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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/22/18

April 23, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   (John 16:33)

The Lord did not promise us a trouble-free life. He knew that this fallen world can be a dark and troublesome place, where we find ourselves struggling against the darkness and the pain of suffering, sin, injury, and want. Try as we might we have not the power to overcome, but the Lord does, for He took the weight of sin and death upon Himself, and by His sacrifice, by His blood, death, and resurrection, He did overcome the world. He has defeated the darkness; He has triumphed; He is victorious, and in Him we can have peace. Let us rejoice and be glad, for we can have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise His holy name.

May the Lord bless you today with an abiding peace.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/15/18

April 16, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.”
 (Isaiah 26:3-4)

Each day has trouble enough of its own, Jesus reminded us, and it is all too easy to be in turmoil trying to deal with the situations and problems that keep peace from our door. Yet the Lord tells us that we should not dwell on problems, but we should keep our minds on Him. We should place all of our trust in Him no matter what is happening in the world or what is happening in our own lives, for only in the Lord, and in Him alone, is there peace. Let us allow our heart to trust Him and our mind to be steadfast, for He who loves us and gave Himself for us is He who is able, for He is for us, He is forever, eternal, and He can make a way when there is no way. Trust our Lord, our Savior, our Deliverer. Praise His Holy Name.

May your heart and mind remain steadfast because you are trusting in the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/08/18

April 9, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
(Prov. 3:5-6)

When difficult days come, and trying circumstances are upon us, our own understand is often not enough. Our strength and our wisdom can fail, but we know that we can trust in the Lord with all our heart, for He does understand and His strength never fails. If we acknowledge Him and give ourselves into His hands He will be the lifter of our head, and He will direct our paths and show us the way we should go. Let us therefore call upon Him who loves us and gave Himself for us, and trust in the Lord God Almighty.

May you trust the Lord with all of your heart in all things.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/01/18

April 2, 2018

Happy Easter!  This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, [just] as He said.” (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is risen, He is risen, He is risen! Thank God, thank God, thank God Almighty. Jesus Christ is risen; He is alive. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace, for He is the bread of life, the Holy One, the Son of God; He sealed the new covenant in His blood that we might have the forgiveness of our sins, that we might have salvation and eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to know His love and the beauty of His grace.

May the blessings of the Lord’s sacrifice strengthen you as you follow in His ways.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/25/18

March 26, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.  And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the [palm] trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”                 
(Mark 11:7-10)

Praise the Lord. Raise your voice! The Lord is come. Blessed be His name. Shout Hallelujah! He is come! He is come! He is come! The Prince of Peace, the Lord of Salvation, the Lord of Lords is come and we are blessed. Glory to God in the Highest! Sing, cry out! Praise His holy name. The Lord reigns! Here is the Lord, the Holy One, the Son of God. Rejoice you saints. Raise your voice; raise your hands; lift your hearts. Praise the Lord! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! Blessed be His name! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen.

May the blessing of the coming of the Lord fill your heart with joy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/18/18

March 19, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:

Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…
   (1 Chron. 16:11-12)

God is great; God is good. The world is troubled; the trials of life come against us, but God is faithful. When we are weak, He is strong. When we cry out, He is there. Let us look to the Lord and remember that our God is a miracle-working God. When there is no way, He makes a way. He moves and miracles happen; the Word is spoken and bodies are healed, souls are delivered, those in bondage are set free. Jesus came that we might know Him and blessings of His love. He pours out His grace upon us, for He loves us. We are witnesses to the wonders of His mercy and love, that we might proclaim Him.

Seek the Lord and may the miracles of God’s blessings be upon you this day.

 

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/11/18

March 12, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.” 
  (Jeremiah 17:7)

Blessing follows belief, for the Lord pours out His blessings on those who believe in Him and trust in His holy name. In every situation the Lord is our hope and our salvation. Call on His name and He will answer; pray and He will hear; seek Him first and He will provide for every need. Never does the Lord leave His children forsaken; those who trust in Him shall not want; though hardship or trouble arise all around us, He never leaves us as orphans, for we are the children of the King of Glory, and our hope, our confidence, is in Him who gave Himself for us. Praise be to the Lord God Almighty and to Jesus Christ His son and to the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. Thank you, O Lord. Let us praise His holy name.

May the Lord pour out His blessings and mercies upon you as you trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/04/18

March 5, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”   (Hebrews 2:1)

It is so easy to let the cares of this world draw us away from where our attention should be. The concerns, the busyness, the fullness of life get between us and God. Soon we are neglecting our daily devotions, our Bible reading slips, our worship drops off, our pray life becomes sporadic; we are not spending time with our Lord. We have drifted away. Yet He has not drifted away from us; He never leaves us nor will He ever forsake us. He is still right where He was, waiting for us. Let us remember who we belong to and who He is: the Son of the Most High God, the Righteous One, the Anointed One, the Holy One. Let us not neglect the One who loves us and gave His life for us. Let us hold tight to Him and draw near, once again.

May the Lord bless you to keep close to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/25/18

February 26, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”   (John 14:27)

Let us call upon the Lord. How often our hearts are troubled within us for we live in a troubled world. Yet in the midst of trouble Jesus promises us peace, for Jesus is the way to peace for our troubled hearts, and our troubled world. Because of His sacrifice for us, because of His blood, death, and resurrection, we have peace with God, and that peace brings peace to our hearts. Because He lives, we believe and have life eternal. So let us turn our eyes upon Jesus and praise God for His goodness. Let us lift up the One who makes our hearts glad and rejoice in Him who is our Lord and Savior, the Prince of Peace.

May the peace of Jesus Christ reign in your heart as you turn to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/18/18

February 19, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”                (Romans 15:13)

In these trying times our hearts may be heavy, but let us be mindful where our hope comes from, for He is faithful to all who trust in Him. He is our source of hope and all that is good, for by His Holy Spirit we carry the joy of the Lord within us. Blessed are they who rejoice in the Lord and who fill their days with the hope that lies in Christ Jesus. Let our hearts be at peace as we remember from whom our hope comes, for He who rules over our hearts is coming again to rule and reign over all things with mercy and grace.

May your heart overflow with hope and joy and peace as you trust in Him who is faithful.