Archives for August 2015

Praises August 28 2015

by CPC Member – Sandra Bair
Praise to the Lord in heaven for His Holy Word!
Sing to His Name, for His Goodness, Grace, and Love!
God’s holy, perfect, beautiful Word written, spoken,
God breathed and inerrant – in two parts, yet one story;
Gods Word shows His love for us, His redemption;
God’s promises, His will for us, and His actions throughout.
How blessed is the Lord! His Name is above all creation!
Praise to the Lord in heaven above for His Provisions!
Sing to the Lord for the Spirit’s refining and leading!
Seek and learn, study and understand, pray to the Spirit.
He refines us daily through God’s Holy Word:
He opens our eyes, minds, and hearts to His application;
The Spirit refines us through our study of God’s Word!
Blessed is the Lord and most worthy of praise!


How to Begin a Daily Quiet Time

(This week from Steve Griffin)

In previous mid-week devotions (4/15/2015, 5/27/2015, and 7/15/2015) I’ve laid the groundwork for personal devotions or personal “quiet times”. I’ve been chomping at the bit to get to this week because this is where we cover the “how to” of the daily quiet time. Those people who have a strong, consistent, daily quiet time are NOT some kind of mystically gifted spiritual giants as we might suppose. In fact, starting and maintaining a daily time alone with the Lord is a very practical endeavor, with very pragmatic steps. Here we go!

  • Select a specific time – the best time to have a quiet time is when you are at your best. How sensible is that? If you are most tired and unfocused at 10pm, just before bedtime, then don’t pick that time. Whatever time you are at your best is the aim; however, there are good reasons to consider an early morning time:
    1. Those in the Bible who had early morning prayer time (Jesus, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Job, etc.)
    2. There is some logic to starting your day with it. The musician tunes the instrument BEFORE the concert, not after
    3. Your mind is less cluttered and it tends to be a more quiet time allowing for better concentration

NOTE: perhaps the best piece of advice I ever received regarding the time and duration of an early morning quiet time was this:

  1. If you are just starting out with an early morning quiet time, DON’T plan on getting up an hour earlier with the lofty goal of an hour long time of prayer and Bible reading. You’ll do it for a day or two and crash
  2. Instead, set your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier than usual and have a 5 minute quiet time. When getting up 5 minutes earlier is no longer a problem, then move it up 5 minutes again…..and watch the time grow. This actually works! By doing this incrementally my quiet time became 30 to 60 minutes each morning without a struggle
  • Choose the best place – “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mk 1:35 Hopefully you can find a place inside the house that is quiet and free of distractions!
  • Gather the resources you will need/want
    1. Very important: if you are going to have an early morning quiet time, gather your materials the night before and put them in the place you will be having your quite time
      1. Materials/Resources to Consider
        1. Bible (of course)
        2. Notebook/Journal – to write down what the Lord speaks to you about
        3. Hymnbook/Songbook – I often read a hymn or two before my Bible reading; like corporate worship, it has a way of preparing my heart for the Word to come
        4. Daily Devotional Books – I use Spurgeon’s Morning by Morning and My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
        5. Scrap paper/memo pad and pen/pencil – this is another so very practical gem! This is to deal with distracting thoughts which WILL come when you are praying or reading (“I can’t forget to stop by the store on my way home today”, “My tooth is hurting; I should set up an appointment to see the dentist”, etc.). If we don’t have a way of “off-loading” the distracting thought, it will tend to keep coming to our mind, thus interrupting our concentration. By having a piece of note paper at hand, we can quickly “off-load” the thought to paper and quickly return to our devotion

I’ll continue with more practical ideas next time. Until then, happy personal devotion time!devo for Aug 26





Praises August 21 2015

by CPC Member – Sandra Bair
Sing songs of thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus!
Songs of adoration and songs of praise for His Love!
For God’s plan of salvation for all who believe in Jesus!
For the gift of faith through which we know Jesus is real!
Faith to believe in what we do not see or understand;
Faith is a God-given gift available only through the Lord!
Praise to God above! Thank you for loving us so!
Sing joyous songs of praise to our Savior Jesus above!
Songs of worship and songs of praise for His blessings!
For the gift of a personal relationship with our Redeemer!
The Holy Spirit of God works in our hearts and minds,
Making God’s Word come alive in meaning every day!
Ever readying each believer with the fruits of the Spirit!
Praise to Savior Jesus! Thank you for making us anew for You!

A Worthwhile Search

(this week by Nancy Land)

Have you ever searched for lost keys? A misplaced document? Or when you think of the word “search,” do you most often think of the internet.   Most of us have likely spent a lot of time searching the web for the best price for an airline ticket, a hotel room or a needed item.

Doing a quick search I found about 50 Scripture verses in the King James Version containing the word “search.” The word is used in several different contexts– twelve spies “searching out” the Promised Land, King Herod ordering the wise men to “go and search diligently,” and the Pharisees challenging Nicodemus to “search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

And here are some verses that speak into our own personal lives:

“O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” Ps. 139:1-3 (ESV)

“You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:13 (NKJV)

“Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the LORD!” Lam. 3:40 (NKJV)

“And all the churches will know that I am He who searches mind and heart and I will give to each of you according to your works.” Rev. 2:23 (ESV)

A final passage that I want to emphasize is found in Acts 17. Paul and Silas have come to the Greek city of Berea and, as was their custom, they went straight to the Jewish synagogue. Verse 11 says that “These were more fair-minded…in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (NKJV)

Today, with our multiple English translations, including study Bibles, we have it easy compared to these Bereans who had to go to a synagogue and search through a number of bulky scrolls. In fact, getting back to the internet, there are some great websites (also apps) that you can use such as, or

Prayer: Lord, we are thankful to have your Word so readily available to us. Help us to be faithful in searching our own hearts and the Scriptures on a daily basis.

Praises August 14 2015

by CPC Member – Sandra Bair

Praise the Lord Jesus for His divine Power and Glory!
Sing His Name in heaven and through all the earth!
All His creation, beautiful, filled with colors He designed –
Shades, blends, tints, specific to every detail;
Mountains, canyons, valleys, deserts, rivers, and forests;
Our grateful hearts welcome gentle rains to water:
Lush flowers, berries, grasses, fruit trees, and food crops!
We sing praises to the glory of our Savior Jesus for all He made!

Praise to our Creator Jesus for His divine Love and Perfection!
Sing to the Lord Jesus a song of praise for His beauty!
For multi-color sunrises and sunsets filling the horizon;
Each unique, changing, scene over water, field, city, or hills!
Colors and shadows of desert flowers, cacti, and mesas;
Wind patterns shown in sand sweeps and dust whirls!
All part of Lord Jesus’ creation canvas for beautiful earth!
We sing praises to the glory of our Savior Jesus for all He made!