Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/23/15

August 24, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus Christ 4“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering … and by his wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:4,5)

We know the Lord heals, for when we get sick or injured, we generally get well, and at times the Lord does miraculous healings when illness or injuries that should be fatal or terminal are dramatically turned back and the person afflicted lives or is restored to health. Yet it is not just our physical bodies that the Lord heals, for the Lord is concerned with more than our physical well-being. The Lord also heals our soul. He heals the brokenhearted; He heals us emotionally and mentally from wounds and trauma that life has inflicted upon us. He heals our suffering. If we will bring our brokenness before Him, the Lord is faithful to heal us in the way we most need to be healed, for all are broken and all need His healing touch.

May the Lord bless you with healing, body and soul.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/16/15

August 17, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risenBlessed is the one who trusts in the Lord… (Psalm 40:4a)

The world is full of trust. Some trust in their wealth to save and sustain them; some trust in their good health and strength to carry them through; some trust in might and force to save and protect them, and some trust in government to watch over them and take care of them. Others trust in their good works to save them or their knowledge and intellect.

Yet there is only one in whom we should trust, for He has a wealth of love for us and His strength is greater than any other. He governs with mercy and grace; He sent His son to save us and not by works, and His wisdom is beyond all we can know or imagine, for He is the Lord God Almighty, King of Heaven and Earth and all the Universe. In Him only should we trust.

May the Lord bless you greatly as you trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/09/15

August 10, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Praising God“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”  (Matt. 6:33)

How easy it is to become preoccupied by the demands of the day. There are so many things we need to do and so many things that need our attention. From the time we rise until we go to bed at night, our lives are so busy and so full of work and family and friends and life. We go, go, go.

Too often we neglect our time with the Lord who is the one that should be our priority every day. We get so busy in the morning, and by night time we are too tired to remember to pray. Yet our Heavenly Father who loves us should be the first one in the morning and the last one at night to receive our prayers and thanks. Let us be mindful to seek the Lord each morning and evening, to pray and worship and praise Him who watches over us.

May the Lord bless you to seek Him and His righteousness.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/02/15

August 3, 2015

This week’s scripture is from John:

Your word is truth. (John 17:17b)Bible - John

Some say this, some say that; one has this opinion, one has that opinion; this expert disagrees with that expert. So which one is right? What is the truth? Who knows the truth? We know there is truth and there is falsehood. How can we tell the truth from that which is false? In the word of God is found the truth; His word is truth, for in Him there is no lie, no falsehood, only truth. Therefore, let us stay in the word, read the word, study the word, and know the word that we might know the truth, for to know the truth is to know the One whose word is truth. Love the Lord and love His word, for the truth of His love is in His word.

May the Lord bless you to live in His word and know the truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/26/15

July 27, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Open Bible 2008 rev“I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.”   (1 John 2:21)

In these days when deceit and lies and false religion abound and what is unseemly or perverse is seen as acceptable, it is good to have the truth, for the truth does not change; the truth does not falter; the truth never becomes a lie; the truth is always true. There is one and only one who is the truth and that is Jesus Christ our Lord; He is the Truth.

In Him there is no lie; there is no deceit; there is no turning; there is no changing. He is true; He is steadfast; He is righteous. His word is truth. In Him there is nothing false, nothing lacking, nothing wanting. He is the living word and every word of His is truth. If you know Him then you know the truth. Be in truth, live in the truth, stand on the truth, rely on the truth, love the truth.

May the Lord bless you to seek the truth and live in the truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/19/15

July 20, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Warfare Prayer“Worship the Lord in the beauty of [His] holiness.”   (Psalm 29.2b)

Come, let us worship the Lord; let us praise His name with songs and hymns; let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord; let us lift our hands to Him and call upon His Holy name. Let us come into worship with thanksgiving; let us thank Him for His mercy and grace; let us thank Him for His love and faithfulness; let us thank Him for His truth and righteousness. Let us thank Him most of all for sacrificing His son Jesus Christ that we might know salvation and have the right to come boldly before Him with praise and worship. Let us bow our hearts and our heads before His holiness and lift His name on high. Amen.

May the Lord bless you to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/12/15

July 13, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Shaver Lake, CAHe makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside [still] waters,  he refreshes my soul.   (Psalms 23:1-3)

In the rush of the world and daily life, it is easy to get lost in all the activity and noise. It can be difficult not to be overwhelmed, and to keep close to the Lord and not lose sight of what is actually important. Our soul can become strained and weary with all the hubbub and hassle around us; the weariness can seem to soak into our bones and drag on us like an anchor.

Yet that is when we need to be listening to the Lord, for He calls to us; He calls us to His creation, for in it He has created such beauty and such peace that just being in the presence of His wondrous creation and soaking in the beauty and majesty of mountains or meadows, lakes or streams, forests or seacoasts can refresh and restore our soul. We need at times to get away to where we can rest under the expanse of stars and sky and breath deep its beauty.

May the majesty of the Lord’s creation refresh your soul.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/05/15

July 6, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ risen“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”         (2 Cor. 3:17)

To be truly free we must be free in the Lord, for the Spirit of the Lord is what makes us truly free; therefore we must belong to the Lord and have His Spirit in us. The covenant of the law brought condemnation, but the covenant in Jesus Christ brings freedom from condemnation and allows us to sit not under the law, but to sit in righteousness before the Lord, for by His Spirit we are transformed into His image, and by His Spirit we are given life, and in the next life, life eternal. So do not lose heart or grow weary in the confines of this life, but take on the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Faith, and be free in the Lord who loves you.

May the Spirit of the Lord bless you with the freedom of His love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/28/15

June 29, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

Adam & EveThere is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.   (Proverbs 14:12)

Let us remember that God’s ways are greater than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. What God has put in place let no one put asunder or cast aside. Man is wise only in his own eyes, for man’s wisdom is foolishness to Him who called forth the universe and set the Earth on its foundation, who created man in His own image and breathed life into him, who made them male and female and declared that they shall be joined and become one flesh.

Trying to usurp God’s laws or rebel against God’s ways is the way of Lucifer, the way of sin. Let us remember that it is God who is sovereign over all there is, was, and ever will be. No matter how well intended, our ways lead to death; God’s ways lead to eternal life.

May the Lord bless you to always bow before His wisdom and mercy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/21/15

June 22, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

Jesus is Risen“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  (Deut. 6:5)

We know that God’s love is perfect, for God is love, and we know that our love is not perfect and we often struggle to love, especially that which is not lovely. We even struggle at times to love God with all our being for to bring our all to bear often seems beyond our ability.

Yet the Lord does not hold this against us, for He knows that we are but dust and that our days are like the flowers of the field, but He who first loved us calls us to Himself and bids us to love Him as Father and Lord. He is a patient and loving Father, and He wants us to love Him as He loves us, with all He is, and with all He has given us in Christ Jesus.

May the Lord bless you to love Him with all you are.


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