Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/09/18

December 10, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“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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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/02/18

December 3, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Prepare the way for the Lord;”

“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.”     (Isaiah 40:3a;5a)

Come, let us prepare our hearts for this season of joy and celebration in remembrance of the coming of our Lord and Savior. Let us rejoice at the advent of the Promised One, His coming foretold long ago, the glorious prophecy, fulfilled by our loving Father. Let us prepare our hearts by refreshing our hope in Him in whom all grace, all mercy, all faithfulness, all love, and all righteousness rests. Let us fill our hearts with the hope that is in Jesus Christ and His coming, and prepare to share that hope with as many as the Lord allows. Let us prepare to be generous with the love He has given us. Prepare your heart, and rejoice!

May the joy of the Lord and the love of Christ fill your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/25/18

November 26, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“The light shines in the darkness …

 “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1:5a, 9)

Thank God that He is true and always keeps His promises, for He sent His Son into this dark world to be our light and our salvation. Long it was foretold that He would come. Now He is the light of the world and a lamp unto our feet. He has brought us into the light, and how blessed we are that His light can shine through us, for truth lives in the light and He lives in us. Hallelujah!  Thank you, Lord!

May the light of God’s blessings be yours this day and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/18/18

November 19, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Let [us] give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for man…   (Psalm 107:8)

Let us come before the Lord with thankful hearts and praise Him who loves us with an everlasting love. Praise be to God for He provides for our every need and fills us with all good things. Thanks be to God for He never leaves us or forsakes us. Let us come before Him and bow down; let us count our blessings and praise Him for His holiness. Thanks be to God for His great gift in giving us His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Praise be to God for He is good and all He does is good. Let us give thanks to the Lord. Thanks be to God for all He has done. Thanks be to God. Amen.

May you be blessed by the Lord as you praise Him with thanksgiving.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/11/18

November 12, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“I will praise you forever for what you have done;
in your name I will hope, for your name is good.
I will praise you in the presence of your saints.”    
(Psalms 52:9)

Praise God, Praise God. In the midst of life’s ongoing trials and troubles, Praise God. For all He has done for us, Praise the Lord. It is so easy to be distracted by the difficulties we are facing that we can lose our focus on the One who is our strength and our ever-present help in times of trouble. Remember to call on Him and praise Him. Lift up your voice and praise the Lord, for He is good and all He does is good. Pray, praise, sing. Let His mercy and grace wash over you. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

May the Lord fill your heart with hope and joy as you raise your voice to praise Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/04/18

November 5, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.”
  (Psalm 33:11)

The generations come and the generations go; they plan and they strive to make their mark, but the plans of man are passing and his time is always short. Things go this way and that, back and then forth, up and then down, but God’s plans never waver; His timing is always perfect; everything happens at precisely the right time, in the right place, and in the right manner. His plans and His purposes are always fulfilled, and they never fail. Let us remember to always ask the Lord what His plans are for us before we make our own plans, for His plans will always be the best for us, because God’s plans come from God’s heart.

May the Lord bless you with a heart toward His heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/28/18

October 29, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Colossians:

“Having disarmed principalities and powers [forces of evil], He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them [by the cross].”   (Colossians 2:15)

In this season that celebrates evil and pays homage to darkness, let us remember that Christ is the victor. Regardless of the sin in this world, regardless of the attacks of the enemy against us, regardless of the battles we are forced to wage, let us never forget that the devil is already defeated. The fight between good and evil, between God and Satan, is not in doubt. Jesus has already won, and won completely and decisively. When Christ went willingly to the cross where He suffered, bled, and died for us, then rose again from the grave, He destroyed the works of darkness; He declared victory over Satan, sin, evil, and death, once and for all. For Jesus is King, Jesus is Savior, Jesus is Lord. It is finished; He triumphed.

May the joy of the risen Lord be your strength this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/21/18

October 22, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds…”   (Hebrews 10:23-24)

Ours is a living hope, a hope assured by faith in Jesus Christ. Our hope lies in God’s faithfulness; our hope lies in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We can hold fast our confession of hope and never doubt because God is completely faithful, completely trustworthy. His promises never fail; His word is always true. Let us therefore encourage each other to exhibit Christ’s love, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to love each other as He loved us, to shed His love abroad into the world through His word, to do deeds of righteousness for His namesake, to share our hope, to show His love by what we do for each other and for others.

May the Lord bless you with the assurance of His love and faithfulness.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/14/18

October 15, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 2 Chronicles:

“Submit to the Lord …”    (2 Chron. 30:8)

Let us come before the Lord and bow down; let us surrender ourselves to His great love, for if we would belong to Him, if we would become His children and His disciples, we must surrender our lives to Him, and we must surrender everything. Let us submit every area of our life to Him; let us hold nothing back, but give it all to Him who loves us and gave Himself for us. Let us therefore repent of all that keeps us from Him, that which keeps us from prayer, that which keeps us from His word, that which keeps us from His presence: every distraction, every sin, every way in which we go our own way instead of going His way. Let us submit ourselves completely to His mighty love. Let us die to ourselves that we might live to Christ and His love.

May the Lord bless you to surrender to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/07/18

October 8, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 1 Peter:

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. (1 Peter 5:8b-9a)

Satan knows his time is short and he is filled with rage. It spills into the world as a tide of darkness and evil, rising against those who belong to the Lord. Wickedness comes out of the shadows and spiritual warfare is loosed upon God’s faithful. Yet let us remember Him who is faithful, and stand firm in Him. Let us call upon the name of the Lord and resist the devil. Let us take up the sword of the spirit, the word of God, and strike the enemy’s lies with truth and cut down his wickedness with Christ’s righteousness. Let us stand firm upon the rock of our salvation for He is our strength, our shield, and our rampart. Against the Lord, evil cannot stand; against His authority, evil must bow. Praise God and stand firm in the faith.

May the Lord bless you to stand firm in Christ.