Archives for March 2016

Finding Life in Jesus

March 30 2016 – by Zach Alexander

Luke 18
18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]”
21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”

I am struck by how this young man comes to Jesus with good intentions of drawing closer to God and receiving eternal life. He is a normal person like you and me. Yet as the passage reads on, we see that he has some pride in his accomplishments. Upon seeing this, Jesus calls him to give up his resources. The man seems to be blind to an idol in his life that has become more important than God. Jesus demands a radical response. What if Jesus told you to empty your bank account for the poor? I am not sure I could do it.

What does it mean to rely on Jesus even with our daily needs? Jesus is inviting him into a relationship: “Then come, follow me.” But first he must give up one thing. Jesus seems to have a way of placing his finger on the one thing that we hold onto too tight. If he is able to take that first step of faith, then he is promised a life in God’s will.

For those who do step out in faith, there are promises of treasures and life with God. Peter wonders if he gets to be with God, has he done enough? Jesus goes on to reassure him that God is faithful to honor his life of faith. Jesus promises to provide for those who trust Jesus, but that provision has to come from him. I believe when we try to care for ourselves on our own we will find life draining and empty. He is offering us what we need but we have to place him above everything else.

Is there something that has become too important in your life?
What is a source of anxiety or unnecessary obsession?
What would it look like to give that to Jesus?

Prayer: Jesus we admit that we are sinful and want to find life apart from you. Forgive us. Help us to trust you with everything we need. Take care of us. Give us the strength to give you every part of our lives. Amen.

Finding Life in Jesus

Praises – March 26 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair

Praise to the Lord Jesus! He is our Salvation!
Christ Jesus’ rose from the dead after three days!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus conquered sin and death!
He is our Savior, Lord Eternal and Redeemer King!
Sing praises and songs of celebration to Savior Jesus!
Praise to Lord Jesus! He is our Hope and Salvation!

Praise to Savior Jesus, King of Creation, our Salvation!
We lift our hearts to Christ Jesus, who paid sin’s cost;
that we be freed completely, eternally, to be with Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus conquered sin and death!
Blessed Savior, God of Grace, Lord of Light and Life!
Praise to Lord Jesus! He is our complete Salvation!

Praises – March 17 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair

How we need you, O beautiful Savior Jesus!
Your Perfect Peace renews and strengthens us!
Your Comfort replaces our fears, our uncertainties!
We thank you for your love, O blessed Jesus!

How we need you, O loving Savior Jesus!
Your Constancy is our daily certainty!
Your Blessings provide all our needs!
We thank you for your love, O holy Jesus!

How we need you, O gracious Savior Jesus!
Your death in our place on the cross, freed us!
To be in Everlasting relationship with you!
We thank you for your grace, O loving Jesus!

Praises – March 11 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair

Our delight and center for all our days is in the Lord Jesus!
Great is our thankfulness for His gift of Saving Grace from sin!
Beautiful, Gentle, yet Mighty is He! God’s Son who died for us!
That we be saved to live with Him eternally, belonging to Him!
Our delight and center for all our days is in Holy Jesus!

Jesus is the radiance of His Father’s glory! He is Life Eternal!
Songs of joy, songs of praise, songs of love, songs of adoration,
we sing telling of Jesus’ love, Jesus’ light, Jesus’ truth and way!
Jesus the carpenter, Jesus the teacher, Jesus the healer and man!
Our delight and center for all our days is in Holy Lord Jesus!

The heavens fill with the music of nature and eternal Joy of Jesus!
Jesus, Son of God, Jesus tempted in the desert, Jesus, Bread of Life!
Jesus led twelve disciples, Jesus healed the sick, Jesus the Prophet!
Jesus, creator of the world and mankind, and all within it!
Our delight and center for all our days is in Holy Lord Jesus!


March 9 2016 – by Steve Griffin

Using the Lord’s prayer (as we call it) from Matthew 6, consider the following six “P’s” as a way to meditate on your own prayer life:
I.  PRAISE: Our Father In heaven, hallowed by your name…
a.  As we approach our Father…”enter into His gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise” Psalm 100:4
i. Adoring and Praising Him for who He is
ii. Thanking Him for what He has done
II.  PURPOSE: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
a.  Commit ourselves to His purposes and will for our lives
III.  PROVISION: Give us this day our daily bread
a.  Recognize He is our provision for everything, including our physical and material needs. “God will supply all your needs from His riches in glory…” 4:19
IV.  PARDON: Forgive us our debts….
a.  We are in constant need of fresh cleansing
i.Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal our sin to us: “Examine me O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts…” Psalm 139:23-24
ii. Confess each sin specifically
iii.Make it right with others if necessary: “When you remember your brother has something against you…go at once to make peace…”
iv. Accept that God has forgiven you: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn 1:9
V.  PEOPLE: “ we also forgive our debtors”
a.  Pray for others
VI.  PROTECTION: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
a.  Ask for God’s spiritual protection; recognize that we are in a spiritual battle that never lets uplords-prayer