Archives for January 2016

Praises – January 29 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair
Clap your hands! Praise the Lord! O our Redeemer Jesus!
Sing to the Lord a new song! Our hearts sing of Jesus’ grace!
Fill the air with the sound of cymbals, horns, and drums!
God is Love! God is merciful! God is compassionate!
God is kind, God is tender! God is good! God is all!
God is ever watchful! God is ever vigilant! God is Truth!
God is the peacemaker! God is Eternal! God is sovereign!
Praise to the Lord God above for your many blessings!
Lift your prayers high to the Lord, lift your songs in worship!
Join in unending hymns of adoration, gratitude, and praise!

Who Am I?

February 3 2016 – by Greg Conover

“What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “What do you do?” These are common questions we ask each other – questions that give us information about who we are – clues to our identity.

One of the most important aspects of being a Christian is knowing and believing our identity. To whom do we belong? What’s the big deal? How does this affect my life and behavior?

The Bible tells us that we are a son or daughter of the Great King. We are redeemed, forgiven, righteous, and sanctified (holy). We must never forget our identity – yet we do…every day. And because we forget, we throw ourselves into self-salvation projects. We look to our works or idols for our acceptance or look down on others to build ourselves up. We just don’t believe who we are in Christ.

But God’s Word tells us something so wonderful, it is hard to believe.

Right after Paul tells us that we are saved by grace alone (Romans 5) and we were “in Adam” and now we’re “in Christ” [our identity as a new person] he asks a rhetorical question: “Are we to continue in sin so grace may abound?” He then gives us a very unique answer. He doesn’t give rules and law to “constrain sin” but he goes deeper into the Gospel by reminding us of our new position, our new identity! He doesn’t say, “If you ask about sinning, you must need rules to stop you!” He says in effect: “If you ask this question, the Gospel hasn’t penetrated you sufficiently…let me give it to you again! So he writes in Romans 6:

3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized [baptize here means to identify with someone] into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

This is amazing! Our identity is 100% with Christ. We died with Him, we live with Him and we will rise with Him. When we think on this, the last thing we will do is want to sin! We are His and He is ours!

I want this to sink into our hearts. Yet we forget and so we need the Gospel for our lives…every day. This is a game changer. This changes how we behave, how we live. It allows us to rest without guilt and love without “ifs”. As we see who we are in Christ it empowers us to share this amazing life giving love with others! It sets us FREE!Who Am I

 

 

 

 

 

Praises – January 22 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair

Blessed Jesus, we honor, worship, and praise You!
Joyously, in humbleness and adoration for Your love!
O Savior Jesus, Lord, Master, Shepherd, and Friend!
You died on Calvary’s cross for all mankind’s sin!
So all who believe in Jesus as their Savior, live forever,
with Father God, Redeemer Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!
Experience Jesus’ love, comfort, and peace! Pass it on!
Celebrate the deep love God has for each one of us!
Sing for joy, sing in worship, sing as ‘one’ to honor Jesus!
Let us lift our hands while praising our Majestic Savior!
May our hearts, minds, lives, and prayers reflect His Love!

Quiet Time Dryness

February 3 2016 – by Steve Griffin

I took a hiatus from devotions on “quiet time” last time (12/02/2015), but return to it with this week’s mid-week devotion on “dryness”. For me it couldn’t come at a better time.
There are many causes for dry spells. Rick Warren, well known Christian author and pastor of Saddleback church, names a few:
1. Unconfessed Sin
2. Physical (Tired, Stressed, Sick, Afflicted)
3. Biting Off Too Much (Focusing on the quantity of scripture, “I’ll read the OT this morning”)
4. Routine (Getting in a rut; may be time to change it up)
5. Not Sharing Your Insights (What God puts in is meant to flow out)

Since 2002 I’ve had one long headache (no, that’s not the year I got married). My head literally, constantly hurts. And that has had a BIG influence on my quiet time. I stare at the page, read a few sentences, and then realize I didn’t take any of it in. So I’ve had to make adjustments, and still need to make more adjustments, to insure I keep feeding on the Bread of Life.

Maybe you’re going through a time of spiritual dryness. With credit to writer Ashley Roe, I found a list of 15 tips for times of spiritual dryness. Here are 8 of them:
1. Find a new Bible study
2. Join a small group or bible study
3. Get some accountability (Knowing that you have someone to turn to for encouragement and advice might just be the motivation you need)
4. Write (Journaling is a great way to get out your thoughts and is a very cathartic experience)
5. Listen to worship music
6. Make a list of things for which you are thankful
7. Just pray (Tell Him how you’re feeling and ask Him to help you get over the dry spell)
8. Give yourself grace (Don’t get down on yourself because of the dry spell)In this photo taken Monday, March 22, 2010, a Chinese farmer walks across a dried-up reservoir in Shuitang village of Chenggong county in southwest China's Yunnan province. Emergency wells were being drilled and cloud-seeding operations carried out in southern China, where the worst drought in decades has left millions of people without water and caused more than 1,000 schools to close, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo) ** CHINA OUT ** XHG806

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praises – January 15 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair
Praise our Lord Jesus for ever and ever!
Let us celebrate the love and joy of Jesus
in our moments, outreach, and service!
He is our Holy Creator, our Foundation,
Full of Grace, the Truth, the Living Word!
Each day of our lives Jesus enables us when
we trust in Him, seek Him, and depend on Him!
Strengthening us when we are weak and afraid!
Bringing us peace when we are anxious and needy!
Comforting us when we are sick and suffering!
We sing of your Grace and Love, O Blessed Jesus!
May our hearts become passionate for You daily!
Let us delight in and honor our beautiful Lord!
Praise our Savior Jesus for ever and evermore!
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