Archives for April 2016

Praises – April 29 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair

Praise and honor to our Lord of Grace and eternal Salvation!
Your Glory abounds in the heavens and in all You created!
Blessed be the Lord of Glory, God of Light, God of Love!
Let us daily worship God in action, word, and intentions!
May we honor you, O Savior Jesus, with hearts of love –
Through prayers for all your peoples’ ministries and needs!

O Spirit of God, lift our hearts and voices in thankfulness
and praise to our Father God, for His mercy and sovereignty!
You live and work in the hearts and minds of Jesus believers!
You are God’s presence and seal of our faith in Christ Jesus!
May we honor you by gladly doing all you lead us to do!
O Spirit of God, lift our hearts and voices in praise to Jesus!

From Darkness Into Light

April 27 2016 – by Jan Howard

In mid-March, weather conditions were just the right combination to create a heavy fog over Florida’s Tampa Bay. The darkened atmosphere, and poor visibility led to closing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge two mornings in one week. There are an estimated 54,000 people who commute over the bridge each day. So, one can imagine the chaos that ensued as throngs of frustrated commuters looked for backup routes in snarled traffic.

But as annoying, and stressful as atmospheric fog might be, there is another kind of fog that has far more devastating consequences. This can be seen in people who walk in a sort of spiritual fog, always seeking, but never finding, because they either search for God in wrong places, or they don’t search at all, because they don’t believe in Him. And, their hearts and minds become darkened to the truth.

In the case of physical fog, when the sun appears the fog lifts, and the darkness dispels. Likewise, the appearance of the Son of God dispels our spiritual darkness & gives us light. Jesus speaking in John 8:12 says:

“I am the light of the world.” “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

If someone really wants to know who God is, all they need is a Bible. Romans 1: 18-32 tells us that what may be known about God is plain to us, because He has made it plain to us.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

In other words, worship, and praise God as our Creator!
Also, believe the words of Psalm 119: 105:

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

When we trust the words of Scripture, and believe in Jesus, who is also called the “Word of God,” we will never walk in spiritual darkness. Our hearts and minds are illuminated when we trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!

foggy bridge

Praises – April 22 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair

Sing to the Lord a new song – a song of joy in Jesus our Savior!
Praise for His first blessing in the morning – the breath of life!
For the Holy Spirit who lives in all who believe in Jesus as Savior!
Praise to the Only God, Everlasting, Perfect, All-knowing, Constant!
How blessed is our Lord Jesus, who is Grace, Love, Justice, and Mercy!
Sing to the Lord for His Eternal Glory and Honor through His Holy Word!

Sing to the Lord a new song – a song of honor to Jesus our Savior!
Praise for the blessing of His Spirit in Worship, Obedience, and Song!
May our lives reflect God’s love and goodness through the Holy Spirit!
Amazing is the Lord! Perfect in power! Faithful and Eternal is our God!
How beautiful and gentle is He! Yet he holds creation in His hands!
Sing blessings and praises to our God! Thank the Lord continuously!

Praises – April 15 2016

by CPC member Sandra Bair

Sing to the Lord! Delight in our Savior, for all His blessings!
God’s beauty is everywhere to be seen, appreciated! Praise Him!
Beauty of the heavenly skies; clouds all shapes, kinds and sizes!
Praise the Lord for His creation! His love is shown in its beauty!
Our Amazing Lord is above all! Creation reflects God’s Glory!
Sing to the Lord of His great gifts! Sing and honor the Lord Jesus!

Sing to the Lord! Delight in the work of His hands day and night!
Celebrate each day with prayer, praise, and time alone with Him!
Worship our Lord in the silence of the morning’s rising sun!
Thank Holy God for His great gift in sending Jesus, our Savior!
Our Amazing Lord is Savior of all who would believe in Him!
Sing to the Lord of His great gifts! Sing and honor the Lord Jesus!

Created by God to Serve

April 13 2016 – by Wayne Metcalf

People, you were created by God to serve. What He told the prophet Jeremiah is also true for you:

“Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV)

God redeemed you so you could do His holy work. In God’s kingdom, you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfill, and this gives your life great significance and special value. The Bible says,

“You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you.” (1 Peter 2:9, GW)

Anytime you use your God-given abilities to help others, you are fulfilling your calling.
In an underground church in Viet Nam I have heard them say when they welcome new believers – “Jesus now has a new pair of eyes with which to see, a new set of ears for listening, two new hands for which to help, and a new heart for loving others.” You’re not only the eyes, ears, hands, and heart of Jesus among your peers, you also have the crucial role of helping the people in your circle to become the eyes, ears, hands, and heart of Jesus. Your partnership is desperately needed in the Body of Christ, and no matter where you serve, it is a critical outpost for advancing God’s kingdom. Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important. There is no small or insignificant service to God; it all matters. Likewise, there are no insignificant ministries in the Body of Christ. Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable. Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference. There is no correlation between size and significance. Your ministry matters because it matters to God, and you are crucial to the Body of Christ because we’re all dependent on each other.
Jesus taught that we should maintain an attitude of service no different from His own, for the Messiah “did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life.” Jesus came “to serve” and “to give” – and those two verbs should define your life on earth too. Jesus taught that spiritual maturity is never an end in itself, rather maturity is for ministry. In the same way, your position as a Christian should never become an end in itself – as if you have arrived – rather it is a heavenly calling to wash the feet of those around you, serving those in your congregation and your community at large. We grow up in Christ in order to give out. It is not enough to keep learning more and more about the Bible or the latest church growth technique, certainly these are good things, but we must act on what we know and practice what we claim to believe. Some of us know the streets of ancient Jerusalem better than we know the streets of our own hometown, and that’s an indicator that we’re out of balance when it comes to serving those around us. Study without service leads to spiritual stagnation. The old comparison between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea is still true: Galilee is a lake full of life because it takes in water but also gives it out; in contrast, nothing lives in the Dead Sea because, with no outflow, the lake has become stagnate.
Can you see the logic of God’s intent? If you want greater spiritual maturity and wisdom, you need to be pouring what you already know into the lives of others! Why would God pour more maturity and wisdom into a stagnate reservoir? Following this same thought, the last thing many believers need is to go to another Bible study; they already know far more than they are putting into practice. What they need are opportunities to serve, where they can exercise their spiritual muscles. Let’s be an example that will teach the members of our church to shift from an attitude of “serve us” to “service.” We need to no longer say, “I want a church that meets my needs and blesses me.” Instead, we need to learn to say, “I want a place to serve and be a blessing.” You are a blessing as you serve the church, and even though they may not see all the things you do, God does; and he is pleased to have you as his eyes, ears, hands, and heart.