Posts Tagged ‘hope’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/19/20

January 20, 2020

This week’s scriptures are from John:

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”    (John 8:31b-32)

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.    (John 8:36)

Free. Free. Free. How good it is to be free in Christ, to know the freedom that comes with being a child of God, to know that your sins are forgiven and you have the promise of eternal life with Him. He came full of grace and truth, and that truth sets us free. In this world there are chains, but Jesus, the very Son of God, came, suffered, died, and rose again that we might know Him and the power of His love. We are His disciples, believers in His gospel, followers of His word, travelers in the Way, children of His mercy and grace, captives set free. What a blessing! Let us not fail to follow His teachings, to act on His word, to share the gospel, and to love as He has loved us.

May you remain in Jesus Christ, and may the truth of the Word continue to set you free.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/12/20

January 13, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    (Jeremiah 29:11)

Life does not always go as planned. Regardless of how carefully we plan, life can take unexpected turns. Our plans may not work out. We might find ourselves at a dead-end, or stuck at a crossroads, and not know what to do. We might feel lost or hopeless, but the Lord knows what to do; He always knows, and His plans never fail. If we belong to Him, we should give our lives into His hands, and our plans for our life should be His plans for our life, for God’s plans are always for whatever is best for us, whatever will help us and draw us closer to Him, whatever will make us more like Christ. For God is good and all He does is good. Let us remember to always seek Him to learn His plans for our life. Let us pray and read His word and seek His face, for He is our provision, and in Him is our hope and our future, in Christ our Lord.

May you be open to the Lord’s leading in your life and for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/05/20

January 6, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.”
(Psalm 145:13b)

Thank God that He is loving and faithful. Hold tight to God’s promises. Believe the promises of His Word, for they all find their fulfillment in Christ our Lord. For the Lord is for us and not against us. If He has said He will answer your prayer, then believe He will answer your prayer; if He has said He has forgiven, then believe He has forgiven; if He has promised salvation, then believe in your salvation; if He has promised healing, then believe He will heal; if you are still waiting on God’s promises, then believe He will do what He has promised. Believe the promises found in God’s Word for He is ever faithful and He never fails, for His love never fails. Remember to thank God for His love and faithfulness. Praise Him, and give thanks.

May the Lord’s love and faithfulness be a blessing in your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/29/19

December 31, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”   (Rev.1:8).

The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, our Lord and our God. In these days and months ahead, let us remember Him who is sovereign over all the earth, over all time, over all history, over all people, over everything that ever has been, is, and ever will be. May we be in awe of Him who is Lord of All, Most High God, the Almighty One, who loves us and sent His Son that we might know Him and the beauty of His mercy and grace, now and forevermore; blessed be His name. Praise God; Praise God.

May the Lord God Almighty ever reign as the Lord of your life through His son, Jesus Christ.

Merry, Merry Christmas 2019

December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas to you and to yours. God’s blessings to all.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/22/19

December 23, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
(Luke 2:10-14)

Praise the Lord God Most High for the glorious gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given, our salvation come to bring us peace and reconcile us to God our Father. How great the gift; how great the giver. What incredible love; what wonderful news; what exceeding joy. How can we but praise Him and worship His holy name, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Praise God Almighty; praise His Holy Name. Glory to God! Glory to God! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

May your prayers and praises rise up to the Lord, and may He shed joy and peace abroad in your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/15/19

December 16, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Let us praise God as we gather together and celebrate the advent of Christ’s birth, for He came that we might know Him and the beauty of His grace, that through Him all creation might know salvation, that the peace of God might reign in us. Thank God that He sent His Son. Blessed be His name, and blessed are we to receive so great a gift, so wonderful a savior. May we forever praise His name and preach the good news, that some might believe and receive eternal life in Christ.

May the Lord bless you this Christmas season with all the blessings of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/08/19

December 9, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (God with us).   (Isaiah 7:14)

The Son of God come down to us as a child; O how great are the promises of God. How blessed we are, for the ancients knew the promise, but did not see it come to pass. Yet we live in the time of God’s favor; we have seen His grace and His salvation, for He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to us that we might know Him, and through Him the blessings of His mercy and grace, unto life and life eternal. Glory to God, glory in the highest, for He is with us and we are forever blessed. Praise God Almighty; blessed be His name.

May the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be yours this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/01/19

December 2, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Prepare the way for the Lord;”

“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.”    (Isaiah 40:3a;5a)

Come, let us prepare our hearts for this season of joy and celebration in remembrance of the coming of our Lord and Savior. Let us rejoice at the advent of the Promised One, His coming foretold long ago, the glorious prophecy, fulfilled by our loving Father. Let us prepare our hearts by refreshing our hope in Him in whom all grace, all mercy, all faithfulness, all love, and all righteousness rests. Let us fill our hearts with the hope that is in Jesus Christ and His coming, and prepare to share that hope with as many as the Lord allows. Let us prepare to be generous with the love He has given us. Prepare your heart, and rejoice!

May the joy of the Lord and the love of Christ fill your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/24/19

November 25, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.” (Jeremiah 33:11)

Let us come before the Lord with thankful hearts and praise Him who loves us with an everlasting love. Thank the Lord who provides for all our needs and gives generously to all who come to Him. Let us bow down before Him and give thanks for the great and many blessings He has poured out upon us, for He provides for our every need and fills us with all that is good. Thank the Lord for sending His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Let us praise God for He is good and all He does is good; let us give thanks to Him. Thanks be to God, the Lord Almighty, for all He has done.

May you be blessed as you come before the Lord with thanksgiving.