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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/14/15

June 17, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Praying Hands“…when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father…”  (Matthew 6:6)

Those who believe, and belong to the Lord, know it is important to stay close to Him, to love and worship Him. We need to spend time in His word, but it is most important that we get alone every day and pray to the Lord. His son Jesus emphasized prayer to His disciples; He spoke about how to pray and He would  often go off to pray by Himself.

Prayer will help us keep close to God; so pray, give thanks, pour out your heart, and ask the Lord. Listen for Him to answer, whatever is His will, for our Heavenly Father always knows what is best for us. Pray for others, and pray for your loved ones. Do not miss out: spend time each day in His presence; seek out that private time to be with the One who loves you as only He can.

May you seek the Lord’s presence and pray to your Heavenly Father every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/07/15

June 11, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

Jesus Christ risen“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long …”   (Deut. 33:12)

We know the Lord is our light and our salvation, and we can rest in His love. Regardless of our troubles or those things that rise against our peace and security, if we belong to the Lord then He will be our peace; He will be our shield.

Whatever rises against us in the natural or the spiritual must bow before the Lord, for the Lord loves and protects His own and His love overcomes all that can come against us if we give ourselves into His hands and rest in His love. Let us remember to come and bow our hearts before the Lord who loves us, and pray and call upon His name and He will keep you safe and secure in His love.

May the Lord bless you to rest secure in His love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/31/15

June 1, 2015

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

Jesus is Risen“Be grateful for the good things that the Lord your God has given you and your family …” (Deut. 26:11 GNT)

Let us come unto the Lord with grateful hearts. Let us remember the One who has blessed us and who has been gracious unto us. Let us not be overwhelmed with our troubles or turn to grumbling about our difficulties or worry about what tomorrow will bring.

Let us count our blessings; let us remember all of the good things that God has done for us. Let us remember the ways He has interceded for us, how He brought healing, how He provided for us, and the prayers that were answered. Let us remember that every good thing in life has come from God who is full of goodness and mercy. Let us turn our attention to the One who loves us with an everlasting love. Let us be grateful for all He has done and all He will do.

May your heart be filled with gratitude for all the Lord has done.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/24/15

May 25, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Praying Hands2“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”   (Romans 4:3)

We receive God’s grace through faith, and we believe through faith. We have faith and we trust in our Lord, but where are we when our faith fails, when we fail to live in righteousness, when our faith falters and we fail our Lord. Is our faith lost? Are we forsaken? Certainly not, for we learn from Abraham’s life  that faith is a journey, that failing to keep in faith has consequences, but that we might return to the Lord in righteousness if we return to faith again. For Abraham failed too, but his faith endured, and our faith must also endure. When we fail we need to take up our faith again, for life’s challenges and setbacks are but opportunities to strengthen our faith, and God’s grace is sufficient to overcome, and to renew our faith.

May the Lord bless you to endure in faith every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/17/15

May 18, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_white“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.       (Psalm 136:1,26)

Let us give thanks to the God of heaven, for He is good and all He does is good. His love is everlasting. It knows neither times or seasons; there is never a time when the Lord is without love. He does not forsake us or stop loving us even when we are disobedient. When we belong to the Lord, we can always depend on His love, for God is love. His love never gives up; His love never fails; His love sets us free, for He sent His beloved son to show us His great love for us, and He sacrificed Himself for us that we might be able to love God and be reconciled to Him. How great is the love of God for us. Let us give thanks for His love.

May the Lord of Heaven bless you with His love this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/10/15

May 11, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 2 Chronicles:

Jesus Christ“… for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”   (2 Chron. 30:9b)

Often it seems our lives run before us as we try to keep up. How busy we become with everything that crowds our days. How easy it is to drift away from the Lord and become lost in the chaos that consumes us with work and obligations. How subtle is the drawing away that we may not even notice it until we are far from our Father and we are not hearing His voice; we might not even be listening.

We get caught up in the things of the world, in the attitudes of the world, yet they are not the Lord’s thoughts; they are not the Lord’s attitudes. Stop and listen for His voice; hear Him calling you back to Him, and back to His son.  Return to Him and renew your life in Him, for you belong to the Lord and He cares for you.

May the Lord bless you this very day with His grace and compassion.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/03/15

May 4, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 Kings:

Warfare Prayer[“O Lord my God,] Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”   (1 Kings 8:28b)

Let the call for pray go out. Sin and wickedness rise like a tide. Our nation needs prayer; our land needs prayer. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and bow down and seek His face. Let repentance begin with us; let us freely confess our sins and ask God’s forgiveness under the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let the people repent and turn from all unrighteousness. Let the churches gather and seek the Lord’s grace and forgiveness. Let us call upon our leaders to repent and bow before the Lord that our land might be healed. So come into His presence, you faithful, bow down before the Lord and pour out your prayers.

May the Lord bless you as you bow down and pray in His presence.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/26/15

April 27, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

jesus_white“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”   (Hebrews 13:8)

Let us give thanks to God that in this ever-changing, uncertain world, where darkness clashes with light, that Jesus Christ our Lord is steadfast and true. Regardless of the ups and downs of our lives, He does not leave us or forsake us. Regardless of the roaring and roiling of nations, He stands fast as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He does not waver; He does not falter; He does not fail. His truth is everlasting, and His word is truth. Let us offer a sacrifice of praise to Him who holds us in His hands, who is always faithful, full of love and grace, and whose grace has saved us from this life unto eternal life. Amen.

May the Lord truly bless you in His steadfast love.


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