Archive for June, 2017

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/25/17

June 28, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 ESV)

The Lord said that troubles will come and each day has trouble enough, but God is there for us in every situation. Though our world be turned upside down, though even the earth itself give way, though nations and kingdoms rise up and fall, the Lord Almighty is with us. He will be our strength and our fortress; He is our shield. He will be there to help us in any kind of trouble. In our own lives, when trouble comes, let us remember to turn to Him who is always there for us, for He says we are to come to Him and to be still and know that He is God. He is all-powerful. He is for us and not against us, for He loves us as His children.

May the Lord bless you with His love and mercy each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/18/17

June 19, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”  (John 4:48)

Certainly Jesus performed signs and wonders, and many remarkable miracles, several of which are recorded in the scriptures, including feeding 5000 people with a boy’s lunch and healing the sick, the lame, and the dying, casting out demons, and even raising the dead to life. Some of us have been fortunate enough to see miracles in our own lives or in the lives of others in our time which have taken place through the power of Jesus’ blood and the Holy Spirit, but our faith does not rest in miracles or signs and wonders. Our faith, our belief, our trust rests in Him who is holy and righteous, the One who brought us salvation, the greatest miracle of all, that we might be reconciled to the Father and know Him. Christ is the greatest of miracles.

May the Lord bless you to believe.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/11/17

June 12, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:13 NET)

A time of trial and testing is never pleasant, but sometimes the Lord uses such times to build us up spiritually. Such times force us to flex our spiritual muscles and thereby strengthen us to stand against temptations, against the wiles of the enemy of our soul, the accuser who continually delights to point out our failures and number our sins against us before the Lord. But there is One who sits at the right hand of the Father continually making intercession for us, who can deliver us from the evil one, for He is the One who was without sin, who sacrificed Himself that we might be able to stand and resist evil and temptation in His name and by the power of His blood. Let us not fail to call on Him in times of trial and temptation.

May the Lord bless you and deliver you from evil.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/04/17

June 5, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 15:16)

Let us be obedient to the Lord’s command. Let us proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ into a lost and dying world, that He is the way, the truth, and the life, that He came that we might believe, repent, and be forgiven of our sins. Let us be bold to tell others what the Lord has done, and what He has done for us. His story in your life is the greatest witness you can give. Tell others how He came into your life and what He has done in your life, how you’ve been saved and how you are living out your faith in Him. Be His witness in your life, for then the Holy Spirit will draw them and bring them to repentance and new life. Share the good news, let them hear it, for faith comes by hearing and the message is through our Lord.

May the Lord make you bold to speak the good news to others.