A word of encouragement

The young boy approached his father. “Dad, let’s play darts. I’ll throw and you say, ‘Great shot!’” Though probably apocryphal in nature, that exchange still bespeaks of a real need — the need to be encouraged. It is a need that is not unique to our day. Even in Scripture we find people of God […]

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Questions to Unbelief

If to Jesus for relief My soul has fled by prayer; Why should I give way to grief, Or heart-consuming care? Are not all things in his hand? Has he not his promise past? Will he then regardless stand And let me sink at last? While I know his providence Disposes each event; Shall I […]

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An encouraging word

“…that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.” (Rom. 15:32; NASB) As a boy, Larry Crabb stuttered. Now a speaker, writer, and counselor, Dr. Crabb recalls an incident in the church he attended as a young man. Young men in that church were […]

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Need a little encouragement?

In an essay on the life of Dwight Eisenhower, historian Stephen Ambrose recounts the following story: In 1963, when he was filming with Walter Cronkite a television special entitled “D-Day Plus 20 Years,” Cronkite asked [Eisenhower] what he thought about when he returned to Normandy.  In reply, Eisenhower spoke not of the tanks, the guns, […]

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Comfort from God

The obvious theme of the opening verses of 2 Corinthians 1 is the comfort of God: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from the couple of weeks: Greg Lucas offers “Seven Lessons from the Disability Community:” God is both sovereign and good. You have been brought into this community for a purpose. Disability magnifies our vision for joy in the smallest things. Community brings much needed perspective Outspoken men are often minorities. When marriage […]

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He learned his lesson

First David was being chased relentlessly by Saul.  He was discouraged and evidently despaired of receiving God’s promise of ascending to the throne of Israel.  Then Jonathan came and encouraged his friend in the Lord. But you wonder, don’t you, “did he learn his lesson?”  “Did the truths about God that Jonathan used to strengthen […]

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Courage for the day

To my knowledge, no one has ever wanted to kill me. Oh sure, I’ve had people angry with me. I’ve had people want to use me as a punching bag (a couple did back in the junior high years).  I’ve had people speak to me in angry and hostile tones.  Some have shaken in rage […]

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Grab bag

Items of interest with biblical implications from around the internet in the past week: Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the death of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.  Justin Taylor has compiled short biographical videos and a number of other resources of interest concerning the great preacher’s life. Paul Tripp talks about the grace of confession — “no […]

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Comfort the afflicted

Still mulling over yesterday’s sermon on the privilege of ministering the Word of God to people’s lives.  This benediction by Jeremy Taylor was one I intended to include, but simply overlooked in my notes.  He is right about the importance of encouragement and what it looks like when he says, Relieve and comfort all the […]

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Sunday Leftovers (3/21/10)

The concepts of encouragement and admonishing are related, but different.  Those who are discouraged and those who need admonishing both need to hear the Word of God.  They both need the truth spoken into their lives, though for different reasons. Those who are discouraged need to hear a message that might embolden them and give […]

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