Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/01/16

May 2, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_white“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them…”    (Psalm 37:39-40a)

God sees things from an eternal perspective and He does not change His laws or ways. When the nation kept sinning and breaking God’s laws, and God’s patience was running out, He would punish His people, Israel, by saddling them with an evil king who had little regard for God and who would pervert the laws and ways of God. If the people did not learn and repent of their sins, then that king would be followed by another one just as bad, and sin and corruption would continue. Yet to those who belonged to Him, God remained true. Though they too had to suffer the hardships brought by evil, those who trusted in Him, God stood beside. Those who had faith, God delivered. Let us have faith in Him to whom we belong.

May the Lord bless you to stand strong in Him in these days.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/24/16

April 25, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Oak acorns B&W“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”   (Hebrews 11.1)

For the Lord said if we but have faith the size of a mustard seed, then nothing would be impossible. Faith is knowing; faith is trusting. Faith is not wishing and being unsure what will happen. If we scatter seed it will grow. We do not hope seeds will grow, we know seeds grow. That is what they do. What is more, we know that if we plant a mustard seed, then a mustard plant will grow. If we plant an acorn a mighty oak will grow. The tree is already in the seed. The Lord already put it there. We must know that we know and forsake doubt; we must know and have faith that what we know is what is true and it will happen as the Lord wills it to happen. Faith is believing in what we know. Faith is knowing without having to see the tree.

May the Lord bless you with an abiding faith in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/17/16

April 18, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risen“Blessed are those who have learned to [praise] you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.”  (Psalm 89:15)

Let us lift our hearts and shout aloud to the Lord and praise His holy name. Let the praises from your lips make a joyful noise unto the Lord and bring you into His presence. May you practice the presence of the Lord and come into the light of His countenance. Draw near to the Lord that He might draw near to you. Enter in to the Lord’s presence with thanksgiving and praise and worship. Let the joy of the presence of the Lord be a blessing to you. Let His face shine upon you and give you peace. May the light of the Lord’s presence be the light in your life and may the blessings of praising the Lord forever bless your life.

May you come into the light of the Lord’s presence as you praise Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/10/16

April 11, 2016

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life.'”     (John 6:35a)

God gave his people manna in the desert that they might live, but he has given us His Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior, for Jesus is the bread of life who came down from heaven to bring life to the world that our hearts might not hunger or thirst again but for Him. For in Him is life, and for those that believe, life eternal. It was His body broken for us; it was His blood spilled for us; it was His life given for us that we might have the life that He gives. So let us take of the bread that is Christ Jesus and let us eat of it that we might acknowledge His sacrifice for us, for it is the Father who draws us and the Spirit who gives life.

May the Lord bless you with the life He gave for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/03/16

April 4, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

Jesus risen“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”     (Phil. 1:6)

Thank the Lord for His salvation; thank Him that we can come to Him each day and bow before Him to seek His face and ask forgiveness when we stumble or fall. How frustrating it can be, though we try our best to be righteous, to be shown our shortcomings and spiritual imperfections. Yet the Lord who loves us, the one who began a good work in us, is not finished with us and He will continue His work in us until the day that Christ returns. Let us not then lose heart or turn away, but let us run to Him who knows us better than we know ourselves and still loves us; let us turn to Him who forgives our shortcomings and who is working to perfect us in Christ. Let us praise Him and thank Him; let us worship and bow down.

May the Lord bless you with His mercy and grace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/27/16

March 28, 2016

Happy Easter! This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus is RisenBut the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, [just] as He said.”   (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is risen, He is risen, He is risen! Thank God, thank God, thank God Almighty. Jesus Christ is alive forevermore. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. He is the bread of life, the Holy One, the Son of God; He sealed the new covenant in His blood that we might have the forgiveness of our sins, that we might have salvation and eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to know His love and the beauty of His grace.

May the beauty of the Lord’s sacrifice bless you each and every day.

Good Friday

March 25, 2016

Thank the Lord, Jesus Christ, He sacrificed Himself for us.

Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.   (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/20/16

March 21, 2016

Jesus triumphal entry2This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the [palm] trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’       

      Hosanna in the highest!”    (Matthew 21:6-9)

Praise the Lord. Raise your voice! The Lord is come. Blessed be His name. Shout Hallelujah! He is come! He is come! He is come! The Prince of Peace, the Lord of Salvation, the Lord of Lords is come and we are blessed. Glory to God in the Highest! Sing, cry out! Praise His holy name. The Lord reigns! Here is the Lord, the Holy One, the Son of God. Rejoice you saints. Raise your voice; raise your hands; lift your hearts. Praise the Lord! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! Blessed be His name! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen.

May the blessing of the coming of the Lord fill your heart with joy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/13/16

March 14, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

jesus_white“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   (1 John 1:9)

Even though we have come to the Lord through the blood of Jesus Christ, and we have repented of our sins and trespasses, God knows that we are not perfect, and that as children we continue to stumble and fall as we learn to walk out our salvation. Yet the Lord is faithful and true, and He loves us dearly, for even now the Son of God sits at the right hand of the Father ever making intercession for the saints.

Let us come before our Father boldly and confess our sins for He will forgive us and cleanse us if we humble ourselves before His mercy and grace. If we harbor anything against anyone, let us forgive them as the Lord forgave us, for He will forgive us as we forgive others, and let us also remember to forgive ourselves for it is wrong to not forgive in us what He has forgiven in us. Come, let us bow our hearts before Him.

May the blood of Christ cleanse you as you bow your heart before Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/06/16

March 7, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Lamentations:

Jesus Christ risen“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him…”      (Lam. 3:25)

Those who belong to Him know that the Lord is good and all that He does is good, especially to those who belong to Him, those whose hope is in the Lord, in the beauty of His grace, in the majesty of His mercy, in the depth of His mighty love, in the splendor of His salvation, in the power of His blood, death, and resurrection. Let us seek earnestly the One who loves us with an everlasting love; let us open our eyes to His living word; let us open our hearts to trust in Him, and let us learn to fill our mouths with His praise and with our prayers, for those who seek Him will find Him and their hope will rest in the Lord.

May the Lord bless you with His goodness as you seek after Him.


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