In His Praise — June 24, 2018

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!

 

In His Praise — June 17, 2018

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!

In His Praise — June 10, 2018

 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!

In His Praise — June 3, 2018

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Thus begins the well known hymn, “Amazing Grace”. Sung by millions, its words  hold a powerful message of good news. Good news that salvation cannot be earned, it is a gift from the Lord Almighty. Good news that God’s grace (love) covers a multitude of wrongs. Good news that His grace can carry us through every kind of hurt, danger or hardship we may face, and His grace will someday take us to heaven to spend eternity with Him. 

Yes, God’s redeeming grace is truly amazing! He loves us in spite of our unlovable nature and is willing to give us a new life that is full of His joy, peace and contentment. 

Thank you, Lord, for your amazing grace!

In His Praise — May 27, 2018

The good news today is that God loves and cares for us all the time, He is always good and He is always available to us. 

Even when it seems that no one cares or that everybody is against us, God is still there. During troubling times, He is there to comfort and direct us. During lonely times, He is there to be our friend and confidant. He always desires good for us and will always listen when we call upon His name.

In Psalm 142, David speaks of a time when he felt alone, weak, hurt and betrayed by others (vs. 3-4).  But David knew who to look to. In vs. 5 – 7 he cried out to God for help and relief. David knew that God was with him, that God loved him and that God would help him. David knew the peace that only God can bring to a situation.

God has that same peace for us today. When you feel small, unloved, hurt, alone and abandoned remember that God is only a prayer away. Call out to Him and express your feelings to Him. Let the  Holy Spirit fill your heart and mind with the joy and peace that only God can give.

In His Praise– May 20, 2018

The good news today is a reminder that as Christians we have help with us at all times. That help is the Holy Spirit. Here is a list of  some of the things the Holy Spirit does for us.

  1. He dwells within us at all times. (John 14:17, 1 Cor. 6:19, Romans 8:16, 2 Timothy 1:14)
  2. He guards our salvation and assures us we belong to God. (Romans  8:16, 2 Cor. 1:22, 5:5))
  3. He gives us hope and peace during difficult times. (Romans 14:17, 15:13, 1 Thess. 1:6)
  4. He gives strength and endurance during trials. (Eph. 3:16)
  5. He brings conviction. (John 16;8, 1 Thess. 1:5)
  6. He provides power over temptation. (Galatians 5:16)
  7. He grows us into holiness. (1 Peter 1:2)
  8. He helps us pray. (Rom. 8:26-27, Eph. 6:18, Jude 20)
  9. He gives wisdom for decision making. (Eph. 1:17)
  10. He provides understanding of God’s word. (1 Cor. 2:9-16)
  11. He guides and directs into specific events. (Acts 13:4, 16:6, Rev. 17:17)
  12. He calls us unto salvation. (Eph. 4:4)
  13. He gives us confidence over fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  14. He gives us the right words to speak about God. (Acts 1:8)
  15. He gives every believer spiritual gifts. (1 Cor. 12:7, Heb 2:4)
  16. He frees us from the letter of the law and gives us the spirit of the law. (2 Cor. 3:16-18)
  17. He grows the fruit of the spirit within us. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Thanks be to God for His wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit!

In His Praise — May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day! What a privilege it is to be a mother and what a blessing it is to see Christian mothers. God thought motherhood was important enough that He chose a special young woman, Mary, to be the mother of His very own son.

Jesus could have come to earth in any way He desired, He is all-powerful, but God’s plan was for Jesus to come as a little baby, born to a human mother. We may not think of it often, but God’s plan spoke volumes about how we should view motherhood. It is a God-given privilege and responsibility that should not to be taken lightly. 

When the angel informed Mary that she had been chosen to give birth to the holy Son of God, she of course did not quite understand how all this was to come about , but Mary trusted God and submitted herself to His service. She gladly accepted her role as mother and was blessed because of it (see Luke 1:41-56).

We too are blessed when we accept the role of motherhood. No, we are not going to have the Son of God, but every child is a blessing sent from God. Motherhood is a gift from God full of love, joy and untold blessings. If you are a Christian mother, thanks be to God for you. If you know someone who is struggling with the blessing of motherhood, perhaps you can encourage them and share this good news. 

In His Praise — May 6, 2018

Right before Jesus ascended to heaven, he promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit would come to empower them to be His witnesses. This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit appeared as  wind and flames of fire. Those present were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in languages unknown to them before. This story is found in Acts 2.

Jesus’ promise is for us too. That same Holy Spirit is still with us today. We may not speak in unknown languages, but the Bible teaches that there are other gifts that the Holy Spirit bestows upon God’s people. Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12:8-10 speak of some of the gifts that we may receive as a child of God.

The Holy Spirit not only gives us gifts to help us in our witness for God, but also comforts, guides and helps us in our daily life. What a blessing to know that God himself, through the Holy Spirit, is with us everyday, all day and will never leave us. 

Now that is good news!

In His Praise — April 29, 2018

“All you need is love” or so the song goes. Love is a word, and an emotion, that is tossed around a lot in today’s society. There are many different kinds of love too — there is romantic love and love for family and friends. Sometimes we say we love our job or a particular activity or a work of art or food and on and on it goes. The word love can have  a myriad of meanings and rarely is it all we need.

It is difficult sometimes to determine if the “loves’ in our lives are real and lasting. Sometimes we end up disappointed and hurt. But there is one love that we can always count on and that is the love of God. God’s love is genuine, it will never end. God’s love is trustworthy, He will never forsake you and God’s love is complete, it can fill every void in your life. It really is all you need.

God is love and He loves you! Read 1John 4:7-21 to hear more good news about the love God has to offer. 

In His Praise — April 22, 2018

Our pastor here a East Point, Rev. Phil Nickles, participates in a prison ministry. The group he works with spends a weekend from time to time inside a prison witnessing and sharing the word and love of God with the inmates. This program has been very successful in helping many lost souls find Jesus.

But as Bro. Phil pointed out, many people today are in other kinds of prison. Satan can twist the circumstances of a situation around and make it appear that there is no hope. His desire is to keep people bound in sin, lost and helpless.

But God has a different plan!

The good news is that Jesus’ love can set people free and break the bondage of sin. His love can bring forgiveness, peace and joy.  Luke 19:10 reminds us that Jesus came to “seek and to save what was lost.” Our Lord and Savior stands ready to change your heart and  restore your life. The best part is that it is free to all that will accept it.