Archive for the ‘Religious’ Category

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/16/18

September 17, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.

“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” 
  (Psalm 33:4-6)

Let us rededicate ourselves to reading the Word of God, for the Word is righteous, the Word is truth, the Word is a fount of life, a gift from God for guidance — for wisdom, for comfort, for joy, for peace, for praise, for protection, for inspiration, for healing; a blessing for the heart, for the mind, for the soul. The Word is the breath of God, the power of creation, the witness of salvation, the tongue of the Spirit, the revelation of eternal life, the everlasting love of the LORD. Thank God. Let us pray, “Open my heart and my mind to this your Word, O LORD, place it on my tongue, make it part of my very being, and let me speak love into the people and situations I encounter each day.”

May the Lord inspire you to open His word and walk in its blessings each and every day.


Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/09/18

September 10, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“If God be for us, who can be against us?”     (Romans 8:31b)

Many things in life may rise against us: troubles, hardship, illness. Work can become overwhelming, and deadlines unrelenting. Health can take a sudden turn; illness and injury can take a toll. Relationships can break down. For surely as we live these giants will challenge us. Yet let us remember what the scriptures teach us about when Goliaths rise up in our life. Though the outlook may seem dark and despair may try to take hold of us, we need to remember to whom we belong. We need to remember that we are a child of God, and He is for us and not against us, for God’s love is great and God’s love is powerful. Nothing in this life or this world can stop His love for us or stop His love from fulfilling its purpose in our life. Let us face our giants with Christ at our side for surely He fights for us and in Him we have the victory. For God gave His one and only son that we might never be separated from Him or the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the love of the Lord be your strengthen this day and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/02/18

September 3, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Daniel:

“Peace be multiplied to you.

“I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.

“How great are His signs,
And how mighty His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And His dominion is from generation to generation.”
    (Daniel 4:1b-3)

Let us never forget that we serve a God of miracles for He is a wonder-working God and nothing is impossible with God. He heals, He provides, and He makes a way when there is no way. He shows himself in miracles great and small, and in the everyday miracles that form our very lives and that testify to His grace. May He forgive us if we take them for granted.

His wonders are on display in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and on the lands. The universe is a miracle of awesome wonder, magnificent and marvelous to behold; the tiniest particle of an atom is beyond our brilliance, and understanding life is still the greatest mystery of all. Yet above it all is the Lord God Most High, the Everlasting King, who in His miraculous grace loves us. He loves us. Hallelujah!

May the God of miracles, the God of grace, the God of glory, bless you this day and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/26/18

August 27, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Micah:

Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.   (Micah 7:7 NKJV)

Where do we look in times of trouble? Let us remember to look to the Lord. Where do we turn when trials and hardship are upon us? Let us be faithful to wait upon the Lord. When sickness comes, when the money is not there, when work is not working out, when relationships are breaking, where should we turn? Let us be ever mindful of our Lord and Savior. For if we will look to the Lord, if we will wait faithfully upon Him, if we will turn to Him, if we will call out and pray, He will hear us, for we are His children, His beloved, the fruits of His salvation. Let us remember to let the Lord be Lord over our lives, for He cares for us with an everlasting love, and the Lord will make a way where there is no way, if we will let Him.

May the Lord bless you to let Him be Lord of your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/19/18

August 20, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Micah:

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you / But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God…”    (Micah 6:8)

How hard we try to please God. We often strive to please God, to be good servants. If we love God we try to be good disciples; we try to keep ourselves busy with “the Lord’s work.” We want to feel worthy of His love for the great sacrifice He made for us; we want to win souls for the kingdom, and to spread the Word and love of God into our world. Yet what is it that the Lord requires of us? What does He say is good?  Busyness? Accomplishments? Certainly He has work for His faithful, but what He wants from each of us is what is on God’s own heart. He wants what is right, but most of all He wants us to — walk with Him.

May our merciful God bless you to do as He wants us to do.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/12/18

August 13, 2018

This week’s scripture is from James:

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”    (James 5:13-16)

Prayer is powerful, and the Lord is mighty. Let us not hold back, but in the power and the might of the Lord pray boldly, pray strong, pray in tongues, with thanksgiving and supplication, for the Lord Jesus makes intercession for us with the Father, God Almighty. Pray in the name Jesus Christ, pray in the power of His blood, death, and resurrection. Pray for healing and there will be healing; pray against suffering and suffering will cease; pray against sins and they will be forgiven; pray for salvation and salvation will come. Pray against the darkness and the light of Christ will destroy the darkness. Pray the Word of God; pray in the Holy Spirit. Pray in the power of His righteousness.  Pray and keep praying.

May the Lord bless you to pray and may He make your prayers bold through Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/05/18

August 6, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”   (Psalm 52:8 ESV)

God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. In our most difficult times, He is there; whether we can feel Him with us or not, He is there; whether we can hear His voice or not, He is there, for He has said He will always be there, and his love never fades and never fails. The love of God for us knows no season; it does not ebb and flow like the tide; it does not come and go like the wind; it does not wear out or grow weary, for His love is everlasting. The Lord is faithful and His love is true; it knows no bounds and it has no limits, for God is love, and we are who He loves. Trust in His love for you and listen to His heart.

May you know the Lord’s unfailing love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/29/18

July 30, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.”
 (Psalm 121:1-2)

There is only one we can turn to who can help us in every situation and every circumstance no matter how bad, no matter how troublesome. Where the things of man fail and the ways of the world hold no answers and little help, He is the one to whom we can and should always turn, for the Lord already knows about our troubles and He alone knows the way to salvation and freedom. The Lord alone is the One to whom we can go, for He is already with us and He will not abandon His own. So lift up your eyes to Him to whom you belong; look upon Him and worship Him and give Him praise. See that He is there for you.

May you remember to always turn your heart to the Lord who loves you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/22/18

July 23, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Lamentations:

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him…”   (Lam. 3:25)

We know that the Lord is good and all that He does is good, especially to those who belong to Him, those whose hope is in the Lord, in the beauty of His grace, in the majesty of His mercy, in the depth of His mighty love, in the splendor of His salvation, in the power of His blood, death, and resurrection. Let us seek earnestly the One who loves us with an everlasting love; let us open our eyes to His living word; let us open our hearts to trust in Him, and let us learn to fill our mouths with our praises and with our prayers, to Him, for those who seek Him will find Him and their hope will rest in the Lord. Praise the Lord.

May the Lord bless you with His goodness as you seek after Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/15/18

July 16, 2018

This week’s scriptures come from Psalms:

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.”           
(Psalms 118:29 NKJV)

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”  
(Psalms 34:8 NKJV)

God is good; God is good; God is good! Let us never forget the goodness of God. He blesses us and sheds His mercy and grace upon us every day in every circumstance. Let us remember to call on His name, for we can always trust in Him who loves us and gave His Son for us. Let us give thanks to the Lord and throw ourselves upon His mercy and goodness, for He cares for us and means to bless us. How good is God that His mercy and love are never-ending. Praise His holy name.

May the Lord bless you with His mercy and goodness as you call upon His name.