Tag Archives: encouragement

Contagious Courage

Fear seems to be contagious. Ten of the twelve men who were sent to explore the land of Canaan came back with a fearful report, which caused the people to rebel against the Lord (Numbers 13 and 14). However, courage … Continue reading

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The Power of Words

Jerry Kramer once recalled what it was like playing for legendary Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi. One day during the first year Kramer played for the Packers, Lombardi rode him mercilessly, pointing out how slow, weak and stupid he … Continue reading

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Tall Like Us

I recently attended the North American Christian Convention that was held in Kansas City. There I ran into David, an old friend of mine. David is about 6’ 5”, so he stands out in a crowd. I am just a … Continue reading

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Not Very Encouraging!

Job was one of the most righteous men in the Bible. He was also one of the richest. However, he suddenly lost everything he had. His children all died at the same time. He lost his livestock, the source of … Continue reading

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Encouraging Gesture

Jackie Robinson was the first black person to play major league baseball. While breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, be committed an error. His own … Continue reading

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Sounds Encouraging

In his book Wind and Fire, Bruce Larson points out some interesting facts about sandhill cranes: These large birds, who fly great distances across continents, have three remarkable qualities. First, they rotate leadership. No one bird stays out in front … Continue reading

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Loyal Support

Few athletes have had as many fans as Michael Jordan. However, even Jordan has shown the need for emotional support. When columnist Bob Greene asked Michael why he wanted his father to be in the stands to watch him play, … Continue reading

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Powerful Tool

Jerry Kramer was a star player on the Green Bay Packer championship teams coached by the great Vince Lombardi. Lombardi, considered one of the top coaches of all time, could be tough on his players, but he also knew how … Continue reading

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Give Me Five!

The “High Five” is a gesture that has become commonplace in American society. It seems to have started when outfielder Glenn Burke ran over with his arm in the air to congratulate his teammate Dusty Baker, who had just hit … Continue reading

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The Importance of Singing

While visiting a church last Sunday, I noticed some interaction between two people in the row in front of me. I assume that they were mother and son. The teenage boy was obviously not happy about something, but he stayed … Continue reading

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