Grapevine Ecclesia


“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If any remain in me and I remain in them, they produce much fruit. But without me they can do nothing"  John 15:5 [NCV]


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Encourage One Another

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January 18th, 2016

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11
Encourage One Another

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, as indeed you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

I had been on my high school cross country team and had people shouting encouragement, but I never processed it during my runs.  The encouragement never reached or affected me.  There is a curious thing that occurs when someone encourages another person.  I experienced this on a personal level while in Marine Corp boot camp.  We were in the middle of one of our three mile runs for a physical fitness test when I saw another recruit ahead of me and the distance between us was shrinking.  One of the drill instructors was shouting out encouragements to the recruit in front of me.  When I came closer I caught one of the shouts and realized he was talking about me to the other recruit.  The shout was basically push harder another person is catching up.  When I realized that it was me I felt a shift mentally and the gap between us started to shorten even faster.  The drill instructor switched his attention to me and his encouragement to keep pushing created a shift in me physically and I put on a burst of speed that closed the gap and I ran past the other recruit and kept running.  When I finished the run I had a personal best 18 minutes 10 seconds.  That brief moment of encouragement brought a change in me that I still remember today.

God calls us to be encouragers. A word of encouragment can bring a change in someone. To whom can you reach out to by encouraging today?

PRAYER: My Lord God, please use me to be an encourager to those around me. Amen.

God Bless

by Pastor Sam Kahn

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