Archive for January, 2010

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/24/10

January 25, 2010

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

“For the love of Christ compels us…”  (2 Cor. 5:14a)

Let us rejoice in the love of Christ; let us rejoice in the power of His love; let us rejoice in the grace and mercy of His love. For without His love where would we be, for all that we are or can ever hope to be are made manifest in His love.

May the love of Christ strengthen us to be faithful servants of Him who loves us.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/17/10

January 18, 2010

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:  

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”   (2 Cor. 10:4-5).

The Word reminds us that we are involved in warfare between good and evil, but the Lord does not leave us unarmed. Let us be mindful and encouraged that the weapons God has given us – worship, praise, and prayer – are powerful in the Lord, for what can stand against the Word and the might of the Lord.

No stronghold of the enemy, no clever argument or anything that exalts itself against the Lord can long stand, but we must also bring our own thoughts as prisoners so that they obey Christ Jesus, for in Christ we find victory. Armor yourself and fight – speak the Word, sing His praises, pray and keep praying. Amen.

May the Lord strengthen you and bless you each day for the challenges placed before you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/10/10

January 11, 2010

This week’s scripture is from 1 Corinthians:

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”      
(1 Cor. 15:57-58).

In these last of days, let us remember Christ who has the victory already in His hands, but let us also be mindful of the necessity to strengthen the people, for many are weak in the Lord and when times get hard they may fall away. Wherever the Lord has placed you, preacher, teacher, friend, stand firm and speak the Word boldly; teach them how to be strong in the Lord. Show them the true power of love, which is stronger than evil, stronger than hate, stronger than death. Be steadfast in the Lord, and labor in the Truth. Take heart for the Lord is coming.

May the Lord bless you with boldness and opportunity to speak the Word into the lives of others.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/03/10

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from John:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men”  (John 1:1-4).

It is good to remember that everything begins with the Lord, for He is the living Word, with God and sent by God. When God spoke the Word, everything that is came into existence, including all life and all the living. Since the beginning, Our Lord Jesus Christ has been the light of life and He remains our light in the darkness. Praise God for sending the light.

As this new year begins, may the Lord bless you with life through his living Word, Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/27/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”   (Rev.1:8).

The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end: Jesus also speaks this of himself in Revelation 22. In these trying times, let us remember who is sovereign over all the earth, over all time, over all history, over all people, over everything that ever has been, is, and ever will be. Let us remain in awe of Him who is Lord of All, the Almighty One, who loves us and sent His Son that we might know Him and the beauty of His love and grace, now and forever; blessed be His name.  Praise God.

May the Lord God Almighty ever reign as the Lord of your life through His son, Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/20/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
     “ Glory to God in the highest,
        And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
 (Luke 2:10-14)

Praise the Lord God Most High for the glorious gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given, our salvation come to bring us peace, and reconcile us to God. How great the gift and how great the giver. How can we but praise Him and worship His holy name, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Praise God Almighty in gratitude and joy.

May your praises and prayers rise up to the Lord, and may He shed peace abroad in your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/13/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (God with us)    (Isaiah 7:14).

The Lord always keeps his promises, but the promise of sending His son, our Savior, is the greatest promise He has brought to fruition (though the promise is still being fulfilled). How blessed we are that Christ has come, that we might know Him and the wonder of His grace and mercy.

May Christ be at the very center of your heart and worship this Christmas season, and always.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/06/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:  

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”  (Isaiah 9:6).

How privileged we are to live in a time when we can know Christ and celebrate the season of His birth, His coming to us to reconcile us to the Father, the promise of the ages. Thank God that He sent His Son to us. May we forever praise His name and tell His story to all who will listen.

May the Lord bless you this Christmas season with all the blessings of His Son.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/29/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness [and truth].”  
 (Isaiah 25:1)

In this season and in these days let us remember that it is the Lord God Almighty who holds everything in His hands and nothing man does or can do will change His plans. The Lord’s plans are always carried out according to His perfect will, for He is ever faithful and true. He works wonders for us to behold, even Christ, fulfilling His promises made long ago.

The Lord bless you as you thank God and praise His name, remembering His wondrous works, in Christ Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/22/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”     
(Phil. 4:4-7)

As we come together with our families and loved ones this Thanksgiving, let us remember to rejoice and be thankful for all the Lord has done for us. Let us thank God that we can come before Him with our prayers and requests, for He is faithful to watch over us, guard us, and provide for us in every circumstance through Christ our Lord.

May you have the peace of God with you this holiday season and may He bless you.