Archive for February, 2014

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/23/14

February 25, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus Washing Disciples Feet -- Albert Gustaf Aristides 1898“… whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”   (Mark 10:43-45)

When James and John asked Jesus for favor to sit at His right hand and left hand in positions of authority and honor when He came into His glory, the Lord quickly set them straight. Whereas the call to Christian life and service is irrevocable, all greatness, honor, and glory belong to the Lord alone. We are called to be servants, to give of ourselves to others for His glory.

John later records that Jesus pressed this lesson home at the Last Supper when Jesus took a basin of water and a towel and washed His disciples’ feet — an act that was reserved for the lowest servant or slave in a household. To serve is to sacrifice ourselves for others, and Jesus’ sacrifice of His life on the cross was the ultimate act of service and sacrifice.

May the Lord bless you to become a servant and true disciple.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/16/14

February 17, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus Christ“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”    (Romans 3:23-24)

We thank the Lord for His mercy and grace for we live in a fallen world where sin and death abound, where darkness opposes the light. Once we dwelt in darkness; we lived in a sinful state, and we did not know the light of God’s love, but through the grace of His son Jesus Christ we have been forgiven and reconciled to God. Hallelujah! Yet try as we might to stay in the light we stumble at times in thought or deed into the darkness of sin. Righteousness escapes us; we fall short. But we are not beyond His redeeming love, for the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and faithful to forgive. Let us search our hearts and remember to seek the Lord’s forgiveness; let us rejoice in Him and be glad.

May the Lord bless you by his grace and embrace you with his love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/09/14

February 10, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  (2 Cor. 5:7)Winding path

We are each on a journey through life and life’s challenges. The road is often rough and tough to travel, especially when faced with troubles of all kinds. Around one curve we hit hardships with relationships or work or finances; coming over a steep hill we suddenly drop into a valley of despair where sickness, disease, injury, or pain threaten to waylay us or run us off the road. We try not to feel discouraged, but the road can seem almost too hard to travel. We stop to look ahead, down the road, but we cannot see very far because it curves off or drops over another hill.

Yet we need not despair, for it is not by our faith that we travel the road of life. It is Christ Jesus who makes a path before us; it is He who makes a way where there seems to be no way. It is Christ who travels with us along the road, the One who never leaves us or forsakes us, but walks with us through every trouble and every hardship. It is He who leads us; it is Jesus who knows the way to our destination.  Let us not look at our circumstances, but let us look to Jesus. Let us keep our eyes on Him on whom our faith rests; let us keep looking to Him, and let us walk the road with Him, walking in faith.

May the Lord bless you with faith to look to Jesus in every circumstance.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/02/14

February 3, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 2 Samuel:

jesus_white“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”   (2 Sam. 22:33)

Our world is ever-changing; the tide of time ebbs and flows against the shores of our days. Nothing stays the same. We often seek to anchor ourselves against the storms of life, but our own hearts can toss us about on restless seas. In an uncertain world where does our strength come from?

Our strength comes from the Lord. The Lord is our strength and our portion. He makes a path before us and guides us in the way we should go. He strengthens us against every challenge and arms us with the truth of His word. He secures us against the darkness of this world and gives us the light of His Holy Spirit to lead us safely. Praise the Lord for His mercy and grace. Praise Him, for He cares for you.

May the Lord strengthen you this very day and keep your way secure.