In His Praise — August 5, 2018

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!

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 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 — 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 — March 25, 2018

Do you ever feel lonely, left out or forgotten? Do you think that no one cares about you or is interested in anything you do or say? Do you sometimes feel that you have no friends? If so, I have some great news for you!! God loves you and cares about you! He is interested in what you are doing and wants you to talk to Him and spend time with Him. He wants to be your best friend!

You may say, “That can’t be, I am not important in the world, I am not special.” But you are wrong! In God’s eyes you are very special. He created you, He loves you, and He will forgive you.

God desires that we “seek His face”, (2 Chronicles 8:14) that is try to live as though He is our constant companion. Proverbs 18:24b describes the Lord as a friend that is closer than a brother. God even sent Jesus to die for the sins of all humanity so that everyone could have a relationship with Him. (John 3:16)

What more could God do to prove His love for you? God does care deeply for you and He greatly desires to be your friend. It’s all up to you, just accept His love and salvation and you’ll never be alone again.

In His Praise – February 4, 2018

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.

In His Praise — December 31, 2017

As we get ready to begin a new year, let us remember that God is still with us. All the promises in His word are still there ready to be claimed in Jesus name. All the prayers that have been prayed have been heard and are still being answered by our Lord. All the love and forgiveness that Jesus has for us is still there waiting for us to accept it.

Sometimes the devil whispers to us and reminds us of past failures or mistakes. But don’t let him have control over you. Isaiah 43:18 tells us to forget the former things and not dwell on the past. So let go of those bad memories! Look to the future and know that God has great plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Let 2018 be the year you grow closer to the Lord. If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, accept His salvation. If you have drifted away, return to the Lord and strive to walk closer with Him.

Don’t let the past hold you back any longer, decide today to follow Jesus! He loves you more than you know!

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.

You are loved and are important to the East Point C.P. Church family.

Praise be to His glorious name forever. Psalm 72:19

In His Praise — December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!! That’s the good news for today! Christmas is the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth, and what joy that should and can bring to all mankind. Jesus came into this world to seek those that were lost, sick and hurting and to give hope and healing. Today he does that same thing. God loved the world so much that He sent His precious Son into the world to save it. When Jesus came, love as the world had never seen or known came down from heaven. That same love exist today!

If you are lost and hurting, in need of something more in your life, then Jesus is your answer. He can calm the storms of life, give hope and peace, and change situations that seem impossible.

So this Christmas ask Christ into your heart. Confess your sins and let Him create in you a new person that has joy, peace and contentment, not just at Christmas, but everyday all year long!

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.

You are loved and are important to the East Point C.P. Church family.

Praise be to His glorious name forever. Psalm 72:19

In His Praise — October 15, 2017

Today Rev. Nickles talked about wall building. Sometimes we intentionally or unintentionally build walls around ourselves. Maybe we have been hurt by someone or some situation, maybe we’re unsure how to move forward, maybe we just do not want to deal with someone or maybe we really do not feel love for others in our hearts. Whatever the reason, we begin to alienate others by our actions, and our words. We feel we don’t need anyone else and just want to be left alone. We may think we are doing this to protect ourselves and those we care about from hurtful situations, or that avoiding conflict will cause the problem to go away. But before long we have built a wall, a barrier between ourselves and others. All we are is alone and full of anger, resentment and even hate. When problems are not dealt with they tend to manifest and grow bigger. So we end up surrounded by an even greater wall than which we started.

But, as always, the good news is that God has an answer for us. In Ephesians 2:14 it says, “For He himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility”. All we need to do is let God take over in our lives. Let Him fill us with His love and joy. Let Him give us direction in how to react to others and in return we will have peace, contentment, love and happiness in our lives.

Now that is some very good news!!

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.

You are loved and are important to the East Point C.P. Church family.

Praise be to His glorious name forever. Psalm 72:19

 

In His Praise — August 20, 2017

“God is love”, that is what the Bible says. In 1 John 4, verses 8 and 16 we are told that if we know God, we will show His love to others. So how do we show others this Godly love? Here are a few suggestions.
Love is:
Writing a letter of appreciation to someone.
Taking flowers, food, or other needed items to shut-ins or the sick.
Expressing sympathy to those in sorrow.
Making the way easier for Christians who are trying to live right.
Offering to bring someone to Sunday School and church.
In short, love is Christian care and compassion in action.

It is good news to know that our random acts of kindness can be a reflection of our Heavenly Father’s love.

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.

You are loved and are important to the East Point C.P. Church family.

Praise be to His glorious name forever. Psalm 72:19

 

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