Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/20/14

April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!  This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus is RisenBut the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, [just] as He said.”           (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is risen, He is risen, He is risen! Thank God, thank God, thank God Almighty. Jesus Christ is alive forevermore. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. He is the bread of life, the Holy One, the Son of God; He sealed the new covenant in His blood that we might have the forgiveness of our sins, that we might have salvation and eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to know His love and the beauty of His grace.

May the blessings of the Lord’s sacrifice strengthen you each day.

Good Friday 04/18/14

April 18, 2014

“Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised…” (Matt. 27: 50-52).

Jesus on the cross 2Thank God that Jesus gave His life that we might have eternal life through His sacrifice for our sins.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/13/14

April 14, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus triumphal entry2“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”    (Mark 11:7-10)

Praise the Lord; raise your voice! The Lord is come; blessed be His name. Shout Hallelujah! He is come! He is come! He is come! The Prince of Peace, the Lord of Salvation, the Lord of Lords, is come and we are blessed. Glory to God in the Highest! Sing, cry out! The Lord reigns! Here is the Lord, the Holy One, the Son of God. Rejoice you saints. Raise your voice; raise your hands; lift your hearts. Praise the Lord! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! Blessed be His name!

May the blessing of the coming of the Lord bless your heart with joy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/06/14

April 7, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus breaking bread -- Matthias Stom“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”   (Luke 22:19)

He is the only one who deserves our worship, honor, and praise. He is the one who was broken for us, who took our punishment upon Himself, who bled for us, who died for us, that we might be forgiven and reconciled to God, our Father. Jesus willing sacrificed Himself that we might be justified before God and receive eternal life, that we might be cleansed in His blood, that we might be made new, a new creation in Christ. Let us honor Him with remembrance; let us give Him thanks. Let us commune together and with Him for the forgiveness of our sins, and in thanksgiving and in remembrance of what He has done for us.

May you remember the sacrifice He made for you and give Him praise.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/30/14

March 31, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

Warfare Prayer“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”  (Eph. 6:18a)

The only one who really knows us, like no other, is the Lord, for He knew us before we were even born. He knows us better than we know ourselves, for He formed us and He made us in the secret place that only He knows. He knows everything about us; He knows the deepest longings of our heart; He knows the cries no one can hear. He can hear the anguish of a soul in despair; He knows the sound of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. When our soul cries out from depths too great for human ears to understand, He is there, listening, waiting. Go to the Lord; cry out and pray in the spirit; unburden your soul and empty your heart, for He cares for you. He loves you and will comfort you; He will rescue and restore you.

May the Lord bless you to pray in the spirit on all occasions.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/23/14

March 24, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 1 Samuel:

“Let us inquire of God …” (1 Samuel 14:36b)Old Man Praying

Our lives are never free of decisions for very long. Things happen, and decisions need to be made. We wonder: Should I do this or that? Should I go this way or that way? Or sometimes a crisis may arise, and we don’t know where to turn or what we should do; things may seem to be spinning out of our control. We are at a lost, but God is never at a lost. He is always in control and He knows the end from the beginning. He always knows what is best for us and what is the right thing to do, but we must ask Him. We should inquire of God in every decision in our life. We should stop and ask Him which way to go and what to do.

May the Lord bless you to remember to pray and inquire of Him for all things in your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/16/14

March 17, 2014

This week’s scripture is from John:

Lords prayer -- Tissot“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   (John 16:33)

The Lord did not promise us a trouble-free life. He knew that this fallen world can be a dark and troublesome place, where we find ourselves struggling against the darkness and pain of suffering, sin, injury, and want. Try as we might we have not the power to overcome it, but the Lord does, for He took the weight of sin and death upon Himself, and by His sacrifice, by His blood and resurrection, He did overcome the world. He has defeated the darkness; He has triumphed; He is victorious, and in Him we can have peace. Let us rejoice and be glad, for we can have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the Lord bless you today with peace, abiding peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/09/14

March 10, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Hear my prayer, O Lord…”   (Psalm 143:1a)

Praying Hands2Let us go to a quiet place and draw near to the Lord our God; let us bow our head and our heart before Him and pray and seek His face. Let us worship His holiness and give Him thanks for all the ways He provides for us, for He is faithful and full of mercy, and in Him lies hope and forgiveness. Let us learn the language of supplication, and in every circumstance and in every endeavor, let us, like Christ, go first to our Father in prayer. If we face troubles, let us pray; if we are sick, let us pray. If we don’t know what to do, let us pray. If we wish to do the Lord’s will, let us pray. Pray to the Lord, for He is faithful to hear you.

May the Lord bless you each day to spend time in prayer with Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/02/14

March 3, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

SONY DSC“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture …”
      (Psalm 95:6-7a)

There is only one who is worthy of our worship, only one who is worthy of our adoration and reverence, only one before whom we should bow down and worship. He is the Lord Almighty, the God of heaven and earth and all the universe, the Holy One, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is the one who made us, the one who sustains us, the one who loves us, the one who sent His son to die for our sins that we might be forgiven, reconciled, and redeemed, that we might be His children and heirs. Come, let us worship Him with word and song, let us dance before His throne, let us pray and fast, let us bend our knees and bow our faces before the Lord and our God. Let us worship in His presence in spirit and in truth.

May the Lord bless you to worship Him with a joyful heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/23/14

February 25, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus Washing Disciples Feet -- Albert Gustaf Aristides 1898“… whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”   (Mark 10:43-45)

When James and John asked Jesus for favor to sit at His right hand and left hand in positions of authority and honor when He came into His glory, the Lord quickly set them straight. Whereas the call to Christian life and service is irrevocable, all greatness, honor, and glory belong to the Lord alone. We are called to be servants, to give of ourselves to others for His glory.

John later records that Jesus pressed this lesson home at the Last Supper when Jesus took a basin of water and a towel and washed His disciples’ feet — an act that was reserved for the lowest servant or slave in a household. To serve is to sacrifice ourselves for others, and Jesus’ sacrifice of His life on the cross was the ultimate act of service and sacrifice.

May the Lord bless you to become a servant and true disciple.


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