“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2) These are the first words recorded in the Bible. They tell of an earth much different than the earth that we know today. That earth had no form and was empty, dark and chaotic. It sounds like a pretty unpleasant and lonely place. But if we continue reading the story of creation in the book of Genesis we find that just a word from God changed everything! God spoke and created light, and made night and day. God continued speaking into existence the sky, plants, animals and humans. Our God is truly awesome!
But let’s think about the world we live in today. Many times our world may seem empty, without hope or purpose. Problems and stress may cause us to feel our lives are just a chaotic mess. We may not be able to see beyond the dark path on which we travel. But, there is good news! Just as God spoke and brought order and beauty in the beginning, His word can still bring transformation, hope, direction and joy today. He is still the same awesome, mighty God!
Remember the great God that created heaven and earth is our God, He loves us and wants good for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Let God into your life and experience the change He can make.
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!
Do the things of this world bring you down? The daily news can be very depressing and down right scary sometimes. Shootings, debates about gun control, political conflicts, suicides, homocides, abuse of all kinds, …these are just a few of the things we deal with on a daily basis. Satan is alive and well on this earth.
But God has given us hope! Jesus said in John 16:33b, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Through faith in Jesus we can overcome all the trials of this life. Through the power of Jesus name we can rebuke evil and cause Satan to flee! Through trust in Jesus we can be strengthened to deal with the trials that come our way and through belief in Jesus salvation can be ours. He gives us hope of a future full of joy and peace and through prayer He gives us an avenue to bring our burdens and requests before the Father who listens and acts in love toward us.
Yes, Jesus has overcome this world and He will help us be overcomers too! Now that is great news!
Today was Denomination Day in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. This is a day set aside to celebrate and to remember the beginnings of our denomination.
Born out of the great revival of the 1800’s, Cumberland Presbyterians have a very sound foundational doctrine. It speaks of God’s love for mankind and offers hope for all. In a “nutshell” Cumberland Presbyterians believe that Christ died for all people and we practice something called a “whosoever will” doctrine. That means that anybody may receive the salvation of Christ by only believing, repenting of their sins, and accepting Him into their heart.
To me and many other Cumberland Presbyterians this is very good news for a lost world and we are happy to share it with others.
Welcome to In His Praise!
The “good news” from East Point C.P. Church comes from the book of Romans, chapter 15, verse 13. It says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” What a promise!! God can and will fill our lives with joy and peace and make our hope overflow. All we have to do is trust Him.
You can check out all the happenings at East Point C.P. Church online at http://eastpointcpchurch.com. If we can be of service to you contact us via the website, call the church @ 256-734-0900 or Bro. Nickles @ 256-347-1199.
If you have good news to share with others at East Point contact Kathy Tucker @ 256-734-0001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are loved and are an important part of the East Point C.P. family.
Praise be to His glorious name forever. Psalm 72:19