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    The Blessing of Encouragers

    The 2010 movie, The King’s Speech, tells the story of England’s King George VI, who unexpectedly became monarch when his brother abandoned the throne. With the country on the brink of World War II, government officials wanted a well-spoken leader because of the increasingly influential role of the radio. King George VI, however, struggled with a stuttering problem.

    I was especially drawn to the film’s portrayal of George’s wife Elizabeth. Throughout George’s painful struggle to overcome his speech difficulty, she was his constant source of encouragement. Her steadfast devotion helped provide the support he needed to overcome his stutter and rule well…

    Bringing Comfort

    A close friend lost his father unexpectedly. Though my husband and I both had responsibilities on the day of the funeral, we asked others to cover for us so we could drive more than 350 miles to be with our friend and his wife. Overwhelmed that we would travel such a distance in one day to be with them, our friends held us close when they saw us. Others had brought food, still others had taken care of details back home, but in this moment we found that our simple presence carried comfort.

    To My Dear Friend

    What the apostle John did for his friend Gaius in the first century is a dying art in the twenty-first century. John wrote him a letter.

    One writer for the New York Times, Catherine Field, said, “Letter-writing is among our most ancient of arts. Think of letters and the mind falls on Paul of Tarsus,” for example. And we can add the apostle John.

    In his letter to Gaius, John included hopes for good health of body and soul, an encouraging word about Gaius’s faithfulness, and a note about his love for the church. John also spoke of a problem in the church,…

    Lessons in Encouragement

    Every now and then, I receive a note from a friend telling me how blessed she’s been by something I wrote. Often these messages arrive as I’m wondering whether my words make any difference. In the past I expressed my gratitude for her kindness. But lately I’ve come to an even greater awareness of how helpful her encouragement has been to me. Knowing that people are being impacted by my writing helps me to recognize God’s hand in my work and to rely even more on His guidance.

    A Sure Foundation

    Mary’s life today as an office manager and single mother is vastly different from her previous years spent with an abusive husband. Her married life involved intense cycles of injury and apology. When authorities finally ended the violence by jailing her spouse, Mary moved to a new location. There, friends and family helped her begin to rebuild her life after her painful ordeal. During the healing process, Mary was able to co-found Healing Hearts Ministry as a way to help others rebuild their lives after the trauma and devastating effects of domestic abuse.

    More than Co-workers

    Abbie had been working in the same company for two years when she began to realize that her colleagues were more than just people who happened to work in the same place. They were an important part of her life. So she began to learn more about them, and they would sometimes even share a meal together. Even though some co-workers were difficult to relate to, Abbie and her colleagues began to create an environment where everyone could grow and develop together.

    How Deep Is The Love Of God

    Did you know that in many ways, we’ve explored outer space more than we’ve explored our own oceans? It’s true! The depths are mysterious and in many ways unknown. Today on Discover the Word, the team concludes their study on the “Four-Dimensional Love of God” by discussing the infinite depths of God’s love today on Discover the Word!

    How High Is The Love Of God

    What did the apostle Paul mean when he prayed we would grasp the “height” of God’s love? Today on Discover the Word, we will dig into Paul’s profound description of “The 4-D Love of God” to show us how we don’t need to be afraid of heights. Be part of the conversation today on Discover the Word!

    How Long Is The Love Of God

    When people “take the long view,” they’re looking at the present and the future and likely taking into account the past as well. Well, today on Discover the Word, the team will discuss the apostle Paul’s description of “the length of God’s love.” Take the long view of God’s love for us . . . join […]

    How Wide Is The Love Of God

    What do you think of when you hear the term, “wide open spaces”? Does it give you a longing for that kind of freedom? Today on Discover the Word, we’ll discuss what the apostle Paul meant when he talked about how “wide” the love of God is. It’s a conversation about a love that’s wide enough […]

    “Four Dimensional Love Of God”

    From Marco Polo to Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong, it’s in our DNA to explore the air, the sea, and the outer reaches of space. Today on Discover the Word, you’re invited to begin an exploration into the height, and depth, and length, and width of God’s love. Discover the “Four Dimensional Love of God” when you listen […]

    Extending Amazing Grace

    After coming to faith in Jesus, John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace”, made the dramatic change from being a slave trader to influencing the eighteenth-century movement to abolish slavery in England. But he didn’t fully turn to Jesus in the moments when he first famously cried out to God when he thought his ship was sinking. In fact, Newton admitted that he probably wasn’t a true believer until much later.

    When We’re Simon

    I’ve spent hours beside those on their deathbeds, striving to comfort them in their last moments as well as be a comfort to their family and friends. I’ve seen bodies slowly shut down as spirits have departed from this world.

    Whispering Words

    The young man fidgeted as he sat down for his flight. His eyes darted back and forth to the aircraft windows. Then he closed his eyes and breathed deeply, trying to calm himself—but it didn’t work. As the plane took off, he slowly rocked back and forth. An older woman across the aisle from him put her hand on his arm and gently engaged him in conversation to divert his attention from his stress. “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” “We’re going to be okay,” and “You’re doing well” were a few things she whispered. She could have been…

    Pulling Together

    Why do more than five million people a year pay money to run several miles over an obstacle course where they must ascend vertical walls, slog through mud, and climb up inside a vertical pipe with water pouring down on them? Some see it as a personal challenge to push their limit of endurance or conquer their fears. For others, the attraction is teamwork where competitors help and support each other. One person called it “a no-judgment zone” where people who are strangers will reach out to help each other finish the race (Stephanie Kanowitz, The Washington Post).

    The Bible urges…

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