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We Should Encourage One Another

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amEncouragement is very important. There are many persons in the families of our church and community who have known very little encouragement in their lives. They have been raised in families where discouragement was the focus – with very little – if any – encouragement. Families where more fuss was made over a grade of B in one class rather than the grades of A in all of the other classes. Families where the small mistake was made to be larger than the overall good job done.

Discouragement in the church is also a tool that the devil uses. Someone does a tremendous job with a program and the first thing someone says is something that didn’t go right. Worship was awesome and a person points out the one thing that didn’t go well – first.

It isn’t that we shouldn’t try to improve one another – we’re actually called to do that in Scripture. What I’m question is the attitude and timing. Read Revelation where Christ instructs John to write to the seven churches. In those passages Christ always affirms where He can affirm – encourages – before He gives corrective instruction. Continue reading

August 30, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Encourage One Another

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMEncouragement is very important. There are many persons in the families of our church and community who have known very little encouragement in their lives. They have been raised in families where discouragement was the focus – with very little – if any – encouragement. Families where more fuss was made over a grade of B in one class rather than the grades of A in all of the other classes. Families where the small mistake was made to be larger than the overall good job done.

Discouragement in the church is also a tool that the devil uses. Someone does a tremendous job with a program and the first thing someone says is something that didn’t go right. Worship was awesome and a person points out the one thing that didn’t go well – first. It’s almost like some think complaining is a spiritual gift or something.

It isn’t that we shouldn’t try to improve one another – we’re actually called to do that in Scripture – but rather the attitude and timing. Read Revelation where Christ instructs John to write to the seven churches. In those passages Christ always affirms where He can affirm – encourages – before He gives corrective instruction. Continue reading

October 3, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let Us Be Encouraged!

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

RayMcDEncouragement is key to walking successfully in life. Most people like to be encouraged along life’s journey. Most people appreciate being encouraged. Let us get into the habit of encouraging one another!

When was the last time you were encouraged? I played basketball this week with some younger men – we play 2-3 times a week early in the morning. I’m one of the oldest guys out there and some of the guys are in their 20’s and 30’s and some are in their teens. Yet they rarely make me feel like an old man (except when I try to play defense against them and they blow by me). They pass me the ball from time to time and encourage me when I shoot (whether I make it or not). It is fun playing with them.

When was the last time you were encouraged? At work – has anyone given you an atta-boy or atta-girl lately? I have a number of staff members in the office where I work and I try to let them know – often – that they are doing a great job and we appreciate them. Even when I must point out some areas of growth – I try to do it by praising them first. No one likes to be beat down – daily – at work. We all like to be encouraged. Continue reading

August 18, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Encouragement

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Pic of Ray 11302014We all need some encouragement once in a while. Some need it more than others – some don’t seem to need much at all – but we all seem to appreciate it when we receive it. Some of us need to practice encouragement.

Some folks are natural encouragers – some are not. For some – it seems easier and more natural to point out what’s wrong with this picture – rather than being an encourager. I know my natural self is better at pointing out things that need improved rather than encouraging others. I must work at being an encourager.

Today’s passage – in partial context – is instructions from God through Paul – for the church. I don’t read Paul as an encourager by nature either – he seemed very black and white – right and wrong. Continue reading

December 9, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , | Leave a comment

Encouragement – the Goldy Thing to Do

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

RevRayEncouragement – have you ever given it or received it?  I mean – really – and if so – how did it feel?  Recently one of my daughters was going through a tough experience – and the family encouraged her to hang in and she did and she accomplished her goals.  I imagine the encouragement helped.  At times we just need to be encouraged – we need others to believe in us and to help us see the possibilities that we might not be able to see during tough times.

Can you remember the last time you gave someone encouragement?  Can you remember the last time someone gave you encouragement?  How did they make you feel?  Share in the comments section if you will.

Today’ passage speaks about encouragement – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Encouragement is very helpful. Continue reading

June 6, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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