He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Such simple words, but oh the deep, deep message they carry. These words were spoken by some of the first Christians on the first Easter. Today churches and Christians still use these phrases to celebrate the good news of our resurrected Lord. These seven words sum up the joy and hope we have and the true reason we celebrate Easter.
Jesus Christ gave His own life in payment for the world’s sins (John 3:16). He died and was buried, but He did not stay dead. On the third day, God’s wonderful Son came back to life (John 20) He arose! In so doing He conquered death and the grave. Those that accept this free gift of salvation no longer have to fear death and the grave. We have hope of a future, an eternal life in heaven with our Lord.
So let us truly celebrate Easter because He is risen! He is risen indeed!
This world seems to be full of deceit. We hear and, sometimes witness, lies being spoken and untruths being spread. There is mistrust almost everywhere we go. Gossip and rumors turn into full-blown lies, half truths are told to sway opinions and at times the truth is so twisted and distorted that we can no longer recognize it. Yes, this world is a mess!
As Christians this should not surprise us though. The Bible teaches us that the prince of this world, Satan, is a liar. In fact, in John 8:44 Jesus calls Satan the father of lies. Nothing that Satan does is good. He is deceitful and selfish. He subtly tries to steal our joy and confidence by whispering that we’re not good enough or we will never be successful. He will even try to make us doubt our salvation. Satan’s chief aim is to snatch us away from Jesus, the one that truly loves us.
But there is good news in knowing that Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection to life gave the world a path to salvation and when we accept this salvation it can never be stolen from us (John 6:39). Jesus own blood secures our future by forgiving us of our sins and and giving us eternal life with Him. With Jesus as our guide we can discern right from wrong, we can deny the lies of Satan and we can stand strong as a witness for our Lord knowing that we have been made righteous (right-standing) before Him.
And that is the truth!
If you are a child of God you know what a blessing salvation is. To know the love of Jesus brings peace to our lives and assurance for our future. But it doesn’t mean that every day is perfect and it doesn’t mean that we will never sin.
There will always be troubles in this life. The devil will always try to tempt us and try to make us stumble. But the good news is that we can ask forgiveness for the times we fail and Jesus will forgive and continue to love us. We can ask for help in times of temptation or weakness and Jesus will help us. We can ask for protection in times of trouble and Jesus will sustain us. As members of God family we are loved, blessed and highly favored!
So, how do we receive this good life you might ask? It’s simple. Romans 10:9 tells us: That if you confess with your mouth , “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
So don’t wait another minute. Don’t let Satan rob you of any more joy. Accept God’s salvation today and begin to really live!
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!
“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!
The good news today is found in Matthew 28:6, “He is not here; He is risen, just as he said.” Jesus is alive and well! He lives in every Christian heart and His light shines in all His children.
Jesus loves each of us as if we were the only person on earth. He showed His love by dying on the cross for all our sins. But Christ did not stay dead, He arose from the grave and He lives forever! He gives us salvation, eternal life and a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Thanks be to God for His wonderful gift!
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.
The good news today is that God loves you and you can receive salvation from Him. Each of you are special in the eyes of the Lord. In fact, you are so special to Him that He sent Jesus to die for your sins and for the sins of the world, and therefore to give people redemption.
In this world there is so much evil and it seems that Satan is everywhere, but it is great to know that God has the antidote for Satan’s evil. That antidote is the love of Jesus. This free gift of salvation is for everyone and is easily accessed. You only have to ask Jesus into your heart, repent, be sorry for your sins and salvation can be yours.
It may not always be easy to stay obedient to God, but He will never leave you and will always help you grow in your walk with Him. God’s love is good news that is available to everyone!
Our good news today comes from a verse of scripture found in Galatians 4:4. This scripture tells us that Jesus was sent to this world “to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” When Jesus came into the world as that tiny baby, it set in motion God’s plan for our salvation.
Try as we may, no one could have ever kept all of the laws of the Old Testament perfectly. Of course we still need to strive to follow Jesus commands but, because of Jesus, we no longer have to adhere to a list of rules and regulations in order to be saved. When we repent from our sins, accept the salvation that Jesus so freely provided through His death and resurrection and ask Him into our life He saves us and we become part of His family.
As we begin this Advent season let’s rejoice in the good news that Jesus came to seek and to save those that are lost, and He is still seeking and saving today!
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