Today is Veteran’s Day and East Point Cumberland Presbyterian Church would like to thank all the veterans and military people that help protect our country. Soldiers are special people. They must be brave, committed, selfless and determined to do their best. Not everybody can be a soldier. Soldiers go through training and spend time learning skills that help them to do their jobs well. We could even call them warriors. Warriors that fight for right and help protect our freedoms.
In the book of Judges we hear a story of another kind of warrior. In chapter 6 of this book, we read about a man named Gideon. Gideon’s people were being oppressed and mistreated. Now Gideon did not think of himself as a warrior, but an angel of the Lord appeared to him and called him “mighty warrior” (vs. 12). As many of us would have probably reacted, Gideon’s response was that of doubt. He pointed out that his family was weak and that he was unimportant. But God answered by reassuring Gideon that He was with him and that he would be successful in battle for the Lord. By believing and trusting the Lord Gideon did become a mighty warrior for God.
We’re like Gideon sometimes. We feel inadequate, unimportant, small and useless. But when God calls us for service and we follow, we can be mighty warriors for Him. On our own we are can do nothing, but God will supply whatever we need to accomplish the work He gives us to do.
Now that is good news!
Hatred, mistrust, discord — these are all too common today. We see examples everyday of divisions among groups. People take sides over almost anything, opinions of others are not respected, unkind words are spoken and hurtful actions are taken. This has become the “way of the world”. Even among Christians there can be differences that cause people to leave churches or even cause churches to split.
But what does the Bible have to say about such behavior? First of all, we need to know that discord is not of God, it is the work of Satan. His desire is to cause conflict, confusion and to lie. (see John 8:44). God desires peace, harmony and good for all His children. God tells us that it is “good and pleasant when brothers live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).
So as children of God we are called to strive for unity. It may not always be easy, but the good news is that we don’t have to face these challenges on our own. By reading God’s word and being grounded in it and by praying and trusting His guidance we can be a light to others, we can bring peace and harmony as we share our love for God in this world.
“No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
This is the good news for today — a promise of God’s presence always with us — sustaining us, protecting us and helping us to overcome anything life might throw at us! A promise that nothing can separate us from this loving Father and a promise that through His love we can be strong!
What a wonderful loving God we serve!
God is our defender, protector, guide and stay! God is unbreakable and unshakeable! There are not a lot of things that we can depend on in this ever changing world. Relationships fail, jobs are lost, health declines; but our Heavenly Father never changes. His love for us is real and lasting. His desire is to bless us and provide the very best for us.
God’s own Word tells us in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Again in John 16:33, Jesus reminds us, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Choose salvation today and become a child of God and you too will have a friend that will never leave or change, someone that will always love you and always desire the very best for you. Jesus is that someone and He stands ready to accept you and free you from the burden of sin.
What wonderful good news!
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!