This Week's Article
Encouragement! We all need it, don’t we? Encouragement inspires hope, confidence, and courage. It heartens, uplifts, and raises our spirits.
Are you a “heart-encourager”? Paul says to the Ephesian Christians in chapter 6:21-22: So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.
Tychicus was a heart-encourager! We can learn a valuable lesson from him and strive to be heart-encouragers, too. We can share the encouragement of the Good News of salvation in Jesus with our sisters and brothers in Christ. Be a heart-encourager – one who offers Christian friendship and support!
Challenge: Find other passages in the Bible that use the word “encourage” (or some form of it).
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Verse of the Week
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1Thessalonians 5:11).
Last Week's Article
Do you have a favorite Bible verse, maybe several? Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a), is one I frequently quote because being still and being with God are something worth remembering. Recently, I have included the entire passage, Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10 NIV).
I can be still because God is God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. He is there for me no matter what! I can be still because in the last phrase of the verse, God says, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted. . .” It is not because of anything I can do or say. He will be God. Period. And that is important for me to remember as I am still and live as His child.