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Volume No. 2009   Issue No. 35   Date: September  27, 2009

Publication of the BIBLE BAPTIST MINISTRY, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706

Phone: 570.829.5216 pdmikBBM@aol.com pastormiklas@aol.com

  
Again this week the thought of ENCOURAGEMENT came across my mind. The dictionary defines encouragement as "The act of inspiring others with renewed courage; renewed spirit, or renewed hope." There was a day some 23 years ago, sitting in my office, I was facing some very discouraging and disheartening moments, when the phone rang. Being the only one in the office area at the time, I answered it. On the other end of the line was a man’s voice which said, "Pastor, I do not want you to say anything, just listen." He went on to say, "I don’t know what is going on with you right now, but I wanted to call, and encourage you, and again say thank you for leading me to Christ years ago, God Bless you, Good Bye." He actually hung up without me being able to speak a word. But you know something? I didn’t have to say a word. That simple, refreshing, thoughtful moment was all I needed to be encouraged.
 
In the New Testament, the word most often translated as encouragement is "parakalien." It comes from two Greek words: "Para" meaning "to come alongside of" and "Kaleo" meaning "to call" When people come alongside us during difficult times to give us renewed courage,
a renewed spirit, and renewed hope, that’s encouragement. An encourager is one who puts
courage into the fainthearted and hope back into the spirit. Found in the New
Testament, encouragement is an important character ministry for us to develop and practice.
 
In Romans 15:4-5 we read, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort (encouragement) of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation (encouragement) grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.”
People are encouraged by the Word of God. Listen, if you don’t get your encouragement from God’s Word, its effect may be only temporary.
 
When Paul wrote to Timothy, he reminded this young pastor of the critical importance of using God’s Word as a tool of encouragement. Remember II Timothy 4:2 says, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort (our word for encourage), with all long-suffering and doctrine.”
 
In I Thessalonians 4:18 Paul gives the believer great confidence about their future with God in Heaven. At the conclusion of that great section on the coming of Christ and the rapture of the church we read, "Wherefore comfort (our word for encourage) one another with these words.”
 
Then in I Thessalonians 5:11 he concludes his message on the return of Christ by
saying, "Wherefore comfort (our word for encourage) yourselves together, and edify one another as also ye do.”
 
Encouragement is like a pebble thrown into the water. While there is always an immediate impact, the ripples continue indefinitely. Paul spoke of this when he wrote to the Corinthians in II Corinthians 2:3-4, "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort (encouragement): Who comforteth (encouraged) us ill all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort (encourage) them which are in any trouble, by the comfort (encouragement) wherewith we ourselves are comforted (encouraged) of God.” When you have been encouraged, your first impulse is to encourage someone else. ENCOURAGEMENT is infectious; it begins a process which could go on forever.
 
This week, find someone to encourage. ENCOURAGEMENT is an urgent need of our day. Someone said, "We live by encouragement and we die without it, SLOWLY, SADLY, and with great ANGER."
In His Amazing Grace,

Pastor
David Miklas
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