Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/19/14

October 20, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”   (1 Thess. 5:28)

God’s grace is the greatest of blessings. All we are and everything we have are by God’s love and grace. Only through His grace do we experience His love. Only through His grace do we receive forgiveness of our sins and salvation through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Only by His grace do we come to know the truth and experience His mercy.

Only by His grace have we become children of the Most High God, the Holy One. Only through His grace do we receive the gifts He alone can give us; gifts we are to use to minister the love of God to others. Only through His grace can we enter in to eternal life with our Father in heaven. His grace is the expression of His love towards us, and in His loving grace we see the glory of God.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/12/14

October 13, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus is Risen“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  (Romans 7:15)

Being spiritual or righteous does not come naturally to us. Thank the Lord He is loving and forgiving. We are not required to be sinless, for that would require perfect righteousness, and we are not capable of that. Whereas we might be able to control our actions, none can control every thought or every word.

What is required is repentance and asking forgiveness, for Christ shed His blood and died for us, then rose again that we might receive forgiveness from our Father in heaven. It is only by His love and grace that we are set free, and it is only by the Son of the living God that we are delivered from sin and death.

May the Lord bless you and deliver you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/5/14

October 6, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“He who calls you is faithful…” (1 Thess. 5:24a)

Let us remember the Lord who is unfailing and ever faithful. He came in truth and righteousness; in this He never wavers or changes. He watches over us and provides for us. In time of need He is always there for us. He is for us and not against us. Even when we are not faithful, He is faithful; He does not forsake His own.

He is the Lord Almighty, the Holy One, who gave Himself for us that we might know Him and His righteousness, that we might know the truth and be sanctified by His blood, death, and resurrection. He calls us to be faithful to our calling, to die to self and to live to Christ, that in Him we should live by faith.

May the Lord who is ever faithful bless you this day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/28/14

September 29, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus Christ 4“Peace be with you.”   (Luke 24:36b)

Where does our peace come from? It does not come from the world. The news of the world is disturbing. Wherever we turn, we hear of strife and suffering. The world is not at peace. We seek peace, but even in our own lives we face troubles and difficulties that distress our hearts within us. Conflicts arise; illness or death visit our lives; we receive disappointing news; we suffer hardship. Our peace is fleeting.

Yet there is One who is the Prince of Peace, and the peace He brings is a peace that is beyond our circumstances, beyond all troubles, and beyond our understanding. When we trust in Him, His peace will rest upon us and bring us peace. He will take up our sorrows and our burdens, for He is the Lord of Peace.

May the peace of the Lord attend your way each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/21/14

September 22, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus is Risen“… with God all things are possible.”           (Matthew 19:26b)

What is impossible for us is not impossible for God. When we can see no way through our troubles or when life comes hard against us and we find ourselves in a valley of despair, for our health has failed us or we lose our employment or a relationship has gone wrong or a death has left an empty place in our life, God knows; He is not taken by surprise.

When our circumstances overwhelm us and are beyond what we can handle, God can handle them for us and take us through them — if we will let him. Remember who is the One who loves you and wants the best for you. Hand your troubles and your burdens over to Him and let Him truly be the Lord of your life in every circumstance you are facing. Pray and let God love you.

May the blessing of the Lord be upon you as you surrender your life each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/14/14

September 15, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus Christ 4“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”                (Romans 10:9)

O how great is God’s love toward us! He sent His son Jesus to sacrifice Himself for us, to become our Lord and our Savior. He came that we might be redeemed and be at peace with God, our Father, that we might know Him. All that is asked is that we believe.

O how great is God’s grace. We cannot work our way to salvation; we cannot be worthy enough; we cannot be good enough to merit His love and mercy. Thank God, there is nothing we can do to earn what He has freely given us. He asks only that we trust and believe Him. Believe that He loves you; believe that Jesus paid the price for your salvation; believe Him.

May you rest in the assurance that God’s grace is sufficient for your salvation.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/07/14

September 8, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_whiteYou are my Father, my God …   (Psalm 89:26)

It is good to remember who you belong to, for if you believe, then you belong to Him, and He is the great God Almighty. He is the creator of the Earth and all the universe; He is the author of all life; He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is Holy; He is Righteousness; He is the Truth.

He resides in heaven above, yet He sent His son to Earth that we might know Him, that we might know the beauty of His holiness, that we might know the way to salvation and eternal life. He is the One and the Only; He is Exalted; He is the All in All. Yet He calls us His children, for He is our Father, our Father who loves us. Yes, He loves us.

May you know God as Father, and know His love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/31/14

September 1, 2014

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus ChristI will not leave you all alone …   (John 14:18a)

At times this world can be a lonely place. Even in a crowd we can feel so very alone. The twists and turns of life can make us feel abandoned and desolate. Yet there is One who promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. Never. Let us remember that He is always right beside us; He is walking with us though whatever we are facing, whatever the situation.

Though our heart be breaking, though our thoughts cry out, He is there. Lean on Him. He has not left us as orphans, but He has sent us His Holy Spirit to be with us, to counsel us, to guide us, to comfort us. We are not alone; He is with us every day and every hour.

May you take joy in remembering that the Lord is always with you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/24/14

August 25, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risenIn you, Lord my God, I put my trust.   (Psalm 25:1)

Let us remember in whom to put our trust. You need not have lived that long to know that we live in an uncertain world, and we must be careful where we put our trust. We may trust in our job to provide for us yet an unforeseen turn of events can leave us suddenly without. We might trust in someone to be there for us when we need them only to find they are not there when needed most.

We might trust in our good health to sustain us and our strength to keep us strong only to have affliction leave us struggling to hold on. Let us repent of trusting in anyone or anything other than our Lord, for He is the only one that is absolutely, completely trustworthy, the only one who loves us and always wants the best for us.

May the Lord bless you to put your trust wholly in His hands each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/17/14

August 18, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”    (Mark 11:24)

Let us remember we need always to pray. When things are good, we should pray; when things are not good we should pray. When the weight of things and the trials of life are hard upon us we sometimes struggle to pray. Yet our Lord is ever-faithful, and what He asks is that we pray in faith believing that He hears our prayers and that He will answer our prayers.

May the Holy Spirit prompt us to look to the Lord in prayer every day, first with thanksgiving, and then in petition stating exactly what we want or need. He knows what we need before we even ask, but He wants us to ask. Let us remember to pray not in fancy or religious words, but directly from our heart, speaking to Him as beloved children speak to their Father.

May the Lord bless you as you pray this very day.


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