Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/26/15

July 27, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Open Bible 2008 rev“I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.”   (1 John 2:21)

In these days when deceit and lies and false religion abound and what is unseemly or perverse is seen as acceptable, it is good to have the truth, for the truth does not change; the truth does not falter; the truth never becomes a lie; the truth is always true. There is one and only one who is the truth and that is Jesus Christ our Lord; He is the Truth.

In Him there is no lie; there is no deceit; there is no turning; there is no changing. He is true; He is steadfast; He is righteous. His word is truth. In Him there is nothing false, nothing lacking, nothing wanting. He is the living word and every word of His is truth. If you know Him then you know the truth. Be in truth, live in the truth, stand on the truth, rely on the truth, love the truth.

May the Lord bless you to seek the truth and live in the truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/19/15

July 20, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Warfare Prayer“Worship the Lord in the beauty of [His] holiness.”   (Psalm 29.2b)

Come, let us worship the Lord; let us praise His name with songs and hymns; let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord; let us lift our hands to Him and call upon His Holy name. Let us come into worship with thanksgiving; let us thank Him for His mercy and grace; let us thank Him for His love and faithfulness; let us thank Him for His truth and righteousness. Let us thank Him most of all for sacrificing His son Jesus Christ that we might know salvation and have the right to come boldly before Him with praise and worship. Let us bow our hearts and our heads before His holiness and lift His name on high. Amen.

May the Lord bless you to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/12/15

July 13, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Shaver Lake, CAHe makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside [still] waters,  he refreshes my soul.   (Psalms 23:1-3)

In the rush of the world and daily life, it is easy to get lost in all the activity and noise. It can be difficult not to be overwhelmed, and to keep close to the Lord and not lose sight of what is actually important. Our soul can become strained and weary with all the hubbub and hassle around us; the weariness can seem to soak into our bones and drag on us like an anchor.

Yet that is when we need to be listening to the Lord, for He calls to us; He calls us to His creation, for in it He has created such beauty and such peace that just being in the presence of His wondrous creation and soaking in the beauty and majesty of mountains or meadows, lakes or streams, forests or seacoasts can refresh and restore our soul. We need at times to get away to where we can rest under the expanse of stars and sky and breath deep its beauty.

May the majesty of the Lord’s creation refresh your soul.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/05/15

July 6, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ risen“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”         (2 Cor. 3:17)

To be truly free we must be free in the Lord, for the Spirit of the Lord is what makes us truly free; therefore we must belong to the Lord and have His Spirit in us. The covenant of the law brought condemnation, but the covenant in Jesus Christ brings freedom from condemnation and allows us to sit not under the law, but to sit in righteousness before the Lord, for by His Spirit we are transformed into His image, and by His Spirit we are given life, and in the next life, life eternal. So do not lose heart or grow weary in the confines of this life, but take on the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Faith, and be free in the Lord who loves you.

May the Spirit of the Lord bless you with the freedom of His love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/28/15

June 29, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

Adam & EveThere is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.   (Proverbs 14:12)

Let us remember that God’s ways are greater than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. What God has put in place let no one put asunder or cast aside. Man is wise only in his own eyes, for man’s wisdom is foolishness to Him who called forth the universe and set the Earth on its foundation, who created man in His own image and breathed life into him, who made them male and female and declared that they shall be joined and become one flesh.

Trying to usurp God’s laws or rebel against God’s ways is the way of Lucifer, the way of sin. Let us remember that it is God who is sovereign over all there is, was, and ever will be. No matter how well intended, our ways lead to death; God’s ways lead to eternal life.

May the Lord bless you to always bow before His wisdom and mercy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/21/15

June 22, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

Jesus is Risen“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  (Deut. 6:5)

We know that God’s love is perfect, for God is love, and we know that our love is not perfect and we often struggle to love, especially that which is not lovely. We even struggle at times to love God with all our being for to bring our all to bear often seems beyond our ability.

Yet the Lord does not hold this against us, for He knows that we are but dust and that our days are like the flowers of the field, but He who first loved us calls us to Himself and bids us to love Him as Father and Lord. He is a patient and loving Father, and He wants us to love Him as He loves us, with all He is, and with all He has given us in Christ Jesus.

May the Lord bless you to love Him with all you are.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/14/15

June 17, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Praying Hands“…when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father…”  (Matthew 6:6)

Those who believe, and belong to the Lord, know it is important to stay close to Him, to love and worship Him. We need to spend time in His word, but it is most important that we get alone every day and pray to the Lord. His son Jesus emphasized prayer to His disciples; He spoke about how to pray and He would  often go off to pray by Himself.

Prayer will help us keep close to God; so pray, give thanks, pour out your heart, and ask the Lord. Listen for Him to answer, whatever is His will, for our Heavenly Father always knows what is best for us. Pray for others, and pray for your loved ones. Do not miss out: spend time each day in His presence; seek out that private time to be with the One who loves you as only He can.

May you seek the Lord’s presence and pray to your Heavenly Father every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/07/15

June 11, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

Jesus Christ risen“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long …”   (Deut. 33:12)

We know the Lord is our light and our salvation, and we can rest in His love. Regardless of our troubles or those things that rise against our peace and security, if we belong to the Lord then He will be our peace; He will be our shield.

Whatever rises against us in the natural or the spiritual must bow before the Lord, for the Lord loves and protects His own and His love overcomes all that can come against us if we give ourselves into His hands and rest in His love. Let us remember to come and bow our hearts before the Lord who loves us, and pray and call upon His name and He will keep you safe and secure in His love.

May the Lord bless you to rest secure in His love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/31/15

June 1, 2015

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

Jesus is Risen“Be grateful for the good things that the Lord your God has given you and your family …” (Deut. 26:11 GNT)

Let us come unto the Lord with grateful hearts. Let us remember the One who has blessed us and who has been gracious unto us. Let us not be overwhelmed with our troubles or turn to grumbling about our difficulties or worry about what tomorrow will bring.

Let us count our blessings; let us remember all of the good things that God has done for us. Let us remember the ways He has interceded for us, how He brought healing, how He provided for us, and the prayers that were answered. Let us remember that every good thing in life has come from God who is full of goodness and mercy. Let us turn our attention to the One who loves us with an everlasting love. Let us be grateful for all He has done and all He will do.

May your heart be filled with gratitude for all the Lord has done.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/24/15

May 25, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Praying Hands2“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”   (Romans 4:3)

We receive God’s grace through faith, and we believe through faith. We have faith and we trust in our Lord, but where are we when our faith fails, when we fail to live in righteousness, when our faith falters and we fail our Lord. Is our faith lost? Are we forsaken? Certainly not, for we learn from Abraham’s life  that faith is a journey, that failing to keep in faith has consequences, but that we might return to the Lord in righteousness if we return to faith again. For Abraham failed too, but his faith endured, and our faith must also endure. When we fail we need to take up our faith again, for life’s challenges and setbacks are but opportunities to strengthen our faith, and God’s grace is sufficient to overcome, and to renew our faith.

May the Lord bless you to endure in faith every day.


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