Praise the Lord! - July 15, 2020, Update
July 15, 2020 Dear sisters and brothers, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. “I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak His praises.” Psalm 34:1 When C.S. Lewis became a Christian, he admitted that he did not understand the importance of praise. Then, as Lewis studied, prayed and meditated on the Scripture, it dawned on him that; "Praise is the means by which God reveals Himself to His people." What it really means to praise God? Usually devoted Christians use the term, “Praise the Lord.” What do we really mean when we say 'Praise the Lord'? The important question is. - How can our praises to God be more creative than simply repeating that sentence? Of course, there is nothing wrong with that Biblical phrase as long as we sincerely mean it. The act of praise is simply giving credit where credit is due. When God gives a special blessing to us, we are to praise Him and give Him credit for the blessing.
Even if God allows a trial to come our way, we do not deny or ignore our pains; rather, by praising the Lord, we are choosing to remember that He is there with us in the midst of our sufferings and we have the assurance of God’s faithfulness. What God has done before He can and will do again, today, tomorrow and forever.
In other words, we are sure and confident that God is going to work all things together for our good and for His glory
It’s not easy to maintain a calm, positive spirit in the midst of all these political, economical and pandemic tough situations.
In fact, one of the major secrets to a positive, joyful spirit is praise. Wherever we are and no matter how hard our circumstances are, we should try to meditate on our loving and caring God and praise Him for His love, salvation, provision, protection, care, hope, faithfulness, mercy, and grace. We should also enjoy singing praise songs to Him, reading and quoting Psalms, and thanking Him for all His blessings.
Let’s remember that Praise keeps things in perspective, and the trials and problems of life grow dim in comparison to the glorious Light of our Lord Jesus Christ. To God be the Glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CeBoSQsBR0
Always keep in mind that, my number one priority is your spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Therefore, if you are more comfortable to follow the live-stream of the worship service from home, please follow us on Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church Facebook page, as well as on Zoom and Cilicia Church You Tube channel. Besides meeting in person, we will continue, God willing, our ministries by phone calls (24 / 7), Zoom, Facebook, Church Website, Church YouTube, and ICFN.TV.
You can find all the details on our website: www.ciliciachurch.org
VERY IMPORTANT: This is to thank all those that they are sending their donations, offerings, pledges-memberships and general donations to the Church, by mail or in person.
Remember, we are called to count God’s blessings. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9: 7).
If you want to donate to our/ your Church, you can write a check and mail your pledges, offerings and donations to the Cilicia Church address:
339 S Santa Anita Ave. Pasadena, CA 91107
Remember, that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I am always on call, 24 hours a day. If you need anything, please, do not hesitate to text me or call me. We are here to pray and to help. Always remember, you can reach me at my e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or
My cellphone 559-770-3895 or Church phone 626- 405-9195.
Stay safe and healthy and may our Lord continue protecting you, your families, your loved ones and have healthy, hopeful, peaceful, blessed and prayerful days and nights.
With best wishes and prayers
Rev. Serop Megerditchian – Senior Pastor Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church Pasadena