Archive for February, 2012

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/26/12

February 27, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth …

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”          (Acts 4:10,12)

Let us proclaim the truth: It is in His name and by His name that we live and have our being, in Christ and in Christ alone. For the word of God says that Jesus Christ is Lord and there is no other, for there is 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 the Lord give you grace to boldly proclaim His name into a dying world.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/19/12

February 20, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.”
          (Psalm 143:5-6)

Blessed be the soul that is thirsty, that longs for God, for it will be filled. For a river of Living Waters flows from beneath the throne of God: a river of life, a purifying flood, a cleansing stream, a revitalizing flow that brings life to a dry soul. Soak up the waters like a parched land soaks up the gentle rain from heaven. Immerse yourself beneath the flood and let the waters flow over you. Drink deep of the water of life; be filled with the Holy Spirit; be refreshed and restored, for the water He gives becomes a fountain springing up into eternal life. Lift up your hands, praise the Lord, and soak in His presence.

May the Lord bless you to thirst for Him, and for your soul to be refreshed in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/12/12

February 13, 2012

This week’s scripture is from 1 Corinthians:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

“Love never fails.”    (1 Cor. 13:4-8a)

These beautiful words are not simply a divine description of love and instruction on how to love; they are a reflection of God Himself and His love for us. In every way and in every quality this is God’s love and God’s character, for God is love, and His son Jesus Christ is the very embodiment and essence of love. God sent His son into the world as a profound statement of His love, a surpassing love beyond all understanding. Let us then as sons and daughters, as obedient servants, of the Most High go forth in the spirit of love — loving one another, witnessing in love, persevering in love, serving in love, and loving God.

May the love of God overwhelm you and flow out to those to whom He sends you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/05/12

February 6, 2012

This week’s scripture is from 1 Peter:

“If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”           (1 Peter 4:11)

It is an honor to serve the Lord, to work to advance His kingdom, to bring the good news, to declare freedom to the captives. Yet not of ourselves, for we have not the strength, we have not the power, we have not the capacity to change minds, to serve without swerving, to humble the proud, to move men’s hearts. To God be the glory, to God be the power, to God be the praise forever and ever, for He supplies every need, He make us bold to speak truth, He makes crooked paths straight and leads in the narrow way, all to the glory though our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, the Holy One. Praise be to God!

May the Lord bless you and may He bless the ministry He has given you. Amen.