Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/21/16

August 22, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 Peter:

Prayer bowing low (2)“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand …”  (1 Peter 5:6a)

When we come to the Lord through Christ, we do not belong to ourselves anymore, but we belong to the Lord and He dwells in us; we are His. Yet old habits are stubborn. When we think we can do life without God, when we think we can do it ourselves, or when we don’t think, but just try to do it all on our own as we used to do, we are not listening to our Father.

We make our lives more difficult than they need to be when we don’t remember to humble ourselves before Him. We get impatient or go rushing about, and it doesn’t work out, but when we let God be in control, He will work everything out, in His good time. When we bow before Him and turn everything over to Him, then we can rest in the assurance that He who loves us, who gave His life for us, will work all things out for our good, for He is good and all He does is good.

May you humble yourself before God’s goodness and be blessed.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/14/16

August 15, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

Open Bible 2008 rev“A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel…”    (Proverbs 1:5 NASB)

Life can be very challenging and we are often tested with many trials. We don’t always know what to do in every situation, but God always knows. When situations arise, let us first go to our Lord in thanksgiving and prayer. Let us come into His presence and then patiently await His counsel. Let us also look into the Word of God and search it that we might learn to see His wisdom and His grace in every page. Let us with diligence study the truth of His word to know as He would have us know that we might do as He would have us do. And finally let us not forsake the counsel of those wise in God’s ways and wisdom.

May the Lord bless you to know Him and seek His counsel.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/07/16

August 8, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risen“Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.”  (Psalm 84:12)

Our Lord, our God, King of heaven and earth and all the universe, is the mighty one, all powerful and all knowing, full of compassion and mercy, faithful and true. He is the living God, full of power and glory. His word is truth and His breath is life. Whatever He speaks comes to pass; He stretches out His hand and it is done, for there is none like Him. His is the power to create; His is the power to bring life; His is the power to make right; His is the power to save. Blessed are we when we depend on Him. Blessed are we when we depend not on our own understanding or our own devices but trust in Him, for His love for us is the greatest of all blessings. Let us humble ourselves beneath His mighty hand and praise His holy name.

May you always for everything put your trust in the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/31/16

August 1, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

jesus_white“Occupy till I come.”    (Luke 19:13 KJV)

Many are eagerly awaiting the Lord’s return. As our world becomes awash by tides of evil and perversion, and our lives become an ever-increasing struggle against the encroaching darkness it can be difficult not to fall into despair. Even those who are adept at prayer and spiritual warfare, who faithfully storm the gates of heaven with their prayers, are feeling the weight and oppression of the deepening darkness.

In the increasingly fierce spiritual warfare, some have been wounded and some discouraged; yet the Lord calls to his own; He calls his faithful, “Occupy till I come.” Let us therefore rise up, put on the armor of God, and march into the battle. Let us continue to preach the good news, baptize new believers, make disciples, and teach them His word. Let us continue to help and pray for the sick and the less fortunate, the oppressed and the lost. Let us continue to work and to be like Christ in this world until He returns.

May the Lord bless you with His protection and His strength as you trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/24/16

July 25, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor. 13:11)

In these days of uncertainty and strife, we can at times feel troubled and quite alone, but if we are in Christ Jesus, if we are a child of God and we belong to Him, then we are not alone, for in Christ we have a world of brothers and sisters as well as our heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, for we know that He will never, never leave us or forsake us. Let us therefore be comforted and remember to encourage ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us remember each day to love one another and to pray for each other. Let us not neglect to call upon the Lord everyday for all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

May the Lord encourage you each day to pray and keep praying.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/17/16

July 18, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:jesus_white

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Phil. 2:9-11)

Let us be clear in our minds and in our hearts in this day of conflicting theologies and beliefs: There is only one God Almighty, God the Father of heaven and earth and all the universe; and there is only one Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us by dying on the cross and rising again that we might be reconciled to God and have eternal life, for there is only one name by which we must be saved and it is the name that is above all names, the name of Jesus. At His name every angel and spirit in heaven, every living thing on earth, and every fallen being will bow and confess that He is Lord. Let there be no doubt: He alone is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. To God be the glory. Amen.

May your heart be steadfast and true confessing Jesus Christ as Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/10/16

July 11, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

Jesus Christ risen“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    (Jeremiah 29:11)

Life does not always go as planned. Regardless of how carefully we plan, life can take unexpected turns and things can go suddenly awry. We might find ourselves at a loss or at a crossroads and not know what to do, but the Lord knows; He always knows, and His plans never fail.

If we belong to Him, then our lives should be given into His hands, and our plans for our life should be His plans for our life, for God’s plans are always for whatever is best for us, whatever will help us and draw us closer to Him, whatever will make us more like Christ. For God is good and all He does is good. Let us remember to always seek Him first before we make our plans, for He is our provision, and in Him is our hope and our future, in Christ.

May you be open to the Lord’s leading in your life, for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/03/16

July 4, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus risen“…through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”    (Romans 8:2)

Freedom is a great blessing and independence is valued, but true freedom comes not from the world of man but from Christ, for He came to set the captives free. Those who are still bound by sin are not free, and those who are subject to death that comes from sin are not free, but if we are free in Christ, free from the law of sin and death, we have the Spirit of Life and we are truly free. It is a great mystery that the more dependence we have on Christ the more free we are; the more we bind ourselves to Him the freer we will be, but it is the law of the Holy Spirit, the law of God, and we are His, made free by His sacrifice. Thank God.

May gratitude flow from the freedom you have in Christ Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/26/16

June 27, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

Praying Hands…be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  (Eph. 6:18b)

We are a people called to prayer, for the Lord calls us to prayer. Jesus often prayed and He taught his disciples how to pray. Let us also be praying and interceding in prayer for our loved ones and for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for many are in need of prayer and intercession. We need to be praying for each other; we need to be partners in prayer, supporting each other in prayer. Let us be faithful to pray and to listen to the Lord, for our Lord is faithful to answer our prayers. Let us learn to pray continually to Him to whom we belong. Pray for those in need, each according to their need. Pray in His mighty name.

May the Lord place prayers upon your lips as you lift your voice to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/19/16

June 20, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Noah preaching2As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  (Matt. 24:37)

As dark events cloud our times and violence has broken loose spreading across the earth, and what is good is being called evil and what is perverse is being accepted as right, we can see the days of Noah approaching again. Moral restraint has lost its moorings and the peoples are turning away from the truth to do what is right in their own eyes. But let us not lose heart for these things are the harbingers that say the time of Christ’s return is drawing near. May the Lord grant that we not be overcome by evil, and may we remain faithful and true to Him who loves us and has brought us salvation. Let us rejoice in Him to whom we belong and let us be diligent in our calling to speak the truth in love until the day He comes.

May the Lord be your light in the darkness.


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