Archive for April, 2010

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/25/10

April 26, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“If you repent, I will restore you…”    (Jeremiah 15:19a)

Let us bear the fruit of repentance. The first message that Jesus preached was one of repentance. There is much to try the hearts of the saints these days, and many are suffering various trials, and whereas not all that comes upon us is because of us, let each one search his heart and bring repentance before our Lord, for He is faithful to restore us. Let it start with us: If anyone harbors ill will against another or has held on to hurts or has refused forgiveness of a brother or sister, may the Lord our God lead us into the light of repentance, into the fullness of restoration, where we might then bear fruit for Him.

May the Lord bless us to search our hearts and bring every matter before Him that we might be restored.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/18/10

April 19, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”                        (Romans 8:34)

Let us remember that Christ not only died for us and is risen, but He sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. Jesus is our Lord and savior, but also our advocate. When we give thanks, when we petition, when we pray for help, it is the Son of the Most High who intercedes for us with God Almighty. We are not left as orphans, defenseless before the enemy and the world, but He takes up our cause and comes to our aid. Call on Him and praise His name.

May the blessings of the Lord Jesus Christ be yours this day as you praise and worship Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/11/10

April 12, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail…”             (Luke 22:31-32a)

In the Greek the “you” is plural, and in these days it seems that many are suffering trials of many kinds, trials to test the faith of the saints. Illnesses, financial hardships, spiritual challenges, and temptations have come against us and against those we minister to. Yet Jesus tells us that he is interceding for us, that Christ himself has prayed for us to strengthen us in faith. Let us rise up in faith and thank our Lord and our God for such a wonderful savior, for He is our strength and our provision. Let us praise Him.

As you pray may the Lord God Almighty strengthen you in faith against all the attacks of the enemy.

Happy Easter

April 4, 2010

         He is Risen!

“When he ascended on high,

He led captives in his train

and gave gifts to men”   (Eph. 4:8).

May the blessings of Christ Jesus be with you today and each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/04/10

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.”           (Matt. 28:5-6)

Thank God that He is risen. Everything that is and everything that makes us what we are as believers and everything that the Lord has promised us is possible because Jesus died for us on the cross and then rose again, for He alone is our hope and our salvation. Because our savior lives, we can know His love and be saved unto eternal life. O Glorious Lord, praise be to God for giving us His son, the risen Christ.

May the love of God in Christ be yours this day as you thank Him for his great gift.

Good Friday

April 2, 2010

           Thank the Lord that 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)