Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/24/16

July 25, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor. 13:11)

In these days of uncertainty and strife, we can at times feel troubled and quite alone, but if we are in Christ Jesus, if we are a child of God and we belong to Him, then we are not alone, for in Christ we have a world of brothers and sisters as well as our heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, for we know that He will never, never leave us or forsake us. Let us therefore be comforted and remember to encourage ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us remember each day to love one another and to pray for each other. Let us not neglect to call upon the Lord everyday for all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

May the Lord encourage you each day to pray and keep praying.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/17/16

July 18, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:jesus_white

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Phil. 2:9-11)

Let us be clear in our minds and in our hearts in this day of conflicting theologies and beliefs: There is only one God Almighty, God the Father of heaven and earth and all the universe; and there is only one Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us by dying on the cross and rising again that we might be reconciled to God and have eternal life, for there is only one name by which we must be saved and it is the name that is above all names, the name of Jesus. At His name every angel and spirit in heaven, every living thing on earth, and every fallen being will bow and confess that He is Lord. Let there be no doubt: He alone is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. To God be the glory. Amen.

May your heart be steadfast and true confessing Jesus Christ as Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/10/16

July 11, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

Jesus Christ risen“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    (Jeremiah 29:11)

Life does not always go as planned. Regardless of how carefully we plan, life can take unexpected turns and things can go suddenly awry. We might find ourselves at a loss or at a crossroads and not know what to do, but the Lord knows; He always knows, and His plans never fail.

If we belong to Him, then our lives should be given into His hands, and our plans for our life should be His plans for our life, for God’s plans are always for whatever is best for us, whatever will help us and draw us closer to Him, whatever will make us more like Christ. For God is good and all He does is good. Let us remember to always seek Him first before we make our plans, for He is our provision, and in Him is our hope and our future, in Christ.

May you be open to the Lord’s leading in your life, for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/03/16

July 4, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus risen“…through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”    (Romans 8:2)

Freedom is a great blessing and independence is valued, but true freedom comes not from the world of man but from Christ, for He came to set the captives free. Those who are still bound by sin are not free, and those who are subject to death that comes from sin are not free, but if we are free in Christ, free from the law of sin and death, we have the Spirit of Life and we are truly free. It is a great mystery that the more dependence we have on Christ the more free we are; the more we bind ourselves to Him the freer we will be, but it is the law of the Holy Spirit, the law of God, and we are His, made free by His sacrifice. Thank God.

May gratitude flow from the freedom you have in Christ Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/26/16

June 27, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

Praying Hands…be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  (Eph. 6:18b)

We are a people called to prayer, for the Lord calls us to prayer. Jesus often prayed and He taught his disciples how to pray. Let us also be praying and interceding in prayer for our loved ones and for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for many are in need of prayer and intercession. We need to be praying for each other; we need to be partners in prayer, supporting each other in prayer. Let us be faithful to pray and to listen to the Lord, for our Lord is faithful to answer our prayers. Let us learn to pray continually to Him to whom we belong. Pray for those in need, each according to their need. Pray in His mighty name.

May the Lord place prayers upon your lips as you lift your voice to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/19/16

June 20, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Noah preaching2As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  (Matt. 24:37)

As dark events cloud our times and violence has broken loose spreading across the earth, and what is good is being called evil and what is perverse is being accepted as right, we can see the days of Noah approaching again. Moral restraint has lost its moorings and the peoples are turning away from the truth to do what is right in their own eyes. But let us not lose heart for these things are the harbingers that say the time of Christ’s return is drawing near. May the Lord grant that we not be overcome by evil, and may we remain faithful and true to Him who loves us and has brought us salvation. Let us rejoice in Him to whom we belong and let us be diligent in our calling to speak the truth in love until the day He comes.

May the Lord be your light in the darkness.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/12/16

June 13, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Jesus is Risen“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”  (Hebrews 12:1b)

Though we are to keep our eyes on Jesus as we work out our salvation, each of us has our own path which He has put us on, and each runs the race God has set. Some roads have many ups and downs, even valleys and mountain tops; some have long, long stretches over long, long distances; some have roads with many twists and turns, and some have unexpected detours or delays. We may not know what is around the next bend or over the next hill, but we know if we are following Christ, He is there ahead of us and we can keep going. Therefore, let us persevere, for though each life is different and each road is different, all that travel with Christ reach the same goal; let us run with Christ the race He set out for us.

May the Lord renew your strength to run the race.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/05/16

June 6, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risenBut I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”   (Psalm 31:14)

If the Lord Almighty is our God, if we belong to Him, then let our trust be in Him, for there is nothing in this world or this life that we can trust like we can trust the Lord. For if we trust in money it will become our god; if we trust in government it will subject us; if we trust in man, we will be disappointed; if we trust in work, it will not be our salvation; if we trust in our own strength it will fail us; if we trust in our wisdom we will be made fools; if we trust in anything below heaven, it will leave us lost.

There is only One who is worthy of our trust, who never fails, who is always faithful and true, whose love and mercy and grace are beyond anything we need or hope for in this life or the next. Let us declare who it is that we trust in; let us say to Him, “You are my God.” Let us give ourselves fully to Him and rest in the truth of His unfailing love.

May the Lord bless you as you put your trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/29/16

May 30, 2016

This week’s scripture is from James:

Jesus Christ 4“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”   (James 4:10)

If we believe in Him whom we would belong to, we cannot allow ourselves to straddle the fence. We must decide who will rule our heart, who will sit in charge of our life. If we rule our heart, then He does not; if we are in charge of our life, then He is not. If He is Lord of our life, then we must humble ourselves beneath His mighty love and submit ourselves to God. We must give our heart to Him and let Him rule over us; we need to get out of the way so He can direct our life, for His way is always the best way and His love for us is unfailing. Let us therefore humble ourselves before His mighty love and give ourselves into His hands; let us trust Him to watch over us and take care of us, for He is our loving God and we are His children.

May the Lord bless you as you humble yourself to His mighty love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/22/16

May 23, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 Samuel:

“…there is no Rock like our God.”    (1 Sam. 2:2b)

Montana de Oro Feb 2008 054We often struggle when the storms of life break over us. When hardship or illness or mishaps drive us down it can be hard to stand against the onslaught of troubles and rise above them. We often become battered or even broken by the pounding and fury of the storm, and may despair or lose hope. Yet none of these things are greater than our God, for He is our Rock and our salvation. Let us run to the Rock and find refuge from our troubles and shelter from the storm, for the storms that would batter us and the waves that would drown us break against the Rock, and the winds of adversity cannot move Him. Let us then hide ourselves in the cleft of the Rock where we will be safe and find peace as the storm passes by.

May the Lord bless you to hide yourself in Him and in His love.


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