Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/22/17

January 23, 2017

This week’s scripture comes from Acts:

Jesus Christ 2“The Lord’s will be done.”  (Acts 21:14)

Sometimes it can be difficult to know the will of God for our lives. We wonder what He would have us do, and when, and where? We’ve learned that the Lord’s timing is not the same as our timing. Even when we might receive a word from the Lord on what to do or what He wishes to happen, it often is not as soon as we might think or wish. Then again we can be occasionally surprised that things will happen fast, faster than we could have hoped or made them happen. Yet if we try to make the will of the Lord come to past before its time it will not turn out right. We find that we cannot open doors that He has not opened for us, nor can we close a door He wants open. Learning these things is wisdom if we also learn to wait upon the Lord, to pray and give thanks, to trust and be patient knowing that in His good time His will, will be done.

May the Lord bless you with patience and trust as you seek His will for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/15/17

January 16, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:

Praising GodHe answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.  (1 Chron. 5:20)

We know that when we ask anything in accordance with God’s will that He will give us what we ask for, for it is His good pleasure to give to those who ask Him believing that He will answer them. But to receive what the Lord has for us, we must believe that He will give us what He has promised; we must believe that He will answer our prayers, and we must ask for what it is that He wants us to have.

Let us therefore pray to the Lord for every good thing that He wants us to have; let us search the scriptures to know what it is that He wishes for us to have. Let us come before Him with sincere and clean hearts, hearts full of repentance, and pray earnestly, believing in His everlasting goodness and grace. Let us trust in Him that He will always give us what is best for us, that He will provide for every need, and bless us with His love.

May you trust in the Lord and pray with an open heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/08/17

January 9, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ 4But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Cor. 12:9)

We are not always as strong as we would like to be spiritually. Often we stumble or fall; or sometimes we simply have not the strength to rise to the occasion in the spirit. We don’t always pray as we should or worship as we should. We can fail to put God first in our lives. At times it seems as if we are hampered by spiritual forces fighting against us, by spirits of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Yet it has pleased the Lord to use the weak things of earth to make His power known, for it is by His grace and His grace alone that we can call on His name, that we can stand before the storms of darkness, that we can speak His name and proclaim His salvation to a dying world, for it is in His grace and love that we find strength.

May the grace of the Lord be your strength.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/01/17

January 3, 2017

This week’s scripture comes from Revelation:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburstThen He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”   (Rev. 21:5a)

Our God is in heaven and He reigns in righteousness and holiness. In Him is all goodness and mercy, and everything that is true and ever will be. In Him all is light and there is no darkness. God makes everything new through Jesus Christ, His son. In Christ we are a new creation, and we are restored to our Father in heaven. We are now a new person, for the old person is dead in sin and trespasses, but in Him we have new life — a new spirit, a new heart, a new promise, a new hope, a new future — for He is ever with us. Renew yourself in the Lord and bow before His throne. Worship Him and let Him make you anew. Praise the Lord for renewing your life. Praise Him for His mercy and grace.

May the Lord Almighty bless you anew this day and each day in this year to come.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/25/16

December 27, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

Jesus Christ risen“King of kings and Lord of lords.”   (Rev. 19:16)

God Almighty has sent His son to reign and to rule. Let us praise Him, for our salvation has come and we are truly blessed. Let us remember in these days of uncertainty that He is not just one among many, for He has no equal in heaven or on earth, for He is the Chosen One, the Son of the Most High God, and He is the King over all earthy kings and rulers, and He is the Lord over all who would be lords or gods over men. He is exalted above every throne, above every nation, above every people, for His name is above every name and His righteousness beyond compare, for His love is greater than any love ever known, and we are eternally blessed. Praise God, praise God Almighty, and His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

May your heart be glad for God’s precious gift to us.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/18/16

December 19, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus 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 12/11/16

December 19, 2016

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 12/04/16

December 5, 2016

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.

Strengthen and Encouraget the Brethren 11/27/16

November 28, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

jesus_white“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 a 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 so 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 to overflowing.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/20/16

November 24, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Praying Hands“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”    (Psalm 107:1)

Let us praise God from whom all blessings flow, for every good thing comes from the hand of God. How great and how many are His blessings poured out upon us. Let us give thanks to Him who provides for all our needs and gives generously to all who come to Him. How rich and how loving are the things that the Lord gives to those who love Him. Let us bow down and give thanks for the gift of His son, Jesus Christ, who sacrificed Himself for us, and who brought us salvation and eternal life through His blood, death, and resurrection. How great is His love toward us. Let us give thanks to Him, and let us praise His holy name.

May your lips praise the Lord and thank Him for His unmatchable love.