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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/22/15

March 23, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

man in praise  “My soul thirsts for you;

    My flesh longs for you

    In a dry and thirsty land

    Where there is no water.”   (Psalm 63:1b)

When our soul is languishing in a dry and thirsty place, when it seems a desert separates us from the Lord, and our heart is desolate and aching for Him, only God can fulfill our spiritual thirst. Nothing in this world can satisfy that thirst. No amount of drink or drug, no amount of sex or thrills, no amount of work or distraction, no amount of buying or selling, no amount of ritual or pleasure can quench the power of the thirst for more of God, for He and He alone has what our soul needs.

When the very air we breathe has become dry as dust and our spirit is withered as a winter leaf, we need to immerse ourselves in the Lord, for He is the living water, He is the water of life; we need to drink of Him and drink deeply, and let His life make our soul live again as it is meant to live: refreshed, cleansed, and filled with new life in Christ.

May He who is Living Water bring you new life this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/15/15

March 16, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

Jesus Christ“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”    (Philippians 4:6)

How important it is to spend time in prayer. How easy it is to allow our troubles to distract us from prayer and to be plagued with anxious thoughts, to worry about our situation and to despair about tomorrow. When it seems that things will never get better we need to stop and turn to the Lord, for the Lord is able, and where there does not seem to be a way, the Lord can make a way, and where all seems lost, the Lord can be found.

Let us take hold and trust the Lord, for nothing can happen to us that He cannot handle for us. Let us trust in Him to whom we belong and let us praise Him and give thanks that in every situation He is with us; let us go to Him in prayer and seek His face that we might find our peace in Him.

May the Lord bless you as you pray and give Him thanks in every circumstance.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/08/15

March 9, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

Jesus Christ 3“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”    (Phil. 4:8)

Though we’ve given our hearts to Jesus, the battle over our thoughts is often a daily struggle, for we live in a world bombarded with talk and news and images that continually threaten to corrupt our thinking and hinder our walk with the Lord. How often we might despair when wicked thoughts enter in through gossip or rumor or reports of evil in the world or when disturbing or impure images are seen or when we allow loose or angry thoughts.

Let us not despair; let us instead have the mind of Christ — to whom we belong, and in whom is all truth, all righteousness, all that is good and pure. Let us stay close to Him in prayer,  thanksgiving, and praise, and stay daily in His Word and in the truth. For it is only in Christ that we overcome in the battle for our thoughts, and in Christ receive blessing and peace in our hearts and minds.

May you this day and every day adopt the mind of Christ and know blessing and peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/01/15

March 2, 2015

This week’s scripture is from John:

jesus_white“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates  you.”  (John 15:19)

Let us remember to whom we belong, for if we belong to Christ then we no longer belong to this world, and it is no longer our home, but we are sojourners passing through this life unto eternal life to be at home with the Lord in heaven.

The world loves those who love the world, but if we belong to Him then we do not belong to the world and the world will hate us as it hates Him, for we are here to do the will of the One to whom we belong, the One who called us out of the world. For He sends us out into the world to spread the Good News, to speak the truth in love, to bring those who believe to Him who loves us. Let us take heart that we might truly follow Him, that we might be friends of Him who chose us to belong to Him.

May the Lord to whom you belong bless you to follow after Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/22/15

February 23, 2015

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus Christ 2“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, and that truth leads to eternal life.

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


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