Archive for August, 2010

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/29/10

August 30, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”                   (Hebrews 10:23-25)

Thank God that He is faithful; our hope in Jesus Christ is not in doubt, but He fulfills his promises. Before the Day of the Lord comes may we be mindful to continue spreading the love of Christ to this dying world in word and in action. Let us remember to encourage one another with the hope that is planted within us. May the light of Christ continually shine through your witness of Him.

I pray the mercy and hope of the Lord upon you to minister in love and grace until He comes.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/22/10

August 23, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Exodus:

“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…”        (Exodus 34:6-7a)

In these challenging times, it is good to remember who God is. In this scripture, God is speaking to Moses, proclaiming His name. Look how He describes Himself and reveals who He is. How blessed we are to be the children of the Almighty One, whose grace, mercy, and love abound in our lives, whose faithfulness is everlasting and true, who is forgiving of grievous sin, yet is just and righteous. What a great and good God we have as our Heavenly Father. Let us praise Him and thank Him for all His blessings, for there is no other like Him.

May God’s great blessings, His very nature, be yours this day and each day as you praise Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/15/10

August 16, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him…”   (Hebrews 3:1-2)

How easy it is at times to be distracted from one’s calling. The cares of this world and the challenges of life can often be overwhelming. So many things demand our time and attention. How adept the enemy is at keeping us occupied with his attacks against us, pulling us to the right and left. Lord, let us remember to “fix our thoughts on Jesus,” for He and He alone can keep us on the right path as we follow our calling. Bless us, Lord, to be faithful and stay on track with Jesus.

May the Lord bless you each day to be able to keep your mind and heart fixed on Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/08/10

August 9, 2010

This week’s scripture is from 2 Timothy:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”   (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

Praise God for His word. Thanks be to God that He has given us the Holy Scriptures, for His words are words of life. How blessed we are that we have His word, and that He send His son, Jesus Christ, the incarnate word, that we might know Him and know His salvation. All we need to know is found in His word. May the Lord fill your heart and your mind with His word, and with His love, that you will be “equipped for every good work” which He has planned for you to do.

May the Lord bless you to spend time in His word this day and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/01/10

August 2, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
      Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The LORD is good to all,
      And His tender mercies are over all His works.”  
(Psalm 145:8-9)

God answers prayer, and the Lord is good. Though trials and tribulations come against us, we are not overcome, for we have seen Him relieve suffering, send healing, even stop deadly attacks of the enemy. His love for us is boundless, never-ending, and His mercy is gentle and true. Let us remember to call upon our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God Almighty not only to protect and save us, but also to praise and thank Him for all He has done for us.

May the grace, mercy, and goodness of the Lord bless you this day and each day.