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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/17/15

May 18, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_white“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.       (Psalm 136:1,26)

Let us give thanks to the God of heaven, for He is good and all He does is good. His love is everlasting. It knows neither times or seasons; there is never a time when the Lord is without love. He does not forsake us or stop loving us even when we are disobedient. When we belong to the Lord, we can always depend on His love, for God is love. His love never gives up; His love never fails; His love sets us free, for He sent His beloved son to show us His great love for us, and He sacrificed Himself for us that we might be able to love God and be reconciled to Him. How great is the love of God for us. Let us give thanks for His love.

May the Lord of Heaven bless you with His love this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/10/15

May 11, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 2 Chronicles:

Jesus Christ“… for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”   (2 Chron. 30:9b)

Often it seems our lives run before us as we try to keep up. How busy we become with everything that crowds our days. How easy it is to drift away from the Lord and become lost in the chaos that consumes us with work and obligations. How subtle is the drawing away that we may not even notice it until we are far from our Father and we are not hearing His voice; we might not even be listening.

We get caught up in the things of the world, in the attitudes of the world, yet they are not the Lord’s thoughts; they are not the Lord’s attitudes. Stop and listen for His voice; hear Him calling you back to Him, and back to His son.  Return to Him and renew your life in Him, for you belong to the Lord and He cares for you.

May the Lord bless you this very day with His grace and compassion.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/03/15

May 4, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 Kings:

Warfare Prayer[“O Lord my God,] Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”   (1 Kings 8:28b)

Let the call for pray go out. Sin and wickedness rise like a tide. Our nation needs prayer; our land needs prayer. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and bow down and seek His face. Let repentance begin with us; let us freely confess our sins and ask God’s forgiveness under the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let the people repent and turn from all unrighteousness. Let the churches gather and seek the Lord’s grace and forgiveness. Let us call upon our leaders to repent and bow before the Lord that our land might be healed. So come into His presence, you faithful, bow down before the Lord and pour out your prayers.

May the Lord bless you as you bow down and pray in His presence.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/26/15

April 27, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

jesus_white“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”   (Hebrews 13:8)

Let us give thanks to God that in this ever-changing, uncertain world, where darkness clashes with light, that Jesus Christ our Lord is steadfast and true. Regardless of the ups and downs of our lives, He does not leave us or forsake us. Regardless of the roaring and roiling of nations, He stands fast as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He does not waver; He does not falter; He does not fail. His truth is everlasting, and His word is truth. Let us offer a sacrifice of praise to Him who holds us in His hands, who is always faithful, full of love and grace, and whose grace has saved us from this life unto eternal life. Amen.

May the Lord truly bless you in His steadfast love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/19/15

April 20, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus risenAnd a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.”   (Luke 8:23-24)

When the storms of life come upon us, when we are battered and in danger of drowning, let us remember Him who rides above the storm, the one who is Master even over the forces of the nature and of life itself. He does not always remove the storms of life for life has storms, some of our own making, but He will always make a way to carry us through the storm if we will but call out to Him and put our trust in Him, for no storm is greater than the One who was there when the foundation of life was laid, and no storm exists that He cannot quiet with but a word, for He is the Lord, our Savior, whose love brings peace and calm into our lives. So don’t look at the storm; look to the Lord. Fix your eyes upon Him and He will save you.

May the Lord bless you in the midst of the storm and bring you through.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/12/15

April 13, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

jesus_white“…fear not, neither be discouraged.”   (Deut.1:21b)

When life becomes hard as a nail, when we are bearing a cross that is too hard for us to bear, we can wonder where the Lord is in our suffering and pain. When the money has run out and all is gone, the Lord can seem far away. When the diagnosis is not good and we need healing, but we don’t know if healing is going to come, we can wonder where the Lord is in our doubt and despair.

Yet the Lord does not forsake us, for in every circumstance no matter how hard, God is for us and not against us. He is there already. His love is already there; His strength is already there. Look to the Lord for He will look after you; trust in Him. Draw near to the Lord and let Him draw near to you. Listen to His heart, and He will give you peace.

May the Lord’s love bring you peace and strength.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/05/15

April 6, 2015

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 blessings of the Lord’s sacrifice strengthen you each day.

Good Friday 04/03/15

April 3, 2015

       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 03/29/15

March 30, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus triumphal entry2“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spreadthem on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”    (Mark 11:7-10)

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! 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! Blessed be His name!

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


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