Archive for October, 2014

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/26/14

October 27, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risen“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”      (Psalm 105:4)

Let us remember He who is faithful, and to seek Him first in every circumstance that life sets before us, for He is our strength and our righteousness. When the burdens of this life are too heavy for us to bear, He is strong enough to bear them.

When fiery trials or troubles press against us and we are weakened by oppression, infirmity, or sorrow; He has the strength to turn the tide of tribulation, for, though we may weaken, the Lord is still strong. When we are without strength, He wants to be our strength, for when we are weak, but submitted to the Lord, then we are strong. Let us praise the Lord, and ever seek His face.

May the good and gracious Lord bless you with His strength this very day.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/19/14

October 20, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”   (1 Thess. 5:28)

God’s grace is the greatest of blessings. All we are and everything we have are by God’s love and grace. Only through His grace do we experience His love. Only through His grace do we receive forgiveness of our sins and salvation through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Only by His grace do we come to know the truth and experience His mercy.

Only by His grace have we become children of the Most High God, the Holy One. Only through His grace do we receive the gifts He alone can give us; gifts we are to use to minister the love of God to others. Only through His grace can we enter in to eternal life with our Father in heaven. His grace is the expression of His love towards us, and in His loving grace we see the glory of God.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/12/14

October 13, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus is Risen“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  (Romans 7:15)

Being spiritual or righteous does not come naturally to us. Thank the Lord He is loving and forgiving. We are not required to be sinless, for that would require perfect righteousness, and we are not capable of that. Whereas we might be able to control our actions, none can control every thought or every word.

What is required is repentance and asking forgiveness, for Christ shed His blood and died for us, then rose again that we might receive forgiveness from our Father in heaven. It is only by His love and grace that we are set free, and it is only by the Son of the living God that we are delivered from sin and death.

May the Lord bless you and deliver you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/5/14

October 6, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“He who calls you is faithful…” (1 Thess. 5:24a)

Let us remember the Lord who is unfailing and ever faithful. He came in truth and righteousness; in this He never wavers or changes. He watches over us and provides for us. In time of need He is always there for us. He is for us and not against us. Even when we are not faithful, He is faithful; He does not forsake His own.

He is the Lord Almighty, the Holy One, who gave Himself for us that we might know Him and His righteousness, that we might know the truth and be sanctified by His blood, death, and resurrection. He calls us to be faithful to our calling, to die to self and to live to Christ, that in Him we should live by faith.

May the Lord who is ever faithful bless you this day.