Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/07/16

February 8, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 Samuel:

Jesus Christ“For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (1 Sam. 16:7b)

The things of this world grow dim in God’s eyes; He does not see things the way we see them, and He does not consider things important we might consider important. God cares not what we appear like: how tall we are, how pretty or how handsome, how youthful we look or how wise, how rich or poor. All of our striving for notice or success mean little to nothing to the Lord.

Even what we do for Him is counted as dross when compared to our heart, for God judges not by human standards; He judges the heart. Let us have a heart toward God and let us be true in our hearts to love the Lord and His righteousness, to love His son who came to save us from ourselves and from this world. Let us love the Lord with all our heart, all our strength, all our mind, and all our soul. Let the Lord work in us a pure heart, one purified by Him.

May you prepare your heart before the Lord, who loves you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/31/16

February 1, 2016

This week’s scripture is from James:

jesus_white“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered.”   (James 5:11a)

In these days with the rise of apostasy and wickedness it is more important than ever that we persevere in faith. In a time where the world is turning over, where licentiousness is called tolerance, where what is evil is called good, where what is sin is called choice, where lies are called truth, where righteousness is scorned and depravity is celebrated, those who belong to the Lord must not waiver in standing for the truth of God’s word and the righteousness of Christ. Let us not compromise God’s divine truth with the shallow wisdom of man. Such seasons come and such seasons go, but the Word of God stands forever true and unchanging. Let us stand and be counted with God; let us stay in His blessing and in His love.

May the Lord bless you to persevere in truth in these days.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/24/16

January 29, 2016

This week’s scripture is from James:

Gold coins“Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”  (James 4:4b)

It can be difficult not to want the things of this world: to have money, to have a fancy home with expensive clothes and things, or to want to have importance or fame and have people admire us, love us, or have to look up to us, to have a position of authority or prestige, to be honored by people, or to attain in life what few others can attain.

Though none of these things is necessarily a sin in and of itself, God says that we are not to be friends with this world. We are in the world, but we are not to be of the world. The more of the world that is in us the more we are of this world. Let us not become friends with the world and lose our friendship with the One who loves us more than the world does, for we belong to Him, not to the world.

May you be blessed by being a friend of God.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/17/16

January 18, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Jude:

Jesus Christ 3“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.”   (Jude 1:3)

If you are a child of God, if you belong to Christ and believe on Him as your Lord and Savior, then you will be opposed by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Yet in this, let us not despair, but let us armor ourselves in Christ and contend for the faith that He has set before us. Enrich yourself in the Word of God and let it strengthen you in heart and mind.

Then take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and use it to strike boldly against that which comes against you. Pray and sing out praises to the Lord as you move against the enemy of your soul. He will flee. Share your witness of what Jesus Christ has done for you and what He continues to do. Stand with Christ; and stand in the gap, for Christ is forever victorious.

May the Lord embolden you to share Christ and to contend for the faith.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/10/16

January 11, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Ecclesiastes:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“Consider what God has done …”   (Eccl. 7:13)

A new year has turned and the days stretch out before us like a blanket full of hope and dreams. Perhaps we look with anticipation at the days ahead and wonder what is to come. We hope for good days and peaceful nights, but let us first take some time to remember what the Lord as done for us before we forge ahead. Let us remember all the ways the Lord has blessed us in the past.

Let us remember what those blessings were and how He provided for us, how He healed us or took care of us, how He made a way where there was no way, how He comforted us in our time of despair or need, for the Lord is ever pouring out His blessings upon us, never leaving us or forsaking us, always true to His word. Let us take some time to remember, and to thank and praise the Lord, for He is a good God, and we are His people.

May the Lord remind you of His blessings and His love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/03/16

January 4, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus Christ risen“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth…. I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”     (Isaiah 43:19)

God makes everything new; everything is new through Christ Jesus. Let us bow down in repentance and thanksgiving, for then we are made new in Christ. We become a new person through Jesus, for in Him and through Him all creation trembles and has its being, for He made us and He is with us. He will make a path for us where there is no path, and He will take us through the wilderness of our own heart.

In the places where we are dry, where our life is like a desert, He will bring forth waters of life and restore all that is dead within us, for He will not snap a dry twig but He will bring it to leaf again and to life. Let us humble ourselves before God and see what He will do to make us new again, for He loves us and He is for us and not against us. Come, let us bow our hearts before the Lord and let Him make us new in Christ again.

May repentance and gratitude pour forth from your heart and lips as you seek the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/27/15

December 28, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus Christ 4“… for God is with us.”   (Isaiah 8:10)

Another year comes winding down and a new year approaches. Let us put the old behind us and look with expectation for new days to come; let us put away our old self and become a new person in Christ, for in truth and righteousness Christ is come, and now and forever God is with us.

Let us not be weary or carry last year’s burdens into the new year, but let us lift our hearts and our hands to our Father in heaven and give Him praise. Let us clothe ourselves in praise and thanksgiving for all He has done for us and all He will do. Let us keep our eyes upon Him who loves us and gave Himself for us, for He cares for us.

May your heart rejoice in remembering God is with us.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/20/15

December 23, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Nativity St.Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, WIThen the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:     “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:10-14)

Praise the Lord God Most High for the glorious gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given, our salvation come to bring us peace and reconcile us to God our Father. How great the gift; how great the giver. What incredible love; what wonderful news; what exceeding joy. How can we but praise Him and worship His holy name, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Praise God Almighty; praise His Holy Name. Glory to God!  Glory to God!  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

May your prayers and praises rise up to the Lord, and may He shed joy and peace abroad in your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/13/15

December 14, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus Christ Nativity“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Let us praise God as we gather together and celebrate the advent of Christ’s birth, for He came that we might know Him and the beauty of His grace, that through Him all creation might know salvation, that the peace of God might reign in us. Thank God that He sent His Son. Blessed be His name, and blessed are we to receive so great a gift, so wonderful a savior. May we forever praise His name and preach the good news, that some might believe and receive eternal life in Christ.

May the Lord bless you this Christmas season with all the blessings of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/06/15

December 7, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Mary -- Annunciation“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (God with us).    (Isaiah 7:14)

The Son of God come down to us as a child; O how great are the promises of God. How blessed we are, for the ancients knew the promise, but did not see it come to pass, yet we live in the time of God’s favor; we have seen His grace and His salvation, for He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to us that we might know Him, and through Him the blessings of His mercy and grace, unto life and life eternal. Glory to God, glory in the highest, for He is with us and we are forever blessed. Praise God Almighty; blessed be His name.

May the blessings of Our Lord Jesus Christ be yours this very day.


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