Category Archives: Encouragement

A Little Salt and Grace

by Latricia C. Bailey

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

People often say it’s not only what you say that matters, but how you say something. That old adage about, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie. Words help, words heal, and words can hurt too. If you don’t believe me, then believe the Word of God. We will all face His judgment in order to leave this life and enter into Heaven. It will hurt more than you can imagine if the Lord says, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” These words won’t just hurt, but they will determine your final fate in eternity.  Continue reading

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Set Apart

by Sharman J. Monroe

So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]. Colossians 3:12 (AMP)

Yeah, I know the world is crazy today. People are quick to react, in a bad way. They say and do things designed to incite hate and division. They curse at each other at the drop of a hat. They abuse, assault and kill each other simply because of differences in sex, appearance, thoughts and ideals.

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I Got You

by Sharman J. Monroe

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.

Ephesians 6:10 (AMP)

I know yesterday wasn’t you finest. You snapped at someone. You didn’t do something you said you were going to do. I know you woke with all sorts of negative thoughts rolling around in your head about what happened yesterday, about tomorrow, about you, about your life and about your family. I know, but I got you.

The enemy’s first mode of attack against you is your thoughts. If he can get you thinking thoughts that do not line up with My Word, he can steal, kill and destroy your joy, peace, happiness, your testimony about my goodness (John 10:10). His attacks can be so persistent and so formidable that you want to give in and give up. Don’t. I got you. Continue reading

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No Returns

by Tammy Phillips

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

Galatians 5:1 (NLT)

A man was locked away for years. A woman was trapped in an abusive marriage. A couple was saddled with heavy financial obligations. A child was bullied relentlessly. And then, they were set free. The man smiled at the sun warming his face and the woman’s divorce became final on the day she moved into her new apartment, thousands of miles away. The couple’s tax problems were solved and the little boy’s grandmother sent him to a new school.

Would the man go back to prison and ask to be returned to his old cell? Would it be wise for the woman to return to her abusive husband? Should this couple skip some tax laws that would surely put them back into bondage? Would the little boy appreciate it if his grandmother returned him to the school that ignored his cries for help? Of course not!

Each person was set free and surely not one of them Continue reading

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