Archives for November 2015

Praises – November 27 2015

by CPC Member Sandra Bair
We praise the Name of the Lord Jesus, our Redeemer!
God’s Word is the light for our life, learning, and actions!  
O Perfect Peace, Light that permeates our sinful souls!
Bringing the love Light of Jesus to free us from our sin!
Heavenly God of never-ending love, You hold us fast!
Lord of Comfort, Hope, and Joy! Jesus is forgiveness! 
Beautiful are your gifts! You are our stronghold, our love!
Jesus is amazing! The joy and creator of all generations!
Praise to Savior Jesus for your Truth, Faithfulness, and Grace!
O Spirit of God, our Counselor, our Help, as we grow in faith!  
Honor Lord Jesus through our worship, praise, and love!!
 

Do I have a Heart of Thanksgiving?

(by Nancy Land)

I recently heard a well-known pastor ask this question on a radio broadcast. I have often sung the words, “With a heart of thanksgiving, I will praise you, O Lord” or “I will enter your gates with thanksgiving in my heart.” And it made me stop and think about what it really means to have a thankful heart.

Around our thanksgiving tables we share many things for which we are thankful: our homes, families, church, jobs, freedom, the Bible in our language and surely at the top of the list the Lord Jesus and the gift of salvation. But are the pressures of the day, an annoying person or a difficult decision weighing our hearts down so that as we go through our days or come to a worship service on Sunday, we are just singing words while we have more of a grumbling than a thankful heart?

My husband and I served for a time among some of the poorest people on earth. Yet we personally knew people who exhibited hearts of thanksgiving—no doubt thankful for a thatched roof over their heads, enough food to cook that day, a few coins for the offering and that missionaries had come (years before we arrived) to share the Gospel and build a hospital and schools and translate the Bible.

The Psalm below is often referred to as a Psalm of Thanksgiving.   When we struggle to have a thankful heart, we can meditate on these words which instruct us as to how, why, when and where to be thankful.

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations. (ESV)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Praises – November 20 2015

By CPC Member Sandra Bair

O Blessed Jesus, how we love you, how sacred is your Name!
You are ever present in all situations and times of our lives!
For all our needs, growing in your Word, to serving You!
As our Savior, you walked the roads of Jerusalem and Israel!
You called twelve men to follow you to be Fishers of Men!
O Savior, you taught them the prophets’ predictions and meaning!
Teaching God’s Word, healing sick, fulfilling Messiah’s prophecy!
Savior Jesus, You performed miracles, and fed the hungry!
You demonstrated in perfect obedience, You are God’s Son!
May our hearts, intentions, and lives honor You in the Holy Spirit!
Blessed is the Name of Jesus, the Name above all Names!
Blessed Jesus, how we love you, how beautiful is your Name!

Jesus Holds Everything Together

(by Jan Howard)
Have you ever felt your world was spinning out of control, while you were desperately trying to hang on? I had that feeling quite literally one recent morning when I woke up and awkwardly slammed my head into the door frame. I quickly realized that I had vertigo, which I ended up having for 2 weeks, before it ended as mysteriously as it began.
Feeling off kilter and unsteady on your feet can be very unnerving. This experience made me realize something else about myself; I like to be in control. I don’t like it when random things suddenly happen; especially painful, or scary things.
Sometimes life itself can feel like that. For awhile, we’re just going along our merry way, until out of nowhere something big, and unforeseen hits us with enough force to put us in a tailspin, and leave us reeling. It could be a sudden diagnosis, the death of a loved one, the betrayal of a trusted friend, or any number of life changing events.
So, how are we to respond to such heart wrenching trials as Christians? First, we can remember that we live in a fallen world, and therefore no one is exempt from pain or suffering. Secondly, as believers in Christ, we have a huge advantage over people who do not share our faith. For one thing, when we believe the Bible, and trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we know that He loves us deeply, and is with us always! And thirdly, we have the very words of Jesus to encourage and give us hope: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
So whether you’re currently in the midst of a storm, or now enjoying the calm, keep your focus on Jesus, and rest securely in His embrace. Breathe deeply, relax, and know that Almighty God who is able to hold the earth, and sun, and moon, and stars in place is also able to hold you together. You are precious to Him, and He will sustain you!my peace I give to you

 

 

 

 

 

Praises – November 13 2015

by CPC Member Sandra Bair
How magnificent is your creation O Lord Jesus!
Your glorious heavenly skies of moving cloud forms
remind us of your power, love, and amazing beauty!
We praise your Name, O Blessed One, King of all!
Delicate multi-colored flowers and lacy, fragile plants
reveal God’s tenderness and gentleness of His care!
Praise to our Savior Jesus, Creator of all the universe!
How blessed are we to be your adopted children in grace!
Blessed with Eternal life for our belief in You as our Savior!
The earth and heavens sing and point to You their creator!
Let us sing in joy and appreciation, to honor Savior Jesus!

 

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