The Most Encouraging Command in the Bible

http://www.kevinhalloran.net/the-most-encouraging-command-in-the-bible/

We’re All In This Together: Encourage and Build Up Each Other – Ministry Videos

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=19FJJ1NU

Just a touch

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Good News in a Bad News World

Nice story – an example to challenge us

http://www.actsweb.org/daily.php?id=1743

How to Foster a Culture of Encouragement

How to Foster a Culture of Encouragement

As I look back on my life, I’m not sure where I’d be without the encouragement of others.

I may never have written a song if a college professor had never seen something in me and spoken into my life.

I may never have led worship if my childhood friend never said, “You can do this.”

And I don’t know about you, but I want to be the kind of person who champions others.

I don’t want to be the one who recognizes everyone’s faults and is quick to point them out. I’d rather be known for releasing people into doing what they didn’t think they could do.

People are starving for this. Maybe it stems from the fact that they weren’t affirmed growing up. Whatever the case, it’s time to step up our encouragement game. Especially this Thanksgiving season, be reminded about appreciating your team. And be reminded of the influence your words carry. Of course, you shouldn’t just be thankful when it’s Thanksgiving.

Continue: http://churchleaders.com/worship/worship-articles/296648-foster-culture-encouragement-david-santistevan.html

The Habit of Encouraging Others

~ J.R. Miller

“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory!” 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

In one of her books Miss Mulock tells of a gentleman and a lady walking one day in a lumber-yard beside a dirty, foul-smelling river. The lady said, “How good these pine boards smell!” “Pine boards!” sniffed her companion. “Just smell this foul river!” “No, thank you,” the lady replied, “I prefer to smell the pine boards.” She was wiser than he.

It is far better for us to find the sweetness that is in the air, than the foulness. It is far better to talk to others of the smell of pine boards, than of the heavy odors of stagnant rivers.

Yet too many people seem ever to have an instinct for the unpleasant things. They never see the beauty — but they always find the disagreeable. They have no eye for the roses — but they are sure to find even the smallest thorn. They never discuss the good qualities in those about them — but they instantly detect the faults.

Continue: https://steverebus.com/2016/12/12/the-habit-of-encouraging-others/https://steverebus.com/2016/12/12/the-habit-of-encouraging-others/

Encourage One Another

Our words to one another about one another not only describe reality. They also create reality.

You idiot!” does not simply assess what is objectively true to the speaker. It also produces, in the one spoken to, death and darkness. Not only do our words reveal what is true of us, they also generate reality for another. Specifically, our words are either death-bringing or life-giving. Either depleting or nourishing, draining or filling.

The gospel is a message of life, of nourishing, of filling. Because of Christ’s work in our behalf, we are set free from sin, adopted into God’s family, welcomed in. The “word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Eph. 1:13) is a word that gives life. And the great privilege we have when we gather with other believers—other obnoxious believers, other theologically imprecise believers, other spiritually sleepy believers, other frustrating believers, other sinning believers—is of passing on horizontally a taste of what we’ve been given vertically. Amid all my sin and messiness, in Jesus, God has given me a word of welcome, a word of love—“the word of life” (Phil. 2:16; 1 John 1:1). Loved with this word of grace, I love others with words of grace.

Continue: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/encourage-one-another/