Freedom in Messiah

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

A Most Blessed day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

Because of our love for GOD, we want to do what is right; yet, there are times we walk in the flesh instead of the Spirit, and we make mistakes.  We sin and make wrong choices. When we realize we have sinned, we should quickly and thoroughly repent; we can turn away from the sin and do what is right with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Once we have done that, we are not to continue carrying those heavy burdens of condemnation! YESHUA delivered us from both iniquity and guilt!!  

Guilt is an invisible burden that wears us out and does no good at all!  Actually, it will prevent progress and render us incapable of proper fellowship with FATHER GOD.   

We are to come to Him in faith with boldness, not with fear and guilt!

Romans 8:1, 4
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in MESSIAH YESHUA…who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

GOD never does anything halfway!   YESHUA’S work on the cross is finished, so start enjoying the freedom from guilt and condemnation that is ready and available to you through MESSIAH! YES! In Yeshua’s Name. Amen.

With love & prayers, Shalom!

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Endless Compassion

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

GOD’S care for us extends to all the details of our lives. He knows when we are hurting and wants to offer comfort to us. His compassion is personal, continuous and always available! The Holy Spirit, who lives inside each and every believer in Yeshua, also comforts us. He is there to comfort and console us anytime, day and night. 

Consider how the actually immeasurable compassion of the FATHER was demonstrated through YESHUA’S life. YESHUA met Peter’s betrayal with forgiveness.  Thomas’s doubts were answered by YESHUA Himself (John 20:27). Our mistakes won’t stop YESHUA from loving us.  Know & Believe this!

2 Corinthians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our MESSIAH YESHUA, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.

GOD’S comfort and care are adequate for anything we face (declining health, our finances, family troubles, etc.!) GOD’S Word tells us we are to comfort one another as we are comforted. In this troubled world we live in, there are people all around us who are in need of help. 

Sooo… to whom can you show compassion today in your corner of the world?

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Choices

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Like many people today, the Israelites in YESHUA’S time believed they were destined for Heaven. They mistakenly thought that to join GOD’S family, good works and an intellectual faith were all that GOD required!                               

To help us grasp the truth about entering His FATHER’S Kingdom, YESHUA described two roads that lead in opposite directions. One, being a broad road, is where most people travel. It’s the easy journey requiring few commitments with no rules or road signs. On this path, just about anything is acceptable, giving us whatever we desire. But at the end, it delivers nothing of lasting value. 

The other road (the narrow one) has a small entrance, which is being reconciled to GOD through faith in MESSIAH. Traveling on this road requires a commitment to the Savior and a lifestyle of dependence, sacrifice & trust!

Matthew 7:13–14
You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad and it’s gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult; and only a few ever find it.

Destruction or everlasting life: Which will you choose? The journey is up to you.

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Showing God’s Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

In John 13, we see the premier example of servanthood as YESHUA washed the disciples’ feet! Remember, back then everyone wore sandals and the roads were not paved (just dirt), so by the end of the day everyone’s feet were really dirty.

YESHUA offered to wash their feet to teach them a great lesson (John 13:8). YESHUA clearly explains in verses 13 to 17 that we must do things for each other, otherwise, we are really not part of one another. The things we do to serve one another are the things that bind us together. YESHUA was able to wash their feet because He was free; only a person who is truly free (not insecure) can do menial tasks and not feel insignificant as a result. Serving others is not typically viewed as a high position, yet YESHUA said it is the highest of all.

John 13:5
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the servant’s towel with which He was girded.

The purpose behind being a servant is to show others the love of GOD that He has shown us! How can you serve someone today (showing the love of the FATHER)?

With tons of prayers, love & hugs, 

Shalom! 

Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

You’re Always There for Me

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

The world is crumbling

All about;

No safe place can be found.

Right is wrong,

Wrong is right;

The change is quite profound.

Lord, we need

Your guiding light

To lead us out of here;

We’ll focus on

Your Word, and prayer,

To take away our fear.

Temptations of

This dying world

We’ll rule out and let go;

Give our burdens

All to you,

Shed all worldly woe.

That’s how we’ll

Get through this, Lord,

Fixed on heaven above,

Assured of Your

protection, help,

And everlasting love.

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With tons of prayers, love & hugs, 

Shalom! 

Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation