True Happiness

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance with increase. This is also vanity. 

Happiness—just about every human being wants it! But for most people the happiness they actually experience is fleeting, like the shifting of the wind. Changing circumstances always seem to prevent true happiness from finding a home in their hearts. 

So what’s the key to experiencing a life of true happiness? It may not be what you would expect. Is it really having a mountain of material possessions, a nice home or tons of money in the bank?!? As our Scripture of the day tells us, all that is vanity (meaningless)!

True happiness can only be found in humility—living life as a servant of GOD and others. 

So what is humility? It is freedom from pride and arrogance, true humbleness of mind, modest estimation of one’s self-worth and a submission to GOD’s divine will!

Let’s look to YESHUA, the greatest example of a servant, always clothing ourselves with humility, getting our minds off of ourselves! GOD will exalt us in due time. Yes!, He will! “PTL!”

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen. 

With lots of prayers, love & shalom,

Pastor Bruce & Suzi

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Child of God

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

GOD manifests His love for mankind in many ways, including this beautiful earth filled with the wonders and promise of His care, protection and an offer of eternal life with Him!

GOD’S care of us also shows up through the transformation of His children (we, born again believers) conforming us into the image of YESHUA. (Romans 8:29 our verse for today!) 

In the beginning, GOD’S design was to make humanity in His image (Genesis 1:26). But this plan was disrupted when Adam and Eve gave into and fell for the temptation. Everything was lost: all their privileges in the Garden of Eden, but the greatest loss was their likeness to the Creator! 

A sinful man and woman can’t look much like a Holy GOD! GOD wasn’t taken by surprise, He provided salvation through His Son for all mankind! 

Romans 8:29
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Are you a child of GOD? Like any good father, GOD will be pleased and glorified by a child who resembles Him! 

With lots of prayers and true thanksgiving, shalom!

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Enjoying Life

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

The good things in life are not the result of material possessions or position held. They are based on one thing—a personal relationship with the Savior of the world, MESSIAH YESHUA!

When our hearts are set on fulfilling our desires rather than His, we experience trouble, heartaches and frustration! Many may say, “I just want to enjoy life, can I do this and also give my life to Yeshua MESSIAH?” Absolutely! In fact, the only way to experience lasting joy and contentment is through an intimate relationship with YESHUA!

Apart from Him there is only emptiness of soul and spirit!

Matthew 6:19-20
“Do not lay up for yourself treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (NKJV)

While the world rushes after material gain and social position, the Word instructs us (believers) to seek first the Kingdom of GOD and His righteousness and these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33). 

Let’s not risk the greatest opportunity we could ever be given—a personal loving relationship with the GOD of this universe! Wow! Yes! “PTL!”

With lots of prayers🙏🙏, love ❤️ & hugs, 

Shalom!

Pastor Bruce & Suzi

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Shop in Heaven’s Grocery Store

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago.
One day I saw a sign that read Heaven’s Grocery Store.

As I got a little closer, the door came open wide.
And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.

I saw a host of angels, they were standing everywhere.
And one angel said, “My child shop with care.”

Everything a Believer needed was in that grocery store.
And all you couldn’t carry you could come back the next day for more.

First, I got some patience, love was in the same row.
Further down was understanding, you need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of wisdom, a bag or two of faith.
I just couldn’t miss the Holy Spirit for He was all over the place.

I stopped to get some strength and courage to help me run the race.
By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed some grace.

I didn’t forget salvation, for salvation that was free.
So, I tried to get enough of that to save you and me.

Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill.
For I thought I had everything to do my Master’s will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw prayer and just to put that in.
For I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.

Peace and joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.
Song and praises were hanging near so I just helped myself.

Then, I said, “Now how much do I owe?”
He just smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”

How much do I really owe?
He smiled and said, “My child, Yeshua paid your bill a long time ago.”

 

(Very Old Poem—Unknown Author)

May this bless you greatly!
It never gets old!

Have a wonderful day!
With lots of prayers & love, shalom!
Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman  😍 🙏

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation

Expression of Love

Encouraging Words with Pastor Bruce & Suzi Elman

When GOD created the heavens and the earth, He wasn’t just trying to keep busy or do something constructive with His time! Look around, everything you see, He created it all just for you. All of creation is an expression of His true love for us!

Stop and think every time you see the sun rise each morning or watch the rain falling from the sky to water all the earth. Take a look at the green carpet of grass and all the array of beautiful flowers in bloom; it’s all for us to enjoy! 

In our Scriptures today, the apostle Paul knew how powerful and important a revelation of GOD’S love is!

Ephesians 3:17-19
Then MESSIAH will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of MESSIAH though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Meditate on these Scriptures today and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you this awesome love ABBA has for you, and receive the fullness of everything GOD has for you! Wow! Yes!

In Yeshua’s Name. Amen

 

Love & Blessings,

Bruce and Suzi Elman

L’Chaim Messianic Congregation