Archive for May, 2017

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/28/17

May 29, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19 ESV)

Let us remember Him who gave His life for us that we might live, for Jesus came that we might be reconciled to God by shedding His blood for our sins. He paid the debt we cannot pay, for it is by His blood that we are forgiven our trespasses, and it is by His sacrifice, His body beaten and broken and bleeding, that we can live, for our sins were nailed to the cross that He died upon. He who was sinless became sin for us that we might not perish but have everlasting life with the Father who sent His one and only son to save us from ourselves and redeem us from the pit. Let us praise Him, and give thanks.

May the Lord bless you to always remember what was given for you.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/21/17

May 22, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”   (Acts 13:38)

He came that we might know Him; He sacrificed himself and bled and died that we might be forgiven for our sins and receive eternal life. We know that if we are faithful to confess our sins He will forgive us. Let us not hold back, but let us come humbly before the Lord and freely confess our sins. Let us remember to forgive those who have wronged us for He forgives us in the same measure as we forgive those who have sinned against us. If Jesus forgave those who killed him who are we to not forgive those who have wronged us? We must forgive. And let us not neglect to forgive ourselves for our sins as well, for who are we to not forgive ourselves for our wrongs when the Lord has forgiven us? Forgive and be forgiven. Trust in Him.

May you be blessed by the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/14/17

May 15, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.”   (John 14:26)

What great comfort, what great guidance, we receive from God’s word, for His words are the words of life, words to live by. What a great treasure is opened before us whenever we open the books of the Bible and look into them. There before our eyes in those glorious lines and verses are the pearls of God’s wisdom, the precious silver of His timeless truths, and the lustrous gold nuggets of grace that bring us comfort and joy. Here we are reminded of the promises of God, of the depths of His mercy, of the all-surpassing love that He has for each of us. All these things the Holy Spirit will remind us if we will but ask of Him. Let us not neglect to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, to help us understand God’s word, to guide and direct us.

May the Holy Spirit counsel and teach you as you call upon His name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/07/17

May 8, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome… (Deut. 10:17)

How great is God, what is it He cannot do? What is beyond His power if you call on Him? He is the great God above all gods, above all that there is or ever will be. He created the heavens and the earth and all the universe. He put stars and planets in their places, and set the galaxies to spin. He created the earth and everything in it, all the creatures that live and all the plants that grow. He set everything in motion and He stands outside of time, shepherd over all of creation. He created you; He knew you before you were born, and He knows the number of your days and everything about you. He knows you better than you know yourself, and He loves you because you belong to Him. What can He not do if you call on His name?

May you bow before the greatness of your Lord and God and trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/30/17

May 1, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;       the whole earth is full of his glory.”       (Isaiah 6:3)

The Lord God Almighty is a holy god; there is none like Him. His spirit is the Holy Spirit; His very name is holy. There is no other god like Him. Everything about Him is holy. His love, His grace, His mercy are holy. He lives in the Most Holy Place; all of heaven worships Him as holy. All He does is holy; His glory fills the earth and we are to glory in His holy name. He is the One and Only, holy and mighty. He is the One who makes us holy; we are to be holy because He is holy. He has set His people apart, for He too is set apart. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Lift your voice and give Him praise, holy is His name.

May the holiness of God bow your heart in worship and adoration.