Exchanged Life

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Each Messianic believer’s journey is unique! Yet certain stages of growth should be common to all believers. Example: GOD wants to use us through our walk with the Lord to show new believers the basic principles for the foundation of their new life in MESSIAH!

Next, we were created to do good works and this becomes evident as growing believers use their talents to glorify YESHUA!

Then because pride and self-confidence are threats to our spiritual growth, GOD will bring us to a place where we realize we can achieve nothing of value without His guidance and power. The LORD teaches us how to live the exchanged life, check it out in (Galatians 2:20).

Looking back you can recognize these stages, maybe you can see an area where GOD is still working with you. If there is anything standing in the way of allowing Him to live fully through you, then ask the RUAH HAKODESH to help you be everything GOD created you to be!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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God’s Amazing Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Without a sense of purpose, there is no hope. But the LORD has created each one of us for a reason and also to love Him and be loved by Him! He pursues us and does everything in His infinite power to reveal Himself. He wants each person to understand who He is and then respond by worshipping Him being fully devoted to Him!

GOD’S love is personal; His desire is to have a personal relationship with every man, woman and child. His love for us is always unconditional; there is nothing about your character that can make Him love you more or less. Our scripture today tells us that love is who He is, not just what He does.

{1 John: 4:8…He who does not love does not know God, for God is love}…

ABBA doesn’t just say He loves you, He proved it by giving His Son as a sacrifice for your sins. His amazing grace is unending and then His divine blessing on us for the forgiveness of our sins through MESSIAH. What a waste to live life feeling unloved when GOD’S infinite and eternal love is offered to each and every one of us!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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God’s Masterpiece

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman


Some Believers are in a battle their whole life with a sense of inferiority, which can be devastating and becomes a barrier to good relationships and also genuine contentment! 

As a believer there is a way out; these feelings of inferiority can be healed. We must get into the Word (verse of the day) which tells us we are GOD’S masterpiece, He is at work in us. Would He allow His masterpiece to end up inferior – of course not – His work in you is perfect! Stop looking at others thinking you don’t measure up to them because GOD has designed you as unique. GOD is fitting you for His purpose in your life like no one else’s.

{Ephesians 2:10…For we are GOD’S masterpiece. He has created us anew in MESSIAH YESHUA so we can do good things He planned for us long ago}…                                        

Our Creator knows the weakness of our human frame and He is always patient with us. When we fail (and we will), GOD just wants us to come to Him for forgiveness and then keep moving ahead. Remember we are a work in progress and in due time GOD will complete His masterpiece; “you!”

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Love Taking Charge

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

When love takes charge of us (meaning GOD is in charge), we cannot think bad thoughts because GOD is love, that’s who He is! When we are living the life of a Spirit-filled Believer, we allow the Holy Spirit to control all areas of our lives. This includes our thoughts, words and deeds.

GOD has a purpose for each of us and if you want to learn of yours, read through the New Covenant! GOD wants and desires for each of us to become His precious child; this is done by accepting His Son “YESHUA” as our Savior!

Then we are to go and lead others to MESSIAH and unless we are living a lifestyle as a “Messiah Follower” to back up what we are saying, we can’t be an effective witness for Yeshua the Messiah! This lifestyle is a reflection of our thoughts which must line up with GOD’S thoughts!

{Romans 8:9…But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit; if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, he is not His}…

We need to crucify our flesh and be led by the Ruach HaKodesh in our thinking and let love take charge of our minds; that’s where all Spirit-led living begins! When was the last time you led someone to Yeshua?!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Being Still

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Temptation, trials and suffering – we’ve all experienced them! Even as Messianic believers (sometimes, specifically because we are believers), we must endure pain, whether through loss, bankruptcy, unemployment or broken relationships!

While no one is immune to hard times, believers are empowered through the Holy Spirit to endure them. Our verse today tells us to “be still” and know who GOD is! This indicates that our best response to disappointment is to trust in the LORD! When troubles come (and they will come), it’s real easy to get caught up in our emotions, but we need to be wise in the Word of GOD and learn to be still and wait on the One who can work it all out for our good (Rom. 8:28), check it out.

{Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God and I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth… }

While on this earth, troubles won’t ever vanish (John 16:33). But, when storms are brewing on the horizon, buckle up and trust GOD to guide you through!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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Life’s Pauses

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In this hurry-up world, no one likes waiting for anything (green lights, long lines, even our microwaves)! We want what we want and we want it instantly! Yet, Scripture insists that we learn some of the most important lessons during “life’s pauses!”

Long lines and waiting rooms can be hard to endure, but GOD promises to use the delays in life for our blessings if we let Him. The rewards for waiting patiently on the LORD to move in our circumstances are great!

As our scripture today tells us, those who wait on the LORD will gain new strength. So while our impatience drains us, actively waiting on GOD is energizing!

{Is. 40:31…But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint}…                                  

Let’s keep in mind GOD uses delays to sift our motives and strengthen our faith. When we choose to wait, He rewards us with blessings both large and unexpected!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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