Archive for September, 2013

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/29/13

September 30, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Praise the Lord, O my soul!”  (Psalm 146:1)

Come, let us praise the Lord. Let us lift His name on high and give Him blessing and honor. Praise the Lord for His love and mercy. Let us raise our voices to praise Him and let our hearts rejoice. Praise the Lord for He is the God of heaven and earth and all the universe. Let us praise Him in His holiness for He is worthy and worthy to be praised. Praise the Lord for He is our rock and our salvation. Let us praise the Lord for He is faithful and true. Praise the Lord for He is good and all He does is good. Let us praise the Lord for we are His children and He is our Father. Praise Him. Praise Him. Ever praise Him.

May the Lord bless you with a habit of praise.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/22/13

September 23, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Open Bible 2008 rev“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  (Psalm 119:105)

We know there is much darkness in our world and it is easy to lose our way if we are careless or allow ourselves to become distracted by the things of the world. We need to stay in the light, for darkness cannot stay in the light. We need to stay in the light as He is in the light, for our Lord is a God of light. We need to stay in the word for the word is a light to us that lights the path to follow the Lord, to keep us from stumbling, to keep us from getting lost in darkness. When darkness is closing in remember that His word is a light that drives away the darkness. It is a light to the truth; it is light that leads to life. Let the light of the word shine in your life; let the light shine in you that you might know the light and stay in the light.

May the Lord bless you to remain in His word and in His light.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/15/13

September 17, 2013

Light through Clouds2 -- credit Phil KrauseThis week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Your word, LORD, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.”   
(Psalm 119:89-90)

Our world is uncertain; it shifts and turns, like the tides in the human heart. Its ways are restless and its nature is ever changing. What’s here today maybe washed away tomorrow. Our lives are day by day, and we never know what the next day may bring. We strain at stability and hold to our routines, but change is the only constant we have outside of the Lord. He is our firm foundation; His word stands forever certain. His faithfulness is everlasting; His mercies new every morning. What He establishes endures. He is the rock of our salvation. His love is endless and eternal. The Lord is our God, the One and Only, forever.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/08/13

September 9, 2013

This week’s scripture is from 1 Samuel:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“… consider what great things he has done for you.”   (1 Samuel 12:24b)

We go to the Lord with our prayers and petitions; we approach Him with thanksgiving and praise. When a crisis arises or when misfortunate or illness or troubles come upon us, we turn to Him and cry out — and well we should, for the scriptures tell us we should do these things, especially if we belong to Him, if we are His; it is what He wants us to do, and what He expects us to do.

The Lord wants us to turn to Him in every circumstance, every day of our lives, for He is our heavenly Father and we are His children. But we should also “consider what great things” he has done for us. Think about all He has done for you in your life. Think about the love He has lavished upon you, and of His wonderful mercies, seen and unseen. He is a great and loving and generous God. Blessed be His name.

May your heart rise up and your lips praise the Lord for all He has done for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/01/13

September 2, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Genesis:

The Siesta -- Van Gogh“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”   (Genesis 2:2)

Most of us lead very busy lives; between work and family there is often little time for the other things we try to fit into our days. Many work long hours and even then we struggle to keep up with all the work we have to do. The more we get done the more we seem to get assigned at times; the more conscientious we tend to be with our work, the more time we spend doing it. Too often we are somewhere between tired and exhausted. But this is not where the Lord wants us to be. He actually orders us to rest from our work each week as He rested from His after finishing the work of creation. Taking a Sabbath day’s rest is not a suggestion; it’s a commandment. Resting is a spiritual act; we need rest. So rest and be at peace.

May the Lord bless you with the obedience to rest and be refreshed each week.