Fiery Ordeals

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

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

Being a believer in Messiah Yeshua isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes we’ll experience trials that truly test our faith and ability to trust in GOD.   

In today’s Scripture, Peter refers to times of testing as “fiery ordeals”! He says we shouldn’t be surprised when hardships come our way.

It’s important to remember that GOD has a purpose for our trials and will see us through each step of the way.   Sometimes, our heavenly FATHER uses painful experiences to cleanse and purify us, His children.  

See, trials are to drive us closer to God, and we can begin to focus more on Him and start to see things from His perspective!  He also uses them to strengthen our faith and our devotion to Him.

1 Peter 4:12
eloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.

In the midst of adversity, we might feel overwhelmed and discouraged. But once the storm has passed, we can often look back and see that the LORD’S providential hand carried us through. 

Oh, indeed, yes! “PTL!” 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen.  

With lots of prayers & love, shalom!

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Rebuilding Passion

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

A greatly blessed day to you from Pastor Bruce & Suzi!

As children of the Most High GOD, He would like us to be like a city on a hill, the light of the world, shining brightly in the darkness with the love of YESHUA and His message of redemption (Matt. 5:14-15).               

As we learned recently, it is possible for our fire to cool, which greatly affects our witness!  So, let’s be aware of where we are… 

Is our walk with YESHUA less dynamic than it used to be?   Think back on the zeal you had for YESHUA when you were first  saved.   If we have let our flame go out, let’s honestly acknowledge it and do something about it, such as get back in the Word, spend time in daily prayer and get to really know your heavenly FATHER. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you refocus your attention.

1 Timothy 4:15
Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

Is your faith walk lacking true excitement and fervor? If so, start today to saturate your mind with the principles of GOD and let Him use your fire to draw others to Him andwatch His favor be upon you! Yes! 

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen With lots of prayers, hugs & love, shalom!

Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman!

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

God’s Priorities

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

At times, people will say, “I’ve made YESHUA a part of my life.” But this statement reveals that they have missed the point. The truth is, YESHUA can never be simply a “part of life.” At the time of salvation, YESHUA becomes our life—everything revolves around Him because He should be our central focus!

For the believer, the essence of living is to walk in childlike obedience to MESSIAH. That means we express His righteous life simply by faith. To do this, we depend on the power of the Holy Spirit for the ability and His divine grace for forgiveness when we stumble. Because we live in this world, there is always a constant conflict—the world’s way or GOD’S way!

Romans 12:2A
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

The way this is done, “renewing our mind” is by opening GOD’S Word on a daily basis and then letting Him use Scripture to flush our minds of anything that doesn’t fit into His priorities!

 

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

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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

Saving Grace

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

FATHER GOD has predestined every believer to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, YESHUA. This process begins at salvation and will continue throughout your lifetime until you join Him in Heaven.                                 

The apostle Paul is a good example of the LORD’S power to transform an unrighteous man or woman into an image-bearer of YESHUA. Paul was deeply religious before his conversion! When he met the LORD on the road to Damascus, the future apostle learned that all his religious zeal meant nothing. The only way for people to be acceptable before GOD is to receive the saving grace of MESSIAH YESHUA—He replaces our sin nature with a righteous spirit!

Romans 8:30
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and who He justified, these He also glorified.

Paul was welcomed into the Kingdom in spite of his hostility toward the body of believers! (promoting blasphemy and punished believers). No one is beyond the LORD’S capacity to forgive. His grace is sufficient  (such amazing grace)!

Love & Blessings,

Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation