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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/10/14

August 11, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

jesus_white“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”    (Phil. 4:13)

Situations arise in our lives which seem to take great strength or great effort in order to do what needs to be done, and we do not always have the strength that is needed. Some tasks seem beyond our ability to handle in the way they need to be done, or sometimes we despair that they are just more than we can do in the time that we have to do them. We see that what lies before us is overwhelming.

Yet whatever the situation we face there is one who is more than able to see us through, for He is never too weary; He is never too weak; He will always provide what is needed to accomplish what needs to be done. If we turn to Christ Jesus for our strength, He will strengthen us; if we ask, He will make it possible to do what we cannot do on our own. Whatever it is that needs doing, He will see to it that you can do it.

May the Lord bless you with His strength as you face each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/03/14

August 4, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ 4“May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”   (Psalm 33:22)

We must face each day with courage and hope in our Lord, for where the world is concerned there can only be uncertainty. Where there is peace today there may be war tomorrow; where we may have had a friend we will find an adversary. Even in our own lives trust is a precious thing and hope is often a wish that is not fulfilled.

Depending on the circumstances, our friends, our colleagues, our jobs, our health, even our families may fail us at times. Only the Lord and the Lord alone will not fail us, for He promises never to fail us or forsake us, and He never does, for His love is unfailing; His mercies are new each morning. We can place our hope in Him and He will be true to His word. Trust in His unfailing love.

May the Lord bless you with the faith of His unfailing love for you.

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.


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