Category Archives: Encouragement

10 Things the Coronavirus Cannot Do

As we continue living through this new normal, which is so abnormal, our hearts are touched by the amount of sickness and death we are seeing and hearing reported by the media.

In fact, by now you may know someone who’s contracted COVID-19. We know a few folks personally who are suffering from it. And so far, thankfully winning the battle.

Yet, in the midst of this current crisis we continue to hear uplifting stories. Stories of heroism. Courage. And self-sacrifice. People helping people. Neighbors looking after one another. Shepherds employing innovative ways to watch for souls. Preachers learning and using new techniques to teach and preach the gospel. Continue reading

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2019: The Year in Review

Yesterday morning while I was watching the Today Show, they aired their biggest news stories of 2019.

At some point into the 15-minute montage of video headlines, I soon realized that most of the stories were negative. They highlighted crises. Violence. Natural disasters. Political scandals. Betrayal. Cheating. Sexual infidelity. Child abuse. Death. Disease. Mass shootings. Government stalemate. And of course, the impeachment of President Trump Continue reading

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Let’s Encourage One Another To Keep Climbing

 

Norma Jean and I are currently enjoying some post-meeting R & R in the Smoky Mountains.  Yesterday was a gorgeous crisp fall day. Sunny.  Clear.  And perfect for a drive to higher elevations and some walking.

Clingman’s Dome was our destination.  At 6643 feet, it’s the highest mountain in the Smokies.  From the observation tower, you get an amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains. And on a clear day, like yesterday, you can see 7 states and over 100 miles. Continue reading

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A Refreshing Ministry

We’re back in Florida for three weeks visiting our kids and grandkids. And it’s hot. Really hot. Temperatures in the 90’s. Heat index over 100.

On days like these, an ice-cold glass of water and just a little breeze provides a needed respite and a refreshing break.

This morning in looking at today’s Bible reading, I am also reminded of the need for spiritual refreshment. Continue reading

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Yesterday I began a task that I’ve been putting off–cleaning out the closet in my home office. There are lots of boxes, some unmarked, and others simply labeled “memorabilia.”

As I began to sift through souvenirs of trips, family mementos, pictures and some plain junk, I came across cards. Stacks and stacks of cards. There were birthday cards. Anniversary cards. Valentine’s day cards. Get well cards. Sympathy cards. Thinking of you cards. And thank you cards. Continue reading

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Learning Empathy and Encouragement From First Graders

First Graders

Last Sunday in an NFL wild card game, the Minnesota Vikings lost a heart breaker to the Seattle Seahawks 10-9. It was a classic case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

With only 26 seconds left in the game, Blair  Walsh, one of the best kickers in the league, had a golden opportunity to be the hero by kicking a 27 yard field goal, a chip shot in the NFL. Instead, he became the goat. Continue reading

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Am I a Builder or a Wrecker?

Builder. Wrecker

I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
The men you’d hire if you had to build?” Continue reading

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Do You Need A Push?

Eagles Push

In his book, with the captivating title, “Even Eagles Need A Push,” Dave McNally tells about a man being awakened one night with a loud knock at the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock. It’s 3:30 AM!

“I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows.

“Aren’t you going to answer that?” whispers his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It doesn’t take him long to realize the man is drunk. Continue reading

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Catch Someone Doing Something Right

templeton.ToddWhen Kansas City, MO Police Officer Todd Templeton’s cruiser arrived on the scene where three kids were playing basketball in a local neighborhood, he had no idea that Samuel Lockridge would capture what happened with a cell phone camera.

But he did.  And it’s a good thing, too.  Because there’s no denying the video evidence.  Templeton and the other two officers were caught red-handed!

Doing what?  Continue reading

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The Power of Encouragement

Black mother hugging son outdoors

Living in the inner city of Detroit was tough enough on 8-year-old Ben, but it got even worse when his father walked out on the family.

Ben’s mother, Sonya, was determined to fight through the heartbreak, fear and financial struggle. Although she only had a third-grade education, she insisted Ben and his brother get an education. However, Ben was ridiculed in school and was nick-named “Dummy” by the other fifth graders.  Continue reading

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