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Posts Tagged ‘Encouragement’

The Power of One Kind Word

The other day I wrote a short post about how the devil loves to use our words to tear others down. Permit me to share the positive side of this truth: the Lord desires to use our words to build others up! The Scripture says, “Speak not evil one of another, brethren” (James 4:11). But it also declares, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29). Yes, we are to withhold unkind and hurtful words. Yet how many days we sin against others by withholding kind and helpful words! It is not enough that we do not criticize or accuse.…

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Dealing with Disappointment – Part 2

Have you faced any disappointment in the last week? The last 24 hours? The last 10 minutes? It is inevitable. Disappointments come. In the last post I shared with you a few observations from Luke 24 related to the causes of disappointment. Some things never change! (If you missed part 1 click here to read.) Thank God, the Bible does not just tell us about our problems – it gives divine solutions. The story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus also offers a cure for disappointment. There is light in the darkness. May I begin by sharing what cannot cure your disappointment…These disciples had already heard from others that the tomb was empty, that angels had appeared, that…

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Daily Fellowship (Daily Living – Part 9)

Recently as I was caring for some personal business the Lord reminded me of a wonderful principle. God’s people should be helping God’s people. The verse that the Holy Spirit brought to my mind was Galatians 6:10, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” I personally do not believe this means you may only conduct business with believers, but I do believe that Christians should intentionally be looking for ways to encourage others in the family of God. One of the buzzwords in religious circles of late has been about the need for “community.” Jesus had another name for it: “church.” This is not some…

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Giving Thanks on the Day After Thanksgiving

Recently an ad on the front page of the USA Today read, “WHO are you thankful for?”  When most of us list the things for which we are most grateful it is a list of what instead of who.  O yes, we say we are thankful for family.  But, who specifically? Or take for example the way we express gratitude for eternal life.  “I am thankful for salvation, grateful that I do not have to go to hell.  I am headed to heaven.”  We have reduced our thankfulness to something or someplace.  In reality, eternal life is Someone.  Eternal life is the life of the eternal One living in us!  We should be grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ. This same…

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Thank God for My Pastor

For the last two decades I have had the joy of being under the same faithful pastor.  Recently I spent some time reflecting on what a joy it is just to have a pastor.  Growing up in a pastor’s home has helped me to realize that pastors are real people too!  They hurt and grieve.  They get tired and weary.  Yet in the midst of all of that they are called upon to minister to many other hurting, grieving people. Yes, pastors are a special group.  Their lives are wrapped up in everyone else’s lives.  Their homes are in many ways invaded by every one else’s family.  Their time is not theirs – it belongs to the flock that God…

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Pass It On

Have you ever wondered why God blesses any of us?  One thing is sure.  It is not because we deserve it.  All of His blessings are mercy.  And all of His blessings are for more than our consumption. This consumer crazy culture has affected all of us.  “Enjoy!  Get all you can!  Keep it for yourself!”  But this is not the way of our Saviour.  God blesses us to be a blessing.  In the words of Christ, “not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” The world likes to talk about “paying it forward.”  It is more than that.  It is passing on to others the truth, the kindness, the grace that God has extended to us.  This is not…

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Remembering Those Who Cannot Be Home for Christmas

One of the most famous Christmas songs of all time says, “I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams.”  Bing Crosby made it popular but few people today know the background of the song.  The lyrics are written from the perspective of an American soldier stationed overseas during World War II, writing home to his family. Our Christmas tradition is to make the drive into the mountains of West Virginia at this time of year.  As I write this there is a light snow falling.  The house is full of the laughter of children.  (And I am full of mom’s home cooking!)  There is no place like home for Christmas. There are many people who cannot be home…

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For Married Couples: Dealing with Difficult Days

Marriage is fun.  But not all the time.  Newlyweds rarely think of this when they say, “for better or for worse.” Every young couple need this understanding and preferably before they get married!  Pastor Sexton has taught our young families that marriage is much more than the wedding.  And so it is. Troubles come.  Difficulties arise.  Arguments (“discussions!”) happen.  The question is: how do we respond on tough days? I have the privilege of teaching a class each Sunday of young married couples.  It is such a joy to invest in the lives of couples what others have invested in us.  We are all working through the tests of life and growing in our understanding of the Lord’s way for…

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How to Speak “A Good Word”

Someone once said in my presence, “Be kind to others.  Everybody is having a hard time.” They were right. We all have our struggles and you may be surprised at the people who are hurting the most.  Only God truly knows, and the all knowing God has designed a way for us to minister to the needs of those around us. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”  That’s it!  A good word. Words are powerful things and just one of them can be the very cure needed for a wounded spirit.  Good words are not just spoken from pulpits; they are spoken by Spirit led people all…

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I Am Praying for You!

Some of the most beautiful words I ever hear are: “I am praying for you.”  (Especially if I know they are more than just words!)  My precious wife prays for me.  I have a praying mom and dad.  My children pray for me.  My pastor prays for me.  I have many friends who pray for me faithfully.  This means more to me with every passing day.  I believe in the power of prayer. God’s Word teaches that Jesus prays for us (Hebrews 7:25) and the Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26).  You can’t get better than that!  Robert Murray McCheyne said, “If I could hear Jesus praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a thousand…

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