Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/19/17

February 20, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

SONY DSC“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”   (Luke 11:28 ESV)

If we have heard the word of God, if it has been spoken into our life, we are blessed. If we have heard the word of God and understood it, if we have responded to the word of God and have given ourselves to Him, then we are greatly blessed. If we have come to know Him who is the living Word, who was the Word in the beginning, who was the Word with God and the Word who is God, then we are blessed beyond measure.

Therefore, let us not neglect to spend time with the Word and in the Word, for in His Word are the words of life: words to live by, words of wisdom, words of His love, words that lead to eternal life. Let us each day take up His word and place it in our heart; let us take up His word and speak it into the world. Let us keep His word by giving it away; let us be obedient to speak the Good News of Jesus Christ.

May the Lord bless you to be true to His word.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/12/17

February 13, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Titus:

Jesus risen“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”  (Titus 3:5b-7)

Let us not hold back, but let us be generous with others as the Lord has been with us. Let us not hesitate to share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ with others; let us not be slack in praising the Lord and calling on His name. Let us be bold to proclaim His life and His salvation into this dying world. Let us be generous with our time for others and let us be generous with our prayers and blessings to those whom the Lord brings to mind. Let us not keep the Lord’s love, but let us give it away generously and at every opportunity. Let us hold nothing back the Lord has given, but let His love pour out of us onto others.

May the Lord fill your heart to overflow onto others.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/05/17

February 6, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

jesus-and-woman-at-the-well-copping“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”    (Matt. 28:19 NKJV)

We know the Lord gave His disciples a great commission to take His word and His teachings, and the Good News, into all the world, and to make more disciples, but most of us think of the harvest field as being overseas, in foreign lands, where His special disciples go, where missionaries go, where most of us never go and never will go. Yet this is not true, especially today, for the borders that need to be crossed in our time are not necessarily further than our backyard, across the fence to our neighbor, or into the next office or cubicle where we work. The harvest field is all around us, most everywhere we go. Let us be ever mindful to reach out wherever we are to those around us, for the harvest is ripe and workers are few.

May the Lord bless you to see, and to share the Good News wherever you are.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/29/17

January 30, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Praying HandsHear my prayer, O God…  (Psalm 54:2)

If we belong to the Lord, we know He will hear our prayers for He is faithful and true. If we are righteous and repentant, He will hear our prayers for so He has promised. If we are faithful in praying, He will hear our prayers, for this is what His word says. Let us not be lax in prayer to our Lord, but let us continually come to Him in an attitude of prayer and humble ourselves before Him. Let us learn to pour out our hearts before Him and trust Him with every piece of our life. Let us learn to lay our burdens down before Him and take up our cross and bear it each day as we give ourselves into His hands and into His loving care.

May the Lord bless you as you pray.

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.