Archive for October, 2011

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/30/11

October 31, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

“Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments”   (Deuteronomy 7:9)

In this world, mercy is a rare blessing and condemnation is swift. The love of man grows cold quickly and our hearts grow weary with longing. Yet
those who belong to the Lord God Almighty can rejoice, for to those who love Him and obey Him and follow His commands, to them His mercy flows, into them and through them. God keeps His covenant with them that belong to Him, for His mercies are new each morning, and God is ever faithful. Praise God for He is merciful. Praise God for He is faithful. Praise God for He loves you. Praise God. Praise God. Praise God.

May God bless you with His mercy and His grace each day as you sing His praises.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/23/11

October 24, 2011

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”    (1 John 4:16)

God is love. In this fallen world, God is love. In every trial, in every sorrow, God is love. In our sinfulness, God is love. In the face of evil, God is love. In good times or in hard times, God is love. In His love He sent His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him, and know salvation through His grace. God’s love lives in us; let us abide in His love; let us be guided in every step and in every word by His love; let us shed His love abroad to all those he sends us to that they might know His love.

May God’s love bless you, fill you, and flow through you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/16/11

October 17, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”     (Hebrews 6:10)

We know we are not saved by works and our salvation does not depend on works, but that does not mean that the Lord forgets about the works done in His name by those who minister in His name. Indeed, He planned good works for you to do before you were born or born again, and He knows the love you have shown in His name and the love you have shared in His name. The Lord delights in the good works done in His name to spread His kingdom, for the scripture says that some plow, some plant, and some harvest, and the angels of heaven rejoice at every sinner brought to grace. His workers will not go unrewarded, nor will He ever forsake those who belong to Him and serve in faithfulness and love.

May the Lord bless you with the assurance that He has seen your faithful labors.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/09/11

October 10, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the LORD.”
    (Psalms 31:24)

Life can disappoint us. We can strive with all our might and pray with all our heart, yet plans go awry, funds don’t come through, projects fail, healing doesn’t come, people abandon us. Our hearts grow weary and heavy within us. But the LORD does not disappoint us; He does not abandon us, for He is our hope and our salvation; He is our strength against the trials of life, against the wiles of the enemy of our soul. Let us not be discouraged, but be encouraged in the LORD, for He is ever for us; He will never leave us or forsake us. Bless the LORD, praise His holy name. Let hope abound and strengthen your heart.

May the Lord bless you this day with hope, strength, and courage in His name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/02/11

October 3, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”   
 (Isaiah 25:9)

How faithful God is. We know He sent His son Jesus Christ that we might have eternal life with Him through His blood, death, and resurrection, but when is the last time you rejoiced in his salvation, when you walked in gladness? Remember when you were first saved; remember the intense, overwhelming joy and peace that surrounded you and filled you? When is the last time you stepped away from the cares of the world and entered into the Lord’s presence and rejoiced in your salvation in Him? It is good to get away with the Lord, just to trust Him and be glad; today would be a good day to have the joy of the Lord.

May the Lord bless you with gladness as you rejoice in what Jesus has done for you.