Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/22/15

November 23, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:

Praying Hands2Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (1 Chron.16:34)

In this season of thanksgiving let us come with humble hearts into the Lord’s presence and give thanks for all He has done for us, for what He does is good and He makes all things work to the good for those who love and belong to Him. Let us bow our hearts and our heads, and give thanks for the great and many blessings He has poured out upon us, and for His everlasting love. Thank the Lord that He provides for every need, that He never leaves us or forsakes us, but He is ever with us. Thank the Lord for sending His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Thank the Lord, thank the Lord.

May your heart overflow with gratitude and thanks to the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/15/15

November 16, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”   (Hebrews 13:15)

Let us praise the Lord! Let us exalt His holy name; the name of the Lord be praised. Let us raise the name of the Lord on high; let us fill the air with our praises. Let us call upon His name and give thanks to Him who sacrificed Himself for us that we might know Him and the glory of His grace.

Let us fill our hearts with praise and open our lips to proclaim Him who came from God full of grace and truth. Let us fill our mouths with songs of praise and may our lips sing praises to His holy name, the name that is above all names. Let us rejoice in praising Him who is steadfast and true. Praise Him, Praise Him, Ever Praise Him!

May the Lord bless you to praise Him who is worthy of all honor and praise.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/08/15

November 9, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

jesus_white“Who do you say I am?” [Jesus asked]    (Mark 8:29b)

This is the quintessential question that all who have heard the gospel must answer. Who do you think Jesus is? Your answer to this question determines your path in life and your eternal destiny. It means taking the narrow path that leads to life or the broad road that leads to destruction. Those who believe in Him say that He is Lord and Savior, that by His blood, shed for us, sins are forgiven, that by His mercy and grace, one can be reconciled to God, that He sits at the right hand of God and makes intercession for those who believe in Him, that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Yet to all who seek to follow after Him, He asks the question as He did to His disciples. So, who is Jesus? Who do you say He is?

May you know the blessing of knowing who Jesus is.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/01/15

November 2, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus risenThen Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”    (Matt. 16:24)

When Jesus called forth His disciples they were to turn away from self and their own desires, leave their old life behind, and commit themselves completely to Him, no turning back, to follow His ways which lead to service in the Kingdom of God and eternal life.

So if we mean to follow Him, yet we fall back on our old ways or our old life; or if we take up our old habits or revisit our old sins or dwell on our old failings, then we are not following. To follow Him we must be looking ahead to where Christ is, for the old has passed away, and we are not what we were. If we intend to follow, then we must let Him lead. If He is not leading us in every aspect of our life then we are not following. We must let Christ lead if we are to follow Him.

May you surrender yourself anew each day to Christ and let Him lead you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/25/15

October 26, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians:

Praying Hands2“… pray without ceasing …”     (1 Thess. 5:17)

Jesus prayed and spoke to God day and night. Often He would withdraw to places to pray alone and be with God. His disciples saw His example and came to Him and asked Him to teach them to pray. Prayer is so important that we are told to pray continually in all circumstances. The scriptures say to rejoice and pray, to give thanks to the Lord and pray, to pray when we are happy, to pray when we are troubled, to pray and make our requests to the Lord, to pray when we need forgiveness, to pray when we need healing, to pray when we need to call upon the Lord, to pray when we need to know what to do and to pray when we don’t know what to do. Ideally, praying should be like breathing to those who belong to the Lord. Let us pray.

May the Lord bless you and fill your mouth with prayer and praises.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/18/15

October 19, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ 4“Love never fails.”    (1 Cor. 13:8a)

Love never fails because God is love and God never fails. The love of God will never fail us or forsake us, for God is for us and not against us. The things of this world will fail, and the love in this world is passing, but God’s love is steadfast and sure. It is stronger than life; it is stronger than death. He showed us His love in His son Jesus, for He came that we might know Him and know the love that God has for us, and that we might see that God’s love is even greater than death, for His love brought His son forth from the grave and His love holds the promise of eternal life. There is no love like God’s love and His love for you is the greatest power that exists in all of creation in this life and in the life to come. His love will never fail.

May the love of God bless you this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/11/15

October 12, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Warfare Prayer“Lord, I am not worthy …”    (Matthew 8:8)

God is a holy God, and when we think upon the sins and transgressions He has forgiven us, we can feel so unworthy of Him and His love. The truth is we are unworthy of Him and His love, but we should rejoice for Christ is worthy and through His blood, death, and resurrection we receive His righteousness and we are made worthy in Christ.

We need never use our unworthiness to belittle ourselves before the Lord or believe He cannot love us, for He sees us through the blood of His son Jesus Christ and through Him we are redeemed and seen as worthy, worthy to be children of the Most High, worthy to partake in His sacrifice for us, worthy to be His possession, worthy to be loved by Him who loves us. God loves us.

May the love of God for you be a blessing to you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/04/15

October 5, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Jesus Christ…keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus  (Hebrews 12:2a)

So many things in our life demand our attention. The concerns of the day can easily carry us away from where we should be and what we should be focusing on. Work situations, family issues, worry, financial troubles, illness, relationship problems, even the state of the world can overwhelm our attention and rob us of our peace.

So let us remember to not focus on ourselves, but to look to the One who loves us, for the Lord wants to be the focus of our life. He wants to be and should be the center of our life, for He cares for us, and if we will look to Him first, if we will focus on Him instead, then the other things in our life will fall into proper perspective and we will see Him working all things out for the good of those who love Him.

May the Lord bless you as you keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/27/15

September 28, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

Jesus B&W“And they overcame [the accuser; the devil] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” (Rev. 12:11)

Even if we belong to the Lord, we often come under oppression from evil in the form of an affliction or temptation or illness. In these times we do not experience the full blessings the Lord has for us. Yet the Word of God tells us how to overcome the evil that can infiltrate our life. First be submitted to the Lord who gave Himself for us; be submitted under the shed blood of Christ, and be thankful for all He has done and continues to do in your life.

Then declare aloud the promises of God: I am a child of God, the Most High; I am a joint heir with Jesus in the kingdom of God; under the blood of Jesus, I am forgiven and set free from sin and all the plans of the evil one; I am a new creation in Jesus Christ, cleansed in His blood and righteousness; I am sanctified to be a blessing to others. Speak out your testimony of salvation and declare your authority under the blood of Christ. Command in Jesus’ name that evil depart and it will flee.

May the Lord embolden you to declare His promises and to overcome in His name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/20/15

September 21, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus Christ 4“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

God is love, and God’s love for us is the greatest power, the greatest good, the greatest gift that exists in heaven or on the earth. It is stronger than life or death; it is greater than anything in the spiritual realm, good or evil; it is beyond time and eternity. No other powers above the earth or below the earth or beyond the earth can match it, and nothing in all creation, not the highest mountains or the lowest valleys, not even the furthest reaches of the universe can separate God’s love from us. God’s love is pure, complete, righteous, and holy; God’s love is inescapable. God so loves us that He sent His only son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the love that He has for us, and that we might then give that love to others.

May the blessings of God’s love be yours each and every day.


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