Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/20/18

May 21, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty heavens!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His surpassing greatness!”
    (Psalm 150:1-2)

How blessed we are to be children of the Most High God. Praise the Lord! How blessed we are to have received His saving grace. Praise God! How blessed we are that His Son, Jesus Christ, died for us, for our salvation. Praise the Lord God Almighty. How blessed we are to have forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. Praise His Holy name. How blessed we are to have been set free from sin and death. Praise the Lord Most High. How blessed we are that the Son of God sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession. Praise the Lord! How blessed we are for His mercy and grace. Praise Him!

May the praises from your lips rise up to the Throne of Grace as you remember His mighty blessings.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/13/18

May 14, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”  (John 6:68)

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the living Word and His word is eternal. When the concerns and troubles of life are upon us sometimes they distract us from where we should be seeking our healing and relief. Yet He has given us His word, for He is the word, and His word brings life. Let us not neglect to spend time in the word, for it is good to be in the word; it is valuable for seeking the answers to our problems and dilemmas; it is full of wisdom, and a light in the darkness. The word is powerful to heal and to bind up, to bear witness and to forgive. The word is truth, and that truth brings life, the truth that leads to eternal life.

May the Lord bless you to be in His word this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/06/18

May 7, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the LORD’s praise,
for he has been good to me.”     
(Psalm 13:5-6)

Our troubles may at times seem daunting, but we can trust in the Lord to save us, for it is His love for us that is our strength, a love greater than the greatest problems, a love that overcomes every attack of the enemy, a love that has defeated even death and brings eternal life in Christ Jesus. “It is so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take him at his word,” says the old song, and so true it is. Let your heart rejoice at His matchless love for you; trust in Him and sing praises to His name for He will deliver you; He will be good to you, for no good thing will He withhold from those who love Him and are called by His name.

May the blessings of the Lord be upon you as you trust and praise Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/29/18

April 30, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

“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 04/22/18

April 23, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   (John 16:33)

The Lord did not promise us a trouble-free life. He knew that this fallen world can be a dark and troublesome place, where we find ourselves struggling against the darkness and the pain of suffering, sin, injury, and want. Try as we might we have not the power to overcome, but the Lord does, for He took the weight of sin and death upon Himself, and by His sacrifice, by His blood, death, and resurrection, He did overcome the world. He has defeated the darkness; He has triumphed; He is victorious, and in Him we can have peace. Let us rejoice and be glad, for we can have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise His holy name.

May the Lord bless you today with an abiding peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/15/18

April 16, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.”
 (Isaiah 26:3-4)

Each day has trouble enough of its own, Jesus reminded us, and it is all too easy to be in turmoil trying to deal with the situations and problems that keep peace from our door. Yet the Lord tells us that we should not dwell on problems, but we should keep our minds on Him. We should place all of our trust in Him no matter what is happening in the world or what is happening in our own lives, for only in the Lord, and in Him alone, is there peace. Let us allow our heart to trust Him and our mind to be steadfast, for He who loves us and gave Himself for us is He who is able, for He is for us, He is forever, eternal, and He can make a way when there is no way. Trust our Lord, our Savior, our Deliverer. Praise His Holy Name.

May your heart and mind remain steadfast because you are trusting in the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/08/18

April 9, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
(Prov. 3:5-6)

When difficult days come, and trying circumstances are upon us, our own understand is often not enough. Our strength and our wisdom can fail, but we know that we can trust in the Lord with all our heart, for He does understand and His strength never fails. If we acknowledge Him and give ourselves into His hands He will be the lifter of our head, and He will direct our paths and show us the way we should go. Let us therefore call upon Him who loves us and gave Himself for us, and trust in the Lord God Almighty.

May you trust the Lord with all of your heart in all things.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/01/18

April 2, 2018

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

But 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 risen; He is alive. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace, for 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 as you follow in His ways.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/25/18

March 26, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

“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 [palm] trees and spread them 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! 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 03/18/18

March 19, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:

Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…
   (1 Chron. 16:11-12)

God is great; God is good. The world is troubled; the trials of life come against us, but God is faithful. When we are weak, He is strong. When we cry out, He is there. Let us look to the Lord and remember that our God is a miracle-working God. When there is no way, He makes a way. He moves and miracles happen; the Word is spoken and bodies are healed, souls are delivered, those in bondage are set free. Jesus came that we might know Him and blessings of His love. He pours out His grace upon us, for He loves us. We are witnesses to the wonders of His mercy and love, that we might proclaim Him.

Seek the Lord and may the miracles of God’s blessings be upon you this day.