Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/14/11

August 15, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from John and Ephesians:

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”      (John 17:3)

” … that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”     (Ephesians 1:17)

To know Him, the one true God, and His son Jesus Christ is the most important thing anyone can know. For Jesus said that we must know Him, for not all who call Him “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven just because they prophesied in His name or in His name drove out demons or even performed miracles–if they did not know Him and do the Father’s will. He will say, “I never knew you. Away from me…” We need to know Him and the only way we can get to know Him is to spend time with Him, to hear His voice and His heart. Yes, we have obligations and service to perform, but what does it mean if we don’t know Him as He wants to be known? How can He call you friend if you don’t really know Him?

May the Lord bless you with a heart and a spirit to know Him and know Him better each day.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/31/11

August 1, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Ezekiel:

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”   (Ezekiel 36:26)

Perhaps our hearts are not of stone, but are there stones in your heart? Are there hard places where God’s love cannot flow?  Surrender your whole heart to the Lord. Let there be no hardness in our hearts: no unforgiveness, no anger, no prejudice, no unbelief, no unrighteousness. Let us search our hearts and lay them before God that we might be obedient, repentant, righteous children and servants open fully to God’s heart. Let the love of God for the lost and the wanderer, for the misled or backslidden, for those hard to love, soften our hearts toward them, for only by His heart are they won, only by His love.

May the Lord bless you as you open your heart to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/24/11

July 25, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from 2 Peter and James:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world…”      (2 Peter 1:3-4)

… and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”    (James 1:27b)

At times the corruption and pollution in our world feels like it leaves us tainted or stained simply because it is all around us. Like mud on a rainy day, we cannot avoid it. We cannot open a newspaper or turn on the internet without seeing reports of filth, degradation, perversion, and wanton sin paraded before us. Just being exposed to it makes one feel unclean. Thank God that Jesus’ blood cleanses us of all iniquity and unrighteousness. Thank God that Jesus shed His blood that we might “escape the corruption in the world” that threatens to consume us. Praise Him for his divine power and His promises that we can be free, free in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit. Thank God that He sent His incorruptible Son.

May the Lord of Glory place a hedge of protection around you, and bless you and keep you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/17/11

July 21, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from Mark and Luke:

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”                   (Mark 1:35)

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”   (Luke 5:16)

Often our lives seem to move at a hectic pace and the demands on our time and for our attention are constant; we can barely get the things done that need to get done or attend to those that need us. If we get a moment or two somehow the world intrudes to disrupt us and another call disturbs our rest. Though called to serve, serving can weary us. Let us remember the One who called us; let us remember the One from whom our strength comes. Jesus knew and He would withdraw to quiet places alone to pray, to be with the Father, and to renew His strength. Let us remember to do likewise.

May the Lord bless you and refresh you as you spent time alone with Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/10/11

July 11, 2011

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 Almighty and to Jesus Christ His son and to the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. Thank you, Lord.

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

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/05/11

June 6, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“… make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”   (Luke 1:17b)

The coming of the Lord draws closer. The world groans with conflict and trembles in anticipation. Yet where are the people? Do they languish in the pews and suck up the milk of truth like babes? Or do they go out as servants, equipped and hardened for battle? Time has come and time is past; prepare the people for what is coming before the coming of the Lord. It is time to put on the full armor of God and draw the sword, the Word of God, for the war is come upon us. Teach them how to pray, how to fight on bended knees against all the attacks of the enemy. Go!  Prepare your people; prepare your people!  

May the Lord bless you to train up the people to be mighty in spirit and deed. It is time.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/29/11

May 30, 2011

This week’s scripture comes from 1 Corinthians:

For … the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood [which is shed for you]. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”             (1 Cor. 11:23-25)

Jesus said there is no greater love, no greater sacrifice, than that one lay down his life for another. Let us therefore give thanks for those who sacrificed themselves that we might be free, that we might live in the light of His word. Let us remember our Lord Jesus Christ who gave himself for us that we might know Him and the beauty of His grace, for through Him we are reconciled unto God our Father.

With thankful hearts, let us break bread together in His name, and, with repentant hearts, take up the cup of salvation in remembrance of Him who suffered and died for us that we might receive the blessing of eternal life. Praise God that He sent His Beloved Son, and bless His holy name.

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

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/08/11

May 9, 2011

This week’s scriptures come from Genesis and Psalms:

“I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant…”  (Genesis 32:10a)  

“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised…”    (Psalm 18:3a)

Despite our best efforts and intentions, we still seem to stumble in our walk and service to the Lord. Sin lies in wait for us; Satan easily trips us up. It is humbling to be reminded that our strength is not sufficient, and we are not worthy of Him who has called us. But He is worthy! Thank God! Thank God! Thank God! He is worthy! The Lord is worthy and worthy to be praised, for He is our strength and our redeemer, without whom we are lost and blind. Only the blood of Jesus Christ shed for us allows us to stand against all that comes against us. Only His blood washes away our sins and allows us rise up to speak the truth. Praise God; He is worthy.

May the mercies of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only worthy Son of God, bless you again and again.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/01/11

May 2, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”      (Hebrews 4:9-10)

How weary we can become from work and the cares of this world. There are times when the most spiritual thing we can do is to rest. Indeed, the scriptures tell us that to rest is a commandment from God, just as He rested we are to cease from our work and rest. We are not even to do “Godly” work on the Sabbath, but we are to rest in Him. God blesses those He loves with rest, if they will obey His command; Jesus promises us rest from weariness and that which burdens us if we trust in Him, for we cannot enter into the Lord’s rest unless we cease from striving and rest ourselves. Trust Him, rest and be refreshed.

May the Lord bless you with rest and good sleep.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/24/11

April 25, 2011

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)

Thank God, thank God, Jesus is risen! He is alive forevermore. He sacrificed Himself for us that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Jesus willingly went to the cross, was beaten, bled, suffered, died, and rose again in glory that we might have eternal life, life abundant and true with God our Savior and Lord. Praise God the Father, praise Jesus Christ His son, praise the Holy Spirit of God. How blessed we are to know His love and salvation for us. Thank you, Lord.

May the blessings of the Lord’s resurrection continue to bless you as you follow in His footsteps.