Archive for the ‘Religious’ Category

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/16/19

June 17, 2019

This week’s scripture comes from Ephesians:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).

It is good to remember that all our spiritual blessings come from God our Father who blesses us with every good thing. We are blessed because He has blessed us through His son Jesus Christ in whom all blesses flow and find their fulfillment. Let us praise our Father in heaven for the gift of His son through whom we are forgiven, through whom we have our salvation, through whom we are loved, and through whom we have eternal life. Blessed be the name of our Lord and Father in heaven, for great are His grace and faithfulness; great are His promises; great is His love for us. Let us praise the name of the Lord Most High. Let us give thanks and bow our hearts before Him. Great are our blessings in Jesus Christ.

May you raise your voice in praise to God our Lord and Father.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/09/19

June 10, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

“Be grateful for the good things that the Lord your God has given you and your family…” (Deut. 26:11 GNT)

Let us come to the Lord with grateful and thankful hearts. Let us remember the One who has blessed us and who has been gracious unto us. Let us not be overwhelmed with our troubles or turn to grumbling or worry about what tomorrow will bring. Let us count our blessings; let us remember all of the good things that God has done for us. Let us remember the ways He has interceded for us, how He provided for us, how He brought healing, and the prayers that were answered. Let us remember that every good thing in life has come from God who is full of goodness and mercy. Let us turn our attention to the One who loves us with an everlasting love. Let us be grateful for all He has done for us and all He will still do.

May your heart be filled with gratitude for all the Lord has done.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/02/19

June 3, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”   (Hebrews 2:11)

To belong to God is to belong to His family, for we are not alone, but we are all one in Christ Jesus. To come to salvation in Christ and to live in relationship with Him is to belong to the family of God: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and to be in fellowship with all of those who belong to Him, for those whom He calls brothers and sisters are also our brothers and sisters, for in Christ we are all one family of believers, all travelers on the path of righteousness, all sojourners toward eternity with Him. Rejoice and be glad, for our family in Christ are our true brothers and sisters, all children of the One True God.

May you be blessed and be a blessing in the Lord’s family.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/26/19

May 27, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“And He took bread, gave thanks and 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 NKJV)

He is the only one who deserves our worship, honor, and praise. He is the one who was broken for us, who took our punishment upon Himself, who bled for us, who died for us, that we might be forgiven and reconciled to God, our Father. Jesus willing sacrificed Himself that we might be justified before God and receive eternal life, that we might be cleansed in His blood, that we might be made new, a new creation in Christ. Let us honor Him with remembrance; let us give Him thanks. Let us worship together, and praise Him for the forgiveness of our sins, and in thanksgiving and in remembrance of what He has done for us.

May you remember the sacrifice He made for you and give Him praise.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/19/19

May 20, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Galatians:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”   (Gal. 6:9-10)

It is so easy to become weary. Life can wear us down. The world weighs on us; work seems never ending; one task is barely done before another takes its place. Everything clamors for our attention and the grind becomes so tiresome. At times we long to let it be enough, to walk away, to answer no more calls. But take heart; the One who called you is true. He never fails; He is there to buck us up. He is our strength and our shield. Armor up and take up the sword; His battle is already won. Don’t stop or turn back. Cry, “Victory!” and go into the fields where He has sent you. Speak love into them that you meet and bless all of them who believe. Speak the name of Him who sent you and declare the love of God.

May the Lord bless you with strength and empower you to speak the Word in love this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/12/19

May 13, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“… give thanks to the LORD for His goodness…” (Psalm 107:21a NKJV)

God is good; everything about God is good, for goodness is His very nature. All He has created is good; God’s goodness flows like living water from His throne of grace. God is good; there is no other like God: rich in mercy, patient and long-suffering, pouring out His blessings, showing love and kindness to each generation. He is wrapped in goodness like a cloak of light; it radiates from His very being. God is good, for He is trustworthy and true; He sent His son to redeem us, to bring His goodness to us, that His grace and mercy might save us, for His goodness overcomes all evil and is a shield about us. Give thanks to God for His great goodness; praise Him that He is good, for His goodness lasts forever. Amen.

May the goodness of the Lord bless you as you give Him praise and thanks.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/05/19

May 6, 2019

This week’s scripture is from the Psalms:

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.

For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever: your faithfulness you shall establish in the very heavens.”   (Psalm 89:1-2 NKJV)

Let us be ever mindful of the great mercy of the Lord and His exceeding faithfulness. His mercies are new every day and His faithfulness is perfect, beyond measure. May we ever remember His great mercy and unfailing faithfulness toward us. Let us remember to proclaim the Lord’s mercies and faithfulness to all who will listen, to every generation, to the very heavens, in praise and adoration. Thank you, Lord.

May you praise the Lord for His great mercy and faithfulness to you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/28/19

April 29, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

Let us remember who we are and to whom we belong, for we are children of the Most High God. We are His and He is ours if we have given ourselves to Him. Let us remember each day to seek Him and His righteousness, for He is faithful to take care of us and to bless us. Whatever we need, whatever trouble or difficulty we face, He is there to see us through. Let us learn to trust, to lean upon His everlasting arms, to sit quietly in His presence and be at peace, for He is ever with us. Let us not worry about tomorrow, but let us remember to whom tomorrow belongs, for He is already there and He knows it already.

May the Lord bless you to trust totally in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/14/19

April 15, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the [palm] trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
   (Matthew 21:6-9)

Praise the Lord, God Almighty! He is come! The Prince of Peace; the Lord of Salvation; the Holy One of God is come. Rejoice you saints, rejoice, for the Son of God is here. Shout! Cry out! Praise His Holy Name. Let loose your tongue and raise your voice; praise the heavens above for our King is come. Open your hearts and open your mouth, declare him King of Kings and Lord of Lords, for there is no other, and no other name under heaven by which we must be saved, for at His name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen.

May your heart cry out and rejoice at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/07/19

April 8, 2019

This week’s scripture is from the Psalms:

“He has sent his redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever:

Holy and awesome is His name”   (Psalm 111:9).

Thank God that He sent His son that we might know redemption through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Thank God that the new covenant in His blood for the forgiveness of sins sets us free. Thank God for His mercy and grace. Thank God that through His sacrifice we have the promise of eternal life with Him. This is truly good news. Holy and awesome is the name above all names. Praise God, praise God. Praise His holy name.

May the blessings of Christ, who died for us, be yours this day.