Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/27/14

July 28, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Warfare Prayer“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”   (Romans 4:7)

If we love God we strive to be righteous and to keep from sin. But none are perfect except God alone. Try as we might we often fail to control every thought, every word, and every action. Yet He who loves us wants to forgive our sins and transgressions.

He is a loving Father and we are but little children to Him. He sent His son that we might have redemption through His sacrifice, through the blood He shed for us for the forgiveness of sin. And in this He has richly blessed us, for if we are faithful to repent of our sins and transgressions, He is faithful to forgive us. Praise the Lord for His everlasting love and mercy to us.

May the Lord bless you this day with the forgiveness that only He can give.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/20/14

July 21, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ risen“[We] are being transformed into his image…”   (2 Cor. 3:18)

If we belong to Jesus Christ, if He is our Lord and Savior, we are being made new in Christ, a new creation in Christ. We are to become more and more like Him and less and less as we were when we were unredeemed and lost in sin. Our transition to being a child of God is instantaneous, but this transformation into His image is an ongoing process.

Each day we are to die a bit more to ourselves and become a bit more like Him. The closer we stay to Him the better, for it can be difficult to go through this refining process, everyday to die to self and to live for Christ, but it is His Spirit that leads us, and He is full of grace and mercy. Give yourself into His hands, and be transformed. Let Him make you to be like Christ.

May the blessings of Christ abide with you each day as you give yourself to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/13/14

July 14, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Lords prayer -- Tissot“…and His disciples followed Him.”   (Mark 6:1b)

Jesus said a disciple is not above his teacher, but is to follow and be like his teacher. If He is loving, then be loving. If He calls for repentance, then call for repentance. What the teacher taught, the disciple is to teach. What the teacher did, the disciple is to do.

Likewise, as the teacher was treated, so the disciple should expect to be treated. If people rejected the teacher’s message, they will reject the disciple’s too. Teach it anyway. If the teacher was persecuted for standing for the truth, the disciple will be persecuted also. Stand for the truth anyway. To follow Him calls for obedience; to be obedient is to join in His suffering, but it also means to join in His joy. Take joy in Him who has called you to follow Him.

May the Lord bless you as you faithfully follow Him.


Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/06/14

July 7, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus is Risen“I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.”  (Psalm 61:4b)

When our hearts are overwhelmed by the distresses of this life; when the news is not good and that which is bad is rising on tide of evil, there is only one place wherein we can be safe. We try to protect ourselves and our loved ones as best we can, but life is challenging and ever-changing, and sometimes unexpected as it can catch us unawares.

But God is never caught by surprise by any situation in our life. He is always there; He always knows; He is always waiting for us to turn to Him, to come to Him. Only in Him can we be secure; only He can protect us from the enemy of our soul and his attacks against us. If we stay close to the Lord and trust Him, He will shelter us; He will keep us and watch over us in every situation.

May you rest in the shelter of His wings this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/29/14

June 30, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

The Lord gives freedom…   (Psalm 146:7)

Jesus Christ risenIt is the Lord’s intent that we be free. He sets at liberty the captives and breaks the chains of the prisoners held in bondage. We have one Lord and One God, yet the world continues to try to intrude, to insert itself between our Lord and ourselves. Other things try to take priority in our lives. We may not have idols of wood or stone, but other idols can get between us and our God.

Work or money can try to take first place in our life; family or friends can become our first concern; a sinful behavior or a bad habit can get control of us if we do not make the Lord the most important thing in our life. Let us not be in bondage but seek the Lord’s mercy. There is freedom in the Lord. When He is first in our life everything else falls into line.

May you know the true freedom that comes from Christ our Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/22/14

June 23, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus risen“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;     therefore he will rise up to show you compassion…

Blessed are all who wait for him!”            (Isaiah 30:18)

How difficult it can be to wait upon the Lord, for the Lord’s timing is not our timing, and our patience is easily strained. When we are questioning which way to turn or which way to go, and we have sought the Lord for guidance and direction, and we have faithfully prayed again and again for an answer, it is hard to when we receive only silence or when He says, “Wait.”

Yet He is not slow in providing what is right for us; it is our impatience that frustrates our soul. The Lord always knows what is best for us; He always knows when we should receive and when we should wait. He has every intention of showing us His love and compassion if we will only exercise our faith and wait, assured of the blessing that He has for us.

May the Lord bless you with faith and patience to wait for His blessings for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/15/14

June 16, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus Christ 4“If God be for us, who can be against us?”     (Romans 8:31b)

We go through seasons of change and stagnation, times of trouble and turmoil, days of distress and duress. We feel the oppression, and the weight of it presses us down. At different times it comes at us in different ways. Work can become overwhelming and deadlines unrelenting; we seek relief, but help is not found. Health can take a sudden turn; illness and injury can take a toll. The outlook may seem dark.

Yet there is no darkness in the Lord. No tribulation or power can stop His love for us. If He is for us, then what can be against us that His love for us cannot conquer, for God’s love is great, and God’s love is powerful.  He gave His one and only son that we might never be separated from Him or the love of Jesus Christ.

May the love of the Lord be your strengthen this day and every day.


Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/08/14

June 9, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit …”    (Acts 2:4a)

Praise the Lord for His blessings! Praise the Lord for His promises! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness! Celebrate, for as He promised, the Father sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within all who believe and are baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.

He is come to be helper and counselor, the Spirit of Truth from the One who is the Truth, to teach us all things and remind us of the words of the Lord, the words of life, and to testify to the truth, to testify that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Hallelujah! Embrace the Holy Spirit and be glad, for He cares for you. Praise be to God.

May the mighty Holy Spirit be a blessing to you today.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/01/14

June 2, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

Jesus Christ 3“…that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”   (Acts 3:19b)

At times even the strongest among us grow weary as the world and life wear upon us. Our hearts may strive to never tire and our souls may fight valiantly against fatigue, but the cares and challenges of life can drain us. Let us remember to look to the One from whom all strength and power comes, for He promises to refresh us and restore us, for it is His word which can replenish us; it is prayer which can strengthen us for whatever He has for us to do. It is in His presence that we will find rest and be renewed. Come into a time of refreshing. Delight yourself daily in the Lord and be refilled. Drink in His word; pray in His presence. Let the love and the power of the Holy Spirit renew your heart and refresh your spirit.

May the Lord grant you a season of refreshing as you dwell in His presence.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/25/14

May 26, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_white“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”   (Psalms 33:11)

The generations come and the generations go; they plan and they strive to make their mark, but the plans of man are passing and his time is always short. Things go this way and that, back and then forth, up and then down, but God’s plans never waver; His timing is always perfect; everything happens at precisely the right time, in the right place, and in the right manner. His plans and His purposes are always fulfilled, and they never fail. Let us remember to always ask the Lord what His plans are for us before we make our own plans, for His plans will always be the best for us, because God’s plans come from God’s heart.

May the Lord bless you with a heart toward His heart.


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