Archive for November, 2015

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/29/15

November 30, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:jesus_white

“Prepare the way for the Lord;”

“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.”     (Isaiah 40:3a;5a)

Come, let us prepare our hearts for a season of joy and celebration in remembrance of the coming of our Lord and Savior. Let us rejoice at the advent of the Promised One, His coming foretold so long ago, the glorious prophecy, fulfilled by our loving Father.

Let us prepare our hearts by refreshing our hope in Him in whom all grace, all mercy, all faithfulness, all love, and all righteousness rests. Let us fill our hearts with the hope that is in Jesus Christ and His coming, and prepare to share that hope with as many as the Lord allows. Let us prepare to be generous with the love He has given us. Prepare your heart, and rejoice!

May the joy of the Lord and the love of Christ fill your heart to overflowing.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/22/15

November 23, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:

Praying Hands2Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (1 Chron.16:34)

In this season of thanksgiving let us come with humble hearts into the Lord’s presence and give thanks for all He has done for us, for what He does is good and He makes all things work to the good for those who love and belong to Him. Let us bow our hearts and our heads, and give thanks for the great and many blessings He has poured out upon us, and for His everlasting love. Thank the Lord that He provides for every need, that He never leaves us or forsakes us, but He is ever with us. Thank the Lord for sending His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Thank the Lord, thank the Lord.

May your heart overflow with gratitude and thanks to the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/15/15

November 16, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”   (Hebrews 13:15)

Let us praise the Lord! Let us exalt His holy name; the name of the Lord be praised. Let us raise the name of the Lord on high; let us fill the air with our praises. Let us call upon His name and give thanks to Him who sacrificed Himself for us that we might know Him and the glory of His grace.

Let us fill our hearts with praise and open our lips to proclaim Him who came from God full of grace and truth. Let us fill our mouths with songs of praise and may our lips sing praises to His holy name, the name that is above all names. Let us rejoice in praising Him who is steadfast and true. Praise Him, Praise Him, Ever Praise Him!

May the Lord bless you to praise Him who is worthy of all honor and praise.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/08/15

November 9, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

jesus_white“Who do you say I am?” [Jesus asked]    (Mark 8:29b)

This is the quintessential question that all who have heard the gospel must answer. Who do you think Jesus is? Your answer to this question determines your path in life and your eternal destiny. It means taking the narrow path that leads to life or the broad road that leads to destruction. Those who believe in Him say that He is Lord and Savior, that by His blood, shed for us, sins are forgiven, that by His mercy and grace, one can be reconciled to God, that He sits at the right hand of God and makes intercession for those who believe in Him, that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Yet to all who seek to follow after Him, He asks the question as He did to His disciples. So, who is Jesus? Who do you say He is?

May you know the blessing of knowing who Jesus is.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/01/15

November 2, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus risenThen Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”    (Matt. 16:24)

When Jesus called forth His disciples they were to turn away from self and their own desires, leave their old life behind, and commit themselves completely to Him, no turning back, to follow His ways which lead to service in the Kingdom of God and eternal life.

So if we mean to follow Him, yet we fall back on our old ways or our old life; or if we take up our old habits or revisit our old sins or dwell on our old failings, then we are not following. To follow Him we must be looking ahead to where Christ is, for the old has passed away, and we are not what we were. If we intend to follow, then we must let Him lead. If He is not leading us in every aspect of our life then we are not following. We must let Christ lead if we are to follow Him.

May you surrender yourself anew each day to Christ and let Him lead you.