Category Archives: Encouragement

When You Care Enough to Encourage

card.hallmark2Kansas City, Missouri, is the home of Hallmark.  The company is over 100 years old.  And is an iconic presence in the metro area.  One of the members of our church family works there.  And by all indications Hallmark is a responsible corporate citizen in our community.

You’ve seen their touching commercials.  Received their wonderful cards.  And probably visited their unique stores.  You know they have a special product.  But the prolific author anonymous has composed a list of “Cards You’ll Never See at Hallmark.”  Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Encourage

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 This year is the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color-barrier to become the first African-American to play Major league baseball.   The release of the move “42″ and other MLB events have paid tribute to Robinson’s achievements.

His first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers was brutal.  Jackie faced hatred nearly everywhere he traveled. Pitchers threw fastballs at his head. Runners spiked him on the bases.  Ugly insults were hurled from the stands.  And opposing dugouts.  Even the home crowds in Brooklyn taunted him at times. Continue reading

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Refreshing Christians

Refreshing.WaterStephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus.

Do you know who they are? In what book of the Bible are they mentioned?  Old or New Testament?  You won’t find them in Hebrews 11–The Spiritual “Hall of Fame.”

More than likely they are reserved for the answer to a Bible Trivia game.  They are filed under Miscellaneous.  Unidentified. Or unknown.

Give up?   Continue reading

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Don’t Wait Until The Funeral

CookiesDid you hear about the man who was on his death-bed?  Suddenly the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies filled the air, wafting down the hall into his bedroom.  Mustering all the strength he could summons, he pulled himself out of bed, slowly staggered down the hall, and made it to the kitchen. Continue reading

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Know Anyone Who Needs A Push?

Dave McNally, in his neat book “Even Eagles Need a Push,” tells about a man that is in bed with his wife when there is knocking on 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?” says his wife. Continue reading

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Pass It On!

A couple took their son, Tommy, to a concert to hear a famous pianist.  During the intermission while they were busy talking with friends, Tommy wandered away.  He entered the backstage area through a door that said STAGE ENTRANCE.  NO PUBLIC ACCESS. 

When the couple returned to their seats he says, “Where’s Tommy?” 

 She says, “I thought he was with you.”  Continue reading

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The Nail

I recently came across a neat fable by the famous author anonymous.  It seems some Christians built a new church building and invited everyone to come see it. All admired its beauty. Up on the roof, a little nail heard the people praising everything about the new building. They praised everything but him. No one even knew he was there, and he became angry and jealous. “If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me if I quit,” he said to himself. So the nail released its hold, slid down off the roof, and fell in the mud. Continue reading

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