Encouragement

God’s Plan for You!

June 26, 2018

Encouraging Word You will notice from creation that God is very orderly, organized and has a plan. In Jeremiah 29:11-13, God mentions to Jeremiah the plan He has established. God says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for calamity to give you …

Recipe for Discipleship

May 24, 2018

Encouraging Word A recipe is a set of instructions for preparing something; a method to attain a desired end; a formula that produces anticipated outcomes. A disciple is a student that receives teaching and training. I suggest there are four active ingredients that make a Christian disciple: Focus, Follow, Faithful and Fruitful. Focus means to …

How Do You Define Living & Dying?

April 28, 2018

Encouraging Word How would you fill in these blanks:  to live is ______ and to die is _______? To fill in the first blank, you must decide what you are living for. What is important to you? What gets you out of bed in the morning and motivates you? To fill in the second blank, …

3 Basic Truths

March 28, 2018

Encouraging Word To me there are three basic Biblical truths that must be accepted in order to have a personal relationship with God and secure salvation. God Loves You. God’s unconditional love for mankind is the sole basis for salvation. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and …

6 Steps to Staying Close to God

February 26, 2018

Encouraging Word “You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” Deuteronomy 13:4 In this scripture verse, we find specific instructions on how to stay close to God. Six steps are mentioned that will enhance your relationship with …

Who Is in Charge?

January 26, 2018

Encouraging Word Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, produced a pamphlet entitled, “4 Spiritual Laws.”  It mentioned that in each of our lives there is both a throne and a cross, and they both will be occupied. For Christ followers, Jesus Christ should occupy the throne, since He is our Lord; and our …

Faith In Action in 2018

December 22, 2017

Encouraging Word What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance (substance) of things hoped for, the conviction (evidence) of things not seen.” Faith is the foundation that hope is built on. Hope is the desire for good, accompanied by anticipation and expectation. Hope helps provide meaning to life. The struggles of life …

Is the Lord your Shepherd?

November 27, 2017

Encouraging Word A shepherd and his sheep have a very close relationship. The shepherd is responsible for his sheep. He provides for them by meeting their needs of food, water and rest. He protects them since they cannot defend themselves. He leads and directs them on the path and to the place he has for …

The Untouchable, Touched by Jesus

October 26, 2017

Encouraging Word One of my favorite biblical accounts is recorded in Luke 5:12-14 in which Jesus heals a man with a serious medical condition.  Luke, a physician, described the man as one “full of leprosy,” meaning it was in an advanced stage. In Jesus day, this infectious disease made one religiously and socially unclean.  Lepers …

Visible Faith

September 22, 2017

Encouraging Word Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 as the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction (evidence) of things not seen. And Hebrews 11:6, goes on to say that without faith it is impossible to please God. Romans 10:9 adds, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your …