in life are the same way. If we are not watching carefully we can be knocked down by the waves of life. Hard times, bad decisions, wrong moves can all have devastating results. But if we face the trials (waves) of life with God’s help, we can rise above them.
Romans 10:13 tells us that “everyone that calls upon the Lord will be saved.”
So when trials and hard times like waves on the ocean come your way, don’t be knocked down. Claim this promise! Call on the name of Jesus, let Him help you face your difficulties and rise above them.
“Jesus, your name is power;
Jesus, your name is might.
Jesus, your name will break every stronghold;
Jesus, your name is life.”
These powerful words are from a song written by Claire Cloninger and Morris Chapman. When Satan tries to defeat us we can claim victory in the name of Jesus and overcome that stronghold, when we feel weak, He can give us power, and when we are dead in our sins He will give us life and restore us.
What a wonderful Savior! What great news!
Let’s share it with others.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 the Apostle Paul lists some sins that he says are wicked and the doers of these things will not “inherit the kingdom of God”. That is a pretty sad and disheartening thing to say to someone. But if we read the next verse (11)we hear the good news that Paul wanted to share. Here he says that some of the Corinthians were guilty of these sins, but they had been “washed, sanctified,and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” In other words, they had been made right with God, their sins taken away.
That is good news for us today too. No sin is too great for Jesus to forgive. No wrong is too bad that His salvation cannot cover it. No mistake is so terrible that the love of God cannot help us through it. When we ask for and accept salvation, Jesus sets us right in the eyes of God. His blood washes away our sins and we then are sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus!
As it is written in 2 Corinthians 5:17 , “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, and the new has come!” What great good news!
Jesus loves you and me! Think about that thought for a moment and let it sink in. We Christians can become so complacent with this truth that we forget how wonderful it really is.
Jesus, God’s own Son, came to earth! He left all the splendors of heaven and came to a dying world with one purpose and that was to seek and save those that were lost (Luke 19:10). That means all humankind, you and me.
We have never done anything to deserve this salvation nor can we ever earn it. It is a gift, given freely, simply because we are loved by the Almighty God!
Now that is that great news! Share it with someone today.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner many of us are making plans for celebrations and well we should celebrate our country’s independence and the freedoms we enjoy. Backyard barbecues, trips to the beach or lake and watching fireworks are sure to be on the agenda for a lot of people. Independence Day is a wonderful holiday and we should be proud to live in such a great country.
But there is another kind of independence for which we should be thankful; and that is the freedom we can have in Christ. When Christ died on the cross and rose to life again, He conquered death and the grave for us. We now have the liberty to live life to the fullest as forgiven people – the burden of sin gone from our lives. We have assurance that there is eternal life to look forward. We have joy, hope and peace in our lives that is indescribable! As Jesus says in John 10:10. “The thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and may have it to the full.”
Isn’t that good news that we should celebrate everyday of the year!
We hear a lot about being and staying connected in today’s world. From the internet to our personal lives there is always something for which we need to connect. We want a clear connection on our phones and other devices, we want to be able to connect with friends, family and colleagues whenever we desire.
Sometimes these connections are clear and strong and sometimes they are not, sometimes we lose a signal and our call is dropped. Many are good, helpful and worthwhile relationships (connection) and some are not, like when we receive an unwanted telemarketer call.
But there is one connection that everybody needs and should strive to have in their life and that is a connection with our Heavenly Father. When we are saved from our sins and begin a relationship with Jesus Christ our connection to God is established. The good news about this connection is that it will never end. This connection will never lose a signal or power and God will never change His mind about it. God not only know us, He is with us everyday, all the time! And that’s the best news of all!
Happy Father’s Day! Today at East Point CP Church we honored our earthly Dads with a special family breakfast. Later Rev. Nickles brought a great message, sharing the attributes of a Godly father; and the good news that God is the best Father of all.
Here are some of the points that Bro. Phil made:
Faithful — Godly fathers are faithful to their families, just as God is always faithful to us when we call on Him.
Action – Godly fathers are men of action, they take care of their loved ones. God took action when He saw that we needed a Savior and sent Jesus.
Teacher- Earthly fathers teach their children by example. God is always willing to teach us what we need to know and help us become more like Him.
Hope – Godly fathers hope for the best for their children, and we can always place our hope in the Lord.
Example -Godly fathers set good examples for their children, just as God through Jesus set an example for us.
Reliable — Good fathers are reliable and are available for their family. God is always reliable and always available for us.
We love our earthly fathers, enjoy the time spent with them and cherish the memories of those that are no longer with us, but it is even better to know that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us, that will always be with us and will someday take us to live with Him forever!
The good news today is found in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
In these verses we find assurance that we can talk to God through prayer and bring all our problems, requests, and praises to Him. When we give all our concerns to God, He in turn gives us a peace that we cannot even understand, but we will feel it in our hearts and mind.
These and other promises from God are real. Let’s share the good news with others!