Archive for April, 2014

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/27/14

April 28, 2014

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus Christ 4“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”    (John 14:27)

In this world peace is fleeting; our own hearts are often troubled, but our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself that we might have peace. He took our sins upon Himself and gave Himself up to death on the cross that through His blood, death, and resurrection, we could be reconciled to God our Father and redeemed, that through the Holy Spirit we could have the peace that only the Lord can give, a peace not tied to our circumstances or to how we feel, but a peace that passes understanding, a peace given by God alone that gives us calm in times of trouble, that knows not fear, but trusts in the Lord and is at rest. Lean on Him and He will give you peace.

May the Lord bless you with His peace in every situation and may your heart not be troubled.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/20/14

April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!  This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus is RisenBut the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, [just] as He said.”           (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is risen, He is risen, He is risen! Thank God, thank God, thank God Almighty. Jesus Christ is alive forevermore. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. He is the bread of life, the Holy One, the Son of God; He sealed the new covenant in His blood that we might have the forgiveness of our sins, that we might have salvation and eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to know His love and the beauty of His grace.

May the blessings of the Lord’s sacrifice strengthen you each day.

Good Friday 04/18/14

April 18, 2014

“Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised…” (Matt. 27: 50-52).

Jesus on the cross 2Thank God that Jesus gave His life that we might have eternal life through His sacrifice for our sins.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/13/14

April 14, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus triumphal entry2“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”    (Mark 11:7-10)

Praise the Lord; raise your voice! The Lord is come; blessed be His name. Shout Hallelujah! He is come! He is come! He is come! The Prince of Peace, the Lord of Salvation, the Lord of Lords, is come and we are blessed. Glory to God in the Highest! Sing, cry out! The Lord reigns! Here is the Lord, the Holy One, the Son of God. Rejoice you saints. Raise your voice; raise your hands; lift your hearts. Praise the Lord! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! Blessed be His name!

May the blessing of the coming of the Lord bless your heart with joy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/06/14

April 7, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus breaking bread -- Matthias Stom“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”   (Luke 22:19)

He is the only one who deserves our worship, honor, and praise. He is the one who was broken for us, who took our punishment upon Himself, who bled for us, who died for us, that we might be forgiven and reconciled to God, our Father. Jesus willing sacrificed Himself that we might be justified before God and receive eternal life, that we might be cleansed in His blood, that we might be made new, a new creation in Christ. Let us honor Him with remembrance; let us give Him thanks. Let us commune together and with Him for the forgiveness of our sins, and in thanksgiving and in remembrance of what He has done for us.

May you remember the sacrifice He made for you and give Him praise.