Archive for September, 2014

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/28/14

September 29, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus Christ 4“Peace be with you.”   (Luke 24:36b)

Where does our peace come from? It does not come from the world. The news of the world is disturbing. Wherever we turn, we hear of strife and suffering. The world is not at peace. We seek peace, but even in our own lives we face troubles and difficulties that distress our hearts within us. Conflicts arise; illness or death visit our lives; we receive disappointing news; we suffer hardship. Our peace is fleeting.

Yet there is One who is the Prince of Peace, and the peace He brings is a peace that is beyond our circumstances, beyond all troubles, and beyond our understanding. When we trust in Him, His peace will rest upon us and bring us peace. He will take up our sorrows and our burdens, for He is the Lord of Peace.

May the peace of the Lord attend your way each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/21/14

September 22, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus is Risen“… with God all things are possible.”           (Matthew 19:26b)

What is impossible for us is not impossible for God. When we can see no way through our troubles or when life comes hard against us and we find ourselves in a valley of despair, for our health has failed us or we lose our employment or a relationship has gone wrong or a death has left an empty place in our life, God knows; He is not taken by surprise.

When our circumstances overwhelm us and are beyond what we can handle, God can handle them for us and take us through them — if we will let him. Remember who is the One who loves you and wants the best for you. Hand your troubles and your burdens over to Him and let Him truly be the Lord of your life in every circumstance you are facing. Pray and let God love you.

May the blessing of the Lord be upon you as you surrender your life each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/14/14

September 15, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus Christ 4“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”                (Romans 10:9)

O how great is God’s love toward us! He sent His son Jesus to sacrifice Himself for us, to become our Lord and our Savior. He came that we might be redeemed and be at peace with God, our Father, that we might know Him. All that is asked is that we believe.

O how great is God’s grace. We cannot work our way to salvation; we cannot be worthy enough; we cannot be good enough to merit His love and mercy. Thank God, there is nothing we can do to earn what He has freely given us. He asks only that we trust and believe Him. Believe that He loves you; believe that Jesus paid the price for your salvation; believe Him.

May you rest in the assurance that God’s grace is sufficient for your salvation.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/07/14

September 8, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_whiteYou are my Father, my God …   (Psalm 89:26)

It is good to remember who you belong to, for if you believe, then you belong to Him, and He is the great God Almighty. He is the creator of the Earth and all the universe; He is the author of all life; He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is Holy; He is Righteousness; He is the Truth.

He resides in heaven above, yet He sent His son to Earth that we might know Him, that we might know the beauty of His holiness, that we might know the way to salvation and eternal life. He is the One and the Only; He is Exalted; He is the All in All. Yet He calls us His children, for He is our Father, our Father who loves us. Yes, He loves us.

May you know God as Father, and know His love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/31/14

September 1, 2014

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus ChristI will not leave you all alone …   (John 14:18a)

At times this world can be a lonely place. Even in a crowd we can feel so very alone. The twists and turns of life can make us feel abandoned and desolate. Yet there is One who promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. Never. Let us remember that He is always right beside us; He is walking with us though whatever we are facing, whatever the situation.

Though our heart be breaking, though our thoughts cry out, He is there. Lean on Him. He has not left us as orphans, but He has sent us His Holy Spirit to be with us, to counsel us, to guide us, to comfort us. We are not alone; He is with us every day and every hour.

May you take joy in remembering that the Lord is always with you.