Archive for April, 2011

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/24/11

April 25, 2011

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)

Thank God, thank God, Jesus is risen! He is alive forevermore. He sacrificed Himself for us that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Jesus willingly went to the cross, was beaten, bled, suffered, died, and rose again in glory that we might have eternal life, life abundant and true with God our Savior and Lord. Praise God the Father, praise Jesus Christ His son, praise the Holy Spirit of God. How blessed we are to know His love and salvation for us. Thank you, Lord.

May the blessings of the Lord’s resurrection continue to bless you as you follow in His footsteps.

Good Friday

April 22, 2011

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 04/17/11 Palm Sunday Blessings

April 17, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the [palm] trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

      “Hosanna to the Son of David!

      ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
      Hosanna in the highest!”            (Matt 21:6-9)

Praise the Lord, God Almighty!  He is come! The Prince of Peace; the Lord of Salvation; the Holy One of God is come. Rejoice you saints, rejoice, for the Son of God is here. Shout!  Cry out!  Praise His Holy Name. Let loose your tongue and raise your voice; praise the heavens above for our King is come. Open your hearts and open your mouth, declare him King of Kings and Lord of Lords, for there is no other, and no other name under heaven by which we must be saved, for at His name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Amen.  

May your heart cry out and rejoice at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/10/11

April 11, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”        (Matthew 11:28-30)

Life is not without its burdens, for who can say their life is trouble-free, and the cares of this world can mount quickly upon us. Yet, in the midst of everything, it is good to stop and thank the Lord for what we do have and for what He has done. Have we not received many blessings? Does not the Lord take care of His own? Did He not send His Son, Jesus Christ, to bear our burdens, to provide for our every need, to be our salvation and our Savior? Do we keep bearing our burdens or do we come into agreement with our Lord and allow Him to take them and lighten our load, to let the troubles of the day be enough for the day? Do we trust Him as we should?  Bless us Lord to take you at your word, to surrender each day and the challenges of the day to You.

May the Lord bless you to be able to lay your burdens at His feet, and to rest in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/03/11

April 4, 2011

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”      (2 Cor. 12:9)

When the world comes hard against us and our lives are plagued by misfortune, grief, sickness, sin, or temptation our weaknesses are evident, our strength fails us. Though we are saved by God’s grace, we live in a fallen world, but the Lord extends His grace to us, and His grace is powerful and strong. Our strength comes through Christ alone, for there is no other who stands for us against the enemy of our souls. At His name and in His name we are strong, for it is in His name that we live and move and have our being. Thank you, great Lord, that your grace is sufficient.

May grace and peace be to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.