Heaven Bound Express

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

YESHUA told us in the Word that we can choose the wide path or the narrow one to journey through this life! Placing our trust in YESHUA makes us members of GOD’S family and takes us immediately onto the narrow road!

As we travel on this heaven-bound express, the Holy Spirit becomes our guide, helping us move ahead. Through Him, we receive spiritual eyes to catch glimpses of His majesty and the love He has for us. He will equip us to be ambassadors for MESSIAH. Through GOD’S precious Word, the RUACH HAKODESH will speak to us and comfort us whenever the road gets bumpy. 

Now, on the wide road, none of these things are possible! On this road we may have lots of material things and satisfaction of self-desires, but it’s only temporary!

Matthew 16:26
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?       

Eternity is forever; let’s plan ahead and make sure we are traveling on the right highway that leads to our divine destination—Heaven!

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Dangerous Idols

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Jealousy is typically a negative emotion. Our verse today says our GOD is a jealous GOD! This describes GOD’S vigilance in guarding our love for Him. Since we were created to love the LORD and be loved by Him, anything that competes for our devotion simply does not fit our life’s purpose.       

The most important mission of life is to love GOD with all our heart, soul, strength and mind (Luke 10:27). Without complete devotion to Him, we would pursue our own interests and neglect godly principles and goals. 

No idol whether it is a person, dream or an item is worthy of worship! But a holy and just GOD—whose love for mankind moved Him to send YESHUA, His Son, to die in our place—deserves our total loyalty and surrender.               

Deuteronomy 5:9A
You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.                              

GOD hates idols because He knows they are dangerous for us. They are a sure way of causing us to stumble and become ensnared in sin and forfeit our blessings! For our protection and His glory, let’s be true to our surrender and loyalty to our GOD!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Times of Turbulence

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Life is continually changing. As one problem is settled, a new one always seems to pop up! Since we live in a fallen world, trouble is part of our reality!

But, thankfully, GOD guides believers through our times of turbulence (Psalm 23). He is truly our Good Shepherd who constantly abides with us (His weary lambs)! 

YESHUA promised to not leave us as orphans, and His promise was fulfilled in the person of the Holy Spirit (who was sent to indwell and to care for each one of us who are believers in MESSIAH ). 

The apostle Paul describes the Holy Spirit as a seal placed around believers until they are called to their heavenly home (Romans 8:35-39). 

YESHUA speaking: John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans , I will come to you…”

This protection or seal of the Holy Spirit is for GOD’S children (those who have received YESHUA as Savior)! Our lives can get rocky at times, but we as believers always have the assurance of a companion (the RUACH HAKODESH) in those tough times. We can be confident that GOD’S goodness and love will surround us always (Psalm 23:6).

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

The Power of Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Believers are vessels for GOD’S love. His love flowing through us is a powerful force that enables us to do more than the unbeliever, who RELIES upon himself. The love that dwells in us is described perfectly in our verse of the day!

1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…”

First, “love is patient,” and with GOD’S Spirit living within us, we are empowered to wait upon His timing and purpose so we can be patient with others, knowing GOD is working on their behalf. 

“Love is kind,“ and with GOD’S love, we have the capacity to be genuinely kind, regardless of how others may treat us.

Love is not jealous or envious. Jealousy is a fear of losing someone. GOD’S love gives us the security to hold relationships more loosely.

“Love does not brag, is not arrogant.” We understand our value in GOD’S eyes, and there is no need to be arrogant!

GOD’S love is powerful! When we allow His caring Spirit to flow through us, we can have a profound effect upon our world!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Encouraging Others

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

One of the easiest ways to express love to others is to help them feel valuable. Stop to think, most people we know do not have a sense of their infinite value as a child of GOD! The thought that GOD loves them and sees them as precious has never entered their minds.

Satan works overtime making people feel devalued and worthless, but we can help remove those lies by building people up and encouraging them! 

One way to do this is with a sincere compliment. Nothing major, just a little remark like: I value our friendship or you look so pretty today or I love your smile! 

How meaningful that can be to someone. A little bit of love and care goes a long way! 

Rom. 14:19 
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.        

This act of edification isn’t time consuming or costly but is so valuable to the building up of GOD’S creation ( you & me)! 

Reach out today and spread the love of YESHUA; encourage someone. It only takes a minute!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation