Spiritual Anchor

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

When turbulent times are upon you; the Word of GOD should be your anchor and in our verse today we find Isaiah’s writings about our source for that hope! YESHUA.          

Here GOD promises us strength, help and protection. Moreover, He gave the command,  “Do not fear and do not be anxiously looking about.” One of Satan’s successful traps is distraction! He knows that fear can choke faith! He works hard to make upsetting circumstances our focus. Once our attention is diverted from GOD, and prayer and worship are in lack – anxiety and doubt have room for growth!                           

Is. 41:10  “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”          

The emotions of anxiety and doubt don’t belong in a believer’s life! Let’s use the spiritual anchors throughout the Word of GOD to keep us steady in the faith!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Until Then…

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

We wanted to share this – INSPIRED BY PASTOR RAY PRITCHARD

Here is a short summary of  DANIEL 9:24-27.

God has determined 70 weeks of years for the Jewish people. The first 69 weeks of years ended just before the death of Messiah. In the future God will once again deal with Israel during the final 70th week, a period we call the Tribulation. When that terrible time comes to an end, the six great blessings of verse 24 will be fulfilled to Israel and Messiah will establish his kingdom on the earth.

PRAYER:

ABBA, it is exciting to consider these ancient words and to realize that part of this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. So much has been confirmed by history and the rest seems to be coming closer day by day. Forgive us for dabbling in the world when we ought to be living serious lives for you. Grant that we might be filled with joy as we contemplate the soon coming of the Lord Yeshua Messiah. May we all live to hear the shout and the trumpet call of God when the Lord returns for his own. Until then, we pray that you would use us to point many people to Yeshua, in whose name we pray, Amen.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Healthy Relationships – Built on God

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There are four qualities about healthy relationships: Commitment, Protection, Risk, Encouragement. Those words describe it, but they don’t explain it. You have to go deeper if you want to understand. Jonathan is talking to David and he says, “Remember, the Lord is witness between you and me forever.” Literally, it reads, “Remember, the Lord is between you and me forever.” When the Lord is between two people, their friendship can grow and develop and last forever. When the Lord is between two people, their friendship can survive separation, misunderstanding, and hard times.

A godly friendship is a friendship built on God. It rests on him and he is between the friends holding them together.

Deepen us, Lord, for we live too much in the shallows of casual relationships. We take each other for granted and pass by without really looking. We listen without really hearing. Help us to be like Jesus who laid down his life for his friends. We pray in his name, Amen.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

“God’s Providential Control”

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

Ever wonder if God is really in control or if life “just happens?”

I assure you, even in the midst of what seems to be swirling chaos, everything IS in “God’s providential control.” He knows every hair on your head!

And, He knows us better than we know ourselves.  Charles Spurgeon calls Gen. 37-50 a “chain of circumstances” that HAD to HAPPEN to Joseph in a specific way and timing for God’s plan to unfold exactly as He planned. Spurgeon offers us these questions:

  • Why did Jacob want to send Joseph?
  • Why were Joseph’s brothers on this particular day in a different location?
  • Why did the Ishmaelites come along at that moment?
  • Why were they in the mood to purchase a slave?
  • Why were they going to Egypt and not some other destination?
  • Why did Potiphar purchase Joseph?
  • Why did his wife have designs on Joseph?
  • Why were the baker and the cupbearer in the prison when Joseph was there?
  • Why couldn’t Pharoah understand his dream?
  • Why did the cupbearer first forget Joseph and later remember him?

Spurgeon points out that every one of these events HAD to happen in the exact way at the exact time they occurred for Joseph to be where he had to be, when he had to be, which resulted in his family going to Egypt to be preserved during the famine in Canaan.  Spurgeon goes on to say, “God is to be seen in little things”, and he says all the foregoing seemingly random details are, “minutiae of Providence”.

God cares about you more than He does about sparrows! God cares about every tiny detail of your life, He made, knows and loves every sub-sub atomic particle of you, and He shed His sin-free blood to ransom you! Oh!, Yes!, “PTL!”.

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

“Do Not be Afraid”

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

 

Shalom!

 

We pray this letter will encourage, edify and bless you and yours as you walk the walk.

As you know, the Believer in Yeshua’s life is a battleground, not a playground.

My brother(s) and sister(s), the battles we face are Not ours! They are the Lord’s. Yeshua won the greatest battle when he died and rose again. God intends that you stand in victory at the end of the day. But that won’t happen without a fight.  IT’S not for those who want to run and hide. It’s a faith for strong men and brave women.

 

The evil day may be upon us, but I am not a pessimist.  It’s time to put on the armor of God. Let’s put on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. Let’s make sure we’re wearing gospel shoes. Put on the helmet of salvation. Let’s pick up the shield of faith and the Sword of the Spirit, well prepared for the battle.

 

We were made for times like these.  Stand firm in the evil day.  Stand up for Yeshua in the power of the Spirit and victory WILL be yours!  Yes!, “PTL!”.

 

Please consider this edited version of a Sermon I’ve recently shared at L’Chaim and a local Brazilian sister Congregation from Matthew 10:26-31.   “Don’t be afraid” (vrs 26); “Don’t be afraid” (vs 28) and, “Don’t be afraid” (vs 31).

 

  • Do Not be afraid because the truth WILL be known and prevail.  
  • Do Not be afraid because God IS in control, never slumbers nor sleeps, and is greater than anything anyone can do to us.   
  • Do Not be afraid because God knows you, knows every hair on your head and loves you beyond measure. Two sparrows were sold for a penny, yet none fall without God’s sovereign will being involved. The gospel song reminds us, “ His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” “PTL!” and Hallelujah

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

 

 

Transformation – Amazing to Behold!

Encouraging Words with Bruce & Suzi Elman

I would like to share a thought – ESPECIALLY with regards to the times we are presently living in:

When people apply the teachings of the Bible to their lives, they change. They are transformed into Godly people. It’s amazing to behold! And the secret of the power of scripture is that fact, that it tells us how to come to know God personally, how to have Him actually walk through life with us just as He did with the first human beings on this planet earth.

In fact, scripture has the power required to take a life that has been lived all wrong and turn it around. This Bible contains the power to help anyone start over; it has the power to enable a person to be re-born. You know, if I had to summarize my belief about the nature of this Book of books, I would say it is basically an invitation from God to us, an invitation from Creator to Creation. In these pages is God’s written offer to know Him personally, to walk with Him daily. And, like all invitations, God’s word calls for our response!

We praise the LORD Yeshua for you, our faithful Prayer and Ministry Partner(s), as we always seek to serve Him with His direction, strength and wisdom. May the LORD bless and use you, too, in every way, every day. Yes, in Yeshua’s Name. Amen.

With thanks and love,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation