Archive for February, 2017

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/26/17

February 27, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God.”   (1 Chron. 22:19 NKJV)

Our Lord is with us; He promises to never leave us or forsake us. When we call upon Him he is there; when we raise our voice in praise, He is there; when we bow down in prayer, He is there; when we come before Him in times of trouble, He is there. Even when He seems to be silent, He is there; His word is there for us to read, to nourish us and to sustain us; His promises are always “Yes” and “Amen.”

When we seek Him with all our heart and soul, with all our mind and strength, He is there. Even if we are weak or weary, as long as we are willing, He is there, for if we seek Him we will find Him. Let us therefore seek Him earnestly and faithfully. Let us go to Him each day and seek His face and ask His favor. Let us set our hearts and our minds upon Him, for He will pour His grace and mercy upon all who truly seek Him.

May the desire to seek the Lord burn in your heart.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/19/17

February 20, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

SONY DSC“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”   (Luke 11:28 ESV)

If we have heard the word of God, if it has been spoken into our life, we are blessed. If we have heard the word of God and understood it, if we have responded to the word of God and have given ourselves to Him, then we are greatly blessed. If we have come to know Him who is the living Word, who was the Word in the beginning, who was the Word with God and the Word who is God, then we are blessed beyond measure.

Therefore, let us not neglect to spend time with the Word and in the Word, for in His Word are the words of life: words to live by, words of wisdom, words of His love, words that lead to eternal life. Let us each day take up His word and place it in our heart; let us take up His word and speak it into the world. Let us keep His word by giving it away; let us be obedient to speak the Good News of Jesus Christ.

May the Lord bless you to be true to His word.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/12/17

February 13, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Titus:

Jesus risen“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”  (Titus 3:5b-7)

Let us not hold back, but let us be generous with others as the Lord has been with us. Let us not hesitate to share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ with others; let us not be slack in praising the Lord and calling on His name. Let us be bold to proclaim His life and His salvation into this dying world. Let us be generous with our time for others and let us be generous with our prayers and blessings to those whom the Lord brings to mind. Let us not keep the Lord’s love, but let us give it away generously and at every opportunity. Let us hold nothing back the Lord has given, but let His love pour out of us onto others.

May the Lord fill your heart to overflow onto others.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/05/17

February 6, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

jesus-and-woman-at-the-well-copping“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”    (Matt. 28:19 NKJV)

We know the Lord gave His disciples a great commission to take His word and His teachings, and the Good News, into all the world, and to make more disciples, but most of us think of the harvest field as being overseas, in foreign lands, where His special disciples go, where missionaries go, where most of us never go and never will go. Yet this is not true, especially today, for the borders that need to be crossed in our time are not necessarily further than our backyard, across the fence to our neighbor, or into the next office or cubicle where we work. The harvest field is all around us, most everywhere we go. Let us be ever mindful to reach out wherever we are to those around us, for the harvest is ripe and workers are few.

May the Lord bless you to see, and to share the Good News wherever you are.