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When God Repeats Himself

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27) As a pastor, I sometimes repeat myself when I’m preaching. In good communications, you tell people the truth, then you remind them of what you told them, and finally, you tell them again, in case they forgot. Repetition is key if you…

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Looking For A Church

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)  If you are in the process of looking for a church home,…

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A Word of Blessing

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. (Psalm 20:4-5) I can’t forget the moment when I opened a short, encouraging card from a friend…

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Encouraging One Another

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) Yesterday, we talked about the importance of showing up for the people you love. While that is important and necessary if you want to love others well, there is more to building strong relationships than just being present for people. Let’s…

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Accountability and Encouragement

That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:25-27) The word “Ekklesia” is the…

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Receiving Encouragement

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13) Encouragement is defined as, “the art of encouraging, that which gives courage or incites to action or perseverance.” As followers of Christ, we are called to be encouraging to one another.…

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Giving What We Have Been Given

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) Yesterday, we talked about two different ways you can show love to the people around you. Today, I want us…

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Encouraging Words

Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18) For years as a pastor, I have walked the grief road with those who are saying good-bye for a final time at a gravesite to a dearly cherished loved one. When I open the Bible to these words (especially from verse 13 to the end of the chapter),…

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Praying Friends

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you… (Colossians1:9) Thank the Lord for friends who pray! There is no doubt about it: We don’t know who has been praying for us, unless they happen to let it leak out. That’s what the apostle Paul was doing. His…

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Encouragement for Mothers

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30) In our society and culture today, people post much of their lives on social media. Almost everyone is posting about their house, vacations, jobs, and especially their kids. I can’t imagine the pressure many mothers must…

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