Archive for April, 2015

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/26/15

April 27, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

jesus_white“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”   (Hebrews 13:8)

Let us give thanks to God that in this ever-changing, uncertain world, where darkness clashes with light, that Jesus Christ our Lord is steadfast and true. Regardless of the ups and downs of our lives, He does not leave us or forsake us. Regardless of the roaring and roiling of nations, He stands fast as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He does not waver; He does not falter; He does not fail. His truth is everlasting, and His word is truth. Let us offer a sacrifice of praise to Him who holds us in His hands, who is always faithful, full of love and grace, and whose grace has saved us from this life unto eternal life. Amen.

May the Lord truly bless you in His steadfast love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/19/15

April 20, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus risenAnd a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.”   (Luke 8:23-24)

When the storms of life come upon us, when we are battered and in danger of drowning, let us remember Him who rides above the storm, the one who is Master even over the forces of the nature and of life itself. He does not always remove the storms of life for life has storms, some of our own making, but He will always make a way to carry us through the storm if we will but call out to Him and put our trust in Him, for no storm is greater than the One who was there when the foundation of life was laid, and no storm exists that He cannot quiet with but a word, for He is the Lord, our Savior, whose love brings peace and calm into our lives. So don’t look at the storm; look to the Lord. Fix your eyes upon Him and He will save you.

May the Lord bless you in the midst of the storm and bring you through.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/12/15

April 13, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

jesus_white“…fear not, neither be discouraged.”   (Deut.1:21b)

When life becomes hard as a nail, when we are bearing a cross that is too hard for us to bear, we can wonder where the Lord is in our suffering and pain. When the money has run out and all is gone, the Lord can seem far away. When the diagnosis is not good and we need healing, but we don’t know if healing is going to come, we can wonder where the Lord is in our doubt and despair.

Yet the Lord does not forsake us, for in every circumstance no matter how hard, God is for us and not against us. He is there already. His love is already there; His strength is already there. Look to the Lord for He will look after you; trust in Him. Draw near to the Lord and let Him draw near to you. Listen to His heart, and He will give you peace.

May the Lord’s love bring you peace and strength.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/05/15

April 6, 2015

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 04/03/15

April 3, 2015

       Thank the Lord, Jesus Christ, He sacrificed Himself for us.

Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.   (Isaiah 53:4-5)