Posts Tagged ‘brethren’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/16/14

November 17, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Jesus Christ“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.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/19/14

October 20, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”   (1 Thess. 5:28)

God’s grace is the greatest of blessings. All we are and everything we have are by God’s love and grace. Only through His grace do we experience His love. Only through His grace do we receive forgiveness of our sins and salvation through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Only by His grace do we come to know the truth and experience His mercy.

Only by His grace have we become children of the Most High God, the Holy One. Only through His grace do we receive the gifts He alone can give us; gifts we are to use to minister the love of God to others. Only through His grace can we enter in to eternal life with our Father in heaven. His grace is the expression of His love towards us, and in His loving grace we see the glory of God.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/23/14

March 24, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 1 Samuel:

“Let us inquire of God …” (1 Samuel 14:36b)Old Man Praying

Our lives are never free of decisions for very long. Things happen, and decisions need to be made. We wonder: Should I do this or that? Should I go this way or that way? Or sometimes a crisis may arise, and we don’t know where to turn or what we should do; things may seem to be spinning out of our control. We are at a lost, but God is never at a lost. He is always in control and He knows the end from the beginning. He always knows what is best for us and what is the right thing to do, but we must ask Him. We should inquire of God in every decision in our life. We should stop and ask Him which way to go and what to do.

May the Lord bless you to remember to pray and inquire of Him for all things in your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/09/14

February 10, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  (2 Cor. 5:7)Winding path

We are each on a journey through life and life’s challenges. The road is often rough and tough to travel, especially when faced with troubles of all kinds. Around one curve we hit hardships with relationships or work or finances; coming over a steep hill we suddenly drop into a valley of despair where sickness, disease, injury, or pain threaten to waylay us or run us off the road. We try not to feel discouraged, but the road can seem almost too hard to travel. We stop to look ahead, down the road, but we cannot see very far because it curves off or drops over another hill.

Yet we need not despair, for it is not by our faith that we travel the road of life. It is Christ Jesus who makes a path before us; it is He who makes a way where there seems to be no way. It is Christ who travels with us along the road, the One who never leaves us or forsakes us, but walks with us through every trouble and every hardship. It is He who leads us; it is Jesus who knows the way to our destination.  Let us not look at our circumstances, but let us look to Jesus. Let us keep our eyes on Him on whom our faith rests; let us keep looking to Him, and let us walk the road with Him, walking in faith.

May the Lord bless you with faith to look to Jesus in every circumstance.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/12/14

January 13, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”   (Hebrews 12:2a)

He is the One and the only one. Jesus is the very center of our faith and our belief. It all begins and ends with Him and Him alone. Everything else is that which is besides Him. He is the very Son of God, the Holy One; He is the Word incarnate come down to rescue us from sin and death, to reconcile us to the Father. Beside Him there is no other.

He is the living Word, the foundation of all that has been and will be. In Him we live and have our being as children of the Most High God. He is the beginning and the end, the Eternal One. He was and is and will be. He is all truth, all faith, all mercy, and all grace. He is the All in All. Look to Jesus; look to Him in every circumstance and in every situation. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

May the Lord bless you to always keep your eyes on Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/03/13

November 4, 2013

This week’s scripture is from 2 Thessalonians:

Old Man Praying“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”   (2 Thess. 3:13)

Serving can often be tiring, for the Lord has sent us out to the lost and dying to preach the gospel and draw people to His love and grace, to shepherd His sheep and to make disciples, but people can so easily disappoint us at times. They listen but they do not hear; they say they believe but their lives don’t change; they can appear faithful, then get swept away by sin. If we take this burden upon ourselves, it can make one weary of heart and tired to the bone, but it is not our burden to bear alone, and it is not in our strength that we are to serve. The Lord calls us to be faithful in service and to share the good news, but our strength is to come from Him, for it is the Lord alone who is our strength and our salvation.

May the Lord bless you to find your strength in Him and in His goodness.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/01/13

September 2, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Genesis:

The Siesta -- Van Gogh“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”   (Genesis 2:2)

Most of us lead very busy lives; between work and family there is often little time for the other things we try to fit into our days. Many work long hours and even then we struggle to keep up with all the work we have to do. The more we get done the more we seem to get assigned at times; the more conscientious we tend to be with our work, the more time we spend doing it. Too often we are somewhere between tired and exhausted. But this is not where the Lord wants us to be. He actually orders us to rest from our work each week as He rested from His after finishing the work of creation. Taking a Sabbath day’s rest is not a suggestion; it’s a commandment. Resting is a spiritual act; we need rest. So rest and be at peace.

May the Lord bless you with the obedience to rest and be refreshed each week.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/25/13

August 26, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Colossians:

SONY DSC“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)

Our Lord has redeemed us from all of our sins, all of the sins we committed before we first believed and sins since, and all sin that we will ever commit. Jesus took upon Himself all sin that ever was and ever would be, and by His sacrifice, by His blood, He brought us into redemption and delivered us from the power of the enemy of our souls.

We now live in the light of the Son of God, the Holy One, and if we are faithful to confess our sins and repent, then He is faithful to forgive us, for He shed His blood and died once and for all for everyone who will believe and come into the Light. All who will come are redeemed by His blood by His mercy and His grace. So let us humble ourselves before the Lord and confess our trespasses that we might continue in His love and in the power of redemption and forgiveness.

May you know the blessing of the Lord and the redeeming power of His blood.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/09/12

September 10, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Galatians:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithful-ness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.   (Galatians 5:22-25)

How good God is; how wonderful His blessings; how great His gifts. He gives to all who believe in Him and are called by His name. He gives His Spirit, and the fruit of His Spirit grows in the believer’s life. Cultivate the fruit of the Spirit; prune away everything in your life that doesn’t bear spiritual fruit. Embrace the Spirit and let Him embrace you. His fruit comes forth from love. Let His love lead you; let His love bring you to fullness in the Spirit. If we walk in love, we walk in the Spirit, and in Him we have the fullness of Christ, the richness of His blessings, the fruit of God’s love.

May His Spirit lead you and may you walk in the blessings of the Spirit.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/12/12

August 13, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”
    (Psalm 150:1-2)

How blessed we are to be children of the Most High God. Praise the Lord! How blessed we are to have received His saving grace. Praise God! How blessed we are that His Son, Jesus Christ, died for us, for our salvation. Praise the Lord on High. How blessed we are to have forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ. Praise His Holy name. How blessed we are to have been set free from sin and death. Praise the Lord Most High. How blessed we are that the Son of God sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. Praise the Lord! How blessed we are to inherit eternal life. Praise Him!

May the praises from your lips rise up to the Throne of Grace as you remember His blessings.