Archives for December 2015

Put God First in 2016


January 6 2016 – by Tony Hayden

Matthew 6:31-34 says: “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’  or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

The key verse is verse 33. Seek God first this year, in so doing you will have a successful year, and God will truly bless you and your family.
Let me share a short outline on seeking God first in 2016:

  1. Putting God first in life means that we conform our lives to his principles.

-Roman 12:2 tells us to “be not conformed to this world”.
-How close we are to the Lord will impact how closely our lives will conform to his!
-Can others say that we are not conformed to the world, but living for Jesus instead?
-People can see this by our daily Christian walk.

  1. Put God first means serving in his kingdom.

-2 Corinthians 5:20 says: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ”.
-An ambassador is suppose to serve his King. I am sorry to say that many are not good ambassadors for God.
-We live in a lost world that needs Christ, so we should show others Jesus everyday.
-Let us serve the King.

  1. Putting God first means putting his Church first.

-The local Church is the only organization Christ left down here to do his work.
-We can serve God through the local church.
-Do you serve God in the Church?
-We owe the Church our prayers everyday and to pray for one another.
-James 5:16 tell us “pray for one another.” It would be amazing the things that God could do through the Church by us praying for each other
In closing God wants us to put him first in our lives. May God help us to put him first in this new year.

Happy New Year to everyone!Seek-ye-first-Kingdom-of-God

Praises – December 25 2015

by CPC Member Sandra Bair
Joy to the Lord our Savior, Jesus the Messiah!
Born this day! Sing songs of joy and honor!
Sent by Father God to live and walk the earth;
As Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man!
He came to free us from the cost of our sin!
Joy to the world, Jesus born this day in Bethlehem!
God chose Joseph and Mary, as His earthly parents,
Both came from the family line of King David!
Shepherds from nearby fields came to honor baby Jesus!
Prophet, Lord, Shepherd, Healer, Creator of the world!
Eternal, the Holy One of the heavenly Lord of all!
Sing alleluias, hearts filled with joy! The Lord has come!
Voices sing aloud with jubilant praise and songs of love!
Blessed is our Creator, Savior, and King of all the world!!

“And they shall call His name Immanuel”

(by Wayne Metcalf)

It’s almost Christmas. The house is quiet, everyone is in bed and the flame in the fireplace is slowly flickering as the late night news is showing people filled with the Christmas spirit. It’s almost midnight now and I can’t sleep. I keep thinking how the world has been transformed in the last several weeks. It’s as if the whole world slows down and focuses in on peace, love and joy. It’s now, more than any other time of the year that people think of Him. His name is on our lips more this week than any other time of the year. All of the sudden we see Jesus in the eyes of a stranger offering to help, or a cop who pulls you over for a violation and gives you a gift instead or even in the tears of parents overwhelmed with emotion as the pray for their children. This is truly the season that we see Immanuel. Mathew 1:23 says; “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” NKJV. Then, in a few days the clean-up will begin. We’ll take down the tree and put all of the lights away. I’ll probably have to exchange my size 34s for 36s while I’m looking for the half priced eggnog. All too soon December’s joy will turn into January’s debt and life will be normal again. However; for now, the magic is still in the air. I guess maybe that’s why I can’t sleep. I want to enjoy the spirit a bit more. I want to pray for everyone that only thinks of our Savior and his message of love in December. I can only imagine what the world would be like if we all lived life like it was Christmas every day.







Praises – December 18 2015

by CPC Member Sandra Bair

We sing, Gloria, Gloria, Gloria to God in the highest!
Glory to our God above! Glory to the Lamb of God!
Sing! Sing with joyful heart, spirit, and voice to Jesus!
Glorious is the day when Christ Jesus was born!
Hallelujah, hallelujah, King Jesus, our Savior!
Jesus left His heavenly throne for His time on earth.
Prophecy foretold, a baby to be born of virgin Mary;
The Holy Spirit came upon her and the power of
the Most High overshadowed her!
The holy baby born of Mary was named Jesus,
called the Son of God! God’s Word is living and true!
Sing! Sing with a joyful heart, spirit, and voice in song!
Glorious is the day when Christ Jesus was born!
We adore you O Lord on High, Father, Son, & Holy Spirit!

The Harvest is Plentiful

(by Zach Alexander, with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at USF)

Read the following passage placing yourself in the place of the disciples being sent out.

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After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[b]

16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

Jesus was always constantly going to new towns proclaiming a message of his kingdom. It is something new where real life is found in him. Now he wants the disciples to follow in his footsteps. After asking the disciples to pray for workers, Jesus says “Go!” What do you think gives the disciples courage as they go out on this uncertain mission? I think knowing that their Lord and Friend has appointed them must give them some courage.

Despite the opportunity for hardship, there is the opportunity for people to be open to their message. Jesus is asking them to take a risk. He asks his disciples to be near the people they are reaching, living among them and sharing meals. Why would he ask them to live among the people? I think he wants his disciples to create real relationships instead of just giving out of charity where the people could feel undignified.

Who is someone in your life Jesus might want you to befriend and share his message?
What are some things you could do to be near non-christians? Do you have a hobby or sports team that helps you connect with people?

Spend a few minutes praying for one friend who does not know Jesus.

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