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Encourage One Another!

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

112015 Ray McDonaldEncouragement is a powerful tool. In sports – we often hear that team chemistry is very important. A team can have all of the components of a winning team – great defensive players – great offensive players – a great coach – and still not win. In baseball we see this all the time. Some teams try to buy championships – buying all the best players and hiring all the best staff – but often it is a team with great chemistry that wins.

Encouragement is a great tool. I see great chemistry happening this year on my favorite baseball team – the Baltimore Orioles. They have some great players – don’t get me wrong – and they have a great coach or manager. But it is the way the team encourages each other – the way they rally around each other – that will make the difference. The team was picked to finish last in their division by most experts who handicap such things before the season begins. They usually go on track record of players and forecast where they think the talent will take a team. They cannot measure breakout seasons or slumps – they also cannot measure great team chemistry – the encouragement factor I’ll call it. The O’s have it and currently are in first place in their division!

A church can have great members – a great pastor – a great facility – but – like a great team – unless they have that chemistry – that encouragement factor – they may not get over the hump – and develop into a great church. Like the author of Hebrews says – on numerous occasions – unless they encourage one another – they will miss out.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Hebrews 3:12–14 – 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

We are called to encourage one another – daily – as long as it is called Today – as long as we have breath – as long we have life – we are called to encourage one another. The author of Hebrews said the same thing as the Day approaches – as the end of time approaches. Hebrews 10:24–25 – 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I mentioned Sunday that one of the things that will draw people back to our church is if they find us to be an encouraging church – a family that welcomes new family members openly. Of course the goal is not to draw them to First Church but to draw them to Christ – but if they do not return to First Church – we will not have the opportunity to draw them to Christ.

Encouragement is key dear friends. Have we encouraged someone today? Have we going out of our way to encourage a sister or brother along life’s journey? Have we prayed for the opportunity to encourage others today?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. Please continue your prayers for General Conference in Portland this week and next.

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May 11, 2016 - Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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