Archives for September 2015

Trusting Jesus Brings Peace

(this week by Jan Howard)

“What If?!” Have you ever found yourself saying or thinking that? Usually it happens when we feel worried, or afraid. Often it is when we are concerned something won’t go as we want it to, or as we’ve planned. Of course, there are many things in life that we are helpless to change. One of these is a cancer diagnosis. That happened to our family almost seven years ago when our beloved son, Jonathan, died at age 24. I cannot even describe the intense fear that my husband and I lived with during that time. Jonathan, bless his heart though, was braver than all of us. And it was clear to everyone who knew him that the Lord was giving him peace, and strength for the journey.

After awhile, we too began to draw on God’s strength. Grieving takes time though, and for months I was stuck questioning God about why He didn’t heal our son. And while I kept asking God for a good explanation, He was silent towards me, and I felt even worse.

Finally one day, I realized that all my questions were just hurting me, and I was desperate for comfort. I recall clearly saying to God, “Ok, I don’t understand why you took Jonathan home so soon, but I will trust you anyway.” At that very moment, I felt flooded with the Lord’s peace, and His words: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 7

It’s all about Trust! When we are secure in the knowledge of Jesus’ love for us, and truly believe that He is with us always, we don’t have to worry or fear. We know that our life is safe in His hands, and that He is sovereign over all of our circumstances, past, present, and future. There is no such thing as a bad ending, for those who belong to the Lord!devo Phil Sept 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praises September 25 2015

by CPC Member Sandra Bair
Let us as one voice, sing songs of praise and thankfulness!
Telling Jesus of our love for His love, grace, and presence!
Declaring His Sovereignty, Power, Majesty and Perfection!
O Lord in heaven – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one!
Your perfect relationship is the expected one you set before us! 
Though sinful we are, it always remains a beacon to lead us –
To live out daily with others in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Let us as one voice, sing songs of praise and thankfulness!
Let us be in godly relationship with others pleasing the Lord!
Our actions and thoughts reflect our faith in Jesus each day!
Thank you, sweet Jesus’ for redeeming us at our sin’s cost!
O blessed Lord, thank you for all the fruits of the Spirit!

God Listens to Our Prayers

This week by Tony Hayden

Psalms 116:1-7 says: “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me. I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me: I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: O, Lord, save me ! The Lord is gracious and righteous, our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple hearted: when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”

Have you ever felt like your prayers were not making it past the ceiling? It’s almost like your prayer never left the room you were in. Some of the greatest men of the Bible have struggled with the same feeling of separation in times of prayer. David expressed these same feelings in Psalms 13. Verses 1-3 says: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face for me? How long must I wrestle with my thought, and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O Lord my God, Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death.”

Many of us struggle with the feeling that God isn’t listening to us. However, today’s passage shows us that God does incline his ear to us. The Psalmist reflected on a time when God heard his plea for help and delivered him from danger. The psalmist is motivated to worship God through prayer because he is grateful that God listened to his cry and he delivered him. In verse 2, the psalmist gives an expression of his trust: “Therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”

Prayer is not so much an act as it is a demonstration of dependency on God. Maybe you have felt like God hasn’t been hearing your prayers. This passage should encourage you to keep praying, because God does hear your prayers. I encourage you to keep praying, and don’t hold back.

In closing we should say the following prayer: “Father, we are thankful that you allow us to come boldly before your throne.”

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Praises September 18 2015

By CPC Member Sandra Bair
O blessed Jesus, how beautiful and merciful you are!
O Living Lord, how marvelous, how precious you are!
We lift our hearts in praises for God’s saving grace!
Praise Jesus for His perfect, humble life on earth!
Jesus sought His Father’s pleasure, will, and way –
Setting an example for us to mirror Him each day!
The Lord Jesus lived His life as a model for us!
We are to love others and share the gospel!
We lift our voices in grateful adoration to Jesus!
O Lord, we praise your Name above all names!

God’s Wisdom or Man’s?

(this week by Wayne Metcalf)

 

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing will be there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:13-17, NKJV)

 

This setting of Scripture deals with the dividing line for worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom. Many times in life people will come to us to share their wisdom, sometimes even saying that God has given them a word. These Scriptures make it very clear the difference between man’s wisdom and God’s wisdom. The characteristics of worldly wisdom are self-seeking, envy and bitterness and can all be summed up as selfishness. When wisdom comes from this set of characteristics, we can be sure it is not from God. As a matter of fact, James says that this wisdom is earthly, sensual and demonic. This would bring about confusion. But, God’s wisdom will be peaceful, pure, gentle, willing to yield and full of mercy and good fruits.

 

With any set of circumstances or decisions, when there is lack of peace and mercy it comes from self-centeredness. You can
see this wisdom in our churches, in our business meetings and in our homes. The hallmark of God’s wisdom that comes from above is that it will bring and produce peace. These guidelines show the difference between man pretending to be wise and the real wisdom
of God. Our wisdom must not only be a wisdom that thinks and talks well, but it must walk well. Those who
live in malice, envy and contention are confused and bring about confusion. They do not have the peace of God; therefore, this wisdom will never bring peace. The fruit of purity, peace, gentleness and mercy were proved to be the wisdom of God. The true mark of God’s wisdom will bring life, restoration and peace. When seeking God’s wisdom, use these characteristics and you will know His wisdom.

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