Archive for December, 2012

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/30/12

December 31, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

Jesus Christ risen“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”   (Rev.1:8).

The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end: Jesus also speaks this of himself in Revelation 22. In these days and months ahead, let us remember who is sovereign over all the earth, over all time, over all history, over all people, over everything that ever has been, is, and ever will be. Let us remain in awe of Him who is Lord of All, the Almighty One, who loves us and sent His Son that we might know Him and the beauty of His mercy and grace, now and forever; blessed be His name. Praise God, praise God.

May the Lord God Almighty ever reign as the Lord of your life through His son, Jesus Christ.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/23/12

December 24, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus Nativity St.Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, WIThen the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
 (Luke 2:10-14)

Praise the Lord God Most High for the glorious gift of His Son, the greatest gift ever given, Jesus Christ, our salvation come to bring us peace, and reconcile us to God. How great the gift; how great the giver. What wonderful news; what exceeding joy. How can we but praise Him and worship His holy name, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Praise God Almighty; praise His Holy Name. Glory to God! Glory to God!

May your praises and prayers rise up to the Lord, and may He shed peace and joy abroad in your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/16/12

December 17, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus--The Nativity by Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656)“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6)

Let us praise God as we gather together and celebrate the advent of Christ’s birth, for He came that we might know Him and the beauty of His grace, that through Him all creation might know salvation, that the peace of God might reign in us. Thank God that He sent His Son. Blessed be His name, and blessed are we to receive so great a gift, so wonderful a savior. May we forever praise His name and preach the good news, that some might believe and receive eternal life in Christ.

May the Lord bless you this Christmas season with all the blessings of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/9/12

December 10, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Mary -- Annunciation“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (God with us).    (Isaiah 7:14)

The Son of God come down to us as a child; O how great are the promises of God. How blessed we are, for the ancients knew the promise but did not see it come to pass, yet we live in the time of God’s favor; we have seen His grace and His salvation, for He sent His Son Jesus Christ to us that we might know Him, and through Him the blessings of His mercy and grace, unto life and life eternal. Glory to God, glory in the highest, for He is with us and we are forever blessed. Praise God Almighty; blessed be His name.

May the blessings of Our Lord Jesus Christ be yours this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/2/12

December 3, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus Christ 4“Prepare the way for the Lord;”

“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.”     (Isaiah 40:3b;5a)

Let us prepare our hearts for a season of joy and celebration in remembering the coming of our Lord and Savior. Let us rejoice at the advent of the Promised One, His coming foretold so long ago, the great prophecy, fulfilled by our loving Father. Let us prepare our hearts by refreshing our hope in Him in whom all grace, all mercy, all faithfulness, all love, and all righteousness rests. Let us fill our hearts with the hope that is in Christ and His coming, and prepare to share that hope with as many as the Lord allows. Let us prepare to be generous with the love He has given us. Prepare your heart, and rejoice!

May the joy of the Lord and the love of Christ fill your heart to overflowing.